SOLTY FRIDAY’S 11.13

What a wild week/two.  I think we are all still recovering from the events of the past two weeks.  This week’s Solty Friday’s is full of new products launches and holiday joy.  Two things we all could use a little more of these days.

> S.Lynch Knitwear is launching literally the CUTEST holiday bows and headbands for little girls today at 9AM EST.  Head over to their Instagram to check out the new products. 

> Little Lavender Lobster created a beautiful line of watercolor Christmas cards that launch today at 9AM EST!  

> Be sure to check my IG on Monday.  I have an extra fun giveaway for all of my followers!

> Many are starting to decorate for Christmas, myself included.  I almost always do a blue and white theme.  Check out my blog post from last year that talks all about my Christmas decor! 

> Line and Cleat is offering special discounts on holiday pre-orders through today! Head over to their website to see their beautifully preppy accessories. 

> New TV Shows: We are very much intrigued by The Undoing on HBO and I am very into Normal People on Hulu.  Both are very distracting, so get cozy and settle in. 

> Last but not least, here is my friendly PSA to please wear masks and social distance while you are out and about.  Even if you don’t like it, others are very uncomfortable with you not wearing it or might be immunocompromised.  So please be respectful of others and wear your damn mask. 

On the blog recently

> Favorite Things Gift Guide with Erie and Anchor

> HOME: Chaise Lounge Review 

> STYLE: Preppy Style on a Budget 

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 11.06

After a week of uncertainty, below are some things that will (hopefully!) bring you joy!

> I updated the look of my blog just slightly! I changed my fonts to reflect a more classic and timeless aesthetic.  Be sure to check it out if you haven’t in awhile! 

> My first gift guide of the season will go live on Monday and it’s a coastal Ohio favorite! 

> This online boutique has the CUTEST preppy and classic accessories for everyday living. 

> Cailini Coastal launched their Christmas collection and it’s blue and white heaven! 

> My friend Jen launched her Christmas collection and it’s the loveliest coastal Christmas you will find this year! 

> Shop LaRoque is having an amazing sale (70-90% off!!!) and I scooped up this pink top.  I also loved this striped top and striped dress

> Christine Rennie is an artist I love to follow on Instagram.  Her artwork is bold, bright, and absolutely beautiful.  Stay tuned for a fun collaboration coming up with her on November 16! 

> Jaye’s Studio just launched the most gorgeous palm print collection and I’m in love.  You can use code SHANNON15 for 15% off your order! 

On the Blog This Week:

> A fun style collab with Katie from Sunshine Style Blog.  We are chatting all about shopping preppy on a budget.  Read more here.

> Sharing my review of our new Birch Lane Chaise Lounge.  Read more here

That’s it for this week! Stay kind peeps.

Slainte,

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.30

Happy Friday! I didn’t have time to pull together a blog post this week, but I do have this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s! 

> My friend Stephanie from Linen and Littles shared three things she has learned in three years of motherhood on her blog this week and it’s a great read for any new mom or mom with toddlers. 

> As the weather begins to get more gray and cold, I’m looking for more creative ways to keep L engaged.  My friend Sam is a Pediatric SLP and she always shares fun activities for toddlers.  This week we did a pumpkin activity and made a squish bag! L loved getting a little messy while also learning a few new words and textures.  

> Our new chaise lounge finally arrived this week!!! I LOVE it! Now I’m just trying to figure out how to style the family room.  I will share a blog post with a full review soon. 

> I have a fun style collaboration with my friend Katie from Sunshine Style Blog coming to you on Monday!! Katie is a ray of sunshine and I’m really excited to be partnering with her on a style post. 

> We’ve been watching The Right Stuff on Disney+ and it’s so good.  If you like NASA, space exploration, and the 1950s/1960s, you will enjoy this show. 

> If you saw my Instagram stories this week, you will have seen me chatting about The Surcee Shoppe.  The Surcee Shoppe is the cutest online gift giving boutique full of preppy accessories, stationary, home decor, and pet accessories.  The Surcee Shoppe makes gift giving simple by including an enclosure card, gift wrap and shipping with each surcee.  Head to their website to learn more! 

> If you are a coffee drinker and someone who loves cute branding, you will love Preppy Coffee! This brand new company offers the cutest, preppiest patterns for your coffee.  Head to their website to select your preppy print, your coffee roast, and click ship! It’s that easy. 

> If you haven’t checked out the new fall and holiday inspired products from Jaye’s Studio, make sure you do so! And remember you can take 15% off your order by using the code SHANNON15! 

And with that, I hope you all have a lovely weekend and a Happy Halloween!

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.23

I have something extra special for you guys today! Jaye’s Studio recently launched their Fall/Holiday collection and it is stunning! I’m fortunate to have been gifted their brand new Sussex Plaid Tray and Assorted Ginger Jar Ornaments. Both match my decor PERFECTLY. I love that I can incorporate blue and white holiday inspired pieces into my collection. And believe me when I say that both the tray and ornaments are beautiful quality- such top notch design and craftsmanship.

The plaid tray is a piece that I will use over and over, whether it’s to style items on my coffee table, or use it for snacks and beverages during a movie night. It’s so functional and I love that. I also envision using the ginger jar ornaments beyond the Christmas tree. They are actually pretty hefty in weight and I think they are so cute styled on shelves, on a coffee table, or used as name place holders on a dining room table. I love a piece that is beautiful and has so many uses. Be sure to check out the new collection at Jaye’s Studio and use code SHANNON15 for 15% off your order!!

> I’ve been watching Dream Home Makeover by Studio McGee on Netflix and it’s so.good. I’m such a sucker for good design shows and this is one of my favorite’s to date.

> We have a pub style table in our kitchen nook that we’ve had since we moved into this house and it’s just getting too small for the three of us.  Plus, Lilly is quickly outgrowing her high chair and she needs to be at the table.  This past weekend I purchased a new kitchen table that will fit four chairs and I’m so excited.  I really wanted this one from Serena and Lily, but was not going to pay $1500.  I found a similar style on Wayfair for much, much less and I can’t wait for it to arrive. 

> Since I bought a new table, now I need to find new chairs! I love the traditional spindle chair and I’m currently eyeing these ones from Target

> If you are a coffee drinker and someone who loves cute branding, you will love Preppy Coffee! This brand new company offers the cutest, preppiest patterns for your coffee.  Head to their website to select your preppy print, your coffee roast, and click ship! It’s that easy.  

And with that, I’m going to sign off and finish getting ready for L’s birthday! There are a few decorations to hang up and a handful of presents to wrap.

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.16

Below are this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s.  

> Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling is one of my favorite bloggers.  I’ve been following her for years and her style is always so good.  She recently bought a house and has been fixing it up.  This week she revealed her mudroom and laundry room and both are beautiful! If I had all the funds in the world I would want my house to look exactly like hers.  I love her classic, blue and white vibe.  

> L’s birthday is next Saturday! Ahhh!! We aren’t having any large parties this year, but I still want it to be special.  I decided on a “Two Wild” theme – think big palm leaves, bright pink flowers, elephants, gorillas – basically the rainforest.  I found a bunch of items at Target for this theme and I’m so excited.  I saw this theme on Pinterest and this cake has been my inspiration.

> I recently finished my Scotland inspired book that was recommended by my friend Sarah and now I’m reading a book recommended by Rob.  It’s called Circe.  If you like Greek Mythology and witchcraft, then you’ll love this book. 

> I have some exciting collaborations coming up for the holidays and one is with Jaye’s Studio.  I’ll be sharing more about this in the coming weeks! 

> A lot of you loved my navy quilted pullover that I wore on our weekend getaway so I’m linking it here!  It’s one of my favorite pieces from Erie and Anchor.  You can shop it by clicking here.

> In case you missed my blog post from earlier this week, you can find it here! I’m chatting about our weekend away to the Inn at Honey Run.  

> I feel like I’m always shopping the J.Crew Factory site.  Right now I’m totally into this headband, this pink Sherpa pullover, the cotton wool teddie sweater,  this corduroy mini skirt, and the herringbone city coat

And that’s it for this week.

Slainte,

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.09

After I post this week’s edition of Solty Friday’s, I’m unplugging for the weekend and I’m pretty excited about it.  I have a little bit of FOMO, but I know mentally I could use a refresh and a mini getaway with no social media might be just what I need.  So enjoy this week’s favorite things and updates, and I’ll catch you guys next week (hopefully feeling more creative!) 

> It was just released that HBOMax is releasing a special West Wing episode next week and we are so.excited.  We love this classic show from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s.  Can’t wait for the special edition episode with appearances from former First Lady Michelle Obama and Lin Manual Miranda.  Eeek!

> One of the best things to come out of the current public health emergency is the emergence of wine delivery.  In case you missed my blog post this week, I’m sharing a discount for my followers when they sign-up for Winc’s Wine Club. Read more here. 

> L’s birthday is coming up and we bought her a big girl bike! How is she that old?! I also just picked up this cute smoothie playset from Kid Kraft.  I have a few smaller things to get her still, but what the girl really needs is clothes! 

> One of my Instagram friends started a children’s line of clothing a few months ago.  I shared about this brand in my Brand Spotlight series (here) and the dress L is wearing in the cover photo is from their fall line.  It’s seriously the CUTEST! We get so many compliments every time we wear it.  And the quality is so good.  Definitely check out Shop Maddie and Connor if you have littles! 

> A blogger I follow linked this article about Mom Guilt on on her blog.  I think mom guilt is something we all feel and understand, and this article very much reminded me that it’s okay to take time for myself.  

And with that, I will leave you all to enjoy the weekend! 

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 10.2

Happy October! Wow, I can’t believe it’s already October.  Birthday month was a complete whirlwind and I’m so sad it’s over.  BUT, Rob and I have a weekend getaway planned this month and I’m getting VERY excited.  It’s been over a year since we went away, just the two of us.  And in case you missed it last week, we are heading to the Inn at Honey Run – a cozy and remote getaway in the heartland of Ohio.  Fingers crossed that it’s peak fall foliage time because it looks like there are some amazing views!! 

And without further ado, here are this week’s Solty Friday’s. 

> One of the items we are currently shopping for is a new kitchen table.  Right now we have a pub style high top, but Lilly is growing out of her highchair and we need a shorter, four top.  I saved some styles I love on my Pinterest page.  Check them out here: style 1, style 2, style 3

> Last weekend we watched Enola Holmes on Netflix and it was excellent! It was exactly the type of movie we needed – smart, witty, charming, delightful.  It was such a feel good movie.  We definitely recommend it! 

> In case you missed it, I shared some tricks I use to keep our house clean and organized 90% of the time.  You can find the blog post here.

> If you have been following along for awhile, you will know all the house projects we completed this summer.  One of the projects was repainting the family room.  It went from a blueish-gray to white.  I swapped out the rug already, but this week I bought these curtains to replace our dark navy blue ones.  Next up is new artwork and I can’t wait to share what I picked!!  

> Monday is going to be a big day in the Solt house! We are getting Rob’s childhood piano (Rob is an excellent musician and is a master of the piano and saxophone).  This will require lots of rearranging of our living room.  AND, our striped chaise lounge chair that I ordered back in August is arriving in two weeks!! AHHHH.  

> We have plans to go apple picking next week! I also have a fun collaboration happening next week, so stay tuned for some fun on my Instagram page

There is so much going on in our lives, as I’m sure you can tell.  Enjoy this first weekend in October!

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 9.25

What an incredibly hectic week.  I can’t even pinpoint why it’s been so busy, but we’ve just been non stop all week.  I’ve barely had time to check in on my favorite social channels (ha! But for real).  Needless to say we are looking forward to a weekend with no plans! 

I’ll get straight to the point on this last Friday in September (where the heck did this month go BTW?!).  Below are this week’s Solty Fridays! 

> Earlier this year I partnered with Sternlines, a New England based brand that creates sustainable and environmentally friendly products, and wrote two blog posts for them about our family adventures! You can read the spring blog post here and the summer blog post here (just published last week!).  Follow along on their Instagram for my fall blog post! 

> This week I brought The 9-5 Edit Style Series back! I started this earlier in 2020 as a way to showcase work outfits, but I put it on hold with COVID.  I styled the ever popular J.Crew Sidewalk Skirt this month! You can read the blog post here.

> In March, Rob and I were supposed to head out of town for a weekend.  That weekend happened to be the weekend Ohio was ordered to stay home.  So we moved the trip to August, but I wasn’t quite ready to travel so we rescheduled to October. And I think I’m finally ready to go away for a weekend! We are heading to the Inn at Honey Run – a cozy and remote getaway in the heartland of Ohio.  Fingers crossed that it’s peak fall foliage time because it looks like there are some amazing views!! 

> We totally have been sucked into the show on CBS called Love Island! HA! Anyone else??! I’m totally team Justine and Caleb, but I’d be equally happy with Cely and Johnny.  Also, Calvin is totally underrated and gives me all the JFK vibes.   We’ve also been watching The Challenger on Netflix and it’s equally riveting.  Definitely a must watch.  

> I shared in my stories earlier this week some new clothes for L! There was some interest in the raincoat and boots, so you can shop the boots here and the coat here

> My friend Sarah recommended a mystery novel based in Scotland a few weeks ago and of course I had to buy the book she recommended! I started it this week and it’s already so.good. Look up Women of the Dunes on Amazon – it’s perfectly Scottish in all the good ways.  

That’s all I have for this week! Like I said, it’s been a busy, busy week! 

Happy weekend!  Slainte!

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 9.18

As we head into the last weekend of summer, I find myself reflecting on these last 13 weeks.  Without a doubt 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone.  But through all the ups and downs, I find myself appreciating the lessons 2020 is teaching us all.  For me, I’ve learned to appreciate and embrace the present.  

I can’t remember a summer in my adult years where I have spent almost every waking moment outside.  Part of that has to do with trying to constantly keep a busy toddler entertained, but the other part of that has to do with taking advantage of these warm days full of sunshine.  The beginning of quarantine meant we spent A LOT of time indoors and with the uncertainty of the fall and winter upon us, I find myself holding tight to mother nature and all the warmth and beauty she brings us during this season.

September has always been my favorite month (it is my birthday month after all).  But this section of a poem perfectly illustrates my feelings about this month:

By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, and autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson 

I’ve said before that this month allows me to say goodbye to my favorite season but it also helps me to welcome a new one.  So, with this weekend being the last official weekend of summer, I’m ready to say ‘see you next year’, knowing full well that I appreciated the heck out of her this year.   

And without further ado, here are this week’s Solty Friday’s! 

> I’m in love with these blue and white DIY pumpkins! I bought some supplies to make these with L and we’ve slowly been surely making our way through a bundle of pumpkins this week. 

> I’m starting to look for indoor activities that are educational and engaging for L.  One activity that has really caught my eye are these super FUN letters from Lottie and Lizzie!  We are working on teaching L the alphabet, so what better way than with something as pretty as these?! 

> In case you missed it on my IG, L, my mom, and I went to our local flower farm to pick flowers this week.  The U-pick flowers was closed, BUT they already had the most impressive display of pumpkins and gourds, so we ended up stocking up on some goodies.  If you are local, the farm is called Garden View Flowers

> I bought L some rain boots this week from Target.  As much as I wanted to get her Hunter Boots, I wanted even more to get her purple rain boots. And what a parent homerun! She LOVES them and runs around wearing them yelling “PURPLE.”  Plus, they are a great price point.  So win for everyone!

> I’ve been wanting to bake these apple zucchini muffins for L – we are stuck in a rut of wanting to eat only cheese.  So I might try and whip these up this weekend. 

> And finally, Rob and I are shopping for a new front door this weekend!! I’ve been wanting a new front door since we moved into our house four years ago.  Our front entry/door has zero windows, which means there isn’t any natural light.  So, as part of our home renovations this summer, we are buying a new door with windows.  I think this is the style I want.  

And that’s it for this week.  Enjoy this last weekend of summer!! 

Slainte,
Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 9.11

Exactly ten years ago this month I packed up my belongings and moved to NYC. I was pursuing a career in the fashion industry and an internship in fashion public relations became available. I don’t remember thinking too hard about this decision – I was 24 and knew I needed to make a big leap to further my career. Little did I know how much living in the Big Apple would change me – for good and bad. I became more confident in who I was and what I wanted, but I also developed anxiety that I have to work hard every day to keep at bay.

My time living in NYC was fleeting, but I always, always look back fondly on the beginning of that adventure. I was happiest when I first arrived in that big city and the autumn will always remind me of Central Park and the charm that is NYC. So today, on September 11, I’m sending extra love to this city and all of those impacted by the unforgettable events of 19 years ago.

And now, this week’s Solty Friday’s:

> S.Lynch Knitwear JUST released the cutest Halloween Bundles for kiddos! By purchasing a bundle, you receive a knit hat and a 100% wool beaded necklace.  These are seriously SO fun! The collection is inspired by Salem, MA and Hocus Pocus, so you know it’s delightfully ghoulish. 

> Cinnamon Candied Pecans: I shared that I made these in my stories yesterday.  They are SO easy to make.   All you need is ¼ cup of water, 3 cups of pecans, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of butter.  Throw everything in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook/stir until they start to brown.  Allow to cool.  The original recipe can be found on my Bon Appetit Board on Pinterest and this one does include sugar! 

> I’m currently reading And They Called It Camelot.  It’s a must read for any Kennedy fans!

> I started watching Get Organized with the Home Edit and it’s fabulous.  The first episode showcases Reese Witherspoon’s home and WOW! Blue and white heaven! 

> We chose a paint color for our exterior!! We chose Naval by Sherwin Williams.  We love the color and so far every house I’ve seen painted in this shade gives me heart eyes.  Plus Sherwin Williams is Ohio based so it’s important we support Ohio brands. 

> Looking for beautiful printables? Check out Fernandina Paper Co.! You can sign-up for a membership and have access to a digital library full of notecards, stationary, etc.  These printables can easily be customized and printed in minutes from the comfort of your home! Definitely a fun membership to invest in! 

> I’m always thinking about and missing Scotland, and this Instagram account by this Scottish mama is bringing me so much joy every day.  I can’t get enough of this family’s Scottish adventures.

Have the best weekend! 

Slainte, 

Shannon