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Fall Faves


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



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


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



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.



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




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.



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.



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


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



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.



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.



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 }



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.



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.



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



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


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


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The 8 Best Beauty Products. Ever.

Best Beauty Products | Covet Living

Happy Monday Kiddos!  Hope you guys had a great weekend!  I wanted to rap today about my favorite go-to beauty products… maybe it’s cuz it’s the holly-days and I see a sea of 900 zillion expensive products being plugged out there, but secretly know you can do a lotta the same tricks with a buncha stuff for under $10 at the drugstore.  Or mabes it’s because I’ve had some epiphanies of my own lately. Diff’rent Strokes for diff’rent folks but regardless, I wanted to share ’em with you guys!

1 – Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak, Urban Outfitters, $16.  Camps… I was Christmas shopping for a few friends & fam the other night and accidentally bought this for myself.  The pretty packaging / glass jar I can reuse to corral makeup brushes on my vanity combined with the effing HEAVENLY SCENT of this tipped the scales.  I literally took 3 baths this weekend with it, and it made my skin insanely soft.

HERBIVORE Coconut Milk Bath Soak

2 – Skin Care by ARCONA, price varies.  Your skin is like the one outfit you wear every day, so I figure you gotsta take impeccable care of it.  My skin has been super temperamental since I moved to California almost 2 years ago… I’m sure it’s partly due to the climate change, partly because I’m getting older and my skin is just changing (meh), and partly because I now know that my skin hates SPF (which means I have to wear a Golden Girls-sized hat whenever I’m outside).  I used to be able to throw tar on my face and I wouldn’t get a sniff of a blemish… but since last summer – yeeps.  It’s been REAL happy to throw back at me anything it doesn’t like.  So over the past 18 months, I have literally tried every skin care line under the sun (including but not limited to) Rodan + Fields, Arbonne, Nerium, Murad, Shiseido, Oil of Olay, everything from the drugstore etc. – and have finally cracked the code.  The product line is called Arcona.  It’s all-natural and largely plant based, it’s not inexpensive, but it is AMAZING.  I was first introduced to it when I was desperado to get my skin in check and Karrie suggested I get a facial at the Arcona Spa one weekend when I was in Santa Monica (ps, Brandi Brown is a miracle worker).  My skin was literally a hot mess when I went in and it cleared up in 4 days.  I moved away from it about 9 months ago and I don’t remember why, but I just started using it again a few weeks ago and my skin is now glowing, clear and looks like I just got botox.  Except I didn’t.  This pic was an oopsie snap from this weekend when me and my buddy the-best-DJ-ever were trying to figure out how to use a selfie stick.  But I’m not wearing any foundation or concealer and this pic isn’t filtered.

Steph's Skin on Arcona | Covet Living

3 – Baby Oil Gel, drugstores, $4.  I slather this on my legs after I get out of the shower.  It does need a few hours to soak in so it’s best to put it on at night before you hit the sack (and it’s also messy so you’ll wanna wear sweatpants you don’t care about, or just not touch anything you don’t want an oil mark on), but once it soaks in your skin feels like BUTTAH.  The girl sitting next to me at the community table at dinner last night accidentally touched my leg and was like, “Sorry – wait – OMG your skin…”  I’m not even kidding.  It’s also great for dry cracking heels if you are susceptible to them.  No amount of pumice-ing will permanently remedy that, but if you slather this on your heels at night for a few days, you’ll have cracked feets no more.  Honest.

Baby Oil Gel

4 – WATER.  Maybe the most important thing on this entire list.  I’ve been hearing celebs yap for years about how drinking tons of water is their beauty secret, but until I started doing it, I didn’t really believe ‘um.  I try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day, and when I do I can literally see it in my face but the end of the day, cuz it gets all glowy and supple.

Glaceau smartwater 600ml pack.jpg

Glaceau smartwater 600ml pack.jpg

5 – Domino Sugar, any drugstore/grocery, about $3.  Every other day, I exfoliate/scrub my ENTIRE body with sugar.  It can get messy and takes a little time, but it makes the texture of my skin insanely smooth and all kindsa dewy.  You need to carve out an extra 10 min in the shower, and for each appendage, you need to massage it into your skin for about the amount of time it would take you to sing your ABC’s.  Sugar can be harsh so you can’t scrub too hard – slow & steady wins the race. Tip: if you add a little baby oil to the heaping handful of sugar before you start massaging it into your skin, it’ll go a long way.


6 – Essie Adore-A-Ball Polish, Amazon, $8.50.  Hands-down the best neutral polish, ever.  Bubble Bath Schmubble Bath.  I linked to Amazon because it’s not always on the Essie stand at the drugstore and can be tough to find.  I carry a bottle in my purse so if I ever go get a mani, I have them just use mine… and every single time, the nail techs (who you know have seen every neutral color under the sun) go, “OHHHHHH MYYYY this is such a great color.”

Essie Adore-A-Ball

7 – Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shine in Wink, Amazon, $6.  Best lip gloss in the most amazing color I’ve ever found… trumps any $30+ “lip plump” or whatever highfalutin brand from whatever highfalutin cosmetics store.  They also NEVER have this in the shade in the drugstore so I have to order on Amazon.

Burt's Bees Wink

8 – Coconut Oil, Trader Joe’s, about $8.  Listen yo.  I have a legit FRO… untamed it is coarse and totally unruly – like pipe cleaners.  Show me an expensive and revolutionary hair serum and I promise I have tried it.  And imma telling ya – nothing makes my weave softer or smoother than regular-ol coconut oil, and 1 jar will last at least 6 months.  All I do is take a TINY amount (I’m talking maybe 1/4 tsp), warm it between my hands so it’s melted, and run it through my hair to evenly coat it.  I get the best results if I can leave it wet in a loose bun for an hour or so (if I have time), but then just style it regularly and it’s super soft and manageable.  A tiny bit goes a long way so you have to be careful you don’t overdo it, because it WILL look greasy and you’ll have to shampoo again.  I look like a member of Whitesnake if I do nothing to it after I get out of the shower.  But this is my hair on Coconut Oil:

Coconut Oil | Covet Living

Hope this helps!  Have a great week!!


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