So your friend is a Pyrex collector

Pyrex Collector Gifts on Lost and Fawned

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed a lot of vintage cookware popping up in the last year.  I am a collector of many things (note I said “collector”, not “hoarder”), and one of those things is vintage Pyrex.  Like most Pyrex collectors, I have a favorite design that I focus on.  My pattern in called Early American, but I also collect metallic promotional pieces.  That may sound like giberish to most of you, but to a fellow collector it says a lot.

Vintage Pyrex is an American classic (though there are Australian, Canadian and British counterparts).  The designs are iconic.  From Butterprint to Spring Blossom, there is a design for everyone.  The pieces are decorative and usableat the same time, a perfect balance of form and function.  Pyrex collecting has been really gaining momentum in the last few years.  New books have been published, local trading groups are popping up, and the market for vintage pieces has exploded on etsy, ebay and in local antique malls.

If you have a friend that has caught the Pyrex bug and you are considering gifting them a piece of Pyrex, it’s best to ask what they have had their eye on.  Do some research and shop around to find one in good condition at a reasonable price.  Otherwise, there has been tons of art, tea towels and other crafted items springing up online that would make a collector smile.

  1. Fridgie Tea Towel by Fresh Pastry Stand  /  $10.00
  2. Friendship 045 Casserole from Midge & Manny’s  /  $50.00
  3. Pyrex Passion: A Comprehensive Guide to Decorated Vintage Pyrex by Michael D. Barber  /  $49.99
  4. Vintage Pyrex Vegetable Soup Fabric from Spoonflower  /  $17.50+ per yard
  5. Butterprint Mug from Thrifting Fuel on Society 6  /  $15.00
  6. Nesting Mixing Bowls from Rush Creek Vintage  /  $125.00
  7. Snowflake Divided Dish from The Heirloom Shoppe  /  $28.00
  8. 2015 Pyrex Calender by Pocono Modern  /  $25.00
  9. Custom Jewelry from your Broken Pyrex by The Broken Plate  /  $40.00
  10. “Primary Pyrex Stack” Print by P.MaGeebs on Society 6  /  $17.68+
  11. Pyrex Carafe with Original Box from Multistreamz  /  $17.00
  12. Two Yellow Gooseberry 042’s from VintageKindofGirl  /  $22.00

More Art Please / Spring 2015

More Art Please - Spring 2015 on Lost and FawnedTime to freshen up the house for spring!  I’ve already started my spring purge and deep clean, but another great way to renew your home to rotate some art.  I’ve put together a quick collection of pieces that are perfect every room from your powder room to your entryway.

Boden Dresses for Spring

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In Ohio it’s really hard to care about how you look in winter.  It’s all layers (and not the cute autumn-type layers), hats, coats and practical snow boots.  It’s almost officially spring, and while the birds are chirping, it’s still freezing out.  But that won’t stop me from starting to air out my dresses and sandals and start planning the garden.  I am so pumped for dress and skirt season.

I have been obsessing over Boden’s spring line since I got the January catalog.  They kindly offered to send over couple of frocks to share with you, and how could I say no?  (Fair warning: I am in desperate need of a bang trim!)   

The first one I selected, sang to my thrifting and vintage sensibilities.  While the shape is pretty modern, the pattern on the Printed Spring Dress is made up of vintage plates!  I couldn’t resist!  It’s so light and breezy.  It will be perfect for those super hot summer days at the flea market or errand running.  The length is just perfect.

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Spring Boden Style on Lost & Fawned

My second pick is the perfectly named Lindsey Dress!  Yep!  It’s like it was made for me!  I wanted something tailored enough to wear to work, but was as comfortable as my PJ’s, and this fits the bill.  It’s made of a super soft cotton knit that is stretchy, but still holds it’s shape.  I added a blazer, some tights and boots, and this worked well in the snow and ice as well.  I love the color too!  I considered getting the navy, but this green was irresistible.

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I would have loved to frolic in a field in these dresses for the photos, but we are still buried in a foot and a half of snow and ice.  To finish the looks I accessorized with a vintage straw handbag, some simple flat sandals in a fun color (see similar), mid-height t-bar pumps (see similar) and a neutral cardigan (see similar).

Getting read for spring on Lost & Fawned

There are so many gorgeous dresses available on Boden right now, and they are guaranteed to give you spring-fever.  Here are some of my tops picks for spring of 2015…

Boden Dress Picks for Spring 2015Above , clockwise from top left:

Boden has kindly offered one lucky Lost & Fawned reader the chance to kick start their spring and summer wardrobe with $150 to spend on whatever they like!  Get yourself a little summer dress, or maybe you have a reunion this summer and need something amazing to wear!  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, click here to visit the blog post).

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Thanks so much to Boden for making this post possible!  Happy spring!

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Living for Less / Relaxed & Eclectic Nook

Living for Less - Relaxed and Eclectic NookLiving for Less is back!  This is one of my favorite features to do, but it can take time to hunt down pieces that feel right for the collection.  It’s been one of my more popular series though, so I’m thrilled to start doing these again.  If you have any requests (take a peek at your favorite pins!) feel free to link to them in a comment and I will add them to my list.  See my other Living for Less posts over here.

This one comes from one of my favorite blogs, sfgirlbybay.  This corner was from a feature of Jaclyn Campanaro‘s Portland, Oregon home.  I fell in love with the cool and casual charm.  The retro wall color gives it personality without being overwhelming.  I love rooms that feel collected over time, instead of overly designed.  I wish I could keep houseplants alive.  I’ve always wanted a sunny window full of healthy plants.

Here are my picks to get the look…

  1. Electrohome Vinyl Record Player on Amazon – $199.99
  2. GAGNET Rattan Chair from Ikea – $59.99
  3. Wood 8×10″” Photo Frame on Amazon – $24.99
  4. ‘Asking for Directions’ by Emily Rickard Art Print on Society 6 – $15.00
  5. Olsen Ottoman on Wayfair – $208.99
  6. KOLDBY Cowhide Rug from Ikea – $199.99 (Coloring varies)
  7. Deroma Ceramic Hanging Planter from Sears – $4.88
  8. CRASSULA Potted Plant from Ikea – $6.99
  9. WALLS / SW 6483 ‘Buoyant Blue’ from Sherwin Williams

Spring Wardrobe Additions

Spring Wardrobe Additions on Lost and Fawned

As you may remember, I have been going through a bit of a style-overhaul this year.  I’ve looked at what I have and what I like, identified the trends and have started purging what doesn’t fit.  Now I am slowly and carefully curating my wardrobe by adding specific missing pieces that follow my new set of rules.

I’ve added a few new items lately.  My budget is small, so everything has been purchased from vintage and thrift stores, were pre-owned or were on mega-sale.  So far I have done pretty well at finding things I love that also fit into my new look.

  • Sheer Dusty Rose Blouse:  I purchased this from a friend who was cleaning out her closet.  It has the cutest pleated details at the shoulder and on the sleeve, but is basic enough to mix with printed pieces.  It looks great over dresses or tucked into a skirt with a camisole.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Embroidered Blouse:  This little number was in an Instagram sale by Fog & Driftwood Vintage for just $10.  I love the floral detail around the neck.  Add a skirt and a cardigan and it’s ready for brunch.  (Similar: 1 / )
  • Statement Dress:  This was a clearance find at Boden.  I have been enamored by this ever since I saw it on Pinterest.  When I tracked it down it was on mega-clearance, but had to purchase it one size too large.  Before the weather warms up I’ll be taking it in an inch or two and hemming the skirt.  I can’t wait to wear this when it warms up.  (Similar: 1 / 2  )
  • Teal Cardigan:  This was a gift but it fits seamlessly in with my new look.  The color is so flattering and works in all seasons.  ( Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt:  This was another pre-owned piece I purchased from a friend.  It was a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I took the risk.  It’s sheer, so it needs a slip (see next item) but it’s so breezy and can be dressed up or down.  It’s adorable with both of my new blouses but also looks super cute with a t-shirt.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage slip (not pictured):  This also came from an Instagram sale for just $8.50 shipped.  I’m not going the whole nine-yards and wearing undergarments from the 40-50’s, but this is a good staple.  Plus it makes me feel pretty and feminine.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Suede T-Bar Pumps:  These are adorable.  I got them on sale with a gift card, so in reality they didn’t cost me anything.  I don’t wear heels on a daily basis, but I think I would like to try this spring.  (Seychelles ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ Pumps  –  Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Red Saltwater Sandals:  I already have a pair of these in basic tan.  They have been my summer go-to since I started walking.  I thought it would be fun to get a more vibrant hue this year.  (Saltwater Sandals)
  • Vintage Straw Handbag:  This was an impulse by from an Instagram vintage shop.  It’s so cute.  It makes me feel like I’m going on a tropical vacation.  (Similar: 1 /2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Silk Scarf:  I really want to play with my hair more.  I’m not ready for a 30 minute styling routine, but adding a scarf to my ponytail or as a head band (see this guide) could be fun.  This silk scarf was half off at the thrift store for a whopping 50 cents.  (Similar: 1 / 2 )
  • Vintage Sewing Reference Book:  This book is amazing.  I posted some previews on Instagram.  It’s a great reference as I modify garments and build some from scratch.

Have you started planning for spring or summer?  Have you ever gone through a complete wardrobe identity crisis? 

My Beauty Basics

My Beauty Basics - on Lost and FawnedI’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty.  My daily morning routine is quick and my kit is small.  I generally shop at the big box stores for most of my supplies, but I do have a few key colors from MAC that I know work with my coloring so they are worth the extra cash.

I gently exfoliate a few times a week with an apricot scrub (controversial I know… but I promise I’m gentle).  The rest of the time I do a raw honey mask and rinse with warm water.  I don’t generally wear a scent, but I love to rub a little Rosebud salve into my hands.  I’m kind of obsessed with this nail hue for all seasons.   I also curl my lashes and sweep on a little Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to open my eyes.

Here are some of my very favorite beauty staples:

  1. Tangerine Vanilla Bar Soap from The Honest Company – $4.95
  2. Lipstick in ‘Lady Bug’ from MAC Cosmetics – $16.00
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Amazon – $9.99
  4. Satin Blush in ‘Dame’ from MAC Cosmetics – $22.00
  5. Essie Nail Polish in ‘Angora Cardi’ from Amazon – $8.50
  6. L’Oreal True Match Foundation from Amazon – $7.97
  7. Raw Honey from Amazon – $12.63

Collected / Marsala on Etsy

Pantone Marsala SwatchIt’s already almost March and we haven’t talked about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala.  I’ve been so-so on the picks for the last few years, but I’m kind of in love with this soft oxblood hue.  Here is a small sampling of handmade and vintage items from etsy I curated in shades of Marsala.

Marsala Etsy Round Up on Lost and FawnedFrom left to right:

February Update

Winter Update on Lost and Fawned
We find ourselves in the thick of a brutal Ohio winter here.  It’s bitter cold an we have a nice base of snow with a heavy layer of ice on top.  In the morning the air hurts your skin.  I’m dying for spring.

Nothing warms up a home like the smell of baking bread.  If you have a nice dinner planned at home (like we do) why not try this amazing and easy recipe for Peasant Bread by Alexandra’s Kitchen.  I’ve never really made bread from scratch.  It can be so intimidating.  But this recipe breaks it down to basics and has helpful videos for beginners like me.  It takes some time to rise, but the hands on time is minimal.  It makes two loaves, so cut one up for dinner and then use the other to make killer french toast on Sunday.

I’ve loaded our bed up with vintage floral pillow cases and my sandals for next summer arrived.  I wanted it to remind me that spring is (slowly) on it’s way, but instead it just made me more impatient.

To keep tabs on my daily adventures (this time of year it’s mostly food, blankets and tea) follow me on Instagram.

Happy Birthday / with Only Natural Pet

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This week is Logan’s birthday.  And since we don’t know Finn’s birthday, we usually combine the two and have one big celebration.  Yesterday was the big day.  It was too cold for an extra long walk, but if there is one things the boys love more than walking and cuddles, it’s treats.

Logan recently was diagnosed with canine epilepsy.  It’s totally manageable with daily medication, but I’ve been extra careful about what we put in his body.  We have always made the choice to feed them premium food, and their favorite snacks are fruits and veggies (the minute they hear me chopping anything in the kitchen, they come running hoping to get some end cuts).  Treats can be tricky though.  Much like people foods, long lists of mystery ingredients are tough to navigate and seem scary.  But feeding freshly prepared treats is too time consuming for me.

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Our friends at Only Natural Pet offered to send Logan and Finn some handpicked treats for their birthday celebration. When I brought the box in from the porch, Inspector Logan’s nose went nuts.  Inside was a big bag of Sweet Potato Slices and Buffalo Jerky.

The Sweet Potato Slices were the favorite.  They have a super satisfying crunchy texture that the dogs love, plus it’s great for their teeth and gums.  Since they are made from a single ingredient, they are grain-free, allergy-free and gluten-free.  Logan and Finn have been loving them.

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They also sent a selection of EcoToys for the guys.  Petunia the Pig was an instant hit.  She has a plastic bottle that can be replaced to maximize nose making.  And Montgomery the Monkey is perfect for Logan’s favorite game… tug.  Our boys are rough on toys, so I love that these are made of all natural materials.  Even the stuffing is a natural fiber.  They are also way more affordable than other premium toys of a similar size.

Like me, Logan’s emotions read all over his face.  Look at those eyes…

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Those eyes don’t lie.  That jerky blew his mind.

If you want to try any of the products I featured (or any of the other amazing natural pet products they carry), Only Natural Pet is offering Lost & Fawned readers $10 off orders of $25 or more AND free shipping with the coupon code AFSAVINGS.

A huge thank you to Only Natural Pets for sending along this box of goodies. It’ really made our day extra special.

Products featured in this post were provided by Only Natural Pet in exchange for an honest review.  I only feature products I truly love, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Hot Valentines Day Date Outfit for Chilly Weather

Valentines Day Date Outfit for Cold Weather on Lost and Fawned

If you live in the tundra that is the northeast, Valentines day can be a tricky balance between feeling hot and being cold.  I’ve put together an outfit that will get you from the car to the restaurant without getting frost bite.  It’s not going to be suitable for a trek through a blizzard.  I’m in love this this lipstick red wiggle dress.  The back is just flirty enough.  And the earrings add a little fun and cheekiness to the look.

  1. Love to Amble Coat from Modcloth  –  $64.99 *Sale*
  2. “Say Yes” Studs by Kate Spade New York  –  $48.oo
  3. Brave Pump in Black by Seychelles  –  starting at $75.50  (Alternative for snow: Impatient Bootie  –  starting at $97.50)
  4. Control Top Sheer Black Tights from Old Navy  –  $10.50
  5. Cozy Colorblock Scarf from GAP  –  $34.95
  6. Betty Ottoman Dress in Ladybird Red from Boden  –  $148.00
  7. Faux-Suede Crossbody/Clutch from Old Navy  –  $24.94