Meet/Make/Do

Off to Meet/Make/Do

Well guys, the day is here! We’ve been planning this shindig for months, and today is finally the day we head out to Palm Springs and meet our other blogger…

Meet/Make/Do

Well guys, the day is here! We’ve been planning this shindig for months, and today is finally the day we head out to Palm Springs and meet our other blogger pals there for a few days of creativity. I’m so excited-nervous-happy-scared! Try that emotion on for size.

But truly, it’s gonna be great. And I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to put together something like this to share with other people. Meet/Make/Do is an event like no other that I’ve ever participated in (let alone planned), so I’m really pumped to be going on this adventure. So many thanks to Bing for helping us make it happen!

The next couple of days might be quiet around here, but our social media feeds will be filled with updates so you can follow along while we work and play. Follow the hashtag #MeetMakeBing on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up! And after the event, we’ll be sharing recaps, stories, DIYs, and more, so keep checking back. And with that, we’re heading to the desert! xoxo

Upper Metal Class Earrings

Birthday Giveaway

You guys, it’s my birthday! Woah, I’m old. Like, when I was little I considered my age to be a full-blown grownup. Ha! Riiiiight. Definitely all grown up over here….

Birthday Giveaway

You guys, it’s my birthday! Woah, I’m old. Like, when I was little I considered my age to be a full-blown grownup. Ha! Riiiiight. Definitely all grown up over here. Or something like that.

But let’s talk about the good stuff. I love to give presents on my birthday, and because you all are just so lovely, we’re wrapping up this giveaway month with one final giveaway bonanza. I compiled a giveaway package with a few pieces from some of my very favorite brands and makers, and I’m wrapping it up with a pretty bow for one of you! Read on for what’s inside.

First up, there’s a pair of these killer Positive Negative Balance Earrings from Upper Metal Class. UMC has long been one of my favorite jewelry brands — it’s so cool and minimal but still feels feminine and delicate. I have been wearing my Bar Necklace for years now, and I still love it.

Upper Metal Class Earrings

Next, from one of my favorite creatives (no kidding, I stalk this girl), we have an Ampersand Stamp from Ann-Marie Loves! I don’t know how she does it, but everything that comes out of her brain is so beautiful. Definitely check out her blog, and take some time looking through her shop too — I could spend an entire month’s paycheck there.

Ann-Marie Loves Ampersand Stamp

Then we’ve got an adorable polka dot mousepad and chevron iPhone 5 case from Field Trip! I’m loving this shop. I mean, looooving it. There are mousepads in every color of the rainbow, endless beautiful phone cases, pretty prints, and more. Not to mention the fact that I’m rocking this very mousepad and iPhone case on my own tech right now. They’re perfect.

Field Trip Mousepad and iPhone 5 Case

And finally, we’ll have a few extra Lovely Indeed surprises thrown in for good measure — you may find yourself the lucky recipient of one or two DIY pieces from yours truly. All said and done, it’s a prize pack valued at over $120.

Lovely Indeed Leather Heart

So! Without further ado, I’ll let you enter to your heart’s content! Follow instructions for entry in the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, and will end on Monday, March 3 at 5 pm PST.

A big birthday hug to all of these wonderful vendors who are helping us celebrate! xoxo
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DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

DIY Tassel Chain Necklace

I love, love, looove when a DIY project costs me zero dollars. I had all of these supplies laying around and decided that my accessories collection needed a little updating, so…

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

I love, love, looove when a DIY project costs me zero dollars. I had all of these supplies laying around and decided that my accessories collection needed a little updating, so I found a quick and easy way to put together this little DIY tassel chain necklace! You might not have all of the materials in your supply closet, but they’re pretty easy on your wallet anyway. Let’s make ’em so we can all be matchy-matchy.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Begin by creating a 30″ length of chain. Do this by loosening one link with your pliers and separating the 30″ from the rest of the chain. Keep the loose link open, and insert it through the end link on the opposite end of the 30″ chain. The links on both ends of the chain should be in the open link. Close that link securely with your pliers so that you have created a necklace.

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

Next, create a few pieces of chain, each approximately 7″ in length. I let mine vary a bit; you can be more specific if you like. Make more or less of these depending on how full you’d like your tassel. I used about 10 pieces.

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

Gather the pieces together so that they are even with each other and fold them over the necklace.

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

Arrange them so that they lay as flat as possible. Cut a small strip of leather about 1/4″ wide and long enough to circle the tassel. Apply a bit of E-6000 to one end of the leather, wrap the leather around the tassel tightly, and adhere it closed.

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

Allow the glue to dry, slip your necklace over your head, and rock out your new accessory! Just a side note — I did test my necklace by giving the individual chains in the tassel a tug to be sure they weren’t going to come loose. They held strong, so just be sure that your leather is tight enough and it should be okay. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

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DIY Chain Tassel Necklace

Hills

Have a Beautiful Weekend

Hey gang! I’m not gonna play around here — I straight up need a little break today. With Meet/Make/Do coming up next weekend, I thought it would be best to…

Hills

Hey gang! I’m not gonna play around here — I straight up need a little break today. With Meet/Make/Do coming up next weekend, I thought it would be best to just stop by and wish you a wonderful weekend instead of killing myself trying to put a fancy post together. Sometimes we just have to give ourselves a little leeway, ya know?

I am just so stunned and grateful at all of the opportunities coming my way right now, but I have to tell you I am juggling over here! You know me; work hard play hard. And I’m fo’ sho’ in the work hard portion of that whole arrangement right now. But I’m loving every second, and I’m finding myself being pushed and pulled in creative ways that are so good for me. So I’m letting that happen, and letting some other things slide. Have you ever been in that situation? Where the extra 5 or 30 or 60 minutes you save by cutting a corner is totally worth your sanity? I’m sure you have been. We all have. I think it’s worth it to just be kind to yourself and make some breathing room.

So! Forgive the non-post post today, but I couldn’t let a Friday go by without wishing you a happy weekend. Do leave a comment and share what you’ll be doing this weekend — you know I love to be nosy. xoxo

Golden Office Supplies

Midas Would Be Proud

So I have this addiction to office supplies (clearly evidenced by this post last week). I just can’t stop! I don’t know why, but there’s something so satisfying about bringing…

So I have this addiction to office supplies (clearly evidenced by this post last week). I just can’t stop! I don’t know why, but there’s something so satisfying about bringing home a new notebook or some fresh pencils or a new sharp pair of pretty scissors. Truth be told, I probably have enough notebooks to take notes from now until 2020. But these things just keep hopping off the shelf at the store and into my shopping basket (more often than not from the Target dollar aisle, which is an extremely dangerous place).

And since I’m also dangerously addicted to anything golden, these particular office supplies have me just beside myself. I’m pretty sure if they actually physically appeared all in one place I would pass out from gold overload. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

Golden Office Supplies

Stapler. Pyramid pencil sharpener. Pen. Bow paper clips. Pencil case. 23 karat pencil sharpener. Mousetrap paper clip.

Seriously, come on. That rotary pencil sharpener is plated in 23 karat gold. Seriously! Not that you’re going to find me dropping dough on an actual gold pencil sharpener, but tell me that’s not cool. And that little mousetrap paper clip is probably the best paper clip I’ve ever seen.

Also, random poll: Have you ever owned a really fancy pen? Sometimes I think it’s absolutely crazy that you can spend hundreds of dollars on a pen. But then, I’ve never tried one so maybe it’s totally worth it?! I may never know, but I’m totally happy with my favorite pens for now. xoxo

Offline Events

Blogging // Events

More and more, I’m loving getting offline and out into the world to create events and experiences that relate back to Lovely Indeed. I love the internet dearly. I know…

Offline Events

More and more, I’m loving getting offline and out into the world to create events and experiences that relate back to Lovely Indeed. I love the internet dearly. I know it sounds weird, but I do. It makes so many things possible and I’ve met some beautiful people through this here blog. But after a while, I find myself craving in-person interaction, and so offline events have been where it’s at for me lately.

I really feel like I’m not the only one who’s searching for these personal interactions more; it seems like bunches of people are either putting together events or looking for places to gather and create. And I love that! Working online can be a very isolating thing, so I think it’s crucial to seek out opportunities to connect in real life. Like real people. Over the last year, I’ve planned, executed, and attended my fair share of events, so I thought I’d share a few bits and pieces about how you can do the same if you’re craving that same person-to-person connection, too.

Start Small. No events in your area? No problem. Call a few friends or reach out online to like-minded bloggers who might be near you. All it takes is a ringleader and I promise that people will want to come and connect. It can be as simple as planning a get-together with a few creatives for coffee, and it’ll still be an inspiring gathering. Even better, invite some folks over and tell them to bring whatever it is they might be working on — have a crafternoon together.

Find a Workshop. Lots of cities have shops that hold creative gatherings like craft nights or workshops. Check out your local stores and see if they have anything that sounds fun. If you’re near a West Elm or an Anthropologie, you’re in luck — they put together some of the best workshops around. And if you can’t find any workshops near you, heck, make one. Stick your neck out and ask your favorite store if you can host a gathering there. You’ll benefit, they’ll benefit, and hopefully you’ll end up with a batch of new creative buddies.

Invest in a Conference. While it’s a larger time and financial commitment, creative conferences are the ultimate place to make connections. Some of the folks that I met during my first time at Alt are now my closest friends. There are creative conferences popping up all over the country; put your ear to the ground and see if you can find the closest one to you.

I’d love to know if in-person interactions are something that’s important to you! If you’re in the online industry, is that something you find yourself missing? And if you’re not, do you find yourself wanting to connect creatively outside of work? Seriously, if I could throw a party and invite every last one of you, I would. Let’s make that happen. xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Art

DIY Gold Leaf Art

For the last 6 or 8 months, there has been this massive canvas hanging in our bedroom. For a while it was completely blank, just hanging there. Then I did…

DIY Gold Leaf Art

For the last 6 or 8 months, there has been this massive canvas hanging in our bedroom. For a while it was completely blank, just hanging there. Then I did this project on it, which I loved, but didn’t quite fit with the vibe of our bedroom. So I finally decided to paint right over it and start with a clean slate. I’m a gal who knows what she likes, so I decided to get all gold leaf on you again. Mr. Lovely and I decided to make a little DIY gold leaf puppy, because we realllly want a dog right now but it’s not quite time yet for us to get one. So at least we have this little golden guy on our walls.

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours

Decide on the image that you’d like to create out of gold leaf. Draw or print out the image; if it’s overly large you may have to piece a few pages together with tape. (The dog took about 6 sheets of scratch paper.) Set the image onto the canvas and trace lightly around it with pencil.

DIY Gold Leaf Art

Brush the gold leaf adhesive onto the traced image. I was sure to get adhesive over the lines I had drawn just slightly, in order to cover up the pencil marks. Brush adhesive onto the entire outline of the image and fill in the image with adhesive as well. Allow the adhesive to cure according to the directions on the packaging. I always find that a thin coat does the trick; don’t leave any puddles or you’ll have a mess.

DIY Gold Leaf Art

Once the adhesive is slightly dry and very tacky, apply the gold leaf. Most gold leaf comes with a sheet of waxy paper attached to it. Apply the sheet gold side down and rub firmly but gently on the spots where it is making contact with the adhesive. Peel back the wax sheet carefully and the gold should adhere. You will probably need to patch a few spots here and there. Just use a partial sheet of gold leaf over the places that need patching in the same manner.

DIY Gold Leaf Art

When your shape is covered in gold, use a clean, dry, soft brush to buff away the excess gold leaf. It should come right off. (Beware this step. Those little gold flakes can find their way all over your house with the slightest gust of air!)

DIY Gold Leaf Art

That’s it! Hang your new art and enjoy. I just wish I could get better photos of this guy! Our bedroom is a nightmare to shoot in. But you get the idea. Our little golden puppy found a happy home. xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Art

DIY Gold Leaf Art

DIY Gold Leaf Art

Hinoki & The Bird

Out & About // Hinoki & the Bird

Happy President’s Day! Since today’s a big beautiful vacation day for most of you, I thought I’d just share a bit about what Mr. Lovely and I did on Valentine’s…

Hinoki & The Bird

Hinoki & The Bird

Happy President’s Day! Since today’s a big beautiful vacation day for most of you, I thought I’d just share a bit about what Mr. Lovely and I did on Valentine’s Day. We wanted to do something a tiny bit special but still pretty chill, so we headed to a V-Day lunch at a spot we’ve been wanting to try, Hinoki & the Bird.

Let me just start off by saying that during the business lunch hours on a weekday, the two of us stuck out like sore thumbs. We were surrounded by dudes in suits, who were saying things like “merger” and “investments.” And while we had these silly grins pasted on our faces because the place was so beautiful and the food was so good, everyone else kind of seemed cranky to be in a business meeting on Valentine’s Day. All of that is to say that this is definitely not the kind of place that we frequent. We’re more a taco stand type of couple. But stepping it up every once in a while is super fun.

Hinoki & The Bird

Hinoki & The Bird

Anyway! If you go, definitely try to sit outside — the patio is beautiful and I couldn’t stop staring overhead at the hanging air plants. You definitely feel like you’re transported to a different place, with all of the sleek wood paneling and simple, natural elements. I was totally taken by their pretty mismatched flatware. And the food… well, the food is ridiculous.

Hinoki & The Bird

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We ordered a smorgasbord of little things to share. My absolute faves were the pumpkin toast with miso jam and goat cheese, and the persimmon and burrata salad. (You could probably put burrata on an old shoe and I would still love it.) Mr. Lovely couldn’t get enough of the fried chicken sandwich. And if you want to finish with a little something sweet, try the miso mochi with butterscotch. It’s just a few tiny bites but packed with more flavor than you can probably handle.

Hinoki & The Bird

After we left we decided to hit up the Journey of a Dress exhibit — bonus! Mr. Lovely didn’t even mind too much because of the crazy awesome patterned walls. The Diane von Furstenberg dresses were awesome and all, but those walls were all I was focused on. So obviously we had to have a full-out photo shoot.

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

And that’s a wrap! Mr. Lovely ended the day by sending me a hilarious Red Stamp invitation to our couch for a House of Cards marathon. Probably the best Valentine ever. Have a great week! xoxo

Valentine's Day

Ten Things: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovahs! Are you guys into it? Are you, like, running around town throwing hearts at strangers and skipping and singing love songs? Or are you wearing black…

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovahs! Are you guys into it? Are you, like, running around town throwing hearts at strangers and skipping and singing love songs? Or are you wearing black today in defiance against the greeting card companies for inventing a holiday? I’m always a little trepidatious on Valentine’s Day because I come across so many people who really dislike it. It kind of boggles my mind because I don’t take a staunch position against any holiday; I’ll celebrate just about anything. (And I especially love celebrating love.) But I do get it. Valentine’s Day is kind of a made-up holiday, and if you find yourself without a Valentine it can be a bummer. Although I did do a little research and found out that the holiday is said to have originally honored Saint Valentinus, who was tossed into prison when he performed marriage ceremonies for young soldiers to their lady loves, which was against the law. So there’s something, I guess.

Yadda  yadda, let’s get this post back on track! I decided that because we may have two camps on the whole Valentine’s Day issue, I’m splitting up today’s Ten Things. So now, without further ado, here we go.

Valentine’s Day Thumbs Downs

1. The restaurants that are booked months in advance.
2. Those icky teddy bears that you buy at the drug store when you forget a present for someone.
3. When people pronounce it “Valentime’s Day.”
4. Chocolate everywhere, which would be fine if I wanted to gain 10 pounds.
5. The really ugly jewelry that men think they have to buy from “fine” jewelry stores because of those awful commercials.

Valentine’s Day Thumbs Ups

6. Little kids writing Valentines to their classmates.
7. A reminder to communicate love to the people most important to you.
8. Cupid and that whole deal. A tiny chubby angel baby making people fall in love? Adorable.
9. Seeing couples out celebrating who are clearly enjoying being together.
10. Any excuse to get fresh flowers.

I would love to know where you stand on this whole V-Day thing! Leave a comment with your favorite or least favorite thing about Valentine’s Day, and have a great weekend! xoxo

Valentine Knuckle Tattoos

Last Minute Valentine Projects

In case you’re still looking for a few DIY Valentine ideas that you can put together in a jiffy, I thought I’d pull out some of my old Lovely Indeed…

In case you’re still looking for a few DIY Valentine ideas that you can put together in a jiffy, I thought I’d pull out some of my old Lovely Indeed classics! These oldies but goodies are some of my favorite projects, and they’re perfect to put together for your sweetheart or just a friend. Click through the links to find the full tutorials. Hope you like this little walk down memory lane! xoxo

DIY Valentine Glitter Garland

This post was one of my very first, back when I was a baby blogger. But a couple of my favorite bloggers pinned it and it’s been going strong ever since. I love these glitter garlands.

DIY Golden Dino Valentine

Dinosaurs make great Valentines, except for when they eat their feelings. (Get it?)

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Send some e-love to your pals using a few of my favorite apps for dressing up your photos.

DIY Sunglasses Pouch

Make a quick little sunglasses pouch for a ladyfriend; they make perfect Valentines for your pals!

DIY Gilded Heart Ring Dish

I made this last year and still use it to hold my rings. Quick, simple, and kinda fancy looking, if I do say so myself.

Married Life // Valentine’s Day

Are you married or in a long-term relationship? I’m kinda curious how everyone else in the same boat celebrates Valentine’s Day. For some reason, Mr. Lovely and I have always…

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Are you married or in a long-term relationship? I’m kinda curious how everyone else in the same boat celebrates Valentine’s Day. For some reason, Mr. Lovely and I have always kept it low-key; it’s right after Christmas and right before my birthday, so it feels like a bit much. That, and I feel like we celebrate each other every day (eeewww cheesy).

If you remember, we usually DIY each other some Valentines (evidence here, here, and here). I loved it, but even that got to be a little much after a while. So this year I think we’ll just have some good champagne with dinner and call it a day. (Although I did tell him that finally changing my last name was my gift to him. Can you even deal with that? After two and a half years I decided to become a Foy. Whoooole other post on that coming right up.)

So what about you? Do you love the hearts and flowers and teddy bears and all that jazz? Or do you do something totally off the wall for Valentine’s Day? I would love to know if it’s an important tradition for you, or something that you could take or leave. Let’s gab about it. xoxo

P.S. Make that dino Valentine right here.