We all have those songs that automatically make our shoulders shimmy.  Regardless of where we are or what we are doing, there are certain songs that evoke nostalgic memories of getting down in the club- Save the Last Dance style – and cause an intense urge to do the dougie, the stanky leg or the shmoney dance  that cannot be quieted or tamed.  Believe me, I have tried.  For me, that song is Shoulder Lean, a Young Dro classic featuring T.I. – I dare you to listen to it and NOT move.  Try it.  Go on with your bad self.

Although this 2006 classic makes my shoulders shimmy, it is not the only thing that makes me want to party like it’s 1999.

The list is long, which further bolsters the notion that doing the sprinkler or humpty dance are just my reactions to ALL things that make me happy.  But today, I am focusing on two equally magical things: Thanksgiving and off-the-shoulder tops.  I know, I know – I talked about off-the-shoulder tops last week but they come in many forms and I am obsessed.  Guaranteed this won’t be the last time you hear about them either – let’s be honest.  As my ride or die bestie, Annie, would say, SORRY I’M NOT SORRY.

You may be wondering what Thanksgiving, off-the-shoulder tops and the shoulder lean have in common.  Wonder no more.


Finding the ideal Thanksgiving outfit is an art.  One that took me many years to perfect.  My family’s approach to Thanksgiving is go big or go home.  We typically fry three turkeys, you read that right, three turkeys – a Cajun style, an Indian style – we like to stay true to our roots, and an OG style – your typical butter and rosemary marinade.  Then there are stuffed mushrooms, sour cream mashed potatoes, three cheese macaroni, a salad, which no one eats but my mom insists on making anyways so we can at least feign healthiness and Stove Top stuffing because my brother strongly believes homemade stuffing is inferior.  We are SERIOUS about Thanksgiving.  Then comes the pie.  Let’s just all take a minute for the pie, shall we?  When it comes to pie, I do not discriminate.  I love pie so much that Ro and I had a wedding pie (shout-out to bang bang pie company) instead of a wedding cake.  Best decision I have ever made.  Besides marrying Ro.  My sister has mastered the art of creating pie flights – a plate filled with slivers of each of the four pies we order each year.  We are indecisive like that.  Though utterly delicious and worth every calorie, this baller dinner can lead to a few wardrobe malfunctions.  Buttons can pop and sweaters tend to enlarge so your outfit choice for this day of marathon eating is critical.  I don’t mean to make it sound so serious but let’s get real.  A wrong choice here can really ruin your Thanksgiving eating potential.  And I’m all about living up to your potential.


After many years of trial and error, I’ve come up with the perfect recipe.  Pun intended.  Here are the essentials: comfortable denim, baubles to up the fancy factor, and a cozy but deceptively oversized sweater that distracts people with its fashion-forward vibe so that you can steal that last piece of pie without anyone noticing.  Priorities.  Distressed denim is a tried and true staple, and, better yet, if your pie baby causes another hole to form, no one will be the wiser.  You can blame it on your effortless style.  There is also something so chic about an off-the-shoulder sweater. Not only does it make you feel as badass as Jennifer Beals in Flashdance, but it is also begs for a really good shoulder shimmy – one that would make T.I. and Young Dro proud.  Unlike Young Dro, off-the-shoulder sweaters and distressed denim will never be a one-hit wonder so go ahead and give into this temptation. I promise, it is so worth it.

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