Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Personal Days

 

This basic black and white top, which is my very first peplum purchase, goes beyond color for me today. 

Here's the deal. Honestly, I am feeling burnt out and have recently let meaningless things consume, bother and tug at my heart when it comes to this whole world of online journaling.

I have made a conscious effort to keep my stresses of blogging off this blog. Ironic, I know. I am not here to vent, gripe, throw a pity party or anything else Debbie Downer-ish. I just wanted to explain to you guys why I will be absent over the next two days. Some personal time off is long overdue to rejuvenate, take care of some things I have put on the back burner and have a hiatus from blog land. As we have all said before, unplug from it all.

To me, it's black and white. I am going to post because I want to and not because I have to. Quite honestly, I don't feel like blogging the rest of this week. This is the first time in almost two years that I have taken a small break from posting or promoting guest posts. 

So, I am going to spend some time with my family before I head to Houston tomorrow and then have some serious girl time at a three-day long wine fest.

I fully intend on being back here bright and early Monday morning. I am sure I won't be able to stay away from Instagram. So, maybe I am not actually taking time off because documenting anything online is considered blogging, right? 

See your pretty faces in a few days. 

Distance Absence makes the heart grow fonder.



WHAT I AM WEARING:
Forever 21 Peplum top (here) // Gap Denim (here) // Target Heels (similar) (similar) // Wallis Bag c/o (here) // Forever 21 Bracelet (here) // Forever 21 Glasses (similar) // T + J Designs Watch c/o (here)







 **If you are linking up today, the only request is that you follow my blog with GFC or Bloglovin' and link back to it in your post. It's how weekly link ups work. Oh, and go meet some new friends! 
 
 

Linking up with the Pleated Poppy.

 P.S. We will never forget 12 years ago today. God bless the U.S.A. My thoughts and prayers are with our entire country, especially those who were directly effected on the catastrophic and unimaginable day of September 11, 2001.

Shanna

61 comments:

Alice Warren said...

Great peplum top, I am sure we will see you add more to your closet - they are so feminine and flattering!

Enjoy your time off with your family & friends - Have a great weekend!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Stesha said...

Enjoy your days off love, you deserve it! Cant wait to hear all about the Nordstrom event, you will do amazing! Love you so much!

xxS

prettyanddelectable.com said...

Cute peplum top! Enjoy your time off! :)

Cate @ Wild Ruffle said...

Enjoy your break - you deserve it!

Fash Boulevard said...

Hello chic! This top is amazing. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. :) xo

www.fashboulevard.com

Susan Jeffries said...

This top is so cute!I ran right over to the web site and added it to my cart! Super cute! And I think it may look good paired with a cardi or jacket for colder days. Am I correct? I hope you enjoy your much deserved break. Life, and blogging, can be stressful. But I wanted to let you know that your posts make a difference to me. I check your blog every morning to try to get outfit ideas. I have purchased so many items that you have suggested. You are so stylish, but I know that you are genuine and kind too - and that matters to me. So take your break and enjoy. But please come back. Moms everywhere need you(: Blessings! Susan

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Have a wonderful weekend with friends and family, and know we will all be here when you get back! :)

Dee Kay said...

Have a wonderful well needed time off. Balancing online and offline life can be very stressful and taking the time off to rejuvenate is the best remedy, you deserve it! have fun at the event ♥

Dee Of Ms Dee Kay

Dhruvi said...

You look beautiful, as always, Shanna! Love this outfit!! As for taking time off - I recently took 3 months off from my blog. Everyone needs time off! I'm still so bummed I won't be able to see you in Houston! Have so much fun at the event, and have a fab weekend!!

Dhruvi
Stilettos & Sequins

Ashley said...

It is hard to not let those little things bother you...don't worry, you're not alone my friend! A break is so great every now and then. You'll feel rejuvenated and ready to go again afterwards!

Danavee said...

Since school started, I've barely been able to keep up, so I have NO idea how you have been able to do it. You deserve a break. You work so hard at making this an amazing space.

Kimberly said...

Proud of you for making this decision & taking some (well-deserved) time off. Enjoy, relax & recharge...we will still be here when you come back :)

www.pennypincherfashion.com

Everday Fashion said...

Loving your outfit! The peplum and heels are to die for! Thanks for having a link up!
Lee

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

That top is adorable! Enjoy your time at Nordstrom and your blogging break!!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I LOVE this look.

Enjoy your time away.

bisous
Suzanne

Carly said...

Enjoy the break my friend, it's totally allowed!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Taking days off is crucial to maintaining life balance and sanity. Enjoy!

Laura - Relatively Offbeat said...

You even make jeans look stunning! Love this casual, chic outfit. Great shoes!
xoxo

Mary Byrd said...

Love this look.. U have definately inspired a look I want to make my own!

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List Addict said...

Enjoy your days off!! You certainly do work very hard at your blog and utterly deserve them. See you when you are back. Thanks so much for hosting.

Always Maylee said...

Love this peplum top, you look so beautiful! Enjoy your time off. We all need a break sometimes and there is no shame in doing so. Have fun!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Darby Hawley said...

Good for you! Take the time you need and want to get refreshed :-)

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Enjoy your personal days! We all need those once in a while to recharge. The peplum is gorgeous but I really love those heels!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Your Peplum Top is so pretty. I am on the look-out for a Black+White Printed Peplum Top. Looks perfect with the Heels. Great Look as usual.

I would love for you to stop by and check out the outfit I linked. Thanks, Ada. =)

Susan Liberatore said...

Good for you girl! Enjoy tom's event...wishing I could be there.
Looking lovely as always. xo

Setarra said...

Never feel guilty for taking time for yourself! I hope you enjoy your break this week and get some quality rest both in body and soul. "Me Time" is soooo important :)

Helene in Between said...

Shanna, I am so sorry and honestly can't dream of anyone doing anything to you! This is what makes blogging ugly and it's so unfortunate. Thinking of you today. and take all the time you need.

Because of Jackie said...

Love the peplum and the heels, gorgeous! You take all the time you need, we'll be here when you get back:)

Katie said...

i've been feeling the same way! and then i feel silly for putting that on myself! no one is telling me i have to blog! enjoy the break!

Rebecca said...

Awwwwww you & your family deserve QT for each other. I agree blogging really takes a lot of time & effort that unplugging is so necessary. BTW, that peplum top flatters your figure in all the right places!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Ashley said...

Love this top, you look so pretty!!

xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Rachel Lynne said...

I take time off blogging all the time! It keeps me sane honestly, good for you for taking some time to yourself :) I know that you probably have so much to go through each day, sponsorship, advertising, etc. so it is probably hard to not keep at it all the time!

TheTinyHeart said...

I totally understand wanting to take a blogging break! Blogging is definitely hard work and it can burn you out sometimes. Enjoy your time off!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Lindsay said...

Good for you (coming from someone who takes a LOT of breaks) :)! I hope you enjoy your time away and you look stunning as usual!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Good for you gurlie! We all need a break and need to just live life without taking pictures of every little thing or setting things up just right for blog photos. Sometimes it's nice to just relax at night and not even look at the computer ;-)

Elle Noel said...

Good for you lady! We all need to step away and disconnect from the world from time to time. Hope you have a wonderful break!

Ann Huffman said...

First time to link up with you. Great blog! Enjoy your break! ~Ann
Tarnished Royalty

Sandy a la Mode said...

that top is gorgeous, i love the print!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

I am a firm believer in taking time off from blogging! Enjoy it :)

ALSO - three day wine fest in Houston this weekend?? I need to research that!

Sarah said...

You go girl! Enjoy your time!! Good luck tomorrow, hope its lots and lots of fun!!

Niki Caron said...

You deserve a break, Shanna. No one will fault you for it! And you look beautiful in the peplum top. Have a great weekend, and I hope you have a great time in Houston and are able to relax a little. All the best with the event tomorrow night! xoxox

Deena Imamura said...

Hi Shanna! I just discovered your blog and linked up for the first time :)

I LOVE peplum tops and yours is adorable!

xoxo
Deena
http://dimamura.blogspot.com

Jessi said...

this top is amazing and you look gorgeous in it! Love those heels.
Have a great break away from it all! I think we all let it consume us a little too much sometimes and a break is needed!
Jessi
http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-slurp.html

Kayla Peveler said...

Sooo stinking cute. LOVE those heels, and that peplum top!! You're a beauty, ma'am.

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

I understand your need to break; I took a few days recently as well. Mainly because life sometimes requires you to slow down and re-prioritize. Doesn't mean you don't love it any less, just need to hit refresh.

Nikki said...

Enjoy your blogging break. We all need a little time off sometimes. Love that peplum top. Adorable!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

Cece said...

That's your break? I take 2 days off from blogging every week. More! But then again I'm a little old blog so I can do that. Enjoy it lady!! You have definitely earned it. Love those boyfriend jeans. I got a pair at Old Navy and I want to wear them every week. BTW-I bought something at Wallis last week and I totally thought of you because I would have never found out about the place were it not for you.

Hallie Oceanside said...

Love that you are taking personal time, we all need it. Blogging can be SO time consuming with writing, marketing, keeping up with the rest of our favorite writers it is ALOT to take on.

Have fun on your break, you SOOOOO deserve it!

Amanda @ A Good Hue said...

We all need a break now and then-- enjoy your time off, Shanna!

Love the outfit, especially the heels--- too cute! :)

Rachel said...

Such a cute top- you can definitely dress it both up and down easily!

Mary Leigh said...

New here and happy to have found the blog and link up. Those heels are adorable!

Callie said...

I love this outfit! Super cute and casual yet uber stylish. You look gorgeous!
~Callie
www.creationsbycallie.com

Alyssa said...

Enjoy your break, lady–you deserve it!

p.s. I'm loving the relaxed, casual fit of these jeans. They're great on you!

Traci Little said...

such a classic look that looks amazing on YOU!

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Lyndsey Aaron said...

I love this peplum and boyfriend jean look, Shanna :) You always look amazing! Every one needs a few mental health days every now and then! You'll feel great once you take a break! The winefest will cure all! Hope you have a fab rest of the week and lots of fun this weekend!

xoxo,
Lyndsey

www.theeyelinermanifesto.blogspot.com

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Love you, pretty lady!! Relax and enjoy your blog-break. You deserve it!

FitTravelerAJ said...

Girl, you deserve it! Take a few days for you!! Love hat peplum, so pretty!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Pens and Pencil Skirts said...

You look fabulous! Enjoy your time off.

Simona said...

That´s such a fantatsic combination Shanna, you look really cool! :)

Ashleigh said...

Look at you in ants! I'm so used to you in dresses and skirts. Love it. You're feelin more "real" to me.
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Just Another Shopaholic said...

Shanna! Peplum is amazing on you!! I love this look.

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