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

FAVORITE SNOW DAY ESSENTIALS

I think it’s safe to say winter is officially here.  And in traditional Ohio style, it will probably last well into April.  It’s really important that I have cozy and stylish winter accessories to help stay warm and make winter a touch more tolerable (If you recall, I’m no snow bunny).  Whether you love winter or can’t wait for summer, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite places to shop winter accessories!

 For Fun Winter Hats

Pink Pineapple Shop – This small boutique out of Rhode Island has the BEST pom pom fur hats.  I have two now and receive compliments everywhere I go.  Not only are these pom pom hats so cute and stylish, but they are also really warm and flattering for everyone.  Plus, the fur pom pom snaps on and off so you can change it out – so fun!

For Cozy Warm Blanket Scarves

Nordstrom – I’m a huge fan of scarves.  I especially love blanket scarves for when it’s below 30 degrees.  They are perfect for layering and so cozy.  Nordstrom has some of the best blanket scarves, and at great prices.  I recently was gifted this pretty one for Christmas and I love how soft it feels against my face.  Definitely a must have for cold snow days!

For Dry Snow Boots

Hunter Boots – I pretty much exclusively wear wellies in the snow.  Although they aren’t super warm, they do keep your feet dry.  You can buy stylish fur, knit, or fleece lined socks to wear underneath that keep your toes toasty (you can find them anywhere, mine are a few years old from Macy’s).  Definitely a winter must have!

Sperry – I also have a pair of Sperry wellies that are fleece lined AND are plaid on the outside.  So cute!  These are a better price point than Hunter Boots and still equally cute.  

For Warm Puffy Jackets

J.Crew Factory – My favorite place to purchase warm winter jackets is J.Crew Factory.  I own a long puffer coat, a short puffer coat, and a puffer vest from J.Crew Factory.   They are SO warm and classic.  Plus, if you buy at the end of the season, you can score them at an insanely awesome price.  They also have a line of incredibly stylish wool coats in a variety of colors.  I plan on purchasing one at the end of this year for next year! (p.s. Pretty sure J.Crew Factory has 50% off regular items and 60% off clearance items this week!)

For Fleece Lined Gloves

Anthropologie – A couple of years ago I bought three pairs of fleece lined gloves from Anthropologie while on a shopping trip in Columbus.  I still have them and they are the only gloves I wear.  They are so soft and warm (sometimes they are too warm!).  Plus the price point doesn’t break the bank, which is a win in my book!

Hopefully this quick round up gave you all some options for purchasing fun winter accessories! Stay warm out there friends!

Slàinte,

Shannon

SHOP THIS LOOK:

NORDSTROM SCARF | GREEN WELLIES | POM POM HAT | LEGGINGS | THRIVER SWEATER

COPING WITH THE END OF MATERNITY LEAVE

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed a joyous holiday season filled with family, friends, lots of laughter, good food, and too much wine.

Many people create goals or resolutions at the start of each year.  I’ve never really been one to get into making new year resolutions so unlike most bloggers, I don’t have any resolutions to share.  However, I do have dreams and aspirations for this little blog of mine [I’m still here too] and one of those ideas is to inspire others in any way that I can.  Whether it be through fashion, home décor, or sharing my experience as a new mama, I hope to connect with a community of like-minded creatives and spread a little more positivity throughout the world.  

One of my favorite topics to talk about as of late is how life has changed (for the better!) as a new mama.  One topic that has been on my heart for the last couple of weeks is maternity leave.  For those of you unfamiliar, I have been working for the past five years at a local non-profit that provides services to individuals with autism.  I oversee the marketing, which in non-profit language translates into all the traditional marketing, social media, graphic design, and public relations.  I love the work I do and the mission of the organization.

That being said, I also love being a mama!  I’m due to return to work next week and I’m completely devastated about having to leave my baby girl. In all honesty I’ve really been struggling with having to leave L (if anyone even asks me about my leave I tend to burst into tears).  Although I’ve been fortunate enough to have 12 full weeks off, I feel very strongly that the maternity leave in our country is completely unrealistic.  Leaving a newborn after just three months is far too early.   A baby changes SO fast and it’s so unfair that a mother (and father) must return to work so quickly and miss out on so many developmental changes.  I fully advocate for at least one year of maternity leave for all mothers in order to be able to care for and bond with their baby.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the option for me to be a stay at home mom at this stage in our life.  The past few weeks, and this week in particular, I’m having to really find ways to be at peace with going back to work.  I’m sure other new mamas have similar feelings about returning to work after spending so many precious moments with their babies, so I’ve compiled a few ways in which I’m coping in the hopes that other new mamas will find ways to feel a little more at peace about having to return to work.

Support System – Having a strong support system has been a game changer for me.  I am one that has always worn my feelings on my sleeve and it helps me so much to be able to talk about and voice my insecurities, worries, and fears.  I’m so blessed to have such an understanding, patient, and loving husband.  He is my rock and if it weren’t for him, I’d be a complete hot mess. [I rocked a Dad bod before being a dad, now I’m a real hunk]  It also helps that our families live in the same city as us and have been tremendously helpful these past few months.  A few family members will even be helping us out and watching L, and that makes a huge difference in putting my mind at ease!

Yoga – I’ve been practicing yoga for almost three years now.  I started yoga as a way to harness my anxiety and it has become a way of life.  The mind, body, and spiritual balance is just incredible and I’m grateful for each time I step onto my mat.  I was able to continue my practice into the third trimester of my pregnancy.  However, it did become increasingly difficult towards the end of pregnancy and it’s taken nine weeks postpartum to finally get back on the mat.  I’m making a point to do at least a twenty-minute practice each morning to help center myself and ease my anxiety of returning to work.   So far it’s helping and enabling me to think a little more clearly and positively. 

Something New – Now this may sound superficial, but one of the ways that is helping me to get back to work is knowing that I have a new outfit and new handbag for the first day.  I know this sounds so silly, but having something to look forward to on a day that I know is going to be insanely difficult actually helps spur some excitement.  I also printed out a bunch of pictures of L that I’m bringing to the office to hang up all around my desk.  It’s the little things that count here people.

Being Present Now – The last way in which I’m trying not to let my anxieties and worry get the best of me is by being present now.  With all the social media and distractions nowadays it’s increasingly difficult for people to be present in their own lives. I’m making a point to get off my phone and completely focus on her when she’s awake and ready to play or cuddle.  (She’s of course napping as I write this).  I’m committed to enjoying every.single.moment with my sweet L.   By being completely present, I can put my mind at ease that I’ve done everything humanely possible to make the best of this next week and enjoy all the baby cuddles, smiles, and giggles. 

I would love to hear suggestions from all you mamas (and dads!) about how you have transitioned back into work after being on maternity leave.  Hopefully some of the ways in which I am coping will inspire some of you and make the transition just a little bit easier.

As always, thanks for stopping by A Dash of Solt!

Slainte,

Shannon [and Rob too!]

p.s. These pictures were taken at Maumee Bay State Park – a local gem of Northwest Ohio with access to Erie Beach (one of my favorite places to take pictures and get my water fix!)

SHOP THE LOOK

J.CREW FACTORY JEANS | J.CREW FACTORY VEST | PINK PINEAPPLE SHOP POM POM HAT | TARGET STRIPED TURTLENECK | GAP GRAY SWEATER | HUNTER BOOTS | SCOTTISH SCARF (SCOTLAND)

PREPPY AND TIMELESS

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated by fashion.  I love the art that is couture fashion, but I also love studying fashion from decades past.  My absolute favorite time period for fashion is the 1960s.  All the styles were so classy and stylish.  I even went through a phase in college where I tried desperately hard to dress like I was living in the ‘60s. 

Nowadays, I still love and appreciate the runway and all the current trends.  However, my personal style has evolved into something much more preppy and timeless.

I particularly enjoyed styling this outfit because each piece was bought in a different year and everything is still in fashion.   The hot pink mini skirt is from my retail days working at The Limited (would you believe that I’ve owned this skirt for six years!).  I adore this skirt, not only because it’s hot pink, but because it reminds me so much of something from the 1960s.  It instantly reminds me of Swinging London.   

The cable knit sweater is always a classic choice and everyone should own one for those cold winter days.  I bought this one last year from Gap and it’s just perfect for layering.   The fit is flattering and the soft cotton material feels so good.   

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen this J.Crew navy gingham blouse before.  I literally wear it all the time.  I love the fit; plus,gingham never goes out of style.   I also have this shirt in pink and denim.  It’s definitely a staple that everyone should have in their wardrobe.

I’ve always enjoyed pairing bright colors together.  That’s probably why I love the Lilly Pulitzer brand so much (and the silhouettes are so 1960s – sense a theme?!).   I could have paired this skirt with black, white, or gray, but the pop of blue and the gingham pattern just make it so much more fun. 

Hopefully this timeless outfit provides some inspiration for your wardrobe or holiday attire.  I’ve linked each item below so you can shop the look!

Slainte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK: HOT PINK MINI SKIRT (OLD) | CABLE KNIT SWEATER | GINGHAM BLOUSE | STATEMENT NECKLACE | SUEDE SHOES | KJP/SARAH VICKERS BRACELET | COACH CLUTCH (OLD)

HOLIDAY TARTAN PLAID

Tis’ the season for holiday plaid!  If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know I’m a huge fan of tartan plaid (it’s those Scottish genes).  When I saw this adorable sweater with a splash of plaid from J.Crew Factory I knew I couldn’t pass it up! 

One of the things I love most about J.Crew is the quality of their clothing.  The material of this sweater is top notch and even softer than I imagined (a must for this new mama!).   Plus, the cut and long hemline are so flattering.   

This sweater is a great holiday piece.  The tartan makes it festive for any party and the black makes it easily transitional from day to night.  I dressed it down with jeans, booties, and a fun necklace.  If I wanted to dress it up, I would pair it with a mini skirt or nice pair of black skinny pants.  Throw on some heels and pearls and you have a comfy, classic outfit for a work Christmas party or out to dinner with friends. 

Each piece that I’ve styled is from J.Crew Factory.  I’ve linked the details below! 

On a side note, thank you all for the kind words and excitement about the arrival of Baby Lilly!  She is already six weeks old!  It’s amazing how quickly time goes now.  But besides being sleep deprived, mom, dad and Lilly are all doing great! 

SHOP THE LOOK! 

J.CREW PLAID SWEATER | J.CREW JEANS | J.CREW BOOTIES | J.CREW NECKLACE  (SOLD OUT) | COACH CLUTCH (OLD)