A short message on my blogging absence:
Needless to say it’s been a while. When I started this blog I was one of those girls who “wasn’t going to fall into blogging ruts.” I have so many ideas, so many new blog topics bubbling in my brain in a daily basis, how could I go days or weeks without posting? I was so nieve. I have so much respect for the many bloggers I follow who post on a daily basis with marvelous photos and flawless text, how do they have the time? And honestly, how do they have the motivation? I think I lost a little bit of myself in the first weeks, maybe months I began scratching the surface of the blogging world. I want to have a blog like her or her or her I would tell myself, and in that I started to forget why I started blogging in the first place.
I started blogging to express myself and share my life with others to hopefully benefit them in some way or another. But right now, looking at what I have accomplished so far I’m not sure to what extent I have done that. So here comes another change, I’m going to try to focus on making my posts a little more me. I know I can still get there someday, so don’t give up on me yet. Those million blogging ideas in my brain, they are still there and I am going to write about them all.
Before I mention anything about myself, my day or my outfit I want to take a moment to address the series of attacks in Paris this evening. My heart is broken as I read the latest statistics reporting that well over 100 people have been killed in the attacks. Social media is blowing up with the hashtags #PrayforParis and #PeaceforParis. Please take a moment to send the citizens of Paris your thoughts and prayers in this horrific time and also to thank God for the many blessings of life. In the midst of such heartbreaking events I can’t help but think about how completely blessed I am. In the wise words of Albert Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
For me personally today was a wonderful day. Yes, I know it is Friday the 13th, the oh-so-spooky superstitious day known for horrible things, but my day was great despite the clouded skies and chilly breeze. I spent my evening out with my boyfriend getting sushi at my favorite restaurant, singing in the car to extremely loud rap songs and finally coming home to my warm bed feeling so blessed.
My outfit today I feel reflected this mood. I simply wore a light wash pair of skinny jeans with my new knee high boots, a warm white sweater and of course my new, most favorite blanket scarf ever. I’m completely obsessed with the blanket scarf fad and can’t wait to purchase more in every plaid color combination possible! They keep me so warm and cozy, plus can be worn many many different ways. They are the perfect piece for this chilly season.
What made you feel blessed today?
I can’t believe it’s already been a whole week since I first started my Pins of the Week series. As I have been laid up quite a bit due to a mild case of bronchitis I naturally spent a lot of time on Pinterest. So here are my favorite pins of this week:
Pin #1: I have always loved the short sleeve sweater over a long sleeve look but have always been afraid to try it for myself! I love the way this specific sweater is paired with the stripes, it adds a whole new dimension to the look. Pin #2: KATE SPADE…do I even have to say more? This is the purse I have been eyeing for the last few months, if only I was willing to fork over the money! Pin #3: I just love this dress so much. It’s so unique. How fun would this be to have in your closet for fall!?
Pin #4: I love squash, but I would never think to have it on pizza! I’m a bit skeptical of this one, but I’m definitely interested in trying it! It looks phenomenal. Pin #5: For some odd reason I have been binge-pinning anything french toast/churro related lately and this happened to be the yummiest looking one of the bunch. Pin #6: I have probably tried the caesar salad at every restaurant within 50 miles, I love them that much. This one looks so delicious with the grilled chicken, toast and the dressing recipe sounds to die for!!
We all need a few words of wisdom now and then, this week these were mine…
With October now in full swing I figured some fall inspired DIY projects would be fit. Pin #10: How cute are those hand warmers!? I may be giving them a try myself! Pin #11: These glitter pumpkins are made with materials from Dollar Tree! Lauren from The Thinking Closet sure made them look much more expensive. #12: A little chalk board paint and a thinly cut log would make such a cute fall sign. I love it!!
What are your favorite DIY’s for fall?
I have been eyeing every faux fur vest I have seen for the last two years, and I finally gave in. For as long as I can remember I have loved fashion, my mom told me once that she never had to pick out my outfits, I always wanted to choose my own. This love of fashion has led me many times to gravitate towards more flashy pieces, but my confidence hasn’t always allowed me to actually buy or wear them. Lately I’ve been more confident and determined to wear those pieces that are a “little out there.” So I finally bought a faux fur vest, it helped that it was half price at H&M for $20.
I paired the vest with a simple black long sleeve and a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. I accessorized with my favorite pair of suede booties and finished off the look off with simple gold circle studs and my go to long necklace.
How would you style a faux fur vest?
Faux Fur Vest $39.99
Fall is here, I say it again! I love the turning of the season, but my lips never seem to. They become so dry so quickly in the cold weather. Luckily I have found some great products for moisturizing my lips and keeping them soft. All products can be found at your local Walgreens or Target! Here are the top 4 things I’m wearing on my lips this Fall:
Baby Lips 05 Quenched Lip Balm:
I was just beginning to touch the surface of the makeup world when Baby Lips first came out, and I had to have every shade of the new lip balm. Comparing them today to the many other lip products I have tried since, they aren’t really that great. Except for this one. The classic clear balm has been one of my favorite lip products since day one. It has a slight fruity smell and taste to it, and also has 20 SPF for protection from the sun. It’s very moisturizing and perfect to apply over a dryer shade of lipstick.
Rimmel Lipstick 124 Bordeaux:
I very rarely wear anything of color on my lips, but when I do I prefer to do so in the fall and I prefer for it to be a deep shade. I picked this lipstick up just a few weeks ago and have already worn it several times. Its dark red color is perfect for Fall and it lasts for hours! Even when the top coat begins to fade it still leaves a faint stain on your lips. Also compared to other lipsticks I have used it is very moisturizing, I never need a gloss or anything on top!
Chapstick Pumpkin Pie:
The origonal Chapstick brand has always been my go to lip product, and I think this holds true for most people. The classic chapstick is small, inexpensive and high quality. I had to grab the Pumpkin Pie one when I saw it in the store earlier this week, and I love it! It smells just like pumpkin pie and reminds me of Fall. Also if you aren’t a fan of pumpkin check out Chapstick’s Cake Batter, another favorite of mine!
Nivea Lip Butter Cocoa Butter Kiss:
I’ve been wanting to try a lip butter for a while now and I’m so glad this is the one I chose. It smells just like coconut and goes on like literal butter, it is so smooth and moisturizing. If you lips dry out quickly this is the stuff for you! I can’t stop putting it on it just feels and smells so nice!
What are your favorite lip products?
Since I started this blog I have been trying very hard to keep up with my posts and I have found that it is more difficult than it seems. But at the start of this week I dedicated myself to posting daily. I’ve been planning posts ahead of time, organizing them in a notebook and brainstorming constantly. I am so dedicated to this site and my readers, but sometimes life throws a curveball and that dedication becomes difficult to uphold. These last two days specifically have caused this. The internet at my house has not been working and on top of that I have been very sick, but I love building this blog and I plan to continue to do so. I won’t give up.
But onto the actual purpose of this post…I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Pinterest. It is my go to site for pretty much everything, I always find ideas for outfits, recipes for meals and inspiration for life in general. I pretty much spend all my free time scrolling through my feed, so I thought it would be appropriate and fun to share some of my favorite pins each week (considering many times they inspire ideas for this blog). If you aren’t on Pinterest already I recommend setting up an account! Also, follow me! My username is shannonmgilkey.
Pin #1: I love the mix of neutral colors in this outfit along with the booties and hat. Booties are the IN thing this fall and I can’t wait to own a pair in every color! Pin #2 isn’t necessarily full-blown Fall, actually I would classify it as more of a wintery dress, but I adore the scalloped bottom. Pin #3 is my favorite, I’ve been dying to have a scarf in that exact color combination and the color combo of this entire outfit is great.
Pin #4 is a recipe for Parmesan zucchini chips, which sound delicious! Pin #5 is a Mexican Corn Dip and is actually from the same site as #4. Check out: danmdelicious.net for tons of mouth-watering recipes! Pin #6 is Spaghetti Squash with bacon, spinach and goat cheese. Anything with goat cheese, bacon, or spinach always catches my eye and this recipe looks phenomenal.
Another reason (among many) why I love Pinterest is the inspirational words of wisdom plastered throughout the site. Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up, these quotes were mine for the week.
Pin #10 is obviously appropriate for the season, how fun are these painted pumpkins? Sara from SincerelySarad gives an awesome tutorial on painting pumpkins! Check it out in the link. #11 simply served as inspiration for a future gallery wall project, and #12 helped in the creation of my tutorial on DIY sharpie mugs! Check it out: DIY Shaprie Mug
So I finally caved. I have been completely adoring every single monogrammed thing I see lately and I finally gave in. My happiness when this purchase arrived was indescribable. I bought a monogrammed vest from MarleyLilly (the monogrammed quilted vest to be exact). If you don’t already own a vest, get one now! Vests are the staple to have this fall, they are perfect to be paired with sweaters, flannels and scarves. Also they add extra warmth on the cooler days.
I would say that MarleyLilly is the cutest site ever and I will most definitely be shopping it again. If you have not yet checked it out I definitely recommend doing so! They sell everything monogrammed, and by everything I mean anything from lunch boxes to personalized boots. They almost always have a sale of some sort. Currently they have: spend $50 free shipping and also spend $50 to get a free tee. (But hurry the free tee sale only lasts until tomorrow!) Typically I dislike ordering online because the packages take forever to arrive but I was pleased to receive my vest two days after purchasing. I may be revisiting the shop soon to buy more! I’ve listed my “wish list” below, check it out for more adorable MarleyLilly items.
My MarleyLilly Wish List:
Happy Fall everyone!
This is my adorable friend Allie!
Pair vests with sweaters, flannels and scarves this fall.
My MarleyLilly makes me cheese too hard.
I thought it might be fun to walk through a field today…
I can’t wait to wear this every day!!
MarleyLilly Quilted Vest: $44.99
Hollister Super Skinny Jeans: $49.95
Similar Boots: $49.99
Similar Sweater: $19.90
Actually this outfit was from earlier this week. Who knew keeping up with school, work, a social life and a blog would be so time-consuming? Life gets so busy sometimes it’s unreal. I’ve been trying hard to keep up with everything and I’m learning it’s impossible. Before I talk about my outfit I just wanted to talk a little about handling my crazy life and some of my little ways to lessen the stress!
I will be honest I am not a very organized person. My room is almost always a mess and my mind matches. With all the things I have been doing lately I have had to make my mind at least a little more organized, here are a few of my tips:
Use a planner: My planner is my life. I write everything down in it, literally everything and I look through it every night to make sure it all gets done. There are so many cute ones in so many different formats and sizes, I purchased mine for about $8 at Target but Lilly Pulitzer has the cutest ones around.
Sticky note it: Along with my planner I always carry a pack of sticky notes in my bag. You can write extra little reminders to put inside your planner, or to stick where you will see them (on your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your desk).
Carry a BAG not a purse: Being constantly on the go I have found that those cute little cross bodies are not for me, I can never fit everything I need. Carrying a larger purse or bag allows room for everything and room to keep those little extras always in your purse (i.e.: gum, pain killers, extra makeup bag, planner, etc).
Onto my outfit! Fall is among us and so is fall fashion. I picked up this dress from Forever 21 earlier this week and fell instantly in love with its color and its material. This style of dress has been popping up everywhere and so have the booties, which I am obsessed with by the way. I got this pair at (where else…) Target for around $35. For heels they are easy to walk in and comfortable.
Enjoy the Autumn weather!
See you soon.
Forever 21 Thermal Dress