Spring Wardrobe Additions

Spring Wardrobe Additions on Lost and Fawned

As you may remember, I have been going through a bit of a style-overhaul this year.  I’ve looked at what I have and what I like, identified the trends and have started purging what doesn’t fit.  Now I am slowly and carefully curating my wardrobe by adding specific missing pieces that follow my new set of rules.

I’ve added a few new items lately.  My budget is small, so everything has been purchased from vintage and thrift stores, were pre-owned or were on mega-sale.  So far I have done pretty well at finding things I love that also fit into my new look.

  • Sheer Dusty Rose Blouse:  I purchased this from a friend who was cleaning out her closet.  It has the cutest pleated details at the shoulder and on the sleeve, but is basic enough to mix with printed pieces.  It looks great over dresses or tucked into a skirt with a camisole.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Embroidered Blouse:  This little number was in an Instagram sale by Fog & Driftwood Vintage for just $10.  I love the floral detail around the neck.  Add a skirt and a cardigan and it’s ready for brunch.  (Similar: 1 / )
  • Statement Dress:  This was a clearance find at Boden.  I have been enamored by this ever since I saw it on Pinterest.  When I tracked it down it was on mega-clearance, but had to purchase it one size too large.  Before the weather warms up I’ll be taking it in an inch or two and hemming the skirt.  I can’t wait to wear this when it warms up.  (Similar: 1 / 2  )
  • Teal Cardigan:  This was a gift but it fits seamlessly in with my new look.  The color is so flattering and works in all seasons.  ( Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt:  This was another pre-owned piece I purchased from a friend.  It was a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I took the risk.  It’s sheer, so it needs a slip (see next item) but it’s so breezy and can be dressed up or down.  It’s adorable with both of my new blouses but also looks super cute with a t-shirt.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage slip (not pictured):  This also came from an Instagram sale for just $8.50 shipped.  I’m not going the whole nine-yards and wearing undergarments from the 40-50’s, but this is a good staple.  Plus it makes me feel pretty and feminine.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Suede T-Bar Pumps:  These are adorable.  I got them on sale with a gift card, so in reality they didn’t cost me anything.  I don’t wear heels on a daily basis, but I think I would like to try this spring.  (Seychelles ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ Pumps  –  Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Red Saltwater Sandals:  I already have a pair of these in basic tan.  They have been my summer go-to since I started walking.  I thought it would be fun to get a more vibrant hue this year.  (Saltwater Sandals)
  • Vintage Straw Handbag:  This was an impulse by from an Instagram vintage shop.  It’s so cute.  It makes me feel like I’m going on a tropical vacation.  (Similar: 1 /2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Silk Scarf:  I really want to play with my hair more.  I’m not ready for a 30 minute styling routine, but adding a scarf to my ponytail or as a head band (see this guide) could be fun.  This silk scarf was half off at the thrift store for a whopping 50 cents.  (Similar: 1 / 2 )
  • Vintage Sewing Reference Book:  This book is amazing.  I posted some previews on Instagram.  It’s a great reference as I modify garments and build some from scratch.

Have you started planning for spring or summer?  Have you ever gone through a complete wardrobe identity crisis? 

My Beauty Basics

My Beauty Basics - on Lost and FawnedI’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty.  My daily morning routine is quick and my kit is small.  I generally shop at the big box stores for most of my supplies, but I do have a few key colors from MAC that I know work with my coloring so they are worth the extra cash.

I gently exfoliate a few times a week with an apricot scrub (controversial I know… but I promise I’m gentle).  The rest of the time I do a raw honey mask and rinse with warm water.  I don’t generally wear a scent, but I love to rub a little Rosebud salve into my hands.  I’m kind of obsessed with this nail hue for all seasons.   I also curl my lashes and sweep on a little Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to open my eyes.

Here are some of my very favorite beauty staples:

  1. Tangerine Vanilla Bar Soap from The Honest Company – $4.95
  2. Lipstick in ‘Lady Bug’ from MAC Cosmetics – $16.00
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Amazon – $9.99
  4. Satin Blush in ‘Dame’ from MAC Cosmetics – $22.00
  5. Essie Nail Polish in ‘Angora Cardi’ from Amazon – $8.50
  6. L’Oreal True Match Foundation from Amazon – $7.97
  7. Raw Honey from Amazon – $12.63

Collected / Marsala on Etsy

Pantone Marsala SwatchIt’s already almost March and we haven’t talked about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala.  I’ve been so-so on the picks for the last few years, but I’m kind of in love with this soft oxblood hue.  Here is a small sampling of handmade and vintage items from etsy I curated in shades of Marsala.

Marsala Etsy Round Up on Lost and FawnedFrom left to right:

February Update

Winter Update on Lost and Fawned
We find ourselves in the thick of a brutal Ohio winter here.  It’s bitter cold an we have a nice base of snow with a heavy layer of ice on top.  In the morning the air hurts your skin.  I’m dying for spring.

Nothing warms up a home like the smell of baking bread.  If you have a nice dinner planned at home (like we do) why not try this amazing and easy recipe for Peasant Bread by Alexandra’s Kitchen.  I’ve never really made bread from scratch.  It can be so intimidating.  But this recipe breaks it down to basics and has helpful videos for beginners like me.  It takes some time to rise, but the hands on time is minimal.  It makes two loaves, so cut one up for dinner and then use the other to make killer french toast on Sunday.

I’ve loaded our bed up with vintage floral pillow cases and my sandals for next summer arrived.  I wanted it to remind me that spring is (slowly) on it’s way, but instead it just made me more impatient.

To keep tabs on my daily adventures (this time of year it’s mostly food, blankets and tea) follow me on Instagram.

Happy Birthday / with Only Natural Pet

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This week is Logan’s birthday.  And since we don’t know Finn’s birthday, we usually combine the two and have one big celebration.  Yesterday was the big day.  It was too cold for an extra long walk, but if there is one things the boys love more than walking and cuddles, it’s treats.

Logan recently was diagnosed with canine epilepsy.  It’s totally manageable with daily medication, but I’ve been extra careful about what we put in his body.  We have always made the choice to feed them premium food, and their favorite snacks are fruits and veggies (the minute they hear me chopping anything in the kitchen, they come running hoping to get some end cuts).  Treats can be tricky though.  Much like people foods, long lists of mystery ingredients are tough to navigate and seem scary.  But feeding freshly prepared treats is too time consuming for me.

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Our friends at Only Natural Pet offered to send Logan and Finn some handpicked treats for their birthday celebration. When I brought the box in from the porch, Inspector Logan’s nose went nuts.  Inside was a big bag of Sweet Potato Slices and Buffalo Jerky.

The Sweet Potato Slices were the favorite.  They have a super satisfying crunchy texture that the dogs love, plus it’s great for their teeth and gums.  Since they are made from a single ingredient, they are grain-free, allergy-free and gluten-free.  Logan and Finn have been loving them.

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They also sent a selection of EcoToys for the guys.  Petunia the Pig was an instant hit.  She has a plastic bottle that can be replaced to maximize nose making.  And Montgomery the Monkey is perfect for Logan’s favorite game… tug.  Our boys are rough on toys, so I love that these are made of all natural materials.  Even the stuffing is a natural fiber.  They are also way more affordable than other premium toys of a similar size.

Like me, Logan’s emotions read all over his face.  Look at those eyes…

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Those eyes don’t lie.  That jerky blew his mind.

If you want to try any of the products I featured (or any of the other amazing natural pet products they carry), Only Natural Pet is offering Lost & Fawned readers $10 off orders of $25 or more AND free shipping with the coupon code AFSAVINGS.

A huge thank you to Only Natural Pets for sending along this box of goodies. It’ really made our day extra special.

Products featured in this post were provided by Only Natural Pet in exchange for an honest review.  I only feature products I truly love, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Hot Valentines Day Date Outfit for Chilly Weather

Valentines Day Date Outfit for Cold Weather on Lost and Fawned

If you live in the tundra that is the northeast, Valentines day can be a tricky balance between feeling hot and being cold.  I’ve put together an outfit that will get you from the car to the restaurant without getting frost bite.  It’s not going to be suitable for a trek through a blizzard.  I’m in love this this lipstick red wiggle dress.  The back is just flirty enough.  And the earrings add a little fun and cheekiness to the look.

  1. Love to Amble Coat from Modcloth  –  $64.99 *Sale*
  2. “Say Yes” Studs by Kate Spade New York  –  $48.oo
  3. Brave Pump in Black by Seychelles  –  starting at $75.50  (Alternative for snow: Impatient Bootie  –  starting at $97.50)
  4. Control Top Sheer Black Tights from Old Navy  –  $10.50
  5. Cozy Colorblock Scarf from GAP  –  $34.95
  6. Betty Ottoman Dress in Ladybird Red from Boden  –  $148.00
  7. Faux-Suede Crossbody/Clutch from Old Navy  –  $24.94

Valentines Day with Andrea Bonelli Jewelry

Valentines Day Picks from Andrea Bonelli JewelryWe are usually terribly practical when it comes to gift giving.  For Valentines Day and Anniversaries we usually stay in and make a meal at home. Gift giving usually becomes an excuse to replace an appliance (last year it was a range in the kitchen, I think the year before was a dishwasher).  But that is so unromantic.  Fellas (and ladies), do yourself a favor this year and treat your loved one to something sentimental.  Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, not appliances.

You honestly can’t go wrong with the classics… chocolate, flowers and of course jewelry.  It’s no secret that I love Andrea Bonelli‘s handmade and ethical pieces.  Andrea works hard to assure she uses ethically sourced gems and recycled metals in each of her stunning pieces.  With a wide range of styles and prices (pieces as low as $68.00) there is something for just about everyone.  I’ve put together a little collection of some perfect Valentine’s Day picks.  Do yourself a favor and pin a couple (you know… in case someone is trying to find you a last minute gift):

  1. 14k Garnet & Diamond Necklace
  2. 14k Rustic Heart & Charm Necklace
  3. 14k Petite Moissanite Studs
  4. 14k Gold Petite Ruby Studs  *Lost & Fawned Budget-Beautiful Pick*
  5. Diamond Beaded Eternity Ring

Andrea Bonelli Jewelry Valentines Day Picks on Lost and FawnedAct fast!  Valentines Day is in just under 2 weeks!  There is still time to get in your orders, but the deadline for shipping (excluding custom or special order items) is January 5th for US customers.  Check out more of Andrea Bonelli Jewelry by visiting their shop or following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

This post made possible in partnership with Andrea Bonelli.  All opinions are my own and I only work with partners that I truly love.  For more information on sponsoring Lost & Fawned, please visit my Advertising Page

Covet / Whimsy & Spice

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!