One of my absolute favorite things about Ohio is it’s proximity to Lake Erie. People never think of Ohio as a coastal state. But in fact, the entire northern border of the state rests on the lake. There are 100 miles of Lake Erie shore between Toledo and Cleveland. I never appreciated my proximity to this body of water until the last few years. I’m so fortunate that we live 25 minutes from the bay and about an hour from Marblehead Point.
We took L back in April, but she was too young to enjoy the water. I was thrilled to see how much she loved it this time around (just like her mama!). We wouldn’t let her get in because Lake Erie isn’t the cleanest of lakes (every summer we get an awful algae bloom – I will share a post on that another day).
I love talking about coastal Ohio and am happy to share more of you guys are interested! You can also check out Ohio Explored or Ohio Find It Here. Both are great resources for all things Ohio!
You guys know how much I love supporting local businesses, so I was thrilled when Angela from Pineapples and Parties reached out to do a giveaway!
Pineapples and Parties is a local event planning and decorating business that specializes in attention to detail. From weddings to showers to parties and fundraisers, Angela does it all!
She also provides budget analysis, day-of coordination, event design, gift baskets, favors, florals, full event planning, guest list creation, holiday decorating, partial event planning, timelines, to-do lists, and vendor selections.
Pineapples and Parties celebrated their ONE year anniversary this summer! In celebration, I’m partnering with Angela to give TWO of our followers a Pineapples and Parties t-shirt, tote bag, and a $50 gift card to Pineapples and Parties for a future event!
Head to my Instagram for the giveaway details and to enter! (For those that live out of town, you can still enter to win and Angela will work remotely to help you plan an event!)
Every preppy dresser needs a chambray shirt in their collection. Chambray pairs so well with white denim, regular denim, skinny black pants, and skirts. It’s casual enough for everyday wear but it’s easily dressed up for a business meeting.
I have several chambray shirts in several different styles. I have a handful of button downs in long sleeve and sleeveless. But one style I do not have is one with ruffles!
I love a good ruffle. A ruffle instantly adds a touch of feminism and elegance to an outfit. When I saw this ruffle chambray button down from Loft I knew I wanted to add it to my chambray collection.
I love the flirty-ness of it and I love how crisp and classic it pairs with my white denim shorts. I tucked in the front with my high rise waisted shorts, but you could easily tie it at the waist. I’m excited to wear this with skinny black plants, ballet flats, and a sparkly necklace.
You can shop the details of my outfit below!
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P.S. ALL OF MY JEWLERY IS KIEL JAMES PATRICK.
The infamous debate: can you or can you not wear white after Labor Day?
The answer is: you totally can! This long practiced fashion rule is no longer relevant to today’s society. In all honesty, you should wear what you like whenever you want!
But if you are like most people and still struggle to wear those white denim pieces or dresses after Labor Day, I’m providing some tips on how you can seamlessly transition your white pieces into fall.
1. Add a Cardigan. The easiest way to transition your white dress or white denim post Labor Day is to add a cardigan. This instantly adds a cozy autumn feel. Style it over your shoulders for instant prep or wear it unbuttoned when it’s chilly.
2. Swap out Sandals for Flats. Trade in your summer sandals for ballet flats, Keds, boat shoes, or loafers. It’s amazing how quickly shoes transition a look into a different season.
3. Add a Long Sleeve Blouse. Wearing a 3/4 length or long sleeve shirt with your white denim allows you to easily transition into fall. If you really want to go all out, opt for a top in jewel tone colors or keep it classic with an Oxford button down.
4. Throw on a Navy Blazer. Blazers are so in right now and they are the perfect item to transition your summer styles into fall. Wear one with a dress or white jeans and you can seamlessly transition your look. Plus, white and navy are the perfect pairing.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you that it is okay and actually quite easy to wear white after Labor Day. Use these four tips and you can easily combine your favorite summer and fall pieces!
I’ve linked my outfit details below. Happy shopping!
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By now you guys should know how much I love all things nautical, particularly coastal Ohio. Through my love for our Great Lakes, I have fallen in love with some awesome, awesome brands.
One of my first “Instagram” (and now real life) friends is a local artist who paints the most gorgeous scenes of coastal Ohio and farmland Ohio. Michelle Brunner of Michelle Brunner Art is a local artist who shares my love for all things blue and white and coastal. Her artwork is colorful, impressionistic, and thought provoking. I am in awe of her talent, ability to find the beauty in our state, and her kind, warm soul. I am so honored to have a few of her original paintings hanging in our home.
Another favorite brand that I’ve come to absolutely adore is Erie and Anchor. A lifestyle brand designed for anyone who loves to live and play on Lake Erie, Erie and Anchor offers cozy sweatshirts, lightweight tees, canvas totes, baby gear, baseball hats, and wine tumblers. 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’m so proud to support their top notch product and beautiful mission.
I’m so thrilled to be partnering with these two Ohio based influencers for a fun Labor Day giveaway!! Head to my Instagram for all the details!
Giveaway ends at 9/2 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced via Instagram on 9/3.
There is nothing I love more than an easy outfit. Being a mama has very much toned down my fashion-y ways and I prefer to wear styles that are classic, simple and easy.
Cue the t-shirt dress. I’ve been wearing a variation of t-shirt dresses for a couple of years now, but the classic shift one from J.Crew Factory is the best. It comes in several variations of stripes (of which I have several) and colors. The fit is perfect – snug enough to feel good but flowy enough to move and chase after a crawling baby quickly.
I also love the length. Because I’m only 5’2” many dresses are too long on me and I end up having to hem them. The J.Crew Factory style is the perfect length for my petite frame.
I love that with any t-shirt dress you have options to dress it up or down. I love throwing on a baseball hat and Sperry’s and calling it a day, but I also love adding a sparkly necklace, statement earrings, and some cute flats and dressing it up a bit for date night or work.
I’ve rounded up some other favorite easy dresses and linked them below.
This post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by J. Crew Factory. All opinions are my own.
FAVORITE T-SHIRT DRESSES
This week is the official kick off to summer and I’m so pumped to be partnering with TWO of my favorite brands for a giveaway!!
Erie and Anchor is a local, family owned business that sells unique nautical apparel and gifts. From cozy sweatshirts, to lightweight tees, to canvas totes, baseball hats, and wine tumblers – Erie and Anchor has something for everyone!
Plus, 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.
Anchors Aweigh Supply Co. is a Turkish-American business that sells luxe seaside inspired essentials. They sell high quality, handmade beach towels, bath and kitchen towels, bathrobes, and more! If you like stripes, you will love the patterns of these products.
Not only do I LOVE the look and quality of the products, but I also love that all of their products are 100% Turkish cotton, free from harmful chemicals (a win for this mama!). All of the items are handmade by Turkish women using safe and ethical working conditions. The owner has real relationships with the women who make the towels and I absolutely love that. Such a fantastic business model!
I love supporting other women and their businesses and I’m so honored to be partnering with these two brands. I highly recommend checking out both companies and treating yourself to something special!
Now for the fun giveaway! To enter all you have to do is head to my Instagram and follow the steps below!
1. Like the picture
2. Follow me (@shannonsolt), @erieandanchor, and @anchorsaweighsupplyco
3. Tag 3 friends in the comments
4. For bonus entries, share in your Instagram stories!
It’s that simple! Good luck!
Giveaway will close on Sunday, June 23 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 24.
Memorial Day Weekend is just days away and for most people it’s the unofficial start to summer! If you haven’t already pulled out your summer wardrobe, now is the perfect time. Whether you are traveling to the beach, hosting a BBQ, or taking a ride on the boat, you will want to be casually and comfortably dressed. I find the easiest pieces to wear on such occasions are summer dresses or a cute top with white shorts.
One of my favorite summer prints (well really favorite print in general) is gingham! I love the classic checked pattern and the lightweight cotton material. If you are looking for a fun, summery look for this weekend, you can’t go wrong with anything gingham.
J.Crew always has the best gingham pieces! I love the light blue/periwinkle color of this particular J.Crew Factory top. It pairs so perfectly with white shorts or denim. Add some fun accessories and some boat shoes and you have the most perfect, kick-off to summer outfit.
Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gingham pieces that will be perfect for all your MDW plans!