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Friday, December 30

Friday Eye Candy

It's not always about fashion.  Sometimes I just see something beautiful and have to share it with you.  Here's a little Friday eye candy.  Marty took these pictures in Laguna Beach last night.


2011 was beautiful, wasn't it?  Good-bye 2011, hello 2012.  Hope you all have lovely plans for New Years weekend.

Cheers!  Shannon

Thursday, December 29

New Year's Eve Sparkle

Don't we all love a little sparkle?  And what better occassion to sparkle than on New Year's Eve.  I put together some of my favorite sparkly dresses and accessories for the holiday.

1 * KATE SPADE Sparkler Missy Bag 2 * MODCLOTH Classic Stunner Dress
3 * LACE AFFAIR Shampagne Toast Dress 4 * MODCLOTH All Dressed Up Heels
5 * ALEXIS BITTAR Smoky Dust Teardrop Earrings 6 *ALEXIS BITTAR Lucite Bangles
7 * KATE SPADE Sid Slingback 8 * ANTHROPOLOGIE Polished Platinum Dress

Hope you are all looking forward to the new year.  I'm always sad to say good-bye to another year, but looking forward to a fresh beginning.  Are you making any good New Year's resolutions this year?  My resolutions are to make my bed everyday, to drink more water and to be more organized. 
 
**Don't forget to enter the Courtney Kaye giveaway!  Winning those gorgeous earrings would sure be a great way to start the New Year!

xo, Shannon

Wednesday, December 28

{2011} Year in Review

What a lovely year it has been!  2011 was filled with some tears, but also an amazing amount of joy and happiness.  We welcomed a new kitten to our home, my kids started school, Marty & I celebrated our 10 year anniversary, and we took an amazing trip to Chicago.  So many laughs, hugs, and amazing memories I will cherish forever.  I'm welcoming 2012 with an open mind and heart.

Here are some of my favorite looks of 2011.




I hope you've all had a beautiful 2011.  Do you have any big plans for New Years? 

xo, Shannon

Monday, December 26

{Look Book} Countryside

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Cape: BB Dakota from Modcloth | Could've Woodland Cape
Shirt: Free People | Crochet Cuff Henley
Jeans: Paige | Skyline Skinny's
Shoes: Lucky Penny from Anthropologie | Argyle Lace Booties
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar)

I hope you all had a lovely holiday.  Things are winding down around here.  We had family over for Christmas day and it was such a perfect day.  The magic of Christmas is so alive when you have little one's in the house.  I think all their Christmas wishes came true, and I certainly felt the spirit of the season.  I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so much love, so many smiles and such happiness.

xo, Shannon

psst...don't forget to enter the giveaway for a gorgeous pair of Courtney Kaye Flora Filigree Earrings.

{Giveaway} Courtney Kaye Earrings! CLOSED

I am so excited to announce this giveaway!  It is sponsored by one of my favorite jewelry designers, Courtney KayeOne lucky Shannon ♥'s reader will win a pair of gorgeous Flora Filigree Earrings.

To give you a little background on Courtney Kaye, she began her fashion career when she was 19 and headed to New York to be a model.  She fell in love with fashion, and out of love for modeling, and decided to embrace her talent for designing jewelry.  The current Courtney Kaye line consists of three amazing collections -  Variance, Interlace and Chromatic.  Her jewelry is bold and feminine, and she is inspired by European architecture and nature.

The Flora Filigree Earrings are one of my favorite pieces of her jewelry.  Here are a few more of my favorites...
...aren't they stunning?

Enter to win a pair of Flora Filigree Earrings (retail value $55.00):
(ALL three are required for entry)
1 Follow Shannon ♥'s via Google friend connect
2 Like Courtney Kaye on Facebook
3 Visit Courtney Kaye's website and leave me a comment with your most loved item

Bonus entries:
4 Follow Courtney Kaye on Twitter
5 Follow Courtney Kaye's Blog (via Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin')
6 Tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (include a link)
(leave an additional comment for each bonus entry)
Giveaway will be open until Jan 1st at 9:00pm PST.  Winner will be announced Jan 2nd.  Good luck!  This giveaway is open to US and International readers.  YAY!
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. 
xo, Shannon

Lace Affair Giveaway Winner!

Saturday, December 24

Merry Christmas Everyone

December moments...
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
-Robert Brault

Hope you all have a lovely holiday.

With love, Shannon

Thursday, December 22

Dear Santa...


1* MARC JACOBS Crossbody Thompson Top Handle Satchel 2* ALEXIS BITTAR Elements Pave Bow Necklace 3* SATURDAY/SUNDAY Madero Hoodie 4* FREE PEOPLE Kimono Striped Sweater
5* MARC BY MARC JACOBS Dottie Snake Lil' Ukita Satchel 6* BEDHEAD Jammies 7* MALOLES Tassel-Tied Heels

Better late than never, Santa.  With just a few days until Christmas (I can hardly believe it!), I'm writing you my Christmas Wish List.

xo, Shannon

Tuesday, December 20

{Look Book} Evening Shimmer

Sometimes I'm in the mood for all-out sparkle and glitz.  But, more often, just a touch of shimmer is enough. That's what I love most about this dress.  The subtle shimmer.   It seemed like the perfect dress to wear to a casual holiday party.
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Dress: Knitted & Knotted from Anthropologie Glinting Persica Sweater Dress
Belt: Anthropologie Beaded Wink Belt
Tights: Anthropologie Textured Dot Tights
Shoes: Seychelles (similar)
Earrings: Alexis Bittar Miss Havisham in Rose Gold

Last night Marty & I went to the funnest White Elephant gift exchange party at our neighbor's house.  I adore their house.  It's a little cottage tucked deep in a canyon and it's decorated with German trinkets and souvenirs.  I feel like I'm in a far away land when I visit their home.  And, their annual gift exchange party is always filled with so many laughs that my stomach hurts by the end of the night.  Last night was no exception.  I love seeing the creative and super silly gifts that people bring.

With the weekend behind me, now I need to focus on getting ready for Christmas.  I have all of my shopping done (I hope!), now I just have to wrap, and wrap and then wrap some more.  Are you all ready for Christmas?  Are you one of the smart one's who shops in November and can sit back and relax, or do you wait until the last minute and rush around the stores on Christmas Eve?

psst... don't forget to enter to win a $50 gift card to Lace Affair!

Monday, December 19

Etsy Artisan Spotlight: Ixela

As I've said before, I adore handmade items and I am a big supporter of Etsy.  Recently, I discovered a darling shop called Ixela and wanted to share some of their beautiful pieces with you.  The artist behind Ixela is Alessandra and she is from Italy.  Alessandra makes the prettiest crocheted accessories and whimisical jewery pieces.  I adore her crochet flower rings, her playful woodland rings, and her knitted scarf necklaces.  And she is such a beautiful person & a joy to work with.

I love to introduce wonderful Etsy sellers as I discover them.  Who are some of your favorites?

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Looking forward to a beautiful week filled with all the joys of Christmas time.

xo, Shannon

(p.s. this is not a sponsored post)

{Giveaway} Lace Affair CLOSED

You girls are going to love this giveaway!  Lace Affair is offering one lucky Shannon 's reader a $50 gift card to their fabulous shop! 

Lace Affair offers beautiful vintage inspired clothing.  I especially adore the girly party dresses, the gorgeous handbags and all the lovely jewelry they offer.

Enter to win:
1. Follow Shannon ♥'s on Google Friend Connect
2. Visit Lace Affair and leave me a comment with your favorite item from the shop

Bonus entries:
3. 'Like' Lace Affair on Facebook
4. 'Follow' Lace Affair on Twitter
5. Blog, tweet or facebook post about this giveaway (include a link)
(leave an additional comment for each bonus entry)

Winner will be announced on Dec. 26th.  Open to US and International readers!  YAY!

MustHaveShoes Giveaway Winner!


Thursday, December 15

{Look Book} Duck, Duck, Goose!

It is not an understatement to say that I nearly got attacked by a hundred geese and ducks while taking these pictures.  There I am putting my life on the line in the name of fashion.  They may have been after my fantastic Rebecca Minkoff MAC that was my favorite Black Friday score!  Oh how I love this bag.  The color is striking and unique, yet somehow it still goes with everything.  And I adore all the unique details like the tassels, the gold hardware, and the leopard print lining.  I smile everytime I look at this beauty!
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free people ethnic rose dress
free people ethnic rose dress
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free people ethnic rose dress
Dress: Free People | Native Rose
Cardigan: 'Short & Stitchy' by Guinevere from Anthropologie
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff | MAC Clutch in Raspberry
Boots: Frye | Fiona Tall

xo, Shannon

Wednesday, December 14

Little Moment

There's so much magic in a little glass ball to the eyes of a child.  Children make all the holiday magic come to life.  I'm enjoying every moment of the season with my little sweeties.  I'm sure you are as well.  Happy holidays!  :)

xo, Shannon

Tuesday, December 13

Gift Guide: For the Boys

1 * WOOD I-PHONE CASE The Wood Camera iPhone Case uses the natural sheen of wood to fancify your phone and an old-school camera engraving to up your photo-taking cred. ($42; www.photojojo.com) 2 * MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WALLET This black leather wallet features segments from MLB authenticated game-used balls ($68; www.sundancecatalog.com) 3 * CONVERSE JACK PURCELL SNEAKERS Old-school wool gives these laceless sneakers a pretty vibe ($80; www.nordstrom.com) 4 * CANON CAMERA LENS MUG Stainless steel lined mugs look just like your favorite camera lens ($24-$30; www.photojojo.com) 5 * CYCLEPEDIA A homage to the beauty of the bike, Cyclepedia showcases the innovations and legacies of bicycle design over the past century ($35; www.amazon.com) 6 * NOMAD SLIPPERS Italian wool/blend tweed with water-resistant suede ($70; www.sundancecatalog.com) 7 * VINTAGE EDITION SCRABBLE This special edition re-imagines the classic game as it may have been in the early days ($199; www.restorationhardware.com8 * MONOGRAMMED STEAK BRAND Backyard chefs who take pride in their grilling can sear their own initials into steaks and chops using this iron brand ($40; www.williamssonoma.com)

I've put together some of the coolest finds I've discovered this year for the men in my life.  For me, men are the hardest to shop for.  Do you agree?  I hope this list helps you all with your search for the perfect gift for the men in your lives.

Happy shopping!

xo, Shannon

psst... don't forget to enter the MustHaveShoes giveaway.

Monday, December 12

{Look Book} Jewel Tones

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I did!  I was super productive and it felt so good.  I cooked, I cleaned, I organized, I shopped.  I feel like I am almost ready for Christmas now.  I love all the excitement in the air this time of year.  

I did take a break from all the buzz and spent a beautiful afternoon at the park.  The weather was so lovely, I had to get outside and enjoy it.

I was so inspired by the colors of this dress and jewelry.  The deep red, cobalt blue and peacock green remind me of the most beautiful jewel tones.  I see rubies, sapphires, and emeralds when I look at these colors (if you haven't noticed yet, I'm more than a little bit jewelry obsessed)
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Bracelet: c/o JewelMint | Bow Tie Bracelet
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Petal to the Metal Natasha
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Bolo (similar)

What is your favorite jewel?  My birthstone is a ruby so I'm partial to rubies, but I really adore sapphires too!

Don't forget to enter the MustHaveShoes giveaway!

xo, Shannon