dear 2016

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happy new year’s eve! i cannot believe we’re about to tie a proverbial bow around another year. 2016 came and went in a flurry but certainly packed a punch. while there have been lots of ups and downs (from a collective stand point), i’ll always look back on this year fondly if only for the fact that 2016 was the year S and i got engaged.

2016 was the first full year that shawna leeann was first and foremost a fashion and lifestyle blog. though i’ve shared bits and pieces about the wedding planning process, i’ve tried to focus this space on my love of clothes, fashion, and personal style so this letter to the past 365 days will look a little different than in years past. but nevertheless, i love a good year in review montage so grab a cup of coffee (or a mimosa, it is new year’s eve after all) and settle in. here’s a monthly recap of some of my favorite photo shoots of the year:


in january i wore:


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boots (parts one & two)

polka dots

and lace-up flats


in february i wore:




the perfect white tee



a bathing suit(!)

and love (in a twopart valentine’s day shoot with S)

we also snuck away to la quinta for a little romantic getaway


in march i wore:




stowaway cosmetics

a ruffled sweater (with my gal, carylee)

roic + bru

spring stripes

and i printed my first blogger business card!


in april i wore:




my easter best

a panama hat (three different ways)

my best coachella outfit

more stripes (this time with my boo)

my signature mermaid waves for my very first tutorial

a little red dress and an engagement ring!

we also froze our booties off in chi-town


in may i wore:




lots of white dresses (these two & THE most special white dress of them all –my wedding dress)

i also started documenting all things wedding with the S & S wedding series & created a #shawnaleeannstyle tab on the site as a way to easily shop my everyday outfits


in june i wore:




chambray & sparkles for my 31st birthday

my straw mesa hat (on repeat)

a responsibly made outfit by my girls at VETTA

and my new fossil watch

i also wrote 30 reasons i loved my 30th year


in july i wore:




a flirty romper

red, blue & boots

the best madewell purchase of the year

a one shoulder dress

a GIANT smile over the reveal of my new brand logo (brought to you by the amazingly talented mason alley calligraphy)

perhaps my favorite outfit of 2016

a food coma from our wedding tasting

and denim on denim

S & i also celebrated two years together


in august i wore:




all the heart-eye emojis over our engagement photos

a ruffled cardigan

another romper (this time in front of one fantastic pink wall)

and an outfit perfect for transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall


in september i wore:




a trial of my wedding makeup

striped peplum

ruffles, lace & an epic carrie bradshaw bun

and a crop top

we also revealed our honeymoon destination


in october i wore:




ruffles + flare jeans

a summer dress + fall accessories

the quintessential fall outfit (and my new JORD watch)

the perfect lace midi dress

polka dots on polka dots

a striped midi skirt (that i scored for $37!)

i was also bridal showered by the most incredible women i know


in november i wore:




not one, but two bow sweaters

a “carrie bradshaw” bun

and the perfect (sweater) LBD

i also had the world’s best (and tamest) bachelorette party


in december i wore:



a classic trench coat

two festive hairstyles (thanks to irresistible me!)

an unexpected color palette (and more bows, duh)

this LBD again

two festive holiday looks 

my new favorite pant silhouette

pants(!) on christmas eve

and again on christmas day (clearly i’m a little obsessed with these)


while 2016 has been one for the memory books, i know 2017 will be even better -if only for the fact that 20 days from now, i will have the honor and pleasure of becoming S’s wife. holy moly, y’all. we’re getting MARRIED (binge read all the wedding posts here).

may your new year’s celebrations involve plenty of bubbly and the company of family and friends. thank you for your love, support, and encouragement over the past year! i appreciate each and every one of you and i wish you nothing but the best of everything for 2017.




p.s. read my letters to 2015, 2014 & 2013.

  • Aunt Teresa
    December 31, 2016

    Nice recap. You look happy and lovely in each of them. It will be fun watching your fashion style in 2017. Have a safe New Year celebration. (I’ll be sleeping!)

    • snadelman
      January 2, 2017

      Hope you had a great New Year’s! We miraculously stayed up until midnight!

      Wishing you and your family all the best in 2017. xoxo

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