Giving Thanks


Each November, as the beauty of giving thanks sweeps the nation, bringing out the innate goodness in each of us, I'm reminded of how pure and important the power of gratitude is. The popular saying "stop and smell the roses," is more important than ever in this digital day and age where we are incessantly glued to our phones and computer screens. Every month, my husband and I make a list of the things we are grateful for. From something as small as a favor someone did for us that week or a kind comment someone made. Once we've written down ten things, we share them with each other out loud. It's a moment that is greatly needed among the chaos of life and one I always look forward to. In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I would share 10 things with you that I am thankful for...

1. My Family... 
For all the endless laughter and amazing adventures. From impromptu living room concerts, to wrestling matches, to plotting out ways to explore the world. As hard as it always is for me to leave them and return to California, the sadness is just a reminder of how much I love them. 

2. Self checkout... 
I mean honestly, who isn't thankful for this? Without this extremely useful technological upgrade, I would be forced to wait in incredibly long lines, re-reading the same tabloid covers until finally caving in and flip to the cover story. Plus, who doesn't love the opportunity to play "cashier" which totally brings back a slew of childhood memories.

3. My health... 
A close family friend of ours has a precious 2 year old son who has stage 4 neuroblastoma. It has been an up hill battle for quite some time, but after a wonderful miracle, he is finally doing much better. Situations like this make me forever grateful to be healthy and prove the power of prayer. (You can follow his journey here)

4. Michael Kors tote bags... 
Without this fabulous hand candy being offered in such an uh-mazing array of colors and sizes I would have nothing to gawk at while at the mall and dream about at night. (This is the bag currently overtaking my dreams)

5. My DVR... 
Oh, how I'd be lost without it. Does anyone watch original airings anymore? Currently filling my DVR is my number one guilty pleasure, The Wendy Williams Show (How you doin'), Revenge, Pretty Little Liars, anything on Bravo, and more TLC shows than I'll ever publicly admit to.

6. My Friends... 
From our gang in LA to all of our high school friends back in Florida. Justin and I usually throw a big party every year so that we can all catch up. This year I'm planning an engagement party for one of my friends to take place over the Christmas holiday and can't wait to share my inspiration and decorations with you all soon!

7. Crystal Light Strawberry Energy
While most of you are standing in line at Starbucks, I'm shaking my water bottle. I literally can't go a day without my strawberry energy. It's an addiction!  

8. Animals... 
While I have room in my heart for all animals and room in my home for at least three more, (if only I could convince Justin) I have to dedicate this bundle of gratitude to my little fur baby, Maddox, who I can't live a day without. 

9. My husband... 
Who has shown me more support and love than I ever thought was possible. He has never questioned my dreams, instead he's only asked how he can help. He is the love of my life, my best friend and I'm so thankful that we found each other so young and have had the opportunity to grow together through the years. 

10. You! My loyal followers... 
I can not thank each of you enough for your support and kindness. You drive me and inspire me everyday. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you and hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving.




 

 
Jacket - H&M, Skirt - H&M, Top - H&M, Tights - Target, Heels - ShoeMint, Sunglasses - DVF

What are some of the things that you guys are thankful for this year?

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125 comments:

  1. You are so right - thereare so many things we all should be grateful!
    Btw, your outfit is cute and chic!

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  2. Great list! I'm thankful for a lot of things. But my next post will be about it. ;)

    Love the outfit!!

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  3. BEST OUTFIT EVER. You look so glam, Anna. Love this list. You are such a funny writer. Who isn't thankful for self checkout. hahaha

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  4. Ahh, you are truly blessed :) Not as far as you've reached yet, but in retrospect, I'm glad I can say that I have a lot to be thankful for :)

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  5. This is probably corny, but I'm thankful for you and this blog. You are such a positive and inspiring role model and one I hope to be like some day. My entire sorority reads your blog everyday. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  6. Hope your friend's son is ok, and gets better soon!

    Great post

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  7. Your so sweet - thanks for sharing and I will always be your follower xoxo

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  8. Such a cute post and i can relate to so many things you're thankful for!

    Have a great thanksgiving

    xoDale
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  9. Beautiful list! You're such a sweet and down to earth girl.

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  10. You are so sweet, Anna. I've never commented before, but my sister and I have been reading your site everyday for a few months now. You're style and personality are very inspiring. I hope your friends little boy gets better soon and can't wait to see pictures from the party.

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  11. Oh - i love your skirt!!! Nice pics like always:-* Greetings, Silvi fashion-beauty-zone.blogspot.de

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  12. You look great dear, have a nice holiday!

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  13. I wish I was on that side of the little pond to celebrate Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, the food, my au pair family and everything :)

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  14. i love this skirt!! so elegant but fun:)
    kisses from Milano
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  15. Always great to take a step back & give thanks.
    Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo
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  16. Stunning as always, Anna. The background is beautiful and I love your skirt. I loved reading your ten things. You're so lucky to have such a great husband and family. xoxo

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  17. such a nice post... we ought to be thankful for everything we have in our lives...
    very nice outfit, by the way :)
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  18. Amazing post and looking so stylish in that outfit! its really looking cool to wear fashionable jackets with leggings and boots!

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  19. Great list! I love your shoes, I'm looking for ones like this.

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  20. Amazing post and list and of course amazing style. You look
    so beautiful. Wish you a great thanksgiving tomorrow.
    xo, Petra
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  21. Great skirt, and a great tradition! It's the little things in this life we all have a tendency to forget.

    The Purse Snatcher 

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  22. Aaaw, such a sweet post. Wish we celebrated Thanksgiving in the Netherlands. Lovely look again too, the dress is so cute and cool combo with the burgundy leather jacket! xx

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  23. totes digging that white feather skirt from h&m! it's a new holiday crave of mine. i'm glad you're thankful for many things - enjoy your thanksgiving!

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  24. That skirt is SO fun, and I love your nail polish color. What shade is it? Your list of thanks is heartwarming :-)

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  25. Totally love this outfit, above all the skirt! Come check my last purchases on my blog!

    Mindthestyle

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  26. What a lovely, uplifting and inspiring post - thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, it's so appreciated! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you will have time to unwind, unplug and relax! :) xoxo

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  27. I love this post so much!
    Wishing you an amazing Thanksgiving!

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  28. Very nice post! Really enjoyed reading it. I like your skirt, very cute. Happy Thanksgiving xoxo ES
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  29. Ha, ! love the mix of serious and fun things to be thankful for! I agree, the amount of TLC shows I will watch (Sister Wives, anyone?) is sorta scary...
    You look amazing in these photo's!

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  31. Love, Love, Love this outfit! So Cute!

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    Brooke

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  32. This is such a lovely post and I love the idea of doing a list each month - I will deffo start doing that! Life can get so crazy it's really good to take a step back sometimes :)
    You look stunning as always!
    Have a great thanksgiving :D
    Love Holly x

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  33. Loving the texture of your skirt <3

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  34. Your skirt and your jacket are both so fabulous. You look beautiful as always. Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
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  36. You are the sweetest! This outfit is amazing as always!
    I love following your blog! Your posts are always incredible!
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  37. Love your list of things to be grateful for. hehe, it made me smile and i had to agree with most of them ;o)

    Your outfit is absolutely gorgeous though. I suppose you could be grateful for your incredible sense of style? Love pretty much everything you put together!

    In SA we don't celebrate thanksgiving which is a pity as it is such a lovely idea... Maybe I can just have a thankgiving get together anyway?

    xx

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  38. I wish I would have picked that skirt up from HM . Great list, happy thanksgiving!
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  39. Ahhh. This outfit if gorg. The black tights are amazing. Enjoyed reading this list. I don't know what I'd do without my DVR. lol

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  40. Such a great outfit! And your list, it's great. A lot of the same things I would have on mine :)

    Shannon
    bigdreamsandexpensivetaste.blogspot.com

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  41. what a great list! love the outfit, esp the jacket!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  42. Beautiful post Anna! So much to be thankful for!

    Becky
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  43. Love this post! I've been working on a similar one! The TLC show confession part cracks me up... I feel the same way! I'm thankful for my friends, family, health, and so much more! Hope you and Justin have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    xo, Mal
    Pastels and Mascara

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  44. Lots to be thankful for and definitely agree on the self checkout ;) Sometimes I just want a few items and I'm not in the mood to talk to the check out person or wait in a long line. Is that bad? Oh well ;)

    Super adorable outfit as ALWAYS! Love your skirt

    xoxo,
    Rachel

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  45. Love love love! That skirt is so adorable!

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  46. Lol. I this list and how much personality is in. I'm grateful for blogs like yours for helping me believe in my dream. Thanks, Anna. Xx

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  47. I am so obsessed with that skirt! I love how you paired it with the black top and tights.

    -Liz
    www.seesongdesigns.com

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  48. Your outfit is so dreamy and it perfection. I love your sweet list. I so agree with you on the DVR, I can't live without it anymore. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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  49. I can tell you world is hell without self-checkout... I must know since we do not have it in europe (only in ikea but that doesnt really count :P)
    and tv would be really crap without my dvr that meant I actually had to watch ads....

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  50. The skirt is so cute!

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  51. That was so sweet! I love your skirt too :)

    XO Alex

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  52. Beautiful outfit! And lovely list, looks like you have lots of wonderful things to give thanks for <3

    xoxo Bree
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  53. You look beautiful! Saw this skirt at H&M and didn't think it would look good, but it does! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  55. What an incredible post, thank you for the remind of the power of gratitude!

    xx Kelly

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  56. Great article, and cute outfit! I made a list like this over on my blog today too. happy thanksgiving Anna!

    Amberly
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  57. Obsessed with the colors and lighting in these shots.

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  58. Happy thanksgiving!

    You look so beautiful! Love your skirt!

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  59. Anna, you are such a DOLL honey! Your story has been so inspiring...I've followed you for eons now and really want to congratulate you on all your endless success! It really starts from within and your followers can all see the read the real YOU on this blog! It's THANKS to bloggers like you for keeping this community poppin'!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the hubs love!

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  60. so so cute! love that skirt! great post - it's nice to write out/think about what you are really thankful for!

    xxx
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  61. And we're thankful for you as well! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    Morgan
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  62. I love your feathery skirt from h&m so cute!!

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  63. Absolutely! So important to give thanks and be grateful :)
    Loooove your outfit btw! So chic!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    XO Nat
    [nat in love]

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  64. Beautiful words, Anna!
    Love your skirt <3

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  65. Lady you look beautiful and this post itself is beautiful! So inspiring. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  66. Great little skirt! love it.

    xoxo Jessica
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  67. What a great post! And the photos are amazing, really love your outfit as well :)

    xo, Hanna
    http://whoishanna.blogspot.fi/

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  68. Anna,

    May God continue to bless you, your family and your dreams.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sofia

    Stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  69. Happy thanksgiving Anna! - thankful for my DVR, too :)

    x Kelsey
    tortoiseinthesun.blogspot.com

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  70. Great things to be thankful for :) I'll be doing mine tomorrow! I'm dying over that jacket <3

    xo Ashley
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  71. Such a cute post + I love your skirt! Happy Thanksgiving :)

    ~Jacy

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  72. Aha, ha, ha! I love number 2 and 4.... You are hilarious, awesome outfit, love it!
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  73. I love your gratitude spirit and looove your outfit!
    One of my favourite!

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  74. Wow I love everything about this outfit. It's nice to acknowledge all of the things we are thankful for. :)

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  75. omg i absolutely love this look! great post. you have so much to be to thankful for! i have a new post up about an edtorial i styled, would love your opinion!! xx

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  76. stunning! I love the skirt on black , ill have to try this soon

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  77. My family, friends, and my iPhone. Seriously, don't know how I ever functioned without the iPhone! Happy Turkey Day to you Anna!

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  78. Happy Thanksgiving! love the whole outfit, by the way! :)

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  79. omg! this is so sweet. I have so many things that I am thankful for this thanksgiving as well. thanks for reminding me of them. love the outfit as usual. feel free to stop by again and don't forget to join my cookbook giveaway which ends tomorrow night. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  81. Great post! Love your outfit,great style you have :)

    xx

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  82. This outfit is so perfect, is so classy and so fashionable, I love it! and I also love everything you wrote, it is so true, you are such a nice person and the way you share a lot with us is something really special. I hope all the best for you.


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  83. Hi dear! You look amazing as always! I love this post you are a sweet person:-)

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  84. What a beautiful post darling!! Love it and also love your look!!
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  85. Great list Anna! So important to remember the big and little things.
    xo DIna
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  86. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  88. Lovely post and gorgeous outfit - the skirt is fab!

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  89. love your outfit!! esp. the feathery skirt!

    Happy Thanksgiving
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  91. Happy Thanksgiving. Cute skirt!!
    I am thankful for all the opportunities that have presented themselves and the fact that I have had so much support when I decide to seize them. And for the ups and downs that I have learned so much about.
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  97. Happy Thanksgiving! I am loving that skirt! So fun for a holiday party! I'm DEFINITELY thankful for self checkout too! xo

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