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Sigh.  The most wonderful time of the year is upon us:  that time when the air gets a little cooler and crisper, and you can see your breath in the mornings… where I can almost hear the nostalgic sound of pencils sharpening and lockers closing, where the sight of cabled sweaters makes me weak at the knees, and when I wanna burn down the house with pumpkin spice candles.  It’s supposed to be straight summer weather this weekend in San Diego (not complaining), but I am gonna go ahead and rap about all the things that are screaming Fall to me and currently blowing up my shorts.  For starters, that pic above that I took standing up out of the sunroof last weekend in Crested Butte.  On a Sunday drive.  Like my grandparents used to take.  Next time I’m there, hopefully it’ll look like these apples:

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| SCOOTER’S NOT WRONG |

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| THE BEST SWEATER I’VE EVER SEEN |

Also, love the 3-ring index finger stack.  And the nail color.

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| THIS BAG MAKES ME WEAK AT THE KNEES |

You could slap a tassel on a turd and I’d buy it.  Don’t kill me but I have no idea where I saved this from.

tassel bag | fall | covet living

| OLIVE SUEDE PUMPS.  I REPEAT: OLIVE SUEDE PUMPS. |

Perfect for dressing up the best outfit ever – AKA jeans + white tees.  Under $50…      (( boom ))

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| TAKE ME TO THERE |

Not sure who this chick is, but pretty sure I’d like to show up with a bottle of wine and make friends with her, so I can plop myself into that pillow situation.

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| MOODY NAIL POLISH |

Which I still can’t pull off but love it when other people do.  Essie “Power Clutch” is a good color.

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| NOMNOMNOM |

Karrie posted this recipe for the most amazing Rosemary Orange Chicken I made for her & Teem a few weeks back, but I’ve since tweaked it…  follow the recipe in the link above, EXCEPT: 1. Add zest of 1 orange to the chicken stock / orange juice / honey part.  This is vital.  2.  Leave out the maple syrup.  The 2 Tbs honey makes it plenty sweet.  3.  Cook it about 1 minute longer on each side in the cast iron skillet on the stove, and bake it for about 10 min less (check to make sure it’s done though, ‘fore you go getting salmonella poisoning or the runs on my account).  4. Add a pinch of corn starch to thicken the sauce towards the end.  It never reduces / gets thick enough for me by just simmering on low.  5.  I like it served with quinoa and a green veggie, like broccolini.

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| GET COZY |

Fall is for piling on the layers – onto your person, and onto your bed.  The Boyfriend Matelassé from Pine Cone Hill is **the** softest, nubbiest, coziest &^$% thing you’ll ever lay a hand on.

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| BEST FALL CANDLES |

I just bought this (scent: Butternut Spice – the green one below) as a gift for someone, and it smelled so good in my suitcase I literally almost kept it. #whoops

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This one’s a little more woodsy and gender-neutral.  Great for dudes.

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| THE GREATEST PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT KNOWN TO MAN. |

I bought this last week in Colorado, and I didn’t take it off the entire time I was there.  You would literally think I didn’t take a bath for 10 days because I’m wearing it in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE.  I usually don’t do well with button-ups because something about them always feels a little masculine and a little constricting to me, but this one is SO perfect.  And so cozy.  And fitted without being tight.  Probably gonna have to snap it up in ivory too and slab some red lipstick on.

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| BOOTIES TO DIE FOR |

I don’t know where these came from or how to find them, which is an absolute tragedy because they’re perfect, but these are similar.  Pretty sure the ones below are Jeffrey Campbell from a few seasons ago.

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| FRAGGLE ROCK FAB |

I might be insane, but I feel like I need this.  All you’d have to do is throw it on over a wife beater with jeans, heels and a top knot for dinner and it’s like yer wearin’ a party.  { via }

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| THE BEST & CHEAPEST JEANS YOU’LL EVER BUY |

I used to be a Citizens / 7’s devotee and thought I had to spend good $$ to get good jeans.  And while those are all stacked high in my closet because I feel guilty for having spent so much cheese on them, I never touch them.  I have 3 favorite pairs in my rotation, and they’re all different colors of these.  From H&M.  For $39, but I swear I always get them on sale for $19.99.  I mean, it’s almost like stealing.

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| MY FAVORITE NEW SWEATER |

Currently living in this.  If you’re like us in SoCal and sweating Fall – but literally sweating in real life cuz it’s still summer where you are – this is perfect for channeling Autumn, sans le swass.

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| NEXT BOHO FEST |

Insert plaid + pumpkins & you’ve got a yard rager.

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| BEST WINE GLASSES EVER |

I just zero’d in on that table top above and remembered that I saw the best wine glasses (ever) at West Elm a few weekends ago in Denver.  These are seriously some of the coolest ones I’ve ever seen.  Whoops I accidentally just bought a set of 8.

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| MEOW |

I’ll give Gus’ first born to anybody who can name that eyeliner.

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That’s all I got kiddos!!  Happy Saturday!

xoxo,

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Spring is (Nearly) Sprung!

marquesa dress | covet living

That little Marquesa number makes me weak at the knees… but it also makes me giddy for Springtime.  Even though it’s always Summer in California, I still get excited for this time of year… for everything in shades of pastels, for planting new flowers & herbs outside (OMG, I’m 107… but seriously, I can almost smell heirloom tomatoes on a vine in the garden)… just for a fresh start.  And if you’re any of my people back in the homeland, I bet the sun peeking through the grey skies and warming your face + the promise of green buds popping up from underneath the snow makes you so happy you could cry.  Hit play on the ditty below and keep scrolling down to getcherself in the mood for Springtime!

This weekend…

Hello Spring | Covet Living

Open a window – even if it’s still freezing out, and even if it’s only for a few minutes – just to let some fresh air in.

Open Window 2 | Covet Living

Or if it’s warm enough, sleep with all the windows open, and wake up like this on Saturday morning.  Which is precisely what I’ll be doing.

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Pick up some fresh flowers from the market.

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Rearrange your furniture or refresh your decor, with things like this pillow from Lulu & Georgia:

Adana Extra Long Pillow | Covet Living

Mix yourself some lemon mint water… a) because it’s so good for you, but b) because it tastes like Springtime.

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Go get – or DIY – a mani in a bright, happy hue.

NARS Kutki Polish | Covet Living

Get stoked, even if you’re over the age of 4, about Easter coming up, because even if you’re not gluing sequins on Easter eggs, at least you get to wear a Easter-egg-colored-outfits that weekend.

Sequin Easter Eggs | Covet Living

Treat yo self to a bright staple, like this green Gigi New York oversized clutch.

Island Green Uber Clutch | Covet Living

Throw one bright piece into your wardrobe mix this weekend, just to perk things up a little.

One fun color | Spring

Pink Skirt | Covet Living

Pot a basil plant in your kitchen window.

Basil in Window | Covet Living

Go for a bike ride (!!!!)

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Happy Weekend!

xoxo,

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