Thanksgiving 2016

Hello, World.

I wanted to pop in today, and give a quick summary of my Thanksgiving! When I decided to move to Virginia, I don’t think I fully anticipated how much such a large change would impact me. If I’m honest, I think that I pushed off really thinking about a lot of the small things because I knew that going to school here was the best decision for me. Well, for the first time in 22 years, I wasn’t with my immediate family for the holiday. It. was. weird. Luckily, my aunt lives in North Carolina, so she invited me down to spend the night with her family. Thank goodness she did! Wednesday night, I was sitting in my kitchen, eating one of my Plated meals, and watching “Love the Coopers,” and crying. I was a bit of a mess, and yeah, it’s embarrassing. But I was sitting in my kitchen, in a truly empty house for the first time in four months, and homesickness washed over me like a tsunami. I was overwhelmed. Luckily, I was able to wake up on Thursday, and get in my car, and make the drive to North Carolina. Also luckily, my aunt and her family opened their home to me, and were so loving! So, if they’re reading this, thank you thank you thank you.

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The food was incredible. I love Thanksgiving, but I’m usually so full I can’t enjoy the food. However, this year, I was able to save room, and was actually hungry by dinner! Ugh, my aunt’s wife is the best cook. Seriously, so much good food. And the apple pie for dessert (not pictured because I ate it too quickly), was to die for! Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Anyway, I usually post about what I’m thankful for. Ironically, I was too caught up in my own stuff to actually think about what I was thankful for. Well, yesterday, I was walking across William and Mary’s campus at dusk, and the Christmas lights on DoG street were ahead, and the leaves were blowing around the Old Campus, and I suddenly thought, “holy sh*t.” For the first time in a while, I took a moment to realize I have an incredible opportunity in front of me. I’m experiencing a whole new part of the country, meeting totally different people, learning legal education in the very place it began, and I have a family who is so loving and encouraging! My aunt also went to law school, and her tidbits of advice that were sprinkled into our Thanksgiving were so needed and appreciated. My parents encourage me everyday, and when I’m too hard on myself, they’re the first to remind me that I’m doing just fine. I’m also thankful for an incredible sister, the best brother-in-law I could imagine, and a beautiful niece on the way!

So, today, take a moment to remember the things you’re thankful for, even though the one day dedicated to gratefulness is gone this year.

Callie leigh

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I wanted to take moment to share my top outfit ideas for a few different types of celebrations. Whether you’re headed home, going to a relative’s, or doing something a bit fancier, I’ve got you covered! I’m headed to North Carolina to visit my aunt! I am personally obsessed with J. Crew’s scallop heel look this year. I also love a good excursion vest (because, honestly, it covers how much food I eat!) Click the links to make a quick purchase, and have the items shipped to you just in time to eat lots of turkey!!
screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-9-47-22-amPetite excursion quilted down vest • J.Crew

Lena suede pumps with patent cap toe • J.Crew

Petite ruffle silk button-up in vintage champange • J.Crew

Collection wool-cashmere cape • J.Crew screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-9-36-17-amPlaid mini skirt • J.Crew Factory

J.Crew Long Sleeve Italian Cashmere Sweater • J.Crew

Suede knee boots with tabs • J.Crew

J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest • J.Crew

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-9-41-31-amGlitter scalloped heels • J.Crew • $248

Italian silk pocket square in floral • J.Crew • $39.50

Toothpick jean in classic rinse • J.Crew • $115

J.Crew Long Sleeve Italian Cashmere Sweater • J.Crew • $198

What are you wearing?

Callie leigh

Thanksgiving Casual

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I hope you had a beautiful, happy, family-filled Thanksgiving. My holiday was rather relaxed, but it was such a great day. Since I’m at my family’s cabin, everything is much more casual than a typical Thanksgiving with the whole family. Getting out of our pajamas is a rare thing, and we usually lounge around, work on a puzzle, drink coffee and tea, and sit by the fire. We also watch movies (see my post on Holiday movie favorites). It’s nice to be able to be a little lazy, especially when finals are approaching in the next week or so. Anyway, I wanted to share what I wore to lounge around in, and some photos from my day!
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sweater: urban outfitters (old)//jeans: William Rast, on sale at Urban Laundry//Boots: Sorel brand, a christmas gift last year
A family tradition is to buy a puzzle, and work on it while we cook and watch movies and hangout. This year we got a 500 piece puzzle, but it’s a puzzle that has a ton of different pictures of cats (my mother picked it). It’s pretty difficult, but we’re making our way through it. I love doing puzzles. Also, I wore a pretty simple outfit because I getting out of sweats is quite the feat on our Thanksgivings. Anyway, hope you had a great holiday!
Callie Leigh

Thankful for…

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I love this holiday, as I’ve said so many times already. It gives me a chance to really step back, and think about all the things I have in my life to be thankful for. I know it sounds a little weird, but I am a bit spoiled. I have amazing people in my life, and I thank God everyday that I am so blessed with all that I have. I’ve complied a list of things I’m thankful for, and I thought I would share it will all you beautiful people. I’m not going to number the list because it’s too hard to order a lot of the things on this list, and being thankful doesn’t require order anyway.
– Fuzzy socks
– The written word
– Gilmore Girls
– Authentic friendship
– The ability to forgive
– My Education
– Earth-Shattering Music
– Delicious Food
– My readers (honestly, without you I would be writing to a brick wall)
– Memories
– Photographs
– Fall
– Creativity
– Boots and Scarves
– Understanding
– Laughter
– Deep Conversation
– Hand-written Letters
– Sushi
– Novels, Plays, and Poetry
– Saint Mary’s
– Compassion
– Loving People
– My Family
– Beautiful, Thought-Provoking Films
– First Encounters
– Friendly Strangers
– My best friends: Holly, Steven, Rossy, and Lindy
– The Blogging Community (so much inspiration everywhere)
– The fact that my friends like to see plays
– The People Who Love Me
– Crunchy Leaves
– Andee, she puts up with me and always takes beautiful photos
– Warm Blankets

I could go on, but I figure this is a pretty good list. A lot of the things on this list are probably givens, but alas, I am thankful for them. What are you thankful for?

Callie Leigh

The Best (in my humble opinion) Holiday Films

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With Thanksgiving tomorrow, and Christmas in just a few short weeks, it is prime holiday film season. In my family it is a tradition to begin watching our favorite holiday films from now until roughly a week after Christmas. There are hundreds of holiday films, but my family usually sticks with the same cycle of nine or ten films, and I thought I would share our absolute favorite nine. Something about curling up on the couch with a cup of hot cider or coffee, a fuzzy blanket, and my favorite holiday film makes me feel at home and so warm and fuzzy inside. I know, cheesy, but that’s something I enjoy around this time of year.

So, what are my top nine holiday films? Well, first, is The Holiday. A film with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black? How could I not? We watch this film every year, no questions asked (if I’m being honest, we’re watching it right now). If you haven’t seen it, you should go rent it right now because it’s great. In short, two women are heartbroken for the holidays, and decide to get away from their problems by switching homes (England —> L.A. and vice versa). Second, The Santa Clause because who doesn’t love Tim Allen, a successful somewhat selfish man becoming Santa? Third, The Family Man. This is probably the closest to The Holiday in ranking because the script, the concept, etc. are all phenomenal in my opinion. I feel like this movie makes me appreciate family, and having parents who never fail to drop everything if I have something serious come up, and the fact that my parents go to every big event in my life.

Elf is a good movie too because it’s just silly. I’m not usually a huge Will Ferrel fan, but I actually really enjoy this movie because he’s not being crude or ridiculous. Also, I happen to really like Zooey Deschanel, and she’s in it, so there’s that. I’m kind of a softy for British films, and last year my residence hall watched Love Actually and I fell in love. This movie is a slightly better version of Valentine’s Day, with many story lines intersecting. I love myself a good chick flick romance, and this is it for me. Home Alone is a must, ya filthy animal! I’m sure you’ve seen it because to me its the epitome of a holiday movie. When I went to New York my freshman year of high school, I was a little petrified my family would forget me and I would be alone for the holidays (just kidding, but still). Because I think Jim Carrey is hilarious, and I grew up with a dad who was constantly impersonating him, I love How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with him and Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl, anyone?). Ryan Reynolds for the holidays? Yes, please. Just Friends is a must for me, and I find myself singing “forgiveness…is more than saying sorry…” until right around the New Year. Also, the scene with the toothpaste eating is just too much. The final film on my list is a more personal choice because I just saw it for the first time recently. While You Were Sleeping is a great movie! My roommate and best friend, Holly, and I are constantly saying, “Hey! Is this guy bothering you? Because it looks like he’s leaning.” She is a movie nut, and has really great taste in movies, and I’m so glad she introduced me to this movie because it’s phenomenal.

So there you have it, my top holiday movies. Maybe go pick one up before Thanksgiving, and when you’re simply stuffed to the limit with turkey, stuffing, and pie, put one on, and relax! Enjoy your night, everyone! Also, what are your favorite holiday movies?

Callie Leigh

Plain and Plaid

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I know it’s been a few days, but I have a reason. I promise! For the last week, I did not use social media. I kind of have a little itsy bitsy addiction to Instagram and Facebook, and tend to fall into obsessive checking of all social media networks when I’m trying to avoid homework. I was kind of nervous I wasn’t going to be able to make it a full week, and then be just really pathetic. BUT I am happy to report the only social media I truly missed was this blog. I wanted to post, but at the same time I didn’t want to do a post while I was swearing off the Internet world. Not having access to Facebook and Instagram gave me time each day (because I was way more productive in doing homework and school things) to journal, write, and just think ponder life. I hadn’t written in my journal in roughly a month, which is an unusually long time for me. I guess I had a lot to say because I took roughly 10 pages to say all the things I was thinking. I have this theory that you aren’t truly over something until you write it all out on paper. Because at least when its on paper its an entity separate from you. An entity you can choose to throw away, burn, etc.

IMG_0476 2IMG_0477 IMG_0554IMG_0562IMG_0565IMG_0581IMG_0626IMG_0633blog outfit 2I also happen to know that Novel November is going on at the moment, and I have this idea for a book I’d like to write, so I had time to start that project. With all my schoolwork lately I don’t really have time to just do creative writing for me. Usually if I’m writing something that isn’t for class, it’s for The Collegian (the school paper). Not that I don’t enjoy writing for the paper, but sometimes writing a novel just for me is relaxing and a great way to get the creative energy that gets lost during semester lulls flowing again. Another thing I had time to do? Go to Barnes and Noble and look through travel books (namely for London), and I also invested in a Law School book. Yes, I’m changing my life plan slightly, but hey, sometimes change is necessary. I happen to be the person that plans everything out, totally detailed, and when one thing in my life doesn’t work as originally planned, I throw every aspect of the original plan out and start over. So, new life plan? Go to London for a semester; go to law school following undergraduate graduation. More on this to come (wink wink).

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On a final note, something I am looking forward to is the fact my parents are visiting Saturday, and then in just a few short weeks I will be heading North to home, then to the family cabin for Thanksgiving. I LOVE THANKSGIVING. I mean, what’s not to love? Family, food, pie, board games, snow, hiking, movies, cider…must I go on? I’m sure you get why Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday. Also, there’s the whole aspect of taking a day to really think about what you’re thankful for. I, for one, know that I am blessed beyond belief and Thanksgiving really overwhelms me because I have so many things, big and small, to gives thanks for (like the fact that I have two amazing parents and a wonderful sister, and a hilarious [almost] brother). Have a good Wednesday, and remember… Thanksgiving is coming so there is light at the end of the tunnel.


Shirt: Anthropologie Sale//Jacket: Urban Laundry c/o my sister//Leggings: GapBody// Socks: Free People//Boots: Heel and Sole 

Credits: Photographer–Andee, Author–Callie


Callie Leigh