Daily Covet: A few of my favorite things

I just looked back at the time stamp on my last post and realized I’m failing miserably at maintaining this blog. I sortof wish I could say I have got my covet-ing in check, but that wouldn’t be true. I still spend a lot of time “window shopping” online. That is to say, filling up my virtual carts and leaving them to sit un-checked out.

But this time of year, I’m taking special note because I have several people who ask for lists or just a few things that I may have my eye on for Christmas. And so, to make their lives easier and also to get a much-needed post on the books for the end of the year, a few of my favorite things is here!

“A few of my favorite things” is generally what I title this post each year, but it is also the song lyric from one of my favorite movies, “Sound of Music.” The movie also reminds me of the holidays because it used to be shown on public TV the night of Christmas. My family would cuddle up at my grandparents’ house after the dinner had been eaten and the packages had been opened.

Anywho, let’s get to it. From creamy tunic sweaters to spency desginer watches and key fobs that will also charge your phone, here are a handful of items I love this year.

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  1. Michele Deco Diamond Dial – Nordstrom.com
  2. Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Lambskin Should Bag – Vonmaur.com
  3. J. Crew Cotton Poplin Pajama Pants and  Top – JCrew.com
  4. Nine West Bootie – Ninewest.com
  5. Mark & Graham Power Up Lightning to USB Tassle Keychain – Markandgraham.com
  6. Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag – Markandgraham.com
  7. Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses – Groupon.com
  8. Saskia Oversized Pullover – Anthropologie.com

 

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Daily Covet: Birkenstock Gizeh

I know it’s so not original to be back into Birkenstocks these days. Style blog after style blog is telling you how to reinvent your Birkenstocks because why not wear these comfortable and newly styled sandals with literally everything?

I had several pairs of Birkenstocks, both obtained in the late 80’s when they made their post-hippy re-emergence. I held onto them long after I ever considered wearing them. And finally took them to the Goodwill long after the leather had hardened and the soles had broken down.

I was certain that this was a bandwagon I was not going to jump back on. But then the old-school “Arizona” and the more flip-flop-like “Gizeh” started showing up everywhere. And in the best colors and textures.

To say I have a mini obsession with this Metallic Copper pair with the Soft footbed is a understatement. I mean, how tan could my feet look in these adorable sandals after all? And more importantly, what color polish should I get at my next pedicure? “Mirrored” is hard to accessorize!

On a more serious note however, since the U.S. loser-in-chief  doesn’t see it necessary to look after our environment, it’s nice to know that companies like Birkenstock have been using more environmentally friendly materials and pioneering ways to reduce energy consumption since the 80’s. What better reason to wear Birkenstocks is there?

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Hit the Deck!

The pool deck, that is. We all look forward to the first holiday weekend of the season because our pool opens for the summer.

I’ve been digging out my millions of swimsuits that I’ve been curating for years only to find some pretty ratty coverups – stained with sunscreen, or overwashed or just plain falling apart. While I’m good on swimwear, finding something a little less revealing for the to/from trips is turning out to be a little more difficult.

So my hunt for a cute coverups begins…. of course, I hit up Anthropologie because they are always good for unique styles that you won’t find on thirty other pool goers. But Bloomingdales and J. Crew are some other favorites and neither let me down.

With coverups this cute, I may skip swimwear altogether! (Hover over pictures to find brand/shopping info)

 

 

The Bar Business

So I was walking through Homegoods the other day trying to kill time before picking my littlest one up from pre-school, and I found this amazing lucite bar cart. It was all see-through and squatty and kind of bubble-y looking and I loved it.

But for $300 at Christmas time, it was more appropriately put on my Christmas list and NOT my shopping list. Boo!

But it quickly became the inspiration for a hot chocolate-fueled frenzy of bar cart searching the following evening. Not only did I find an even more perfect bar cart, I realized that $300 in the world of bar carts is pretty reasonable after all. Who knew?

If any of you remember my absolute addiction to all things Mad Men (see here… and here…and here), you may understand my retro bar cart obsession a little better.

So, this is the bar cart I landed on and my $300 obsession is now a healthy $1700 obsession… leave it to me to inadvertently pick the most expensive item on the page every. single. time.

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With that said, my bar cart search also led me to another little bar-specific covet: an agate bottle opener. How sweet and petite is this little opener at Anthropologie?

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Playing the Blues

Ok, so I’ve curated lots of cool blue items while on my search for the perfect deep blue, velvet sofa – some of which might make excellent gifts for your loved ones, BTW.

I’m not sure blue ever goes out per se. Luckily, for those of us that adore all things blue, it seems there’s a trendy shade in the lineup of popular pantones pretty much every year.

But I’m particularly into a jewel-toned sapphire hue, which looks even richer when paired with the hot metal of the moment – gold.

 

What a girl wants

Is it too early to think about Christmas Wish Lists? Judging by the fact that all the department stores have been decked out since the day after Halloween, I’d say wish (or perhaps shop) away!

Clearly, this list is for the mostly casual girl that likes a little sparkle and a nice, red lip from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder who I was channeling when I put this together.

Take a look at some of these can’t fail items, if you need inspiration for your own list  (I’m sorry, I do not comprehend this concept) or if you are shopping for some special chick(s) this year. (Shop them on my Polyvore page.)

Anything I’m missing? What’s at the top of your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Where are your family values now?

Blog friends,

I know this is supposed to be a fashion and lifestyle blog, and 99.9% of the time, it is. But I’m still reeling from the Presidential election, if you want to know the truth.

I’ll warn you right now that this is going to get political – read it or delete it – but know that I am saddened, scared, embarrassed and humiliated by the fact that a buffoon is going to occupy the Oval Office.

On Election Day, I watched outspoken and conservative political activist, Ana Navarro on The View. I can’t say I agree with her politics most of the time, but her disdain for the then-candidate for the Republican Party was definitely in line with my own political views.

Navarro expressed concern for the depths at which our country sunk over the election. She went on to say that she was a Republican when Donald Trump was a Democrat; she was a Republican when Donald Trump was an Independent, and she’s a Republican today. She said that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party that she knows and loves. She also stated that she supports the values of strong faith, family unity and inclusiveness that Conservatives stand for.

I applaud her for sticking to her guns and not falling in lockstep with other Republicans, who have supported and will continue to support Donald Trump’s twisted Presidency simply because today he says he’s a Republican.

I do, however, take issue with the fact that she thinks conservatives own the market on values of strong faith, family unity and inclusiveness.

Conservatives have done an excellent job of painting Progressives into a Godless- ivory tower-free love-angry-feminist-anything goes corner. And If this election has taught me anything, it’s that the conservative rhetoric about family unity and “family values” is just that. Just talk. I say this because hate, bigotry, sexual assault, misogyny, sexism and hypocrisy are not examples of family values, inclusiveness or strong faith, but it sure as hell just won the White House.

By putting Donald Trump in the White House, the electorate and nearly half the citizens of the United States who voted have said all of those qualities are acceptable. And not only are they acceptable, they are qualities that are tolerated in the next leader of the free world. Sadly, we hold higher standards for our morning T.V. hosts than we do for the Oval Office.

I sat at a table with five successful and upstanding women citizens of my community on Friday afternoon. I am fortunate enough to call them dear friends. They are strong and professional women, who have advanced degrees, who raise families, who serve on boards for organizations that help those less fortunate, care for stray animals or advance women’s rights. These are women who volunteer their time as Girl Scout leaders, teach Sunday school, head up the PTO and attend church services regularly.

We talk of raising our children as citizens of the world, who have been allowed only to borrow this planet with the hope that they use their talents to do inspiring work, encourage tolerance and spread goodwill among ALL men, not just the ones that look like us and worship the same way.

And guess what? None of us are conservatives or Republicans, yet we still have family unity, our own family values and insist on inclusiveness. Whatever faith we hold dear, it allows us to be accepting of people who find spiritual comfort and strength in something different.

What are family values exactly anyway? The Webster’s Dictionary definition of family values is: values held to be traditionally learned or reinforced within a family, such as those of high moral standards and discipline.

So how does “within a family” apply to an entire party of people and not another?

It’s the hypocrisy that makes me question the true adherence to the notions of “family values,” “a strong faith” and “inclusiveness.”

In my opinion, going to church every Sunday does not make you righteous or prove you possess strong faith.

Withholding medical care for women does not make you pro-life; especially if you support the state’s right to put people to death.

Denying LGBTQ people the same Constitutional Rights because it isn’t “morally” acceptable is not inclusiveness. Religious moral beliefs are not how we legislate in this country thanks to our founding fathers, who specifically set it up that way.

Wearing all your flag pins at once and carrying a copy of the Constitution in your pocket does not make you a patriot. Your party won’t hold hearings to confirm the sitting President’s Supreme Court nomination as permitted to him under Article 2 of that Constitution you hold so dear.

Denying immigrants who are fleeing rape, murder, slavery and starvation in war-torn nations a safe place in our society is not inclusiveness, nor is it humane (Especially after they’ve endured 18-24 months of exhaustive vetting by six governmental agencies.)

Spending billions on war sold to the American people with erroneous intelligence instead of spending on education, veterans benefits and embassy security personnel is not “fiscal conservatism,” it’s criminal.

So the next time some Trump-ster implies that their party cornered the market on strong faith, family values and inclusiveness or patriotism and fiscal conservatism, I’d like to remind them that just saying it, and saying it loud doesn’t mean it’s true.

And if you are trolling this blog, go ahead and comment. You’ll only provide confirmation of the aforementioned for the rest of us.