February 24, 2015

..Stylesho Style Find: Wearable Candles

 

I am so excited to share the launch of this really cool project that Ally, Natalie, and myself got to be a part of. Stylesho is a totally unique and fun new way to shop! We bring trendy curated products to life via youtube which you can then shop right from the video! Cool, right? Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any amazing goodies. 

The video above is for the wearable candles, which I LERVE to death because they smell amazing and expensive but are only $18 for a set of three! I had never seen anything like them before, and I think they would be the cutest gifts! Make sure you check out the other videos  released this week which showcase awesome stack-able rings, delicate necklaces, and booties.

..Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This constant snow has had me in soup mode. I also am trying to eat a bit healthier these days so this recipe is sans the actual tortillas. Obviously you can add them but it was really good all on its own. I had never made this soup before so I'm sure you could find a more legit recipe somewhere on the internet, as I just dropped items I thought went into it into my cart at the grocery store and just rolled the dice, but it's super easy and tasty.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 roasted chicken
1 small onion
1 can white corn
1 can black beans
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 can diced tomatoes
8 cups chicken stock
garlic salt, pepper, & cumin
Optional: Avocado, shredded Mexican blend cheese, sour cream

In a large pot add a little EVOO around the bottom and throw in your diced up onions and peppers. season them with a little garlic salt, pepper, and cumin. After about five minutes of them in there on their own add in the corn, beans, and tomatoes. While that is blending in the pot remove all the meat from your roasted chicken and chop into bite sizes. Add that to the pot. Season a bit more and then add in the chicken stock. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes and you are ready to garnish and serve.
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February 22, 2015

..The Keeper Chambray

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The deets: J.Crew chambray, skirt (similar), and boots; Steve Madden bag; Ray-Ban sunnies; Express scarf (love this one); Michael Kors watch; Knox Thomas Designs bracelet.

This J.Crew chambray is actually the second one I have gone through because it's the hardest working top I own. It just goes with everything, especially my large skirt collection and is not so secretly my favorite thing to wear to the office because it's so cozy and broken in. Not that I am an expert but I would definitely put this baby on the list of closet basics that every girl needs, so get yourself one right now while J.Crew is having 20% off with code SHOPPINGTIME right here!

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February 19, 2015

..Fancy Sweatshirts

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The deets: Andrew Marc coat; Elizabeth and James sunnies; Zara booties; Express leggings (similar); Piperlime bedazzled sweatshirt (sold out, other embellished sweatshirts); Belenciaga bag; J.Crew necklace.

I did plan on wearing a cute little Valentine's day outfit for my date night at Water & Wall but when the temps dropped to WTF-reezing I decided that a fancy sweatshirt was as glam as I was going to get. I of course still rocked heels because, really, can it ever be bad enough to forgo your dignity? Just kidding, kinda.
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..Four Favorites

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1. As you know, I have already converted to Washio for my laundry which is the most amazing app in the world. I now also use Instacart to have my groceries delivered! While I do have a Harris Teeter close it's nice to be able to have Whole Foods products I love delivered right to my door. I am a true city girl now.

2. I am on a health kick. I got a trainer so I obviously needed new kicks to go with. Right?

3. How genius is this makeup brush drying rack? I always use a little J&J baby shampoo to wash mine and have to figure out weird ways to get them vertical for drying. This is a game changer!

4. Invisibilia is my new favorite podcast. It explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. I always feel smarter after listening.

February 17, 2015

..Snow Days

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The deets: J.Crew parka (other awesome parkas) and boots (old, other rainboot options); Ray-Ban sunnies; Banana Republic sweater; F21 beanie (similar); GAP jeans.


We had a snow day here in the DC area and I got to sleep in, make homemade soup, catch up on DVR'd shows and just enjoy life in general with my main man. There is nothing that tops a three day weekend like a surprise four day weekend! Also - this parka was the best purchase I made all winter. It was a little out of my price range when I first fell in love with it but then J.Crew had an extra 30% off sale a few weeks ago and I pounced on the chance to scoop it up. It's seriously so cozy in there! I was nice and toasty while walking the pup.
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February 16, 2015

..Will You Be My Bridesmaid Boxes

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The deets: pink box; Clinique waterproof mascara; mini Patron tequila bottle; Deborah Lippman "nude" nailpolish; Advil to-go.

They say the second most important question(s) after your man pops his is asking your bests to stand by your side on your wedding day. As someone who is borderline the real life Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses (not in a bad way -  I just consider myself experienced in that department), I absolutely love how creative my friend got in her approach to doing this. How stinking adorable are these "bridesmaid survival kit" themed gift boxes? Surprising your favorite ladies with an unexpected treat is of course not necessary (the sentiment of being asked is sweet and wonderful enough) but an extremely thoughtful and lovely gesture.

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February 10, 2015

..Orchid & Leopard

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The deets: AG jeans;Victoria's Secret booties (sold out, other leopard booties); I.Madeline sweater; Zero UV sunnies; J.Crew pendant necklace; Coach bag; Knox Thomas Designs personalized cuff.

You guys. I got this sweater on Piperlime for literally $8 which makes me suh happy but after hearing they are closing I feed so majorly SAD! They are one of my all time favorite retailers! So bummed. Anyway, this sweater is sold out but they are currently having 25% off storewide so it could be a good time to pull the trigger on a big ticket item like this beauty

Also - don't you love my custom "Be silly. Be honest. Be kind." bracelet? You can get anything your little heart desires   printed on one (they make such adorable bridal/bridemaid gifts) but since I was just getting one for myself I thought it would be nice to look down and see words I like to live by everyday, kind of like a daily affirmation of sorts. More on this brand and a special giveaway coming up in a couple weeks!
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February 8, 2015

..V-Day Gift Idea: Alex & Ani

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The deets: ASOS jacket (sold out similar JOA jacket versions); Old Navy tee (similar graphic tees); Express skirt; Steve Madden shoes; Ray-Ban sunnies; Revlon "Certainly Red" lipstick; Rebecca Minkoff bag; Path of Life, Jordan, & Eden bangle c/o Alex & Ani Anchor & June bangles c/o my sister.

When I first heard about Alex & Ani, I thought immediately that their jewelry designs make awesome gifts. My sister initially introduced me to the brand when she got me two bangles last Christmas. Since then I have gotten her the "Sister" bangle and one with a "K" for her name as gifts as well. It has become something we do for each other that is really special and personal. The brand makes it so easy to find something for literally any occasion. My sis recently bought a house and they even have the little Monopoly house charm that I thought would make a really perfect gesture. I love that they are super wearable for everyday too and blend in well with all the other attendees of your arm party. I think the Heart, Love Wrap, and "Because I Love You" bangles would make great little V-Day gifts! Also, this is me attempting to put together a "Valentine's Day" look (aka just picking out something red and pairing black and white with it, per usual, so nothing new here) but speaking of, make sure you enter my big V-Day giveaway here!

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February 5, 2015

..V-Day Giveaway: Rebbeca Minkoff Mini Love Cross Body Bag

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Continuing with my "love" theme from yesterday's post, to show my appreciation for anyone that spends time on my little blog each week, I decided to put together a few of my favorite little Valentine's Day themed goodies (value of $275) to giveaway to one lucky reader. LOVE YOU!

Entry is easy! Just follow @currentlycoveting on Instagram, like this photo, and tag two friends in the comments. Simple as that. Good luck!


MAC "Snob" Lipstick
Rifle Paper Co "Hello Gorgeous" Boxed Card Set of 8

February 4, 2015

..A Parisian Engagement

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All photos by David Bacher Photography.

Deets: Sunday in Brooklyn dress (sold out); Sabine necklace (sold out); Kate Spade earrings; J.Crew coat; Via Spiga booties.


I know what you are thinking, "wait that's not Erin in those amazing pictures.." so first I must disclose that this is not MY engagement story, it's my best friends. However, I did play a small role in this grand surprise so I want to share it on here anyway.

It was a cold November night when my bestie's boyfriend sent an email to me stating that he needed my help. As her birthday was also at the end of the month I didn't want to jump the gun and assume it was engagement related but deep down I hoped. We sat down to dinner and he nervously blurted out that he was going to ask Lauren to marry him and later proceeded to whip out a little checklist of things he wanted to discuss, adorableness.

Lauren and Brian had a pretty awesome trip coming up which included a few days in London and a few days traipsing around the romantic city of Paris. He had already bought a ring and get this: CALLED A PROFESSIONAL PARISIAN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER (yes you read that right) to capture the moment he was going to surprise her on the bridge over the Seine. Even better, this photographer was going to spend the day driving them around to different classically Parisian spots to take more adorable once in a lifetime pictures. This is where I make my small cameo. Brian realizes that girls are picky animals and probably prefer to be rocking a new and fun outfit to take engagement photos in but as she didn't know they were taking them, she probably wouldn't think to pack such an outfit. He then gives me a budget to find her a few new outfit options that we send off to Paris the week before so that after he popped the question, she got to go back to the hotel and open up a package that contained three different new looks to choose from. I know, perfection! Check out how  their amazing day was captured in the photos below and be sure to enter my V-Day giveaway here.

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