GOLDEN HOUR

It’s finally fall in Ohio! Which means I can fully embrace my maternity fall wardrobe (give me all the leggings, oversized sweaters, and plaid scarves!).  I recently stumbled upon this cute boutique based out of Oregon.  Thriver is a small online women’s boutique whose mission is to inspire and encourage women to be their best self.  They select each individual piece with their customer’s style in mind.

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If you are looking for some fun, stylish pieces to enhance your wardrobe, I highly recommend checking out this cute boutique!! They have classic, timeless pieces, as well as the latest trends (if you love the off the shoulder trend they have tons of cute pieces!).

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I recently purchased this amazingly comfy, oversized sweater from them.  I figured it would fit the baby bump now and work great for post baby.  The luxurious soft knit material and the dolman sleeves make it a dream to wear.  Plus, the asymmetrical detail on the hem is so cute!

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Since I’m in the last leg of my pregnancy, I’ve definitely styled it with comfort in mind.  It’s perfect for a casual look with leggings, a scarf, and tennis shoes or boots.  Or you can dress it up by styling it with skinny jeans, booties, and chunky necklace.  Either way, it’s an amazingly comfy, versatile piece.

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I’ve linked a few other items I have my eye on below.  I highly recommend checking out this fun boutique!  And, bonus!  If you use the code “ShannonS” at checkout, you get 10% off your order! Plus, they always offer free shipping on all domestic orders.  Be sure to comment below and let me know what you pick out!

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Slàinte,

Shannon

DETAILS:
MATERNITY LEGGINGS | SHOP THRIVER OFF BALANCE TOP (I’M WEARING A SIZE SMALL) |  BLANKET SCARF | RIDING BOOTS (OLD) | LONGCHAMP 
THRIVER MUST HAVE’S:
MAROON DARE TO BARE POCKETED TOP | ROBIN HOOD FLANNEL IN NAVY | MADELINE TOP IN BLUE | STRIPED TWIST COWL NECK TOP | BLOCK SWEATER IN BLUE | ROSE GOLD LEAF NECKLACE

MATERNITY STYLE STAPLES

I’ve been wanting to write a post for the past couple of months that talks about maternity clothing.  I’ve always loved fashion and over the past nine months I’ve enjoyed exploring different maternity styles.  Pregnancy can get really uncomfortable at times and investing in a wardrobe that is comfortable and stylish is so essential to feeling your best while your body goes through new changes.

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When I first found out I was pregnant, I was at a loss of what “maternity” pieces I would need and how much I would need.  I probably went a little bit overboard with my purchases early on, but having pieces that are flattering and comfortable have made all the difference these last few weeks.   To help out some other new mamas-to-be out there, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces and what I think every new mama needs in her maternity wardrobe.

  1. Leggings – Hands down the BEST purchase I made while pregnant. Maternity leggings were one of the first items I purchased and I’ve definitely worn them into the ground.  I invested in a thicker black pair as well as a thinner, cropped pair in navy.  Both have been essential in helping me feel comfortable, but also stylish when paired with a tunic or oversized sweater.
  2. Fitted Tees – Fitted tees were a later investment that I wish I would have purchased earlier. I purchased two short sleeve ones from Target, two short sleeve from Gap Maternity and one long sleeve one from Gap Maternity.  I would definitely invest in several of these – they are comfortable and make you feel like a million bucks, especially during that sweet time of your pregnancy when your bump is super cute (weeks 20-36).
  3. Tunics – Even without being pregnant I love a good tunic paired over leggings with boots or flats. Early in the pregnancy I was able to get away with wearing a ton of non-maternity tunics.  Once I hit the 3rd trimester though, the non-maternity ones just looked unflattering and so I invested in four maternity tunics and I’m so happy I did! They are so flattering for your bump and are a dream to wear.  Throw on a scarf or tassel necklace and you will look like one stylish mama!
  4. Fitted Dresses – This is a piece I didn’t invest in until late in my 2nd I bought my first fitted dress for my baby shower and from that point on I was obsessed.  Fitted dresses hug you in all the right places and flatter your bump.  I ended up purchasing a fun short sleeve one and a classic navy one.  I regret not investing in several more, particularly some striped ones.  Pink Blush has the cutest prints so I highly recommend purchasing a few!
  5. Maxi Dresses – Having been pregnant throughout all the warm months, maxi dresses have been essential to my wardrobe. They are SO easy and so flattering.  I invested in two maternity ones and had an old empire waist one from J.Crew and I probably wore all three on a weekly basis.   Plus, it’s easy to size up one or two sizes for maxi dresses if you want to shop some trendy ones from Forever 21, H&M, or even LOFT.
  6. Maternity Hoodie – My mom gifted me this gray maternity hoodie from Old Navy for my birthday in September and I’ve literally been living in it every chance I get. It’s insanely comfortable and looks so cute when paired with a fitted tee, leggings, baseball hat, and keds.  It’s definitely my weekend go-to.
  7. Maternity Nightgown – I’m a huge fan of nightgowns and always have been. I highly recommend investing in several maternity nightgowns (some can even be used for nursing post baby).  Eventually t-shirts will just not fit your bump right, so a maternity nightgown is where it’s at for a comfortable night’s sleep.

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One non-maternity piece that has been essential to my pregnancy has been the swing dress from Old Navy.  This dress style is amazingly comfortable and has so much room as your belly grows.  I’ve worn the same four swing dresses throughout my entire pregnancy and I’ll still be able to wear them next summer.

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One piece I did not include above are maternity jeans.  I did invest in a pair from Gap Maternity, but truth be told they have not been my favorite piece.   Many other mamas I’ve talked to swear by maternity jeans, so I think those are personal preference and it depends on where you buy them.

My favorite places to shop for maternity clothing has been Gap Maternity, Old Navy, and Target for basics, and Shop Pink Blush for fun dresses and tops.  I’ve also heard from other mama-to-be’s that H&M has great, inexpensive pieces.

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Hopefully this post helps some other new mamas out when it comes to deciding what and how much to buy for your pregnancy! I’ve linked a few pieces I bought above in my recommendations and below!

We can’t wait to introduce you all to our sweet baby girl in a few weeks!

Slainte,

Shannon

Fitted Tees: Gap Maternity (multiple colors) | Target (multiple colors)
Tunics: Target – 1, 2, 3, 4 (similar)
Fitted Dress: Shop Pink Blush | Old Navy
Maxi Dresses: Shop Pink Blush – Navy, Floral
Maternity Nightgown: Shop Pink Blush

 

 

 

APPLE PICKING

One of the favorite fall activities around Northwest Ohio is apple picking at the famous MacQueen’s Orchard!  MacQueen’s Orchard is a local family farm that has been around for over 55 years.  Visitors and school tours come from near and far to check out the state of the art cider mill, pick apples, and enjoy warm apple cider with homemade donuts.  It is truly a gem of Northwest Ohio and a great place to bring your family and friends.

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This past weekend hubby and I made a date night (possibly our last before baby arrives!) of picking apples.  Despite it being cloudy, the weather was a perfect 60 degrees for apple picking (YAY for being able to wear plaid again!).  We came home with at least a ½ bushel of Granny Smith and Jonathan varieties.

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I love experiencing different fall activities, but I really love fall for the fashion.  Each season brings new styles and fall fashions always embrace the feeling of being comfy and cozy.  Especially being in my ninth month of pregnancy (what!!), I’m all about feeling comfortable.

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My favorite fall styles include J.Crew plaid shirts, oversized cardigans, chunky sweaters, boots (riding, Hunter, and booties!), cozy scarves, and leggings.   The trends I’m loving this particular year are animal prints, plaid and tweed (no surprise with my Scottish heritage), and casual knits.  J.Crew Factory has some great fall finds right now (like this plaid bell sleeve top).  I also like shopping at Gap, Loft, and most recently, Nordstrom for the best fall fashions.

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What are your favorite fall activities?  What about your favorite fall fashions?

As always, thank you for stopping by A Dash of Solt!

Slainte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP MY OUTFIT
PLAID SHIRT (SIMILAR) |GAP MATERNITY STRIPED SHIRT |GAP MATERNITY JEANS | J.CREW FACTORY BOOTIES | KJP PEARL EARRINGS 

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 

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)

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 

 

 

RIVER JAUNT

I say it all the time, but I am no winter bunny.  [understatement of the century]. I have a reaaaally hard time finding the good once January and February hits.   This year I’ve tried to adopt the idea of living a “hygge” life.   Many of you may have heard of this Danish word (pronounced hue-guh).  [Sounds like a word from a certain Commander in Chief].  This word is used to acknowledge a feeling or moment of charm, cozy ,and warmth. Hygge requires you to slow down and enjoy the present, even if that means getting outside and enjoying the season.

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One way I’ve tried enjoying these insanely cold days is by bundling up in all my cute winter garb and attempting to get outside.   I may have spent a little extra time and funds to invest in some warm yet stylish items this year.  But hey, if I’m going to enjoy the outdoors, I better be warm and cozy!

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I bought this insanely adorable pom pom hat from my favorite boutique, Pink Pineapple Shop in Rhode Island, earlier this season and it’s been hands down my favorite accessory.  Gryff dog loves it too so I had to get him his own (toy version of course).  I get stopped almost everywhere I go when I wear this hat (and my navy one!).  I will admit it makes going outside way more fun.

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I also invested in a new pair of furry boots and a super warm puffer jacket this year.  Both have kept me warm and looking stylish.   Anyone else finding small little joys during these brutal winter months?  I’d love to hear how you enjoy winter in the comments below!

Thanks for indulging in A Dash of Solt this week!  Be sure to shop my outfit details below.

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP THIS LOOK

J.CREW FACTORY COAT | FUR BOOTS | CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER | BUTTON UP SHIRT (SIMILAR) | POM POM HAT

 

TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

I feel so fortunate that Toledo is home to one of the most prestigious museums in the world.  Founded in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is home to over 30,000 works of art.  I’ve visited countless times, but it wasn’t until my twenties that I really appreciated the significance of the TMA’s global reputation and all it has to offer.

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This past week I dragged two of my sisters and brother-in-law to the museum with me.  I’ve always been interested in the arts, but it wasn’t until I studied abroad in London that I really fell in love with it.  I would spend hours at the museums in London and New York, finding inspiration and endless amounts of creativity.

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It was during my time in London and New York that I discovered my favorite artists – Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh.  When I was studying fashion, I found SO much inspiration by scouring museums and studying the work of different artists.  We have several coffee table books and prints around our home from these artists, but nothing compares to seeing the actual pieces at the museum.

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One of my favorite paintings – Ophelia by Arthur Hughes

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One of the most famous and most beautiful of Claude Monet’s paintings. [And a fancy fireplace!]
TMA is home to 45 galleries!  We spent about two hours walking around the museum and the majority of that was in the classics section (obviously because impressionism is my fav).  The museum has an entire section dedicated to modern and contemporary art, as well as ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.

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Gallery wall of my dreams! [Good news, we can afford the paint].
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This beaut is titled “Scottish Highlands” by Gustave Doré. [Freeeeeedooooom!!].
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Hubby’s favorite painting! Architect’s Dream by Thomas Cole. [It is quite magical.].
If you are ever in the Northwest Ohio area, I highly recommend checking out this beautiful museum.  I promise that you will not be disappointed!

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As always, thank you for following along on our adventures!  Props and thanks to my sisters for acting as my photographers for the day. [The usual photographer had to work his dayjob…]

I hope you had a joyful holiday season and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

p.s. I’ve tagged my outfit details below!

ANN TAYLOR PANTS | J.CREW FACTORY BUTTON DOWN (SIMILAR) | NORDSTROM BOOTIES (SIMILAR) | STARFISH PROJECT NECKLACE | LONGCHAMP BAG  | GREY PONCHO