The Look For Less: West Elm Souk Wool Rug

West Elm Souk Wool Rug (8 x 10)left: 8 x 10 West Elm Souk Wool Rug ($799)
right: 8 x 10 nuLOOM Moroccan Trellis Shag Wool Rug ($412.23)

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Latest Obsessions

latestobsessions6What is it about the holidays that makes me want to eat buy everything all the time? Is it the sales? The smell of pumpkins and Christmas trees? The fact that I am a marketer’s dream who cannot resist? Even during the holiday season, I do try to balance getting some fun new things with my love of a good deal and my hatred of clutter.  Here are some awesome items under $30, currently residing (or about to) in my house. Continue reading

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Recipe: Raw Cranberry Strawberry Relish

central west produceCranberry sauce has to be one of my favorite things about thanksgiving. Growing up, we ate the yummy (though admittedly extremely sugary) canned jellied variety. I was always so excited as a kid about opening the can at both ends to ensure the contents would remain in a uniform gelatinous mass, ready for slicing. Even home-made cranberry sauce is full of sugar and most recipes call for cranberries to be boiled in sugary water and then allowed to congeal.

This I wanted to create a raw cranberry sauce (so the cranberries retain all those great nutrients), that was Continue reading

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I Made A Coffee Table That Everyone Else On The Internet Has Already Made

414R4PSHgWL._SY300_My design philosophy in this house has been cheap, dog-friendly (see: cheap), minimalist, modern, and using what’s available as much as possible. Our last place was a rental, and we were moving cross-country, so we actually bought a lot of our furniture from the previous tenant. Then our landlord had an extra 10 x 14 rug that they asked us if we wanted to use it during our stay in the apartment which of course we said yes. Rugs get really expensive, especially ones that big!

Though I have Continue reading

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I Painted The Inside Of My Coat Closet And Now I Can’t Find My Coats

IMG_2146 (3)Unlike the linen closet and the pantry, the coat closet was fairly usable and not disgusting when we moved in. Sure it had chipped paint, and dirt that wouldn’t budge even after copious scrubbing, but it was functional. So we put our coats in there and left it alone. Plus, who needs a coat closet in Los Angeles anyway?

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So I Took A Little Vacation

IMG_1228You may have noticed that recently I haven’t been, well, blogging. I’ve been grinding away for a few years now, and this past month I decided to take some time off. I love writing here, It’s creative outlet to share the things I love, that inspire, and of course the things that enrage.

Blogging is so different today than it was 10, even 5 years ago. It’s gotten so branded and it’s difficult not to get caught up in the social media craziness of it all. The sponsored posts, the number of followers. The 20 somethings with endless energy to create curated instagram photos. That is not me. I’m more of a life liver than a life capturer.

I needed some time to regroup and decide what the next steps were. I’m fortunate to have a great foundation, professional life, and family beyond this site that I’m able to do this as a passion project. So here’s the plan:

I’ll still write when I am inspired. I will share my favorite recipes, future surgeries, beauty steals, house updates, dog love,and everything I find fun and interesting. I am taking a step back from the business side of blogging, and will focus on the creative parts, the sharing, and the community. I’m so looking forward to making this a treat, and I hope you’ll stick around.

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