Our San Diego {Empty} House Tour

When we first moved into our Palm Springs home (seen empty here, and finished here) I photographed the space before we moved in, and it was so much fun to look back on later.  So, yesterday I did the same with our new house.  It’s quite the contrast!  Our PS house was brand new, mostly to our style and pretty much the cleanest canvas to start from.  I love our new (very old, as in built in 1926) home just as much- but it’s going to take some blood sweat and tears to get it to where we want it to be!  We put in a solid 9 hours of painting yesterday and it was just the tiniest taste of what’s to come!  So here we go, let’s take a tour, shall we?  I’m so excited to show you and to tell you a little bit about what we have in mind for updates!!


Ok, so what you see here is the entryway to the house (love the front door, love the barrel ceilings, love that as you walk in- to the left is the living room and to the right is the dining room (see below for the view facing the opposite direction).  Although I love the history of Spanish homes and the style, we’ll want to do some updates.  I would love to replace the floors (they’re pretty beat up and the contractor we spoke with said that they’ve probably been refinished just about as many times as possible with the thickness of the wood).  And for this entry way I’d love a pendant light that’s in line with the architecture/design but an updated version.  I have my eye on a few already!  But both the front door and closet door are keepers, I’m determined to maintain the style of the house but add our own modern twist to it!


Next up we have the living room!  This is the room that sold us the house- these windows have been restored, but are the original design.  And they are just AMAZING, right?!  One of the first projects we’ll be tackling is window coverings- we’ll need them for privacy and to make the room feel cozy.  But I also have intentions for that fireplace- a major makeover that I’ve already designed and cannot wait to tackle (and of course it starts with a paint job)!  We’ll be doing as much of the work as possible ourselves, so I’ll be sharing DIY tips as we go!


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Spicy Potato Tacos


Yesterday at a little before 5:30 we were handed the keys to our new home!  That feeling, I swear there’s nothing like it!  As you may remember from this post, a home means the world to me and because of my colorful history I have such a deep appreciation for it.  I can’t wait to share this next house adventure with you!  Today we’ll be photographing it (for all the many “before” photos to come) and starting in on painting.  We have a long, labor intensive week before we move in on Sunday.  So I’m cooking up super easy meals like these spicy potato tacos to keep us fueled up and happy!  May I recommend them for weeknight dining when time is short and hunger is high?!  Hope you love!  xx- Sarah

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Style Round Up


Happy Monday everyone!  It’s a big day for us- we get the keys to our house today!!!!!  I will definitely share more about that soon, but I’m in the midst of scrambling around getting it (and us) ready for another move!  I’ll have a recipe to share with you tomorrow that I’m super excited about, but today is all about style. Lately I’ve been loving seeing black and brown paired together.  There was a time when I thought it was a must-not, but I think these ladies make it obvious that it’s a must-do!  Here are some staple black and brown pieces that I’m loving. Until tomorrow….  xx- Sarah  {images via :1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5}




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BeautyKind- Eco Beauty Trial Kit


Hey Friends, happy Thursday!  I have some exciting news about what BeautyKind is offering up this month (see my past two posts about this amazing company here and here).   This month they’ve put together an EcoBeauty Discovery Kit that contains a mixture of full size and deluxe trial size products, which is brilliant if you’re looking to clean up your beauty routine a bit and want to try a bunch of eco friendly products without a huge commitment. The kit sells for $50, is valued at over $200 and has over 25 products in it!   So far I’ve been loving RGB liquid buff nail polish, the Mio Skincare Fit Skin Kit (I’m pretty sure it’s the equivalent of going to the gym for my skin!) and the Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree deodorant cream, which smells SO fresh and clean! Every step I take towards using products with less harmful chemicals feels like a big win, so I’m super excited to dive into this Beauty Kit and see which of these items can replace those I’m already using!  Ok, pop over here and check it out- and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!  xx- Sarah  EDIT:  the excitement over the kits has been amazing, and unfortunately they temporarily sold out!   They’re working to quickly put more together more, so please check back in a couple of weeks!

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Yahoo Style, Alexa Chung’s New Collection and a GIVEAWAY!


Alexa Chung is my personal Queen of Denim, I just think she’s always on point with her styling and has perfected the art of looking effortlessly put together.  So I was super excited to read this interview and use it as inspiration for today’s style post in partnership with Yahoo Style.  The article just made made me love her more and reaffirmed what I already suspected- she’s as fun, witty and charming as you’d think she’d be.  And she recently partnered with AG to create a collection that I’m absolutely obsessed with- including the jeans I’m wearing in today’s post!  They fit like a dream.

Ok, now for the giveaway details!  Yahoo Style is offering one lucky reader the two items from Alexa’s collection that I think are closet staples- the jeans I’m wearing in today’s post and what looks like it could very well be the perfect white tee (see below!)  Pop over to check out Alexa’s interview and check out the collection preview- leave a comment below about which piece(s) you’d be most excited to scoop up and a winner will be chosen at random next week.  International readers are invited to enter as well! Good luck my friends!!!  xx- Sarah


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Musings: Share Your Secrets


Hello my friends!  I’m excited today to revisit my musings column.  My intention is to write more this year- to touch on the things I’ve learned from struggles I’ve overcome or experiences I’ve had, things that I’m reminding myself of or just random thoughts that have been kicking around in the ol’ brain for awhile!  Today’s Musings post is about the secrets we keep and how sharing them can set you free.

We all have a history- we’ve all done things that we are ashamed of.  We have things about ourselves that we’re embarrassed by, that we don’t share with ANYONE.  And that feeling, that shame, it’s toxic.  It’s the voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough.  It’s the voice that keeps you from feeling like the best self that you already ARE.

Whatever you’ve done, the very worst of it, is forgivable.  Whatever those things are about yourself that you don’t share, that you feel ashamed of- those things don’t define you, they have nothing to do with your value or how lovable you are.  You’re perfectly perfect and wonderful and exactly as you’re meant to be- just as you are.

In my experience, the only way to start believing that, truly believing it, is to share the things you’re terrified to share with the person who you trust most.  And then to keep sharing if possible.  Those secrets feed that negative voice in your head, they perpetuate the myth that there’s something to be ashamed of.  Sharing them forces you to confront that.  It’s not easy work.  It’s terrifying and invites a vulnerability to your sense of self like no other.  But releasing those secrets is a tremendous gift to your spirit.  And the burden of that shame will be lifted, one shared secret at a time.  Challenge your secrets.  Be free.  Love yourself.    xx- Sarah