Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Product Recommendation: Shinzi Katoh Trekking Bottle

I've had a number of stainless steel water bottles, including the Klean Kanteen (which was great until a cafeteria worker threw it out, yes threw it away, when I left it in the cafeteria). I've had my Shinzi Katoh 500 mL trekking bottle now for over 6 months and it is by far my favorite bottle yet. It is double insulated so it keeps water (or whatever) cold for hours without getting condensation all over the inside of your purse. I haven't tested it on hot drinks yet, but I will soon. The opening at the top is the perfect size. The only thing you need to watch is making sure you clean the rubber ring on the lid frequently.

Like all Shinzi Katoh products they are super cute too. I have the "In The Ground" 500 mL bottle and I love the colors and woodland creatures. We keep it on our night stand and I love rolling over to find cool, fresh water in the middle of the night. I'm looking to get the "Many Apples" 300 mL bottle next for my handbag.

You can find Shinzi Katoh trekking bottles here, here and here. You can also check out the official website here. They also carry adorable bento boxes, tea sets, trays and linens.

Holiday Decor: An Open Book

Looking for recession friendly holiday decor this year? One of my favorite cheap and easy ways to decorate for halloween, thanksgiving, christmas or the seasons is with vintage books. Open or closed vintage books are inexpensive and a subtle way to show some holiday spirit. For halloween I love this copy of Eight Treasured Stories opened to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This book also does double duty for Christmas too since it also has gorgeous illustrations for A Christmas Carol in it. For halloween you can also try and over sized anatomy book opened to diagrams of skulls on your coffee table. When the holidays are over, tuck it onto a shelf until next year and it still looks chic.

Find your own in thrift stores or garage sales OR skip the digging and head on over to the vintage book section of etsy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Color Inspiration: Vintage Blue & Pink

Since autumn arrived this week, I have been obsessed with all things fall. I love the idea of this scheme for fall. I found this tablecloth and I love the combination of the faded vintage blue with the soft pinks and yellows. At the same sale I found these notebooks from a dental student in 1949 and 1950 and love how he used blue and pink ink to highlight his notes. The pages are so beautiful for pretty envelope liners or ephemera projects.

The colors are kind of a fun play on a faded primary scheme. I think it would be a fun unconventional scheme for a thanksgiving get together or early fall picnic. With the warm browns, reds and oranges of changing leaves as the backdrop these colors would really pop.

Find these and more in my new Lost & Fawned HOME shop. More coming soon.

Welcome to my new studio.

I finally moved all my stuff up into the back bedroom. With Jared's help and a visit to a killer estate sale I've made myself a little space to run my etsy business and hunt for jobs. I'm happy to have more space to spread my stuff out and feel much more inspired to work in there. I also set up that killer antique green shelf by the window to photograph pieces in the winter. Those suitcases house all my random crafting bits, my grandma's old trunk is hoping to my shipping department and a vintage pear crate holds my over-sized books, silk screens and thread.

Sampson (our roommates cat) or Logan are frequently my assistants in there while I'm working. Hopefully the new space helps me produce lots of new pieces this fall.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Wedding Photo Update.

Hi again!

Just wanted to update you guys on photos from the wedding! I'm waiting to post photos since we want to submit them to Portland Bride & Groom Magazine. I don't want to jeopardize our chances of getting them published by posting them here, so I hope you don't mind waiting A LITTLE bit longer. I promise eventually I will totally spam the blog with lots of beautiful photos.

For now, here is my favorite photo from the reception of me and my new husband. Photos again by Christina Gilchrist who did a fabulous job. I'll keep you all posted.


Annoucement: Lost & Fawned HOME

New and exciting things happening in the Lost & Fawned universe! This weekend we opened out new branch, Lost & Fawned HOME. Sprouted from our love of all things vintage and hunting for vintage treasures, we wanted to share some of our treasures with the rest of the world! Please head on over for a visit and send some love my way! I'll be listing some vintage linens, books and kitchenware later today, so stay tuned! You never know what's going to end up in there, so keep an eye out. You might find something perfect for you or a loved one (Christmas is coming up soon!).

Here are a few of the treasures you can currently find in our little slice of vintage heaven. More coming later today and of course coming next week!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Where to go from here.

Lately I've been wondering where to go from here with my beloved blog. The professional pictures will be in soon and the second reception will be over so my adventure in wedding planning will be officially over once I get the finished wedding album. I think I will always love weddings and perhaps even someday peruse it as a career path if design doesn't work out. But for now I will be trying to distance myself from the wedding world as my priorities shift.

I will still be posting my professional photos soon. I will still be doing vendor reviews for our amazing vendors in Portland and elsewhere. I will still be posting pictures of our second picnic reception next month. And I will be sure to do a review of our wedding album once we finish that. I will also still be posting my favorite etsy finds, some wedding related, some not. But I also will be starting to write more and more about our adventures as a young, creative married couple, including my adventures in crafting, our attempts and failures in cooking, daily life as a young couple and I'd like to start doing some DIY tutorials as well and sharing my favorite recipes.

Somethings will change, but the flavor, style and handmade-ness of this blog will stay the same. Please share your thoughts on the changes and additions so I know what I can do to make our little slice of the blogdom more interesting. Comments help me evaluate what to post. So keep them coming.

Also a new layout is in order. So stay tuned for that.

Lots of Love,
Lindsey Lu

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Guestbook by Celestefrittata

How much do I LOVE this guestbook by Chiara of Celestefrittata? I'm really into kraft paper right now and this adorable illustration is printed beautifully on the kraft paper cover of this 6"x6" 50 page journal. Even better? It's on sale for $12! You can't beat that.

Check out Chiara's etsy shop, blog and flickr photostream for more lovely goodies (check out her owl post bags! They are so sweet and tickle my nerd bone).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wedding Attire Etsy Gift Guide.

I LOVE etsy's wedding gift guides., especially the attire gift guide. I opened the page this weekend to take a peek around and what did I find? First item... look familiar? It should! It's my Vintage Margaux Studs! I feel so honored to be a part of the gift guide! I've been hoping I would for ages and now it's finally happened! Yay! I'm actually planning on wearing a pair of them to our second reception.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I will have updates this weekend and hopefully my professional photos soon!

Friday, September 4, 2009

On to the next event.

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Payravi.)

The wedding may be over (and I KNOW you are still waiting on a post-wedding photo post, but I really want to wait for professional photos) but the planning is not! We are planning a second "reception" of sorts here in Ohio to celebrate with our extended family who could not make it to Oregon. It will be very casual, potluck style and on October 3rd. It will be at Hudson Springs Park (see photo) where we had our first date and I'm hoping to have lovely fall weather and colors. I've already begun working on the details and can't wait to share them with you!

I'll be back with details soon! Happy September everyone!