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

Valentines Day with Andrea Bonelli Jewelry

Valentines Day Picks from Andrea Bonelli JewelryWe are usually terribly practical when it comes to gift giving.  For Valentines Day and Anniversaries we usually stay in and make a meal at home. Gift giving usually becomes an excuse to replace an appliance (last year it was a range in the kitchen, I think the year before was a dishwasher).  But that is so unromantic.  Fellas (and ladies), do yourself a favor this year and treat your loved one to something sentimental.  Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, not appliances.

You honestly can’t go wrong with the classics… chocolate, flowers and of course jewelry.  It’s no secret that I love Andrea Bonelli‘s handmade and ethical pieces.  Andrea works hard to assure she uses ethically sourced gems and recycled metals in each of her stunning pieces.  With a wide range of styles and prices (pieces as low as $68.00) there is something for just about everyone.  I’ve put together a little collection of some perfect Valentine’s Day picks.  Do yourself a favor and pin a couple (you know… in case someone is trying to find you a last minute gift):

  1. 14k Garnet & Diamond Necklace
  2. 14k Rustic Heart & Charm Necklace
  3. 14k Petite Moissanite Studs
  4. 14k Gold Petite Ruby Studs  *Lost & Fawned Budget-Beautiful Pick*
  5. Diamond Beaded Eternity Ring

Andrea Bonelli Jewelry Valentines Day Picks on Lost and FawnedAct fast!  Valentines Day is in just under 2 weeks!  There is still time to get in your orders, but the deadline for shipping (excluding custom or special order items) is January 5th for US customers.  Check out more of Andrea Bonelli Jewelry by visiting their shop or following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

This post made possible in partnership with Andrea Bonelli.  All opinions are my own and I only work with partners that I truly love.  For more information on sponsoring Lost & Fawned, please visit my Advertising Page

Covet / Whimsy & Spice

Whimsy and Spice Valentines Day

Whimsy and Spice Hot Chocolate

Whimsy and Spice Thumbprint Cookies

Whimsy and Spice Cookie Box

Whimsy and Spice Rose and Vanilla Marshmallows

Whimsy and Spice Smore KitValentines day is just weeks away! And nothing says “I care about you” like sweets.  If you aren’t a great baker, don’t have time or are too far away to hand deliver your goodies, Whimsy & Spice has you covered.

Whimsy & Spice is based out of Brooklyn, NY and specializes in handmade cookies, marshmallows, biscotti and other gourmet goodies in unique flavor combinations.  They mix florals, spices, teas and classic flavors to create detectible treats like Rose Vanilla Marshmallows, Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Cookies filled with Red Current Filling and Chocolate Chilli Biscotti.  They are baked fresh, boxed and shipped to you lucky giftee within 3-5 days.

See more at Whimsy & Spice on Etsy or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and on their blog.

Is it spring yet?

Dreaming of a Vintage Spring - Lost and FawnedI know it’s early to start posting spring styles, but some of you are lucky enough to not live in a location that is in a deep freeze right now.  I’m shopping for those people right now.  Here is a random assortment of items on my wishlist right now.  I live in Saltwater Sandals in summer, and just bought another pair (in RED!!) for next spring.  Enjoy!

  1. “Oh what a sight” Sunglasses  /  $11.99
  2. Antique Victorian Locket from Misstiques  /  $65.00
  3. 1960’s Faux Straw Handbag from FripeFabrique  /  $50.98
  4. Art Deco Heart Ring from BlueRidgeNotions  /  $345.oo
  5. Saltwater Sandals in White  /  $34.99
  6. “Mesmerizing Metamorphosis” Dress  /  $64.99
  7. “Cut it Haute” Heel in Cognac  /  $31.99 SALE

Wardrobe Overhaul / 1940’s to 50’s

2015 Wardrobe Overhaul on Lost and Fawned - 1940's to 50's Style(Above: Dress from Dear Golden Vintage)

I know we have a long way to go until spring and summer (I swear winter is the longest season here in Ohio), but I’m already dreaming about sunshine and sandals.  I feel like I’ve been in a rut.  I’ve had a pretty rough year emotionally.  I’m still quite in the thick of it, but I’m feeling like 2015 could be a nice clean slate for me.  And I really want to make this summer awesome.

So I’ve been considering a little wardrobe overhaul.  I’ve always been drawn to the fits and silhouettes of the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It seems to suit my adult shape, and I love the feminine patterns and flirty but still modest styles.  I love authentic vintage pieces., and I plan to incorporate some into my new wardrobe, especially in my accessories and jewelry.  I’m already doing a lot of this, but I’d like it to become more of my signature.

I usually shop very impulsively with little to no thought as to whether it will fit seamless in with my other clothes.  I’ve been working on a Pinterest board that I will refer to when shopping.  If it doesn’t fit amongst the pins, then it has no place in my closet.

Wardrobe Overhaul on Lost and Fawned - 1940's to 50's Style(Skirt from Dear Golden Vintage / Dress from Birds Nest)

Visit my Pinterest Board to see the direction I’m heading and please comment with your favorite vintage shops online and favorite places to get reproduction or inspired vintage pieces! 

Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Glaze / with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Cooking with Blueberries on Lost & Fawned

As  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this year is not about making one big leap, but a series of little steps to live an overall healthier life.  I’ve been making an effort to drink more water, walk more daily and make small changes to my diet.

In our house, one of our favorite grab-and-go snacks all year is blueberries.  It’s easy to throw them in your yogurt or cereal or even blend them into a smoothy in the morning or for a simple lunch.  We will fill a bowl with blueberries instead of buttery popcorn when we are hanging out on a Saturday afternoon.  You can’t beat a small bowl (or mug in my case) of ice cream with a handful of blueberries on top after dinner.  They are low-calorie (only 80 calories per cup) and full of fiber and healthy vitamins.

Right now you can enter to win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge with actress Allison Sweeney from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.  Runner ups will win a $500 gift card to Whole Foods or Lululemon.  You can enter for a chance to win over here.

Making Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Sauce on Lost & Fawned

When the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council asked me to share my favorite blueberry recipe, of course I thought of breads and muffins, but another dish we love also popped into my head.  Jared and I used to order this meal at a restaurant when he would visit me at college.  It’s take a little time to cook, but it takes very little skill.  When it’s finished it’s really impressive to serve and absolutely delicious.  I usually serve it with with roasted root vegetables and either a light salad or some green beans with lemon and sea salt.

This glaze could be served over baked chicken as well or as a hot salad dressing over spinach with sunflower seeds.  It’s very versatile and a delicious addition to a winter meal.

Rustic Pork Loin in a Blueberry Wine Glaze on Lost & Fawned- Rustic Pork Loin with Blueberry Wine Glaze -

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs pork loin
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of shallots, chopped
  • 6 ounces red wine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful of blueberries (about a cup)
  • optional: 2 tablespoons filberts, sunflower seeds or pecans, toasted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (convection oven with wind on is better, but I use a standard oven)
  2. Combine salt, pepper and rosemary in a small bowl.  Unwrap pork loin and rub with olive oil, then rub with salt/pepper/rosemary mixture.
  3. Bake fat side up for 30 minutes, then rotate and cook for another 20 minutes or until the thickest part of the roast reaches and internal temperature of 140 degrees.
  4. While pork is in it’s last 20 minutes, melt butter in saute pan over medium heat.  Add chopped shallots and cook until translucent.
  5. Deglaze pan with red wine and balsamic vinegar.  When boiling add brown sugar, cinnamon and blueberries.  Allow to reduce to a glaze and add toasted nuts if desired.  As the glaze reduces, taste and adjust flavors as preferred.
  6. Allow pork loin to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing about 1/2″ thick and placing on platter.  Ladle glaze over meat.  Serve extra glaze on the side for diners to add as they like.

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Be sure to visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for more ideas of little changes and recipes to make 2015 a healthier year for you and your family.

Collected / Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow Collection on Lost and FawedIt’s been cold here… like REALLY cold.  Today it’s a balmy 30 degrees but there is still a thick layer of snow on the ground.

I felt like pulling inspiration today from art. Did you know I minored in Art History?  If I was to start all over again, I may have majored in it.  I love studying the stories and people behind works of art.  ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of my very favorites.  The palette and textures for today’s collection are pulled from this piece.

  1. Give it your Best Guest Dress in Birds from Modcloth  /  $89.99
  2. Outerspaced Hoodie in Seat Salt from Columbia  /  $34.90 SALE
  3. Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots from Zappos  /  $210.00
  4. Mint Me Tonight Bag from Modcloth  /  $64.99
  5. Origami Fox Silver Earrings from Novica  /  $19.99 SALE
  6. Ribbed Hat from Gap  /  $17.99 SALE
  7. ‘Hunters in the Snow, February’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder on Art.com  /  $39.99 +

Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

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When I was home visiting my family over the holidays, my brother and I seized the opportunity to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden for free when we brought a box of canned goods for the local food bank.  It was my first time there and even in winter it was just beautiful.  Without all the leaves and colors, you really get a chance to appreciate the architecture and sight lines.

It’s so hard to believe that this little oasis is right in the middle of the city.  It’s easy to get lost in a moment and feel like you are in another country entirely.

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The most captivating part for me was the floors.  Each pattern has meaning and were carefully hand laid by a skilled team of craftsmen.  As a total surface design nerd, I couldn’t take my eyes off the ground.

Lan Su Chinese Garden Floors on Lost and Fawned

If you are in the Portland area, it’s totally worth a visit even at full price and even in winter.  Visit their website for details and hours.