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This Week

It was a bowl-of-glitter-on-your-desk type of week, y’all! I’m not really sure what exactly that means, but any time there’s a bowl of gold glitter around it makes you feel a…

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It was a bowl-of-glitter-on-your-desk type of week, y’all! I’m not really sure what exactly that means, but any time there’s a bowl of gold glitter around it makes you feel a little festive, you know? And also a little terrified that it’s going to tip over and make a disco mess all over the place at any moment. But mostly festive.

I had a birthday this week, and I have to give you all big smooches for the wishes, emails, texts, comments, and love! The internet sure does make you feel special on your birthday, huh? Thanks a million, guys. We celebrated with Chipotle and Trader Joe’s gummy bears (which are the best gummy bears in the whole world). This weekend we’ll be gallivanting around San Francisco for some extended birthday action, so follow along on Instagram to see what shenanigans we get into.

In the meantime, some links for you while you’re laying around in your pajamas this weekend! xoxo

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite bloggers (aw shucks if it’s me) RIGHT HERE!

We had a little scare with our home security system this week (it ended up being okay!), which made me really glad we have one.
Wish I could be in Houston to play with Brit and Ash at their workshop!
That Jeff Mindell sure knows how to take a photo.
I probably need to get this for my niece.
Not to be obnoxious, but have you voted?!

Your Skin After Baby

You guys. I’m learning that there are approximately one zillion things that no one warns you about when you have a baby. It’s like there’s this secret litany of crazy…

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You guys. I’m learning that there are approximately one zillion things that no one warns you about when you have a baby. It’s like there’s this secret litany of crazy things that happen to your body after that baby is born, and no one really wants to talk about it because you might just run away screaming. But I’m here to keep it real, so let’s talk about my skin.

It’s always been an issue, if you remember. During the first trimester of my pregnancy I had spots on my forehead that would put a high schooler to shame. And now, after having the little guy, I’m battling some crazy stuff again — there are a few breakouts (although not as bad as before) with these insane patches of dry skin that will. not. leave. I have tried it all. Exfoliation. Moisturizer. Voodoo rain dances. Nothing was working, until this stuff.

I figured that since bareMinerals was my answer last time, I should see if they had anything that would help out my adorable scaly skin. Turns out, there’s a new product called Complexion Rescue — it’s somewhere between a BB cream and a CC cream and a simple tinted moisturizer. I gave it a shot, and no joke, within about a week the dry patches were clearing. My skin has been getting smoother and more hydrated, and I’m not bombarding it with scary amounts of exfoliation or creams. I love this stuff because it’s double duty, like feeding your skin some great moisture and putting on your makeup at the same time. (I’m all about time savers these days.)

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On our trip to LA recently we stayed at an airbnb with these gorgeous fruit trees in the backyard and Mr. Lovely suggested taking some photos back there with Henry. A couple of weeks before, it would have stressed me out to hop in front of the camera and I would have immediately taken to Photoshop to fix up my skin. But with the dry patches cleared up I was all about it. And Henry was cooperative too (that delicious little nugget)! It’s so nice to just feel fresh-faced and not have to worry about hiding any imperfections. Just like bareMinerals’ mantra: Be original. Be natural. Be good.

If your skin needs a little rehab these days what with the winter months, you definitely want to give this stuff a try. I’ll be using it to get through these crazy post-baby skin times! And I’m curious — if you have little ones, did you experience anything crazy with your skin after they arrived? xoxo

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Birthday

It’s my birthday, hey! I’m celebrating today away from my office and gallivanting with my two guys, so we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet. I’m pumped on this year….

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It’s my birthday, hey! I’m celebrating today away from my office and gallivanting with my two guys, so we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet. I’m pumped on this year. Life right about now looks quite a bit different than it did last year — baby, house, all that jazz. It’s very grown up. But the good news is that my heart and my brain still feel like a solid 27 so I’m ignoring the difference between that and 34. I’m 34. Geez. Don’t you remember being little and hearing someone saying that they were 34 and thinking that they were so old? And like you would probably never, ever be 34. Well as it turns out, 34 is pretty cool to be.

Hope you’re celebrating something fun today too! xoxo

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Lovely Up Your Inbox

Happy Tuesday, Lovelies! I’ve got some fun news for ya. I’ve been hinting at a few fun changes to come here on the ol’ blog, and we’re starting to roll…

Be Lovely

Happy Tuesday, Lovelies! I’ve got some fun news for ya. I’ve been hinting at a few fun changes to come here on the ol’ blog, and we’re starting to roll some of them out! First up, a Lovely Indeed newsletter!

I know what you’re thinking — more junk in my inbox. But hold up. We’ve got rules for this here newsletter. First, it won’t come more than about once a month. Second, it won’t be full of a whole bunch of boring stuff you don’t care about. Third, it will always have something fancy and exclusive just for the folks who subscribe! We’re talking new downloads, secret DIYs, and giveaways!

Our first newsletter will be going out in just a few days so if you’re feeling adventurous, enter your email below to be included (if you’ve already signed up for the newsletter elsewhere, no need to do it again). This first installment will include a freebie download of a pretty spring wallpaper for your desktop and phone, designed by none other than the adorable and talented Lindsey Crafter! You don’t wanna miss it. So sign on up if you want a little lovely for your inbox! xoxo

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Married Life // Looking Good

Before we start, can we just acknowledge that we looked like absolute children on our wedding day? Geez when did I get so old?! Something tells me this one might…

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Before we start, can we just acknowledge that we looked like absolute children on our wedding day? Geez when did I get so old?!

Something tells me this one might get some strong opinions in the comments, and I’m all for that. But it’s been on my mind lately so I want to know your thoughts. Here’s the deal. I’m pretty sure Mr. Lovely would love me regardless of the way that I look. Fat, thin, bald, cross-eyed — whatever. And vice versa. I would love him if all of his teeth fell out and he singed his eyebrows off in a terrible grilling accident. For sure.

But! Here I am, post baby, scrapping to get my body back the way that I like it. And one hundred percent truthfully, I am working out and watching what I eat because I want to. I feel better when I’m healthy and keeping it right. But also, it’s a fact that I want my husband to think I’m looking good. I guess my question for you guys is this: Do you think we owe it to our spouses to try to keep looking as fly as we did on our wedding day?

My answer is a wholehearted yes. And that’s where I think I might rile some people up. Of course we should all love each other regardless of our outer appearance. Of course. But also, I feel like when I’m working on my health and fitness it’s also a gift I’m giving Mr. Lovely. The gift of self care, and the fact that it makes me feel better. The fact that when I do my makeup or hair or actually put on clothes, I feel like a better, stronger, more on-top-of-it version of myself. And what’s wrong with feeling that way, and giving that as a gift to the person you married?

Do you know that song, Wives and Lovers? It’s so antiquated and kind of crazy. The first lyrics are, “Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup. Soon he will open the door. Don’t think because there’s a ring on your finger you needn’t try any more.” What?! Crazy, right? I remember being in high school and listening to that song and being pissed. Because, ya know, feminism and all that. But now I kiiiiind of get what Burt Bacharach was saying (in a really misguided way). It’s so easy to get married and have a baby and forget to wash your hair one day and suddenly you don’t wear anything but sweatpants and you find yourself looking in the mirror like “Who is this?!” And not that I’m afraid that if I wear sweatpants Mr. Lovely is going to go running to the arms of another woman, but doesn’t he deserve a cute outfit and some lip gloss every once in a while?

Maybe I’m not expressing myself very clearly here. It feels kind of jumbled. And here’s hoping I haven’t alienated all of you lovely feminists out there. But hopefully some of you are picking up what I’m putting down. And of course I’d love to hear your opinion! If you’re in a long term relationship, do you find it important to maintain your looks for your honey? xoxo

This Week

We got some fun news this week — Lovely Indeed is a top ten finalist for Better Homes and Gardens’ DIY blogger award! The other finalists are very fancy, awesome…

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We got some fun news this week — Lovely Indeed is a top ten finalist for Better Homes and Gardens’ DIY blogger award! The other finalists are very fancy, awesome bloggers (and I’m proud to call lots of them my good pals!). If you’re in a voting mood, head right over here and vote it out for your favorite. You’ll need to skip ahead to the DIY section.

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Otherwise, this week was filled with lots of work, photoshoots, time with friends + fam, delicious fajitas from our favorite taqueria, and one million baby kisses. Those photos up yonder are from a silly little impromptu photoshoot I forced (yeah right) Mr. Lovely and Henry into. They secretly loved it. Red Stamp sent us those love balloons so we all tossed on something pink (Hank didn’t seem to have any pink in his wardrobe so he got the ban.do heart) and snapped away. I loved that day.

So! What are you up to this weekend? If you need a little extra entertainment, I’ve got you covered. xoxo

Watching Lauren’s calligraphy videos is totally mesmerizing.
I’ll take these sunnies, please.
My phone battery was constantly dying so I did a little research.
Yes, all pancakes need flowers.
And speaking of breakfast food, did you see Lovely Indeed’s new hashtag?

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Tips for Working From Home

Blogging // Working from Home

Sometimes blogging is a really niche, weird profession to understand, and sometimes it’s just exactly like any other profession. I have been sitting here trying to sort out how it might…

Tips for Working From Home

Sometimes blogging is a really niche, weird profession to understand, and sometimes it’s just exactly like any other profession. I have been sitting here trying to sort out how it might be different to be a blogger at home and, say, a financial manager at home, and really I think they might be pretty similar. Because while a blogger’s workday might have a little more glitter or Instagramming than some other at-home professions, anyone working from home has to find a way to make it productive and fulfilling.

Blogging has been my “job” now for a few years, and during that time I’ve realized that working from home has some major benefits and some major challenges. Obviously, it looks pretty amazing to make your own schedule, work in sweatpants, and be your own boss. But I know that I also have to keep myself in check when there’s no bossman to answer to or timeclock to punch. So I have a few little rules and tricks that I use for myself when I work from home, to be sure I stay productive and keep rocking out.

Get Dressed. I’m not gonna lie. There are days when I wake up at 6 am and I sit down at my computer and start working and I look up and it’s 10 am and oopsie I’m still working in my pajamas. But most days I make sure that I get to the gym, get cleaned up, and put on regular clothes like regular people. There’s just something about being put together that gives ya a little extra boost of productivity and professionalism, even if you’re at your kitchen table.

Get Out. Don’t get stuck at home. It’s a trap. Especially if you are feeling creatively stuck or in a professional rut. Get out! Go take your computer to a coffee shop, or take a research trip to a new location, or scout and source some materials that you might need. Maybe not every day, but if you tune in you’ll know when you need to get out. Sometimes you need a change of scenery to get refreshed, and puttering up and down your own hallway just ain’t gonna cut it.

Connect. This particularly has been something that’s changed my work experience over the last year or two. It can be so isolating to work at home for yourself, and connecting with other people can shoo away the isolation. Schedule meetings, plan work dates, put events together, find a partner to tackle a project with. Whatever it looks like to you, find a network of people to connect with.

Have a (Vague) Schedule. Mr. Lovely and I both work from home, and I wouldn’t say we have strict stop and start times, but we do have a structure to our day and that helps immensely (especially now with a little one). Mornings are usually administrative business, email catchup, and phone meetings. We always, always break for lunch — neither one of us do well when we’re hangry. Then afternoons are website builds for him and usually creating or photoshooting for me, with lots of flexibility for both of us when other things pop up. Sometimes we get sidetracked when the doorbell rings or something comes up at home, but we can always get back on track if we stay flexible.

Have a Workspace. When we finally found a place to live with enough space to create a little office, both the quality and the quantity of the work we do skyrocketed. It’s a luxury for sure to have an office if you work at home, but a “workspace” can mean anything — a small desk with just the essentials, or a favorite spot at the kitchen table. Carve it out and treasure it. (Disclaimer: Sometimes I loooove working on my couch. Especially in my final weeks of pregnancy, it was the only comfortable place to sit and work. I fully endorse a couch workday every now and then.)

Do you work from home? I’d love to know what you do and how you set yourself up to rock out. Do leave a comment and gimme your two cents! xoxo

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail

Mr. Lovely and I recently pretended we were bartenders and mixed up this pretty little cocktail for our own little boozy Valentine’s Day celebration. But I have to admit, even…

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Mr. Lovely and I recently pretended we were bartenders and mixed up this pretty little cocktail for our own little boozy Valentine’s Day celebration. But I have to admit, even though V-Day is gone, we’re still mixing them so I thought I’d share! It’s totally simple but really pretty and even more delicious.

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Gorgeous, right? You can find the how-to and recipe right here. And if you can’t get your hands on any blood oranges, you can always substitute lemons! Easy peasy. Now go learn how to mix yourself one tonight. Cheers, lovelies! xoxo

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Update All Your Picture Frames for A Few Bucks

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had….

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had. I mean, I love all of the actual art but the frames were so sad and busted looking I was just bummed out. Those frames have been with us for cross-country moves, multiple apartments, and a zillion rearrangements. I really wanted to chuck them all and start fresh but that seemed 1) wasteful and 2) expensive. Frames are expensive, right?! I also didn’t want to get into the whole spray paint thing, because I’ve gone down that road with picture frames and it’s just a mess. So I thought and thought and eventually came up with this little fix: vinyl. Or even contact paper! Anything with a nice finish and a sticky back will do it. Here’s how to update your own frames for just a few bucks.

Materials

  • old picture frame
  • adhesive vinyl or contact paper — I used this one
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife

Make Time: 20 Minutes Per Frame

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Start by cutting a piece of vinyl slightly longer than the long side of your frame. Make it wide enough to wrap from the inside front to the inside back of the frame. Smooth it down on the frame and be sure to get rid of any bubbles.

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Slice the edges with the X-Acto knife so that they wrap toward the inside of the frame and cover it completely. Then wrap the other side around the back. Cut away the excess from the ends. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

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Keep covering until all four sides are covered. Just carefully cut away excess with the X-Acto knife. When all four sides are covered, make a diagonal slice at each corner and peel away the excess of one layer of vinyl. This will just create a nice, neat corner and give the illusion that it’s an actual frame.

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Smooth it all down one more time and put your picture or art in it! BLAM — new picture frames for everyone! I did this to about 5 or 6 frames and it made all the difference in the world. Just find some great vinyl or contact paper and go to town. And isn’t that little Hooray print so cute? It’s actually the card that you get in the mail if you’re signed up for Anthropologie’s birthday list. I’m all about multipurposing! xoxo

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Painted Chambray Banner

I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get…

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get in the way or be a danger. I came across this chambray denim paint and was totally curious! He has a chambray crib skirt so I was like, “Let’s party, denim paint.” And this little banner was born.

Materials

  • denim paint (keep reading for sources!)
  • plain canvas fabric
  • letter stickers
  • paintbrush
  • painters tape
  • wooden dowel
  • glue gun
  • baker’s twine
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Head to Michaels and pick up all your supplies! Right now they have a new section called Make Market with tons of fun supplies — that’s where you can find the denim paint. Start by cutting a banner shape from your canvas.

Next, apply letter stickers to spell out something fun! I tried to find a phrase that was sweet enough for little guy’s room but still had a little bit of attitude… Because duh. Tape a square around your words with painter’s tape.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Next, fill in the square with the denim paint. Be careful that your letters are firmly adhered to the canvas so that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Chambray Banner

Peel away the stickers and the tape. If you find that your fabric has puckered around the paint, give it a quick pass with a hot iron on the unpainted side.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Fold the top of the banner over on itself and secure with a line of hot glue. Be sure to leave a hole large enough to fit your wooden dowel.

DIY Chambray Banner

Insert the dowel and tie the baker’s twine to either end. Hang it and love it! I’m kind of newly obsessed with the idea of denim paint, especially in this chambray shade. I’m off to paint everything that’s not nailed down!

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Be sure to check out what all the other Michaels Makers are whipping up this month — links are below! Happy Monday, lovelies. xoxo


This Week

Oh my dears! I’m officially back, after so many lovely and incredible guest posters have been holding down the fort for the last few weeks. Didn’t you seriously love having them…

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Oh my dears! I’m officially back, after so many lovely and incredible guest posters have been holding down the fort for the last few weeks. Didn’t you seriously love having them and seeing everybody’s talents on display? I’m so grateful to each of them, and I’m also so happy to be back full time!

This was one of those weeks, guys. Last weekend we took a little road trip with the babe down to LA and it was wonderful. Then we came back to reality and loads and loads of work and I got a little overwhelmed, I won’t lie. That, coupled with a few little medical issues Henry is having (nothing major, but I’ll fill ya in soon!) has me feeling like I bit off more than I can chew these days. I just keep telling myself to do one thing at a time and that it’s all gonna be okay. But yikes I’m literally writing this as Henry is waking up early from yet another nap and I’m pretty sure my head is going to explode.

It’s a good thing he’s so cute.

Anyway, enough of my sob story! I’m truly so happy to be juggling this work thing with this baby thing and I know that I’ll find a groove. I won’t find it this week. But it’s out there, waiting for me to figure it out. I just know it. Right?!? Somebody agree with me. Oh, and have a beautiful weekend! xoxo