The Perfect Summer Date Night Dress

My poor husband rarely gets to see me dressed up.  By the time he gets home from work I have usually changed out of whatever cute outfit I wore to work that day and am back in my “playing with the kids friendly” joggers! So when we can steal an evening away from our babies I always love wearing something that isn’t going to get sticky peanut butter fingers or markers all over it… LOL! For a recent patio dinner out I wore this breezy white lace-up sundress.

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It is the perfect dress for these hot summer evenings.  I always love pairing white and turquoise together and these beaded earrings gave this outfit a fun pop of colour!  It is also a treat for me to bring out the wedges when I don’t have to worry about carrying anyone and rolling an ankle… LOL!

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White Lace-Up Tank Dress // Espadrille Wedges // Turquoise Beaded Earrings

I absolutely love Summer and sunshine! We have so many amazing restaurants where we live and I am slowly making my way through my “Must Eat at this Summer” list.  Would you be interested in reading about my favourite local spots? Leave me a message in the comments 🙂 Hope you all get to soak up some sunshine this week!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Summer Shoes for the Every Girl!

I am absolutely obsessed with cute sandals right now.  My husband recently asked me “Do you think you have enough pairs of slides?” I can only assume this question was rhetorical… LOL!  I basically have 3 categories of Summer shoes that I am living in right now:

Slides– for everyday when I am out and about with my kids

Low Block Heels– a comfortable, yet dressier option of footwear for my office

Wedges– when I get to go out with my husband or girlfriends (who doesn’t love longer looking legs?!)

I thought it would be fun to round-up some of my favourite, reasonably priced footwear right now 🙂

SLIDES

Pear Embellished Slide Sandals

I am so obsessed with these pearl embellished slides that I should probably grab a back up pair! Here are a handful of other super cute slide sandals that I love:

Best Slide Sandals

One. Blush Suede Bows // Two. Metallic Band // Three. Blue Gingham Bow // Four. Red Ruffle Crossband //  Five. Leopard Bow-Tie // Six. Multi Coloured Bow // Seven. Geometric Cutout // Eight. Rainbow Fringe // Nine. Nude Embellished // Ten. Raffia Tassel // Eleven. White Studded // Twelve. Shimmering Crossover

 

BLOCK HEELS

Light Blue Block Heels

I have this low block heel in 3 colours! It is such an easy and comfortable shoe to wear. Here are some other cute ones on my wish list:

The Best Block Heels

 

One. Blue Twist // Two. Lavender Knotted // Three. Green Pom-Pom Lace-Up // Four. Cherry Ruffled // Five. White Three Strap // Six. Pearl Embellished // Seven. Navy and Light Blue Suede // Eight. Pink Ankle Wrap Strappy // Nine. Fuchsia Three Band // Ten. Orchid Pump // Eleven. Ankle Strap // Twelve. Blush Fringed

 

WEDGES

The perfect Wedge sandal

These are my go to wedges! The colour goes with everything and even though they are high, they are reasonably comfortable.  Here are some other wedges I am loving right now:

The Best Wedges

 

One. Two Band Espadrille // Two. Gingham Bow-Tie // Three. Light Pink Ruffled Edge // Four. Off-White Nubuck Leather  // Five. Fuchsia Suede // Six. Knotted Bow Suede // Seven. Grey Suede Strap // Eight. Cinched Panelling // Nine. Faded Denim Suede // Ten. Blush Leather Flatform // Eleven. Crisscross Fabric // Twelve. Black Flatform

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

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Best Friends Style Series: Amanda!

This is the third segment of my Best Friends Style Series.  My first post was about my gorgeous best friend Amber, which you can read HERE if you missed it.  A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my beautiful best friend Christine.  You can read about here style HERE.

Today I am featuring my amazing bestie Amanda.  Amanda is so naturally stunning, she could throw a belt on overtop of a garbage bag and we would all be running out to buy one!  Seriously, look at those cheekbones.  Not only is she beautiful, but she is one of the nicest and most hilarious people you will ever meet.  So even if you wanted to dislike her, because it seems so unfair for one person to be so perfect… you just can’t!  She is actually super modest and doesn’t even realize how lovely she always looks.  Her sense of style is understated and effortless!

Amanda’s Style Staples:

Pretty, printed pants

Flowy tops, nothing skin tight

Delicate, classic accessories

Well fitted clothes for her small frame

Gladiators, low wedges, sneakers

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Floral Pants & Gladiator Sandals

Cutest Floral Joggers

Amanda’s Favourite Stores:

Dynamite

Macy’s

Banana Republic

Old Navy

Gap

Black Lace Shirt

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Amanda is our natural beauty with no-fuss, effortless and simple style!  I like to refer to her style as “Everyday Envy” (she likes to refer to it as “Mom Style”…LOL!)  She never wears anything that is too loud or gets wrapped up in fleeting trends.  Her style is more classic with clean lines, a touch of fun and delicate details.  She is always perfectly dressed for every occasion.

I have rounded up a bunch of Amanda-style pieces below if you love her look and are wanting some inspiration:

 

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One. Druzy Drop Earrings // Two. Dress with Lace Back // Three. Suspended-Neck Swing Top // Four. Top With Lace Yoke // Five. Dark Blue Floral Shorts // Six. Suede Zip Crossbody Bag // Seven. Alpha Layered Necklace // Eight. Tie-Waist Floral Pants // Nine. Stripe Knot Strap Jumpsuit // Ten. Fit & Flare Cami Dress // Eleven. Botanical Dress with Ties // Twelve. Black Floral Shorts // Thirteen. Native Open Sided Flats // Fourteen. Braided T-Strap Sandals // Fifteen. Multicolour Ribbed Knit Tank // Sixteen. Eyelet Ruffle T-Shirt // Seventeen. Stripe Asymmetrical Peplum Tank // Eighteen. Jersey Top with Lace// Nineteen. Chuck Taylor Low Top

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Best Friends Style Series: Christine!

I started a new series on my blog a couple weeks ago called ‘My Best Friends Style Series’. If you missed reading about my gorgeous bestie Amber you can do so here.

My best friend Christine is literally one of the most hilarious people I have ever met! People naturally gravitate towards her.  It is actually super annoying as I am constantly trying to defend my title as her bff… there is always someone who wants to take my place… LOL! Her sense of style completely matches her personality… classy and FUN!  Her wardrobe is a mix of classic and trendy pieces and she is always dressed completely on point for whatever the occassion.

Christine’s Style Staples:

Great Denim

Lots of stripes

Dresses that can transition from day to-night

Accessories: Fun Sunglasses, Delicate Jewelry

Trendy Tops: off the shoulder, tie sleeves, cold shoulder

off the shoulder striped blouse

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Christine’s Favourite Stores:

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Christine is our boss babe. She works in human resources by day, so her classy and professional style always carries over to her outside of work looks.  She is seriously the life of the party.  So a huge component of her personal style is work wear that can transition from the office to going out for dinner with a group of friends afterwards, with a quick shoe or accessory change.

I have rounded up a bunch of Christine-style pieces below if you love her look and are wanting some inspiration:

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One. Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Romper // Two. Bow Neck Floral Dress // Three. Tie Sleeve Blue Striped Dress // Four. Slide Sandals // Five. Denim Miniskirt // Six. Ruffle Sleeve Striped Top // Seven. Scalloped Block Heel // Eight. Asymmetrical Peplum Tank // Nine. Distressed Jeans // Ten. Moonstone Trillium Studs // Eleven. Stripe Tie Front Jumpsuit // Twelve. Floral Lavender Dress // Thirteen. Round Metal Sunglasses // Fourteen. Hexagonal Sunglasses // Fifteen. Seersucker Tie Waist Top // Sixteen. Shorts with Tie Belt // Seventeen. Two-Tone Cat Eye Sunglasses // Eighteen. Floppy Straw Hat

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

Best Friends Style Series: Amber!

I started this blog because I wanted to be able to share what I love.  One of the things I hold nearest and dearest to my heart is my girlfriends! I am blessed to have a phenomenal group of women in my life.  They each have an amazing and very defined sense of style.  I thought it would be fun to start a new blog series featuring each of my girlfriends and their particular sense of fashion.  Talk about where they each love to shop, trends they like and share looks they are loving for Spring and Summer.  I pride myself on being completely authentic and hopefully very relatable to the every girl (like myself!)  I try to keep the clothing and items I link very reasonably priced… things that are actually affordable.  I figured what is more genuine then sharing my real friends and their everyday style.  I’m starting off this series with my gorgeous best friend Amber.  She is one of the absolute gems in my life.  She is as kind as she is beautiful and without a doubt, absolutely fabulous!

Amber’s Style Staples:

  • Coloured/ textured skinny pants & jeans
  • Fitted pencil skirts
  • Heels. Always
  • Blousy, flowy tanks & tops
  • Colours, patterns but absolutely no floral (trust me, I have tried!)
  • Accessories: Fabulous hats, earrings, rings the works.  This girl is always accessorized!

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Amber’s Favourite Stores:

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Amber is our colour queen. She is not afraid to dress brightly or stand out.  She knows what works for her and rarely strays from her trademark style.  I have rounded up a bunch of Amber-style pieces below if you love her look and need some inspiration!

 

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One. Short Sleeve Blouse // Two. Belted Drapy Trench // Three. Long Blazer // Four. Drop Stone Earrings // Five. Leopard Block Heel Sandal // Six. Striped Fitted Shorts // Seven. Straw Hat // Eight. Pencil Skirt // Flounce Sleeved Blouse // Nine. Ruffle Trim Pencil Dress // Ten. Boatneck Dress // Eleven. Twelve. Gold Openwork Drop Earrings // Thirteen. Blue Skinny Jeans // Fourteen. Open-Shoulder Blouse // Fifteen. Swing Tank // Sixteen. Knot Front Bodycon Ankle Dress // Seventeen. Platform Wedge // Eighteen. Tie Waist Trousers

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Sangria Popsicles!

We threw my son’s first birthday party a couple of weekends ago.  I felt that I needed to make my girlfriends something yummy to drink to thank them for coming to celebrate with us on a beautiful, sunny Summer Saturday so I whipped up a big batch of pink sangria.  Being as it was a huge bowl that we were not able to get through, there was a bit leftover so I decided to turn it into “adult popsicles!”

Sangria Ingredients: 

  • Bottle of Wine
  • 3 cups of Vodka
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 4 cups of water (to cut some of the sweetness)
  • 2 cans of lemon Sanpellegrino- I like it to have a bit of fizz
  • 1 frozen can of juice (I used Strawberry Fruitpoia because that is what I had in my freezer!)

(Please remember this made a GIANT punchbowl full of Sangria!)

Directions:

  • Place all of your berries in a bowl & pour vodka overtop (I like to leave my fruit to soak overnight in the fridge)
  • In a large punch bowl (or pitcher) pour in the wine
  • Add fruit mixture & vodka to your bowl
  • Pour in frozen juice, water & sanpellegrino
  • Stir to mix all the yumminess together & enjoy over ice!

I’ve found that sangria will usually keep for up to 48 hours in the fridge, but in this case I had just enough to pour it into 6 popsicle molds…. They were delicious and super simple to make!  The only tricky part was explaining to my children why they couldn’t eat “Mommy’s popsicles”… lol!

Making Sangria Popsicles

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Popsicle Cheers :))

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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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:

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  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

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Blushing

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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My outfit details:

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

 

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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

Mixing up a Kentucky Mule!

My husband recently returned from a work trip.  When I asked what the best part of his trip was, he told me that it was being introduced to the Kentucky Mule… not exactly the response I was expecting!  I thought he might actually mention something work related… lol!  Neither of us had heard of this drink before.  A Kentucky Mule is a take on the popular and delicious Moscow Mule which I was already well acquainted with ;))  It is a super refreshing drink that consists of ginger beer, lime, mint and vodka.  To switch it from a Moscow to a Kentucky, all you have to do is substitute Bourbon for Vodka.

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Ingredients:

  • Ginger beer
  • Lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Bourbon (it’s a Kentucky Mule after all)
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Directions:

Throw some mint leaves and 1/2 of a lime into a shaker and muddle together

Add ice, along with 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz of bourbon, then give a good shake to mix all those flavours together

Pour into a copper mug

Add 4 to 5 oz of your favourite chilled ginger beer

Garnish with a few mint leaves and a lime wedge

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Hopefully you have a chance to enjoy this delicious & refreshing drink this summer!

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Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Blue Asymmetrical Skirt

One of my favourite recent purchases is this asymmetrical striped skirt.  I love this bright blue for Spring and Summer.  This particular skirt is super versatile in that I can fancy it up with a sleeveless blouse and cute heels when I want to feel a bit dressier, or wear it with a simple tank top and flip flops for a more casual vibe.  The latter is literally my summer uniform this year.  I love to throw on a cute midi skirt, light weight tank and sandals. It lets me feel a little bit dressed up while still being practical enough to play with my kids.

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Blue Striped Midi

I love the layered ruffles on this particular skirt.

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My Outfit Details:

Bow Tie Waist Layered Ruffle Skirt // Sleeveless H&M blouse- sold out- similar here & here  // My shoes are Nine West & no longer available but a couple other styles are available here, here & here  // Sunglasses

I have linked some other similar and fun blue midi skirts of various price points:

 

 

1. Tiered Frill Hem // 2. High Waist Light Blue Flounce //  3. Wayf Quinn Ruffle

4. Jules Menswear Tanya Taylor // 5. Chelsea28 Ruffle // 6. Moon River Ruffle Layered

7. Melinda Midi Waterfall // 8. Stripes Patched A-Line // 9. Opening Ceremony Cody Stripe

10. Stripe and Embroidered // 11. JOA Wrap Style Pencil

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx