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One Year - Finnick

A year ago this week we brought Finnick home.  He has gotten so much stronger and so much more confident over the last year.  And we have grown closer as a family.  Logan and Finn are brothers.  They comfort each other when we are gone, wear each other out in the evening and every once in awhile we catch them having a moment.  Their routines have merged and having two dogs is no more time consuming than one was.  But we get double the unconditional love.

I seriously don’t know what I would do without those big brown eyes and comically large ears.  He is the most cuddly dog I’ve ever met.  He is grateful for every meal (seriously, when he finishes eating he seeks us out in the house to say thank you) and a soft spot to nap.  He still crawls into the closet at night and he has no shortage of quirks.

So happy one year Finniversary to us!

Lamb - Lost & Fawned

Ohio is great.  But this time of year makes me want to hibernate.  The pretty kind of winter is behind us (the kind with fresh white snow and christmas decorations) and the landscape is gray, brown and barren.  It’s frigidly cold this year.  Like the kind of cold that makes your bones hurt when you are outside for more than 5 minutes.  I am so over it.  I’m ready for green trees and sunshine.

To kill the winter blues we drove north to Farmpark to see all the new lambs.  I was ready to smuggle this little guy out in my coat.  So many lambs.  There was also the prettiest calf I’ve ever laid eyes on and some very fancy (and talkative) chickens.

I have started spring cleaning early.  I’m taking it one room at a time and really trying to purge (rather than stashing stuff in closets and the basement).  I rearranged the guestroom and I’m making some other adjustments.  It still needs paint and a new ceiling light.  I’m tossing around the idea of a makeover for the upstairs office as well.  I’m not in love with the smokey gray color anymore, but I’m not sure what direction to go instead.  One of these weekends I would love to steam clean the carpets upstairs.  I think we are done with big projects for awhile though.  We have done a lot to this house in the last couple of years and I could use a year of no major construction dust.

On the blogfront, there is still a little time to enter to win a 1 Pound Custom Glint Candle and the adorable prize package on my new blog Ever So Splendid.

Vintage Curiosity Shop - TicketsPaper - Vintage Curiosity ShopVintage Paper Things - Vintage Curiosity ShopAthletics - Vintage Curiosity ShopVintage Flashcards - Vintage Curiosity ShopTickets - Vintage Curiosity ShopI love vintage ephemera.  I have a big box of it on my desk at all times for inspiration.  The Vintage Curiosity Shop has a  beautiful collection of ephemera, from antique receipts to vintage graphic flashcards.  I would love to have a set of these tickets framed when Joann’s has their 50% off framing coupon.

For more visit the Vintage Curiosity Shop or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.  Happy Friday!

Glint Candles Giveaway - Lost and FawnedI’d like to introduce you to my my new favorite candle.  Glint Candles makes beautiful soy candles by hand.  Their list of thoughtful fragrances has something for everyone.

Chris and Lacey were kind enough to send me a one pound ‘Just Chillin’ (Refreshing cucumber and mint with a light infusion of lemon, ylang ylang, spearmint and orange) to try in our home.  I checked out their guide to getting the perfect burn and lit it up for it’s first burn while I did some quilting.  As you know, we have 2 big dogs.  This time of year when the snow gets slushy and the salt is on the sidewalks, they can get a little stinky between baths.  This candle quickly masked the doggy smell without being overwhelming.  ‘Just Chillin’ is a perfect mix of citrus and herb.  It’s fresh and clean and makes the house smell amazing.  Soy has some awesome benefits, one being how cleanly it burns which is good for your lungs and your walls.

The Process - Glint Candles

Glint makes all their candles the old fashioned way, pouring the high quality soy wax in beautiful reusable jars in Santa Barbara, California.  Their scent combinations are unique and complex.  The jars and containers are beautiful alone too.  After cleaning them out the Glint team has a ton of great ideas on how to re-purpose them.

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One lucky Lost & Fawned readers is going to get to customize their own Glint One Pound Candle with their choice of fragrance and stamp.  There are a lot of ways to enter.  The more ways you enter, the more chances you have.  Use the widget below to enter (if you don’t see the widget, click here to be taken to the giveaway page).

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Good luck!  And a huge thank you to Chris and Lacey, the amazing Glint team for sponsoring this giveaway!

Prize is provided by Glint Candles.  I received a sample product to provide readers with a thorough and honest review.  No other compensation was given and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Homestead Seattle Bench

Homestead Seattle Mirror

Homestead Seattle Mid-Centruy Dining

Homestead Seattle Camp Blanket Bench

Homestead Seattle Recency Rack

I am a confessed furniture hoarder.  If we see something we like in a vintage store, consignment store or garage sale, it usually ends up in our trunk whether we have a place for it our not (I always find a place for them).  I am obsessed with Homestead Seattle selection.   I could find a place for each and every piece they discover.  I’m totally inspired by their upholstery choices as well.  So much teak!  *dies*

For more information about Homestead Seattle and purchasing, visit their shop and website or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Ever So Splendid - L+F Sister Site

Hope those of you that are in the midwest and northeast managed to dig yourselves out yesterday!  By the end of the week everything is supposed to melt and we are supposed to get a taste of spring here in Ohio.

Today I wanted to take a second to introduce you to something new!  I’ve had an idea brewing in my brain for awhile and last week it came to fruition.  Introducing Ever So Splendid, the new sister site to L&F that will showcase my tutorials, quilting diary and crafty side.  It features an extra wide layout for huge photos and a clean layout.  Lost & Fawned isn’t going anywhere.  It will still showcase trends, shopping and design going forward.

I’d love to invite you to follow Ever So Splendid on Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin’ so you get all the new updates.  I’m working on a fun giveaway later this week to introduce ESS to the world.

If you are wondering where this came from.  A number of factors were involved in the decision to split the blog into two.  One is my constant need for something new and challenging.  I have found myself thinking a lot about things I would have done differently if I was to start the blog over.  After 5 years with this platform I have learned a lot.  It’s been nagging at me for awhile and I’m excited to put that knowledge to use.  There are also some personal factors involved that have caused me to distance myself a little from the Lifestyle blogging community.  It’s something I have debated about getting into here on L&F.  I don’t want to get to heavy, but I also want to keep things real.  We’ll see if I can muster the courage to share a little more.

Anyways, thanks a million!  We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled posts now!

Dark Florals - Spring 2014 Inspiration

As always, Spring means florals.  But there is a trend that started to emerge last year and is going strong for spring and summer.  Dark florals are trending in fashion, home decor and of course in floral design.  Pastels have never been very flattering for my skin, so this trend really sings to me.  Plus I have always been attracted to anything William Morris ever designed.  Colors always seem to be more vibrant against a dark background, like how chromatic and bright the trees and flowers look after a summer storm.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite dark florals in dresses, accessories, fabric yardage (for you DIYers), home and gifts.

above:  1. Hermes Spring/Summer 2014  |  2. H&M from Spring/Summer 2013  |  3. Elie Cashman Wallpaper  |  4. Last But Won Floral Tee  |  5. Givenchy Jacket  |  6. Saipua Bouquet

Dark Floral Dresses - Spring 2014above from left to right:  One Floral, All for One Dress $139.99  |  Bursting with Blossoms Dress $112.99  |  Retreat to the Rose Garden Dress $52.99

 

Dark Floral Accessories - Spring 2014above:  1. Rayban Wayfarers in Texture Surf – $112.58  |  2. Beautiful Botany Scarf – $22.99  |  3. Garden Party Getaway Bag – $84.99  |  4. Cheekster Panty in Dark Floral – $9.50  |  5. Friendly Ballet Flat – $29.99  |  6. Sophisticated Stroll Heel – $118.99  |  7. After You Flat in Navy – $44.99

 

Dark Floral Fabrics - Spring 2014above:  1. Vintage Floral Cotton Voile  |  2. Liberty of London ‘ Strawberry Thief’ Cotton  |  3. Black Floral Silk  |  4. Grant Park Navy Floral Cotton  |  5. Black Floral Design Japanese Fabric  |  6. Black Floral Cotton  |  7. Coventry Court Cotton

 

Dark Florals for Gifts and Home - Spring 2014above:  1. Rifle Paper Rosa Case – $34  |  2. William Morris Textiles Book – $38.49  |  3. Floral Curtains – $29.99  |  4. William Morris Umbrella – $60  |  5. Linen Cushion Cover – $17.95  |  6. William Morris Journal - $12.82  |  7. Rifle Paper Midnight Garden Tin – $34

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I typically pass on subscription boxes, but I’ve heard so many people rave about Maven Boxes by Julep.  When I had a little pocket money this month I decided to give it a try.  What makes Maven Boxes pretty cool is the fact that not everyone gets the same box.  After you take the style quiz they reveal your style profile and the items your box would include.  If you don’t agree, you can check out the other boxes and pick which one you think fits you best.  Every month, before they send out the boxes, you get to review your box and switch it if you like.

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I was labeled an ‘It Girl’ by the style quiz.  I think I fall somewhere between ‘It Girl’ and ‘Classic with a Twist’, but I took Julep’s advice and went with the ‘It Girl’ box that was selected for me.  My welcome box was shipped quickly and arrived in days.  It was beautifully packed.  My box included 3 full-sized exclusive nail colors.  Julep Nail Colors have a cult-like following.  They are always coming out with cutting edge colors and updated classics in their chip-resistant, formaldehyde free formula.

It also came with some extras, including a pair of shaping blocks and a coupon for 50% off my next Julep order.  Julep Mavens already get 20% off and free shipping while they are subscribed.  They also have a killer rewards program for sharing with your friends as points that add up to free products.

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I’m in love with all three of my new nail colors.  They fit three different facets of my personality and make great additions to my growing polish collection.  I’m planning to ride it out for a couple more boxes before I decide to stick with it.

To get your own box start by taking the quiz and finding out what Julep recommends for you.  It’s fun and fast.  I’m looking forward to receiving my next box.  It’s such a treat at the end of the month to see that purple box in your mailbox.  Give Julep Maven Boxes a try for yourself!  You deserve it!

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Everyday Heros - Sping 2014Time to share some of my favorite products that are less exciting but essential to my day-to-day life.  All of these items have been tried and tested in our home and I love them enough to share them with you.

  1. Noble Mount Fleece Lined Tights – $11.99  |  If you live in a winter wonderland like we do this time of year can kill any motivation to put effort into your daily look.  You live in layers and boots.  Fleece lined tights were a life changing discovery for me.  They are a great layer under you pants or leggings on sub-zero days and allow you to wear your favorite dresses and skirts more comfortably.  Seriously invest in a pair (or 10).
  2. Organix Awapuhi Ginger Repairing Shampoo – $5.79  |  My hair is pretty long and very fine so I always assumed I needed volumizing shampoo.  Wrong.  Since I switched to a repairing shampoo my hair looks so much better and is much more manageable.  I love the way this Organix shampoo and conditioner smells too.
  3. Gingher 8″ Knife Edge Bent Trimmers – $26.30  |  If you are a quilter or sewer you know getting a pair of good knife edge scissors is a game changer.  And Ginghers are arguably the best.  Mine are plaid, but I love this classic gold handled version.
  4. Method Cucumber All-Purpose Surface Cleaner – $2.99  |  I love this stuff.  I use a wide range of Method products in our home.  They smell great and are just as effective on mess and the chemically stuff.
  5. The Honest Company 4-in-1 Laundry Packs – $15.95  |  I tried these as a sample last year and now I’m hooked.  Not only do my clothes come out just as clean and fresh but they are so much better for my sensitive skin.  You can also buy these as part of an essential bundle and save a ton on other great products like the dryer cloths, which I also use.  One bag lasted our 2-person household about 5 months.
  6. Ikea Bevara Sealing Chip Clips – $2.99  |  Every time we make the trip to Ikea, a pack of these chip clips in on our essentials list.  They work brilliantly and are inexpensive.  Also available on amazon if you don’t have an Ikea close by.
  7. Angie’s White Cheddar Kettle Corn – $3.99  |  I am hooked on this stuff.  It was cheaper at my local grocery store (find Angie’s locally here).  It satisfies a salt craving and a sweet tooth in one snack.
  8. H&M Bath Towel – $12.95  |  I have purchased a lot of towels in the last year.  A new bathroom required new towels.  I bought these when they went on sale for half price and didn’t expect much.  The reality is that they have held up better than any of the other budget towels in our linen closet.

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s Pierogies.  I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Today kicks off a two-part series brought to you by Mrs. T’s Pierogies.  I’d like to thank them for supporting Lost & Fawned and partnering with us to bring you this content.

Between big games, award season and season premiers, it’s a great time of year to entertain.  Cooking for a crowd or even a small party can be a challenge for those of us who don’t have practice cooking for more than 2 people.  Mrs. T’s Pierogies are a great shortcut.  They have a huge collection on their website of inspiring recipes for entertaining, like Pierogy Kebabs or Buffalo Pierogies.  As a main dish or appetizer, pierogies are a perfect addition to your party menu.

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This time of year, I love making soups.  They especially come in handy when I need to cook for family and friends.  When entertaining, my time management can be shaky at best.  Soups and stews are great because you can cook them ahead of time and simmer them as long as needed while you entertain your guests or prepare other components.  Pierogies seemed like the perfect way to jazz up a quick and simple minestrone soup.  I modified this recipe from Mrs. T’s recipe collection.  For a small group double the following recipe (or even triple it for a party).

Ingredients:

  • 2 (12 ounce) boxes Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • ¼ tablespoon dried or fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried or fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 bag of frozen green beans (or fresh if in season)

Directions:

In a large stockpot, combine onion, garlic, and carrot with enough broth to cover; cook until onions are soft. Add remaining broth, tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer at least 15 minutes (I like to let it simmer for at least an hour personally).

In a separate frying pan, saute Mini Pierogies with a little bit of oil or butter until cooked through and shell starts to get browned and crispy.  Add beans to soup 15 minutes before serving and allow to cook to desired texture.  Add pierogies to soup just before serving.  Sprinkle with parsley or parmesan cheese.

For more information on where to purchase, recipes and more visit Mrs. T’s Pierogies website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


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