NAUTICAL IN NAVY

Nothing gets me more than a cute navy blue, nautical outfit.  My mom surprised me with this adorable sweater from my favorite Rhode Island boutique for Christmas.  It’s 100% cashmere and the one of the coziest pieces I own.  Everything about the sweater is totally my style – from the navy and white color scheme, to the block “SAIL” letters, to the perfect anchor. 

I don’t own many cashmere pieces, but it’s seriously the most magical fabric.  You can wear it in the winter and be all cozy and snug or you can wear it in the summer on a cool night.  I loved styling it with a classic white sleeveless button down, jeans, and my Hunter Boots for this post.  I’m already planning a fun outfit idea for spring/summer where I pair it with white shorts and my Jack Rogers. 

You guys all know I’m a huge fan of the East Coast brand Kiel James Patrick.  I’ve been following the brand and Kiel’s wife, fashion blogger Sarah Vickers, for years (serious life goals right there).  When Rob and I first started dating he bought me my first anchor rope bracelet.  Fast forward seven years and he’s still buying me new pieces for every birthday and Christmas (he’s the best!). 

This year he gifted me this adorable pearl bracelet that uses nautical flags to spell out your monogram.  LOVE. IT.  And what’s particularly lovely is my nautical monogram actually bears some resemblance to the Scottish flag.  All my favorite things in one! 

This was the perfect outfit for a coastal jaunt along the river.  You can never go wrong with navy and white and a pop of prep.

Slainte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK:

SAIL CASHMERE SWEATER | HUNTER BOOTS | J.CREW JEANS | WHITE BUTTON DOWN (SIMILAR) | KJP PEARL BRACELET | KJP LEATHER ROPE BRACELET | KJP PEARL EARRINGS

FAVORITE SNOW DAY ESSENTIALS

I think it’s safe to say winter is officially here.  And in traditional Ohio style, it will probably last well into April.  It’s really important that I have cozy and stylish winter accessories to help stay warm and make winter a touch more tolerable (If you recall, I’m no snow bunny).  Whether you love winter or can’t wait for summer, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite places to shop winter accessories!

 For Fun Winter Hats

Pink Pineapple Shop – This small boutique out of Rhode Island has the BEST pom pom fur hats.  I have two now and receive compliments everywhere I go.  Not only are these pom pom hats so cute and stylish, but they are also really warm and flattering for everyone.  Plus, the fur pom pom snaps on and off so you can change it out – so fun!

For Cozy Warm Blanket Scarves

Nordstrom – I’m a huge fan of scarves.  I especially love blanket scarves for when it’s below 30 degrees.  They are perfect for layering and so cozy.  Nordstrom has some of the best blanket scarves, and at great prices.  I recently was gifted this pretty one for Christmas and I love how soft it feels against my face.  Definitely a must have for cold snow days!

For Dry Snow Boots

Hunter Boots – I pretty much exclusively wear wellies in the snow.  Although they aren’t super warm, they do keep your feet dry.  You can buy stylish fur, knit, or fleece lined socks to wear underneath that keep your toes toasty (you can find them anywhere, mine are a few years old from Macy’s).  Definitely a winter must have!

Sperry – I also have a pair of Sperry wellies that are fleece lined AND are plaid on the outside.  So cute!  These are a better price point than Hunter Boots and still equally cute.  

For Warm Puffy Jackets

J.Crew Factory – My favorite place to purchase warm winter jackets is J.Crew Factory.  I own a long puffer coat, a short puffer coat, and a puffer vest from J.Crew Factory.   They are SO warm and classic.  Plus, if you buy at the end of the season, you can score them at an insanely awesome price.  They also have a line of incredibly stylish wool coats in a variety of colors.  I plan on purchasing one at the end of this year for next year! (p.s. Pretty sure J.Crew Factory has 50% off regular items and 60% off clearance items this week!)

For Fleece Lined Gloves

Anthropologie – A couple of years ago I bought three pairs of fleece lined gloves from Anthropologie while on a shopping trip in Columbus.  I still have them and they are the only gloves I wear.  They are so soft and warm (sometimes they are too warm!).  Plus the price point doesn’t break the bank, which is a win in my book!

Hopefully this quick round up gave you all some options for purchasing fun winter accessories! Stay warm out there friends!

Slàinte,

Shannon

SHOP THIS LOOK:

NORDSTROM SCARF | GREEN WELLIES | POM POM HAT | LEGGINGS | THRIVER SWEATER

COPING WITH THE END OF MATERNITY LEAVE

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed a joyous holiday season filled with family, friends, lots of laughter, good food, and too much wine.

Many people create goals or resolutions at the start of each year.  I’ve never really been one to get into making new year resolutions so unlike most bloggers, I don’t have any resolutions to share.  However, I do have dreams and aspirations for this little blog of mine [I’m still here too] and one of those ideas is to inspire others in any way that I can.  Whether it be through fashion, home décor, or sharing my experience as a new mama, I hope to connect with a community of like-minded creatives and spread a little more positivity throughout the world.  

One of my favorite topics to talk about as of late is how life has changed (for the better!) as a new mama.  One topic that has been on my heart for the last couple of weeks is maternity leave.  For those of you unfamiliar, I have been working for the past five years at a local non-profit that provides services to individuals with autism.  I oversee the marketing, which in non-profit language translates into all the traditional marketing, social media, graphic design, and public relations.  I love the work I do and the mission of the organization.

That being said, I also love being a mama!  I’m due to return to work next week and I’m completely devastated about having to leave my baby girl. In all honesty I’ve really been struggling with having to leave L (if anyone even asks me about my leave I tend to burst into tears).  Although I’ve been fortunate enough to have 12 full weeks off, I feel very strongly that the maternity leave in our country is completely unrealistic.  Leaving a newborn after just three months is far too early.   A baby changes SO fast and it’s so unfair that a mother (and father) must return to work so quickly and miss out on so many developmental changes.  I fully advocate for at least one year of maternity leave for all mothers in order to be able to care for and bond with their baby.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the option for me to be a stay at home mom at this stage in our life.  The past few weeks, and this week in particular, I’m having to really find ways to be at peace with going back to work.  I’m sure other new mamas have similar feelings about returning to work after spending so many precious moments with their babies, so I’ve compiled a few ways in which I’m coping in the hopes that other new mamas will find ways to feel a little more at peace about having to return to work.

Support System – Having a strong support system has been a game changer for me.  I am one that has always worn my feelings on my sleeve and it helps me so much to be able to talk about and voice my insecurities, worries, and fears.  I’m so blessed to have such an understanding, patient, and loving husband.  He is my rock and if it weren’t for him, I’d be a complete hot mess. [I rocked a Dad bod before being a dad, now I’m a real hunk]  It also helps that our families live in the same city as us and have been tremendously helpful these past few months.  A few family members will even be helping us out and watching L, and that makes a huge difference in putting my mind at ease!

Yoga – I’ve been practicing yoga for almost three years now.  I started yoga as a way to harness my anxiety and it has become a way of life.  The mind, body, and spiritual balance is just incredible and I’m grateful for each time I step onto my mat.  I was able to continue my practice into the third trimester of my pregnancy.  However, it did become increasingly difficult towards the end of pregnancy and it’s taken nine weeks postpartum to finally get back on the mat.  I’m making a point to do at least a twenty-minute practice each morning to help center myself and ease my anxiety of returning to work.   So far it’s helping and enabling me to think a little more clearly and positively. 

Something New – Now this may sound superficial, but one of the ways that is helping me to get back to work is knowing that I have a new outfit and new handbag for the first day.  I know this sounds so silly, but having something to look forward to on a day that I know is going to be insanely difficult actually helps spur some excitement.  I also printed out a bunch of pictures of L that I’m bringing to the office to hang up all around my desk.  It’s the little things that count here people.

Being Present Now – The last way in which I’m trying not to let my anxieties and worry get the best of me is by being present now.  With all the social media and distractions nowadays it’s increasingly difficult for people to be present in their own lives. I’m making a point to get off my phone and completely focus on her when she’s awake and ready to play or cuddle.  (She’s of course napping as I write this).  I’m committed to enjoying every.single.moment with my sweet L.   By being completely present, I can put my mind at ease that I’ve done everything humanely possible to make the best of this next week and enjoy all the baby cuddles, smiles, and giggles. 

I would love to hear suggestions from all you mamas (and dads!) about how you have transitioned back into work after being on maternity leave.  Hopefully some of the ways in which I am coping will inspire some of you and make the transition just a little bit easier.

As always, thanks for stopping by A Dash of Solt!

Slainte,

Shannon [and Rob too!]

p.s. These pictures were taken at Maumee Bay State Park – a local gem of Northwest Ohio with access to Erie Beach (one of my favorite places to take pictures and get my water fix!)

SHOP THE LOOK

J.CREW FACTORY JEANS | J.CREW FACTORY VEST | PINK PINEAPPLE SHOP POM POM HAT | TARGET STRIPED TURTLENECK | GAP GRAY SWEATER | HUNTER BOOTS | SCOTTISH SCARF (SCOTLAND)

PREPPY AND TIMELESS

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated by fashion.  I love the art that is couture fashion, but I also love studying fashion from decades past.  My absolute favorite time period for fashion is the 1960s.  All the styles were so classy and stylish.  I even went through a phase in college where I tried desperately hard to dress like I was living in the ‘60s. 

Nowadays, I still love and appreciate the runway and all the current trends.  However, my personal style has evolved into something much more preppy and timeless.

I particularly enjoyed styling this outfit because each piece was bought in a different year and everything is still in fashion.   The hot pink mini skirt is from my retail days working at The Limited (would you believe that I’ve owned this skirt for six years!).  I adore this skirt, not only because it’s hot pink, but because it reminds me so much of something from the 1960s.  It instantly reminds me of Swinging London.   

The cable knit sweater is always a classic choice and everyone should own one for those cold winter days.  I bought this one last year from Gap and it’s just perfect for layering.   The fit is flattering and the soft cotton material feels so good.   

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen this J.Crew navy gingham blouse before.  I literally wear it all the time.  I love the fit; plus,gingham never goes out of style.   I also have this shirt in pink and denim.  It’s definitely a staple that everyone should have in their wardrobe.

I’ve always enjoyed pairing bright colors together.  That’s probably why I love the Lilly Pulitzer brand so much (and the silhouettes are so 1960s – sense a theme?!).   I could have paired this skirt with black, white, or gray, but the pop of blue and the gingham pattern just make it so much more fun. 

Hopefully this timeless outfit provides some inspiration for your wardrobe or holiday attire.  I’ve linked each item below so you can shop the look!

Slainte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK: HOT PINK MINI SKIRT (OLD) | CABLE KNIT SWEATER | GINGHAM BLOUSE | STATEMENT NECKLACE | SUEDE SHOES | KJP/SARAH VICKERS BRACELET | COACH CLUTCH (OLD)