The Laughing Willow Story

When The Laughing Willow began, we hoped to create a place...an environment that was not only a business but a place that felt cozy, comfortable and welcoming. We love people! On top of meeting new people, hearing from where you have traveled, hearing your stories and more, we love to help you find just the right outfit or gift. 

Enjoy hearing more of our stories, get the low down on all the how to's and tips and gain some of the best recipes from our owner, Melody! She's a whiz in the kitchen.

Our Top Outfits For Thanksgiving

Posted by Melody Ginn on

Some families dress up and go all out and some keep it low key. Whatever your friends and family decide to do this year, don't worry! We've got you covered. Our top outfits for Thanksgiving are in. We even have a few ideas for a hostess gift too. We got you!

Dress To Impress

Dress to impress with this amazing dress, the Beth Dress! With a knit partial button down top, ruche sleeves and flowy, tiered skirt you will look and feel great even after your second helping. Dress it up with a belt and the perfect shoes and accessories or make it fun and eclectic with some little white tennis shoes or converse with a unique jacket. Never be afraid to step outside the box and always, always be comfortable. 

We had fun with this one using our own little fashion hack. Since the waist is elastic, we pulled it up and under the knit top so that it looks more like two separate pieces. Then, we added a beaded belt, a quilted jacket and layered on the bracelets along with some laced up boots. It works for any age.

Beth Dress

"Never buy what someone says is "in" or a "must have"...buy what makes you happy." -Iris Apfel

Beth Dress with Mercy Jacket

Another dress we love for a dressy Thanksgiving, the Donna Dress. This Diane Von Furstenberg-like wrap dress is a classic. With its fall tones and paisley pattern, this wrap dress will definitely impress. Plus, you can always loosen the belt for a more comfortable fit after all that turkey, right?

If you want something totally different from the above styles, we suggest the Woodley Dress. This is a staff fave! This dress is stylish and modest.

Two dress shown, a paisley wrap dress and a rust red floral dress

Above: Donna Dress (left) and the Woodley Dress (right)

Non-Top Fun...

Grab an outfit that will easily help you get picture perfect ready this year. Feel confident in a top that is stylish and comfortable: The Imka Top, is a creamy knit top with black and white floral ruffle long sleeves. It's classy and easy to throw on after cooking all day. We paired it with our Serina Jean. A strong flare jean is in right now...makes you feel taller and slimmer and who doesn't want that? Top it off with a fun hat too. We like this western style, the Ezra Hat. If you like a smaller height and brim, try our wool black hat with a brown leather band. Ezra Western Hat and Imka Top

Imka Top, Serina Jean, Ezra Hat

Wool Black Hat with Brown leather band

Deni Jean, Black Flat Brim Wool Hat

Take Pride in Peplum

Tap in to a little bit of your wild side with a little animal print top. We have two flattering peplum tops you'll love! Try our Leronda Top, a slimming zebra print top. You will surely receive a ton of compliments wearing this beautiful top.

Leronda Zebra Print Peplum Top

Our Hattie Top is another peplum top you'll receive compliments while wearing. This cheetah print smocked peplum top has ruche short sleeves for an elegant look. You'll appreciate slipping this on for a quick chic look. We love this top with a flare jean like our Serina Jean. 

Cheetah Print ruche sleeve peplum top

With any of these outfits, you'll feel confident and ready to enjoy the day. Take advantage of our Early Black Friday Sale and shop your fave outfit today!

SHOP NOW

Gifting: For The Hostest With The Mostest

Finding a unique and thoughtful hostess gift can be tough. The old candle always works, but everyone tends to have a million. We have a couple ides for a unique gift for your host. 

Try something like this round oversized wooden charcuterie board with leather handles. Cover it with some parchment paper, fill it will goodies so you can contribute to the day and then add a little note for the hostess that its theirs to keep when the day is over. When writing a note, if you like a little something punny, try something like, "pears well with...." or "I'm so grapeful for you"? Not sure, but who doesn't love a good pun?

Round oversized wood charcuterie board with leather handles

If that doesn't sound appealing, try something simple and sweet. We suggest these oven mitt gift sets. There are two styles, one that says "Enjoy" and another that says "Yum", each one containing two towels. This is a gift anyone will enjoy and find useful. 

Oven mitt gift sets

 Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

Read more

Our Top Outfits For Thanksgiving

Posted by Melody Ginn on

Some families dress up and go all out and some keep it low key. Whatever your friends and family decide to do this year, don't worry! We've got you covered. Our top outfits for Thanksgiving are in. We even have a few ideas for a hostess gift too. We got you!

Dress To Impress

Dress to impress with this amazing dress, the Beth Dress! With a knit partial button down top, ruche sleeves and flowy, tiered skirt you will look and feel great even after your second helping. Dress it up with a belt and the perfect shoes and accessories or make it fun and eclectic with some little white tennis shoes or converse with a unique jacket. Never be afraid to step outside the box and always, always be comfortable. 

We had fun with this one using our own little fashion hack. Since the waist is elastic, we pulled it up and under the knit top so that it looks more like two separate pieces. Then, we added a beaded belt, a quilted jacket and layered on the bracelets along with some laced up boots. It works for any age.

Beth Dress

"Never buy what someone says is "in" or a "must have"...buy what makes you happy." -Iris Apfel

Beth Dress with Mercy Jacket

Another dress we love for a dressy Thanksgiving, the Donna Dress. This Diane Von Furstenberg-like wrap dress is a classic. With its fall tones and paisley pattern, this wrap dress will definitely impress. Plus, you can always loosen the belt for a more comfortable fit after all that turkey, right?

If you want something totally different from the above styles, we suggest the Woodley Dress. This is a staff fave! This dress is stylish and modest.

Two dress shown, a paisley wrap dress and a rust red floral dress

Above: Donna Dress (left) and the Woodley Dress (right)

Non-Top Fun...

Grab an outfit that will easily help you get picture perfect ready this year. Feel confident in a top that is stylish and comfortable: The Imka Top, is a creamy knit top with black and white floral ruffle long sleeves. It's classy and easy to throw on after cooking all day. We paired it with our Serina Jean. A strong flare jean is in right now...makes you feel taller and slimmer and who doesn't want that? Top it off with a fun hat too. We like this western style, the Ezra Hat. If you like a smaller height and brim, try our wool black hat with a brown leather band. Ezra Western Hat and Imka Top

Imka Top, Serina Jean, Ezra Hat

Wool Black Hat with Brown leather band

Deni Jean, Black Flat Brim Wool Hat

Take Pride in Peplum

Tap in to a little bit of your wild side with a little animal print top. We have two flattering peplum tops you'll love! Try our Leronda Top, a slimming zebra print top. You will surely receive a ton of compliments wearing this beautiful top.

Leronda Zebra Print Peplum Top

Our Hattie Top is another peplum top you'll receive compliments while wearing. This cheetah print smocked peplum top has ruche short sleeves for an elegant look. You'll appreciate slipping this on for a quick chic look. We love this top with a flare jean like our Serina Jean. 

Cheetah Print ruche sleeve peplum top

With any of these outfits, you'll feel confident and ready to enjoy the day. Take advantage of our Early Black Friday Sale and shop your fave outfit today!

SHOP NOW

Gifting: For The Hostest With The Mostest

Finding a unique and thoughtful hostess gift can be tough. The old candle always works, but everyone tends to have a million. We have a couple ides for a unique gift for your host. 

Try something like this round oversized wooden charcuterie board with leather handles. Cover it with some parchment paper, fill it will goodies so you can contribute to the day and then add a little note for the hostess that its theirs to keep when the day is over. When writing a note, if you like a little something punny, try something like, "pears well with...." or "I'm so grapeful for you"? Not sure, but who doesn't love a good pun?

Round oversized wood charcuterie board with leather handles

If that doesn't sound appealing, try something simple and sweet. We suggest these oven mitt gift sets. There are two styles, one that says "Enjoy" and another that says "Yum", each one containing two towels. This is a gift anyone will enjoy and find useful. 

Oven mitt gift sets

 Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

Read more


2022 LW Fall Bucket List

Posted by Melody Ginn on

It's finally feeling like fall! The leaves are turning vibrant colors, the air is crisp and cool and the warmth of the sun has us giddy for autumn. Here's a fun full list of things to shoot for this fall!

Grab your fam and your best friends to see who can accomplish all the things...
Click on the image above to download a copy of our Fall Bucket List.
Add to cart and check off some of this list now. Wink Wink.
Apron For Baking? Click Here
Still Need a Hat? Try Here
Candles? Have we got candles! Come on in to shop!
And try these Warmies slippers for an extra cozy day Here

Read more

2022 LW Fall Bucket List

Posted by Melody Ginn on

It's finally feeling like fall! The leaves are turning vibrant colors, the air is crisp and cool and the warmth of the sun has us giddy for autumn. Here's a fun full list of things to shoot for this fall!

Grab your fam and your best friends to see who can accomplish all the things...
Click on the image above to download a copy of our Fall Bucket List.
Add to cart and check off some of this list now. Wink Wink.
Apron For Baking? Click Here
Still Need a Hat? Try Here
Candles? Have we got candles! Come on in to shop!
And try these Warmies slippers for an extra cozy day Here

Read more


Marie Hazel's Holiday Bread

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