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

Flavors of Fall / Recipe Round-Up

Flavors of Fall on Lost and FawnedFall is a season of slow-cooking, spices and of course… PUMPKIN.  Some of my favorite flavors are seasonal in autumn.  I’m also a huge fan of my dutch oven, and I make it work hard in fall.  I love to make huge pots of hearty soups, stews and chili on the weekends so I don’t have to cook when I get home from work and it’s already dark.

Here is a little collection of some of the recipes I am dying to try this autumn…

  1. Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread  /  by Jojotastic for Ziploc
  2. Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting  /  from Rasa Malaysia
  3. Cider & Honey Slow-Cooker Short Ribs  /  from Sweet Paul
  4. Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookies  /  from Diethood
  5. Bourbon Apple Cider  /  from Set the Table
  6. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls  /  from Diethood
  7. Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder  /  from Damn Delicious
  8. Roasted Fall Vegetables  /  from Martha Stewart
  9. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte  /  from Live Simply

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Giveaway / Kendyll Hillegas Illustration

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Giveaway on Lost and FawnedIt’s the start of a new month tomorrow, and today I have the start of a new giveaway!  This has been such a fun one to plan and I’ve been dying to share it with you.

Meet Kendyll Hillegas.  Kendyll creates the most amazing illustrations showcasing the beauty of everyday objects.  Her technique of layering different mediums gives her pieces so much depth and detail.  Her subject matter may be ordinary, but even the simplest ice cream cone or stick of butter evokes sensory memories of childhood summers or baking with a loved one.

Any of her pieces would look amazing as a part of a large gallery collection or as a grouping.  Perhaps pick 3-4 of your favorite sweet treats for the dining room or collection of breakfast dishes for your kitchen dining area.

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration on Lost and FawnedKendyll was kind enough to send me a few prints to style in our home.  I added a bunch to my favorites and let her help choose.  I ended up receiving the Sriracha print and Cider Donut print in full size, and the Strawberry Shortcake print as a postcard size.  I had the Sriracha matted and framed and it gives our little kitchen so much character and color.  My husband puts Sriracha on everything (like so many of you) and the bottle is so iconic.  The cider donut lives on my new sewing table.  Eventually it will be a quirky part of my inspirational gallery wall.

Both prints look even better in person.  It’s hard to do them justice in a photograph.  You simply cannot capture the detail and dimension.

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Cider Donut on Lost and Fawned

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Strawberry Shortcake Postcard

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Sriracha on Lost and Fawned

This giveaway will have THREE lucky winners!  Each winner will get to select a print of their choice.  Entering is easy.  Please use the widget below to enter.  There of lots of ways to gain entries and you can chose to do all or some.  If you cannot see the widget, please click here to view it.

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A HUGE thank you to Kendyll for sponsoring this amazing opportunity!  Please stop by her shop and show her some love.  She is not only talented, but a wonderful person.

If you want to spruce up your home with some of Kendyll Hillegas‘ delicious illustrations, use the promo code LOSTANDFAWNED at checkout to receive $10 off any order of $30 or more.  Promo code is good through the end of October.  It’s a pretty great deal, so take advantage of it!

Etsy Round-Up / Sights & Smells of Autumn

Etsy Round-Up  -  Sights and Smells of AutumnThe leaves are changing and I have already unpacked my boots and leggings.  I love the colors, textures and scents of autumn.  And maybe I’m starting a little early, but I’m already lighting pumpkin scented candles and drinking spiced chai tea lattes.

I’ve collected some of my favorite picks from Etsy to usher in the start of autumn:

From left to right:

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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?

Fall Finds Under $50

Fall Find under 50 on Lost and Fawned

Our heat kicked on for the first time last night and we woke up to a thick layer of frost.  After the month we have had, I’m actually ready for autumn.  I celebrated this morning with a hot cup of tea and an apple pie bagel for breakfast.

Whether your fall plans include pumpkin patches, hosting Halloween or Thanksgiving celebrations or or just lounging around inside, I have picked some of my favorite fall updates under $50.  Why not try a 1960’s inspired cateye (one of the hottest make-up looks of the season) or pick up a treat for the host of this years Thanksgiving feast?  Here are my picks…

  1. Padded Oilskin Parka from H&M  – $48.97 SALE
  2. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Black from e.l.f.  –  $3.00
  3. Metallic Gold Notebook from Poppin  –  $12.00
  4. Polka Dot Sweater Knit Gloves from Old Navy  –  $6.94
  5. Pumpkin Paws from William-Sonoma  –  $29.95
  6. Foxtail & Fern Dress in Black from Modcloth  –  $42.99
  7. Metallic-Print Glass Set from West Elm  –  $34.00
  8. Personalized Moonrise Adventure Day Planner from Minted  –  $26.00
  9. Herschel Supply Co. Jasper Backpack from Zappos  –  $49.99

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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DIY Vintage Plate Clock

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Everything seems to come back around.  Today I was contacted about a craft project I shared on my first blog almost 6 years ago.  I had nearly forgotten about this one.  The pictures have disappeared from my old photo sharing account and the blog is all but forgotten, but it found it’s way back to me.

I might have to dig the plate-clock out of the box it’s still packed in from when we moved into the house.  It’s adorable and holds so many memories from college and living in our little apartment when we were first married.  It was such a cheap and easy project.  Here is a snippet from the original blog post…

I finally got around to finishing some projects up today that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. A couple years ago I found this vintage plate at a thrift store for 30 cents. I loved the folk inspired farm scene and lovely yellow color. I used it to hold keys in my dorm and decided I wanted to find a more useful purpose for it.

I got out my handy Dremmel and bought a ceramic and glass drill bit for it at Lowes for a couple dollars. Picked up a clock motion at Walmart for $6 and once I found the center of the plate it just took a few minutes of drilling and screwing the motion into place and voila! I have a wall clock!

A big thanks to Fern of Rokolee who jogged my memory on this one!  I’m so glad to have rediscovered this piece of my blogging history.

Living for Less / Effortless Farm Kitchen

Living for Less - Effortless & Cool Kitchen on Lost and FawnedThis week’s Living for Less might be one of my favorites to date!  I stumbled upon it on Pinterest and tracked it all the way back to this article on Homelife.com.  One of my favorite things about this beautifully casual kitchen is the peacock blue/green cabinets.  The paint was found in the barn of the home, but this shade from Benjamin more is a pretty good substitute.  Finish the look off with rustic bar stools and fresh flowers in mismatched vases to create a look that is effortless and cool.

As always, I did have to splurge a little on one item, and this time it was the stools.  While these weren’t a perfect match to the ones in the photograph, they have a similar feeling.  Fresh flowers are also always a detail that can be pricey but is so worth it.

Here are my picks to recreate this look in your kitchen…

  1. Kohler Coralais Low-Arc Faucet  –  $108.64 (Shown in Recently Discontinued Color)
  2. Moroccan Straw Market Bag  – $34.00
  3. RANARP Pendant Lamp  –  $24.99
  4. Satin Nickle Cabinet Knobs (Set of 25)  –  $32.39
  5. Benjamin Moore ‘Dragonfly’  –  Cabinet Paint
  6. Light Pink Roses with Free Delivery  –  $50.00
  7. Rustic Elm Wood Barstool  –  $219.99
  8. Merola 4″ x 4″ Sea Blue Tile  –  $1.97 each
  9. Marble Mortar & Pedestal  –  $22.99
  10. ‘The Farm’ by Ian Knauer  –  $20.80
  11. ENSIDIG Vase  –  $1.99
  12. SOCKERART Vase  –  $19.99

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Minted Giveaway // Bringing Back Snail-Mail

The Art of Letter Writing with Minted on Loast and Fawned

I love receiving letters.  It’s such an old fashioned romantic gesture.  In the Victorian era stationary was an important part of social etiquette and your choice of personalized stationary was an important reflection of your style and personality.

I’m determined to bring it back!  As someone with a bi-coastal family (north coast and west coast) I make a lot of phone calls to stay in touch.  Why not start sending a monthly letter instead?  Wouldn’t it brighten your day to come home to find a “just thinking about you” note in the mailbox?  Small gestures often have the biggest impact.  And with the USPS constantly wowing me with their gorgeous new stamps (my favorites right now are the Songbirds, Hudson River School and Vintage Circus collections) you can easily doll up the outside of the envelope just by adding your postage.

Win Custom Sationary from Minted on Lost and Fawned

Bring Back Snail Mail on Lost and Fawned with Minted

Minted let me pick out a fresh set of personalized stationary to kick-start my new letter writing campaign. I’ve used Minted before for our holiday cards and was overjoyed to work with them again.  Their customer service is outstanding and they have an amazing community of artists and designers.

After much consideration i selected Wild Bellflowers in sunny yellow with a full bleed pattern on the back.  I adore the hand drawn botanical design and the soft yellow and gray color scheme.  The back adds so much impact and looks adorable peeking out of the envelope.  I can’t say enough about the quality.  The standard paper is heavy and has a wonderful texture for writing.  The print quality is top notch and all stationary comes in a Minted box to keep them safe.

Here are some more picks that get the Lost & Fawned seal of approval…

Minted Stationary Picks on Lost and FawnedColumns from left to right, starting at top and going down:

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Minted Giveaway on Lost and FawnedMinted was generous enough to offer TWO lucky winners a $100 Minted Gift Card!  Invest in some gorgeous stationary or save it for holiday cards!  The choice is yours! It’s quick and easy to enter.

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