NURSERY REVEAL

This little labor of love has been my favorite design project to date!  Regardless of gender, I knew I was going to have a blue and white nursery (it has to match the rest of the house, right?!).    I also knew it was going to be a nautical theme. [I was SHOCKED]. When we found out we were having a girl, my inspiration tilted slightly towards a more preppy, classic look and a little less nautical (no worries – there are still plenty of nautical elements). [The little mermaid would find it comfortable.]

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I spent countless hours on Pinterest, Pottery Barn, Wayfair, and every other design and home décor website researching the details.  I knew I wanted an accent wall with wallpaper.  I also knew I wanted mostly all white furniture.  Once I picked out the major furniture pieces and narrowed down the wallpaper, it was easy to pick out the other details.

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For the wallpaper I chose this pretty watercolor floral print from Spoonflower.  I kept going back and forth between this print, a peony floral print, and sailboats.   The striped rug from Wayfair actually made my decision because the large floral print was just too busy against the stripes.

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The gallery wall came together better than I could have imagined.  Three of the six pieces I already owned (the two anchor prints and the original sailboat painting from my favorite local artist, Michelle Brunner).  My parents gifted us the adorable whale print when we told them we were pregnant, the seagull/sailboat print I picked out from Pottery Barn, and the sweet seascape with the little girl was an original painting we bought on our babymoon.   All the pieces just complement each other so well and I couldn’t be happier! [Nothing on this wall is nautical, right?]

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When I decorate, I love to use pieces that are meaningful.  The stunning Lilly artwork was created by one of my best friends who is an insanely talented, professional artist (check out her website!!).  The ship wheel was gifted to us at our shower from one of my coworkers who loves to collect antiques and the Lilly letters were made by a good friend of Rob’s family.  I love that each piece has a special story and I’m so excited to share these stories with Lilly.

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It’s been such a joy to share this design process and reveal with you all.  I’ve linked some of the details of the nursery below.  We can’t wait to share this special space with Lilly in just a few short weeks!

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Slainte,

Shannon and [Rob]

NURSERY DETAILS:

BABYLETTO CRIB | CHANGING TABLE | ROCKING CHAIR | WAYFAIR RUG | NAUTICAL MOBILE | SPOONFLOWER WALLPAPER

POTTERY BARN:

CRIB SHEET | GREY SHERPA BLANKET | PINK BASKET | LILLY PULITZER PINEAPPLE BLANKET | ELEPHANT SOUND MACHINE | LITTLE SAILOR WALL ART

 

LND – LITTLE NAVY DRESS

Most people are familiar with the fashion term “LBD” – Little Black Dress.  For those navy lovers out there though, you can’t go wrong with investing in a “LND” – Little Navy Dress.   Every woman should own at least one LBD or LND that is flattering, comfortable, classic, and stylish.

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Over the past year or so, I’ve definitely leaned towards having a preference for an all-navy wardrobe versus an all-black wardrobe.  When I saw this little navy number in Old Navy’s new arrivals for maternity, I knew it would make a great transition piece for fall.

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I’ve styled this particular look for all those fashionistas who are struggling to find a dress for an early fall wedding.  September is by far my favorite month (it’s birthday month!!), but the temperature can be tricky, especially for an evening wedding.  This particular dress from Old Navy is going to be perfect for a mid-September outdoor wedding that we are attending.  If it’s warm that evening, the knee length hem and elbow length sleeves will help keep one cool.  If it’s on the chiller side, the elbow length sleeves will provide a little extra coverage, without having to wear a sweater.

Plus, the fit of this particular dress is so flattering to this third trimester mama-to-be.  The material is so comfortable and breathable – both a must for this time of year and this stage in pregnancy.  I love that it accentuates baby, but doesn’t hug me so tight that I’m uncomfortable.  And, you can’t beat the price point!

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One of my favorite ways to style a navy dress is by pairing it with pearls and gold accessories.  Both provide such a classic, preppy look – which you all should know by now is my style preference.  One of my favorite places to shop for these preppy accessories is the East Coast brand, Kiel James Patrick (KJP).  Hubby recently gifted me this beautiful Sarah Patrick bracelet (a jewelry line a part of the KJP line) for my birthday and I’m in love. [With the bracelet or me I wonder?] It’s seriously so gorgeous and delicate and pairs perfectly with another pearl strand bracelet I have from KJP.   Paired with my KJP pearl earrings and chunky pearl necklace, they are the perfect accessories to glam up this LND.

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I hope this post inspired you to think about investing in a LND that can easily be transitioned from season to season.  You can shop all the outfit details by clicking on the links below!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP THE LOOK

LITTLE NAVY DRESS | SAM EDELMAN ESPADRILLE WEDGES | KJP PEARL STRAND BRACELET | KJP PEARL EARRINGS | SARAH PATRICK BRACELET | CHUNKY PEARL NECKLACE (SIMILAR) | COACH CLUTCH (OLD)

SHOP LU LOU

One of my absolute favorite things about fashion is discovering new brands.  Whether it be clothing or accessories, I love the feeling of finding something new and different that can enhance my wardrobe.  Being in the third trimester, clothing is getting to be a bit of a challenge.  I’m definitely loving accessories and statement earrings that make this mama-to-be feel stylish and put together.

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A few weeks ago on Instagram, I stumbled upon the cutest account called Shop Lu Lou.  Shop Lu Lou is an East Coast based company that has the most adorable, preppy statement earrings and necklaces.

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All the items are just so fun and pretty!  And there is a style for everyone – whether you like tassels, baubles, hoops, or posts, Shop Lu Lou has a statement earring to match your style!

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I have four pairs of earrings that I’m completely in love with.  Not only are they adorable and fashionable, but they are extremely lightweight and don’t bother my sensitive ears like some earrings do.   I highly recommend checking out Shop Lu Lou’s Instagram account and purchasing some of these fun pieces!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Slàinte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK

LOOK 1: SHOP LU LOU EARRINGS | LILLY PULITZER DRESS (OLD) | CHIC HAPPENS NECKLACE | JACK ROGERS | RAYBANS | COACH HANDBAG(OLD)

LOOK 2: SHOP LU LOU EARRINGS | PINK BLUSH DRESS | LOFT NECKLACE (OLD) | BOURBON AND BOWETIES BRACELETRAYBANS | SAM EDELMAN SHOES | RATTAN HANDBAG 

NAUTICAL BABY SHOWER

A few weeks ago my sisters threw me the most adorable and memorable baby shower!  It meant so much to Rob and me to have a full day of spoils for our sweet baby girl.  Our hearts are bursting with happiness and we are still completely overwhelmed by all the love for Baby Lilly.

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I requested the shower to be at Perrysburg’s Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.  This is one of my favorite historic places in Perrysburg.  The interior decorating reminds me of all the cute pubs in Scotland and England.  It’s very early Americana and I absolutely adore it (seriously google image the club and you will see how cute the interior and exterior are).

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It’s no surprise that the shower was nautical themed!  How cute are those diaper cakes?! My mom found these oversized whale, sailboat, and anchor decals and they are so fun! All of the details from the cookies, to the games, and nautical décor were so perfect.  I literally cried when I walked into the room and saw how cute everything looked.

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I was completely overwhelmed by everyone’s excitement!  Seeing as this is our first baby, we have been lacking on the baby supplies.   Our friends and family went above and beyond to make this day special and equip us with the baby essentials.

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Thank you to everyone near and far who attended the shower, sent well wishes, and were with us in spirit.  We are so grateful to each and every one of you and we can’t wait for the world to meet Baby Solt!

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Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

OUTFIT DETAILS:

PINK BLUSH DRESS | JACK ROGERS SANDALS | J.CREW EARRINGS (SIMILAR)| KATE SPADE WATCH | HUBBY IS WEARING ALL J.CREW FACTORY AND SPERRY SHOES!

FLORALS AND GARDENS

This past weekend Rob and I explored a hidden gem in our cute little town.  The 577 Foundation is a historic site that works to preserve and maintain the integrity of the land.  They offer numerous classes for adults and children that range from pottery, to painting, to herb walks, to making soap, and all sorts of holiday inspired crafts.

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The 12 acre property dates back to the 1880s and the deed to the property was actually signed by President John Quincy Adams.   The estate was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George F. Greenhalgh (Mrs. Greenhalgh was a niece of Edward Drummond Libbey, major benefactor of The Toledo Museum of Art), and then later by Duane and Virginia Stranahan.  The Stranahans had six children, none of whom wanted the property, so Virginia gave the property back to the community.  Her hope was that the land would be a fun place where people could learn about the environment and enjoy the beauty of Perrysburg and the Maumee River.

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The 577 Foundation is known for their beautiful gardens.  Guests are encouraged to plant their gardens on the property, with the purpose being to learn, discover organic practices, and share their knowledge with others.

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We had a lovely morning walking around and exploring the grounds.  The flowers and gardens are in full bloom right now and created the most picturesque backdrop for some photos.  Both Rob and I have always been huge history buffs so we naturally fell in love with the beautiful historic buildings on site.  This would be the cutest location for a bridal shower, senior pictures, or even a small wedding!

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We are trying to soak up every minute before sweet Baby Lilly arrives!  It’s hard to believe we are already 28 weeks along.   She will be here before we know it!

Slàinte,

Shannon

p.s. I’ve linked my outfit details below! This floral maxi was perfect for a stroll around the beautiful gardens.

MATERNITY MAXI | TASSEL EARRINGS | RAYBAN SUNGLASSES | RATTAN BAG | KATE SPADE WATCH (SIMILAR) | BOURBON AND BOWTIES BRACELET PEARL (SIMILAR) | BOURBON AND BOWTIES BRACELET (PINK)

TRAVELING SOLTS – SAUGATUCK, MI

Last week Rob and I jetted out of town for a quick “babymoon.”  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a babymoon is a fancy way of describing your last vacation as a couple before your baby arrives (basically a second mini honeymoon).

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When we were planning our babymoon, we knew we wanted something coastal, but not too far.  Rob did tons of research on cute coastal towns and we ended up choosing Saugatuck, MI! We found the most charming B&B to stay in called the Wickwood Inn (Pictures below are of their beautiful gardens).  They are known for their impeccable interior decorating and gourmet food – neither of which disappointed!  Our favorite food of the whole trip was blueberry, pecan sticky buns that the inn served one morning.  They were incredible!

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Although the weather was less than ideal (monsoon rains for two days straight), we still had the best time and found plenty of things to do.  Saugatuck is known for it’s art galleries (we found some awesome original art for the house!), shopping, harbor, and stellar food.  They even have a cute local distillery where Rob was able to sample some yummy bourbon.[I got Shannon’s free samples which made for interesting early afternoon] I’ve rounded up a list of fun things to do in Saugatuck below (thought that would be easier than detailing every activity we did).

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The main reason for taking this babymoon was to get away so we could disconnect and relax.  We definitely did that!  Even though it rained almost every day we were there, we didn’t mind too much because it gave us time to read and just hang out with each other.  The B&B didn’t have any TV’s in the rooms and the WiFi could be spotty, so we were truly able to relax and just enjoy the comforts of the B&B and local town.

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We ended the trip with a quick stop in South Haven, MI (one of my favorite coastal towns!).  We spent about an hour or so walking around the town and exploring the local beach and lighthouse.  It was the perfect end to a delightful trip!

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Favorite Things to do in Saugatuck

Oval Beach – Included in Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Beaches in the World, Oval Beach is just gorgeous.  We spent a half day here walking among the dunes and enjoying the (freezing cold) water.  I wish we had been able to enjoy the epic sunsets everyone talks about, but that would have required the rain to stop.

Local Shopping – We were very impressed with the quality of the local shops.  My favorites were The Brass Anchor (the name says it all) and the Saugatuck Art Gallery.

Favorite Restaurants – Definitely book a reservation for Hercules.  Our favorite meal was eaten here.  We loved the ambiance and the menu provided a delicious array of Mediterranean inspired dishes.  We also enjoyed The Mermaid.  The Mermaid is a local tourist favorite for its waterfront seating and famous fish n’chips.

Slàinte,

Shannon {and Rob}

PREPPY NAUTICAL NURSERY INSPIRATION

With less than four months until Baby Solt’s arrival, it’s time to begin planning and organizing the nursery!  Regardless of gender, I always knew I would go with a blue and white nautical theme.  Now that we know it’s a girl, I’m excited to have some fun with nautical inspired decor!

My goal for the nursery is to keep things bright, classic, and preppy [and expensive].  Using a blue and white color palette will keep things classic, but not too serious. [Cause we don’t want a serious baby!]  My mom has already spent the past few weeks painting the walls a bright white (thanks Mom!) – they were brown before – a color not in my palette.  The white walls did exactly what I wanted and brought such a fresh, new look to the room. [Kim made the walls great again]

I’ve had my heart set on hanging wallpaper on the wall where the crib will go.  For weeks I’ve been going back and forth between three prints – nautical sailboats, modern florals, or preppy peonies. [I hear those are the most well endowed peonies.]  After lots of trips into the nursery to stare at the samples during different times of the day, I’ve finally decided on the preppy peonies!  I think this print will be so pretty for a little girl’s room.  It will add the perfect amount of preppiness and color to the walls.

Target and Pottery Barn Kids have SO MUCH preppy nautical décor (in heaven).  From anchor lamps, to Lilly Pulitzer sheet sets, to sea faring art prints, they have so many cute pieces from which to choose.  I’ve included some of my favorite registry items below!

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A full nursery reveal will happen in a few weeks!  I’ll be sure to post some pictures – I’m so excited to share the final design with you all!

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SAILBOAT ART PRINT | LILLY PULITZER MUSLIN SWADDLES | DOCK A TOT | CRAB TOY HOLDER | PINK WOVEN BASKET | ANCHOR LAMP | PREPPY PEONY WALLPAPER | BABYLETTO CRIB | LILLY PULITZER BEDDING

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

 

 

WHALE OUR LITTLE SAILOR BE A BOY OR GIRL?!

This past weekend we threw a gender reveal party for our parents and siblings and announced that we are having a baby girl! We are so excited to welcome sweet Lilly Marie to our little family in October!

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We can already tell she is going to have a strong willed personality! When we went for our 20-week ultrasound and anatomy scan, the feisty little thing had her legs crossed and her foot covering her genitals so the technicians could not 100% confirm she was a girl. [I have never been so proud of my unborn child.]  We were sent to an ultrasound boutique that has higher end technology.  After much movement on my end, this classy babe finally uncrossed her legs enough for the technician to confirm that she was indeed a female!

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It’s been so much fun the past few days picking out cute outfits, adding girly items to the registry, and planning our party!  I didn’t sleep for probably four nights in a row because of excitement.  I wanted a nautical theme for the gender reveal (who’s surprised?!), which wasn’t that hard considering I already have tons of nautical décor around the house.  My favorite piece though was this super cute boy or girl sign I found on Etsy.

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I made a Target run the day before the party and picked up the striped napkins, plates, and straws in pink and blue.  Rob and I made cupcakes the morning of the party and filled them with pink icing.  I had my heart set on whale toppers for the cupcakes, but after trying four different stores I sadly gave up on that idea.   The nautical water dispenser and monogrammed ice bucket were both wedding gifts and worked out perfectly for the party!

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Rob and I wanted to find out the baby’s gender and then surprise our families.  We bought a bunch of pink and blue balloons for decoration (and to throw them off if they were trying to guess), along with a giant black balloon filled with pink confetti.  It was so fun when we finally popped the balloon – keeping the gender a secret was the hardest secret to keep!

Now that the gender reveal is done, it’s time to start on the nursery!  I’ve been putting together an inspiration board that I will be sharing with you all soon!

Sláinte,

Shannon and [Rob]

 

 

 

BABY SOLT DOCKING FALL 2018

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a super fun announcement! We are expanding our brood! Baby Solt is due this October and we couldn’t be more excited!

Naturally I’m obsessed with all things baby and motherhood right now, so the blog will be taking a fun turn over the next few months as we share our experience with our first pregnancy.

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We wanted to make an announcement on social media and so we had my mom take our pictures down by our town’s boat club this past weekend and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out.  Our crazy three-year-old labradoodle did so good! Normally he won’t sit still long enough for a picture, but if you bribe him with some cheese, he will do anything! [Shannon will also try to bribe me with cheese, or beer].

If you’ve been following our blog the past year, you will have noticed it’s been pretty quiet the past few months.  I had a pretty rough first trimester – lots of morning sickness – and Instagram and blogging (really technology in general) made the nausea even worse.  But, now that I’m 19 weeks, I’m feeling much better and am ready to share our experience! [Funny it didn’t effect online shopping.  I was the one nauseous after I got the bill for the first wave of maternity clothes…]

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Despite the morning sickness, I had a TON of cravings.  Prior to becoming pregnant, my way of eating was pretty strict.  I didn’t eat sugar and I limited grains and dairy.  At about week five or six that way of eating completely went out the window.  The only food I could stomach eating included pasta, toast, pizza, tacos, potato chips, and pickles (LOTS of pickles).  [Like a jar every 2-3 days] The thought of any vegetable, grilled chicken, and coffee completely disgusted me.  This lasted until about week ten or eleven.  I can finally eat vegetables again (yay!).  On any given day I crave pickles (always dill), ice-cream sundaes, popcorn, graham crackers, fruit (any and all), lemonade, and waffles. [Planning for meals was always a real treat].

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Now that we are full swing in to the 2nd trimester, I’ve been spending pretty much all my free time scouring the internet for the best and safest baby products.  I’ve already started our registries and it’s been so much fun picking out cute things for Baby Solt! We find out the gender next month, so that will make registering that much more exciting.

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I’ve also LOVED shopping for maternity clothes. [And that’s not an understatement]. The trend nowadays for many expectant mamas seems to be wearing regular clothes in bigger sizes.  I’ve explored this route, but honestly the maternity clothes I’ve found are AMAZING – so soft and flattering.  I’ll share a post about my favorite finds over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for being patient as we took a mini vaca from blogging.  We are excited to be back at it and to share our pregnancy adventure with you all!

Slàinte,

Shannon and [Rob]

SHOP OUR LOOKS

PINK BLUSH DRESS | SAM EDELMAN SANDALS (SIMILAR) | SUGARFIX EARRINGS  J.CREW FACTORY SHORTS | J.CREW FACTORY SHIRT (SIMILAR)| ROB’S SPERRY’S | BABY SPERRY’S

SPRING FEVER

The arrival of March has brought a serious case of spring fever (who I am kidding? I’ve been ready for spring since November!).  I love this time of year because all the retailers are launching their new spring lines [And it is the best month of the year, my handsome husbands birthday month].  I’m particularly inspired by this year’s designs from J.Crew Factory.  I bought this pretty blue blouse a few weeks and looove it.  It’s so comfy and I love the ruffle and bell sleeve details. Plus, it looks great with jeans, black pants, or white denim.

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I’m equally in love with these leopard flats. [Rwaaaar!] They are the perfect neutral flat and they pair perfectly with this color blue.  And bonus, they are surprisingly very comfy – a win in my book!

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A few of my other favorite trends for this spring include bright colors, Americana details (think blue and white stripes), scallops, neck scarves, and fun florals.  I’ve linked a few of the items on my wish list, in addition to this outfits details below!

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As always, thanks for hanging out with us!

Slàinte,

Shannon [AND ROB]

PEPLUM BELL SLEEVE BLOUSE | JEANS | LEOPARD FLATS | SUNGLASSES | NECKLACE 

WISH LIST:

STRIPED TIE-SLEEVE T-SHIRT

SCALLOPED SIDEWALK SKIRT 

CHAMBRAY TIE-SLEEVE DRESS 

PRINTED SCALLOP CAMI

COLORFUL GEMSTONE NECKLACE 

CHAMBRAY DRAWSTRING PANT

STRIPED LINEN SHIRT DRESS 

HUARACHE SANDALS 

LONDON PRINTED BANDANA