Survey Results

Reader Survey Results!

Hey-oh!!! We’re so grateful to all of you lovelies for taking our most recent survey. It’s truly so helpful to hear from you individually and know what’s on your mind,…

Survey Results

Hey-oh!!! We’re so grateful to all of you lovelies for taking our most recent survey. It’s truly so helpful to hear from you individually and know what’s on your mind, both good and bad, about Lovely Indeed. We have some new goals and projects with the blog and your feedback will be one of our strongest driving forces behind it all. So thank you! And this time around, I wanted to actually share some of the results, feedback, and questions that you had — just for funsies. So let’s start with the most shocking results of all…

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First Friday List // Having Fun!

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…

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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.

Travel
Time with pals and family
Eating good food and drinking good drinks, preferably with fun people
Music – making it or listening to it
Taking photos

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

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First Friday List // Favorite Characters

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…

Red and Gold Manicure

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

Twenty Sixteen // Desktop Wallpaper

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? This has become a tradition around here, and…

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Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This has become a tradition around here, and one of my favorites. I don’t do resolutions, but at the end of every year I sit down and think through what I need to focus on in the future. I boil it all down and it becomes this: a barometer of how I’m living, whether I’m on the right path, and where I’d like to be in a year’s time. Pretty much none of it is tangible or quantifiable. It’s more about what’s inside. And for me, I’ve always found that when what’s inside feels good, what’s outside tends to fall into place.

You should go back and read through my old ones (links are below). It’s pretty interesting to see what’s stuck around, what’s totally new, and what’s cycled back in from a previous year. Do any of these ring true for you? What would be on your list? In case this gets ya right in your ever-lovin’ heart, you can download it to add to your desktop as a little hug from me to you. Let’s make this year a beauty. xoxo

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See past years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Ten Things: Spring

Is there anybody out there that doesn’t like the spring? No, seriously, this is not a rhetorical question. I’d really love to know if any of y’all are not spring fans….

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Is there anybody out there that doesn’t like the spring? No, seriously, this is not a rhetorical question. I’d really love to know if any of y’all are not spring fans. Maybe if you have allergies?

Because I’m a fan. I think my favie fave season is summer, because I just love that Vitamin D, but spring is a good one too. And here are my ten reasons why.

1. When we were growing up on the farm, spring meant getting to hold brand new chickies after they’ve hatched.

2. That first day when you go outside and the chill is gone from the air.

3. Buds on trees.

4. The April showers that bring May flowers and all that jazz.

5. Speaking of flowers, all of those gorgeous spring flowers that you just don’t see during the winter.

6. The start of sunshine on your shoulders.

7. Dresses with no tights.

8. Color everywhere.

9. Awards shows!

10. People get happier (goodbye, polar vortex!).

Okay, your turn! And have a beautifully springy weekend. xoxo

Ten Things: Coveting

Do you ever just get so itchy to go shopping? Gahhh I have it bad recently. I think whenever a new season rolls around I just want to go and…

Do you ever just get so itchy to go shopping? Gahhh I have it bad recently. I think whenever a new season rolls around I just want to go and chuck my whole wardrobe and start fresh. I never actually do it, but I sure do dream about it. Sometimes I find that browsing pretty stuff online almost does the trick, though. So I decided to dedicate today’s Ten Things to my materialistic side and try to avoid spending a bunch of money by just sharing pretty things with you. We’ll see if it does the trick, yo.

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Glasses. Clutch. Clock. Hair scarf. Phone case. Dress. Top. Lip gloss. Swimsuit. Shoes.

That alarm clock is killing me slowly with cuteness. And I’ve never had a high-waisted swimsuit, but I’m thinking this might be the year to test one out, retro-style. Has anybody ever rocked one of those? Would love to know your opinion.

Phewph. Okay, I feel a little better. Although now I just kind of want to go on an accessory shopping spree at F21. I’ll try to hold it together. Have a great weekend! xoxo

 

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Ten Things: Thankful

Print from Minted. Glassware from west elm. Necklace from Seoul Little. Flowers from FlowerMuse. Phewph. I’m ready for a weekend, y’all, how about you?! I’m going to weekend so hard, Saturday…

Work Hard & Be Nice

Print from Minted. Glassware from west elm. Necklace from Seoul Little. Flowers from FlowerMuse.

Phewph. I’m ready for a weekend, y’all, how about you?! I’m going to weekend so hard, Saturday and Sunday won’t even know what hit ’em. (I love using “weekend” as a verb, don’t you?)

In any case, what with Meet/Make/Do behind us and now tying up all the loose ends, it’s been a long time coming that I have a chance to stop thinking about work for a bit. I’m heading into the weekend pretty wiped out but happy and so grateful for so many things. So I thought I’d keep it simple today and just have a Ten Things post about what I’m most thankful for right now.

1. My eternally rosy glasses.

2. Meeting gracious, kind, generous people.

3. Clear skies after rain.

4. Trader Joe’s.

5. Being able to read situations clearly and make a decision.

6. Sweatpants.

7. A husband who just gets it.

8. Looking through a zillion photos.

9. Knowing that you’ve done your best.

10. Sweatpants. Yes, again.

Leave me a note about what makes you feel thankful! And have a beautiful weekend. xoxo

Valentine's Day

Ten Things: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovahs! Are you guys into it? Are you, like, running around town throwing hearts at strangers and skipping and singing love songs? Or are you wearing black…

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Happy Valentine’s Day, lovahs! Are you guys into it? Are you, like, running around town throwing hearts at strangers and skipping and singing love songs? Or are you wearing black today in defiance against the greeting card companies for inventing a holiday? I’m always a little trepidatious on Valentine’s Day because I come across so many people who really dislike it. It kind of boggles my mind because I don’t take a staunch position against any holiday; I’ll celebrate just about anything. (And I especially love celebrating love.) But I do get it. Valentine’s Day is kind of a made-up holiday, and if you find yourself without a Valentine it can be a bummer. Although I did do a little research and found out that the holiday is said to have originally honored Saint Valentinus, who was tossed into prison when he performed marriage ceremonies for young soldiers to their lady loves, which was against the law. So there’s something, I guess.

Yadda  yadda, let’s get this post back on track! I decided that because we may have two camps on the whole Valentine’s Day issue, I’m splitting up today’s Ten Things. So now, without further ado, here we go.

Valentine’s Day Thumbs Downs

1. The restaurants that are booked months in advance.
2. Those icky teddy bears that you buy at the drug store when you forget a present for someone.
3. When people pronounce it “Valentime’s Day.”
4. Chocolate everywhere, which would be fine if I wanted to gain 10 pounds.
5. The really ugly jewelry that men think they have to buy from “fine” jewelry stores because of those awful commercials.

Valentine’s Day Thumbs Ups

6. Little kids writing Valentines to their classmates.
7. A reminder to communicate love to the people most important to you.
8. Cupid and that whole deal. A tiny chubby angel baby making people fall in love? Adorable.
9. Seeing couples out celebrating who are clearly enjoying being together.
10. Any excuse to get fresh flowers.

I would love to know where you stand on this whole V-Day thing! Leave a comment with your favorite or least favorite thing about Valentine’s Day, and have a great weekend! xoxo

Ten Things: Relax

Ten Things: Relax

These days, I’m feeling anything but relaxed. Alt (and the prep leading up to it) was such a whirlwind, and now we’re elbow-deep in planning for Meet/Make/Do. So I’ve got…

Ten Things: Relax

These days, I’m feeling anything but relaxed. Alt (and the prep leading up to it) was such a whirlwind, and now we’re elbow-deep in planning for Meet/Make/Do. So I’ve got my game face on until about mid-March, when I’ll hopefully take a mini vacay and breathe for a bit. But I thought I could at least daydream about relaxing, and that got me thinking about my favorite ways to chill out. Some of them are weird and don’t seem relax-y at all; others are straight out of a relaxing textbook. Or would be, if there were such a thing.

1. Working out outdoors.

2. Cooking breakfast and eating it at home.

3. Travel.

4. Hunting for yard sales in our neighborhood.

5. Marathoning a favorite tv show.

6. Swimming.

7. Sharing a meal with friends or family.

8. Taking a camera out on a walk.

9. Binge-reading a junky novel from cover to cover, preferably in a beach chair under an umbrella.

10. Driving when I don’t have to be somewhere.

Basically, you’ll find me doing all of the above in March (hopefully)! I love the process of working hard toward a goal, achieving it, and then being able to recharge and regroup. So what about you? What are your favorite ways to relax? Let me know and then go chill — it’s the weekend! xoxo

Ten Things: DIY Blogging

Sometimes I just have to giggle about how weird it is to be a blogger. Especially, for me, a DIY blogger. I consider myself a maker, you guys know that,…

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Sometimes I just have to giggle about how weird it is to be a blogger. Especially, for me, a DIY blogger. I consider myself a maker, you guys know that, so even though Lovely Indeed covers lots of crazy topics, I do love working with my hands and sharing what I make.

But sometimes while I’m conducting DIY-type business I stop and just think how crazy it is. First of all, that it’s a job at all (which I love and am so grateful for). And secondly, the bizarre behavior that I and the rest of my DIY blogger pals tend to exhibit. You can spot a DIY blogger a mile away if you know what you’re looking for. So I thought I’d share a few things that I find myself doing and then laughing about. Here we go.

1. Hoarding weird junk like cardboard tubes and scraps of fabric “in case they come in handy.”

2. Stopping in the middle of every single project to take step-by-step photos.

3. Knowing exactly which kind of glue is good for sticking any two things in the world together.

4. Thinking “I could make that,” shortly followed by “But will I make that?” every time you’re in a store.

5. Covering up that one part of the project that you smudged and didn’t have time to fix for the photos.

6. Having intimate knowledge of the layout of every craft/fabric/hardware store in a 20 mile radius.

7. Standing, laying, sitting, contorting the body into any position just to get the right photo. (Exhibit A.)

8. Having 18 pairs of scissors because they each do something just a bit different.

9. The endless hunt for the perfect glue gun.

10. Glitter on the bottom of my feet. Always.

If you’re a blogger, what are some of your kooky tendencies? And if you’re in another line of work, what is some of the weird stuff you do because of your job? I love this game! Have a great weekend. xoxo

Ten Things // Quotes

Art by Sara Eshak! I’m all fired up over here. I have plans and dreams and schemes and the fire underneath me to make them happen. I don’t know about…

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I’m all fired up over here. I have plans and dreams and schemes and the fire underneath me to make them happen. I don’t know about you, but words greatly inspire me. I’ve been collecting quotes since I can remember. Sometimes a certain sequence of words just is so beautiful, or succinct, or true, that it hits me right in the gut and inspires action. Isn’t that incredible? I always wonder what it must be like to be a person who is responsible for a legendary quote. There’s lots of responsibility in that, don’t you think?

In any case, I was trolling my own Pinterest the other day (follow me here), searching for my favorite quotes, and the ones that I feel particularly close to right now, in the start of 2014. I hope some of them light a fire under you, too.

1. At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again. -Mary Anne Rodmacher

2. Not all those who wander are lost. -J.R.R. Tolkien

3. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. -Psalm 147:4

4. Perfect is boring. -Tyra Banks

5. Ain’t nobody got time for that. -Kimberly Wilkins

6. Creativity takes courage. – Henri Matisse

7. I’ll clap when I’m impressed. -Dangers

8. I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. -Vincent Van Gogh

9. Stop the glorification of busy. -Jennifer Pastiloff

10. We cannot cure the world of sorrows but we can choose to live in joy. -Joseph Campbell

What about you? Any of these ring especially true for you? Or do you have a few quotes that you keep near and dear as you make your way through life? I would love to know — leave a comment so I can add them to my repertoire. Happy weekend! xoxo