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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Goodbyes and a Giveaway

Orange, white and blue summer style

Yesterday we took an early evening, one big happy family stroll around none other than the outlet mall. How sweet, right? Kidding, well sort of. It was actually sweet...a little bittersweet because our oldest is leaving for church camp today and won't be home until Saturday. We spent the rest of our night grabbing sno-cones with cream (the best), playing cards, finishing up some last minute packing and trying to wind down one excited little nine-year-old. This is her second year to attend, so I am a bit more at ease with sending her off, but it doesn't take away the fact that I will have ZERO contact with her until Saturday afternoon. I know she is in great hands, His hands, but things are going to be a little too quiet around here for the next few days. I am so proud of her for wanting to go because this girl right here, would NEVER leave her momma for more than two days. I was a stage five clinger back in the day. Watching Logan grow up and wanting more independence to be on her own breaks my heart, but at the same time makes me smile that she has a personality strong enough to venture out and be without Mom, Dad and Sister. I will be the one crying...in my car as I am watching the buses leave. I hope I can hold back the tears until then.

Chicwish Lace blue top
Summer Style Outfit Ideas
Lisi Lerch Orange Beaded Tassel necklace
chicwish white leather stud espadrille flats
Orange Beaded Tassel Statement Necklace List Lerch
Old Navy White Cut off shorts

SHOP THE LOOK


In other news, I hinted to you guys on Monday that I would be sharing more Chicwish finds this week. (Take 20% off your entire purchase with code SALE20 through July 27th). Don't get me wrong, I love the lace sleeve details on this top, but must admit I am even more smitten with the studded ankle strap espadrille flats. They are super comfy, true to size and more adorable than photos can capture. I was worried about getting a pair of white leather shoes, but after wearing them for several hours yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised by how "clean" they actually remained. And speaking of white, I have yet to stain these Old Navy cut-offs that I posted last week. I have worn them three times now and not one permanent spot. Go me!  Maybe now I have enough guts to find a white pair of jeans. Typically I don't mix very well with white clothing. Maybe I am growing up. Ha!

While we are on the subject of what I wore, this orange beaded tassel necklace from Lisi Lerch is a definite new favorite. One of my best friends was standing with me in my kitchen when I opened the necklace from the mail. She begged and batted her eyes so hard to let me let her take it home. I came so close to giving in. I am not telling stories. Karolyn, go ahead and tell them.

You should probably know by now how much I love a good tassel. This one did not disappoint. It's definitely a "completer" piece. I think it added the final touch to this casual summer style. Lisi Lerch has a few other colors in this necklace as well as coordinating tassel earrings + so much more! You have to check out her site. I promise you will be a jotting down a wish list as soon as you click over.

EXCITING NEWS!!! Today, Lisi Lerch has graciously offered to giveaway the exact orange beaded tassel necklace ($150 value!!!) that I am wearing in today's post. Good luck and happy shopping!

 **If you are linking up today, the only request is that you follow my blog with GFC or Bloglovin' and link back to it in your post. It's how weekly link ups work. Oh, and go meet some new friends! 
 
 
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy


Shanna

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lacy Imperfections

lacey boho Summer Style
Lately, I feel like I have been in an on-and-off funk with my blog photographs. As most of you know, my husband takes my photos. He does a phenomenal job, doesn't complain and is 100% self taught. He is a style blogger's dream. Truly. However, this summer has been somewhat of a trick. He has an extremely busy schedule. I am a taxi cab driver for camps, running errands and sports practices. Weekends have been filled with summer fun, family time, getaways with friends and sleeping in.

Squeezing in time for blog pictures hasn't been the highest on our agenda. Don't get me wrong, I take my site very seriously and have always put my whole hardhearted effort into it. Recently, many of our photo sessions have been rushed, haven't been well thought out, not taken during "magic" hour and I just haven't been feeling it. This whole "not" feeling it syndrome has been a bit of a bummer because I began the whole comparison game...comparing myself to other bloggers, what they are wearing, their lighting, clothing, angles, makeup, hair, how many likes they get on Instagram and the list goes on. I know. Ridiculous, right? This whole ballgame of being a blogger can take it's toll on you when it comes to posting photos of yourself several times a week. We are all our own worst critic, but sometimes it gets way out of hand. And we all know that this goes way beyond a blog...it happens every day in all of our lives.

This summer I have really had to reel myself back to reality and remind myself that I am not 24 years old anymore. I have wrinkles, sagging and cellulite. I am a mom of elementary aged children. I don't have a professional photographer that I can afford to hire. For the most part, our bank account is used for saving money, taking family trips, my kids' college fund, paying bills and life's neccestities. This blog has become my stay-at-home job, so to speak, and with any job comes responsibilities, commitments, becoming better, working hard and submitting your best work/projects. When I think about all of these things, it honestly puts a pit in my stomach. Just a few short years ago I was taking outfit photos in my backyard and was proud of them (I still am), but as you grow in any career or hobby and the longer you do it, the better you want to get and focus on perfecting your craft. With that comes more pressure, occasional self doubt and again the dreaded comparison of not being good enough at something you are passionate about.

Long story short, if I plan to continue sharing pieces of my life and wardrobe with you ladies, I have to find a way to give myself a break, remember why I started blogging, have fun during these times we have together during this journey and embrace the times when Ross and I hit it  right. I must say, I am pretty pumped about the ones posted today; prouder than I have been in a long time. If that makes me conceited or arrogant, I apologize. I am not even close to perfect and will never be a leading style blogger in the sea of blogs. I just need to find my way back to being content with everything I post regardless if the lighting sucked, I had a crooked smile in all the pictures and if my outfit wasn't the most blog worthy. Honestly, I just want to make sure that every time I come here and share, I am being me and accept all my imperfections because at the end of the day, that is what I am trying to teach my own kids.

Lace Details
Lace Cardigan
Tan Suede Anklle Boho Boots
Feminine Romantic Lace
Romantic Boho Dress Outfit
Mint Lace
Boho Lace Outfit Idea
Chicwish Mint Lace Dress c/o (I am wearing a size medium) // Chicwish Crochet Lace Cardigan c/o // Charlotte Russe Ankle Boots (option here and here) // Sweet Clover Designs Necklace c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Bangle Set c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Ring c/o // Gorjana Ring c/o

In case you skipped all of the above, let's talk clothes. You guys, this isn't the first time I have posted about Chicwish and it won't be the last...most likely more will come this week. I got this mint lace dress and crochet cardigan in the mail last week without any intentions of wearing them together, but they were meant to be paired. Many of you have asked about Chicwish's quality since the items come from Hong Kong. I own close to a dozen items from their online boutique and can honestly say I have only been disappointed in one item. Everything else has been stellar and very well made. So, if you are on the fence about ordering anything, I hope I can ease your mind and that you feel confident in your purchase. Plus, get 20% off your entire purchase until July 27th.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to the week! xoxo

Shanna

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

I have been impatiently waiting for over a week to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I am not a cardholder, so the early access just about killed me. This is the sale of all sales. They have marked down hundreds of items for the fall and the price tags are killer...some over 50% off normal prices.

I know we are still in the middle of summer and it can be hard to think about fall weather, but this sale is worth shopping ahead of time and stocking up on some of next season's hottest trends at unbelievable prices that go back up August 4th. Remember shipping is free along with any online returns.

I was a little sneaky, did some digging on other sites, flipped through my Nordstrom catalog and started my wish list several days ago.  Below are my top picks from the sale. It's no surprise that I stuck with my favorite styles and prints; tartan, leather, leopard, fur and a few basic pieces that are timeless. My numero uno must have is this Sam Edelman quilted leather jacket.





Have a great weekend, happy shopping and thank you so much for stopping by.

Shanna
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