I can’t believe how much fun I’ve had doing the #organizedcolor Instagram series! It seems like you guys have been liking it too, and I’m so glad. I love dreaming up things for you to love and be inspired by, so keep helping me dream bigger! I’m wrapping up the series today so be sure to follow my Instagram to check out the last post, and scroll through to see all of the others. But fear not, because I’ve got another series up my sleeve for April. And if you have an awesome idea for an Instagram series that you’d love to see, put it in the comments!
Thanks so much to everyone who followed and played along. Here are a few of my faves. Did you have any that you really loved? Have a great weekend! xoxo
This week’s Desktop Designer has an aesthetic that can’t help but make you smile! Gloria Chen of Little White Whale has created a design studio so full of fun I just get lost clicking through the pages. Her vibe is a little sweet, a little silly, and a lot colorful — which is right up my alley. And how amazing is the desktop wallpaper she designed for you guys?!
You’re right, Gloria — life is gouda. Here’s a little more from this doll of a designer.
studio and her blog — I promise you’ll find something inspiring. (I’m particularly loving her gallery wall and sweet pup!) And don’t forget to download your desktop wallpaper below. xoxo
Many thanks to Gloria for being our guest today! Don’t forget to check out her
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Do you have siblings? My sister is expecting a new baby, and so pretty soon my niece will be a big sister! I got to thinking about how cool that is and how I love having a sibling, and so today’s Family Photos is chock full of embarrassing photos of me and my sister when we were tiny.
I don’t remember a ton of specific moments about being little and having an older sister, but what I do remember is pretty much letting her be in charge of what happened to me. Want to put stickers all over my face? Okay! Oh, you want to dress me up like a bride? Go to town! And whatever she decided we were doing was fun. (Then came the day when she would rather hang out with her friends than me, and I did not take that well. Cut to me, literally biting her friends when they came over to play. Ha!)
Another thing that struck me when I was looking through these old photos was how many were of her taking care of me somehow. Reading me a book. Giving me my bottle. Entertaining me in my high chair. She was (and is!) a good big sister. And I can’t wait to see my niece learn to be a good big sister, too. She’s got the best teacher around. xoxo
Just one more Easter post for you before the weekend! I used to love searching for the basket that the Easter bunny would leave on Easter morning. But what about the grownups?! Who leaves them a basket? This year, you do.
If you have a pal that you’d like to do something sweet for on Easter, put together a grownup Easter basket. It just takes a few thoughtful tiny things, and it’ll come together quickly, I promise. You can include whatever you like, but here’s what I chose:
- yellow pot (from the Target Dollar Spot!)
- tiny succulents
- golden eggs
- jelly beans
- Lindt chocolate chicks
- blingy bracelet from J. Crew
Put the goodies in a grownup version of an Easter basket — colorful pots or mixing bowls work perfectly. Include a few sweets (but not a ton), and a couple of special goodies to finish it off. Boom! Toss it all in with some tissue paper or Easter grass for filler, and give it with love. Happy Easter! xoxo
I’m so stoked, because the day is finally here when I can tell you about Lovely Indeed’s new partnership with Old Navy! They’ve totally upgraded their game, and for the next few months I’ll be featuring a monthly style post with some of my favorite Old Navy pieces. I’ve been loving all of their bright colors and looks recently, so I can’t even tell you how over the moon I am to spread the good word about what they’re doing.
This month is all about dresses, y’all. I went looking for a Spring dress or two and had a heck of a time narrowing it down (I know, sounds like a serious problem). But I finally chose this belted chambray shirtdress, which fits in perfectly with the rest of my wardrobe. Mr. Lovely and I took the dress out for a spin on a recent trip to the Santa Monica Pier.
Aren’t the shoes so adorable? I feel like I’ll be toodling around in these canvas boat shoes all summer. The coral belt was also perfect to toss on over the dress.
And in case you’re wondering, the jacket is from Forever 21, and the bag is from J.Crew. And the coral necklace is from my very first trip to Hawaii!
So big thanks to Old Navy, and make sure you keep an eye out in the coming months to see what else is new! Also, watch my Instagram feed for more bits and pieces of my ON faves. xoxo
This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.
Okay, it’s the final installment of our Easter egg bonanza! (I just can’t bring myself to say eggs-travaganza. Ew. I said it.) I loved doing these washi Easter eggs last year so much that I wanted to bring the washi tape back and think up a new way to use it. So I did! These take about two seconds, so if you’re in a pinch for time it could be a good idea.
Grab all of your washi and organize it by color groups. Choose three different tapes within one color group. Stretch out about 6 inches of your first color and tear it off. Do the same with the second and third colors, placing them directly on top of the first so that you have a washi tape sandwich (technical term, in case you were wondering).
Cut away at the tape until you have a chevron shape.
Peel the three layers apart.
Carefully tape them around your eggs, one at a time. You may find that you have to bend the tape a bit to get it to fit around the circumference — just smooth any bends or ridges down with your fingernail.
That’s it! These look cool in bunches, so make lots of them! You can also play with the size and shape of the chevron — or just make stripes instead. Happy Easter! xoxo
It’s about that time! Lovely Indeed is currently accepting sponsors for April — and speaking of which, can you believe it’s already almost April? What?? I guess time flies when you’re having a ball.
So if you’ve got a blog, biz, or brand that you think would be a good fit for Lovely Indeed, shoot me an email! I’d love to hear all about it and partner up. We’re accepting new sidebar sponsors, as well as cooking up rad ideas for sponsored editorial content, so the sky is the limit. If you want to jump on board the loveliest train in blogland, come play! xoxo
Today’s wallpaper design comes to you straight from one of the most talented women I have the pleasure of knowing — the amazing Stephanie Layton! Steph was a college friend of Mr. Lovely’s, and not only is she a killer graphic designer, but she’s got all kinds of other magical talents up her sleeve, too. (She’s a crazy good piano player and accompanies lots of musical theatre in NYC, and she’s part of a swing vocal trio called The Tickled Pinks!)
Steph’s got an awesome portfolio site for her very own design company, Red Scandal Graphics — be sure to click around in all of her incredible work. I love how bold her style is, and how much color is in everything she does! And speaking of color, let’s hear a few words from this darling girl.
I have to say, I just love this design and the sentiment behind it. I think maybe my favorite detail is the label on the can of paint. The quote on the wall is beautiful, but that one word on the paint can just hit me right in the gut. It makes me want to go out and create something.
Be sure to download this beaut for your desktop, tablet, or phone! And big, huge thanks to Stephanie for the colorful inspiration. xoxo
Download for Desktop.
Download for Tablet.
Download for Phone.
If you’re in LA, have you been to Joan’s on Third? A new pal from the show we’re doing (by the way, come see our show!) works there and has been telling us forever that we needed to try the place out. So we went the other day, and sure enough — it’s my new favorite place. It’s clean and white and beautiful, and stuffed full of delicious things everywhere you turn. And apparently, it’s totally a must-do in LA (we struck up a conversation with the women sitting next to us, who said, “Oh, it’s an institution!” Haha!). That, and it totally feels like Eataly or Dean & Deluca, a couple of my favorite spots in NYC.
We pretty much let our buddy order for us, since he knows the ropes. For me, he recommended the butternut squash soup and grilled cheese — they do a half soup/half sandwich lunch plate if you ask for it! Mr. Lovely got the fried chicken sandwich with a side of brussels sprouts. And there was not one thing that wasn’t delicious. Even while we were walking out, completely full, we kept spying things that we wanted to come back and try.
Long story short, go give it a try! Or if you’ve been there, what’s your fave? I need recommendations for our next trip! xoxo
Remember last week when I dyed eggs with Kool-Aid? The grape ones came out all kind of grungy and busted looking. At first I was sort of disappointed that they weren’t bright purple, but the more I looked at them, the better I liked them! They kind of look like a really intense version of the eggs that I used to find in the chicken coop at my parent’s farm, and so it got me thinking.
I’ve had this feather stamp forever, but you could use any stamp that you have around (or carve one yourself!). I think the key here is the awesome white pigment ink — it looks really cool on the grungy purple-grey color.
Ink your stamp so that it’s got full coverage but be careful not to overload it. Carefully stamp down on the egg. I found it best to start at one end of the stamp and roll it along the side of the egg, because of the curved surface. You might want to experiment once or twice to get a feel for it.
Let the stamp dry and set them somewhere cool! These eggs looked particularly rad hiding inside one of our pots of succulents. xoxo
Happy Spring! And even more exciting, welcome back to our new photobooth backdrop series — I’m loving dreaming up ideas for this thing! Today we’re celebrating Spring with some pretty scattered tissue paper flowers. I think they kind of look like a cross between tulips and poppies. But whatever they are, they’re lovely! And this particular backdrop would be perfect for decoration at a shower or a wedding. Wanna know how to do it? Gather your materials:
- tissue paper sheets
- masking tape or glue dots
- a blank wall
Start by cutting your tissue paper into sheets that are 20″ by 10″. Fold them accordion style, and cut one end into a rounded shape with your scissors.
Unfold the tissue, and at the square end, gather the tissue together by crumpling it slightly. Fold a piece of masking tape around itself so that it’s double-sided, and place it on one end of the crumpled tissue paper. (You can also use large glue dots for this — I preferred masking tape for this project.) Stick the opposite end to the other side of the masking tape so that the paper forms a flower shape. Mold the paper until you’re happy with the shape of the flower. Now make a bunch of these!
After your flowers are all made, start placing them on the blank wall with rolled masking tape or glue dots. Decide on your pattern and continually step back to see your progress. I preferred a scattered look, but this would also be beautiful with a solid wall full of flowers.
Now have fun! How pretty would this be behind a dessert table, too? It’s kind of somewhere between photo backdrop and art installation. Happy Spring! xoxo