Cone of Shame Ad Sale

Cone of Shame Ad Sale on Lost and FawnedLogan had an accident yesterday.  We had a very scary afternoon and evening after Logan cut a pretty serious cut on his paw and leg while we were at work.  After a (very expensive) visit to an emergency vet and 12 stitches we had a full night of cleaning and repair while nursing him and carrying him out to use the bathroom.  He is doing better.  He is eating, drinking and sleeping.  He is stuck in the cone until his stitches come out in about 2 weeks.  I feel so bad for him, but we are feeling very grateful today that he is still with us.  It was quite a scare.

Since we spared no expense to get our big boy patched up and will have follow-up appointments as well as needing a new window and possibly having to re-carpet the office, things are going to be tight around here.  So to help, ads will be 50% off with the discount code FORLOGAN50 at purchase.  Visit this page to select you ad size and purchase.  The ad can be stacked for multiple months, so schedule away!  The holiday season is coming up and now is the time to reach buyers and bloggers.

Thanks so much for the love and support on Instagram.  He is on some good drugs so he’s feeling better.  I’m keeping a very close eye on him and he’s loving the attention.  On a side-note, if anyone has tips on cleaning large amounts of blood out of carpet, I’m willing to try just about anything.

Autumn Weekends in Ohio

Fall Barn in Ohio

Fall Leaves in Ohio

Fall Duck Boots on Lost and Fawned

The leaves still haven’t peaked here in Ohio, but we have had some beautiful October weekends so far.  We spent the weekend in a cozy bar for a date night (listening to some amazing gypsy jazz by The Help!), on a farm enjoying the beautiful weather and cups of cider and hiking in the Cuayhoga National Forest with the dogs and a some friends.

The weather is going to warm up again this week but that won’t stop the trees from transforming.  While I love the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest wins autumn.

Dark & Delightful Halloween Party

Dark and Delightful Halloween PartyI’ve committed to making two handmade costumes this year, so I have been working my fingers off.  But it totally has me in the Halloween spirit!  We are not hosting a party and we never get trick-or-treaters on our street, but that doesn’t stop me from decorating.

If I was having a Halloween party, I would love throw a small dinner party with some close friends and family.  I would stay true to our love of antiques and brass.  I love the idea of faded peach roses, dusty lambs ear and eucalyptus centerpieces on black tablecloths.  Adding a simple mask to your portraits and photos is a quick way to dress them up.

  1. Printable Halloween Invitations from Design by Detail
  2. Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail from Jelly Toast
  3. Bat Filled Front Door from Country Living
  4. Elegant Floral Halloween Centerpiece from Style Me Pretty
  5. X-Ray Glassware from West Elm
  6. Strapless Lace Mask from The Midway
  7. Masked Portraits from Country Living
  8. Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake from Savory Simple
  9. Lace Pumpkins from Honestly WTF
  10. Candlestick Mantle from Style Me Pretty

Quick Costumes

It’s almost crunch time!  And unless you want to end up in whatever is left at the bottom of the bins at your local big box store (probably a shotty version of Miley Cyrus’ VMA look) you are going to need to get creative.

If you are going to spend money on a costume, I am a huge fan of buying things you can wear outside of Halloween parties.  I’ve compiled a few ideas for costumes that can come together partially from what is in your closet, or comprised of pieces you can re-style and wear year-round.

Quick Costume on Lost and Fawned - Nancy Drew CostumeI did this one last year!  This dress is perfect for sleuthing around an abandoned house in search of the source of mysterious voices.  And it can easily transition to a work outfit once you strip away the knee socks and magnifying glass.  For bonus points add a vintage (or reproduction) leather messenger bag to carry your detective tools and any artifacts you recover on your investigation.

  1. Work to Play Dress in Eggplant from Modcloth  /  $54.99
  2. Fine-Knit Cardigan in Black from H&M  /  $12.95
  3. Fine Knit Knee Socks in White from Nordstrom  /  $8.50
  4. Vintage Look Flashlight from Amazon  /  $24.49
  5. Rosewood Handle Magnifying Glass from Amazon  /  $4.99
  6. Oxford Pumps in Tan from Amazon  /  $28.90

Quick Costume on Lost and Fawned - Mad Men Megan Draper CostumeMaybe this is a little last year, but it’s such an iconic look from Mad Men that it won’t soon be forgotten.  For something a little sexier (but still classy and smart) try on Megan Draper’s look from the famous Zou Bisou Bisou scene.  Add a fierce cat-eye and a wig (or try a faux bob if you are a brunette) to complete the costume.

  1. Open Mic Songstress Dress from Modcloth  /  $89.99
  2. Rhinestone Bracelets from Target  /  $10.39
  3. Bayville Platform Loafers from Amazon  /  $89.95
  4. Crystal Cocktail Ring from Amazon  /  $12.99
  5. Handheld Microphone from Amazon  /  $7.74
  6. Seamless Fishnet Tights from Amazon  /  $19.99

Quick Costume on Lost and Fawned - Porcelain Doll CostumeFor something that is a little softer, dress yourself an antique porcelain doll in a lacy baby-doll frock.  Tights could add some coverage from cold autumn air if necessary.  I would add a heavy bottom lash and a more dollish lip shape to this make-up look to make it even more doll-like.  You could take it creepy too by adding a crack or two to your porcelain face and rip some holes in the tights.

  1. Sunlit Sweetness Dress from Modcloth  /  $89.99
  2. Porcelain Doll Makeup Tutorial from Doe Deere Blogazine
  3. 4-Pack of Fashion False Eyelashes from Amazon  /  $12.36
  4. Patent Mary Jane Pumps from Amazon  /  $24.69
  5. Big White Hair Bow from Amazon  /  $14.55
  6. Wheatley Teddy Bear from Amazon  /  $19.99

Have you settled on a Halloween costume?  Have you ever had to pull something together quickly for a party?  Please share your favorite quick costume ideas in the comments!

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The Trip – The Outfit / Shopping in Columbus, Ohio

The Trip The Outfit  -  Shopping and Dining in Columbus Ohio in AutumnAutumn is the perfect time for a weekend away.  If you are in the midwest, Columbus is a great getaway for a weekend of food and shopping.  I’ve put together an outfit that would be perfect for a day in some of my favorite neighborhoods.  It would start with a  walk in German Village, then browsing shops in the Short North, dinner at any of the amazing restaurants on  High Street (might I recommend Surly Girl Saloon or The Rossi) and of course dessert at the world famous Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

Here are my picks for warm, comfortable and stylish look for this trip.

  1. Sleeveless Blouse from H&M  /  $9.95
  2. Charter School Cardigan in Camel from Modcloth  /  $34.99
  3. Opaque Black Tights from Target  /  $10.00
  4. Pink Circle Skirt from H&M  /  $59.95
  5. Lucky Ehllen Boots from Amazon  /  $139.00
  6. Heshe Leather Handbag in Dark Green from Amazon  /  $73.75

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Planet Fitness / Big 10 Sale

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

How are your resolutions coming?  Mine are mostly dismal as usual.  But it’s not too late!  I have decided to give myself a big push before the holidays and start getting back into shape.  I don’t have the time or energy to commit to a hardcore new class and money is tight, but I have found a good balance at Planet Fitness.

Planet Fitness is a  full size health club franchise that specializes in people like me, first-time gym users who like to move at their own pace, but still want the amenities and variety of a large fitness club.  They strive to make people of all levels comfortable and create a non-intimidating workout environment.

I’m excited to give it a try.  I had access to gym facilities in college, but since then my access has been limited to road running and overpriced classes.  I am planning to start by going twice a week.  The hours at my local Planet Fitness are amazing (24 hours on weekdays and 7am-7pm on weekends).  I’ll be getting a Black Membership, so I will also have unlimited guest privileges and Jared can join me, or I can take my mom with me when I am visiting this holiday season.

If you want to give it a try with me, now is the perfect time.  Planet Fitness currently is having a Big Ten Sale, so you can get a membership at your local health club for just $10 down and $10 a month with no commitment.  The sale is only available through the 10th of October.  If you need to track down your local Planet Fitness, you can see all their facilities here.

Join me and start reaching your fitness goals so you can go to holiday parties confidently and not feel guilty when stuffing yourself this Thanksgiving.  I’ll be reporting back at the beginning of the new year to fill you in on my progress.

Living for Less / Warm & Contemporary Bedroom

Living for Less - Warm and Contemporary BedroomIn this week’s Living for Less I really wanted to tackle a cozy space that was very contemporary and a little creepy (since halloween is on the way!).  I found exactly what I was looking for in this beautiful bedroom on Fancy, originally from Home Style Magazine.  I love that it has the white walls and off-white carpet of a new apartment or condo.  It’s a look you could replicate in a contemporary rental space.

The big splurge item is the limited edition print by Kelly Thompson, who created the drawing in the original inspiration image.  If the skulls are a little too whimsical for you, bring them out as modern seasonal decor in October.  Leave the duvet plain for a cleaner look, or jazz it up with some block printed shapes in royal blue to make it a little more edgy (here is a great DIY tutorial on Design Sponge).  I think the lamp is a steal at just $14.99.  It’s perfect for late night (or as the days get shorter, late evening) reading in bed.

The one thing I just could not track down was a faux fur throw that is under $50 and has the same luxe feel as the beautiful (but likely authentic) pelt on the bed.  A nice fluffy throw blanket in cool gray or a graphic pattern would make the bed just as cozy.

  1. “Moonlight Drive” Limited Edition Print by Kelly Thompson  /  $250.00
  2. Industrial Side Table from Target  /  $89.99
  3. Wood Pole Scholar Lamp from Target  /  $15.99
  4. Yellow Skull Candle Holder by Hodi Home Decor  /  $26.00
  5. Platform Upholstered Bed from Amazon  /  $393.48
  6. Peach Cotton Duvet Cover & Shams from Amazon  /  $49.99
  7. Linen Skull Pillow from Amazon  /  $11.29
  8. Color Blocked Pillow Cover from Ikea  /  $14.00

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Fall Weather Backpacking Gear Picks

Fall Weather Backpacking and Hiking Gear from Sierra Trading PostI’m hitting the trail next weekend.  We were supposed to go this weekend, but had to make the call to postpone because of thunderstorms.  I am keeping a close eye on the weather in Allegheny.  Cold I can deal with, but wet is no good.

A lot of people cringe at the idea of sleeping in a tent this time of year, but as long as you are prepared with the right layers and sleeping bag (and maybe another warm body… or 3 in my case), it’s not too bad.  Cold nights are worth it to see the trees in full color, and chilly mornings by the campfire with cocoa or tea is pretty much the best feeling in the world.

Sierra Trading Post is one of my favorite places to get gear.  It’s always discounted, shipping is reasonable and they are always running deals (check the banner at the top of the page for current promo codes).  Here are some of my picks for fall weather hiking, camping and backpacking…

  1. Mountain Hardwear Pandra Ponte Pullover  /  $100.00  –  $69.95
  2. SmartWool Ski Town Beanie Hat  /  $40.00  –  $24.95
  3. Kelty 0° Cosmic Sleeping Bag  /  $114.95  –  $87.95
  4. Columbia Sportswear Weekday Waffle Shirt  /  $39.95  –  $27.96
  5. Icebreaker Hike+ Medium Cushion Wool Socks  /  $19.00  –  $10.95
  6. Keen Haven CNX Trail Shoes  /  $110.00  –  $76.95
  7. Columbia Sportswear Silver Ridge Pants  /  $55.00  –  $35.95
  8. Columbia Sportswear Sleet for Street Vest  /  $90.00  –  $69.95
  9. Avalanche Wear Mogul Fleece Leggings  /  $49.95  –  $29.95

Flavors of Fall / Recipe Round-Up

Flavors of Fall on Lost and FawnedFall is a season of slow-cooking, spices and of course… PUMPKIN.  Some of my favorite flavors are seasonal in autumn.  I’m also a huge fan of my dutch oven, and I make it work hard in fall.  I love to make huge pots of hearty soups, stews and chili on the weekends so I don’t have to cook when I get home from work and it’s already dark.

Here is a little collection of some of the recipes I am dying to try this autumn…

  1. Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread  /  by Jojotastic for Ziploc
  2. Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting  /  from Rasa Malaysia
  3. Cider & Honey Slow-Cooker Short Ribs  /  from Sweet Paul
  4. Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookies  /  from Diethood
  5. Bourbon Apple Cider  /  from Set the Table
  6. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls  /  from Diethood
  7. Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder  /  from Damn Delicious
  8. Roasted Fall Vegetables  /  from Martha Stewart
  9. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte  /  from Live Simply

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Giveaway / Kendyll Hillegas Illustration

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Giveaway on Lost and FawnedIt’s the start of a new month tomorrow, and today I have the start of a new giveaway!  This has been such a fun one to plan and I’ve been dying to share it with you.

Meet Kendyll Hillegas.  Kendyll creates the most amazing illustrations showcasing the beauty of everyday objects.  Her technique of layering different mediums gives her pieces so much depth and detail.  Her subject matter may be ordinary, but even the simplest ice cream cone or stick of butter evokes sensory memories of childhood summers or baking with a loved one.

Any of her pieces would look amazing as a part of a large gallery collection or as a grouping.  Perhaps pick 3-4 of your favorite sweet treats for the dining room or collection of breakfast dishes for your kitchen dining area.

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration on Lost and FawnedKendyll was kind enough to send me a few prints to style in our home.  I added a bunch to my favorites and let her help choose.  I ended up receiving the Sriracha print and Cider Donut print in full size, and the Strawberry Shortcake print as a postcard size.  I had the Sriracha matted and framed and it gives our little kitchen so much character and color.  My husband puts Sriracha on everything (like so many of you) and the bottle is so iconic.  The cider donut lives on my new sewing table.  Eventually it will be a quirky part of my inspirational gallery wall.

Both prints look even better in person.  It’s hard to do them justice in a photograph.  You simply cannot capture the detail and dimension.

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Cider Donut on Lost and Fawned

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Strawberry Shortcake Postcard

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Sriracha on Lost and Fawned

This giveaway will have THREE lucky winners!  Each winner will get to select a print of their choice.  Entering is easy.  Please use the widget below to enter.  There of lots of ways to gain entries and you can chose to do all or some.  If you cannot see the widget, please click here to view it.

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A HUGE thank you to Kendyll for sponsoring this amazing opportunity!  Please stop by her shop and show her some love.  She is not only talented, but a wonderful person.

If you want to spruce up your home with some of Kendyll Hillegas‘ delicious illustrations, use the promo code LOSTANDFAWNED at checkout to receive $10 off any order of $30 or more.  Promo code is good through the end of October.  It’s a pretty great deal, so take advantage of it!