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!





friday things

this pretty shot via carolina irving textiles



we're on a real curb appeal kick around here. which deserves it's own post. which i am planning. 

really feeling this local bungalow's vibes. 



the other day i was in my closet reaching for my boots, AGAIN. and that just wasn't what i wanted. i was officially SO DONE with boots. and then i realized i didn't have what i wanted. i had a shoe in my head. low heel, bright red or some variation of that shade. coral maybe? an ankle strap definitely. very lady-like. it's just what i wanted to wear with jeans. and this morning i found them



but dangit if i'm not in love with these rose suede mules from rachel comey too. 

my size is all sold out, so, if yours hasn't i really really suggest you grab them if you love them bc they will sell out in the blink of an eye. 


i heard this stuff will visibly lift and firm your face in as little as 3 weeks. the magic of purslane or something. i think we should all test it. lord knows it's my skin's fatal flaw. *sagging* *shudder*



i. must. have. this. palette



shaved fennel and tuna salad with preserved lemon. sounds exactly like what i want to eat for lunch. fast and easy too. 


just bought this brass faucet and it's really nice. very heavy and solid. looks and feels a lot pricier than what it actually cost. i am going to age it. say a prayer.  (and yes i know it comes in an aged brass option. i don't like it. i'm hoping my version is better. hence the prayer request)