Saturday, September 20, 2014

keep calm and dream big.


My mind is all over the place these days. I am constantly thinking about everything from fall fashion to home decor. With so any big changes on the horizon....I guess this is only natural! At the moment, I have started to look around my bedroom and wonder what items will come with me when I get married. As of right now, I'm not totally sure. There are so many decisions to make! One of them has to do with decor. My finance and I have very different tastes. He likes simplicity - and I like things that are a little more aesthetically pleasing.

Bedding is another one of those things we haven't decided on yet. So, to get inspired, I have been browsing the Tidebuy new arrival 3d bedding sets. (You can take a look at them here: http://www.tidebuy.com/c/3d-Bedding-102222/) Every time I scroll through their 3d comforter sets, I get super excited. I love how different and unique the designs are. For instance, a floral comforter isn't just an ordinary floral print - it looks so real! The 3d effect is fun, fresh, and beautiful. Already I have fallen in love with more than a few of the cheap 3d bedding options available on the website. They are unlike any others I have seen before....and I love that. I hope that when my fiance and I choose our home decor and bedding that we wind up with something just as unique and beautiful as the products from Tidebuy.

Their 3d bedding sets Canada include tons of different designs, prints, and patterns. It is no wonder I have fallen head over heels for more than a few of them. Want to see some of my favourites? Here goes!





How gorgeous are those? I think it will be difficult to make a final decision on just one. There are so many that I absolutely love. For 3d bedding to jazz up your bedroom, head on over to http://www.tidebuy.com to check out their unforgettable selection.

Which design is your favourite?

xo Shannon

Thursday, September 18, 2014

life is too short to wear boring jewellery.

Are any of you addicted to jewellery? Most of the time, I don't think I am....but then I stop and realize just how many accessories I have kicking around! Most of it is inexpensive but cute. I like stores like Forever 21, H&M, Clarie's, Ardene's and stuff like that. It's almost nice to have cheaper pieces because it gives you a little more variety. That way, whatever outfit I put together, I have options!

When I went to Las Vegas, I did a fair bit of shopping. Along the way, I managed to pick up a few notable accessories as well. In fact, I didn't even notice how many new accessories I was bringing home with me until I started to pack them all up! At least I love them, right? To end my Las Vegas haul, I thought I would show you the accessories that have been added to my collection.

To start with, I managed to score seriously amazing deals on a couple of Betsey Johnson bags. One is a messenger bag with skulls all over it (amazing) and the other is a makeup bag with kittens. They were simply too adorable to pass up. 


Does anyone else love Hot Topic as much as I do? I confess: I have a weakness for novelty items. So, Hot Topic has always been a place where I could drop a lot of cash if I am not careful. When we stopped by the store in Vegas, I was good! However, when I saw this Mean Girls necklace and The Little Mermaid necklace....I had to. 


This next batch is from Charlotte Russe. We don't have this store in Canada, but I wish we did! They had a lot of cute clothes and accessories for great prices. Score!


Last up? A few pieces that I can't quite remember their origins. (A sign of too much shopping perhaps?) At any rate, I love them! The spiked pair of hoop earrings are a serious favourite. They are very heavy - and very sharp - but they look fantastic. Then there is the edgy statement necklace. Definitely a piece to be noticed....


So, those were the accessories that I picked up during my trip to Vegas. And there ends my Las Vegas haul....finally! I am definitely cut off from shopping for quite some time. I am ready to be responsible with my money. Or at least try to be. 

Which piece is your favourite? When is the last time you bought new accessories?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

review: adam levine eau de parfum


Oh celebrity fragrances. I must have a million of them by now....yet I never seem to say 'no' when another one comes into my life. Case in point? The Adam Levine Eau de Parfum: For Her. In my defense, this happened to be on sale for $9, so really, who could resist that? I am a fan of Maroon 5 and of The Voice - but I didn't really plan on picking up this fragrance. Yet it made its way into my life. Go figure!

So, what is it like? To start with let's talk about the bottle and the packaging. I love this aspect of the scent. It was clear that a lot of thought went into the packaging. It has a picture of Adam on the front, a cardboard cover with removable cap, and then there is the bottle itself. The top part is metal mesh that is made to look like a microphone. How cute is that? Then the rest of the bottle is simple and sleek. I like that the packaging actually related to Adam and what he does for a living.

The scent itself? It's...okay. Nothing special to be honest! It has a light feminine quality to it with a hint of floral undertones. Good for day time wear but it isn't something I would necessarily grab on a regular basis. I think it is better for spring and summertime. Say you are planning to sit out on a patio or go on a picnic lunch. Perfect for those simple days when you want a perfume that won't be too overpowering or distracting.

While the scent may not be remarkable, the bottle is! I love the way it looks displayed in my perfume collection. And for $9, I don't feel like I lost out by buying it. Would I recommend this perfume? Probably not if you saw it for full price. If you can manage to score a good deal on it....this may be something to consider.

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

xo Shannon

Sunday, September 14, 2014

money can't buy happiness. that's what shopping is for.

Okay....I'm cut off from shopping. For real this time! My trip to Vegas was a last hurrah of sorts. Since the trip was planned long before my boyfriend proposed, it was all bets off when it came to shopping. I gave myself a budget before I left - and I stuck to it - but that doesn't mean I didn't do a bit of damage while I was away. I couldn't help myself! There was merchandise, discount stores, and more. Ahhh....Vegas.

So, what did I buy? A lot. Okay, an awful lot. This post is going to be part one of my Las Vegas haul. (The second part will be dedicated to the accessories I brought home with me!) Are you ready? Here goes nothing!

First off? This cut off sweater from The Pussycat Dolls store. It is super cute! I have already worn it with a pair of heart printed skinny jeans. I just love it for a casual but flirty outfit.


This next couple of items came from Ross For Less. Now, we don't have this store where I live - but I wish we did. I couldn't get over how crazy low the prices were. I fell in love with so many amazing pieces. So, of course they had to come home with me! They are: a lace Paris shirt, a LOVE tank with a hoodie, and a white blouse/lace skirt dress. 




If you happened to read my Britney related post a few days ago, you will remember that I mentioned my Britney Spears Store haul. Here is a closer look at the leggings, tank, and t-shirt.




Then there was Macys. Oh, Macys....how I love thee. In addition to a pair of shoes to go with my wedding dress (not pictured), I also bought a Calvin Klein button down shirt and a nautical themed dress.



.....the longer this post gets, the more I realize just how much I bought. I'm amazed that my suitcase was able to close! Anyway - continuing on. I also bought a few novelty Vegas tanks and tees. I love them! They are a fun reminder of the trip.


Next up is a bunch of music merchandise. That includes: Olivia Newton John, Donny and Marie, Celine Dion, and Shania Twain. 




Last up? My Kardashian clothes from Sears. We don't have these at home, so I was super excited about it. I ended up buying a few t-shirts, a tank top, sweatpants, a sweater, and a neon pink dress. Love them so much!


Okay, maybe I bought a little too much. But it was my last hurrah! So, I think it is perfectly acceptable. Now to curb my shopping habit so I can save for a wedding, place to live.....sigh. Back to reality indeed!

When is the last time you went shopping? What did you buy?

xo Shannon

Friday, September 12, 2014

how you see yourself is how others will see you too.


If there are two things I love, they are: makeup and music. That is why I always get super excited when I come across makeup from Fergie's Wet n' Wild collection. I love her music and her style. Plus, I adore Wet n' Wild makeup. So, it's a win-win. We sometimes get a bit of her collection here in Canada, but not a whole lot. During my trip to Las Vegas, we stopped off at a Walgreens for a few random items. That is when I came across a bunch of Fergie makeup. How exciting! Our of everything, I chose Desert Festival from the Center Stage Collection.

What drew me to this particular palette? That red and orange shade! I don't have a lot of colours like that in my current makeup collection. I loved that they were such bold colours. They just made me super excited. In fact, I got so excited about this palette, that I started using it during my trip. Here is a closer look at the palette, along with some swatches:


So, what did I think of this palette? It is true love! In general, I adore the texture and pigmentation of Wet n' Wild eyeshadow shades. This one was no different. I was very pleased with the silky shadows and the colour payoff. Most of the shades are just beautiful. The only dud for me was that light brown shade. It doesn't work well as a highlight and it doesn't have enough colour to do much of anything. The other shades though? Gorgeous! My favourites are the red shade, that shimmery orange, and the brown colour in the middle. Fantastic colour payoff - and they create a gorgeous eye look.

This is the look that I created with this palette during my Vegas trip:


New makeup is always exciting.....and this eyeshadow palette from Fergie was no exception. I absolutely loved the colour selection, the pigmentation, and the texture. I only wish that I had a few more of these palettes to play around with!

What do you think of this makeup look? Do you have anything from Fergie's Center Stage Collection?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

sleep is nice. you forget about everything else for a while.


Everything is moving so fast lately. Just this past weekend, my mom and I went to a Bridal Show. It was a flurry of business cards, samples, questionnaires, and more. Overwhelming, to say the least. But it got me thinking a lot about the future. It's not just the wedding that I am focused on - it is moving in together and having a home. There are so many things that we will need to think about! Like bedding, for instance.

I have been thinking a lot about the type of bedding we will need, the colours we should choose, and what style will suit our own personal preferences. That is why I have been looking at some of the tidebuy cheap bedding sets. (You can check them out here: http://www.tidebuy.com/c/Bedding-Sets-101982/) They have a lot of great options to choose from. I really love a lot of the patterns and designs. Plus, there are cheap bedding sets queen and king size bedding sets as well.

If you are anything like me, you are probably looking to save some money on new bedding - which is why it is so great that tidebuy has a cheap bedding sets online sale. Want to see some of the amazing sets they have on offer? These are a few of my absolute favourites.





Are you looking for stylish bedding on a budget? Take a look at some of the gorgeous bedding options from http://www.tidebuy.com/

Which bedding set is your favourite?

xo Shannon

Monday, September 8, 2014

it's britney bitch.


Are you ready for the second part of my Vegas post? This is all about the Britney Spears concert. That was by far the highlight of my trip - so I thought it deserved its own post. The concert was one of the main reasons my mom and I decided to go to Las Vegas this summer. I was absolutely desperate to see her Piece of Me tour at Planet Hollywood. Honestly? I am so glad we took this trip, because the concert was absolutely fantastic. It was one of the very best concerts I have ever been to.

The moment we walked into Planet Hollywood, the energy was crazy. Britney fans absolutely everywhere! At the bar inside the hotel, there were dancers dressed up like Britney from the ....Baby One More Time video. Every single person inside the venue was a mega fan. People were posing with Britney's costumes that were everywhere (amazing! It was so cool to see those in person), buying drinks in souvenir cups, talking, and getting excited. Every part of the evening felt special.

So, let's start with what I wore. I actually had this whole outfit planned out - but then I put it on and it didn't feel right. I actually ended up wearing something else I had thrown into my suitcase at the last minute. It was a dress from Materials Girls that had a metallic top, sequined belt, and a patterned bottom. I wore my hair in a half up half down style and created a blue and orange makeup look from the Urban Decay Electric Palette. This was my Britney Spears look:



While I was there, I took full advantage of the Britney Spears store. I spent way too much money there! However, I love everything that I bought. I chose a pair of Britney leggings (I love, love, love them), a Britney bracelet, a Britney tank top, and a Britney Bitch t-shirt. All of the merchandise was pretty expensive but it was all really beautiful. I also bought the Britney Souvenir cup. I couldn't resist. It was Britney overload! This is a little peek at my Britney Spears merchandise......


Now for the show itself! Britney was amazing. Her dancing was flawless, the set list was incredible, and it was a high-energy show from start to finish. There were costume changes, dancers, a giant angel costume, a tree, set pieces, fire, confetti, lights.....anything and everything you could possibly imagine. It was a real performance. Both my mom and I had an absolutely blast. Britney was in top form. I saw her several years back and she was great then - but this was even better. Her dancing? I was so so impressed. She really is the queen of pop music. I am so thankful that I was able to attend the show. It was one of the highlights of my summer.

These are a few of my favourite pictures from the a seriously amazing concert:







Are you a fan of Britney Spears? What is the last concert you went to?

xo Shannon