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Monday, April 30

Spring Style: Floral Shoes

1 JIMMY CHOO Pearl Wedge Sandal, 2 TOMS Corbel Wedge, 3 POETIC LICENCE Arm Candy Wedge, 4 MISS ALBRIGHT Microflora Mary-Janes, 5 BASS WildFlower Platforms (from FREE PEOPLE), 6 MISS ALBRIGHT Floriculture Wedges
I'm loving florals this season from head to toe.  I adore floral denim, dresses, handbags, and even shoes!  Everyone from Jimmy Choo to TOMS is coming out with their own version of the floral shoe, and I fancy them all.  What are your thoughts?  Are floral shoes on your Spring/Summer must-have list?
xo, Shannon

Saturday, April 28

Heading to Paradise

As I right this blog post, we are on a plane to Hawaii.  This picture is not Hawaii, this picture was taken before we left at a beautiful beach in Corona Del Mar.  Mother Nature never fails to impress me with her beauty and diversity.  I'm looking forward to discovering new beaches, experiencing new adventures, and meeting new people.  I have my camera in hand, and will be sure to share more pictures of the Hawaiian paradise we are about to discover.
Have a lovely weekend friends!

Wednesday, April 25

{Look Book} Dash of Mustard

Pants: AG | Polka Dot Stevie
Shoes: Boutique 9 | Piraya Sandals
Necklace: Anthropologie | Pieced Prism Necklace

I'm loving the patterned denim trend.  Florals, dots, ikat prints, I love them all!  Why not have some fun with fashion?  I am also obsessed with open knit sweaters, like this one.  Such an easy and effortless way to look stylish and comfortable and just a tad bit sexy.

I'm getting super duper excited for our upcoming trip to Hawaii (we leave Saturday... EEK!).  More than anything, I am looking forward to spending time with my family.  It's going to be such a treat to spend all day and night with my hubby and kids... uninterrupted, quality time.  I love that.  Of course, I am also looking forward to basking in the sun and indulging in lots (and lots) of shaved ice and macadamia nuts.  I promise to take lots of pictures during our adventures and sharing them with you.  I already have my bags packed and some cute outfit posts in mind.  Everyone needs a change in scenery every now and then.

Hope you're having a lovely week!  Please pop over and enter the giveaway for a custom sterling silver monogram necklace.  (I sure wish I could enter this one!).

xo, Shannon 

{Sponsor Spotlight} Dreams & Drifters

I'd like to introduce you to Mandi.  She has a wonderful fashion and lifestyle blog called Dreams and Drifters.

Mandi is an animal lover, avid reader/writer, positive thinker, young mother, and style enthusiast.  She lives in Southern Ontario with her fiance, daughter and a naughty Siamese kitty.  Aesthetically, she is drawn to 60s/70s boho combined with elements of 90s grunge culture, and she thinks those influences are evident in everything she does.  Her blog, Dreams and Drifters, is a fashion lifestyle blog where she shares her appreciation for all things fashion-related, mixed with a bit of music, inspiration, and the occasional DIY.  Please pop over to her blog and say hi.  I know you will love it as much as I do.

You can visit her in these spots:

Hope you're having a beautiful day!  If you are interested in sponsoring Shannon Heart's, I have a few spots available for May.  You can read the details here.

Tuesday, April 24

{Giveaway} Sterling Silver Monogram Necklace *CLOSED*

I am so excited about this week's giveaway!  It comes from KraftShop, an etsy shop that sells beautiful handcrafted jewelry out of their studio in New York City.  KraftShop is offering one lucky winner a custom sterling silver monogram necklace!  Isn't it lovely?  The necklace features a single letter initial and is 1.25".
Required Entry: (Must be a follower of this blog via Google Friend Connect)
+ Visit KraftShop and leave a comment here with your favorite item from their shop

Optional Entries: (Leave an additional comment on this post for EACH additional entry)
1 Add KraftShop to your favorites on Etsy
2 Follow Shannon Heart's on Twitter
3 Follow Shannon Heart's on Facebook
4 Follow Shannon Heart's on Bloglovin
5 Tweet about this giveaway and mention @shannonhearts1 in your tweet

That's up to SIX chances to win! This giveaway is open to US residents only! Giveaway will be open until April 30th at 9pm PST. Winner will be selected via random.org and will be announced on this post.   Best of luck to you.

***The winner is Debbie @OtRD (comment #20)***

Sunday, April 22

{Look Book} Art Affair

Skirt: c/o Snoozer Loser | Wilcox Skirt
Tank: Target
Jacket: Anthropologie (old)
Belt: Fossil | Twist Belt
Shoes: Frye | Carmen Short Booties

Today we went to a local art fair.  I love to go to art fairs.  It's so inspiring to meet creative people and to see their beautiful work.  One man made the most beautiful handblown glass marbles.  He told me that he took him 3 hours to make a marble.  I find glass to be one of the most beautiful mediums for art.  I especially love stained glass windows and blown glass light fixtures.  There were many beautiful things to discover, as there always are at art fairs.  It was the perfect little Sunday adventure.  I hope you all had a beautiful weekend as well.

xo, Shannon 

Friday, April 20

Gift Guide: Mother's Day

1 STELLA & DOT Charm Necklace, 2 ROBERT LE HERO Cosmetic Bag, 3 noJOisaverage Rustic Garden Markers, 4 TEA FORTE Herbal Tea, 5 LACE AFFAIR Drops of Jupiter Scarf, 6 ANTHROPOLOGIE Watercolor Petals Cup & Saucer, 7 PHILOSOPHY Summer Grace Perfume
Mother's Day is quickly approaching and I'm trying to decide what to get my sweet mother this year.  My mom is my best friend, and I look up to her and adore her so very much.  My mom loves many things, and among them is gardening, delicious tea, perfume and pretty things.  What girl doesn't, right?  Have you started shopping for your mothers yet?  I'd love to know what they're getting.
Hope you all have a super lovely weekend!
++If you have a minute, pop over and enter the Natasha Grasso giveaway.    

Wednesday, April 18

{Look Book} Beach Bound

Skirt: Anthropologie | Inkjet Skirt
Outer Tank: Mossimo via Target | Long Tank
Under Tank: Hinge | Jersey Tank 'Paprika'
Shoes: Boutique 9 | Piraya (size down 1/2 size)
Earrings: c/o Acute Designs | Large Filigree Earrings
Necklace: JewelMint | Atlantis Necklace

This outfit was meant to be worn strolling along the beach in Hawaii this week.  Since my vacation plans got rearranged, I just couldn't wait to wear this -- at the beach, or not.  We've been blessed with the most amazing weather this week.  Sunny skies and warm breezes.  I'm taking it all in and enjoying every moment.  In Hawaii or not, I'm happy as a coconut.

Please pop over and enter the giveaway for the most gorgeous handmade necklace.  You won't want to miss out on this one.

Have a lovely day!  xo, Shannon

Monday, April 16

{Giveaway} Natasha Grasso 'Love Knot' Necklace -- Winner's Choice! *CLOSED*

I am thrilled to announce this amazing giveaway from Natasha Grasso.  Natasha is a San Francisco designer that creates unique handmade pieces using only the finest materials: fine silver, 14k gold fill, sterling silver and semi-precious stones.  Her designs are fresh, yet classic.  She's influenced by her travels, fashion and the trendy south beach neighborhood she works out of.  Her designs are organic, unpretentious and easy to wear.

One lucky reader will win one of Natasha's best sellers, the Love Knot Necklace.  I absolutely adore her Love Knot collection and the symbolism behind the knot is equally beautiful.  The knot represents all the twists and turns we take in our life and our relationships with friends, family and loved ones.  The result is complicated, beautiful and unique.  The lucky winner will receive their Love Knot Necklace of choice (excluding the solid 14k gold Love Knot).  I am in love with the Two-Toned Love Knot.

Required Entry: (Must be a follower of this blog via Google Friend Connect to enter)
1 'Like' Natasha Grasso's Facebook Page and leave a comment that I sent you.

Optional Entries: (Leave an additional comment on this post for EACH additional entry)
1 Visit Natasha Grasso's Etsy Shop and leave a comment here with your favorite item.
2 Add Natasha Grasso to your favorites on Etsy
3 Follow Natasha Grasso on Twitter
4 Follow Shannon Heart's on Twitter
5 Tweet about this giveaway and mention @shannonhearts1 and @natashagrasso in your tweet.  Here's an example, "I just entered to win a gorgeous handmade necklace by @natashagrasso on @shannonhearts1 blog!"

That's up to SIX chances to win!  This giveaway is open to US and International residents!  Giveaway will be open until April 23rd at 9pm PST.  Winner will be selected via random.org and will be announced on this post.   YAY!

As one more special treat, Natasha is offering Shannon Heart's readers 15% off your orderUse code: shannonhearts.  Offer is good until April 30th.  Happy shopping!  I know you are going to fall in love with her jewelry, just as I have.

***The winner is Angel (comment #219).  Congratulations!*** 

{Sponsor Spotlight} Acute Designs

I'd like to introduce you to a beautiful and talented sponsor.  Please meet Gina from Acute Designs.

"Hi, I'm Gina from Acute Designs.  About two and a half years ago I was stuck in a day job that I hated and was bored every single day.  So, I started a blog {my food blog, taste}.  Then I started another blog called {Acute Designs}.  Eventually I started a handmade accessories business and opened a shop on Etsy as a fun hobby.

I soon found that I wanted {Acute Designs} blog and shop to be more than a hobby.  I wanted it to be my full-time gig.  So, I planned and saved and a year and a half later later I am still working for myself and enjoying every day of it.

{Acute Designs} the shop is full of handmade accessories - hair, jewelry, and bridal pieces.  I love to incorporate vintage items in my designs to make them extra special."

Isn't Gina's collection so beautiful?  Her bridal collection makes me wish I was getting married again.  :)

You can visit her at these spots: BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK.  Also, on instagram under the name AcuteDesigns.

Gina has a sweet treat for you.  If you sign up for her newsletter you will get 20% off your first purchase.

****On another note, are you interested in winning large ad space on my blog for May?  Pop over to The Weekend File Blog and enter to win.  Best of luck!

Thursday, April 12

{Look Book} Floral Jeans Revisited

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Floral Mandy (also at Anthro)
Top: Anthropologie | Washed Denim Buttondown
Belt: Fossil | Rollerbuckle Belt
Earrings: Anthropologie | Gold Rung Earrings
Shoes: ShoeMint | Bridget
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Percy in 'Blush'

Oh how I adore floral jeans.  These were a a bit of an investment for me, but I'm definitely getting a lot of use out of them.  I wear them all the time.  And surprisingly, they go with so many different tops and accessories. I'm a big fan of the floral trend this season, and these jeans are my favorite purchase of all.  You can see my last look featuring these floral jeans here. I'm really loving them with the chambray buttondown for a very casual, sweet, and effortless look. Have you been sporting floral denim this season as well?

xo, Shannon

Wednesday, April 11

Spring Style: April Showers

1 KATE SPADE Japanese Floral Umbrella, ANTHROPOLOGIE Rain Hat3 ANTHROPOLGIE Rain-Dotted Anorak, 4 FREE PEOPLE Printed Lace Raincoat, 5 MODCLOTH Brolly Time Necklace, 6 HUNTER Rain Boots, 7 ANTHROPOLOGIE Coy Rain Wedges, 8 ANTHROPOLOGIE Flora Rain Hat

Today it's raining and pouring in California.  This weather has been so unpredictable.  Yesterday it was sunny and warm and today it's freezing and wet.  I'm not complaining, I love the rain!  Just because it's wet and rainy doesn't mean you can't look cute.  Colorful accessories can brighten up a dreary day.  I love rainy days because I have an excuse to throw on my Hunter's and stomp in some puddles.  What are you favorite rainy day accessories?

Monday, April 9

{Giveaway} $50 Gift Certificate to Handbag Heaven **CLOSED**

Handbag Heaven is kindly offering one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate to their online shop. Handbag Heaven has a great selection of handbags and clutches, and I love that all of their bags are under $85, and they even have some for a little as $10.  I adore my Melie Bianco Luna Clutch that I got from Handbag Heaven.  I love it so much I would love to get another one in one of the other pretty colors it comes in (the green is gorgeous!).  They are currently having a 15% off site-wide spring sale and free shipping on orders over $50.
Required Entry: (must be a follower of Shannon Heart's via Google Friend Connect)
1 Visit Handbag Heaven and leave a comment here with your most loved item from their shop

Optional Bonus Entries: (leave an additional comment for EACH bonus entry)
1 Follow Shannon Heart's on Bloglovin' or Hello Cotton
2 Like Shannon Heart's on Facebook
3 Follow Shannon Heart's on Twitter
4 Follow Shannon Heart's on Pinterest
4 Tweet about this giveaway and mention @shannonhearts1 in your tweet

Giveaway will be open until April 16th at 9pm PST.  Winner will be selected via random.org and will be announced on this post.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Best of luck to you all.

**Wondering if you won the Stella & Dot giveaway?  Winner is announced HERE.

Sunday, April 8

{Look Book} Sunday Best

Dress: c/o OASAP | Elegant Floral Dress
Belt: Fossil | Double Twist Belt
Shoes: ShoeMint | Bridget Sandals
Earrings: Anthropologie | Gold Rung Earrings

Happy Easter Lovelies!  I hope you are having a beautiful day with your families. This morning we are heading to our volunteer fire department for a pancake breakfast and then back to our house for the big Easter egg hunt. Oh how I love Easter.

I hope your Easter is filled with family, love and joy.

xo, Shannon

Saturday, April 7

Ideas on How To Shop Smart

It's no secret that I really enjoying shopping for clothes and accessories.  But what I enjoy even more is finding something that I love for a great price.  I like to make wise choices with my purchases and invest my money wisely.  Here are some of the tips that I use to be a smart shopper.

I know the sale rack looks intimidating and discouraging at times.  But, it's worth taking the time to sift through sale racks for the chance of finding great bargains. You never know when you will find something you love for a terrific price.  I have great luck at sale racks at department stores, as well as speciality retail shops like Anthropologie, J. Crew and GAP.  I can say without a doubt it is worth the time and effort.
{The Anthropologie jacket & skirt (above) I found on the sale rack}

Thrift shops and online sites, such as e-bay and etsy are a great way to find fabulous deals on second-hand and vintage clothes, shoes and accessories.  I love going to thrift shops because I can try things on before committing to buy and there are so many beautiful treasures to discover.  Etsy is another wonderful option for finding vintage and second-hand clothing and accessories.  I find that the sellers on Etsy are easy to work with and wonderfully helpful.  Another place to find great items is E-bay.  I've found amazing deals on some of my favorite pieces of clothing and accessories on E-bay.  Remember to check the seller's feedback to make sure that the seller has a good reputation.  The one downside to E-bay is that many sellers do not allow returns, so make sure that you ask questions about the condition of the item and measurements of the item if you have any concerns.
{The Nanette Lepore blouse (above) I purchased on E-bay}

Waiting for coupons and sales is a great way to get a deal.  Many department stores offer excellent coupons, great sales and Friends & Family discounts. Stores such as Macys, Bloomingdales and SAKS 5th Avenue have Friends & Family sales at least twice a year. During those sales, you can get 20-25% off your entire purchase and there are very few exclusions on brands that can be purchased. Anthropologie doesn't issue coupons often, but they do offer a birthday coupon once a year if you are on their mailing list.  Nordstrom does not offer coupons and they do not have Friends & Family sales, but they will price match other retailers Friends & Family sales.  It's a good idea to sign up for email alerts from your favorite stores, so you are sure to receive their sale and coupon information. 
{The Free People dress (above) I purchased at Bloomingdales with a coupon during a sale} 

Keep track of the dates you make purchases and save your receipts.  Most stores offer a price adjustment policy and if you have your receipt you can get money back if an item goes on sale within a certain amount of time.  Most major department stores and speciality stores offer a price adjustment if an item goes on sale within 14 days of purchase.  It can make a big difference to your wallet.
{The Anthropologie dress (above) I purchased three days before it got marked down, and I was able to get a price adjustment and saved 50%} 

I love discount stores.  My favorites are TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Nordstrom Rack, and Neiman Marcus Last Call.  These are stores I frequent often just to browse and keep my eyes out for great bargains.  They get new merchandise often, so it's best to visit often to find the best deals. 
{The Rebecca Taylor dress (above) I purchased at Nordstrom Rack, and the Nine West sandals I found on clearance at TJ Maxx}

This is not so much of a shopping tip, but it is a great way to get some amazing things for free.  I enter sweepstakes and contests as often as I can.  I know many people don't bother because they feel like they never win.  But, just stay positive and you might discover how lucky you are.  
{The Stuart Weitzman shoes (above) I won from Bloomingdales and Stuart Weitzman on twitter}

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend and I hope you have a lovely Easter.  xo, Shannon