Hi, my name is Shannon and welcome to Closest & Corks!
Below is a little Q&A to help you get to know me a bit more!

Where are you from?
I'm a 31 year old midwestern (large family) girl from Toledo, OH {Springfield IL, Rockford IL, Dublin IRE, Dayton OH and Portsmouth NH}. Yes, many locations...my family has moved several times, college/studying abroad and work has also added to a couple of those too!

What is your educational background?
I graduated from the University of Dayton—GOOOO DAYTON FLYERS—with a Bachelor Degree in Communication Management. UD was one of the best experiences of my lifetime and I met some of my best friends there! I would say this is where I developed my niche for clothes and fashion.

What do you do professionally?
I am an Accounts Manager for a development company in Saratoga Springs. It's been a great learning experience and I've grown so much with the company. I'm looking forward to where it leads me!

Where do you currently live?
John, my husband, and I currently live and love Saratoga Springs, NY--a small town with a big heart/city feel. My *handsome* husband, John, and I just purchased our first home less than a mile from downtown Saratoga; we love to travel, eat, drink WINE—insert "obvi" here—and explore NY and the Northeast with a great group of friends that is always growing.

How did you and John meet?
Just about right after I moved to SS at the end of the summer of '08. We met at a BBQ! We basically started dating there after, but we did the long distance thing when I moved to NH for work with Kraft. It wasn't super bad, but we made it work! I was happy to come back to SS and get back to building our life together.

Where are you at now in your relationship?
John and I got married on October 4, 2013 here in Saratoga. It was a great, relaxed and yummy wedding and an amazing honeymoon (we went to the Maldives and Dubai/Abu Dhabi). We're happy to have celebrated our fourth anniversary and expecting our first baby together.  We're looking forward to the other moments that we encounter together throughout our marriage.

Why did you start your blog?
I have to confess, as much as I do love clothes, I never—in a million years—thought I would be sharing my style with the world {cue plain-Jane Shannon in college, AWKWARD!}. But I've learned a lot since my college years and have found my own sense of style. I have a large "staples" wardrobe and know how to work simplistic accessories (A LOT of 'em ;)).

As of late (ha!), I'm pretty obsessed with fashion. I love staying up shopping other blogs and stores online and coming across great pieces for either myself or my friends. So, I thought, what better way to show my own fashion (for those with curves and swerves, like me), than with a blog? And Closets & Corks was born!

Let me tell you, this has been nerve racking the whole way, and telling people that I do/don't know…not knowing what they are thinking… But I just had to own it. It's me, it's who I am and I enjoy fashion and just because I'm not a plus size model, or a girl who is a size 2, why can't I also share everyday fashion for the majority of women that are my size?!?! And now I'm sharing what I've learned over the years with you!

Who takes your photos?
John has been taking my photos! We've started off with a Nikon D3200 and we're still learning the shooting techniques (him) along with editing techniques (me).

I hope you all enjoy and I look forward to answering your questions. Thanks for joining me as I develop into being an amazing blogger!

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