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Can We Talk About The Weekend.

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 :)


Minted in the House: $50 Giveaway!

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


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!

Happy Shopping!