♡ Champagne @ Shannon’s version 2k17 is LIVE! ♡

Hi hi hi HI!

I’m BACK!

I pulled my site down last week and put my nose to the grind to give C@S a MAJOR {& much needed} makeover. & I could NOT be happier with it!!

This was huge on my list to do this year.

I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now {my 2 year blogiversary is 2 weeks!} & with that, I’ve evolved and changed a lot

One thing that drove me absolute bonkers with my old layout was how not me it was.

If we are being completely honest, I was trying to be like every single blogger ever with the marble, serif fonts, & tiffany blue. It’s pretty, sure, but again just not me. soooo SEE YA MARBLE #deuces ✌?

I was REALLY picky in how I wanted Champagne at Shannon’s to look so I took matters in my own hands and customized the website myself.

Some of the changes are:

>> MUCH cleaner :: one thing I’ve wanted to do for years {all 2 of them lol} was get rid of that obnoxious side bar. We are now clean & mean. The focus is the content, not all the nonsense going on in my sidebars.

>> DESIGN!!! :: omg, this is the one I am the MOST HAPPY ABOUT. I knew when I launched I was going to go FULL on retro. I really wanted my Instagram & blog to sync with aesthetics & I feel like they now finally do.

>> CATEGORIES :: out with the old and in with the new. I cleaned up the categories a LOT. I got rid of all the junk & mess and kept things pretty bare bones. When I first started, I was doing way too much and was all over the place so I’m glad to clean house and regathering my focus.

>> Updated graphics & pages :: basically I cleaned up a lot and made a ton of fun graphics laced throughout the site. More 8-bit, more retro, more glitch, pls & good riddance, marble!

I’m not 100% done & perfection doesn’t exist so I’ll constantly be tweaking. Here are things you can expect coming VERY soon to C@S:

>> Tailored Collections :: I’ll be doing some edits of things just rocking my world…. but not your basic blogger b here. You’ll def find the y2k feels, holographic everything, & of course that retro 80’s vibe.

>> Series :: I’m going to start a few ongoing series for you guys – if there is anything you’d like to see, let me know!

>> VIDEO! :: I’m about to get into the video game which I am really nervous about, but it’s time! Again, if there is anything you want to see, let me know.

>> Playlists!! :: YES! This has been on my list for a while & I’ve been trying to think of the best way to do it. Basically, you name it, I have a playlist for it. Can’t wait to get these integrated.

>> RESOURCES pt II :: I have my OG resources list for bloggers here of everything I use from apps, to filters, to software, etc. I’m working on a really special resource list of all things 80s. As I honed in on my aesthetic, I met an INCREDIBLE community on Instagram. Basically, I’ve worked with, am working with, & will be working with everyone mentioned. Their work is incredible so if anyone has a similar vibe to me, it will be a one stop shop. Also, it’s VERY important for me to support others in this field. We are all in this together.

Anyways, let me know what you think!! Also if you come across any bugs, let me know and I will iron it out ASAP.

I’ve missed you guys though!! I’ll admit, it was weird not blogging. Hmmm so what’s new?

If you follow me on Instagram, I recently TORE my calf running to the bus *insert rolled eyed emoji*. Basically, I couldn’t walk for about a full week. I’m finally able to limp now, but it has been awful! If you have any tips on how to heal, please share!

Did you catch Taylor Swift’s new video for “Look What You Made Me Do”?! I know I’ve been raving about it for the past 12 hours but omg. Y’ALL. You have to watch it. She is seriously genius & really outdid herself. I’m personally a MAJOR fan of the new TS & she is def a force to be reckoned with. Her claiming the “snake” is so beyond genius, I can’t even begin to fathom it. Even if you aren’t a fan of the song or her, you HAVE to see the video. You can watch it here.

Anyways, I’m currently typing this in the air – Erik & I are off to Amsterdam & Barcelona! We are VERY excited. If you have any reccs on where to go, let me know!

On another, more somber, note – I wanted to write about Houston briefly. It has been absolutely heartbreaking to see my hometown flooded. I am compiling a list of links on ways to help from all over which will be live next Wednesday. Please e-mail me at shannon@essellesse.com if you have a link so I can include you.

My thoughts, prayers, & love is with everyone in Houston right now – from family, to friends, to former colleagues, to the pets, to everyone.

One thing I know about Texas is that they will come out stronger than ever, but it doesn’t make what’s going on right now any less tragic.

Talk soon & love you,  yes you who ever is reading this – I appreciate anyone taking the time to read my blog more than you know, so thank you thank you thank you!

xx Shannon

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  • ready for the weekend & thinking of sewing some shoulder pads in this shirt... but first I guess I gotta learn how to sew? ⚜️ #slsootd #80sstyle
  • One of my fav sweatshirts from Harajuku 🎀 cute right?! 💕 Also answered a ton of questions in my story if you wanna take a gander: fitness, instagram, blogging realness, & more 💬 #slsootd #harajuku #imissjapan
  • it’s been a hot minute but back at it with the #winewednesday 🍷 this wine we got a few cases of after a sick deal at @btlbarn & it has been a favourite go to red of ours. Whenever we don’t know wtf to drink, this red blend is what we’ve been opening and it’s never failed us.
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@ROTHWINES 2015 HERITAGE RED, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA {$25ish} :: not only do we love this wine, but it’s one we’d give to guests {big fan of party favours for all guests over here} and they all loved it too! Super juicy & ripe with robust tannins! It’s a blend of 51% Syrah with some Petite Sirah, Zin, Cab, Merlot, Malbec, & Petite Verdot. Bold AF with leather, tobacco, juicy berries, & black pepper and those sexy tannins lend a nice velvety mouthfeel.
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We’ve been enjoying it outside with the grill! We’ve had it with grilled steaks, burgers, & even grilled pizza! It would go awesome with some lamb or charcuterie too.
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We got ours at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa! Def give it a taste if you see it at your local wine shop. Any go to reds you’re digging these days?! LMK! x ❤️ #trustmeimasomm
  • Talking BRAZILIAN SKINCARE on the blog! I interviewed the founder of @brzlnskin to share all the secrets {& we touch briefly on Botox too which you guys know I’m not a huge fan of}. Check it out on SLS 🌟link in bio! PS - the BRATOXINSTA serum is lifechanging! Thanks so much for sending it to me, @brzlnskin ✨ #skincare #antiaging #ontheblog
  • this @dior blazer from the 1980s is easily my fav thing in my closet rn ⚜️ I’m selling the skirt it came w for super inexpensive since I never wear skirts. All the info/pics are in my stories! 💸 #dior #80sfashion #slsootd

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