Styled | Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day Style

In my family, Thanksgiving is our committed weekend to all be together. Christmas is different every year, but Thanksgiving is my family’s holiday. It’s also when we take our yearly family photo! I love this time of year.

Between traveling, cooking, and present buying, the hustle and bustle of holiday season can leave us frazzled. Add one more element (such as selecting what to wear for a photo to be sent out to friends and remain on your parent’s mantle for generations) can seem like too much.

Thanksgiving Day Style

I spent a morning with my beautiful friend, Kara, a talented hair stylist and make-up artist in Nashville. She helped me create a slightly elevated look to wear for Thanksgiving. One I can recreate myself: a daytime smoky eye with bronze and golds, hair up in an enhanced topknot (out-of-the-way for eating!) and neutral lip. By focusing on the eyes I can be ready for a photo in a few minutes. And we all know that, with little kids running around, time is of the essence!

Thanksgiving Day Style

This look is easier to do with second day hair as the hair has a bit more grit. Kara used a 1 1/2 inch curling iron to curl all of my hair. Feel free to curl your hair the night before to save one time. After shaking out the curls, a liberal amount of hairspray was added. Kara used L’Oréal Paris Elnett and Kevin Murphy DOO.OVER (dry shampoo + finishing spray in one!) to set everything. 

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

This is where the fun part begins! Instead of how I usually do my top knot (pull everything up into a ponytail with one hair tie, loop all of my hair round and secure with another hair tie), Kara left out a thin layer creating a ring around my head. She than took small sections and pinned them up into the top knot to create a bit more texture and fullness on top, all while keeping the sides smooth.

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

After applying concealer and foundation it was time for the main event: the eyes! A golden bronze base shadow was placed all over my lid with a darker green bronze in the crease. Black eyeliner on my upper lid and several coats of mascara (you can never have too much mascara in my opinion!). Pink blush on the apples of my cheeks with a light sweep of bronzer just to warm everything up and lipstick in a “not quite my lip color but slightly better” completed the look!

Thanksgiving in Chicago is cold, so skinny jeans and a cozy sweater is my go-to outfit (until the festivities are over and it’s comfy pants for the rest of the weekend!) Haha. Adding a fun element such as a scarf or statement jewelry makes the outfit complete for your family photo.

I want to hear what you all are wearing for Thanksgiving Day and your holiday photos!

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

Thanksgiving Day Style

Gap Sweater (similar) | A&F Cara Jean Legging  | Nordstrom Scarf (similar) | MAC Eyeshadow in Saturnal & MAC Gaelic Gold | MAC Lipstick in Hug Me | MAC Cremesheen Glass in DEELIGHT

Hair & Make Up © Kara Gaylor
Photography © Jordan Short

32 thoughts on “Styled | Thanksgiving Day”

  1. I am jealous that your hair curls so pretty. My hair takes a lot of time to get to curl how I want it to. The look she created for you is perfect for Thanksgiving day pictures.

  2. I LOVE that way of doing a top knot! I hate that mine always look so ballet inspired (aka way too tight) this is a great trick to give it some volume and keep it casual!

  3. What fun! I so wish I were better with this kind of thing… but what a treat to get made up. You look fab – such a pretty finish to an already lovely face.

  4. Lookin’ gorgeous! I’m a sucker for big bouncy curls, so I thought you hair was looking amazing even before being pulled up (good thing I have curly hair because I don’t have patience for a curling iron).

  5. I love your hair!! I almost wish you would have worn it down though because those curls were gorgeous!! I love the holidays too because spending time with my family is a must!

  6. What a fun post!! My hair is so thick and wavy, I bet I could just skip the curling step. It’s HUGE anyway. haha But I love the two-step for making the bun! I’ll have to try that to see if it helps me tame the mane into something a little more refined for my next holiday gathering 🙂

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