Easter Best

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.

Don’t Get Pinched

Do you remember St. Patrick’s Day when you were in elementary school? At my school it was absolutely imperative that you wear some form of green — not only to avoid getting pinched, but just to show some holiday spirit in general. We were apparently a very spirited bunch. I remember a group of us being on green patrol during recess, just hunting for people who didn’t get into it. I’m not sure what we would have done if we found somebody without green but it probably would have involved glittered green construction in the shape of a shamrock taped to somebody’s shirt. We were nothing if not resourceful.

These days, the cheesy holiday spirit has totally stuck and I still wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. But I’m into a variation on the theme — mint green is my go-to right now, and I plan on sporting it in fun little pops instead of plastering it all over my being (which was my tendency in elementary school). If I could go on a little St. Patty’s shopping spree, these would be my picks this year.

St. Patrick's Day Style

 

Sweater. Necklace. Skirt. Phone Case. Bag. Flats.

Oh it’s all so good. But especially that bag (which happens to be 40% off at Kate Spade Saturday… Just saying.) So! What’s your deal? Are you wearing green today? Happy St. Patrick’s Day! xoxo

Ask Me Anything

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Hey Monday lovers! More fun news with regards to some upcoming changes around these parts — I’m finally putting together an FAQ section! I get lots of questions about blog stuff, travel stuff, photo stuff, and just normal people stuff, so I figured it was high time to get it all answered. So if you have any burning questions about anything (seriously, anything), leave a comment or shoot me an email at [email protected] and I’ll do my best to include an answer in the new FAQ section. If it’s of a more personal or individual nature, I’ll try to get back to you with a response.

Now go kick this week in the teeth! xoxo

This Week

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Spring is all up in our neighborhood and it feels sooooo good. My bones are thawing. We even got a little rain in the middle of the week — so needed in California — and then it went right back to being beautiful weather. The best of both worlds, I tell ya. We’ve been getting out and taking more and more walks with the little dude, and it feels so good to have the sun on our shoulders after so many months of cold.

In the meantime, we’re working feverishly on some incredible updates for Lovely Indeed and I just can’t wait to share them! I think you’re going to love it. I’m having so much fun seeing your #thelovelysquad submissions — don’t forget, if you’ve done a Lovely Indeed project share it on social media with #thelovelysquad to have it featured here on the blog! It’s going to be a big ol’ DIYstravaganza. New word, guys. Roll with it.

Also, in case you missed it, we’re having a fun little impromptu giveaway over on Instagram! Go check it out if you didn’t already — the giveaway item is so cute it’s painful.

And for more giggles, some links to get clicky with! Have a beautiful weekend, kittens! xoxo

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DIY Golden Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite DIY blog, and if you love the lovely you should go tell ‘em so. Vote right here. I thank you from the bottom of my gold leafed toes.

And now! I hereby present to you the easiest, fanciest food DIY project you could possibly imagine. What’s better than gold stuff? Edible gold stuff. And since St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, you can make yourself and your friends a fancy little pot of gold macarons for nibbling while you celebrate!

Materials

  • macarons
  • edible gold paint
  • paintbrush (be sure it’s one you only use for food, not one you’ve used for paint)

Make Time: 5 Minutes

I have another secret for you, too. Do you maybe live in a place where there just ain’t a macaron shop on every corner? Dudes, go to the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle! They have frozen macarons there by the desserts, and they’re totally tasty, not to mention pretty. Problem solved.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

So. Get yourself some macarons from your favorite macaron spot, and get yourself some of that edible gold. Then just brush it right on! The end. After some experimenting, I decided that I liked it in a kind of painterly swash just across one side. Very professional, you know.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons DIY Edible Gold Macarons

That’s it! Set them out at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or just eat them all on the couch while you watch Dance Moms. No? Just Me?… xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Travel // San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Now that we live near San Francisco we’ve been spending days here and there exploring the city, and it’s just. so. beautiful. We took a little belated birthday trip to the city and had the most perfect day! If you find yourself in San Francisco and are looking for an easy one day itinerary, we’ve got you covered.

Start at brunch, because duh. We tried Sweet Maple, which is known for it’s Millionaire’s Bacon. (Bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red, and black pepper. Boom. You’ve also gotta try the Dixie Bacon while you’re at it. Might as well really go for that heart attack.) Expect a wait but the line goes quickly. We didn’t booze but they have bottomless mimosas if you’re into that sort of thing, which you definitely should be. Side note for you mamas — they were so accommodating of Henry and we even were able to keep him in his stroller next to our table. Win.

Travel in San Francisco

After brunch, head to Hayes Valley to shop around and walk off the bacon. If you’re there, our top shop picks to hit are Lavish, Public Bikes, Miette Confiserie, and Fiddlesticks. Lavish is a paper lover’s dream, and Public Bikes is worth a peek even if you’re not into cycling. At Miette you’ll find lots of fun imported candies and delicious little cakes & cookies. And Fiddlesticks is a kid’s shop with one of the coolest selections of toys I’ve come across.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

After you shop around, lounge in the sun by the park and people watch. Or grab a little coffee at one of the food trucks.

Travel in San Francisco

Next, hop in your car and drive up the hill so you can drive back down Lombard Street, the curviest street in the world. My dad used to drive us down all the time but Mr. Lovely had never been. So we made his inaugural journey. Keep driving and head up to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. Circle the little lot until you can find a parking spot, then hop out and take in the crazy views. On a clear day you can see the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate, and the downtown skyline. You also might find a couple of dudes wearing matching sunnies.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

We ended the day in Union Square kind of wandering around and doing nothing too special, but I will say that if you’re looking for a photobooth you can find one in the Westfield Mall. Ya know, just in case.

And a couple of random mom thoughts for day trips with little dude: Hank totally loves the Beco Gemini carrier, and so do we. It’s comfy to wear and he’ll totally nap in it, so we were able to keep to his sleeping schedule. Also, dressing in layers were key for the little one because SF can be toasty in the sun but freezing in the shade.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

I’m thinking that as time goes on I’ll have lots more one-day itineraries in the city, so keep your eyes peeled! xoxo

DIY Printable Spring Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

I kind of love the idea of an old school calling card. People don’t do that any more! But how rad is it to be able to leave a classy little card when you stop by someone’s house? I had been wanting to put some modern calling cards together and had this idea of hand-drawing some patterns for them. I’ve also been wanting to put my new Sprout to work, so it was the perfect chance to mess around with some pattern making!

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Have you heard of the Sprout from HP? This thing is, I have to admit, pretty cool. It’s a new take on a computer, with a big fat extra boost of creative possibilities. The touchpad allows you to draw, sketch, scan, take photos (even 3D photos!) and put all of your ideas together so that they can come to life. I have another couple of projects coming up that use the scanner and camera, but this time I really wanted to use the super-easy painting options on the touchpad. So I made you these fun patterns! Read on for the full tutorial to make yourself some fresh spring calling cards.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Start by downloading the three files from the materials list and printing out a copy of each, on white cardstock.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Decide which pattern you’d like as a backing to your calling cards (or you can mix and match!). Use the glue stick to stick the cards to the backing pattern.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

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Cut out the cards using scissors or a paper cutter.

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Leave cards wherever you go! They’re perfect for dropping little notes here and there.

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We’re bringing back the art of the calling card, guys! How classy are we? And as a side note, the pattern sheet downloads can be used for a whole boatload of other projects — let me know if you find another use for them, I’d love to see it. Can’t wait to share the next project I’m cooking up with the Sprout! xoxo

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 Photos by Scot Woodman

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