Covet / Jenna Rose

Screenprinted Hamper from Jenna Rose Handmade

Handmade Travel Bag by Jenna Rose

Jenna Rose Handmade - Bee Scarf

Nautical Hampers from Jenna Rose

Handmade Screenprinted Purse by Jenna Rose

Stormy Zipper Pouch by Jenna RoseToday’s Covet is a artisan I have admired for a long time.  Jenna Rose creates beautiful goods that are truly handmade.  She hand draws the illustrations, dyes natural fabrics, screenprints the old fashioned way and then turns them into bags, hampers, pillow covers, tea towels and more.  Every piece is meticulously crafted in her beautiful studio (converted from a barn, which is totally my dream!).

For more of Jenna’s work and purchasing, visit her at her Etsy Store or website.  And be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram for updates.  Happy Friday!

 

Giveaway / $50 for Beyond the Rack

Giveaway - Beyond the Rack

I’m a bargain hunter.  When you have expensive taste but a teeny budget, it’s important to know where to shop.  Beyond the Rack is awesome.  It’s like going to a huge sample sale with tons of styles and brands, except you can do it from your home (in your PJ’s with a cup of coffee) or from work on your lunch break.  They offer a huge range of brands and items including designer labels like Kate Spade and Michael Kors and even K-Cups at significant discounts.  The sales change daily, so there is always something new.  Don’t see something you love today?  Just wait until tomorrow’s sales start!

This month you can win $50 credit to stock up on some essentials, or treat yourself to something special at Beyond the Rack.

IMPORTANT NOTE  //  In order to win this giveaway, you must have a Beyond the Rack account.  The prize will be automatically added to your account if you win.  Sign up for a new account here and automatically get $10 credit to spend on your first purchase.  Once you finish that entry step, you will unlock more ways to enter to win.

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A huge thanks to Beyond the Rack for this amazing opportunity for a lucky L&F reader!  Good luck and have a fantastic Tuesday!

Backpacking / Minister Creek, PA

As I mentioned last week, we spent our Memorial Day weekend in the woods.  We do it every year as a tradition to kick off the summer in the outdoors.  We usually go to West Virginia, but this year we headed northeast to Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest and backpacked Minister Creek.

Stats:

  • Distance: 8 mile loop (south loop and north loop)
  • Overnight Temperature: Approx. 40 degrees F
  • Pack Weight:  About 40 lbs. each
  • Elevation Climb: Approx. 480 ft
  • Trail map & Info:  Available Here

We usually stay 2 nights.  Typically we hike out, set up camp and spend two days day hiking from base-camp and relaxing.  This year we decided to pack up and do the whole loop instead.  We did about 4 miles the first day, set up camp, packed up in the morning and after about 2 miles on the second day, we were so covered in blisters that we made the call the cut the trip short and hike out.  After an encounter with a porcupine at our campsite (we were in his territory) we didn’t get much sleep and knew we could use a day of recuperation before work on Tuesday.

We did love the park though and found a few other campsites on the creek that we plan to visit in the future.  It’s only an easy 3 hour drive from here in Northeast Ohio, very doable for a quick weekend trip.  The trail is well maintained and has some beautiful features varying from large rock formations (the south loop goes through through huge boulders and cliffs), a high elevation overlook, meadows, pine forests and Minister Creek, which is clean, cool and perfect for soaking sore feet at the end of the day.

Minister Creek South Loop - Lost and Fawned

Overnight Backpacking on Minister Creek - Lost and Fawned

Minister Creek PA - Lost and Fawned

Minister Creek Overlook - Lost and Fawned

Backpacking on Minister Creek - Lost and Fawned

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Review / Whish Shave Cream & Hair Inhibiting Gel

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review.”

Which Shave Collection in Lavender

A couple of weeks ago, I made the transition in my closet from boots and sweaters to skirts and sundresses.  Spring is finally in full swing (it seemed to take forever to get here this year) and between gardening, historic walking tours and trips to the outdoor market, my skin is loving the fresh air and sunshine.

Bare legs also means I need to ramp up my shaving routine though.  Like many, I have sensitive skin.  When you are dragging a set of blades across a wide expanse of skin it’s especially important to pay attention to your products.  When at all possible I try to stay away from harsh chemicals and irritating dyes.  This is why I was super excited to try Whish products this week.  I have come across them at Nordstrom and they have always intrigued me.

Hair Inhibiting Gel from Whish

I have grown accustomed to a condition I call “Day 1 Skin”.  When I use regular soap or conventional shaving creams I have razor bumps and itchy skin the first day.  My legs are hair free, but my skin is irritated for a good 24 hours.

This week I used Whish Shave Cream and Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel, both in Lavender.  Whish has some awesome tips to get the best results out of your shaving routine.  I was so pleased.  When I was done shaving and moisturized with the Hair Inhibiting Gel I didn’t have “Day 1 Skin” at all.  There were no bumps, my skin was smooth, comfortable AND hair free.  It’s now 4 days later and I’m only starting to get some regrowth.  Needless to say, I’m pleased.

Which Shave Cream on Lost and Fawned

If you want to treat your legs and give Whish a try, visit your local Nordstrom store or Nordstrom.com.  I would categorize Whish products as an affordable luxury.  Instead of picking up bath bombs or getting a spa this month, why not pick up some products from the Whish line?

For more information visit and follow Whish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  A huge thanks to Whish for letting me give their products a try!  Happy sundress season!

Backpacking in Color

Backpacking in Color on Lost and Fawned

We are heading out for our annual Memorial Day weekend in the woods.  This year we are taking both dogs for the first time.  We set up the tent in the office and all climbed in to make sure we could all fit.  It’s going to be close quarters, but it should be fun.

We usually go out to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia, but this year we are staying a little closer to home and looking to go to Minister Creek in Pennsylvania.

Our gear is pretty much ready to go at the drop of a hat.  In the spring I always take it all out and check for holes, make repairs and clean out the water filter.  I ordered a few things to add to our stash this year since we’ll have double the dog with us.

I know a lot of people are all about green when it comes to gear, but since my stuff tends to get strewn across the campsite I go for color.  We already own some of this stuff (like the radio and the dog bowl), but are few of these are new to us (like the upgraded pack for Logan).

  1. Nuun Hydration Tablets – $17.99
  2. MSR Packtowel in Current – $14.96
  3. 100 ft Paracord in Turquoise – $8.49
  4. Paracord Survival Bracelet – $11.77
  5. Outward Hound Port-a-Bowl – $3.99
  6. Etón Self & Solar Powered Radio, Flashlight & Charger – $26.25
  7. Klean Kanteen Steel Bottle – $16.80
  8. Petzl Headlamp in Lime – $19.30
  9. Kyjen Outward Hound Dog Backpack – $24.94 (for XL)

Awesome Apps / Makr

Makr App for Easy Branding

After I posted about the shower I’m planning this summer, a few people inquired about the invitations.  So I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce this super useful ipad app.

If you are like me, you probably have an eye for design but don’t always have the time to sit in front of a computer and painstakingly design something original.  Makr is great.  It is a free ipad app that is loaded with pre-designed templates for all kinds of events and businesses.  You can edit them easily to adjust the color, fonts, design elements, images and logos and then you have the option to either have Makr print them for you, or to purchase a printable .pdf file that you can print on your home printer (for $1.99 per file).  Since this shower really crept up on us and I need to get the invites out shortly, this app really came in handy for me.

Makr App for Small BusinessesEach design set comes with a variety of coordinating elements.  Take the business set pictured above.  It includes business cards, labels, tags, reward cards, stickers, address labels and more.  All of them are perfectly coordinated and ready to customize.  It’s a great option for a new company that might not be able to invest in something custom quite yet.

Makr App for DIY Weddings

Their wedding and party sets are gorgeous.  I used one for the shower invitations and have also created a matching registry info card and favor sticker for the shower.  It took me about 30 minutes to get everything customized to my specifications and information.  All I have left to do is download the .pdf’s and print them.

They are constantly adding new design sets.  It’s a great tool to keep in your arsenal in case you are in a situation like mine.  Have you tried Makr?

Planning a Bridal Shower / with MY M&M’S

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Yellow and Aqua Summer Bridal Shower Palette- Lost and FawnedI love planning parties.  I don’t have enough excuses to really go all out though.  This summer I have the honor of planning a bridal shower for my good friend and sister-in-law.  I’m planning a joint shower for the beautiful couple this summer.  We are working on nailing down a venue this week, but some of the finer details falling into place.  I’m thinking lemonade, wildflower centerpieces, a few simple games and potted flowers and herbs as prizes.

Pictured above (clockwise from top left):  MY M&M’S  /  Invitation via Makr  /  Straws via A Little Sussy  /  Plant Shower Prizes via Wedding Chicks  /  Lemonade Stand via Wedding Chicks

Favors can be tough.  So many favors end up in the kitchen junk drawer or in the bottom of your purse.  You really can’t go wrong with chocolate though, and M&M’s have been a classic since 1941.  MY M&M’S makes it super easy.  It was probably the easiest part of the entire planning process so far.  In about 10 minutes, I was able to select the perfect colors to coordinate with the event palette, customize them with a monogram I designed and have them ordered and on their way.

My MandM Favors for a July Bridal ShowerOnce they arrive on my doorstep from MY M&M’S, I’m planning to create a simple favor that will really show off the candy.  I ordered clear square cello bags and will seal them with a custom printed sticker.  I think they will be a perfect take-away for guests.  Any extra M&M’s will go in bowls on the tables to add some extra color and pattern.

A huge ‘thank you’ MY M&M’s for kindly letting us try their customization services.  It’s going to really help make this shower special for my dear friends.  Stay tuned for a follow-up to see how the favors turn out.

On My Nightstand / Death Comes to Pemberley

On My Nightstand - Death Comes to PemberlyI know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but since the BBC adaptation is coming to PBS in the fall (check out the full fall lineup here) I think it’s finally time to pull this one off my shelf.  Death Comes to Pemberley by famed mystery novelist P. D. James, looked promising when it was released.  I’m a huge sucker for anything Austen-related.  This one mixes the Jane Austen’s regency era English countryside with a classic murder mystery.  It showed up at the library book sale last year and then got lost on my bookshelf.  It’s time to check this one off my list.

What are you reading this spring?  Anything new?  Pulling out an old favorite?  Or are you finally getting around to that one you always meant to finish (like me)?

New Frames for Spring

Bonlook Spring 2014 Frame Picks - Lost and Fawned

I think it’s time to consider bumping up my prescription again.  I can still function without wearing my specs, but it’s getting more and more difficult (getting older is awesome, right?).  The only bonus of new lenses, is a chance to try some new frames.  My Bonlook frames have stood up to two years of wear, and I am terrible about putting them in a case before I shove them in my purse, so that’s saying something.

My face is round, so I usually stick to square frames.  Thanks to the help of a stylist and Bonlook’s Perfect Fit questionnaire, I nailed it last time with my Bonnie & Clydes.   They are seriously perfect for my face.  Not too heavy, stylish but classic and they fit perfectly with the width of my face.  So do I stick with my old stand-by?  Or should I try something new?  I took the questionnaire again and got a few more options to consider…

If I’m being totally honest, I’ll probably stick with Bonnie & Clyde in Macchiato.  At heart I’m a pretty practical person and I know they are something I can wear everyday with just about any look.  I’m really digging Midnight Express in Blue for a sunglasses option though.  They look great from every angle.  Time to make an appointment with my optometrist…

 

the trip / the outfit – Orcas Island, Washington

the trip the outfit - Orcas Island WashingtonIt’s almost time for summer travel.  I don’t think we’ll be taking any trips this year, but it doesn’t stop me from planning the hypothetical trips I would take if we hit the lottery.

A new addition to my list is a week in the San Juan Islands between Washington and Canada.  I’d rent a cabin on Orcas Island and spend the week hiking, whale watching and stuffing my face with farm-fresh, local produce.

  1.  Canvas Tote Bag from GAP – $37.99 on sale
  2. Striped Tee from H&M – $14.95
  3. Tortoiseshell Sunglasses from H&M – $7.95
  4. Gray Canvas Sneakers from Target – $15.99 on sale
  5. Knee-Length Denim Shorts from H&M – $24.95

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