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Nordstrom I love you, but.......

Deals, Fashion, Fashion Blog Posts, Fave PicksAnneke McConnell

Ok ladies. It's officially the Nordstrom Clearance Event and even as a style blogger I was completely overwhelmed with the 160+ pages of options in the women's section alone!

Like DANG, that's a lot of cuteness to go through and choose from! Lol Sweaters, coats, boots, hats, jewelry, cardigans,'s ALL there. ;-)

This is just one reason why I love what I do - to save you hours of time so you can spend that with your kiddos or with girlfriends over a glass (or two) of wine.

I decided to make today's blog post "Boutique Style" to share items in the clearance sale I've narrowed down as favorites.  First, a Women's Boutique and second, a Home Items Boutique.

FYI, I've been waiting for these ankle boots to go on sale so I could snag them in black. I've had them in the brown for a couple years and still love them!

Also, at the end of today's post, I've narrowed down some weekend sales if you're looking for some deals heading into the Thanksgiving holiday!

Have fun shopping ladies - I'd love to know if you find something for you, your family or gifts!




Here are a few weekend sales worth noting:

Williams Sonoma - up to 50% off of cookware

Crate & Barrel - up to 20% off wine and dine items

BCBGMAXAZRIA - up to 30% off select items 

Banana Republic - up to 40% off family & friends events

West Elm - 20-30% off sofas, sectionals, chairs, furniture, rugs, and more



Have an awesome weekend!



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12 Holiday Dresses Under $100

Christmas, Fashion, Fave Picks, Handbags, Holiday, Shoes, Styling TipsAnneke McConnell

What I love about November 1st is the feeling of officially ushering in the holiday season.  In this month of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how thankful I am for Christmas. ;-)  It's truly my favorite holiday.  While Jesus is the reason for the season, I love how this time brings friends, family and strangers alike together to celebrate life together. 

If you have some upcoming events that call for a little cocktail dress wardrobe, this is a great place to start getting ideas for those nights at work parties, charity events, date nights, and even mommy daughter dates to the Nutcracker.

Also, sometimes we like to chat LIVE about these things on Facebook so I invite you to join the fun!


OK! So, for under $100 each, one or more of these will carry you through the season and beyond! High fives to that!

1. Classic Fit and Flare Dress

Up first is this pretty little lace fit and flare dress is gorgeous in this Evergreen color, but comes in 12 color options total at only $88.  It's a classic shape with a modern gorgeous lace pattern.

2. Lace Fit and Flare with Cap Sleeves

Another lacy option shown in a beautiful aubergine color (one of my FAVES), this fit and flare version has the slightest cap sleeve to it with subtle eyelash lace edging.  This dress is $98 and comes in 11 color options.

3. Tea Length Hi-Low Dress

If you're looking for something with a little more length and stylish flare, this Hi-Low Dress is a beautiful option that comes in red, navy, and black for only $82.  Pair it with strappy heels and some statement earrings and you're ready to celebrate!

4. Long Sleeved Lace Fit and Flare Dress

If you love the fit and flare style of dresses and the lacy touch, but longer sleeves, this dress is for you.  It comes in classic colors Oxblood and Black at $92.

5. Gorgeous Black Shift Dress with Fancy Collar

Also available in white, this beautiful black shift dress has a slight bell sleeves, forgiving waist line (indulge in those tasty treats stress free!), and gorgeous embellished collar. I love the longer sleeve, simple classic shape, and touch of glam.  This dress comes in at $99.

6. Scalloped Sequin Dress

If you have an upcoming holiday party that calls for some fun metallics, this scalloped sequin dress is the perfect fit.  Although the dress is lined, the longer sleeves are sheer, just fyi.  This is a great dress for the holiday season at only $45.

7. Red Strapless Lace Gown

Love at first sight with this gorgeous gown! With the bright red color, it's sure to be a show stopper! At $88, it is fully lined with a thigh high slit so if dancing's your thing, you can still bust some moves. ;-) 

8. Metallic Sequin Sheath Dress

This black and gold sequin dress is just $88 and will take you from girl's night out to your family gatherings and a night on the town. It's perfect for those of you that prefer a v-neck style and asymmetrical lines.

9. Off the Shoulder Red Dress

This dress is a simple and stunning choice with a bit of edge in the neckline.  It is $70 and features a back hidden zipper, wired neckline (no shifting!), and is fully lined.  The red is perfect for the holiday season and would look beautiful with a trending sparkly choker necklace.

10. Long Black Lace Gown

If you're looking for a more formal option at an affordable price, this gown (currently available for $60) is a beautiful option.  When looking for more affordable options on fancier dresses like this, lean toward items that have higher star ratings and great reviews!

11. Sea Blue One Shoulder Ruffle Ball Gown

Anything in this beautiful cobalt blue color is a winner in my book!  Add that gorgeous one shoulder ruffle detailing and this dress is a great option at only $49!  It's a nice step away from the classic black without going into the warmer red colors. 

12. Lace Strapless Dress in Forest Green

If you lean toward this beautiful green color, this strapless dress with lace detail is a great option and $99 (and currently 25% off with code OMGYES).  You can pair it with classic black or gold heels and accessories or gold bold with some color!

I hope this helps you ladies kick off some pre-party shopping and find the perfect fit for your needs!  I know this may seem like a lot, but I've tried to pair things down after going through literally hundreds of items!  That's the research loving part of me coming out. ;-)

Below are some more dresses and ideas for "finish the look when it comes to shoes, bags, and jewelry.








***Current Home Decor Pre-Season Kick Off Sales

Joss & Main - In Demand Furniture, Lighting, Blankets, and Thanksgiving Table items on sale

Overstock - Up to 70% off Home for the Holidays steals (great place to find rugs!)

Pottery Barn - Up to 60% off all rugs, 20% off flatware, and Free Shipping

Serena & Lily - Up to 30% off select rugs

One Kings Lane - featuring a FANTASTIC Coastal Christmas sale, including my fave silver crab figurine for only $28



Thanks for catching this massive post ladies! It's quite the roundup, but I wanted it to be easy to find and all in one place!  Happy shopping and have a BLAST at your holiday parties beautiful friends!!




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Fall 2016 Outerwear: Quilted Faux Fur Hooded Anorak #Nsale

Fashion Blog Posts, Fashion, Fall FashionAnneke McConnell

Whenever I browse through these incredible pre-season sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (one week left to save BIG), my admitted tendency is to go toward the shoes because of sizing (see my boot review HERE), trendy tops and sweaters, jeans, leggings (the BEST), and jewelry. Oh......and handbags!  Can't forget those!

BUT, I tend to overlook the socks, pajamas, beauty, undergarments, and outerwear.  Today, I'm highlighting some great deals on outerwear and sharing my top pick for the fall / winter season ahead.

Now living in Seattle, it's pretty temperate so it doesn't really get blasting hot or cold.  I definitely have my stash of year round sweaters and sweatshirts (not swimwear). ;-)

Ralph Lauren quilted anorak coat Zella Black Leggings / Sole Society Ariana Tote / Sole Society  "Chateau" Drop Earrings



This will probably be one of my go-to coats on those cold blustery days not too far off.  Yes it rains in Seattle, but it's really more drizzly and gray most days........not huge downpours all the time.  I'm SUPER excited to finally have a pair of Sperry's because they are so easy to take on and off with the zipper and comfortable.

As a pretty nostalgic person, I imagine heading to the Pumpkin patch with the family, going Christmas tree hunting, then coming in from the cold and hanging up my coat, taking those Sperry's off and curling up in my leggings and a sweater with the kids zipping hot cocoa.   All the yeses! 

Remember there's just one week left of the Nordstrom sale.  If you've had your eye on something, snag it now!

For those of you wondering, on our Yellowstone trip today we mined for Sapphires! Next stop, West Yellowstone! :-)




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P.S.  The August Issue of Everything Home Magazine just went LIVE.  Check it out below! (My article is on pages 58-59!)

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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