Fall Shoe Wardrobe

Fall Shoe Wardrobe on Lost and Fawned

Omigosh… I can’t wait for autumn.  Seriously.  I had a death grip on summer for awhile, but now I am so ready for cooler weather, fall foods and layers upon layers.  I want to rake leaves, drink hot tea and wear boots.

I’ve been gear up for fall and recently I have filled in a few gaps in my shoe wardrobe.  I’m still missing a few key pieces, but I think I have exhausted my current clothing budget, so for now I’m stuck window shopping.  Today I just wanted to share some real workhorses when it comes to fall shoes.  Pieces that are versatile and can be mixed into tons of different outfits.

Clockwise from Top:

  • Casual Patterned Flat  //  Wear them casual or dress them up for the office.  I love these little polka dot flats.  You could wear them with jeans, tights, bare legs, everything.  Plus they are Dr. Scholl’s, so they should be super comfy.  -  Really Flats by Dr. Scholl’s $75.00
  • Fun Running Shoes  //  Of course they are great to have for running, but Nike’s (especially Free Runs) have been huge in Street Style for awhile (check out some awesome examples here).  Mint and melon is one of my favorite color combos, but you can’t go wrong with classic black and white too.  -  Flex 2014 Run by Nike  $80.00
  • Classic Moccasins  //  I have these Minnetonkas in my closet and adore them.  They are so comfy and perfect for casual days at work or autumn errands.  I love these ones too, because they maintain the classic shape but add a little edge with some studs on the toe.  -  Suede Studded Moc by Minnetonka  $45.95
  • Casual Ankle Boot  //  My favorite way to transition my dress collection into autumn is to add tights, a cardigan and a boot.  While riding boots have been king (are are still amazing), ankle boots or booties have been creeping up on them.  -  Pil Age Suede Booties by Kenneth Cole Reation  $99.00
  • Menswear Inspired Oxfords  //  These are one of my favorites.  They are so versatile and add a certain sophistication to any fall outfit.  –  Cristin Oxfords by Enzo Angliolini  $109.00
  • Textured Smoking Flat  //  These, in my opinion, are the perfect fall flat.  These are great for work and play.  The tweed with black piping make them special, but they are still neutral and easy to wear.  -  Shindig Tweed Flats by Nine West  $69.00
  • Your Perfect Nude Pump  //  This is something you really need to try on (Zappos is great, free shipping and free returns).  Nude pumps are an incredibly versatile piece to have in your arsenal, but there is such a wide range of shades and you really need to find the right one for your skin.  I found mine (these Stuart Weitzman’s in nude) refurbished at Nordstrom Rack for a steal.  Invest in a quality pair, but shop sales to get a deal.  -  Bethany Pump by Cole Haan  $248.00
  • Sneakers in an Unusual Material  //  These are a classic shape, but are so seasonal in red felt and leather.  Wear them for chasing the little ones around the neighborhood on Halloween or to the apple orchard.  -  Champion Felt Sneakers by Keds  $50.00

Heidi Klum’s 2014 Emmy Look for Everday

Heidi Klum 2014 Emmy Look

I confess I didn’t watch the Emmy’s last night (we are a cable-less household), but I did watch the blogs to catch all the red carpet looks.  My favorite look of the night was one of the simplest.  Heidi Klum’s (as seen on ew.com) looked breathtaking in this fitted coral Zac Posen gown.  The hue was so flattering with her coloring and was a perfect choice for the end of summer.  The styling was spot-on too.

Get the look for everyday by pairing this coal flutter sleeve blouse with green accented jewelry.  To dress it down wear one piece of jewelry and pair it with dark wash skinny jeans and flats.  To dress it up, maybe add an ivory maxi skirt or midi pencil skirt and wear the earrings and bracelet with some nude pumps.  Take inspiration from Heidi with natural make-up and soft beach waves.

Living for Less / A Casual Gray Bedroom

Living for Less - Warm and Cozy Gray Bedroom

It’s time for another installment of Living for Less!  I wanted to do something that involved a little more DIY this time.  This cozy bedroom from Better Homes & Gardens would make a beautiful and homey guestroom.  Fresh flowers and a clock on the bright orange nightstand make the room so inviting.  I would also add a carafe of fresh water and some clean towels on the dresser.

The key to this look for me is the layers of linens on the bed.  Floral patterned sheets, a clean solid white quilt, an antique quilt at the foot of the bed and lots of pillows make it look lush and warm.  Love this wall color.  We used the exact shade listed below in our office and it’s the perfect smokey gray to pair with white.  The nightstand is a steal, and with a coat of paint it really pops.

Here are my picks…

  1. TARVA Nightstand from Ikea  -  $39.99
  2. Knockout Orange Paint from Sherwin Williams  -  For nightstand (1)
  3. FORMAT Chrome Lamp from Ikea  -  $19.99
  4. Mint Ceramic Vase from Amazon  -  $12.13
  5. Silver Clock from Target  -  $39.99
  6. Ozark Shadows Paint from Benjamin Moore  -  For walls
  7. LEIRVIK Bed Frame from Ikea  -  $99.99
  8. Antique Dresden Circle Quilt from Prairie Vintage Finds  -  $85.00
  9. French Tile Queen Quilt in White from Wayfair  -  $80.43
  10. Linen Striped Sham from Pottery Barn  -  $29.99
  11. Scoop Wire Basket from Amazon  -  $9.99
  12. Blue Toile Pillow Sham from Townhouse Linens  -  $25.99

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The Trip / The Outfit – Backpacking in Fall

Backpacking in Allegheny National Forest in October on Lost and FawnedEven though the next couple of months are going to be chock-full of events (two family weddings in one month!), Jared and I are dead-set on two backpacking trips before the winter weather sets in.  The second one will be in October, which is the latest we have ever hit the trail.  We will be going back to Minister Creek in Allegheny National Forest (see our photos from the last visit to this park here) with some friends.  We have already upgraded our sleeping bags, but I’m going to need to pack a little differently this trip.

I put together a quick must-have list for this trip.  Of course I’ll be packing more than this (a water-proof pair of pants to layer over the leggings, etc) but this is a good starting place.  I have this exact pack in the green color and it’s held up to years of abuse.  I highly recommend it for a beginners women’s pack.

Featured image by Mary Ann Melton.

  1. Tumelo Rain Jacket in Persimmon from GoLite  -  $74.99
  2. Layer First Hoodie in Oceanic from Columbia  -  $50.00
  3. Charcoal Slouchy Beanie from Amazon  -  $9.99
  4. Kelty Womens Coyote Backpack in Purple from Amazon  -  $209.95
  5. Fox River Aztec Boot Socks from Amazon  -  $6.99
  6. Womens Glacial Legging from Columbia  -  $30.00
  7. KEEN Bryce Mid-Height Hiking Boot from Amazon  -  starting at $99.99

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Etsy Round-Up / Marbleized

Etsy Round-Up  -  Marbelized on Lost and Fawned

When I was a kid I had a book that had pages and pages of Venetian marbled paper.  I was fascinated by the process and the variety of of colors and patterns that could be created.  I also had a rock collection with a few exampled of the rocks that inspired the Venetians to create this technique (marble, of course).

I’m not alone in my love for marbleized patterns and textures.  Whether it’s a more natural rock-inspired texture, or stemming more from the paper art seen in Venetian stationary, people are using marble everywhere, from fashion to gifts (and everything in between).

Today I have rounded-up my favorite marble inspired items from Etsy.  Enjoy!

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Living for Less / A Historic Living Room

Living for Less - A Historic Living RoomI’m back!  And I have a new installment to my Living for Less series, where I take magazine ready spaces and try to make them attainable and affordable for the masses.  As usual, I tried to pick a space that didn’t rely heavily on unique architecture and will include one semi-splurge item that really sets the tone.

This living space was featured in the July/August online issue of Lonny.  The living room is in the kid-friendly vacation rental, the Whitfield Road Residence in Accord, New York.  Though the house was built in the 1730′s and has stunning floors, I still believe the casual and cozy look can be achieved in just about any home.

The big splurge came in the form of the Grasshopper Floor Lamp which was designed by Greta M. Grossman in 1947 and is an iconic piece of design.  It’s not cheap, but there really isn’t much that is comparable, and it’s on sale (I was born with my mom’s gift of finding a way to justify just about any purchase)!  The Ikea chairs have a similar shape and character for a fraction of the cost.  We actually have one of these in the living room as seen in my feature in Ikea Family Live.  I love the original pouf, but the Target version is about half the price.  The look is rounded out with an unfinished portrait of George Washington and a ton of candles.

  1. Kilim Square Pouf from Target  /  $69.99
  2. ‘George Washington’ Print by Gilbert Stuart from Art.com  /  $29.99
  3. STRANDMON Wing-back Chair from Ikea  /  $279.00
  4. Medallion Throw Pillow from Overstock  /  $25.46
  5. Grasshopper Floor Lamp from France & Son  /  $268.00
  6. Mercury Glass Candlesticks from Michael’s  /  $12.99
  7. Lantern Candle Holder from Amazon  /  $20.30
  8. Root ‘ Juniper Rosewood’ Scented Candle from Amazon  /  $15.97

Greetings from Oceanside, Oregon

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Im still enjoying some time off, but I wanted to touch base quickly.  I’m heading home on Sunday, so we will be back to our normal posting schedule next week.  It’s cloudy today, but the weather has been warm and beautiful.  My mom and I have been checking out a few museums and restaurants, but we mostly sit in the house and watch the waves (and Netflix) or go for walks.  My brother and I went to the Tillamook County Fair (which was a blast) and hiked to the beach at Cape Lookout State Park (which was gorgeous).

We will be heading back to Portland on Wednesday or Thursday to shop and spend time with family.  After that I will be on a plane home to see my husband and dogs.  I am missing on out 5th wedding anniversary this Friday, but we are planning to celebrate when I return.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram for more updates on my trip.  The next time I post will probably be when I return next week.  Have an awesome day!

Dove / The Sleeveless Summer Challenge

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of  Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

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Summer is here and as you may know, I’m taking some much needed time off at the coast to unwind and soak up some sun.  I’ll be sharing more from my trip soon, but I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on a review coming soon to Lost & Fawned.

When I return home I will get the chance to try Dove Advanced Care Deodorant and share my experience with you.  I will also be sharing a stick with my friend, who is a soon-to-be bride, as we all know if there is any day you want to be dry and odor free it’s your wedding day.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provide smoother and softer skin in just 3 days, which is super important in a summer of sleeveless styles.

In the mean time, you can enter to win a trip to New York City Fashion Week and a VIP styling session with A-list Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh from Dove by ditching your sleeves this summer.  To enter and read the official rules head over here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay tuned for more about this review in the coming weeks!

2014 Wearable Trends from the Runway

Fall 2014 Wearable Trends from the Runway

I’ve already talked about the color forecast for Fall 2014, and now it’s time to talk about the trends and how to wear them.  I’m not ready to wear a full teddy bear fur suit (courtesy of the Olsen Twins label, The Row) but once you read enough reports and flip through a ton of slideshows of the shows, you do start to see some patterns.  And I’m really liking what I see.  We are getting comfy and cozy this fall in wrap coats, shift dresses and sneakers.  I’ve tried to break down some of my favorite trends into more wearable versions of the runway looks.

  • A T H L E T I C  L U X E  ::   Classic athletic style pieces in updated materials are in for casual wear.  Leather sneakers, sweatshirts in cashmere, wool letterman style jackets, etc.  /  Women’s Felt Baseball Cap from Old Navy – $14.94
  • W R A P  C O A T S  ::  Wrap coats were everywhere.  Most had a ton of volume and were in every color imaginable.  This one is a tamed down, totally wearable (but still cool) version.  /  Zig to Zag Warp Coat from Tulle – $54.50 SALE
  • B U C K E T  B A G S  ::  This is one trend I can get behind.  Roomy enough for all my junk, but not so oversized and ridiculous (like we were sporting for awhile).  Try it out without a big commitment or investment with this faux leather version.  /  Tasseled Bucket Bag from Old Navy – $32.94
  • S T A T E M E N T  E A R R I N G S  ::  While statement necklaces are fading, statement earrings are on their way up.  I love this mixed metal version with a little black dress, or try something edgier like these.  /  Metallic Chandelier Earrings by Betsey Johnson – $17.39
  • 1 9 6 0 ‘ S  M I N I  D R E S S E S  ::  The 60′s were everywhere for fall.  I’m not ready to go head to toe go-go boots and clear plastic cut-outs, but this little dress is easy to wear this autumn.  /  Throwback Theory Dress from Modcloth – $69.99
  • L E O P A R D  P R I N T  ::  Leopard print always seems to find it’s way back onto the runway.  I like this version in unexpected navy and orange on a sweatshirt.  It also come in a pencil skirt that is equally amazing.  /  Leopard Print Sweatshirt from H&M – $24.95
  • S N E A K E R S  ::  Our feet will thank us for this one.  Sneakers were seen up and down the runway from designers like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Chanel.  /  Nike In-Season TR 4 from Zappos – $75.00

 

August Update & Harvest Report

Sunflowers on Lost and Fawned

Since July has come and gone (seriously faster than I could imagine), I thought it was a good day for a little update.  This has been the summer of craziness and I’m looking forward to fall now.  I feel like we haven’t even had a summer since we have been so busy.

The garden is still thriving, despite our neglect.  Next summer I am going to have to share a tutorial on the bean trellis we built this year.  It’s working perfectly and the beans are loving it.  We are picking a handful of beans (see below) nearly everyday, but as I have noted in our garden journal, Kentucky Pole Beans are not our favorite variety.  I find they get pretty woody if they get too big.  We will have to find something different next year.  My decorative sunflowers have been blooming all month.  These two were knocked over in a nasty summer storm, so I am enjoying them in the living room.  We had in a battle with our resident chipmunks over the tomatoes.  We keep finding half eaten cherry tomatoes and skins all over the yard.  We have managed to pick a few and I’ll be making a nice sauce out of them on Sunday.

Bean Harvest on Lost and Fawned

As you may have noticed, the blog got a facelift last week.  I have been just as neglectful to this blog as I have been to the garden this summer.  I kind of fell out of love with it this winter, but I’m feeling inspired again.  Ever So Splendid (my quilting, sewing and DIY blog) is growing and healthy, and so is Lost & Fawned.  They both reflect different sides of my personality and I intend to keep them separate but equal.  It’s been a rocky transition as I have been learning to balance both, but things are falling into place and it has pushed me creatively.  I’m looking forward to my blogging future.

Today is going to be crazy.  I’m dealing with a perfect storm of appointments, while trying to prepare to get on a plane on Tuesday to visit my mom for 10 days.  We aren’t making too many plans other than heading to the coast and spending a ton of time watching Netflix on the couch together.  I’ll return home on the 15th which is also our 5 year wedding anniversary.

Hoping all is well with you and yours.  Thanks for sticking with me during this busy busy summer.  Once things calm down and the weather cools, everything should go back to it’s normal pace here.