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Cheerful Summer Style With @torontoshay

Jul 20, 2020

by Sharon Steel

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When it comes to getting dressed in the morning, Toronto-based fashion blogger Shannae Ingleton Smith (aka @torontoshay, to her many loyal Insta fans) believes in letting the rainbow lead the way. “I think colors impact mood, which is why I try to brighten my day by wearing ones that make me feel good,” says Shannae, who of late has found herself gravitating toward cheery citrus hues. After a bit of research, she learned that orange is associated with youth and happiness, and yellow with warmth and energy. Immediately, her wardrobe choices took on a new significance.

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Like so many of us, Shannae has in recent months developed a heightened appreciation for versatile, comfy-chic basics like a new linen jumpsuit (in lemon yellow, of course) that can be dressed up or down with the help of some strategically selected accessories. “I love one-of-a-kind pieces,” she says of her approach to choosing jewelry. “When I look down at my hand and see a beautiful ring that was made for me by a real person, I value it so much more. It becomes sentimental to me.” Read on to learn how Shannae uses statement jewelry to elevate more casual looks, and discover her surprising secret to staying calm and happy at home.

Shay wearing a bright yellow linen jumpsuit
SHOP: Linen wrap jumpsuit from MsWrinkle, $112

Let’s cut to the chase: The jumpsuit is amazing! What drew you to it?

I’ve been working from home and doing a lot of video calls. I want to look professional while still feeling comfortable, and MsWrinkle’s linen wrap jumpsuit with kimono sleeves is the perfect summery piece. I’m quite busty but I have a small waist, so I love anything that’s adjustable: It allows me to accentuate my waist, with enough room to fit me properly up top. And it’s super versatile—you can dress up or dress down, and pair it with heels, flats, or sandals.

What’s your trademark accessory?

Prior to quarantine, I was the manicure queen! I would do different designs every week and try to outdo myself. Rings are great accessories for a #nailfie, and I have my wedding band and engagement ring that I wear every day, but this gold rope knot ring by Mary John Fine Jewelry is my new go-to. I love how simple and dainty it is. I’m doing my own nails now, and having hand candy like this ring brings me joy, even if my manicure isn’t as elaborate.

Shay wearing a gold rope knot ring and holding a face cup
SHOP: Gold rope knot ring from Mary John Fine Jewelry, $90; ceramic face cup from Madriguera Workshop, $49
Gold rope knot ring from Mary John Fine Jewelry
SHOP: Gold rope knot ring from Mary John Fine Jewelry, $90

Statement earrings seem like a great way to elevate a casual look, too.

Yes, I love a great statement earring. Right now, my hair is in a short bob, so I need something that pops. I can pair these lightweight shimmery dangle earrings by Kaju with anything, because the color of the clay is so neutral. I also love color-blocking, which is why I chose this bicolor pair from the same shop. The peachy and terracotta tones are so versatile—I just wore them with a white top and jeans, but I think they’ll also go great with the jumpsuit.

Last but certainly not least, you’ve chosen some gorgeous necklaces to tie this look together. Why did you select these pieces?

I’m Jamaican, and when I saw this gold Jamaican coin pendant and coffee bean necklace, both by Omi Woods, I had to have them. I have such fond memories of visiting Jamaica with my sister and mom when I was growing up, and bringing back coins featuring the ackee plant as souvenirs. Jamaica is also known for its production of coffee, so wearing these pieces together is a beautiful tribute to my heritage. I can see myself passing them both down to my daughter Kensington when she’s older. I also love that the seller is a Canadian designer, and I’m supporting more Black-owned businesses.

Shay wears a shimmery pair of dangly earrings
SHOP: Shimmery dangle earrings from Kaju, $28
Assorted statement earrings from Kaju
SHOP (clockwise from top right): Bicolor terracotta earrings from Kaju, $25; black dangle earrings from Kaju, $27; peach and gold dangle earrings from Kaju, similar from $27
Gold Jamaican coin necklace and coffee bean necklace both from Omi Woods
SHOP: Gold Jamaican coin necklace, $100, and coffee bean necklace, $97, both from Omi Woods

What’s been helping you stay calm and happy at home?

Cleaning my house! I’ve been purging and organizing to make sure that my space is only filled with things that bring me joy. That process has been therapeutic for me, because my home has become my sanctuary. I love collecting artwork and ceramics, and when I saw this face cup from Madriguera Workshop, I thought it would be a great everyday mug. I was right: It makes me laugh and smile when I see it.

What do you love most about shopping on Etsy?

Etsy has been a part of every major milestone in my life since I got married, from our custom wedding portrait to a posterboard celebrating Kensington’s first birthday. I love that by shopping on Etsy, you’re supporting real people—real small business owners. It’s been such a wonderful resource for me.

Shay sitting at home holding her face cup
Face cup form Madriguera Workshop
SHOP: Ceramic face cup from Madriguera Workshop, similar from $49

Bonus round:

What song can you not stop listening to right now? 

“Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé.

What would you perform if there were a talent show tomorrow?

Kensington and I have been watching Trolls World Tour. The music is really good, especially “Trolls Just Wanna Have Fun.” We’ve been dancing our heads off to that! It’s the best young girl anthem.

What fictional character do you wish you could meet?

I think real life is more interesting than fiction. 

Photographs courtesy of @torontoshay.

Shop The Etsy Edit

Linen wrap jumpsuit, Kimono sleeve jumpsuit, Washed and soft linen jumpsuit, Loose linen jumpsuit, Long linen romper, Women summer linens
Linen wrap jumpsuit, Kimono sleeve jumpsuit, Washed and soft linen jumpsuit, Loose linen jumpsuit, Long linen romper, Women summer linens
$117.27 USD
SOLID Gold Rope Knot Ring | 14k Rose or Yellow Gold Ring | Rope Memory Knot Ring | Tiny Twist Knot Stacking Ring | Dainty Love Knot Ring
SOLID Gold Rope Knot Ring | 14k Rose or Yellow Gold Ring | Rope Memory Knot Ring | Tiny Twist Knot Stacking Ring | Dainty Love Knot Ring
$111.00 USD
THE JAMAICAN Ackee Coin Necklace
THE JAMAICAN Ackee Coin Necklace
$110.00 USD
THE COFFEE BEAN Necklace
THE COFFEE BEAN Necklace
$107.00 USD
Maddie Bicolor Earrings | Polymer Clay Earring, Hoop Earrings, Statement Earrings, Minimalist Earrings, Modern Jewelry, Brass Earrings
Maddie Bicolor Earrings | Polymer Clay Earring, Hoop Earrings, Statement Earrings, Minimalist Earrings, Modern Jewelry, Brass Earrings
$26.12 USD
Kim in Black | Statement Earrings | Wishbone Earrings | Geometric Earrings | Minimalist Earrings | Bohemian Earrings | Arc Earrings
Kim in Black | Statement Earrings | Wishbone Earrings | Geometric Earrings | Minimalist Earrings | Bohemian Earrings | Arc Earrings
$27.71 USD
Shimmery Organic Dangle Earrings
Shimmery Organic Dangle Earrings
$29.29 USD

17 comments

  • 5hstugjo

    Watts DryGoods from WattsDryGoods said 79 days ago

    Inspiring style!

  • thefuchsiamoon

    FuchsiaMoon from TheFuchsiaMoon said 77 days ago

    Very uplifting. Congratulations to those featured. I loved all the jewelry and then there was Shannae's stunning smile and innate sense of style, all that brightened my day! Thank you Shannae and Sharon.

  • qppq320k

    Mariya from MagicArtForYou said 62 days ago

    Such a joyful, light, summer style! I really liked this linen suit. And all the accessories subtly emphasized the style. Very cool combinations! Thank you for sharing

  • sandywho1

    sandywho1 from amaskforallseasons said 61 days ago

    Picking pieces that evoke fond memories of the past and also honor your background is so unique and what a great question for all of us to ask before we impulse buy whatever might seem "good enough"!

  • feb1964

    feb1964 said 59 days ago

    This is a beautiful feature! I can't tell you how much it cheered me up to see a real-looking woman wearing interesting clothes and jewelry. I need to get out!!!

  • ai848vtb

    Anastasia from YourAdventureInGlass said 58 days ago

    The most valuable thing for me here is small discoveries: coffee bean necklace and the clasp on her jumpsuit. They made my day!

  • n3z7qcfw

    Elena from LamioBag said 58 days ago

    It's really symmer style! So bright and vibrant!

  • p6ulhylx

    Nadine Lovic from HandmadeSilverPanda said 58 days ago

    Very helpful article. I didn't like yellow before, but now I see that it looks very summer and positive. And when combined with jewelry, this color is very inspiring. I will definitely try this color in my products.

  • katrinshinesupplies

    Ekaterina from katrinshinesupplies said 58 days ago

    I think too that colors impact mood! I like bright colors and handmade accessories, but here in South Italy people prefer to wear black or grey clothing ecpecially in winter((

  • om8xnvrp

    Chris Phahlane from WorldArtAndFabric said 58 days ago

    Beautiful style!

  • vb92blri

    Doris said 57 days ago

    Nice

  • veryfrenchbydesign

    Shireen Mirau from veryfrenchbydesign said 56 days ago

    Great story.

  • anagomez2102

    Ana C. Gomez from MixBerryDesignsShop said 56 days ago

    Her style is beautiful! Is the perfect Summer vibes, and I loved each piece of her look. Really joyful and colorful.

  • PetroBean

    Oriaku Onuoha-Bean from JewelryByOri said 55 days ago

    I love all your picks! I also opt for cheerful tones/prints (hello, color therapy). Thanks for sharing and exposing us to new shops!

  • 5nbqzmzl

    Ekaterina from LomaBagShop said 55 days ago

    Gorgeous girl with a charming smile and amazing taste in clothes and accessories. This bright yellow Jumpsuit is perfect for the summer and will be ideal for a jute bag on the way to a beach or a to a grocery shop.

  • BrooklynLotus

    Padmini Persaud-Obasi from BrooklynLotus said 54 days ago

    LOVE this piece! Congratulations on your feature!

  • 2gwcuvzm

    Simple Things Bling LLC from SimpleThingsBling said 54 days ago

    Thanks for inspiring, sharing and introducing new shops to everyone. Her line is amazing and very vibrant.

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