3 PREPPY WAYS TO STYLE A SWEATER BLAZER – PART II

Part II – WEEKEND STYLE 
Last week I shared how to style this J.Crew sweater blazer for the holidays and today I’m sharing how to style it for the weekend, aka a more casual look. 
One of the things I love about this sweater is it’s versatility.  I do wear this to work A LOT.  It’s the perfect neutral and helps to instantly make my look more professional.  BUT, it also works perfectly if you are going for a casual look.  
My weekend look usually includes a t-shirt and jeans with a sweatshirt.  By swapping out my sweatshirt with this blazer sweater, my look is still casual, but a teensy bit more out together.  And comfy as heck! 
Adding a pair of booties also gives this look an extra splash of style.  But you can easily swap out the booties for tennis shoes, boat shoes, Wellies, or snow boots.
I’ve linked the details of my outfit below! You’ll definitely want to check out where my tee and knit hat are from (hint hint: two of favorite women owned small businesses)! 
Have the best week friends! 
Sláinte,
Shannon 
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3 PREPPY WAYS TO STYLE A SWEATER BLAZER

PART 1: Holiday Inspired 
I have shared this gorgeous open front sweater blazer on my Instagram before and you guys LOVE it.  My mom gifted me this for my birthday this year and I wear it ALL THE TIME.
This J.Crew Factory sweater blazer is polished, elegant, and oh so stylish.  I love the structured shape and the collar detail.  The color is gorgeous! And guess what, blush is my FAVORITE neutral.  This sweater blazer is a perfect transitional piece for fall and spring, but it will also carry well into winter as a layering piece for those cold, bitter days. 
Since you guys love this blazer as much as I do, I thought it would be fun to show you how to style it three different ways. 
The first way is for the holidays! With Thanksgiving and Christmas just on the horizon, you are probably brainstorming outfits.  I’m not typically a red holiday person (I prefer navy and gold), but I love how this red plaid pattern pairs with the subtle blush pink.  So pretty and festive! 
Pairing the sweater with a pop of plaid instantly amps up the holiday festiveness.  Wear some skinny black pants or black mini skirt and you will be comfy and stylish.  I chose pointy black suede flats for my shoes, but booties or knee high boots would be equally cute.  
I almost always wear a chunky necklace and fun earrings when dressing up.  I love how the gold pops against the red plaid and I love how the blush and gold earrings tie everything back together. 
Hopefully this look has sparked some inspiration for your holiday outfit! The sweater blazer is on sale this week so I’ve linked this style as well as  my other outfit details below. 
Sláinte,
Shannon 
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DAY TRIPPIN’ TO THE BAY

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.  

This past weekend we took L to Maumee Bay State Park, which sits right on the bay of the lake (hence the name).  Maumee Bay State Park includes two sandy public beaches, a two mile boardwalk, nature center, and a golf course, along with many other activities.  

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).  
It was so refreshing and rejuvenating to walk along the lake and listen to the quiet waves crashing on the beach.  I have no idea where my love for the water comes from, but I sure do love it. 
This trip was even more special being able to share it with L.  She was completely entranced by the water and I wanted so badly to let her play in it.  I think one of the greatest joys of being a parent is watching your children experience something new with such immense joy.  I savor these special moments.

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! 
Sláinte,
Shannon 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

S.LYNCH KNIT HAT | J.CREW FACTORY VEST | J.CREW FACTORY STRIPED SHIRT | J.CREW FACTORY DENIM JEANS | HUNTER BOOTS

GIVEAWAY!

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!)

Sláinte,

Shannon

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

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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

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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

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