SOLTY FRIDAY’S 03.12

I feel a renewed sense of life and inspiration this week with the spring-like weather! I know it’s going to end (40s and snow forecasted next week, yuck!!), but L and I have enjoyed being outside as much as possible and it’s given us energy and joy that we haven’t felt in months.  Even though we’ve been busy playing, I’ve rounded up some friday favorites and I’m sharing them below!

> If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I’ve been craving orange juice and lemonade throughout this pregnancy.  Although I love both, they are both very high in sugar, and although I’m eating sugar occasionally with this pregnancy, I’m trying to cut refined sugars where I can.  I recently became aware of an Ohio based sparkling tea company called Spritz Tea.  The tea is bubbly but zero sugar, non-alcoholic, and only real ingredients.  I’ve been trying them out all week and they are a great alternative to the juices and lemonade I’ve been craving.  Check them out by clicking here and use the code TRYSPRITZ to receive 10% off your order! 

P.s. these would pair deliciously with vodka or gin for a yummy summer cocktail!

> I’ve been shopping for some small sweet items to fill up Lilly’s Easter basket. Click here to see what I bought her!

> This week on the blog I shared my (very small) plans for growing a flower garden this summer.  To celebrate this new project, I paired up with two fellow garden lovers to host a giveaway on our Instagrams! Head on over to my page to enter to win a gardening kit.  Giveaway ends today!

> One of my favorite Ohio based coastal brands is Shore Society. The spring line was just released last week and it’s so good. I’m seriously in love with this new sweatshirt.

> My latest home decor obsession is Home Again with the Fords. I’ve been following Leanne and Steve Ford for several years and I adore their style.  They are back with a new show where they restore people’s childhood homes in Pittsburgh.  Although their design style is not coastal, I love and appreciate their design decisions so much.  They always make me remember and appreciate why I love design and art.  And Leanne’s fashion choices remind me so much of my time in New York – I love! The show airs on HGTV.

> My friend Stephanie from Linen and Littles is sharing an incredibly brave post this week.  Stephanie is living with MS and she often shares her journey on her blog and Instagram.  This week in particular is MS Awareness Week and Stephanie shared a very powerful glimpse into what it’s been like living with MS, especially with two young toddlers.  Click here for the read. 

On the Blog Lately

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 03.05

Happy Friday! I have some fun Friday favorites for you all today.  Today’s Solty Friday’s is a mix of style, what I’m watching, what I’m shopping for and more.

> If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a brand ambassador for Sarah Flint shoes.  This week the brand just launched the classiest and cutest ballet flats! I’m obsessed with the pink petal color!  Shop them here, and don’t forget, you can receive $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flint shoes by using the code : SARAHFLINT-BASHANNONS.⁠

> This entire week I’ve been binge watching Firefly Lane on Netflix.  I read the book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’m equally enjoying the tv version.  If you like drama, family, and stories about best friends, oh and 70s, 80s, and 90s fashion, then you’ll love this show.

> I haven’t been shopping for regular clothes because, well you know, pregnant. But I did go on the J.Crew Factory site this week and I now have about five things in my shopping car. So many cute spring styles. Shop my favorite looks here.

> If there is one item on my wish list for spring, it’s this gorgeous blue and white floral nap dress from Hill House. If you are a follower of fashion bloggers, you will know this dress is all the rage.  Apparently it’s beautiful quality and fits perfectly.  And rumor has it that it’s bump friendly.  Definitely something I’m keeping my eye on the next few weeks. 

> This week we noticed that our master bedroom vanity sink is leaking.  Our vanity is actually an old wood dresser – cute in concept but the wood top is completely ruined from water over the years (it came with the house).  We have to replace it so I’m currently shopping for double vanities and boy are they expensive!  We are talking $1500-$3000 for a decent double vanity.  Once we narrow down some options I’ll be sure to share.

> I picked out two different options of wallpaper for Lilly’s big girl room and an option for baby boy’s room.  Luckily the nursery is already pretty neutral so swapping out the wallpaper and some artwork is the only thing I have to do.  Here are links to the options I’m looking at: option 1 for L, option 2 for L, option for baby boy. 

> If you love gardening or have an interest in wishing to become a gardener, then be sure to pop by my Instagram next week for something exciting! 

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 2.12

We are feeling so much love and excitement this week! There has been so much joy during a time that can often feel dark, never ending, and isolating.  So thank you, to all of you, for making us feel so special this week.  Below are this week’s Solty Friday’s!

> This Valentine’s Day, you better believe we will be spending it watching the new show on Starz starring Sam Heughan called Men in Kilts.  It’s going to be an epically hilarious adventure around Scotland and I cannot wait. 

> I have a love-hate relationship with maternity clothing.  The baby blue dress I posted on my IG today is a great non-maternity Amazon find that is perfect for a growing bump. 

> We started teaching Lilly word recognition and have been using these flashcards.  So far she’s loving this “game.” 

> The new Endless Summer Notecard Collection from Jen Strandberg Studio is my new favorite way to stay organized and make to-do lists. Her coastal watercolors are beautiful on this new line of stationary. Be sure to check out her shop and get 15% off with code SHANNON15!

> I shared these adorable LOVE sweatshirts from my friend Meg’s Boutique, Meg & Marie.  These sweatshirts are sooo comfy and so cute!  There are three adult styles and two children styles to choose from, along with various color options.  Definitely a must if you have a little! You can see how L and I styled ours here

> Although we are beyond excited for baby boy, like every pregnancy, we have some new anxieties and fears.  Lemon Stripes wrote an article about her fears around having a second baby and it 100% rang true for me.  Read the blog post here

> Like many, I’m obsessed with the Liberty Prints line from J.Crew (mini floral and paisley abstract prints).  This headband was $15 this week so you better believe it’s now a part of my headband collection. 

Recently on the Blog

> Baby #2 Announcement 

> Indoor Toddler Activities

> Crewneck Sweater, Three Ways

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Slainte,

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 02.05

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Solty Friday’s post, but I’m happy to say this popular series is back! There has been so much going on and so many things to share.  Keep reading to find out all the things I’ve been loving lately.

> The new Endless Summer Notecard Collection from Jen Strandberg Studio is my new favorite way to stay organized and make to-do lists. Her coastal watercolors are beautiful on this new line of stationary. Be sure to check out her shop and get 15% off with code SHANNON15!

>  I’m constantly thinking about the future flower garden I want to plant this summer and this book by Floret Farm has been so educational.  Plus the images are just stunning. 

> Rob gifted me these gorgeous earrings for Christmas, handmade by my friend Roula.  I’ve been wearing them nonstop.  They seriously go with everything and perfectly add an extra element of style to any outfit.  

> Like everyone else who is confined to their homes this winter, we’ve been watching our fair share of movies and tv shows.  Our favorite tv shows lately have been The Bachelor, Wanda Vision, Jersey Shore, the West Wing, and Bridgerton.  We also watched the movie the Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix (Eddie Redmayne stars in it!) and it was amazing.  We highly recommend it.  

> I just finished up an amazingly hilarious, witty, and overall feel good book called Clanlands.  It’s based off of the Starz TV show Men in Kilts that airs on February 14, starring yours truly Sam Heughan, aka Jamie Fraser from Outlander.  If you love Outlander, scotch, Scotland, history, ghost stories, and men in kilts, you will love this book. 

> I have a giveaway with some amazing bloggers scheduled for 12:00 p.m. EST today!  Be sure to follow along on Instagram for the details.

And I think that’s enough for this week!  Thanks for reading and following along.

Slainte,

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 11.13

What a wild week/two.  I think we are all still recovering from the events of the past two weeks.  This week’s Solty Friday’s is full of new products launches and holiday joy.  Two things we all could use a little more of these days.

> S.Lynch Knitwear is launching literally the CUTEST holiday bows and headbands for little girls today at 9AM EST.  Head over to their Instagram to check out the new products. 

> Little Lavender Lobster created a beautiful line of watercolor Christmas cards that launch today at 9AM EST!  

> Be sure to check my IG on Monday.  I have an extra fun giveaway for all of my followers!

> Many are starting to decorate for Christmas, myself included.  I almost always do a blue and white theme.  Check out my blog post from last year that talks all about my Christmas decor! 

> Line and Cleat is offering special discounts on holiday pre-orders through today! Head over to their website to see their beautifully preppy accessories. 

> New TV Shows: We are very much intrigued by The Undoing on HBO and I am very into Normal People on Hulu.  Both are very distracting, so get cozy and settle in. 

> Last but not least, here is my friendly PSA to please wear masks and social distance while you are out and about.  Even if you don’t like it, others are very uncomfortable with you not wearing it or might be immunocompromised.  So please be respectful of others and wear your damn mask. 

On the blog recently

> Favorite Things Gift Guide with Erie and Anchor

> HOME: Chaise Lounge Review 

> STYLE: Preppy Style on a Budget 

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 11.06

After a week of uncertainty, below are some things that will (hopefully!) bring you joy!

> I updated the look of my blog just slightly! I changed my fonts to reflect a more classic and timeless aesthetic.  Be sure to check it out if you haven’t in awhile! 

> My first gift guide of the season will go live on Monday and it’s a coastal Ohio favorite! 

> This online boutique has the CUTEST preppy and classic accessories for everyday living. 

> Cailini Coastal launched their Christmas collection and it’s blue and white heaven! 

> My friend Jen launched her Christmas collection and it’s the loveliest coastal Christmas you will find this year! 

> Shop LaRoque is having an amazing sale (70-90% off!!!) and I scooped up this pink top.  I also loved this striped top and striped dress

> Christine Rennie is an artist I love to follow on Instagram.  Her artwork is bold, bright, and absolutely beautiful.  Stay tuned for a fun collaboration coming up with her on November 16! 

> Jaye’s Studio just launched the most gorgeous palm print collection and I’m in love.  You can use code SHANNON15 for 15% off your order! 

On the Blog This Week:

> A fun style collab with Katie from Sunshine Style Blog.  We are chatting all about shopping preppy on a budget.  Read more here.

> Sharing my review of our new Birch Lane Chaise Lounge.  Read more here

That’s it for this week! Stay kind peeps.

Slainte,

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.30

Happy Friday! I didn’t have time to pull together a blog post this week, but I do have this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s! 

> My friend Stephanie from Linen and Littles shared three things she has learned in three years of motherhood on her blog this week and it’s a great read for any new mom or mom with toddlers. 

> As the weather begins to get more gray and cold, I’m looking for more creative ways to keep L engaged.  My friend Sam is a Pediatric SLP and she always shares fun activities for toddlers.  This week we did a pumpkin activity and made a squish bag! L loved getting a little messy while also learning a few new words and textures.  

> Our new chaise lounge finally arrived this week!!! I LOVE it! Now I’m just trying to figure out how to style the family room.  I will share a blog post with a full review soon. 

> I have a fun style collaboration with my friend Katie from Sunshine Style Blog coming to you on Monday!! Katie is a ray of sunshine and I’m really excited to be partnering with her on a style post. 

> We’ve been watching The Right Stuff on Disney+ and it’s so good.  If you like NASA, space exploration, and the 1950s/1960s, you will enjoy this show. 

> If you saw my Instagram stories this week, you will have seen me chatting about The Surcee Shoppe.  The Surcee Shoppe is the cutest online gift giving boutique full of preppy accessories, stationary, home decor, and pet accessories.  The Surcee Shoppe makes gift giving simple by including an enclosure card, gift wrap and shipping with each surcee.  Head to their website to learn more! 

> If you are a coffee drinker and someone who loves cute branding, you will love Preppy Coffee! This brand new company offers the cutest, preppiest patterns for your coffee.  Head to their website to select your preppy print, your coffee roast, and click ship! It’s that easy. 

> If you haven’t checked out the new fall and holiday inspired products from Jaye’s Studio, make sure you do so! And remember you can take 15% off your order by using the code SHANNON15! 

And with that, I hope you all have a lovely weekend and a Happy Halloween!

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.23

I have something extra special for you guys today! Jaye’s Studio recently launched their Fall/Holiday collection and it is stunning! I’m fortunate to have been gifted their brand new Sussex Plaid Tray and Assorted Ginger Jar Ornaments. Both match my decor PERFECTLY. I love that I can incorporate blue and white holiday inspired pieces into my collection. And believe me when I say that both the tray and ornaments are beautiful quality- such top notch design and craftsmanship.

The plaid tray is a piece that I will use over and over, whether it’s to style items on my coffee table, or use it for snacks and beverages during a movie night. It’s so functional and I love that. I also envision using the ginger jar ornaments beyond the Christmas tree. They are actually pretty hefty in weight and I think they are so cute styled on shelves, on a coffee table, or used as name place holders on a dining room table. I love a piece that is beautiful and has so many uses. Be sure to check out the new collection at Jaye’s Studio and use code SHANNON15 for 15% off your order!!

> I’ve been watching Dream Home Makeover by Studio McGee on Netflix and it’s so.good. I’m such a sucker for good design shows and this is one of my favorite’s to date.

> We have a pub style table in our kitchen nook that we’ve had since we moved into this house and it’s just getting too small for the three of us.  Plus, Lilly is quickly outgrowing her high chair and she needs to be at the table.  This past weekend I purchased a new kitchen table that will fit four chairs and I’m so excited.  I really wanted this one from Serena and Lily, but was not going to pay $1500.  I found a similar style on Wayfair for much, much less and I can’t wait for it to arrive. 

> Since I bought a new table, now I need to find new chairs! I love the traditional spindle chair and I’m currently eyeing these ones from Target

> If you are a coffee drinker and someone who loves cute branding, you will love Preppy Coffee! This brand new company offers the cutest, preppiest patterns for your coffee.  Head to their website to select your preppy print, your coffee roast, and click ship! It’s that easy.  

And with that, I’m going to sign off and finish getting ready for L’s birthday! There are a few decorations to hang up and a handful of presents to wrap.

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.16

Below are this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s.  

> Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling is one of my favorite bloggers.  I’ve been following her for years and her style is always so good.  She recently bought a house and has been fixing it up.  This week she revealed her mudroom and laundry room and both are beautiful! If I had all the funds in the world I would want my house to look exactly like hers.  I love her classic, blue and white vibe.  

> L’s birthday is next Saturday! Ahhh!! We aren’t having any large parties this year, but I still want it to be special.  I decided on a “Two Wild” theme – think big palm leaves, bright pink flowers, elephants, gorillas – basically the rainforest.  I found a bunch of items at Target for this theme and I’m so excited.  I saw this theme on Pinterest and this cake has been my inspiration.

> I recently finished my Scotland inspired book that was recommended by my friend Sarah and now I’m reading a book recommended by Rob.  It’s called Circe.  If you like Greek Mythology and witchcraft, then you’ll love this book. 

> I have some exciting collaborations coming up for the holidays and one is with Jaye’s Studio.  I’ll be sharing more about this in the coming weeks! 

> A lot of you loved my navy quilted pullover that I wore on our weekend getaway so I’m linking it here!  It’s one of my favorite pieces from Erie and Anchor.  You can shop it by clicking here.

> In case you missed my blog post from earlier this week, you can find it here! I’m chatting about our weekend away to the Inn at Honey Run.  

> I feel like I’m always shopping the J.Crew Factory site.  Right now I’m totally into this headband, this pink Sherpa pullover, the cotton wool teddie sweater,  this corduroy mini skirt, and the herringbone city coat

And that’s it for this week.

Slainte,

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.09

After I post this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s, I’m unplugging for the weekend and I’m pretty excited about it.  I have a little bit of FOMO, but I know mentally I could use a refresh and a mini getaway with no social media might be just what I need.  So enjoy this week’s favorite things and updates, and I’ll catch you guys next week (hopefully feeling more creative!) 

> It was just released that HBOMax is releasing a special West Wing episode next week and we are so.excited.  We love this classic show from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s.  Can’t wait for the special edition episode with appearances from former First Lady Michelle Obama and Lin Manual Miranda.  Eeek!

> One of the best things to come out of the current public health emergency is the emergence of wine delivery.  In case you missed my blog post this week, I’m sharing a discount for my followers when they sign-up for Winc’s Wine Club. Read more here. 

> L’s birthday is coming up and we bought her a big girl bike! How is she that old?! I also just picked up this cute smoothie playset from Kid Kraft.  I have a few smaller things to get her still, but what the girl really needs is clothes! 

> One of my Instagram friends started a children’s line of clothing a few months ago.  I shared about this brand in my Brand Spotlight series (here) and the dress L is wearing in the cover photo is from their fall line.  It’s seriously the CUTEST! We get so many compliments every time we wear it.  And the quality is so good.  Definitely check out Shop Maddie and Connor if you have littles! 

> A blogger I follow linked this article about Mom Guilt on on her blog.  I think mom guilt is something we all feel and understand, and this article very much reminded me that it’s okay to take time for myself.  

And with that, I will leave you all to enjoy the weekend! 

Slainte,

Shannon