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

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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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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.

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…