Friday, November 30, 2012


When this post goes up on Friday I will be in Maine visiting my new little nephew. I plan to share lots of photos when I return so stay tuned.

Ever since my sister found out she was having a boy I became obsessed with all the cute little guy clothes out there - I used to think only little girl clothes were cute, but BOY (haha, pun) was I wrong.

For this week's Fab $15 gift guide, I've chosen four of my favorite finds for the little man in your life, all at a great price!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here next week.

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1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


By the time this posts I will be on my way to the East Coast to visit my sister, bother-in-law and their new little guy! I've decided to stay in California this Christmas and instead spend this time with them in Maine. 

Kim and I will be spending Friday in Boston so if anyone has suggestions, do let me know. As always, you can follow along with my adventures on Insagram at @LovelyStruck. Maine has a special little place in my heart and I cannot wait to relax, bundle up and snuggle babies. See you back here next week!

Ps. I made this chalkboard design in Picasa last week (lyrics from my favorite holiday song, Gee Whiz, It's Christmas) by following this tutorial by Nest of Posies.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Hope everyone had a wonderful and filling Thanksgiving! I look forward to the day after Thanksgiving every year, not because of Black Friday (although I enjoy that too!), but because nobody can judge you at that point for putting out your Christmas decorations.

I love holiday decorations so much that there are little hints of Christmas in my home year-round. White deer heads and snow globes never go into storage around these parts. Even if you think tinsel and bright lights are obnoxious (I so don't!), or you are afraid that red and green are cheesy, there are still so many great neutral-toned ways you can jazz up your house around the holidays. I think the images above do it oh-so wonderfully.

How about you? Any Christmas decor that never quite makes it into storage?

From top to bottom:
diy rope light strand by a merry mishap

nutella cookies by hungry rabbit nyc 

pink antler decal from plaza interior

heart & antlers from basic label sweden

merry christmas window decal by unfinished kitchen door

Friday, November 16, 2012


Target never lets me down...except for when I check out and pay their $200 cover charge. Either way, they have been so ON lately, especially with their home goods. I'm currently loving their new Threshold line and all the new Christmas items are charming as ever.

In the spirit of giving (and saving a little money at the same time) I've created this week's Holiday Gift Guide around Target goodies and each can be found for $15 or under. You can now check hostess gifts off that list!

 Source: 1 ($15) // 2 ($7) // 3 ($10) // 4 ($13)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


A friend of mine recently introduced me to Rugs USA and I'm so glad she did. They have some amazingly stylish patterns and crazy good prices. Last week I took advantage of their 55% off sale and got a few for my apartment. I think rugs make such a statement in a space and are a fun and easy way to really change up the feel of a room. I'll be changing out my current jute rug for a little shag (#4) and can't wait for my toes to stay warm all winter long.

Above are some of my favorites that they currently have in stock and I've put hearts around the ones I chose for my place. Let me know what your favorites are!

Ps. I suspect they will have some ridiculously good prices around the holidays - so keep your eye out.

My picks: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Friday, November 9, 2012


You guys! It's officially the holiday season. Let's call it. While I was watching TV last night, holiday commercials were playing galore and I got my first little twinge of holiday spirit (or maybe it was just excitement that the political commercials have finally stopped -  can we say hallelujah?). Either way, let the holiday blog posts begin. Last year I had such a fun time doing the 12 Days of Christmas posts, but this year you can look forward to weekly gift guides on Fridays, and yes, they will all be under $15! 

This week's gift guide is for the girly girl in your life. You know, the one who gets jazzed up to go out but also is oh-so content sitting at home watching a chick flick and eating ice cream - with a koozie, of course!

1.  A perfectly coral infinity scarf, Forever 21, $12 
3. Sparkly headband set, AEO, $12
4. Floral iPhone case, $13, Madewell

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Maybe it's the teepee, maybe it's the bride's flower crown, maybe it's the hand-picked decor, maybe it's the gorgeous photos, orrrrr maybe its because its the same venue that I'll be getting married at, but this wedding is just awesome.

Leo Carrillo Ranch is Carlsbad, CA has so much historic spanish charm on its own, but this couple knew how to make it come alive. I'm truly smitten by this wedding and just might have to borrow a few of their ideas! Can't you just feel the love?

Special thanks to Tyler Branch Photography for letting me share these gorgeous photos!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Vintage and rustic-inspired weddings are adorable. We all know that. But they definitely aren't as cheap as you would think. All the "rustic charm" and second-hand pieces can actually cost you an arm and a leg...or so I'm learning! I have a list of pieces I've been trying to hunt down but it seems like everyone else must be too because the prices are jacked up - even at Good Will and the swap meets! Luckily, if you can't find everything you need from scouring through other people's junk (or treasures, depending on who you ask) or placing bids on ebay, there are always vintage rental companies. Or, with a little creativity and help from your friends, you can easily create a rustic vibe at your wedding with just a few pieces. Here are a few picks that I think could transform any wedding, event or eve home into a vintage/rustic-inspired space. And, indeed, they are all extremely affordable.

Surprise, not all are really vintage...

01. // 02. // 03. // 04.

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