CLASSIC GINGHAM FOR MEMORIAL DAY

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!

J.Crew Factory Boyfriend Shirt

J.Crew Factory Button Front Dress

J.Crew Factory Swimsuit

J.Crew Factory Easy Pull on Shorts

J.Crew Factory Maxi-Dress

Sewcialite Gingham Clutch

Slainte,

Shannon

FAVORITE LILLY PRINTS FOR SPRING/SUMMER

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).

Melani Shift in Coastal Blue Fancy Feet

Nala Soft Shift in Resort White Caliente

Tisbury Shift in Pink Tropics Lucky Catch Stripe

Melani Shift in Resort White

Mila Shift in Multi Sink or Swim

If you’ve made it this far, a huge thank you for listening to me gush about my favorite brand.

 Sláinte,

Shannon

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

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!

Sláinte,

Shannon

STEPPING INTO SPRING

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!

Sláinte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK

WHITE DENIM JEANS | STRIPED RED SHIRT (SIMILAR) | EASTLAND PENNY LOAFERS | RATTAN CROSSBODY | KJP PEARL BRACELET

COASTAL OHIO LIFESTYLE BRAND

A few weeks back I shared the cutest nautical baby box from one of my favorite Ohio brands – Erie and Anchor.

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!

Slainte,

Shannon

UNSTOPPABLE SHOES

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!

Slainte,

Shannon

This post is sponsored by Vionic Shoes.  However, all opinions and photographs are my own.  

SHOP THE POST

BLAIR HEELED WEDGES | STRIPED JUMPSUIT | BASKET BAG

NAUTICAL BABY BOX

Nothing gets me more than nautical baby items.  And when it’s locally made, it’s even better!!

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.

One of my favorite products that they sell is the Erie and Anchor Deluxe Baby Box! It’s PERFECT for anyone who loves all things nautical. The box contains an organic anchor blanket, a sweet onesie with the Erie and Anchor logo, a wooden anchor teether, and a navy organic cotton binkie clip (boy) or nautical striped headband (girl). 

L and I had the best time trying out each of the products in the box!  The blanket is so soft and durable.  It’s the perfect size for a baby but also big enough that she can still use it as she grows.  We also love the wooden anchor teether!  Baby girl is already starting to teeth so it’s the perfect toy for her right now. 

And how adorable does she look in the cute onesie and matching bow! Definitely makes me ready for warmer weather and trips to the beach! L is just now wearing 3-6 month clothes and she has plenty of room to grow into this onesie over the next few months.

I’m so thrilled to be partnering with Erie and Anchor to offer all my readers and social media followers FREE SHIPPING on any Erie and Anchor purchase with code NORTHCOAST.  This is a great opportunity to purchase some locally made Ohio products, support a family business, and give back to Lake Erie!

Slainte,

Shannon

POPS OF COLOR

Few things are more refreshing to me than a pair of crisp white pants and a bright colored top.  This outfit combo instantly transports me to warmer weather, time spent outside, refreshing drinks, and summertime meals.  I typically reserve my white pants for after Memorial Day (not a rule anymore by the way!), but this year I’m bringing them out early.  The cold, gray, dreary days of winter in Ohio are making me crave all things bright and airy.  So this year, I’ve decided to pull out my white denim jeans now and bring some color into the world with my Lilly Pulitzer tops.   

I bought this Lilly Pulitzer top during the fall After Party Sale and it was the first non-maternity top I wore after having L.  I’m such a sucker for anything navy and pink so I knew I couldn’t pass up this blouse.  Plus, the flamingo print is so so cute and reminds me of Palm Beach (I mean the Lilly Pulitzer brand did originate there).  It looks great paired with jeans or skinny black pants, but it really pops with white denim.  I have several of this style of blouse in various prints – it’s so flattering. 

This look easily transitions from winter into spring/summer by pairing it with nude flats and a khaki trench coat (I bought this one about five years from H&M and it has held up amazing!! I always feel like I’m channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn when I wear it).  It’s the perfect ensemble for grabbing lunch, shopping, or hitting up happy hour with friends.

If you are feeling those winter blues, I highly suggest brightening up your wardrobe.  It truly makes a difference during these last few weeks of winter!

Slainte,

Shannon

p.s. Send me pics of how you are brightening your look!

SHOP THE LOOK

WHITE JEANS (SIMILAR) | LILLY PULIZTER TOP (SIMILAR) | J.CREW FLATS | KHAKI TRENCHCOAT (SIMILAR) | SHOP LU LOU EARRINGS | KATE SPADE HANDBAG (SIMILAR) | KATE SPADE WATCH (SIMILAR) | KJP MONOGRAM BRACELET

TIMELESS PIECES

Having been on maternity leave for the past few months and having my leave fall over the holidays means that mama doesn’t have tons of extra funds to spend on new clothes (and let’s be real, I buy for L now anyway because baby clothes are the cutest!).  I thought it would be fun to create a timeless collection series!  This series will focus on re-wearing classic pieces that I already have in my closet and making them fresh by pairing them with different accessories. 

As a fashion lover, I’ve definitely jumped on board with my fair share of trends.  However, the older I get the more I value timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again.  For example, this pink gingham blouse that I’m wearing in these photos, I bought two summers ago.  I wear it all year round and probably on a weekly basis. 

The gingham print and button up style are so classic and will never go out of style.  I love switching up how I wear it.  Sometimes it’s with a different statement necklace, sometimes it’s with jeans, and many times in the warmer months I style it with white shorts.   I love layering it with other pieces like I did with this particular knit sweater from Gap.  The sweater is great because it’s slightly oversized and it’s lightweight, which makes it perfect for layering.

Another timeless piece that is worth investing in is a puffer vest.  I’ve had this navy one from J.Crew  for about three years now and I wear it all the time.  It’s perfect to wear in the fall – just layer it with a sweater.  I also wear it underneath my rain coat or winter coat if it’s extra chilly. 

I’m a huge advocate for purchasing winter items that will last season after season.  My khaki coat is from five years ago and it will always be in season because of the classic trench cut.  The fur hood adds the little extra warmth that you need for these cold Ohio winters.  And of course I love my Hunter Boots!  I was gifted this green pair for Christmas and I’ve been wearing them on repeat – especially when I wear navy, which is basically every day.  Although they don’t keep your feet warm, they do keep them dry and they are the best boots for not slipping and sliding on the ice and snow.  I add an extra layer of socks for added warmth.

And there you have my first timeless collection pieces.  Hopefully this inspires you to invest in classic items (that may be a little more expensive) that you can wear season after season and year after year. 

Slainte!

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK

J.CREW GINGHAM TOP | J.CREW PUFFER VEST | KNIT SWEATER (SIMILAR) | KHAKI TRENCH COAT (SIMILAR) | HUNTER BOOTS | PINK PINEAPPLE SHOP POM POM HAT

NAUTICAL IN NAVY

Nothing gets me more than a cute navy blue, nautical outfit.  My mom surprised me with this adorable sweater from my favorite Rhode Island boutique for Christmas.  It’s 100% cashmere and the one of the coziest pieces I own.  Everything about the sweater is totally my style – from the navy and white color scheme, to the block “SAIL” letters, to the perfect anchor. 

I don’t own many cashmere pieces, but it’s seriously the most magical fabric.  You can wear it in the winter and be all cozy and snug or you can wear it in the summer on a cool night.  I loved styling it with a classic white sleeveless button down, jeans, and my Hunter Boots for this post.  I’m already planning a fun outfit idea for spring/summer where I pair it with white shorts and my Jack Rogers. 

You guys all know I’m a huge fan of the East Coast brand Kiel James Patrick.  I’ve been following the brand and Kiel’s wife, fashion blogger Sarah Vickers, for years (serious life goals right there).  When Rob and I first started dating he bought me my first anchor rope bracelet.  Fast forward seven years and he’s still buying me new pieces for every birthday and Christmas (he’s the best!). 

This year he gifted me this adorable pearl bracelet that uses nautical flags to spell out your monogram.  LOVE. IT.  And what’s particularly lovely is my nautical monogram actually bears some resemblance to the Scottish flag.  All my favorite things in one! 

This was the perfect outfit for a coastal jaunt along the river.  You can never go wrong with navy and white and a pop of prep.

Slainte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK:

SAIL CASHMERE SWEATER | HUNTER BOOTS | J.CREW JEANS | WHITE BUTTON DOWN (SIMILAR) | KJP PEARL BRACELET | KJP LEATHER ROPE BRACELET | KJP PEARL EARRINGS