Balsamic Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini

Hey lovelies! If you need a quick, fancy recipe for this weekend, check out the Balsamic Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini I whipped up for Laicie over at her blog,…

Hey lovelies! If you need a quick, fancy recipe for this weekend, check out the Balsamic Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini I whipped up for Laicie over at her blog, A Thousand Threads. Laicie is out on a fab vacation and asked if I might share a little something with her readers. Go get the recipe, and check out the rest of her blog as well — it’s a beautiful thing to scroll through. Spend your weekend in her archives, and have a good one! xoxo

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Balsamic Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini

The Yellow Conference

I’m so excited today, because I’m heading to a brand new conference and I can’t wait. The Yellow Conference is here in the LA area and it’s meant for women…

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I’m so excited today, because I’m heading to a brand new conference and I can’t wait. The Yellow Conference is here in the LA area and it’s meant for women who want to “bring goodness to the world through everyday living.” You’ve got to read the rest of their mission statement — that alone is inspiring enough, so I can’t imagine what we’re in for at the actual conference.

I’ve been feeling lately that I’d love to inject a little more purpose into the blog somehow; I love what I do and I love sharing my life and adventures here, but it feels like there’s a key element that’s lacking. I’m heading to the conference with a goal in mind of trying to nail down what exactly that is and what it would look like to change things up around here a bit. It’ll be so refreshing to spend a couple of days thinking about the heart of what I do, rather than the nuts and bolts for a change.

If you happen to be at the conference, be sure and say hello! xoxo

Making a Baby Registry

Making a Baby Registry

I remember registering for our wedding, and it seemed like such a snap. Pick a store, go there, point the gun at what you want, boom. Done. But with baby…

Making a Baby Registry

I remember registering for our wedding, and it seemed like such a snap. Pick a store, go there, point the gun at what you want, boom. Done. But with baby stuff it’s a whole new ball game! First of all, who in the world knows what a baby needs? Thank goodness I have an older sister with two little ones — I’ve been able to rely on her for lots of advice (and a pretty killer stash of hand-me-downs). And secondly, when we started looking around at baby gear we realized there was no one store that met all of our needs or expectations. Enter BabyList.

We were so pumped to find BabyList — it’s a universal baby registry that you can use online or on your phone to register for anything and everything. Diaper cream from Target? Yes. A baby book from Anthropologie? Yes. Home-delivered meals or services from your favorite vendors? Yes yes yes. It’s so smart, because we are finding that every new parents’ needs are going to be a little different, and BabyList kind of solves that problem. Maybe you don’t need a ton of baby stuff but you could really use a lawn mowing service for a month. Register for it, dudes. Check out a little video we made of the registry in action.

Another thing that I love is that we can register for baby items that aren’t necessarily from big box stores, and so we really have control over the aesthetic of the things that we are putting on our registry. Maybe not all of the bouncy chairs in Babies R Us are exactly our style, ya know? So we’ve been having a ball searching out things we’ll love to have in our home. It’s been so easy to use — there’s a handy button you can add to your browser toolbar and when you’re searching online, a few clicks will add any item to your registry.

Making a Baby Registry

Mr. Lovely is all about the app (that cute little nerd of mine) and loves to check and edit the registry on his phone. He’s also been known to be in a store and register for something on the spot using the app (IKEA baby section, anyone?). And to top it all off, they’ve got lots of fun extras like registry insert cards, recommendations, and completion discounts at certain stores.

Truly can’t say enough about the BabyList team! I’m just so pumped on it, you guys. And they’ve been a dream to work with while we’ve been putting our registry together. Check out their blog for lots of inspiration and find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. xoxo

P.S. Major shout out to Kelly at Studio DIY for her gorgeous studio space! We had such a ball shooting our video there. I tried to fit the pink couch in my purse to take home but she caught me…

Making a Baby Registry

Making a Baby RegistryThis post is sponsored by BabyList. All opinions are of course my own! Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking.

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Last week the mister and I headed out for a couple of days on an anniversary adventure! We decided during our first married year that instead of exchanging gifts on…

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Last week the mister and I headed out for a couple of days on an anniversary adventure! We decided during our first married year that instead of exchanging gifts on anniversaries, we’d take trips. So we’ve been alternating big trips and small trips each year, and because last year was our big Paris extravaganza this year we kept it close to home. We just hopped in the car and headed down the road about an hour to Newport Beach!

Even though it’s a quick drive, it feels like a different world. We stayed in a little airbnb on Balboa Island, a tiny little island with mostly really pretty houses, lots of boats, and one great street with shops and restaurants. There’s not a ton to do except for wander around and exclaim about how pretty everything is, which is just about how we filled our couple of days. But if you’re headed that way, I do have a few recommendations.
Click for lots of photos and our favorite Balboa spots!

Baby Stuff

Baby Stuff // 4

The other day I asked the husb to help me notice any time I groan or sigh while I’m moving around. For some reason, now that I’m getting larger, I…

Baby Stuff

The other day I asked the husb to help me notice any time I groan or sigh while I’m moving around. For some reason, now that I’m getting larger, I have all of these sounds happening! Like a big groan whenever I get up off the couch, as if I just ran a marathon and someone is asking me to go run another one. It’s crazy! There’s no good reason for it. But that’s what’s happening. So this week’s project is to try to nip it and nip it good. (Have y’all ever been pregnant? Was there a point where moving around was easier if you could narrate your every move with grunts and sighs? I feel like a cavewoman.)

Anyway! How’s that for a radical start to your Monday? Hope you’re all thoroughly disgusted and can now go about your day feeling really good about yourselves because you can function like normal people.

Here’s more! xoxo

WEEK 26.

EATING salad. I swear it makes my hands less puffy.

DRINKING oh geez, this one’s boring. I’m taking it off next time. More water than I care to talk about. (What should I replace this with?)

READING ummmm the Harry Potter books while I’m at the gym? Haha, we took a little baby book break.

WANTING my abdominal muscles back.

SLEEPING soundly until 5 am every day, at which time my bladder is screaming at me.

WEARING stripes all the time! What is it about maternity clothes and stripes?!

FEELING a little freaked out at the prospect of actually raising a child.

LOVING that I’m still hitting the gym 5 or 6 times a week. It’s one of the things that makes me feel best.

Newport Beach

This Week // 32

Yeesh! The days are flying right now. We have just one more week before we move to the new place, and our lives are filled with boxes boxes boxes. We…

Newport Beach

Yeesh! The days are flying right now. We have just one more week before we move to the new place, and our lives are filled with boxes boxes boxes. We also just found out that some of the work we are having done on the new house will take an extra couple of weeks, so it looks like we’ll be living out of suitcases for a while. Le sigh. Just trying to keep my cool and know that it’ll all work out. But the truth is that I just want to get into the new house and set up our lives.

Other than that, this week was heavy on the work and heavy on the play! We shot a fun video, comin’ atcha very soon. And Mr. Lovely & I celebrated our third anniversary with a teeny quick trip to Newport Beach, where we ate lots of candy and kayaked with sea lions (for reals). Guys, life is crazy and beautiful and all of that! xoxo

This Week’s Faves

I’m so fascinated by this personality test — I’m INJF, which is absolutely right. What are you?
Pretty sure I’m going to order this for fall (so cozy and so affordable, and I think the bump would fit in there?).
Anybody have some favorite black clogs? Craving some like these.
Lots of thanks to y’all who shared your Pinterest home boards with me! Mine is now off the chain.

More Lovely

What I really want to say when people ask how I’m feeling.
Party in a jar!
What to do with all your summer photos!
Anybody belong to a community garden? I love the idea.
Thanks to Buzzfeed for featuring Lovely Indeed projects here and here!

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

If you ever need a way to find all of the missing bobby pins in your life, just move. We’re packing up our apartment and under every piece of furniture,…

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

If you ever need a way to find all of the missing bobby pins in your life, just move. We’re packing up our apartment and under every piece of furniture, in the back of every drawer, and in every pocket is a tiny pile of bobby pins that I thought were long gone. This problem has literally been plaguing me since high school. And the other day I remembered how I used to keep bobby pins in my backpack — in an old Tic Tac box! Seriously! It was brilliant and somewhere along the line I forgot all about it. Now Tic Tac has these crazy Jumbo Packs that I thought would make a perfect grownup bobby pin case, so I got my DIY on and you should too. My purse has never been so clean.

Materials

  • Tic Tac case (regular or jumbo!)
  • gold spray paint
  • gold craft paint or liquid gilding
  • wooden dowel
  • one zillion bobby pins (that you know are floating all around your life)

Make Time: 20 Minutes (plus drying time)

Step one: enjoy your delicious Tic Tacs. Oddly enough, the Wintergreen flavor is a total winner for settling my bubbly pregnant stomach in the evenings! Kind of awesome. (Mr. Lovely is forever a fan of the Orange flavor). Once your Tic Tac Pack is empty, remove the stickers or labels and separate the lid from the bottom half.

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

On the bottom of the pack, use the end of the dowel to dip in your gold paint and gently touch it to the plastic to make a polka dot pattern. (Because every good DIY involves gold polka dots.)

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the lid of the pack gold. I recommend letting the paint cure for about a day.

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

Once all pieces are dry, round up all of your bobby pins and store them in the bottom of the pack. When you need one, just open the tab where you would shake out a mint and shake out a bobby pin instead! Your purse and the bottom of your drawers will thank you. xoxo

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

This post was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program — as usual, all opinions expressed are my own.

Bride and Groom

Year Three

Photo by Rusty Lens Photography This little post could get dangerous, what with all the pregnancy hormones running around in m’bod. But I could never let an anniversary go by…

Bride and Groom

Photo by Rusty Lens Photography

This little post could get dangerous, what with all the pregnancy hormones running around in m’bod. But I could never let an anniversary go by without a tiny tribute to my very favorite (plus, ya know, any excuse to re-share one of our wedding photos…).

This is the last anniversary that we’ll be just the two of us. And sometimes that scares me just a bit because I love being just the two of us. But the reality is that the adventures will be that much sweeter and life will be that much fuller with a tiny person that we made together. And so I kind of can’t wait for next year’s anniversary, when we’ll be the three of us.

So to my husband (at the risk of pushing this smushy post right over the edge), thank you for just being as you are. You are more than I could ever hope for or need. Happy anniversary. xoxo

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

I’m going back to my DIY roots, y’all. Last week it was leather, this week it’s liquid gold. Two of my favorite DIY supplies, and they’ve been sadly waiting for…

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

I’m going back to my DIY roots, y’all. Last week it was leather, this week it’s liquid gold. Two of my favorite DIY supplies, and they’ve been sadly waiting for me in my closet until I got inspired to use them again. Well it’s on, dudes. After these marbled candleholders, I got to wondering if liquid gilding could do the same thing. And it CAN! Boom. Gold marbled everything. Starting with a pencil cup.

Materials

  • plain glass or metal pencil cup (this one happens to be spray painted white from an old project)
  • small tub filled with water — be sure you don’t mind if it gets gold paint on it!
  • popsicle sticks or toothpicks
  • paper towels
  • liquid gilding (I love this one!)

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

In your water tub, use the popsicle sticks to gently drop some liquid gilding onto the top of the water. If you drop it gently, it should stay on the surface.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Use the popsicle stick to swirl the gold around a bit and spread it evenly over the water.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Hold the pencil cup sideways and gently roll it over the surface of the water. As you roll, it will pick up the gold from the surface. Continue to roll until you’re satisfied with the coverage. If there’s a spot that gets missed, you can just gently set that spot down on some of the remaining gold.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Set the cup on a paper towel to dry. When the gold is dry to the touch, gently wipe away any other remaining water droplets and smooth out any bumps. Let the cup cure for another day or so.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Eeeeeeek I’m super into how this one turned out! It’s better than I imagined, and it was a really fast, cheap update for my desk area (which was getting kinda boring). Hope you try it. Stay golden. xoxo

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Phone Case of the Month

My Phone Likes to Play Dress Up

I admit it. I think it’s kind of fun to dress up my iPhone with fun cases.  It’s like an accessory for your accessory. Whatever, it makes me happy. But…

Phone Case of the Month

I admit it. I think it’s kind of fun to dress up my iPhone with fun cases.  It’s like an accessory for your accessory. Whatever, it makes me happy. But what I think is absolutely insane is that lots of phone cases cost as much as 25 or 35 bones. Seriously? That’s kind of bonkers. Which is why Phone Case of the Month is so brilliant.

Phone Case of the Month

Phone Case of the Month

You know those old jelly-of-the-month clubs? Yeah, this is like that, but way better. For 10 bucks a month, Phone Case of the Month will send you a new case each month. The cases are pretty adorable — I saw those pineapples and I was sold. Each month there’s a new, limited edition design, with only 200 of each printed. So not only are they cool, but you won’t have the same case as every other Joe Schmoe.

I’m also really loving the feel of the cases! On the outside they have a silicone coating that feels velvety and is easy to grab (which is pretty cool because my phone slips through my fingers kind of a lot…) but on the inside there’s a tough poly carbonate. Yeah! And I have to admit I had so much fun opening the little package the case came in — there were fun goodies tucked inside, like stickers and tattoos and bubble gum. The gang at PCOTM totally gets it.

Phone Case of the Month

Phone Case of the Month

So if your phone likes to play dress up like mine, go check them out! And just for you pretty kitties, we’re offering a $5 discount on your first month if you enter the code lovelyindeed at checkout. Now if you’ll excuse me, my pineapples and I have some Instagramming to do. xoxo

Phone Case of the Month

This post is sponsored by Phone Case of the Month. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

I love back to school time. Loooooove it. “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” (First person who knows where…

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

I love back to school time. Loooooove it. “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” (First person who knows where that quote is from gets a fat ol’ virtual high five.) I have no school to go back to any more, and I don’t have kids in the back to school game, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream up some schooly-type projects. I’m kind of all about this little DIY woven pencil pouch right now! I keep switching out the stuff inside — pencils, makeup, receipts, whatever. It’s perfect! All the materials can be found at Michaels (in store or online), and if you’re a teacher you even get a bonus 15% off. And by the way — teachers, thank you for being teachers. Quite possibly one of the most difficult, thankless jobs in the world. So thank you!

Materials

Make Time: 45 Minutes

Fold the bottom third of the mesh up toward the top and clip on either side with the binder clips. Be sure that you use the tiny squares to line up the mesh so that it’s folded up the same amount on either side.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

Cut 24″ of the cotton cording. String it through the bottom of one side of the mesh. Even out the ends so that the center of the cord is at the bottom of the mesh. Take one end of the cord and string it through every other square on the mesh, in and out until you reach the top. Then take the other end of the cord and do the same, but weaving in the opposite in/out direction of the first end. When you reach the top, tie the two ends together with a double knot in the back of the pouch and snip the ends.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

Repeat the weaving process on the other side of the pouch.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

On the front bottom of the pouch, find the center point where you’ll anchor your button. Weave a length of cording through two squares from the inside of the pouch. String the cording through the button, back through the mesh, and tie off on the inside of the pouch. Double knot and snip the ends.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

On the top of the closing flap, use the same weaving method you used on the sides to weave two lengths of cording, one from the left and one from the right. When they meet in the middle, tie them both off with double knots and leave the ends long. To close your pouch, just fold the flap down and wrap the cording tightly around the button.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

Put all your goodies inside and rock it out! If you’re heading back to school, hope your preparations are wonderful! xoxo

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

 

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