friday things


who needs a spring wardrobe update? h&m just dropped their spring collection last night. half of it is sold out already because it's SO cute and SO affordable. so get in there while you can. 

my picks above: 

outfit #1: white tank / white jeans / seashell earrings / bag / black sildes

outfit #2: blue jacket / jeans / tassel earrings / scarf / bag / pink pumps


also these pretty cerise colored mules for $9.99, these heeled sandals in pink or bright red, i'm into these patent platforms for spring, french girl vibes with a wedge espadrille, this jersey jumpsuit looks really comfortable, and some on trend sunglasses for $9. 


this dyed easter egg tutorial


speaking of easter...

i'm making this potato and egg salad bc it sounds delicious and it basically kills two menu item birds with one stone. 

i'm also making this french style succotash and will probably solo eat the whole thing. 

but do i do ina's ham or ree's ham? i've never gone wrong with either woman's recipes.

i'll probably combine them somehow.  yes to ree's cloves, no to the dr. pepper, yes to ina's mustard and mango chutney?


this 20 minuted guided meditation is the new me. 


happy friday all. 

outdoor vibes


you know at the beginning of the year when you set your intentions?

the only intention i set (FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR) was to get our yard/garden/outdoor living spaces in order. 

we have made some progress but not much and not enough. 

we're still in clean up/clear out mode. we planted some grass. i potted some peach-y pink azaleas. there is so. much. to. do. 

next on the list is a (small and narrow) brick path. and then to get the vegetable beds sorted. 

there are still trees and shrubs to be removed and many to be planted in their place. 

then pressure wash all the things then paint the house! 

oh lord jesus this will make all the difference. 

i've heard BM china white is a great white for a house. not too warm, not too cold. 

i am 100% sold on a glossy black door. i just think there's nothing better. BM 10 downing street is my pick. 

we definitely need a new porch light. i'd love something french and vintage. i'd also be ok with  this

and i am always searching for a wire plant stand that looks like it came from europe. without those european prices. 

i'd fill it with ferns. 

i'm kind of obsessed with the tribal looking rugs in the photo with the pink chairs. does anyone know what their proper name is? 

i LOVE these big concrete seashell planters

i need a long table for the porch too, so you all can come over and enjoy my efforts. i'd like something cheap and wood that i can paint. this one is not that one. but i think it'd be pretty easy to build. 

the outdoor light situation is bad. they're all either broken, ugly or ugly AND broken. i'd replace them with this affordable gooseneck sconce from barn light electric. 

we definitely need an umbrella out back or a full on arbor with the fastest growing vine in town. because summer is coming and our deck is uninhabitable starting in june. but it's private out there and close to the grill so we need to deal with life already. and a table that can hold cocktails please. 

the word

 how's keto going for you? for me i've adopted a pretty lax approach. and by lax i think i mean i have mostly stopped. first of all i started the bulletproof coffee thing because it helped to satiate me during the last few hours of my intermittent fasting time. now i find i don't really need it. i am ok with just a cup of coffee with organic, grass fed heavy cream. i find that to be better than nearly a full cup of some nut milk that tastes like shit and my coffee is still mostly black. i use so little of the cream to get the perfect cup of coffee. that said, on occasion i will do a full BP coffee if i know i need that extra bit of something. and if my blender is clean. which very often it isn't and as a very important side note- a person should have 2 blenders. 

as for the keto diet, i just find it to be really hard. i find myself reaching for things that are keto as fuck but also maybe not so good for me? for instance, pork wrapped in pork. 

but beyond that it just feels unrelenting and inflexible. aaaaaalllllllll that fat, and proportions and ratios and carb ups and ketosis and macros and what the fuck is that anyway? i am confused by a lot of it. and overwhelmed. i don't want eating to feel like that. 

i like food. i like fries. i like cake. i like spaghetti. i DO NOT like zoodles. YOU ARE NOT PASTA AND YOU NEVER WILL BE. 

so i have been thinking about not thinking about food for a while. do like elsa and let it go.

i'm going to keep fasting. 16/8 if i can. but it's usually 14/8 and that's ok. i like fasting. it feels right. 

i will continue to eat cauliflower crust pizza though cuz that shit is bomb!