My “Office” Reveal

My “Office” Reveal

 

Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by to check out my new work space. I am excited to show you my new favorite spot to work from home! My days of sitting on the couch with my laptop are behind me. This desk space is kicking my productivity into gear, and more importantly, the big, empty space in my living room has been filled! I spent many days (a year and a half to be exact) staring at this blank space in our living room wondering what in the world to put here. After a long stint of designers block it hit me. Praise. I’m loving the look and functionality of this new space!

The clean lines of the desk and chair flow perfectly into our living area without looking like to much of an “office”. The lampclock, and artwork add just a bit of texture to break up some of the white. And that rug. Initially I didn’t have a rug in this space, but I moved our morrocan shag rug from another room and it fits perfectly. 

 

Thanks again for stopping by! Happy almost weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Casual Weekend Outfit

My Favorite Casual Weekend Outfit

A few weeks ago Jordan and I went to San Diego for the weekend. Every time I visit a new city I find myself completely consumed with the beauty and culture of the town. The newness seems to bring out the adventure in me and I just want to walk the streets, find the cutest places to eat, and people watch for days. This weekend I decided to try to take on that same perspective in my hometown, a place I have lived in my. entire. life. Thanks to the long weekend we drove down to the Historic Downtown Orange District this morning. I convinced myself I was a stranger in a new town and enjoyed sitting by the fountain, grabbing breakfast at a darling cafe, and strolling through the boutiques like I had tons of time to kill.

Do you guys ever find yourself being more adventurous when you travel or visit a new place? What are some ways you keep things new and exciting in your hometown? I tend to go to the same restaurants over and over (and order the same darn thing every time too) so I’m making it a goal to branch out and see my city through the eyes of a tourist.

And just in case you need an outfit to tour around in, I have linked my favorite weekend outfit for you! These slip on shoes are my absolute favorite. They are so comfortable and perfect for walking around in! Of course I never leave the house without a big ol’ bag to dump everything in. And the jacket, shorts, and peplum top are soft and cozy enough to convince me to step out of my yoga pants for a little while. 😉

Hope you all had a wonderful, long weekend!

 

10 Straw Handbags You Need for Spring

10 Straw Handbags You Need for Spring

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Isn’t this Bougainvillea just to die for? These pretty bushes have completely taken Orange County by storm and I can’t get enough of them! Wishing I could just transport all their pretty pink goodness to my backyard stat.

Speaking of things I’m totally loving lately… Is it just me or have you guys noticed all the pretty straw-inspired handbags out and about this spring? It seems as though these beach bound bags are no longer reserved for a trip to the coast. Rather, they can be paired with your casual, day-to-day outfit and feminine evening attire as well. Their versatility and unique detail have convinced me that I need to add a few to my spring and summer wardrobe. While searching around for the perfect one, I rounded up my top ten favorites for you guys. Take a look and let me know which one you like best!

1. Gaia’s Ark

This is a must. Its classic design is being snatched up by just about anyone and everyone. Hurry up and gets yours! (pre-order only) Find it here!

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2. Oval Straw Tote

I love love love the shape of this bag. Forget the jewelry, this will be the only accessory you’ll need to make your outfit stand out! Find it here!

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3. Patsy Straw Tote Bag

The color on this babe of a bag is what I love most. The light colored straw will be perfect for spring and summer! Find it here!

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4. Straw Clutch

It’s a clutch made from straw. AND it has the cutest fringe detail. Enough said. Pair this with a feminine dress or romper and you’ll be ready for a night on the town! Find it here!

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5. Round Wicker Basket Tote

The long strap on this round bag is a selling point for me. Being able to use it as a cross-body bag is a huge plus! Find it here!

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6. Sierra Straw Tote

Sam Edelman does it again. The detailing on this bag sets it apart from the rest. If you’re looking for something with a little extra sass, this is the tote for you! Find it here!

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7. Isabella Straw Tote

Isn’t the fringe the cutest? The white detailing puts this darling tote in a league of its own. Find it here!

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8. Straw Clutch Bag

Simple, minimal, and oh so affordable. Find it here!

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9. Fuschia-Striped Straw Bag

This bag adds a feminine flare with the perfect pop of pink. Find it here!

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10. Pitusa Pom Pom Straw Bag

Oh those pom poms! They add the perfect amount of “fun” to this bag. Find it here!

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So, which one is your favorite!? I’m having a hard time choosing just one 🙂

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care Tips

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care Tips

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I’m almost certain the most frequently asked question I have received so far in my blogging experience is about my fiddle leaf fig tree. If you’re anything like me, you are desperate to keep that beauty alive and thriving. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous, but those babies are expensive! Killing that thing would be as tragic as the loss of a family pet in my opinion. Well as you can imagine, I did my fair share of research when I finally purchased my tree. I talked with the indoor plant specialists at the nursery, read numerous blog posts, and searched the internet for the most reliable fiddle leaf fig care tips. So far my tree is doing really well, so I thought I would share my top tips with you all! I get endless messages from readers who are desperate to revive their poor trees. No need to stress my friends! Follow these tips and your precious tree won’t let you down!

1. Water from the bottom instead of the top.

This is hands down the BEST tip that I learned from the specialist at the nursery. Here is what you need to do… Place your potted tree in a plastic liner that can be purchased here. When you go to water your tree, pour the water in the pan and let the tree suck up the water through the holes at the bottom of the pot. This allows the water to be equally dispersed and also prevent you from drowning the darn thing.

2. Don’t over water your tree.

My tree is about five feet tall and I give it one half gallon once a week. Water supply will depend on the size of your tree as well as the time of year (due to changes in temperature).

3. Clean the leaves with coconut oil.

I use coconut oil and a rag to clean the leaves once a month. This is important because it removes the dust from the leaves. Dust can block the sunlight, preventing your plant from soaking up the right amount of light.

4. Place the tree in a bright corner of your home.

The tree will thrive with lots of indirect sunlight. Indirect is the key word here! My tree is in a corner by a large window. It gets lots of sunlight, but is not getting beat-down by the hot, direct light.

5. Rotate your tree each week.

I rotate the pot Πturn each week. This allows all of the leaves to have equal access to the sunlight, promoting healthy growth for the entire tree.

6. Be nice to your tree!

I’m going to be honest with you, this tip is going to sounds insane. Like, you may even stop following my blog after you read this thinking that I’m a crazy fiddle leaf lunatic. Here’s the deal, many of you know I am a full-time second grade teacher. While teaching a science lesson on plants just a few weeks ago, our book began to discuss the various survival and defense strategies plants use to stay alive. The book went on to discuss how plants need the right amount of light, water, and air to survive. In fact, they fight for their lives through different defense strategies just like animals and people. light bulb moment. Your fiddle leaf fig tree needs to be CARED for the same way you would care for a pet. Water it, give it light, give it a name, talk to it in a high-pitched, sweet voice, love it, and leave it one spot. They take a while to get accustomed to their new environment just like we do! So, you think I’m crazy? Well, at least my fiddle leaf fig tree is still alive. Just sayin’. 😉 I dare you to try it!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my friends! If you try these tips I know you will not be disappointed! Feel free to message me or leave a comment if you have any other amazing tips you use!

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Concrete Succulent Planter

Concrete Succulent Planter

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Spring is HERE my friends! I’m telling you, every fall I convince myself that I want to be stuck in that “cozy tea and candle” season forever, but when the spring finally arrives I always change my mind. I know many of you are still braving the last of the winter storms, but here in California that fresh-cut grass smell seems to be a little more prominent these days. Mix in the extra daylight and scent of blooming jasmine and I think I just may never come indoors.

With spring finally upon on us, I decided to tuck away the winter dĂ©cor for good and brighten up the house a bit. I was trying to come up with a new centerpiece for our dining table, and came across something I just fell in love with. After searching Etsy for a while, I stumbled upon these handcrafted concrete planters from Opus Concrete and knew I had to have one! Next, I picked up a few of my favorite succulents, and within minutes I had myself a new succulent planter that will be sure to brighten our table through the spring and summer months. I’m loving the new planter on our dining table, but it really is such a  versatile piece… it could go anywhere! Moral of the story is that I would highly suggest you make one of these beauties for your home. You won’t regret it 😉

Items You’ll Need:

Assembly:

  • Lay down a layer of draining material at the bottom of the planter. I used dried beans!
  • Pour in some of the potting soil, just enough to cover the drainage!
  • Set each succulent in the planter, surrounding it with soil.
  • Cover up the soil with your top layer
  • You. Are. Done! Piece of cake huh?

Care and Maintenance:

  • Water your succulents once a week. I use the “mist” setting on our hose so that I don’t drown them in water.
  • Make sure they are getting lots of indirect sunlight!
  • Clean off the leaves with coconut oil once a month to make sure the dust isn’t blocking any light
  • Rotate your planter once a week to make sure all the succulent are getting equal light
  • Take your planter outside once a week to give it some fresh air and unfiltered sunshine.

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Minimalistic Shelf Decor

Minimalistic Shelf Decor

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So we have these shelves. And we have lots of them… like, LOTS. There are built-ins all over our home and lately they have been giving me a run for my money. We have built-ins in our main living space that surround our fireplace and TV. They are the focal point of this space and demand the attention of everyone that walks into our home.

While decorating a home seems to be a never-ending process, the shelves in our living room were sort of the last thing that really bothered me. And by bothered I mean I couldn’t sit down to watch TV without staring at those darn things without trying to visualize my ideal styling arrangement.

This past weekend I decided to attack those little shelfies once and for all. I pulled everything down, bought a few new decor pieces, and I am so happy with how they turned out! I’m happy to report I can sit on the couch in peace without being taunted by my unfinished shelves.

Here are the top tips I came away with after decorating our shelves for the millionth time.

  1. Work in numbers and diagonal lines. If you put one item on a shelf, put a small collection of items on the shelf diagonal from it. Work this way all the way up the shelves.
  2. Use simple, classic pieces as decor. My favorites are:
  3. Keep a consistent color scheme. I went with white, black, light woods, and greenery. The key is to find items in the same color scheme that have different textures.
  4. Start with a clean slate. Pull everything off your shelves, lay the decor out on the floor, and work one shelf at a time. I even gave my shelves a good cleaning before decorating!
  5. Plump up your book stacks with thick frames. I actually raided my parent’s house for all the books I used on our shelves. Didn’t spend a dime… thanks mom! 🙂 One of my favorite tips when stacking books is to use thick white frames to make the stacks appear bigger. They blend right in with the books and help to fill space!

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Happy decorating my friends. Good luck tackling those shelves!

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Backyard Bridal Shower

Backyard Bridal Shower

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I feel the need to start this post off with a quick confession. In the recent past, I was a bit of a Scrooge when it came to attending showers. I know, that sounds so bad. But there was a time in my life when I felt as though I was attending some sort of shower every other weekend! I was starting to feel a little unenthused about spending my Saturdays playing bridal bingo. Unenthused, that is, until I got engaged and it was time for my own shower.

I remember feeling so bad that my friends had to take time out their weekend to celebrate ME. I felt bad that they too would begrudgingly play along with the lame games and watch me open endless amount of presents. But it wasn’t until my wedding day that I realized, people actually wanted to be there. People wanted to celebrate with us. People wanted to give us gifts to help us build our home. It was at that moment that my perspective changed.

I’m happy to say that these days I’m no Scrooge when it comes to attending a shower. In fact, I LOVE showers. I’ve experienced firsthand how meaningful it is to celebrate life’s biggest milestones with the ones you care about most. When my little sister got engaged, I knew I wanted to throw her a shower that was as beautiful as she is. I wanted it to be a day that made her feel encouraged and celebrated. I also wanted it to be a day the guests wouldn’t regret spending their Saturday afternoon at.

Perhaps you’re reading this and your best friend is engaged. Or maybe you have an anniversary party to plan or a baby shower approaching. Thanks to our beloved Pinterest, cookies and punch in the church fireside room just doesn’t seem to cut it these days. These are a few of my tips for making your backyard party a Pinterest approved success that won’t leave you broke when it’s all said and done.

  1. Recruit Help

For this shower, I recruited the help of many of our dear family friends. I had decided that I would take care of all of the décor and games, and request some help bringing the food. I created a sign-up sheet that was emailed out. Within a few hours, the sign-up sheet was full and our shower was well on its way.

  1. Stick to a Theme

The shower was decorated in white, black, gold, and accented with LOTS of greenery, white flowers, and glassware. Everything from the place settings, serving platters, cake stands, and vases all went along with the theme. This helps keep continuity throughout the shower, making everything look polished and purposeful.

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  1. Select a Simple Menu

Our menu included a salad bar, tomato bisque soup, pasta salad, fruit, and rolls. For dessert, we opted for a pie table! No late night cupcake decorating here. Pie is the way to go! Pick up a few from your favorite pie shop and it will look like you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen.

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  1. Avoid Lame Games

From a former shower game hater, my best advice in the game category is this:

  • Stay Seated: Don’t make people get up and run around. Most of the time, people would prefer to participate from the comfort of their chair.
  • Keep it Short: Don’t make the game a long-lasting one. Keep people engaged by making it a timed event lasting no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Include the Groom. There’s nothing cuter than hearing adorable answers from groom himself. The ladies swoon over this every time I tell ya. This is a sure way to keep everyone engaged and entertained.

The two games I decided to play at the shower were “A Love Story” and “How Well Does He Know His Bride”.

In the first game, guests attempt to decode famous romantic movie titles. I gave this one a five minute time limit. Everyone seemed to love it! For the second game, I recorded the groom’s answers and played them over a speaker. This was hands down my favorite moment of the shower! It was so fun to learn about the bride while hearing the groom’s take on all of her favorite things.

  1. Choose A Few Focal Points

You will drive yourself crazy trying to make every. Little. Thing. 100% Pinterest approved. Choose five spaces you really want to draw attention to. Here are some of the focal points I decided on

  • Entryway
  • Mimosa Bar
  • Flower Crown Station
  • Place Settings
  • Pie Table
  • Fun Balloons

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  1. DIY To Your Heart’s Content

Here’s a quick look at a few of the DIY projects I did to make the shower just a little extra special.

  • Yarn backdrop: Made from one wooden dowel and three spools of white yarn!
  • Signage: I designed these on my computer and had them printed at our family print shop. I have attached them for you here. Dessert Poster & Mimosa Bar Poster.
  • Labels: Download mine here or make some of your own! Print out on cardstock and you’re good to go! Mimosa Bar Flute Tags & Mimosa Bar Juice Labels
  • Greenery: Hop in your car and start driving around town. When you find a tree you like, pull over and cut a few branches! This is much more cost effective than purchasing a truck load of flowers. Lots of greenery with a touch of flowers makes everything look bright and fresh.
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  1. Maintain Engagement During Gifts

We had each gift giver sit next to the bride as she opened their gift. This makes things much more personal and keeps everyone engaged! Not to mention it takes some of the pressure and attention off of the bride. Be sure to snap a picture of the bride with each guest!

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I hope you find these tips helpful! Happy showering!

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“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24

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Outfit Details:

Fuzzy Longlined Cardigan – Here | Distressed Denim – Here | Black Top – Here | Suede Bootie – Here | Knit Beanie – Here

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Happy New Year you guys! How was your holiday? Hope it was simply the best! If you’re anything like me, you might be just a little sad that Christmas is exactly 351 days away. That’s just. Too. Long. But then again, if you’re anything like me, you’re also enjoying the “fresh start” feeling that ushers in after all of the Christmas decor is tucked away and the last of the pine needles are vacuumed up off of the floor.

And so just like that we find ourselves in 2017. I find it nearly impossible to reflect on the past year without analyzing it from start to finish, thinking about the good, the great, and the challenging. I could write a laundry list of ways that I have been blessed in 2016, but instead I’ve decided to share my biggest challenge this year, and how I plan to conquer it in 2017.

Here’s the deal, I’m a fixator. Yup. Self diagnosed perfectionist who fixates on anything I’m putting my mind to. I must admit, it’s pretty bad and only getting worse. I fixate on lots of things, but mostly design and health related ideas. I’m sure most of you can relate to the design side. One day you wake up and decide you no longer want farmhouse decor and that you want to switch to a more modern design. So two garage sales and many Craigslist ads later, your home is almost whole again but in a completely different style than before. So, can you relate? Hoping I’m not the only crazy here.

Switching over to the health side of life, this past year I encountered a mild cancer scare when I had to have a tumor removed (results came back benign. Praise) and was also recently told that the chronic pain in my foot is indeed arthritis. Did some say fixate? I’ve spent endless hours researching “tumors” and “holistic arthritis remedies” in search for peace of mind and pain relief. I don’t think a day went by in 2016 that I didn’t fixate on my physical pain in hopes that my effort would bring relief. As I head into 2017 with the same amount of pain, I plan on working through that pain with a different mindset.

My goal this year is to FIX things without FIXATING on them. It’s so important to be proactive and productive when problem solving, but I don’t think it requires quite ALL of that brainpower I’ve been using up. My prayer for this year is that I will be able to replace my fixating habits with faith so that I can spend more time thinking about the good, and less time fixating on the challenging. And while I may not have an answer to my pain just yet, don’t mind if I do use that all-too famous hashtag and declare that I am SO beyond #blessed.

Are you guys setting any goals this year? I would love to hear the ways you’ve been challenged and blessed in 2016!

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“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer! For I have overcome the world.”

John 16:3

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Grown-up Christmas List

Grown-up Christmas List

It was just yesterday that I was walking through the mall in search of a few Christmas gifts. After making my rounds at Nordstrom and Sephora, I stopped by the Christmas tree that stood at the center of the shopping center. Santa was there of course, dressed in his garb with a wide-eyed little boy on his knee. The photographers were shaking bells and the parents were making noises I’m certain they would’ve never imagined making in public prior to this moment. I saw the little boy whisper his wishes into Santa’s ear, and I found myself beaming at the scene. Such a classic, innocent picture of joy and hope that truly never gets old.

I think if I were to whisper my wishes into Santa’s ear, we might be there a while. I mean, there are just so many things on my list, and they’re all fighting to be at the top of it! And seriously, do you notice that the more you go out and shop for others, the more you notice things you want for yourself?! yikes. It’s during those time that I stop and remind myself that I have all I could ever need. For me, Christmas is about the ultimate gift, the birth of our savior! It is by his gift of life and salvation that we all give and receive gifts during the Christmas season. In light of this time of giving, I have created my ultimate grown-up Christmas list for all of you ladies! These are a few of my favorite things from this past year. Hope you love them too!

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Mudcloth pillows by Loomgoods

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Gold watch by Nordstrom BP

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Candlefish candles by Anthropologie

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Concrete plant stand by West Elm

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‘Superstar’ sneakers by Adidas

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Gold terrariums by World Market

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Box frame table by West Elm

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Floor pendant lamp by Target

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Marble tray by Target

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Felt tote by Lefrac on Etsy

  1. Mudcloth Pillow Covers
  2. Gold Watch
  3. Anthropologie Candles
  4. Concrete Plant Stand
  5. Adidas ‘Superstar’ Sneaker
  6. Gold Terrariums
  7. Box Frame Dining Table
  8. Floor Pendant Lamp
  9. Marble Tray
  10. Felt Tote Bag

Merry Christmas,

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Annual Apple Orchard Trip

Annual Apple Orchard Trip

We all know it’s the holiday season. But around here, it is officially the season of traditions! Visiting apple country is one of the traditions I have done every fall since I was a little girl. It might seem a little pathetic, but being from Orange County means that we will actually drive an hour and a half just to see fall foliage and breath in some crisp air. We were a little late in the game this year, as we just made the trip and it’s already November. But, in our defense, it’s practically summer here until about the beginning of December. Sigh. Here are a few pictures from our trip as well as a some fall outfit details!

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Cheers to the season of traditions! Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!

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