Friday Faves

this week

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…

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?

Friday Faves

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!

Today's Debate

today’s debate // 4

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…

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?

Today's Debate

Seamstress. Shoppers.

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

DIY Boba Tea

food // boba tea

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…

DIY Boba Tea

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.

DIY Boba Tea

DIY Boba Tea

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.

DIY Bubble Tea

DIY Boba Tea

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

DIY Boba Tea

DIY Boba Tea

Make Things Happen

make things happen + call for sponsors

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…

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

Make Things Happen

Weekend Style

style // feeling weekendy

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…

Weekend Style

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.

Weekend Style

Weekend Style

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!

Weekend Style

Weekend Style

And those shoes! I’ve literally been searching for the perfect leopard flats for over a year. Finally found ’em.

Weekend Style

Weekend Style

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
Shoes: Aldo

Niece

more niece

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…

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

Niece

Niece

Niece

DIY Painted Vintage Trunk

diy vintage trunk restyle

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…

DIY Painted Vintage Trunk

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:

DIY Painted Vintage Trunk

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.

DIY Vintage Trunk

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

DIY Vintage Trunk Restyle

DIY Vintage Trunk Restyle

DIY Vintage Trunk

Smashbox

prime it

Do you guys wear a lot of makeup? I wouldn’t classify myself as wearing heavy makeup, but there’s seriously something I never leave the house without putting on, and that’s…

Smashbox Primers

Do you guys wear a lot of makeup? I wouldn’t classify myself as wearing heavy makeup, but there’s seriously something I never leave the house without putting on, and that’s foundation. My skin tends to be a little iffy (which is a sensitive subject, for those of you who might be the same), so it makes me feel better about how I look.

About 4 years ago, I also started including Smashbox primers into my everyday makeup routine, and I’ve literally never gone back. I don’t know what it is, but this stuff is magic for me. The purpose of a foundation primer is usually to prep the skin for foundation and make it go on more smoothly, but the Smashbox primers seem to do all that and more. I swear, when I wear this stuff my skin feels more velvety, the little lines around my eyes are smoothed out, and my makeup lasts about 3-4 hours longer than when I don’t use it. I mean, why would you ever say no to that?!

Smashbox Primers

And one of my favorite things about the Smashbox primer line is that they have a formula for just about every type of skin you can imagine. I started out just using the standard — Photo Finish. Which is awesome. But then I realized that I could get a little more specific, and started using the Color Correcting formula. It’s crazy, because it looks green in the tube, but it balances out the red in my skin like gangbusters! And now the line is even more multifaceted; they’ve got formulas for dry skin, for dark spot correcting, for blemish-prone skin, and on and on. (Theres even one with SPF, and you know that’s crucial!)

Smashbox Primers

I guess all of this is to say: as someone who’s had problem skin in the past and been really self-conscious about it, I know how important it is to feel like your face is beautiful every day! And when I began using this magical stuff, it truly made a difference. But now, back to my original question — what’s your makeup routine like? Are you a two-seconds-flat girl, or a in-the-mirror-for-an-hour girl? xoxo

Smashbox Primers

This post is brought to you by Smashbox Cosmetics .

Smashbox

 

Brighten Up

brighten up // chocolate

In honor of the first week of fall, let’s get a little earth tone-y! Today we’ve got a palette full of chocolatey goodness, from milk to extra dark. And there…

In honor of the first week of fall, let’s get a little earth tone-y! Today we’ve got a palette full of chocolatey goodness, from milk to extra dark. And there happen to be two of the most awesome iPhone cases up in the mix, too — the ice cream sandwich is pretty great, but I’m really jonesing for the one that looks like a little vintage camera. And that strap would make it so handy!

Happy fall, and happy Monday! xoxo

Brighten Up

Living room. Ice cream case. Boots. Camera case. Pinecones. Macarons.
The Honor Bar

this week + busy busy

This week has been a busy one! All things considered, I really prefer to be busy — I like to have a lot on my plate and feel like I’m…

This week has been a busy one! All things considered, I really prefer to be busy — I like to have a lot on my plate and feel like I’m accomplishing things. I suppose there are always moments when the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, and I wish I had a day or two to just do whatever I pleased. But I definitely know that when my schedule is lean, I get antsy and cranky. I’m a girl who likes to have a project.

Anyway, in all the business of this week, Mr. Lovely and I managed to slip away and try out The Honor Bar in Beverly Hills. Have you been? We kept reading all of the Yelp reviews about how their chicken sandwich will change your life, so we had to try it out. We weren’t disappointed. (My fave, though, was the kale and peanut salad! Get that one for sure.)

The Honor Bar

If you want to see more of what we did this week, you can follow my Instagram feed. Otherwise, here are a few links to keep you occupied this weekend. Have a great one, guys! xoxo

Teeny tiny paintings on pennies.

A fascinating article about crying in public in NYC!

These may be all the way in Montreal, but I have to try them out.

More interesting thoughts on being a newlywed.

A collection of awesome words that you never knew.

 

Today's Debate

today’s debate // 3

Y’all, this column is becoming one of my favorites of the week! I love talking to you all and hearing your opinions — it’s so, so cool to get to…

Y’all, this column is becoming one of my favorites of the week! I love talking to you all and hearing your opinions — it’s so, so cool to get to know you all better. Up today, a debate about which I have a pretty strong opinion.

Welcome to Today’s Debate, where we weigh in on the sublime, the ridiculous, and everything in between! Today we’re talking about what you like to do with your weekends, so give it to me straight!

Today's Debate

Couch. Bar.

Let me drop a scenario on you. It’s Friday night. You’ve had an awesome work week, and now you have some fun stuff lined up for the weekend. Your friends are getting dolled up and heading out to the bar/restaurant/club to eat/drink/dance/look for boys/be crazy. Do you:

a) Get fancy, head out, and get your party on?

b) Make dinner, pour yourself a drink, and settle in on your comfy couch with TiVo?

You can bet, 100%, that you will always find me on the couch. And that would have been my answer before I was married as well, for that matter. I love being social, but I really love it when it’s on my terms, not in some loud bar where I can’t even hear my partners in crime. Invite me to the beach? Yes. To a show? For sure. Ice skating, hiking, cooking class, theme park? Yes and yes to all of them. But there’s just something about the bar/club scene that I can’t do. I just can’t do it.

So who of you are on the couch with me, and who of you are out being fabulous? I’m super curious about this one. (And by the way, yes, I know I am a grandma.) xoxo