11/14/17

Quiz: Which Mrs. Meyer's holiday scent suits you? (Plus, claim your FREE holiday set from Grove!)



It's officially here, lovelies: The season for eggnog sipping, gift shopping, Christmas tree trimming, and scarf wearing. And along with all the holiday cheer and Christmas songs, Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents are back: Peppermint, Orange Clove, and Iowa Pine.

10/27/17

Help me pick out holiday cards/engagement announcements (...and get up to 15% off at Minted)

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I have exciting news, lovelies—and an excuse for my blogging absence. I've been busy with the beginning stages of wedding planning. :) A couple of weeks ago, G popped the question on the last night of our little road trip vacation—at a gorgeous, Italianate bed and breakfast. It was perfect and he completely caught me by surprise. (Impressive!)

By now, most of our family and friends have heard the good news in-person, on the phone, or via Facebook. But I'd love to send something official to our closest peeps. I remembered that I also need to get moving on Christmas cards so I'm not last-minute this year. And a brilliant idea hit me: Why not officially announce our engagement with our Christmas cards?!

9/29/17

3 Steps to a Cheap & Easy Outfit for Oktoberfest


It's that time again, lovelies! It's become tradition for us and friends to go to a local Oktoberfest. Sometimes we dress up. Sometimes we don't. Sometimes we eat in the festhalle. Sometimes we host our own pre-fest feast.

9/27/17

8 Outlander Inspired Everyday Outfits


I just started binge-watching Outlander and—though I'm just beginning Season 2—I've been sucked in. The sweeping, scenic views of Scotland. That ginger-haired laddie Jamie. And, of course, the gorgeous costumes. Lately, I can't stop wondering how I could get away with dressing like Claire every single day. I would love to go frolicking about in lavish gowns. And working from home, the most judgement I'd probably face would be a side-eye from my cats—and some level of complaint from G, who'd probably get stuck helping me with all that buttoning and corset-lacing.

But realistically, I need a more modern approach.

8/16/17

Book Recommendation: The Traitors' Wife by Allison Pataki + 10 More American Revolution Reads


Elaborate silk gowns. Dashing British officers. Rugged American rebels. Marie Antoinette-esque poufs. Rum. Ruffles. Riding in horse-drawn carriages.

My favorite way to travel is by book—and it's as close to time travel as you can get. Each night for the past week, I've been transported to colonial Philadelphia to live among the likes of Peggy Shippen, Benedict Arnold, John Andre, and George Washington.

8/10/17

Get a Free Summer Skincare Set from Burt’s Bees & Grove Collaborative



You guys, I'm so excited about the new Grove offer I get to share with you today. I always feel like I'm raving about Grove because of the great deals on Mrs. Meyers and Caldrea products. (It's for good reason—good smelling cleaners make the chore so much more enjoyable.) There's more to Grove than cleaning supplies, though. They're my go-to for skincare products like rose argan oil and facial wipes, too. And now, they carry one of my favorite brands ever: Burt's Bees. 

7/13/17

Win the new Haven's Kitchen cookbook (and a Williams-Sonoma stainless steel tool set!)


Hello, lovelies! Today, Artisan Books has partnered with me to support an exciting new cookbook: The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School: Recipes and Inspiration to Build a Lifetime of Confidence in the Kitchen. One lucky The Lovely Side reader will win this must-have manual to kitchen confidence and a shiny Williams-Sonoma stainless steel tool set (prizing pictured above). Keep scrolling to read an excerpt and enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget down below.

No matter what kind of home cook you are—budding beginner or full-on chef—this book will come in handy and equip you with the fundamental building blocks you need to feel confident and at ease in the kitchen.Want to know how to boil eggs or whip up the perfect omelet? What about making dressings, stocks, and sauces? Or properly stocking your fridge and pantry? Cayne's got you covered. I'm most interested in getting over my fear of frying (it's a thing) and learning to pick and cut my own herbs.