Friday, July 31, 2015

the happiest place on earth.

It was hard to come home. From Disney World, that is. When they call it "the happiest place on earth," they really are not exaggerating. Disney is literally my favourite place in the entire world. I grew up in a Disney household....which is why I was pretty adamant that my hubby and I had to go to Disney World on our honeymoon. Thankfully we did! And it was absolutely wonderful. Hotter than anything but still a ton of fun. We went to all of the different parks, enjoyed tons of rides, ate a lot, and tried to see as much as humanly possible. It was everything I hoped our honeymoon would be.

There were plenty of standout moments. Like riding Rock n' Rollercoaster together (my husband is not a ride person so this was super exciting and unexpected), meeting Mickey Mouse, eating at the Be Our Guest restaurant, and buying moonshine from Epcot. Wherever we went, we did our best to have a good time. It was a much needed break from reality. Even though we spent a lot and ate a ton, it was all worth it. The experience is one I will remember for the rest of my life.

Now that I am back home, I am still trying to get caught up on everything. My writing, my blogging, my YouTube channel, and of course, unpacking. Life has definitely been non-stop lately. Which is why I wanted to take this time to look back at our getaway. These are a few of my favourite pictures from the trip....


I love Disney a lot. I also love being married to my amazing husband. Which is why our honeymoon was so much fun. I hope we will be able to go back there some day. Fingers crossed! Until then....at least we have the memories!

Have you ever been to Disney World?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

accessories are the punctuation.

I admit. Accessories are something I cannot go without. There is something about the right pieces that can turn any outfit around. Suddenly you feel glamorous, put together, and ready to conquer. Or at least that is how accessories make me feel when I am getting ready to go out. Lately, I have been going a little crazy. Why? The large majority of my accessories are still at my parents house. Even though almost everything has been moved over to our new apartment....the accessories? Still in the front hallway of their house. The truth is that I miss them.

I miss having choices and options. I miss browsing through my collection and deciding what I feel like that day. All I can say is thank goodness for the accessories I do have at the apartment. Not long before the wedding, my friend and I went out for a girly day. Which of course included a little bit of shopping. We ended up going to Ardene's and picking up a couple of surprise bags. Just for fun. Inside there were mountains of awesome accessories. Thankfully I was smart enough to leave them at the apartment rather than take them back home with me. So lately I have been adding these onto my every day looks.....along with a few others I picked up from TopShop not long ago.

Since I am all about accessories, I thought I would show you my (fairly recent) haul from Ardene's and TopShop. Take a peek!


The first group of accessories above comes from Ardene's. The surprise bag was full of goodies. Much to the delight of me and my friend. Inside my grab bags were some hair clips, bows, a few bracelets, tons of gorgeous hoops earrings (which I have been loving lately), tons of studs, and even some tights and socks. It was definitely a good haul....especially for ten bucks! You can't beat that price. These accessories have been coming in handy lately, for sure.


Now for a look at my recent TopShop accessories. One thing I love about TopShop? They have tons of great statement pieces. They tend to be a little bit different....and perfectly over the top. As you can probably see from the picture above. The last time I went shopping with my mom, I picked up a few bolder accessories to mix things up. I chose a pair of amazing (and heavy!) dangling earrings, an R ring (for my husbands initial), and some neon hoop earrings. They have definitely been fun to have around for the summer months.

A few accessories can make a world of difference. A simple outfit can be transformed into fun and flirty. And a girly outfit can look edgy and cool. That is the power of those finishing touches. Which is why I have been making the most of the accessories I have on hand.

What are your favourite accessories for summer?

xo Shannon

Monday, July 27, 2015

getting inspired by landybrial


Wedding season is in full swing. Not only did my own wedding take place less than a month ago...but everyone I know seems to be tying the knot! Or at least preparing to. Every other day, I log onto Facebook and see a status update (engaged! wedding day countdown!) or a major life event (the big day!) taking place. What goes hand in hand with wedding season? Gorgeous dresses, of course! You know what I am talking about. Beautiful wedding dresses with elaborate details, evening dresses in rich and luxurious colours, and even inexpensive homecoming dresses. The right dress can compliment any personality - and make any day memorable.

Lately I have been looking for inspiration. While my wedding day has come and gone....I am still on the hunt for the right dress for upcoming events. Like I said, wedding season is here. That means plenty of major events over the next few months. Bridal showers, bachelorettes, and wedding day celebrations. Since I am on a budget that means looking for homecoming dresses under 100. Budget shopping used to mean clothes that were less than A-list worthy. Not anymore. These days, it is possible to get gorgeous gowns without emptying your wallet.

That is one of the things I love about websites like Landybridal. They offer quality pieces for a great price. There you can find everything from wedding dresses to special occasion dresses and even homecoming dresses. Talk about a wide array of beautiful gowns. I confess: I am still searching for the dress. The one that will wow at one of those upcoming events. The one that makes me think, I need that in my life! Well, I think I have it narrowed down to a few serious contenders. With that being said, I thought that I would show you my absolute favourites.

Looking for a dress that makes a statement? Then head on over to Landybridal. With a fabulous assortment of pieces, you will always look your best.

What do you think of these dresses? Are you attending a wedding this summer?

xo Shannon

Friday, July 24, 2015

i am a blushing wild enchantress.


Think drugstore brands can't compete with high-end? Think again. Maybelline has been stepping up their game in a big way. Over the last year or so, they have released a number of eyeshadow palettes. Some were fantastic and others were simply okay. But they are definitely trying new things. Their latest palette is Maybelline The Blushed Nudes. Let me say, I was a little skeptical at first. This is largely because their last palette let me down. (The Brights. Expect a full review on that in the weeks to come!) Despite this, the lure of those romantic shades was too much. Before I knew it, I had snapped up the last palette in my drugstore.

Boy, was I in for a happy surprise. This is by far Maybelline's best palette yet. Where to begin? How about the colour selection. As you can see from the picture above, there is a nice range of colours. Some deeper shades for the crease, lots of mid-tones, and even a few light shades for the inner corner. That means I don't have to use another palette to complete an eye look. Which is always a bonus! There are a few shades in here that I absolutely adore. Specifically the first shade on the bottom row and the last three shades on the bottom row. Not only are they nicely pigmented but they have a beautiful shimmery finish.

The quality is pretty good for a drugstore palette. Some of the shades are really nicely textured. Very soft and buttery. A few others are drier and have less colour payoff. This is the only downside. Not all of the eyeshadows are the same in terms of quality. Typically the lighter ones are less pigmented and a little chalkier. However, there are enough wow! shades to make this palette worth it.

Now for the packaging. It is the same as the others that Maybelline has released. Only the colour is different. Instead of that black plastic packaging, this is a rosey plastic instead. There is a small mirror on the inside, a sponge tip applicator, and of course the shadows themselves. While the packaging is nothing to write home about, it does not feel flimsy or cheap like some other brands out there. That is always a good thing!

I have found myself reaching for this palette a lot over the last month or so. There are so many different looks you can create with it. I personally really love combining that gold and burgundy shade together for a more intense look....or the taupe and brown for softer more romantic makeup. Here is a peek at one of the looks I created using this set...


Yes, I was very happy with Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eyeshadow palette. There are a lot of really beautiful shades to choose from. And for such an affordable price this is definitely something you will feel good about adding to your makeup collection!

Have you tried this palette? What did you think of it?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

you are my every season, every hope, and every dream.


Some moments you remember forever. My wedding day is one that will always stay with me. There were some crazy, frustrating, and stressful moments leading up to it...and the day of....but when I look back on the wedding, all I can think about is the fact that I got to marry the man of my dreams. Everything else has faded away. I know so many of you have been asking for pictures. My apologies that it has taken me so long to share some of them with you. I am still waiting on them from my (seriously amazing) photographer. You can check her out on Facebook at Dani Lynn Photography. But I thought that I would share the ones I do have with you now. Also, I thought I would tell you a little bit about my experience. So...here goes!

It started fairly early on the morning of July 4th. I was feeling pretty emotional simply because that was my last night living at my parents house. I know a lot of people can't wait to move out and start their own lives. For me? I have such a close relationship with my family. Even now I am struggling with being away from them. As wonderful as it is to live with my husband and set up our home....I find myself missing my parents and my brother a lot. People keep telling me this will get easier. I sure hope so! After waking up, it was straight to the hair salon. My bridesmaids, my mom, and I were there for hours upon hours getting our hair and makeup done.

Then it was back to my house to get ready. This process seemed chaotic and stressful to say the least. Too many people running around! Eventually everyone was ready and my bridesmaids left for the ceremony. My parents and I were not far behind. They shoved me into the car (my dress was very poofy!) and we were on the way. Was I nervous? Yes! Not about getting married. More that so many people would be looking at me. I am not the center of attention type of person. In my regular life, I am pretty shy and tend to stay in the background as much as possible. Not that day!


We arrived at the chapel and I was ready to walk down the aisle with my parents. Until my mom started bawling. I was doing a really good job of holding it all together...until that. Knowing that she was upset about "losing" me broke my heart. And there was nothing I could do about it. Next thing I knew, we were walking down the aisle. My brother was playing "You and Me" by Lifehouse on the piano. That meant the world to me. It made that moment even more special.

As I walked, I could see people everywhere but the only person I looked at was Richard, my now husband. It all felt surreal. Like I wasn't even in my own body. But at the same time it was perfect. Everything I ever dreamed about when I was a kid and so much more. The ceremony was short. I think maybe ten or fifteen minutes. That was because we wanted to keep it simple and sweet. Get it done! Before I knew it, we were walking out of the chapel.

Then there was a receiving line of sorts and we took pictures outside with all of the family. Next was cocktail hour (where we largely stayed in a room for the bridal party) and then our entrance into the reception hall. There was a bit of a mix up with our entrance song - because our DJ was the absolute worst ever. Do not hire The Music Man! - but eventually we sat down at the head table. There were a few snags in terms of the venue (our co-ordinator was no where to be found and people with gluten allergies were served regular meals....) but I suppose those things happen. Needless to say, my mom was not thrilled with those aspects of the wedding.


Overall though, things went really well. We spent the rest of the night eating, drinking, and dancing. Everybody seemed to have a good time...which was a relief! I wasn't sure how the night would go. I had a really fun time dancing with my friends and seeing some old faces.

Honestly? It seems strange now that it is all over. So much time and energy went into dress fittings, decorations, and planning. Now it is back to real life. The next several weeks and months will be spent juggling work, upacking boxes, finishing up our apartment, and getting used to a new routine. Everything is different....but life is good.

xo Shannon

Monday, July 20, 2015

semi formal dresses from cocomelody


There is something about a great dress. It can make you feel beautiful, special, and ready to take on the world. Especially when you have a big event coming up. Like a wedding, gala, dinner party, or dance. Those special occasions require an equally special dress. It is all part of the experience! You know, doing your hair, having fun with makeup, finding the perfect accessories, and of course, finishing it off with an eye-catching dress. 

I personally am on the lookout for a gorgeous dress of my very own. Why? A friend of mine is getting married this fall. That means I need to start the search! Which is why I have been looking at semi formal dresses online. As of right now, I am not totally sure what colour or length I want. That is why I have been browsing through the selection of dresses over at cocomelody. They have so many amazing styles to choose from! Short, long, glittery, simple, and everything in between. I could not get over the wide variety of gowns. 

Now that I have moved out and tied the knot, money is something I have to think about. Even when it comes to finding the perfect dress. (A budget on clothes? That one hurts.) Thankfully, cocomelody has a ton of cheap semi formal dresses to choose from. Not only are they affordable but they are gorgeous as well. So, I thought that I would show you a few of my favourites. Be sure to let me know which one you like best. I might end up wearing to my friends wedding this fall!


Dressing up can be a lot of fun. In fact, sometimes I think the process of getting ready is more fun than the night itself! Particularly when there is a gorgeous dress involved. These are a few of my current favourites. Let me know what yours are! Be sure to check out www.cocomelody.com to see their selection for yourself. 

Which dress is your favourite? Do you have any special events coming up?

xo Shannon

Saturday, July 18, 2015

keep calm it's girls night out.


Some nights are special. Like girly nights spent with people you love. Which is exactly why a recent night out with my mom felt super special. We went to an event hosed by Elle Canada. It was called Girls Night Out. And for good reason! They had mini manicure stations, a Smashbox counter, a wine bar, and a candy bar. Talk about a fun night out. The best part? They had a Q and A session with Lindsey Kelk. She is a British author that my mom and I really love - and the reason we attended the event in the first place.

When we got to the event, there were people buzzing around everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. Instead of hitting the stands and booths the first thing we did was grab a seat. We wanted a good spot for the author Q and A. Despite getting there at a decent time, we were several rows back. Sigh! But we still had a lot of fun listening to Lindsey Kelk. She spoke like she wrote...which basically means she was hilarious. She shared a lot of great stories and talked about her new book. (Which we also got a signed copy of. Super excited to start reading it!)

After the Q and A session was over, everyone walked around to see the booths and grab some wine. Okay, most people went straight for the wine. My mom and I went straight over to see Lindsey Kelk. We were actually the first people in line to meet her. She was absolutely lovely. So so sweet, funny, and gracious. The only downside? My mom could not figure out how to take a picture on my phone. So after a few minutes of her trying I said, "Okay....mind if we take a selfie?" It was my first selfie with a celebrity, that is for sure!


Overall, it was a really fun night. It felt good to spend some girly time with my mom. Where we didn't talk about wedding stuff the whole time. It was nice to just have fun. I am very happy that she bought tickets. Even though the day itself was totally hectic (my fiance and I moved all of our furniture into the apartment in the morning) the Girls Night Out event was some much needed stress relief.

There is so much going on right now. My life has been super hectic lately! But in between all of the to do lists and stress, there have been some really great experiences, too. Those are the things I am focusing on as the summer continues.

What have your summer highlights been so far?

xo Shannon