design tip: the white planter pop

I love adding a modern white container with fresh green plants on a tabletop or stack of books.  It’s an instant pop of style and great way to break up any stuffiness in a traditional setting.  For me, I find succulents to be the most versatile and hardy plants to keep alive.  A little inspiration pic to get the conversation started.

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 bench + accessories

wed white succulents

Love using funky, faceted, or detailed white planters, as they give a fresh vibe that works in just about any setting or color scheme.  You can find them just about anywhere if you look – TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Target, or even thrift stores.  Here are a few online that caught my eye:

This guy comes in three sizes, starting at $15.


And this one is pretty edgy.  Less than $20.

planter cb2

This planter is more traditional and only $11 at Wal-mart (it says in store only) but so cute to throw in together a few different succulents.  I like the beaded trim – classic look if the modern look isn’t quite your style.

white walmart planter

The kids have been enjoying having a few friends sleepover this week.  Late nights and lazy days playing on our dock in the bay (away from the beach crowds) has been nice for us all.  I cannot believe school starts in two weeks!

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3 super easy + tasty family dinners

The end of last week got a little wild.  On Thursday we celebrated our oldest’s 17th birthday then at the last minute my husband flew out of town.  Which means Friday – Sunday I was a one-woman show with four kids, five chickens (who think they are dogs), and a dog (who thinks she’s a kid).  Not gonna lie, I’m beat.  And I don’t have any magical style post up my sleeve.  So I thought maybe I could do a practical post and share how I fed four kids all weekend without completely losing my marbles.

Even though I’m not a foodie or one who lives for cooking, I try to always prepare fresh and wholesome food for our family.  I think it’s important for their health and also a nice way for us all to be together in a relaxed setting.  Wanted to share with you three easy dishes I made (and regularly make) and how my semi-picky eaters absolutely love them.  Funny, none of them really “get” that all weekend they ate mostly vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, and onions.  All they know is they like it when the kitchen smells yummy and dinner tastes good.

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Let me first describe my cast of dinner customers:  one mostly-vegetarian, one veggie-skeptic, one junk-food junkie, and one teenage boy who is a bottomless pit.  Hard to please all of those different tastes when your culinary skills are limited.  But it is doable.

Easy Meal #1:  Martha Stewart’s One Pot Pasta.  Recipe here.  This is no joke delicious and soooo easy to make.  Once you chop the garlic, tomatoes, and onions, then dump it all in the pot, dinner is ready in 10 minutes.  How amazing is that??

one pot pasta

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my favorite summer anthro whites

Time for a mid-evening, spontaneous shopping post!  I found some deals at Anthro and wanted to share them with you.  Disclaimer:  I am not a fashion blogger and this is not a sponsored post.  I’m simply a summer layers addict who appreciates a great deal ; )

shopping with seleta{me and my daughter}

I snapped a few dressing room pics of the deals I found yesterday.  Prepare a headless-photos-post.

First off, I’ll warn you that I dress very simply and love basics with fun pops of jewelry or sassy shoes.  And this white top ($28 sale price) I’ve been watching since it came out.  Since I hardly ever pay full price for anything, I had hopes it would go on sale.  And like most everything Anthro, it did!  It’s super cute in person – a great basic for any wardrobe.  This picture doesn’t do it much justice, so don’t be fooled.  I love simple tops that have features like fluttery sleeves or special trim – it adds a little personality to a basic.  I’ll wear this with white jeans and a fun necklace, regular jeans, or shorts.  In the summer I love white on white.


Next, I fell in love with this soft, loose, versatile vest.  All of their fabrics are all natural fibers and super soft at Anthro, love that.  I put my hand in the pocket so you could see that feature – anytime there’s pockets, I’m in.  Without pockets on a vest or dress, I feel like something’s missing.  In addition to a stripe problem, I also have a ballet cover-up issue.  Meaning, whenever I find a piece like this, in the back of my head I’m  thinking “oh, this could be a great ballet cover-up.”   And then it goes home with me.  This would also be an amazing swimsuit cover up.  I bought a size small.


Here it is on a model.

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Since I had a handy gift card, I also picked up this tank ($27) in white which I LOVE (so awesome for early fall layers when it reaches 90 degrees before noon).

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Also grabbed this beautiful sheer stripe top in off white – it’s listed in lounge wear but I’ll wear it with jeans and/or skirts.

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And love, love, love this fabric and weight of this black and white tank (already worn it to death – M/L/XL are left), and this super soft, well-made striped dress ($27).  Yes, I have a stripe problem and I’m pretty sure it’s serious.  

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I tried on this kelly green dress but didn’t pull the trigger just yet.  The color and pattern has me very interested.

Sorry for the late night post on our Wednesday White day, but I wanted to share these steals with you!  And there’s a lot of white in here, so happy shopping!

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3 pretty things

1. Did you ever see Rita Konig’s California home tour in Elle Decor this spring?  Such a family friendly home with endless classic beauty.  Tour here.

rita konig

2.  Peter and the kids gave me this candle to me for my bday and I love it.  The glass container and top is gorgeous on a tabletop and it smells divine!

casa pacifica

3.  Beautiful words by power of positivity.  I couldn’t agree more.

beautiful words

Cheers to a week filled with authentic experiences, joy, and beauty.

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