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I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!




Entries from October 1, 2009 - October 31, 2009


Daily Drop Cap

ike this big lovely "L"? Me too! I love type. Always have. Even when I was little I loved making my letters. Now I'm a designer and I get paid to play with type! Which is why I am so fascinated by Jessica Hische's Daily Drop Cap. Everyday, she posts a new, gorgeous initial cap for you to use on your blog. And they are stunning! Please enjoy a quote from Jessica's blog below and pics of a few of my faves. And don't forget to visit her site to enjoy all her typographic goodness.

"The Daily Drop Cap is an ongoing project by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap will be posted for your enjoyment and for the
beautification of blog posts everywhere. To use a Daily Drop Cap on your site or blog, follow the instructions in each post and read about the usage limitations. Enjoy!"


You are not allowed to register for clothes.

I can't register for this, can I?
Geoff says no.
That would be tacky.

Chroma Kimono Cardigan from Anthropologie


P.S. I made this!

I would love to have gobs of moolah to drop on fashiony and decor treats all the time, but, let's face it, I went to art school. And Art School, as much as I love being a designer, does not always mean mucho dinero. So, I am always on the lookout for crafty (and affordable) styling ideas. Cause just cause you're broke, doesn't mean you can't look fab. Enter PSImadethis.com. Genius! Cutie pie Erica set up this site to share her ideas on DIY everything- from fashion to home decor. I gotta say, I'm way impressed. (BTW, She has styled for Anthropologie, which makes her a goddess in my book.) Check out her bio below and some of my fave projects from the site. Oh, and be sure to compliment me on my faux fur vest next time you see me. Enjoy!

"Erica Domesek is a distinguished lifestyle, design and style expert, living and creating in New York City. She is also the founder of the innovative DIY brand “ PS-I Made This…Erica’s creative motto “I see it, I like it, I make it” reflects the belief that one can find inspiration anywhere and transform what one sees into something fabulous to wear, use or look at. With a keen eye and ability to make everything from fashion accessories, home décor accents and provide a vision for creative soirees, Erica’s work has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Glamour, Vogue Nippon, Domino, GQ, among others. She has styled and designed campaigns for International brands such as Kate Spade, Tumi, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Roxy, Sigerson Morrison, and True Religion, and is the host for Alloy Entertainment’s Teen.com TV Craft Club."
(All images are from PSIMADETHIS.com and are the property thereof.)


Esty Wedding Faves

Can I just say that I love planning our wedding?! Its is so much fun-so many fun ideas and choices and unusual crafty things to do. It is the perfect creative outlet! And there are a plethora of blogs (see my wedding blog list), and of course Etsy, to help along the way. Plus, I love supporting amazing independent artists in the process. Please enjoy a little roundup of some of my favorite wedding treats on Etsy right now. Love!

From top to bottom, left to right:

(So cute to mark with your wedding date!)

2. Custom wedding cake toppers by GooseGrease
(I'm ordering their kit to paint our own)

3. Thank You Wedding Parasol by iDo Originals
(Definitely need this for our Thank-you's)

4. Custom Ring Bowl by Paloma's Nest
(Simply Stunning.)

5. 20 Party Poms from Party Poms
(So adorable hung from the trees during cocktail hour!)

6. Ceremony Arrow Sign by familyattic
(Cute hung on the fence outside...)

(Ok, this one is so sweet it makes me want to cry. A must-have!)

8. Custom Hand embroidery by Miniature Rhino

9. Moss Initial Monogram by SpottedLeopard
(These would be perfect for the doors entering the reception.)


Happy Anniversary Baby!

Happy happy 2nd anniversary baby! You are the love of my life, my best friend-and I can't wait for you to be my husband! What an amazing 2 years and I so look forward to many more. You really are the best!