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Fashion Friday: 76 of The Best Scarves for Fall plus 3 Tips to find the right one for YOU!

Fashion Blog PostsAnneke McConnellComment

Happy Fashion Friday you guys!  Earlier this week on Instagram I had a candid confession about my struggle with style blogging at times amidst those things that matter so much more - many of you were so encouraging and I thank you for that.  It's a fine line, and I hope my hear for people always shows brighter than my love of piecing things together.

It's why my style motto is "Dress for the Occasion". Ours lives are made up of so many facets from working out, to home projects, lounging around, date nights with our husband, or a girl's night out.

With that said, I decided to pull together some resources for you if you're looking for a cute new scarf for this Fall and Winter.  There are a few things to keep in mind when finding the perfect fit:


  1. Determine the Shape: Are you more comfortable in a long oblong rectangular scarf or a big square blanket scarf?  As a petite person, I tried a square one and it completely overwhelmed my frame.  The oblong scarves really allow me to create several looks including long vertical lines to add "height."
  2. Determine the Weight: Are you looking for that war cozy blanket scarf that you'd take off once inside, or a lighter, thinner material that keeps you warm and you can keep on all day. Maybe this is a PNW thing? I'm not sure. Lol
  3. Determine Pattern or Color: What colors do you wear most often?  How about patterns?  I'd suggest going for a scarf or scarves that is within a color scheme you wear often so it goes with multiple outfits.  Also, if you tend to wear patterns, go with a solid colored scarf,. Likewise, if you tend to wear solids, go with some scarves with patterns like classic plaid, stripes, a cheetah print, or even a floral with muted colors, etc.


I find that I personally gravitate toward lightweight striped scarves in the spring and summer and plaid scarves in the fall and winter.  To each their own!

Below are just a handful of recommendations to get you started, but ASOS is probably my favorite place so far to find a large variety of scarves where I love ALL of them! Groopdealz is also having a HUGE discount right now on 36 styles of blanket scarves! #score


Have a great weekend!



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Fashion Friday: Bordeaux Drape Front Jacket For Fall

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Bordeaux Drape Front Jacket for Fall
Bordeaux Drape Front Jacket for Fall
Bordeaux Drape Front Jacket for Fall

All smiles here today as the kids headed off to school this week and we're getting back into a good routine! The weather is turning crisp here in the Seattle area and I'm turning toward beautiful fall colors like bordeaux, olive green, burnt orange, etc.

These drape front style jackets are flattering on most people since they have nice angles to them and don't require buttoning or zipping.

In this outfit, I paired the leather jacket with my go-to tunic and neutral fall ankle booties from the Nsale.  This definitely makes me feel chic and put together, but still able to run around as a mama of three!





Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend guys!


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Where to Find Unique Traditional Rugs such as Kilim and Balouch Rugs

Coastal Interiors, Edesign, Home Blog Posts, InteriorsAnneke McConnellComment

With a little home updating in the works for our living room and entryway, I've been browsing around for the perfect rug (this one is a major contender!).   As much as I love my coastal striped rugs and natural sisal or jute rugs, I have an absolute LOVE for a unique traditional rug - my favorite is a balouch (or baluch) rug, like this one in our kitchen.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that when I was growing up I did not appreciate the beauty of these rugs.  Thankfully since then, I've found my way.  They are truly a work of art and add a ton of character and personality to a room!

If you're looking for the perfect traditional rug for your home with a bit of a boho, coastal, Pacific Northwest kind of vibe, one of the following may be a good option for you.  Remember you can always search for the specific size you need and the type of rug (such as balouch, kilim, heriz, serapi, etc.)

It never hurts to check eBay, your local craigslist, or etsy for the occasional unique find, but below I've listed some rugs I love from places that you will find unique, one of a kind rugs consistently.


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Last Minute Labor Day Deals - the Short List

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Happy Labor Day to you! I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend and enjoying some time with family and/or friends!  

Here at the McConnell casa we are gearing up for back to school, and making sure everything is organized and streamlined for the upcoming months.  I took some mental notes to a few areas we seemed to struggle with last year, so fingers crossed we have some better systems in place this year. Live and learn right?!

I've been focusing on maintaining time off as a family until the kids are back in school (a HUGE priority for me!), but this weekend's sales are so, so good you I can't find these things on Craigslist for that price good. I had to share!

SO, home decor across the board in on major sale this weekend.  I'm looking to snag this chesterfield sofa and add a little more leather back into our home this year (more on that in another post). And possibly this tufted wingback bed. #decisionsdecisions


Some places you'll want to check out to get some huge labor day sale savings:


JOSS & MAIN - they are having an additional 15% off all of their sales prices with code LDAY2016

WAYFAIR - currently having up to 70% off during their Labor Day Blowout sale

WORLD MARKET - shop their semi-annual dining sale, discounted lighting, throw pillows, bar carts, and more.

TARGET - up to 30% off home items and 25% off clothes, shoes and accessories

POTTERY BARN - up to 25% off plus FREE shipping using code SAVEMORE (including sofas and dining furniture) 

NORDSTROM - shop their summer clearance sale with pieces up to 40% off!  

OVERSTOCK - you can't get me off of here! Up to 70% off and the selection is HUGE!!! It's a fantastic resource for rugs, arm chairs, home office decor, bedding, kitchen, dining, and even luggage bags. This is one of my favorite sites to shop. 

***On another note, I was super excited to find these heels for fall after they sold out at Nordstrom. #happydance!


Ok, that's the short list!  I'll try to get on here and add more photos, but this will help you navigate the crazy out there - have fun shopping! I can't wait to get back in the swings of things around here but have really been enjoying these moments as a family. :-)




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