Dark Floral Dresses

Happy Monday everyone!  Starting this week off by talking about one of my favourite purchases from this summer, this black floral maxi dress.  I have always thought of floral prints to be traditionally an exclusive of Spring and Summer,  but as of late I have noticed darker floral prints seem to be appearing more and more.  This is a trend I can definitely jump on board with!  I adore floral print anything, so the idea of being able to continue wearing it into the upcoming cooler seasons definitely excites me!  I find with the dark background it can give the print a bit of edginess while still looking feminine.  I wore this dress all summer with sandals and open toed heels, but now plan to switch it up for Fall with a cute pair of ankle boots and a cozy cardigan.

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My outfit details:  Dress  //  Shoes  similar here  //  Straw Bag  //  Sunglasses


I have linked a few other reasonably priced dark floral dresses that I love and think are really pretty if it is a look you would like to incorporate as well:


  1. Rip Curl Floral Maxi  //  2.  Blue Sheer Floral Midi  //  3.  F21 Floral Maxi dress  //  4.  Lush Floral Cold Shoulder  //  5.  UO Off the Shoulder Smocked  //  6.  Lulus Floral Print dress  //  7.  Nordstrom Strappy Back Maxi  //  8.  Zara Long Floral Print dress  //  9.  F21 Floral Wrap Maxi


Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx



Colour Predictions for Fall 2017 Part 5


(Image courtesy of the Pantone website)

Happy Friday everyone!  This is the fifth and last day of my week long posts on the Pantone Fashion Colour predictions for Fall 2017.  I hope that you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them!  Monday I shared my finds for Grenadine and Tawny Port, Tuesday was Ballet Slipper and Butterum, Wednesday featured Navy Peony and Neutral Gray and Thursday  I looked at Shaded Spruce and Lime.  Today I will explore the last two shades: Marina and Autumn Maple.


PANTONE 17-4041 Marina

Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness.  (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)


  1. Bell Sleeve Sweater  //  2. Quilted Leather Mini Bag  //  3. Strands Necklace  //  4. Cashmere Cardigan  //  5. Stirrup Leggings  //  6. Open Wrap Cardigan


PANTONE 17-1145 Autumn Maple

A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.  (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Autumn Maple

  1. Backless Loafer  //  2. Cardigan  //  3. Boatneck Sweater  //  4. Cold Shoulder Midi Dress  //  5. Faux Leather Skirt  //  6. Stripe Leather Tote  //  7. Leather Gloves


What do you think of the ten forecasted colours?  I personally think that they are beautiful!  I am excited to see that quite a bit of bright colour will be continuing into Fall 2017.  I always hate the end of summer, but building my wardrobe for the upcoming season eases the pain a bit… lol.

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Colour Predictions for Fall 2017 Part 4


(Image courtesy of the Pantone website)

This is the fourth day of my segment on the Pantone colour predictions for Fall 2017.  Monday I shared my finds for Grenadine and Tawny Port, Tuesday was Ballet Slipper and Butterum and Wednesday featured Navy Peony and Neutral Gray.  Today I will be talking about Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime:

PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce

This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees. (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Shaded Spruce

  1. Ruffle Shift Dress  //  2. Tie Sleeve Cardigan  //  3. Saddle Bag  //  4. Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt  //  5. Roll Sleeve Tunic  //  6.  Wide Leg Trousers  //  7. Rain Boot


PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime

Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.  (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Golden Lime

  1. Ball Drop Earrings  //  2. Ruffle Sleeve Sweater  //  3. Ruffle Hem Utility Shirtdress  //  4. Skinny Jeans  //  5. Twill Peplum Jacket  //  6. Beaded Handbag


Tomorrow I will be sharing the last two forecasted colours in the Fall lineup: Marina and Autumn Maple.

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Colour Predictions for Fall 2017 Part 3


(Image Courtesy of the Pantone website)

On Monday I started my segment on the Pantone Colour predictions for Fall 2017.  I touched on four of the forecasted colours so far: Grenadine, Tawny Port, Ballet Slipper and Butterum.  Today I am talking about Navy Peony and Neutral Gray.  These two colours are guaranteed to be in my personal clothing lineup for this fall!


PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral. (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Navy Peony

  1. Satin Midi Skirt  //  2. Fitted Jacket //  3. Cardigan  //  4. Linen Blend Scarf  // 5. Ankle Boot  //  6. Bell Cuff Sweater  //  7. Lace Dress


PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray

The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade. (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Neutral Grey

  1. Scarf  //  2. Cold Shoulder Sweater  //  3. Skinny Jeans  //  4. Bell Sleeve Sweater Dress  //  5. Ankle Boot  //  6. Rib Knit Cardigan  //  7. Open Front Cardigan


See you tomorrow for Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Colour Predictions for Fall 2017 Part 2


(Image courtesy of the Pantone website)

Yesterday I started my segment on the Pantone Colour predictions for Fall 2017.  I touched on two colours that I think are so beautiful: Grenadine and Tawny Port.  Today I will be sharing my finds for Ballet Slipper & Butterum!


PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health. (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Ballet Slipper

  1. Fine-knit Sweater  //  2. Cold Shoulder Sweater  //  3. Purse  //  4. Pleated Dress  //  5.  Skinny Jeans  //  6. Scarf  //  7. Faux Fur Coat

(I picked up number 2. during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I have my eye on number 7. …. lol)

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.  (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)


  1. Merino wool Sweater  //  2.  Striped Dress  //  3. Felt Hat  //   4. Joggers  //  5. Ankle Boot  //  6. Sweater  //  7. Slide Loafer


See you tomorrow for Navy Peony and Neutral Gray!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx



Colour Predictions for Fall 2017

One thing that stands out vividly in my memory from when I took my Fashion Forecasting program was Pantone’s colour predictions. The Pantone Institute will predict their top 10 colours for fashion in the upcoming season, based on what is seen at New York Fashion Week.  Below are the colours they have chosen for Fall 2017.


(Image courtesy of the Pantone website)

I personally feel the forecasted colour palette is absolutely gorgeous!  Ballet slipper is a continuation of the beautiful blush colour that I was crushing on all summer.  I love to dress colourfully so I am excited to see shades like Grenadine, Shaded Spruce and Marina in the lineup.  Brown tones do not look great on me due to my colouring so I tend to gravitate more towards the grays as far as neutrals.  That being said, Butterum and Autumn Maple are still very attractive colours for those who are fortunate enough to wear them.

I have collected some articles of clothing and accessories in all of these colours if you are wanting to introduce any of them into your existing wardrobe for this Fall!  I will be posting two of the colour trends each day this week so make sure you check back 🙂


PANTONE 17-1558 Grenadine

“A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter.” (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)


  1. Drop Earrings  // 2. Long Cardigan  // 3. Wrap dress  // 4. Blazer  // 5. Boatneck Sweater  // 6. Trousers  //   7. Kate Spade Tote  // 8. Loafer


PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port

“Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.” (Description courtesy of the Pantone website.)

Tawny Port

  1. Dress  // 2. Rib-knit Cardigan  // 3. Sweatshirt Dress  // 4.  Nylon Kate Spade Tote  // 5.  Cold Shoulder Sweater//  6.  Wool Blend Coat  // 7. Hooded Parka  // 8. Sateen Knee High Boot


I will be back tomorrow with my finds for the next two colours: Ballet Slipper and Butterum!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

My New Staple: Backpacks!

Back in the Spring I had to fly with our two boys on my own (then 2 1/2 years and 6 months).  I was extremely nervous about how I was going to juggle everything, being as I am a mother with only two arms and unfortunately in this circumstance, not an octopus!  I decided to buy a cute little backpack to use instead of my diaper bag so that I had one less thing I needed to worry about carrying.  It worked out awesome! I could hold my older son’s hand on one side and carry my baby in the other arm, without the diaper bag constantly slipping off my shoulder.  I used it as my purse the entire time we were away and now I actually use it when I am out and about without the kids all the time.

Backpacks are so cute and they are available in all colours, styles and price ranges.  I have rounded up a collection of various priced mini backpacks, including a few that I am probably going to be purchasing (lol) to a couple that I wish were hanging in my closet!

Mini Blush backpack- H&M


My backpack (sold out in pink but still available in black)


Mini Backpacks

1. Ted Baker London Mini Jarvis Leather Backpack | Nordstrom

2. Canvas Blue Stripe- Merona

3. Aldo Midnight Black Embroidered

4. Matt & Nat ‘Brave’ Faux Leather

5. MARC JACOBS Mini Biker Backpack (Nordstrom Exclusive) | Nordstrom

6. Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Metallic 

7. Alonte Midnight Black Women’s Handbags | ALDO Canada

8. Tommy Bahama Siesta Key Backpack | Nordstrom

9. Rhea Large Leather Backpack | Michael Kors

10. Kate Spade Back to School

11. Faux Leather Fringe Backpack

12. Matt & Nat Fabi Vintage

13. Retreat Backpack | Herschel Supply Company

14. Matt & Nat Lawrence Loom

15. Matt & Nat Mumbai Dwell

16. Sole Society Faux Leather Backpack | Nordstrom

17. Amici Accessories Ring Handle Backpack | Nordstrom

18. Original Hunter Nylon Mini

19. Faux Leather Forever 21

20. Under One Sky White & Black Target

What do you think about this little backpack trend?  I would love to hear any of your comments.

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx


A Trend That I am Loving: Embroidery

Looking back I have been fascinated by fashion as long as I can remember.  When I was a teenager, I used to buy embroidery thread and stitch flowers onto the back pockets of my jeans or the collar of a shirt.  I guess I just liked to fancy it up a bit… I always thought it looked so cute!  Too bad I didn’t hold onto my customized garments because my friends, embroidery is back big time!  I guess it was only matter of time because floral prints are always so popular.  What could be sweeter then a tiny patch of flowers embroidered onto a breezy sundress? Well look no farther because I have rounded up a bunch of adorable embroidered items for you to choose from! As cute as I thought my homemade jeans were, the Zara ones that I have found below could probably fill the void… ;))



One. Peasant top  //  Two. Navy striped blouse  //  Three. Light blue blouse  //  Four. Chambray Dress  //  Five. Dotted mesh top  //  Six.  Lace fit & flare dress  //   Seven. Yellow skirt  //  Eight. Double layer dress  //  Nine. Drop waist dress //  Ten. Tulle dress  //  Eleven. Navy maxi dress  // Twelve. Jeans  //  Thirteen. Jean skirt  //  Fourteen. Black skirt  //  Fifteen. Off the shoulder dress //  Sixteen. Clutch  //  Seventeen. Espadrille 

What do you think? Are you loving this trend as much as I am?

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx



This soft, baby pink is one of my favourite colours to wear right now.  To be honest I love most shades of pink, I’m not discriminatory… lol.  Lately though, I have noticed this pretty blush colour starting to creep into my closet more and more!  This particular skirt is so easy to wear.  It is light weight, breezy and super feminine.  The price is nice too :))  I have linked my particular outfit below as well as few other great items in this pretty pink if you are looking to add some blush to your summer lineup!

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Blush Maxi skirt

My outfit details:

Blush Button Up Skirt  similar here  //  Cream Button Tank // Slide Sandals



One.  Lipstick //  Two.  Earrings  //  Three.  Ruffled hem top //  Four.  T-Shirt dress //  Five.  Knot front dress  //  Six.  Ruffle hem Dress //  Seven.  Cross body purse  //  Eight.  Off the shoulder dress //  Nine.  Bathing suit //  Ten.  Deconstructed midi skirt  //  Eleven.  Strappy sundress //  Twelve.  Tie waist trousers //  Thirteen.  Romper //  Fourteen.  Linen shirt with bows //  Fifteen.  Wide-brim hat  //  Sixteen.  Scalloped shorts // Seventeen.  Slide sandals //  Eighteen.  Linen skirt //  Nineteen.  Shorts //  Twenty.  Velvet skirt //

I love this colour so much and I can guarantee you are going to be seeing it a ton this Fall as well.  It is soft enough that it is easy to coordinate with the cooler tones of next season… the tans, blues, browns and greys… so gorgeous!

Stay tuned, I am already working on that post…

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale- For Him!

When the Nordstrom Anniversary early access sale began last week I did a roundup of my favourite finds for women.  Tomorrow the sale opens to the public, so I felt it was only fair to share some of the amazing finds for men!  I haven’t included any of the suits on my list, only because there are too many to choose from.  That being said, if you are a man in need of an awesome new suit, this is the time to pick one up… the deals are smoking!  As with the women’s sale, it was so hard to narrow it down, so here are a few of my favourite finds for men:

Happy Shopping!

Nordstrom For Him


One. Textured sweater // Two. Woven zip jacket //  Three. Horizontal stripe shirt //  Four. Check twill shirt //  Five. Black boot //  Six. Herschel duffel bag //  Seven. North Face raincoat //  Eight. Splatter print shirt //  Nine. Nike fleece hoodie //  Ten. Lacoste polo // Eleven. Knit hoodie // Twelve. Waffle knit henley //  Thirteen. Quilted jacket // Fourteen. Plaid western shirt // Fifteen. Full zip fleece jacket //  Sixteen. Brown leather boot // Seventeen. Nike free running shoe //  Eighteen. Straight leg jeans //  Nineteen. Grey Slim fit pants // Twenty. Levi’s slim fit jeans // Twenty one. Nike fleece jogger //  Twenty two. Tan leather belt // Twenty three. Skagen mesh strap watch

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx