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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Messy Project & Random Wednesday #9

Sweater: Old Navy (similar) | Shorts: Forever 21 | Top: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's (old) | Boots: Charlotte Russe | Necklace: Forever 21 | Clutch: Sam Moon (similar)
This fashion project was created by one of my most favorite and the sweetest fashionistas, Kelly. Not familiar with The Messy Project? Well, let me explain. The main goal is to showcase that we can embrace our differences and make a fashion statement with our OWN style.

Simply put, Kelly picked one piece of clothing, the shorts, and then we had to rock it our own way.

The Deal:
A Pair of Shorts
5 Girls
5 Different Looks
1 Major Blog Post Day

I am not going to lie. I wanted to KILL Kelly when she sent me these shorts hot pants! This is something I definitely would NEVER buy for myself. I mean, I think I am past the age to sport these kind of shorts. I was stressing, but I ended loving what I put together. The sweater is fun and whimsical, like the shorts. I feel like it gave a little more of conservative vibe for my taste. I think it's a sassy, but classy look for the upcoming holidays. Plus, adding some tights gave me more confidence to wear something this short!

Check out what Kelly, Jenna , Chantelle and Alison did with the shorts. It's fun to get new ideas and different perspectives on fashion.

Now......onto Random Wednesday.

1. Let's start with my obsession and issues with scarves. Pictures are worth a thousand words. This time of year, my statement necklaces take second fiddle. Scarves are the BEST accessory and jazz up any outfit. Bonus, the price! In my opinion, Target, Forever 21 and Old Navy have the best selections.


2. I can't stop listening to the Jason Mraz Pandora station. So many Bad-A songs. Think Cold Play, Matt Nathanson, John Mayer, Train, O.A.R., Christina Perri and of course Jason Mraz. Check it out.

3. I scored these shoes yesterday from Sole Society for $29.95 and FREE shipping. Thanks to Kelsey for posting them on Instagram. I know I am supposed to be on a shopping ban for myself until after Christmas, but I could not pass up a deal like this. Studs on t-strap heels...I am SOLD and in LOVE.
4. I made chicken enchiladas last night. Those of you who know me well, know that I typically don't cook meals like this. I felt like quite the domesticated goddess. I posted it on Instagram and to my surprise, several of you brave ladies wanted the recipe. So, here you go. It's from the Any Bitch's Husband Has To Cook cookbook. And BITCH meaning - "Babe In Control of Herself". And yes, in case you are wondering, I completely and miserably failed at the whole no dairy diet. I just don't have the will power. My intentions were good.


5. I have a favor to ask of all of you. I am asking that each one of you reading today take one minute to say a prayer. A prayer for comfort, strength and healing for a friend of mine that I have known since high school. On the morning of Thanksgiving, both of her parents were killed in a 100 car pile up on I-10 in Texas headed to Louisiana. I can't fathom losing one parent like this, but both. Gone in an instant. They are a very close family and her and her mom were best of friends. The funeral is today and I am heartbroken that I can't be there. My heart has been heavy since I heard the news last Thursday. I just don't understand why these things happen in life, especially ones so sudden and tragic. I do believe our Lord and Savior has a purpose for us all, but sometimes it's hard to grasp His plans. To take away two good people from this Earth, leave a family shattered and four children without their mom and dad is hard for me to swallow. I guess that's what faith is all about. Faith in knowing that our lives are in His hands and He can call us Home without a moment's notice. So, thank you in advance for taking time to say a quick and heartfelt prayer for a family who needs them now more than ever. Make sure to NEVER go to bed angry. Hug the ones you love tightly and make sure they know it. And don't EVER take them for granted.

**If you are linking up today, please use good manners. I kindly ask that you follow my blog and link back to it in your post. It's called blogging etiquette. Oh, and go meet some new friends! 


Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.


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92 comments:

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Yay I'm the first to link up :)

Love the outfit. Even though you didn't feel comfortable, you look adorable! And those enchiladas...dang you girl you make me want to blow my diet!

Saying a prayer for your friend's family. This Thanksgiving week two people I know passed away. It's always rougher when it's around the holidays.

Life etc... said...

Love how you've worn those shorts! And I'm the same with scarves - my collection covers the whole back of a door, eek!
That is so sad about your friend's parents. I heard about that terrible accident even here in Australia!

Life etc

Just Another Shopaholic said...

NEED that sweater!! I love it with those shorts.

Angie Ang said...

very much love your look! That sweater is so cute & great clutch too! Oh and the food looks yummy!
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Dani @ Inspire. Motivate. Love. said...

I love those shorts!! It would take some convincing for me to wear them, but for the right occasion, I think I would have paired them with tights like you did. Great outfit combo!
XoXo! Saying prayers for your friends.

Lauren @ STYLELIXIR said...

Hi Shanna!

I LOVE this outfit - super cute and fun!! I too am obsessed with scarves, I did a little post on the weekend and want to buy everything I featured!! :)

I'm also really sad to hear about your friend and her parents, I said a little prayer for them all. It was awful to read and I'm so close with my own family, I can't even fathom what I would do if something like that happened.

Lauren
www.stylelixir.com

Amber Dominguez said...

1) Those shorts look super hot on you. They may not be your usual style, but you're rockin' em!

2) Send me your enchilada leftovers please, I'm too lazy to make my own and those look delicious!

Angela W. said...

You look fab...as always :) Love the way you styled those shorts. And will definitely lift your friend and her family up in prayer. I can't even imagine. :( Thanks for sharing. Have an awesome day!

Joy Shana said...

Love that sweater, chic look
http://shana-style.blogspot.com

Amy - Louise said...

I need a cute animal sweater and I am also obsessed with scarves!
Such sad news, saying prayers for you friends and all families involved. My father is very sick in hospital at the moment and can't even contemplate what it would be like to lose a parent let alone two :( xxx

Heather said...

OMG those shoes are a total steal - shopping ban say what??? :) Love that adorable sweater - girl I would kill to shop your closet!

XO
Pearls & Paws

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh. I can't believe that about your friend's parents. 100 car pile up? That is devastating. Definitely praying for them.

Love that look on you, Shanna. You can rock anything...especially these little hot pants! :-)

A J said...

WOW, those are definitely hot pants, not shorts! But you styled them well and they don't look hoochy at all. Good job, girly!

I"m SO sorry to hear about your friend's parents. That is horrible. As happy as this time of year is, I've been hearing some really sad stories lately. I will say a few prayers for several people today, including your friend.

I completely spaced on a blog post/your link up today! I hope you can forgive me ;-)

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

Danavee said...

That sweater is awesome! Whimsical is the perfect word!!!

I am sending up a prayer for that family. So tragic.

still being [molly] said...

first of all, you look absolutely gorgeous! i love this outfit, shanna!!

second, my heart breaks for your friend's family. i can't even imagine. but you're so right, His plans are greater, stronger, and bigger than ours and often we won't know what they all mean until we get to heaven one day. know that I am praying for your friend.

Jamie said...

That sweater is absolutely adorable! Great job putting together this outfit with the sequin shorts - don't know what I would have come up with this, but this really looks cute!

And I love your new shoes!

My heart goes out to your friend and her family. I will keep them in my prayers.

Jamie

Swede Dreams said...

Your sweater is too cute! You are totally rockin the whole look. I think I'm planning to steal your chicken enchilada recipe~looks delish. My family would love it.

I will be thinking of you today and your friend's family. So very sorry for their loss. Faith is definitely the key in times like this because you just can't make sense of that kind of tragedy. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.
Hugs, Angie

jeands said...

you look good on the shorts, btw. and your sweater is prettiness to the nth level. :)

i myself couldn't go on a dairy free diet because i love me some cheese.

condolence to your friend, sending a prayer straight from us here in the philippines.

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Great outfit my friend! I am also SO proud of you for cooking those yummy enchiladas! They look delish!

My heart is breaking for your dear friend. We heard about the accident and the pictures on the news knotted my stomach. Their family will not only be in our prayers today but daily.

Love ya!

Alissa | Feeling Good said...

I cannot believe that sweater is ON! I love it - and the whole outfit.. so cute with shorts!

I am so sorry about your friend's loss. That is so devastating. Praying for the family during this very hard time.

Alissa
FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

JP Lord said...

I'm going to call you foxy shanna from now on - in fact I just updated it in my phone. Those enchiladas look effing delicious, I knew they would.
xx

Kathy said...

i seriously love your necklace!

i'm very sorry about your friend's loss :(

Georgina Castellucci said...

Love the fox sweater! I'm seeing so much fox these days - you styled yours so well :)

Niki Caron said...

I said a prayer for your friend. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I can't even imagine what it must be like to lose both your parents in such a tragedy.

On a lighter note, I was about to say that I LOVED how you styled the sweater with those amazing shorts before I realized that it was actually the shorts that were the Messy Project Item this month! Haha SO fun! I just bought that sweater too - I love it!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Totally my style! Love the sweater and the sequin shorts. You look great!

Melody said...

Yesss scarves are def. my go-to for the fall and winter! I love how you styled the sparkly shorts, so cute!!

I heard about that accident on the news last week, I'm so sorry to hear your friends parents were involved.

Amanda* said...

You look so cute in those shorts! Those enchiliadas look BOMBBB. :)

Lauren said...

You look so adorable in this outfit! I love everything about it, especially the adorable little fox sweater!

Fizz and Frosting

Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels said...

First of all...saying prayers for your friend. Secondly, wore the same sweater yesterday! Loved it! I love how you wore it...those hot pants look hot! And lastly, I have an obsession with scares too. A serious one!

Tracy Walpole said...

I am really sorry to hear about your friend's parents. They will all be in my thoughts today.

Also, I've been looking for that sweater for a while now. Darn you old navy! Looks so cute on you!

Brooke said...

You are the cutest thing in that foxy sweater and shorts. I love it. New follower and I am wondering why I'm just now finding your sweet self. So sorry to hear about your friends. That hurts my heart. : (

Landi {Freckled Confessions} said...

Love your sweater!!! How do you stay so freaking skinny, Shanna?!

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who failed miserably at the no dairy thing. It was so hard!

Michael Z said...

Love that sweater!!!

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Shanna! I want that sweater! And those fun shorts, you look so darn cute.

Always Maylee said...

Shanna you are most definitely sassy but classy! And I love those shoes, those were worth breaking your shopping ban, for sure. Can't wait to see you wear them!

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's family. That is just horrible. Sending positive thoughts!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Jen said...

I LOVE what you did with the shorts! and I'm obsessed with your top.
So happy to be linking up with you again!

and really sorry to hear about your friend's parents.. I heard about that pileup. I can't even imagine :( I'll keep her in my prayers.

Erika said...

Wow! You look fantastic!! Amazing outfit - all round!

Cassi Brightforest said...

I love the fox sweater, soo much!

TheTinyHeart said...

Your fox sweater is super cute! I saw those sequin shorts over the weekend but my hubby banned me from buying them, ha.

I'm so very sorry to hear about your friend's loss of her parents. That is such a tragedy and I'll be keeping her in my thoughts.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
Starbucks + Ad Space Giveaway!

J and A said...

Oh my gosh. I love your outfit, I kept thinking "What is Shanna gonna do?!" I love it with the sweater and those boots. Perfection!!! I might actually wear this out! I had the same reaction when I got the shorts!

{Jessica} said...

Found your blog through Kelly's post today! You are adorable and I love the way you styled the shorts - I would have been freaking out upon receiving those too as they are not something I would ever buy either. I love the sweater and tights with them though - gave them a whole new look. Love! Newest follower!

Sandra said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friends parents Shanna. I heard about that wreck and the images shown over the news were terrible. Please be strong for her.
Kudos to you for trying the dairy free! I know I cannot do it. I love CHEESE!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Look at your cute sequined shorts! I love them.

I am so so sorry for your friend. That's awful.

Shea Sayers said...

Shanna, I will definitely keep your friend in my prayers, that is a horrible tragedy.
I think you totally rocked those shorts--you made them look tasteful and perfect for cooler weather! Adorable!

Sara {Social Sara} said...

Shanna,
My first link up with you! Great outfit! I love the sweater!

I am so sorry to hear about your friend's parents. I can't imagine the pain she's experiencing. I'm extremely close to my parents and can't imagine losing one, let alone both. Prayers going up for her all day today and the days to come.
-Sara

Anonymous said...

Your friend's family is in my prayers.
Becky M.

Btw- you are ROCK'N those shorts!!

The Balch Bunch said...

LOVE how you styled the shorts! I have them so now I am tempted to wear them with tights!


Lindsay said...

Of course you got that sweater! I got the sheep one but by the time I went back for this one it was gone. Love, love everything about this look. So unexpected and chic. And I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That is so, so terrible. I am thinking of her today.

Michelle Nelson said...

That is such a cute fox sweater!!!! I love it!

Tashia said...

I would be mortified if someone made me wear sparkly hot pants in a non costume context, but I absolutely love this outfit. It'd be really cute for a New Years eve party!

Jessica Windle said...

I said a prayer for your friend...that is just heartbreaking.
On another note, I love how you styled the hot pants! Haha... They will be great for the holidays!
Those shoes are amazing and I am drooling over the picture of the enchiladas!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

kristine parrish said...

You are just too cute! Love the "foxy" sweater and all your other tips!

Katie said...

you look so cute in those shorts!! and love that sweater. so sorry for the lose of your friend's parents. I can't even imagine. There have been many times this last year when I've seen friends or ourselves go through such hard things, and it's so easy to wonder what GOd is doing and how he could have that be part of his plan. I try to remind myself that it isn't our job to figure out His plan, but to trust that He is in control and knows more than we could ever know. Will be praying for you and her family.

Makaila said...

Shanna, Yi-Chia said it best: Sassy but Classy! Hard to do with a little number like those, way to go mama!

I just can't imagine the devastation your friend is feeling. My mom is my best friend too. My prayers and thoughts go out to her.

Esther Davison said...

I definitely said a prayer for your friend and her family. I could not imagine the pain her heart is feeling. I'll keep her in my prayers. Esther Norine Designs

Haley W. said...

Once again, so entirely jealous of how you can make any and everything look FABULOUS!!

P.s. I just snagged those exact same booties from CR on black friday! Here's to hoping they look as cute on my feet as they do on yours ;)

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

These shorts have seen more action than I have in 4 months.

She Dabbles said...

Love this sweater! I got it in the sheep :) And I'm so addicted to sequins right now, so I love everything about this! Stopping by from WIWW

~C
http://ohshedabbles.com

Chantelle Rowley said...

love what you did to the shorts!

Angela said...

Wow, that is so terrible about your friends' parents. I am so sorry. We watched the news in horror over the break at that terrible pile up.
on another note, how is the oil washing method working for you? i am scared to try it.

Chioma said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friends' parents hun. I will be praying for their family. I love the surprising pop of sequins your skirt gives to this look! :)

Chioma
C's Evolution of Style

Nicholl Vincent said...

LOVE the outfit and the sweater!!

Jenn said...

You look hot in those shorts! I would have never thought to go in that direction if I were sent those shorts.

Kelly { Messy.Dirty.Hair.} said...

I know you don't think you can pull this look off but you're CRAZY!!! You look freaking fabulous!!!!!! I love everything. The fox sweater is so adorable & gives the shorts a whole other look. I love how the shirt underneath comes out longer than the fox top. And the shoes are to die for. I love them. I want them. You look great & I really hope you'll rocked this outfit again because you look amazing! Thank you so much for doing the project. I knew you could do this challenge - I love the fashion risks you take & this is just another to add to your fab looks!! Couldn't have asked for better girls! But I promise u if you sign up again I won't surprise you like this time :). Love you!

And I am so sorry about your friend. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your friend.

Oh & I'm obsessed w scarfs too...just wish it got cold enough here to wear them without sweating my ass off!

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

You my dear, are rocking those hot pants! Love the outfit you put together! This season, well... all seasons, I have a major thing for scarfs too... and saying a prayer for your friend, god bless her family!

Delusions of Grandeur said...

Shanna, my heart is breaking for your friend. I am so, so sorry to hear about her parents.

You, my dear, could not possibly be more adorable! I love everything about your outfit and cannot BELIEVE the price you got on those shoes - they look so much more expensive! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Lindsey A. Turner said...

Love your outfit- I think it turned out perfect!

Lindsey
thriftandshout.blogspot.com

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

You rocked the hot pants! I think you look quite classy. What a challenge though!

Your friend...I couldn't even imagine...I wish her much comfort during this season.

Jenny said...

Love the sweater. I ended up with the owl one, but would have got the fox too but they were sold out!

Saying a prayer for your friend. I lost my dad 3 years ago in a car accident and it was earth shattering.

Audrey Peeters said...

Love how you styled it, you look really nice!

Such sad news about your friend, i'll be saying for your friend and her family!

xx Audrey

fashionhightea.blogspot.com

Kimmyyy83 said...

I saw that on the news, praying for sure!

zhanna said...

I love your outfit and you can totally pull the shorts off!!
My heart goes out to your friend what a horrible tragedy and I will pray for her and her family!
XO,
Zhanna
www.lifeandbows.com

Amy Shaughnessy said...

I love the sequin shorts. I have to wear mine with tights too because they are on the short side. I'm SO sorry to hear about your friend's parents. That is so sad and horrible. I will for sure keep her and friends/family in my prayers!

Amy


Fashion and Beauty Finds

Lindsay said...

So sorry for your friends loss. :(

Girl, you straight up rock those shorts! H-O-T HOT!

Love you!

TaraMixandMatch said...

I love that sweater! I'm hoping to locate one in store for my sister for Christmas!

Alyssa @ Sugar, Spice, and a Dash of Advice said...

Oh my gosh I'd be nervous about those shorts too but as always I love this outfit and you did a great job!! Those enchiladas look amazing and I'll definitely be trying that recipe. I know, I could never go dairy-free either. At least you tried!

Saying a prayer for your friend and her family.. that is so sad and I can't even imagine.

prettyanddelectable said...

You are rocking those shorts, and I love the fox sweater! Those Valentino-esque shoes are super pretty and I can't wait to see how you style them! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend... :(

Ashley Aspinwall said...

that fox sweater is freaking adorable! love how you paired it with the sequins!

xo SideSmile,
Ashley
SideSmile Style

Kristin said...

THAT IS THE CUTEST SWEATER! I need it. loove the sequins too. This outfit is perfection :) really loving your random Wednesday link-up! xoxo

Head to Toe Chic said...

I love your sweater and shorts together! The Messy Project sounds like so much fun!

Even though I don't know your friend I feel so bad for her. I can't even imagine what she's going through. She's definitely in my prayers.

xo,
Angela

Happiness at Mid Life said...

Love your sweater - I've been wanting this sweater but I am really trying hard to ban myself from impulsive shopping that I do.

Love the pairing of these shorts with it!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Janna Renee said...

I think you win for the most creative style of the shorts! I LOVE your sweater and I wouldn't expect anything less than greatness from you. Awesome, lady!!

LyddieGal said...

the sequined shorts are too cute - and so is the fox sweater, just adorable!
Chic on the Cheap

kateprs said...

Your sweater is so adorable! So foxy! Ha. Anyway, thanks for the link up party :)

Kate @ A Journey in Style

Amber said...

I am loving the way you styled those shorts!! You look great girlyfriend!

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Ohhhh goodness. So sorry to hear about your friend's parents, Shanna.

tara said...

girl, you rocked those shorts!! and i'm so sorry to hear about your friends parents. that wreck was horrific! :(

My-cliffnotes said...

I love your sweater! And you look fab in the shorts!

The Shoestring Contessa said...

That outfit is SO. FUH-LIPPING. CUTE.
So sorry to hear about your friend...that accident was just unbelievably terrible.

Holly said...

Love your Messy Project outfit!!! I wanted that sweater, but was too late online. Bummer! It's so cute on you!

And scarves. YES! You know I love me some scarves - statement necklace what?!

Raquel said...

I have that same Old Navy sweater! I still have yet to wear it!

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