the raspberry finsbury 

I’m a paper lover.. Lists, letters, calendars, journals & scrapbooks. I keep a lot of scraps and notes, and I don’t remember a thing if it’s not written down. I’ve recently taken on more work (still mostly at home- I’m so lucky!) but it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed when I juggle so much. It always helps to plan ahead, and to plan for balance. I recently bought my dream planner- a personal Filofax (the raspberry Finsbury, to be exact) and I LOVE it. I anguished over which Filofax to buy (it’s a big investment for a planner, and I had to carefully budget for it so I didn’t make the decision lightly). But I am content with my purchase. Here’s the outside. Such a pretty color. I’ve been really into shades of purple lately. Here’s the inside, right out of the box (I’ve modified it quite a lot):

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dining room inspiration board

Last week I posted some house updates, including this picture of my dining area:


What to do with this area of the kitchen has kind of alluded me. I don’t want to buy new furniture {switching up the chairs was fun}, or spend a lot of money on anything for the house right now, because I am saving my house budget for the yard this summer. But I also think it’s time to start making some small changes, using things I have, and adding a few things that will make it prettier and more functional.

I have been pinning images that give me fun ideas for this room. I love this one; simple white curtains and lots of plants. I’ve been meaning to plant lots of herbs indoors {kicking myself for not bringing some in from the garden at the end of the summer!!!}. That will definitely be on the agenda in a couple months {I’m afraid bringing them home from the nursery in this weather will cause them to go into perma-shock}.{Image Source.}


This dining area’s a little too shabby chic for my tastes, but I love the mismatched chairs (duh) and mostly neutral palette with a few pops of color. The mismatched candles are fun, too. {Image source.}


This eat-in kitchen is awesome (I covet white cabinets!). The red chairs are perfect. I think I need more red in my life. {Image source.}


I made this little collage incorporating some of the ideas I want to get around to for the dining nook, because it’s my idea of a good time, and I like arranging ideas visually to get them outta my head and into (semi) action.

dining room update

Here’s what’s happening:

  1. Some breezy white curtains from IKEA would be a great way to make the bay window a bit less boring, but without spending a lot (four panels can really add up elsewhere). If I do nothing else on this list for a while, I should at least get to this one soon!
  2. Even though I spray-painted the light fixture to a better color, a pendant with a drum shade would balance out that side of the room a bit more.
  3. Mismatched chairs – I should paint one red.
  4. A great rug makes a room. I love Persian rugs. I want one in every room. But for the budget, I could probably find a fun rug at Urban Outfitters or IKEA.
  5. Plants! Herbs, mostly. I want to plant every type I use on a regular basis.
  6. I’ve always wanted a terrarium like the one in the middle of the table.
  7. That hanging box-shelf is from Urban Outfitters and would be perfect for above the dresser. I think it would be a pretty easy DIY hack, though. There’s a junkyard near my house that has old wooden ammo boxes that may just be perfect…
  8. A little framed mirror or art. I’m sure I could find something around the house for this.
  9. Metallic baskets! I have a few I could spray paint with metallic paint. I did that with a few smaller baskets and I love them.

Anyone else have any suggestions for this space?

2012 & resolution recap!



I love to reflect on the previous year’s moments and milestones. Here’s last year, and 2010. Here’s what happened this year:

  • Jonathan turned 30, and we celebrated in Vegas
  • Road-tripped it from Vegas to Death Valley
  • Brought little miss Paisley home!
  • Jonathan spent over a month away from home, working in NM.
  • I completed my first half marathon!
  • Took 5 classes for my MBA (two to go!)
  • Started a (sort of) new job with the company who took over my contract. It’s been a stressful, emotional 6 months helping this small company get up-and-running but I have learned a ton.
  • Said goodbye to my grandma Reta.
  • Concerts.. Fiona Apple & Garbage
  • Hosted a fun Halloween party and one (food-on-a-stick) cooking club (and attended lots of others, o’course).
  • I paid off my undergraduate student loans last summer!! – yesssss
  • Started a garden at the new homestead.
  • Camping at Jordanelle & Yuba Res.
  • Went to NYC! Awesome trip.

As for resolutions.. I made a LOT this year. And you know my theory on goals is to plan big knowing some will probably fall to the side. Here’s how I fared:

  1. Finish the half-marathon & the Dirty Dash – Kinda Win! Finished the half, but was injured for the Dirty Dash so I spectated.
  2. Fit in fitness 4 days a week {I already do this – just a goal to keep it up!} – Fail! After July work got crazy and I somehow let this completely slide. Gotta get back on that plan!!
  3. Get my goal weight and stay there {I have been doing Weight Watchers and I am getting there!} – Fail!
  4. Take 4 classes for my MBA. Win! I took 5.
  5. Pay down $6,000 on my student loans. Win! I paid them off completely!
  6. Save $ for a trip to NYC for my 30th birthday {June 2013}. Win! And we already took the trip!!
  7. Write 2 blog posts every week. Fail! Obviously.
  8. Live super frugally! Scrimp on the unnecessary to pay off student loan debt and save for trip. Kinda win! I didn’t follow this to the letter but definitely saved money this year by gardening, cooking, farmers markets, DIYing, spending more nights in, and making do.
  9. Lastly, some house projects that are our highest priority in 2012:
  • Build a shed – Win!
  • Put in a vegetable garden and an herb garden – Win!
  • Paint interior doors and trim – Win!
  • SUPER organize the garage – In progress!
  • Re-caulk shower, and get new or fix up old shower door {maybe frost it?} in master bathroom – Nope, but I was able to salvage the existing door after all!
  • Hang curtains in the office and spare bedroom and figure out something for the bay windows in the kitchen – Fail.
  • Get outdoor lighting – Got path lighting, but have yet to replace the fixtures.
  • Replace kitchen faucet – Win!
  • Make the laundry room also a functional mud room – Fail.

Mixed results on the resolution front, especially with my fitness goals. :/ You KNOW that means it’s gonna take priority on my 2013 resolutions (or, my intentions will be great, anyway!)

Hope you all had a great year, and the next is even better. ♥


I’ve been away. Life. Great 4-day weekend was chaos at my house. Class is wrapping up. Work is busy. Might need to just do more lists on the blog to keep myself writing about something. Sometimes I don’t write because I’m uninspired and sometimes I am too inspired so can’t sort it out and compartmentalize it appropriately. I’ll attempt to sort it later. Here’s what I’m into lately.

  • Investing some time in my Next Bold Move.
  • Essential oils. Patchouli and lavender most of all.
  • Tiny notebook for planning.
  • Hallelujah, every version. Makes me cry every.time.
  • Red lipstick & black nail polish.
  • It’s bball season. We don’t have cable and I don’t like being in buffalo-wing joints. What’s a girl to do.
  • Naked-face Sunday.
  • Thinking about re-reading my favs from school-daze like The Outsiders and Animal Farm.
  • ..and I should get up earlier for workouts.
  • ..and I should find new music but I just can’t stop overplaying old favs.
  • ..and I need some like-minded people in my life. How does one meet new people?
  • Coloring pictures with my 4 year old niece + slipping in some feminist indoctrination. It’s never too early.
  • Manhattan.. the Woody Allen flick.
  • Secrets up my sleeve. Tehehe.
  • Words w/ Friends.
  • Zumba. It’s ridiculous, but it’s something to look forward to on a Monday.
  • Grapefruits.
  • Glitter + candlelight. {lurve the holidays at my house, so cozy}
  • Procrastinating Ops Management homework.
  • Into cuddling. Why did we ever stop that?
  • Believing in karma.
  • Coffee, anytime. Tea, sometimes.