Daily Covet: Clare V. Snake ‘n Stripes

Happy New Year Y’all! I know some of you might still be digging out after some pretty serious winter storms over the past month, but we are in the throes of our own blizzard here in Middle America.

You can only imagine what I do when it’s cold and snowy outside and my kids are home from school for the third time since they went back after their holiday break. Yep, virtual window shopping. Nothing brings me more joy than filling up virtual shopping carts all over the Internet. Well, checking out would actually be pretty joyful but not to my bank balance.

Today, my favorite thing is this Clare Vivier foldover clutch. Part of the reason I love it is because I have already taken another one for a test drive. I actually own the same Clare V. clutch in black leather with laser-cut pinholes on the part that actually folds over. It is a little rock ‘n roll and a lot versatile. I use it almost exclusively when I go out for a non-cocktail or formal affair.

But this particular Clare V. foldover clutch is drool-worthy. The tan snake print is actually embossed on leather and the bold navy and red stripes are done in suede. I love that it gives an otherwise “going out” bag a sporty vibe – not to mention a “Gucci” one at that! And since it’s in mostly brown neutrals, it’s perfect for a whole other segment of my wardrobe that is not as well-paired with my black one. I’m already envisioning this cute clutch with my navy-flowered embroidered jeans and some sweet suede sandals. Now if we could only bring on spring!

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Photo credit ClareV.com

 

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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: HUNTER Nylon Tote

I’ve been carrying a super cool Ralph Lauren tote for several years now. It’s this shiny black leather tote with a “pinking shears” look along the top edge.

I get compliments on it almost daily and I love how it’s firm sides stand up so I can see inside it at all times. My 15″ laptop fits in it along with my iPad, snacks for post-school sports practices, swim goggles, mittens and a hat, my wallet and a small bag of personal affects.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that the handles, which are anchored by small gold-ish square hardware, are starting to wear thin. The day where one of those handles snaps is coming soon and I can’t be without a tote that gets me through virtually every day.

So my hunt has begun – no pun intended – and my top pick so far is this awesome HUNTER Nylon Moustache Messenger Bag. I love how simple it is and while I’m not a huge fan of big, fat labels on things – I do love the bright pop of red and white against the black background. I also love that there are both short and long-handled options, which is something my current bag doesn’t have.

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Daily Covet: Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

Here is the perfect bag for spring. The bucket bag has made a comeback and it seems I’m not the only one that would like to get my hands on this totally GORGE bag.

The Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag is wait listed. Imagine! Like it’s Hermès or something.

Well, it’s true and to be honest, I’d rather have this coated leather bucket bag than a Birken any day.

Both the black and tan versions have detachable wallets, which is obviously so convenient.

And both the black and tan versions have completely covetable interiors. I’m not sure if they are the same color, but it looks like one might be crimson while the other is more of a raspberry color.

It’s a good thing these are wait listed. It would take me a long time to figure out which one I want more!

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Daily Covet: Céline Box Bag

A Céline box bag.

What better bag than this structured, but unfussy, handbag in too many awesome colors to count?

I love the simplicity and the elegance of Céline’s simple crossbody bag. I also love that the shoulder strap can be tucked in so you have a dual-duty clutch.

The biggest problem (besides the hefty $2800 price tag) is how do you choose just one?

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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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