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Millennial Pink

Millennial Pink

Let me first say that I was a fan of pink long before the millennial pink trend. I'm pretty sure that pink has always been my favorite color in face even when it was uncool to like pink in middle school I still rocked it almost everyday. Honestly not much has changed. However it seems like everywhere recently has hopped on the bandwagon and wanted to wear a beautiful shade of light pink that is now being referred to as Millennial Pink. 


Nothing makes me happier than seeing this light shade of pink coming back in style and in every store. I really had no idea that this popular shade of the color had a name until recently when I stumbled upon this article that outlined the whole trend. 


The color itself isn't one specific shade. The Cut explained it perfectly and stated that we first started to see the trend as early as 2012, and "appeared as a toned-down version of its foil, Barbie Pink, a softer shade that looks as if all the blue notes have been taken out. By the time everyone started calling it Millennial Pink in the summer of 2016, the color had mutated and expanded to include a range of shades from beige with just a touch of blush to a peach-salmon hybrid." 




Remember,

xoxo

S



Gift Guide: For Beauty Lovers

Gift Guide: For Beauty Lovers

I've always been way more interested in clothing rather than beauty products. I've never been one to keep up with the newest beauty trends and I've been using a lot of the same makeup products since I started wearing makeup in 8th or 9th grade. Slightly embarrassing but very true...

I still remember when I was allowed to start wearing makeup. My mom took me to a local department store so they could show me the right way to put everything on and what would look best on me (without going overboard). I then bought a few of the products they used on me that day and honestly have switched a lot of them up since. 

However in the last year or so I've become more interested in skincare (I still suck at makeup). There are a few things beauty and makeup related on my wishlist this year though so I wanted to share a few with you all! Most of them are pretty affordable too and would make great gifts!


one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight 





Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Guest Post from Shan's BFF

Guest Post from Shan's BFF

Hello, all! Danee here. Or as Prep Avenue refers to me, D. As you all know, I am Shannon's dearest friend.

You know that phrase that somebody "knows me better than I know myself." Well that's me for Shannon (sorry Emory). I literally know Shannon better than she knows herself. I constantly get calls and texts from Shannon asking "have I seen this movie?" or "would I like this?" And I always answer.

Enough about what a great friend I am.


As you may know, Shannon and I met all the way back in 8th grade on a fateful day of gym class where my 5'9 self thought it'd be a good idea to hide behind 5'1 ("and a half") Shannon. I thought she was just so cool in 8th grade. She wore Abercrombie nearly every day and this girl knew how to rock a bow. So, I forced my friendship upon her and here we are 9 years later. I am currently sitting on the couch in her house where I invited myself with a days notice.

Any one out there remember picnik the photo editing website before all the iphone apps?! We were obsessed with the site.

I've been thinking about what I should write for my guest appearance on THE Prep Avenue. So, I'm really just winging it!







1) She eats jelly beans in two bites. TWO.
2) Her favorite movie is Father of the Bride: Part 2
3) She is unhealthily obsessed with TLC shows. Anytime I come over, it's a TLC marathon.
4) Also anytime I come over, she puts two body pillows in between us when we sleep. TWO. Should I be offended?
5) She doesn't have the best memory, but once she listens to a song once she has it completely memorized. Especially if it's Taylor Swift.

I could go on. You learn a lot about a person being friends with them for 9 years. Yet, I still learn new things about her. For instance, today I found out that she doesn't like tacos.



I know 9 years doesn't sounds like the longest time. But in the grand scheme of things, especially as military brats, it feels like a lifetime! Shannon has been there for me through it all. We went to college across the country from each other but I still called her on my way to class every day.

Everyone has a rock in life. Someone that helps keep you grounded in all the hustle and bustle in life. Mine is Shannon. I truly don't know what I would do without her friendship. And I know she would say the same if not better about me.




Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday!


The sales continue! 

I honestly didn't really go crazy this and only bought a few items. But there are however some really great sales going on and if you're ahead of the game (unlike me) and know what you want to get everyone for Christmas then this is the perfect time to scoop up some gifts at great prices! 

Also I weirdly bought a few bathing suits because I have the HARDEST time finding bathing suits I like and in the summer/ spring when I'm ready to buy them they're NEVER on sale. So I thought now would be the perfect time to try a few even though it's 32 degrees outside!






Anthropologie // 20% off everything 

ASOS // 30% off everything with code: epic30

Camilyn Beth // up to 30% off 

Draper James // 25% off with code: MERRY

Gap // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: CYBER

J. Crew // 40% off everything + additional 10% off purchase + free shipping with code: SHOPFAST (only through Monday at noon!!)

Kate Spade // 30% off everything, 40% off sale items with code: MOREJOY

Kiel James Patrick // 25% off everything with code: Setsail

LOFT // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: CLICK

Madewell // 25% off everything with code: GOODMOOD

Mark & Graham // 20% off + free shipping with code: FRIENDS

Moon & Lola // 30% off everything with code: CYBERMONDAY

Nordstrom // extra 20% off select sale items

Old Navy // 40% off everything

Shopbop // 35% off sale items with code: WOW35

Tory Burch // 30% off $250 or more with code: THANKS

Tuckernuck // 20% off everything, 25% off 500+, 30% off $1000+ with code: GONUTS

Vineyard Vines // 25% off everything with code: HOLIDAY17

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon





Black Friday Sales!

Black Friday Sales!

Black Friday is here and it's time to get your shop on!


It's the perfect time to purchase some of those Christmas gifts you've had your eye on or even a piece or two for yourself. Plus, in my opinion, ordering online is 10x easier than going to the physical stores and fighting all the crowds. #nothankyou

I'll be shopping from the comfort of my couch, most likely in my pjs while eating Thanksgiving leftovers.

I highlighted some of my top picks first from some of my favorite stores and thing below that you will find the FULL list of all the stores and sales.






KATE SPADE // 30% off everything with code: GIVEJOY


J.CREW // 40% Off Everything with code: THANKU



J.CREW FACTORY // 50% Off everything including new arrivals



MADEWELL // 25% Off Everything with code: DONTSTRESS



VINEYARD VINES // 25% Off everything with code: HOLIDAY17











Abercrombie & Fitch // 50% off entire store and free shipping

Ann Taylor // 50% Off Everything with code: THANKFUL

ASOS // 30% Off Everything with code: EPIC30

Banana Republic // 50% off

Bauble Bar // 35% off everything with code: VIP35

J. Crew // 40% Off Everything

J.Crew Factory // 50% Off everything including new arrivals

Kate Spade // 30% off everything with code: GIVEJOY

Kendra Scott // 20% off everything with code: YELLOW20

Kiehl's // $20 Off $65+

Kiel James Patrick // 25% off with code: SETSAIL

Loft // 50% of everything with code: THANKS

Madewell // 25% Off Everything with code: DONTSTRESS

Mark & Graham // 20% off everything with code: FRIENDS

Marley Lilly // Lots of goodies included in the Black Friday Sale & Free Shipping on Orders $75+

Moon & Lola // 30% off with code: ALLWEEKLONG

NET-A-PORTER // Take up to 50% off sale styles

Nike // Take an extra 25% off sales with code: EPIC25

Nordstrom // Extra 20% off select sale items, designer clearance up to 40% off

Pottery Barn // 20% off and free shipping with code: THANKS

Ralph Lauren // 40% off all orders of $125+ with code: THANKS40

RAY-BAN // Up to 50% off (20% off sitewide)

Sam Edelman // 30% Off Sitewide + Free Expedited Shipping with code: SAMSGIVING

Serena & Lily // 20% off everything

Shopbop // 20% off orders of $200+, 25% off orders $500+, 30% off orders $800+ with code: MORE17

Sperry // Up to 50% off select sperry styles

Topshop // Save up to 50% off + free worldwide shipping

Tory Burch // Take 30% off $250+ including sale styles with code: THANKS

Tuckernuck // 20% off everything with code: GONUTS, 25% off orders over $500+, 30% off orders $1000+

Vineyard Vines // 25% off everything with code: HOLIDAY17


Happy happy shopping!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




ThankFULL!

ThankFULL!

Happy happy Thanksgiving!

Although my whole family couldn't be together this year (Happy Thanksgiving Dad!!), I'm super thankful to have a great family and an amazing group of friends.

Today I'm trading in my laptop for the cooktop and I'm certainly looking forward to a yummy meal later this afternoon with lots of Turkey!! I have a feeling I'll be changing out of my skinny jeans to a pair of leggings with an elastic waist very soon...

A picture from last year's Thanksgiving!

Come back tomorrow as I'll have a guide to all the best Black Friday sales! 

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Add To Your Wishlist

Add To Your Wishlist

LOTS of pink and navy in today's post. But like are we surprised at this point?!

My parents are starting to ask for some ideas and at 22 years old most presents under the tree aren't really going to be much of a surprise. I'm trying be strategic about what I ask for as I'm heading into the real world all too soon. Random things like kitchen supplies and pieces that will be appropriate for work one day are in the forefront of my mind but of course, I couldn't help but add a few fun pieces in too.


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one // I'm obsessed with this navy velvet clutch. I mean it's navy and has a bow, what's not to like?! I think it would be perfect for all kinds of winter parties or weddings and would be such a fun addition to any outfit.

two // Okay, I'm not usually one to go for such a statement piece but I'm really into faux fur right now. I think it would look super cute over a black dress or black leggings!

three // Kate Spade released a new coffee table book recently and I'm dying to add it to my collection!

four // My mom made a comment the other day how bad my tennis shoes are looking. They're kind of on their last leg so I'm on the hunt for a new pair. I couldn't resist adding this pair to the list.

five // Okay...these are the BEST price and come in 5 colors! I can't decide which color I like best but I honestly think you couldn't go wrong with any of them.

six // I think this would be the best stocking stuffer or housewarming gift! Tons of my friends are moving / moved recently since we just got out of college and I think this would be an adorable gift! Plus it's SUPER affordable!

seven // I've talked about my obsession with circle bags before but I've had my eye on a blush colored one forever. This one is pretty affordable and adorable!

What's on your wishlist?

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Popular Right Now

Popular Right Now

This past quarter I took a fashion class called in Forecasting and Business Trends. It was by far my favorite and the most challening class! It was fascinating to learn about how to predict trends, read trend reports, and make our own predictions. We would have converstaions about the current industry and some of the current trends and then try to get to the bottom of each trend (why they're popular, when they orginated, when they've been seen before).

It was so fun! I sound so nerdy saying that but it really was. So it's espically fun to pick up a magazine and see trends we talked about in class!

There are so many fun trends going on right now that it's making it hard to not have a million tabs constanly open on my computer. I'm not typically the first to adopt a new trend. I'm usually very hesitant to change and not one to step outside of my comfort zone to try something new. I still remember when people started wearing yoga pants. I SWORE I would never wear pants that tight and form fitting...now of course I have to stop myself from wearing them everyday. I still laugh at the fact that I ever had that thought.



There's a few trends this season that I'm totally digging right now!


VELVET



FAUX FUR


SUEDE


BERET




What trends are you loving right now?!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




Holiday Shoes

Holiday Shoes


Before I even go into the post...THESE SHOES. Are these not me in a shoe?! I'm obsessed and added them to my Christmas list.

I wish I had tons of fancy holiday parties and dinners to go as an excuse to order fun sparkly dresses and matching shoes. But the reality looks more like me sitting on our family couch watching hallmark movies in my pjs but a girl can wish right?!

Well if I did have some fancy holiday parties to go to you can bet I would be wearing some fun holiday shoes like these. I do however have a wedding to go to in December so I'm excited to get all dressed up for that. I haven't figured out what I'm wearing yet but I just might have to order a pair of these those to wear with my dress. 


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Happy Monday friends!!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




FriYAY + I'M BACK

FriYAY + I'M BACK


I'm officially done with my first quarter of grad school! YIPPEE!!! It absolutely flew by but I'm looking forward to some quality time at home with my family. I'm heading home today and making a quick pitstop in Columbia to see Emory for a day or two before he dives into his finals. And you can bet I'll be jamming to Taylor's new album the whole way home.

I took a break from blogging this week so I could really focus on my finals, but I will be back next week in full swing with fun gift guides and other festive posts to kick off the holiday season!

See the orginal post here!

Shopping:
1. This dress is what dreams are made of...I could probably afford it in my dreams too.
2. Did you see Lilly's new print?! And for such a great cuase!!!
3. I have a wedding to go to in December and I thinking maybe this dress?
4. Kinda loving these fun sunglasses
5. Really eyeing these shoes for the holidays
6. On a scale of 1-10 how weird is it that I'm actaully putting this on my Christmas list?

Random Finds:
1. OBSESSED with this post. Make me want to go back to Paris more than I can explain
2. All of Mackenzie's wedding posts this week were so fun
3. This video made my heart so happy
4. And if you were wondering what my favorites from Taylor's new album is I think my top favorites are: New Year's Day, Getaway Car, Delicate, and Dress!!! What are yours?!?!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




FriYAY!

FriYAY!


Happy happy Friday friends! We made it, yippee!

I'm going to keep it rather short because I'm currently knee deep (or really more like head deep) into my final projects. They are all due next week hence the total lack of blog posts this week. I'm typically pretty good at writing posts ahead of time but when it comes to finals week my priorities shift to 100% school work. I finish up the quarter next Thursday so keep me in your thoughts as I power through next week. After that, the blog will be back up and running on a more regular schedule! The good news is I'm loving my final projects so far.

Thanksgiving is so close I can taste it! Hahaha I crack myself up...


Luckily there were some pretty exciting things happen this week that made working on finals a tad bit better.

On my radar...
1. Obviously #1 had to be Taylor's new album. I think currently New Year's Day is my favorite (also love Getaway Car)! What's your fav so far?!
2. Speaking of music, I'm in love with Kelsea Ballerini's new album too
3. Chip and Jo's line at Target came out!
4. Can't wait to see this come to life
5. Now you can actually eat breakfast at Tiffany's...add that to the bucket list.
6. Loving this scarf, this dress (on sale!), these sunglasses, and these shoes!
7. Did you catch my apartment tour on the blog this week?!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


Apartment Tour!

Apartment Tour!


After living here for almost 2 months I finally got around taking some pictures of my new apartment! This has been on my to-do list for...well since I moved in so I'm excited to share with you some pictures of my living room area. 

Now first off,  I'm definitely far from an interior designer but living in a small dorm room and college apartments for the last 4 years I was excited to get my hands on a space that I could decorate exactly how I wanted. 

Luckily college also how taught me how to plan for a space before I'm even physically in it. When my mom and I first toured the building this past spring I took a quick iphone video so I could use it for reference when planning. As a very visual person I also used photoshop and powerpoint to collage   pictures of pieces from websites so I could get a rough view of what everything would look like together. 

Here is the powerpoint I put together of my living room, it's funny how close it resembles what my living room looks like today. I really didn't spend a lot of time trying to make it look realistic I just wanted to get a quick view of how everything would look together. It ended up being so helpful on move in day becuase I had everything planned out in my head before hand where I wanted everything to go so we didn't have to waste a lot of time arranging and moving things. It also made it easy because I knew exactly where I wanted to hang everything and we could start on that right away.



I knew I wanted mostly shades of blue with pops of pinks. Most of my stuff is already in those colors (and they're my favorite!) so it made the most sense. Plus I mean you obviously can't go wrong with pink or blue. 

This summer I spent a lot of time planning out everything I needed. As a recent college grad and now grad student I was on a limited budget and used a fair amount of pieces I had from my preivous rooms and apartments. 

I got my adorable little coffee table from Raleigh's flea market for $30 and gave it a fresh coat of navy paint we already had at my house from painting my bedroom. It turned out better than I imagined and was so affordable. My living room chair was a neighbor's that they were giving away my mom picked it up for me before I even got home from school and then I picked out a fabric to have it recovered in. So much more afforadable than buying a whole new chair!

Other big pieces like my rug and tv we waited until Amazon Prime Day and got great deals on those too. Other furniture like my tv console and bar stools are from Target (gotta love that place)! While I knew I wanted to get just a simple couch from Wayfair becuase of their free shipping! All my ginger jars my mom and I had collected over the last few years from Home Goods (thank God for Home Goods) and all my side tables were pieces I already had. 

So if you're on a limited budget but tend to have expensive tatse (I feel you girl) know that it's possible to find some great home pieces on a great budget. I think my little apartment turned out perfect and I loving coming home to some place that feels so much like me. 














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Other Products:
Ginger Jar Pillows: Katie Kime
Prints (above TV): Evelyn Henson & History in High Heels
Prints (above sidetable): Inslee

If there is anything else you're curious where I got it feel free to comment on this post or email me and I'll get back to you!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon