Hi Ladies. A new week began. I know Mondays are hard on most of us. When I am in holiday mode though I kinda forget the days. With my six year old son off school today ( parent-teacher conferences)  we spent the morning together; me sipping tea, and eating breakfast, and him eating zuzu’s ( these little pastries that a local coffee shop sells). Afterwards we walked by the lake, took pictures of a seagull, and ducks, and just had peace & quiet we don’t experience often rushing everywhere. It was good for my soul. For both of ours actually.

PicMonkey CollageI wanted to share a couple pics from my recent bday. How do you usually celebrate yours? This year I had a couple mini parties with family, and friends. The day of my birthday my hubby took a day off from work, my oldest daughter was off from school this time her teachers on a work day, and the three of us head to my favorite breakfast place in town. After a good breakfast of omelette, they surprised me with the first of several cakes; a mini fruit tart. Seriously I can never say no to fresh fruit tarts. 🙂

Popbasic little black dress

A couple nights after, my hubby took me out to dinner. I wore this Popbasic dress from the Alice collection (sold out now)  and my Ann Taylor boots that I adore. ( on sale now) They go with everything, and I love the detailing on them. If you are interested in Popbasic’s new collection Amelie here is a link where you can get $15 off. 

My hubby and I don’t get date night out often but when we do it’s the best. Sometimes I forget how I forgot to talk without being interrupted haha. Not that I am complaining at all. Total thumbs up for couple time tough.

I would love to hear how you celebrate your birthdays, and squeeze in couple time?

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Have you ever thought it would be relaxing to have your Thanksgiving dinner cooked for you, have your loved ones around a table to enjoy delicious food while having not to worry about undercooked turkey, making sure the gravy tastes just right, and all the cleaning afterwards? I sure do.


As much as I love entertaining, having three kids, I don’t seem to hold parties for a large group of people very frequently lately. My dinner get togethers at home are usually for a smaller group at a time. For Thanksgiving, as our families live very far away, we usually either have a big celebration with friends, or take short trips. Hosting Thanksgiving at home is difficult in my lifestyle right now as I always run from one kids school to another, and from an activity to the next.

This is exactly why I loved coming across Thanksgiving reservations options at Buca di Beppo. This is such a time saver allowing you to be with people who matter to you, savor a delicious meal hassle-free.


I thought if you are also in need of a hassle-free holiday with family & friends you could take advantage of their Thanksgiving feast at the restaurants. Just make a reservation, and show up. For those of you that still want the comfort of your home with delicious meals already prepared,  Buca di Beppo also offers Thanksgiving Feast Party Pans which are to go meals that could be picked up on the curbside in many locations. Both options are so easy, effortless, and gurantee you’ll be able to relax too.


The restaurant serves their regular menu as well as special Thanksgiving dishes. Which Thanksgiving dish would you try? I would go for the white meat Turkey, and roasted garlic mashed patatoes, but skip the pumpkin pie for Colassal Brownie Sundae. Need my chocolate everyday of the year, even on holidays. 🙂


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Have a wonderful week, and can’t wait to hear about your Thanksgiving plans.  XOXO,


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  • Sophia

    Happy birthday! That mini tart looks yummy. This Thanksgiving we are with family. There have been ones we celebrated at restaurants with friends. Know what you mean by hassle free.

    • The mini tarts seriously rock!! 🙂 Thanks for the bday wishes, and have the best Thanksgiving. XOXO, Elif

  • Tban

    Great news! I was planning to cook for a small Thanksgiving party that we are invited and now I can just pick it up all ready. Working and having a 4 year old do sometimes require that flexibility. Well, most frequently to be honest:)

    • I am totally with you. I really enjoy entertaining but know it can become overwhelming with kids, especially looking for large groups. Hope you have the best time at your friends house, happy Thanksgiving Tulay! XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    Glad you had some nice birthday celebrations! I love going out to breakfast. 🙂 For Thanksgiving we go to my parents’ and I help cook. I’m a vegetarian, so I contribute some yummy side dishes to go with the meal. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Going out for breakfast is a tradition with our family 🙂 and I absolutely love it! During the holidays I so wish my parents lived much closer to us. Sometimes when they come to visit us in the NW it is holiday times and we have the best time preparing meals together with my mom as well. She also is a vegetarian and we make sure to make Mediterranean type veggie dishes for her. What kind of side dishes do you make? Have the best Thanksgiving lovely Cheryl, XOXO, Elif

  • It was your birthday, Elif? Χρόνια πολλά! (Greek for Many happy returns!) and even we don’t celebrate it here in Germany Happy Thanksgiving!

    Lots of Love
    Verena Fiona | LondonparismilanblagoesNYC! |

    • Thanks so much for the nice bsay & Thanksgiving wishes Verena, so sweet of you!! <3 Have a fab rest of your week lovely girl. XOXO, Elif

  • Sounds like a great day! My birthday is in December so every year we throw a tacky sweater party that doubles up as my birthday party, so much fun! I’m excited for this year. Happy birthday by the way, you looked beautiful!!

    • That sounds like crazy fun!! I love party themes 🙂 Thanks for the bday wishes Brooke!! It was a fun day. Hope you post your bday pics 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • aaarnold

    Happy late birthday! It sounds like it was great! You look beautiful in these photos. Enjoy your holiday.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Thx Amy Ann for the lovely wishes, it was a very fun bday!! Hope your Thanksgiving was great! XOXO, Elif

  • Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a few perfect celebrations! You look gorgeous in you black dress and booties! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


    • Hope your Thanksgiving was great dear, and thx for the bday wishes, it was a very nice day! XOXO, Elif

  • Love each of your outfits here, especially the cozy sweater in your birthday pics! I would never have guessed an Italian restaurant served Thanksgiving food! How cool- it looks delicious. I hope you enjoy your holiday!
    Gina – On the Daily Express

    • I know I was very surprised they served the really nice Thanksgiving feast 🙂 Thx Gina, I love my cozy knits. Hope you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving and the holiday season! XOXO, Elif

  • Hey lovely, you look so chic and sexy in that LBD! Perfect look for a night out with the hubby 🙂

    • Thought a midi LBD would be a twist on the classic 🙂 Thx my dear friend!! XOXO, Elif