FASHION FRIDAY — OOTD: Fall Vibes 🍂

Hello lovelies & happy Friday!

It’s been a while since my last Fashion Friday post so I thought a Fall themed OOTD post was in order. I’ve been absolutely loving these cooler days, & I’ve enjoyed being able to pull out a few of my cosiest clothing items. Aka my cardigans.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite autumn accessories is a cardigan. Especially on those days that start out quite chilly, but end up quite balmy by the afternoon. Tis the season for layers — & I’m a girl all about layers. There is a reason why MK & Ashley inspire my Fall style. Layers are the best.

Forever 21 extra long green cardigan. Dollarama black tank top. Joe Fresh faded black skinny jeans. Thrifted patent leather loafers. Coast & Cove sunflower earrings. 🌻

I feel like this outfit is one of my unofficial September uniforms: denim bottoms, tank or t-shirt, & then a cosy cardigan thrown over top. Between this & a dress with a denim jacket, that’s all I really wear until the weather cools down a bit more. Also these black patent leather loafers which I basically wear with everything.

Also how cute are these sunflower earrings I just bought? I’m obsessed with them. They’re by local Halifax artist Coast & Cove & as soon as I saw them I knew I needed them. Her earrings are gorgeous, & I’ll definitely be picking up a few more very soon! Plus, they don’t hurt my very, very sensitive earrings which basically means they’re magic.

What is your Autumn style uniform? What style items are you adding to your wardrobe this season? I have an upcoming post featuring the items I’m calling my “Fall essentials”.

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 — 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!

FASHION FRIDAY — OOTD: Red For Hemophilia ♥️

Hello lovelies & Happy Friday! Today’s Fashion Friday post is dedicated to something special — April 17th is World Hemophilia Day, a fact brought to my attention by my friend Victoria (aka @hitchingsstitches on Instagram). Last year I did some beautiful red roses, but since it falls on Friday this year, I wanted to dedicated my OOTD.

For those who might not know, hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that personally affects both her beautiful little boys. As a Mom, I can’t image dealing with something so scary, so I’m always happy to show my support. In fact, myself & both kiddos are wearing red to show support today (& if I can I’ll try to get a picture of all three of us!)

Red Puff Sleeve Blouse from H&M (similar one from this season here). Dark Levi’s slimming skinny jean. Not Pictured: Black Flats

I bought this shirt almost two years ago on clearance at H&M, & absolutely fell in love with the dramatic sleeves. But honestly, I think I’ve actually worn it once… maybe. But after my post looking at old outfits of years past, I’ve kind of been inspired to pull out my more stand out pieces from my closet. I mean, that’s when I’m not wearing my usual social isolation rotation of sweats. Haha.

What do you think about this look? Are you wearing red today for World Hemophilia Day? If you haven’t thought about it, & have the chance, I definitely enough you to throw something red on (your favourite red shirt, your favourite red polish) & use the hashtag #redforhemophilia on Instagram if you post about! ♥️