Daily Covet: It’s time to put MAC to work!

HGTV Home Design for MAC, apple.com $49.95

Last Christmas, my darling husband surprised me with a Macbook.  I wanted one specifically to pacify that creative side in me.  To date, I have yet to use it for anything remotely resembling create and design!  As I was looking around for some software that would allow me to dig my heels in, I came across this HGTV Home Design for Mac software.

I have previously done some virtual room design and redecorate on sites like Lowes.com or EthanAllen.com but neither was very intuitive and I usually ended up giving up before I had accomplished what I really wanted to.

So today, I am coveting this seemingly awesome software so that I can put MAC to work!

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Daily Covet: Almost time to get my “Mad” on…

Betty, Joan, Peggy

So it’s settled.  Our Girls’ Night Out group is going Mad on January 8th.  It’s the 2nd Annual Roland Dinner Party and the theme is “Mad Men.”  Everyone is so excited and who wouldn’t be at the thought of dressing up as Joan Holloway or Betty Draper Francis, two of the newest style icons?

My covet today is that I will be able to find a vintage dress or dinner suit and a pill box hat to top off my ensemble for this party.  Shouldn’t be too hard, right?  I mean there are only thousands of listings on eBay.  Unfortunately, because of Mad Men, these outfits don’t come cheap!  I will be checking my local antique stores too but if anyone has ideas or something that might be of interest, please let me know via a comment!

Daily Covet: My home needs a new facade

Front porch decor compliments of Pottery Barn, porch not for sale.

Some time ago, my then three-year-old commented on a picture of a very posh little home office space in the Pottery Barn Catalog.  He said matter of factly, “I wish we lived there.”  Funny, I thought and decided that I too wished we lived there.

Well, now I’m wishing this was the front of my home as it would look for the holidays… again compliments of Pottery Barn.  While my home has wonderful curb appeal in the spring, summer and early fall – it looks barren and dead by the time Christmas rolls around.  Columns for wrapping green boughs around?  Sadly a cold, brick porch with a wrought iron railing….  Window boxes for stacking greenery, big bulbs or other holiday gimcracks?  No window boxes… only chocolate brown trim on our one asymmetrical window.  Loads of windows for adorable little white glowing candles?  Again the asymmetry of this home makes it very hard to decorate as lights, candles, decorations would all be located on one side.

I realize this is probably a fake front porch but I do sometimes wish I had grand old home with columns or a huge front porch so that I could decorate ’til my hearts content.  But who are we kidding?  I’ve barely managed to get out the decorations for the space that I do have!

Daily Covet: My workout duds are strung out

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find out that many times, my tendency to work out is based largely on the gear (read outfits) I get to wear.  I spend much more time in my workout wear than pretty much anything else I own.  I usually put it on first thing in the morning to ensure that I have no excuse not to go on a moment’s notice that day.  With that said, my workout wear gets it’s fair share of “overwear!”

Most of my yoga pants are now a washed out black-ish color from thousands of washes.  My sports bras and tanks are all too tight and too short because I have a much bigger chest and midsection post kids.  My socks that wick away moisture are also gray-ish and are losing their elasticity from too many tumbles in the dryer.  My running shoes have met their mileage limit… this has more to do with walking around the zoo with my children than it does actually logging miles on the trails.

With all of that said, my covet today is about new gear.  Sometimes looking good inspires me to do things that make me feel good and that are good for me.  So my covet this day is new running shoes (I buy the same exact pair of Nikes every time!) and new workout clothes.   I love these cute and comfortable options from Athleta.com… and since I’m at it, I wouldn’t mind looking like the model either!

Long Sleeve Twist Top $69.00, WorkitOUT Tight $59, Athleta.com

Nike Zoom Vomero 5 $110, roadrunnersports.com

Daily Covet: This winter, I’ll have some “Spring” in my step!

I’ve been looking for some water proof boots for my short commute back and forth to preschool 3 days a week.  Fortunately and unfortunately, my son’s preschool is right across the street, which means we can walk out our front door and up the block to get there in a matter of minutes.  This also means that it’s absurd to drive it when the weather is horribly nasty, slick and wet.

So I am on the lookout for rain/snow boots.  I have been looking at these particular Sportos for a few months now and have finally decided to make them my feature.  I love the print, calling to mind a little spring time even in the dead of winter.

And speaking of dead, I am completely dead set on ordering them too.  If it wasn’t Christmas shopping season… the season for giving… to other people, I probably would’ve done it already without guilt.

And if I need further motivation, these are one of the least expensive pairs of boots on Zappos.com.  This is something that never happens to me!

Sporto Wendy, zappos.com $55