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Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

The Spring 2015 Style Edit


Spring fashion seems to have a brief moment in the spotlight before summer arrives, but let's stop and smell the florals while we can. There are so many pretty and feminine trends for Spring 2015, like the midi skirt and off-the-shoulder ruffle tops. Returning trends like the romper and crop top are quickly becoming classics, so go ahead and invest in those pieces. If you're on a budget, pick neutral blazers and handbags in classic designs that you can wear again this fall. Shop the looks below or click here to shop spring trends >>


Look #1 - Weekend Getaway - Hopefully you've squeezed in some vacation time this spring. I love to getaway for the weekend, though I don't have any fun plans until this summer. Whenever I travel in the spring or summer, I pack metallic accessories that go with everything - no need to pick between black or brown. I also tend to go for a jersey maxi dress. It can be dressed up for dinner with jewelry or worn as a swimsuit coverup during the day, and it's easy to roll up into my travel bag. Click here to shop Beach-Ready Swimwear >> 

B00S2N32NY My Michelle Junior's Horizontal Stripe Tank Popover Maxi Dress, $48
B00TKVNBS8 Bow Bangle Bracelet Set 15 Piece Stack Gold Plated, $25
B00R44IAPC Steve Madden "Tropical Punch" Feather Drop Earrings, $18
B00MUAV084 La Blanca Women's Bohemian Border Over The Shoulder Mio One Piece Swimsuit, $119
B00R33RBHC Nine West Hadley Tote Shoulder Bag (also in silver or other colors), $65.91
B00I4RCYBY Nine West Women's Sibeal Patent Dress Sandal,Silver, $29.83


Business Chic

Look # 2 - Business Casual Chic - Skinny jeans may be somewhat on the way out while flare-legs jeans are making a comeback, but boyfriend jeans are very much still in style this spring. For a chic casual spring look, I love a pair of slim distressed boyfriend jeans with a blazer and pointed-toe pumps or ballet flats. You can update the look this season with mule pumps and the modern pearl trend. Take the look from day to evening with a strappy tank, and swap out your satchel for a little clutch.

B00L5R6KF6 LE3NO Womens Classic Fitted Boyfriend Blazer Jacket, $11.99 - $30.54
B00NASMM6Y 7 For All Mankind Women's Josefina with Rolled Hem Jean, Striking Light Indigo, $129.99
B00Q3Q5K0A Dasein Gold Tone Frame Croco Leather Textured Handbag, $29.99
B00JF66S2O Kenneth Jay Lane Gold White Pearl Cluster End Bib Necklace, $212.50
B00UD6G82K Humble Chic Women's Cutout Triangle Ear Crawlers, $23.99
B00LBK9GWG Anne Klein Women's AK/1470RGST Rose Gold-Tone Bangle Watch and Bracelet Set, $150
B00OMXIV6G BCBGeneration Women's BG-Treasure Dress Pump, Nude Blush, $85.82



Look #3 - Ladies Who Brunch - With summer being the busiest time for weddings, spring is always packed with spring showers and brunches. It's the perfect time to put on something sweet and feminine, like a pleated midi skirt. A flared midi skirt looks great with flats, so if you really don't want to wear heels, go with an A-line midi skirt and pointed or peep-toe flats! Pair it with a bustier top or a spring crop top.

B00P14XV7O Nanette Lepore Women's Wineland Twill Corset Top, Ivory, $198
B00L32RLX8 Sheinside® Women's White Floral Pleated Skirt with Cherry Blossom Print, $12.18 - $21.98
B00QV0I8I4 Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch, Quartz, $95
B00T6LM318 Double Stud Ivory Pearl Earrings Stud and Drop Style, $16
B00RV51BL4 Anne Klein "Beacon" Gold and Turquoise Color Three Row Shaky Bracelet (in white), $28
B00NV94ZUS Sam Edelman Women's Eleanor Dress Sandal, Buff Nude, $129.95


Look #4 - Saturday Romp -
Rompers are still very much in for spring and summer this year. It's clear to see this trend isn't going anywhere. It's become just as much a staple as the sundress, so go ahead and buy a few! I love a short strapless romper as a swimsuit coverup and a more dressy one, like the romper pictured above, as an alternative to a weekend dress. A dressy-casual romper looks perfect with two of the top accessory trends for 2015 - the bucket bag and mules.

B00RW5FHE0 CATHERINE CATHERINE MALANDRINO Women's Leslie Romper, Pink Blossom, $138
B00MY0285O Fossil Vickery Drawstring Satchel Handbag (pictured in "bone"), $188
B00VRH0DVQ Jane Stone Silver Color Leaf Shape Cluster Stud Earrings, $12
B00R44IH14 Steve Madden "Tropical Punch" Feather Long Pendant Necklace, $32
B00NFITMJY House of Harlow 1960 Gold Shakti Midi Stackable Ring, $44
B00PASEO4U See By Chloe Women's Anna-1 Wedge Sandal, Natural, $315

 
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