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Dear Diary,

Tomorrow my full-time job gets a little bit busier; summer camp begins! And while I enjoy the constant running around; it makes the day go so much faster, I don’t enjoy the extras stress it brings. My mind never get’s a chance to rest; it’s always running about one thing or another and that drives me insane. A few summers ago, I took 20 minutes before getting ready for work to run and that really helped with my stress levels, so I’ll be doing the same this summer.

I have my first sort of blogger event today and I’m getting kinda excited. A few local bloggers are hosting a styling event at Sephora and at first glance I made no plans to go but since I’ve been working hard at networking with other bloggers, I changed my mind and decided. Last night I pulled a million outfit options and still have yet to settle on one, but that’s an everyday struggle for me so….yeah lol

I’ve been a busy, busy worker bee with the blog this week. In addition to putting the finishing touches on the series I have been working on for the last month, I will be adding a new weekly series to the blog and that hits this Friday. I’ve always been a big fan of reading them other bloggers have on there blogs but until putting one together, I never knew the work that is involved, they make is seem so easy!! It has been so nerve wracking making sure everything is just right and I am nervous about how it will be received by my readers. I’ve made more changes and edits to it than I can count but I’m finally happy with how it’s turning out. I have to add a few more things to it; visuals and possibly a video and then it will be ready to hit the blog.

Well I have to sign off, lots to do today before tonight’s event and even more to do to get ready for the first day of camp tomorrow.

Until next time,
Shanna

29 plus 5

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Ahhhh summer, summer, summer time!

Yep folks it’s my BIRTHDAY and I am officially 29; for five years and counting lol

I love the summer, not just because my birthday is the official start of summer; for anyone who wants to get me a gift I’m a ladies size 7.5, but I get to dust off my summer gear; short shorts, open toe sandals and dresses…all the pretty dresses in the land! I’ve been into long flowly skirts and dresses lately and when I picked this one up late last year, I wore it before it got to cold and couldn’t wait to bring it back out when the weather warmed back up. There’s something about white that just screams summer to me and this dress is the perfect outfit to wear to celebrate my big day.

Now off to celebrate with Chipotle and cake!

Gap Denim Jacket 

Vintage White Dress/ similar style here and here

Calvin Klein Ankle Strap Heels/ similar style here

Photos by Lauren Cronan

 

XOXO

Shanna

6.19.16|#DOFB

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Dear Diary,

My little graduated from elementary school and I was so proud of him!! He’s on to Jr. High School and he though he tells me “I not excited” and “I could care less mommy”, I know it’s the opposite. I can remember his first day of school and sitting there watching him graduate, I couldn’t believe that his time there was over. I told him that I was sad he was not going to be my little boy any more and his response was “Mommy I will always be your little boy because you will always be older than me” LOL! That’s my boy!

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And I have to wish all the dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day and especially to my dad! He’s not a fan of the sappy stuff but I can’t let the day pass without saying….Daddy I love you very much and I am lucky to have you. Thank you for having my back, giving me good advice and being such a great papa to my son. You don’t say you love me opting to show me instead and that’s worth more to me than gold….but if you want you give me gold I would not turn it down!

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You may have noticed I only posted once over the past week….shit happens. It was all about prepping for a two day training and I still haven’t recovered from back to back 10 hour work days. This week I will be playing catch up with the blog; posting on a regular schedule, scheduling a shoot with Lauren, prepping post and finishing up a series that I’m working on. Blog traffic has been really picking up over the past week and that is giving me the motivation to hang in there. For new bloggers its the one thing that can be frustrating, not seeing any traffic and the leads to many closing up shop very quickly. I have learned that building an audience takes time and you just have to keep pushing. If you stay consistent, join blogger groups and stay encouraged, the audience will come.

I have one more week of training and then our summer camp program begins, so I’m researching scheduling apps for Instagram because posting will be a chore and a half until camp is over. I’ve been saying that I wanted to put IG posting on auto pilot and now I’m finally forced to do so. I post all of my pics in real time, most of the time, and that won’t be an option during the summer. Not only will I have to plan out my blog post, I will have to get in the habit of planning my IG post as well so that is on my list of things of to knock out this week. I’m looking into Hoot-Suite but I will be asking around for other ideas in my blogger groups!

Well its time for me to sign off. I have to take my dad his gift, Chipotle lol

Until next time,

XOXO

Shanna

 

6.12.2016|#DOFB

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Dear Diary,

Something pretty major happened to me….a post I wrote a few weeks ago was featured on the Independent Fashion Bloggers site as one of their Links a la mode! You can’t even begin to imagine how may bloggers submit there post hoping to be picked. In the two years I have been member, I have never submitted; but this time I said what the heck and I was picked! It’s beyond cool and I am still super happy about being featured!

Between preparing for training’s and putting the final touches on a summer program at my full time job plus working on the blog, I am TIRED and it’s not gonna slow down. With my 9-5 rather 1:30-10:00; I have two weeks of training, one of which I’m helping to plan, a big summer project that needs to be finished, summer camp parent meeting to prep for, and of course the start of summer camp shortly followed by classes in July. I was planning on taking just one but Uncle Sam said take two, so two it is. I made my weekly to-do list to keep things on track but still; I mean I know I have as many hours in my day as Beyonc’e but how does she get it all done?!? I wonder if she would lend me some of her help for a day! I am working on a new system of daily planning and when I have finished testing it out and get it up and running, I will share it with you; hopefully that will help!

Anyway, last week I told you my goal was to reach out to more bloggers and that was the main focus for this week. There I was, trolling the internet like a creep looking for blogs to interact with and then came upon a site that changed my life…it was a blog link up! Right there in front of my face were hundreds of links to other bloggers that I could interact with; why on earth did it take me so long to figure this out!! And as a bonus, I could link my blog in the party as well for others to come and interact with me! This is the definition of working smarter and not harder!

Monday I joined  Pink Sole and Sincerely Jenna Marie

Tuesday I hung out with I do deClaire and Style Elixir

Wednesday, well I needed a break lol

Thursday it was The Mix and Stylin in St. Louis

And Friday I ended my party spree with Forage Fashion and Two Thirty- Five Designs

In addition to linking up all over the place; well that sounded kinda dirty and my mother reads this now lol, I joined two blogger groups on Facebook; Show Your Blog Love and Bloggers Supporting Bloggers and that has been a big game changer! I’ve gotten more traffic in the past few days than I got in my in the first few months of this year; so much so that I had to update my media kit! And yes the traffic is great, but its also been great to meet other bloggers and dive into their content. It has been nice to get advice and just talk all things blogging with other like minded people; there is this theme within the blogging community, “Community over Competition” and you really feel that in these groups. Everyone is eager to help and support each other and its a good thing because bloggin’ ain’t easy!

The one thing that I didn’t get to this week was following up and pitching to new brands for collaborations. I have been so busy with my full time job that when I get home all I have energy for is cleaning my house; half assed might I add, and editing blog post. I have added some time in my week that is totally dedicated to this, so I will have an update for you next week. Also on the list is working on new content and finishing up a fun series that I have been working on for a few weeks!

Well that’s it for me time to get ready for the week ahead; my little is “moving on” from elementary school…here come the tears!

Until next time,

Shanna

 

Wedding Chic

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How amazing is this vintage clutch

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The trick to wearing men’s trousers is knowing your waist size

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Shot this look in seriously the most stunning place!

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When looking for things to wear to a wedding, I normally opt for a dress but this time I went for trousers and a blouse as I wanted to do something casual yet chic. I kept the color pallet soft and finished the look with a vintage metal clutch. If you can believe it, I picked up these trousers from the men’s section of my favorite thrift shop. Because of the color and the cut makes for a high waisted fit, they keep the look ultra feminine. When looking for men’s trousers, you need to know your waist size and be sure to try every pair on to ensure a perfect fit!

This look will keep you looking chic all wedding season long!

Shop this post:

Ann Taylor Blouse/similar here and here

Men’s Vintage Trousers/similar here and here

Vintage Clutch

*old* Guess Open Toe Heels/ similar here and here

Photos by Lauren Cronan

XOXO,

Shanna

 

6.5.2016|#DOFB

IMG_2473[1]Dear Diary,

So a few days ago I told my mother, sister and one of my best friends that I had a blog. Up until then, only two people knew. My mother asked why I never told anyone before now and I really didn’t have reason besides the fact I didn’t want anyone to say anything negative. In my past life, I was an actress and I’ve never had a problem performing on stage, in fact I loved it, but the second I knew my family was there, I got kinda nervous of what they would say. They never said anything bad, in fact they are my biggest cheerleaders; and they have cheered for me in about 100 endeavors I’ve journeyed into lol, but I was always nervous. The same thing with this blog, I was nervous of what they would say but as always everyone was supportive. I think my mother binged read the entire blog from the beginning and I know my bestie did, I was on the phone with her while she was reading. My mother even left two comments on my latest post I have yet to respond to….thanks for the nice comments mommy! So again I was worried for nothing and now my secret is out.

So to keep myself on track, I made a ToDo list of the things that I wanted to get done for the week and prayed to the God’s I would get it all done……

  1. Create media kit
  2. Reach out to two bloggers and leave comments on a post or two 
  3. Plan out three flat lay photos for Instagram 
  4. Reach out to two brands for possible collaborations (I reached out to just one)
  5. Prep post for the upcoming week

I am happy to report that I have done everything on my list; well I only reached out to one brand, but everything else is done! I am sitting down today to create this weeks list and I am confident I can get it all done or at least a good portion of it done. I have come to find that blogging is not just creating a post, but its networking with other bloggers, something that I never really did until now, so my weekly goal is to reach out to two bloggers and interact with them. I also joined a group named Small Talk Social. This group is all about helping creative businesses (would not go as far as to call my blog a business yet), grow their social presence on Instagram. Using the hashtag #thegramgang I have been able to connect with other like minded creatives and learn a ton of tips and strategies that have been helping me step my IG game up! I’ve had a ton of engagement; more than ever and I’m slowly learning how to put a feed together that is an accurate representation of the brand I am trying to grow. I highly recommend this tribe to any creative content creators who are looking to improve on this social media platform.

Well that’s it for me; I am cooking dinner as I type this and my son has given me his “I want dinner” face a few times, so I have to go.

Until next time,

Shanna

 

Oh, update on the car you ask….well don’t! I could create an entire blog about it featuring my my dad!

 

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May Looks|#instafaves

Happy Friday 🎉🎉

We made it thru another week!

With all the outfit love over on my Insta; @theminnierose, and by the way if your NOT following me, why the heck not; I decided to round up your top 4 favorite #ootd looks from the month of May and give you all the outfit details!! If I can’t find the exact item pictured, I’ll be sure to link something similar 😉

 

Have a great weekend!

5.16.16

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Adidas Tee (boys size small)

*old*  DIY Walmart Skinny Khakis (similar style here)

Charles David Pumps (similar style here)

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*old* Blouse (similar styles here)

Vintage Leather Skirt (similar styles here and here)

Charles David Pumps (similar style here)

Vintage Blazer (similar styles here and here)

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*old* Ann Taylor Blouse (similar style here, here and here)

*old* Purple Belt

Vintage Floral Print Skirt (similar style here and here)

*old* Victoria Secret Pumps (similar style here)

Sunnies via Asbhy

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*old* J. Crew Blouse (similar styles here, here and here)

 Gap Kids Utility Jacket (the jacket is a boys sixe XL)

*old* Liz Claiborne Faux Leather Skirt (similar styles here, here and here)

*old* Charles Davis Shoes (similar style here)

Sunnies from Ashby

 

Did any of your favorite looks make the cut!?! Let me know in the comments below!

Shanna