In all honesty, the pandemic has changed my shopping habits. I’m no longer scouring retailers’ sites to find gorgeous items to share every week, which made creating a weekly “The Coveted” roundup nearly impossible. However, a monthly roundup complete with the inspiration behind my whims? That I can do! Lately, I can’t get this promotional image from the latest CB2 collection out of my head. I’ve already linked you to the headboard that I’m crushing on, but really, everything is so good. The warmth and texture is exactly I want as we head into late summer and early autumn.
I’ve been all about making slushie versions of classic cocktails. This week’s treat will be the frozen Tom Collins.
This isn’t the most upbeat link, but here’s a much-needed COVID-19 vaccine reality check.
I woke up to fall-like temperatures this morning and lit a harvest candle in celebration of this break from the heat. This scent was my favorite last year and I’m glad they rereleased it this season. It comes in a larger size, too. I don’t love the jar since I’m not the biggest fan of orange, but the large one might be nice for Halloween candy once the candle has been used.
It seems that all of my favorite meals come in bowls. Obviously I had to order this cookbook.
The colors of these marble coasters are really good!
Need some interior inspiration? This home manages to be contemporary without sacrificing warmth.
I’ve had this focaccia recipe bookmarked since the beginning of the stay-at-home orders. I finally got my hands on some yeast last weekend so I can make it!
The complicated origin of #ChallengeAccepted.
Well, I’m going to need this linen sweater in a couple of colors.
I’m late to the game on this one, but I recently started Imposters on Netflix and I love it so far.
In case you missed it:
- What I bought in July.
- Ten of my favorite summer slides.
- Our social-distanced trip to Door County, Wisconsin was a success. I shared a few snapshots on my Instagram feed and story. I’ll share more this week!
It seems that every summer I add a new pair of sandals to my wardrobe that I end up wearing on repeat throughout the season. Last year it was these Ancient Greek sandals, which I’m still obsessed with. This year brought a pandemic and with it a renewed interest in comfort clothing. After a couple of months of wearing Birkenstocks and Pandemic Pants (yoga pants for those of you not in the know), I realized that I shouldn’t totally just give up on my look and opted for upgraded takes on those cozy favorites, persuading me to purchase Tory Burch’s take on classic Birks. Are they the cutest thing in my wardrobe? No, not by a long shot. Do I love them? Absolutely. Given how happy a new pair of sandals made me in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, I thought I’d roundup 10 of my favorite flat sandals in the slideshow below. Just click on the photo to be taken to the retailer!
It feels a little early to share a recap of monthly purchases with nine days left in July, but I feel confident this is it. We’re going on a social-distanced jaunt to northern Wisconsin to get away for a few days next weekend and everything was purchased in anticipation of that mini escape.
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- J.Crew t-shirt – Northern Wisconsin is hardly the place to wear a tropical beach cover up after a few hours at the lake. This, however, is perfect. It’s incredibly soft and runs true to size.
- J.Crew sweatshorts – I’ve stopped wearing Pandemic Pants (a.k.a. yoga pants) every single day while staying at home, but I still can’t resist the siren song of cute loungewear. These are great for hanging out at home, but the length is still appropriate to wear in public on your deck/balcony or for neighborhood walks. They do stretch out, so you might want to try your regular size and a size smaller to see which is best.
- Tory Burch ‘Selby’ espadrille slide (also here) – Okay, a few cocktails may have swayed my decision to order Tory Burch’s take on Birkenstock’s classic Arizona slide, but I’m so glad I did! They’re not conventionally cute, but they look adorable with easy summer dresses and with the aforementioned sweatshorts and a Breton-striped top. They’re incredibly comfortable out of the box and run true to size. If you’re between sizes, though, go down a half size.
- Paravel ‘Cabana’ tote in shandy – This actually hasn’t made its way here yet and I’m hopeful it’ll come by the time we set out next week. I’ve wanted an oversize carryall for road trips for awhile now, but I didn’t want something in canvas that would scuff easily. I love my Paravel products because the coated material resists stains and repels water. So, may as well add the tote to my collection. I’ll let you know if it doesn’t meet up to expectations!
I’ve been toying with the idea of moving these round-up posts to Mondays for a couple of reasons: (1) I do most of my reading over the weekend so I have fresh finds to share once the week begins and (2) isn’t it nice to start the week off on, well, the right foot with a mix of interesting reads, great products, and things to make your Monday a bit brighter? I think so!
Rekindle passion for your city.
A history of porches and the psychology behind designing them.
I just snagged this Kate Spade face mask. It’s now on backorder, but it’s worth adding to cart since we all know we’ll be wearing masks throughout the year. It’s breathable, has adjustable loops, and 100% of net profits support crisis counseling.
Knowing I’m going to have too many leftovers often keeps me from baking, which is why I’m all for this small-batch cheesecake recipe.
The lime-green leopard print on this top ($30) reminds me of Lisa Frank in the best way possible.
You can go on a virtual tour of the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI. The carvings and reliefs are more colorful and well preserved than I expected!
I prefer athletic skorts for biking and just added this one to my wardrobe. I adore the flirty, full a-line shape of the skirt portion.
Ashley shared the free software she uses to plan home renovations.
It’s entirely too early to start talking fall and winter, but it’s a good time to snag some under-$30 plaid blankets to tuck away!
A charming collection of stories from innkeepers.
How the director of The Baby-Sitters Club is reinventing the series for a new generation. (I can’t wait to watch it! I just need to get caught up on Dead to Me first!) Bonus: designing Claudia’s wardrobe.
Swap potatoes for chickpeas and mayo for Greek yogurt to turn a summer picnic staple into a healthier alternative.
This bamboo beaded bag is so good.
Is video dating here to stay?
In case you missed it:
- We celebrated our five-month Oliver-sary with this cutie.
- A snapshot from a recent lakeside bike ride.
- The latest roundup of coveted finds.