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{february covets}

{oscar queen — february 28, a.m.}

Could not take my eyes off of Cate Blanchett at last night’s Oscars.  She was positively glowing.  That lovely soft violet color of her Givenchy gown was nothing short of gorgeous.

{image from bazaar}

{proper topper — february 28, a.m.}

This coat is phenom.  Love the texture, the coloration.  Leave it to Balenciaga.  {Even though it looks like a Burberry.}

{image from hanneli}

{chic pea of the day — february 25, a.m.}

Ooh la la, it’s FRIDAY.  And I’m loving the shades, the fire engine red jeans, the fur, the borrowed-from-the-boys-style bag.  Hate the hooves, however.  But hey — you can’t have it all.

{image via tumblr}

{sweet cream — february 24, p.m.}

I stopped into Neiman’s the other day and almost walked out with a bucket-load of Lollia handcreams.  They smell divine and are just so lovely to look at.  Love the shabby chic vibe — they’d be a pretty accent to a ladylike vanity, n’est-ce-pas?

{stud-ly — february 23, p.m.}

I want these funky little button stud earrings, and at $25 a pair, I might just have to buy both sets.  The black ones are the perfect vintage-style addition to my current uniform of black, black, and more black.  And the pink…because they’re pink.

{chic pea of the day — february 23, a.m.}

Love everything about this outfit, but especially the nonchalance of the denim shirt against the all-business quality of the black suiting vest.  And Garance Dore captures it all so well.

{image via Garance Dore}

{blouse envy — february 22, p.m.}

Last fall was The Fall of the Blouse, but I’m still obsessing over the entire Equipment line and its perfect demi-sheer femininity.  Check out selections from the line at Intermix and Shopbop.

{image from Intermix}

{chic pea of the day — february 22, p.m.}

Holy moly — I’m in love with the vibrant, oversized clutch on this little lady — Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad.  Love the cat eyes, matte red lips, and funky textured fur jacket as well.

{image from fashion squad}

{tension — february 22, a.m.}

Call me crazy, but something about this shot stopped me dead in my tracks.  Love the austerity and stiffness of the shirting against the mussed hair.  Masculine/feminine, control/chaos.  Love.

{image from tumblr}

{a punch to the soul — february 18, p.m.}

Holy frickin moly.  I’ve always loved Adele, but have you heard her “Someone Like You”?!  As one of my favorite bloggers (Erin Gates of Elements of Style) put it, “it’s like a punch to the soul.”  Seriously haunting.  Listen to it.  You’re welcome.

{call on me — february 18, p.m.}

So many of you have asked about my logo — and no, I absolutely did not design it myself.  {I’m no where near that creative.}  I went to the experts for that, relying on the uber-talented Shannon of iDesignU.   She recently developed a series of business cards featuring my logo against different patterned backings, and I’m obsessed with them.  She designed them so they’d be smaller and thinner than the average card — about 2.75″ x 1.5″, and I’m seriously loving on them.

I highly recommend her services for any enterprise you might be undertaking.  Check out her other inventive ideas here.

{blblblblblb???? — february 18, p.m.}

What the flip?  I’m totally baffled by Isaac Mizrahi’s A/W ’11 collection.  The hair is laughably weird {and how is it…possible?}, and the guys carrying cakes down the runway?  I don’t…get it.  I mean.  I get it.  A lapdog life of luxury.  But the entire collection is a strong to intense anti-covet in my book thanks to that freaking hair.

It’s too bad, too, since the palette was pretty, and there were a few standouts, like this evening gown, which left me weak in the knees and which reads more ODL-chic than Mizrahi’s normal fare.  I could see Maggie Gyllenhaal rocking it.

{images from NYMag}

Ew ew ew.  That pouf.

{tibi, or not tibi — february 17, a.m.}

I feel like I’ve gone into sensory overload with all of the FW coverage from NY. {My sister’s head must be exploding, since she’s in the thick of it, having just worked her first FW runway show for Halston! Yay, little sissie! She’s also been working closely with the new creative director of the label, a little lady known as SARAH JESSICA PARKER! We’re both starstruck/dying/killing ourselves over the fact that she literally works with such an icon.} At any rate. I’ve been collecting looks I love and swooning over all the usual suspects {ODL, ODL, ODL}, but I think I’ll hold off on making any comments about the haute couture collections until I let it all marinate for awhile. HOWEVER. Tibi’s RTW runway just made me giddy, because so many of the looks were {admittedly cooler} variations of my winter uniform: funky little dress + opaque tights + sky high heels. I literally wear this equation in clothing form 3-5 times a week.

{images via NYMAG}

{chic pea of the day — february 16, p.m.}

So the entry on Vogue Diaries identifies Rose McGowan on the right, but WHO is the little chic pea on the left?!  Love the artful off-the-shoulder drape, the sophisticated but “oh this?  I just threw my hair up before I ran out the door” updo, the enorma-studs, the pumps.  Love.love.love.  Rock it, little lady.

{image via Vogue Diaries}

{home beautiful — february 16, p.m.}

Drooling, DROOLING over these shots of the interior of a Cape May beach home that Black & Poole recently re-decorated.  I would never in a million years think that a dark wall could be so classy –and do you not adore the built-in book-casing, full of fab finds and knick knacks?!   And those funky light fixtures in the kitchen!  The details are beyond.  Love that the styling is subtly {allusively} nautical rather than overtly so.  Hired.

{images from Black and Poole}

{flattery — february 15, p.m.}

OMG.  Need.all.of.these.flats.  Lanvin, you can do no wrong.  And Barney’s stop making me drool with your catchy, vibrant emails.  {Check out the selection at Barney’s.}

{crayons for grown-ups — february 15, p.m.}

In the latest InStyle, Rachel Bilson highly recommends these Nars liners ($24 apiece).  Must.have.

{chic pea of the day — february 15, a.m.}

I’m loving this getup from “Le Blog de Betty.”  The shocking red 3.1 Phillip Lim blazer {obsessed with the color and the gleaming gold buttons}, the mid-calf suede booties, the rocker-chic hair.  It all pops against the grizzly gray winterscape.

And check out this close-up of her Giuseppe Zanottis!  Yikes.  This little lady is fierce.

{images from le blog de betty}

{sample THIS — february 15, a.m.}

{Heart racing}: Kate Spade has just gone love with an online sample sale, and the prices are pretty outrageous.  Those tuxedo pearl earrings I’ve featured a half dozen times?!  Now $49.

And how darling is this little “peacock” clutch for evenings out?!  Love the luminescent gold fabrication.  And the fact that it’s been marked down for $395 to $139.

And even though purple isn’t my favorite color (and I own these shoes in pink already), I’m finding these Chase pumps difficult to pass up at only $134!

{chic pea of the day — february 14, p.m.}

Loving the awning stripe of her dress, and the cool print contrast.  {She is a mix.master.}  Also: wouldn’t mind being on a boat right now.

{image from shaded beauty}

{flower.power. — february 14, p.m.}

My mom and I both own and obsess over these affordable fabric rosette necklaces ($38, A Tierney).  I own the ivory/cream color, and I like to pair it with black separates to channel Chanel — but these bright pops of blood orange and tangerine may have me ordering another — especially since A. Tierney is offering 20% off all purchases today with the coupon code LOVE.

{wearing my heart on my…finger? — february 14, p.m}

I featured lots of heart-shaped accents in my post today, but this dainty little ring ($88, Catbird) positively captured my heart.

Love it in the rose-gold, but the shop also features a yellow gold version in the heart shape as well as in every letter of the alphabet.

{beachy keen — february 11, p.m.}

Great.  Convenient.  I can’t stop checking out airy summery beach gear.  Uber-untimely given the continuation of the longest cold snap ever.  {PS: I never exaggerate.}  But I’m dying over these punchy caftans from Glamourpuss ($198 apiece).  Very Pucci-meets-Lilly P.  Could easily be worn out to dinner with uber-high wedges or nude pumps and some glittering enormastuds.


{be my e-valentine — february 11, p.m.}

Love these cleverly designed free e-valentines from Kate Spade — I’m planning on sending them to all my nearest and dearest come Monday.

{chic pea of the day — february 11, a.m.}

Smitten with this chic but easy-going look.  Leave it to a New Yorker to master the mix to great effect.  Currently obsessing over lighter-wash denim {recently pulled an awesome pair of Paige skinnies in a comparable color out of retirement, and my whole wardrobe feels new}, and the lived-in hue here is pitch-perfect.  Love the booties, the rich caramel roll bag, and of course — the fur topper.

{image from garance dore}

{SHOES your own adventure — february 10, p.m.}

Holy high heel — the newest way to waste an hour?  Play around on Shoes of Prey, a website that lets you design your own custom shoes!  Ummm, excited.  Need some inspiration?  Check out a few of their previously-created styles, including these fab orchid-colored snakeskin platforms.  Want.

{fashion week essentials — february 10, p.m}

I’ve been jealously following fashion week all week long as a pathetic looker-on from afar, so I was deeply satisfied by the post on Vogue Daily featuring The Coveteur’s insider’s look at what the key players in the fashion industry rely on during this holy grail week.  My favorite sneak peeks were of  Sylvana Ward Durrett, Vogue’s director of special events, who counts on the following tray of goodies (I’ll take one of everything, please):

and Sarah Brown, Vogue’s Beauty Director (that Lanvin snakeskin bag…bananas!):

{images from Vogue Daily}

{hold the press — february 10, p.m.}

UGH!  I absolutely need this amazing letterpress poster by Sycamore Street Press!  I know Mr. Magpie will drag his feet about the femininity of it all, but puh-lease!  It’s the perfect companion piece to a series of botanical peony drawings that are currently hanging in gilt frames.

{fringe benefits — february 10, p.m.}

I’m always on the hunt for unique statement jewelry, and I was ecstatic when I came across these tasseled necklaces by Ayofemi Jewelry ($58 a pop).  Something about them feels very au courant — especially the honeysuckle, orange, and red version on the left.  I can see myself pairing one with an airy white blouse, some skinny gray/lighter-wash denim, some devil-may-care boots, and a slouchy leather tote for a downtown chic get-up.  Insta-love.

{the big o — february 9, p.m.}

OMG: Olivia Palermo for Tibi?!  Love the label, love the little lady.  And love both the “naughty’ and “nice” looks below.

{images from who what wear blog}

{chic pea of the day — february 9, p.m.}

This little lady is killing it.  From the retro shades to the glittering enorma-studs to the pop of red mani, she’s rocking all of my favorite little styling tricks.  You may recognize her from your daily blog prowl — she’s the immaculately-attired Karla of Karla’s Closet.  I seriously dig her blog because she often consigns the articles she wears in her online boutique, Shop Karla’s Closet and that’s just the sort of insta-shopping-satisfaction that makes a shopaholic giddy with excitement.

{images from karla’s closet}

{coo coo for kirribilla — february 9, p.m.}

Last year, I was on.the.hunt. for the perfect rehearsal dinner dress, and I fell in love with a happy little number from a line I wasn’t  then familiar with: Kirribilla.  The folks over there were uber helpful, but — alas — I was unable to track down the dress of my dreams in my size.  They’ve just launched an online shop, and — whaddya know — they have it in stock.  So I feel as though I owe it to myself to snap it up…ESPECIALLY since they’ve generously offered my little magpies a 15% off code: MAGPIE15, valid now through February 15.

While I’m at it, might as well snap up this mint green dress {die over the back}.  Swoon.

{the covet shop — february 8, p.m.}

Just stumbled upon TheCovetShop, and it’s a literal Magpie match made in heaven.  Not only does it make use of my buzz word — it features a refined, well-curated selection of new and used goodies, and I’m all but scrambling for my wallet.  My first visit to the site left me drooling over this vintage Bottega Venete bag, now only $325.  Need.

{love, for less — february 8, p.m.}

I’ve long lusted after the Cartier love bracelet.  I’d like one in yellow gold and rose gold please.

Because it will likely be some time before Mr. Magpie buys me more nice jewelry {ahem, just got married and currently wear more than my life’s value on my right ring finger}, I don’t foresee it finding its way into my jewelry box any time soon.  In the meantime, these $29 (!) a pop Yochi bangles are calling my name.

{right.now. — february 8, p.m.}

I like everything about the styling here: heavy on the jewels, turned-up in terms of color volume, and prominently featuring cat-eyes.  Check plus.

{a magpie anniversary! — february 7, p.m.}

Though Mr. Magpie and I are both under the weather at the moment, today marks our SIX MONTH anniversary!  Woo!  We’d ambitiously planned to enjoy a bottle of Kluge bubbly with some fresh fish we’d bought at the fish monger, but we’ll see how that pans out.  At any rate: happy six months to the love of my life!

{image from everything fab}

{holy warehouse sale — february 7, a.m.}

Hold up.  Wait one minizzle.  Intermix has just gone live with their warehouse sale, full of amazing finds up to 70% off, including some statement earrings that I’m drooling over, a Jenny Bird be-tasseled clutch, and the coup de gras: these freaking amazing Stella McCartney platforms.  So disco, so improbable…so needed.  They’re marked down to $229 and in my size…!

{obsessed. — february 7, a.m.}

I’m home sick today {seem to have caught something from Mr. Magpie}, but this Z Spoke by Zac Posen bag has lifted me right out of my malaise.  It is the most precious little thing I’ve ever seen, and I need it.  {Chicken soup for the shopaholic’s soul?}

{processing — february 4, p.m.}

The act of artistic creation is fascinating to me, so I was totally wowed by the images on Kelly Wearstler’s blog, My Vibe Life, which illustrate her unique creative process: creating “mood trays” as the inspiration point for her various interior decorating projects.  Also, love the pink boots.

{images from My Vibe Life}

{is it happy hour yet? — february 4, p.m.}

Don’t miiiind if I do.

{candy colored totes — february 4, p.m.}

I’m in.love with these happy little tote bags by Tory Burch ($550 each).  I’d like one in each of these bold colors, but the geranium colored version caught my eye.  Cov.

{cheering away the rain — february 3, p.m.}

I like these Sperry duck boot hybrids in theory, but they always end up looking dumb on my feet.  {Anyone else feel like they have club feet when they wear them?}  Still, they make me happy.  I want the mango pair ($98/pair, J. Crew).

{image from TheLoveList}

{counting down the days… — february 3, p.m.}

Since I’m so sick and tired of the cold weather, perhaps a pretty little calendar will help me pass the days until spring is here…I might just need to snap up this dar.ling Jack & Lulu desktop calendar, which Orange & Pear just marked down to a mere $24.  Love the little gold bamboo stand that comes with it.

{mega covet territory — february 3, p.m.}

It’s so stupidly cold outside that I’m bitterly plotting an escape to sunnier climes.  Like, my little face is furiously glaring at images of beaches.

{image from everything fab}

{fresh cuts — february 3, p.m.}

Sometimes, I get inspired all.of.the.sudden by a new trend and turn almost dizzy with excitement.  Such is the case with these amazing Joie boots, which I pretty much would cut off a limb to own.  The shaft height is fresh and of the moment.  And I’ve been looking for a way to adapt the fierceness of the motorcycle boot {they are way, way too angsty and tough girl for my petite little self}, and these strike a perfect balance.  SO tempting since they’re on such steep sale…which would you pick (on sale for $150 for the black pair and $170 for the brown pair) ?!

{chic pea of the day — february 3, a.m.}

I mean.  Rachel.Bilson.is.hot.  Obsessed with the blush blouse against the tomato red jacket.  And Chanel and Ray Ban are always in style.  D.i.e.

{image from following LA fashion}

{culture cruising — february 2, a.m.}

I’m bowled over by Google’s just-launched “Art Project.”  You can take virtual tours of some of the most make-me-weak-in-the-knees art museums around the world and then stop and pan in on specific artworks.  Phe.nom.  Talk about democratizing culture.  They even included one of my favorite paintings — Renoir’s “Promenade,” which I saw in person just a few months ago at the Frick in NYC.  Love those two little chic peas in the front.

{impracticality reigns — february 2, a.m.}

Stumbled upon this amazing shot while cruising around Tumblr {what a time-suck — I could spend hours canvassing the space for eye-catching images…so.much.inspiration.}, and couldn’t get it out of my mind.  Love the ridiculousness of this scene, the glaring asymmetry of fashion and function.

{image via cosmic dust}

{chic pea of the day — february 1, p.m.}

I mean.  Get outta here with your “oh, I just threw on some simple separates, and look like a runway model” vibe.  I love that this little lady has taken separates that are timeless and ageless (seriously — she could wear that skirt until she turns 95, as Mr. Magpie’s grandmother did last week!  Woo!} and transformed them with an of-the-moment pop-of-red flap bag and some killa heels.  {A little strappy for my taste, but I’ll take them.}

{image from Vanessa Jackman}

{cover art — february 1, p.m.}

Um.  I pretty much die over these “ideal bookshelf” prints by Jane Mount.  I need both of them framed and hanging on my wall alongside my Inslee Haynes prints, pronto.  {P.S. The talented Ms. Mount does custom work, so you could have your own “ideal bookshelf” portrayed.  Love.  It’d make for the perfect, indulgent gift for the bookworm.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge — that’s me.}  Word to the wise: if you can’t find the cover you want via Jane Mount’s e-shop, check out 20×200, which has an amazing collection of affordable wall art.

{images from The Ideal Bookshelf}

{january 2011 covets}

{december 2010 covets}

{november 2010 covets}

{october 2010 covets}

{pssst…want more?  you can also check out my tumblr feed for insta-inspiration}

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