FASHION: 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

FASHION: 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

FASHION: 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

FASHION: 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

FASHION: 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 

FASHION: 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)

FASHION: 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

COASTAL OHIO: ERIE AND ANCHOR DOCKS IN HARBOR TOWN

Almost one year ago, I sat at my computer and drafted up an email, mustering up the courage to hit send.  I had been following an Ohio based brand for quite a while and was pitching them an idea to collaborate with me.  It was my first time ever reaching out to a brand and I was so nervous.  

Within a couple of hours, the owner of the brand replied to my email and was just as excited as I was about the opportunity to work together.  After an hour long phone call we set up a day to get together for lunch and thus began my journey working with Erie and Anchor

Fast forward eleven months, and I’ve had the joy of watching my favorite Ohio brand open their first brick and mortar store. I remember sitting with Micah at our first lunch and talking about this dream of hers to someday open her own retail store. When she told me she was going to do it in the place that inspired Erie and Anchor, I knew without a doubt I wanted to be there for the opening.

This past weekend, Rob, Lilly and I hopped in the car for the hour long trip to Vermilion, Ohio for the soft opening of the Erie and Anchor flagship store. We had never been to Vermilion, but let me tell you, it is a coastal gem. It’s described as the “crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie” and it’s 100% accurate.

This enchanting seaside community has all the charm of a New England coastal town. It’s full of quaint shops and restaurants, beautiful old “Lake Captain” homes, spectacular beaches, and an adorable lighthouse and maritime museum. It’s the perfect setting for an Erie and Anchor store and I’m already planning many more trips back to enjoy all the delights this coastal community has to offer.

The Erie and Anchor store is situated on the corner of Main Street and Liberty Avenue, right in the heart of “Harbor Town” (what the locals call the downtown).  It’s the perfect location! 

The inside of the store is absolutely gorgeous.  Everything from the window displays, to the hardwood floors, and shiplap wall are just stunning.  No detail was overlooked and it has such a cozy, easy going, lake vibe atmosphere.  

One of my favorite parts of the store includes the back wall which boasts five rowing oars and two floating shelves with nautical rope. So simple, yet perfectly preppy and right on brand. I also love the large wooden sign behind the checkout desk that is a beautiful replica of the logo. It’s one of the first things you see upon walking into the store and it’s just stunning.

Micah will be selling not only Erie and Anchor merchandise, but also merchandise from Coastal Cleveland, Shabby Shore, and a few other Ohio based companies. It’s truly a store that embraces coastal Ohio and the community that loves the lake.

I had no idea what this brand would come to mean to me and how much working with Micah would change my blogging life. I’m so grateful for her support, encouragement and friendship. I don’t know where A Dash of Solt would be without her. I’m so thrilled that I have been able to watch her grow her brand, not only across Ohio, but across the country.

The Erie and Anchor store will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6:00 p.m. until the grand opening weekend on March 21 and March 22.  If you aren’t local to Ohio, you can always shop their merchandise online.  And as always, a percentage of each purchase made is donated to the research and cleaning up of Lake Erie! 

Congratulations on a beautiful dream coming true, Micah!! Thanks for letting me be a part of it. 

Sláinte,

Shannon 

FASHION: THE INSPIRATION

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by fashion.  Growing up, I was always playing “dress up” (usually in time period clothing, aka Little House on the Prairie) or accessorizing my Barbies and American Girl Dolls.  I have always loved the feel of clothing and been so interested in the way different styles look on the body.  I also have always loved mixing and matching different styles and prints. 

In my grade school and high school years I dressed wearing the current trends or whatever my friends were wearing. In college I began experimenting with my own style. I became heavily influenced by fashions of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. I was obsessed with the Kennedys, Lilly Pulitzer, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly. Think miniskirts, shift dresses, bold prints, cigarette pants, and statement earrings. I even went through a phase where I was completely influenced by the “flower power” fashions of the late 60’s and early 70’s.

A favorite of Jackie Kennedy (from Pinterest).
Audrey Hepburn (photo from Pinterest).
Love these classic stripes. Ali McGraw (photo from Pinterest)

While in fashion school and my time living in New York City, my style became much more artsy.  I was once again influenced by trends, street style and the art world.  I actually really enjoyed this stage of my fashion experimenting.  But I eventually grew out of it and my tastes have evolved yet again. 

I do think it’s safe to say I’ve found my forever style. For the past nine years, my style can be defined as classic, all American, effortless, and preppy. I’m very much a mix of northern and southern prep. I like the easy, business, Ralph Lauren/J.Crew look of the New Englander, but I also enjoy the bright, patterned Lilly Pulitzer/Vineyard Vines look of the preppy southerner. And I still love a good trend, I choose to wear them subtly – maybe through color or an accessory.

Lilly Pulitzer (from Pinterest)

I continue to be influenced by classic fashion icons like Audrey, Jackie and Lilly, but I’m also equally influenced by fashion bloggers.  Some of my favorite fashionistas to follow include Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling, Sarah Patrick of Classy Girls Wear Pearls, and Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes.  All of these women have a style that is timeless, chic, and classic.  The styles they wear will still look fabulous five, ten, and even fifty years from now.

Sarah Patrick (photo from Classy Girls Wears Pearls)
Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling (photo from Mackenzie’s Instagram)
Julia Dzafic from Lemon Stripes (photo from Julia Dzafic’s Instagram)

At the end of the day, being comfortable and confident in your own skin and owning your style is the most fashionable way to be. Fashion is supposed to be fun, so enjoy the experimentation and find a style that works for you. And if your style changes ten times like mine has, just own it and love it. And maybe enjoy a few laughs.

Sláinte,

Shannon 

FASHION: CITY COAT REVIEW

Living in Ohio, you never know what winter will bring.  Some years we experience mild temperatures and very little snow.  Other years we have subzero temperatures and one snow storm after another.  Because our great state is so temperamental, one must have winter attire for every scenario.  

One style of coat that has been lacking in my wardrobe is a nice wool coat. I’ve been eyeing the J.Crew Factory City Coat for several seasons, and this year I decided to ask for it for Christmas.

I’ve been wearing it pretty much nonstop for the last couple of weeks and overall I’ve been thrilled with this coat.  Below you can find my review of the coat, broken down by style, fit and warmth.

STYLE

A classic cut and a pretty feminine color (love this lovely lilac so much) makes this coat stand out. The clean, straight lines and standing collar make it polished and chic. This coat gives me some serious 1960’s vibes and I feel like I’m channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn. Plus, it comes with some nice size pockets and any coat with large pockets is a win in my book.

FIT

The one qualm I have about this coat is that it is slightly oversized and because of that, it can look a little boxy. It’s supposed to be a mid-rise fit, but I’m only 5’2” and it’s longer than I would like. And because of my petite frame, the sleeves and shoulders a bit too big.

WARMTH 

I styled this coat in 18 degree weather so I can definitely attest to its warmth. Comprised of a wool/polyester blend, this coat is warm and heavy, so it doesn’t require layers upon layers. It has a pretty silk lining that adds an extra layer of style and warmth. I wore a tissue thin turtleneck and an open front cardigan underneath and I was perfectly cozy.

Overall, I do adore this coat and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a versatile winter coat.  I think one of my favorite aspects of this coat is how easily I can dress it up or down.  I chose a casual look for this post, but it looks equally stylish with skinny black pants and booties.  

I’ve linked the details of my outfit below, so feel free to get shopping! 

Sláinte,

Shannon 

SHOP THE LOOK:

J.Crew Factory City Coat | Hunter Boots | Longchamp Bag | S.Lynch Knitwear Hat | J.Crew Denim