Seriously, let’s all hear it for living 2 hours from your best friend. No more of this nonsense of seeing each other every few months, oh helllllll naw. We’re on each other like white on rice now; if our little hearts desire bestie/margarita/shopping time, our little hearts get all of the above. And that’s exactly what happened this weekend:
Some snapshots of our 24 hours together in San Diego:
Clockwise from top left: Pigment, a delightfully curated shop in North Park | Succulents galore | Messy braid for a lazy Sunday | Heaven in the form of Steph’s bed | Our margarita connoisseur, Ivan, at Casa Machado | Terrariums hanging from the ceiling | Margs | This book was very fitting for one half of us | An adorable family we happened upon, creating terrariums (!)
And all this aside… all this giggling and debauchery and laziness and all that aside, this weekend marked a sort of shift in my other co-blogger half, one I think only those who’ve been around her these past few months would pick up on. Instead of clouds and tears, there was sunshine and a lot, a LOT of laughter. Optimism about her new job, about her new surroundings, about life. I know it’s baby steps, but I was proud of her. Sooo very proud and happy for her.
After about an hour of being with her, a scene from one of my favorite movies popped into my head. For those of you who’ve never seen it, Swingers is a movie about an actor who moves to LA to make it big – and then gets unceremoniously dumped by his longterm girlfriend. After watching him struuuugggggle to surface throughout the whole movie and figure out a way to get out there and be happy, he finally meets a girl out one night. Her name is Lorraine. His ex’s name is Michelle:
I love this scene for showing that exact moment when the future suddenly presents itself and one decides to embrace it.
Here’s to new beginnings
When I say “Minted in the House,” I’m not talking about Tiffany’s box blue walls and seafoam sofas. I’m talking about Minted – purveyor of pretty paperie & luscious letterpress – who, lucky us (!) has also just added a baller collection of wall art to their repertoire. So in honor of their newest endeavor, we thought we’d play a little curation station and handpick some of our favorites to get your juices flowin’… cause we’re doing a $50 Minted Giveaway! (Details at bottom of post…)
Salinity – yep – looks about like my life right now. | Striped Suit – worn by someone named Claudette, bien sûr. | Staredown – aka Mooooooo. Perfect for a guy’s abode… or mine – this is awesome. | Rooftops of Paris – le sigh. Je hear this playing. | California Dreams – when I look at that pink sky, I can almost smell salty ocean air.
Peonies in Vase – Because peonies are the prettiest, as is this art. | Highway Wildflowers – The bright pops of color conjure a feeling of vibrancy that just makes me happy. | Twisted Horizon – The equivalent of 5 valiums, right there. | Runaway – Sooooth that soul, Amanda. Staring at this, just for a moment, takes me back to my Caribbean honeymoon. Sigh. | Ligurian Houses – Add this painting to any room and bring it alive.
In the market to send some good ‘ol fashioned mail? Here’s what we suggest. If yoooooooouuu…
Are gettin’ hitched:
Twine | Papel Picado
Wanna tell people they BEST not make plans on the day you’re gettin’ hitched:
Let Love Rule Foil-Pressed | Boutique Foil-Pressed
Are throwin’ a party for someone else who’s gettin’ hitched:
Fresh Mimosa | Matthiola
Are throwin’ a party called “I’m awesome” and treating yourself to some personalized stationery:
Botanical Watercolor | Hello Friend | My First Monogram | Heirloom Monogram | Pink Blossoms | Initial Then Period
Are rollin’ out the red carpet for your nouveau nugget’s debut into the world:
Lacy Paper Foil-Pressed | Heirloom Scroll Foil-Pressed
Are throwing the coolest birthday party, ever, for your kiddo who it feels like JUST made his/her debut yesterday:
Simple | Garland
Are late to the Valentine’s Day game like I am… whoops. There’s still time (!)
Complete Love | Sunset
HOW YOU ENTER TO WIN $50 AT MINTED:
1. ”Like” Covet Living’s Facebook page
2. ”Like” Minted’s Facebook page
3. Leave a comment below telling us how you’d LOVE to spend your $50 at Minted!
4. Contest goes through Valentine’s Day (next Friday 2/14) at noon. A winner will be randomly selected using Rafflecopter then!