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Holiday Gift Guide: Etsy Shops and Supporting Handmade

Christmas, Gift Ideas, HolidayAnneke McConnell

Happy November!  I'm excited to be kicking off a "slow release" of Gift Guides for the Holiday season and couldn't think of a better way to do that than by highlighting some amazing small business owners and handmade goods.

By the way, if you're looking to create Coastal Christmas, see more from Etsy shop owners HERE -  

These handmade, often custom items really need the time to be ordered and created! Most etsy shop owners do not take last minute orders and close shop to enjoy the holidays with their families.

Now is the time to send in your orders to get custom, handmade gifts for your friends and family.

With that said, from here on out, every gift guide created and posted on the blog will be easily found on the page linked through the button below AND I'll be updating when necessary and as possible - bookmark for easy reference!

Up first is this custom handwriting bracelet. You guys! I about died when I saw this!!  What a special treasure for anyone, but the example of a father to his daughter is amazing.  If you didn't know, I lost my dad to a heart transplant rejection when I was just 20 years old.  A bracelet like this with his handwriting and a note would mean the WORLD to me!  Custom gifts like this truly keep giving over time.


Another custom option is creating jewelry with a fingerprint or multiple fingerprints.  I love how this necklace is also the shape of a heart.  If I had a necklace like this with my kiddo's and husband's fingerprints on it, I'd probably never take it off! Here is another option that includes custom handwriting as well. So cool you guys!


Ok so if you LOVE the tassel trend like this necklace here and all things colorful, you'll love Nest Pretty Things Shop in Vermont!  There is the trendy aspect, but uniqueness as well.  Check out another one of their beautiful amethyst necklaces below!

Etsy is such a phenomenal resource for finding handmade handbags, totes, camera bags and more.  This wool messenger bag above caught my eye and is a great gift option with a padded laptop holder - especially if you're going big and gifting someone a laptop!  Also, can I just note that I love, love LOVE those cool, nautical stripes on the inside!


Anything customized if a sure-fire winner when gift giving.  This customizable anchors phone case is just one of 270 options that can be made to order.  These are great stocking stuffers too!

Speaking a monograms - how cute are these monogrammed keychains with a little tassel action on the side?!  These are an affordable price point with a lot of style and great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!  They also come with a gift box option that I'd highly recommend - one less thing to worry about.

Have someone that love's to decorate for the Holidays and is an amazing host?  Now's the tim to order custom wreaths as a way to say Thank You and Happy Holidays! This 16" Bay Leaf Wreath will go with any style of home decor. 

Have new little niece or nephew in the family this Christmas?  A custom monogrammed quilt is a great gift and may turn into their favorite blanket from childhood. ;-)  There are a lot of options on Etsy with different fabrics to choose to your liking.


If you're looking for more Home Decor gifts like these soy candles above, I'd encourage you to check out these stylish decor items under $30 - too many great options to share here on my blog, but worth a browse! 

One last thing that caught my eye is this ADORABLE Seaside Spreader SetWhat do we do more during the holiday season than spend time in the kitchen and eating good food with friends and family? I love this reminder in a coastal chic way to spread peace, cheer, love, and joy!


I hope you've found this Gift Guide helpful and it gets you thinking about supporting local shops, handmade goods, thinking outside of the box for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!



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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVE Items Under $40 - Public Access begins!

Fashion Blog Posts, Fave Picks, Fashion, Gift IdeasAnneke McConnell

Hey friends!  Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet?  The sale opens to the public here in a few hours on July 22nd and lasts through August 7th.  

For today I wanted to share another video (thanks for the love on the BOOTS REVIEW) with you on my favorite items under $40.

Trust me, the savings are big with the more expenses pieces, but these are great staples that you can mix and match, layer, and buy multiple colors in. #guilty

In the beginning of this video, I felt it was important to express why I do what I do here in terms of the style side of things.

Maybe it's because I'm a ***bit older with 3 kiddos, but I just want you know that the bottom line is, I want YOU to feel beautiful and this is just one way I can be a small part of that. :-)

***Remember, you can go to the navigation on the blog, and there's an ENTIRE tab just for the sale to keep all posts easy to find - not everything makes it in a blog post!)

Happy Shopping ladies and thanks as always for your love and support!

Where to find the items shown in the video.

V-neck sweater (4 colors)

Cardigan (7 colors and selling FAST)

LEGGINGS (I can't believe these are reversible! Score!)
Or crop leggings

Faux Leather Drawstring Tote (4 colors - I love the red too!)

LORAC eye palette (not in sale)

Twist Front Woven Top (4 colors)

Longer Tunic Blouse: (7 colors) more colors HERE and linen version

Shorter Blouse (7 colors) 

V-neck Tee (6 colors)

Cowl Neck Shift Dress (10 COLORS!!!!)

Jacket to pair with items  OR alternate

Necklace (not in sale)

Criss-Cross Ring OR alternate


Nail Polish Color (Creme de la Creme)
Nail Polish Gel Step 1
Nail Polish Gel Step 3

Articles of Society Denim
Blue Jeans
White (on sale)
White distressed (on sale)
Black distressed




Thanks for watching! 














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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Fall Boots Comparison

Fashion, Fashion Blog Posts, Fave Picks, Gift IdeasAnneke McConnell

Thanks for watching this comparison video of fall boots for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016!  There are TONS of great options available, but they usually sell out quick at these sale prices!

Where to find these boots listed in the order shown in the video:

B.P. Chunky Heel Bootie - $79.90 during sale, $119.95 after

Pull On Ankle Boot - $99.90 during sale, $159.95 after

Cutout Ankle Bootie - $79.90 during sale, $128.95 after

Side Buckle Ankle Bootie - $99.90 during sale, $149.95 after

Sperry Saltwater Quilted Duck Boot - $79.90 during sale, $119.95 after

Over the Knee Suede Heel Boot (alternative) - $159.90 during sale, $239.95 after

Tory Burch Fall Knee High Leather Boot  - $299 during sale, $495 after sale

Same TB boot in wide calf (black only) / alternative

Hunter rain boots mentioned - $129.90 during sale, $195 after


Again, there are SO many great selections! Consider sizing up a half size for thicker socks, but otherwise, I feel these are all true to size.

I'd love to know if you prefer the videos! I'm working on a few more as I feel they are more personal and down to earth, like I'm chatting with a best friend. ;-)

Happy shopping beautiful!





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

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

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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