Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Matchy Match


Matching separates can be tricky and a style concept many shy away from. I have dipped my toes in the water a time or two. Some of the outfits I came up with worked really well and others were a little overbearing for my personal taste. It's all about playing with styles, prints and textures, learning what works for you and what you feel most comfortable wearing.

I have found that coordinating matching separates that are the same solid color creates the illusion of, depending on the bottoms, a one piece dress or jumpsuit. It's classic and a safer way to give this style approach a try. It also doesn't hurt that you are able to take the separates and pair them with other items in your closet to create additional outfits. 

I loved this top and skirt ensemble from ChicWish. I don't own very many cropped blouses, primarily due to my age, but feel confident enough to wear them with high waist skirts and pants. This top covered my midsection perfectly and there wasn't an ounce of skin showing all day.  



ChicWish Top & Skirt Set c/o // Gigi New York Clutch c/o // Wallis Studded Heels (old: similar here and here) // Gold & Pearl Necklace (option here and here)



Shanna

Friday, May 1, 2015

Casual Friday


Happy Friday and May 1st!! I don't know about you, but I am dancing to all kinds of music and gladly saying adios to April.

A new month has arrived and I plan to focus on the good, count my blessings and hope for the best. I just know that May is going to be spectacular...it's my birthday month...how could it not be?! :)

I know this post is titled "Casual Friday", and I am not technically wearing this outfit "today", but, in my opinion, it is the epitome of a relaxed style to start to the weekend off right.

This is another fab find from SheInside. This stripe top comes in one size. I will say, it runs a tad bit big and I had to get it altered to be more fitted. But, for less than $18, it was well worth the extra cost of taking it in.

Also, I can't stop with the flare denim. I think my skinny jeans are becoming a tad bit jealous. Ha! If you are looking for a pair...I have said it before, and I will say it again...the ones from Gap Factory are the best!! FYI, you may want to go down a size...I did.


SheInside Stripe Top c/o // Gap Factory Flare Denim // Gap Factory Wedges (not online: option here and here) // Gigi New York Madison Crossbody c/o // Merona by Target Hat // Kendra Scott Earrings (no longer sold: super similar style here) // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Ring c/o // Cross Ring (option) // La Mer Watch c/o (option



I am off to Girl Scout camp tonight with Logan. Wish me luck, but only staying one night this year. Momma can't do two! Then, we begin the weekend I've been waiting on for weeks...LONE STAR JAM! Nope, I am NOT on Snapchat, but hoping to post some pics on Instagram if you want to follow along. 

Have a great weekend!! You guys rocked my WORLD with all the sweet comments, texts and emails from Wednesday's post. I told my dad and he came here to read all your comments. He wanted to make sure I told everyone THANK YOU...from him! You ladies NEVER cease to amaze me! SO MUCH LOVE!! xoxo



Shanna

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Paisley Perfect

cobalt blue ankle pants

The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind. Last Friday, I got an unexpected call from my mom about my dad's health. I don't want to go into too much, but he ended up in the emergency room. Luckily, he is back home now and we are awaiting more answers. In the meantime, a best friend's dad passed away...again...a bit unexpected. Plus, I have been going through a few other personal details, but everything is getting ironed out.

I feel like when I step away from blogging or social media, I owe you guys an explanation. I know you are NOT sitting around waiting for my next post, but still. I have loyal friends that come here and support me, so I feel like I should share why I take a few breaks here and there.

I have always told myself that my personal "life" comes first, everything else can take the back seat. I love what I do, the friendships I've made and the opportunities that come with blogging, but at the end of it all, I will choose to focus on real life and not beat myself up if a miss a few posts here and there.

I REALLY appreciate you guys coming back even though things haven't been as consistent as they were in the past. I can only hope you will check in every now and again and say hi. Your reading and coming here will always be a huge part of my life!

paisley express barcelona top
express spring 2015
noonday bracelets 2015 collection

gigi new york pebble clutch
nude ankle strap heels
gigi new york ivory pebble clutch
paisley tank
Express Barcelona Top (wearing an XS) // Express Ankle Pants (wearing a size 4) // Nude Ankle Strap Heels (option here and here) // Gigi New York Clutch c/o // Forever 21 Sunglasses // Noonday Bracelets (here, here and here) // Cross Ring (option



The bright side? I actually got "dressed" yesterday and had a nice afternoon with an old friend. I have been meaning to wear my Barcelona top and ankle pants for over a week, but didn't have a reason. It felt good to fix my hair, throw on some heels and feel normal again. I highly recommend you guys check out Express for the latest Spring finds. I am in love with all their tops and of course, as we all know, their pants are classic and fit like a glove. 

Happy shopping and thanks again for all the support!! xoxo

Shanna

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