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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Green with Envy

Without selling out my beloved turquoise, I find myself drawn to all things green right now. Rich velvet couches, cute sneaks and emerald-colored clutches are all on my list of Daily Covets.

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I’m starting to notice a smattering of all shades green in couture collections, home decor sites and at most of my favorite retailers these days too. Is this the next big color?

Every season benefits from the freshest hue on earth. From Springy rebirth to the evergreen hue of a Christmas tree in Winter, there’s no shortage of green all year ’round.

Daily Covet: Midi in Metallic

I’m not typically a midi-length kind of girl. Blame it on my short stature and even shorter legs.

But I’m loving this metallic silver midi skirt from Iris & Ink. After all, what are sky high heels for if not to elongate my legs in a totally gorgeous leather skirt?

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Daily Covet: A Wild Flamingo

It’s still pretty warm here in middle America. But sometimes at night, there’s a hint of that crisp fall air that I look forward to every year.

It’s not necessarily because I love cold so much, but it absolutely IS because I love cold-weather clothes so, so, so much. The only thing I like better than cold-weather clothing is pink. PINK.

This cover of the most recent catalog had me immediately falling in deep love with this gorgeous pantsuit. I’ve been dreaming about where and how to wear it since I first laid eyes on it.

Blue gingham button downs, forest green silk blouses and maybe even plain white tees are the perfect pairings with a statement suit like this one!

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photo credit J.Crew.com

 

Clare Vivier Longsleeve Tee

There’s nothing more French than a Breton Tee… Well, except maybe the Eiffel Tower and smoking, but a blue and white (or black and white) striped t-shirt ranks right up there, for sure.

The Breton tee was originally introduced as the official uniform for the Brittany navy in 1858 and included 21 stripes – one for each of Napolean’s victories. The stripes were also said to have made it easier to find overboard sailors.

However, it was Coco Chanel that made these simple tees a fashion staple through her nautical collection in 1917. Everyone from Pablo Picasso to James Dean sported the casual and chic striped cotton shirt.

Today, there are no shortage of striped tees on the market – from the least expensive mall stores to the biggest fashion houses Europe has to offer. But one that I have my eye on now is this version from Clare Vivier. This one in particular has “Oui” on the front – another French detail que j’adore.

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photo credit clarev.com

Summer Dress-ing

I love dresses in the summer. I have all three kids home with me most days and we are constantly on the run, so dresses have become my go-anywhere-and-everywhere staple. Plus they always fit. A perk for someone who seems to gain and lose the same five pounds in as little as a week.

Most of my play dresses are cotton and inexpensive. Some are only used for coverups for the pool, and others I wear out and about.

That’s why this Jethro twist-back tank dress caught my eye. It comes in multiple colors, but true to form white, navy and black are my favorites. They are loose-fitting and cool and also have a deconstructed design that makes them casual and comfortable, yet they are still plenty chic.

Pair them with a long necklace and flatform sandals for brunch or an evening out. Or slip into your favorite summer flip-flops and floppy hat to head to the pool. There’s no place this little number won’t go!

Daily Covet: Athleta Stripes Chaturanga™ Capri

Happy New Year bloggy friends! I hope this year brings you much joy, peace and prosperity!

I know this is so cliché, but for the New Year, I’m going to covet fabulous new workout clothes.

I find that new clothes and new running shoes have a way of keeping me motivated to stick to my New Year’s workout routine. At least for a few weeks.

These Athleta Stripes Chaturanga™ Capris are just such the pants to keep me on the treadmill or in my PiYo class (I’ve dubbed this “living hell in the gym”) just a little longer.

Contrary to popular belief, the horizontal stripes can actually be quite flattering. So hopefully they’ll make my butt look good enough to wear when running errands after I’ve stopped wearing them to run on the treadmill.

Cheers!

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