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    Summer Sandal Must-Have : The Woven Mule

    The woven mule is one of summer’s must-have shoes of the season. It is earthy and artisanal, with it’s natural braided material of leather. Dress it up or dress it down, it doesn’t matter. This versatile shoe was made for any occasion with it’s effortless ease and simplicity. Wear them with a dress, jeans, linen culottes or shorts…whatever strikes your fancy, really. Unsure if this shoe is right for you? Well, just slip them on, and let your feet do the talking. I fell in love with the slow fashion Aussie brand St. Agni last year, and finally splurged on a pair of their flats (Ciao Woven Flat in Nude)…

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    Upcycle Pots with DIY Terracotta Chalk Paint

    I wanted to share with you a really easy and fun transformation on today’s blog post! I am upcycling old pots with a few fresh coats of D.I.Y. terracotta chalk paint! We had these pots laying around, that were great in size and shape, but the color wasn’t matching our current aesthetic. We really didn’t want them to go to waste, as they are beautiful (and expensive!). So with some D.I.Y. chalk paint, we transformed them into faux terracotta pots. The finished product is beautiful and truly resembles true terracotta. Chalk Paint Chalk paint is a decorative paint known for it’s matte, chalky appearance. It has more of a rustic…

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    D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf – Flisat Ikea Hack

    Cane is definitely having a moment in the interior design world. It has taken on a more modern and fresh form, even though it has been around for hundreds of years. Think less Grandma’s house with heavy woods and florals, and more Scandinavian-Boho artfulness, with natural woods and clean lines. As trends tend to come and go, and circle back – if paired right, they can become timeless within any space. In today’s post, I am adding this traditional material to the Flisast Wall Storage and Flisat Book Display from IKEA, for a quick and simple hack. We will be installing them in Kaia’s “biggish” girl room for a cute…

  • Beauty,  Wellness

    Improving Fine Lines and Wrinkles with MD Complete

    As a 35 year old woman, who has lived her whole life in the desert, the harsh sun and dry climate have certainly taken a toll on my skin. The biggest culprit I face is dehydration. Instead of counting gray hairs – I’m counting wrinkles! When I was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2019 and underwent two separate MOHS surgeries, I knew that I needed to work even harder to protect my skin from the elements, and help prevent further premature aging and sun damage. S.O.S! Save Our Skin! That’s when MD Complete by Dr. Brian Zelickson came to the rescue. MD Complete is dermatologist formulated, tested and recommended. For…

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    Perk Up Your Day With These Morning Essentials

    Coffee is the most essential part of my morning routine. It is one simple act I do for myself every day that brings me joy. From a curated collection of artisanal mugs, to the smell of espresso brewing – there is a certain art and slowness to it, that awakens the day. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my favorite morning coffee essentials from machines and coffee flavor pods, to artisinal mugs and linen robes. Scroll to read more. Before the whole Corona Virus trapped us inside our homes, I would walk every day to my favorite local coffee shop and order a large, almond milk latee with one pump…

  • Fashion,  Sustainability

    12 Slow Fashion Brands That Are Anything but Basic

    Slow fashion brands are shining a light on an industry that has massive implications on our planet. From “farm to fashion”, using deadstock fabrics, and encouraging secondhand sales, these slow fashion brands are proving they are anything but basic. In today’s post, I am sharing my 12 favorite slow fashion brands and why they matter. Doen Doen believes in a “few, better things” mentality and in building a wardrobe that is crafted to last. And their clothing is just that. With their use of recyclable and GOTS certified fabrics, their pieces have a life cycle. They even encourage secondhand sales of their items. Christy Dawn Christy Dawn is pioneering a…

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    Slow Fashion VS. Fast Fashion and Why it Matters

    Fast Fashion and its Implications on Our Planet In theory, fast fashion is great, because it brings in-the-moment and on-trend clothes to you and I, at very affordable prices. It is rapidly produced by mass-market retailers in response to an ever-evolving fashion landscape. 52 seasons are being created a year, as opposed to the 4 seasons that exist in nature. It is certainly a modern day luxury that we have such a wide array of clothing choices available to us. However, this inexpensive excess comes, at a large cost. Fast-fashion is affecting our planet. According to an article from Business Insider: Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions,…

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    Our Kitchen Remodel Progress

    When renovating your home, you have to be prepared for the unknown. While, we weren’t originally planning on remodeling the kitchen until Phase II, plans quickly changed during some of the demo process. One thing led to another, and well, here we are, giving our kitchen a very necessary glow up. In today’s post, I am sharing our kitchen remodel progress. I will also be sharing all the details of where we sourced items and which ones we used. Keep scrolling for more details! The Before As you can see, our kitchen was pretty dated and didn’t represent who we are. It was dark, felt cramped and had an awkward…

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    Our Scottsdale, Arizona Home Remodel

    In December of 2019, we bought a house in our favorite neighborhood! Finding the perfect home for our family, was all about location, location, location! It took 3 long months of searching, but we finally found THE ONE. It is a 2,000 square foot, 1970’s ranch style home on a quaint little cul-de-sak street. When we bought this house, we knew that we were biting off more than we could chew. It needed some serious TLC as it hadn’t really been maintained or updated for several years. In fact, it could have used a good gut job. But that just wasn’t in our budget. So we decided to work in…

  • Life,  Motherhood

    Thankful

    Tis the season to give thanks so I wanted to reflect back on this year and honor the highs and the lows. Here’s a list of things that I am thankful for: 1. The birth of my daughter Kaia. She is like golden hour. Everything glows differently with her here. She is my whole reason for being, my why. Everything I do, is for her and my family. She makes me dig inside myself to be a better person, to face my fears and to love harder, deeper and without condition, so that I can be a good example for her. Kaia is full of so much joy, innocence, wonder,…