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I found my perfect dress for Thanksgiving. The high neckline, delicate sleeves and charming print make this Rebecca Taylor number a dream.

As many of you probably noticed I am not in Shanghai like I was supposed to be for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Unfortunately, the stories being reported about the Chinese government denying visas to show attendees is true (read about it here). I, along with other bloggers and the likes of Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry, was denied a visa and had to cancel our trip last minute. It was a huge disappointment because Sam and I had already planned out multiple dumpling tours, and even a dumpling cooking class for me to cure my unhealthy obsession with soup dumplings. I’m not sure when I will get another chance to go to China. However planning and thinking about a trip to a place so far away has put the travel bug back in me. As soon as we cancelled our trip, I immediately started thinking about our next destination.

Where have you guys always wanted to go? I’m thinking Sydney for my upcoming birthday or maybe Bali.

Wearing: Dress – c/o Rebecca Taylor, shoes – Windsor Smith, bag – Saint Laurent, earrings – c/o adornmonde

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Today I’m sharing my mom’s fool proof turkey recipe. I’ve watched her make this recipe every year for over 15 years. Roasting a giant turkey can seem intimidating but with the right recipe it’s actually easier than it seems. This is a French take on roasted turkey with Herbs de Provence, citrus, and fresh herbs providing the aromatic flavor. This was actually my very first time making this recipe without my mom. It turned out moist and full of flavor. If any of you decide to try out this recipe I’d love to hear how it goes.  Hope you enjoy your time with your family this coming week and be sure to check back for my best of Black Friday deals.

Ingredients:

1 turkey 13 to 15 pounds

2 oranges quartered

1 onion quartered

1 lemon quartered

6 sprigs Rosemary, divided

6 sprig sage, divided

6 sprigs oregano, divided

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, divided

2 tablespoons herbs to Provence

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions:

Heat oven to 400°F. Insert the orange, onion, lemon, and two sprigs each rosemary, sage and oregano into the cavity of your turkey.  Tie the legs together with kitchen string. In small bowl combine 1 stick of butter, herbs de Provence, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread half the mixture under the turkey skin and the remainder over the breast, thighs, and wings. Place in roasting pan and cover with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 3 cups of broth and the remaining herb sprigs and orange quarters.  Roast 40 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°F, remove foil. Add 1 cup of broth and return to oven for another 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until instant-read thermometer reads 175°F.  Baste the turkey with your broth every 30 minutes or so. Remove from pan.  Let’s stand 30 minutes before carving.  Serve and enjoy.

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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, it’s officially holiday season. Tonight we’re having my college best friend and her husband  over for an intimate Friendsgiving. I whipped up my mom’s turkey recipe, I’ll be sharing it on the blog Sunday, I also picked up beautiful flowers and spent the day getting everything ready for our evening. For tonight’s centerpiece I settled on a simple arrangement of pink peonies and off-white anemones. I tucked a few eucalyptus branches under the vase and added a sprig of fresh thyme to each place setting to add an aromatic touch to the table. Scroll down to see how it all turned out.

Wearing : Sweater – c/o Saylor, skirt – See by Chloé, shoes – Gray Matters, earrings – c/o Adornmonde, bag – c/o Flynn , plates and silverware – West Elm

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Just a little reminder to keep finding the light even when everything around you seems to dim, and to never underestimate the powers of simple trench coat to elevate a pair of jeans

Wearing: Trench –  c/o Guess, Top – Sandro,  Jeans – Joe’s Jeans, Shoes – Amélie Pichard, sunglasses – c.o Elizabeth and James, watch – c/o Olivia Burton, clutch – c/o August, earrings – AdornMonde

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 One of my favorite holiday traditions is to invite friends over for Friendsgiving. Living in LA, a lot of our friends have family scattered all over the country, so I try and have them over to celebrate before they leave for the holidays. With such a large group of friends, they are always leaving on different dates so instead of one large dinner party we have smaller groups over for a cocktail hour.

 Today, I’ve partnered with CB2 to re-create our take on a cozy California Friendsgiving. Because we’re having smaller get- togethers instead of one big dinner, I think it’s fun to create a singular theme to tie the nights together. One of my favorite things to make in the cold months is a winter Sangria which lends itself perfectly for a cocktail inspired Friendsgiving. I like to accompany the Sangria with a selection of cheeses, small bites, and finger foods. Adding a few glam accessories like gold candle holders, beautiful serving platters, and long-stemmed glassware adds a glam touch to an otherwise fun, casual night.  After hosting these small get-togethers for the last few years, I’ve noticed that each night becomes uniquely special and intimate. It’s a lovely tradition that I hope we continue throughout the years.

 *This post was created in collaboration with CB2.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CB2. The opinions and text are all mine.

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