Bloomist Antique Roses

Roses generously gifted from Bloomist

Hello Loves.  Today I interrupt the Covid-19 crises with a sigh of Spring.  How are you all holding up?  It's all so surreal.  The world has been forced to slow down and and just BE.  That of course is the good part of all this.  The rest is heartbreaking.

If you're looking for a tiny distraction this post may be just that.  Bloomist (don't you love that name?) contacted me and sent me a big bunch of their Eco-faux Roses to style.  How lucky am I?!

As most of you know I suffer from horrible seasonal allergies.  They get worse every year.  It kills me that I have a genuine antique rose garden right here just steps from my front door and yet I cannot bring them in the house because of my allergies.  I'm ok tending to them but as soon as they begin to bloom, which will be in a week or so, I am a mess.  

So these beautiful Eco-faux branches are just what a girl like me needs this time of year.  They would be stunning on a round entry table if you have that sort of thing.  They are what I would call a show-stopper.  Just beautiful and no allergy symptoms.

So even though I wish I could bring the real ones in, these are a wonderful substitute and I highly recommend if allergies are an issue.  Even one branch in a vase is gorgeous.  I remember years ago when Oprah said NO fake flowers in the house!  Do you remember that? Lol, well guess what?  I have fake flowers and I'm 100 with that.  xo


How are you all doing?  I'm comfortable in my bolt hole learning new recipes (to me) and enjoying the quiet.  This is a good one as are all her recipes and anecdotes, so timely.  Pasta and Peas

This is also an interesting video on World War 2 Rations which she eats for a week.  Stay til the end because the info is quite surprising.

I love every single word here...The importance of home

and...Comfort in Recluse

Stay sane and healthy. xo



Let's all take a breath shall we.  Like just about everyone else I know I'll be spending a lot of time in my home and garden.  I made a list of productive things to do over the course of the next month or so and it looks something like this...

clean and organize linens
clean and organize wardrobe
clean, organize and take stock of pantry
clean and organize refrigerator and freezer
polish silver
dust things that rarely get dusted
clean out junk drawer
polish shoes
put together a spring wardrobe with existing clothes
wash down pillows and comforters
organize and clean out skincare and makeup collection
weather permitting get outside in the fresh air, garden or walk

We really can live without toilet paper you know.
It's time to make do and mend - pretty much how most of us reading this blog live anyway.  Now is not the time for gluttony and hoarding.  If I take too much off the supermarket shelves then someone else goes without.  Let's be calm about this.  xo

good morning

Hello dear friends.  I was walking out to get my mail the other day and saw this darling little alyssum bud peeping out of a crack in the driveway.  I immediately identified with it.  Although to be honest, I have quite peeped out yet.  I haven't written much lately bc I've not been able to, I'm still in that crack.  I've tried many times but I come up empty.  A few days ago was my wedding anniversary and it threw me for a loop.  I knew it was coming and the anticipation is what did me in.  I began to believe all the thoughts my mind was telling me and well they took me down.  I'm still not sure what I will do with this blog.  As many of you noted the blog was hacked by someone and was asking for your password and again that threw me bc Larry always took care of things like that.  Rachel, a reader here and her sweet husband Carl reached out to me and offered to help me fix it.  It took about an hour but we did it.  That was a huge accomplishment.  So I ask for your patience and hopefully things will sort themselves out soon.

I overheard someone talking the other day and she said "I didn't get any of the big things in life I wanted but I got enough small things to sustain me."  I get that.




The other day I was minding my own business wasting time on the internet when an ad caught my eye.  Ads catch my eyes all the time but rarely do I click on.  This time I did.

It is a company called Bloomist and they make ecofaux botanicals. 

You may be thinking why would I want faux botanicals in my house when I have a real antique rose garden outside my door?

The answer is allergies.  For the last several years I can cut my roses, arrange them, photograph them and then promptly put them on the porch or give them away.

The photos look so beautiful that I decided to spend $34 and try a tall branch.  So glad I did because it is lovely.  I put a couple of dead branches in with the faux one and it looks even more real.

I reached out to Bloomist and they sent me a code you can use if you want to shower yourself this Valentines Day.  I probably will do that too.

JANET15 will get you 15% off your first order
JANET25 will get you 25% off $100 or more purchase

One time use only - expires 2/29


my decorating budget

Let's face it, at my age I never have to buy another piece of clothing or home decor for the rest of my life and I'd be ok.  But I'm a sucker for beautiful things!

These days things seem to come to me.  I don't even go looking!  My daughter in law recently went to an estate sale and bought me this statue thinking it was a Virgin Mary.  It's quite old, the estate dealer thought from the 1940's but I think it may be older.  It isn't a Virgin Mary but a St. Theresa (which is my oldest sisters name) who is the Patron Saint of Gardeners and she is a Carmelite Nun (which is the order of Nun's that helped raise me).  So to say this is a special piece is an understatment. 

I would have to say my decor budget is like zero unless I come upon something rare and so special.  This was $10.  There are several on Etsy that run over $300.  That's just how things go when it comes to 2nd hand estate sale shopping.

What is your decor budget like?  I'm so curious to know! x

my food budget

Since beauty and eating are so closely tied in my life I thought I'd go over what my food budget is now that I'm alone.

I spend on average, $30 a week for groceries.  I usually go to the markets about every 2 weeks.  I rely on beans, rice, oats and fill in with lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  It's an easy way to eat and very easy on my budget.  For some reason I do not get bored with it.

My typical breakfast of overnight oats, berries and almonds.

I love sandwiches like this.  Ezekiel bread with hummus, arugula and radishes from the garden.

At the end of summer I cut back all the basil and pureed it with a little water and freeze.  Now all winter long I can drop one of these in a pot of tomatoes for a taste of summer.

It's pretty simple and an uncomplicated way to eat.  I hope you find some inspiration here. x


the collected look

Hello dear friends.  Today I'm joining the ladies linked below for my take on The Collected Look.  The idea is mixing old and new and creating a look that is just right for you.

My new piece is this Everlane Cashmere Cardigan in a beautiful Acorn color.  Generously gifted to me from Everlane, I chose a size Large because I wanted a loose, luxurious look to it.  I actually had it in mind to replace my worn out house sweater but I keep wearing it out and about. I love Everlane for their cashmere, tees and shoes and their overall transparency and ethical practices.

So I put on this vintage pink silk rose pin and paired it with a pair of vintage levi's, an old t-shirt and my Remi Mules from Madewell, which are on sale right now.  I added the vintage coach bag and I like the whole look.

Please pop over and see what all these fabulous ladies have put together...

apart from my art-sandra

classic casual home-mary ann
most lovely things-annie
northern california style-kim
rough luxe lifestyle-cindy
the age of grace-eugenia
the real golden girl-kimberly
the vintage contessa-elizabeth


my beauty budget

Whenever I start talking or even thinking about my beauty budget I realize how tightly woven it is with my food budget.  That is because I know what I put into my body has an effect on my skin and hair.  But since this is a Beauty Budget post I will keep it to what I plan to spend this year on beauty products.

Over the past week or so I've done a thorough inventory of all my beauty products.  Because I've worked in spas and have friends that still do I have a decent stockpile.  I sorted through it all, tossing expired products and passing on ones I won't use. I was sort of shocked to see how much I had.  Since I don't have a bathroom vanity any extra has been stored in an under the bed storage box.

So my plan for 2020 is to use what I've got til it's gone, and only then will I repurchase.  I have several bottles of shampoos, conditioners and treatments for my hair.  I have 2 bottles of my favorite cleansers and moisturizers.  I have plenty of lotions and oil for my bod and plenty of nail varnish.  When it comes to makeup, I have 2 full bottles of foundation and plenty of backups for eye pencils, lipsticks etc.

So I suggest you take a hard look at all your beauty products and see just what you'll need and plan accordingly.  They say without a plan we are lost so I don't want to be any more lost than I already am!  x


hello 2020

Hello friends.  It's been quite a few weeks with all the major holidays plus my birthday and Larry's.  And when I say quite a few weeks what I really mean they've been gut-wrenching.  I will leave it at that because well, I just have to.

Today I wanna talk about this year and hopefully what you can expect out of me.  I read every single comment on my last post at least twice.  It seems you want what I've always tried to write about here, incorporating beauty and simplicity into our lives.  I also hear you loud and clear about the Everlane posts.  I will try to keep it to one or two posts per month and that is if Everlane continues to partner with me.  It is truly a gift they are providing me and I appreciate it so much because I admire and respect them as a company.  

Speaking of one has noticed that I removed all other ads from my blog.  There is no longer a small ad between each post.  I wondered if anyone would say anything about that but no one has!  Some of my favorite blogs are almost unreadable due to the pop ups and ads within paragraphs of posts.  I will always keep my sidebar of favorites because I get so many emails asking for specifics and that sidebar helps so much with that.  So now you will see a clear warning before you even read the post that it will contain affiliate links. I hope that helps!

So as I continue to recover I will do my best to help us all organize with beauty and simplicity.  Happy New Year to us all...x

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