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Welcome November!

Welcome November!

With the election dragging on for a few days as predicted, last week felt like a distraction-filled wash. But now that the political texts, ads, and commercials are finally over, I feel like today is a fresh start and a good time to Welcome November.

I’ve always loved the holidays. In 2018, they were made even sweeter when we brought Vivian home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. Before she was born, I was sort of mourning the end of that chapter of our lives, when the holidays revolved around little kids. 

So I couldn’t be more thrilled or grateful to restart holiday traditions with Vivi, and seeing our big girls leading the way in celebrating with her is just the icing on the cake.

In a year filled with so much heaviness, we’re diving headfirst into the holidays. We’re decorating a little bit earlier, escaping in a few more Hallmark movies, and trying to stay present in all these little moments because we know how precious and fleeting they are. 

Here on The Well Dressed Life, there is a lot of seasonal content to cover that I can’t wait to share with you. Our  Holiday Gift Guides will begin this Friday because of increased online shopping and potential delays in shipping. These are some of our most popular posts, and I love putting them together, so if there is anything you would like to see or are looking for, let me know in the comments. 

Welcome November


Gift Guide 2019: Favorite Hostess Gifts

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This year has been unbelievably challenging. In so many ways, we’ve really seen the worst of people. The internet has become such a cesspool for vitriol. Even some of my favorite sites, the ones I turn to for a moment of distraction or inspiration, have become grounds for so much hate.

But this community has been a shining light in all the darkness. Thank you for keeping this space safe and kind. Thank you for giving me grace when I needed it, for supporting my mission, for sharing with friends, for countless kind notes and messages. You have no idea what that all means to me. I appreciate you all so very much. 



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Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Hello! I'd love ideas for small gifts that bring a smile to my neighbors and acquaintances (that are not necessarily "best friends"). I want to spread the love and bliss of the holiday season even more broadly this year :-) Thanks!


Monday 9th of November 2020

Every year (and all year) I think of what would be a good gift for my staff, something universal and practical. I've given Echo Dots, Yeti Tumblers, and good portable chargers. Thinking of a small backpack for hiking/ biking this year but always open to other ideas!


Monday 9th of November 2020

Hi Megan! In terms of shopping ideas, I'd love to see some smaller brands featured. I am an Amazon Prime member, and don't get me wrong, their free shipping is great! However, I would like to support smaller companies that probably didn't fare so well during the pandemic. I've been using some shop local guides, but there aren't as many options for online shopping. Thank you Jess


Monday 9th of November 2020

I can't seem to get into the holiday mood yet, probably because it is still warm here in NC. But I am looking forward to your holiday guides as I'm trying to get my shopping done earlier this year! I'm really focused on gifts that make life at home either easier or a little more luxurious this year, since we are spending so much time at home these days.

Megan Kristel

Monday 9th of November 2020

Great ideas!

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