Halloween 1982

halloween 1982

And as one final wish for some happy haunting this evening, I’ll leave you with this photo of me and my sister from Halloween 1982. She went as an adorable…

And as one final wish for some happy haunting this evening, I’ll leave you with this photo of me and my sister from Halloween 1982. She went as an adorable ballerina, and we may never know what I went as because I apparently refused to get into my costume (which I’m sure my poor sweet mom had slaved over. Sorry Mom!).

Happy Halloween! xoxo

Halloween 1982

Halloween

happy halloween!

What are your plans tonight? Out on the town? Masked ball? Maybe just staying home to field the adorable trick-or-treaters? Whatever your plans, have a safe and happy Halloween! Here’s…

What are your plans tonight? Out on the town? Masked ball? Maybe just staying home to field the adorable trick-or-treaters? Whatever your plans, have a safe and happy Halloween! Here’s a little something to get you in the spirit. xoxo

Halloween

Bat. Stairs. Burglars. Spider Ring. Black Pumpkin. Boo/Eek. Coaster. Masks.
Pumpkins

out & about // pumpkin patch

If you’re in the Toluca Lake area, you should stop by the Pumpkin Patch! We took a quick trip there for Mr. Lovely’s recent birthday, and had a pretty great…

Mini Pumpkins

If you’re in the Toluca Lake area, you should stop by the Pumpkin Patch! We took a quick trip there for Mr. Lovely’s recent birthday, and had a pretty great time.

Mr. Lovely

Pumpkin Patch

The patch obviously has a ton of pumpkins (in all shapes, sizes, and colors), but it also has a haunted maze and a petting zoo if you’re bringing little ones. And the friendly guys who were helping us pick out pumpkins were super-helpful, too — they literally shined the ones that we picked out to take home. At the end, they hauled everything to our car for us and sent us on our merry way!

And speaking of merry, they have a Christmas tree lot in the same location during the holidays. Anyone ever been? If their trees are anything like their pumpkins, they’re going to be awesome. xoxo

Pumpkins

Black Pumpkins

DIY Chalkboard Quote

diy chalkboard quote

Those of you who are hardcore Lovely Indeed readers might remember our engagement shots from waaaay back in the day! Well, the bathroom in our new apartment needed a little…

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Those of you who are hardcore Lovely Indeed readers might remember our engagement shots from waaaay back in the day! Well, the bathroom in our new apartment needed a little something on the walls, so I dug out the chalkboard that we used in our photos and put something new on it.

I dug through my Pinterest board of quotes, searching for something cool that might be inspiring to look at every morning. Now, I’m neither an artist nor a calligrapher, but I decided to excuse myself for my inadequacies and just let it happen! I wanted really saturated colors for the board, so instead of plain chalk I used soft pastel sticks. And the awesome thing about it was that they’re really forgiving and erase easily (and I definitely did a lot of erasing).

DIY Chalkboard Quote

DIY Carpe Diem Sign

The only tip I have for a DIY like this one is to sketch lightly first and have a slightly damp rag ready to correct any mistakes. Once you’re happy with the design, go over it with a heavier hand to darken it up.

I kind of love how it turned out! And it’s a pretty good reminder to look at while I’m brushing my teeth every morning. xoxo

DIY Chalkboard Sign

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Brighten Up

brighten up // highlighter

This color is so bam that we only needed a few things to get the point across. The dip-dyed stool is pretty killer, and I love that little lacy something-or-another. But…

This color is so bam that we only needed a few things to get the point across. The dip-dyed stool is pretty killer, and I love that little lacy something-or-another. But that neon quartz?! That thing is kuh-razy. I can’t get over it! And I just think the color against that gray background is perfect. So splash your eyes with a little highlighter neon this fine Monday morning and get going! xoxo

Brighten Up

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Lovely Indeed Pumpkin

this week

Phewph. This week the madness ended. I feel like we’ve been on a treadmill since about August, with something happening every weekend, trips all over the place, and people coming…

Phewph. This week the madness ended. I feel like we’ve been on a treadmill since about August, with something happening every weekend, trips all over the place, and people coming and going. It’s all been wonderful stuff, but kind of nonstop. So this week, we settled down. We’ve got one more weekend of performances for our show, and then it’s on to the next adventure. So for the next week or two, I’m slowing down to enjoy fall, focus on work, and get life organized again.

This week Mr. Lovely’s parents were in town for a bit and we hit the Fairfax Farmer’s Market. It was finally a gorgeous fall day and I was actually able to wear pants and a jacket at the same time without overheating! So in honor of that, a few fall faves.

Fall Favorites

Also, I just have to share this awesomeness with you:

Lovely Indeed Pumpkin

Lovely Indeed Pumpkin

Tell me that’s not the coolest! Mr. Lovely and I put a combined 5 hours in on that pumpkin over a couple of days. That’s dedication, people. Have a great weekend! xoxo

Today's Debate

today’s debate // 7

Welcome to Today’s Debate, where we weigh in on the sublime, the ridiculous, and everything in between! Today I want to know how you like to spend your Halloween. Trick…

Welcome to Today’s Debate, where we weigh in on the sublime, the ridiculous, and everything in between! Today I want to know how you like to spend your Halloween.

Today's Debate

Trick or Treaters. Girl.

For the last few years, we lived in NYC and so I would avoid going out on Halloween at all costs. There’s something about Halloween in the city that just makes people bonkers, so I’d usually plan something in with friends. But I think this year Mr. Lovely and I might actually figure out a costume situation and hit the town, to see what an LA Halloween is like.

So how do you like to spend your Halloween? Do you get all kinds of dressed up and hit the town? Do you stay home to field adorable little trick or treaters? Or maybe you have some little ones of your own who have some trick or treating to do. I’d love do know what you’ll be doing on Halloween! xoxo

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

diy lucha libre cupcakes

It was Mr. Lovely’s birthday recently, and there was nothing he wanted more in the world than a batch of cupcakes decorated with lucha libre masks. I mean, how can…

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

It was Mr. Lovely’s birthday recently, and there was nothing he wanted more in the world than a batch of cupcakes decorated with lucha libre masks. I mean, how can you say no to that?

This DIY is beyond simple. Get a box of Funfetti cake mix and bake it into cupcakes. Buy a tub of frosting, separate it, and dye it a few different colors. Then just get a few flavored Tootsie Rolls or Airheads, roll them flat with a rolling pin and cut them into shapes for the masks. At first I was searching for images of masks online to copy, but after a while I kind of started making up my own. (Hence the one that sort of looks like a Ninja Turtle.)

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

In any case, they were a huge hit! And I have to say, they kind of made me feel like the coolest wife ever. xoxo

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

DIY Lucha Libre Cupcakes

Holiday Sponsors

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Snowy Scene. I am so, so excited about the holidays! I know Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but I’m giving myself the excuse that I have to plan ahead for…

Holiday Sponsors

Snowy Scene.

I am so, so excited about the holidays! I know Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but I’m giving myself the excuse that I have to plan ahead for blogging purposes. Let’s just go with that.

So if you’re excited about the holidays too and want to spread some good cheer for your blog or business, get in touch with me! Lovely Indeed is planning some super-fun sponsor and partner opportunities for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I think our readers are going to flip for it all. So get in on it while the getting is good!

One particular project I’m excited about is a series of Lovely Indeed Gift Guides and Giveaways to make the holidays extra merry. I’m planning on putting together a super-lovely, carefully curated series of beautiful gifts that would be perfect for giving. So if you’ve got a shop or product that you think would be a great fit for our readership, be sure to reach out and let me know that you’d like to be a gift guide sponsor!

And as always, we have sidebar ad space available as well. Our readership numbers are taking off, and this is one of the last chances you’ll have to sponsor at the 2012 rates before they’re gone! Thank you so much to our current lovely sponsors and our readership — I’m so grateful to have this place to spread the loveliness around. xoxo

Farm Style

style // down on the farm

Did you guys know I grew up on a farm? I was raised on about 150 acres of almonds in the Central Valley of California. I didn’t realize it then,…

Farm Style

Did you guys know I grew up on a farm? I was raised on about 150 acres of almonds in the Central Valley of California. I didn’t realize it then, but I guess it was kind of an exceptional way to grow up — every time I tell someone I grew up on a farm, their eyes get kind of big and they start asking a lot of questions.

Anyway, I love going home to my parents’ house and roaming around on the ranch. Last time we were home, we went on a photo adventure around the cow pasture and barn. The sun was setting and it was just too beautiful to pass up!

Farm Style

Farm Style

How do you guys feel about the hair braids? I kind of just started styling my hair this way after I saw it on a magazine cover. Sometimes I feel like I might be too old for braids, but I kind of like them this way.

I totally have to tell you my jeans secret, too — Forever 21 has these $10 jeans that are my favorite. For reals. They’re ten bucks, they always last me a good while, and they fit better than most jeans I try. You can’t beat ‘em.

Farm Style

Also, don’t you love moccasins? I feel so comfy in these Minnetonkas. For some reason they feel homey — maybe I had a pair when I was little or something? And can you see those little rings? The one with a tiny letter C on it was the place holder that Mr. Lovely gave me when my engagement ring was getting sized. He got it at Catbird in Brooklyn (one of my favorite places!).

Farm Style

So where did you grow up? Anyone else a farm kid? I’d love to hear! xoxo

Top: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Minnetonka

Farm Style

Farm Style

DIY Nailhead Trim Belgrave Headboard

diy belgrave headboard

We’ve been wanting to tackle this DIY for quite a while now, but we were scared it might be a little too tricky. Turns out, it was no biggie! If…

DIY Nailhead Trim Headboard

We’ve been wanting to tackle this DIY for quite a while now, but we were scared it might be a little too tricky. Turns out, it was no biggie! If you’re thinking of making your own headboard, fear not.

One of the problems that was keeping us from starting was that the fabric we wanted to use wasn’t wide enough to cover a queen headboard. So this tutorial will allow you to use fabric that’s at least 55″ wide and still make a headboard that’s 60″ wide. First, gather your materials (Note: all measurements are for a queen-sized bed):

  • one 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • one 8′ long one-by-four
  • 1 roll of batting
  • 1 egg-crate style foam mattress topper
  • 3 yards of upholstery-weight fabric, at least 55″ wide
  • sewing machine
  • staple gun
  • jigsaw
  • screws
  • drill
  • fabric nails
  • rubber mallet
  • needle nose pliers
  • hooks for affixing to wall

First, cut your plywood and one-by-four.  The following measurements will yield a queen-sized headboard that’s five feet tall. Cut the plywood so that you have a 5′ x 3′ piece and a 5′ x 1′ piece. Cut the one-by-four in half.  (You can ask at your hardware store and they should be able to make these cuts for you!) Then decide the angle that you’d like the curve on each side to be (tracing something round is the easiest). Cut the round portion out of each side with the jigsaw. Then, out of the smaller piece of plywood, cut a frame for the top that’s four inches wide and has the same curved angle on either side. Screw the frame to the top side of the large plywood.

DIY Headboard

Cover the frame in batting. Stretch the batting taut across the frame portion and staple down the edges.

DIY Headboard

Lay fabric across the frame and determine where you’d like seams. We chose to have seams on the corners of the rounded edges, because the pattern of our fabric was directional and we wanted all of the dandelions pointing in the same direction. If your fabric isn’t directional, this step will be a little easier.

Sew seams in your fabric and then staple it down onto the frame. Do this part with caution; it will take careful placement and stretching to make the batting underneath nice and smooth. It really helps to have an extra set of hands here. On the rounded edges, cut slits in your fabric on the backside to make it lay flat.

DIY Headboard

Next, cut your foam to size and lay it in the center of the headboard. We wanted an extra-puffy piece, so we used two layers of foam. If it’s cut snugly, you shouldn’t need to affix the foam to the headboard at all.

DIY Padded Headboard

Finally, lay your large piece of fabric down over the foam. Be sure that it’s correctly centered and straightened. Rather than use a faux nailhead trim, we opted to use the real deal and hammer every nail in one by one. This leaves room for more error, so go slowly and keep checking that you’re creating a straight line. Some of our lines got away from us!

If it helps, use needle nose pliers to hold a nail in place while you use the mallet to hammer it in. Fold the fabric over to create a faux seam and hammer the nails through the fabric and onto the edge of the frame, to hide the connection point. Leave the bottom edge of the fabric hanging loose.

DIY Nailhead Trim Headboard

DIY Nailhead Trim Belgrave Headboard

Once all the nails are hammered in, pull the bottom of the fabric taut and staple it around the back of the plywood.

DIY Belgrave Headboard

See? Totally not as scary as it seems! We affixed our headboard to the wall behind our bed with some hardware hooks. I seriously can’t get enough of it — it’s exactly what I wanted and it looks so super rad in our bedroom. What do you think? Is this a DIY you’d attack? xoxo

DIY Belgrave Headboard

DIY Padded Headboard