This or That: (The Tilda Swinton of) Gold Sandals

Sometimes you’re out shopping and you see something a little bit wacky and think “If that was 1/10 of the price, I’d totally buy it.”

I realize these gold sandals are the Tilda Swinton of gold sandals and might not be for everyone, but I think they add just the right amount of quirkiness to any spring wardrobe and that the shine on the more budget friendly Target pair make them even hipper than the pricy Joie pair.

Picture them with a simple sundress! Or cutoffs! Or your favorite black jeans!

Comments? Concerns? You love Tilda Swinton too, right?

This or That Gold SandalsJoie Addy $205 // Target Doris $25

Worthy of the Week

I’m taking some time off to speak at SXSW and visit family in Chicago and New York. I will (hopefully) be back before the end of the month. No promises.

Worthy of the Week I want it all and I would like it delivered Bette MidlerWorthy of the Week

Book of the Week

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor was a lovely, low-key, read that got me through a busy week.

What are you reading?

31 Days of Color: DIY Vivid Blooms Jewelry Box

Ace Hardware has provided free paint samples. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

I’m a renter. I like being a renter. It’s someone else’s problem when the AC stops working. I’m not responsible for watering the lawn. I can leave town and not worry about trash pickup.

But that also means I’m limited on how I can personalize my space and I can’t paint my walls all those bold bright colors that I crave.

What I can do is add pops of strategically placed color, like this jewelry box painted with Clark+Kensington’s Vivid Blooms from Ace Paint Studio and their 30 Days of Color collection. It didn’t take me long to settle on Vivid Blooms, today’s color of the day, as my color of choice because it’s a rich and impactful color that compliments the greys and whites in my bedroom and because Ace is known as the authority on color.

DIY Skull Jewelry Box

Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington Vivid Blooms 31 Days of Color

31 Days of Color Vivid Blooms Jewelry BoxWhat I used:

  • Clark+Kensington paint in Vivid Blooms from the Ace Paint Studio
  • Small foam paintbrush
  • Wooden jewelry box
  • Embossed felt
  • Skull charms
  • Glue

31 Days of Color Vivid BloomsHow I did it:

I simply gave the jewelry box two quick coats of Clark+Kensington’s Vivid Blooms, letting the paint dry between coats. Then I adhered the skull charms to the lid with glue and folded my felt to fit inside. That’s it! It couldn’t have taken more than an hour from start to finish! It’s a perfect size for bracelets and rings and Vivid Blooms ads just the spark that I wanted to my tabletop.

Vivid Blooms

Vivid Blooms Jewlery Box

Ace 31 Days of Color

Skull Jewelry Box

DIY Vivid Blooms Skull Jewlery Box

Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington Vivid Blooms 31 Days of ColorBe sure to check out the Ace Paint Studio 31 Days of Color everyday in March for new Clark+Kensington and Valspar colors, inspiration, and expert tips. Ace is giving away 1/2 pint samples of the day’s featured color to the first 1,000 eligible visitors every day and you can also enter the 31 Days of Color Sweepstakes daily for a chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover and daily $50 Ace gift cards.

Going to The Paint Studio at Ace is like going to your neighbor.

Snack Time Seasoned Pretzels

These seasoned pretzels are a take on my favorite seasoned oyster crackers which are always a big hit at parties (and during marathon NetFlix sessions). You can make them with pretzel sticks, nuggets, or twists and they’re ready in under 45 minutes.

Seasoned PretzelsSnack Time Seasoned Pretzels

Makes a big party bowl.

(As with the seasoned oyster crackers, there are about a million variations of this recipe in existence. Feel free to leave your favorite seasoning combo in the comments!)


  • 1 bag pretzels — sticks, nuggets, or twists
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 packet buttermilk Ranch seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more) red pepper flakes


Dump pretzel sticks into a large Tupperware container. Combine melted butter and seasonings in measuring cup and whisk to combine. Pour seasoning mixture over pretzels, close lid, and gently shake to coat. Shake every few minutes until pretzel sticks are coated and no butter and seasonings settles to the bottom of container. Spread coated pretzels on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, shaking pan ever 10 minutes, to seal in flavors.

I think they’re best warm, but you can cool and store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Worthy of the Week

Worthy of the Week dachshund in red sweaterIt’s cold outside, y’all.

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

I started the week with a dud — I didn’t make it 100 pages into The Last Good Paradise before dumping it in the library drop box. The Secrets of Midwives, on the other hand, was just the chick lit fix I needed.

What are you reading?