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LBD: Day to Night

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I love a good versatile dress.  I found this cute lbd at forever 21.  I had been looking for a knee length fitted dress and this one is perfect.  It’s lightweight and super comfy.  I was pretty skeptical when I first looked at the dress for two reasons.  One, it’s jersey knit.  Need I say more?  Jersey knit has a tendency to be a little unflattering for curves hugging all the wrong places.  Two, I’m a petite person standing at only 5’1”.  I’ve never really purchased any skirts or dresses that are knee length for fear that they would make me look even shorter than I am. I think this proved my fears wrong.


Going from day to night is really fairly simple, especially with a simple black dress like this.  For an easy day look you can go with a chambray shirt or flannel around your waist and so cute sneakers.  To go from casual to dressy, just add heels, a nice jacket and a great lipstick.  I was going to go with my typical black moto leather jacket, but in the spirit of spring, I went with this awesome blush moto, also from Forever 21.  And my favorite dress up rule, add a statement necklace to finish your look.

Yours Truly // Shannon

The Spring Bootie

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Does anyone else have a constant battle with their closet?  Like sometimes you wake up and hate your clothes?  And then you can’t decide what to wear for the day because you don’t like your outfit selection.  When I really can’t decide what to wear, which let’s face it happens much more often then not, I rely heavily on my favorite place for outfit inspiration, Pinterest.  I spend a few minutes, or so, browsing for outfits that I can recreate with my wardrobe.  It’s pretty effective.  I’d recommend it for anyone struggling with dressing themselves in the morning.

Then there’s the struggle of wanting to buy more clothes and realizing shopping is expensive.  I would love to buy new clothes on the regular.  Style posts can be hard to put together especially when using old pieces in my closet that no longer are being sold in stores.  I decided that I’ll try to do style posts with clothes that I already have with maybe a piece or two that are newer.  I have one main rule for my closet.  One, if I buy something it has to be replacing something else.  No adding new hangers to accommodate new clothes.  Buy one, get rid of another.

I love wearing booties.  They're probably the most comfortable way to wear a bit of heel to work.  Only problem is with warmer weather approaching or for you LA natives like me, your foot can get a little hot in a closed-toe bootie.  I found the perfect solution.  These cute open-toe booties are going to be my go-to for spring.  The elastic slingback makes them extra comfy.  Check out Sole Society for these ones and tons of other great items including other cut-out booties perfect for spring.

Yours Truly  // Shannon

Winter Whites

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Sometimes it's hard to think of myself as a "blogger".  I mean only started Shannon Did What like 5 months ago. Time flies when you're having fun, right?!  One of my best friends was helping me brainstorm upcoming posts and new shoot locations.  She suggested I go the "blogger wall".  Blogger wall? What's the blogger wall, I thought.  The wall in question, well, really it's an entire building, is the bright pink location of Paul Smith on Melrose.  I literally take Melrose to and from work almost every day and I had never noticed it.  Strange right?  Think I would've noticed a large bright pink building on the side of the street.

Boy, was my friend right.  This is the ultimate blogger wall.  I went during a lunch break during the work week and there were people doing fashion shoots when we pulled up.  It was crazy, it looked like this girl was standing on stilts in a floor-length gown.  Turns out it was just a stool, but still crazy.  My co-worker said she was there on a weekend and it was blogger central.  There were even girls that brought a partition to do mid-shoot changes.  I think I'm going to stick with my winter whites for this one.



Who said you can't wear white after labor day?  Also, when does "after" start?  Does it start over every year?  So confusing.  Let's just throw that away.  Winter whites is definitely a thing and I'm loving it. Totally fits into my neutral color palette.  Just be careful what you eat that day.  Nobody wants to walk around with mustard somewhere on your clothes.  Also, loving these lace up flats.  I have them in both blush and black because they are surprisingly comfy.  We all know flats although literally flat, can sometimes be deceivingly uncomfortable.  Not the case at all for these Steve Maddens.  I have a theory that if your foot is laced in or the shoe is strapped on in some way that they shoe will be more comfortable.  No fun when your feet keep slipping out.

By the way, I've never been a big make-up wearer.  It's definitely something I'm trying out now.  Thinking about doing a mini-series about make-up basics for non make-up wearers.  TBD, so stay tuned! Starting with lipsticks for now.  My cousin gave me this special editionSteven Klein by Nars lipstick for Christmas.  I don't have much to compare it to but the color is great and it goes on so silky.  A must try.

Yours Truly // Shannon