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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I'm a Liar


Yep, I am a straight up liar-liar-pants-on-fire. I swore in this post that I was going to put a stop to my midi skirt obsession. My intentions were sooooo good and I 100% realize that I'm fully stocked with this style of skirt. I just can't stop....especially when I laid eyes on this gingham number.

What's not to love? They cover most of my Snow White legs in the winter. They are more age appropriate for "my older age". They are flattering and keep certain areas under wrap. I don't have to pull them down to hide unflattering features when I sit, stand or walk. And they seem to come in the cutest patterns, colors and prints. Now do you see why it's so tough to say no?

retro gingham plaid flair midi skirt sheinside
Itchelita floral rhinestone necklace
Black and white gingham skirt
Black and white plaid midi skirt
SheInside Plaid Flair Midi Skirt c/o (I am wearing a size medium) // Forever 21 Cobalt Tee (option) // Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Blazer (old: option here and here) // Zara Heels (option here and here) // Forever 21 Quilted Bag (option here and here) // Itchelita Floral Necklace c/o




You guys, SheInside did it again! I mentioned before that I was holding out on ordering from them because of the whole shipping from "overseas" situation, but I swear I have been beyond pleased with every piece I've received. In my opinion, the sizing seems to be true to size (at least so far) and quality gets a five-star rating.

I snagged a few items from their website last week and two pieces already arrived....this plaid skirt and stripe blazer. I have two more items on the way and I cannot wait to show you more. Their prices are hard to beat. I understand that their website can get a little bit overwhelming, but it's well worth the time to search around and browse. I am pretty positive you will find something that you have been eyeing at another store for half the price tag....trust me. 

Here are a few more "I want this" items from SheInside. Hopefully, this will help guide you on your online journey. Happy shopping!



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Shanna

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Insta Life

Last week I had fun sharing a few of my Instagram outfits and moments. Most of my pictures on Instagram (not including the photos I share from a blog post) rarely get mentioned here. So, I figured I would do it again this week and possibly once a week from here on out, just in case you don't have an account or missed any posts. Hopefully you ladies take interest, find something you like and enjoy a post that's a little more laid back. 

 
Target Camo Jacket (similar here and here) // Old Navy Stripe Top (similar here and here) // Forever 21 Lace-Up Booties (almost sold out - similar here) // Forever 21 Bag // Daniel Wellington Watch c/o // Alex and Ani Bangles

I call this my "errand running outfit". I've had this jacket for a few years now. I found it on super clearance at Target and have worn it more than I ever expected. I seem to constantly pair it with stripes, but have also added a red tartan scarf a time or two.

 

Can I get an amen on this mug? Mornings and I don't get along. We never have. We never will. Even though I don't drink coffee, I want/need this mug. Forever 21 has a super cute line of coffee mugs with other witty sayings. Check them out here

 
Gray Cable Knit Cardigan // SPANX Denim Leggings // Plaid Flannel (similar here) // Gray Legwarmers (similar here and here) // Hunter Boots 

I can't stop wearing this cardigan. I have it's twin in another color sitting in my shopping cart that I need to purchase. It's easy to throw on, so cozy and at a super great price. Also, if you love SPANX, then you have to try these denim leggings. They are the ONLY pair of jeans that don't lose their shape by the end of the day...and they're on sale...FINALLY!


Ross and I had a last minute date night with our friends Saturday night. My girlfriend heard great things about Garbo's and their lobster rolls. Supposedly, if you don't get there early enough they sell out. Let me tell you, we may have had to wait for a little bit before we got our table, but it was well worth it. If you live in Austin make plans to head over. It's New England cuisine with an Austin twist. They don't take reservations, the wait can get pretty long and it's BYOW (yep, the W stands for wine). They do have beer on tap though. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! The owner is super sweet too. 


I know it's not Valentine's Day yet, but Landry's birthday is next month. Her and I came up with the idea of doing a Valentine's Day themed party. We went shopping the other day for decorations, craft ideas and cookie sprinkles and sparkles. I think I might be more excited about it than she is. I still cannot believe I didn't procrastinate and actually have time to prepare for her and her friends. Think painted wooden picture frames, duct tape flower writing pens and lots of photo props. Speaking of photo props, I was going to buy some from an Etsy shop, but ended up finding a set at Wal-Mart of $.98!! I bought three packages for that price!


I hope everyone is having a great week so far. To all my friends up north...stay warm and inside. All that snow is Crazy Town! I feel for you guys!

Shanna

Monday, January 26, 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Black, tan and leopard outfit idea

A couple of weekends ago, I came across a blog post that a friend shared on Facebook. It was titled, "Are You Lonely, Mama?". I was intrigued and proceeded to click on the link. After all, I had been feeling a tad bit lonely lately, so I was curious to see what this mama had to say about it. 

Wow! She pretty summed up some up the emotions and thoughts I was having as a SAHM mom that doesn't get a lot of face-to-face time with women/friends my age with the same interests and hobbies. I found myself nodding my head and repeating, "Yes. Yep. Uh-huh. Me too!" out loud. This lonely mama wrote and said it better than I ever could.

Don't get me wrong, I do have friends, great friends, ones that have seen me through thick and thin. We just live in different parts of Texas, have families, jobs and obligations. Trying to find the time to get together is tough, but we do it...or at least try once a month.

So, I took Kristen's advice and reached out to a woman I met through school. Her son and my daughter were in the same class last year. We have casually hung out a few times in a group setting and for some reason I felt a connection with her since we were introduced.

Kendra Scott Balck Elle Earrings
tan suede lace up ankle booties
animal print leopard fur vest
leopard fur and fringe - texture mix
Black and leopard vest
studded taupe fringe crossbody
Faux Fur Leopard Vest
Forever 21 Turtleneck (option here and here) // Old Navy Denim // Leopard Fur Vest (old: lots of options here and here) // Forever 21 Lace-Up Booties (almost sold out: option here and here) // Fringe Bag (option here and here) // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Ring // Kendra Scott Elle Earrings 



I really wanted to go to Le Garage sale this past weekend (if you live in Austin, get on their email list for the next one because it's AWESOME), but I didn't want fly solo. So, Friday I texted her on whim to see if she wanted to join me. And guess what? She did! I know this may sound silly, but it took a lot for me to reach out to woman that I haven't spent one-on-one time with, but wanted to. Guess what else? We had the BEST time...laughed, shopped and conversation was far from a struggle. I bought the fringe bag in today's post while we were out + too many other things for killer prices! Ha!


Okay, one more "guess what" moment...she felt the same way I did. She had been hoping to connect with me as well, but was a little unsure on how to go about it. Go figure!!
                                     
I guess the moral of the story is, sometimes you just have to go for it and ask a girlfriend out on a date. We all get lonely and need genuine girl time with women we can relate to and who can relate to us. Take the initiative, muster up the bravery and seek out new friendships. You never know, a strong relationship might be formed and a new friendship could bloom...one that's been under your nose for quite some time.

Please don't go through life feeling lonely. Yes, a husband, partner, kids and family are the GREATEST, but forming friendships with other females is sweet release...even better when retail therapy, chips and queso and possibly a Mexican martini are involved.

So, who are you gonna call/text this week and set up a much needed girls day/night out?
 
Shanna
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