A Thrifted Gem … and a christmas cash giveaway



I bought a gallon of milk today that expires on Christmas which means we are getting so close. The prospect of being home in less than two weeks is compensating for the fact that my body decided to get sick. Recipe testing is not nearly as enjoyable when you can’t smell anything and it all tastes the same (but don’t worry, anything with ricotta is delicious and I’ll have Ben taste test it so tomorrow’s recipe will still be edible ;). 
While I recoup and drink my body weight in orange juice and herbal tea, I have a cold weather outfit for you. This orange coat is one of my thrifted gems of the season – albeit more than I’ve paid for anything at a thrift store. I threw it over a sweatshirt to run mandatory errands today (like buying milk and orange juice) and had a two minute conversation with the sweetest checkout ladies who couldn’t get over the fact that I had “thrifted such a gorgeous piece!” Today I’m grateful for milk that reminds me of Christmas and checkout ladies that make me feel beautiful šŸ™‚
coat: Forecaster International // blouse: 7 for Mankind // necklace: Our World Boutique // pants: Vince// boots: thrifted





And for those of you who haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet (or haven’t started?), I’ve teamed u with some lovely bloggers to bring one lucky winner a $255 Visa Gift Card. Enter below and the winner will be announced next week. Feel free to check out these ladies blogs as well –  you might even come across an item or two on their blog that will inspire a present!


  1. Sorry you're sick šŸ™ I guess your body needs to get all the sickness out now so that when you go home for Christmas you can do everything you want, right?

    Love you.

  2. I would buy Christmas gifts for my husband and daughter. Thanks for hosting!

  3. awh. i hope you feel better. lots of people are getting sick right now šŸ™

    I'd use the $ to buy a few giftcards for 2 friends and 2 family members who would be so appreciative..plus, maybe a new coat for me šŸ™‚ lol

  4. Stunning coat, love those trousers too x

  5. LOVE that outfit – chic, comfy, and cozy :). And LOVE the timing of this giveaway … hello Christmas debt!

  6. Love the coat. I have a huge thing for winter coats. Must be because everywhere I have lived is cold šŸ™‚
    Miss you!

    I would probably update my wardrobe a bit and take the Hubby to an NBA game!

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