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Whimsy and Spice Valentines Day

Whimsy and Spice Hot Chocolate

Whimsy and Spice Thumbprint Cookies

Whimsy and Spice Cookie Box

Whimsy and Spice Rose and Vanilla Marshmallows

Whimsy and Spice Smore KitValentines day is just weeks away! And nothing says “I care about you” like sweets.  If you aren’t a great baker, don’t have time or are too far away to hand deliver your goodies, Whimsy & Spice has you covered.

Whimsy & Spice is based out of Brooklyn, NY and specializes in handmade cookies, marshmallows, biscotti and other gourmet goodies in unique flavor combinations.  They mix florals, spices, teas and classic flavors to create detectible treats like Rose Vanilla Marshmallows, Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Cookies filled with Red Current Filling and Chocolate Chilli Biscotti.  They are baked fresh, boxed and shipped to you lucky giftee within 3-5 days.

See more at Whimsy & Spice on Etsy or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and on their blog.

Is it spring yet?

Dreaming of a Vintage Spring - Lost and FawnedI know it’s early to start posting spring styles, but some of you are lucky enough to not live in a location that is in a deep freeze right now.  I’m shopping for those people right now.  Here is a random assortment of items on my wishlist right now.  I live in Saltwater Sandals in summer, and just bought another pair (in RED!!) for next spring.  Enjoy!

  1. “Oh what a sight” Sunglasses  /  $11.99
  2. Antique Victorian Locket from Misstiques  /  $65.00
  3. 1960’s Faux Straw Handbag from FripeFabrique  /  $50.98
  4. Art Deco Heart Ring from BlueRidgeNotions  /  $345.oo
  5. Saltwater Sandals in White  /  $34.99
  6. “Mesmerizing Metamorphosis” Dress  /  $64.99
  7. “Cut it Haute” Heel in Cognac  /  $31.99 SALE

Wardrobe Overhaul / 1940’s to 50’s

2015 Wardrobe Overhaul on Lost and Fawned - 1940's to 50's Style(Above: Dress from Dear Golden Vintage)

I know we have a long way to go until spring and summer (I swear winter is the longest season here in Ohio), but I’m already dreaming about sunshine and sandals.  I feel like I’ve been in a rut.  I’ve had a pretty rough year emotionally.  I’m still quite in the thick of it, but I’m feeling like 2015 could be a nice clean slate for me.  And I really want to make this summer awesome.

So I’ve been considering a little wardrobe overhaul.  I’ve always been drawn to the fits and silhouettes of the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It seems to suit my adult shape, and I love the feminine patterns and flirty but still modest styles.  I love authentic vintage pieces., and I plan to incorporate some into my new wardrobe, especially in my accessories and jewelry.  I’m already doing a lot of this, but I’d like it to become more of my signature.

I usually shop very impulsively with little to no thought as to whether it will fit seamless in with my other clothes.  I’ve been working on a Pinterest board that I will refer to when shopping.  If it doesn’t fit amongst the pins, then it has no place in my closet.

Wardrobe Overhaul on Lost and Fawned - 1940's to 50's Style(Skirt from Dear Golden Vintage / Dress from Birds Nest)

Visit my Pinterest Board to see the direction I’m heading and please comment with your favorite vintage shops online and favorite places to get reproduction or inspired vintage pieces! 

Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Glaze / with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Cooking with Blueberries on Lost & Fawned

As  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this year is not about making one big leap, but a series of little steps to live an overall healthier life.  I’ve been making an effort to drink more water, walk more daily and make small changes to my diet.

In our house, one of our favorite grab-and-go snacks all year is blueberries.  It’s easy to throw them in your yogurt or cereal or even blend them into a smoothy in the morning or for a simple lunch.  We will fill a bowl with blueberries instead of buttery popcorn when we are hanging out on a Saturday afternoon.  You can’t beat a small bowl (or mug in my case) of ice cream with a handful of blueberries on top after dinner.  They are low-calorie (only 80 calories per cup) and full of fiber and healthy vitamins.

Right now you can enter to win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge with actress Allison Sweeney from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.  Runner ups will win a $500 gift card to Whole Foods or Lululemon.  You can enter for a chance to win over here.

Making Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Sauce on Lost & Fawned

When the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council asked me to share my favorite blueberry recipe, of course I thought of breads and muffins, but another dish we love also popped into my head.  Jared and I used to order this meal at a restaurant when he would visit me at college.  It’s take a little time to cook, but it takes very little skill.  When it’s finished it’s really impressive to serve and absolutely delicious.  I usually serve it with with roasted root vegetables and either a light salad or some green beans with lemon and sea salt.

This glaze could be served over baked chicken as well or as a hot salad dressing over spinach with sunflower seeds.  It’s very versatile and a delicious addition to a winter meal.

Rustic Pork Loin in a Blueberry Wine Glaze on Lost & Fawned- Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Glaze -

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs pork loin
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of shallots, chopped
  • 6 ounces red wine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful of blueberries (about a cup)
  • optional: 2 tablespoons filberts, sunflower seeds or pecans, toasted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (convection oven with wind on is better, but I use a standard oven)
  2. Combine salt, pepper and rosemary in a small bowl.  Unwrap pork loin and rub with olive oil, then rub with salt/pepper/rosemary mixture.
  3. Bake fat side up for 30 minutes, then rotate and cook for another 20 minutes or until the thickest part of the roast reaches and internal temperature of 140 degrees.
  4. While pork is in it’s last 20 minutes, melt butter in saute pan over medium heat.  Add chopped shallots and cook until translucent.
  5. Deglaze pan with red wine and balsamic vinegar.  When boiling add brown sugar, cinnamon and blueberries.  Allow to reduce to a glaze and add toasted nuts if desired.  As the glaze reduces, taste and adjust flavors as preferred.
  6. Allow pork loin to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing about 1/2″ thick and placing on platter.  Ladle glaze over meat.  Serve extra glaze on the side for diners to add as they like.

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Be sure to visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for more ideas of little changes and recipes to make 2015 a healthier year for you and your family.

Collected / Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow Collection on Lost and FawedIt’s been cold here… like REALLY cold.  Today it’s a balmy 30 degrees but there is still a thick layer of snow on the ground.

I felt like pulling inspiration today from art. Did you know I minored in Art History?  If I was to start all over again, I may have majored in it.  I love studying the stories and people behind works of art.  ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of my very favorites.  The palette and textures for today’s collection are pulled from this piece.

  1. Give it your Best Guest Dress in Birds from Modcloth  /  $89.99
  2. Outerspaced Hoodie in Seat Salt from Columbia  /  $34.90 SALE
  3. Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots from Zappos  /  $210.00
  4. Mint Me Tonight Bag from Modcloth  /  $64.99
  5. Origami Fox Silver Earrings from Novica  /  $19.99 SALE
  6. Ribbed Hat from Gap  /  $17.99 SALE
  7. ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder on Art.com  /  $39.99 +

Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

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When I was home visiting my family over the holidays, my brother and I seized the opportunity to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden for free when we brought a box of canned goods for the local food bank.  It was my first time there and even in winter it was just beautiful.  Without all the leaves and colors, you really get a chance to appreciate the architecture and sight lines.

It’s so hard to believe that this little oasis is right in the middle of the city.  It’s easy to get lost in a moment and feel like you are in another country entirely.

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The most captivating part for me was the floors.  Each pattern has meaning and were carefully hand laid by a skilled team of craftsmen.  As a total surface design nerd, I couldn’t take my eyes off the ground.

Lan Su Chinese Garden Floors on Lost and Fawned

If you are in the Portland area, it’s totally worth a visit even at full price and even in winter.  Visit their website for details and hours.

Planet Fitness / Follow-Up

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Planet Fitness. I received a membership to Planet Fitness to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Planet Fitness on Lost and Fawned 2015

Here we are!  On the other side of the new year!  I have been slacking here with the holidays and some new projects in my non-blogging life, but I’m back with a renewed attitude and lots of new goals in my blogging and personal life.

As usual, on my list is to get healthier.  A big plan to overhaul my whole diet and routine never works for me, so I’m going to take baby steps with a series of small changes to slowly work up to an overall healthier lifestyle.  First on the list is regular cardio.  Last fall I was introduced to Planet Fitness and started my membership there.  While I admittedly haven’t been to my Planet Fitness as regularly as I’d like (the holidays and travel are such a killer when it comes to routine), when I have gotten a chance to go I have left feeling energized and motivated.  I need variety to succeed and sometimes treadmills feel like the only option.  But there are at least 3-4 cardio options at my local Planet Fitness health club.  I plug in my headphones, switch my audio to the food network and burn calories away while watching the Barefoot Contessa.

I love my Black Card membership.  Jared has tagged along to use the weights and strength equipment.  And I finish my workout with a treat like the free massage chairs or hydro massage beds for Black Card members.  It’s good to know that wherever I go, I can use my membership at any franchise.

Planet Fitness is currently running a great sale to help you get started on your health and fitness goals.  Now through January 9th, you can get a Planet Fitness membership for $1 down and $10 per month.  It’s totally worth a shot.  Visit their website to find your nearest franchise.

We caught a little bug…

we cauught a little bug

It’s been one of those weeks for sure.  L&F caught a little bug at some point.  At no point were you or your information vulnerable when you were visiting us here.  But we did have some files installed that were not supposed to be there, that were using our hosting to someones’ advantage.  After trying to wage war on the bug on my own, I conceded and hired a service to clean it up for me.  The backdoor seems to be closed and locked for now and we have new security in place should it happen again.  It wasn’t a cheap fix, but it’s worth it.

You might notice that some posts from the last month have gone missing.  That’s my fault… in a moment of frustration I backed-up my blog to when the hack happened hoping to get rid of the malicious files.  It didn’t work and it cost me a few posts.  I may add those back this weekend when I have a moment to sit down and rewrite the posts.  I might not.  We’ll have to see how motivated I am since the holiday is nearly upon us and I’m hoping on a plane on Christmas day to spend some much needed time with my family.

At the very least, we will be right back to our regularly scheduled posting, including more Living for Less and The Trip/The Outfit posts in 2015.

Thanks so much for understanding.  If you have ever experienced this time of hack, you know how frustrating it can be.

Giveaway / Novica

Novica Fair Trade Beaded Bracelets on Lost and FawnedAt Novica, the mission is simple… Spread Happiness.  They strive to create happy artisans by providing fair prices, no binding contracts and the opportunity to build a sustainable business with their craft.  Novica also creates happy customers by unique gifts at great prices.  They connect with artists and craftsmen around the world to bring together an amazing collection from jewelry to home decor to amazing sweaters and apparel.  You can read more about their mission and their process here.

Novica Free Gift Wrapping on Lost and Fawned

Novica Fair Trade Bracelets on Lost and FawnedEach gift comes gift wrapped… for FREE!  That’s right!  The wrapping you see in the photos above comes standard!  Some items are wrapped with materials from and in the style of their native country.  You can also pay a little more for deluxe gift wrapping if you want something a little more special.  This is a HUGE time saver during the busy holiday season.

Each item also comes with a booklet that tells you a little about the piece you receive and a message from the artisan.  On the website you can find more detailed profiles for each and every artist and craftsman.  It makes the whole buying and receiving process that much more personal.

Novica Fair Trade Cream and Sugar Set on Lost and Fawned

Novica Fair Trade Silver Earrings on Lost and FawnedThe team at Novica was kind enough to send me some of their beautiful products to experience the buying process myself.  I could not be happier.  After ordering, my items were shipping quickly and arrived in no time.  They were so beautifully wrapped.  These were a treat for myself after a very tough month, and it was so fun to open each package.

First up, these beautiful Sterling Silver Minimalist Square Hoop Earrings from an artist named Pichaya in Thailand.  Her silver jewelry ranges in style from very sleek and elegant (like these earrings) to more ornate and traditional.  I really needed something classic since I don’t have much silver in my jewelry collection, but these were also very tempting.  See more of her work here.

Next… more jewelry.  These Unakite and Jasper Beaded Bracelets are  from an artist named Tiraphan Hasub.  Each one is beaded by hand by the artist and the closure is the tiniest brass bell.  She has so many gorgeous beaded bracelets in her collection and it was very difficult to choose just one set.  They would look awesome mixed and matched and stacked.

Last but certainly not least, this Pig Cream & Sugar Set might be my favorite thing ever.  It celebrates the traditional art celadon ceramic glazing in a really fun and contemporary way.  The soft green color and fine cracks in the surface of the glaze is unique to this process.  Of course when we have guests they will be integrated into our breakfast table, but for now I think I’ll probably use them as little bud vases in the kitchen.  Find more ceramic pieces by Duangkamol here.  I’m smitten with this pair of celadon horse ornaments right now.

GIVEAWAY Novica Fair Trade Gifts on Lost and FawnedTo get your holiday shopping off on the right foot this month, Novica is offering one lucky reader a chance to win $75 for Novica.  Get yourself some beautiful holiday decor or a great serving piece for your christmas feast.  Or get some beautiful gifts for someone on your list.

It’s quick and easy to enter.  Please use the widget below to enter.  If you can’t see the widget, please click here to go to the page.  Giveaway ends on December 5rd.

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A huge thank you to Novica for generously sponsoring this post.  Good luck to all who enter!

Instaweek / 11.18.14

My Instaweek 11-18-14 on Lost and FawnedWinter is here in full force now.  It’s bitter cold and miserable today, but yesterday we woke up to the most magical snowy landscape.  Now the snow is brown and slushy but the cold has really set in.

I decided to try something new-ish this holiday season to get me in the spirit.  When I was a kid, I picked up cross-stitch a couple of times and never really finished much.  I have had my eye on the adorable patterns at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery after I saw some friends on Instagram posting their progress.  I saw their Christmas Celebration Sampler starting (the pattern is sent to you in pieces over the course of a month) and hopped on board.  I started a little late since I needed to pick up a couple of supplies, but I’m going to be busy catching up this afternoon once I tackle my list.  It’s adorable and relaxing.  Plus in the end I’ll have a really sweet holiday piece to put in a frame or on a pillow cover.

Our holiday cards arrived from Minted!  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’m planning to get them posted next week, along with one last gift card giveaway.  They are so pretty.  I even got to splurge on pre-printed wrap around return address labels.

Logan is doing a million times better.  It’s amazing how fast he has bounced back.  I’m so thankful for the amazing team at our local vet who have been so kind and helpful.  If your dog ever gets a foot injury, seriously look into vets that do laser therapy.  It really sped up the healing process.  Finnick has been attached to my hip since it started getting cold.  I don’t think he’s a huge fan of winter.  I don’t blame him.  Going outside is a lot less fun when the air hurts your skin.

I have another new giveaway starting tomorrow!  This one is a part of my Gifts that Give Back series and is perfect to kick start your holiday shopping!  Stay tuned!