Out & About // On the Lot LA

I know the whole food truck thing is so trendy right now, but I gotta say — I love it. It’s such an easy way to try all kinds of…

Eat Out // On the Lot LA
Eat Out // On the Lot LA

I know the whole food truck thing is so trendy right now, but I gotta say — I love it. It’s such an easy way to try all kinds of different foods, especially when the trucks are all gathered in one place. On the Lot LA is a traveling smorgasboard of varying trucks that set up all over the city on different evenings. Monday nights they are in Los Feliz, so a couple of weeks ago we headed over to see what was there!

You can check their Twitter feed to find out what trucks are participating on a particular evening, and Mr. Lovely was pretty stoked on the hot dogs from Tokyo Doggie Style so we had to try the Hoagie. I stole most of it from him because it was beyond good. He also got an order of takoyaki — deep fried balls of octopus. Not gonna lie, they were a little fishy for me. You can’t win ’em all. But the lychee lemonade is not to be passed up! I got a few Vietnamese tacos from Mandoline Grill, which were also amazing — perfect summer food.

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

But the grand finale was from Chunk-n-Chip: peanut butter ice cream and white chocolate ice cream sandwiched between hot chocolate chip cookies. It was rude how good that thing was.

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Needless to say, we’ll be back for our favorites and for some new trucks too! Will we see ya there? Let’s have a food truck date. xoxo

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Desktop Designers // Yours Truly

Hey gang! A while back, I tossed this quick graphic onto a post and some of you wanted it for your desktop. I’m happy to oblige, so you can now…

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Hey gang! A while back, I tossed this quick graphic onto a post and some of you wanted it for your desktop. I’m happy to oblige, so you can now get this design for all of your tech. See the downloads below. Now go make something! xoxo

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Lots Going On

I just thought I’d hit you guys with a little update on where the heck I am and what the heck I’m doing these days! I’ve been hanging out in…

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I just thought I’d hit you guys with a little update on where the heck I am and what the heck I’m doing these days! I’ve been hanging out in Modesto (my hometown), spending time with family and helping my mom recover from her recent hip replacement. Do you guys have any experience with a joint replacement? Boy, it’s tough work. It’s a rehab process that’s grueling, but my mom is meeting it head-on and being such a trooper. Doesn’t make it any easier, but the promise of a better quality of life after it heals is so encouraging. So I’m playing nurse/chef/maid and helping out around my parents’ house.

In more jazzy news, I’m performing in a production of Cabaret with Modesto Performing Arts! It’s pretty incredible to come back to my hometown after being away in NYC and now LA, and perform with the theatre company where I started. I’ll be playing Sally Bowles (the Liza Minnelli role, for y’all who know), and I’m so stoked to be sinking my teeth into  that brilliant and devastating role. And the icing on the cake is that Mr. Lovely is playing Cliff — Sally’s love interest. Oh, how I love to be on stage with that fella.

So long story short, it’s been a busy summer so far. That’s kind of the understatement of the year. But I love it this way and I’m loving what I’m doing. And I also am so grateful that I can be blogging while I do it all. I’ll be continuing to share info and photos with you guys, so be sure to follow my Instagram and come back for updates! xoxo

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DIY Carved Stamp

The last time I did a carved stamp, I did it guerilla style, with erasers and an X-Acto knife. And that way works pretty well. But I’ve learned that with…

DIY Carved Stamp

DIY Carved Stamp

The last time I did a carved stamp, I did it guerilla style, with erasers and an X-Acto knife. And that way works pretty well. But I’ve learned that with this cool Speedball stamp carving tool, you be awesomely precise and intricate. So here we go.

Materials

Make Time: 30 minutes

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Decide on your design. Practice drawing it a few times, because you’ll have to draw it backwards (you can also print it out and iron it onto the stamp block if you like, instructions here). Draw it onto the stamp block, backwards.

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Using the carving tool, begin to carve away at the design. A gentle hand is key, because you can always shave off more of the stamp block but you can never replace what you’ve cut away. There’s no delete button here, y’all. I used the knife for cutting out the large arrow shape and the carving tool for the intricate words.

DIY Carved Stamp

DIY Carved Stamp

Refine your design until you’re happy with it! It may be necessary to stamp it once or twice and continue to refine it; it’s easier to see what might need fixing once it’s inked and stamped. If you like, affix the stamp to a wooden block with strong glue.

Stamp it everywhere! I made myself a little stamp to use on snail mail. What would you make? xoxo

DIY Carved Stamp

DIY Carved Stamp

Backyard Yoga with Old Navy Active

I’m pretty pumped (no pun intended) to be working on this style series with Old Navy, and even more pumped because this month I get to talk about their Active…

Backyard Yoga with Old Navy Active

I’m pretty pumped (no pun intended) to be working on this style series with Old Navy, and even more pumped because this month I get to talk about their Active line! You guys might remember how I feel about their gym clothes, but just in case you need a little reminder: I heart them. Lots. They’ve replaced all of my other workout clothes at this point (especially a few crazy expensive, fancy brands, which shall remain unnamed), and they’re my go-to for active wear.

Backyard Yoga with Old Navy Active

I’m kind of a workout fan, so I like to make sure I’m comfy in whatever I wear when I’m getting my fitness on. And truly, the compression pants are my favorite thing to wear to the gym (or to wear while I’m doing yoga on my sister’s lawn…). They stop my jiggle, which is crucial, and they just feel good. I especially love that they don’t stretch out after lots of wearing and washing. My other fave is their padded sports bras, which I’m not ashamed to say that I desperately need. Ha. But you get my drift.

And I couldn’t resist picking up this awesome workout tee on my last trip to Old Navy. The colors are good and the sentiment is even better. Because it’s good to feel beautiful while you’re working out. What about you guys? Any faves to wear while you’re sweating it out? xoxo

Backyard Yoga with Old Navy Active

Backyard Yoga with Old Navy Active

P.S. Have you ever tried parkour? This guy is crazy.





This post is sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

Road Trip Season

‘Tis the season of the road trip, and you know Mr. Lovely and I are fans of hopping in our car and taking off on an adventure! When we head…

‘Tis the season of the road trip, and you know Mr. Lovely and I are fans of hopping in our car and taking off on an adventure! When we head out, we load an iPad with movies and music, bring our camera gear, and always stock up on water and snacks. But to me, the most important thing is being comfy for the long haul. These are a few of the things I’m spying for our next big adventure, along with some of my tried-and-true products.

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Dress. Sunnies. Bag. Toms. Boots. Dry Shampoo. Lip Balm. Sunblock.

I love wearing dresses on road trips because they’re so comfy! I usually have a couple of pairs of shoes just in case (truth be told, I just caved and ordered a pair of those Toms!). Can’t leave the house without sunnies, and all of my goodies always go into a big ol’ tote bag. These days I’m rocking this one from Rugby, but I’ve been lusting after that leather one forever now. Someday…

I also find that a few key products keep me so much more comfy while I’m driving! My lips always get chapped, so I usually have some lip balm with SPF (I love this one from Fresh because it has a little tint to it). I keep dry shampoo in my bag for hair freshening emergencies (I mean, right?), and you always always always gotta wear sunblock. Oooh, those UV rays can be nasty when you’re driving, and you don’t even notice it. I tend to wear baby sunblock because it has really high SPF and it’s pretty gentle on my (problem/sensitive/annoying) skin.

So those are my essentials! What about you? What keeps you comfy while you’re on a road trip adventure? xoxo

Lovely June Sponsors

Check out some of my favorite features from our June sponsors! These girls have got it going on. xoxo The Itty Bitty Black Stingray bag from Well-Loved is my fave!…

Check out some of my favorite features from our June sponsors! These girls have got it going on. xoxo

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The Itty Bitty Black Stingray bag from Well-Loved is my fave!

I think if I made Mr. Lovely this recipe from This Heart of Mine, he’d marry me all over again.

Alyssa from Tech Love Design is making me want a mini-vacay!

Another beautiful post (about being a pro blogger) from Madalynne. This girl knows what’s up.

Nat at The Folding Chair is killing me with this burger. Cue mouth, watering.

Super-chic gold and white summer style roundup, at Likes to Smile.

Desktop Designers // Nat Otalora

Today’s Desktop Designer has been one of our darling sponsors for the last few months, and I just love her style! Natalia Otalora blogs at The Folding Chair, and you…

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Today’s Desktop Designer has been one of our darling sponsors for the last few months, and I just love her style! Natalia Otalora blogs at The Folding Chair, and you can always count on her for fresh finds and a colorful collection of pretty images. Today, Nat’s got a killer download for us, with a healthy dose of inspiration. I don’t think about the concept of curiosity much, but I love that this design is a reminder to always stay curious. I mean, isn’t that where some of the greatest creativity is born?

Let’s hear some more from Nat!

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So many thanks to this doll for the gorgeous downloads! Get in on this action below, in all three sizes. Have fun! xoxo

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Download for Phone.

Pinning Summer

I want my life to look like my Pinterest boards right now. I’m so inspired by everything summery — picnics, bikes, road trips, farmer’s markets, all of it! I can’t…

I want my life to look like my Pinterest boards right now. I’m so inspired by everything summery — picnics, bikes, road trips, farmer’s markets, all of it! I can’t stop pinning it and I wish I could hop into my Pinterest boards like Mary Poppins hops into the chalk paintings on the sidewalk. (Although I really can’t complain — I got a healthy dose of summer on our recent trip.)

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite recent pins. What are you pinning right now? And do you find that your Pinterest boards reflect your moods? I remember a span of time this winter where I was only pinning black, white, and gold things. What about you? xoxo

Pinning SummerVan. Swimming. Bike. Drink. Top.

Blogging // Being a Business

You know, when I started blogging it was totally just for funsies. I didn’t have any clue that one day I would a) have so many lovely, inspiring readers coming…

Blogging // Being a Business

You know, when I started blogging it was totally just for funsies. I didn’t have any clue that one day I would a) have so many lovely, inspiring readers coming to see what’s up every day, or b) need to learn about contracts, invoices, pitches, tax law, and on and on and on. I mean, It’s a beautiful privilege to put something creative into the world every day, the way I get to do right here. But now that I also get to call this my job, it’s a necessity to not only take care of the creative end, but the business end.

So what’s a girl to do? If you’re a blogger, have you found yourself in this situation and been totally freaked, like I was at first (and still am sometimes)? It can be really scary to try to navigate all of this by ourselves. Luckily, I’ve come across so many helpful, knowledgable people and resources, and you know I love to share. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on any of this, but these are some of the places I turn to when I need guidance or answers to specific business-type questions.

The Alt Blog. Scroll through the Alt blog archives for advice and input on business from some of the best names in the blogging biz. There’s everything from tax help to customer care advice, so get ready for an information treasure trove.

Design*Sponge’s Biz Ladies Series. I love the Biz Ladies series because it brings in bunches of highly successful women and they share their secrets right out in the open. There are also tons of really great tips, presented in a thorough but very palatable format.

Sweeter CPA. Helena Swyter is my go-to when I have blog or web-related tax questions. She’s a genius CPA who totally understands this crazy internet world, which makes her an absolute gold mine.

The ProBlogger Business Plan Guide. It’s pretty comprehensive and it might not all apply to you specifically, but it’s a great checklist if you’re just starting out, reorganizing, or wanting to take things to the next level. It’s pretty good inspiration.

Breanna Rose’s Be Free, Lance Series. I’ve linked to Breanna Rose before, and rightfully so — she’s a wealth of inspiration and knowledge. Her Be Free, Lance series covers lots of the business portion of being a freelancer (along with a healthy dose of the creative side, too).

I so hope that some of these are helpful to you! And I’d love to know if you have any more resources to share in the comments. xoxo

Photobooth Factory // Record Wall

Gahhhhhh I love this one! It’s like a disco party in my house. I dont want to take it down. And to be completely fair, it was Mr. Lovely’s idea!…

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Gahhhhhh I love this one! It’s like a disco party in my house. I dont want to take it down. And to be completely fair, it was Mr. Lovely’s idea! He’s way into vinyl these days, and he suggested his growing collection as the perfect material for this month’s photobooth wall. My man rocks.

Materials

Make Time: 30 minutes

Assemble the wall hooks by putting the sticky part on the back of the plastic hook. Put a tiny hook through the center of a record, peel off the sticker on the other side of the hook, and affix to the wall according to the directions on the package.

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Get the first row up on the wall and ensure that it’s level. We used the buddy system and I eyeballed it while Mr. Lovely hung the records. Super scientific, we are.

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Once the first row is up and even, apply the second row in the gaps of the records from the first. Continue until you’ve reached the bottom. We made 5 rows of records, alternating between 6 and 7 records each.

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Set up your camera and snap away! You might have to test out your flash on this one and be sure it doesn’t make a crazy reflection on the records. Or if you like a crazy reflection and you’re psychedelic like that, rock on. xoxo

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