Thursday, May 9, 2013

Summer Love

I wanted to start by saying thank you to everyone who left heartfelt suggestions yesterday. Like I said, I have been on the fence when it comes to the topic of  "where should take my blog next". After reading your comments and REALLY thinking about how I started and where I am at now, I came to the conclusion that what I have been doing isn't broke. Actually, it's working quite nicely. So, why should I try and fix it?

Documenting my life's journeys and love for fashion are two things I truly engage in and enjoy sharing. You guys were so right when you said I need to keep "keeping it real". So, I fully plan to continue to let friends from all over the world peek inside my life. Maybe I just needed a little reassurance. Regardless, you girls didn't let me down. Again, thank you for your honesty, putting it into perspective and reminding me to stay true to myself.

Moving on to today's topic. It's something I coined "Instagram #OOTD Recreate". Genius name, I know. I started this weekly feature several weeks ago and skipped a few posts because of my trip to London. Well, I am back on track and have another fun look for you today.

This one is one of my faves. I will tell you why in a minute. 

Let's first take a look: 


Summer Love


You know why I love this style so much? Because THIS dress was about $16 and some change after tax and looks and wears like it should be worth about $50. I have to admit that I bought it in two colors, both black and mint. For me, maxi dresses are a summertime staple and finding them in solid colors is a perfect way to maximize their wear. Don't be surprised if you see them both in full outfit posts soon. 

This dress is a hot little number, so if you like what you see, I would hop on over to Forever 21 and scoop it up ASAP. Trust me, you won't be sorry and for $16 you can't go wrong. I am I right? Or am I right?

Have you found any favorites lately where the price just seems too good to be true? Please don't hold back. We don't keep secrets around here. Give me the scoop!

P.S. There are THREE pretty fab giveaways going on right now. Here, here and here. Make sure to enter.

P.P.S. It's my birthday month. So, all ad space is 15% off for the month of May. Use the code BIRTHDAY at checkout.


Shanna

46 comments:

themosbysinchina said...

lloooove that necklace!

Rebekah Bradford said...

I feel like everyone's going to say this, but...I LOVE that necklace. I would wear that every day!

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TaraMixandMatch said...

That dress looks like the classic, easy to wear piece perfect for summer...and I love that necklace!

larissa said...

Totally going this weekend to get that dress!!

Danavee said...

Relieved! Glad you're keeping it the same!!!

Ashleigh said...

I love a pretty maxi! I wish I could wear them all the time!
-ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Montana Smith said...

LOVE that dress, just went to buy it and not in my size! Sad face. You look thebomb.com in it though lady!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

This outfit looks perfect for summer! I wish I could do strapless, but it just doesn't work for me. Would love to find a maxi like this in a tank style. Any ideas?

Helene said...

i agree, your blog is really so wonderful, you shouldn't change a thing! and i love these instagram OOTD!

Rachel said...

I personally enjoy the mix of fashion & life- it's what I focus on, too!

Neely said...

Just got a black maxi so excited!

Ashley said...

I really love that necklace and no your blog is adorable, keep doing what you are doing :)

Xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Amy Shaughnessy said...

This is cute! I always think maxis look great on people but I feel so short in them. And I'm not really short so I don't know what's up with that. Cute summer look!

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

TheTinyHeart said...

So glad to hear you're going to keep doing what you're doing with the blog! I wish F21's strapless dresses fit me or I'd snag the mint one right up...they're always too loose in the chest.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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jackie jade said...

what a great dress! forever 21 really has some great things. i haven't been in awhile and should make a trip soon to update my summer wardrobe!
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Another Clean Slate said...

I'm going to get that dress right now!!

Always Maylee said...

This is like the perfect summer outfit. I see myself in this just strolling along the beach. Ahh.

Love that you are gonna keep on keeping on! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Sarah said...

I think what you're doing is perfect! and I love that dress, I think I might have to got to F21 this weekend!

Kayla Gilbert said...

Such a perfect black maxi! Love it! And you are totally right about your site.. it is perfectly, perfect! I love reading it! : )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Alyssa said...

I really need to get my hands on a good, classic maxi like this!

stephanie schuurman said...

that is the most perfectly versatile maxi and an amazing price! i feel like everything i have my eye on right now is full price :(

xo
www.fitfashionista.com

pretty little things said...

what a great necklace! xo

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fleurani said...

Shanna, I love what you are doing and its so interesting to mix fashion with some life facts. Also adore maxi dresses for the summer, they are truly staples and can be dressed up and down with accessoires. That necklace is super super cute, cant wait to see the mnint maxi on you dear :-)

Ani
www.fleurani.blogspot.de

RachieCakes said...

Great find with this dress!! Love the outfit! I'm so happy you aren't going strictly fashion, I love the life tidbits :)

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Agnes Mayer said...

I know how you feel Shanna. I wonder every day if I am happy with the direction of my blog and then i get great comments and i realize that yes I like my blog. It's a lot of work and I'm working on getting a new header for it and sprucing it up a bit, but between being a mom, wife, nurse and making cakes/cupcakes, I only have so many hours in a day. I like your blog. Keep up the fabulous fashions!!!

Agi:)

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Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Seriously, you are not helping my attempt to not shop as much and save money...but that's okay, I think I need a new dress for my closet anyway! :) Love ya girl!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

A black maxi dress is such a classic summer look! Love it!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Carly said...

Love the bracelets!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Ashley said...

The thing I love most about a maxi dress is that you can dress it up or down. This one is super cute!

Jonna Pantelis said...

love that maxi! Must have! I have a great hat that it would look FABU with! Thank you so much!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I can't stop buying maxi dresses/skirts. It's becoming a problem.

Also, I require a specific birthday day por favor ;-)

Stesha Jordan said...

Shan I think you are right on track with this whole blog thing! You are doing great things & I am so proud! ps love the re-creation for today! looks great!

xxS

Niki Caron said...

I love the look and I love that bracelet!!!

FitTravelerAJ said...

Good for you, Shanna! Way to listen to your readers and yourself.

And I adore maxi dresses in the summer! This combo is great!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Hallie @ Life:Oceanside said...

LOVE this look.

& this dress is now in my cart on forever21.com

woop woop! thanks doll!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I would pay a king's ransom to look even passingly okay in any maxi dress or skirt I've ever tried on. I'll keep trying! Maybe this year will be my year!

Alissa Kelly said...

I just love this outfit so much!! I am looking to add several maxi's to my wardrobe - they're SO comfy and cute.

Alissa
FeelingGoodStyle.com

Tiffany said...

I love a simple black maxi dress! And with these accessories, it's perfect!

Samm said...

What a great outfit!

As far as changing things? Don't! Don't fix what isn't broke. I have a habit of getting bored with things and feeling like I need to "tweak" them and "perfect" them - and those usually end up breaking what was already working.

XO,
Samm
www.dysfunctionaleverafter.com

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

That maxi dress is gorgeous! And I have those sandals from Target, they are my fav :) Perfect look!

xoxo Jamie
www.bnjsefcik.blogspot.com

Worthington said...

I love the spiky accessories! I love the trend of those edgy items and love how they add something to a person's look.

tara said...

ohhh i lurve that dress and the sandals!

Alice Warren said...

I agree maxi dress are my summer go to. Looking forward to how else you will styling this cute classy maxi!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Victoria Mason said...

Really cute and I love the accessories! I'm glad you are going to keep going in this direction. Happy Birthday month too!

Kiki said...

i havent tried there makeup but i hear that they have some really good brushes!! i really need to check them out!!

Janna Renee said...

I got to go to TWO Forever 21 stores when we were in Denver and I was in heaven!

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