DIY Vintage Plate Clock

DIY Vinatge Plate Clock on Lost and FawnedLost and Fawned - DIY Vintage Plate Clock

Everything seems to come back around.  Today I was contacted about a craft project I shared on my first blog almost 6 years ago.  I had nearly forgotten about this one.  The pictures have disappeared from my old photo sharing account and the blog is all but forgotten, but it found it’s way back to me.

I might have to dig the plate-clock out of the box it’s still packed in from when we moved into the house.  It’s adorable and holds so many memories from college and living in our little apartment when we were first married.  It was such a cheap and easy project.  Here is a snippet from the original blog post…

I finally got around to finishing some projects up today that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. A couple years ago I found this vintage plate at a thrift store for 30 cents. I loved the folk inspired farm scene and lovely yellow color. I used it to hold keys in my dorm and decided I wanted to find a more useful purpose for it.

I got out my handy Dremmel and bought a ceramic and glass drill bit for it at Lowes for a couple dollars. Picked up a clock motion at Walmart for $6 and once I found the center of the plate it just took a few minutes of drilling and screwing the motion into place and voila! I have a wall clock!

A big thanks to Fern of Rokolee who jogged my memory on this one!  I’m so glad to have rediscovered this piece of my blogging history.

Living for Less / Effortless Farm Kitchen

Living for Less - Effortless & Cool Kitchen on Lost and FawnedThis week’s Living for Less might be one of my favorites to date!  I stumbled upon it on Pinterest and tracked it all the way back to this article on Homelife.com.  One of my favorite things about this beautifully casual kitchen is the peacock blue/green cabinets.  The paint was found in the barn of the home, but this shade from Benjamin more is a pretty good substitute.  Finish the look off with rustic bar stools and fresh flowers in mismatched vases to create a look that is effortless and cool.

As always, I did have to splurge a little on one item, and this time it was the stools.  While these weren’t a perfect match to the ones in the photograph, they have a similar feeling.  Fresh flowers are also always a detail that can be pricey but is so worth it.

Here are my picks to recreate this look in your kitchen…

  1. Kohler Coralais Low-Arc Faucet  –  $108.64 (Shown in Recently Discontinued Color)
  2. Moroccan Straw Market Bag  – $34.00
  3. RANARP Pendant Lamp  –  $24.99
  4. Satin Nickle Cabinet Knobs (Set of 25)  –  $32.39
  5. Benjamin Moore ‘Dragonfly’  –  Cabinet Paint
  6. Light Pink Roses with Free Delivery  –  $50.00
  7. Rustic Elm Wood Barstool  –  $219.99
  8. Merola 4″ x 4″ Sea Blue Tile  –  $1.97 each
  9. Marble Mortar & Pedestal  –  $22.99
  10. ‘The Farm’ by Ian Knauer  –  $20.80
  11. ENSIDIG Vase  –  $1.99
  12. SOCKERART Vase  –  $19.99

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Minted Giveaway // Bringing Back Snail-Mail

The Art of Letter Writing with Minted on Loast and Fawned

I love receiving letters.  It’s such an old fashioned romantic gesture.  In the Victorian era stationary was an important part of social etiquette and your choice of personalized stationary was an important reflection of your style and personality.

I’m determined to bring it back!  As someone with a bi-coastal family (north coast and west coast) I make a lot of phone calls to stay in touch.  Why not start sending a monthly letter instead?  Wouldn’t it brighten your day to come home to find a “just thinking about you” note in the mailbox?  Small gestures often have the biggest impact.  And with the USPS constantly wowing me with their gorgeous new stamps (my favorites right now are the Songbirds, Hudson River School and Vintage Circus collections) you can easily doll up the outside of the envelope just by adding your postage.

Win Custom Sationary from Minted on Lost and Fawned

Bring Back Snail Mail on Lost and Fawned with Minted

Minted let me pick out a fresh set of personalized stationary to kick-start my new letter writing campaign. I’ve used Minted before for our holiday cards and was overjoyed to work with them again.  Their customer service is outstanding and they have an amazing community of artists and designers.

After much consideration i selected Wild Bellflowers in sunny yellow with a full bleed pattern on the back.  I adore the hand drawn botanical design and the soft yellow and gray color scheme.  The back adds so much impact and looks adorable peeking out of the envelope.  I can’t say enough about the quality.  The standard paper is heavy and has a wonderful texture for writing.  The print quality is top notch and all stationary comes in a Minted box to keep them safe.

Here are some more picks that get the Lost & Fawned seal of approval…

Minted Stationary Picks on Lost and FawnedColumns from left to right, starting at top and going down:

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Minted Giveaway on Lost and FawnedMinted was generous enough to offer TWO lucky winners a $100 Minted Gift Card!  Invest in some gorgeous stationary or save it for holiday cards!  The choice is yours! It’s quick and easy to enter.

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Etsy Round-Up // Liberty of London

Liberty of London Etsy Round-Up on Lost and FawnedI love Liberty of London textiles.  I frequently check out their beautiful books (  1  –  2  –  3  ) from the library and constantly drool over yardage in online fabric shops.   I’m not quite confident in enough in my garment sewing to buy a few yards (it’s PRICEY), but there are tons of beautiful handmade goods on Etsy featuring Liberty of London’s florals.

Here is a round-up of my favorites…

  1. Hair Clips by globoMINI  –  $10.00
  2. Eloise Hemp Dog Collar by Handmade Green for Dogs  –  $25.00+
  3. William Morris Cotton Ring by Oh You Handsome Devil  –  $44.21
  4. Patchwork Pendant Necklace by The Violet Line  –  $32.00
  5. Chrysanthemum Print Dress by 13threads  –  $314.57
  6. Foldover Vegan Clutch by Pesky Cat Design  –  $45.00
  7. Embroidery Hoop Memo Board by Applewhite  –  $15.00+
  8. Green & Blue Necktie by Handmade by Emy  –  $89.50+
  9. Breakfast Cushion by Sour Puss Designs  –  $33.41

Inspired Nail Art

I usually stick to plain, smooth polish (though in fun colors) but when Modcloth issued the challenge to create nail art inspired by some of their most popular summer dresses I thought it sounded like a fun challenge.

I kept it pretty simple and tried techniques I had seen floating around Pinterest that looked easy for a beginner like me.  Finding a dress or two that inspired me was easy.

Nail Art Inspired by Silver Moon Melodies Dress on Lost and FawnedFirst up was the Silver Moon Melodies Dress, mocha colored lace with a beautiful open back and fitted bodice.  I used antique lace and Essie ‘Cocktails & Coconuts’ to create a dimensional faux french manicure.  This isn’t really a practical nail design, but it was fun and looked really pretty!  All I did was cut the lace to fit and apply them to the tacky polish after a couple of coats.  The white on the tips is actually the bottom trim of the lace.

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Go Sleeveless // with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

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.

Dove Advanced Care on Lost and Fawned

We have not one, but TWO weddings in our immediate family in the next 2 weeks.  Needless to say, as the girl in the family that “likes weddings”, I’m going to be running around a lot this month.  For the first wedding I will be not only helping with a lot of the DIY prep work and day-of organization, but I’ll be doing all of this in a sleeveless, black bridesmaid dress… a deadly combination.  I want to be super dry, odor-free and look soft and smooth.  Plus black means dreaded deodorant smudges if you aren’t careful.

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant hooked me up with some samples to get me through the rest of summer and one to pass along to the bride-to-be.  I’ve been a Dove user for awhile, but usually stick with basics.  I’m hooked on their scented sticks now.  The Revive scent is amazing in the morning.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving, which is perfect for people like me that are “delicate flowers” and tend to blemish easily.  Plus (and I have tested this out myself) it does not leave smudges on my black dress.

Here is my weekend date look, where I skipped the cardigan and went confidently sleeveless…

Sleeveless Summer Party Look with Lost and Fawned and Dove Advanced Care

  1. Straw Foldover Clutch – $21.00
  2. Essie ‘Turquoise & Caicos’ Nail Polish – $8.50
  3. Dove Advanced Care Deodorant in Revive
  4. ‘Dot You Forget About Me’ Dress – $49.99
  5. Nine West Fabiola Sandal in Orange – $19.18
  6. Kate Spade New York ‘Wallflower’ Necklace – $48.00

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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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