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looking back — june



june flew right by. i say that monthly, huh. but it did! the only thing that’s different about that sentiment is last month when i said time was moving too quickly and we weren’t even close to finishing our backyard… we are way way closer now!

backyard progress

we took all of your very thoughtful suggestions to skip bamboo in our backyard, and we went with podocarpus instead. after we painted the house, we planted them along our fences and we’re making some serious progress on our patio remodel. so excited to show you guys once its done, but there are really only a couple of steps left! i’m sure i mentioned that we’re planning a very belated housewarming/birthday party when it’s done.  Read More


DIY copper circle earrings


diy copper circle earrings | almost makes perfect diy copper circle studs | almost makes perfect

sooo i actually made these earrings for mothers day, thinking they would have made a really fun and easy mothers day gift — but obviously i dropped the ball on that. so how about you can just make ’em for yourself instead! your mom wouldn’t have worn them anyway, who am i kidding. Read More

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happy weekend



weekend! it cooled down a little towards the end of the week, so we were able to start working on the backyard more. things are being planted and it’s slowly coming together! so excited. we have a bunch of errands to do this weekend, and just gonna stay cool and finish up orange is the new black. have a good one!  Read More

our house

we painted our house


we painted our house | almost makes perfect

woo! as promised last week, i’m so excited to show you that our house is WHITE! now i’m not saying that anything surrounding the house itself looks good, but i can’t even believe what an improvement the paint job made. when we used to drive by our house and see it from the street, we’d think oh that has potential, now it basically looks like a cute house. now check out this ugly before color…  Read More


cocoon dresses


cocoon dress | almost makes perfect

so i’m not sure, but cocoon dresses might be the least sexy dresses from a guys point of view ever, but i am so into them. i love how they’re so versatile from day to night, and you could pretty much buy one and wear it the whole summer. but i don’t own one. do you?!

thought i’d round up some of my faves…
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happy weekend



well it’s obviously been a horrible week, so while i usually try to keep it pretty light here, most of this weeks links are about orlando. we’re heading to long beach today for a weekend away, and i’m so excited to be away from watching the news and get to go to the aquarium! hope you guys have a fun father’s day and a good weekend.   Read More

interiors / tips

how to choose an exterior paint color


how to choose an exterior paint color


when we bought our house and moved in back in november, one of the first things we did was have a painter come out to give us a quote because i haaaaated the yellow beige color. sadly with el niño coming, he said to wait till the late spring to paint, so we lived with it for months… el niño never came and my hatred for the paint color never left, so here we are!

we spent a good couple of months choosing our paint colors, so i wanted to share some tips we picked up along the way — to hopefully help you avoid spending months picking out your own colors.  Read More


joshua tree, california


joshua tree guide | almost makes perfect

over memorial day weekend, we rented a little house in the desert next to two other houses that our friends rented out. it was super fun to go away together but still have our own space. i love how quiet it is there, and even though we didn’t do much — we came back super relaxed which is just what we needed.   Read More