Holidays With Friends

 Dalton Sweater | Becca Leggings | Manee Leather Tote |  Elm Skirt  | Erin Sweater | BaubleBar Earrings

 Dalton Sweater c/o | Becca Leggings c/o | Manee Leather Tote c/o |  Elm Skirt   c/o| Erin Sweater c/o| BaubleBar Earrings                             

The holidays are always a hectic and busy time for everyone. Between getting in the holiday shopping, events and parties to attend and more it can feel like chaos at times. During this busy season, we’re all traveling to visit with family and attending work holiday parties.  So when J. McLaughlin asked me to find the joy of the holidays with friends, I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate, with drinks and bites at one of my favorite restaurants, St Cecilia.

Because of the holidays, I end up spending a lot of time with my family between spending a day together making raviolis, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more.  It’s nice to head out with just friends to catch up as we tend to easily lose touch.  Whether it’s getting together as a big group for a Friendsgiving meal (we actually did this over the weekend which was so much fun) or just grabbing a few drinks, it’s something that’s important to try to carve out time for during the holidays. It’s always nice to have an excuse to get a little dolled up, too! 

So to celebrate the joy of the holiday with friends, I grabbed my travel partner Kristin and headed to St Cecilia to hang out at the bar and catch up. And fun fact, we’re heading to Thailand for my 30th birthday in January.  While getting drinks, we were able to finalize a few more travel plans so it made for a fun afternoon of daydreaming about our upcoming trip. As a result, we devoured charcuterie plates, octopus and their amazing bread with ricotta. In Atlanta and haven’t been here yet? Definitely move it to the top of your list. First of all, It’s one of the prettiest restaurants in the city if you ask me and was decorated beautifully for the holidays, but they also have some of the best Italian food around. 

Since this restaurant is a bit of a fancier spot in the city, I decided to go navy on navy and add a little glam with these gorgeous statement earrings. One of my favorite colors is navy, so I instantly gravitated towards this pretty sweater. Pairing this sweater with these super comfy leggings (almost like pajamas) and grey heels was the perfect look! A great compliment to the whole look was this pretty light blue bag. Also, this sweater will be great dressed down too with jeans and flats for an easy weekend look too. You can shop more of my favorite J. McLaughlin pieces below.


A collaboration written in partnership with  J. McLaughlin. All opinions and views are my own.

Photos by Sydney Bruton Photography

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    Laura leigh

    Such a cute look and I am drooling over that cheese board!

    xo Laura Leigh

    sarah lindner

    You two look like you had a blast! I am seriously so hungry after looking at that cheese board!

    Sarah Lindner


    Aw how fun is this! I love your outfit, especially those earrings!

    xo Kelsey |

    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Such a pretty holiday look. I love J McLaughlin!

    Candy Rachelle

    These are the absolute sweetest photos!!! I love sharing the Holidays with family and friends. That’s what it’s all about!!!

    Nicole Leffew

    Looks so fun! Omg what an awesome 30th bday!! I bet you’re so excited! 🙂

    Anna Cobbs

    Looks like such a fun time!!! I love the red print skirt!!!

    xx – anna

    Lee Anne

    It’s so important to get together with friends, even when we are busy. Love this post, it looks like you had a great time!

    Lee Anne


    Love the bag, and you and your friend are gorgeous!

    Shelby Back

    Y’all look adorable! And that spread looks amazing!



    Love those earrings and that blue tote! And Thailand… how exciting- can’t wait to follow along on your trip. Sounds like the best way to spend your 30th birthday!

    xo, Kristina

    Ruthie Ridley

    You two are adorable!! I am in love with the earrings!! That cheese board looked bomb!


    You two look like you has such a wonderful time. i love spending time with friends. makes me so happy.

    Blair Staky

    This spot looks so adorable! Now I really want a meat and cheese plate, oh and champagne! Happy holidays Jessica!

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