Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hello Again

 
Hiiiiii! I have been kinda MIA the last few days. It wasn't my plan, but felt good to take a mini break from blogland and social media. It can get so overwhelming sometimes and stepping away to enjoy a beautiful weekend with friends and family was the best choice for me. Not having a phone glued to my hand and letting go of the urge to post something was sweet release.

I love what I do....blogging, sharing, posting, outfit creating, engaging, lurking, reading and writing has become a huge part of my life over the last three years. Sometimes I am thankful for it and sometimes I wonder what in the heck I was thinking. 

Everything has changed so much and the ante for becoming a successful blogger has doubled. There is so much pressure...staging...numbers...perfection...lighting...travel...outfits...makeup....perfect lives...flawless skin...etc.

When did real life stop being interesting?

To be honest, I am kind of over it. I am not going to judge because I am just as guilty. It just KILLS me to see so much redundancy amongst so many fellow blog friends. When did we stop thinking for ourselves and lose sight of being authentic? 

Have you seen Instagram lately? Yeah, that's why I took a break. Same exact dress...20 bloggers. Same shame tuck. Same bag. Same hair. Same latte. Same. Same. Same.

Maybe it's because blogging is more amount making a money these days.

Do I blame bloggers? No. Again, I am guilty too, but I wonder if people follow me as a person or for my outfits.

At the end of the day, I genuinely want you guys to get to know me and not the clothes I wear or the styles I post. I am NOT a model, someone famous, trying to be famous or a fashion know-all. I am Shanna. Shanna that is a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend who started blogging on a whim.

I am NORMAL. Whatever that means., but normalcy these days doesn't seem to sell and is not enticing.

What saddens me most is so many women feel the need to use apps to slim their bodies and then claim they are being real to their insecurities and imperfections. Own up, ladies. We are all beautifully made and have unique and genuine stories to share...why feel the need to be robots?

Call me bitter, jealous or envious of their tricks, but that is not it all. I just enjoy visiting sincere spaces for inspiration and luckily, there are still several ladies out there.

I understand that we want to share picture perfect moments and settings (guilty), but sometimes the not-so-great times and journeys turn out to be the best ones. I know that I've learned so much from my not-so-shining moments. It's okay to share them sometime. You never know who you will connect with or inspire.







Old Navy Top (option) // Old Navy Distressed Denim Shorts (sold out: similar here and here) // Old Navy Floral Slip-On Sneakers (on sale!) // Forever 21 Tote (option) // Woven Belt (option) // Daniel Wellington Watch c/o // Ettika Bracelet c/o // Ring (option) // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Necklace c/o

Shanna

Friday, March 27, 2015

Just Great

denim on denim spring 2015

It has been one of those weeks. The kind where a million things are going on all at once and two handfuls of them are not-so-great...to be frank; handfuls that suck. You get so overwhelmed that all you want to do is stay in your PJs, crawl back into bed, hide under the covers and have a good, long, hard cry.

I don't want to come across as a Debbie Downer because I know things could be much worse...so much worse. Everything swirling around in my bubble will pass and all will be right in my world (hopefully)

I am okay (besides some crazy eye situation, hence my super old school glasses), but a few friends and family members could use some serious prayers for healing, including our new pup (mentioned his story on Instagram). I am carrying a super heavy and worried heart...as so many of us are. 

Also, is it terrible of me that I am hoping Karma kicks the person who stole my bank card number yesterday right where it hurts? I know I should forgive and bitterness is the root of all evil...maybe I wouldn't be so angry if they tried to buy some groceries at HEB or make a few payments to a doctor's office, but nope, they headed straight for Burlington Coat Factory.

Oh, come to think of it, I actually could use a few prayers...Logan is turning 10 this weekend and I will be slumbering with her and a handful of her friends Saturday night. I still can't believe I will have a child in the double digits...another reason I needed that good, long, hard cry.

In hindsight of the pesky bumps and other unmentioned hiccups that happened this week, two sweet angels joined our world...both a little early, tiny and thankfully healthy. I have a new nephew (yay) and one of my best friends had her baby (the craziest story EVER). I will have to see if she will let me share that another day. Believe me, it's a good one! 

I really should be ashamed to complain when so many of you are going through harder times, but sometimes a little vent session helps. Starting right now, no more bitching because today is going to be a GREAT day, with GREAT news, GREAT friends and an even GREATER family weekend....and a GREAT big glass of "mommy juice" a little later (wink-wink). Have a GREAT weekend!

denim on denim fashion trends spring 2015
gap high waist flare denim


flare denim trend for 2015



are flare jeans coming back in style
Light Wash Chambray (option here and here) // Gap Factory High Waist Flare Denim // Gap Factory Wedges (not online: similar here and here) // J.Crew Factory Leopard Belt (option here and here) // Forever 21 Crossbody (sold out: love this one and this one too) // Forever 21 Pave Necklace (option) // Similar Ring // La Mer Watch c/o (option)




P.S. I guess I should mention how much I love these high waist flare denim. You may remember me wearing the exact same style in another wash a week or so ago. I love them so much I had to grab two! If you are thinking about snagging a pair for yourself, I would drop down a size.

P.P.S. I shared this late last night on my Facebook page and wanted to spread the news here too. Old Navy has the cutest pom pom beach totes that are similar to the Mar Y Sol one I purchased a few months ago. They are on sale right now and absolutely adorable. Kicking myself for not waiting...wish I would have known they were coming!




Shanna

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pink Palms

black and white palm print

Now that Spring has finally arrived and warm, sunny days will be more frequent, I have been grabbing for floral/tropical patterns more often than not. If I can't be at the beach or by the water all day, everyday, at least I can wear prints that set the tone for a fun getaway. 

This palm printed blouse will definitely be combined with a bright solid pair of shorts in the coming months. For some reason, it's debut called for something a little more feminine and dressy for a day date with my husband.

black full midi skirt
palm print blouse
pink ankle strap block heels

circle rhinestone earrings


black and white for spring
pop of pink

SheInside Palm Print Blouse c/o // Express Skirt (option here and here) // Wallis Pink Block Heels c/o (sold out: similar here and here) // Pink Clutch (option) // Accessory Concierge Earrings c/o (sold out: almost identical) // Bow Belt (option here and here)




Random Update: 
This week I had my Invisalign buttons removed from my teeth. It's been over a year since I started the process. Even though I was SUPER skeptical at first, I have been extremely pleased with the results. If you have been reading for more than a year, you may remember what my smile used to look like. It wasn't horrible, but it gave me slight self confidence issues. Unfortunately, I am not 100% content with the final outcome, so I am going to begin another round of trays for a little tweaking. Luckily, when you sign up for Invisalign, two additional rounds of impressions and trays are included in the price. If you are considering having orthodontic work done, I highly recommend going in for an Invisalign consultation. It's been a convenient way for me to correct my teeth without having actual braces. I am truly amazed to see the transition of my teeth over the last twelve months. I seem to be smiling a little bit bigger these days. :)


Shanna

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