Monday, April 14, 2014

A Perfect Mix


I titled this post "A Perfect Mix" because that is what this style was for me personally. It encompassed all of my favorite prints, textures and colors into one; sequins, stripes, polka dots, metallic, a full midi skirt and of course basic black. Friday night we attended a gala benefiting  Lone Star Paralysis. I was so honored and intrigued to learn more about this foundation, but got a little stressed about putting together another outfit for an evening event. I decided to shop my closet and styled a look that was dressy, but not over the top. We haven't attended this event before and was unsure what the attire was going to be. I went with my gut and decided that being overdressed was better than being under dressed. Next year I will tone it down a smidgen and go a little more conservative. You just never know until you go. 

Express Sequin Crop Top  (coupon code) // Express Full Midi Skirt // Flower Belt (option here) // Payless Stripe Heels (coupon code) (love these and these too) // Metallic Clutch (option here and here)

My heart burst a dozen times over the course of the program. Hearing the stories, meeting the people that have been impacted by paralysis and learning more about the extensive research that is being conducted  blew my mind. I felt convicted, motivated and inspired to get involved in being part of this foundation and making a difference in the lives of others. Their strength, optimism and perseverance through life altering obstacles brought tears to my eyes. It really put so many things into perspective and reminded me to not take simple things for granted; dressing myself, putting a fork into my mouth, taking a shower, driving to the grocery store and the list goes on for miles.

There are numerous ways to help with Lone Star Paralysis. And if you don't live in Texas, I encourage you to seek out a similar foundation in your own city/state and help make a difference in others' lives.

Take a moment today and pray, mediate, soul search; whatever gives you solitude to give thanks and remind yourself of all the simple everyday blessings that others wish they could get back.

Here are a few other ways I have worn the Express full black midi skirt. This has become a definte staple in my closet. Get one before it's gone.


Linking up with Fizz and Frosting

Shanna

51 comments:

Alice Warren said...

Love that you shopped your closet - this is such a great outfit. And what a great post to expose a great organization!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

You look SO pretty Shanna! And every time I see this skirt on you, I am totally tempted to buy it!

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

You look gorgeous, the heels are beautiful. Perfect outfit.

Becky M said...

Love that skirt! You did a great job mixing the pieces. The foundation sounds like a great cause!

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Susan Jeffries said...

I really like the look of a midi skirt. I am loving skirts right now and the fact that they can be dressed up or down. They seem like the perfect staple piece for spring. And I love your hair styled this way! Beautiful! Susan

Kimberly said...

Absolutely gorgeous and I love your sassy side ponytail!

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Charnele Michel said...

That black midi skirt is great and you look gorgeous

xo,
http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I LOVE your outfit! Girl, you are looking GOOD! And I'm going to my first blogger conference in a couple of weeks which will require like 7 outfits. WHAT? 7 outfits? I'm a wreck. :)

Nina Piccini said...

looking gorgeous as usual! Loving the sequins with this full skirt such a new twist on a classic silhouette

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

Lindsay Truax said...

Love that midi skirt on you. Perfect with the sequin top.

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Ally said...

Such a classic and sassy look! Love the sequins.

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Amy Shaughnessy said...

It's funny how things like that can leave a lasting impact on you. There was a 2 year old little girl in my town with Tay Sachs and she just passed away a month ago. It was a disease I knew nothing about. She had a huge impact on people in our town and there is even a day dedicated to her now in our town. I love the sequins by the way. :)

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

JP Lord said...

I love this combo! You look absolutely stunning as always love!
xox

Alissa said...

Ahhhhhhh. I LOVEEE this so, so, so much!

TaraMixandMatch said...

I love that you went with sequins and a full skirt, so pretty!

TheTinyHeart said...

I think it's always better to be overdressed! It's the best feeling when you can shop your closet and save some money :) The sequins are so fun!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Because of Jackie said...

You did such a great job shopping your closet! I always find I am the most creative and come up with better outfits when i am forced to use what I have in different ways;)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Gorgeous outfit! I love anything with sequins and the shoes are such a fun pattern to add :)

Have a great week!

Rachel said...

This is such a fun "dress up" outfit!

Kelly said...

This top is is perfect compliment!

Shira said...

I thought this was a dress at first! Either way it's gorgeous and the striped shoes are such a fun touch!

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Kayla Gilbert said...

You look adorable! Love your side pony too! : )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Carly said...

I have a similar skirt from Asos, I wear it ALL the time!

Laura B said...

Loving that awesome side pony, gorgeous heels, and fun belt! You look fantastic!

Rachel Lynne said...

Well don't you just look stunning! Love your hair this way too, the side pony is such a cute look!

Simply Sabrina said...

I am all about this big midi skirt, it's absolutely beautiful! I need more colors!

x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Great outfit! I love the sequins, the stripes. It looks great while managing to look effortless.

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I've still yet to try a Midi skirt, but it is on my list! Love the way it looks with the sequins! Gorgeous as always, Shanna!

Helene in Between said...

that skirt is just so versatile, no wonder you wear it often, it looks fabulous! you look flawless!

Paige Flamm said...

I am loving those shoes!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Susan Liberatore said...

VERY pretty!
That skirt is everywhere. Such a great staple!

Leaving the Corner & Dipping My Toes said...

I love how you styled this skirt, no matter what you pair it with it looks great.

Natalia

Caroline said...

You are really getting so much wear out of that midi-skirt - I LOVE it!! You pretty much look like a walking Kate Spade ad here :) Also, that sounds like such a great cause. It always hurts my heart to hear of the difficulties so many people are experiencing everyday, but knowing that there are people out there working so hard to make it better really makes my heart feel so full. Will definitely look into this project more!

Iris Hanlin - Writer/Photographer said...

Adorable!! Love those shoes. :)

angelalambert7 said...

Love your dress!! I am a fan of black with sparkles. Your striped shoes are too cute by the way!! Love your positive attitude:)
~Angela
www.prettyinherpearls.com

Madeline Mihaly said...

I'm with you - that skirt is so versatile & i'm so glad I got if after I saw it on you the first time!

Maddy
http://cassidylou.com

Ashleigh said...

I love a good full skirt! So cute.
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

What a wonderful foundation and the outfit you ended up choosing is beautiful! Dying over those shoes! And I always think that it's better to be a bit overdressed than underdressed!

Jessica @ Here&Now said...

oh hey there friend :)
I love how you have remixed your black skirt into so many fabulous outfits!!

xx
Here&Now

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

so adorable! love the way you styled the skirt. =D
xo,
nancy

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Amy said...

Oh my goodness, this IS so perfect! I think I need to buy that skirt. Every time you wear it, I drool over it!

xo Amy
www.urbanfrill.com

Kacie Ellis said...

What an amazing, inspiring, and educational event to attend. My dad always said "It's better to be over-dressed than under-dressed" so I think you made the right outfit choice :)

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Adri Lately said...

Well I think you just convinced me I need a midi skirt finally. Love this look!
xo Adri
www.adrilately.blogspot.com

OccasionallyAJ said...

Your social calendar is quite full these days! What a fun outfit, but not too out there since you kept it monochromatic.

-AJ
OccasionallyAJ.com

Shea Sayers said...

That sounds like a wonderful event, and you look glam and gorgeous! I love the flower at your waist--such a fun, whimsical touch!

Nikki said...

You look fantastic! This look is so so cute. Love the midi with the sequin crop top. And those shoes!! Love love it!

Nikki
thefashionablewife.com

she.is.the.one said...

very nice combo :)

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Erica Zar said...

You look so glamourous! Love how you styled pieces that were already in your closet!

xo, Erica
Casually Styled

Agnes Mayer said...

Such a pretty outfit. That skirt is so versatile. Gorgeous combination with the striped shoes.


Agi:)

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E Mamakli said...

This post both cheered me up ( how can it not, that outfit!) and also made me take a moment to think how lucky we are to be able to carry out things we take for granted each day. Very inspiring!
Back to the outfit, I am like you; always over dressed instead of being underdressed. I just feel it is a much better choice to look overly stylish instead of like you need to put in more effort. Your outfit is super classy and glam and the details are just perfect! XOXO, Elif
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Penniless Socialite said...

I am loving full midi skirts this spring! Asos has great ones in a whole bunch of colors.
Tara
Penniless Socialite

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