Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Other Side of Gray

Happy Tuesday! Well, today is the BIG day with Wallis...breakfast, shopping, press day and getting to tour their offices. Is this REALLY happening? Yes, yes it is. I will probably be Instgramming out the wazoo all day, so be sure to follow me @shannasaidso if your the least bit curious.

Miss Annie is here for your viewing pleasure today. Her and I have been buds since I started my blog. I know without a doubt that we would be hanging out on the daily if we lived closer. Love is not a strong enough word for the feelings I have for Annie. She not only has killer style, but she is hilarious, down to Earth and as real as they come. We are both following our dreams of personal styling. If only we could find a way to live in the same city and become business partners. This girl is a Madewell & J.Crew Queen. Every time I step foot in these stores I think of her, and she does the same with me at Forever 21. We are tight like that. 

Give her some love. It won't be too hard after you see how she nailed this look.

Dress: Topshop // similar
Shoes: J. Crew // here and similar
Bag: J. Crew // similar and similar
Necklace: Baublebar // here
Bracelets: J.Crew Factory & Madewell

Hey guys! I'm Annie and I blog over at The Other Side of Gray. I am SO SO happy to be guest posting for my girl Shanna while she is over in LONDON doing fabulous things for Wallis Fashion!

Because of all the amazing things going on for her right now...Shanna asked me to talk a little bit about following my own dreams. Which is pretty relevant because Shanna is actually someone who sort of nudged me in the direction to take my dream to the next level. So - what is this dream I speak of? Personal styling! Actually, I would be thrilled with any sort of career in the fashion industry, but I think personal styling would just be such an awesome and rewarding thing to do every day. A cute outfit can go a long way and I truly believe looking good makes you FEEL good.

You guys probably know this, but Shanna has a little personal styling business of her own goin' on, and when I saw her start to take her next steps, I reached out and we exchanged a few emails. The girl is awesome let me tell ya. It's terrifying to take any dream to the next level because putting yourself out there can lead to failure, etc., but with Shanna's encouragement and some from my friends and family, I posted a "Styling Services" tab on my blog a few months ago!  I wish I could tell you I've had success...but not so much. I haven't really advertised it very well, so it's my own fault...but that will be my next goal for moving it forward. In the meantime, I have some friends I've been practicing on to get more experience, and I hope one day soon I will have my first REAL client. And I'm proud of myself for even taking that little step and posting the services because, as we can see from Shanna and her new Wallis fashion gig, you never know what can happen when you follow your dreams :) Cheesy but true.

And what goes with following your dreams? A fabulous outfit of course! So this is me, saying bring it on dreams...bring it on!

Anyone else now have Mariah Carey in their head? "Dreamlover come rescue me..." Anyone?



Anonymous said...

Great outfit... love the stripes and color combo! Cheers to both of your for following your dreams! :)

Unknown said...

White&black stripes are perfect trend for spring. You rock that dress!!:)

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Ashley said...

I already told you on your blog, Annie...but this dress is fantastic!!! And yes, advertise your styling business some more, because you will do such a great job at that!

Dina said...

You are definitely rocking the black and white trend and I love the pink pop of color! I hope all our dreams come true one day with time and hard work :)
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FitTravelerAJ said...

Love today's look! And you are right, Shanna has a special way of inspiring people. She is just so upbeat and not afraid of anything...which is amazing!


Lilli said...

I know Annie's blog and she got an adorable and perfect style! Love the dress and how she styled it!:) I have the same fashion dream!:) Kisses!

Ashleigh said...

Beautiful look! This may seem odd, but try posting ads on craigslist! I was a personal shopper at my local mall and met others who just advertised on CL to style girls for their prom, etc. and it turned out great! Starting small with friends, neighbors, their friends and the like. If you also offer closet organization and could find someone to help you do hair and make up you could have a little entourage/ glam squad going on!
Good luck!

Katie said...

you both are my favorite dressers and I'd happily have both of you live next door so you could pick out my outfits (and for other reasons like your friendships of course :)

Nora said...

Annie, you would be a great stylist! Good luck with everything! Your dreams can become reality!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

First of all, this is an AWESOME look Annie!! Secondly, good for you for going after what you want to do. After my first son was born, I sort of had this awakening. I knew that I wanted to do something in fashion and personal styling was what came to mind. I had a super-ghetto website for 3 years and didn't really do anything with it. I definitely want to get into it now.


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Always Maylee said...

Yay I've been a fan of Annie's for awhile now, love her! :)

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Unknown said...

I'm so glad you choose Annie to guest post today! I love her blog and now I found yours as well, I love your style. Can't wait to see more!


Alyssa said...

I adore Annie, and her blog––she has such fabulous style, and this may be one of my favorite looks yet!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Annie would be the best at personal styling! Her outfits never cease to amaze me-- always so fun and different!
xx, Emily
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Ladies in Navy said...

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Amber said...

LOVE the pop of pink on the black & white, very pretty!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Love this dress! And I also love having 2 of my fave bloggers together in one place. :)

renae said...

Shanna! This is so fun to get to know your blog loving buddies here, too. Hope you are having a BLAST!!!

Amy said...

Love Annie's blog. She was such a HUGE help when I started my blog, such a sweet lady with greta style!
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Shira said...

This dress and the pink accessories are so cute!!!

Stesha said...

Your outfit is amazing love!! I am so happy you decided to follow your dream!!


Unknown said...

I love the pop of spring color! It is absolutely adorable! :)

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Unknown said...

Great statement necklace! I've been on the fence with statement necklaces for awhile...but I really want one


A Brew of Blessings said...

Welcome to my new side of the pond! We're in Manchester which was cold today - hopefully London is a bit more on the sunny side for you :)

Can't wait to see more pics soon!

TaraMixandMatch said...

I am in love with the necklace...and great dress!

Raquel said...

What a cute outfit!!

FierceandFashionable said...

I LOVE that necklace!


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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

Woohoo to personal styling!! =D