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Imma chic freak with a husband, toddler triplets, a cat named Pickles, and the firey passion of ten thousand burning suns for shoes, fashion, design, and trashtastic realty TV.

Shannan is a winner of Top 25 Fashion & Beauty Moms - 2013

What is your favorite place to find clothes for children?

Target, God help me. It's just so darned affordable and I'm sorry, but they have REALLY cute stuff. Plus, since I'm there approximately 837 times a week, I get to see stuff as soon as they get it in. BONUS! Now if they would just give me their Number One Customer parking space, life would be complete.

What tips would you give to a mom who is trying to remain stylish while raising a family?

DON'T GIVE IN TO THE YOGA PANT. Seriously. As Stacy and Clinton say, it's just as easy to get dressed in something that is not workout/lounge wear. Get a great-fitting pair of jeans, a tee, an interesting jacket and some kick-ass shoes, and you're set. Figure out what your "uniform" is and stick to it with minor variations.

Accessories! Accessories! Accessories!! Funky necklaces or a cool cuff elevates your uniform to something more special. It doesn't have to be expensive - haunt thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, etsy, whatever, for vintage jewelry that you won't see anywhere else.

What's one beauty product you would recommend to all moms?

Yeesh - I'm a bit of a beauty-product junkie. I don't know if I can limit myself to one product, but I DO love Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Of course, this implies that you will be wearing a SECOND beauty product - eyeshadow. See? I don't think I can do it.

How Do You Make Time For Exercise?

Shannan Cunniffe

I love working out, and honestly couldn't keep up with my kids if I didn't stay in shape. Because it is sometimes difficult to find a sitter to watch them if I want to take a class in the afternoons, I have started taking 5:30 a.m. classes. It sucks to get up that early to work out, but it feels GREAT to have my workout in by 6:30 in the morning!
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What's your favorite salad recipe that's perfect for Spring or Summer?

Shannan Cunniffe

I have two favorites, and eat them for dinner probably four nights of the week. The first is spinach salad with strawberries, roast chicken (we always have a roast chicken from Costco in our fridge), goat cheese and crispy onions. The dressing is EVOO, champagne vinegar, thyme, and kosher salt. My other favorite is spinach with chicken, mandarin oranges, crispy onions and crispy red peppers, and sometimes I throw a little avocado in too. Dressing is 1 TBS sesame oil, 2 TBS rice wine vinegar, and kosher salt. Y-U-M. I have either with a ciabatta roll and some EVOO on the side. Ohhhh so good.
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