Favorite shoes for a toddler

My Favorite Shoes for a Toddler

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — having a toddler is a game changer. And I obviously can’t speak to what toddler girls are like, but my little…

Favorite shoes for a toddler

Favorite shoes for a toddler

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — having a toddler is a game changer. And I obviously can’t speak to what toddler girls are like, but my little dude is into anything and everything that’s dirty. Sidewalk chalk, mud, bugs, snails, dirt, leaves, bushes, paint — you name it, Henry wants in on the action. For a while after he learned to walk I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired all of a sudden and then I realized DUH it’s because Ryan and I now spend about 50% of our time chasing after him, making sure that he’s not doing something that that will a) get him killed or b) ruin his clothes beyond repair.

Aside from that, we apparently made a kid who is half-giant. We keep running into other little boys who are almost a year older than Henry and either the same height or shorter. I seriously can’t keep this kid in clothes, let alone shoes. A couple of months ago we went through 3 shoe sizes in 4 weeks. What?! Maybe I need to feed him less…

Anyway, we have been looking and looking for shoes for the little dude that would meet all of my mom criteria and I think, thanks to Zappos, we finally found my faves. You guys, baby Crocs are everything. First of all this turquoise pair looks stinking adorable on little chubby baby feet. And they’ve been pretty indestructible for us so far; we can take them to the beach or the park or the backyard for some sidewalk chalk action and they totally withstand the toddler test. (The fact that you can just rinse them off if they’re dirty is pretty major.) They’re just so easy to get on and off for a summertime shoe, too. We may or may not have also gotten this pair for the little guy – I love the detail on the toe!

Oh by the way, some gratuitous mom photos because this was such a happy day:

Son and mother

Come on. That little fist clutching a tiny car is something that I will always, always remember about this little nugget. Okay, nostalgic mom moment over.

We found these styles on Zappos (while we were looking, Mr. Lovely got all jealous and ordered himself a pair of these so they could twin. Ugh I can’t stand the cuteness.)! It’s perfect because they ship free and you can return super easily if your size is off. Major piece of cake. I’ve been known to do a little shopping for myself before on Zappos but I never thought of shopping for kids there. Let’s just talk for one second about how much I appreciate not having to take a toddler to a shoe store… 😉

Favorite shoes for a toddler

So if you’re tearing through toddler shoes like we are, give these guys a go. I have to say, I saw a baby girl at the park with some pink ones on the other day and my pregnant heart skipped a beat. There’s nothing more adorable than teeny tiny shoes, am I right?! xoxo

Favorite shoes for a toddler

This post is sponsored by Zappos & Crocs. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Essentials for Summertime Fun in the Sun

Essentials for Summertime Fun in the Sun

Summer is knocking at my door and even though spring is beautiful and all that jazz, I’m pumped for some long beach days and time by the pool! Nothing beats…

Essentials for Summertime Fun in the Sun

Summer is knocking at my door and even though spring is beautiful and all that jazz, I’m pumped for some long beach days and time by the pool! Nothing beats one of those days where you spend all day swimming, reading a book under an umbrella, and generally being a summertime bum. This summer I’m feeling bright, punchy pieces that look just as good by the pool as they do strolling into a restaurant for dinner afterwards (along with some fun extras in case you just don’t ever want to leave the sand and surf). Here are a few of my faves to help you #findyourfun!

Essentials for Summertime Fun in the Sun

Since we started traveling with Henry I loooove having a beach tent. Keeps ya cool on the sand and gives the little dude somewhere to play. This one from Shore and Sunshine has been great. If you’re not toting kids a good summertime read is pretty clutch; I’m hoping to get through this one soon! And obviously you’ve got to buy into the pool float craze that’s sweeping the internet — the ban.do heart float is pretty cute!

In the summer, especially when we’re by the beach or the pool, I love style pieces that you can toss on and go, and not worry about looking like a schlub! These colorful little Isabella sandals from Crocs are one of my latest finds, and they’re perfect by the water or heading out on the town afterwards. And bonus — they kind of remind me of my jelly shoe days, but in a grownup way, which makes them even more sweet. (They also have a pair of flats that you should totally peek at if you were into jellies back in the day! It’s like a secret fashion flashback but in the best way.)

When you leave the pool,  pair your sandals with a simple, colorful swim coverup that can double as a dress like this one, swipe on a little lip gloss, and hide behind some fun sunnies. Ta-da! You’re good to go, looking put-together, feeling comfy, and ready to go find some more fun.

So what are your summertime essentials? I’d love to know the go-to pieces that you keep in your car or your bag while you’re out and about. For more inspo, hit up the Crocs Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and go #findyourfun! xoxo
Essentials for Summertime Fun in the Sun

This post is sponsored by Crocs. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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Paper Notebooks

Paper Lovers, Rejoice

Truth be told, I have stacks and stacks of cards and notebooks and gorgeous pieces of paper in the studio that I just loooove. I love stationery! So when my…

Truth be told, I have stacks and stacks of cards and notebooks and gorgeous pieces of paper in the studio that I just loooove. I love stationery! So when my pal Kristina said that she was opening a brick + mortar shop filled with her favorite paper goods, I had to have her stop by and share with you guys. This girl is hysterical (I’ve been reading and laughing out loud at her comments for years!) and she’s got a killer knack for choosing fun goodies. She’s one of those readers that has become a friend, and I think you’re gonna love her too! Check out her paper faves (and some fun extras too). xoxo

Paper Notebooks

Hello Lovelies! Chelsea and I go WAY BACK (if you count all the comments I post to her delightful projects!) and she graciously allowed me to rant about stationery in her little corner of the internet today. My name is Kristina (KB) and I own a little online stationery shop called Crumple & Toss. I am about to open my first retail space and have been loading up on SO MUCH cute stuff I just HAD to share, so here I am!

When I pick out cards for the shop, letters and words always catch my attention first. And of course they HAVE to be clever! Bold, black type on white heavy paper? OO LALA! But I also adore gold foil, hand-lettering, and bright colors. These beauties above are some of my favorites. And clearly writing notes is more fun when you have fancy pens to write with!

Humorous Greeting Cards

You Know Me | Fancy Coffee | Be Mine | I Can’t Even | Pens

Cards are a mail-able smile. A brightly colored envelope in your mailbox will do the trick all by itself, but once you get inside, the card really needs to bring it. I love cards with a spicy wit or a pop-culture reference that really connects the giver and the recipient. A really bad (and by “bad” of course I mean AWESOME) pun always gets me, as well as cards with a bit of a dry wit or weirdness about it. Side note – if you’re not decorating your mail with washi tape, like seriously what are you doing with your life?

Humorous Greeting Cards

Clueless | McConauHey Thanks | Rawr | Plants | You’re Really Pretty | Tape

HANDS UP who’s a notebook fiend? I love the newness of a fresh notebook. So much promise! How many ideas will you hold? How many brilliant thoughts (or grocery lists) can I fit in here? These little guys are my new fave. By BerinMade, a designer in the UK, this set of 2 (!!) cuties is perfectly pocket-sized; one patterned and the other gold-foiled. The textured cover and pink interior pages are ALL KINDS OF WIN.

Paper Notebooks

Hustle Hustle Notebooks | All Notebooks

As I grow my gift selection for the store, I am totally getting sucked into the pin trend and seriously, how can you not with cuties like these? I JUST got these in from Hello Lucky and I’m so glad they started making pins. I got a rose gold cactus pin at the National Stationery Show from them last year as a freebie and people are always asking me about it. Each of these pins are rose gold and pastel with a tiny pun (YAY!) and come on an illustrated card so it’s like a greeting card and gift in one! Genius!

Enamel Lapel Pins

Lapel Pins

PHEW ok that’s all for now but if you’d like to see what other treasures I have come hang out online at Crumple & Toss! Or even better,  if you’re local to the Boston area come visit me in my new location when I open in June! Thanks for having me, Chelsea!

Rainbow of Gifts

A Rainbow of Gifts!

Party season is coming, and with it, a million reasons to give gifts! I loooove gift-giving. I think maybe my favorite gifts to buy are for showers or for hostess…

Party season is coming, and with it, a million reasons to give gifts! I loooove gift-giving. I think maybe my favorite gifts to buy are for showers or for hostess gifts. It’s just so lovely to choose something that you know the recipient will love and use in their home. With spring coming I got all inspired to put together a rainbow of gift ideas in case you’re on the lookout for the perfect gift for one of your pals. And more fun news – the team at AllModern is starting a series of curated gift guides, design to help streamline your shopping and highlight some of the coolest pieces on the site! Today’s guide is curated by (you guessed it) yours truly! The picks you see here are just a preview, be sure to go see the full guide and sale for lots more rainbow-inspired pieces!

Rainbow of Gifts

Pillow. Apple notes. Rhino eraser. Flamingo. Le Creuset. Clock. Awesome pillow. Sofa. Toast rack. Towel. Robot. Timer. Vases. Pouf. Blanket. Hourglass. Eye pillow. Dachshund.

Doesn’t it just make you want to get a little color in your life? How fun would it be to give that bright yellow loveseat to a pair of happy newlyweds? Or the little apple note paper to your kid’s teacher? And I’m just saying — maybe you could give yourself a little something fun (Awesome pillow anyone?).

Be sure to head over to AllModern and see the rest of Lovely Indeed’s curated sale. There are tons more colorful picks to help inspire your gifting this spring. Happy giving! xoxo

P.S. More gift guides right here!

This post is presented in partnership with AllModern. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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The Prettiest Florals for Spring

Hey gang! So, did you know that Lovely Indeed is a growing team? We hired the darling Erin a while back and she has been whipping our social media into…

Hey gang! So, did you know that Lovely Indeed is a growing team? We hired the darling Erin a while back and she has been whipping our social media into shape, helping me refine and grow our platforms. And I have to say it: she’s brilliant. She’s already such an integral part of the team that I wanted to have you meet her and get to know her a bit! And what better way to do that then have a little virtual shopping date together? So meet this sweet girl and see a few of her favorite picks for spring! xoxo

Happy Thursday! Erin here, the newest team member to join the Lovely Indeed family! I’m excited to share with you the things that literally make my heart sing, and since this is my first post, I thought it would be fun to gush about my current crush! Ever since spring’s arrival, I have been completely in love with anything and everything floral. This feminine print seems to be popping up everywhere–from my garden to the runway—and it has easily become my latest obsession! From fresh ideas for the home or office to the perfect blooming accessories, shop below for my favorite floral finds.

The Prettiest Florals For Spring

1. This anemone and roses throw pillow will brighten any space in your home.

2. The Beauteous Backup Battery Pack is the prettiest way to save your data.

3. These Floral Canvas Low-Tops will definitely add pep to your spring step.

4.  Listening to music with your swoons and tunes headphones never looked so cool.

 5. Pack your lunch in style thanks to this Garden Lunchbox.

6. This gardenbloom iPhone case gives any iPhone an instant makeover.

7. The Allons-Easy Weekend Bag is totes adorable and the perfect travel companion.

10 Fab Winter Coats

10 Fab Winter Coats

So the last time I had to buy a coat was when I was living in NYC. Obviously, the winters there require some serious coat game if you want to…

So the last time I had to buy a coat was when I was living in NYC. Obviously, the winters there require some serious coat game if you want to stay cozy while you’re running around. Since I’ve lived in California, I haven’t had to worry too much about a coat because the winters here are like oooh, brrrr, it’s 60 degrees. I mean, toss a sweater on and get over it. But either it’s getting colder or I’m getting soft, because I’m freezing! And I finally need to get my act together and spend some of my Christmas dough on a little something new to occupy my coat rack. Been pulling together some of my faves, and I thought I’d share!

10 Fab Winter Coats

Pastel Pink Collarless Coat
Faux Fur Leopard Coat
Blanket Wrap Coat
Red Boiled Wool Walker Coat
Pink Boucle Coat with Inset Bib
Persimmon Collarless Coat
Notch Collar Coat
Yellow Two-Way Coat
Check Plaid Toggle Coat
A-Line Babydoll Coat

I’m thinking maybe something with a little color, yeah? That yellow one actually unzips at the bottom and becomes a moto jacket, which is pretty sweet! But that pale pink on the top left may be my favorite of them all. Which would you pick? And what kind of coat do you rock in the winter? xoxo

Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

10 Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Have a few tough people to shop for this year? I’ve got you covered! There’s nothing better than finding the perfect thing for someone who has it all, am I…

Have a few tough people to shop for this year? I’ve got you covered! There’s nothing better than finding the perfect thing for someone who has it all, am I right? It’s just so fun to see someone open a gift and get genuinely jazzed about what you chose for them. I scoured Darby Smart (one of my very favorite online spots for not just craft supplies, but awesome artisan pieces) and found something for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

For your always-accessorized BFF, this fun DIY animal necklace holder!
For your nephew who loves to be silly, a golden triceratops planter with an air plant for him to take care of.
For your craftiest pal, a kit to make their very own brass himmeli plant holder.
For your mom who loves staying organized and cool, a couple of leather and canvas clutches to hold all her goodies.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

For your sister who just loves flowers, a gorgeous floral watercolor pillow.
A little stocking stuffer for your sleepy boyfriend: a Marathon Napper pin.
For your husband who has lots of state pride, a wooden state sign for the wall.
A handmade gift for your trendy neighbor — a yarn wall hanging!
For the clutzy friend who’s always dropping her phone, a pretty pastel case to protect it.
And for your sweet-tooth niece, some donut socks that’ll make her the envy of her class!

So! Are you a last-minute type of shopper, or have you been finished with your holiday shopping since June? I have to tell ya, since the advent of online shopping I’m so much more organized with my gift-giving. Here’s hoping we’ve helped make your job a bit easier and that a few of these gifties make their way onto your shopping list this year! Happy Holidays! xoxo

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

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

Style // Denim Flares for Fall

I know we’re firmly planted in the age of the skinny jean, but ever since Kristine illustrated this Lovely Girl for us I’ve been dying to find a perfect pair…

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

I know we’re firmly planted in the age of the skinny jean, but ever since Kristine illustrated this Lovely Girl for us I’ve been dying to find a perfect pair of high waisted flares! She just looks too cool, right? I used to be a flares girl all the way, but never this flare-y — these babies are not messing around. And I kind of love the 70’s vibe that they’ve injected into my wardrobe! Perfect for fall, paired with some awesome clogs for running around crunching leaves.

My hunt for these led me to Zappos (of course), and I can’t tell you what a thing of beauty it is to not have to go shopping for jeans in real life. For some reason denim shopping is almost worse than bathing suit shopping in my mind — it’s endlessly frustrating, and almost impossible when you have a baby along for the ride. But you should know by now my love for Zappos and shopping from my computer (or, in this case, on my phone from the couch). A couple of clicks and this gorgeous pair of Hudson jeans arrived on my doorstep a few days later, with free shipping no less.

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

The next terror of trying on jeans? Actually getting them on. Jeans and I have such a dicey history that sometimes it feels impossible to find a pair that fits well. Like they come along once in a blue moon and only if you use your lucky dressing room and it’s a Tuesday and you did a rain dance before you tried them on. But I have to tell you, this pair from Hudson slid on like buttah, and buttoned and zipped and they’re stretchy and comfy and just. perfect. Every detail is gorgeous, and I hate to say it, but they almost feel like yoga pants. Except they’re jeans. I kind of feel like I’m cheating.

Long story short, I’ll be bringing the 70’s flare vibe this fall big time. What about you? Are you skinny jeans all the way, or would you ever get your flare on? xoxo

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

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

Summer Style Staples

Summer Staples

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and…

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and true this season. You know how sometimes you just get into a groove with a few certain products and use them to death? These guys have been total workhorses this summer, and I’ve gotta give them all a big hearty recommendation. Give ’em a try! xoxo

Summer Style Staples

This watch was my Mother’s Day gift and I have a hard time taking it off.
A perfect sheer pink lip balm for summer.
This wrap-front romper is my go-to getup, especially since it’s nursing-friendly.
I’ve been rocking a backpack all summer, can you believe it? Target doesn’t carry mine any more but I’d grab this similar one in a heartbeat (or one with palm fronds on it…)!
The sandals are on super sale right now!

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Summer Travel // Packing for an Overnight

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips…

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips we have planned for the summer. We’ve got everything from overnighters to our big anniversary trip (and lots in between!), so I’m already thinking about packing. First up, a couple of overnight trips! Overnights can be tricky, right? Seems like it should be easier than packing for a long vacay, but you really have to pare down and just take the essentials. Here are mine.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

On a quick overnighter, my go-to is a romper, especially in the summer. It takes up no room in your bag, it’s super comfy, and you can fudge it for a day or night ensemble. (And for me, they’re easy nursing access. Bonus!) Dress it up with a couple of accessories like a snazzy watch or some hoopie hoop earrings and BAM you’re done.

On your feet? Sandals, duh! And may I recommend my new favorite pair? These bad boys from Payless are on repeat in my wardrobe right now. They’ll be coming with me on all of our travels for sure. Perfect for a car or plane ride because they’re so comfy, great for walking around all day, and sleek enough to take them out on the town at night. (Not to mention they’re on sale. Sale!) I may or may not be wearing them as I type this. Okay, I definitely am.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

A few other necessities: some cooler than cool sunnies (I’m digging a bit of an oversized situation these days), and a small clutch for going out. Put it all in a simple tote and you’re good to go! And for all of you cactus lovers, there’s a DIY tutorial coming up soon to make that little cactus tote. I’ve got ya covered.

What are your summer travel essentials? And where will you be heading this summer?! Share your travel plans so we can all daydream that we’re already on vacay. xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

P.S. For more summery sandal goodness, check out Payless on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Palm Springs Swan Pool

Here Comes Summer

And boy am I ready for it! I love the signs of summer. The other day we were walking in our hood and we saw a whole gang of high…

Palm Springs Swan Pool

And boy am I ready for it! I love the signs of summer. The other day we were walking in our hood and we saw a whole gang of high school kids taking prom pictures on their front lawn. Don’t you remember those days?! Prom meant the end of the school year, the start of summer, and about a million adventures stretching ahead of you. I’ve got some grownup adventures planned for this summer and I seriously can’t wait.

I’m all jazzed and you know me — with the change of a new season I like to do a little online window shopping. So here’s what I’m daydreaming about for summer. And by the way, did you guys know that I totally have your back with Lovely Indeed’s style roundups? I make a conscious effort never to feature something that I wouldn’t buy myself. When I’m putting together a roundup, I don’t usually include items over 100 bucks, and most things are way down under the $50 range. It’s a fine balance of quality pieces that real people can afford. Because I know that your hard-earned duckets are precious. Just saying — I’m looking out for ya. And now, summer! xoxo

Affordable Summer Style

Romper. Ring. Nail Polish. Scarf. Swan. Cup. Shoes.

Palm Springs Pool photo by Mary Costa.