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style rules to live by

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Hey guys!!! I know it’s a been awhile since my last post but this year one of my goals is to blog more frequently. Wish me luck :)

Having great style is so within your reach the only requirement is CONFIDENCE! Yep; it’s not having the most expensive outfit or the perfectly decorated home. It’s all about wearing what makes you feel like a million bucks or having pieces in your home that are uniquely you, tell a story and make your house feel like a home.

Here are a few style rules that I live by:

SHOP WITH PURPOSE. This is probably the thing I stress most to my clients. We have all fallen into the trap of a day of shopping and coming home with absolutely nothing we intended on buying or needing. Whether your shopping for clothes or decor items have a list and know what your shopping for. If you can’t make a list that means you probably don’t need it! When you shop with purpose your budget will thank you and you will end up buying things you truly love.

SPLURGE ON THE SHOES. Invest in the staples of your wardrobe that you will wear over and over again. I love trends just as much as the next girl but I spend accordingly when I know that I can’t see myself wearing that cold shoulder top more than a few times.

THE 80/20 RULE. Strive to have a closet that is 80% staples and classic pieces and 20% trendy. By doing this it becomes so much easier to develop your own personal style (bonus it really cuts down on your getting ready time) .

until next time


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berries & bubbles

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Picture Perfect New Years’ Cocktail

I love, love, love bubbles!  Anything with champagne in it is always a win in my book.  berries & bubbles is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.  Even better; right?!

Start 2018 off the right way and cheers with this delish drink.  Bonus: you can completely customize this drink by swapping out the fruit and sorbet flavors.

Shopping list 

  • sparkling rose
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen raspberries
  • blackberry sorbet

How too 

using an eight ounce champagne flute add:

  • 1 whole frozen strawberry
  • 3 frozen raspberries
  • 5 ounces of sparkling rose
  • a heaping tablespoon of blackberry sorbet
  • garnish with a metallic straw

So easy and so good.  CHEERS too 2018!!!!!!!!!!


recipe & styling by smart style by shannon paul

photos by stephanie of philterphotography





rose' all day


Let's go on a picnic; don't forget the rose'!

What is the difference between a good photo and an amazing photo?  DETAILS. 

 Had such a blast creating this picnic scene for one of my couples engagement photos; the bride loves details as much as I do.  Having a shared love of wine; a rose' inspired picnic at one of their favorite local wineries was the perfect spot for their photos.  

Happy picnic season everyone!! florals & styling by smart style by shannon paul 

photos by philterphotography 

urban.rustic.chic dining room 

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I had so much fun designing this urban.rustic.chic dining space at value city furniture!  They started a made to mix campaign earlier this year.  Everything used for this look; except the florals of course I found at vcf.  I know right?!  The dining room is my absolute favorite room in the house.  Some of the best moments happen here.  How can it not?  Friends, family, great food and drinks; yes please!!

The first thing that caught my eye was that amazing airplane photo.  Choosing a black and white focal point for the space allowed for so many design options.  Next came the rug that had hints of gold, black, grey and white.  Color palette created.  I always find it helpful to start with one or two must have items and build my look from there.  

Obsessed with the idea of a sofa in the dining room.  This classic cream color sofa was a perfect fit with the modern grey table.  Found so many fun pillows in different textures, sizes and styles.  Pillows are one of the easiest ways to change and customize the look of your furniture.  So if you are anything like me you get bored looking at the same space.  Needless to say I have somewhat of a pillow addiction.

Finding accessories for the space was no problem at all. So many options you guys!  No matter what your style is you won't have trouble finding great things here.  Next time you go furniture shopping be sure to check out your local vcf store.  So many pretty things and super affordable!!!

Thanks so much to the staff at vcf located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Debra and Tonya were so helpful and knowledgeable about their products.  

this seasons MUST have accessory 



                         "I'd rather wear flowers in my hair, than diamonds around my neck."

Flower crowns!  Summer is finally here and that means the season of barbecues, concerts and so many other fun outdoor events.  What other reason do you need to channel your inner flower child??  Put some flowers in your hair and enjoy the summer!  Give the floral crown filters a break and snap some pics with real flowers instead.

Crafting your own fresh flower crown will only require a few things: scissors, floral wire, flowers of your choice and a little time.

  • Begin by measuring your head with a piece of green floral wire
  • Cut 3 pieces of floral wire the same circumference of your head
  • Twist the end of the three pieces together and braid those pieces 
  • Once the braid is complete make a circle and twist both ends together 
  • Now the fun part! Secure your flowers and or greens to the floral wire base
  • Cut the stems of your florals leaving a 1/4 inch of the stem remaining
  • With floral wire (about 1 inch in length) secure each stem with the floral wire to the base

Flower crowns are one of my favorite things to make!  There are no rules so pick whatever flowers you like.  Depending on what type of flower you choose your crown will last 1-2 days.  Be the star of the your next summer event and show up with some flowers in your hair!!  Have a happy summer. Florals by smart style by shannon paul 

Photos by philterphotography 

why you should go to a greenhouse 


Flowers make people happpy!!  Not only for us die hard flower fanatics, everyone reaps the benefits.  And how often can you say that?! 

Flowers improve your emotional health.  You know how you can't help but smile and I mean a real, wrinkle causing smile when you receive flowers?  A study conducted at Rutgers University found what I have always know to be true; flowers have an immediate, positive impact on your happiness and overall mental health.

Fresh stems are a must have for my home.  Such an affordable luxury that makes a big impact in any space.  Love to see what your happy flowers look like!  Share a photo in the comments section.

A big thanks to the folks at Hendrick's Flower Shop & Greenhouses located in Lititz, Pa.  They grow the most stunning calla lilies I have ever seen!  My go to source when they are in season.

Can't forget to talk about the shoes!  Grey, suede coach booties.  They go with everything from jeans to a maxi dress.  A little platform and stacked heel make these comfy and cute.  Every girl needs a great bootie that she can walk in without fear of injury.

smart stems go to a photo shoot...

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IMG_0025Meet the 2017 smart stems collection! Flowers are my first love (shoes being a very close second).  When I was creating my look book for my site I designed arrangements that reflected the personalities of the people that inspire me... so Thank You!!! Franceses

Lush arrangement of red and hot pink roses.  Straightforward, ambitious and charming

Donna Mae 

22 stems of white and blue hydrangeas.  Kind, loyal and resourceful

Carole Lynn 

Pink tulips, pink gerbera daisies and white roses.  Social, imaginative and pretty

Lena Nicole 

Mini arrangement: hydrangea, thistle and lisianthus.  Gifted, determined and sensitive

Jenna Lynn

Yellow callas and green spider mums.  Creative, intuitive and intelligent

Jaylin Marie

White roses, thistle and lisianthus.  Impatient, humble and loving


Lilies, callas, roses, mums and lisianthus.  Chaotic, fun and spiritual


Green and purple orchids.  Timeless, classic and outgoing


Peach roses, mini green hydrangeas and eucalyptus.  Inspiring, talented and friendly


White orchids, callas and lilies.  Generous, motivated and gorgeous