Every preppy dresser needs a chambray shirt in their collection. Chambray pairs so well with white denim, regular denim, skinny black pants, and skirts. It’s casual enough for everyday wear but it’s easily dressed up… More
Home decor projects have definitely slipped to the wayside these last couple of months. In fact, we are currently undergoing baby proofing everything and I’m packing away many of my decor pieces (who knew things like vases, lamps, furniture, etc. could be so dangerous?!)
One area that has fortunately received some love and attention is our master bedroom. For the past five plus years, we’ve been using mismatched hand-me-down pieces for our side tables. They are so dinky and small, I don’t even know if they really count for end tables.
My aunt graciously gave us two Queen Anne style tables a few years ago that have been pretty much acting as storage. They are quite outdated, but their size is proportionally perfect for our bed and so I decided, what the heck, maybe they will look cute with some paint.
I decided to spray paint these white and what a difference!! Painting these bright white gave them whole new life and a fresh new look. You can finally see the sea shell detail on the front, which is just the cutest.
I used Krylon Fusion All In One Satin Primer and Paint spray paint from Lowes for the tables. I ended up spraying two coats plus touch ups just to make sure the white covered the original wood finish. Isn’t it amazing how much just a little bit of paint can transform a space?!
I am not a fan of clutter, so I love that the tables have drawers – it makes it easy to hide phone cords, chapstick, journals, etc.
I’m not sure how I want to style them yet, so I’m going to keep it simple for now with a few books and fresh flowers.
Now the question is, what should I spray paint next?!
Rob and I took our first trip away since having L. It was really hard for us to leave her, but it was really nice to get away just the two of us (we had forgotten what life was like with no schedule 😂). We didn’t want to go too far away so Lake Erie was the perfect choice.
Lake Erie is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half away, depending on which part of the lake you want to visit. Once there, you can stroll along the quaint streets of Marblehead, island hop to Catawba Island, Kelly’s Island, Johnson’s Island, Put in Bay, or South Bass Island, enjoy the many local wineries, or simply relax at some of the many state parks and beaches. We did a little bit of everything and I’m sharing some of the highlights below!
Marblehead State Park
The first stop on our trip was to Marblehead State Park. Marblehead is home to one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes. In use since 1822, the lighthouse is one of my favorite landmarks on Lake Erie.
The Lighthouse property offers breathtaking views of Kelley’s Island, South Bass Island and Cedar Point. The last time we visited we climbed the 77 stairs to the top of the lighthouse and I highly suggest doing it at least once for some incredible waterfront views.
In addition to the Lighthouse, visitors can enjoy the Keeper’s House Museum and the Lifesaving Station. The Keeper’s House includes a history of the Lighthouse and Marblehead area.
The Lifesaving Station offers an exhibit about boating safety, history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and its formation into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915, and information about shipping on the Great Lakes.
East Harbor State Park
If you are looking for a smaller, tucked away beach, East Harbor State Park is a hidden gem. Visitors can enjoy boating, camping, fishing, and swimming.
The 1500 foot sand beach offers swimming and magnificent views of the lake. Pack a picnic lunch, bring a book, and plan on camping out on this beach for a nice relaxing day.
South Beach Resort
Tucked away on a quiet part of the lake, The South Beach Resort offers gorgeous waterfront views. With a private beach and marina, it was the perfect place for us to relax and enjoy some time away.
The resort includes a four story inn and 18 cottages spread over eight acres along Sandusky Bay. It also includes three swimming pools, kayak and jet ski rentals, sand volleyball, tennis courts, and other recreation amenities that are family friendly.
The boardwalk around the marina offers quaint gazebos where guests can sit and enjoy the calming sounds of the lake. Rob and I sat in one of these gazebos for several hours and watched the sunset. It was incredible! This is exactly what we needed for a quiet weekend away.
Mon Ami Winery
Our first stop for lunch was Mon Ami Winery. Mon Ami Winery is probably the most popular attraction on Lake Erie. Located on Catawba Island, the sprawling historic winery is the second oldest winery in Ohio and one of the largest on Lake Erie.
Located along the southeast shore of the peninsula, the winery boasts a charming setting for delicious food and homegrown wine.
Rob and I were able to snag a table on the outdoor patio where we enjoyed a delightful meal featuring local perch and walleye, a glass of Mon Ami Pinot Grigio, and a wheat beer from a local brewery. I had never eaten at the restaurant and I was pleasantly surprised by the magical atmosphere and top notch cuisine.
After our lunch, we wondered along the grounds to the gift shop, which includes a wine tasting room and finished our lunch with a flight of dry reds from the winery.
Mon Ami is definitely a must if you are looking for local fish and Ohio wine!
Red Fern Inn and Rocky Point Winery
The last time we visited Marblehead we stumbled upon the Rocky Point Winery and fell in love. Located in downtown Marblehead in the old historic schoolhouse, the Rocky Point Winery and Red Fern Inn offers a perfect setting for a weekend away.
The winery offers more than a dozen delicious wines available for tasting (our favorite is the Pinot Noir). Enjoy a glass on their back patio with live music from local musicians and a fresh breeze blowing off the lake.
Twin Oast Brewing
This was probably the hidden gem of our trip. Twin Oast Brewing was recommended to us by a few people and it did not disappoint! Located on Catawba Island, the 60-acre farm estate offers incredible views of rolling hills, terraced fruit trees, and natural caves.
Pair the incredible views with one of their amazingly delicious craft beers, and you won’t ever want to leave. They also offer a small menu of seasonal food, with many of the items grown on the farm. It was hands down our favorite meal and favorite atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for families too . They have a sprawling lawn with corn hole, yard games, and a stage for live music.
And to top it off, they have a small road side stand where they sell their delicious homegrown produce. We bought some peaches for the ride home and they were the best peaches I’ve ever tasted! It’s seriously an amazing experience and we are already planning our next trip back!
We actually didn’t do a whole lot of shopping, but we did stop in the Pink Perch, Ferguson Art and Glass Gallery, and the Marblehead Mercantile.
The Pink Perch is everything preppy, nautical and girly. I could have bought everything in the shop, but I was good and shied away from purchasing anything I didn’t need. The Marblehead Mercantile is a fun collection of antiques and all things nautical. Definitely a must if you enjoy unique finds. Our favorite though was the Ferguson Art Gallery. Beautiful glass pieces and original artwork of Lake Erie, the gallery surprised us with all the cool finds and we definitely plan on going back.
I know this was a long post, but this is only a glimpse into the different aspects of Lake Erie living. I feel so fortunate to live so close to one of the Great Lakes. I’ve made so many friends and brands with ties to the lake and I hope I can play a part in helping to save our lakes!
There is nothing I love more than an easy outfit. Being a mama has very much toned down my fashion-y ways and I prefer to wear styles that are classic, simple and easy.
Cue the t-shirt dress. I’ve been wearing a variation of t-shirt dresses for a couple of years now, but the classic shift one from J.Crew Factory is the best. It comes in several variations of stripes (of which I have several) and colors. The fit is perfect – snug enough to feel good but flowy enough to move and chase after a crawling baby quickly.
I also love the length. Because I’m only 5’2” many dresses are too long on me and I end up having to hem them. The J.Crew Factory style is the perfect length for my petite frame.
I love that with any t-shirt dress you have options to dress it up or down. I love throwing on a baseball hat and Sperry’s and calling it a day, but I also love adding a sparkly necklace, statement earrings, and some cute flats and dressing it up a bit for date night or work.
I’ve rounded up some other favorite easy dresses and linked them below.
This post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by J. Crew Factory. All opinions are my own.
FAVORITE T-SHIRT DRESSES
This week is the official kick off to summer and I’m so pumped to be partnering with TWO of my favorite brands for a giveaway!!
Erie and Anchor is a local, family owned business that sells unique nautical apparel and gifts. From cozy sweatshirts, to lightweight tees, to canvas totes, baseball hats, and wine tumblers – Erie and Anchor has something for everyone!
Plus, for every purchase made, 5% of earnings are donated back to Lake Erie to help support water quality and research. The family based company is passionate about ensuring the lake will still be a place of enjoyment and relaxation for decades to come.
Anchors Aweigh Supply Co. is a Turkish-American business that sells luxe seaside inspired essentials. They sell high quality, handmade beach towels, bath and kitchen towels, bathrobes, and more! If you like stripes, you will love the patterns of these products.
Not only do I LOVE the look and quality of the products, but I also love that all of their products are 100% Turkish cotton, free from harmful chemicals (a win for this mama!). All of the items are handmade by Turkish women using safe and ethical working conditions. The owner has real relationships with the women who make the towels and I absolutely love that. Such a fantastic business model!
I love supporting other women and their businesses and I’m so honored to be partnering with these two brands. I highly recommend checking out both companies and treating yourself to something special!
Now for the fun giveaway! To enter all you have to do is head to my Instagram and follow the steps below!
1. Like the picture
2. Follow me (@shannonsolt), @erieandanchor, and @anchorsaweighsupplyco
3. Tag 3 friends in the comments
4. For bonus entries, share in your Instagram stories!
It’s that simple! Good luck!
Giveaway will close on Sunday, June 23 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 24.
Memorial Day Weekend is just days away and for most people it’s the unofficial start to summer! If you haven’t already pulled out your summer wardrobe, now is the perfect time. Whether you are traveling to the beach, hosting a BBQ, or taking a ride on the boat, you will want to be casually and comfortably dressed. I find the easiest pieces to wear on such occasions are summer dresses or a cute top with white shorts.
One of my favorite summer prints (well really favorite print in general) is gingham! I love the classic checked pattern and the lightweight cotton material. If you are looking for a fun, summery look for this weekend, you can’t go wrong with anything gingham.
J.Crew always has the best gingham pieces! I love the light blue/periwinkle color of this particular J.Crew Factory top. It pairs so perfectly with white shorts or denim. Add some fun accessories and some boat shoes and you have the most perfect, kick-off to summer outfit.
Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gingham pieces that will be perfect for all your MDW plans!
With summer just a few weeks away, it’s time to bring out my favorite Lilly Pulitzer (LP) dresses! By now you all should know about my deep love for this brand (just check out my daughter’s name if you need a refresher). I mean, what’s not to love about brightly printed articles of clothing?! I love that each of the brand’s patterns are unique, bright, and fun. They give off such a 1960s vibe, which is my go-to inspiration for all things fashion.
If you don’t know the LP back story, let me know tell you, it all started with a juice stand. Back in the late 1950s, newly eloped Lilly Pulitzer (she married Peter Pulitzer, the grandson of Joseph Pulitzer who founded the Pulitzer Prize) found herself in Palm Beach, Florida. Soon after getting settled into the married life, she decided to open a juice stand. The job was far messier than she anticipated, so instead of throwing on an apron, she found brightly colored fabrics that were “spill proof” and created the shift dress. Fast forward to the present, and the Lilly Pulitzer brand is an iconic American brand that is popular among all the preppy fashionistas.
Over the years I’ve experimented with several different LP dress styles. I always come back to the shift dress as my favorite style. I love the minimalistic design of this dress – it’s short hemline and clean, simple lines make it a classic choice. I always feel a little like Jackie Kennedy when I’m styling my LP shifts and that is a powerful feeling.
LP always comes out with fresh prints for the shift dress each season. Below I’ve rounded up my favorite prints for the spring/summer season! (Sadly, the print I’m wearing in these photos is from a few years ago so it’s not available anymore).
If you’ve made it this far, a huge thank you for listening to me gush about my favorite brand.
There is nothing I love more than finding original and unique pieces for the home. And if finding these pieces means making new friends along the way, then I’m a happy lady! My friend Kate (we found each other on Instagram!!) paints the MOST beautiful watercolor botanicals and acrylic landscapes. She opened an Etsy shop where she sells prints of her artwork and I’m obsessed!!
For spring, she did an entire collection of lemons! If you know me, you know how much I love lemons. (For my birthday I usually request a lemon cake and when I was pregnant I craved everything lemon. The lemon ice you get to eat during labor was heavenly). Her lemon watercolors are so cute! They are the perfect addition to a kitchen, sunroom, dining room, or just about anywhere in your home.
I recently framed the “Melanie Lemon Trio” and it looks so good in our kitchen! I love knowing that so much love, thought, and talent was put into creating the original piece. If you head to Kate’s Etsy shop you will see that each original lemon painting is named after its buyer and then made available in print form. You can even commission your own signature lemon to add to the series!
I’m so excited to be partnering with Kate to give away one of her prints to one of my blog readers and Instagram followers! This would be the perfect gift for next weekend’s Mother’s Day celebrations! Entering the giveaway is so easy. Head to my Instagram to enter to win a print for yourself or your mama!
You guys know how much I love everything nautical and New England, so I’m thrilled to be partnering with Eastland Shoes to showcase some of their spring and summer styles! Founded in Freeport, Maine in 1955, Eastland is known for their timeless footwear. Family-owned for three generations, the company prides itself on quality craftsmanship and classic styles. Drawing inspiration from the Maine terrain, Eastland offers a full line of camp moccasins, boat shoes, boots, oxfords, and loafers.
The Patricia Penny Loafer Driving Moccasin is one of my favorite Eastland styles. They are the perfect shoe for walks by the water, shopping at the local boutiques in my town, gardening, and carrying a six month old around all day. Being constantly on-the-go, I need to make sure my shoes are comfortable, durable, slip-resistant, and stylish. The Eastland loafer moccasins are just perfect for my busy schedule!
As soon as I saw the Patricia Penny Loafer in light blue I knew I had to have them! You all know how much I love blue and white and this pretty sky blue color fits right in with my aesthetic. I love pairing them with white jeans and a white tee. I can’t wait to wear them with my white shorts in just a few short weeks!
Thank you to Eastland Shoes for sponsoring this post. Shop their selection of women’s and men’s shoes by clicking here! And be sure to follow them on social media!
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Erie and Anchor is an Ohio based company that sells unique nautical products. It’s a lifestyle brand designed for anyone who loves to live and play on Lake Erie. From cozy sweatshirts, to lightweight tees, to canvas totes, baseball hats, and wine tumblers – Erie and Anchor has something for everyone!
Launching just over a year ago, Erie and Anchor is committed to supporting the Great Lakes. For every purchase made, 5% of earnings are donated back to Lake Erie to help support water quality and research. The family based company is passionate about ensuring the lake will still be a place of enjoyment and relaxation for decades to come.
I had the opportunity to visit Lake Erie recently and let me tell you, the Erie and Anchor sweatshirts are amazing for the beach!! With temperatures only in the mid-50s and a strong wind coming off the lake, the Erie and Anchor sweatshirts kept me warm and cozy while I relaxed and enjoyed being close to the water.
The unisex sweatshirts come in a variety of colors, styles, and logos. I think my favorite one is the navy hoodie with the anchor logo (who’s surprised!), but the kelly green hoodie and grey crewneck with the crosswind logo are close seconds! I love the fit of these sweatshirts – I am wearing a size small in the grey and navy, but chose a medium for the Kelly green because I wanted one that was slightly oversize.
In addition to the sweatshirts, I am obsessed with the baseball hat! This hat is offered in white and navy and the white goes with everything! I’ve been wearing it on repeat these days, especially when the baby life doesn’t allow time for me to wash my hair.
I can’t say enough good things about this brand. The quality of their products is outstanding, the styles are current and flattering, and they are a dream to work with. I highly recommend checking them out and supporting this Ohio brand! Plus, if you use the code NORTHCOAST at checkout, you can receive FREE SHIPPING!
This is a great opportunity to purchase some locally made Ohio products, support a family business, and give back to Lake Erie!
Being a lover of fashion and a mom on-the-go means I need outfits that are both stylish and comfortable. When I feel put together I feel much more empowered and unstoppable to take on the day. And having a five-month old leaves little room for my clothing choices to be anything but comfortable.
Finding stylish shoes that are also comfortable can sometimes be a challenge. I’ve been wanting some cute, new suede wedges for spring and these Vionic Shoes are perfect. Not only is the blush color so fresh for spring, but they are insanely comfy. Vionic Shoes are known for their arch support technology, and let me tell you, they don’t disappoint! I wore these shoes all around town – window shopping, pushing a stroller, and grocery shopping. If I can carry a five-month old in heels, you know that’s a win.
The things I love most about these Blair Wedges are the sturdy block heel, the triple straps across the top of the foot, and the forth ankle strap. All of these details make for easy and safe walking, which is a must if I’m going to be in heels these days.
If you are in the market for a comfortable, supportive shoe that is also stylish and trendy, be sure to check out Vionic Shoes! I promise their selection and quality will not disappoint!
This post is sponsored by Vionic Shoes. However, all opinions and photographs are my own.
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