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! 

Collected / Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow Collection on Lost and FawedIt’s been cold here… like REALLY cold.  Today it’s a balmy 30 degrees but there is still a thick layer of snow on the ground.

I felt like pulling inspiration today from art. Did you know I minored in Art History?  If I was to start all over again, I may have majored in it.  I love studying the stories and people behind works of art.  ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of my very favorites.  The palette and textures for today’s collection are pulled from this piece.

  1. Give it your Best Guest Dress in Birds from Modcloth  /  $89.99
  2. Outerspaced Hoodie in Seat Salt from Columbia  /  $34.90 SALE
  3. Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots from Zappos  /  $210.00
  4. Mint Me Tonight Bag from Modcloth  /  $64.99
  5. Origami Fox Silver Earrings from Novica  /  $19.99 SALE
  6. Ribbed Hat from Gap  /  $17.99 SALE
  7. ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder on Art.com  /  $39.99 +

The Trip / The Outfit – Home for the Holiday

The Trip - The Outfit  -  Home for the Holiday Weekend

We are trying to get our holiday plans lined up.  We might be going away for the weekend to visit family for Thanksgiving this year.  Here in the Midwest, you have to prepare for any type of weather this time of year, so layers are important.

I like to look feminine and semi-formal, but comfortable on Thanksgiving.  I included versatile pieces in this collection that can be worn in multiple ways.  That sweater is perfect for dinner, or to throw over your PJ’s for breakfast.  I always like to pack a pair of pretty slippers for a weekend trip.  I also included an adorable duffel and take-along dish so your sweet potato casserole arrives nice and warm.

  1. Minnetonka Slippers  –  $38.95
  2. 4-Piece Easy Grab Pyrex Set  –  $34.55
  3. Herschel Supply Co. Duffel  –  $53.60
  4. 2-Pack Opaque Tights  –  $14.00
  5. Lucky Basel Boots  –  $121.56
  6. House of Harlow Locket  –  $58.00
  7. Talk about Texture Dress  –  $49.99
  8. Cross my Hearth Sweater  –  $54.99

Vibrant Comfort

Vibrant Comfort on Lost and Fawned

This morning the sky is bright blue and the leaves are in their most vibrant stage, and all I want to do is eat a grilled cheese and tomato soup and wrap myself up in a blanket by the window.  That is what inspired this week’s coveted collection.  Simple comfort in vibrant and unexpected hues.  Enjoy!

  1. Kate Spade Carlyle Watch on Amazon  /  $168.75
  2. Grilled Cheese Print by Kendyll Hillegas  /  $25.00
  3. Pinky Promise Print by Emily Rickard  /  $32.00
  4. Writers Block Journal from Amazon  /  $12.30
  5. Full of Blithe Dress from Modcloth  /  $49.99
  6. Hunter Original Tour in Peacock from Zappos  /  $148.00
  7. Myth Perfect Jewelry Holder from Modcloth  /  $59.99
  8. 14k Stacking Rings from Andrea Bonelli Jewelry  /  $268.00
  9. Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Foods from Amazon  /  $22.13

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

Image at the top of the graphic courtesy of Derek Jensen via Wiki.  Graphic is original to Lost & Fawned.  Feel free to share, pin and post, but please make sure you link back to this post so people can get the accompanying information and links.  Thanks a million!

The Perfect Tote / From Ame & Lulu

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate my review.

The Perfect Tote from Ame and LuluI love bags.  I have tons of them.  Probably more than I need.  But I’m always on the look out for the perfect tote and I may have finally found it.

Ame & Lulu was created by Amye Kurson in 2003.  Her mission was to create accessories with enough utility and durability to use them on the golf course, but stylish enough to take them right into cocktail hour and the office.  Along with tote bags, cosmetic cases and envelope inserts (like the one below), Amye also created duffels, yoga bags and golf accessories.  All of the pieces are made from quality materials in classic and colorful patterns.

Ame and Lulu on Lost and FawnedI was immediately drawn to the Astor pattern in tangerine and khaki.  The fabric is an easy transition from summer to fall.  The Easy Tote is amazing.  Last weekend I was asked to step in as an impromptu photographer at a family wedding (talk about pressure!).  I wanted to pack all my lenses, extra memory cards and back up equipment in something that was more stylish than your typical camera bag and this was perfect.  It’s big enough to hold just about anything you can carry and with my Essentials Insert I was able to keep everything organized.

I also received the adorable Key Pouch to match.  Even though I have a ton of bags, I honestly didn’t have a coin purse.  Now I won’t have a collection of change jingling around in the bottom of my purse all the time.

We are about to start a new gym membership (more on that to come) and this bag set is going to be perfect for taking my extra set of clothes to work as well as a little kit to refresh myself before dinner or running errands.

Ame and Lulu Perfect Tote on Lost and FawnedYou can try Ame & Lulu right now for 25% off!  Use the promo code “love25″ at checkout and receive a 25% discount off your first purchase.  What would you treat yourself to?  A yoga mat bag?  A duffel for holiday weekends away?  Which pattern is your favorite?

The Trip / The Outfit: Kauai in Winter

Today’s The Trip / The Outfit is a double feature!  I was so inspired by the beautiful island of Kauai and the photographs by Michael Fenichel that I decided to put together two outfits for my imagined trip to the island during the winter rainy months.  I would probably stay at the Hanalei Surfboard House, which comes highly recommended by my parents.  I would pack light and bring clothing pieces that are versatile and functional.

The first look is for a day exploring the island shops and a casual dinner (maybe at Tacos Al Pastor, which is supposed to be amazing).  The dress is easy to throw on over your bathing suit and I included a lightweight cotton jacket with a hood for sudden showers (it won’t protect you completely, but it will help).  The necklace adds some glamour to the casual look for dinner and the bag is perfect to take you from the beach to shopping.

The Trip - The Outfit  -  Dinner in Kauai, Hawaii during the Rainy Season

  1. Gypsy SOULE Layered Necklace from Zappos – $40.00
  2. Books on the Beach Dress from Modcloth – $49.99
  3. Joie NICE Sandal in Platinum from Piperlime – $99.50 SALE
  4. Cotton Hooded Jacket from H&M – $49.95
  5. Ray-Ban ‘Erika’ Sunglasses in Blue from Amazon – $76.44 SALE
  6. Laser-Cut Bucket Bag from H&M – $39.95
  7. Orange Bikini Top & Bottom from H&M – $17.95 & 12.95

The second look takes advantage of the amazing rain forests and landscapes on the island.  My trip would certainly include some adventure.  Maybe a helicopter ride over the mountains, or a hike through the rain forests or to hidden beaches.  There are some amazing hikes on the island ranging from beginner to a more advanced trail.  I included a GoPro adventure camera to capture your trip.  A lightweight rain jacket is essential not only for sudden showers, but for cooler vistas and canyons.  I prefer to summer hike in a sport sandal that provides protection for my feet and grip, but also lets them breath.

The Trip - The Outfit  -  Hiking in Kauai, Hawaii during the Rainy Season

  1. White Sierra Trabagon Rain Jacket in Spruce Green from Sierra Trading Post – $36.95
  2. Icebreaker Willow Tank Top in Mimosa from Sierra Trading Post – $27.95 SALE
  3. Outdoor Products Moxie Day Pack in Grape Mist from Amazon – $25.99 SALE
  4. GoPro Hero3 Camera from Amazon – $199.99
  5. Klean Kanteen with Sport Top from Amazon – $21.95
  6. Just Right II Waterproof Capri Pants from Columbia – $55.00
  7. Teva Omnium Sport Sandal from Zappos – $65.99 SALE

Both of the featured pictures in these graphics are courtesy of Michael Fenichel.  Check out his website for a bunch of beautiful photos from his world travels.  I’d also like to thank Dr. Mike (aka Aloha Doc) for his expertise.

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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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