Flavors of Fall

Flavors of Fall on Lost and Fawned 2015October starts tomorrow!  I’m in full fall mode and ready to start cooking with some of my favorite seasonal flavors.  I love spicy chai, root vegetables, apple cider and (the flavor of the hour) pumpkin.  Here is a group of recipes that are going on my to-do list for the next couple of months.  Enjoy!

  1. Chai Hot Chocolate from Tasty Yummies
  2. Brie & Cheddar Apply Beer Soup from Half Baked Harvest
  3. Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies from My Baking Addiction
  4. Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops from Gimmie Some Oven
  5. Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake from The Gunny Sack
  6. Autumn Harvest Granola from Half Baked Harvest
  7. Apple Cider Cake from Buns in my Oven
  8. Pumpkin Butter from High Heels & Grills
  9. Bread Pudding with Ham, Cheese & Caramelized Onions from Buns in my Oven

Pyrex 100 Limited Edition Collection / with ShopWorldKitchen.com

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

If you read Lost & Fawned regularly, you might remember that I collect vintage Pyrex.  Awhile ago I shared a little of my personal collection here and I frequently feature my favorites on Instagram.  This year, Pyrex turns 100 and to celebrate they released a limited edition collection of storage bowls, pie plates, measuring cups and a travel casserole inspired by some of their iconic colors and designs.

Pyrex is truly a part of design history and has been a staple in kitchens for a full century.  From their colorful and fun bowls and casseroles from the 1950’s to their current collection of clear glass workhorse pieces, they continue to make functional glass kitchenware that will last a lifetime.

Pyrex 100 Year Anniversary on shopworldkitchen

The full collection is currently on sale at ShopWorldKitchen.com, so now is a great time to grab them before these limited edition pieces are gone forever.  Here are some of my must-haves…

  1. Pyrex 100 9.5″ Pie Plate – $6.29
  2. Pyrex 100 4-Cup Red Measuring Cup – $6.29
  3. Pyrex 100 3-Quart Portables Casserole Set – $24.49
  4. Pyrex 100 2-Cup Blue Measuring Cup – $4.89
  5. Pyrex 100 10 Piece Simply Store Box Set – $27.99

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

Pyrex 100 Anniversay Collection on Lost and Fawned

I adore this new collection.  I use the 4 cup storage bowls all the time as a safer alternative to plastic storage containers.  The pie plate is simple, but the wide brim is so elegant and functional.  The travel casserole is my new favorite thing.  The carrier is so cute and I can see myself using this all the time (I’m already planning my holiday contributions specifically so I can bring this carrier and show it off).  I have a measuring cup in every size, and they really come in handy when cooking in bulk (like I tend to in fall and winter).

Each piece is so thoughtfully designed and beautifully made.  I’m so happy to have a little piece of history in my cabinets.  Maybe in 100 years these will be the new collectible pieces!  Get them all on sale right now at ShopWorldKitchen.com.  This collection is a limited edition, so it won’t be around much longer!

This post was sponsored by shopworldkitchen.com.  I was provided with sample goods to photograph and review, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I only work with brands I love.

Dot Bowl photo via Sassboxclassics on Etsy.

Insta / End of Summer

End of Summer on Lost and Fawned

Summer is nearly officially over and we are in that weird in between time where it looks like fall but the weather feels like summer.  I’ve been busy cooking in bulk and freezing individual portions to get us through dark weeknights when I don’t feel like cooking.

Since I finished up my summer mini-quilt swaps so I took some time to do some selfish-sewing with some of my favorite stash fabrics that I have been hoarding.  I decided to take on bag construction!  I’ve never done it before but there are some amazing classes on Creativebug (both classes by Betz White) that walked me through the steps.  I love how they turned out and I gained a ton of knowledge.  I’m already planning a quilted duffle.

I’ve also been working away on my crochet projects.  I’ve nearly finished my first hat and my afghan is progressing.  With winter months approaching, I should have plenty of time to hook away in the evening with a cup of tea.

It’s been a rough summer emotionally and things aren’t getting easier any time soon.  But I’m ok.  I’ve been very productive and that helps me center myself.  I’ve also been spending time pampering myself with baths and skin treatments at home.  I found a new favorite tea (Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings) and Jared continues to be the best.

Any fun plans for the end of summer?  What are you looking forward to most about autumn?

The Trip / The Outfit – Quebec City in Autumn

The Trip - The Outfit - Quebec City in Autumn on Lost and Fawned6 years ago when we got married we didn’t end up going on a honeymoon.  It just wasn’t the right time and we couldn’t afford more than a couple of extra nights at our hotel.  But we did plan one.  We had originally planned to spend some time in Quebec City in September or October.  So today’s The Trip / The Outfit post is featuring that trip (but today, instead of 6 years ago).

Since you end up doing a ton of walking in any city and the weather can be unpredictable in fall, I would bring a good pair of comfortable boots.  These Sorel’s can go from the streets to the parks easily.  I would keep a pair of flats in my bag to change into if we were going into a nicer restaurant or historic church.

I picked pieces you could dress up or down for evening dinners or afternoon hikes.  When traveling, I invest in a good bag and good shoes.  Everything else I save on.

Photo at top of graphic by Luc (Secretsamba)on Flickr.

  1. Cable Knit Sweater in Light Gray from AEO – $49.95
  2. Red Plaid Scarf from Zappos – $28.00
  3. Hue Super Opaque Tights from Amazon – $12.50
  4. Classic Leather Ballet Flats from Gap – $39.95
  5. Lace Hem Skirt in Olive from AEO – $39.95
  6. Out and About Boots from Sorel – $110.00
  7. Timbuk2 Manhattan Tote from Zappos – $149.00

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LUSH Review / Fresh Farmacy Cleanser

It’s time for another LUSH review and it’s another face cleanser.  I love Dark Angels, but I wanted something else to use on a daily basis so I wouldn’t over exfoliate.  Since I planned on using a toner as well I opted for something more gentle.  After doing a lot of research, Fresh Farmacy seemed to fit the bill.  Fresh Farmacy is a calamine based bar cleanser.  All the ingredients, including lavender and chamomile are concocted to help sooth irritated skin.

Skin type:  Combination skin.  Mostly oily with some dry patches around my mouth and between my eyes.  Large pours that clog often and frequent break-outs.  I use very limited make-up.


  • This actually leaves my skin looking calmer and less red and irritated after I use it.  With most store-bought cleansers, I usually have to wash my face and then let my skin calm down.  But this bar leaves my skin looking soft and evenly toned almost immediately.
  • I love the herbal scent of this.  It’s a great way to start and end the day.
  • For my oily/combination skin, this does not over-dry.  I use this along with a moisturizer and toner, but even just using Fresh Farmacy alone does not make my skin flaky or too tight.
  • I’ve seen results over time.  In general, after almost a month of use I have seen less breakouts, more evenly toned skin and a nicer skin texture start to emerge.  I feel like I’m on my way to getting “movie star skin” (which I know is actually not 100% attainable because you know… photoshop).


  • Not much of a lather.  This isn’t really terribly important to me.  It is actually a good thing because it means it doesn’t include over-drying detergents and foaming agents.  But I know some people need that satisfying foam.
  • It’s a soft bar.  I don’t like to leave this in the shower.  Prolonged heat and moisture might hurt the life of the bar.  I have the sink right outside my shower, so I put it on a soap dish on the edge of the sink, grab it when I need it and then store it in the medicine cabinet between uses to keep it out of the humidity.
  • It’s a very gentle cleaner, so it probably will not remove heavy make-up.  If you wear very limited make-up (like me) or use a make-up remover prior to cleansing, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

For me, this is a total keeper.  I will continue to purchase this to use in my regimen as a daily cleaner.  I’m currently washing with Fresh Farmacy and then using Tea Tree Water to tone and finishing with Imperialis to moisturize.  I use Dark Angels 2-3 times a week for a good scrub (read my review on that here).  This combination is working really well for me right now.

Are you a Lush addict?  What are your must-haves?  Please share you experiences and favorite products in the comments!  I’m always looking for new products to try.

Contain Everything

Contain Everything on Lost and FawnedSeason changes always motivate me to get organized.  I’m slowly trying to tackle every room in our house.  With my new yarn obsession, I’m looking for ways to contain my newly overflowing craft room and organize in process projects on the road.

Here is a small collection of storage for the home and on the go.

  1. Stuva Storage Bench from Ikea – $79.99
  2. Raskog Utility Cart from Ikea – $29.99
  3. Market Catchall from Pier 1 – $55.96
  4. Wire Basket in Chrome from Amazon – $17.00
  5. Lady Alamo Burlap Tote from Blue Fly – $42.00
  6. Fair Trade Handwoven Cotton Clutch from Novica – $39.99
  7. Fair Trade Canvas Messenger Bag from Novica – $124.99

Covet / Wrinkle and Crease

Wrinkle and Crease Notepad

Wrinkle and Crease Card on Etsy

Wrinkle and Crease Wedding Card

Wrinkle and Crease Notepad on Etsy

Smartphones are great.  But nothing keeps me on task like an old fashioned handwritten list.  I’m currently working off of one today.  It’s so satisfying to finish something and then cross it off by hand.  Because of this habit, I’m a hoarder of notebooks and notepads.

Wrinkle and Crease has a selection of simple, organized and beautifully designed notepads for every room of the home.  They also carry modern stationary and cards, and do custom work for weddings.  I love their palette of kraft paper, white, gold and black.  It’s so clean and contemporary.  Every piece is thoughtfully designed in Calgary by Kayley.

For more, be sure to check out Wrinkle and Crease on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook.

Learning to Crochet Online for Free

Learning to Crochet - Free Online Tutorals on Lost and Fawned

First up, a little house cleaning.  For the last year I dabbled with moving all my crafting and DIY posts to another blog.  It became too much for me to maintain, so as of today, those posts are coming home to Lost and Fawned.  Along with my usual fare of shopping, style and decor, I’ll be sprinkling in my quilting, sewing and now crochet as well.  I can’t wait to show you more.

On to the topic at hand… learning to crochet!  You may know that I’m an avid quilter (if not, be sure to check out my Instagram feed).  I’m also a chronic dabbler in the world of crafting.  I needed a new hobby like I needed a hole in the head, but here I find myself, hording yarn and starting projects.

My great grandmother was a whiz with a crochet hook.  Our family has piles of amazing zigzag afghans that she made over the course of her life.  They are full of memories and are so comforting, physically and emotionally.  The last time I was in Oregon, my mom and I spontaneously picked up some crochet hooks and yarn while we were at the coast for the weekend, and made it our mission to learn Granny’s craft.

It didn’t really click for me until I got back to Ohio.  My goal was to learn to make granny squares.   My search brought me to this video tutorial by Bella Coco.  I settled in for the evening with my hook, yarn and iPad.  It took me about and hour and half of stitching, ripping out (also called “frogging”… riiiip riiiip riiiiiiip) and starting over before I got it.  It clicked!  I was not only understanding what I was doing, but I was also getting faster and more comfortable with the hook.

Learning to Crochet on Lost and Fawned

I’ve officially finished a couple of projects, including 2 chunky infinity scarves, an adorable coffee cup cozy and a little amigurumi bunny doll.  I also have a few other projects in progress (like my huge scrap yarn granny square blanket and a hexagon afghan).  I’m having a blast learning new stitches and techniques.  Everything think I have finished was guided by video tutorials.  I’m getting comfortable enough to modify the tutorials and read patterns.

Interested in giving it a try?  Here are some of my favorite tutorials to get you started.  These are ones I have tried myself and had success with.

Some tutorials (including the ones by Bella Coco) will use British terminology.  Here is a great conversion chart to help you translate.

So there you have it!  This is how I learned in the matter of a couple of weeks.  With enough practice and determination, I am convinced anyone can learn.  It’s a very portable hobby.  It’s so easy to throw a ball of yarn and a hook in your purse and crank out a granny square or two while you wait for your appointment.  Please share your favorite resources or tutorials in the comments!  In the future I will cover some of my favorite tools and yarns for beginners.

12 Back to School Basics with AEO

12 Fall Basics to Mix and Match - on Lost and Fawned for AEOIf you are going off to college, going back to school or just getting ready for fall, it’s time to start thinking about flipping your wardrobe to transition into cooler weather.  I’m a budget shopper, so versatility is key for me when I shop.  American Eagle Outfitters is a great place to look for classic staple pieces that are wallet friendly.  A lot of my friends swear by their jeans, especially the Denim X collection for it’s comfort and durability.

I’ve put together a list of 12 perfect pieces to mix, layer and match into tons of outfits.  Add a few pairs of shoes (a high boot, an ankle boot and a flat) and some light accessories and you’ll be ready for pumpkin patches, PTA and running to class.  I coordinated these colors to work as a capsule wardrobe, but there are tons of other options if you prefer a different palette.

  1. Striped Shawl Cardigan – $59.95  /  I love this piece.  I’d wear it over everything from tees to dresses.  It’s cozy and adds a little texture and pattern to any outfit.
  2. Solid Button Down in Blue – $39.95  /  Wear this over a tee, under a sweater or on it’s own.  It’s a great piece that you can get a lot of use out of.
  3. Denim Shirt Dress – $59.95  /  Throw on your leggings and a pair of heavy boots, or layer it under your cardigan with some tights and flats.
  4. Long Sleeve Graphic Tee – $24.95  /  I’m not usually a fan of graphic tees, but this is super clever and the script makes it appropriate for all ages.
  5. Oversize Crew Sweatshirt in Gray – $44.95  /  Easy to wear over leggings for a quick trip to the store or running the kids to soccer practice.
  6. Sateen X Jeggings in Vintage Khaki – $49.95  /  Jeans are great, but sometimes you need to mix it up.  Great fit with a hint of sheen for texture.
  7. Sold Crew Sweater in Burgundy – $39.95  /  Layer this under a jacket or over your solid button down to dress up or down.  Burgundy is a flattering color on lots of complexions.
  8. Hi-Rise Legging in Black – $11.96  /  A must have in your dresser.  I love the higher rise, and you can’t go wrong with black.  I only wear leggins under dresses and oversize sweaters.
  9. Light Swing Jacket in Olive – $89.95  /  A field jacket is perfect for fall, and olive easily mixes with so many things.  This is a great jacket to have on hand for chillier autumn days.
  10. Denim X Jegging in Dark Wash – $49.95  /  I always go for a darker wash.  I find it to be both flattering and classy.  These are nice and narrow, so they are easy to wear under boots.
  11. Burnout Favorite T-Shirt in Black – $19.95  /  I like this twist on a classic tee.  Wear under a cardigan or on it’s own with a pair of jeans and ankle boots.
  12. Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt in White – $17.95  /  A classic v-neck tee in white is a must in any season.

Thank you to American Eagle Outfitters for sponsoring this post.  While this was a sponsored opportunity from American Eagle Outfitters, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Weekly Pins / 08.11.15

Weekly Pins on Lost and Fawned - 8-11-15  Rain

We have desperately (not as badly as California of course) needed rain for weeks, and last night we finally got a good soaking.  I know I’m not alone when I say I love rain, even in summer.  I love the sound of it on the roof in our attic bedroom.  I love how dark and cozy it makes the house feel.  I love making something hot to drink and watching the storm out of my kitchen window.

Whether you are grabbing your umbrella and boots and venturing out, or grabbing a book and a blanket and staying in, here are some pins to get you in a rainy state of mind (in a good way!)…

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