The Perfect Sweatshirt (That Gives Back!)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Shannon Buth of House of Shan is truly superwoman to me. She’s a mom of four boys that’s running her own business, one that’s driving the fashion and non-profit company forward. She’s also fit and gorgeous and just makes you want to do better in every aspect of your life. She makes it all look effortless, but as someone who’s currently juggling one babe and one job, I know it’s not effortless at all. So much hard work goes into what Shannon does, and it’s inspiring to see it paying off.

I interviewed Shannon to talk about the beautiful clothes she sells, the message behind them and how proceeds benefit women’s charities always and health care workers right now. I love my Live What You Love sweatshirt and what it stands for (Shannon, make onesies, please!). More on that below xx

Tell me more about House of Shan.

I started my blog and website as a way to connect with women. Women thrive when we come together, support one another and lift each other up. I felt drawn to start my blog in the beginning of 2019. The logo is an imperfect heart because none of us are perfect, and we're all just doing the best we can.

What made you start the business?
My mom was dying of cancer in March 2015. She came to Chicago for one final trip. She was very sick but also determined to come and see her grandbabies one last time. When she was visiting, a friend of mine came over and gifted my mom and I matching bracelets that had “live what you love” engraved on them. I can’t explain it, but those four words resonated with me on an extremely deep level. My mom died a month later at 67 years old, and it changed my entire outlook on life. I truly felt that from that day on I was going to live each day with a purpose and always live what I love. Life is entirely too short — we need to live with passion, laughter and positivity every single day.

You're doing some great charitable work right now. Tell me about that.

Yes! Thanks for asking. This is what truly excites me. The fact that women can wear a product with a positive message and give back at the same time. I donate $5 from every purchase to women's charities. I started in December, and I have raised $3,000 for House of Good Shepherd. This is a special place that takes in families that are victims of domestic violence.

When this pandemic began, my dear friends created a GoFundMe page — Feed Our Frontlines. 100% of donations provide warm meals for our hospital workers who are on long, brutal shifts, while also supporting local restaurants who supply the meals. I have doubled my order donation to $10 an order, and each order right now buys a meal for a hospital worker. We've already been able to donate over 100 meals to Feed Our Frontlines.

How do you manage being a business owner and mom?
I honestly just get it in when I can. My boys come first, but my husband is so supportive of what I'm doing, and when he gets home from work, he knows that I need an hour… or three… to get things done. It's a tag-team effort. Some days I can't do anything for my business, and I have to realize that’s okay, too. We're all doing the best we can to balance it all.

Give us one piece of fashion advice.
My piece of fashion advice is always the same: If you love it, then it’s in fashion. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, just own it. Wear what makes you happy, and be you. 

Give us one piece of parenting advice.
I screw up things daily as a parent. Someday I wish I would’ve handed something differently or not yelled, but my kids all know I love them because I tell them daily. I also tell them I'm sorry when I mess up. I think keeping those lines of communication open and honest is the most important thing as a parent.

Thank you, Shannon! You’re an inspiration. Check out Shannon’s blog here and her shop her beautiful collection here.

(This post was sponsored by House of Shan. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Make the Most.)

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