Don’t Lose the Lovely

FOLLOW LOVELY INDEED ON FEEDLY So have you heard all of this business about Google Reader shutting down? I just thought I’d pop in and let you know (or remind…

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FOLLOW LOVELY INDEED ON FEEDLY

So have you heard all of this business about Google Reader shutting down? I just thought I’d pop in and let you know (or remind you if you already knew) that as of July 1st, our friend Google Reader is kaput. But if you haven’t already heard, there’s an awesome alternative if you like reading your blogs on a reader. Hit up Feedly.

Feedly is actually where I read blogs every day. I have a list of about 80 or so that I like to keep up with, so it’s way easier to have them all in one spot. You can group them by type or by importance, and you can save them for later if you don’t have time to read just then. And my favorite thing about it is that the interface is really slick and pretty to look at.

So! If you like to get your Lovely on with a reader, follow me on Feedly! And if you are using Google Reader, this weekend is a perfect time to get all of your blogs set up with another service. Have a great weekend, all! xoxo

Come to the Cabaret!

Tomorrow is opening night, y’all! The show that Mr. Lovely and I have been rehearsing for is opening (and closing) this weekend! We only have four shows, so if you’re…

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Tomorrow is opening night, y’all! The show that Mr. Lovely and I have been rehearsing for is opening (and closing) this weekend! We only have four shows, so if you’re in the area you should snap up some tickets and come see us dance around onstage. There’s a great article about it here, and you can get your tickets for Cabaret at the Gallo Center Theatre right here.

So if you’re in the California Central Valley, get yourself there! You’ll get to see me dancing on a chair in a short black wig. Just sayin’. xoxo

Blogging // A Cautionary Tale

Today’s installment of Blogging is a little different. It’s honesty week around here (apparently), so I decided to share a little something that happened to me recently, in an effort…

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Today’s installment of Blogging is a little different. It’s honesty week around here (apparently), so I decided to share a little something that happened to me recently, in an effort to incite change in this wild world of the internet.

I recently created a tutorial and shared it here with you lovely people. I created the idea, the project, the copy, the instructions, and the photos. The post went live and it was pretty popular; it got pinned and shared and I was happy because people loved it. A few weeks after my post went live, another blogger recreated the tutorial. The instructions were exactly the same (some of it copied word for word), the photos were the same, and the styling was the same — down to the color of nail polish I was wearing. She shared it to her relatively large readership without any sourcing or credit naming me as the original creator of the content. Rough.

So it’s not so much that I’m a glory hog and I need everybody to know which projects I think of first. And I know that lots of people come up with the same ideas in this world, and tutorials are made to be shared and recreated anyway. But to blatantly swipe an idea and even inform your readers that you “saw the idea on Pinterest” but not credit any source is just kind of uncool. Especially when we are all striving for originality, creativity, and at the same time, trying to drive traffic to our own blogs with our original and awesome ideas. To put it mildly, I was heartbroken that another blogger would do this.

I’m not usually this transparent when it comes to stuff like this on my blog. I’ve been miscredited (or not credited) as much as the next blogger — and I could tell you stories all day long about my friends who have intellectual property stolen left and right. But I got to thinking — if nobody ever says anything, what’s gonna change? Did I call the girl out who repeated my tutorial? No. But I’m here talking to you about it, in the hopes that if you’re a newer blogger, you might learn that this is just not the way to go about sharing. Shoot, I would have even been happy with a simple, “I saw this idea on Lovely Indeed!” But I’m thinking that this blogger knows better and went ahead and did it anyway. Not cool, friends. Maybe if she knew how much it hurt, she wouldn’t have?

I kind of expect a little backlash from this post, and that’s okay. There are so many differing opinions on this whole intellectual property topic. But to me, the bottom line is that there needs to be a level of respect for intellectual property that just doesn’t exist yet on the internet. If you’re into learning a little more about it, the Link with Love project is an awesome place to start.

And in the meantime, I’m continuing to push myself to come up with the next great thing, so that I don’t have to worry about what’s in the past at all. Thanks for listening, guys. I’d love to hear your thoughts or stories. xoxo

On Hustling and Slowing Down

I’m not gonna lie to ya. The last six weeks have been absolutely bonkers. Come to think of it, the last few months have been absolutely bonkers. And I’m ready…

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I’m not gonna lie to ya. The last six weeks have been absolutely bonkers. Come to think of it, the last few months have been absolutely bonkers. And I’m ready for a slowdown.

Now, please don’t get me wrong. If you’ve been reading, you know that I’ve been with my parents since mid-May, helping my mom recover from a hip replacement. And I wouldn’t trade being able to help for anything in the world. It’s the smallest thing I can do to repay my parents for everything that they’ve given to me. And I’ve loved seeing my mom get stronger every day (she’s driving again, and walking with/without a cane!).

It’s just that life doesn’t stop for anything, and so while I’ve been helping out, I’ve also been rehearsing a show (which I’ll tell you about more this week!) and trying to keep up with all of my commitments in blogland. And that’s where the hustling part comes in. This year, I’ve been hustling so hard I hustled myself right into a work overload! I’m so grateful for every opportunity that is coming my way, and I don’t want them to stop! But when they all land on top of one another, and combine with personal life, it just becomes overwhelming. I’m sure each one of you has been there.

The truth is, I have a ton of stuff up my sleeve for you all. I’m pushing myself to do bigger and more awesome things to bring to you. I want Lovely Indeed to just keep climbing this ladder of awesome until it’s on the very top awesome rung. And all of that awesome takes work. Awesome work, which I love, but work nonetheless. I guess all I’m saying is I don’t want to give up the hustle. I don’t think you should have to. But I do think it’s crucial to remember the slowdown. Work it, relax it, repeat. I think on the last few rounds I forgot the relax part.

So the work’s not stopping. And the awesome is still coming on the daily. But in between, I’m going to make an effort to remember to slow down. And just enjoy. Because if I don’t stop and enjoy, ain’t nobody going to do it for me. xoxo

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Urbanic Paper Boutique is one of those shops that seems like it was made out of my dreams. I swear, walking into that place is like walking into one of…

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Urbanic Paper Boutique is one of those shops that seems like it was made out of my dreams. I swear, walking into that place is like walking into one of my Pinterest boards that came to life. It’s packed full of all of my favorite good stuff, from paper to pencils to candles. Mr. Lovely and I headed in recently and shopped around a bit, and the lovely Audrey (owner and creative director) let us snap some photos.

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique
Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

I can’t get enough of those Illume candles! My favorite scent is the pineapple cilantro — amazing.

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

So many fun little treasures are tucked everywhere! When we left I felt like I still hadn’t seen it all because there’s so much good stuff. I did, however, manage to find a couple of things to take home. I’m a Maptote fan, so we brought home a little LA map for visitors who we have coming to stay, and a zipper pouch for myself. Duh.

And FYI, they’ve got a new online shop coming soon, but in the meantime you can check out their pop-up shop for any goodies that you might need. Thanks, Urbanic! xoxo

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Oh, the Possibilities

In this world of creatives and bloggers, we have to make things happen for ourselves. So what do you want to make happen? What are your goals? I think about…

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In this world of creatives and bloggers, we have to make things happen for ourselves. So what do you want to make happen? What are your goals? I think about that for myself often. I think we have to — otherwise, we’ll always stay right where we are. And I don’t know about you, but I’m an onward-and-upward type of gal.

So if you have any awesome goals for your blog or business, and you think that Lovely Indeed can help you achieve them, let’s talk. Shoot me an email and we can dream up something fab! Whether you just want to test the waters by being a sidebar sponsor, or you want to feature your awesome brand with a post or a giveaway, or you want to be a part of a DIY project, let’s get into it. Let’s make up something entirely new. Let’s make things happen. Let’s explore the possibilities. xoxo

Oh, Paris

Original photo by the lovely Jenn Elliott Blake of Scout. We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for some beyond exciting news. Mr. Lovely and I have been hatching a plan…

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Original photo by the lovely Jenn Elliott Blake of Scout.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for some beyond exciting news. Mr. Lovely and I have been hatching a plan for our anniversary trip this year and things finally came together — we are going to Paris! We’re doing a home exchange with a lovely couple from Paris (in Les Marais) and I’m so, so excited. Our plan is to be based there for a couple of weeks and do day or overnight trips on the train to anywhere that might sound fun! And at the end of it all, we’re heading to London for a few days to wrap it up.

So here’s where I need help! I’ve been to Paris once, for just a few days, but it was a million years ago and I’d love your recommendations. And for that matter, I’d love to hear about any must-do things that are doable by train from Paris and in London as well. Our trip is in late August but I just can’t resist putting a few things on the itinerary.

Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Married Life // PDA

I’m a hugger. I think I probably hug too much. Like, my first instinct when I meet someone is to hug rather than shake a hand. I’m not sure why…

Married Life // PDA

I’m a hugger. I think I probably hug too much. Like, my first instinct when I meet someone is to hug rather than shake a hand. I’m not sure why — my mom is pretty huggy, my dad is pretty average. I guess I just took it to the next level. All that being said, sometimes I’m not sure how I feel about public displays of affection with the ol’ husbaroo.

It’s funny, because I kind of have levels of comfort with the varying tiers of displays of affection. When Mr. Lovely and I are in public (in a relaxed environment), I almost always prefer to be holding hands or have an arm slung around his waist. My shoulder just fits right under his armpit and it’s like a little puzzle fitting together. (Sidenote: He actually complains about this one because he claims I dig my fingers into his ribs. I think his ribs are a little too sensitive.) But! For some reason, I can’t bring myself to give him much of a kiss in public! Wha? I don’t get it. I love smoochin’. It just feels a little too private out in the open. So he has a hard time getting more than a peck out of me when we are out and about.

That being said, I don’t mind seeing a sensible PDA from another couple out in the world! I do, however, draw the line on full-out makeout sessions. I mean, come on. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I guess it’s also worth noting that when we’re in a work environment (like doing a show together or in a meeting), I stay as far away from that kid as possible. Ha! In the last show we did, it took a while for people to realize we were even married because we kept it so profesh. And to me, that’s a good thing. I mean, who holds hands at work, anyway?

Okay, now you! I’d love to hear your take on PDA, married or not. Lay it on me! xoxo

More Lovely, Please

Are you needing a little extra reading this week? Head over to The Neighborhood to read my June posts! They’re all full of tips about how to have a super…

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Are you needing a little extra reading this week? Head over to The Neighborhood to read my June posts! They’re all full of tips about how to have a super fun, safe summer (and probably look cute while you’re doing it). And it might be a little belated, but there’s a freebie download — check it out! xoxo

Don’t Trip!

Stay Cool

My Favorite Sunnies

Downloadable Dad Card

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Soooooo this project was kind of ambitious for me. You guys know that any sewing I do is pretty much in a straight line and two-dimensional. In my head, this…

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Soooooo this project was kind of ambitious for me. You guys know that any sewing I do is pretty much in a straight line and two-dimensional. In my head, this one seemed easy so I decided to give it a go. I’m pretty impressed with myself (and I only stabbed myself with pins once or twice!). Don’t be afraid of this one; you just have to take your time with it. Here’s what you’ll need.

Materials

  • pleather, or other sturdy upholstery fabric
  • sewing machine and materials (pins, scissors, thread, etc)
  • 36″ zipper
  • thick foam

Cut foam so that it pieces together into a cube that’s 14″ tall, 16 1/2″ wide, and 16 1/2″ deep. Cut two 16 1/2″ squares of fabric. Cut one rectangle that measures 66″ long and 14 1/2″ wide.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Pinning right sides together, pin the long edge of the rectangle around the border of one of the squares. When the rectangle meets itself, pin right sides of the rectangle together.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Sew a straight stitch along all pinned edges. Trim excess.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Pin the other square to the opposite long edge of the rectangle, creating a box. You’ll need to pin in the zipper on two consecutive sides; I started the zipper on the corner where the rectangle’s edges meet.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Sew a straight stitch along all pinned edges. You will need to use a zipper foot for the edges that are connecting to the zipper. You should now have what looks like a sad, limp box. Flip it right side out.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Fill it with the pieces of foam.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Zip to close.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Oh my gosh, you did it. I did it. We all did it together. I won’t lie, I came away from this project with a Band-Aid on my finger, a broken sewing machine needle, and a whole lot of pride. It has square corners and everything. And now all of my magazines have a super-glamorous place to rest.

Oh! And if you’re wondering about the pleather gold croc fabric, I found it on the street in the fabric district of downtown LA. But as far as I can tell, this is it right here. Good luck! xoxo

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Eye Chart Printable

If you’ve seen The Princess Bride, this printable needs no introduction. If you haven’t… see it yesterday. Seriously one of the best movies of all time. When we were living…

Eye Chart Printable

If you’ve seen The Princess Bride, this printable needs no introduction. If you haven’t… see it yesterday. Seriously one of the best movies of all time.

When we were living in NYC and just putting together our first gallery wall in a new apartment, we had a blank spot that we needed to fill. We wanted something kind of funny but not dumb, and something that might take a while for people to see and figure out. Oh, and cheap. We wanted it cheap.

So we sat together one night and designed this eye chart with the Inigo Montoya quote from Princess Bride! An obvious choice, no? We thought so. (I actually featured the wall in a post here, forever ago before I knew how to take photos or blog. Ew. Don’t go look at that. No really. Don’t.)

But long story short, the eye chart is back and now you can download it here it if you want to print it out for your own house! When we first had it up it was framed but these days I kind of like it clipped up.

I’d love to know if you plan on putting this weird little thing in your house! Or how ’bout this — what other movie quotes would make awesome eye charts? xoxo

Eye Chart Printable

Eye Chart Printable