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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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 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.

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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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


Pantone Fall 2014 Colors

Pantone Fall 2014 Colors  on Lost and Fawned

Whether we like it or not, fall is right around the corner.  I always miss summer once it’s gone, but like a lot of you, I look forward to boots, layering and autumn fashion.

This season’s color forecast isn’t what you normally expect when you think of fall hues.  Many of the featured colors from Pantone lean toward the cool end of the spectrum and are soft and muted (with the exception of a few bright pops).  I love the idea of mixing these with the normal range rich of fall colors, like a Misted Yellow sweater over super dark jeans and rich brown ankle boots.  Or mixing a Mauve Mist scarf with a khaki utility jacket.  Of course the color of the year is Radiant Orchid and it’s a killer unexpected shade to adorn your nails.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear this season’s hottest colors…

Bachelorette Party Day-to-Night Look

Bachelorette Weekend Day to Night Look on Lost and Fawned

Bachelorette parties are so not my thing.  I’m a homebody, especially at night.  Once the sun starts to set, there is nowhere else I would rather be than sewing in the dining room, gaming with my husband or snuggled up in bed with the dogs and Netflix.  But, when you have an amazing sister-in-law that is getting married in a couple of months, sometimes you have to bow to fate and hit the bars.

This weekend I will be headed up to Cleveland for a brewery tour followed by dinner and the out for drinks and dancing.  My closet is not well equipped for this kind of outing, so I have had to get creative.  There won’t be much time to gussy up before going to the nighclub, so I’ll be switching out a couple of accessories and shoes to feel a little more fancy.

Here is a similar look to what I will be rocking this weekend.  The day look is for the tour and dinner and the night look is for dancing and drinks.

D R E S S  ::  Paint Love Grand Dress from Modcloth  –  $59.99

D A Y  L O O K  ::

  1. Pointelle Cardigan in Coral from Target  –  $9.18 SALE
  2. Narrow Embossed Belt from H&M  –  $5.95
  3. Right Chevron Time Necklace from Modcloth  –  $27.99
  4. Defined the Scenes Flats in Black from Modcloth  –  $29.99

N I G H T  L O O K  ::

  1. Emerald Clutch with Crossbody Strap from Target  –  $26.99
  2. Bright and Brilliant Earrings from Modcloth  –  $12.99
  3. Gold Metallic Skinny Belt from Target  –  $14.99
  4. Stagefright D’Orsay Sandals in Tan/Metallic by Seychelles  –  $34.82 SALE

Summer Travel in Comfort

Traveling in Comfort and Style on Lost and Fawned

I’ll be getting on a plane in 2 weeks to visit my family.  I go 2 (sometimes 3) times a year and it’s a very familiar flight for me, so I have my routine and packing list down to a t.  So today I’m sharing my favorite outfit for summer travel.  As always, this is what works for me on my 8-10 hour itinerary.  Here are the details…

  1. A Roomy Tote Bag:  I usually shop for price, but my carry-on bag is a place where I am willing to spend a little money.  I don’t like to carry and purse AND a tote (mostly because I have to save one of my bags for my rolling suitcase), and this beautiful leather tote works as both.  It carries everything neatly and unzips to open wide enough to not need to rummage around blindly.  /  Setauket Travel Tote by Lucky Brand
  2. A Jersey Maxi Dress:  I get cold, but on longer flights I hate being stuffed into jeans.  A soft jersey maxi is about as close as you can get to pajamas without actually wearing PJs.  It’s not for everyone, but it works really well for me.  I love this one because it has a waist without having to wear a belt to take off in the security check.  I have a similar one in black I will be wearing on my flight.   /  Summer Night Stroll Dress from Modcloth
  3. A Watch:  I try to keep my jewelry minimal, but I like to wear a watch when I fly.  Running for gate to gate is stressful enough without having to dig through your bag to find your phone to check the time.  I bought myself this classic little watch for my birthday this year and it’s great to wear casually, professionally and in dressier situations.   /  Mini Marci Gold Mirror Watch by Marc by Marc Jacobs
  4. Flat Stud Earrings:  If you are going to wear earrings I prefer to wear a flat stud, just in case I want to sleep (try leaning your head on a pillow with raised or dangley earrings) or wear headphones.  Plus they are minimal enough that you can probably wear them through security (don’t quote me on that).  /  Matte Gold Flat Metal Earrings from Jacobs & McCartney Collection
  5. A Cardigan:  As I mentioned earlier, I get cold.  A little cardigan is easy to stuff in your bag or ball up for a pillow if needed.  I have a very similar to this one that I wear constantly over summer dresses.  /  Merona Cardigan in Oatmeal from Target
  6. Easy to Slip Off Sandals:  I prefer to wear a sandal or open flat when flying in summer.  I like a little bit of ventilation around my toes.  These are easy to slip off (no buckles) in line for security or in flight when you are ready for a nap (I like to bring a pair of fuzzy socks for longer flights).  /  Concentrate Gladiator Sandals by Seychelles
  7. A Scarf:  I always travel with a big, lightweight scarf.  I use it as a pillow, blanket and wear it instead of a necklace (which would set off the metal detectors).   /  Fringe Fest Scarf in Lilac from Modcloth

In my Carry On Bag on Lost and FawnedI also wanted to touch on a couple of my favorite things to bring in my carry-on bag when I travel.  This isn’t everything I bring, but it’s a good collection of some of my must-have type items.

  1. Boar Bristle Brush:  I started doing the whole “no-poo” thing a little over a month ago, and one of my favorite discoveries was a boar bristle brush.  It’s great for a little light de-greasing in the summer and leaves my hair baby soft (sometimes staticy, but a paper towel with a little water tames it right down).  I keep one in my purse for when I get off the plane to freshen up before meeting my loved ones.  /  Spornette DeVille 100% Boar Bristle Brush
  2. Hand Sanitizer:  Space for liquids in my bag are limited, but I make room for a little bottle of hand sanitizer.  Bathrooms can be crowded in airports and they can also be pretty icky.  This sanitizer from the Honest Company is my favorite.  It has a much gentler scent than conventional brands which makes it ideal to use in-flight.  /  Hand Sanitizer Gel from The Honest Company
  3. Hair Ties:  If a brush can’t save your hair after falling asleep during your flight, keep some of these in your bag and throw it up in a messy bun or teased ponytail.  /  Signature Hair Ties from Mane Message
  4. A New Magazine:  I usually treat myself to a new magazine at the newsstand while I wait to board.  It’s my own little traditions when I fly by myself (along with buying lo mien while on a long layover).  Dwell is one of my favorites.  It totally beats the in-flight magazine.  /  Dwell Magazine
  5. A Page-Turning Book:  I like to bring a really suspenseful book with me.  I get easily distracted in airports so I need something that is really going to hold my attention.  Bonus tip:  Tell the librarian you are going on vacation when you check out the book and they can sometimes extend the length of your check-out time.   /  Annihilation by Jake Vandermeer
  6. My Tablet:  It’s practically glued to my arm when I’m home.  Obviously it goes with me when I travel.  This case is adorable.  I just wanted to share it with you.   /  Heritage IPad Sleeve by Herschel Supply Co.
  7. A Special Treat:  These are my guilty pleasure.  I treat myself to a bag when I fly.  Seriously these are awesome.  I get them at Target for under $5.  /  Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Candies
  8. A Sleep Mask:  I think this is pretty self explanatory.  I save this for if I have a window though.  It might as well be a “do not disturb” sign and I don’t like to trap people in their seats.   /  Travel Mask by Ganesha’s Rat
  9. A Backup Battery:  Unless you are lucky to be in a seat with an outlet you are at the mercy of the batteries in your electronics.  I keep a backup battery in my purse just in case I get stuck somewhere or can’t find a free outlet at my gate.  Its nice to keep on in you dashboard in the car too when you are not traveling.  /  Pilot 2GS Dual USB Portable Charger from Poweradd

Happy travel this summer!

Something Charming / Charm Necklaces

Something Charming for Everyone - Lost and FawnedStatement necklaces are still going strong but lately I have been hooked on layering delicate charm necklaces and pendants.  I have a decent (and growing) collection of mixed metal charm necklaces.  Some are meaningful or heirlooms, others are just pretty fashion pieces.  I love mixing different lengths and metals with a v-neck tee and jeans or a sundress.  The end-look is always effortless.

Here is a mix of “charming” pendants in all shapes, colors and styles.  I think I found something for everyone.

  1. Coral Branch Necklace by The Vamoose  –  $36.29
  2. 14k Rustic Heart Necklace by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry  –  $204.00
  3. Solitaire Rose Gold  & CZ Pendant from GlitterLounge (via Amazon)  –  $28.95
  4. Delicate Silver Spike Necklace by Minnie Grace  –  $18
  5. “Stop and Smell the Roses” Necklace by Kate Spade (via Amazon)  –  $34.80
  6. Soho Initial Charm from Stella & Dot  –  $18.00
  7. Simple Circle Charm Necklace by Juliet Jewelry  –  $24.00
  8. Gold Charm Necklace by Lucky Brand (via Amazon)  –  $39.00
  9. Zodiac Braille Necklace by Leigh Luna  –  $39.00

Birthday Dream Outfit

Dream Birthday Outfit on Lost and Fawned

Today is my birthday!  Twenty seven years and counting.  When we have a free weekend we will do our annual zoo trip, my favorite birthday tradition.

Tonight Jared and I are doing dinner and seeing a movie (Tuesday is discount tickets day at our favorite theater).  I plan on dressing up a little for our date, but if I was granted a wish to pick out the perfect outfit for my birthday date, here is what I would pick out.

  1. Kate Spade Initial Necklace
  2. Day After Day Dress in Aviary
  3. Classic Hillier Hobo in Black by Marc by Marc Jacobs
  4. Kate Spade Skinny Mini Bow Earrings
  5. Swedish Hasbeens Heart Platform Sandals

I typically focus on more budget options, but birthdays are special, especially when you are granted imaginary wishes to shop to your hearts content.  So happy birthday to me!