Daily Covet: White Lace Shift & an Anniversary Date

A creamy white lace shift is the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary, if you ask me.  It calls to mind the cream-colored Sophia dress I wore for my wedding on the beach 8 years ago, but it’s much more manageable in length.

And a lace shift is much more likely to be worn again sometime soon too.

If you’ve read this blog once, you’ll know that I adore the shift shape (anything to make these short legs look longer!)  And I’m pretty fond of cotton lace too.  So it’s only natural that I’d be coveting this dress for a special night out with my best guy!

Picnic in the Park

We are very fortunate to have multiple venues, which hold free concerts all summer long.

We made our first appearance at the season opener of Stinson Park’s summer concert series this past weekend in the beautiful Aksarben Village.

And we are anticipating the beginning of Jazz on the Green on it’s new-ish home green at Midtown Crossing.

With those events dotting our summer calendar, we have ample opportunity to stock up on all our outdoor dining accessories.  Some we’ve already procured… some are on our wish list.

While we have a great picnic basket with generous space for wine, treats and dinnerware, you may be on the lookout for one yourself.  Why not this one that also doubles as a handy cooler?

While just about anything will do for a picnic blanket, our cotton sheet that needed to be washed up upon our arrival home left me wishing we had this large, zip-up blanket, which you can conveniently wipe up when you are done using it.

One thing we did miss this time around were these cool wine stakes to hold our full wine glasses when nature (or busy children) beckoned.

And if you attend these gatherings with babies, who are just learning to crawl, like we did, you may want to get your snacks up off the ground.  These portable tables also give you better leverage to cut, spread and serve up your scrumptious picnic snacks.

And if the ground is slightly wet or you have bad knees, and you’d prefer to get your back side up off the ground, these cute (and bright!) chairs are such and inexpensive way to enjoy summer concerts in the park on the cheap!

There are tons of other fun accessories you can add to your outdoor evening out.  Melamine trays, plastic stemware, 2-in-1 bottle/wine openers to name a few.  What are you go-to items for picnics in the park?

Daily Covet: Coach Station Bag for you too!

The Coach Station Bag.  Today, I am coveting one for anyone, who loves a convenient mid-sized feel in a compact little handbag.

While I did covet the Station Bag for a long time, I acquired one back in about 1998 or so.  I have recently resurrected it, and have to tell you, I LOVE IT!

It has 3 inside pockets that you can easy slip things in and out of… think accordian file.  And you can pop your oversized sunglasses on the top without their oversized case because the soft leather won’t scratch your lenses.  It can also be worn as a crossbody bag or held demurely with the top handle.

My black Coach Station Bag has the classic bronze hardware, which is cool because gold is so big right now.  But if you absolutely must have silver, Coach does that too.  And if you prefer a vintage one, there are plenty of those.  Although I don’t know who wouldn’t want to hold on to this amazing little bag!

So this day, I am doing more of a product review.  This is a fabulous little bag, and luckily one bag that I don’t have to buy!

Set Sale with looks from Anthropologie

Very cute goings on at Anthropologie today.  And they are on sale!

Here are some of the cute finds you can score at some pretty major discounts… enjoy!

Daily Covet: World’s Greatest Bra Tops

Bra tops.  Can’t live without ‘em.

Bra tops are perfect by themselves with fuller skirts or boyfriend shorts.  Perfect layered under zip-up hoodies.  Perfect for layering under sweaters and denim shirts when the weather turns cool.

Probably 15 years ago, I purchased a black one and 2 white ones from Victoria’s Secret.  They are the best I’ve ever had, and the black one is still standing.  The built-in bra is supportive enough to hold A-C cups up without additional support, and the stretch is the perfect amount.  They’ve also updated their bra tops in a newer, longer length for those lower rise jeans we all seem to wear… some better than others.

So, when I was shopping for replacement bathing suit bottoms, and got the memo (ok, pop up) that these bra tops were 3 for $33, I couldn’t wait to add them back into my wardrobe again.

Daily Covet: Lululemon Run Skirts, I can’t get enough

Lululemon.  It’s true what they say about you.

My sons bought me a run skirt from Lululemon for mother’s day.  While I’ve worn it to golf and to walk (and maybe just to hang out in), I hadn’t yet used it to run, which is precisely why I wanted it in the first place.  I wanted something cooler than pants, but didn’t want the underneath shorts to ride up – shocker! there’s not space between my inner thighs.

Tonight I ran over three miles in the little skirt that could, and I’m hooked.  I want more and sadly, my lululemon store here stocks like 4 pieces and they are sold out online in every size but like 0 and 2!

I guess I’ll just have to visit Lululemon.com EVERY day until I find another skirt that is as utterly fantastic as the Pace Setter Skirt… and one that makes my butt look as good (so my husband has said!)

Daily Covet: Twinkle Lights & Backyard Landscaping

Why wait until Christmas to break out the Christmas lights?

I would argue that Christmas lights are better in the summer than they are sans sub zero temperatures anyway.  It’s fun to sit out under a dark sky filled with twinkling stars, while you have your own personal, twinkling stars close enough to touch.

I’m on a mission to find twinkle lights that you don’t have to plug in because, after all, who wants ugly, heavy-duty extension cords running through their backyard paradise?  Not me.