Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crazy Paisley and Crazy Train

I love when I realize I have two items that go together that on first glance I wouldn't have paired. Case in point, this numbers tee and crazy paisley pantalones.

These are some of my favorite pants. Not only do they have aforementioned awesome crazy paisley pattern, but they are supah-dupah soft. And something like $11 on clearance when I got them. Thanks champagne!

So when I pulled them out to wear them, I was all - but I DON'T want to just wear a white tee with them, and spied this numbers tee, which has the same coral color repeated in the crazy paisley, and I was all, UH HELL YES. STOP THE PRESSES. DO NOT PASS GO, DO NO COLLECT $200. And my husband was all, "Ummmm, no you DIN'T," and put his hand in my face and the kids were twerking in the background, and I was all, "YOU DON'T KNOW MY LIFE, BITCH!" and I punched him in the baby-maker.

Okay, in the spirit of full disclosure, none of that happened, but I WAS stoked to put them together and love this ensemble, so HMMMMPFH.

But seriously. Even now, looking at these pics again I realize just how MUCH I love this outfit together, and think I might go put it on again today, and maybe tomorrow, and wear it until my co-workers start complaining that they keep smelling incessant and pervasive body odor.

Or not, cuz that would be gross. Not as gross as the time last week when we looked out our window at work (I work in a building that is an old train depot), and there was a guy waiting on the other side of the tracks, wearing shorts, with his shirt off but tucked into the back of his pants. And he was drinking a 40 oz. wrapped in a brown paper bag (mind you, this was at 8:30 a.m.), and started picking his nose. I mean, like he was digging for GOLD, people. This was the grand champion of picks, I'm telling you. He was going for brain. And he pulled out his finger, turned, and WIPED IT ON THE POST HE WAS STANDING NEXT TO. And that, friends, IS a true story. Please commence gagging now.

Linked here and here.

Tee: Target
Pants: JC Penney
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Belt as Bracelet: Target
Short Necklace: TJ Maxx
Long Necklace: F21


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In the Gym

Had the following conversation with Gavin one day after school started:

Me: Hey buddy - how was school today?

Gavin: It was okay.

Me: What did you do?

Gavin: We met the person who lives in the gym. Their name is Croquet.

Me, puzzled: Whoseewhatsit? Croquet???

Gavin: Uh huh.

Me: Do you mean COACH K?

Gavin: YES.

Me: Okay. Well, her name is Coach K, and she doesn't LIVE in the gym.

....and scene!
Thus concludes our Disney tale about the jaunty animated croquet mallet who lives in a school gym and dispenses sage advice to all the children who enter.

Tee: Nordstrom's Rack
Pants: Garment District
Shoes: Victoria's Secret
Necklace; Belt as Bracelet: Target


Friday, August 23, 2013

Fall Wish List

Here in Kansas City we were TAUNTED with 60 and 70 degree-weather last week. Sadly, now we're back in the mid-90s, but I have a HANKERING for fall, just like I do every year at this time. Started my fall 2013 wish list, and it is RIFE with leatha pieces. Surrsly - leatha skirts, dresses with leatha sleeves, leatha boots, leatha bags, leatha pants. I want it all. The unfortunate thing is my wallet will not allow for all leatha, all the time. So if anyone out there wants to donate to Shannan's Fall Leatha Fund, that would be FANTASTIC.

Number one with a gun is this dress from ASOS. It will be mine. Oh yes, it WILL be mine.

Victoria's Secret has some KEYOOOOOT stuff right now. Item one is the leather sleeved baseball tee. I'll take one please.

Yes, I STILL want gold sequin drawstring pantalones. Vicky's Secret has those too. Thanks champagne!

Zara Zara Zara...I love you more than my luggage. And I don't know why I keep being drawn to crop tops, but this leather version is D-O-P-E. 

This is the year Shannan conquers the leather pant. I don't mean faux. I want the real deal, but I cannot afford an $800 pair, so luckily ASOS has two options that are more in my range. Love both of the above. 

And while we're at it, why not throw in this red patent leather pencil?

I try to buy one pair of boots a year (least year was the year of my Zara studded booties and those tall black fringed leathers that KILL MY FEET DEAD). This year I want a 70s-inspired tall brown leather. Alas, I can't afford this exact version from Ralph Lauren above, but it's a good representation of what I'm looking for.

If you want to see more items on my wish list, hit up my Fall 2013 Pinterest board. And tell me, what's on YOUR list for fall?

Happy Friday, yo!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

You Better Run

Every time I see the striped shirt in my drawer, it gives me an 80s Pat Benatar vibe, so that's how I wore it this time.

I mean, minus the pseudo Dorothy Hamill/Pat Benatar hybrid haircut. 

Sometimes this shirt actually drives me nuts, because if left to its own devices, it can look kind of boxy and frumpy dumpy. Then I realized if I did a half tuck over some skinnies, it was way cooler.

Do you ever do that with your clothes? Have something that in theory you like, but in execution is not so great? 

How do you deal with it?

And do you feel somewhat guilty if you have an article of clothing that hasn't been worn, like it has feelings and might be hurt that you haven't worn it lately?

No? Me neither....

Shirt: I do believe it's an old H&M
Jeans: JC Penney, on clearance for $6 last year
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Gift
Bracelet: TJ Maxx


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wallis, Part Deux

It's part two of Wallis' Transitional Style contest (in which the winner gets a trip to New York Fashion Week to document their trip for Wallis). Hearken back a week with me, kids, and check out my original summer look:

Well, as summery as a long-sleeved black dress can be. I paired it with some strappy silver sandals and no jurreys, cuz with that bling around the neck, and the bell sleeves, it didn't need any. To take it into fall, I added a black leatha jacket. Duh.

...and some studded black booties...

and for real deal fall, I would probably also add a pair of opaque black tights, but I wanted you to be able to see SOME detail.

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE that little quilted detail on the shoulder of that jacket? It's true. I doooooo.

I'd appreciate if you voted for me here. Thanks, homies!!

Dress: Wallis, c/o
Jacket: Consignment
Boots: Zara


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stuff We Do In Private

And now I bring to you another episode of "Stuff We Do In Private." And by "Stuff We Do In Private," I mean, "An IM Chat I had yesterday with Amy." Enjoy.

(Why do I look like I want to kick someone's ass in this photo?)

Amy:  My flight delayed close to an hour as they took our plane out of service for a maintenance issue. i'm totally okay with this. : )
me:  blargh. where are you flying today?
Amy:  newark
me:  New JOYsey?
Amy:  newwwww joysey.
me:  I hope you did your hurr big today for the occasion.
Amy:  and when don't i???
me:  true story. Silly me.
wow - you are FANCY.
and I am STARVING.

Amy:  i am, too. imma bout to go get some airport food. at least there is a wolfgang puck airport thingie right here.
me:  immabout to heat up my soup, which is NOT going to fill me up.
Amy:  could be worse. some airports have turtle choices
not turtle
me:  I'm all first day of my lady cycle right now, so I. Am. HONGRY. sumbitch.
I LOVE turtle choices.
Amy:  oooooo, that is no joke hunger right there.
i choose zero turtles.
me:  why?
chocolate, caramel and nuts is GOOD.

(I look only slightly less pissed in this photo. And like I'm trying to fart.)
Amy:  you need to make that pork we made this weekend. nummers.
oh, those kind, yes, please.
me:  I would like to, IF I HAD THE RECIPE.
Amy:  pbi put the whole freaking thing in the comments on Facebook.
uh, durrrr.
me:  oh. durrrr indeed.
Amy:  dork could have just posted the link.
me:  doy doy doy derp derp derp. NO DUH, PBI.
Amy:  hello...1999 called and wants its longhand back.
me:  does he take dictation as well? and churn his own butter?
Amy:  He darns a mean sock.
me:  I hope that's on his resume.
Amy:  In bold comic sans. It's classy.

 me:  see? This. THIS conversation is just one reason I love you.
me:  THANK YOU, helpful link.
Amy:  What are allllll the rest? Go!
me:  your hatred of feet makes me happy.
your hurr. duh.
your love of the shopping.
you pretty damn funny.
you're USUALLY nice.
Amy:  i love how deep these all are.
me:  I try not to go too deep.
(that's what he said).
Amy:  he never said that.
me:  your GIVING spirit.
your love of mayonnaise.
me:  sperm of Satan.
Amy:  demon semen
me:  there, I said it for you. You DO know this is all going into the blog, right?

Amy:  Oklahoma. Oklahoma. There, I said it twice.
me:  I have been phoning it in lately.
why for did you say it twice?
OCD much?
Amy:  Well thankfully we got my giving spirit in there. I'd hate for MBBers to think I'm all hair and foot hatred. I mean I mostly am, but still.
It's an old joke. I thought you might know it.
me:  and gassy. let's not forget how gassy you are.
I DON'T know it - care to share?
Amy:  Projecting. Someone is projecting their gas on me.

Anthony Clark. One of Anthony Clark's best bits is the one where he talks about the meeting to come up with Oklahoma's state slogan. 'Oklahoma is OK!' is what won, but I think the best suggestion was 'Oklahoma, Oklahoma, there I said it twice.'
(Those are the internet's words I copy and pasted. Thanks, champagne!)

Okee. I am going to go grab a salad. You know, so I can have lettuce cramps on the plane. Thanks for playing. xoxoxoxo
me:  Okay - a) I would NEVER project my gas on you. And by NEVER I mean I would ALWAYS project my gas on you. and b) who is Anthony Clark? I need to go google.
Have a nice salad and cramps afterwards.

....annnnnnd SCENE.

Linked here.

Jacket: NY & Co
Tee/Shoes: Target
Jeans: Zara
Long necklace/Bracelets: F21
Short necklace: TJ Maxx


Monday, August 19, 2013

Might As Well Jump

Now that summer is drawing to a close, I thought I'd share witcha what ended up being one of my favorite summer ensembles for cool nights. 

And, and, annnnd the shoes that are apparently not leaving my feets lo these past weeks.

Got this shirt from Old Navy when I was looking for a swimsuit cover up about a monf ago, and decided I liked it better with these shorts, which I wear oh, about 75 times a week. From Target, and ohhhh so soft and comfy.

Got the mocs from Target as well, last year, and never wore them that much. I have no idea why, cuz they are like house-slippers. In fact, people may think I am wearing slippers. No matter. I still wuv them.

Made it through the first day of kindergarten last week unscathed, and amazingly, sans tears (theirs OR mine). The only time I choked up was when Scarlett's teacher texted me a photo of Scarlett drawing a picture with a HUGE smile on her face. I was so glad she looked like she was having a great time.

Then I had to listen to her complain that she couldn't go to school on Saturday or Sunday. Soon enough she'll be complaining that she has to go FIVE DAYS A WEEK. I can only hope that my kids have someone like Van Halen to get them through their school days when it gets to that point.

That's it for now, kids. Here's your nostalgia for the day. A little Diamond Dave never hurt anyone on a Monday morning.

Linked here and here.

If you're so inclined, hop over here and vote for moi in the Wallis Summer Stylist contest. Thank you!!

Shirt: Old Navy
Tank: Wal Mart
Shorts/Mocs: Target
Necklace: TJ Maxx


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An Open Letter to My Kids

Wow – who’d have thunk? FIVE years have passed since I sat on bed rest in the hospital for 8 weeks. Five years in which you have grown from 4 pounders swathed tightly inside your baby bird incubators to my big kids that I can hardly keep up with. My three little birds. Gavin, Simon, and Scarlett. And now? You’re headed to school. I can’t believe it, and now that the first day is here, I am anxious, my chest is tight, and tears cloud my eyes.

Had I written this a year ago, I would have said – “Yeah, I’m ready for them to go,” and if, by some chance, kindergarten started with 3 year olds, I would have gladly paid someone to pick you up and take you there. Oy vey.

But not now. Now, I want you to myself just a little bit longer, selfishly. I want to hold you tight, as you struggle to break free of my arms, giggling in those crazy little belly laughs that I love so much.

Gavin, my Gavie Doodle. The one I think looks most like me. My charmer. The boy who always wakes up with a smile. Who hugs me tight and threatens, when he gets in trouble, “Mommy, I won’t be your best boy anymore…” but you will. The boy who claps his hands over his ears when I ask him to apologize to his brother or sister for doing something ornery, “I’m not going to listen to myself saying sorry – that’s so EMBARRASSING.” My sweet boy.

Simon, my silly, sweet Simon. The tough boy who is really tender on the inside, like a chocolate covered cream filled candy. My boy who puts 110% into everything he does, meticulously, just like his Daddy. Whether it is drawing a picture or helping clean up or making his bed. My boy who takes longer to wake up than his bubbie or sissie, and likes to sit on Mommy’s lap when he gets out of bed. How much longer will you sit on my lap? Not long enough, I fear, my sweet boy.

Scarlett, my independent spirit. My girl who is such a Daddy’s girl, but who wants Mommy when she gets sick. Who dances with those crazy curls bouncing around her head. My girl who declares at least once a day – “I WISH I was a boy.” My girl who can be a tough nut to crack, but once you do, she is in your heart forever, my sweet girl.

So, to you three - who are ALL my best boys and best girl, before I release you to a whole new world of wonder and knowledge and new friends and fun and excitement and a little fear (on your part) and a hell of a LOT of fear on my part, before those that you get to know will get the pleasure to know you – be so LUCKY to know you, I would just say this: Make your own way in this world. Don’t let people tell you how to act or who to be or what to think or how to dress. You three, who spent what seemed like an ETERNITY cramped together in my belly, you three are SPECIAL. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the bond that you have with each other. And what makes you special makes you unique. Revel in it. Be your own people. I know how precious you all are, and Daddy knows. You can do whatever you want in life. It may not be easy, and you may have to fight to get there. You may climb mountains to get there, but the thing is – YOU CAN. You can, my three little birds. Make your own way. Protect each other. Love each other. Be kind. Be fearless. Be honest. Be accepting. Be patient. Be curious. Revel in the journey, like Willy Wonka says, “There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going. There’s no knowing where we’re rowing, or which way the river’s flowing…”

It doesn’t always matter if you don’t know which way you’re going, just reach for that golden bar of chocolate, and savor it. And if there is not a direct path there, then make your own way. Fly on, my three little birds.

I love you with all my heart. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

It's An Honor Just Being Nominated...

Ya'll, I can't believe it, but I have been nominated to participate in another Wallis Fashion personal style challenge. This time? The winner will represent Wallis on a trip to Fashion Week in NYC and document their trip. Uh, YES PLEASE.

The topic for this challenge is transitional style, and I was graciously gifted this uh-mazing dress to style now, and in about a week, re-style it for fall.

The first thing that struck me about this dress was that it reminded me of a dress Sandra Bullock wore in the movie Hope Floats (I think when she was going to a funeral). I LOVED that dress, and I love this one because it has the same vintage vibe. 

The quality is also supah dupah fine, which it has been with other Wallis pieces I have worn as well. HIGHLY recommend them if you haven't already checked them out.

Sooooo, if you could go to Wallis' Facebook page here and throw a vote or two my way (you can vote once an hour between now and August 26), that'd be fan-frigging-tastic. Pease and thank you.

Dress: Wallis, c/o
Shoes: Victoria's Secret


Thursday, August 8, 2013


Ya'll, I just don't have that much to say today, so I'm gonna let the stripes speak for themselves.

Blouse: c/o Wallis
Tank: Wal Mart
Jeans: TJ Maxx
Boots: Zara
Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner
Bracelet: TJ Maxx