DIY Patio Table

diy patio table update

Our new place in LA has a patio. A patio! In New York, our version of a patio was either standing on our death-trap fire escape or sticking our heads…

DIY Patio Table

Our new place in LA has a patio. A patio! In New York, our version of a patio was either standing on our death-trap fire escape or sticking our heads out the window. But now there’s a real live patio, just dying to be used.

I had this old patio table in storage that was the perfect size, but kinda boring and a little bit yucky. My answer to anything boring and yucky is always paint. Lots and lots of paint.

The tabletop is made of stone tiles, so we primed first just to make sure the paint would stick and be nice and even. After that, a few coats of paint went on. I found that the stone tile was really thirsty and would just soak up the paint, but by the third coat everything was hunky dory.

DIY Patio Table

After that, we used masking tape to mask some stripes, just for a little extra spice.

DIY Patio Table

Bing bang boom! She’s good as new again! If you’re in a similar sitch and painting something that needs primer, I’d totally recommend this one by Zinsser. It’s awesome because it’s specifically meant to cover stains and seal in yuckiness, and it gives great coverage.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a patio that needs sitting on! xoxo

DIY Patio Table

DIY Patio Table

DIY Patio Table

matador11

travel // el matador

Yesterday Mr. Lovely and I took the quick trip to Malibu for a little beach time! Have you ever been to El Matador beach? It’s a really cool spot. The…

Yesterday Mr. Lovely and I took the quick trip to Malibu for a little beach time! Have you ever been to El Matador beach? It’s a really cool spot. The beach is backed right up to these gorgeous rocky cliffs and there are caves and rocks that you can climb around and explore. We went midday at low tide so we could walk through the caves and check out the tide pools — if you look hard, you can find urchins and other little sea creatures. If you’re going to head to El Matador on a summer weekend, I’d recommend getting there before noon to find a good parking spot and claim a nice piece of beach. Also, be ready for a trek down to the beach! It’s a climb down the hiking trail and stairs, but totally worth it. Here are some snaps from our day! xoxo

Citron

brighten up // citron

Sometimes I cringe when I see neon, because as a child of the deep 80’s it reminds me of puff paint and tidal wave bangs in the worst way. But…

Sometimes I cringe when I see neon, because as a child of the deep 80’s it reminds me of puff paint and tidal wave bangs in the worst way. But I have to say, these days I see a lot of people doing it right! And one of the rightest ways to do neon right now (in my humble opinion) is this awesome citron color. I can’t seem to get away from it — everything I pick out is this super juicy flouro yellow-meets-green shade. Whaddaya think? Thumbs up or thumbs down on the citron craze? I’m giving two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Happy Monday! xoxo

Citron

Mouse pad. Ballet flat. Pattern. Dress. Bag. Sunnies.
Go Do

oh, i plan on it

Image by Julian Bialowas. I have a friend who has been on a cross-country road trip this summer. She bought a camper for her car, hitched her bike to the…

Go Do

Image by Julian Bialowas.

I have a friend who has been on a cross-country road trip this summer. She bought a camper for her car, hitched her bike to the back, and just went. I mean, I’m sure she had a plan, but it was so awesome to see her get so pumped about this great adventure, and then to see her documenting her trip along the way via Facebook, Instagram, etc.

So inspiring, right? She is going and doing. I love goers and doers. The folks who say “I wanna do that,” and so they do. I strive to be one of them, but sometimes going and doing can be scary. The other day my dad was talking about taking a quick trip to see me and Mr. Lovely, and then said how he’s becoming more and more of a homebody the older he gets. How he really likes just being home and puttering, but how most of the time after he gets himself out the door on a trip he has a great time.

I think that when I’m retired, I might be a little bit the same way. I’m a homebody at heart — if it’s after 10 pm, you can bet that my most preferred location is at home in my excellent sweatpants. But I kind of want to preserve a sense of adventure! The willingness to go and do and find out what’s out there. It’s led me to so many crazy, amazing things. So I’m gonna see how long I can get that to last.

Anyway! I really just meant this post to be about what everyone’s doing this weekend! Geez — talk about waxing philosophical. So! This weekend Mr. Lovely and I are going to the Renegade Craft Fair! I’m pretty pumped. Anybody been? Anybody going? I’m also considering planning a super secret outing for Mr. Lovely to experience a new bit of LA that we haven’t seen yet. Don’t tell. If it works out, I’ll give you a full rundown on return.

What are you going and doing this weekend? xoxo

What to Wear by the Pool

style // pencil skirt goes poolside

I know you hear “pencil skirt” and you think “work attire,” but this skirt from Tees by Tina definitely makes my cut for some poolside action! The tangerine color is…

Pencil Skirt Styling

I know you hear “pencil skirt” and you think “work attire,” but this skirt from Tees by Tina definitely makes my cut for some poolside action! The tangerine color is perfect for summertime, and it’s seriously one of the most comfy things I’ve worn lately.

Pencil Skirt Poolside

The dolls at Tees by Tina sent a bunch of us bloggers this skirt to style, and you can vote for your favorites starting next week. In the meantime, check out their other basics right here — they’ve got a good thing going. xoxo

How to Style a Pencil Skirt

What to Wear by the Pool

 

Tips for the First Year of Marriage

marriage // tips for year one

So seriously, I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since Mr. Lovely and I tied the knot. I really meant to write more this last year about the…

So seriously, I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since Mr. Lovely and I tied the knot. I really meant to write more this last year about the first year of marriage, but it just zoomed right by and here we are! But looking back, I’m starting to realize that both of us have definitely learned a few things about each other, about marriage, and about being super happy at home. Keep reading if you wanna hear my revelations and tips for having an awesome first year.

Tips for the First Year of Marriage


Exercise your Empathy Muscle. I seriously remember the moment that I realized how much more I understood about my husband if I just imagined myself in his situation. If you can empathize, suddenly a whole other world of understanding floods in and maybe misunderstandings aren’t so weighty anymore. Try putting yourself in your honey’s shoes. See what happens.

See Kindness for What It Is. I like using the little spoon. Not the big soup spoon. Ever. Mr. Lovely knows this, and sometimes still gives me a big spoon. But the point is that he gave me a spoon! That’s really sweet, right?! Now I can just sit here and eat my yogurt. He really just tries to be kind and give me what I need. So I’m trying to stop saying, “Aw, dude, the big spoon?” And just say, “Thanks, Boo.” (Yep. Sometimes I call him Boo.) Moral of the story: if the hubs tries to do something sweet, give him credit.

Do Something Extra. It sounds dumb, but surprises at home can be really awesome. Like “Surpriiiise! I did the laundry and you don’t have to.” Or “Surpriiiise! I made you a delicious beverage!” Mr. Lovely is really good at this one — I’m getting better. He usually beats me to it. But I’m trying to do more extra.

Just Say Yes. Sometimes you don’t want to do that thing that he wants to do. I don’t want to go to this store to look for a chair, because we’ve been to ten other stores today looking for chairs. But he wants to and so maybe I just say yes. And not a sulky, icky yes that clearly says “You’re a big jerk.” A yes that says, “Dude, I’m in. Let’s do this.”

Let Him Help. Sometimes, dudes just want to be dudes. Yes, you can lift that heavy thing yourself. But dudes like lifting it for you because it makes them feel dudey. (Dudey. It’s a word now.) I consider myself pretty capable and independent, and I like doing things myself. But when my husband says, “Let me do that for you,” I let him. Because who knows how long that’s gonna last?!

In any case, I know this just scratches the surface — being married is awesome, and I kind of see it as this zillion-piece jigsaw puzzle that the two of you are always working on, together. Lots of stuff to figure out and fit into place. And obviously there’s so much more! Are you married? How was your first year? I’d seriously love to hear the things you have learned and how they’ve changed you. Three cheers for wedded bliss! xoxo

 

DIY Potted Succulents

diy potted succulents

I’m calling it a DIY, but for this one, all you really have to do is get your hands dirty. Mr. Lovely and I picked up a few cute little…

DIY Potted Succulents

I’m calling it a DIY, but for this one, all you really have to do is get your hands dirty. Mr. Lovely and I picked up a few cute little succulents recently to make a potted mini-garden for the new place! If you want to make one too, here’s all you’ll need:

  • plants
  • pots
  • potting soil

DIY Potted Succulents

Fill your pot with soil to about the 1/3 or 1/2 point. Gently remove your largest plant from its packaging (if it’s stuck, gently squeezing its plastic tub from all angles will help loosen it). Carefully rough up the roots a bit, so they have a chance to dig into their new surroundings! Lower the plant into the pot and see if it’s the height you’d like; add more or remove some soil accordingly.

DIY Potted Succulents

After it’s in position, add a bit of soil to keep it in place. Also add soil to the places where you’d like your smaller plants, to ensure that the plants are all even in the pot. Put your smaller plants into the pot in the same way you did the large one. Extra credit for doing some mini-pots, too!

DIY Potted Succulents

When they’re all in, add soil here and there to make sure everyone is cozy! (Optional step: talk to your plants and welcome them to their hew home. I literally talk to our plants. Mr. Lovely thinks I’m bonkers and he’s probably right.) Finally, water the plants gently. Be careful not to over-water, especially if they’re succulents. Then set them out and love them to pieces! xoxo

DIY Potted Succulents

Pink Stairs

tell me about it

Escaleras Rosas by Serch. We’re making our way through the summer, and I’m kind of dying to know how yours is going so far! I feel like I just got to…

Pink Stairs

Escaleras Rosas by Serch.

We’re making our way through the summer, and I’m kind of dying to know how yours is going so far! I feel like I just got to a place where I can slow down and enjoy it just a bit, now that we’re more settled into our new home. I’ve got to try to get in a few adventures while the gettin’s still good!

So I’d love to know about any awesome stuff that you’ve done this summer, trouble you’ve gotten into, trips you’ve taken — I wanna hear it all! Inspire me, so I can make the best of what’s left of these long, wonderful days. xoxo

dive

dive on in

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