Honor Roll

Honor Roll

Think of Twitter five years ago, vs. today. Facebook before, during, and after the presidential election. The sense of community I once felt on those platforms has shifted dramatically over the years, and I felt myself pulling back. I still love Instagram. I still love Pinterest. I still love visiting and reading my favorite blogs. And I’m still on Twitter and Facebook and there is love for them too, but I’m not doing the mindless scroll thing I have in the past. I’m not looking to be provoked, outraged, and angered.

In making that switch though, visiting those platforms less, I’ve not come across as many interesting articles. I found myself replacing mindless Twitter and Facebook checkins with Quora scrolling (people are nice! People are thoughtful! People have interesting questions and answers!). Same behavior, better psychological state (less anxiety and anger), but it’s equally bad for productivity.

I realized that as my experience with online consumption changed, so did my publishing output. I overcompensated. I went somewhat quiet here in favor of spending time elsewhere, and that translated to offline too. Plenty of time working behind the scenes and and on big projects, but not sharing enough of the in-between. This space is not and has never been just for the big before and afters. It’s all about the process! And along the way, I’ve loved sharing fun and inspirational things I’ve found in my Friday Honor Roll posts. So let’s get back to those, starting today. And moving forward? Let’s get back to more fun and less waiting for the big reveals.

Back to Honor Roll roundups! More sharing of the steps in between the big milestones! More fun, more fashion, and just a bit more me. I’ve kind of missed you guys. Hi.


  • Local lovely lady Marianne of has . “Eclectic Parisian Bordello” — is that the most evocative, most wonderful description of a home or what? And her framed photo of the Contessa di Castiglione (above) is perfection.


  • “…it’s still open season for discriminating against and marginalizing fat female consumers, even as more brands jump on the body-positivity bandwagon in acts of what could only be deemed size appropriation.”

  • Parents:

  • De Beers basically sets diamond prices. So why would they undercut the market by ? The better to drown out their competitors, my dear.
    The article had me wondering about the differences between real and fake diamonds, and this was a helpful guide:

  • Obsessed with this . Pink background! Menacingly beautiful birds!

  • and I was able to check it out at the preview yesterday! So pretty, and so distinctly on brand (photo below). I’ve recommended so many of their pieces throughout the years — it was great to see everything in person.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Mudrick
    June 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Yes to more fun content!

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    Eleanor
    June 9, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Had really missed your voice. Will be happy to read more of it!

  • Reply
    Judy
    June 10, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Yay! I’ve been feeling the same way. So glad to see your Honor Roll again, and looking forward to all the rest. People ARE nice, and it’s always been great to hear your voice. One of the nice ones.

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    Heather
    June 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve been struggling with the same thing – I still want to discover and consume interesting content, but I don’t want to engage with Facebook or Twitter any longer. Do you (or anyone happening to read this) have site recommendations? I’m aggregating new sources for content. :)

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    Vanessa Bailey
    June 10, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I often wish my bloggers would do a more frequent short update with at least some comment rather than suffer through a giant post that must feel like a huge burden after years and years of blogging which then causes them to not post for a long time. Instagram is ok, but the pictures are so pretty, it’s like flipping thru a magazine rather than seeing how the writer noodles out the problem at hand. Anyway, I do appreciate what you write and I think that you have a great eye and are distinct in your choices.

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    Peggi
    June 11, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Yes. To everything! I’m not familiar with Quora; I will check it out. That Gucci wallpaper!!! Seems *gasp* strangely affordable. Thanks, as always, for the thoughtful inspiration.

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    Jess
    June 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Yay!! I always LOVE your Honor Roll! The article about -sized models/consumers is outstanding. Thank you for posting!

    I’m with you on the social media shift. I am so not engaged with Facebook anymore. If I didn’t feel a need to be connected to it for my business, I would have dumped it already, and that shift absolutely happened for me after the election. I am simply less happy when I engage with it in a deep-dive kind of way. Instagram and Pinterest just feel so much more positive and affirming to me these days. Twitter is just toxic.

    Anyway, thank you for recommitting to the blog. Positive and joyful voices like yours are so desperately needed these days.

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    Elizabeth
    June 13, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I have a victorian in Massachusetts and I get such inspiration from your posts! Happy to see short, in progress ones. Very interested in your gardening adventures too!

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    Gigi
    July 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    So happy to hear you are bringing back the honor roll! You have such cool taste. I miss blogs of old. I was never really into those massive posts with perfect photos at the end of a reno. I’m interested to read authentic, real life voices, sharing life as lived, not read a perfectly curated online “magazine” . It seems like some bloggers took on all these “requirements” in order to making a living out of a blog (sharing across all social media, regular schedules etc), but clearly this was just not sustainable, so instead of changing that paradigm, my favourite bloggers pulled back or disappeared! Some bloggers seem to have gone down the podcast route, but that’s not really my thing – I’m a reader! Anyway, looking forward to seeing more of you here

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