Monday, February 27, 2012

Can't Stop Thinking About Gypsy

I love everything about Gypsy.
I love the line. I love the photos. I love the colors.

If I thought it was somehow appropriate, this is pretty much how all my outfit posts would look. True story.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Loving Rustic

Hello loves! I'm at my parents' house this weekend going through the last of our moving boxes. Oh my word I have too much stuff. One yard sale coming up! In the meantime, I'm dreaming of lovely rustic things...

Image sources: 1 2 3

I hope you're having a lovely weekend!


Friday, February 24, 2012

My Week Via Instagram

It's been a busy week! My play opened in Hollywood, Matt and I are still moving in, I posted a fun DIY on Ruche, and of course it was Mardi Gras. I love having Instagram to keep memories!

I'm thinking about ordering prints or making a book. What do you do with your Instagram shots?

I'm curious, do you guys use either Webstagram or Followgram? What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sponsor Little Luck Tree?

Hello! Is it too early to start thinking about spring? March is just around the corner! I'm so excited to share spring DIYs and party ideas!
Check out my sponsor page for details. I'd love to work with you!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What I Wore: Purple!

Recently, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess said to smile during outfit posts, and it got me thinking. I looked back and realized that I had fallen in the trap of not really smiling during outfit posts.

I know why. It's because I think my smile is a little uneven and a lot goofy. But you know what? I had so much fun smiling during this shoot--and I loved the (sometimes a little goofy!) results! So thank you for the tip, Miss Elsie!
Outfit details: Dress: H&M; Coat: Vintage Gallery; Cropped Cardi: White House Black Market; Pumps: Mossimo; Brooch: Thrifted; Clutch: Unknown; Rings: Express (flower) & Forever21 (Elephant & Turquoise)

By the way, I'm totally in love with this dress from H&M. The flowers, the sweetheart neckline, the pockets... This is one of my favorite finds ever.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Vintage Blue Dino

OMG. How cute is this vintage dinosaur charm??

I want to put him on a little necklace with pearls!!


Digital Washi Tape DIY

Today I shared a fun photoshop tutorial for adding digital washi tape to your images.
Check out the full tutorial on Ruche!

PS: Check out the outfit details from this shoot here!

♥ Shannon

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Can't Stop Thinking About...

ModCloth! This Soda Fountain Dress is perfection, and I'm completely loving this Travel Mug!!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Mardi Gras

It's Carnival Season, baby! Matt is from Louisiana, so I jumped on the chance to celebrate another fun holiday. This week they're having parades in New Orleans, so it's time to get out your beads and party!

Here are a few past projects to help you get started:

1. DIY Mardi Gras Wreath
2. Free Subway Art Download
3. Mini King Cake 

What will you be doing to celebrate? Anyone down in New Orleans this year (I'm jealous!!).


Thursday, February 16, 2012

ModCloth Style Whiz Quiz

Have you tried the ModCloth Style Whiz Quiz? Because it is dead on.

Did you try it? How'd it work out for you?

♥ Shannon

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What I Wore: Valentine's Day Errands/Fistfight

I picked out a sweet little outfit for running Valentine's Day errands.

What you don't know is that I got into a not-so-sweet confrontation at Trader Joe's with a crazy lady. Matthew may or may not have had to hold me back.

Anyway, the outfit.
Outfit details: Flowered Shirt: Fun & Flirt; Undershirt, Bracelets: Forever 21; Heart Pin: Ban.Do; Jeans: Old Navy Flirt; Flats: American Eagle; Glasses: Thrifted

I've decided something. I shall now refer to Valentine's Day 2012 as The Day I Fought Snookie.

♥ Shannon

Valentine's Day: Not just for lovers!

There are a lot of people out there who hate on Valentine's Day, calling it a hallmark holiday, or feeling overwhelmed by their lack-of-significant-other. Well it just shouldn't be so! Allow me to illustrate why, via Instagram:

True, I was able to sneak in some cuddle time with my lover, but it was during a nap because he had class all day. Was I going to let that get me down? Never!

My sisters and I had a date. Bonnie had us over for dinner and a movie (she had never seen Love Actually, can you believe it?), Forest brought cherry Moscato and amazing vegan Red Velvet cupcakes & cake pops (eeep!). My mom sent us each a matching love shirt, as well as puppy love in the form of Doodles Weaver, Bonnie's little chihuahua-werewolf mix.

I think the most touching part of the day was when my dad surprised me with a Valentine card made out to his daughter and son-in-law.

Think of Valentine's Day as an excuse to have frilly fun just for the sake of it! Dote on friends, family, pets, and yes, if you have them, lovers. Who cares if it's a "Hallmark Holiday"--it's a chance to celebrate!

Now, if you missed your chance, fear not, for today is the Feast of Lupercalia! Now go offer your libations to the gods and have fun!

♥ Shannon

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I am addicted!

I seriously cannot stop eating this salad. Oh my word, the flavors are divine.
To make the salad, throw together a bowl of kale, chopped heart of palm, cherry tomatoes, chopped brussel sprouts, and nutritional yeast.

For the magical dressing, mix together some olive oil, minced garlic, dijon mustard, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.

It's sooo freaking good. The flavors are silly. Even Matt eats it (victory!!).

♥ Shannon

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

10 Dates Under 10 Dollars

Valentine's Day is coming up, but your date doesn't have to break the bank. Here are 10 great dates for under 10 bucks. Enjoy! 

1. If you want to go out, do it during happy hour. You can get drinks, enjoy the bar scene, and enjoy each other. Do some research to find the best happy hour and have fun! Spend the rest of the night walking around your town, or cozying up together back at home.
2. Coffee shop dates are trendy for a reason--they are so fun! There is nothing like a warm drink on a cool night, and February is a perfect time. Plus you can look into great deals to add in cute pastries or even free drinks.
3. Don't underestimate how sexy it is to stay in, drink some wine, and cook with each other. Seeing the ingredients in your food is an amazing way to connect with what you eat, and preparing the meal with your date gives you time to bond. Nourish yourselves, and your relationship.
4. Pack a picnic! If it's cold, pack a thermos of hot chocolate with oversized cookies. You can even stay indoors by a fire, just lay a blanket out on the floor and have fun eating somewhere new. It makes for an easy transition to laying together, cuddling, star-gazing, or whatever else might strike your fancy.
5. Go to a used bookstore. There is something terribly romantic about tomes of books and making great discoveries. See what you can find for under $10. Bonus points for vintage Shakespeare sonnets, fairy tales, or love poems.
6. Indoors or outdoors, go ice skating! The two of you will get flushed cheeks, exhilaration, and peals of laughter. There is nothing like endorphins to boost a date! Finish up with hot chocolate at home.
7. Create art together. One of the first things Matt and I did with each other was to pick a theme that we each had to paint. Choose a quick-drying medium like watercolor or acrylic, set up your canvas or pages so you can't see each others' work (but so you CAN see each other), and set a time limit. You'll have fun seeing how you each interpret the theme, and then you have art AND a great memory!
8. Go to your local library, find a great (or terrible) film, and stay in to watch it! Make popcorn ala Elsie, get oversized candy, and your favorite sparkling drink. Be a teen again and make-out during the film. There's nothing like a great love story to get you feeling lovey-dovey!
9. Go dancing! It can be a night club, or to mix things up, find a local country bar or lindy groove. Swing dance and two-stepping are oh so very romantic--and a blast.
10. Stay in, light some candles, pour some champagne, and take turns pampering each other. Massages--whether full body or just feet and hands--are so divine and lend themselves to intimacy.

The bottom line is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great date. All that matters is being with someone you are into. Have fun!

♥ Shannon

Original Image Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Monday, February 6, 2012

What I Wore: Ruche

For Christmas, Matt bought me my first dress from Ruche! I'm so excited to wear this adorable dress! I think the polka dots are a perfect touch!
Outfit Details: Somerton Valley Belted Dress from Ruche; Jacket: Victoria's Secret; Bag: Target; Jewelry: Forever2; Pumps: Mossimo

Oh Ruche, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

♥ Shannon

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's DIY Round-Up

I adore Valentine's Day. During high school, my girlfriends and I would celebrate Girls' Night Out every year, no matter if we had boyfriends or not. I remember my mom giving pretty gifts to my sisters and me. And of course, celebrating with a special someone is fun too.

Here are a few fun crafts I've seen, just to set the mood!
These matchbook valentines made from Instagram photos! Adorable.
Framed wallpaper is such a sweet way to set a romantic mood in the home.
Decorate your own teacups for a romantic coffee date.
I love rotating pillow cases, and this one is so fun for the season! Plus the modern back makes it great in any season!

♥ Shannon
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