STYLE: THE BEST IN FASHION BOOKS

“What I believe in is the timelessness of an attitude, the timelessness of style.” – Ralph Lauren

For as long as I can remember, I’ve collected books about style icons.  I have books from Oleg Cassini, Kate Spade, and Nina Garcia, and books about Audrey Hepburn, Lilly Pulitzer and my personal favorite, Jackie Kennedy.   During my college years and time in fashion school, I devoured books about fashion, personal style, and style icons.  

I have always been drawn to and fascinated by the classics.  In my mid twenties I gave up shopping for fashion trends and instead began investing in classic pieces.  A great fitting pair of denim jeans (blue and white denim), classic striped tees, crisp button up shirts, timeless Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses, ballet flats, and pearl studs are now my go-to uniform.  

Below I’m sharing all of the books that have influenced my style in some way. For all of you still finding your style or for those who have found it and just love fashion icons, I hope this list provides some enjoyment and some much needed break from reality.

A Thousand Days of Magic by Oleg Cassini

Hands down my favorite book on Jacqueline Kennedy. Written by Oleg Cassini, the favorite designer during the Kennedy’s White House Years, this book chronicles over 300 outfits that Mrs. Kennedy wore during her time as First Lady. A MUST if you love the Kennedy era.

In Vogue by Angeletti Olivia

This is truly a fascinating look into the world’s most influential fashion magazine.  In Vogue is one of the most interesting publications I’ve read on the subjects of culture, art, fashion, photography, and media.  Plus, it has some of the most gorgeous images of fashion photography I’ve ever seen. 

Style by Kate Spade 

Another favorite, this book explores the people and experiences that influenced Kate Spade.  It talks about how style comes with age and opening up one’s self to difference experiences, cultures, and ideas.  But most importantly, style comes from your own self-confidence.  

The Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia

This fun, easy book outlines Nina Garcia’s (previous judge on Project Runway) rules of style.  It comes with some really cute fashion illustrations, which is probably why it’s L’s favorite book to flip through. 

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer

I think I have four books on Audrey Hepburn, but this one is my favorite.  Compiled by her son, this book contains hundreds of images straight from the family’s picture albums.  It’s a unique history that celebrates this much loved fashion icon and remarkable woman. 

The Fashion File by Janie Bryant

Calling all Mad Men lovers, this book is for you!  The author is the costume designer behind the show Mad Men.  This book provides a peek into the design process Janie Bryant used to create each character’s look.  It also provides tips for the everyday woman on how to cultivate their own personal style. Definitely a fun book to add to your collection. 

Lilly by Kathryn Livingston

Perhaps my favorite biography to date, this book tells the true story of fashion icon Lilly Pulizter.  You will get a full dose of Palm Beach society, scandal, and the beginnings of a fashion empire. If you love this iconic brand and are fascinated by privileged American society, this is a book for you! 

Fashion: The Twentieth Century by Francois Baudot

My sister gifted me this book while I was in college and actively exploring my style and love of fashion.  It’s still one of my favorite historical references for fashion. Spanning the 20th Century, this book showcases the most famous fashion designers of the century and details all the silhouettes and styles that defined a specific decade.  Definitely a must if you love fashion history! 

On my radar:

Classic Style by Kate Schelter 

Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion by Alan Flusser 

All of these books have brought me great joy over the years.  I hope one of these sparks some interest for you and brings you a little joy too.

Slainte,

Shannon

STYLE: FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP FOR TODDLER CLOTHING

As soon as we found out we were pregnant with a baby girl, I knew I would have a problem with shopping for clothes for her. Although I’ve had my moments, I’ve actually done pretty well splurging on items for special occasions and keeping it realistic for everyday clothes. Because let’s be real, kids grow SO FAST. Also, the wear and tear on their clothes is pretty intense and I would rather get the best bang for our buck on her everyday wear.

But, I do LOVE buying her special occasion clothes and I have found some top notch children boutiques. Almost all of these boutiques are small businesses and I’m more than happy to support them. And in all honesty, the quality of the clothing for these specialty boutiques is fantastic. If you are looking for well-made, high quality craftsmanship for your littles, specialty boutiques are the way to go.

I’ve broken down my favorite places to shop based on special occasions (birthdays, baptism, holidays, etc.), everyday wear, and local.  

SPECIAL OCCASION 

Lilly Pulitzer 

Bella Bliss (based in Kentucky)

The Bella Bean (based in Columbus, OH!)

Shrimp & Grits

Coming Soon: Shop Maddie and Connor (This shop opens later this spring, but follow them on Instagram for some teasers!)

EVERYDAY STYLES 

Baby Gap

Old Navy

Cat & Jack for Target

LOCAL BOUTIQUES

Kids Klotheslines

Bowinkles

Hopefully this list is helpful! I love sharing where I find the cutest baby and toddler styles.  If you know a great place to shop for toddler clothing that I haven’t listed, please feel free to comment and provide a link!

Slainte,

Shannon 

STYLE: BASIC WHITE TEE

Is there anything more classic than a basic white tee? Every person should own at least one, if not several, basic white tees.  This iconic and easy piece goes with virtually everything.  

There are so many different varieties of white tees to choose from.  They come in an array of materials, price points, sleeve length, some with pockets and some without, etc.  Heck, you can even pull a classic Hanes white tee from your husband’s closet and wear it with leggings. However, you choose to style it, you are bound to look put together and chic.  

KEEP IT CASUAL

You can easily keep a basic white tee casual by styling it with a pair of comfy distressed jeans or polished skinny jeans. During the colder months I will throw on a long cardigan for warmth and extra style. In the warmer months I like to pair a white tee with scalloped shorts, a chunky necklace, and some easy slide sandals. I mean is there anything more comfortable than a lightweight tee on a hot day?!

If I ever need a quick, effortless and stylish outfit, I always reach for a basic white tee with denim – you seriously can’t go wrong. And I either style it with a front tuck or wear it knotted. I also love to roll the sleeves for some added drama.

DRESS IT UP

A basic white tee can also easily be dressed up with a chunky necklace, pleated skirt, and pumps. Wearing a white tee under a class navy suit jacket with skinny pants is also chic. You can also style it with a long boyfriend blazer and skinny black leather pants for a statement look. If your work environment is casual like mine, wearing a white tee tucked into a pair of colored linen or chino pants and some trendy jewels also gives it a dressier look.

Below are some of my favorite places to shop for white tees:

J. Crew Factory

Everlane (Ethical brand!)

Gap

Madewell 

Target 

How do you style your white tee?!

Slainte,

Shannon

STYLE: EASTER OUTFIT, STAY HOME EDITION

This coming Sunday is Easter and it’s no secret that this year’s celebrations will be very different.  Rob and I both are fortunate to have family close by, so holidays are usually large, loud, and full of people.  Just because we are staying home though doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. 

We fully intend on cooking a nice meal, giving L an Easter basket full of goodies, and setting up an Easter egg hunt in our backyard (although it may be indoors as the forecast is looking a bit gloomy).  

I also plan on getting dressed, as is my normal routine each day. Normally I wear a Lilly Pulitzer dress or top on Easter. But since we are staying home this year, I am going to pull something together that is a little more casual yet still springy, chic, and effortless.

When I saw this violet colored gingham button-up from J.Crew Factory, I knew it needed a home in my closet and I knew I’d be wearing it for Easter. (Side note, I actually don’t have much purple in my closet and I have no idea why because it’s so pretty!) The familiar checked pattern that represents gingham is classic and charming. I love seeing classic photos from the 1950s and 60s of women styling gingham cropped pants, sleeveless tops, and dresses. Wearing this pattern always gives me a boost of confidence because I know it will always be stylish and classy.

This top paired with white denim and some easy flats (or even tennis shoes) is a perfect stay home Easter ensemble. It’s comfy yet stylish and classic. Adding a front tuck or simple knot in the front adds a little extra style.

Below are some links to more easy outfits you can wear for Easter at home.

Easter Outfit 1

Easter Outfit 2

Easter Outfit 3 

Easter Outfit 4

Stay well friends! 

Slainte,

Shannon

SHOP THIS LOOK!

Gingham Button-Up | White Denim | Earrings | KJP Bracelets

STYLE: THE 9-5 EDIT

WORK FROM HOME CASUAL 

When I started this series last month, I didn’t anticipate the recent events that have taken hold of the world. In an effort to keep things normal, I’ve decided to continue this series and still keep styling work inspired outfits. And even though I’m now working from home, I still make a point to get up and get dressed each day (Click here to read my reasons why).

As I write this, it is not lost on me how fortunate I am that I am able to work from home. I want to express a heartfelt thank you to all of the essential workers who must still report to work and don’t have the option of staying home. I admire and appreciate your courage, strength, and sacrifice. Thank you for being on the front lines to protect and keep the rest of us well and safe.

This month’s 9-5 Edit is an easy and comfortable work from home outfit. When I’m working at home I like to be comfortable but still feel good. My go-to combinations are jeans with a cute top or blouse or a dress in the summer. This striped top from J.Crew Factory is so easy and effortless. I paired it with my blue denim, a striped headband (stripes on stripes and blue on blue!!), and my Keds. Simple, chic, and casual. Which are the three essentials when styling an outfit to work from home.

Below are a few other links with outfit inspiration when working from home.

Outfit Inspiration One

Outfit Inspiration Two

Outfit Inspiration Three

Outfit Inspiration Four

Outfit Inspiration Five 

You can also shop the details of my outfit below!

Stay home, practice social distancing, and stay well friends!

Slainte,

Shannon 

SHOP THE LOOK

Striped Top | Denim Jeans | Headband (sold out) | Keds | Kiel James Patrick Bracelet 1 | Kiel James Patrick Bracelet 2

STYLE: GET DRESSED

With the “Stay at Home” Order now officially mandated in Ohio, it’s more important than ever to establish a sense of normalcy and routine to our days.  The easiest and one of the most effective ways to feel normal is by waking up and getting dressed each day.  

I, for one, am much more productive when I’m dressed in everyday clothing.  Plus, I just bought some new spring styles and with the weather getting warmer, I’m wanting to get outside and style my new pieces! Below I’m sharing three reasons why you should make an effort to get dressed, even in the most difficult and uncertain of times. 

MORE ENERGY

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of throwing on yoga pants or sweatpants when you know you don’t have to leave your house. I’ve definitely fallen into this trap, but I’ve come to realize there is a real mental shift that happens when you put on real clothes. I always feel ten times more energized when I’m in jeans and black pants with a top or blouse. When I get up, shower, wash my face, and get dressed in normal clothes, our mornings tend to go a lot smoother, I have more energy, and we overall have a better day of playing and tackling life.

MORE PRODUCTIVITY

Getting dressed each day actually makes me a whole lot more productive. Whether I’m working from home or chasing after L, if I’m dressed, I’m going to get a heck of a lot more done around the house and check more boxes off my to-do list. When I throw on yoga pants and a sweatshirt, I’m much more tempted to lay around and not want to do anything. There is power in showing up for yourself and looking put together.

MORE CONFIDENCE

When you take the time to invest in and give attention to yourself, you are reaffirming your importance and self-worth in this world.  At a time when we are being told to distance ourselves from others physically, we lose a very important part of the human element. Now more than ever we need to value ourselves, each other, and hold tight to the things that bring us joy.   When you feel good, you are more confident and believe you can do anything.  

Stay well and stay home friends! 

Slainte,

Shannon 


SHOP THIS LOOK:
J. Crew Factory White Denim | J.Crew Factory Blouse | LOFT Cardigan (Similar) | Keds | Rattan Bag

STYLE: STYLING LAYERS

You guys.  Spring is JUST on the horizon and I’m so excited.  If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I’m a warm weather girl.  Usually by the beginning of March I’ve had it with old man winter and I’m ready to pack away my winter coats, boots, sweaters and everything in between.

But, living in Ohio, means that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. The first part of March is always cold, snowy, and miserable. I still have to dress warm, so if I’m not in the mood to wear a big, bulky sweater, then layering is my go-to.

Layering is actually often associated with minimalist style. Layering allows you to be creative in your look and pair classic pieces together in a fun, new way. You can play around with textures, patterns, and colors to create a look that is unique to you.

For this look I chose one of my denim button up shirts (by the way, a button up shirt refers to any shirt that buttons up the front, whereas a button-down is when the collar of a shirt can be fastened to the shirt via buttons) and layered it underneath one of my classic striped J.Crew shirts.

The key is making sure the layer on top is slightly larger than the layer on the bottom (you also want to make sure the sleeve lengths are different lengths – for this look I rolled up the striped shirt so you can see the denim shirt underneath). Otherwise you will feel very uncomfortable, and no one wants that. Fashion should be easy and effortless.

I added an additional layer with my puffer vest and even layered my puffer coat on top of that for more warmth. In these awkward transition months, layering really is the way to go. Especially when it’s frigid in the morning and warmer in the afternoon, being able to take away or add pieces of clothing is always a good idea.

Below are links to a few other layering ideas that I love and have recreated myself.  

Layering Inspiration 1

Layering Inspiration 2

Layering Inspiration 3

Layering Inspiration 4

Happy layering!

Slainte,

Shannon 

SHOP THIS LOOK: Button Up | Striped Tee | Denim Jeans | Hunter Boots | Puffer Vest | S.Lynch Knitwear Hat

STYLE: THE 9-5 EDIT

SLEEK SEPARATES

I’m so excited to be sharing this new fashion series, The 9-5 Edit!  Once a month, I’ll share a work inspired ensemble for all you working ladies.  My wardrobe has to be very versatile since I work three days a week in public relations and then stay at home two days a week.  Even on my days at home, I like to get dressed and look put together, so I try to buy pieces that will work for both work and my casual days off. 

The first outfit in this series is focused on sleek separates.  So let’s get down to business, shall we?

WHY SEPARATES?

Purchasing separates allows you to mix and match all day long.  Investing in two to three cardigans, four to five stylish blouses, two to three button ups, a blazer, a skirt, and two pairs of classic pants or trousers will provide you with a closet full of chic and easy outfits to choose from.   You can really get creative with pairing different items together, which makes getting ready for work (or at least I think so).

When shopping for separates, look for pieces that are tailored, structured, and comfortable. In my opinion, it’s better to splurge on classic and timeless styles that will last for years. If you love trends, you can still look have fun through your use of color, pattern, and accessories.

HOW I STYLED SEPARATES:

A classic navy or black cropped pant in stretch twill or ponte is a must have for me. This style will always stand the test of time and having a pair of navy and black gives you unlimited styling options. (No joke I’ve had these navy pants for six years!)

I chose a monochromatic look (back on this trend again) by pairing my navy cropped pants with a navy gingham button up. I opted for no fuss pearls, my Kiel James Patrick bracelets, nude flats, and a classic, 1960’s inspired hair style to complete the look. Oh and I can’t forget the belt! The belt breaks up the navy and the anchor detail adds a little extra prep. This is such a simple, clean and polished look, perfect for the work day.

Investing in classic separates is the easiest way to have a clean and refined wardrobe for work. I’ve included a few of my spring favorites below.

Sláinte,

Shannon

SPRING SEPARATES IDEAS:

Blouse 1 | Blouse 2 | Cardigan (I have this!) | Trouser Pant | Skinny Pant | Shoes 

STYLE: FIVE WAYS TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE TO SPRING

Spring is only four weeks away – YAY! This warm weather girl is incredibly happy about this fact.  Although in all fairness, Ohio has experienced a VERY mild winter.  

Nonetheless, this time of year I’m always ready to transition my wardrobe into spring.  Below are five easy ways to bring a little color and warmth to your style. 

White Denim

If you don’t already wear your white denim all year round, now is the perfect time to bring out this classic pant. White denim is the perfect blank canvas in which to pair bright colors and prints. For me, wearing my white denim jeans gives me an instant warm weather vibe. My favorite pair of white denim is from J.Crew Factory (love the high rise), but these are also good styles: white denim 1, white denim 2, white denim 3.

Floral earrings

A simple easy way to feel those spring like vibes is with a cute pair of floral earrings. I’m all about the flower power and these pretty white and pearl flowers from Sea Marie Designs (thanks for the rec Claire!) are a lovely addition to your wardrobe. These particular ones also come in black and pink!

Gingham

Gingham is the universal print for spring and summer. Adding a subtle touch of gingham with a headband (this one is also from Sea Marie Designs) is a perfect way to add a summer aesthetic to your outfit. You can also try a button down gingham top and pair it with your white denim. I have this shirt in navy, pink and light blue.

Flats

The easiest way to make your wardrobe feel more springy is by swapping out those winter boots for some easy, breezy flats. By mid-February I’ve about had it with wearing heavy boots, so any time the temperature rises above 40 degrees, you better believe I’m bringing out the leopard flats or a pair of loafers.

Bright Handbag

Although I don’t limit this handbag to spring and summer, carrying a handbag in a bright hue always adds an instant warm weather vibe to your look.  In my opinion, color never goes out of style, so don’t be afraid to buy a classic, structured handbag in a bold color. 

These five easy switcheros to your wardrobe will instantly help you feel a little more hopeful that warmer, sunnier weather is on the horizon.  Be bold and bright my friends! 

Sláinte,

Shannon 

SHOP THE LOOK:

CHAMBRAY TOP | WHITE DENIM | GINGHAM HEADBAND | FLORAL EARRINGS | LEOPARD FLATS | KATE SPADE HANDBAG (OLD)

STYLE: MONOCHROMATIC MOMENT

It’s that time of year where I’ve had enough of winter and am pining for spring. What better way to add a little skip to my step than by pairing white on white with a pop of lavender?!

Wearing white on white (or cream on cream) is classic, simple and clean. Any monochromatic styling is quite easy to do, and funnily enough, the monochromatic look is having quite the moment right now. A monochromatic color scheme can be as much as a statement as patterns and prints. It instantly adds an element of sophistication and style to any look. Dressing head to toe in one color or shade can actually elongate your silhouette and allow you to highlight a certain part of your body.

Styling an outfit with monochromatic colors can include different shades and tints of the same color. I would also recommend adding texture or pattern, which will create some depth and originality. For this outfit pairing, I chose bright white denim with a cream, cable knit sweater. And since it’s the middle of winter in Ohio, I added my lavender J.Crew Factory City Coat to keep me warm.

In addition to white, I also enjoy styling navy and pink monochromatic looks.  Look for a pink look coming soon to my IG! 

Sláinte,

Shannon 

SHOP THE LOOK:

WHITE DENIM | CABLE KNIT SWEATER | CITY COAT | KNIT HAT | BOOTIES