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6 Good Things for your weekend!

6 Things for Your Weekend | Covet Living

1 – This adorable “Flash ‘Em It’s Friday” tee & short set from ASOS.  AKA your new PJ’s.

Flash Em It's Friday, from Asos | Covet Living

2 – Snag yourself some fresh flowers on the way home from work tonight.  They’re good for your soul.  When I was standing over a sea of tulips last weekend and thinking better of spending $10 on flowers, I just resolved I’d cut out a latte or two, and remember to bring my mat to yoga this week so I don’t have to rent one.  See – that’s a good trade, right?  Problem solved.

Tulips | Covet Living

3 – Whether you’re staying in in a Snuggie and doing a House of Cards binge, have to bring an app to a pot luck or are just stocking the fridge, do yourself a favor and pick up some of this cheese – try Whole Foods or any schmancy market or specialty food/wine shop. It has GOT to be laced with crack because it is DUL-LICIOUS (thanks, Kristine, for bringing it to Bach Fest every week!)  Pair it with a glass or two of Meomi Pinor Noir and you’re good to go.

Best Cheese Ever | Covet Living

4 – If you find yourself in the mani/pedi salon this weekend, go for something different – like a Kerry Washington’s nude mani with red tips.  Or this metallic one. Cuz we gotta do somethin’ to shake up Schmanuary.

Fun Manis | Covet Living

5 – Print something that lifts your spirits online at and slap that sucker in a frame so you can see it every day.  Or slap it on the way out the door to work in the mornings.  Because how often do you Pin something that resonates with you, then forget it?  I just printed “The grass is greener where you water it” and popped it in a frame on my nightstand:

Steph's Nightstand | Covet Living

6 – Get a good cackle out of this spirited dude rocking out to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”  He’s a buddy of my good buddy Wingert… apparently this poor guy’s wife found this video on his computer and thought it was so hilarious that she uploaded it to You Tube.  (We love her.)  My favorite part is the absolute meltdown of amazing dance moves that come at the chorus.

Happy Friday!!

Steph's Scanned Signature

10 Good Things.

Merry Christmas Eve!  You know you’re still in your sweatpants (if you’re even up yet), nuzzled in a blanket in front of the Christmas tree, cruising the internet with HGTV on in the background.  Ahhhh, glorious.  Or if you’re Karrie, you won’t be awake for another 2 hours.  And if you’re me, then you have a bowl of pappardelle & meatballs in your lap for breakfast.  Whoops.  #wheninindiana

Anyhow.  Here’s a quick stream of consciousness for your marination station:

PEAR & THYME MIMOSAS {for cocktail hour tonight}

1 chilled bottle of Prosecco or Champagne | 12 oz. pear nectar | 4-6 sprigs of Thyme | Fill each glass with 3 ounces of peach nectar and a sprig of Thyme. Top with Prosecco or Champagne and add an additional sprig of Thyme to garnish. For entertaining, combine chilled wine and pear nectar in a pitcher with 6 sprigs of Thyme.

SALTED CARAMEL DONUTS {for Christmas breakfast tomorrow}

Hit the easy button and pick up the donuts at the grocery store, then either make or buy a jar of salted caramel.  Then dip those bad boys in your morning coffee.  #nomnomnom

SHARING IS CARING {I can’t take it.  Also, I’d like that kid to share his pom pom hat with me permanently.}

PS: the pic below is from this chick’s Pinterest board “Parenthood,” which I immediately followed and suggest you do too.  Everything on it is perfect.

LAST MINUTE DECORATING IDEA {Snag some sage from the fridge and tie it with leftover ribbon or twine.  Bang.}

HOW HILARIOUS IS THIS? {You know it’s true.}

I spent last night stirring meatballs and howling over texts from friends detailing the high-larious and ridiculous antics of their parents.  Gotta love family.  They’re all &$#^% nuts.  Regram via Chairish Co’s Instagram.


I can’t even pick my favorite part: that pristine hood, the handmade-looking, slightly off-kilter tile backsplash, the reclaimed wood island topped with a slab of perfect carrara, the antique rug or that bad a$$ hardware.

ALSO SANTA… {…these earrings would be great.}

Pipe dream indeed – they’re listed as being from 400 bc.  Source unknown but pin via the amazing Lulu DK / decor goddess / hero of mine.


The only thing cuter than: a) babies in sherpa onesies and b) goldens is c) goldens licking giggling, cooing babies in sherpa onesies.


…who gave the guy next to me on the plane ride home a similar tongue bath, right before he passed out on said guy’s feet after his doggie tranquilizers kicked in.


I’m totally getting a beach cruiser so I can snap one of these bad boys onto it.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST {A few wise words…}

…because the holidays are *wonderful*, but they aren’t all sunshine and rainbows for everyone, every year.  Some years they can be bittersweet, or even achingly difficult for people.  So remember to be a little kinder to everyone – there’s never any harm in that, right?  Cuz you just never know what’s going on beneath the surface.  And if you happen to be weathering a tough time this holiday, take some comfort in the poignant words below, because those words are true… whatever’s going on now – however difficult or unnecessarily cruel – is preparing you for something bigger, and there are better times ahead.  That is what I’m telling myself anyway, in the wake of the glorious déjà vu-esque curveball I just got lobbed.  PS: if you aren’t following Megan McGrane on insta yet, you should be.  She’s a wizard.

Merry Christmas Eve!!