cozy knit






This pretty H&M Conscious Collection knit sweater is perfect for a cozy holiday season.  Even if you are not in the cozy mood, it kinda puts you there.  It's made from 50% recycled materials.  H&M has a plan to use 100% recycled materials in all their products by 2030.  So this is a good start as they say.




I love the knit pattern and the neckline hides that neck.




From a strictly style/comfort standpoint,  it is super soft and warm.  I would wear a cami or tee underneath if it were colder.  It goes with so many pieces I already own and the price is $29.  So budget friendly.  x
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apple blueberry crisp



I made this apple blueberry crisp from this recipe from The Simple Veganista.  I just swapped blueberries for the cranberries.  I made mine without any oil which is an option she offers.  It was yummy and I do plan to make it for Thanksgiving but will use oil because I'm not heartless.  Either way it's delicious!  Without oil it is a super healthy guiltless dessert!  x
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hm florals





So here we are heading into the holidays.  I wish I was feeling better about them.  I know that it really is just another day and not to attach too much meaning to them but...yikes.  Also, it's been 5 years this month since this wedding happened here.  Anyone out there remember this?








Dear reader, I told you I had purchased a few things from H&M and here is one of them.  In my defense...nevermind, I don't have one.  This pretty blouse is $14.99 and feels like Fall.  I think it's pretty and would be perfect for Thanksgiving day.  Take a look at this whole page or beautiful florals.  I'm a fairly new HM shopper so I don't know if they always have these gorgeous prints or if they are just on a roll.  Let me know in the comments ok?  I'll be posting more fashion, food and hopefully something of interest  all month. Wish me luck.  x


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october bits




I'm sitting here this evening and realizing there were a few links I wanted to share with you this month.  This month sure flew by but dang it was an emotional roller coaster for me and the upcoming holidays have me like...😐



I do have a lot of posts planned for November.  I've been invited again to do a big holiday fashion post so there is that and I am looking forward to planning my menu for Thanksgiving.  The garden is not asking much from me these days which is nice bc my energy is pretty low and the change of seasons always has that effect on me.

So here are those links...

What Instagram Influencers are paid

Best of Paris Fashion Week Street Style

Making this soon!

Which would you choose? This Old Kentucky Home or this Park Avenue Apartment?  I lean towards the apartment!

H&M is killing it for fall.  Dear reader I've succumbed to a few pieces..😲
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refreshing a bungalow






Happy Sunday Darlings.  Today I want to share with you my friend Karen's new/old house.  Remember the the ivy league mom makeover?  She recently sold her big home and downsized into this cute little house.  I'm using the real estate listing photos to show you the before.  There was nothing wrong with it but it wasn't her style.  I tried my best to get similar shots so you can see what I changed but real estate photographers have fish-eye lenses that can make rooms appear much larger than real life.  We'll start with a before and then an after and see if this makes any sense shall we?


Before

When you walk in the front door you see the kitchen first.  There is an entry area but really this is what you see.  In these photos the walls look white but they are actually gray and some walls beige.



After

We started by painting the entire interior Benjamin Moore Simply White and that began the refresh.


Before



After



After

The subway tile back splash/upper cabinets really added some sparkle too.




Before

Everything looks white here but in real life it was a dusky gray.




After

Faux shade on ETSY


Before

This is a shot of how the kitchen and living room spaces connect.






After




After

Remember her big Crate and Barrel sofa from the last house?  I didn't think it would fit and it barely does, but they had it custom made with down filled cushions so it was staying.

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After

We added a rug and some pillows from Home Goods and the JC Penney Roman Shades.



After


Before


After





After

I sure love this light fixture (also on sale) and simple photo shelf from IKEA.  We selected favorite travel photos and printed them in b&w.




After



Before

This is the master bathroom.  It was not Karen's style.  So we did this...



After




 The Sconce Here is also on sale.




After

So pretty.




Before

Kids room.


After

Now Karen's office.


After

The Ikea Ektorp Loveseat and these drapes from Amazon (on sale now.)



Before

Another kids room but it is now the master bedroom...




After

A calm and soothing place to sleep.




Before




After

Custom doors and drawers made for the existing closets.

This whole project was such a labor of love for me.  The job gave me something to do that I find v relaxing so it was really healing for me.  I hope you enjoyed the tour. x

PS - Everlane has free 2-day shipping all day today!


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october garden glow




I took these photos last evening as the golden hour descended upon the garden.  I normally photograph the garden in the early sunlight so these photos have a different feel to them.  As the sun sets this time of year, the light bounces off the trees in a way that you are familiar with wherever you live.






There is that lovely warm glow that doesn't happen in summer.



















There's nothing really that special about this town I live in.  It's sleepy compared to Los Angeles.  But there is something to a mundane existence that actually makes life here quite precious. I can't explain it but perhaps you know what I'm talking about.  I always come back to ordinary.  x


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