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junk food clothing blogger project

I’m super stoked to be a part of Junk Food Clothing‘s first Blogger Project! Junk Food generously gave a few of us bloggers tees from their Summer 2012 line and…

I’m super stoked to be a part of Junk Food Clothing‘s first Blogger Project! Junk Food generously gave a few of us bloggers tees from their Summer 2012 line and asked us to style them however we like — so fun, right? I chose the Blondie Riot Tee, and decided to give it a little vintage throwback with some 50’s and 60’s-inspired styling.

I kind of feel like I stepped out of the Grease movie and then went to an 80’s rock show. Ha! Pretty soon there will be a voting page up so you can vote for your favorite styles — I’ll keep you posted. (And by the way, the tee is a new fave of mine. So soft and comfy!) xoxo

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a letter to NYC

Dear New York City, I’m leaving today. And I won’t lie — I’m excited to hit the road. But I would be lying if I said I’m not going to…

Dear New York City,

I’m leaving today. And I won’t lie — I’m excited to hit the road. But I would be lying if I said I’m not going to miss it here, or that the last five years haven’t been the best of my life. So I owe you some thanks.

Thank you for welcoming me with open arms when I showed up bright eyed and clueless. Thank you for teaching me things along the way — things like the importance of carrying an umbrella (even in the summer), how to navigate the subway, where the clean bathrooms are, which restaurants have the best burgers, and how to maximize 500 square feet. Thank you for seeing me through the end of my 20’s, for showing me what I’m capable of, and for drawing an independence and confidence out in me that I didn’t know was there to begin with.

Thank you for the spring days in Brooklyn, summers on the patio at Blockheads, fall walks in Central Park, and that one winter where everyone came to my birthday at Calle Ocho, despite the blizzard that dropped two feet of snow. And furthermore, thank you for giving me some of the best friends I could ask for.

Thank you for the dreams come true — running to and from auditions, doing readings in the city, touring the country doing musical theatre, and performing on the Radio City stage. Thank you for the celebrity sightings, the beautiful buildings, the awful tourists, and the hot dog vendors.

Thank you for introducing me to my husband, and for being the backdrop of our extraordinary story. Thank you for the kindness you have shown us, and for understanding that it’s time for us to go.

Thank you for making me a better version of myself than I was when I got here. I know that when I see you again it will be as old friends who didn’t say “goodbye,” but “see you later.” Because I’m sure I’ll be back. But even though I know I’ll miss this:

I won’t miss it more than I’m excited about this.

Thank you for everything. You really are the greatest city in the world. xoxo

DIY Rubber Stamps

diy rubber stamps

I know I’ve done a post on making rubber stamps before, but I was making a new set for an upcoming DIY and I thought I’d share the process again! …

I know I’ve done a post on making rubber stamps before, but I was making a new set for an upcoming DIY and I thought I’d share the process again!  So grab some erasers, an X-Acto knife, and let’s get to work.

I was carving simple shapes this time, so I just used the knife freehand.  If you’re making a more advanced shape, you can use a pencil to sketch it on the eraser before you make a cut.  Then, the first cut should be downwards into the eraser, tracing your shape.  Try to cut no more than halfway through the thickness of your eraser.  After you’ve traced your shape with the knife, start cutting away at the sides, being careful not to slice in too far.

Keep whittling away at it until you have your desired shape.  You can use the X-Acto knife to fine-tune things once your general shape is cut out.  Then, just ink it up and stamp away!

Be sure to come back next week and see how I’m gonna use these bad boys.  It’s a pretty cool little DIY.  xoxo

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vera wang can do no wrong

This post is courtesy of new Lovely Indeed partner David’s Bridal.  All opinions are mine.  Thank you for being supportive of the partners that help keep Lovely Indeed up and…

This post is courtesy of new Lovely Indeed partner David’s Bridal.  All opinions are mine.  Thank you for being supportive of the partners that help keep Lovely Indeed up and running!  xoxo

Wow. I mean, I know I’m married and all, but if I’m being honest I’d have to say that some of the new wedding dresses from David’s Bridal have me daydreaming about wedding gowns all over again — especially the White by Vera Wang collection. All of her pieces are so sculptural and beautiful, and one hundred percent feminine. I love all of the details and the accessories — the oversized bows, the unexpected pops of black, and the layers and layers of fabric are just so pretty.

You can also check out Vera’s sketches and inspiration; I always think it’s so awesome to see a designer’s original vision and how it comes to life. Whaddaya think? Do you have a fave? xoxo

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brighten up//l’orange

For some reason, I always want to say orange in French. Vive l’orange! (French speakers — is that how you do it?) It just seems so exciting when you say…

For some reason, I always want to say orange in French. Vive l’orange! (French speakers — is that how you do it?) It just seems so exciting when you say it with an accent. But I guess French, English, Spanish, or Mandarin (haha, no pun intended), this color is nailing it for me right now! It’s so fresh and juicy and summery and just perfect, if you ask me. So start your Monday with a glass of freshly squeezed juice du l’orange! xoxo

Lamp. Paint. Seahorses. Keys. Wallpaper. Backpack. Fedora.

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june sponsors

Dudes! It’s getting so exciting around here with all of the beautiful sponsors who are helping to keep Lovely Indeed on track. I’m so grateful for them all! And if…

Dudes! It’s getting so exciting around here with all of the beautiful sponsors who are helping to keep Lovely Indeed on track. I’m so grateful for them all! And if you’re interested in getting your business or blog in on the action, now’s your chance.

Put a little lovely in your life and become a sponsor for the month of June. Shoot me an email at hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com for options, pricing, and any other inquiries. xoxo

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the hamptons part deux

Mr. Lovely and I are back from the Hamptons, but I couldn’t resist sharing the second half of our trip with you! Check out a recap of the first half…

Mr. Lovely and I are back from the Hamptons, but I couldn’t resist sharing the second half of our trip with you! Check out a recap of the first half of our trip here; read on for more recommendations.

Firstly, I loved staying in Montauk and taking day drives to other areas. If you’re in Montauk, stay at the Sunrise Guest House for coziness, comfort, and across-the-street access to a gorgeous beach. Start your day with a quick beach run, and then hop in the car and head to East Hampton. Have lunch at The Golden Pear (the veggie sandwich with a side of slaw was perfect). Across the street at Scoop du Jour, split a famous Dreesen’s donut. It’s 90 cents and delicious. If you’re into that sort of thing. Then walk your lunch off while you do a little shopping.

After you’re shopped out, try the tour at the Jackson Pollack house. The grounds are amazing, and you can tour the home where Pollack lived and worked. Next, take the scenic route to Sag Harbor to toodle around. Grab dinner at LTBurger (try one of their specialty cocktails at happy hour, and get the fried pickles for an appetizer — oh my gosh).

The next morning on the way out of town, we decided that we couldn’t leave Montauk without going to Ditch Plains to watch the surfers for a while. And then because I couldn’t bear to leave, we stopped by Coopers Beach in South Hampton. Finally, on the way out of town, we stopped at Orlando’s for lunch again (because once just wasn’t enough).

I’m so grateful to have had such a gorgeous trip (and I get to cross it off the 30 by 32)! If you’re heading to the Hamptons this summer, I’d love to know your plans. xoxo