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.

BabyLit Books

Henry’s Favorite Books + A BabyLit Giveaway!

I started reading to Henry the week we brought him home from the hospital. It was kind of my default. When I was so tired I couldn’t think of anything…

BabyLit Books

BabyLit Books

I started reading to Henry the week we brought him home from the hospital. It was kind of my default. When I was so tired I couldn’t think of anything to do with him or say to him, I would sit him in his little baby chair and we would look at books. And I swear, even though he was just a handful of days old, he liked it. And he still does! That kid has always loved to look at books. These days he helps us turn pages.

Back then and still now, months later, some of his very favorites are the BabyLit books. Ryan and I stumbled across them while we were making our baby registry and went nuts. They’re brilliant! They’re board books, with modern takes on the classics, and they teach basic concepts like numbers, colors, opposites, animals, and more. But what I love most are the illustrations. They’re just gorgeous. And it makes it so fun to read as a parent — I always find myself flipping through them because they’re so lovely to look at.

Back in the day when he was teeny tiny, Henry’s favorite was Huck Finn. Maybe because I read it with an accent? Or maybe because he liked the pictures of the outdoors — he’s a nature-loving kid. These days, he loves Moby Dick. Which, come to think of it, I also read with an accent. (A salty ship captain accent, obviously.)

BabyLit Books

BabyLit Books

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I just treasure these books and I love imagining Hank as an older kid reading the original versions of these abbreviated classics. Can you imagine?! One day my tiny person will be old enough to read all of The Jungle Book. I can’t even handle that.

And gang, in the hopes that you’ll love these books as much as we do, I’ve got not one but TWO giveaways for you! Here on the blog, we’re giving away a super cool Moby Dick set! You have the chance to win the Moby Dick book, play set, puzzle, and tote. See the Rafflecopter below for all the ways to enter.

And if you can’t get enough, head over to my Instagram where we are giving away an Alice in Wonderland set! Big thanks to BabyLit for inspiring our tiny people to love to read. xoxo

BabyLit Books

Product for this post and giveaway graciously provided by BabyLit. All opinions are my very own.

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Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Refresh // Accessories

Now that my closet is a little more spring-ready, I wanted to add a fresh round of accessories to my arsenal. I’ve been carrying my beloved navy leather bag all…

Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Accessories Refresh

Now that my closet is a little more spring-ready, I wanted to add a fresh round of accessories to my arsenal. I’ve been carrying my beloved navy leather bag all winter, and it’s feeling a little dark and heavy these days. Not to mention my banged up sunglasses that float to the bottom of my purse underneath all kinds of baby paraphenalia — those could use a little help too. Once again, my pals at Zappos know how to help a sister out.

Side note: shopping online is my very favorite these days. I mean, I can order a new purse online while Henry is sleeping and it literally shows up on my doorstep two days later. And free shipping no less! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We live in the future. What kind of magical place is this where we can hop online and just go to one website and have about a million different choices?

Spring Accessories Refresh

Okay I got sidetracked. Hashtag mom brain. Anyway! This bag! I’m kind of a fan of just using a regular old purse as a diaper bag until we outgrow it but so far it’s working perfectly. This beauty fits all of my stuff, all of Henry’s stuff, and even a camera (for when we are out and about and spot an insane place to shoot like in front of these gigantic aloe plants). There are a ton of pockets, so the new sunnies won’t get smashed at the bottom of the bag any more, either.

Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Accessories Refresh

This scarf? My spring and summer mantra. I think we all like to think that we’re a little wild at heart, no? And this guy is the perfect weight for wrapping yourself up in on a spring day. My poor winter scarves are just going to have to wait it out at the back of my closet for next year.

How about you guys?! Doing any spring refreshing of your accessories? Hop over to Zappos for a one-stop-shop to snag any little thing you might need. I may or may not be saving my pennies to get another thing or two from my wishlist… xoxo

Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Accessories Refresh

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

Surfers Art Print

Lovely Indeed Prints for Sale!

Hey gang! Major fun news to kick off your weekend! There have been so many times that I’ve posted photos here or on Instagram and had folks say they’d love to…

Surfers Art Print

Hey gang! Major fun news to kick off your weekend! There have been so many times that I’ve posted photos here or on Instagram and had folks say they’d love to hang those photos on their walls. Well… now you can!

I opened up a Lovely Indeed print shop over on Society 6, so you can buy some of your favorite prints! We’ll be adding your favorite images as we go, so if you see a photo posted anywhere that you’d love to own, give me a shout and we’ll get it into the shop. We’re starting our print game crazy strong with some of my very favorite images:

Pink Pineapple Art Print

San Francisco Skyline Art Print

Palm Tree Art Print

Bicycle Flower Art Print

TAKE ME TO THE LOVELY INDEED PRINT SHOP

Those and lots more are available in the shop, so head over and deck out your walls! Sending you all big fat high fives to go out and nail it this weekend. We’ll have lots of crazy exciting stuff going on around these parts this weekend, as we launch a big fat fancy redesign of Lovely. See you back here Monday with our new vibe! xoxo

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Spring (Closet) Cleaning

Spring is just the perfect time to hit the refresh button, isn’t it? All winter long I’ve been living in grays and blacks and my closet looks like this monochromatic…

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Spring is just the perfect time to hit the refresh button, isn’t it? All winter long I’ve been living in grays and blacks and my closet looks like this monochromatic wasteland. With the brighter days we’ve been having (today feels like summer!) my wardrobe has just been begging for a little update, so I’m starting to pick out a few pieces that will help get it from winter to spring. The Zappos gang totally gets me, so we teamed up to find a few things that would do the trick.

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Can you even deal with that shirt?! Seriously, the second I saw it I knew it would be a perfect piece to transition out of my black and gray rut. The bright white with that little stiletto heel print is perfect to pair with some other pieces that have bright pops of color. Which brings me to…

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The best yellow shoes in all the land! Yellow is and will always be my favorite color, and these bad boys are the perfect shade. And I’m kind of all about a d’orsay flat these days! Just right for spring — your toes are covered in case it’s cold but they kind of feel like a really chic sandal. Initially I ordered these guys in a size 10 (yes, I know I have giant feet) but they were huge when they came! Luckily, Zappos returns are crazy easy and free, which is the best thing in the world. (Speaking of which, their 2-day shipping is free, too. I live for free shipping.) I had new shoes in the right size in about 3 days. And it was a good thing, too, because I could not wait to wear these things.

My final staple for spring? These pull-on skinny pants. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t be bothered with pants that have a zipper or button these days. I’m kind of living in these. And they come in a rainbow of other colors that are perf for spring. I was digging on this sea glass shade. They go with evvvrything.

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So what about you? Does your closet need a good spring cleaning? Or am I the only one who slips into the winter monochrome trap? Ever since my little Zappos box showed up in the mail my closet is feeling lighter, brighter, and much more springy. I’d love to know what pieces you’d add to your closet to refresh for the new season! xoxo

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This post is sponsored by Zappos. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Easter Best

Easter Best

I feel like, ever since I was a little girl, picking out my Easter outfit was a majorly important choice. It had to be just right — springy and fresh…

Easter Best

Easter Best

I feel like, ever since I was a little girl, picking out my Easter outfit was a majorly important choice. It had to be just right — springy and fresh but warm enough if there was a chill in the air, and you definitely had to have some new Easter shoes. Easter shoes are key, you guys.

This year I’ve been hunting through my closet for some Easter duds that are just right — I’m so tired of the black and grey I’ve been wearing all winter. I pulled out some of my fun pre-baby clothes (hallelujah they fit!) and went on a hunt for my new Easter shoes. Right now Payless Shoe Source has, no joke, so many cute options I hemmed and hawed in there forever. After much deliberation I chose these crocheted oxfords, which I have been holding myself back from wearing until it’s actually Easter! Clearly I’ve only been mildly successful at abstaining. They’re just so comfy and they go with everything (not to mention you can snag them for a total steal, which makes it even better).

Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter Best

I was kind of dying to wear them with a dress, but I’m finding it so tricky to wear dresses while I’m still nursing Henry! Any moms out there have a brilliant trick for that? It’s a good thing these kicks look adorable with just about everything — I’m definitely going to be rocking them out with these polka dotted pants, because if you can’t wear polka dots on Easter then when can you?! But I digress. On the real, head to Payless to deck out your Easter feet. (And pssst, if you’re looking for dude shoes for your fella, they’ve got some pretty sweet choices too.)

So what about you? What’s your Easter best? xoxo

P.S. Want more inspiration for your tootsies? Check out Payless on Instagram, FB, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter Best

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