So many new things solving all my problems lately, let’s get right down to it!

First, the marble clips from my insta story. They’re so high quality and I love that they’re a little elevated from the standard. Three pack

Also so much TMI so you male readers might want to skip through the first couple paragraphs. 😉


  1. Found this bra and it eliminates side boob! It creates such smooth lines under shirts and is great under summer dresses and anywhere you need to eliminate that side boob action! It’s by Warner’s and the collection is called Easy Does It!
  2. I’ve used the Diva Cup for 2+ years now and I love the concept so much (its a reusable menstrual cup that eliminated my need for pads or tampons) I kept using it even though it wasn’t a great “fit.” Literally. On me it was just a bit too long. I heard my friend Ashley’s new venture the Bloody Buddy was shorter and also has a “tail” you can trim so I snagged them on Amazon! I am happy to report it is shorter so if you have had similar issues, go with the Bloody Buddy! Also her color selections are so much better (I got black) and they’re 20 for $20 when I paid $35 for one Diva Cup. WIN all around! While we’re at it, Ashley is such a good Follow on Instagram. I have been slow clapping all Summer as she walks the walk with the ever-popular self love talk we hear from influencers. She’s the real deal guys, and her recipes and tips are all so solid. Behind the scenes I am just grateful for her friendship and zen attitude in this business. Follow her here!
  3. This Target Sweater. I should have bought two because sweaters just aren’t the same after they’ve been washed a few times but its such a cute fit!
  4. Amazon sent this skin care line to try and after a few weeks I am actually loving it! I don’t have to review it but I thought it was worth a mention anyway. It’s as good a at-home facial as I’ve ever been able to track down and the smell is SO amazing. It makes me so happy every time I take the lids off. I especially love the Peeling and Serum products! The Peeling is like a gentle exfolating surface restoration that I put on at night and my skin is incredible in the morning. The Serum tightens skin and reduces my pores and evens everything out before I put make up on. LOVE them both. They have it in a gift set too!

DECORATING: I just ordered ALL my faucets from Ali Express. ACK! My friend Bri (her house reno is incredible, follow her to check it out!) led the way and says hers are holding up pretty great so I am taking the plunge. You guys their faucets are SO inexpensive. We did every single bathroom in the house for less than $1000. Fingers crossed they hold up!! Here are the sink faucets we chose, the pot filler for over the stove. And this shower set for the master. And these for the basement bathrooms!

READING: Outside of the monthly reviews I’m catching up on some popular self-help reads that I am sure you’ve seen recommended online. My friends reference them so damn much I felt like I needed to be in on it. Brene Brown is never a problem so I quickly finished her new book Into the Wilderness, super good the last chapter I need to re-read every morning, so powerful. She has a lot of great implementable tips of the divide the US is experiencing. I am in the middle of The Universe Has Your Back. As a religious and spiritual person it’s funny to hear these things that I’ve been taught my whole life, packaged in a new way. Its a great beginner look at energy, meditation, and owning your presence and internal vibrations. Sometimes cheesy, sometimes over the top, sometimes serving self-importance from the author, but I am enjoying it! I’d suggest a hardcopy on that one though, there’s a lot to refer back to! Next up, Love Warrior (saving my hardcopy for a couple plane rides I have coming up) and You Are a Badass.

And! If you’re following along on my monthly reviews, I am picking the thriller The Couple Next Door in honor of Halloween. A lot of you have said you need something really engaging to get you back on the reading wagon and although I haven’t read it, my friends say they couldn’t put it down. So grab this one if you want to read together!

LISTENING: My church as our weekend conference and I live for it. There was a few given last weekend as well and I thought this one by Sharon Eubanks was so powerful. You can listen here! Starting Saturday 10 am MST and Sunday the same time.

FEELING: Its been awhile since I checked in on this but October is insane for my fam! Trying not to panic, ha! I have two trips, one for work and one to see my sister and her new baby! We have two different dads of Russ’ coming to visit (separately, luckily) and we had an anniversary trip planned too that we had to cancel due to aforementioned dads. I hope we make it out alive!  I hope you all have a restful weekend and if you’re looking into the barrel of an insane month like us, solidarity.






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wallsburg II

House update #2 (find the first one here!) as promised! Since we last posted SO much has gotten accomplished. It felt like we were underground for an eternity – with the footings, foundation, underground plumbing, getting the septic and propane in order. And then once we had that done it felt like things have really sped up. It’s so fun to see progress everyday and to see our sketches, our dreams, our heart on the line, take shape. Russ (gratefully) hired a team of 4 or so guys to work on the framing with him and that makes all the difference. As much as I love the three teenagers he employed this Summer. The basement is all framed, but I took video footage and it’s terrible so I’ll catch you up on that later!

Okay, let’s do this!


So this is the living room which leads to the cantilevered spot (left) for the dining area, kitchen, mudroom + bathroom as well. The loft extends just over the kitchen island making the kitchen have 10 foot ceilings, but the living room ceilings are 22. Please send all tips and prayers for the acoustics situation.Wallsburg Update #2Back behind the kitchen goes off to the garage and you can see a little better view of the loft situation on the right. They have the ricketiest ladder up there right now and I didn’t dare. Maybe next time we’ll get a good look!Wallsburg Update #2And this shows the dining nook (and also Russ’ handmade cement window wells which I am obsessed with. And then the stair well to the loft and basement.This is hard to illustrate but I’ll try: left is the mudroom bathroom, which has a door leading to the yard. Hopefully to make it easier for outdoor entertaining. We’ll have an outdoor shower right off this entrance, too! Then right is an entrance to the house from the garage as well as a small room that is disconnected to the house.The right image above is the view from the garage inside. The right door goes to the mudroom and the disconnected left door will be to a boot/dog wash. And maybe goats. Do goats get baths? #rookie. It won’t be anything too crazy, just a showering system with the faucet waist-height to rinse boots and dogs, and maybe goats upon confirmation. I.E.:Frame Build Update


In order of openings, left to right: front door opening, window in the office, transom in the master, transom in the master bath. AND! The start of a roof! Woot woot.Wallsburg Update #2This was taken from the backyard…that long middle opening is the door to the yard, the slightly higher set of windows to the right are behind the stair case, the top level windows are the loft and the left side windows are the hall to the master.Hall way + OfficeWallsburg Update #2One of the many reasons I loved our architect Spencer was his dedication to views. He spent a lot of time up at the lot figuring out how to position the house, where to put the windows and how many should go where. He shares my love of odd numbers of things so they’re ALL in sets of 3, bless him. In turn we have a whole heap, but man these views take my breath away.


Living Room view:Master View:Wallsburg Update #2The view above our tub:Even the closet has a nice one. Spencer for president.

And a few new FAQ’s:

Do we have neighbors? We do! We are in a traditional cul-de-sac and our nearest neighbors are about 400 and then 700 feet from the house. Our house backs up onto federal preserve which helps us keep that spacious feel.

How did you decide on Wallsburg over somewhere else? Wallsburg wasn’t the first (or second or third) place we looked but our friends from Heber told us to check it out. We both fell in love and from that point refused to look elsewhere. This was already touched on in our first post but I’ll go into a bit more detail! —Within Wallsburg we looked at 4 different lots until this one! They were all varying sizes, the first was 18 acres which we planned to split with my sister, but the owners had a really unrealistic list of things we had to comply with, like they told us which trees we could and couldn’t cut down, etc. The second was 8, but we found out unsuitable to build. The third was a GORGEOUS 5 acre lot (owned by Bronco Mendenhall for you locals) and the day we sold our house we found out someone had paid cash for it. I was heartbroken but it was all for the best. For the record and in hindsight we DO NOT need 5, 8 or 18 acres. #rookie. For what we want to do with our land 1.3 is PAH-LEN-TY. And I hope this isn’t in poor taste, but the lot was $160k. Which for where we live now is the biggest deal of all time. Trade-offs, right? Move to the country, get land for cheap.

How did you find your lot? The more we learn about Wallsburg the more we realize what a unicorn lot this is. The whole town is under covenants that you can’t build unless you have 5 or more acres. But then there are a few random spots within it that have exceptions. We happened to find one, which happened to already have a well on it (saved us $40k) and since we bought it we haven’t seen another one like it since. I am Wallsburg’s biggest advocate though so if you want to be my in-townie neighbor I will keep my eyes open!

And the most frequent of all FAQs: When will it be done? Russ still claims Christmas. I still claim we’ll finish the school year and then head up. Who wants to move in Winter anyhow? Our townhouse contract is up in January but they will go month to month after that which is nice!

Is he REALLY building it himself? Yes, he really is. Everyday 9-7 typically. If you are reading this here blog you are the reason we can keep our heads above water, so when I say thank you for being here, I am dead serious. We know how incredibly blessed we are and I am trying to not feel guilty about that. I haven’t forgotten how much it stings to watch other people progress and fulfill their dreams while I had to keep waiting. Keep hustling. Keep trying. Who knew you could hear the word NO said in so many different contexts? We were in “No, not yet”-ville for a long, long time. I guess it just further bolstered my gratitude for this whole process. We are having the best time and I can’t imagine it ever getting old!

If I missed any questions or if there’s something you want to see covered in the next update, let me know!

xoxo, seriously.

The Frame family.



trend watch: track pants

I don’t know if this trend was big in the Spring, I didn’t notice if it was, but I sure am noticing it now! Whether it’s a casual track pant or a formal tuxedo pant or something in between, this pant is so fun for Fall! So here’s 9 ways I spotted and loved it.I loved this outfit so much I had to recreate it. That doesn’t happen often for me, I am usually trying to make it my own. But this one was too good:Fall 2017 Trend Watch: Track PantPretty blatant copyage here, yeah?

Fall 2017 Trend Watch: Track PantRue Collective // Gucci Sweatshirt Girl // Ray Dennis // 9 to 5 Chic // Leandra Medine // Olivia Palermo // Christine of Hello Fashion Blog // Not Your Standard // Jennifer Aniston

Okay back to the trend at hand! Here are versions of the tuxedo stripe and or track pant all under $80 (most much less than that!) I think the jeans are my favorite. They’re on super sale right now, too!Cropped Black with White // Denim Tux Stripe // Adidas Popper // Black with Red + White // Floral with Black // Black with White Trouser


  1. Toss on a tee and top with a blazer + booties and you’ve got the look I had to copy. My blazer is Target, and booties are Zara. If you want more sporty and less trouser these are awesome and so classic.
  2. 2. Wear it with an oversized sweater and sneakers for a cozy cold weather day.
  3. Tucked in turtleneck + slick low bun for a super polished look.
  4. With a crisp button up and a jean jacket on top.
  5. All black everything with a tee and leather jacket.


Did you guys know I used to be a stylist? For 10 years! I worked for a commercial photographer, as a fashion editor for a local magazine, and then freelance for awhile for various projects and friends like Say Yes! What I really love about that job is sourcing clothes and I still do a lot of that now for “work” ahem, if you can call it that. But, since I am doing it anyway, if you guys ever have a look you want to recreate, send it my way! I’d love to shop for you! Send it via email or DM too.

More Trend Watch posts here.



mine + ours: books #3

Are you guys proud? I actually finished September’s books before the end of the month! With a week or so to spare even!


Hardcopy // The War of Art

THIS book!! If you are in a creative position. If you are running like hell toward a goal (to quote Susan who also suggested this book to me), a calling, a future, read this book. If you are wrestling with fear and failure and inspiration and resistance, it is for you. It is short spurt like chapters that you can pick up for 2 minutes or pour over for an hour. You can easily revisit ideas with its smart headings. It was so validating to hear how a professional versus amateur works. It kicked me in the pants and reminded me why I keep pressing forward and working hard. This quote about finally embracing our true paths particularly struck me:

“We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. What will become of us? We will lose friends and family, who will no longer recognize us. We will wind up alone, in the cold void of starry space, with nothing and no one to hold onto. Of course this is exactly what happens. But here’s the trick. We wind up in space, but not alone. Instead we are tapped into an unquenchable, undepletable, inexhaustible, source of wisdom, consciousness, companionship. Yeah, we lose friends. But we find friends too, in places we never thought to look. And they’re better friends, truer friends. And we’re better and truer to them.”

Audio // A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I am so conflicted reviewing this book because the subject matter is freaking hard.  The hardest I’ve read. When you read a summary of the book you’d feel like the author was assaulting you with the material. Like, really? It’s just all too much. Somehow though this author weaves the sadness through happy and hopeful things. Instead of real time storytelling, the hard parts are recalled or retold making it a little easier to swallow. I still skipped parts and really struggled through some other parts. I would never recommend it to anyone because of this reason. Yet, it deserves all its awards and accolades and praise. This is why I read. To have insight into situations I would otherwise have no clue about. Reading provides me with an empathy and understanding you can’t get without being closely tied to an experience. If you want more info email or DM me, I don’t even really want to use the keywords that would describe the subject matter.

image via Bramble and Thorn

The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Wall Street Journal • NPR • Vanity Fair • Vogue • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Guardian • O, The Oprah Magazine • Slate • Newsday • Buzzfeed • The Economist • Newsweek • People • Kansas City Star • Shelf Awareness • Time Out New York • Huffington Post • Book Riot • Refinery29 • Bookpage • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus


AND NOW! For the happy kiddie stuff!


I have shared these Stephen Krensky books before but I have added to our collection and Raleigh is obsessed so here we go again! Can I live in these books? These illustrations by Sara Gillingham give me life. So bright and fun and empowering for kids to see all that they can do and how far they’ve come even in a short time. I Am So Brave! // Now I Am Big! // I Can Do It Myself!

I AM Books!





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