What is picture perfect to you?

I've been told for years "You guys are the perfect family!", but why? Because we can all look nice for a photo? Because we can smile for a moment? Because we go to fun places or because we have nice things? 

Our "picture perfect" looking life was far from perfect.  I have always tried to keep it as real as I possible but when I realized that even my own "real" wasn't real, that my vision was a facade, it changed me as a person. When you look reality in the face and don't like what you see, you try to "fix" it. Every time you try to fix it you think of the last time and the time before that and the time before that and the time before that. Then almost 12 years later you realize almost every life decision or purchase was an effort towards "fixing" something that was not fixable it was just not meant to be. 

I thought I was where I was suppose to be. In fact, I guess you can say I was right where I was suppose to be for that chapter of my life and I know God makes no mistakes with his plan. Yes, I know, a lot of you are saying "Divorce is not of God". I get it, I really do and trust me when I say it was a decision that was hard to make, it was a reality that was hard to face. I thought marriage would be one of our "fix it, make everything better" things and here I am less that a year and half later filing for divorce. 

There are so many things as young adults we do not think about when we get into a relationship. Growth, being the biggest factor. What do you want out of life and your future? How do you want to be treated when you're sick? How do you want someone to take care of you after you have just had their baby? How do you want to be valued as a mother? How do you want to be celebrated when you achieve something you have worked so hard for?  I am a give what you get type of person. I wouldn't say it's my best quality but it definitely draws the line in many relationships I have with family, friends, business, etc. I know what I bring to the table and I will not accept anything less than that. 

You realize unhappiness when you find happiness, if that makes any sense at all. My babies have always been true happiness and they were the glue that kept us together as long as we were. If you know me, you know I am a worker. I have ALWAYS been and always will be. When I founded Salvaged Soul, nearly 5 years ago it filled a void. I found something that was fulfilling in a sense of being valued and appreciated. I built a business that I could pour my heart and soul into that was rewarding emotionally. I have never said any of this out loud or actually ever even thought of it the way I am now but it just keeps coming together more and more.

No, I am not doing this blog post for "attention" or to "explain" myself. I am doing this because I want to share my TRUTH. You don't have to like it or read it or follow me or like me or understand me. Im cool with that. 

Love Always,


Kristin Cavallari & Chelsea Bulte of Emerald Duv Jewelry Q&A for Home & Styles by #momthebuilder

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Kristin Cavallari & Chelsea Bulte of Emerald Duv Jewelry


I'm sure we can all agree on loving Kristin since the 'Laguna Beach' days. I always loved her dgaf attitude and tell it like it is personality. Now days she's a fashion designer, actress, mommy, and has the most fabulous jewelry line ever with her bestie Chelsea who also is a gorgeous mommy and jewelry designer.

The name of their jewelry line is Emerald Duv, so catchy right? You go girls! So, it's not just the name I love though. Remember when I did a blog post about my personal style? Well, anyway I'm a super duper fan of turquoise, like I could wear it every day with every outfit no matter what! This line is really trendy but completely different at the same time. I mean where else could you find best friend necklaces that say "best bitches" or a necklace that says "fuck" and still looks so chic? Ummm no where! Besides the good use of bad language in a piece of jewelry their stuff is timeless and so GORG. 

I'm always very intrigued when someone has a great fashion sense or is a designer of anything. The first thing I think of as a furniture designer and such a lover of interior design is what their house looks like and what their personal home style is like. That's why this q&a sesh once a week is so fun for me AND I get to share it with all of you.

Enjoy! Xx

                                       Custom Jewelry Holder Designed & Built By Me for Emerald Duv Jewelry 

                                       Custom Jewelry Holder Designed & Built By Me for Emerald Duv Jewelry 

Kristin Cavallari Q&A

q. Tell me how you would describe your home style.

a. Traditional with rustic touches. It's very warm and cozy. I like to have my girly touches with lots of candles and flowers.

q. What about your home would surprise people?

a. I'm a little OCD when it comes to organization so everything has its place and I can tell if something has been moved slightly. My house is incredibly clean, especially for having 2 kids.

q. Does your home reflect your fashion style?

a. Yes it does. I would say my house is simple but chic which is similar to my fashion style. 

q. What or who inspires you?

a. Kate Moss will always be an inspiration to me. My family also inspires me when it comes to most things in life. Simplicity is what I aim for with my personal style and style of my home. I get a lot of inspiration from traveling as well. 

q. & most importantly. What is your personal favorite Salvaged Soul piece?

a. I love the hanging wooden bench!!

Chelsea Bulte Q&A


q. Tell me how you would describe your home style.

a. I would def describe it as eclectic with a beachy vibe for sure, maybe even a little rustic!!!

q. What about your home would surprise people?

a. I would prob have to say how OCD I am everything has to have its own place...

q. Does your home reflect your fashion style?

a. Yes my home deb reflects my fashion

q. What or who inspires you?

a. People who inspire me is almost endless I am drawn to people with a creative outlet for sure, strong, independent, someone who sees the beauty in the art all around us everyday thats the most inspiring i would have to say.... What inspires me is anything with color and texture.

q. & most importantly. What is your personal favorite Salvaged Soul piece?

a. I mean I love them all the arrow jewelry holder is so freaking cute..... but these below would prob be my top picks