LA

this week

In true Lovely fashion, we are jetting around the country again! This week and weekend we’re in Denver, visiting Mr. Lovely’s family — keep an eye out for a Where…

In true Lovely fashion, we are jetting around the country again! This week and weekend we’re in Denver, visiting Mr. Lovely’s family — keep an eye out for a Where Am I Now post soon. Other than that, I’m still loving finding new and exciting things about LA. This week my favorite is the way that the skyscrapers and palm trees and mountains all hang out in the same place. Crazy.

LA

And after some good feedback from you guys about last week’s link list, here’s some more good stuff for you to check out around the web! I came across some doozies this week. Have a great weekend! xoxo

I love old video footage — especially when it’s in Disneyland.

Have you ever been to a City Hall wedding in NYC? I think they’re kind of romantic.

Saw an installation kind of like this in an airport once, but this one is way better.

This list of celebrities and what they smell like won’t stop making me laugh.

Did you know that H&M had a home department? And that it’s coming to the U.S.?!

 

Lovely Indeed on DailyBuzz Style

woah!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that Lovely Indeed is a big fan of DailyBuzz Style, and we get to hang out over there sometimes! Well, I’m super stoked because today’s 9×9…

I’m sure you’ve noticed that Lovely Indeed is a big fan of DailyBuzz Style, and we get to hang out over there sometimes! Well, I’m super stoked because today’s 9×9 on DailyBuzz Style is all about Lovely Indeed! Those sweet folks decided to do a little feature on our little ol’ blog, so check it out to find out what posts they’ve loved. Click here to see the magic. xoxo

Lovely Indeed on DailyBuzz Style

DIY Gold Painted Chairs

DIY Ikea Chair Restyle

These old Ikea chairs were sitting around in my storage unit, so when we moved back to Cali recently and could finally fit a table and chairs in our apartment,…

DIY Dining Chair Restyle

These old Ikea chairs were sitting around in my storage unit, so when we moved back to Cali recently and could finally fit a table and chairs in our apartment, we decided to spruce ’em up!

They were four different colors, so we sanded them down to ready them for painting.

DIY Ikea Chair Restyle

I’m sure you know by now that painting things gold is one of my favorite pastimes, so why break with tradition?! Gold it is.

They actually ended up being kind of obnoxious to paint. After trying standard paintbrushes, foam rollers, and nap rollers, we finally found that foam brushes did the trick best. It’s still a little streaky; we may decide to do another coat on top of the two that are already there.

DIY Gold Chairs

But I kind of love the effect! We’ve got a laid-back California vibe happening in our apartment so far; I love how these fit in. They’re great gathered on one side of our dining table, to balance out the bench on the other. And they look pretty cool on that rug from Urban, too! So, are you as under the spell of gold paint as I am? Painted anything recently? xoxo

DIY Gold Dining Chairs

DIY Gold Painted Chairs

DIY Ikea Chairs

Persistence

agreed?

I came across this awesome Calvin Coolidge quote on darling Bekka’s blog and it stopped me in my tracks. Bold, right?! That Calvin Coolidge was really laying it out there….

I came across this awesome Calvin Coolidge quote on darling Bekka’s blog and it stopped me in my tracks.

Persistence

Bold, right?! That Calvin Coolidge was really laying it out there. I just have to say, though, I’m not sure if I agree. I’ve seen (and been one of!) millions of persistent people, completely determined to achieve their dreams, slogging away day after day while people who just happened to be at the right place at the right time zoom past them. I’ve witnessed that it’s sometimes more about who you  know and what you’re willing to do that gets you ahead.

To be fair, I’ve also seen persistent and determined people finally have their day — and those are the most rewarding moments to see! One of our closest friends just booked his first Broadway show, and getting the call from him with the news, hearing his voice shaking and the disbelief in it, was so incredible. And he is one of the ones who’s been persistent, who’s been working at it and chipping away at it. And it’s 100% deserved.

So I don’t know! What do you think? Is there a magic combination of factors that lead to success? Do you think persistence is key? Or do you think the world has changed and there are too many other deciding factors to be able to come to a definitive conclusion? What I do know is that when I find something I love, I go at it wholeheartedly just for the love of it. And maybe that’s enough. xoxo

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

Dude DIY: Arrow Marquee Light

After doing a ton of thrifting and flea marketing when we first moved to LA, Mr. Lovely found himself totally jonesing for one of those vintage marquee lights. They’re pretty…

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

After doing a ton of thrifting and flea marketing when we first moved to LA, Mr. Lovely found himself totally jonesing for one of those vintage marquee lights. They’re pretty popular right now, and you can get a handmade reproduction for a few hundred bucks, but that’s just a little too tough on the pocketbook for yours truly. So Mr. Lovely confronted the sitch head-on and got all man-crafty.

Full disclosure: I was not involved in this project whatsoever. I basically said, “Have fun!” and took a photo every once in a while. But I’ve got the instructions straight from the horse’s mouth, so read on if you want to make your very own! You’ll need:

  • strand of globe lights (Target has bunches)
  • plywood
  • 6-inch wide aluminum flashing
  • jigsaw
  • drill, screwdriver bit, and 3/4″ bit
  • tin snips
  • screws
  • wire stripper
  • electrical tape
  • screw cap
  • protective gloves

Put on your gloves! Lay your plywood out and draw your arrow design. Mr. Lovely measured twice and cut once with the jigsaw!

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

Across the back of your arrow, screw in a piece of plywood as a cross-brace. Plan where you’d like the bulbs to be on the arrow (we cut out paper the size of our bulbs to be able to experiment and move it around). Mark lightly with a pencil and drill a hole on each mark with a 3/4″ drill bit.

DIY Arrow Marquee

DIY Arrow Light

Unscrew bulbs from the strand of lights and push the sockets through the holes from the backside.

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

Measure the exterior of your arrow and cut a piece of flashing long enough to fit around the outside. Carefully mold it to the corners. Screw it in place, starting at one end and working your way around. Place screws about 2-3″ apart.

DIY Vintage Marquee Light

Screw lightbulbs in. Cut off the excess lightbulbs and use wire stripper, tape, and caps to attach to an extension cord if necessary.

DIY Arrow Metal Light

There you go! Seriously manly stuff, right? And that husband of mine didn’t even break a sweat (that’s a lie). But it’s relatively simple! And now we’ve got a vintage vibe for seriously a fraction of the cost. Whaddaya think? Would you attempt this one? xoxo

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

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You know what that means! Lovely Indeed is always on the hunt for the best and brightest bloggers and businesses to share with our amazing readership. If you’ve got an adorable…

You know what that means! Lovely Indeed is always on the hunt for the best and brightest bloggers and businesses to share with our amazing readership. If you’ve got an adorable blog or a gorgeous product that you can’t wait to have featured, let’s talk turkey.

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So if any or all of that sounds like it’s right up your biz’s alley, drop me a line! There are all kinds of crazy ways we can collaborate, from posts to giveaways to parties and more! Let’s get creative and do this thing. xoxo

Brighten Up // Green Machine

brighten up // green machine

This entire installment of Brighten Up is all because of that bike! You guys, ever since I can remember I’ve wanted a cruiser bike that cool. I mean, the whitewall…

This entire installment of Brighten Up is all because of that bike! You guys, ever since I can remember I’ve wanted a cruiser bike that cool. I mean, the whitewall tires and the matching seat/handlebar combo and the front basket platform are just too much for me to take! Looks like I need to save my duckets for that one. In the meantime, I’ll just admire it from afar. Maybe while I read Black Beauty and wear those awesome vintage glasses. Happy Monday! xoxo

Brighten Up // Green Machine

Book. Glasses. Illustration. Stamp. Toolbox. Bike.
Portuguese Festa

festa

Did you guys know that I’m Portuguese? There are these big events called festas where Portuguese people come together and celebrate, and my dad recently took me and Mr. Lovely to…

Did you guys know that I’m Portuguese? There are these big events called festas where Portuguese people come together and celebrate, and my dad recently took me and Mr. Lovely to one (that’s where we drove those old cars). It was so fun to see everybody dressed up and all of the festivities. Here are a few sights from the day. xoxo

Portuguese Festa / Lovely Indeed

Portuguese Festa

Portuguese Festa

This Week

this week

I loved this week. Mr. Lovely and I went to my hometown to celebrate our anniversary and share the top tier of our wedding cake with family. I know people…

I loved this week. Mr. Lovely and I went to my hometown to celebrate our anniversary and share the top tier of our wedding cake with family. I know people do that all the time, but I was still so surprised to see that the cake survived! Crazy. On top of that, we helped my dad drive some of his vintage cars in a local parade, which was totally fun and very hometown-y. And we’re also deep in rehearsals for Urinetown, a show that we booked together! It’s so exciting to be making our west coast theatre debut. All in all, busy, happy, and no complaints. How was your week?

This Week

And to send you into the weekend, a few awesome things around the web. xoxo

A promo video for our show (made by yours truly)!

Bummer news for anyone in NYC who loves musical theatre.

This makes me want to move to Paris ASAP.

Awesome tips for shooting with backlighting.

These are amazing — they kind of look like dreams!

DIY Bulldog Tee

diy screenprinted tee // daily buzz style 9×9

I was super stoked to be chosen to participate in the August 9×9 on Daily Buzz Style! As a contributor, I had the opportunity to choose any of their Top…

DIY Bulldog Tee
DIY Screenprinted Tee

I was super stoked to be chosen to participate in the August 9×9 on Daily Buzz Style! As a contributor, I had the opportunity to choose any of their Top 9 posts and use it as inspiration to create something. This recent post totally caught my eye, and I found myself wanting to get my DIY on! So using all of those awesome animal prints as inspiration, we’re diving into the world of DIY screenprinting and making ourselves a cute little French bulldog tee!

If you want to join in, here’s what you’ll need:

  • plain tee
  • craft paint
  • embroidery hoop
  • porous fabric (tulle, nylon stockings, and sheer curtain panels all work)
  • foam brush
  • computer & printer
  • Sharpie
  • Mod Podge
  • small paintbrush
  • scrap cardboard

Start by printing the design you’d like on your tee. Stretch your fabric across your embroidery hoop and trace your design onto the fabric with the Sharpie. Then, paint Mod Podge on all the negative space; anywhere you don’t want paint. Get a couple of thick coats on and let them dry thoroughly. Insert a piece of cardboard between layers of your tee to protect it and set your screen where you’d like it on the shirt. Press paint through the screen using the foam brush.

DIY Screenprinting
When you’ve carefully pressed paint through all of the portions of your design, slowly lift the screen off of the tee.
DIY French Bulldog Tee
Let it dry and then rock it out! I love wearing this little guy under a blazer; I like how it’s kind of structured and kind of playful. And didja check out those shoes? The folks at Matisse sent me those and I’m loving them! They’re the Tommie bootie, and you can get ’em in brown as well.  An awesome crossover from late summer to fall. Have fun! xoxo
DIY Bulldog Tee

Matisse Shoes

DIY Bulldog Tee

DIY Bulldog Screenprint

DIY Screenprinting

Pineapples

it’s the new thing

And if it’s not the new thing, I’m declaring it the new thing. I can’t stop pinning pineapples! I think they’re my new favorite shape. Y’know… square, circle, pineapple.  Totally makes…

And if it’s not the new thing, I’m declaring it the new thing. I can’t stop pinning pineapples! I think they’re my new favorite shape. Y’know… square, circle, pineapple.  Totally makes sense. Anyway, whatever it is, you better get on board because pineapples are having their moment! And how beyond cool is that ice bucket? xoxo

Pineapples

Pine-Duck. Ice bucket. Pattern. Bracelet. Lone pineapple.