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 designer 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 Shoulder 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: Totemania

I realize my last post was also about a certain black tote. But if you remember, my current fabulous tote is on it’s way to being un-fabulous due to worn out straps that will break at the sheer mention of putting my laptop in it.

So my search has turned to frenzy and I’ve already notified my dear husband that the next gift-giving opportunity should include one of many of the great totes I’ve laid eyes on lately.

Here’s my current list in addition to that nylon HUNTER one that I blogged about the other day:

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Kate Spade Austin Varrick Street Suede, katespade.com

You can’t go wrong with Kate. She makes some pretty damn good bags. I should know, I have quite a few. I love this bag with the winged look that you can find on so many other bags, but at a fraction of the price. My only complaint is that it might be a bit dressy for my needs. I’m looking for the SAHM-everyday tote that won’t be seeing the inside of an office anytime in the near future.

 

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Zac by Zac Posen, Saksoff5th.com

This Zac Posen number is probably my favorite. It has a sophisticated vibe without being too dressy. It’s simple and roomy and the leather looks like it would feel like butter!

 

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Jason Wu Christy Leather Shopper, lastcall.com

I should give the disclaimer that this Jason Wu beauty is my actual favorite but at over $1K a pop, it’s just not a practical choice. I’d be too scared to let a snack near it!

 

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Neiman Marcus Greco Two Tone, lastcall.com

I’m a big fan of the two-tone detailing for obvious practical reasons and I love the long strap option, which I don’t have now and occasionally wish I did. A very good choice at a very good price.

 

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Cole Haan Mila Leather Tote, nordstromrack.com

You gotta love patent leather. It just makes a nice, black bag all the nicer. I love the gold hardware and the roomy handles. It looks sturdy too with plenty of room for my whole life that I lug around with me each day.

Daily Covet: Beach Bag Bingo

On this most dreadful of days, it seems only fitting that I’d be searching for lovely weather essentials for the pool, the lake or the beach. Here’s a roundup of a Bingo’s game worth of cool beach bags I’d love to carry everything I own sunscreen, pool toys, floaties, magazines and snacks in.

How about these cute Billabong bags… how do you choose just one?!

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These Scout bags are some of my absolute favorites. The adorable pattern options and coordinating accessories are but two of the reasons. The other is the fact that the coated canvas make them ideal for seafaring (pool or lakefaring too) days!

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If you’re tired of losing small items at the bottom of your beach bag, this LeSportsac Clear Haven Tote is for you. The clear fabric means you can see everything in your bag at one time!

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Here’s a good Independence Day option for those of us stateside. Tory Burch’s red, white and blue canvas tote is perfect for celebrating with a poolside barbeque and some festive fireworks.

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What screams summer sophistication more than Target’s oversized tote with a gold-toned handle? I’m loving this bag for more than just the beach, that’s for sure… and it’s inexpensive – a definite bonus!

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Well, that’s a wrap, as they say! Too all my American readers, Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe!

And for my foreign friends, bon weekend! (Sorry that’s the only one I know with any certainty.)

 

Daily Covet: Deco Bling

It’s only serendipitous that one day I was on this impromptu web search for Art Deco-style rings… and the next day, Refinery29 sent me an update called, “Vintage Engagement Rings For the Unconventional Bride” which featured designs from each era from the 1714 to 1950.

As always, my absolute favorite era for design and decor was the age of Art Deco.

While I’m no soon-to-be bride, I love to look at diamonds in all sorts of settings. So for today, here’s a fabulous roundup of gorgeous Deco styles to wear top to bottom.

See something you like? Shop for it on my polyvore.com page, and let me know which one is your absolute fave. I know what mine is: the $38,000 ruby, diamond and platinum ring!

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Daily Covet: Rebecca Minkoff Pouch & Necessities

This cute Rebecca Minkoff Pouch is just the thing this girl needs to keep things organized in my handbag. And it’s on Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, making it even more covetable.

Here are my daily essentials – my favorites that get me through the day.

Sheer lipstick? Check.

Hand cream? Check.

Sunscreen? Check.

A pretty, silver pen? Check.

Kleenex? Check.

An upgraded cell phone with a new case? Check.

Everyday sparkly studs? Check.

What more does a girl need? What’s in your bag that you just can’t live without?

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Daily Covet: Chloé vs. Marc Jacobs Crossbody Bag

I have been wanting the perfect crossbody bag for a long time.

I don’t need a small bag often, but sometimes my outfit just calls for something somewhat casual, but still polished enough to wear for a night out.

This Chloé Marcie crossbody bag has been on my want list for a long, long time. Sadly, at this price point, it’ll probably stay there much longer.


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This great Marc Jacobs bag, however, is far more reasonable. I love the detailing on the closure and while, I don’t love it in black, I do adore it in this bright blue color. And since I wear so much black and navy anyway, it’d be great to have a pop!

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Daily Covet: Chevron Wallet & No. 7 Lip Stain

This weekend, I made a public appearance at Junkstock, a cool event in Omaha that happens twice a year.  It’s where vendors bring all their cool “junk” that’s been repurposed or is waiting to be repurposed for whoever decides it’s a must have.

I had to stop in at Target to pick up an umbrella as I misplaced mine.  As I perused the accessories section, this little turquoise chevron wallet (in store) popped out at me. I actually own a black and white printed version of this wallet already and love it. It’s the perfect size for my smaller evening-time bags, I can take it out of my handbag and carry it on it’s own and it snaps shut tightly to keep all my cards, cash and identification in place. The best part is that it’s literally $12.99 – no one is more surprised than this bag snob!

Another favorite from Target is my No. 7 Sheer Temptation lip stain in “Entice.” I’m not much of a lipstick person on a day-to-day basis.  I much prefer a little stain that will keep my lips pink even after the glossiness wears off.  And it’s minimal gloss at that, so it’s really perfect to keep my pout moist even when I’m just working out or heading to the pool.

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