CHAMBRAY WITH A TWIST

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!

Sláinte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK:

CHAMBRAY SHIRT | WHITE DENIM SHORTS | SANDALS | KATE SPADE HANDBAG

P.S. ALL OF MY JEWLERY IS KIEL JAMES PATRICK.

WEARING WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY

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!

Sláinte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK

KJP DRESS (sold out. Included link to other dresses) | ANCHOR BRACELET | PEARL BRACELET | BLUE AND WHITE BRACELET | PEARL EARRINGS | LONGCHAMP

COASTAL OHIO GIVEAWAY

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.

Please Note: US residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram. By entering you are confirming you are at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Void where prohibited by law.

Good luck!!

Shannon

PRETTY LITTLE END TABLES

Home decor projects have definitely slipped to the wayside these last couple of months. In fact, we are currently undergoing baby proofing everything and I’m packing away many of my decor pieces (who knew things like vases, lamps, furniture, etc. could be so dangerous?!)

One area that has fortunately received some love and attention is our master bedroom. For the past five plus years, we’ve been using mismatched hand-me-down pieces for our side tables. They are so dinky and small, I don’t even know if they really count for end tables.

BEFORE:

My aunt graciously gave us two Queen Anne style tables a few years ago that have been pretty much acting as storage. They are quite outdated, but their size is proportionally perfect for our bed and so I decided, what the heck, maybe they will look cute with some paint.

AFTER:

I decided to spray paint these white and what a difference!! Painting these bright white gave them whole new life and a fresh new look. You can finally see the sea shell detail on the front, which is just the cutest.

I used Krylon Fusion All In One Satin Primer and Paint spray paint from Lowes for the tables. I ended up spraying two coats plus touch ups just to make sure the white covered the original wood finish. Isn’t it amazing how much just a little bit of paint can transform a space?!

I am not a fan of clutter, so I love that the tables have drawers – it makes it easy to hide phone cords, chapstick, journals, etc.

I’m not sure how I want to style them yet, so I’m going to keep it simple for now with a few books and fresh flowers.

Now the question is, what should I spray paint next?!

Sláinte,

Shannon

p.s. My lamps are 50% off right now during the Labor Day sales on Wayfair.

BEST SUMMER DRESS

T-shirt Dresses

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.

Happy shopping!

Shannon

This post is in no way endorsed or sponsored by J. Crew Factory. All opinions are my own.

FAVORITE T-SHIRT DRESSES

J.Crew Factory Shift Dress 1 | Dress 2 / Dress 3 / Dress 4 / Dress 5

Gap T-shirt Dress

TIMELESS PIECES

Having been on maternity leave for the past few months and having my leave fall over the holidays means that mama doesn’t have tons of extra funds to spend on new clothes (and let’s be real, I buy for L now anyway because baby clothes are the cutest!).  I thought it would be fun to create a timeless collection series!  This series will focus on re-wearing classic pieces that I already have in my closet and making them fresh by pairing them with different accessories. 

As a fashion lover, I’ve definitely jumped on board with my fair share of trends.  However, the older I get the more I value timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again.  For example, this pink gingham blouse that I’m wearing in these photos, I bought two summers ago.  I wear it all year round and probably on a weekly basis. 

The gingham print and button up style are so classic and will never go out of style.  I love switching up how I wear it.  Sometimes it’s with a different statement necklace, sometimes it’s with jeans, and many times in the warmer months I style it with white shorts.   I love layering it with other pieces like I did with this particular knit sweater from Gap.  The sweater is great because it’s slightly oversized and it’s lightweight, which makes it perfect for layering.

Another timeless piece that is worth investing in is a puffer vest.  I’ve had this navy one from J.Crew  for about three years now and I wear it all the time.  It’s perfect to wear in the fall – just layer it with a sweater.  I also wear it underneath my rain coat or winter coat if it’s extra chilly. 

I’m a huge advocate for purchasing winter items that will last season after season.  My khaki coat is from five years ago and it will always be in season because of the classic trench cut.  The fur hood adds the little extra warmth that you need for these cold Ohio winters.  And of course I love my Hunter Boots!  I was gifted this green pair for Christmas and I’ve been wearing them on repeat – especially when I wear navy, which is basically every day.  Although they don’t keep your feet warm, they do keep them dry and they are the best boots for not slipping and sliding on the ice and snow.  I add an extra layer of socks for added warmth.

And there you have my first timeless collection pieces.  Hopefully this inspires you to invest in classic items (that may be a little more expensive) that you can wear season after season and year after year. 

Slainte!

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK

J.CREW GINGHAM TOP | J.CREW PUFFER VEST | KNIT SWEATER (SIMILAR) | KHAKI TRENCH COAT (SIMILAR) | HUNTER BOOTS | PINK PINEAPPLE SHOP POM POM HAT

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

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)