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Closet Case :: Shannon Ander

The stunning Shannon Ander.
There are a few things you should probably know about It GIrl Shannon Ander. First off, she’s from Canada…as are her cats, which she promptly informed me of upon my arrival at her Tahoe Park home. She also served me cookies shaped like maple leaves—no doubt a tribute to her homeland.
Secondly, the svelte beauty is a huge, and I mean HUGE, George Michael fan. In fact, the pop icon provided the soundtrack to our Sunday-afternoon photo shoot and was the topic of discussion for quite a bit of the afternoon. Oh, and Shannon has a pillow with his image on it on her couch. Hello, can you say, “super fan”?
The third thing you should know about Shannon is she has all the ladylike qualities of Audrey Hepburn with a dash of sass thrown in—which is exactly how I like my It Girls! Her charming personality, stylish ways and biting sense of humor make her an absolute delight to be around. Plus, she’s pretty easy on the eyes.
A self-employed calligrapher, Shannon also works as a wedding-invitation consultant at Pulp Papery and goes to school part-time for creative writing. In addition to calligraphy, this It Girl is quite the crafty lady! She has tried her hand at sewing, knitting, silk screening, block printing and cross stitching (which I witnessed firsthand), and has even sold some of her creations on Etsy.
As a special treat to Bows & Sparrows readers, Pulp Papery and Ink Spot Calligraphy are both offering 10% off—just make sure to mention this “Closet Case.” And now, a peek inside Shannon’s wardrobe. Enjoy!
Isn't this It Girl lovely?

Describe your personal style.
With the exception of a ten year period between my mid-teens to mid-twenties I don’t think my style has changed much since I was young. Is that weird? I wore dresses and skirts throughout grade school and got back into that again in my twenties (after a very brief but extremely awful stint of accessorizing my baggy jeans and sequined tops with glow sticks).

I love getting dressed up and I think the fact that I wasn’t exposed to sweatpants until grade five probably has a lot to do with that. I’m pretty sure my mum said something about not believing in them—or jeans either since I didn’t get my first pair until grade seven. The only reason I did get sweatpants was for a school concert because that was the required “costume.”

The shape of feminine ’50s and ’60s style dresses with a fitted bodice and flared skirt work for my body type. I try to only wear natural fibers (silk, cotton, linen, wool, leather) because they last longer. I would rather spend more on a quality, well-made item that fits perfectly than have a handful of cheaper clothes that don‘t.

I usually dress up my outfits with scarves, jewelry, shoes and purses…so I think a combination of classic clothing shapes with modern accessories might be a good way to describe my style. I try not to get too trendy and if I could wear dresses everyday, I would—so much more comfortable than trousers (and sweatpants)!

Full frontal feet.
A shoe in.

Who are your favorite designers?
I love clothes that fit women properly and have unique details—Nanette Lepore, Kate Spade, Leifsdottir, Milly and Cynthia Rowley have really cute, ladylike dresses (that I can‘t afford but still like to look at and whine about). Thankfully, Cynthia Rowley has dress patterns available so you can make your own. That’s a project on my summer sewing list. Sewing my own dresses helps me stretch my shopping budget!

I am also a big fan of Missoni and Zac Posen and would be disorganized without my mammoth Michael Kors purse.

Beautiful bangles.
Garden state (a necklace bouquet by Besty Johnson).

If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe whose would it be?
I would love to get my hands on Cate Blanchett’s Oscar dress and probably anything else she’s ever worn out in public. January Jones from Mad Men has beautiful style also, so I wouldn’t mind taking a few things from her closet.

Look at that sass!
The perfect shade.

Is there an item you’re currently eyeing?
I need some new prescription sunglasses so I’ve been trying a few pairs on around town. Did you know Paul Frank makes some cute ones? And they don’t have monkeys on them!

Stone fox!

What was your most recent purchase?
A black-and-white patterned silk skirt from the sale rack at Anthropologie. I can wear it with tights now and with sandals in the summer! Or tights and sandals anytime—just kidding!

This It Girl is originally from Canada.

What is your favorite item in your closet?
I am pretty partial to my Missoni scarf, which was a gift, as well as some of my hand knitted scarves. As for jewelry, I generally wear the same three pieces everyday. A heavy sterling bracelet my parents gave me, a blue topaz cocktail ring, and a sterling opal ring from my man. He also gave me a super cute Kate Spade bracelet for my birthday that is in heavy rotation right now.

I spy Shannon's prized Missoni scarf!

How often do you purge items from your closet?
Usually every season when I’m packing up my winter clothes to bring out the summer ones. I am pretty good at getting rid of things I haven’t worn in six months.

Shoe gazing.
Bright ideas.

Is there a current trend you can’t stand?
Do I have to pick just one? One-shoulder dresses, Coach purses with the monogram all over it, gladiator sandals, “dressy” shorts with heels! Ugh.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you!

What are a few of your favorite styling products?
I use Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat under my eyes to help me pretend that I’m younger than I look. I used to lay out in the sun for hours without sunscreen, but now that I’m very wise—I use sunscreen and Clarins self tanner. My hair curlers/rollers.

Accessories, please.
A variety of ways to get gorgeous...including a button that reads: "totally hot!"
Silver lining.

Have any secret shopping spots you care to divulge?
There are two consignment stores I like to visit, Renaissance (on Fair Oaks) and Article Consignment (on Elvas).

Yellow fever (I absolutely adore this shot).
See that ticket in the background? It's from a George Michael concert. Hello, awesome!
Picture perfect.
Oh, so pretty. Oh, so pretty and witty...and lovely!


  1. I love how Shannon says “grade five” and “grade seven.” Pure proof of her Canadian roots!

  2. Those blue shoes that tie at the top… wow. Gorgeous!

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  3. Lovely dress, lovely smile, lovely woman. xoxo

  4. love that little flamenco-dancy shot in the yellow dress. good skills behind the camera, girl.

  5. Fab post! Not only is Shannon lovely, she is one of the quickest wits in town. Funny + beautiful + intelligent to boot!

  6. Rachel

    So sassy and styley — Shannons awesome personality shines right through! Love Closet Case!