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Minted Giveaway / $100 Giftcard

Minted Giveaway on Lost and FawnedEvery other year I do a photo-card for our holiday cards.  When the time comes to order them there is only one place to turn, Minted.  I am desperately trying to make a decision this year and I just can’t make up my mind.  Between all the amazing artist selections, there is also card back patterns, color options, edge shapes, envelope liners, foil pressed and so many other decisions to toil over.  But too many amazing options is a problem I love to have!  If you are lucky, it will be your decision to make as well!

Minted has generously offered one Lost & Fawned reader a $100 giftcard to put towards their holiday cards (or any other custom stationary or art they may need).  Let us help you make the holidays a little easier!

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I just can’t decide.  And these options are only the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many saved in my account.  Tell me what you would choose in the comments!  I need to decide soon so I have plenty of time to perfect and address them when the arrive.  It will be Thanksgiving before we know it and time to send out your holiday cards shortly after!

Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, click here to visit this post).  It’s super easy and quick.  Don’t miss the chance to win this amazing prize!

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A huge thanks you to Minted for offering this generous prize.  Good luck!

Cone of Shame Ad Sale

Cone of Shame Ad Sale on Lost and FawnedLogan had an accident yesterday.  We had a very scary afternoon and evening after Logan cut a pretty serious cut on his paw and leg while we were at work.  After a (very expensive) visit to an emergency vet and 12 stitches we had a full night of cleaning and repair while nursing him and carrying him out to use the bathroom.  He is doing better.  He is eating, drinking and sleeping.  He is stuck in the cone until his stitches come out in about 2 weeks.  I feel so bad for him, but we are feeling very grateful today that he is still with us.  It was quite a scare.

Since we spared no expense to get our big boy patched up and will have follow-up appointments as well as needing a new window and possibly having to re-carpet the office, things are going to be tight around here.  So to help, ads will be 50% off with the discount code FORLOGAN50 at purchase.  Visit this page to select you ad size and purchase.  The ad can be stacked for multiple months, so schedule away!  The holiday season is coming up and now is the time to reach buyers and bloggers.

Thanks so much for the love and support on Instagram.  He is on some good drugs so he’s feeling better.  I’m keeping a very close eye on him and he’s loving the attention.  On a side-note, if anyone has tips on cleaning large amounts of blood out of carpet, I’m willing to try just about anything.

Autumn Weekends in Ohio

Fall Barn in Ohio

Fall Leaves in Ohio

Fall Duck Boots on Lost and Fawned

The leaves still haven’t peaked here in Ohio, but we have had some beautiful October weekends so far.  We spent the weekend in a cozy bar for a date night (listening to some amazing gypsy jazz by The Help!), on a farm enjoying the beautiful weather and cups of cider and hiking in the Cuayhoga National Forest with the dogs and a some friends.

The weather is going to warm up again this week but that won’t stop the trees from transforming.  While I love the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest wins autumn.

Dark & Delightful Halloween Party

Dark and Delightful Halloween PartyI’ve committed to making two handmade costumes this year, so I have been working my fingers off.  But it totally has me in the Halloween spirit!  We are not hosting a party and we never get trick-or-treaters on our street, but that doesn’t stop me from decorating.

If I was having a Halloween party, I would love throw a small dinner party with some close friends and family.  I would stay true to our love of antiques and brass.  I love the idea of faded peach roses, dusty lambs ear and eucalyptus centerpieces on black tablecloths.  Adding a simple mask to your portraits and photos is a quick way to dress them up.

  1. Printable Halloween Invitations from Design by Detail
  2. Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail from Jelly Toast
  3. Bat Filled Front Door from Country Living
  4. Elegant Floral Halloween Centerpiece from Style Me Pretty
  5. X-Ray Glassware from West Elm
  6. Strapless Lace Mask from The Midway
  7. Masked Portraits from Country Living
  8. Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake from Savory Simple
  9. Lace Pumpkins from Honestly WTF
  10. Candlestick Mantle from Style Me Pretty

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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Planet Fitness / Big 10 Sale

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Planet Fitness. I received a membership to Planet Fitness to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Planet Fitness on Lost and Fawned

How are your resolutions coming?  Mine are mostly dismal as usual.  But it’s not too late!  I have decided to give myself a big push before the holidays and start getting back into shape.  I don’t have the time or energy to commit to a hardcore new class and money is tight, but I have found a good balance at Planet Fitness.

Planet Fitness is a  full size health club franchise that specializes in people like me, first-time gym users who like to move at their own pace, but still want the amenities and variety of a large fitness club.  They strive to make people of all levels comfortable and create a non-intimidating workout environment.

I’m excited to give it a try.  I had access to gym facilities in college, but since then my access has been limited to road running and overpriced classes.  I am planning to start by going twice a week.  The hours at my local Planet Fitness are amazing (24 hours on weekdays and 7am-7pm on weekends).  I’ll be getting a Black Membership, so I will also have unlimited guest privileges and Jared can join me, or I can take my mom with me when I am visiting this holiday season.

If you want to give it a try with me, now is the perfect time.  Planet Fitness currently is having a Big Ten Sale, so you can get a membership at your local health club for just $10 down and $10 a month with no commitment.  The sale is only available through the 10th of October.  If you need to track down your local Planet Fitness, you can see all their facilities here.

Join me and start reaching your fitness goals so you can go to holiday parties confidently and not feel guilty when stuffing yourself this Thanksgiving.  I’ll be reporting back at the beginning of the new year to fill you in on my progress.

Living for Less / Warm & Contemporary Bedroom

Living for Less - Warm and Contemporary BedroomIn this week’s Living for Less I really wanted to tackle a cozy space that was very contemporary and a little creepy (since halloween is on the way!).  I found exactly what I was looking for in this beautiful bedroom on Fancy, originally from Home Style Magazine.  I love that it has the white walls and off-white carpet of a new apartment or condo.  It’s a look you could replicate in a contemporary rental space.

The big splurge item is the limited edition print by Kelly Thompson, who created the drawing in the original inspiration image.  If the skulls are a little too whimsical for you, bring them out as modern seasonal decor in October.  Leave the duvet plain for a cleaner look, or jazz it up with some block printed shapes in royal blue to make it a little more edgy (here is a great DIY tutorial on Design Sponge).  I think the lamp is a steal at just $14.99.  It’s perfect for late night (or as the days get shorter, late evening) reading in bed.

The one thing I just could not track down was a faux fur throw that is under $50 and has the same luxe feel as the beautiful (but likely authentic) pelt on the bed.  A nice fluffy throw blanket in cool gray or a graphic pattern would make the bed just as cozy.

  1. “Moonlight Drive” Limited Edition Print by Kelly Thompson  /  $250.00
  2. Industrial Side Table from Target  /  $89.99
  3. Wood Pole Scholar Lamp from Target  /  $15.99
  4. Yellow Skull Candle Holder by Hodi Home Decor  /  $26.00
  5. Platform Upholstered Bed from Amazon  /  $393.48
  6. Peach Cotton Duvet Cover & Shams from Amazon  /  $49.99
  7. Linen Skull Pillow from Amazon  /  $11.29
  8. Color Blocked Pillow Cover from Ikea  /  $14.00

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Fall Weather Backpacking Gear Picks

Fall Weather Backpacking and Hiking Gear from Sierra Trading PostI’m hitting the trail next weekend.  We were supposed to go this weekend, but had to make the call to postpone because of thunderstorms.  I am keeping a close eye on the weather in Allegheny.  Cold I can deal with, but wet is no good.

A lot of people cringe at the idea of sleeping in a tent this time of year, but as long as you are prepared with the right layers and sleeping bag (and maybe another warm body… or 3 in my case), it’s not too bad.  Cold nights are worth it to see the trees in full color, and chilly mornings by the campfire with cocoa or tea is pretty much the best feeling in the world.

Sierra Trading Post is one of my favorite places to get gear.  It’s always discounted, shipping is reasonable and they are always running deals (check the banner at the top of the page for current promo codes).  Here are some of my picks for fall weather hiking, camping and backpacking…

  1. Mountain Hardwear Pandra Ponte Pullover  /  $100.00  –  $69.95
  2. SmartWool Ski Town Beanie Hat  /  $40.00  –  $24.95
  3. Kelty 0° Cosmic Sleeping Bag  /  $114.95  –  $87.95
  4. Columbia Sportswear Weekday Waffle Shirt  /  $39.95  –  $27.96
  5. Icebreaker Hike+ Medium Cushion Wool Socks  /  $19.00  –  $10.95
  6. Keen Haven CNX Trail Shoes  /  $110.00  –  $76.95
  7. Columbia Sportswear Silver Ridge Pants  /  $55.00  –  $35.95
  8. Columbia Sportswear Sleet for Street Vest  /  $90.00  –  $69.95
  9. Avalanche Wear Mogul Fleece Leggings  /  $49.95  –  $29.95