it’s not a color i wear naturally, but paired with cotton-fresh whites, a bit of sparkle, and a cold drink or two, i think it’s just the hue to usher in a new season of warmer weather… punchy pops of juicy ruby tones to combat the haze of summer heat. (never mind that california is struggling under a layer of storm clouds this week. sunshine and brighter days are coming – i am sure of it!)

chiffon scallop shorts at urban outfitters


mini crystal wildfire necklace at j.crew


essie nail color in “chubby cheeks”


huarache gladiator sandals at urban outfitters

breezy eyelet sundress (with pockets!) at jcpenney


pink ruffle cake by call me cupcake

{more pink cakes here and here and here… and learn how to make those buttercream ruffles here!}


ambi glass at cb2


homemade rhubarb syrup {photo and recipe by seven spoons}


{photo via oncewed}

frosty lava flows


of sea and sky

over here, we’re riding that wonderfully hopeful transition of winter into spring. every few days the skies cloud over and the air stays cool and gray, but it’s never too long before a new wind blows through, bringing fresh warmth and delicious sunlight.

until spring shines through in all its most vivid hues, i’m finding myself dreaming in shades of blue – the color of these cool mornings and mild days.


tuxedo ruffle curtains at urban outfitters



linen “bardot” dress at talbots



“curve” teapot with mesh infuser
(at places like stash tea, paper source, and amazon)


clothbound penguin classics, covers designed by coralie bickford-smith



latte bowls at anthropologie



capri blue jar candle in volcano at anthropologie



japanese washi tape at urban scarlet



painted dot airgo chair at pbteen



“jubilant” – fine art photograph on etsy

a grown-up wish list

i can’t help it – i love things. pretty things. delicious things.

when i dream of the life i wish to one day have, i dream of the things that will fill my home – the books that will put their weight on my shelves; the tea set i will bring out when friends are over; the little ornaments i will line up on the mantle, each one reminding me of something or someone different.

inspired by the visually delicious gift guides over at design*sponge and the lovely list of books at lottie+doof, here is my own little collection of beautiful things i can’t stop thinking about.


mosaic wall mirror at urban outfitters


“blue duchesse” china by vera wang for wedgwood


“jasmin de virginie” corsage bracelet on etsy


wingtip heels at urban outfitters



cartolina iphone app


60s roly poly cocktail glasses on etsy


kate spade “on the dot” bangle



“sailing along together” print on etsy