Oahu Travel

Travel Oahu // Planes, Hotels, and Cars

Oh man. The week after a vacation is tough, isn’t it? While we’re diligently working to get our brains out of beach mode and back into work mode, I wanted…

Oahu Travel

Oahu Travel

Oh man. The week after a vacation is tough, isn’t it? While we’re diligently working to get our brains out of beach mode and back into work mode, I wanted to share some more of our Hawaii trip! I always look to blogs for the ins and outs of a place when I’m traveling, so hopefully this will be of some help.

We stayed at the Shoreline Waikiki, which is a Joie de Vivre hotel. Have you heard of them? It’s a group of boutique hotels, and each one in each town is a little different (We stayed in The Citizen, another Joie de Vivre hotel, during our wedding in Sacramento and fell in love with it.) The Shoreline’s got a really cool beach-meets-midcentury feel, and had so many great little touches. I think literally every time I passed through the lobby I grabbed a cup of their fresh pineapple iced tea. I loved being out on our little balcony to watch the sunrises (and look at the balconies from below — such fun colors!).

Oahu Travel

Oahu Travel

Oahu Travel

It was also a perfect location – just a few minute’s walk from the beach, restaurants, shopping, and more. If you’re heading to Oahu definitely check it out. Quick tip! Lots of the parking in Waikiki is limited or very pricey, but we were always able to find free parking on Ala Wai, a few blocks from the beach. Just be careful with the street cleaning times and be sure you don’t get towed. Ahem…

Just a few more tips we learned this trip! We found a crazy good rate on Allegiant Air out of LAX. On our flight from LAX to Honolulu we learned why. Allegiant has teeny tiny seats, makes you board insanely early, makes you pay for carry-ons, and has zero complimentary food or beverages in flight. Like, not even water. You pay for it all. So! If you want to fly Allegiant, no problem. Pay the few bucks for a seat upgrade with some space. Share a single checked bag and don’t take a carry on (they allow personal items that are small-ish for no fee). Bring an empty bottle and fill it with water before you board. Bring snacks as well. And wait until the last minute to board. Our flight back was perfectly comfortable, and affordable!

Finally, we wanted to be able to zip around the island in a car, so we rented one. The best price by far was on Priceline, with the name-your-price option. We were able to beat other rental companies by about half. Sweet! It’s an easy pickup at the Honolulu airport, and you’ve got your own set of wheels.

I’m still sorting through a zillion photos and putting together lots of recommendations for food and fun stuff to do, so stay tuned for more! Have a beautiful week. xoxo

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Oahu Travel

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Happy Friday + Pieces of Hawaii

We have one more day on Oahu and we’re gonna make the most of it! Mr. Lovely and I have been having a pretty swell time, running around the island…

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We have one more day on Oahu and we’re gonna make the most of it! Mr. Lovely and I have been having a pretty swell time, running around the island hiking and beaching and exploring. Thought I’d share a few early snaps from our phones, while we are soaking up our remaining time here. Catch up with me and the husb on Instagram to follow our final photos. Hope you guys have a beautiful summer weekend! xoxo

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DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

Still having so much fun with indigo shibori dyeing! I dip dyed this fabric when I went on a shibori bender a few weeks back and didn’t really know what…

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DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

Still having so much fun with indigo shibori dyeing! I dip dyed this fabric when I went on a shibori bender a few weeks back and didn’t really know what I would be doing with it. But a few days ago I got all inspired and decided to dust off my (extremely minimal) embroidery skills! I’m kinda digging the old school embroidery vibe mixed with the tie dye feel. It’s like crafty worlds colliding.

Materials

  • white fabric (flour sack material works great)
  • indigo dye kit
  • bucket
  • waterproof drop cloth
  • embroidery thread
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery hoop
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • glue gun

Make Time: 2 Hours (plus drying time) for dyeing; 1 Hour for embroidery

If you’d like to do the project with hand dyed fabric, follow the dyeing tutorial from this post. Once the fabric is dyed, cleaned, and dry, gather your embroidery materials.

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

Insert the fabric into the hoop (this hoop is 8″), being sure that the area of fabric you’d like to feature is centered in the hoop. Pull the fabric taut on all edges. Tighten the screw on the hoop and keep pulling the fabric until it’s tight.

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

Cut around the edges of the hoop so that there’s about an inch of fabric overhanging it.

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

With a pencil, lightly sketch on the words or image you’d like to embroider.

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

I used a sort of variation on a back stitch. Thread your needle and knot the ends of the thread together. Starting behind the fabric, make a tiny stitch at the start of one letter. Then come back up through the fabric about halfway through your first stitch. Continue in the same way, making a chain. When you get to the end of your embroidery, knot the thread behind the fabric and snip your thread.

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

Readjust your fabric in the hoop if needed. Finally, spread a thin line of hot glue around the back side of the inner hoop and press the excess fabric into it so that it’s tucked behind the hoop.

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

This one took some time but I love knowing that it’s hand-dyed fabric and hand-embroidered as well. I spent a good amount of time deciding what words to use, too — I wanted something lovely but something that wouldn’t take ten years to embroider, ya know? Sensible. I’d love to know what you’d put on it! xoxo

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

DIY Indigo Dyed Embroidery

How We Found Out I Was Pregnant

In case you’re missing it, I share my weekly thoughts on pregnancy over on Momtastic. But obviously I wanna give you guys the dirt, too, so I thought I could…

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In case you’re missing it, I share my weekly thoughts on pregnancy over on Momtastic. But obviously I wanna give you guys the dirt, too, so I thought I could go way back and tell the (highly anticlimactic) story of how we found out I’m pregnant. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, this is probably going to be really boring. But you’re here and I’m here so I’m going to tell it anyway.

Our boring story starts back when we went to Ojai. Remember that? We were bopping around town, doing our thing, and I swear, I just kept tripping over everything. I was stubbing my toes and dropping my camera and I just couldn’t keep it together. It was Klutz Town USA. And I was like, Huh, that’s weird.

Cut to a week or so later, and we had gone home to visit my family. One day we went to my favorite sandwich place for lunch, where I usually can only manage to eat half a sandwich, and I downed the whole thing before I could even blink. And I was like, Hold on a second…

After a few days visiting my family I realized that I was kind of walking around like a zombie and I was tired. Like, tired in my bones. It had been that way for a while but I was just kind of going along anyway and not really realizing it until we pulled up to my parent’s house one day — I remember thinking before I got out of the car that opening the car door and stepping out was going to take so much energy. And then I was like, Wait. I’m pregnant.

So I told Ryan. I was, like, 99% positive all of a sudden. Like some magical human pregnancy test. We kept it under our hats until we were back in our own home. And when he went out to buy groceries I said, “If you think of it, grab a pregnancy test.” Just all casual. Because I’m casual like that.

So he grabbed one and I took it and the rest is history. Well, really boring history. I literally came out of the bathroom and just smiled and he was like, “Yeah, we knew it.” And now we’re having a tiny person!

If you’ve ever been pregs, I’d love to know how realized or found out! It’s such a weird thing to feel something new going on in your body and not even realize what it is for a while. xoxo

Lovely Everywhere

Hey lovelies! While we are out of town, I thought it would be a perfect chance to catch you up on Lovely Indeed elsewhere around the web. I’m contributing to…

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Hey lovelies! While we are out of town, I thought it would be a perfect chance to catch you up on Lovely Indeed elsewhere around the web. I’m contributing to quite a few different blogs these days and I love it — it gives me the chance to share things that I wouldn’t normally post here on LI. Check out the links and click around for some extra reading! xoxo

Love these layered fruit ice cubes! Perfect for a hot summer project.

We hike a lot here in LA. Here are my top tips.

Mr. Lovely isn’t quite a dad yet, but here’s his wishlist for when he is.

Something I’ve been wondering during my pregnancy so far.

A fun interview with Blog Society!

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Hawaii Travel

Off To Hawaii

Here we go! It’s been way too long since Mr. Lovely and I hopped on a plane for an adventure somewhere. I’m so, so excited to spend the week on…

Hawaii Travel

Here we go! It’s been way too long since Mr. Lovely and I hopped on a plane for an adventure somewhere. I’m so, so excited to spend the week on Oahu, and so thankful for all of the awesome tips you guys had! Can’t thank you enough for all of the recommendations — we’re so excited to check out some of your favorite spots (and find some of our own). We’ve got a full week here on the blog too, so keep coming back for new posts and updates on our travels. And while you’re at it, follow me and Mr. Lovely on Instagram. We’ll be using the hashtag #lovelyindeedtravels so you can see all of our photos in one spot.

Have a beautiful week, and we’ll be sending you lots of aloha! xoxo

P.S. Y’all know how I feel about turbulence, so send good thoughts our way for a safe flight!

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Desktop Designers // Vanessa Smith

If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun. -Katharine Hepburn DOWNLOAD RULES WALLPAPER I love this quote. It always reminds me of my high school girlfriends,…

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If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.
-Katharine Hepburn

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I love this quote. It always reminds me of my high school girlfriends, because while we never did anything super crazy, we were always finding silly ways to break rules that didn’t matter. One summer, we drove to the Hershey Chocolate plant late at night because they had this amazing, huge lawn and they turned on the sprinklers after it was dark. We parked the car and all got out and ran through the sprinklers until the security guard moseyed over on his golf cart to tell us to take a hike. Still one of my favorite memories.

But I digress! I just think what Vanessa Smith did with today’s quote is so rad. Like, really radical. It’s hand-lettered in a way that makes me wish I wrote like her. It’s fun and funky and just right. Vanessa works as a web designer and also runs her own creative services shop called With Great Heart (which I think is so beautiful!). She says working there with bloggers is one of her favorite things to do. So cool.

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Out of all of our desktop designers, when I ask them what they like to do in their spare time, Vanessa is the only one who has said cleaning and organizing! I love this girl! (To be fair, she also enjoys watching movies and hanging out with her friends and fam). Here’s more!

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Now that we have you all checking under your bed for spiders, don’t forget to download today’s desktop below! Be sure to check out With Great Heart (especially if you’re a blogger), and follow Vanessa on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. xoxo

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Travel // Malibu

We took an impromptu trip to Malibu with some friends over the weekend for some breezy ocean air, seafood, and hiking. And it was beautiful. I was so taken with…

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We took an impromptu trip to Malibu with some friends over the weekend for some breezy ocean air, seafood, and hiking. And it was beautiful.

I was so taken with the adventure of the day that I didn’t get my camera out much — especially at lunch. But suffice it to say, if you’re ever in Malibu you should hit up the Malibu Seafood Patio Cafe. The line might look long but they keep it moving. Scope out a table while you wait for your food and be ready to have your world rocked. The clam strips were crazy good and you should definitely try their summery sides — the coleslaw and potato salad felt fresh and light, not weighed down with a bunch of drippy sauce. So good.

We hiked around for a bit and I always forget how gorgeous the views are in Malibu! You can see so far on a clear day.

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But my very fave was the few chilly moments we spent snapping photos on the beach. The color of the water that day was so perfect, and we caught the sun on its way down at the end of the day. Le sigh.

Ever been to Malibu? What’s your favorite spot? Matador is another really cool area! Would love to know your faves. xoxo

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P.S. Mr. Lovely’s hair in that last photo cracks me up.

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DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

Okay, guys. I was totally scared of the whole indigo shibori dye trend because it just seems like it’s too hard, right? Then I tried it and got totally hooked. Seriously….

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

Okay, guys. I was totally scared of the whole indigo shibori dye trend because it just seems like it’s too hard, right? Then I tried it and got totally hooked. Seriously. I was supposed to make one project with this stuff; I made four. I just couldn’t stop! Once you get going, I promise you’ll want to dye everything in sight. These kitchen towels are a nice, non-threatening place to start.

Materials

  • Plain white flour sack towels
  • Indigo dye kit — I love this one
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Aluminum foil
  • Stirring stick
  • Waterproof drop cloth

Make Time: 2 Hours (plus wait and drying time)

Spread a dropcloth over your work area (cutting open a plastic trash bag works perfectly). Fill the bucket with about 4 gallons of warm water. Put on the rubber gloves included in your kit.

Slowly empty the contents of the dye packet and reducing agents into the water and stir gently. Be sure to read the instructions in your particular kit and follow them carefully for best results. Continue stirring slowly in one direction until the dye is dissolved.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

Cover the bucket with aluminum foil and allow to sit for about an hour.

Fold your towels in a few different ways and use rubber bands to create patterns with the dye. Your kit should have some suggestions as well. We experimented with one folded flag-style in triangles, one gathered at the center and looped with lots of rubber bands (makes a starburst pattern!), and one just dipped on a single side.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

Remove the foil from the bucket. If there is debris floating on the top of the dye, move it to the side or scoop it out. Slowly and gently submerge the portion of your fabric that you’d like dyed (be sure you’re still wearing gloves!). Leave submerged and gently move the fabric around for 1-4 minutes, not letting it touch the bottom of the bucket. I found that the indigo looks much darker when wet, so if you’d like a nice dark color leave it in for a bit longer.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

As you are pulling the tote out of the dye, gently squeeze to wring out extra dye liquid. Cover the dye vat again.

Set the dyed pieces out for 20 minutes and watch as the color changes from green to blue. If you’d like the pieces darker, repeat the dipping process. If not, rinse the pieces under cool water, squeeze them out, remove rubber bands, and unfold to see your design. To dispose of the indigo dye, carefully pour down the drain and rinse your tools with a mild cleanser.

I put my towels through a cool laundry cycle to ensure that all the excess dye was gone. After that they were good to go! These things are so rad I almost can’t stand to use them as kitchen towels — they’d be perfect as a wall hanging or something fun like that! I dare you to try this and not want to make a zillion more shibori pieces! Stay tuned for a few more indigo projects, coming up soon. xoxo

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DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Kitchen Towels

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Where my soccer fans at?! I don’t follow soccer during the season but at World Cup time, I just get all swept up. It’s exciting, ya know? Kind of in a…

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Where my soccer fans at?! I don’t follow soccer during the season but at World Cup time, I just get all swept up. It’s exciting, ya know? Kind of in a way similar to the Olympics; the whole world is tossed together in competition and you just have to pick your faves.

What I do find pretty fascinating, though, is the die-hard soccer fans who are glued to tvs, radios, phones, while the games are going on. Those peeps are just dying to know if their team will win. And did you know that you can look for predictions online?! Bing has a new tool where you can search your favorite team and their algorithm will tell you whether they’re expected to win! Crazy! Go to Bing Predict, type in “world cup predictions” and it’ll tell you which teams are slated to win, and the percentage of their accuracy. So fun.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Today according to Bing, Belgium has a 65% chance of winning over Algeria. So in their honor, I decided to finally share a recipe for the Belgian waffles that Mr. Lovely and I have been dying for ever since he got me a waffle iron for Christmas. These are going to change your world.

Ingredients

  • 2 c flour
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c melted butter
  • 1 1/2 c milk (we use skim, because that’s what’s usually on hand)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • topping options: berries, powdered sugar, syrup, etc.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Combine all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder) in a bowl and mix lightly.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Separate your eggs and set the whites aside; in one bowl, gently mix the yolks by hand for a few seconds.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Add milk, butter, and vanilla to the yolks and stir to mix.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until smooth. The consistency will be a bit soupy at first but it tends to set up after a minute.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites into a froth until you have soft peaks forming. Fold the egg whites into the rest of the batter until combined.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Spoon a generous amount of batter into your waffle maker and cook according to your own maker’s instructions. I find that this batter needs an extra minute or so in the waffle iron.

Take out your waffles and add your favorite toppings! These tend to be pretty sweet, so we stay away from the syrup and just do berries or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Check out Bing Predict here! Go Belgium! xoxo

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian Waffle Recipe

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Did You Ever Think You’d Be Where You Are?

I was sitting on the couch the other night next to Mr. Lovely, getting through one of my last bouts of evening queasiness (yeah, morning sickness ain’t just for mornings, y’all),…

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I was sitting on the couch the other night next to Mr. Lovely, getting through one of my last bouts of evening queasiness (yeah, morning sickness ain’t just for mornings, y’all), and I asked him whether he’d ever envisioned what life would be like with a pregnant wife. Like, before we knew each other. He said no. I did too. And I realized that I never, ever, imagined or wondered what it would like to be pregnant. Come to think of it, I never imagined or wondered what it would be like to be married. Or even daydreamed about my wedding day. It just wasn’t my deal.

I feel like there are folks who wait and hope and wonder and wish for those big life-type things to happen, and they just know that someday they’ll be there. Me, I was too busy with jobs and cross-country moves and tour life to even stop and think about it. And now that I’m married and pregnant it’s crazy to look back and think that I never pictured this. Not that I didn’t want it — I just never wondered what it would be like. I suppose I kind of felt like it was out there somewhere and it would find me when it found me. And it did.

So here we are, with me in sweatpants sick on the couch and Mr. Lovely getting pushed out of the bed by too many pillows, and now we know what it’s like to be married and pregnant. It’s glamorous, guys. Really glamorous. But for reals! Did you ever imagine what it would be like to be a grownup, or married, or pregnant, or whatever? Did you ever wonder where you’d end up? And if you did, were you right about what it would be like? This it totally fascinating! Lay it on me in the comments. xoxo