07.20.2017

Cool Summer Evening Style

July is always a super busy part of the summer for us… it always has been, and I’m never sure why. Maybe it’s because the 4th of July and then my sister’s birthday (both of which we typically go away for), but I never feel as if it’s a relaxing month. Don’t get me wrong, it’s filled with fun, but I’m typically left yearning for a little rest and relaxation…. and this July hasn’t been any different. Most of the month was spent gearing up for the wedding, and next weekend we have one more wedding to head out of town for (Cleveland to be exact….for only two nights… quick turn around)… and lately, if I’m being honest, I’ve felt completely wiped out…..

I was going to share a little about the ways I try to work in a little down time during a busy season of life, but I’m actually horrible at this. It typically takes getting away, even for a short weekend, for me to fully be okay with doing nothing. I’ve chatted about this with some of my girlfriends lately… it’s as if, when you’re home, there is always something that needs to be done…. yet, when you’re away, even with the craziness of a toddler, there is a center focus on family and what’s going on in the moment (not the 10 other things that need to get done)….

And, since getting away every weekend just isn’t financially possible, we decided to jet off to my parent’s house while they were away earlier this week (they literally live 10 minutes away from us….). At first, I was wary, not sure if it was worth it to pack up all our stuff to go 10 minutes away, but the change of scenery was nice…. cooking in a different kitchen (bigger and brighter), Harper playing in the backyard in the early evening and swimming in the morning, and sitting outside in the backyard and enjoying dinner… small things that made me stop and enjoy the simplicity of life.

Annnd, if you’re wondering how any of this has to do with today’s blog post, it really doesn’t… except, that, I’m craving a little date night (hoping to be able to get away for an evening after next weekend) and this is probably what I’d wear for just such an occasion. I pretty much wear these shorts everyday (wore them out for a night in Vegas) so tossing on a cute top, casual mules, and a pretty fab suede jacket for a casual night out of sipping libations with my boo seems pretty fitting.

A few other summer evening layering pieces that I am loving from the Nordstrom sale include this moto jacket (which I own in charcoal grey from last year), drapey and lightweight faux suede jacket, adorable peplum utility jacket (my mom snagged this, you best believe I’ll be borrowing), blush suede moto jacket, camo jacket, and this embroidered distressed denim jacket (which I recently ordered… we will see how it looks!).
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(Outfit Details || Top (wearing S, comes in white) | Jacket (wearing XS, comes in cognac too, almost sold out in grey) | Shorts | Mules | Sunglasses | Necklace | Bag)

07.18.2017

Summer Style || My Rehearsal Dinner Dress

My sister’s recent wedding reminded me how much fun they are. TJ and I have been out of the wedding circuit for a couple of years now (we’ve entered the baby shower and party phase…. don’t be jealous…..) and I forgot how much fun they were, and all the festive dressing that comes with them. Everything from the engagement party, bachelorette party, shower, and rehearsal dinner… it’s fun to get all dolled up to celebrate. So, when it came to picking out my dress for the rehearsal dinner, I was just as excited as I was for the shower and bachelorette parties. I knew that I wanted something longer in length, but wasn’t sure if that meant midi or maxi…. and I also knew I wanted florals. When I stumbled across this maxi faux wrap dress I knew it would be perfect for the occassion. Of course, I wanted to make sure that I could wear it more than once, so I thought about ways I could make it a little more casual. I decided that pairing it with these neutral slides and large straw tote would make it perfect for any daytime occassion.

We have one more wedding coming up in two weeks, and I snagged this pink slip dress that I am hoping will look good on when I receive it. If it doesn’t, a few other options that I am currently eyeing include this nude slip dress, floral and lace slip dress, black floral slip dress, black floral maxi dress, and this open back ruffle dress. I’m hoping to have that outfit nailed down by the end of the week….. wish me luck!
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(Outfit Details || Dress (c/o), more sizes here and print available in sleeveless button-up, cold shoulder top, ruffle neck top, + off the shoulder top | Slides (c/o) | Crescent Necklace | Beaded Necklace | Beaded Bracelets (c/o) | Sunglasses | Bag)

07.14.2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale || Items I Own, Love, + Ordered

I vividly recall, when I was younger, heading to the mall with my mom and sister for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale bright and early. We’d shop for back to school clothes (the shoes were always my favorite) and eat those big ol’ rice krispee treats they used to sell (they might still, I just haven’t seen them lately). Not much has changed, and yesterday, my mom and I headed to Nordstrom to shop all the pre-fall pieces. While there were 48 pages of items for women’s clothing on-line, I found so many of my tried and true favorites on sale too (which they brought back this year). So, today, I wanted to share a few with you (in case you’re looking for some great sale items), and in the coming weeks I plan on styling them in blog posts. Happy shopping friends!!

Sweaters

I think this is likely one of the biggest selling items at the sale, and I didn’t leave without a few. For starters, my favorite open knit pullover from last year was re-stocked in four colors and at such a great price point (about 35% off). This split back sweater from last year is back (I own it in blush) and I grabbed it in the black too. You can easily keep it undone or knot it up for a more fitted look. A few new ones I picked up yesterday include this amazingly cute bell sleeve option (I sized up to a S because I didn’t want it to be super tight… it’s featured above), this oversized cardigan in the cream (but it comes in so many cute colors), and I’m waiting for this pretty little faux wrap sweater to arrive. I also think this blush cardigan is gorgeous (I already have one similar, so I passed this time around).

Tops + Tees

These super basic v-necks have made an appearance again this year (I own in white and grey) and I’ve been known to wear them to sleep or out and about with cut-offs or jeans. My favorite, and super soft, plaid button up is on sale in several color options. You can easily wear this in the summer with the sleeves rolled up and front knotted, and then transition it to fall with jeans and a front tuck. I bought this adorable white peplum lace-up, ruffle choker top in blush (but it’s also super cute in white too), comfortable and basic stripe tee (for $18!), and oversized henley tee (featured above). I had this cute ruffle sleeve top in blush in my cart but it sold out in my size, and I’m considering this bell sleeve fleece (I own a few tops from this brand and they are incredibly soft).

Bottoms

I didn’t buy too much in this area, but my favorite motto leggings from last year are back. I own them in black and olive (olive is my favorite color) and they’re a great throw on and go option…. and my favorite high waisted distressed black jeans from Madewell are on sale. These are such an excellent closet staple, and I wear mine all the time. I also have my eye on this split hem pair, yet I’m fairly certain they will be too long on me.

Activewear

There were so many cute pieces in this category, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites. Pieces I owned before the sale, that they brought back, include this logo oversized tank, logo crew neck sweatshirt, and this oh so soft cardigan (perfect for post workouts). My favorite high waisted pair of leggings are also on sale. I ended up trying on, and bringing home, these blush high waisted leggings (them moment I put them on I was sold), blush tank (debated between that color and the grey which is seen above), mauve mesh pullover, and a cozy grey zip up (which I can’t find on-line….). This pullover was super comfortable too, but I ultimately decided on the previously mentioned zip-up. I am debating between these white and bronze running shoes and these white and grey ones (which I tried on already and they’re like walking on air… my mom bought a pair too).

Shoes

I had my eye on a few pairs before the sale started, and when I saw this low heeled bootie I fell in love. The blush-ish/mauve color is gorgeous and I’m obsessed with the grommet detailing. They also come in tan and black. My favorite mules from last fall (that I own in tan and grey) are on sale too. If a higher bootie is your thing, I also tried on these, and loved them, but didn’t think I’d wear them as much as the lower heeled option….. and I wanted these blush loafers, but they sold out in my size. I’m going to keep my eye on them in the hopes they are restocked. They’re gorgeous! If you’re looking for a splurge item, these over the knee boots are some of my all time favorites. The suede is oh-so-soft and they look amazing on everyone!

Outerwear

I couldn’t resist this suede jacket in the grey color…. and the cognac is gorgeous too. I paired it in the dressing room with the blush ruffle tee from above and the colors were beautiful together! My mom tried on this super cute peplum utility jacket and I love the details on it.

Dresses

I haven’t received this pink slip dress yet, but I’m thinking it would be a gorgeous option for a rehearsal dinner we have coming up in two weeks. I also tried on this floral slip dress and loved it, but ultimately left it at the store. This adorable ruffle sleeve dress, in mauve (a color I am clearly currently obsessed with) is on it’s way. Such a cute everyday basic.

Lounge + Lingerie 

This short and top set is quite possibly one of the softest things ever. It came home with me. No questions asked. I also stocked up on my favorite “I have no chest” bralette, and picked up a favorite bra for those times when I actually need to wear something with a little more support (not sure what it’s supporting though….). One of my favorite lace bralettes is currently on sale too!

For The Kiddo

I was underwhelmed with the choices at the store, but found this adorable stripe tunic (featured above) and this floral top and short duo. When I looked on-line I found much cuter items, like these adidas tubular sneakers, stripe pullover hoodie (she can wear a 2t sometimes), and this utility hoodie jacket. A few baby products that we love that went on sale include Harper’s favorite sippy cups, feeding placemat, nail trimmer (which we used for the first 9 months of her life), and this convertible carseat.

The Guys

TJ got in on the action too with this button-up, long sleeve henley tee, stripe button-up, and this stripe v-neck. His favorite pair of PAIGE jeans went on sale too.

07.13.2017

Summer Trend || Summer Sweatshirt

I’m all about being comfortable. Which, I guess you could say, encompasses a lot of different criteria. I like to be just the right temperature (I sleep with the air on almost every night to get it to the optimal sleeping temperature), feel comfortable in my jeans (nothing too tight or hanging over please), lean towards oversized more often than not,  always ask for a towel under my neck when I am getting my hair washed at the salon (anyone else’s neck hate this??), and I am obsessed with super soft things. So, when my fingers brushed over this little pullover, I was sold….

If you think I’m crazy for wearing a sweatshirt in the middle of summer, you’re not alone. Every time we have dinner at my parent’s house in the summer months, we eat outside, under the twinkly lights…. and sip wine (there’s always a 100% possibility of that happening). And, without fail, when I walk out to the dinner table in my favorite, coziest, of the moment sweatshirt, my mom says, “Are you cold?!” We have a laugh (it’s always lighthearted), and I always explain that it’s just “so comfortable” sitting in my cut-offs, a cozy sweatshirt on, and a glass of wine in my hand….. If you’re warming to the idea, just give it a try…. I think you’ll see why!….

Some of my personal favorite summer sweatshirts include this graphic rosé one (so cozy, and my life motto), oversized off the shoulder option (I’ve owned it for about a year now), this super cozy slouchy pullover, mauve lace-up sweater, cozy knot front sweatshirt (comes in so many colors, I own it in grey and blush), and this super soft grey lace up pullover.

Oh, and, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, early access, starts today! I’m heading there early this morning to check out all the items, and pick up some fun pieces. I’ll be sharing my roundup on the blog tomorrow morning… if there is anything in particular you want to see, just let me know!
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(Outfit Details || Sweater (comes in several colors, under $50) | Shorts | Slides (also here) | Sunglasses | Necklace | Short Necklace | Tote)

07.11.2017

Real Life Moments + A Little Blush Top

This morning, as I was perusing instagram, I came across this quote, “The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets.” (by John Lennon). It got me thinking about how true those words are. I sometimes find it so easy to get caught up in the imaginary world of social media…. and often forget that there are real lives behind all those well curated photos, tweets, and updates…..

So, let’s be real with one another.  This morning, when my alarm went off, all I wanted to do was throw it at the wall. I most definitely wasn’t ready to wake up, lace up my shoes, and hit the concrete for a run. It was also hotter than you know what today (with high humidity), and all I wanted to do was sit at a coffee shop and do a little bit of work. Yet, for some reason, little miss had an abnormal amount of energy, which resulted in 6 hours of running after her, singing songs, tossing balls….. and then that abundant amount of energy only transitioned into a tantrum that went on and off from about 5pm until she went to bed at 7:30pm. Now, as I sit down to type this post, I kinda just want to shut my computer and go to bed….. yet, as I make the conscious decision to procrastinate, I scroll instagram (yet again) and see a gorgeous photo of someone’s travels to Greece. Ok, is it bedtime yet??

All that to say, I’ve often found that life’s best moments happen in those everyday, mundane, not perfect times. The ones we don’t share on social media. Those are the moments when life is lived the most…. so, while I may sound like I’m complaining, I guess it’s just my way of saying “I don’t always have my shiz together.”

 Putting my rambling aside, I actually did wear this little outfit for lunch with a girlfriend and her little one. We spent most of the lunch catching up, in between tending to our littles, but nonetheless, I made sure to wear comfortable and practical pieces, like these favorite mules from last fall. I tossed on this adorable blush cold shoulder top and love the laid back and feminine touch it adds…..

Sanctuary has some of the cutest blush colored tops, one of my favorite hues for this summer season. I love this adorable crochet tank, casual layered v-neck tee and tank, plaid button-up (which would be super cute with cut-offs and front knotted), and this pretty little off the shoulder top!

I’d love to know…. what was your #RealLifeMoment yesterday??
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(Outfit Details || Top c/o (comes in black too) | Shorts | Mules | Sunglasses | Necklace | Short Crescent Necklace | Tote (back in stock))

07.06.2017

Back To Life, Back To Reality

When the last few days came to an end, I found myself slightly down. After such a few fun filled days, it was sad to see them go. We had a few days without schedules, spent entire days outside (which carried on well into the evenings), and slept in (well, 7:30am is considered sleeping in for us #ParentLife). So, when we went to bed at 9:30pm on Tuesday night, I did so reluctantly… wanting to hold on to the last few hours of the extended weekend.

With the alarm going off at 5:30am this morning though, I surprisingly felt rejuvenated. As the morning progressed, we easily fell back into our morning routines and rituals. By lunchtime, I remarked to my mom how it actually felt good to be back on a schedule. Normal times, normal workouts, normal eating…. and with that, normal dressing…. after spending pretty much everyday in a bathing suit, only changing in the evening, it felt refreshing to put on clothing that I could actually run an errand in…. or go out to lunch wearing….

And while I still keep things minimal on a daily basis, having my go to basics always makes that transition back into the real world easier. You all know that my obsession with these cut-offs borders on unhealthy, but around this time, I start looking for a great utility jacket to take me through the summer and into the fall season. This one naturally caught my eye, with it’s slight distressing and relaxed fit. Its slightly cropped length will make it a perfect layering piece over dresses too.

A few other basics that make the transition a little easier include this distressed oversized tank, distressed sleeveless sweatshirt (obsessed with the blush-ish color), basic white tank, cozy pullover, and comfy slides.
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(Outfit Details || Jacket c/o (runs TTS) | Camisole (comes in tons of colors) | Shorts | Slides (on sale, 3 other colors) | Earrings | Crescent necklace | Lariat Necklace | Sunglasses | Tote (similar))

07.03.2017

4th Of July Sales || My Favorite, Everyday Items

I hope you’re all having a great holiday weekend! I’ve rounded up all my personal favorite items, that are currently on sale, this 4th of July weekend. They’re great items that will take you through the rest of summer…..

We’re planning on laying low these next couple of days…. lots of time at the pool, bbq-ing good food, and sipping libations with family and friends! I’ll be back Wednesday morning with my Weekend Recap. In the meantime, have a good one!!
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Nordstrom:

I can always rely on Nordstrom to have some of my favorite items on sale! The floral top above is currently marked down, as is this grey off the shoulder front knot top. This asymmetrical ruffle hem tank (which I own in white) comes in several different color options and pairs perfectly with distressed jeans or denim shorts. My super basic front knotted tee, in all colors, is currently on major sale…. I rotate mine with all my favorite cut-offs. This adorable flutter sleeve top is on sale too (featured below), and these comfy linen drawstring pants (run large, size down) are perfect for summer nights. I own this fun little dress in the blue color, but the pink is so cute for summer. I toss mine on as a cover-up or wear it out to happy hour. My favorite ombré blush slides are 40% off, and I’m contemplating getting them in the black or stripe color too…. a great summer slide for sure. If you’re looking for a super comfortable zip-up hoodie for post workout, this charcoal one is my personal go-to. For lounging, this short and tank combo is the absolute comfiest (I also bought some for my sister for her honeymoon!). My distressed split neck tee, in black, is on sale too…. a great everyday option.

LOFT:

LOFT never disappoints, with 50% off your entire purchase (code SPARKLER). I couldn’t resist snagging these cargo pants (such a great alternative to jeans, and they come in petite sizes….), white tiered top (would look super cute with denim shorts), lightweight and casual midi dress (so so soft), and this super lightweight stripe sweatshirt (another incredibly soft piece… like, can I sleep in it please??). A few other pieces that I own, and love, include this embroidered off the shoulder top, gingham off the shoulder top, and this cute stripe one shoulder ruffle top (a great alternative to the one shoulder trend).

J. CREW:

I hadn’t shopped here in a while, but as of late have found so many cute items… and with so many pieces on sale, I had to include a few today. I bought this yellow pom top and love the color it adds to my relatively neutral wardrobe (it’s an extra 50% off with code sale time). My orange linen ruffle skirt (that I featured in Thursday’s post) is almost $25 with the code I mentioned. Also, this tiered sweater tank is on major sale…. I snagged it in the light blue color. Oh, and my new favorite linen ruffle tee is on sale too (for $22).

SHOPBOP: 

Ok, so, this is my favorite convertible off the shoulder/cold shoulder white lace top. It’s super versatile, and you can wear it all summer long…. and my go-to white shorts are on sale too! If you’re looking for a comfy summer sweater, I own this one in the rose color… and this adorable floral dress is a great cover-up to happy hour choice. And, while I know I’m sharing items I already own, I am looking at these cute lace-up wedges, silver woven slides, and these distressed utility shorts.

TULA: 

One of my favorite skincare lines is having a great promotion! With any $30 purchase, you will receive a free Purifying Cleanser (with free shipping!) with code JULY4TULA. OR, you can use code shannon20 to receive 20% off your purchase with free shipping. My favorites also include this serum and exfoliating mask (such a great little self care treat!).

OLD NAVY:

One last item I had to share with you is my favorite white summer maxi dress. It’s currently on sale for $38! It’s such a gorgeous light and airy dress…. you can wear it day or night… and can easily toss on a denim jacket or suede jacket in those cooler months. It also comes in black!

06.29.2017

Summer Style || Summer Skirts

Last Tuesday, the first day of summer, I actually didn’t wear my favorite cut-offs (well, I take that back, when I got home, I immediately changed into them….). I headed down to the beach for a little girl time, lite bites, and a little shopping. I was feeling excited for summer, and decided that my tried and true cut-offs and slides deserved a few hours off (they’ve been working overtime as of late….). I knew I wanted to wear something fun, but not too dressy. So, I reached for this fun little ruffle skirt. A little bit of color and a front knotted tee made it casual, yet pulled together at the same time….

I love skirts as an alternative to dresses for so many reasons. For one, I find them to be a little more versatile, since you can change the feel of it by the top you choose to pair it with. A cotton tee, front knotted, lands it in the more casual category. Yet, a silk blouse, tucked in, makes it dressy enough for work, cocktail hour, or even a fancy date night out. And while it’s not casual enough to be considered an everyday piece in my book, I think every gal should have a go-to skirt for summer… something fun, that when she puts it on screams, “I’m up for a good time!”

A few other favorite skirts for summer include this gingham option (I actually bought the little crop top that goes with it and have been pairing it with those tried and true cut-offs) which would be super cute with the tank from today and casual kicks. I also love this light blue wrap skirt, raw hem denim wrap skirt, floral midi skirt, and this stripe ruffle skirt. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, this stripe drawstring skirt is super cute and perfect for everyday life, as if this cozy wrap skirt (I’m obsessed, and it’s currently in my shopping cart….).

I’m off to meet up with TJ in Vegas, this afternoon, for a couple of nights, and little miss is headed to hang with my sister and parents. Super excited for some adult time, not being on a schedule, and just relaxing with my boo. Hope you all have a great end to the week and are getting excited for the fun holiday ahead! I’ll have my Q&A up tomorrow morning!

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(Outfit Details || Skirt (currently 25% off, comes in navy + white too) | Tank | Bralette | Sandals | Necklace | Sunglasses | Tote (similar))

06.27.2017

Little Red Dress || 4th Of July Inspo

Fourth Of July is pretty simple for us. There’s typically a neighborhood parade (that we’ve only recently started participating in since Harper arrived….) and the pool. Then a delicious bbq dinner, s’mores, and fireworks. Nothing fancy. Nothing too wild. Given that, I typically like our attire to match the day. Laid back and carefree. So, when I stumbled across this little red dress, and chambray number for little miss, I knew they would be the perfect choices for the festivities. They can easily work for the parade…. and are such simple throw on and go dresses that they transition perfectly for an evening bbq. Just add a lightweight denim jacket and you’re ready to go. Of course, I like my pieces to be versatile, so the dress works for pretty much any casual daytime affair (don’t recommend for anything dressy though…). Toss it on over a suit to head to the beach, or with slides and basic gold accessories for a lunch with friends…. or with a denim jacket and sneakers for a day of errands. A piece that can take you way beyond the fireworks, popsicles, and s’mores of The 4th is just what I like…..

Annnnd, in case you’re looking for some more 4th of July inspo, I have a few favorites. This red and white stripe sweatshirt looks so cozy, and would pair perfectly with denim cut-offs. I am also a huge fan of this white v-neck sweatshirt with understated stars and stripes on the elbow….. and if you love a good graphic tee this one is cute, as is this USA tee. This crochet tank has a subtle red and blue festive to it, and if you’re all about comfort these sweatpants are right up your ally…. as is this star print lace up hoodie. For the little lady, I love this graphic tee (snagged it for little miss too), and this star hoodie…. and this front knot tank is adorable too. For the little guys, these stripe shorts are seriously tooooo cute, as is this graphic tee and adorable button up.
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(Outfit Details || Dress ($40, runs TTS), low in stock, I also own this one (in white and olive) | Sandals | Hat | Earrings | Long Necklace | Short Necklace | SunglassesTote (similar) | Pom | Harper’s Dress | Harper’s Sandals)

06.22.2017

Summer Date Nights

A few years ago, I tried wearing shorts for date night. We were heading down to the beach, to our favorite sushi spot on the water, and it was a warm summer evening. Jeans just didn’t seem fit for the occassion, so I tossed on a pair of shorts and heels…. When I looked in the mirror, the shorts and heels immediately came off, and I tossed on the jeans. Then we left. It wasn’t a good look. Fast forward a few years, to several weeks ago, when the temps were too unbearable to even entertain the thought of jeans for a quick evening out. I decided to try the whole shorts for date night thing again… this time, balancing out proportions with a low block heel mule and longline crochet fringe cardigan.

Back when I failed miserably at my first attempt, I didn’t really have anything between a high stiletto heel and flat sandal. Now, my wardrobe consists of the beautiful low block heel. The perfect height for any gal who wants a sandal that will work for any occassion. I love the muted blush tone of this fringe option, and also wear my studded ones all the time. These lace up sandals, as well as these low block heel strappy sandals are two other great options. Yet, when I’m wearing shorts, I prefer the mules, as they elongate my short legs…..

Tossing on a longer cardigan helped to balance out the contrast of the shorts and heels…. and this fringe option is a great choice for summer with its short sleeves and open crochet detailing. I’m also loving this breezy ribbed white cardigan….. another great pick for a summer date night.

Either way, I’d have to say that round two was slightly more successful than round one!
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(Outfit Details || Cardigan (c/o) | Camisole  (comes in 15 colors) | Shorts | Mules (c/o) | Bralette | Tote | Pom | Sunglasses | Necklace)