The Perfect Christmas Dress!

I absolutely love this time of year.  Yes it can get a little hectic, but for the most part it is so much fun!  Lots of family outings, activities and celebrating with loved ones.  Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I love to embrace a good theme.  Christmas is no exception!  I have owned my fair share of ugly Christmas sweaters and festive onesie pyjamas, but in my heart, I am a dress lover!  This is my very first holiday themed sweater dress!  As soon as I saw this cute snowman’s face, I knew that I had to have it… LOL!  But seriously, how fun is this dress for holiday get-togethers, parties and even to wear to work (with tights an a blazer for a more responsible look of course… haha!)

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Snowman Sweater Dress

It even comes with a striped scarf as the belt… so adorable!!

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Snowman Sweater Dress

My Snowman Sweater Dress // Over the Knee Boots

Of course I had to make a collection of a bunch of other fun Holiday themed dresses as well 🙂  The problem is choosing only one!!

 

Fun Christmas Dresses

 

One. Nutcracker Pom-Pom Sweater Dress // Two. Candy Cane Apron Sweater Dress // Three. Fireplace Sweater Dress // Four. Christmas Apron Sweater Dress // Five. Crushed Velvet Holiday Bow Dress // Six. Cold Shoulder Mrs. Clause Dress // Seven. Velvet Santa Print Dress // Eight. Fair Isle Gingerbread Man Sweater Dress // Nine. Faux Fur Collared Mrs. Clause Dress // Ten. Striped Elf Sweater Dress

 

Which one is your favourite? I think I might need to have the green velvet Santa faces as well…. 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him!

Happy Monday everyone 🙂 Last week I shared my Holiday Gift Guide for Her.  Today I have rounded up a bunch of great gifts for the men in your life!  As always, I have tried to limit my list to some more budget friendly suggestions.  I hope you had a chance to take advantage of all the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, they were pretty amazing!  I definitely checked gifts for a lot of people off my list.  Happy shopping and I hope that I can be of some help with those often hard to buy for guys!

 

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One. Flat Cap // Two. Weekend Bag // Three. Rubberized Shave Set // Four. Skull & Crossbone Bow Tie // Five. Kiehl’s Essentials Collection // Six. Half Zip Pullover // Seven. Flannel Scarf // Eight. Quilted Gloves // Nine. Copper Mule Mug // Ten. North Face Beanie // Eleven. Patterned Socks // Twelve. Bose Bluetooth Speaker // Thirteen. Brewquet Craft Beer Bouquet // Fourteen. Steel-Mesh Watch // Fifteen. Corkcicle Canteen // Sixteen.  12-in-1 Multi-Tool // Seventeen. Faux Shearling Slippers

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her!

I cannot believe that it is practically December!  I absolutely love this time of year and always get ridiculously excited for Christmas.  I find it so much fun trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone of my list.  I am going to kick off my Holiday Gift Guides with some ideas for the ladies in your life.  I have limited this list to gifts that are all under $100.00.  A few of the things I actually own myself and a couple more of them are on my wish list!  Hope you love them all as much as I do 🙂

 

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One. Fringe Earrings // Two. Paperback Book // Three. Bow Scarf // Four. Floral Kimono Robe // Five. Stemless Wine Glass // Six. Pom Pom Slippers // Seven. Thermal Travel Mug // Eight. Soy Wax Candle // Nine. Monogram Mug // Ten. Rose Gold Lanterns // Eleven. Alpha Pendant // Twelve. Pom Pom Toque // Thirteen. Rose Gold Flatware // Fourteen. Tart Fave Colour Gift Set // Fifteen. Cable Knit Mittens

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

The Best Black Friday Sales!

 

I hope that all of my American friends had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving!

Of course we all know that after Thanksgiving comes Black Friday (happy dance!!!) I have rounded up some of the best sales that will be happening… they are pretty incredible!!  So I will leave you with a list of stores and just say you are welcome…. and I am so sorry… LOL!

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Above: My entire outfit is on sale right now! Over the knee boots are Guess, jeans are H&M & pink coat is Chicwish!

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH– 50% off your purchase & $5 shipping

AMERICAN EAGLE– 40% off & free shipping

ANN TAYLOR– 50% off everything with code GOPINK

ASOS– 30% off your entire purchase with code EPIC30

BAUBLE BAR– 35% off your purchase with code VIP35

BANANA REPUBLIC– 50% off regular priced items & free shipping

BOOHOO– 50% off everything & free shipping

CHICWISH– take an extra 15% off your $70 purchase with code BLK15

EXPRESS– 50% off your order & free shipping

FOREVER 21– take an extra 30% off sale with code EXTRA30

GAP– 50% off your purchase with code GAPFRIDAY

GOODNIGHT MACAROON– 30% off your purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY2017

GUESS FACTORY– 30-60% off your purchase & $5 shipping

H&M– take 20% off your purchase & free shipping with code 1662

J. CREW– 40% off your purchase & free shipping with code THANKU 

J. CREW FACTORY– 50% off everything

JOE FRESH– 30% off your purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY17

KATE SPADE– 30% off with code GIVEJOY

LOFT– 50% off with code FRIYAY

MAC– 25% off your purchase with code MAC25

MADEWELL– 25% off with code DONTSTRESS

MACYS– 20% off & free shipping on $49+ with code HURRY

NORDSTROM– take an extra 20% off selected sale items & free shipping

OLD NAVY– 50% off your purchase & free shipping over $50

REBECCA MINKOFF– 25% off your $100+ order with code BLACK25/ take 30% off your $250+ order with code BLACK 30

REVOLVE– up to 50% off sale styles

SAM EDELMAN– 30% off with code SAMSGIVING

SHOP BOP– 20% off of $200+/ 25% off $500+/ 30% off $800+ with code MORE17

STEVE MADDEN– 20% off your purchase & free shipping with code BLACK

TOP SHOP– up tp 50% off & free shipping

TORY BURCH– 30% off your $250 purchase

URBAN OUTFITTERS– buy one, get one 50% off everything

WILDFOX– 40% off regular priced items with code ALLSMILES

ZARA– take 30% off your purchase

 

Happy Shopping  everyone 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Fall Trends: Velvet

I have to confess, I have been slow to get on board with the velvet trend.  In fact, I flat-out ignored it last year and secretly hoped it would go away… lol!  I don’t know what it is about this Fall, but I am finding myself totally drawn to it now.  Do I dare say I’m “crushing” on velvet?!? (Ha ha, see what I did there?)  My first velvet purchase this year was a simple black dress to subtly try out the trend.  I am completely hooked… I love it all now!  Velvet booties, clutches and all of the beautiful colours and styles it is available in!  I just even recently purchased my six-year-old the cutest little velvet dress to match me… lol!

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My Velvet Dress (Also available in Green, Red & Floral Print) under $20!!

 

I have rounded up a few more reasonably priced velvet articles if it is a trend you are loving too!

 

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One. Crystal Button Bootie // Two. Bell Sleeve Top // Three. Pleated Velvet Skirt // Four. Tie Sleeve Top // Five. Long Jacket Dress // Six. Ruched Wrap Dress // Seven. Smocked Babydoll Dress // Eight. Drawstring Dress // Nine. Pull-On Velvet Skirt // Ten. Velvet Shoulder Bag // Eleven. Lace Long Sleeve Dress // Twelve. Fitted Mock Neck Dress // Thirteen. Stacked Heel Pump

 

What are your thoughts on seeing velvet everywhere? I would love to chat in the comments below 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Flowers are Cliché, Send a Brewquet

One of the big reasons I started my blog was because I wanted to share products, clothing and places that I love!  Whenever possible, I try to shop local and support small businesses.  This is why I am beyond excited to be teaming up with Brewquet!  If you haven’t heard of them before, Brewquet is a Vancouver, B.C. company who offers unique gift baskets featuring a selection of craft beers and yummy local goods.  On staff is a cicerone (essentially a sommelier for beer!) who curates all of the beer selection to ensure that only the best seasonal and local offering are always chosen!  Brewquet is currently serving areas within three hours of Vancouver and free delivery is offered to Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster.  For other areas, you can contact them directly for a quote.

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I’m not sure about you, but I have a handful of people in my life who are always a challenge to buy for!  Who wouldn’t love a bucket full of cold ones?!  Such a unique alternative to sending a bouquet of flowers!  As their website states “Be clear, say it with beer!”  A perfect gift for the upcoming Holidays, Birthdays, a big thank you, or really any occasion you just feel like giving someone a fun, delicious and creative gift!

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Another feature that I appreciate, is that 90% of offerings are earth friendly in that they are either recyclable or biodegradable.  The shipping boxes are recyclable, the paper crinkles found in the ice buckets are made from recycled paper and the burlap wrap is biodegradable.

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Featured above, the Kitsilano which includes:

  • 6 local craft beers (you can choose from IPA’s, Pale Ales, Lagers or a variety pack)
  • 6 Non Alcoholic Craft Sodas are also an option
  • Jerky Baron’s Mount Pleasant beef jerky
  • The Nut Merchant’s Maple Siracha Pecans
  • The Brewquet stainless steel ice bucket & signature bottle opener

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I can already think of a few people who I will be giving a Brewquet to!

As an added bonus, Brewquet is offering my readers 10% off of their purchase… just enter code SSF10 during checkout 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Cranberry Apple Moscow Mules!

 

Cranberry Apple Moscow Mules

 

Back in the summer I posted a delicious drink called the Kentucky Mule.  This new beverage has been modified to give it a bit more of a Fall feel!  We have a fridge full of apples from our U-Pick adventures and a bunch of fresh cranberries so I figured why not play around and make a yummy Autumn version of this cocktail!?  Introducing the Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule 🙂

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ginger beer
  • 4 oz. Vodka
  • 1/4 cup of Cranberry or Cranberry Apple juice
  • Ice
  • Fresh apples, cranberries & lime for garnish

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Directions:

Fill mule mug (or glass) with ice

Add vodka & your choice of cranberry juice

Pour in your favourite ginger beer

Squeeze fresh lime juice & mix

Garnish with fresh apples & cranberries

Enjoy!

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Not only are these Moscow Mules delicious, but the red and green make it a perfect Christmas cocktail!

Do you have any favourite Fall & Winter cocktails to share? I would love to hear about them!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Fabulous Fall Accessories!

As the saying goes, accessories are necessities!  A beautiful accessory can literally make your entire outfit.  I totally appreciate pieces like a simple black saddle bag or a classic plaid scarf, but during this season there is a ton of room for being as bold as you want to!  Hats are huge for Fall 2017…  and not just the cute felt floppy hats like we have seen the last couple years, but also baker boy hats (my new obsession!) chic berets, pom-pom toques, page boys, felt fedoras in every colour and embellished headbands.  There are an abundance of fun Fall accessories to make a statement with.  Tons of vibrant colours, patterns and various textures.  I know it’s easy to stick to neutrals, but this year with your classic black coat why not try a pair of vibrant burgundy leather gloves or a leopard print scarf instead?  I am also a huge believer in belts.  They can often add a fun element to an understated outfit!  You will be seeing a ton of oversized buckles and thick, corset style belts this Fall.  Be bold and be confident with your accessories and you will be amazed at how many compliments you will get 🙂

I have linked a bunch of fabulous and really reasonably priced Fall accessories below:

 

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  1. Leather & Suede Gloves // 2. Wide Brim Fedora // 3. Foldover Crossbody Bag // 4. Tassel Fringe Earrings // 5. Tasseled Earrings // 6. Soft Tie Belt // 7. Leopard Print Scarf // 8. Perforated Black Belt // 9. Metallic Knit Headband // 10. Crossbody Saddle Bag // 11. Captain’s Hat // 12. Sunglasses // 13. Pompom Toque //  14. Gold Bow Belt //  15. Multistrand Necklace // 16. Burgundy Leather Gloves // 17. Gold Leaf Earrings // 18. Velvet Crossbody Bag // 19. Blue Wool Hat // 20. Color-Block Oversized Scarf

 

What are your favourite accessories for this Fall? I would love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

Instagram Outfits

I hope that everyone is having a great week so far!

I am doing a big Instagram outfit roundup today as it has been a while since my last one 🙂  I have provided the links to some of the more popular “start of Fall” outfits that I have worn.  Happy shopping!

 

Cute Overalls

Similar Lace Top  //  Denim Overalls

Fun Fall outfit

Striped Cardigan  //  White T-shirt //  Black Jeans  //  Braided Belt  //  Suede Boots

Black & Red Floral Dress

My Black & Red Floral Dress is sold out online (I did see it in the store still though!)  I have linked the midi version HERE & the pleated skirt HERE //  OTK Boots  //  Black Tights  (my favourite these are a staple!)

Cute Hunter boot outfit

Cardigan  //  Striped Shirt  //  Light Jeans  //  Hunter Boots

Black & White polka dot dress

Polka Dot Dress  (mine was from Zara a couple of months ago.  I find their clothes sell out SO fast! My exact is no longer available, I’ve linked a couple other cute ones HERE // HERE & HERE  //  Suede Ankle Boots (I wear these ALL the time!)  //  Black Tights

Midi cardigan, denim shirt, mules

Long Cardigan black version HERE //  Denim Shirt  //  Black Leggings  //  Mule Loafers

Baker Boy hat & studded ankle boots

Luitenant Hat  //  Shiny Leggings  //  Studded Booties

Fall floral dress with peep toed booties

Floral Print Dress  (it is actually dark green but looks navy/ black in this picture) //  Peep-Toed Booties (20% off right now)

striped shirt & dressy joggers

Striped Shirt (I own this is almost every colour you will LOVE it!) //  Black Jogger Pants  //  Black Pumps //  Purse

Cozy beige poncho

My Cream Poncho is from last year, but I have linked a cute, similar one HERE  //  Striped Turtleneck  //  Jeans  //  Boots

Black & White checked coat

Black & White Checkered Coat  //  Cream Sweater  //  Jeans  //  OTK Boots

Loafer Heels

Loafer Heel Pumps  //  Leather Leggings

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Moraine Lake

My husband and I did a quick road trip to Calgary, A.B. at the beginning of September for one of my best friends weddings.  We decided to spend the first night in Banff on the way.  On the top of my must see list was Moraine Lake.  It is a glacially filled lake situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and the water is the most breathtaking shade of turquoise blue.  You can’t tell from these pictures, but I was far from the only person with this brilliant idea!  It was so busy the day we went, we almost didn’t get to see it as on our way towards the lake, the access road was closed!  Thankfully by the time we drove up the road to turn back around, they let a few cars (including us!) through.  The parking was a zoo but we thankfully managed to find a spot.  Unfortunately the day we visited was during the B.C wildfires (actually our entire drive to Alberta was pretty smokey) so the sky was far from clear, but the view was still spectacular!  The water was the most gorgeous shades of blue and green and so beautiful!  It was definitely worth the visit!  My only recommendation would be to get there early to try to beat some of the crowd 🙂

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Where are your favourite spots in Alberta to visit?  I would love any recommendations for our next road trip 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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