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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…

Tall Gladiator Sandals Under $100


If you haven't gotten used to tall gladiators yet, well, it's only a matter of time. Just like riding boots some years back, this shoe trend has been inching it's way into the mainstream market, and it's only getting hotter. Knee-high gladiator sandals are sure to become a summer fashion staple for years to come. Though you don't have to spend a ton of money on the trend. When the sandal first hit the scene a few years ago with the Stuart Weitzman studded gladiators, you had to fork over several hundred dollars to get the look. This summer plenty of mid-range designers and even budget brands are offering tall gladiators at prices under $100. You can shop the looks below. Pictured Above: ALDO Umarelle Gold Knee Gladiator Flat Tie Sandals, $90 (also available in black)


For the best value, look for a pair that has real stitching through the material, and if you can, pay a little more for real leather that will last much longer than faux leather. Most tall gladiators have a tall zipper in the back or on the side. Try a pair on in stores so you can test the zipper out a few times. If it's a lace-up pair, you don't have to worry to much about the functionality of the zipper, but if there are no laces or buckles, you want to make sure in person that the zipper is in great condition. For fit, if you're concerned about having enough room for your calves, make sure to get a pair that does have adjustable laces or buckles. One of the biggest complaints in online reviews is the sandal being too slim in the calves.

I prefer the lace-up gladiators the most, because they tend to be lighter in appearance. Some of the wide-strap sandals with a lot of buckles just seem so heavy to me, as well as too literal. I really don't want to look like I'm on my way to a costume party. Of course that's my preference. If you prefer the wide-strap pairs, there are some affordable choices in several styles below. A lot of them are available in either brown or black. Unless you have a lot of black summer clothes, a tan or metallic pair is going to be the most versatile sandal for your summer wardrobe. I've definitely got my eyes on the metallic ones. 


Tall Gladiators Under $100

Shop the Look: Maurice's Dysa Tall Gladiator Sandal  //  Windsor Brown Tall Studded Gladiator Sandals  //  Charlotte Russe Lace-Up Tall Gladiator Sandals  //  Carlos by Carlos Santana Kleo Flat Gladiator Sandal  //  Windsor Sky-High Gladiator Sandals  //  Madden Girl Women's Penna Gladiator Sandal

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