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

HOLIDAY OUTFIT INSPIRATION

I love this time of year, not only for the magical spirit, but also because I have excuse after excuse to dress up! I had a hard time choosing an outfit to style for you guys, but ended up choosing an outfit for Christmas Day.  [In case you were wondering, I wore a lovely fashion forward grey hoodie, jeans and tennis shoes while taking the photos]

Christmas Day tends to be less casual than Christmas Eve for us.  Since there is so much eating and present gifting, I like to look nice but also be super comfy.

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I’m not a huge fan of red, but I love a good burgundy or wine colored piece [emphasis on the “wine”], so this one is perfect.  Not only is the color fab, but the ruffle details on the front and the layering in the back makes it the perfect top for Christmas dining.

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Pairing this easy top with black skinny pants and booties adds the perfect amount of dressiness.  Rob’s mom gifted me the gorgeous Kate Spade scarf and earrings for my birthday and they add an extra pop of color (I’m seriously obsessed with the print on this scarf!  This one is sold out, but I’ve linked one with similar colors below!).   Adding a scarf is always a good idea – not only does it complete a look, but it keeps you extra warm!

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I’ve linked everything I’m wearing (or something similar) below.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

ANN TAYLOR TOP (THIS YEAR’S VERSION) | ANN TAYLOR PANTS | NORDSTROM BOOTIES (SIMILAR) | KATE SPADE SCARF (SIMILAR) | KATE SPADE EARRINGS (SIMILAR) 

DOWN BY THE RIVER

It’s no secret that I’m a water girl (sea girl to be exact) [read mermaid wannabe].  There is just something so calming and peaceful about it.  Seeing as we live in Ohio, I feel very fortunate that we live so close to the Maumee River and Lake Erie.  Rob and I had the opportunity to take several day trips to the lake this summer.  When we don’t have the time to jaunt off to the lake though, we go down to the river which is just a short mile from our house.

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Our walk last weekend was super cold! I’m glad I dressed in layers and had on my Hunter Boots.  Once October hits I pretty much live in my Hunter Boots.  These have actually become my snow boots in addition to my rain boots because they are so good at keeping water out!  If you don’t own a pair of these yet, I highly encourage you to invest in a pair! [Or just don’t go outside].

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It’s always a few degrees colder down by the water so I make sure to wear layers!  This comfy chunky knit sweater is super warm and reminds me of Scotland (alas it’s from Gap!).  And let’s just chat about this pom pom hat for a second – anyone else super obsessed with these fun hats this year?! They are so cute and the 100% Icelandic wool material keeps your head warm.   I bought this one from a nautical boutique in Rhode Island called the Pink Pineapple shop, but you can find them almost anywhere. [Funny story, our dog thinks that a live animal resides on Shannon’s head when she wears this hat, which I find hilarious. Shannon, not so much].

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I’ve linked everything I’m wearing below! [Not everything, wink wink].

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

Hunter Boots | Chunky Sweater | Gingham Shirt | Grey Jeans | Pom Pom Hat 

SCOTTISH CASHMERE SCARF

It’s finally been cool enough lately to bring out my Scottish scarf! I found this gem in a cute cashmere shop in Edinburgh and it’s sooooo soft and cozy. I figured since I’m in the middle of sharing our adventures in Scotland I would share a fun fashion post styling my Scottish scarf. [Yay! A fashion post, my favorite!]

I bought this puffer vest two years ago from J.Crew and I live in it during the cool months.  It’s perfect for layering button ups and sweaters.  I chose navy because I love how it looks paired with my jeans.  Although I will admit that J.Crew Factory has a hot pink version this season and I’m definitely wanting it…

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I’ve linked everything I’m wearing below!

[Recently a friend brought back a gift for me from a trip on the Bourbon Trail, a bottle of Barrel Bourbon, which is bottled at  cask strength.  It is an absolute wonderful pour and I highly recommend it, that is if you can find it.] – (Thanks for the random recommendation hubby)

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

CASHMERE SCARF (SIMILAR) | J.CREW PUFFER VEST |OXFORD SHIRT | JEANS | KJP NECKLACE | KATE SPADE WATCH (SIMILAR) | RAYBANS | BOURBON AND BOWETIES BRACELET | BOOTIES (SIMILAR)

PUMPKIN FARM

Last weekend hubby and I decided to explore one of the local pumpkin farms and pick our own pumpkins!  For anyone who lives around Northwest Ohio, we highly recommend checking out Fleitz’s Farm in Oregon!

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Fleitz Farm has something for everyone!  They have pumpkin picking, hayrides, a craft shop, animals, corn mazes, and donut trucks.  [#pumpkin spice fun!] We picked our own pumpkins and enjoyed a yummy pumpkin spiced donut from one of the trucks. [Told ya]

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We realized driving over to the farm that neither one of us had ever been to a pumpkin farm or picked pumpkins!  We usually just buy them at a local grocery store.  We definitely enjoyed the experience and plan on making it a yearly tradition.

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[I believe the correct term is “Native American Corn”]
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[She actually lifted this whole pumpkin over her head. I guess that didn’t make the cut. shoutout to my shadow!]
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Happy fall!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

p.s. Get ready Outlander fans, a recap of the Highlands is coming next week!  It’s going to be bittersweet sharing the last post of our Scottish adventure!

SHADES OF BLUSH

It’s that time of year where I’m transitioning my wardrobe from summer to fall.  There’s something so fun about bringing out clothes you haven’t worn in awhile and perhaps investing in some new pieces! [I don’t know about that whole “investing” part]

I mentioned in a previous post that one of my favorite colors and one of my favorite home decor trends this year is the color blush.  Many times home decor and fashion trends mirror each other so I’m not surprised to see so many blush pieces this fall.

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My mom bought me this pretty top from Loft for my birthday and I love it! It’s the perfect transitional piece into fall because it’s so lightweight.  It’s seriously so comfortable.  I love the details on the sleeve.

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I wore this outfit to brunch after a wedding this past weekend and it was the perfect amount of dressy/casual.  I could easily have made it more dressy by swapping out my flats for booties. [I’m not allowed to make any comments about Shannon’s bootie]

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And, can we talk about pretty the necklace looks with the blouse. Perfection. Plus, the necklace is pink for breast cancer awareness month and 60% of the proceeds are donated to breast cancer research.

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I’ve linked everything I’m wearing below!  Thanks to my “Instagram Hubby” for fueling my creativity and passion for all things home decor and fashion. [See https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fFzKi-o4rHw for how I routinely feel]

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

Blush top | Pants | Banana Republic Ballet Flats (similar) | Kate Spade Watch (similar) | Loft Necklace | KJP Bracelet | Kate Spade Purse (older style that can be found on Amazon) | Rayban Sunglasses

THREE SIMPLE TIPS FOR ENHANCING YOUR CURB APPEAL

IMG_8136One of my favorite things that has come out of home ownership has been all the hobbies I’ve discovered!  Not only do I love decorating the house and brainstorming new projects, but I’ve come to enjoy (some) yard work. [What she means is that she enjoys watching her husband slave away while sipping wine and eating bon-bons on the deck]   I’ve always enjoyed mowing the lawn, [three times in the last year by my count] but this past year I have found how much I like beautifying our curb appeal!

Unfortunately there was not much upkeep from the previous owners of our home and over the years the yard has grown into quite the jungle.   Last fall Hubby worked really hard to tear out ivy in the front lawn and plant grass seed (it looks amazing!). [I am pretty sure that I doubled the size of the front lawn.  This spring I tore out some mangy looking barberry shrubs in the front garden box and planted a few boxwood, azaleas and a presidential lilac tree.  I then added some additional red and white petunias along the front to give some color for when the azaleas and the lilac are not in bloom]   As we’ve seen the transformation of our front yard, I’ve come to learn how important it is to have fresh and maintained curb appeal.  So I’ve compiled three tips for enhancing your curb appeal!

  1. Flowers and Foliage Make a HUGE Difference: The first thing someone sees when visiting your home is your front yard and the front of your home.  You want it to be welcoming and appealing.  That’s why I’m such a huge fan of using flowers to brighten up our curb appeal.  Flowers provide a pop of color and texture and transform your curb appeal to boring to interesting.  Even as summer winds down into fall and winter, I’ll be decorating our front stoop with mums and other plants that can handle the elements of the seasons.
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    Fashion side note! I’ve been obsessed with gingham this summer and this super adorabs one from J.Crew Factory is so comfy! [Fun fact: everyone in our neighborhood gets dressed up to water the flowers!]
  2. A Cute Planter is a MUST: Planters are such an easy to enhance your home’s appearance, and picking out the perfect planter to display your flowers is just as important as picking out the flowers you want.  Our front stoop is very small so I knew I needed a statement piece.  I found the perfect oversized, bright royal blue planter from Costco.  The red and white petunias I planted in it just makes our stoop pop! IMG_8131IMG_8135
  3. Front Door Accessories are Great Statement Pieces: I’m a huge fan of decorating our front door!  Your front door is the perfect place to display your personality and style.  I like switching out my front door accessory based on the season.  From May through September I display a bright red anchor on our door that really pops against the black.  I have a bright orange pumpkin for October and November and then of course a wreath for December.  From January through April I use a burlap wreath that my sister-in-law made for us! [Shout out to MoMo if shes reading] Whatever you choose to display on your front door, make sure you have fun with it! 
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    This picture was taken right after I planted the flowers. [And they are still alive!]

There you have it!  These are my three true and tried simple tips for beautifying your curb appeal.  I would love to see how you’ve styled your curb appeal so feel free to share your ideas!

Slàinte,

Shannon {and Rob}