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Coffee Chat Episode 27 | no longer live, but just as fun

Okay, so I feel a little dumb for starting something new and then quitting after only trying it twice … but, coffee chat live was just not the best fit. For me, and maybe for you, too.

We’re going back to the old way – a 10ish minute video every couple of weeks posted on a Friday. Because maybe I’m a little bit of a creature of habit and maybe it just works better this way.

In today’s video, I’ll tell you more about why the live coffee chats were not quite right, I have a stack of books to tell you about and what’s coming up this weekend. I filmed this one on a slightly sunny day (hallelujah! non-gray skies don’t happen much around here in the winter!) on our big comfy couch with my sick baby #2 upstairs (ugh, this flu season is bad).

So grab your cup of coffee and let’s chat!


Thanks for watching, friends!

If you have anything you want to talk about in an upcoming coffee chat or as a blog post, please reply in the comments and I’ll do my best to get it on the schedule.

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Coffee Chat episode 26 | perfume, making friends and how a blog makes money

Hey friends … it’s time for another coffee chat. This time we did it live again (thanks to all who were there!) and talked about all categories of things: books, perfume, blogging and more.

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!


  • I deleted the MOMENT app. It is a great tool for monitoring phone use, but it started stressing me out.
  • Instead, I took Emily P. Freeman’s advice on HER BRILLIANT PODCAST (episode 20) and removed notifications from my phone.
  • I just finished reading CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler. Loved it.
  • It’s time to move on from my 8th-grade perfume. Although I still contend that GAP HEAVEN does smell good. It is no longer available at the Gap, but you can find it on ebay if you’re dying to try.
  • This candle is my favorite scent: TOCCA FLORENCE
  • I accidentally ordered the wrong scent and ended up with TOCCA BIANCA perfume which actually does smell nice. A little muskier than I prefer, so I’ll order the TOCCA FLORENCE PERFUME (Anthropologie sells a small TRAVEL SIZE that I’ll order first just to make sure I love it as much as the candle.
  • My favorite book of 2017 was DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl.
  • This is my new DETACHABLE WALLET PHONE CASE. Just try not to lose the wallet part like I do daily :)
  • Do you use a GPS app? If not, give WAZE a try. It’s our go-to.
  • My friend JAMIE IVEY wrote a book and is coming to Seattle! I’ll be there and would love to see you. DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY HERE.

The Q+A portion of the video begins at 14 minutes.

Thanks again for all of those who joined me live. I’ll do this every Tuesday at 11am pst and then post the videos here on Wednesdays. If you’d like to get an invite to join the live coffee chat, please join my email list RIGHT HERE.

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Coffee Chat Episode 25 | LIVE for the first time

We’re starting something new around here … Coffee Chat Live!

Rather than my regular recorded video, I’m inviting you to join me live (online) each Tuesday at 11am pst. Yesterday was our first time meeting and it went so well!

The plan is to do the live coffee chats on Tuesdays and then I’ll repost the video here on Wednesdays with all of the links we talk about in the video. Maybe once per month we’ll do an evening edition to make sure those of you who can’t tune in during the day can have a chance to hang out live.

A couple of notes about this first video:

I started recording just a few minutes before we officially began, so you can either listen from the start or skip to 4:08 where we really begin.

Also? I feel like I went a little deeper and more vulnerable than I meant to on this one. I mean, this is very true of me – I do love talking about meaningful, tender topics but I don’t always do it on the blog OR on a video for all to hear. But, hey, my hope for these coffee chats is for us to feel like we’re sitting together having a conversation and quite often these are truly the things I talk with my real life friends about.

At around 18:40 is where the question and answer part begins. Again, feel free to stick around for as long as you have time for.  I loved answering the questions and look forward to hearing your thoughts as well!

Alright … grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat.


  • My new morning routine is including a new devotional called NEW MORNING MERCIES by Paul Tripp. So good.
  • I’m giving the MOMENT app a try to help me monitor my phone use. I can’t decide if I love it or not, but it has been interesting to see how often my phone is my go-to when I’m trying to fill time.
  • This is my CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE that I’m pretty proud of. You can get a FREE ILLUSTRATED RECIPE CARD here.
  • This SALTED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE recipe from SMITTEN KITCHEN was very, very good. Maybe better texture than my regular recipe, but the dough was not quite as tasty. But I still say try both.
  • And definitely sprinkle FLAKED SEA SALT on your chocolate chip cookies from now on.
  • A list of my FAVORITE PODCASTS
  • I’m currently reading CALLING ME HOME.
  • And soon I’ll re-read THE RED TENT.
  • We talked a lot about the Enneagram in this episode and I am always happy to chat more about it! It’s been a really helpful tool for me in helping me identify my strengths and weaknesses and tendencies and desires. I feel grateful for the tool and the many books and podcasts that have stretched me this year. To start, take an ONLINE TEST here and read through the descriptions. Then get THIS BOOK or THIS BOOK. And listen to THIS PODCAST episode.
  • That quote I was trying to quote but completely botched:

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Thanks again for all of those who joined me live. I’ll do this every Tuesday at 11am pst and then post the videos here on Wednesdays. If you’d like to get an invite to join the live coffee chat, please join my email list RIGHT HERE.

Thanks for chatting!

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Coffee Chat Episode 24 | My venture into bread-making

Over the last few days, I’ve received quite a few questions about bread-making. I’m new to this whole thing, but I’m happy to share all I know (so far!) with you, as well as what recipes I’m using.

So in today’s Coffee Chat, come into my kitchen and let’s talk about bread, a few favorite Christmas gifts and I have a question for you at the end …

Also, sorry about the camera not focusing correctly. I did the whole video and when I previewed it after, I realized the camera was much more excited about that fern back there than my face. I just figure it helps keep the attention off the underground pimple on my chin :)

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!


  • I’m sorry … I can’t stop talking about my 40 BY 40 LIST.
  • TRUE SOURDOUGH BREAD E-BOOK – this is the resource I’m trying to follow and the recipe my cousin uses to make true fermented sourdough bread.
  • My father-in-law’s Italian Pugliese recipe:

(Hopefully, you can read that. The last line that bled over to the next page says “check by knocking on the bottom of each loaf and listening for the hollow ring that indicates it is cooked through. Cool on wire rack.”

I followed the instructions for this bread fully EXCEPT, I use the instructions from the True Sourdough E-Book for how to cook using a dutch oven.

  • My pretty green DUTCH OVEN
  • ALL THE LOST THINGS – an adorable picture book with a sweet message of spreading hope.
  • WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? – such great illustrations (watch the ‘idea’ grow bigger and color show up at the turn of each page!) and a perfect story for all the idea people.
  • These LEG WARMERS are my fave. I just saw that there are more colors! I must add more to my workout/lounging wardrobe.
  • My beloved ELECTRIC BLANKET. There is nothing pretty or fancy about it … but it sure keeps me cozy warm while laying on the couch.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: do you have any teenage parenting resources you love and think our family would as well? I’d love to hear.

Anything else you want to chat about? Let’s talk in the comments …

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Coffee Chat Episode 23 |

Sometimes I like to do a thing we call COFFEE CHAT. It’s been a few months (what?!) so let me explain in case this is your first one.

If we were hanging out in real life sipping coffee, perhaps we would chat about these things. I basically jot down a few topics, turn on the camera and just start talking. It’s not scripted or polished (and sometimes I forget to check my hair in the mirror before recording – oops!), but I hope it feels a tiny bit like we’re just visiting like old friends.

So grab a cup of coffee, press play and let’s chat!


  • I’m super bummed because this sweater/wrap/blanket I’m wearing is not to be found online. I bought it in the scarf section at Target just last week, and love it so much, I bought two. It was $29, I think, and super comfy.

(I wore the gray version earlier this week when we surprised my flight attendant mom at the airport. It was her last flight before retirement! My big sister is on the left and little sister on the right. Do we look alike?)

Thanks again for watching, reading, commenting, liking, and generally being the best virtual friends a girl could ask for. Merry Christmas!

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Coffee Chat Episode 22 | back to school, hurricane help, freebies for you

Happy Friday!

Sometimes on fridays I like to do a thing we call COFFEE CHAT. If we were hanging out in real life sipping coffee, perhaps we would chat about these things. I basically jot down a few topics, turn on the camera and just start talking. It’s not scripted or polished (and sometimes the camera is not perfectly focused – oops!), but I hope it feels a tiny bit like we’re just visiting like old friends.

So grab a cup of coffee, press play and let’s chat!


HURRICANE HARVEY – how to help:


PAPER WORKS September collection is perhaps my favorite of all time.

You can join the monthly membership and receive all of the files to download and print on your own, or we send out professionally printed sets on the 16th of each month so you can get a jump on the month ahead.

Grab the SEPTEMBER FREEBIES – a calendar, note page, those cute lunch box notes and a wallpaper for your phone and desktop screens (a pop up should appear where you can enter your email address to receive the free items).


Have you tried VOXER or MARCO POLO? Both are fun (and easy) alternatives to texting or facetime.


Come hang out with me on Instagram @JONESDESIGNCOMPANY

Earlier this week we talked about what to do with all the PEARS we have. There were so many great recipe suggestions. If you need ideas, head over to this post and read through the comments.

Also on instagram was my public declaration that I WANT TO BE AN EARRING-WEARER. I currently own three pairs: diamond studs, these drop earrings and the square ones I’m wearing in the video. Any suggestions?


Wishing you a great Labor Day weekend!


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Coffee Chat 21 | When to quit a book, creative kids and other front porch topics

Summer is in full swing over here and we couldn’t be happier about it. I wanted to pop in and say hi and chat about a couple of random topics, so I locked the kids inside (not really, but kind of) and filmed a quick coffee chat on the front porch.

Grab your cup of coffee and let’s chat!


  • Someday I’ll put together a GUIDE TO VISITING SEATTLE (because you really should come visit!). Until then, I found these posts that are full of great suggestions: 24 Hours In Seattle, Seattle City Guide, City Guide: Seattle
  • We can’t get enough LA CROIX around our house (as seen below). My favorite is the fancy Curate version in Mure Pepino (aka cucumber blackberry). 
  • I recently read THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (but I don’t recommend the audio version) and A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN. I have read almost all of Susan Meissner’s books and love them all. Especially this one.
  • Currently, I’m reading VICTORIA by Daisy Goodwin and am very tempted to quit. I read An American Heiress and enjoyed it, but this one is taking me forever to get through. Do you quit books?
  • My friend, ANNE (who writes The Modern Mrs. Darcy) has a fantastic Summer Reading Guide. Get it here.
  • If you haven’t watched yet, try THE CROWN.
  • I’m going to finish my book and then watch the show – VICTORIA on PBS.
  • Things that are keeping the kids busy: CARDBOARD + DUCT TAPE
  • They have created the most elaborate shields, helmets, swords, weaponry. Their little cousin came over and they dressed him up and spent hours outside playing like this.
  • The only problem with all this cardboard + duct tape creation is the mess it makes (which I’m trying to get over). Currently our dining room/Armory looks like this:
  • This week, the kids have been in to POLYMER CLAY.

  • Our baby nephew, Ryan, has us all smitten. If you need me, I’ll probably be sitting outside under the shade snuggling him while the kids are swimming in the lake and Ryan and his brother are outfitting an old bike with pool noodles so it will float when they ride it off the dock into the water (very true story, as seen here).
  • I’m wearing THESE GINGHAM SHORTS and a no-longer-available shirt from MADEWELL in the video. And sitting on THESE ROCKING CHAIRS.

Enjoy your weekend, my friends!

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Coffee Chat Episode 20

You know the drill … grab a cup of coffee, press play, and let’s chat!



    • THIS IS KATE – my go-to for hair and makeup tutorials. She’s just so pretty and approachable and knowledgeable.



    • We’ve used HELLO FRESH for our weekly meals for the past three years and it has been a lifesaver. If you try it, use this link to get $40 off your first box.


    • Now that I’m looking back at the question I answered about the shorts, I’m wondering if Monica was asking where to get shorts for HER 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER that don’t look like underwear instead of where to get ADULT shorts that don’t look like 7 year old underwear?! I’m not sure. But whatever. Here are the shorts I showed:




    • SIMPLIFIED PENMANSHIP  This is the online class I teach about how to make your handwriting look pretty. It’s super fun, easy to work on and fun for kids to join in on as well. JOIN HERE.


Happy Friday, Happy Father’s Day, HAPPY WEEKEND!



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Coffee Chat Episode 19 | Sometimes I overshare :)

It’s Friday … which means it’s time for another episode of Coffee Chat!

In today’s video, I’m being my typical self and possibly oversharing. Who really needs to know about my dysfunctioning gut? Or my fake tan? Well, maybe you do.



  • I touched on some of my health issues in THIS POST, in case you want to go back and read. I actually do like the post because it is a peek at what was really going on behind the scenes.
  • A kind reader-friend asked for an update on my health in last week’s Q + A POST and I did not shy away from answering truthfully. Just scroll through the comments until you get to a question from Marley.
  • THIS BLENDER is pretty fantastic. It’s the same brand as my beloved MILK FROTHER I use for making lattes at home.
  • The cute medicine tin is from our HOUSE + HOME SHOP. We’re waiting for a shipment to come … should be available soon!
  • Looking for a good self-tanner? Try THIS ONE. If you don’t want to commit to buying a full bottle, grab this STARTER KIT.
  • HERE’S A POST about self-tanner from two years ago. Now looking at the photos, the color is way too orange.
  • If you’re headed to a BBQ this weekend and need a recipe for a side to share, try this TUSCAN BREAD SALAD or this MEDITERRANEAN ORZO SALAD. Both are delicious.

Have a great weekend, my friends!

Oh, almost forgot! In case you’re curious, here is a link to my STRIPED SHIRT.

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Coffee Chat Episode 18 | My, how time flies

Welcome to a new episode of Coffee Chat. I’ve missed chatting with you!

The last coffee chat was right after we brought home baby chicks (watch it here) and here we are and those fluffy little chicks are now fully grown feathered hens ready to move outside. How did the time fly by so quickly?!

In today’s video, I’m talking about our road trip (we left one year ago!), a great recent read, a new class, crying babies and much, much more. Enjoy!


  • Our family took a pretty amazing 3.5 month ROAD TRIP one year ago to the day. Here is a page with all of our stops and posts from each spot.
  • I wrote a massively in-depth post with answers to all the most asked road trip questions – how we planned, how much it cost, what we did for school, etc. You can read that one here.
  • Spoiler Alert: the road trip will be featured in the spring issue of MAGNOLIA JOURNAL. Excited to see it in print!
  • We traveled last weekend to a cute COASTAL TOWN in Washington with friends. I love all of their kids, but I’m pretty smitten with their youngest :)

  • I love teaching online CLASSES! A new flower class is set to open monday (fingers crossed!). Details to come …
  • This ARMOR OF GOD study has been so life-giving and life-changing for me. You can buy the workbook and rent the DVDs to do it on your own or with a group.
  • I just finished TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT. It’s darling and quirky and such an entertaining read.
  • The same author also wrote WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, which I also thoroughly enjoyed.
  • Come hang out with me on INSTAGRAM for more day to day life

  • The cute RUFFLE-SLEEVE SHIRT I’m wearing in the video is from J.Crew Factory and is currently on sale for $24.99.
  • I’m drinking (water, not coffee, strangely) from my favorite MUG.

Thanks for watching, my friends!

(And sorry about the weird muffled sounds. I have a fancy clip-on microphone and it must not have been in the right spot.)

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Coffee Chat Episode 17 | Baby Chicks!

In today’s episode of Coffee Chat, you get to meet a special guest (about 1 minute in), hear about my current can’t-stop-wearing obsession, and get a little glimpse into why I love doing what I do.

So grab a cup of coffee/tea/water/kombucha and let’s chat!


  • We got chickens!

We chose 5 different varieties (Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, Ameraucana, and Ancona) and had the best time naming them: Darla, Lola, Batman, Nugget, Edna + Marcella. They will live in this metal bin in the garage for around 6 weeks and then we’ll move them outdoors to a soon-to-be-built chicken coop. I’m sort of grossed out by chickens, but the kids are so excited and I have to say that the chicks are pretty adorable. We still have much to learn, but have found this site to be helpful.

Thanks for watching!

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Coffee Chat Episode 16 | How we celebrated our 13 year old’s birthday

Welcome to the newest edition of Coffee Chat.

I like to think of us as friends and even though we may never get to sit down with a cup of coffee together and talk about life, this is my attempt to bring that conversation to the blog.

Before we get into today’s episode, can I be honest for a second?

I love doing coffee chats, but I just haven’t been able to record these past few weeks. Sometimes life is just hard and putting on a peppy face and talking about the little things in life has not been where my heart is. Of course there is good mixed in with the hard, and I always want to be a person who can find beauty and joy in all circumstances. But I also need to honor the times in life when peppiness is not genuine. So that’s why it’s been a few weeks since our last chat …

But today I’m back.

We celebrated our oldest son’s 13th birthday last night and it was so meaningful and special that I just had to share.

So today’s episode is about why and how and a few of the wise words that were spoken as we celebrated our sweet teenager.


  • Studio progress is slow, but soon I’ll get it put together.
  • We picked a carpet! Now the hard work of removing all the furniture, taking off the trim and pulling out the old carpet …
  • For more on the Bat and Bar Mitzvah traditions.
  • Paige Knudsen is so wise and loving. Check out her blog for gorgeous images and sweet words about motherhood.
  • BeautyCounter is a skincare and makeup company with the amazing mission to get safe products for our skin into the marketplace. I have used many items and love them all. Right now I’m especially into the lipgloss in peony.

Thanks for watching, my friends!

As always, please leave any questions, thoughts or future coffee chat topics you would like to discuss in the comments.

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Coffee Chat Episode 15 | in the new kitchen

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

Today we’re in our newly made-over kitchen.

I posted the full reveal with lots of before and after photos (read that here) and your comments were so fun to read through! Many questions were asked on repeat, so in today’s video, I thought it would be fun to answer them on video and talk through our answers.

Welcome to our kitchen! Let’s chat …


The most asked question by far was “Where is the microwave?“.

Answer: we moved it into the pantry.

Isn’t that a lovely photo?! It’s just a tiny pantry tucked under the stairs and we sacrificed some shelf space for the microwave. Ryan is on a mission to make this space more efficient, so I’ll keep you posted if/when he adds more storage.

Next question: “Do the open shelves really function as well as they look?” and sister-question: “Do they offer enough storage?

Answer: I love them, they function well and storage is not a problem for us.

I snapped a few photos to show you inside the cupboards. I am a big fan of editing and giving away anything that either I don’t use, like or need on a fairly regular basis. This reduces what we have and allows us to keep the less-lovely kitchen essentials in the lower cabinets.

If you love the look of open shelves but can’t give up all of your upper cabinet storage space, you could also try removing just one cabinet (in a spot that makes sense) to give you a space for display while still keeping some of the uppers for storage.

Or, just take them all down and whittle down your dish collection to only the ones you use and love and display them proudly :)

Many questions came in asking “How did you paint the cabinets?“.

Like I mention in the video, you will want to take your particular cabinets into account before following my instructions. Our cabinets are solid wood with a slight sheen and were very easy to paint. Other cabinets will need more of a sanding job or different paint formula in order for them to be durable. Just remove a door and take it into your local paint store to get an expert’s opinion.

Here are my steps: lightly sand with 120 grit sand paper. Wipe down to remove sanding dust. Paint two coats of latex semi-gloss paint (with a good quality brush). Let dry a few days to fully cure.

I took all of the drawers out and doors off to paint the cabinet bases and drawer fronts, then put the doors back on to paint the front and sides of those. We chose not to paint inside the cabinets, but if I were planning on keeping the cabinets for a longer time than we are, I would have at least done the inside of the doors.

If you are painting dark cabinets a lighter color, you may want to prime first, then do two or three coats of paint for a nice finish. Our dark paint color covered really well and made the job quite easy.

The shirt I’m wearing in the video is THIS COZY ONE.

Thanks for watching!

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Coffee Chat Episode 14

Welcome to the first Coffee Chat of the new year!

The purpose behind a Coffee Chats is to pretend like we’re old friends chatting and sharing coffee. These are the types of things we might discuss.

If you’re new to these videos, know this: I literally write a few notes about topics, press record on the camera and start talking. I do it in one take and even if I say lots of ums or forget the name of a show … I carry on. It feels natural and genuine, which is totally what I am going for with these.

Also know that I love getting your questions and suggestions for things you want to chat about in upcoming episodes. Let me know if you have anything to talk about in the comments.

Okay, let’s get right to it!

(The sound is not great. I’m very sorry about that)


  • We have a new house! See it HERE.
  • The latest HOUSE TOUR.
  • The garage all set up as a studio! We’re in the middle of a fun project with Ryan’s mom. I’ll tell you more about it soon!

  • My favorite Christmas gift: THIS ELECTRIC BLANKET
  • Have you watched THE CROWN yet? It’s so good. Very historical fiction about the life of Queen Elizabeth.
  • Michael Pollan’s documentary series COOKED was super interesting.
  • THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW is so darling and makes me wish I could bake all day long.
  • The kids’ PLAYROOM IS IN A MAGAZINE! I Did It! by Better Homes + Gardens is on sale now. Here are some closeups of when the original article ran.

  • Are you still looking for a 2017 planner? I just picked up THIS AGENDA by Sugar Paper and think it is great. I also use their month-by-month calendar but I’m not finding that one online.

  • Just call my Crazy Auntie Emily. I have a BELOVED PENCIL and I’m slightly protective.
  • Have you claimed you free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, lotion, set of sponges and carrying caddy yet? If not, you can still get the free gift when you sign up for Grove Collective before January 8th. DETAILS HERE.

  • Curious … how do you feel about sponges? Helpful or super gross?
  • Just because maybe someone will ask, the shirt I’m wearing is THIS ONE from Loft. And, hey! It’s on sale!

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you enjoyed our chat today. If there is anything you’d like to talk about in an upcoming episode, let me know in the comments below.

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Coffee Chat Episode 13 | How to wear a blanket scarf

For today’s episode of Coffee Chat, I’m hanging out in my poorly lit bedroom while construction is happening right under me downstairs. It’s a bit comical.

But hey, this is so appropriate for my life right now.

I’ve been meaning to record a new episode to catch up and – most of all – to show you how I wear a blanket scarf. It finally happened today just in time for Thanksgiving.



THE NEW SHOP IS OPEN! I’m so grateful to all of you who have checked it out, left kind comments and purchased goodies. You’re the best!

I’m so in love with all of it, but particularly so with this marble bowl + spoon combo, this goat fur pillow and all the ribbon.

ribbononwoodsm THE FALL FASHION POST (wrinkly shirts and all) in case you missed it.

blanketscarf In answer to all of the ‘HOW DO YOU WEAR A BLANKET SCARF?‘ questions, here’s a recap:

STYLE ONE | Fold square scarf in half diagonally. Drape over shoulders with triangle in back. Cross one end across your chest and tuck over shoulder; repeat with other side. Rotate entire scarf to make it slightly off-centered.

STYLE TWO | Place triangle in front, drape ends over your shoulders. Wrap each one around to the front and let hang. This is how the young whipper-snappers are wearing them :)

STYLE THREE | Tie edges in small knot to form a loop. Wrap around neck twice. Fluff and adjust.

A few cute blanket scarf options all priced at $25:



Heritage Plaid in Natural | Check Scarf |  Heritage Plaid in Charcoal

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.: this is my favorite Thanksgiving recipe. It’s like grown-up baby food only one million times better.

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