diy chevron contact paper

When a recent search for chevron contact paper came up fruitless, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  Wanna do the same?  All you need is one roll…

When a recent search for chevron contact paper came up fruitless, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  Wanna do the same?  All you need is one roll each of black and white contact paper, a ruler, scissors, and a sharpie.  Then, here’s what you do.


BAM.  Instant chevron contact paper, made with your own two sweet little hands.  Call it couture contact paper, if you will.  I definitely will.  xoxo

diy “heart attack” garland

My sister recently had a birthday.  I gave her a heart attack.  I mean, not literally a heart attack — it’s more like I attacked her with hearts.  Keep reading…

My sister recently had a birthday.  I gave her a heart attack.  I mean, not literally a heart attack — it’s more like I attacked her with hearts.  Keep reading if you wanna know how to give a heart attack to someone you love.

Cut out a bunch of hearts, in different sizes and colors.  I used scrapbooking paper, but cardstock or plain paper works also.

Fire up your sewing machine and put it on the zigzag stitch setting.  Feed the first heart through, backstitching slightly to lock the end.  Let the heart feed all the way under the sewing machine’s foot, then keep sewing after the heart feeds through, to create a chain of stitches before the next heart.  After about 10 “blank” stitches, begin to feed the next heart through.

Continue creating your garland in this way – one heart, 10 stitches worth of chain before the next heart – until the garland reaches your desired length.  On your final heart, be sure to backstitch a bit to lock this end, just like you did the other.

That’s it!  Hang it up as a surprise for someone you love on a birthday, holiday, or…  well, just any old day would do!  Give ’em a heart attack — the good kind.  xoxo

we got married ii

The reception was crammed full of people and happiness, and was DIY to the last drop.  The centerpieces were vintage books from my grandmother’s house, mason jars from our family…

The reception was crammed full of people and happiness, and was DIY to the last drop.  The centerpieces were vintage books from my grandmother’s house, mason jars from our family farm, letterpress blocks that Mr. Lovely and I bought each other as an engagement present, and wrought iron table numbers handmade by my dad.

Our cake toppers were Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers (given to us as a housewarming gift from a dear friend).  Around the cake, we had photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.  The cake was backed up by a candy buffet, which included a vintage postage scale and my grandmother’s antique cut glass dishes.

Our friends and family entertained themselves in a photobooth, decorated with homemade chalkboards and vintage photos & cameras.  And on our guest table, people typed us messages on an antique Smith-Corona typewriter — the same typewriter we used to address the save-the-dates, invitations, and to type names on placecards.

There was cake cutting and merry-making, and finally the last dance, after which we kicked our shoes off and went back over every detail of the most perfect day. xoxo

{All photos by Joelle Pulido Photography.}

we got married

Maybe – just maybe – the perfect day.  The morning was girls running around in robes and jammies, doing hair and makeup.  There was family coming and going, and lunch,…

Maybe – just maybe – the perfect day.  The morning was girls running around in robes and jammies, doing hair and makeup.  There was family coming and going, and lunch, and all of a sudden there was Mr. Lovely in a pretty sharp-looking suit.





Then there were bridesmaids and groomsmen and more family, and a red ’57 Chevy Bel Air to take us across town to tie the knot.





And finally there was a church and a steeple, and all the people we care about inside.  There was music, and singing, and tears and smiles, and love that just about popped the building open.





I won’t lie — the after party was just as good.  Come back tomorrow to see a little more.  And let’s clap it up for Joelle at Joelle Pulido Photography, for taking all of these amazing photos (that I can’t seem to stop staring at).  xoxo

coloring book: turquoise

Turquoise is another current favorite of mine — it is such a beautiful, punchy color, but still maintains the cool and calm feeling that blues have.  It makes you feel…

Turquoise is another current favorite of mine — it is such a beautiful, punchy color, but still maintains the cool and calm feeling that blues have.  It makes you feel like you’re looking out over an ocean at sunrise, or like diving headfirst into a crystal clear pool.  And on top of that, how can you say no to turquoise jewelry?  Too bold and lovely to pass up.  xoxo

NecklacesFire hydrantRoomYachtSkirtDoorNailsChairSwimsuitBowls.

his & hers: sarasota salvage

On our last trip to the Sarasota Farmers Market, Mr. Lovely and I happened upon Sarasota Salvage‘s booth — it’s a cool compilation of old finds and new odds &…

On our last trip to the Sarasota Farmers Market, Mr. Lovely and I happened upon Sarasota Salvage‘s booth — it’s a cool compilation of old finds and new odds & ends.  They had antique milk bottles, vintage luggage, and everything in between.  Mr. Lovely and I each found a little trinket that we couldn’t leave behind — for him, it was a cast iron flying piggy bank, and for me it was a tiny iron mermaid that can sit comfortably on our bathroom shelf, as soon as we’re back home.  xoxo

orange

Know what I love right now? Orange. Orange slices. Orange paint. Orange pants. Orange sunrise. Orange everything, please. xoxo 1. Source.  2. Source.  3. Source.  4. Source.  5. Source.  6….

Know what I love right now? Orange. Orange slices. Orange paint. Orange pants. Orange sunrise. Orange everything, please. xoxo

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handmade headboard

When I was still living in California, there was a time when I was redecorating my bedroom, and I got it into my head that I wanted a wrought iron…

When I was still living in California, there was a time when I was redecorating my bedroom, and I got it into my head that I wanted a wrought iron headboard for my bed.  I started looking around at the usual haunts — Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, blah, blah, blah.  And they had them, and they were beautiful, but they seemed so kind of bland and cookie-cutter.  What I wanted was something that appeared more worn and weathered.

So then I started looking at antique and vintage shops.  And they had them, but they were either too expensive, or the wrong size, or disintegrating.  So I made a new plan.  I asked my dad to make me one for my birthday.

Now, I consider my father to be capable of just about any project I throw at him.  He’s a farmer, and farmers tend to be both creative and multi-talented.  So when I asked him, he took up the challenge willingly.

We went to a junk yard together and picked out a piece of an old wrought iron fence that had some cool embellishments.  Dad took it home and went to work.  He cut it to the right size, added some reinforcement, welded something to the base so that it would screw into a bed frame, and created some extra embellishment to finish off the top of the design.

The result was just perfect.  And now, I have a one-of-a-kind headboard, custom made by my own Dad.  And here she sits in NYC — not only is she beautiful, but she’s bicoastal, too.  xoxo

semi-diy embellished tea towels

I love to give kitchen towels as gifts — I think you can never have too many, and they’re almost as fun as jewelry, because they’re kind of like accessories…

I love to give kitchen towels as gifts — I think you can never have too many, and they’re almost as fun as jewelry, because they’re kind of like accessories for your kitchen.  (Weird?  Maybe.)  But!  Anybody can just buy some towels, wrap ’em up and put a gift tag on them — this year, I decided to personalize some store-bought towels, in order to make them a little more homey.

I found some cute little kitchen towels at Target (Shh!  Don’t tell!) and pulled together some kooky trimmings that I had laying around.  This summer, I acquired some vintage rickrack at an estate sale, and decided to use that as well — a vintage touch is always cool, right?

Some of the towels were plain, bright colors — rickrack went on those.  The others had cute little patterns of birds and teacups printed on them.  I decided to embellish them with a little embroidery (thus knocking out another 30 by 30 goal!), so I picked up some embroidery thread in matching colors and used a split stitch to outline some of the designs.

Then, pompom trim went on the bottom of the patterned towels, and I paired them up in complimentary colors.  Ta-daaa!  xoxo

anthropologie enchanted buck measuring cups

You all know I’m gaga for Anthro, so when our good friends Amy and Max waltzed through the door at our housewarming shindig with this in tow (along with some…

You all know I’m gaga for Anthro, so when our good friends Amy and Max waltzed through the door at our housewarming shindig with this in tow (along with some other sweet goodies), I just about passed out!  I’ve been lusting after this little set of measuring cups for months — I think I owe Amy and Max a very well-measured batch of cupcakes.

In all seriousness, though, Lovelies — I really do treasure each and every one of my friends, and I count you on that list!   I know I post here often about things that border on materialistic (Whaddayagonnado?  It’s partially a style blog.  🙂 ), but my greatest blessings are family and friends.  And there was a moment or two at our little party the other evening when I sat back, looked around, and was overwhelmed by just how much friendship there was in our tiny apartment.  I am so thankful for all of it.  xoxo