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Wishlist Spring 2014 - Lost and Fawned

Yesterday was the first official day of spring and it’s snowing out.  But the good news is that I spotted some bulbs popping up in the front yard.  We will be cooped up this weekend but I’ll be thinking sunny thoughts and browsing seed catalogs.  Hopefully it will be warm enough for sundresses and sandals soon.

I’m on a strict no-spending kick at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I can’t window shop (and be a bad influence!).  Here are my picks to freshen up your spring wardrobe this year.  I know some are on the luxury side, but tax refunds are on their way!

  1. Star-Studded Cast Dress from Modcloth  -  $49.99
  2. 14k Gold Pear Pink Tourmaline Ring by Andrea Bonelli  -  $310.00
  3. Night Owl Glasses in Frosted Aqua from BonLook  -  $99.00
  4. Pink Multi Jutti Flats from TOMS  -  $84.00
  5. Blush Avalon Tote from Stella & Dot  -  $148.00

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Dark Florals - Spring 2014 Inspiration

As always, Spring means florals.  But there is a trend that started to emerge last year and is going strong for spring and summer.  Dark florals are trending in fashion, home decor and of course in floral design.  Pastels have never been very flattering for my skin, so this trend really sings to me.  Plus I have always been attracted to anything William Morris ever designed.  Colors always seem to be more vibrant against a dark background, like how chromatic and bright the trees and flowers look after a summer storm.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite dark florals in dresses, accessories, fabric yardage (for you DIYers), home and gifts.

above:  1. Hermes Spring/Summer 2014  |  2. H&M from Spring/Summer 2013  |  3. Elie Cashman Wallpaper  |  4. Last But Won Floral Tee  |  5. Givenchy Jacket  |  6. Saipua Bouquet

Dark Floral Dresses - Spring 2014above from left to right:  One Floral, All for One Dress $139.99  |  Bursting with Blossoms Dress $112.99  |  Retreat to the Rose Garden Dress $52.99

 

Dark Floral Accessories - Spring 2014above:  1. Rayban Wayfarers in Texture Surf – $112.58  |  2. Beautiful Botany Scarf – $22.99  |  3. Garden Party Getaway Bag – $84.99  |  4. Cheekster Panty in Dark Floral – $9.50  |  5. Friendly Ballet Flat – $29.99  |  6. Sophisticated Stroll Heel – $118.99  |  7. After You Flat in Navy – $44.99

 

Dark Floral Fabrics - Spring 2014above:  1. Vintage Floral Cotton Voile  |  2. Liberty of London ‘ Strawberry Thief’ Cotton  |  3. Black Floral Silk  |  4. Grant Park Navy Floral Cotton  |  5. Black Floral Design Japanese Fabric  |  6. Black Floral Cotton  |  7. Coventry Court Cotton

 

Dark Florals for Gifts and Home - Spring 2014above:  1. Rifle Paper Rosa Case – $34  |  2. William Morris Textiles Book – $38.49  |  3. Floral Curtains – $29.99  |  4. William Morris Umbrella – $60  |  5. Linen Cushion Cover – $17.95  |  6. William Morris Journal - $12.82  |  7. Rifle Paper Midnight Garden Tin – $34

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H and M Half Off Sale Items Winter ClearanceYou know I’m a sucker for a deal.  This time of year is a great time to stock up on winter basics for next year.  All the retailers are trying to move product to make room for spring items so watch your inbox for addition 40-60% off sale prices at your favorite stores.

Until the 20th, H&M is deducting an additional 50% off already low sale price once it’s added to your cart.  I stocked up on some simple sweaters and cheap jeans to get me through the rest of winter and into spring.  The sale also includes socks, underwear, tights and accessories.  Sizing can be weird so pay close attention to the sizing charts on each item.  Pieces are also selling very quickly, but if you hurry you might be able to snag a few deals before stock runs out.  Remember, prices are 50% off the sale price listed on each page.  Discount will be taken once you proceed to checkout.

Featured:  Angora Knit Sweater  |  Slim 5 Pocket Jeans  |  Mesh Chain Necklace  |  Biker Style Jacket  |  Gold & Black Ballet Flats  |  Pink Lace Boyshorts 

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January Hibernation Essentials - Lost and Fawned

After the busy holiday season and with the weather getting bitter and blustery, January is the perfect time to hibernate.  Of course we aren’t lucky enough to sleep for months at a time like our friends in the forest, but I use January to get a little R&R and catch up on some chores around the house.  If you are in the midwest or the northeast this weekend is prime weather for hunkering down.  Here are a few hibernating necessities…

  1. Dots to Love Headband in Mauve  -  $15.99  //  Throw your hair in a bun and wrap this beauty around your roots for an instant cozy but presentable look with very little prep. 
  2. The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook  -  $15.96  //  Downton starts again this Sunday!  I had the chance to take a peek at this book at the library and it’s devine.  Try making Sybil’s Ginger Nut Biscuits (perfect to pair with #8 on this list). 
  3. Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Vanilla Almond Body Wash  -  $9.99  //  I’ve been enjoying our new tub, and my personal favorite bath scents always involve vanilla.  This vanilla almond is sure to sooth dry winter skin.
  4. Game of Thrones: Season One  -  $24.99  //  If you are not a fantasy fan, I would still give this one a try.  The costumes and sets alone are a feast for the eyes.  And all the draaaaaama certainly has us hooked.  Perfect for binge watching on the couch with a blanket.
  5. Smartwool Diamond Popcorn Scarf  -  $60  //  If you live in an old house like we do, you may have a few drafty windows.  Sometimes I cozy up with a scarf while I’m doing chores or lounging around on the weekend. 
  6. Purl Up with Me Cardigan  -  $57.99  //  Who ever said feeling comfy had to look frumpy?  This cardigan with a pair of classic plaid flannel pants and your favorite tee is right on trend this winter.
  7. Rockabye Lady Pillowcase Set  -  $29.99  //  Treat yourself to some fresh linens.  Try a patterned sheet set or something graphic like these pillowcases.  Or just get an amazing, super soft set of basic sheets.
  8. Stash Licorice Tea (100 Bags)  -  $19.59  //  My mom got us hooked on this tea.  After we tried it at her home last week I ordered a box of 100.  It is naturally sweetened and doesn’t need any sugar. 
  9. Orange Vanilla Honest Soy Candle  -  $17.95  //  We don’t have a fireplace, so for now when I’m lounging around on a cold day I like to light a few candles.  These soy candles burn very cleanly and small amazing.

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Everlane U-Neck Tee

The world’s perfect t-shirt.  It’s something every girl should have and something I have been searching for.  I think I may have found it.  Recently I ran across Everlane, a brand that specializes (though isn’t limited to) knit t-shirts.  I tried a couple this week (one in white and one in navy) and I’ve fallen in love.  The pima cotton is so soft and washes beautifully.  The u-neck is a great balance between a crew neck and a deep scoop.  I love the fit.  The u-neck is made to be a loose fit, so size down if you want a more fitted silhouette.  I’m so hooked.

And they have so much more than tees.  All of their products are made ethically and you can read about each and every one of these facilities transparently on their website.  Their customer service is fantastic!  Before I made my order I was greeted by a helpful representative that helped me find just the right fit.

Everlane Gifts - Lost and FawnedEverlane Tops and Sweaters - Lost and Fawned

I highly encourage you to try their tees if you too have been looking for a great everyday tee.  At $15 with free shipping, it’s totally worth a shot!  You can’t go wrong with a classic white tee, or try pine green or deep navy.  They are made right here in the USA outside of LA.

Everlane has tons of gorgeous gifts for men and women.  They are also offering free shipping through Thursday at 11AM PST with delivery by December 24th!  So order now!  Best wishes!

 

Feeling Festive - CollectedNow that Thanksgiving is over I can acceptably start getting in the holiday spirit!  I wont be doing any home decorating until the construction is all done.  So instead I’ve decided to start dressing my blog up with some pretty seasonal posts!  Today’s picks are totally random, but all have a festive feeling.  How cute would that vintage cheese crate look with some faux snow and and a miniature winter scene in it?

  1. Floral Yoke Embroidered Dress – eShakti  //  $42.95  ON SALE
  2. Russian Doll Sunglasses in Olive – Bonlook  //  $49icon
  3. Season’s Weavings Card Set – Modcloth  //  $5.99  ON SALE
  4. Mistletoe Special Soy Candle – Pommes Frites  //  $16
  5. Antique Wood Cheese Box – Aesthetically Antique  //  $15
  6. Charcoal Suede Desert Wedges – TOMS Shoes  //  $89icon
  7. Carmen Necklace – Stella & Dot  //  $71  ON SALE
  8. Handmade Gemstone Statement Ring – Hedgerow Rose  //  $169

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It’s the return of Pretty Pairs!  This was one of my favorite types of posts when I contributed to Cotton & Brass and I’ve decided it’s time to bring them back.  Today’s collection is a total grab bag of themes and photos.  From here on out I’ll stick to a theme or season.

Pretty Pairs - ModCloth and honeypieLIVING

Rose Tea Time Dress via ModCloth + Roses via honeypieLIVING

Pretty Pairs - Peking Handcraft and oncewed

Fern Pillow via Peking Handicraft + Winter Wreath via oncewed

Pretty Pairs - Hunter and ajstepphenwolf

Hunter Huntress Wellington + ‘rider in the sky’ by ajstepphenwolf

Pretty Pairs - the vamoose and Tony Prower

Polished Pyrite and Rope Necklace by the vamoose + Volcano ‘Close Portrait’ by Tony Prower

Pretty Pairs - J Crew Factory and Kallie Brynn Photography

Colorblock Sequin Tank via J. Crew + Architecture in Monaco by Kallie Brynn Photography

Pretty Pairs - eShakti and Jan Erik Waider

Ponte Dress via eShakti + Iceberg by Jan Erik Waider

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DIY Drawstring Dustbags on Lost and Fawned

I’ve been really making a sincere effort to take care of my things lately.  I have been investing in nicer pieces and my goal is to make them last as long as humanly possible.  With my shoes and purses, this means using dustbags.  Since I buy pre-loved sometimes my bags don’t come with dustbags.  So I decided to make my own.  I made a whole set in an afternoon and they turned out so cute I decided to try to put together a little DIY for you.

I’m going to try to make this as clear as I possibly can, but I am not a professional or have no real formal training.  The beauty of these bags is there is no real right way to make them.  As long as you end up with a drawstring at the top of a simple bag, you did them right!  In fact, I’m sure there are easier ways.  But this is the way I make them.  If something is unclear, please feel free to comment and I will try to clarify and adjust.

Materials - DIY Dustbags on Lost & Fawned

Materials:

  • Sewing Machine (though you could sew these by hand)
  • Fabric – Vintage sheets are perfect for this project.  They are inexpensive and come in large cuts.
  • Rope or String - I found this cotton rope in the remnants bin at the fabric store for a discount.
  • Thread
  • Basic Sewing Tools – Fabric scissors, Rotary Cutter, Snips, Cutting Mat, Straight Edge

DIY Drawstring Dustbags

  1. Collect your materials.  Lay out your fabric on a large surface (kitchen table or clean floors work fine).  If you plan to use a rotary cutter, make sure you have a cutting mat under the fabric.  Cut the fabric as indicated in the diagram (Figure 1).  You will want it double the size of the bag in length plus a little extra, also allowing for about 2″ on each end for the draw string.  In width it should be the width of the bag, plus a little extra with 1/2″ on either side for the seam.
  2. Cut with a rotary cutter and straight edge or just mark it with chalk and cut it with scissors.  This doesn’t have to be perfect.  These bags are meant to be a little rustic.
  3. Next, fold the fabric in half with the backside of the fabric facing out.  Sew one side closed.
  4. You should have the long edge now where the drawstring will go.  Cut your rope so it’s double the width of the bag plus about a foot.
  5. Fold the top edge of the bag over the rope (as shown in figure 2).  Sew the top edge down, so the drawstring is loose but contained in the little pocket.  Sew all the way across the top edge (across both sides of the bag) to create one long pocket across the top of the bag.
  6. Flip the bag inside out again and sew up the other side of the bag but stop before your reach the drawstring.

So to put it simply you will be sewing one side closed, then sewing the drawstring pocket across the top and then sewing the other side closed.  Once you finish one, the rest will go really fast.

Dustbag Diagrams on Lost and Fawned

Note:  The bag I used as an example in the diagrams is the 2-Way Tassels & Braided Leather Purse by Embi.

Drawstring Dustbag DIY on Lost and Fawned

Make your own Drawstring Dustbags

Keep in mind this is bag does not have to be done exactly this way or sewn perfectly.  They are just going to sit or hang in your closet.

Make smaller ones for shoes or even tiny ones for finer jewelry.  Anything you want to clean clean and protect while it’s not in use.  These even make great gift-wrap.  I make one when I’m wrapping a shower or wedding gift.  If you use sheets or other inexpensive material, like unbleached muslin (which would be so cute dip-dyed or tie-dyed) the materials should cost you around $1 per bag.

Again, I am open to questions!  These directions make sense to me, but not everyone reads directions the same way.  I’m more than happy to clarify in the comments.  Good luck!

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KiliDesign Handbag

Canvas Bag by KiliDesign

Mens Bag by KiliDesign

Banana Key Holder by KiliDesign

Leather Handbag by KiliDesign

Handbag by KiliDesign

I know this doesn’t necessarily fit conventionally into my budget blogging, BUT let me explain my reasoning.  If you can afford the upfront cash to buy a quality leather bag, and you  take care of it, it can last you a lifetime.  If you are going to treat yourself, you might as well treat yourself to something that you can get decades of use out of.

KiliDesign caught my eye this week.  They range in design from futuristic and innovative shapes to classic and professional bags that you could use everyday.  I want one of just about every piece in their shop.  One great bag, like maybe this tailored satchel or this leather tote could be used day in and day out in all seasons.

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Professional Look with Florals on Lost and Fawned

I’m currently working up the confidence and fine-tuning the technique to show off some of the new wardrobe I’m building.  It’s not quite blog-worthy yet, but I’m making progress.

I bought this dress for Halloween and I love it so much I’m dying to wear it everywhere (but trying to wait until after Halloween).  The blazer was a piece I added to my closet this autumn when it went on mega-clearance.  It’s structured jersey, so its comfortable but still looks tailored.  The handbag was another steal.  It’s almost new (a little stain on the inside lining) but it was $38 on eBay.

Sources:  Blazer via J. Crew (no longer available) – Clearanced for $39  //  Dress via Modcloth – On Sale for $35  //  Shoes via Seychelles (no longer available) – Similar for $29.99  //  Bracelet from Hanjiun – Similar for $15  //  Handbag from J. Crew via eBay – $38  //  ‘Tart Deco’ Polish by Essie – On Amazon for $5.49

And now for an update.  It’s Jared’s birthday week and he is sick as a dog.  It’s not the flu, but he does have a pretty nasty cold.  We are postponing his birthday dinner until he’s feeling better.  Finn is also going to the doctor today.  He is having a dewclaw issue.  I’m not feeling great, but I am determined to not be sick.  So far my head is winning and I’ve been able to stay on my feet.

We put in a bunch of new plants.  We split some of my grandma’s coral bells and helleborus and some of Jared’s grandma’s peonies.  They all look pretty shabby right now, but hopefully this spring they all come in nice and healthy.  We will be putting in new beds around the front window in the spring.  The yard is going to looks so much different than it did this summer.

We’ll be spending the holiday with my parents this year in Oregon.  It will be my third trip out this year, but it will be the first time Jared has been out there in awhile.  We are planning to spend some time at the coast.  We haven’t been out there since our wedding.  It will be nice for him to kick back a little and relax.  I’m counting down the days.


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