We took our bikes to Palm Springs with us and cruised around. A stop in front of #thatpinkdoor was in order.
Whoooooo man it’s been an action-packed couple of weeks! Last week we were in Palm Springs with some of our best bloggy pals, and then headed to Ventura for Craftcation, where I led a workshop and spoke on a panel. It was such a great adventure but then there’s always the aftermath when you arrive back home and have twelve piles of laundry and a massively full inbox. We did, however, return home to some fun developments on the renovation, so extra points there.
We also all got taken out by this innocent little runny nose that Henry had about 10 days ago, and for some sadistic reason we ALL still have full-blown colds. It. Is. Rough. Pregnant + nausea that won’t go away + cold + house that’s torn apart = GAHHHHHHH. But! On the flip side, Henry started going to a babysitter a couple of half days a week and he loves her and it means that we have a few extra hours to get things done at work and around the house. So you see what I mean here about an action-packed couple of weeks! Lots of ups and lots of downs, but that’s pretty much the usual, right?!
In blogland, we’re gearing up for summer behind the scenes and I’m so pumped to share some of the projects and plans we have in store! I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good summer, y’all. OKAY enough about me! Tell me something good! I would love to know something that you’re excited about right now. Let’s start this weekend pumped about life! xoxo
I’m a sunshine girl for sure, but all this rain California is getting right now is pretty exciting! With the drought being in the front of everyone’s mind all the time it’s so wonderful to see green hills in the distance and mountains with a big fat snowcap still on them. Our umbrellas have been getting a workout, which is alright with me. And speaking of umbrellas! That gold polka dotted number in the photo up there is a project I created for a book that I co-authored last year! We kept it under our hats for a while but you can get it now and see a whole bunch of painting projects that we’ve never shared anywhere else. You can see the book and get yourself one right here!
Aside from all that, it’s been a little crazy ’round these parts, as my mom had a little unexpected trip to the hospital last week and we’ve been helping her get back on her feet since then. Without going into too much detail, I’d really appreciate any positive thoughts or prayers you have if you could send ’em her way! When it rains it pours, guys.
Hoping your weekend is full of awesome things ahead! Here’s something kinda fun — I think we might go to the gem show this weekend?! The I-wanna-be-a-geologist-third-grader inside of me is totally pumped to go spend forever wandering around looking at pretty rocks. And what are you doing this weekend? xoxo
First of all, a gratuitous baby picture. Henry in his natural habitat: dirty shirt, grass-stained knees, happily pulling dandelions out of our lawn and subsequently trying to eat them. It’s the simple things, guys. (Outfit from Old Navy and moccs from Freshly Picked!) I can’t get enough of those chubby little boy knuckles.
Okay, who watched Fuller House?! I admit to having watched about four episodes — I mean, come on! Full House was the stuff of my youth so I totally have to revisit DJ and Steph and the gang. And was it amazing? Ummm no. But did it fill the heart of my inner 1980’s child? Totally. It’s kind of bizarre, like a complete flashback. The writing is the same, the house is the same, the people are the same. Part of me thought they’d update the style of humor but nope — they went classic Full House and are sticking to their guns.
And while I was singing along to Everywhere You Look during the opening credits, it got me thinking about my favorite tv show theme songs of all time! There are some good ones, aren’t there? And it seems to me the best ones come from the late 80’s and early 90’s. I know you have faves! I tried to list my top five theme songs and came up with this list (although I’m positive I’m forgetting some good ones!):
Thank You For Being a Friend
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Movin’ On Up
Aaaahhhh! They’re so good! I played the Duck Tales one in the studio and Ryan and I had to stop for an impromptu dance party. And I think the Golden Girls song might be my favorite theme song of all time. Okay your turn — best theme songs ever, any era. Go! xoxo
(Henry’s wearing the tank jumper from June and January!)
BOOOOOOO I’m back at work! Just kidding I love my job. But even when you love your job, isn’t vacay just the best? We’ve been all over California for the last week or so, introducing Henry to Disneyland, hitting our old LA haunts, and gallivanting around San Diego with friends. It was beautiful to say the least, and I’m so sad it’s over!
But also, there’s always something nice about coming home, isn’t there? Sleeping in my own bed last night was a magical thing indeed. So this weekend we’ll be recovering from our trip and catching up on piles of laundry — ya know, the normal stuff. Ick. Somebody needs to make laundry fun.
What are you doing this weekend? xoxo
Iiiiiiiit’s list time! I don’t care what they say about me — lists make my brain happy. Especially lists that aren’t full of to-dos. Lists where you just get to think of your favorite things and write them down are the best, right?! This week’s list is about fun stuff. As in: What Do You Like to Do For Fun?
Oh man, I could go on and on! But somehow I think that we should pare it down because we would be here until next week if we just started listing willy nilly. So let’s talk your top five favorite things to do for fun. Okay let’s see. Here are mine.
Time with pals and family
Eating good food and drinking good drinks, preferably with fun people
Music – making it or listening to it
What are your top five?! Like, if you could choose anything to be doing right now instead of work or laundry or meetings, what fun stuff would you choose? Here’s hoping you get to do most of those things this weekend! xoxo
Just casually laying around and throwing a pillow. Like you do.
But hey we have more important things to talk about! Like the fact that today is the last day to apply for our open positions at Lovely Indeed!!! Wanna come work with us? See all of the details and find out about the application process right here. We’re accepting applications through end of day today and then we’ll start reviewing. So what are you waiting for?!
In other news, my Pinterest boards are off the chain lately because there’s so much beautiful stuff to look at in blogland! To save you the time, here are a few majorly clickable items to fill your weekend. Have a good one! xoxo
We watched The Big Short this week and woah it’s enough to make your head spin.
Meanwhile, I thought I was growing my hair back out but #7 here may have me reconsidering…
Nail art that I can get behind.
I’ve got Ann Shen’s wallpaper on my desktop this week and it’s pumping me up!
So I think I covered it on Instagram, but I also think I forgot to mention here that we’re renovating our house! We broke ground the day after Christmas on Phase One of three phases that we have planned. First up, we’re extending a new garage into our massive (and totally unused) back driveway, and we’re making the old garage into a fully functioning, decked out home studio!
We’ve been talking for quite a while about the pros and cons of getting a studio space outside of our house, but the bottom line is that we both love the flexibility that working from home gives us. That being said, the extra bedroom that we converted into an office is bursting at the seams and we have outgrown it way more quickly than we thought we would. Also, even when we have help at home watching Henry while we’re working, if he knows we’re in the house working he’s distracted and constantly coming to want to see what we’re up to. With the new studio, it’ll be connected to the house but in a back area that we can close off completely, so when we’re working it’ll actually feel like we’re “at work.” (Not to mention some sweet stuff we’re decking it out with like lots of windows for great lighting and a giant photo area so we can photograph our larger projects way more easily.)
The first question most people ask us when we tell them we’re renovating is Are you going to DIY it?! And the answer is a resounding NO WAY JOSE. I’m great with a glue gun and all that but the last thing I want to be responsible for is building the walls that will keep our family safe. And honestly, Ryan probably could do it if he put his mind to it, but the reality is we both have full-time jobs and we want to focus on that while we hire professionals to do what they do best. But! Every once in a while our contractor needs help and that’s when Ryan gets to bang things with a hammer for a while. I think he secretly loves it.
One fun thing we found out while Ryan was removing that stucco: our house used to be pink! Like, super pink. I think that’s good vibes.
Anyway! I’ll save what we’re planning for Phase Two and Three for later, but if you want to follow along check out #thelovelyrenovation on Instagram! The photos ain’t gonna be pretty but hey man, that’s life. We’re embarking on a many-month project where we’re going to be covered in dust and rubble and floor samples and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. So we’ll be cleaning up messes and picking out some new finishings this weekend, and probably all of the weekends in the foreseeable future. What are you up to this weekend? Have a good one! xoox
We did it! It’s Friday! The first work week of the year is over and we effing did it you guys. A bit about my week: I started out on Monday morning all ready to crush it and then around 11 am we found out my mom had been in a car accident. She was fine (thank goodness) but shaken, and the car was totaled. I’m crazy protective of my mom and after I heard the news I cycled through this really insane series of emotions — first fear that she was really going to be okay, then stress at getting her examined by a doctor, then a weird bout of anger at the driver who hit her car, and finally relief when I got to see her after the whole fiasco settled down. The rest of the week was spent researching and test driving new cars, which is a job in and of itself!
But I digress! Mom’s fine and it’s Friday and so we’re starting a new series that I am puuuuumped on! If you’ve been around a while you know that I. Love. Lists. My pal Moorea Seal recently released her book The 52 Lists Project and it’s gotten me all inspired to start listing again. There’s a different prompt every week and I thought it would be super fun to share my current list here on the first Friday of each month. Today’s is an interesting one: List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.
I started jotting some things down and realized all of mine were women! Check it:
Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
Kathleen Kelly (You’ve Got Mail)
Sally Bowles (Cabaret)
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Betty Haynes (White Christmas)
Jane Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)
Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
Amelie Poulain (Amelie)
I started looking at them to find similarities and kind of started seeing a pattern — they’re all imaginative, passionate, and kinda stubborn. They’re stick-to-their-guns kind of gals who know their own minds and believe 100% in what they stand for. And most of them are also a little bit crazy. Sooooo I’m thinking I accidentally picked women who I see myself in? And also who maybe I would like to emulate a little bit. Sometimes I think I could stand to listen to my gut a little more and trust myself in my decision making. Seeeeee how rad these lists are? They totally open up things in your brain that you didn’t even know you wanted to know. Thanks, Moorea. (And by the by, you can get her book right here and list along if you like!)
So who would be on your list? I love knowing this kind of stuff about you guys — share a few of your favorite characters in the comments! Do we have any in common? Happy weekend, y’all! xoxo
What a week! What a month! You guys, I love December. Did I tell you I’m singing in our local symphony chorus? We’ve been having lots of holiday concerts with the town’s symphony orchestra and I am up to my ears in beautiful music and holiday cheer. It’s been lovely! Other than that, I’ve been so, so pumped on our Lovely Indeed holiday designs for & Apparel — did you see both of them?! I can’t decide whether I like the sweater or the tee better — but you can get them both right here for 20% off with code LOVELY20. Cross my heart, every single time I wear them around town I get so many comments (especially the sweater!). If you grab one, be sure to share a photo of yourself in your festive gear with #thelovelysquad!
What else, you ask? I must have the coolest friends in all the land because Rachel from The Crafted Life put together a killer e-course that is right up your alley if you’re a blogger! It’s so inspiring to be surrounded by all of these amazing creatives doing wonderful things. Her Photo Styling 101 course is a perfect little package filled with tips on how to make gorgeous images for your blog or Instagram feed. Check it out here!
So! What’s everybody doing this weekend? I’ll be meeting up with a gang of fellow singers to do some Christmas caroling at the ice rink downtown, so suffice it to say it’s gonna be pretty cheerful up in here. Happy weekending! xoxo
Didja get your Lovely Indeed Festive Sweater yet?! Thanks so much for all your kind words and excitement about it — I’m as pumped as you are! Did you also see that we released our gold holiday tee too?! We couldn’t design something without our signature golden touch, so the Let Your Heart Be Light tee was just the perfect addition. I love the handwritten feel, and it’s so cute layered with some of your other holiday pieces!
Be sure to snap up your Lovely Indeed holiday sweaters + tees before they’re all gone! And if your boyfriends or husbands need a little hint, just send them a link to this blog post. I think they’ll get the picture. And if you get one, be sure to tag a photo of yourself wearing it with #thelovelysquad, so I can see how adorable you are!
SHOP THE FESTIVE SWEATER
SHOP THE LET YOUR HEART BE LIGHT TEE
The trees in our town are ON POINT, guys. Look at that bad boy! My sister and I rolled up to a space in a parking structure the other day and this beauty was staring us in the face and I was like, “LOOK AT THAT TREEEEE!” And my sister just goes, “I feel an Instagram coming on.” Does she know me or what?
Okay but let’s talk about my secret. I’ve been keeping it and keeping it and it’s so exciting my eyes are watering and I can allllllmost tell you what it is! Keep a keen eye on my Instagram this weekend for a few hints, and next week you better WATCH OUT because we’re letting it loose on the world. And because I just can’t keep my mouth shut, let’s just say you better roll up your sleeves because it’s gonna be good.
In the meantime, check out a few of my pals and all of the beautiful stuff they’ve been creating! Happy weekend! xoxo
Freakin’ confetti chairs! Can I have them around my dining room table?
Patterned clutches with your own artwork on the fabric.
Did you know that we started a pop-up blog?! It’s called The Holiday Collective and it’s rad.
This makes working with tile look super simple.
The cutest holiday cake topper!