Married Life // Dating

HowAboutWe

Mr. Lovely and I are serious homebodies. We have a home that we love to spend time in, just being comfy and together. So sometimes we have to make an actual effort to get ourselves dressed and up and out of the house, especially when it comes to going on official “dates.” Do you still go out on dates if you’re married or in a long-term relationship? Mr. Lovely and I have a standing Friday lunch date, but that’s pretty casual. So when I found out about HowAboutWe for Couples I was pumped to try out their service.

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe “helps people fall in love and stay in love” — how awesome is that? You guys know I love love. I just so enjoy spending time with Mr. Lovely and finding new adventures. I even love seeing other people on dates enjoying each other’s company. I just think it’s so sweet. So HowAboutWe for Couples seems so brilliant to me; they organize and curate these awesome dates and you choose your fave. It’s like picking an experience off of a menu. They set everything up, you choose your adventure, and everything’s taken care of. (There’s also a service for singles that takes online dating offline so you can get out in the world and meet peeps!)

When we were looking at some dates to choose, we almost couldn’t decide! Mr. Lovely wanted to go paddleboarding but I thought it sounded a little cold for spring. I kind of wanted to take a brunch cruise, but we were looking for something a little more laid back. So we finally figured it out — a progressive date, starting at Yuca’s Tacos and ending up with ice cream sandwiches at Coolhaus. Tacos and ice cream? Come on. This date was made for us.

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe

It was so nice to head to some places we’ve never been, and to have a reason to spend some time together not working. It’s kind of crazy that I even feel like we have to “find” a reason to go on a date. And this whole thing has made me excited again to find new things to try and places to explore right in our town. It was such a treat of a day and by the end we were so happy to have just had the experience. That kid was cracking me up, too — the tacos and ice cream were both so good that he was on a total food high (see Exhibit A, below). And it was so fun to feel kind of like a VIP on our date because the restaurants knew we were coming and took such great care of us!

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe

So what about you? Is your dating game on point? Or would you try a service like HowAboutWe to get your dating mojo back in gear? If you’re interested, Lovely Indeed readers are getting the hookup with a special deal to try it out! Just click here and you’ll get $50 off of your first date booking! It’s actually a really great deal; we found that your dollar goes a long way with HowAboutWe. I’d love to know what date you guys would choose, so check them out and let’s gab about it! xoxo

HowAboutWe

This post is in partnership with HowAboutWe; all opinions are my own.

DIY Bunny Slippers

DIY Bunny Slippers

DIY Bunny Slippers

I’ve never had bunny slippers before! They totally make me giggle. And I thought they’d be cumbersome to wear, but these little bunnies are just as comfy as can be! And I think I figured out a way to make them that’s so simple even the anti-crafty folks will want to tackle this one. Here we go!

Materials

  • plain pair of slippers (these came from Marshalls for about $7!)
  • pink and white felt
  • lace or decorative fabric
  • scissors
  • glue gun

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Start with a basic pair of slippers. I found these with a little bow and it actually worked out perfectly!

DIY Bunny Slippers

Cut out all of the face shapes from fabric. You’ll need four felt ear pieces, four lace ear pieces that are slightly smaller than the felt pieces, four eyes, and two noses.

DIY Bunny Slippers

Hot glue the lace pieces onto the felt ears.

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On each ear, put a small bit of glue at the front of the base and pinch in half to shape the ear.

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Glue the pieces of the face onto the slippers. The ears should nestle under either side of the bow, and eyes and nose go a little farther down the front of the slipper. (Experiment with placement before you glue them down!)

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Let everything dry and slip them on! I am loving bopping around the house in these while we wait for Easter to come. And by the way, don’t be afraid to experiment with different eye or nose shapes — these bunnies are fully customizable! Have fun. xoxo

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DIY Easter Mini Cards

DIY Easter Mini Card

DIY Easter Mini Card

The mini cards strike again! It’s so fun to put out a new mini card design every so often, and I thought Easter would be a perfect opportunity for another little freebie. And this download is new and improved because there’s a fancy schmancy envelope liner that goes with it! It’ll just take you a few minutes to download, print, and get it into your Easter basket.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

Download and print the mini card file.

DIY Easter Mini Card

Cut all three pieces (card, envelope, and liner) along the outer edges.

DIY Easter Mini Card

Add double-stick tape to the back of the envelope liner. Apply the liner to the envelope, lining the bottom edges up evenly.

DIY Easter Mini Card

Score and fold the card and the envelope. To make the envelope, fold in either side first, securing with a tiny piece of double-stick tape. Then fold the bottom up and secure with tape as well.

DIY Easter Mini Card

The bunny on the envelope liner is actually from The Noun Project — do you know bout that site? There are bunches of images that are available for use; some are paid and lots are free. You can download them and integrate them into your own designs. This little bunny was created by Theresa Stoodley!

Print one out for each of your pals and spread around the Easter wishes. Bunnies be hoppin’, y’all. xoxo

DIY Easter Mini Card

DIY Easter Mini Card

DIY Easter Mini Card

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Hey hey, Monday lovers! Hope you had a beautiful weekend!

I have a special little golden something-or-other for you today. I felt like Veruca Salt making these gold eggs and I wanted a million of them. You can pop over and see the full tutorial right here, and make some of these gilded beauts for your own Easter basket.

Have a great week! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Desktop Designers // Melissa Esplin

Disney Desktop Wallpaper by Melissa Esplin

It’s back! Eeeee wheeeeeeee I’m so excited it’s back! After a bit of a hiatus, our Desktop Designers series is back (much to your computer’s enjoyment). I’m so excited to be working with another round of beautiful, creative people. And this time around, there’s a special twist — each week we’ll have a new desktop wallpaper design for you to download, which will feature the calligraphy or hand lettering of a new artist! Gahhhhh I’m so excited.

I’ve been so inspired by quotes lately, so when the idea came to feature a new artist with a new quote for each installment of the series, I was pretty pumped. And the artists and calligraphers who are working on the series are beyond my wildest expectations. This week, I’m so stoked to kick it off with the incredible Melissa Esplin! Melissa blogs at I Still Love You and is one of the most creative gals I can think of. She brought to life one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes:

Disney Desktop Wallpaper by Melissa Esplin

Isn’t that just the coolest? I literally have no idea how she did that. It totally makes me want to take her calligraphy workshop, I Still Love Calligraphy, where she teaches her students all about how to master their own style. Knowing Melissa, I can only imagine how fun and inspiring it would be. This girl has creativity coming out of her ears.

When she’s not working, she’s sewing her own wardrobe, eating an insane amount of gummy bears and cuddling her (ridiculously cute) kiddos. Read on for a few more fun facts about Melissa!

Disney Desktop Wallpaper by Melissa Esplin

Disney Desktop Wallpaper by Melissa EsplinSo get it while it’s hot, y’all! Download the desktop wallpaper below and put it up on your computer for a little extra inspiration. Big thanks to Melissa for sharing her work with us — be sure to stop by her blog and get to know her a little better! xoxo

DOWNLOAD KEEP MOVING FORWARD WALLPAPER

 

DIY Cup Chandelier {And a $100 Giveaway!}

DIY Cup Chandelier

DIY Cup Chandelier

Summer is coming, and for me and my family & friends that usually means lots of get togethers! Sometimes we’re down and dirty, paper plate style, and sometimes we pull out all the stops and go fancy. For this particular celebration, Mr. Lovely and I found the perfect happy medium — Chinet’s Cut Crystal line. And on top of it, I decided to get a little snazzy and rock out a DIY. This cup chandelier looks pretty cool (in my humble opinion), but it was so simple. Check out that make time — it’s no exaggeration that it only took me 15 minutes.

Materials

  • Chinet Cut Crystal 9 oz. cups
  • glue gun
  • baker’s twine
  • scissors

Make Time: 15 Minutes

Start by using the glue gun to glue together a ring of cups. Put a line of glue on one cup and affix it to the next. When you complete the circle, glue the first and last cups together.

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Once the first layer is dry, repeat with another layer on top of it. This time, glue a cup to the cup below it. Continue filling in and glue each cup to the cups surrounding it.

DIY Cup Chandelier

Two more layers will finish the chandelier — fill in these two layers in a similar manner.

DIY Cup Chandelier

Cut two lengths of baker’s twine, about 6 feet each. Insert the two pieces through the chandelier, perpendicular to each other, so that the chandelier is supported at four points. Flip it right side up, tie the ends of twine together, and hang.

DIY Cup Chandelier

DIY Cup Chandelier

After we got the chandelier hung, we set a quick and easy table using the rest of our Chinet goodies! The Cut Crystal line is really one of the prettiest disposable dining lines I’ve used. The table was so easy to put together but was really festive. (A couple of hints — use blankets or plain fabric for tablecloths and runners. It’s a snap!) We started pouring drinks to let the good times roll.

DIY Cup Chandelier

DIY Cup Chandelier

And the even better news is that one of you lucky ducks can win an entire party pack of Chinet Cut Crystal products, and a $100 gift card to throw your next celebration! Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win; open to U.S. residents 18 and over. Many thanks to the gang at Chinet for helping us celebrate! xoxo

DIY Cup Chandelier

DIY Cup Chandelier

DIY Cup Chandelier

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Itching for Summer

The weather in Los Angeles lately has been just warm enough to have me dreaming of summer. I’m not pulling out all of my sundresses just yet, but you can bet I’ve been trolling my favorite online shops and daydreaming about dressing for warmer days.

One of the things I love most, most, most about summer is eating outside. Mr. Lovely and I have a standing lunch date every Friday, and pretty soon we’ll be able to eat al fresco in our shorts and sandals. I’m so anxious for it I found myself putting together some summery looks that will be just perfect for that first hot day.

Summer Outfit

 

Sunnies. Earrings. Top. Pink bracelet. White bracelet. Clutch. Shorts. Sandals. Nail polish.

Summer always brings out my inner hippie, so I’m all about the cutoff shorts. These are maybe a little more distressed than I’d usually wear but wouldn’t they be so comfy after a day at the beach? I also love to stack on the friendship bracelets during the summer — it’s a serious arm party. I love the thin knotted cord combined with touches of gold.

So what’s the weather where you are?! Is it still full-out winter, or do you see spring and summer starting to head your way? Are you as antsy to pull out your sandals as I am? xoxo