Thursday, December 8, 2016

inspired by: holiday style

There are so many things that make the holiday season special. Like being with friends and family, decorating the Christmas tree, and of course, all of the fabulous get-togethers. With so much happening this is definitely on my mind. I want to be well dressed wherever I go. That includes movie nights with my best friend, family dinners, and everything in between. There are a few key pieces in my closet that are sure to get tons of use in the weeks to come. Examples? My sparkly gold flats, my pearl earrings, snowflake accessories, gold add ons, and my favourite retro inspired red dress.

Above you can see a slightly more elegant version of my holiday favourites. This look has all the same elements of the things I love most. There is glitter, gold, and tons of old-school charm. What better way to celebrate December? There is also a red-ish nude lipstick shade, some lovely long false eyelashes, and a gold purse. These add ons are certain to make your outfit feel special, elegant, and seasonal.

Right now? I am totally inspired by holiday style. Red, silver, and gold are my current go-to's. Be sure to incorporate them into your next outfit!

Something else that is inspiring me this holiday season? The new Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe set. Check out part one of my three part review!


What are your holiday style favourites?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

current obsession: Cas & Co. Custom Creations

Makeup brush holders from Cas & Co. Custom Creations

I have always been in awe of her. Smart, kind, and friend Robin has it all. We met in University and bonded over music, movies, and boredom (Some of our classes were less than thrilling.) Over the years, she has continued to amaze me. Most recently? She began selling her crafts and custom designs. Cas & Co. Custom Creations launched on Facebook late last month. Since then she has been sharing photos of all her new items. Each one is more astounding than the next. From holiday decor pieces to glittery makeup brush holders, there is a little bit of everything.

Honestly? I knew she was talented. (After all, the Mr. and Mrs. mugs she made for my bridal shower are prominently displayed in my living room.) Even knowing this, her creations took my breath away. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when bam! That photo of the makeup brush holders popped up. It was a love at first sight kind of moment. Since then....I have been keeping a close eye on her creations. Which is what inspired today's post. I wanted to show some of the incredible pieces from Cas & Co. Custom Creations. 

I cannot fully express just how amazed I am. Her creative spirit shines through in every piece....and that makes them truly extraordinary.

To find out more about Cas & Co. Custom Creations be sure to visit the Facebook page.

What do you think of these designs?

xo Shannon

Monday, December 5, 2016

how to create your own holiday glitter lips.

Glitter is on my mind. It might have something to do with the holiday season, my general obsession for all things sparkly, or the glitter adhesive I picked up recently. (You can check it out and read about my experience at the National Women's Show here.) Whatever the reason....all signs point to glitter. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been creating random glitter looks using the assortment of products at my disposal. There was of course, the turquoise glitter and adhesive from the women's show, along with my giant collection of loose glitter, and my beloved lip set from Ciate. (Pictured above.) I found the latter while perusing Marshall's last year. It was super cheap and I thought - why not! It was definitely not a purchase I regret.

That brings me to today's post. This is a quick and easy how to. Before you know'll have gorgeous glittery lips that are perfect for any holiday party, fashion post, or Instagram selfie.

See? Super simple. All you really need is some glitter and something that will make your lips tacky. The Ciate kit came with Glitz Grip, which is essentially glitter adhesive with a brush applicator. However, I also have the Eye Spy Eye Primer by Jordane Cosmetics which works brilliantly with glitter. There are some from NYX and Too Faced as well. So whatever your budget...glitter lips are in your future! Be sure to give them a try this season.

Have you ever tried to create glitter lips?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 3, 2016

meeting tiffany pratt at hudson's bay

It wasn't what I expected. When my mom and I sat down for a luncheon at Hudson's Bay....we were greeted with a warm hug and a friendly smile. Tiffany Pratt (HGTV star and author) greeted every single person who had come to the event. It was surprising....especially since most people are keen to keep one another at a distance. On our seats there was a small boxed lunch and a copy of Tiffany's new book, This Can Be Beautiful.

We flipped through the book (which was loaded with rainbow coloured pages, glitter, and fun DIY projects) and debated which project we would tackle first. Decisions, decisions. Then Tiffany Pratt began to speak. I assumed the afternoon would be full of decorating advice. Instead, it was an incredible speech - full of motivation and inspiration. She urged us to enjoy creativity and stop worrying about the outcome. She spoke of appreciating our true selves and the importance of having fun in life. She talked about the fact that many of us live life in the future instead of embracing the present. She shared stories of energetic connections and positivity. In fact....she even led us in a guided meditation. It was incredible.

By the end of the luncheon? I felt inspired in a way that I hadn't in a long while. It was exactly what I needed. My mom and I waited a while for the crowd to thin before approaching Tiffany. She signed both of our books and took photos with us. (I have a habit of getting super nervous but I managed to tell her that her talk had been super inspiring to me...causing her to write "love and inspiration" inside my book.) She was super friendly and kind hearted. Her energy was so beautiful. It was truly a gift to be around her, even for a short while.

Meeting Tiffany Pratt was a wonderful experience. It made me so grateful for the amazing things I have in my life...and also made me eager to crack open the book and get creative!

Have you attended any events lately? Do you DIY?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 1, 2016

the december tag.

How incredible is that photo? I saw it and it absolutely took my breath away. It reminded me of how peaceful soft flakes of snow seem....and how wondrous the world can be. Somehow, it seemed like the perfect way to welcome in December. There is something exciting about the start of this month in particular. Being a total Christmas-a-holic it means that I can go into full blown Christmas mode (and no one can say a darn thing about it). It signals the start of family get togethers, parties, and a raft of other exciting events. To start it off on the right foot, I decided to do "The December Tag." I found this online a while back and bookmarked it for this occasion. So, here goes! 

Favourite Thing About December. There is no doubt about it. My favourite thing about this month is the build up to Christmas. I love spending time with loved ones, watching movies, and wrapping presents. It is the best time of year.

Your Most Cherished Tree Ornament. Something I love? Decorating the Christmas tree. Sure, it's a huge pain to lug everything out, unbox all of the decorations, and fiddle with hooks and wires. But when it is all done? The beauty of that tree makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It's hard to choose my favourite ornament (because I have an awful lot of them) but I think it is one of a dollhouse. It lights up inside and I've had it since I was a little girl. 

Must Have December Accessories. Hats, gloves, and scarves are important. Especially once the temperatures drop lower and lower. But even more important? The wintery accessories I wear throughout the month. I'm talking snowflake earrings, Christmas charm bracelets, tree shaped necklaces, and candy cane rings. Oh yeah. Tacky is my middle name come December! I love holiday themed jewellery - along with novelty t-shirts and ugly Christmas sweaters. 

Easiest Person To Shop For. This is a tricky question. I don't find anyone particularly easy to shop for. Probably because I desperately want to find the perfect gift. I want my loved ones feel appreciated. So, I have a habit of shopping even after I am done shopping. I add and add and add until I feel good about the selection of gifts I have for them. 

Wrapping Paper or Paper Bags? Absolutely, wrapping paper. Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved wrapping and unwrapping presents. I used to tear into packages with reckless abandon. Now? I absolutely love to wrap up gifts in festive paper. It is fun, relaxing, and rewarding. 

Favourite Holiday Scents. Oh, December smells make me giddy. Visiting Bath & Bodyworks in December usually proves to be a dangerous activity. I just love those warm, sweet scents! Like gingerbread, marshmallow, sugar cookies, vanilla, and peppermint. I have a ton of scented candles out and ready to go at all times.

Best Stocking Stuffer To Receive. Stockings are always an exciting part of the Christmas festivities. I love buying people little stocking stuffers and I love to receive them, too. My favourite things to get are cheesy holiday themed items. Like Santa Claus Pez dispensers and stuffed elves. Anything fun and themed is good with me.

December is here. The month ahead is sure to be full of fun, excitement, and some seriously amazing moments. I cannot wait! 

In other latest YouTube video for the creation of beauty is art. is up now. It is a long overdue birthday haul. Please take a look....and like, comment, and subscribe if you get a chance.

Are you excited about December?

xo Shannon 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

taking a bus shopping trip to the usa

Oh, how I love to travel. And shop. Put the two together and you have one seriously unforgettable getaway. Which is precisely why the bus trip my mom and I took to the USA (specifically Erie, Pennsylvania) was so memorable. It all started very early on a Friday morning. We were up and waiting for the tour bus before 6:30 am had rolled around. We joined a large group of shoppers and drove for a couple of hours before stopping at the Canadian Duty Free. Then it was time to head over the border (where we were stopped for Remembrance Day as it was close to 11. We actually saw all of the border workers come together to stand in silence. Pretty amazing that even the border shuts down out of respect). From there? It was lots of driving, going over instructions, and planning out our day.

The first shopping stop was at Millcreek Mall. We were given a few hours to get our shop on before dropping our luggage off at the hotel and coming back for round two. It was a fun first day though there were certainly some high and low points. The good? Five Below (what an amazing store), Fuddruckers burgers (it was so good it was seriously mind blowing) and spending time with my mom (I love being around her). The not so good? Ulta (no Kardashian makeup....heart broken). By the time we got back to the hotel it was 9pm. We barely had time to watch a show and plan out the next day before we went to bed.

The second day was spent at the Gove City Outlet. Oh my! What a day that was. There were so many stores it was totally overwhelming. We found awesome things we would never be able to find in Canada (like the brand new Paris Hilton perfume) and Christmas gifts for a great price. My mom was even able to pick up some Michael Kors purses for incredible prices. It was a jam packed day full of shopping, shopping, and more shopping. After we all loaded back onto the bus we stopped at Cracker Barrel to eat dinner. I had never been there before so it was a really cool experience. The food was tasty and the gift shop was incredible. I wound up buying the Reba McEntire holiday CD that was exclusive to the restaurant. Neat!

The day didn't end there. Oh was off to do even more shopping. We were dropped off in a plaza that had a few different stores but my mom and I were after Kohls. Why? Lauren Conrad. I absolutely love her and have since Laguna Beach. So I was eager to get my hands on something from her clothing line. I have seen pictures online for years and years but was never able to buy them myself. Everything was so beautiful and it was a super exciting experience. (Even if people thought I was crazy for taking pictures of the Lauren section.) I wound up buying a sweater and a couple of gorgeous accessories. Then we went back to the hotel to rest up for the next day of shopping.

It was another very full day. We were downstairs at 6:45 am to put our luggage on the bus, grab breakfast, and get going. The first stop was Wal-Mart (which had some seriously amazing Christmas stuff) and then Target (which is basically my favourite place ever). Then we drove back to the border, went through customs, and headed back into Canada. It was a long drive back but we stopped briefly to stretch our legs and grab food. Eventually, we were back at our original drop off point with very heavy suitcases and very empty wallets.

Honestly, it was a really wonderful weekend getaway. My mom and I had a blast shopping, talking, and being together. It was definitely something I needed...even if my bank account doesn't agree! These are some of the things that came home with me (minus gifts for my loved ones). There were ugly Christmas sweaters, movies, t-shirts, CDs, perfumes, holiday items, and well, a lot more. Take a look.

There is no doubt about it. This was by far my most memorable shopping trip. I had never taken a bus trip like this so it was definitely an interesting experience. The best part? Doing something totally out of the ordinary with my mom. I know she had a good time as well so that makes it even better.

Have you done any shopping lately?

xo Shannon

Sunday, November 27, 2016

miss piggy: love it or leave it

Some people have style and some people define style. Miss Piggy is certainly the latter. She has never been one to shy away from fashion risks. Throughout her career, she has worn just about every colour, print, pattern, accessory, and hairstyle there is....with varying results. But no matter what, this iconic actress/singer/frog lover has inspired us all. Most recently? She participated in the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with Tony Bennet. Rehearsals took place on Wednesday and Miss Piggy stepped out wearing a bold dress, purple gloves, and a pair of pearls. So....was it a love or a loathe?

What I Love: If anyone can pull off these bold colours, it is definitely Miss Piggy. I adore the combination of pink, fuschia, black, orange, white, and green. All of the colours paired with that dramatic swirling pattern shouldn't work. On most people it would look dizzying or over the top. Yet on her, it does. Everything about this dress is fun. It is also pretty daring! That plunging neckline shows off just enough - but Piggy stays classy with those gorgeous purple gloves and that stunning pearl necklace. It was a fabulous combination.

What I Loathe: There is no doubt about it. Miss Piggy is a style icon. The only thing I did not love about this outfit? The fact that we will never know what shoes she was sporting! My guess? Something with a high heel and tons of glitter.

I hope you enjoyed this holiday-themed Love It Or Leave It! A little unusual, sure, but fashion inspiration can come from absolutely anywhere. (And anyone!)

What did you think of Miss Piggy's parade outfit? Love or loathe?

xo Shannon