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100+ Beach Totes and Bags for Spring and Summer

Fashion Blog Posts, HandbagsAnneke McConnellComment

As we head into the warmer weather seasons of Spring and Summer, there are dozens of beach totes to be found across the internet.  From neutral woven bags to waterproof nylon totes, there's something for everyone.

I put on my major research-loving hat for this blog post to round up a diverse collection of beach bags for a casual day out shopping, a vacation trip to a resort, or a day trip to your local beach.




The boutique below is made up of bags in neutral colors to bright and colorful patterns, pom pom details (or even pom pom or tassel keychain additons to add to any bag).

The prices range from $20 to a few hundred or more depending on your budget, so I've made it easy by making sure the price can be seen when you hover on the photo. BUT FIRST - know that this may show a "full retail price" and not the sale price, sometimes half off or more!

I hope this helps you find the perfect beach bag for these warmer days ahead or that special vacation, honeymoon, girl's trip, etc.  I think of all of them, THIS ONE and THIS ONE are my favorites!

Are you headed someplace warm and sunny? I'd love to know where in the comments below!




From the beach,

Anneke :-)


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Coastal Interiors: 12 Navy Rugs for a Beach {inspired} Home

Coastal Interiors, EdesignAnneke McConnell

Happy 2017 to you all as we kick off another year of interior design inspiration!  There are a few changes headed to the blog, which I'll be sharing more of soon, but today I wanted to kick off the year's first post with an interior design post. 

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Any coastal, beach loving person typically has a love of all things navy blue. Navy exudes the color of the ocean, and today as I share some beautiful navy rugs with you, I want you to imagine a navy blue rug as a grounding piece to a room.

It's easy to fall into using natural area rugs in a coastal design (and always a beautiful, classic option), but if you're looking for something a little different, but still classic, here are some options to inspire you with a full design idea at the end. For other options beyond navy rugs, browse HERE.

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1. The Eugene Rug via One Kings Lane

5. Indigo Charing Cross Rug

6. Loloi x Magnolia Home 'Emmie Kay' Handwoven Area Rug


9. Dash & Albert 'Cameroon' Indoor/Outdoor Rug




Cheers to a New Year friends! Thanks for all the love and support over the years!



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Coastal Interiors Home Decor Picks and Green Monday deals

Fave Picks, Home Blog Posts, InteriorsAnneke McConnell

Hello friends! If you're anything like me, you're getting more and more excited for Christmas as the day approaches and looking forward to some much needed time with family and friends to celebrate the Holiday. I'm currently reading through the book Essentialism and HIGHLY recommend it if you're feeling the overwhelm of "so much to do" and "not enough time."

Now, this is quite bluntly THE time for sales galore, which is awesome and also potentially overwhelming. I understand! Truly!

Currently as I'm wrapping up some personal projects and getting ready to take some time off of work, I thought I'd share things throughout this week that catch my eye amongst the hundreds of options (new arrivals and sale items) that you're sure to appreciate as a Coastal Lover! 

Some of these items may be the perfect piece for your home, from a new dining chair, table, blankets, light, or rug OR something may be the perfect gift for a family member or friend like this pretty wood candle tray or these bath salts to encourage your go-getter friend to relax! :-)

Cheers to a new week, and just around the corner a New Year!



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Today's Home Decor Picks

Current sales worth checking out:

Ann Taylor: up to 60% of sale styles

LOFT: 40% off everything including new arrivals

Lord & Taylor: extra 30% off most everything

Nordstrom: up to 60% off Designer

Pottery Barn: free shipping plus 20% off


Fall/Winter Style: One Dress Styled Four Ways

Fall Fashion, Fashion, Fashion Blog Posts, Handbags, Styling TipsAnneke McConnell

I'm always looking to mix and match pieces from my wardrobe and give staple pieces a different look depending on how they're paired.  I recently came across this dolman sleeve sweater dress which has a great fit and a little class to it. I love that it's a turtleneck too for these super cold days AND it's a pretty taupe color that goes with virtually everything! #winwin

First things first, it's easy to mix and match when you're staying within the same color palette and I threw in a little color with forest green handbag.  No matter what colors you gravitate toward for your closet, don't apologize for it and then have fun with little pieces here and there or even makeup and nail colors. :-)


LOOKS #1: The Dress Solo

Of course you can always go for a more simple look and wear a dress like this by itself.  This also shows you what it looks like as is! Even just adding an accessory like a belt or a statement necklace will do wonders and may be more of the focal point of the outfit.

Below is just a quick change of shoes, from black suede heeled booties (currently on sale) to taupe suede knee high boots (mine are the wide calf version).


LOOK #2: A Little Bit of Edge

This might be one of my favorite looks because it's amazing what a bit of texture and contrast can do when creating an outfit.  I love that this faux leather biker jacket comes with a removable hood, so you can create a chic look like this OR just pair it with jeans and a tee for a casual look.

You have the SAME leggings, suede heeled booties, handbag, earrings and choker. Just the jacket was added.


LOOK #3: The Cozy Vibe

Now to get a more cozy look, replace that black faux leather jacket for a warm creamy colored turtleneck poncho.  (This comes in black and ivory)

It may seem unlikely that a turtleneck over a turtleneck would work, but in this case it does because the underlayer is thinner than the top layer. :-)

On a side note, I am wearing this poncho with EVERYTHING right now!! Love it, love it, LOVE IT. It's perfect for these colder months!


LOOK #4: Neutral Chic

Ok, last but not least. If you're looking for more of the layered shawl look, this leopard reversible poncho is a great one for less than $40. I thought it would overwhelm my 5'3" frame, but I loved it right away! 

I love the fact that it is reversible with the same pattern on both sides, just one lighter and one darker.  Both the tan and black colors pull the taupe dress and black leggings and booties together.

Here is the light colored side.........

One Dress. Four Looks!


.....and here is the dark colored side. I LOVE IT!


If you're looking to ditch the leggings, opt for an over the knee suede boot like these pair below. These will fit a slightly wider calf too.  Although they didn't make the photo shoot, they're a great option with the subtle detail around the ankle!

I hope this helps you think outside the box when it comes to mixing and matching. Remember to have fun with it and don't overthink your choices!




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