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Flamingo Pink: A Pop of Fun for the Home and Fashion!

Fashion, Home Blog Posts, Gift Ideas, Fave PicksAnneke McConnellComment

When it come to my favorite colors, I usually stick to a base palette of whites, grey, navy, and green, but LOVE to add a pop with warm colors like PINK! Whether it's in our home or especially fashion, pink is near and dear to my girly girl heart.  My fave find was this gorgeous color block dress!

pink and grey color block dress


So, after a pretty busy and downer of a week, I thought a "pink pick me up" post was just what I needed for a little dose of happy.  :-)

Also, thank you for the love on my last Travel post about Hermitage Bay - it really is a dream destination!!  I'm excited to share more of these travel posts in the future.

So, whether a home decor or fashion item has actual flamingos on it or is just some shades of beautiful flamingo pink - I'm in!


**Remember you can hover and click the pink square icon on any item in the photo below for further details. ;-)







While browsing around for you guys, if you're looking for a nice pair of pink linen beach pants, THESE ones by Lilly Pulitzer are pretty fab and come in a couple other colors. :-)  And a few more mixed in below - I LOVE that #STRENGTH top!! #inmycart

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!



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St. John's Hermitage Bay All-Inclusive Resort in Antigua

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There are so many beautiful coastal regions to vacation at, and Hermitage Bay Resort is one I stumbled upon recently when researching for a vacation away from our hometown of Seattle.

GORGEOUS right?!!!

I absolutely LOVE where we live, but this past year's unending grey winter really made me think it's about time we started planning more trips away to get some sunshine, maybe even with a group of friends or family here and there!


When it comes to travel, we are not at a stage of life that we are personally globe-trotting, but as a design and style blog, I LOVE finding beautiful places for your potential next get-away.  

Between me and you, I may have gained a slight hankering to become a "vacation rental" decorator (having been through the process for our own home before), because many of the vacation rentals I came across were not very inspiring or welcoming (at least from the photos). :-/  Another post on that soon.

So a little more about Hermitage Bay Resort:

  • This beachfront resort is an all-inclusive resort for ages 12 and older.
  • It is located on 16 acres of tropical gardens in the secluded Hermitage Bay.

  • It offers amenities including a Spa with massage services, an outdoor pool and a gym.


  • The detached suites and cottages at Hermitage Bay All Inclusive are spacious (check!) and elegantly decorated (double-check!). They offer sea or garden views and the hillside suites include a private plunge pool.  All feature flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and a minibar.
  • Hermitage Bay has a beachfront restaurant serving regional dishes made with organic produce, which I personally love. Plus they offer special-diet meals upon request which is HUGE when you have certain restrictions like myself.
  • There is also a poolside bar, open-air lounge, and cooking courses.
  • If you're wanting to get some activities in, water sports are provided on the beach, and yoga and pilates classes are offered.
  • The Jolly Harbour Marina complex is only a 10 minute drive away, and has a golf resort and helicopter trips to Montserrat.
  • There are 27 hotels rooms.
  • Hermitage Bay is a 40 minute drive from VC Bird International Airport and St John’s can be reached by car in 30 minutes, so nice and close!

This is a excellent rated resort with just about everything you could want on a tropical getaway.  It's a top pick for a honeymoon destination as well.

Waking up to that beautiful view would be so refreshing!  Of course you also get all the necessities like free airport shuttle service, wifi, parking, spa, etc.

When it comes to tropical locations, this resort is a dream!  If you'd like to learn even more about it, click the button below.

If you ladies are looking for a few items to accompany you on your tropical vacation, that could be an entire series of blog posts, but below are a few suggestions.  For some pretty affordable vacation style finds, I'd suggest browsing around on BooHoo or even Amazon (for last minute needs).  I found this super cute striped summer hat on Amazon and love it!!

Do you have a tropical vacation coming up soon? I'd love to know in the comments!




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Coastal Interiors Dining Room with Lighting Alternatives

Dining, Fave Picks, FashionAnneke McConnellComment

When I approach design, I see a space as a puzzle and a fun challenge to bring all the pieces together in a way that is unique to the needs, style, and budget of an individual or family.

Of all the pieces coming together, I have to admit that LIGHTING is hands down my favorite! It's like the jewelry of a room and has the power to instantly and solely change the vibe of a room.

Today I pulled together a more "moody" dining room with a darker traditional rug, rustic wood table (I LOVE the base on this!), and darker metal elements.  Then see the three lighting options and how they would change the look of the design!

This dining room design is a bit of a stray from my white, bright, navy, gray and somewhat modern preference, but I'd say it's the Pacific Northwest girl in me that's coming through. ;-)


Which lighting would you pick?

I hope you love enjoy today's design - thank you for sharing the love!  As for fashion today, a head's up that Neiman Marcus is having a HUGE sale of 25%-40%, some of these being on pre-season sale.  Below are just a few items that stood out to me that you may love too!

I'm personally drawn to the tropical floral and flowy tops, dresses, and staple shoes and handbags.  I'd love to know if you find something you love!

Also, if you're a Nordstrom shopper, they are having triple points through Sunday evening! Yay for that!   I can't wait for this cute and casual navy swing tee to arrive and finally took the plunge with this handbag. (review coming) :-)

On a personal note, if you have a moment and feel inclined, please pray for our little guy who was home sick today.  It's never fun and of course it had to hit just before his birthday AND Mother's Day! Thanks so much!




P.S.  Be sure to check out yesterday's post on the best of WHITES and shoes as well as my Mother's Day Gift Post!  

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White Shoes for Spring and Summer!

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Hey guys!  The temperatures may have dipped from the 80's to 50's here in Seattle, but that isn't stopping me from dreaming of sunshine and bright whites! 

Today I'm rounding up white shoes for Spring and Summer to try and save you the hassle of browsing around yourself.  White shoes are a staple for the season and go with virtually everything, so I suggest picking one casual white shoe and one dressy white shoe.

Compared to the go-to tan color, it's great how a punch of white makes an outfit look instantly more classy and put together (if that's the look your going for!).

I hope this helps you out and if there's something you're on the look out for, please let me know - the crazy research loving part of me will love the challenge of finding it for you. ;-)

All of the photos are "active", so if you want to learn more about a shoe in the graphic, all you need to do is click on the hotspot that shows when you hover on it! 

I couldn't possibly fit ALL the great options in one photo, so be sure to browse through the sliders below for the most choices.  Of all the wedges, THIS one is my favorite!

OK, now if you're looking for a more casual and/or flat white shoe for summer (hello to all the mamas chasing kids - I completely understand!), below are some great options from tennis shoes to sandals, etc.

FYI, if you're going to go with Birks, I suggest going with the one with gold metal detailing. :-)  Keep in mind that most of these also have other color options too like tan, black, and brights for the season.

I wish I could write a bit more today, but it's a busier one with the kiddos, swim lessons, prepping for my son's birthday AND Mother's Day (did you catch my last blog post on that?)!

SO I've got to run!  I'm working on some new videos for you guys that I think will be a lot of fun, but in the meantime, happy shopping!!





(some shoes may show up as an alternate color)