FASHION FRIDAY — What I’ve Been Wearing Lately (Fall Edition)

Hello lovelies & Happy Friday. It’s been a while since I posted a Fashion Friday post, which is a shame because I feel like Autumn is when my style really shines. I’m a girl about layers, & Fall is when I really come alive!

We’ve been changing rooms around at home, among other craziness, so I haven’t done a dedicated OOTD post, but I thought it could be fun to do a snapshot of what my Fall wardrobe has looked like so far this September. I definitely have plans to do a favourite Fall clothing item post coming up too!

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FASHION FRIDAY — My Style Muses

The other night I was perusing my Pinterest, browsing through my folder titled “Style Inspiration”, starting to mentally plan some Fall looks (& make a list of clothing I want to add to my closet), & realized that a lot of my personal style can be traced back to the same “muses”. To be honest, while my style has evolved, it hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years.

I thought it might be fun to go through, & share with you guys who I considered my person style inspirations & muses.

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FASHION FRIDAY —OOTD: A Vintage Flashback

Hello lovelies & happy Friday. It’s been a while since I posted a OOTD post, so I thought it would be fun to share a new outfit post!

Recently, I’ve been going through my closet rediscovering old clothing all over again. I have the worst habit of wearing the same favourites over & over again, so I’ve been making an effort to grab shirts I haven’t worn in a long time. & today’s look is featuring a very old shirt I’ve had since my university days, & was actually my Mom’s in the 80s!

Shirt: Vintage

Jeans: Ardene High Waisted Flare Cut ( Similar ones from the Gap here)

Shoes: Ardene Strappy Sandals (similar ones here)

Earrings: Claire’s Lace Cut Gold Earrings (Similar ones here)

Not even lying, slipping into this shirt was a serious trip back to my University years (click here to see baby Shannon rocking this shirt circa 2009). This shirt used to be one of my go to shirts during those years, & I feel like I haven’t worn it nearly enough in the last 10ish years. The shirt was actually found deep in my Mom’s old clothing stash, & I think technically it was a PJ shirt. But I think it makes the most boho blouse ever, & it’s so much fun to wear!

& I think pairing it was my favourite flare jeans & gladiator sandals really completes the look. Also I’m glad flare jeans are making a comeback, because man I love them so much. They’re definitely my favourite jean style!

What do you think about this look? What item of clothing from your closet have you not grabbed in a while? Let me know in the comments! I

definitely encourage you to grab that shirt/dress/whatever from the recesses of your closet & give it a spin! It’s fun talking a trip down outfits past for sure!

FASHION FRIDAY — How I Keep My Clothing Organized

Hello lovelies & happy Friday! It’s been a while since my last Fashion Friday post! Today I have a bit of a different post for me — I wanted to give a little insight into how I keep my closet organized.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I own a lot of clothing. & therefore, I’ve always made sure to put effort into keeping things organized! In fact, I started my closet organizing obsession in my teenage years, making sure everything was categorized by type, colour, & even sometimes season! While this doesn’t mean I don’t ever end up with a messy room–I’m a busy girl–it definitely helps keep at least my clean clothing somewhat organized which can make getting dressed in the morning that much easier.

Organize by Colour

One thing I’ve always tried to do is organize my clothes by colour order; pink with pink, red with red, blue with blue. Over the years, I’ve upped that by organizing from shortest sleeve to longest sleeve, which makes things even easier. Not only does it make my clothes look more visibly appealing, but it does save on time. If I’m looking for a particular blue shirt, I know exactly where in my closet I need to look.

Organize by Style

Another thing I’ve always tried to do with my closet, no matter the size, is group all different like-styles together. This means all my dresses are organized with my dresses, shirts with shirts, cardigans with cardigans. Again, it makes it a bit easier when getting dressed because I know exactly where to go to find what I’m looking for.

Rotate by Season

So something I try to do twice a year is rotate my closet. This means, in the Spring I’ll rework my closet & push my cardigans & sweaters towards the back, & bring my kimonos & Spring jackets towards the front. I repeat this process in the Winter, basically flipping it again. Not only does this give me access to the clothes I wear more frequently, but I have the opportunity to go through & purge anything I’m not really wearing (or rediscover clothing maybe I’ve forgotten about!)

Take Advantage of Storage

So finally, one thing that I really find important for my closet is taking advantage of storage. I have a lot of clothing… I’m not joking. & not everything hangs easily in my closet. So I take advantage of all the storage I can. Everything is organized where I can put it, including at the top of my closet, the built in storage in the middle, & in bins under my bed. When I moved into my first apartment years ago, I didn’t have the room I do now, so I started storing clothes in under the bed bins, & it makes life so much easier. Plus, you can just slip your comforter over the side the bed, & no one even knows they’re there! A great idea for small spaces, or someone like me who has a lot of clothing to put away!

& that’s a little insight into my closet! Do you have any tips on how you keep things organized? Let me know down in the comments below!

FASHION FRIDAY — OOTD: a new way to wear “jeans & T-shirt”

Hello lovelies & happy Friday! It feels like AGES since my last fashion Friday post… mostly because it’s been over a month. But that’s okay because we’re back, & we’re ready to get dressed up!

First though — let’s address the orange elephant in the room: my hair.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that quarantine has got me down which means it’s time for fun colour hair! But in order to get my hair light enough to put a funky colour in it, I need to bleach it. Usually I use the L’Oréal Colorista All Over Bleach for prepping my hair, which I love because I can lighten my hair perfectly in one go. However, apparently everyone & their Mom is bleaching their hair in quarantine because I can’t find it anywhere. So I decided to go with another brand, which I’ve never used before, & evidently won’t name drop because it did not have the desired effect (although it also didn’t kill my hair, so that’s a plus!) However, my hair is now orange. So that’s fun!

But enough about my hair; how about an OOTD?

Today’s look is an updated version of jeans & t-shirt, this time with a t-shirt dress & jean jacket. In the Spring & Summer, a dress & denim jacket combo is my favourite go to outfit, especially for work.

Forever 21 T-shirt skater dress. Ardene Jean Jacket (similar one here).

I bought this burgundy skater dress on Clearance at Forever21 just before I got pregnant with baby #2, so I didn’t get nearly enough wear of it, so I’m glad to be able to wear it again. I love how it feels like you’re wearing a t-shirt, but has the cuteness factor of a dress! Plus the side cutouts feel really fun. You’ll probably never find me wearing a crop top, but I feel like this little bit of skin showing is just the right level of fun I need in my outfits! Plus, as someone who doesn’t have much of a defined waist, I like that it definitely gives me at least someone of the illusion of having a waist! As well, if I want to wear this dress somewhere where the cut outs might not be appropriate — like work for example — I just throw a tank top on underneath & it still gives the same effect without the skin.

I also love the little flounce of the skirt. It’s actually a fairly good length too; I’m 5’8″ so sometimes I struggle with shorter dresses because they’re too short on my long legs. This dress hits so it’s not too too short on me, & I can get away with wearing it in everyday life. Of course, I always wear shorts under my dresses just in case, but when you’re chasing after a three year old & a 11 month old, that kind of becomes a necessity.

Oh man, I seriously love this look so much. I love that it’s comfy, sporty, & versatile enough you can dress it up with flats or down with sneakers. I also love that it’s now getting warm enough that you can go outside with bare legs again, because as you can see — my legs have definitely missed the sunshine! Now that the sun is shining, I can’t wait to pull out all the dresses from my closet again. I wouldn’t expect to see pants again until Fall!

What do you think about this jeans & t-shirt update? Have you started dressing for Summer yet? Let me know what outfits you love to wear in the warmer months, & what kinds of things you’d like to see me feature coming up!