Desktop Designers // Kate Baird

Don’tcha just love summer? Kate Baird of Katelyn Brooke Designs is hitting us with a fresh, summery download today, hot off the presses just for you beauties. Kate’s a designer with…

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Don’tcha just love summer? Kate Baird of Katelyn Brooke Designs is hitting us with a fresh, summery download today, hot off the presses just for you beauties. Kate’s a designer with a specialty in designing blogs and websites for creative women. How rad is that? I love girl power. Her portfolio is chock full of evidence of all her killer blog design, and she’s got a blog of her own where she shares snippets of her life. I just love her style — it’s the perfect combination of playful & elegant. Read on for some behind-the-scenes info, straight from Kate!

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katebaird2Thanks for the summery goodness, Kate! Be sure to check her out, and don’t forget to get your downloads below! xoxo

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ShoeMint Giveaway!

Update! The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to winner Lauren G.! We’ll be in touch to tell you how to get your fab new shoes. Thanks to all who entered…

Update! The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to winner Lauren G.! We’ll be in touch to tell you how to get your fab new shoes. Thanks to all who entered — keep an eye out for more giveaways, coming soon! 

This post is sponsored by ShoeMint. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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Do you guys know about ShoeMint? I’m such a fan. It’s a gorgeous site with a curated collection of totally fabulous shoes, but they don’t cost an arm an a leg (every pair is around $80). The team behind it is pretty killer — Rachel Bilson (who’s always so fashionable), stylist Nicole Chavez, and Steve Madden have joined forces to make some of the cutest shoes around. It’s a members-only website, so you just sign up (for free!) and you have access to the showroom, along with personalized style recommendations & tips.

They recently sent me the Hellin platform heel in the most delicious coral suede. I didn’t want to take them off! Comfy, too. All of the leather and suede they use is real, and they add new styles every month so there’s always something new to look at. (I really want these flats, too!) And the icing on the cake: free shipping and returns, which can be crucial when you are ordering shoes online.

And now, the good part — one reader will win a pair of ShoeMint shoes of their choice! All you have to do is visit ShoeMint and sign up, then come back here and leave a comment letting us know which pair you love. So easy! Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada readers only. Entries will be open until Thursday, June 6 and the winner will be announced Friday, June 7. And one more fun surprise: everybody gets 20% off of their first pair of ShoeMint shoes! It’s a party in here, y’all. Big thanks to ShoeMint, and happy entering!

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Married Life // Working Together

Have you ever been in a working relationship with your spouse or partner? How did it go? It’s not necessarily the easiest thing to navigate, is it? I feel so…

togetherHave you ever been in a working relationship with your spouse or partner? How did it go? It’s not necessarily the easiest thing to navigate, is it? I feel so lucky to work alongside Mr. Lovely every day, but it definitely took us some trial and error to figure out how to do it well. And the truth is, it’s not always perfect.

We don’t always exactly work together, since he has his business and I have mine. But we cross over into each others’ worlds daily, because our businesses are so tightly woven. He’s a web designer and helps with the back end of Lovely Indeed. I help him when he’s stuck on a design. He takes photos for my blog. I help him write for his. It’s very give-and-take, but there is no formula for the way we do things (sort of a trend with us, I’m realizing as I get farther into this blog column!).

Where we do struggle sometimes is when it comes to being right. We’re both a little on the stubborn side, and we both loooove to be right. So if we’re in the middle of a photo shoot for the blog and we both have a great idea, we stumble a little bit over choosing whose idea gets used. It’s not World War III or anything, but it’s something that we need to learn to navigate a little better. Because I feel like I’m in charge of the blog and I should have the final say, and he feels like he’s directing a photo shoot and he should have it. So there we are, in our dining room, probably standing in piles of crepe paper or something, dealing with not only our jobs but our relationship. And I can understand how not everyone would want to do that!

The other thing that can be tricky is the amount of time you spend with a spouse who is also your work partner. Now, I’ve addressed this before, but I really love spending all of my time with my husband. And because we work from home together, we really do spend most of our time around each other. But truth be told, there are days when one of us just wants some space, or to be with friends, or whatever. So it’s crucial to recognize it (usually we get a little antsy or snippy and realize we need to get out for a while). I feel like it’s also crucial not to get your feelings hurt because someone needs some time apart. Geez, I don’t even know how Mr. Lovely deals with me all day! That dude deserves a break every once in a while.

So what about you? Have you ever worked with a partner? How did it go for you? xoxo

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

This was one of those projects that I had in the works and mid-way through, the tutorial popped up on another blog! I feel like that happens often in the…

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

This was one of those projects that I had in the works and mid-way through, the tutorial popped up on another blog! I feel like that happens often in the blog world — it’s a tricky situation, because you never want to feel like you’re stepping on someone else’s toes. And in the opposite situation, where someone re-does one of your projects, you don’t want to feel like other people are copying your tutorials. But the bottom line is that great minds think alike, and the same things are made over and over on DIY blogs. It’s all about putting your own spin on things and knowing in your heart that you aren’t copying. In this case, the girls over at A Beautiful Mess made an awesome version of this necklace, but it’s slightly different than the process for mine, so I’m going ahead with it. There now, see? Everybody’s happy.

Anyway! I love this necklace. It’s my new favorite thing, and it kind of makes me feel all nautical and like I should be summering on a yacht somewhere. Or at least in the Hamptons. But I digress. Here’s what you’ll need!

Materials

  • cotton rope trim
  • 2 bushings (mine were copper but I spray painted them gold)
  • necklace chain
  • necklace clasp
  • jump rings
  • needle nose pliers
  • strong glue
  • scissors
  • tape

Make Time: 30 minutes

Cut 6 pieces of rope trim, 10″ each. Tape down the ends. Make three groups of two strands each and braid together. When your braid is about 7-8″ long, wrap tape tightly around both ends.

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Trim the taped ends to about 1/2″ in length. Unwrap one end. Thread a jump ring through one of the ropes and apply some glue to the rope so that it doesn’t unravel. Attach 7″ of chain. Re-wrap the ropes in the tape tightly. Repeat on the other side.

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

On the open ends of the chain, attach a jump ring on one side and a necklace clasp on the other.

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

Apply glue to the inside of the bushing and carefully string it onto one end of the necklace. Secure the taped end inside, hiding the tape and being sure that the bushing is firmly glued in place. Repeat on the other side.

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DIY Braided Rope Necklace

DIY Braided Rope Necklace

Now go get on your yacht and tell someone you bought your new necklace at an insanely expensive store. Because it kind of looks like it. I love this thing! xoxo

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DIY Braided Rope Necklace

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Ah, the perfect addition to our Manly Man Apron! You know what my Dad always notices about a really beautiful wrapping job? Absolutely nothing. So I think this year I’m…

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Ah, the perfect addition to our Manly Man Apron! You know what my Dad always notices about a really beautiful wrapping job? Absolutely nothing. So I think this year I’m just going to stick this really cool gift tag on whatever I give him and see how that goes.

This one’s super simple. We’re using my favorite metal alphabet stamp set again (we used them before here and here!). Here’s what else you need.

Materials

  • stamp set
  • hammer
  • metal tag

Make Time: 5 minutes

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DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Place the metal tag (you should be able to find them in the jewelry section of a craft store) on a flat, solid surface. Letter by letter, place the stamp down on the tag and give it a few solid taps with the hammer. Be careful to hammer directly downward so that the tag doesn’t slip out from under you.

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That’s it! Dad will be so proud. String it onto your gift and hope he notices. (Just kidding. He’ll notice.) xoxo

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DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Lovely Indeed for West Elm // Polka Dot Glasses

You guys, it’s been a pretty exciting week around here. Yesterday I told you about my HGTV DIYs, and today I get to share that I’ve been working for west…

You guys, it’s been a pretty exciting week around here. Yesterday I told you about my HGTV DIYs, and today I get to share that I’ve been working for west elm‘s blog, Front & Main, as well! Check out the article for the full how-to on polka dotting some of their gorgeous highball glasses. xoxo

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Desktop Designers // Jennie Glaser-Kohler

I love, love, love, the sentiment that Jennie Glaser-Koehler is giving us with this week’s Desktop Designer feature. I think it cuts straight to the heart of things and it’s…

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I love, love, love, the sentiment that Jennie Glaser-Koehler is giving us with this week’s Desktop Designer feature. I think it cuts straight to the heart of things and it’s such a brilliant reminder for me, especially right now. Jennie is a graphic designer with a pretty rad portfolio — when was the last time you saw knitted scenery for a film? Yeah, never. So check it out for sure. I love that her design takes so many different forms, from illustration and brand packages to full-scale window installations. Creativity is so wonderful, isn’t it?

On top of that, Jennie’s got an Etsy shop just for all of you knitters out there (click through to see what I mean!). And here’s a little more from this awesome designer!

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So many thanks to Jennie for this awesome work! Get it while it’s hot, right down below. xoxo

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Lovely Indeed for HGTV

You guys! I’ve kept it under my hat until now, but I wanted to share a bunch of DIYs I’ve been working on for HGTV.com! (Yesterday one of them was…

DIY Photo Wall Mural

You guys! I’ve kept it under my hat until now, but I wanted to share a bunch of DIYs I’ve been working on for HGTV.com! (Yesterday one of them was on the front page — color me proud.) They’re all geared toward apartment living or dorm life, so they’re quick and easy home projects that are all totally rad, in my very humble opinion. Follow the links below to check them out. And a big, huge thanks to HGTV.com for having me! xoxo

DIY Colorblocked Pots and Potted Succulents

DIY Desk Accessories

DIY Bulletin Board and Message Center

DIY Animal Bookends

(and my personal fave)

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Blogging // Inspiration

When you’re a blogger, it can be tricky if you find yourself in an inspiration slump. It’s easy to get down on yourself for not being creative enough or having…

INSPIRATIONWhen you’re a blogger, it can be tricky if you find yourself in an inspiration slump. It’s easy to get down on yourself for not being creative enough or having enough ideas, especially when it seems like everyone else has ideas coming out of their ears. But the truth is, sometimes you just need a little inspirational boost! And there’s nothing wrong with that. I have a few tried and true tricks up my sleeve that I’ve found to be really helpful for me; hopefully some of them help you too.

Travel. Hands down, my favorite way to get out of a rut. And when I say travel, I don’t mean that it has to be a big, glamorous trip. (Although I wouldn’t kick a big, glamorous trip out of bed for eating crackers.) It can be across town to your favorite restaurant. But whatever it is, get out and do something. See something new. Find a place you’ve never been. Or go to one of your favorite places to recharge! Because I work at home, sometimes I forget that I have to make my own reasons to get out of the house, and I’m always better for it. It unsticks me every time.

Read. Books, magazines, newspapers, other blogs, street signs, menus — whatever! I find that exposing myself to lots of other people’s ideas and creativity really helps to spark my own. It’s inspiring to know what’s going on in the world, and if you can translate that into something wonderful and new to blog about, then you’re on the right track.

Take photos. And I mean, take them when you don’t have to. Take them for fun! Looking for a shot when you’ve got a camera in your hand makes you see the world in a different way. You look for color, composition, scale, and all kinds of other interesting things. It can even just be your phone camera! Heck, I feel like Instagram is one of the most inspiring things I do right now.

Put pen to paper. Living in the digital world, it’s so easy to overlook it. But I always keep a book (or two or three) of notes — ideas that strike me, lists that I want to make, sketches of projects, and on and on. So when I’m stuck I can go back through my notebooks and pick up ideas that I forgot I ever had. Bonus points for using some really cool, inspiring stationery.

Obviously not every method works for everybody. But I really believe that if you do some exploring, you’ll find your own way to get inspired. Maybe it’s food, or drinks, or dance, or whatever. I haven’t really found a magic answer, but usually one or two of these things will help me get unstuck. Hopefully they’ll work for you too! And I’d love to know — how do you get inspired? xoxo

Highs & Lows

This post is sponsored by Jazzmin. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the partners and brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! How are you guys…

This post is sponsored by Jazzmin. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the partners and brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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How are you guys feeling about the whole hi-low trend with tops and dresses? At first I wasn’t loving it, but recently it kind of became a staple in my closet! I’m totally into hi-low shirts right now — they look clean in the front but give you a little coverage in the back, if ya know what I mean.

So when the gang at Jazzmin sent me their bi-level tee, I was stoked to try it out and style it up. I’m loving this saturated sapphire blue color this spring, and it also comes in a bright citron (which you know is one of my favorite colors). I paired it with some white denim and heels, and it feels dressy enough to go out on the town. But I’d also totally dress it down, maybe with some cutoffs and flat sandals. Boom. Versatility.

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Jazzmin’s spring line is filled with other gems, too — check it out of your closet needs an update. (I’m still tempted to bring home this beauty.) xoxo