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!

Blogging // The Comparison Trap

Blogging // The Comparison Trap

This is a topic that’s been clanging around inside of my heart recently. Blogging can be such an inspiring world — there’s an endless stream of insane creativity that gets…

Blogging // The Comparison Trap

This is a topic that’s been clanging around inside of my heart recently. Blogging can be such an inspiring world — there’s an endless stream of insane creativity that gets splashed over the internet every day. But sometimes I find myself moving beyond inspiration and ending up sort of overwhelmed.

It always happens when I start comparing. It’s so easy to get inside your head and start thinking crazy thoughts. Well, that blogger has 100,000 Instagram followers. I need that. This blogger is renovating a house. I should do larger projects. The other blogger is best friends with Beyonce. Why am I not best friends with Beyonce?! Okay, so I haven’t officially seen any bloggers being best friends with Bey. But you get what I’m saying, right? Where do we draw the line between being inspired by others to strive for better things and just trying to keep up with that we’re seeing online?

It’s a tough distinction to make. Especially in a world that’s so filtered and styled and edited. When everything looks beautiful and fun and flashy, it’s hard to keep your head on straight and remember that there’s a real person behind each photo, each blog post. And the real person probably has struggles just like we all have struggles. It’s also tough sometimes to not discount the things that are going well, when you see other people accomplishing things you’d like to accomplish. Maybe that blogger just hit 100K on Instagram, but you’ve doubled your followers in the last few months. That’s no small feat. So why is it so easy to look right past it and wish that we had moremoremore?

I know that for me, it’s a constant battle to stop comparing and stop trying to keep up. I do my best to keep my head on straight, set goals that seem right for me, and work toward those goals. That’s not to say that I don’t lose it sometimes. But I find that when I stop looking around for comparisons and put my head down and just work is when I start feeling good again about my own progress. After all, wishing and stewing and hoping won’t get you anywhere, but hard work and a good attitude usually will, at least in my experience.

What about you? If you spend lots of your time online, is this something that you struggle with too? I’d love to know your take on it, and how you combat the comparison trap. xoxo

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

I have been wanting to put this project together for absolutely ever, and when Flower Muse sent us these most gigantic and perfect peonies I knew the time had finally…

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

I have been wanting to put this project together for absolutely ever, and when Flower Muse sent us these most gigantic and perfect peonies I knew the time had finally come. Gaaahhhh what is it about peonies? I know they’re everyone’s favorite flower in the world and blah blah blah, but they totally deserve it. They’re just so ruffly and amazing. And obviously perfect for decorating your bicycle handlebars, right?! It looks so fancy but I promise it’s a piece of cake. So piece-of-cakey, in fact, that it’ll just take you a few minutes. Let’s do it.

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 5 inches. Hold the bloom over your handlebar and use the wire to affix the flower firmly. Repeat this process with large blooms across your handlebars.

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

Fill in any blank spots with greenery or smaller flowers like carnations. While you’re filling in, you can probably just wedge the stems of the greenery into the wires that are already holding your flowers, rather than wiring each individual piece. Fluff everything up and roll out!

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

We had so much fun cruising around town with my handlebars all decked out. If you try this one, be ready to get lots of smiles and comments from friendly folks who are into your flowers! xoxo

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

Living Room Wallpaper

Dreaming of Wallpaper

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma…

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma about it of being outdated? But there are so many incredible, modern, super cool wallpapers out there these days! I went down the wallpaper rabbit hole recently on Milton & King and got to daydreaming about just going for it and papering a room or two. So I went even further down the rabbit hole and started thinking how I’d switch up the decor of a room in our house with some fab wallpaper.

I kind of fell in love with this Swiss Linen print paper —  it’s simple but so cool and adds a pop of my very favorite color. I’m also loving the faux textured look of it! I got to scheming about what it might look like in a couple of different rooms at home. Up first, the bathroom.

Wallpaper Bathroom

Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Geo Pendant Lamp. Lemonade Art Print. Pineapple Art Print. Jewelry Stand. Brass Paper Holder. Faceted Soap Dispenser. Textured Bath Towels.

Loving it with the bits of gold and the geometric vibe! I added some art prints to the mix for some extra color and a little bit of an organic feel to break up the geometry of it all. Dangit, this is making me want to wallpaper my little half bath ASAP.

Once I was on a roll, I had to see what it might look like in our living room. I added a few pieces that we already have, along with a few of my wish list-y type pieces. Turns out a little eclectic bohemian vibe goes great with the Swiss Linen too!

Wallpaper Living Room

Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Eye Pillow. Kilim Pillow. Sloan Chair. Globe. Lamp. Rug. Stripe Pillow. Chair Swing.

I’m loving the mixed up patterns, aren’t you? I can’t get enough of a good pattern these days. I feel like the simple color palette of the rug and throw pillows makes it so the patterns don’t overwhelm you. And I’m finally admitting to the world that I have wanted one of those swing chairs for my whole life. Good thing they’re so trendy right now.

So! Do you have wallpaper in your house? Would you ever paper a room or an accent wall? I’m inching closer and closer to it. I could totally see my bedroom in this. Or a kid’s room with this! Oh, the possibilities! xoxo

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

The Adventurer Girl

April’s Lovely Girl // The Adventurer

Happy Tuesday, kittens! Did we all make it through Monday? Today we’ve got something fun to perk you up. It’s the first installment of one of our new features ’round…

Happy Tuesday, kittens! Did we all make it through Monday? Today we’ve got something fun to perk you up. It’s the first installment of one of our new features ’round these parts! I’d like to introduce you to The Lovelies.

Who are The Lovelies? They’re you. They’re me. They’re all of us! Part of our manifesto says Be your own kind of lovely. That’s my favorite. Loveliness isn’t a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. Maybe your version of lovely is filling your house with fresh flowers. Or maybe it’s dancing on tables until dawn. Or maybe it’s volunteering your time to a worthy organization. Whatever it is, we’re here to celebrate it. And that’s where The Lovelies come in.

Each month, we’ll feature a new Lovely Girl, meant to inspire you to explore the zillions of ways you can lovely up your life. These gals are based on real-life lovelies that we know and adore, and they’ll be illustrated by none other than the super-talented Lindsey! So without further ado, let’s get to know April’s Lovely: The Adventurer.

The Adventurer Girl

The Adventurer has a love affair with the world. Is there a photo to take? She’s snapping it. A destination to explore? She’s lacing up her (really cute) shoes. Something new to try? She’s first in line. This girl knows that you can find adventure on the other side of a transcontinental flight, or right outside in your own backyard. The Adventurer’s got an appetite for life, and she thinks that every new day is another chance to discover something fun. Because near or far, big or small, adventure is out there! xoxo

The Adventurer Girl

Camera. Tote bag. Scarf. Necklace. Nail polish. Journal. Travel cards. Shoes.

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The New Lovely

Photo by Mary Costa Stop the presses. Stop everything. It’s heeeeere! Welcome to the new Lovely Indeed. If you’re reading this here post on Bloglovin’ or Feedly or another reader,…

Chelsea Foy

Photo by Mary Costa

Stop the presses. Stop everything. It’s heeeeere! Welcome to the new Lovely Indeed. If you’re reading this here post on Bloglovin’ or Feedly or another reader, for crying out loud get yourself over to the blog and witness the new hotness.

We’ve had this redesign in the works for months now, and I’m so pumped to see it launch. For so long I’ve had this vision of the blog that’s more than just a blog — I wanted it to feel like a place to come and hang out, where there’s lots to do and see and participate in, and this feels so much more like that! Let me give ya a tour of the new joint and you can explore.

One of my favorite new ways to use the blog is in grid view. It kinda feels a bit Pinterest-y, and it gives you little bite sizes of each post so you can scroll through and see a whole bunch of posts at once. They’re all clickable and you can click through to read something that looks interesting. If that’s not your jam, you can click “Scroll” up at the top of the blog feed and see everything in good old fashioned scroll view.

We have a page for #thelovelysquad, where we’re featuring all of your reader projects! Be sure to tag your Lovely Indeed projects with #thelovelysquad on social media, and we’ll share here & link back to you!

There’s a new shop page, where you can find and shop Lovely Indeed faves (and a few fun surprises coming soon!). You know I love being able to share my favorite online finds, so now you can see them all in one spot.

Another new piece that I love is the Lovely Manifesto. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what Lovely Indeed is and what I want it to be, so we wrote a mission statement of sorts and it’ll live here on the blog, to serve as inspiration. It’s hand-lettered by the incredible Lindsey from Lindsey Crafter, who has a couple of regular illustrated series coming up here on the blog as well! Be sure to pop over and read our mission.

And finally, my web dudes spent many long and hard hours making the site fully responsive, so it looks great not just on a computer but on a tablet and a phone too. Ohhhhh, it’s so pretty.

Those are just a few of my favorite new features — be sure to spend some time clicking around and see how the new site really works! It’s so fun and so fancy and I just want to hop inside it and camp out. Hope you do too. Big claps for the dudes at Roundhouse Designs for leveling us up so hard! xoxo

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

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

Can you just not get enough of these gorgeous florals from Flower Muse? I hope not because there’s still a whole parade of flower posts and they’ve got me jumping…

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

Can you just not get enough of these gorgeous florals from Flower Muse? I hope not because there’s still a whole parade of flower posts and they’ve got me jumping for joy that it’s spring. Today — something simple but so, so rad. DIY flower messages!

Kinda self-explanatory, right? Get a gang of beautiful blooms and surprise someone you love with a message on the ground! How fun would it be to come out of your front door in the morning and get a message in flowers? Also, call me crazy but the 17-year-old girl in my heart thinks that this would be the perfect way to get asked to the prom. Duh.

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

This little project works best with lots of different shapes, colors, and textures of flower. We even included some succulents in the mix! Use flowers on the stem to create longer lines, and some flowers with the stems cut off for decoration. There’s no wrong way to do it, which is my favorite kind of project.

So what would you write? I’m thinking “Will You Marry Me?” would be the ultimate use of this little DIY. Or maybe just “Happy Thursday!” xoxo

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower MessagesFlowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.

 

henry and mommy

Adventures in Parenthood // Breastfeeding

Is this gonna be TMI for you guys? I mean, some people get freaked out about breastfeeding and some people are like bring on the boobies so who knows. But you…

henry and mommy

Is this gonna be TMI for you guys? I mean, some people get freaked out about breastfeeding and some people are like bring on the boobies so who knows. But you know I like keeping it real, and it doesn’t get much realer than sustaining another life with your own body so let’s talk. File this under “things they should tell you before you have kids but nobody really does.” Breastfeeding is hard.

Read on for more!

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Two-Tone Gilded Mani

I love seeing all of these fun nail art manis that are popping up everywhere! In case you want to dip your toe in the crazy mani pool but aren’t ready to go all the way, here’s a DIY that’s the perfect in-between.

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

I love seeing all of these fun nail art manis that are popping up everywhere! In case you want to dip your toe in the crazy mani pool but aren’t ready to go all the way, here’s a DIY that’s the perfect in-between. I obviously didn’t have enough gold in my life, so now it’s on my nails, too.

So pretty for spring, right? Get the full how-to right over here, and let’s have matchy manis! xoxo

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not….

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not. You too can have these fancy gold legs on your boring old bathroom sink, dudes. In the new house (is it still new if we’ve lived here for six months?) we have this teensy tinsy half bath that really needed a little something fancy. Eventually we’ll probably do a whole remodel on this little room and make it a full bath; for now we just wanted something to hold us over and update it a bit. It’s so tiny that we were hesitant to add any major statements, but some gold accents felt just right. Because gold anything always feels just right. Right?

Materials

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Measure the distance from the underside of your sink to the floor. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length using the dremel tool.
2. Measure the distance that you’d like from the pipe legs to the wall. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length as well.
3. Give all of your copper pieces a light sanding to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick. Wipe clean.
4. Put together your legs. Slide a T connector up each long leg and insert the short pipes into the T on each side. Connect a flange to the end of each short pipe. Put a cap onto the bottom of each long leg. Secure each piece together with E-6000. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
5. In a well-ventilated area, spray the whole structure with gold spray paint. Start with thin layers and build, leaving plenty of drying and curing time in between. Be careful not to touch it too soon or you’ll leave fingerprints!
6. Insert the metal structure under the sink and be sure it’s level. Once level, screw the flanges into the wall with a drill.
7. Optional: Go hog wild like Mr. Lovely and paint everything in sight gold. He ended up painting the pipes under the sink and even our faucet. To do this, mask the crap out of your bathroom with painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths. Then open a window and carefully spray the parts you want gold. (I kid you not, he masked the rest of the room so well it looked like an episode of Dexter.)

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

Ta-daaaa! A fancy schmancy (looking) sink that’s just a little more special than your average. I get so jazzed on this thing every time I wash my hands! We’re still figuring out what to do with the rest of the bathroom — I can’t decide if I just love it plain white and gold or if it needs a little something extra. I’ll keep you posted. xoxo

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs