Wednesday, April 30, 2008

You Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round!*

Okay, so now you know that I love 80's music and everyone who knows me knows I love ice cream. Heck this is my second post on the cool concoction in two days. So I guess now all my secrets are out!

While browsing Room Service Home recently I found the most ridiculously unnecessary must-have for summer. Hot days filled with melting ice cream in a cone are not far off. How do you save yourself the trouble of sticky fingers + a tired tongue? The Spinning Cone is your answer!

Claiming to be the cone for "lazy lickers," this plastic cone spins for you allowing you to effortlessly lap up the frozen treat. I bet kids would really get a kick out of it but I for one prefer cones of the caloric kind.

In other ice cream news, today Baskin Robbins is offering 31cent scoops from 5-10pm. If you need your ice cream fix, seems this is the week to do it. But be warned the limit is a whopping 10 scoops her person! By donating $100,000 Baskin Robbins dedicates the night to The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and you can make donations as well at your local shop as well.

* "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive

Cukoo For Coco

Different Like Coco by Elizabeth Matthews is a beautifully illustrated book detailing the life of fashion icon, Coco Chanel. I think it is great that the children's biography section has expanded beyond the presidents and is hopefully encouraging young readers. I can imagine some of the pages framed in a little girls' room too! Great reading for young fashionistas (although I want to get my hands on one of these myself).

Woodn't You Know!

Apparently Martha and I share a love for faux bois. While browsing the latest Martha Stewart Living I found an ad for her new collaboration with 1-800-flowers. Not only are the arrangements themselves lovely but the containers really have me drooling! The ceramic faux bois vases are so unique and would definitely be reused! I am tempted to order myself an arrangement just for the container but I'd hold out hope that I may get one as a gift. Speaking of, these would make perfect tokens of affection for Mother's Day (right around the corner!).

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Twist & Spout!

It's the time of year where my watering plants is incorporated into my daily routine. I just came across the Twist and Spout at re:modern. I love how it allows you to repurpose something that otherwise would be seen as trash. The garden spout turns a bottle into a watering can and the kitchen spout allows for easy handling of 2 liter bottles.

Deal Of The Day

{ Free Cone Day! }

Today celebrate Ben & Jerry's 30th anniversary by stopping by your local Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop for a free scoop of ice cream. Nothing beats a yummy scoop of ice cream, except a free yummy scoop of ice cream! Drool over their complete list of flavors here or you can try my favorite flavor: Phish Food. Yummy!

Etsy Envie

{ rose la biche }

Offerings: 100% handcrafted t-shirt creations

There motto is "a chic t-shirt a day keeps the bad mood away" and boy, is that true! Just browsing the photos of their beautiful shirts makes my mind wander to walks along cobblestone paths in Paris to cocktails a la Sex and the City. I know I'd be channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw in one of these lovelies. They are truly the most unique t-shirts I've ever seen and I'll take one in each style please!

For more amazing designs and information visit the rosie la biche website and their blog.

Reader Request

Debbie emailed: I love your style. A while back you showed a set of tableware with a fleur de lis on a white background. I'm looking for a set of white dinnerware with a starfish imprint on it. (Just like the fleur de lis but a starfish) Can you help?

Coveiter happily responds: With summer around the corner, it is no surprise that readers are wanting to incorporate beachy items into their decor. While we did our absolute best to find the exact same dinnerware but with a starfish, even the Coveiter girls have no luck sometimes! Though our finds are not identical to the product we featured, we think these are pretty close and definitely classic and stylish enough for any table. Another option: use plain white pieces and use starfish accents. Hope this helps! Best of luck!

1. Mariposa Beaded Napkin Holder with Starfish Weight
2. Sanibel Sands Starfish and Seashell Plates
3. Sanibel Sands Starfish Shaped Plates
4. Starfish Glazed Square Plates
5. Vietri Sabbia Starfish Plates
6. Vietri Incanto Mare Starfish Plates
7. Starfish Napkin Rings

Monday, April 28, 2008

Deal of the Day

{ 30 % off at Banana Republic }
Banana Republic is offering 30% off of summer essentials thru May 4th. Shorts, linen shirts, sandals...all the things that make you think Spring.

Julie and I are both coveting this particular beauty. Someone restrain me!

Winner { vol.25 Giveaway }

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Eco-friendly Giveaway. Congratulations seahorse! You will be receiving the complete series of "Cotton Candy Promises" by Jess of vol.25. Please shoot us an email so we can get your mailing information.

Thanks to vol.25 and all who entered. Stay tuned for more great prizes and fun!

Ham it up!

This time of year I want to spend as much time outdoors as possible to enjoy the mild temperatures and cool breezes before the southern heat kicks in. Right now I am really dreaming of one of these amazing hammocks to enjoy the outdoors on. A glass of lemonade, a good book/magazine, birdies chirping, laid back tunes on the ipod, or a sun-soaking nap all sound fabulous. These days the hammock has evolved into an outdoor bed which has only furthered my desire. Check these bad boys out while I am back to my regularly scheduled daydreaming.

Chesapeake 4-pole Hammock
Hammaka 1032-HMKA Cradle Chair, Green, Wood
Hanging Hammock Bed
Backyard Combo: hammock, side table and mister

Jellies Steal

Remember when Julie posted about Jellies at J.Crew? I have been coveting a pair ever since. But since I'd probably wear them on rainy days mostly, I couldn't justify spending much on them. Well, Saturday was my lucky day. I love designer shoes as much as the next girl, but on this day I was browsing the shoe aisle at Target and found pairs of ballet jellies in black, red and clear for only $2.24. No, your eyes don't deceive you! You can bet I snatched up a pair. And honestly, there really cannot be that much difference between shoes made of plastic right? They are available online for $7.99 which is still a good deal but for a price you surely can't pass up, run over to your local store.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bonne Chance { vol25 Giveaway }

**Reminder: Contest ends at 12:00pm CST! Comment now, time is runing out! **
We featured vol25 yesterday as our Etsy Envie, and today we have exciting news for you. Jess with vol25 is giving away the complete collection of her newest series "Cotton Candy Promises." That's right! Six beautiful 8x10" prints that are brand spanking new. The options for decorating with these beauties are endless.

Total retail value is $105 and entering is simple. Just leave a comment on this post. You have until Noon CST Monday, April 28 to enter. One lucky, random winner will be chosen that day. Bonne Chance!

Bon Voyage

I'm heading out of town for a week. Hubby and I will be going the DC/VA area to relax, shop and meet and mingle with friends and family. Provided we will have Internet, I'll be popping in a bit to document and highlight some of our trip. In the meantime, Lindsey will be entertaining you with great posts, a great interview and even a contest! Oh, and the pic above? Well, that was from my last trip there, back in 95. Yep, it's been a while and I'm long overdue.

Reader Request

Reader Brandy emailed:
I really love seahorses but am very unlucky at finding clothing, accessories or even just little tidbits that have these cute little creatures on them! I am hoping you can help me find something.

Coveiter happily responds:
Seahorses are very cute critters. Of course who wouldn't love an animal where the male has the babies (except maybe, ahem, males!). We rounded up some seahorse finds that will get you started on your quest. Be sure to check out Old Navy stores too, they have some seahorse tanks and jewelry that are not available online. Enjoy!

1. Sea Life Lumbar Pillow Cover
2. Seahorse Lamp
3. Orange Seahorse Chaise Cover
4. Sweet Papillion Seahorse Necklace
5. Enamel Seahorse Bracelet
6. Letarte Seahorse Bikini
7. Seahorse Screenprint
8. Seahorse Cuff Bracelet
9. Seahorse Wine Aerator
10. Kate Spade Seahorse Sandals
11. Giant Seahorse Beach Towel
12. Trophy Seahorse Tote

Yum, Yum, Yum!

I got a delightful surprise in the mail this week. My great sister-in-law, who obviously reads the blog sent me a birthday treat of Fat Daddy Cupcakes in a Jar. I wish I could describe the excitement that ensued. Of course I broke out the camera for proper documentation and then the fork. Too.yummy.for.words! She selected the Envy cupcake and the Banana Butterscotch Bad Boy. Wowee, are they good. I have sampled both and let me tell you: definitely worth ordering. In fact I am trying to find a good excuse to get more myself. Throw into the mix super cute packaging and I'm sold. So here it is, my unsolicited vouch for Fat Daddy Bake Shop* and my advice to try them for yourself!

Thanks again, Jenny! They were a perfect gift.

*Upon drooling over their site while working on this post I noticed Fat Daddy Bake Shop has changed its name to: Bangerang Bake Shop. Same product, people, recipes, etc. Just a new name.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

French General

I'm in love with this store. They sell lots of tidbits and trinkets and kits and little lovelies they call notions. Vintage German glass glitter. Old French metal sequins. Pressed glass flowers. Italian hand-beaded tassels circa 1920. Old milk glass petal pins. 1940s silk ribbon from Paris. All perfect for crafting, and it makes me want to go out and embellish...everything!

Winner { Eco-friendly Giveaway }

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Eco-friendly Giveaway. Congratulations sydneysmommy0! (Check your email for a note from us!) You will be receiving Green Chic and two b. happybags compliments of Sourcebooks and b. happybags.

Thanks to Sourcebooks and b. happybags and all who entered. Stay tuned for more great prizes and fun!

Etsy Envie

{ vol25 }

Offerings: Original Art, Prints, ACEOs and Buttons

To say I love vol25's work is a understatement. I ordered 2 of her prints last week (more on that later). Too.cute.for.words. pretty much sums it up.

Jess has a brand spankin' new blog that is wonderful, too. Check it out!

Children's Cookbook Collection Part Two

Here is part two of my Children's Cookbook collection. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful illustrations as much as I do!

A Child's First Cook Book by Alma S. Lach has some really simple illustrations with one color accents that epitomize vintage drawings.

Better Homes Junior Cook Book is filled with cute sketches but my favorite part of this book is the typography. I love the way the type perfectly accents the recipe at hand.

Another favorite of mine (that seems to be a trend in books of this time) is the illustrated ingredient list. Being a visual person it delights my eye to see all the components in a graphic form.

Stayed tuned for the final installment of my collection.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bonne Nouvelles { Eco-friendly Giveaway }

Just a friendly reminder - don't forget to enter our big Eco-friendly Giveaway! You could win the wonderful new book Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style and not one, but two super cute 100% upholstery weight cotton, machine washable bags from B. Happybags. You have until Noon CST tomorrow, April 24 to enter. To do so, go to the original post and leave a comment!


A few weeks ago I received a Boden catalog. I had never heard of the company before, but oh boy, do they have some lovelies! Here's a look at my favorites.

Have you ever purchased from Boden before? Are you happy with the fit and quality? I'm really thinking I could use that hoodie.

Reader Request

Reader Sandra emailed:
Hello, I just found your website and I love it!
So my handbag question is this--For some odd reason, all of the stylish tote bags are so heavy when they are empty that by the time I put everything and the kitchen sink (and yes, I need that too) in one, it triples the weight! I do like medium/large bag. I don't mind if it's made of fabric--just so it's strong and lovely! Any ideas for Spring/Summer light weight totes that don't cost a mint?

Coveiter happily responds:
There are plenty of cute lightweight totes out there. Look for a tote made of lightweight but sturdy cotton, straw, jute, or leather. Here are some of our favorites to help you in your search. Let us know what you decide!

Love Mugs

Remember those love pillowcases I blogged about? Well I found them in the states. Not only that, but look at the adorable matching mugs! Love them!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bonne Chance { Eco-friendly Giveaway }

We have an Earth friendly treat for you, lovely readers! Our special green giveaway includes the wonderful new book Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style and not one, but two super cute 100% upholstery weight cotton, machine washable bags from B. Happybags, which are perfect for your trips to the market.

Total retail value is $64 and entering is simple. Just leave a comment on this post. You have until Noon CST Thursday, April 24 to enter. One lucky, random winner will be chosen that day. Bonne Chance!

Eco-Friendly Gift Guide 2008

Not that Earth Day requires gifts, but in case you've got some giving to do, we've put together a little eco-friendly gift guide in honor of this special day.

Top Row: Hand-blown & Recycled Glass Bedside Carafe, Recycled Beak Vase, Recycled Felt Coasters

Middle Row:  Moss Recycled Glass Jewelry, Recycled Tire Coasters, Recycled Glass Bottle Necklacesicon, Recycled Windshield Wine Glasses

Bottom Row: Yesterday's News Colored Pencils, D.C. Transit Token Cuff Links, Recycled Felt Clock


Have you heard about the new eco-friendly diaper alternative on the market? They are called gDiapers and they super stylish and very earth friendly. They consist of a washable, cotton outer pant and a flushable refill that is plastic free. Plastic free means if you can't flush them, you can throw them away or toss them into your garden compost. They will break down in 50-150 days. That's much quicker than the 500 years a disposable diaper takes. gDiapers also offers a wonderful autoship service, which means you can have the flushable refills delivered to your door automatically - as often as needed. What a stylish and guiltless way to diaper your babies!

Etsy Envie

{ Useful Books }

Offerings: reinvented journals

Useful Books offers awesome journals made of recycled/repurposed goods, like grocery bags. Clever, eh? Check out her blog for more.

Green Reads

Sometimes going "green" can be overwhelming. Where to start? What to do? Head on over to the library or order a copy (and share it with a friend!) of some our favorite eco-reads to get you started. Turn off the tube and sit outside for some extra environmental ease.

1. Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying
2. Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet
3. 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth*
4. 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth
5. Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style
6. It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living
7. Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, and, Perhaps, Your Sanity

*This book was my manual as a child. I must have read it a thousand times! I guess I was ahead of my time. I even tried to start my own Kids for Saving the Earth chapter back in the day. I still practice lots of the tips I read so this book can double as an adult + kid read.