I felt like returning to the Friday Favorites vibe for this week, so here are my faves! What were some of your favorite things from your week?
And if you need some inspiration, some of my favorite things on the web this week. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo
I want every single one of these.
Awesome re-imagined movie poster illustrations. (My fave is Ghostbusters.)
I want to do this to my house.
Daily routines of some really interesting folks.
Shoko does it again — such a beautifully written article about memories!
Hey hey hey, it’s my favorite Friday tradition! Thanks for all of your input on last week’s debate — it made me feel like not such a loser. Today, a topic near and dear to my heart, because it’s got to do with the DIY world.
Welcome to Today’s Debate, where we weigh in on the sublime, the ridiculous, and everything in between! When it comes to new stuff, how do you roll?
You all know that I’m a total DIY fan, but I do have to say that there’s a point of diminishing returns on making everything yourself, especially if you’re doing it to save money. At some point, it’s just easier (and cheaper) to go out and buy a shirt, ya know? The other side of the whole thing, though, is that a large part of why I DIY is simply for the pleasure of it. I like to see a project come together. I like to have made things with my own two hands. It truly gives me a sense of accomplishment, and then things are not just things; they’re things that I created.
So where do you lie on the spectrum? Do you DIY at all? Or do you only DIY? I’m really interested to hear about this one! xoxo
Have you ever had boba? I know it’s not for everybody, but I am such a fan of that delicious tea with those cute little bubbles at the bottom! For those of you who don’t know, boba tea (or bubble tea) is basically flavored iced tea with milk and tapioca pearls at the bottom. I’m a little addicted because it’s such a refreshing treat, but the kind you buy at a shop is kind of pricey and heavy on the calories, so I decided to make my own! If you want to try too, here’s what you’ll need.
- boba pearls (you can find ‘em at most Asian grocery stores!)
- your choice of tea
- big boba straws
- skim milk (or if you want to go whole hog, condensed milk)
- agave nectar
First, brew a batch of tea and set it chilling. My favorites are thai tea or matcha green tea. I found that powdered tea makes a richer drink, while a regular batch of tea makes the drink thinner but saves a bunch of calories! You pick.
Next, prepare your boba. I try to find packages with instructions for cooking written in English, because they can be a little temperamental. I like to use the kind you find in the freezer case; that way, you can cook only what you need and keep the rest uncooked in the fridge. (You can also use the dry kind, but they’re more labor intensive to prepare. Also, boba should be consumed within a day or so of cooking, or the texture changes.)
If you have the frozen kind of boba, boil some water and put in a handful of pearls. When they puff up (about 2-3 minutes), reduce to medium heat and cover for about 5-6 minutes. Then scoop out the boba and set them aside to cool. I like to put about a tsp of agave nectar in with them while they’re cooling, to sweeten them just a bit.
Once everything is cooled, put it all together! In a glass, put boba on the bottom and add ice on top. Pour your tea over the ice. Leave about an inch of room on the top; fill with milk.
And that’s it! Pop in your boba straw and enjoy. I love being able to make these at home. It’s definitely a little labor intensive for a drink, but I try to think of it as a dessert and then I’m totally on board. Cheers! xoxo
It’s that time again! Lovely Indeed is setting up fall partnerships with awesome businesses and blogs, and you should be one of them. If your biz or blog needs a little boost, let’s work it out! There are about a million creative things we could do to spotlight you, your talents, or your product. I love featuring super cool creatives, so contact me if you’re curious about how we could work together! (And if you’re interested in a sidebar ad, I’m running a fall special, so ask about those rates.)
I’m learning more and more that you can’t just sit back and wait for opportunity — you have to create your own. Let’s make things happen. xoxo
I like using the word weekend as more than just a noun. I like it as a verb, too. Like, “I’m weekending in the Hamptons.” Or it can be a state of mind! An adjective, like, “I’m feeling pretty weekendy.” You know, kind of easy-breezy and laid back. That’s what this outfit is. Weekendy.
Isn’t that skull bracelet kind of kooky? I got it in China, along with the jade beads, when we were doing a show in Shanghai. The leather wrap bracelet came from a young designers’ market in NYC. I love stacking a bunch of different bracelets with stories!
And those shoes! I’ve literally been searching for the perfect leopard flats for over a year. Finally found ‘em.
This is the perfect outfit for a Saturday morning coffee run, or a day roaming around looking for yard sales, or any old weekendy thing. The key is to get some of your super-comfy faves and put them all together (then maybe add a little something flashy — leopard print flats, anyone?). What’s your favorite weekendy outfit? xoxo
Top: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
You guys, I have to apologize if you’re getting tired of seeing photos of my niece. It’s just that she’s one of my favorite subjects because she’s so fun and unpredictable! Like that first photo of her on the bench below. I mean, she marched right up to that bench and posed for me. Crazy! We have this thing now that we call “photo game,” when she wants me to take her picture. “Auntie C, let’s play photo game.” How can you say no to that? xoxo
This little vintage trunk was one of my very first big girl purchases. I was moving into a new home all by myself, and the neighbors across the street were having a yard sale. I spotted the trunk and they let me have it for a song. It’s been in storage while I’ve been in NYC, but now that we’re back in Cali, it was time for another appearance. Check out this busted guy:
Mr. Lovely took a special interest in this little fixer upper project and started masking off sections. The trunk is part wood, part metal, and part fabric, so there were quite a few portions to deal with. He used our favorite Zinsser primer to coat the fabric, and then hit it with some bright white paint.
We decided to leave the wood natural but try to spruce up the metal a bit. Everything but the hardware got masked with painter’s tape, and he used a spray primer from Krylon to prime the metal. Then he covered it all with a coat of Krylon gold spray paint.
After all the masking came off, I hardly recognized my little old trunk. We got some glass cut for the top, and she’s all set. Three cheers for Mr. Lovely on this one! And BAM we’ve got a new coffee table. xoxo