Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Kind of Macrame


I am packing up for a quick trip to Los Angeles. Of course, I am doing it last minute, in between dinner, homework, baths, bedtime and blogging. I swear, you would think I would have learned my lesson by now. Some things will never change. 

Since my mind is a little all over the place and I have to catch a flight, today is just going be about this boho inspired outfit that might be one of my favorites. Sometimes I wonder if this style is too "young" for me, but I keep gravitating towards it. Maybe it's just me yearning to be a free-spirit and not stress so much about every detail going on in life. 

Anyway, I wore this macrame trimmed top last week for the Eagles concert. I styled it with my cowboy boots and skinny jeans and posted a "selfie" on Instagram. This time around, I paired my favorite flare denim, wedges and floppy hat for more of a boho vibe.


Forever 21 Macrame Top // Gap Factory Flare Denim // Gap Factory Wedges (not online: option here and here) // Forever 21 Crossbody // Forever 21 Hat // Earrings (old: option here) // Sweet Tea Jewels Bangles c/o // Michael Kors Watch // Gorjana Teagan Ring c/o

I will be somewhat out of pocket for the next few days. Please know that I see and read every single comment on both my blog and social media accounts. I am sorry if I am unable to respond or answer emails. Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up!

P.S. My old URL www.becauseshannasaidso.com is MINE again!! After many tears and undying determination, it's back in my possession. The new domain that was updated when all the mess happened will stay the same, but if you search for my old one you should be redirected. If not, it should update soon. Yay!! Thank you Lisette for all your help!! If you need a web designer, she is your girl! She is pretty much a genius when it comes to all the behind the scenes technical jargon.


Shanna

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beach Days

We just got back from the coast yesterday. We spent the last four days on the beach, in a boat, by the pool or grilling on the deck. It was much needed rest and relaxation. I was so sad to pack it up yesterday. 

I mentioned on Friday that I was praying the rain would hold out and it did...for the most part. We had some crazy storms early Sunday morning, but the sun came out and we were able to spend most of our extended weekend outside in the sun!

I put together a beach essentials guide in case you have any plans for heading to the sand over the next few months. Even if you don't have the ocean on your calendar, everything mentioned below is a necessity when it comes to summer relaxing. I personally own all of the items or very similar ones...except for the watermelon cooler bag, but I am literally dying over it. I guarantee it will be a conversation starter.
beach day essentials

Here are the details and more of an explanation about a few of my must have suggestions. 

If you are looking for a cup that literally will keep ice for HOURS in the hot sun, you have to invest in a Yeti rattler. Every single one of us had one this weekend. It doesn't just keep cold drinks cold, but it will keep coffee hot forever too. They are a little on the expensive side for a cup, but I PROMISE, they are worth every single penny. They make great gifts too...especially for Father's Day coming up.

I don't own this exact beach tote, but I have this one by the same designer. I cannot say enough about this bag. It has been to Mexico, the pool, beach and several places in between. The quality is amazing! I came across this new style and even though I don't actually NEED another one, the color, print and raffia tassels are tempting me.

Looking for the best ponytail holders ever? Grab this set. They are no-slip and will not damage your hair. Plus, they look pretty cute on your wrist too!

These sandals have gotten lots of mileage. I got them last year and have had several friends ask me where they are from. They have held up, can be rinsed off and look like new again. In my opinion, they win best purchase for the money.

Last but not least, if you are looking to invest in a portable, bluetooth speaker, please trust me when I say that a Bose system is your best bet. The sound doesn't even compare to most other brands. We have had ours for several years and it works just as good as the day we got it. A day at the beach or by the pool just isn't as fun without your favorite tunes to sing along or dance to. 

Okay, enough chatting, here is a little peek of pics from our beach stay. We all agreed that we will be going back sooner than later. 


I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend and took time to give thanks to our servicemen and women.

P.S. Central Texas got hit pretty hard with floods and tornadoes this past weekend. A town about an hour from us is devastated. Hundreds of people lost their homes and many lost their lives. Please keep them in your prayers. There are lots of ways to donate whether it's supplies or monetary. My heart goes out to all that have lost.

Shanna

Friday, May 22, 2015

Anthro Errands


Memorial Day weekend festivities started for me yesterday. I am all about a little pre-party! :) We are hanging out on the coast with friends and family. Think beach, boats and bikinis...okay, maybe I will leave the bikinis for my girls to wear. Ha! I am just hoping the rain will hold off. We literally have gotten rain almost every single day for almost two weeks. Fingers and toes crossed we see some sort of sun. 

I wore this Anthropologie shirt dress yesterday while running last minute errands for our little getaway. Funny story about it...I was out and about a few weekends ago and saw a lady wearing this exact dress. I walked up to her, complimented her outfit and then immediately asked where she got it. Sometimes shopping off strangers is the way to go. Obviously, I ended up getting one for myself. You guys, it's so comfy, light, loose, has pockets and comes with a detachable slip dress. It is also available in another print.

I will say it runs big. I ended up getting an XS, so I would size down if you are interested in grabbing one for yourself. 

I hope everyone has a safe, fun and happy Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to follow on Instagram or Facebook for our beach stay pics...if you're interested. :)


Anthropologie Dress // Denim Jacket // Wedges (old: cute options here, here and here) // Forever 21 Tote (old: super similar) // Daniel Wellington Watch c/o // Cross Ring // Gorjana Teagan Ring 


P.S. Don't forget about the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale going on now. I rounded up some favorites in yesterday's post...in case you missed it.

P.P.S. There are a ton of amazing sales going on this weekend. Many have already started. I listed a few of my favorite places to shop along with their promotions. Happy shopping!

Bauble Bar -  Up to 30% off sitewide

Forever 21 - 30% off select items for summer

Old Navy - EVERYTHING is on sale!

Loft - 40% off your entire purchase

J.Crew Factory - 50% off EVERYTHING!

Banana Republic - 40% off your entire purchase

Express - 40% off every item

Sole Society - Up to 50% off shoes, bags and accessories. 


Shanna

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