Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Finger

Sweater: Thrifted [husband's] // Jeans: UO // Necklace: Flea Market

Guess what? This was the very outfit I was wearing before I destroyed my index finger. 
It was a dark stormy night...
okay okay, it was actually just your average evening. We were cooking with friends, and I decided I absolutely had to have brownies...and that they absolutely had to have cream cheese filling mixed  in.
So while I was blending that cream cheese filling I stupidly chose to clear the cream cheese out of the hand immersion blender with my finger, accidentally turned it on, and then expressed my shock in form of words which I will kindly spare you of here....oops.
So 2.5 hours & 13 stitches later, I returned to the dinner & no...we did not have the cream cheese brownies.

That's what I get for giving into cravings.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sequin Sweaters

Sweater: J Crew // Shirt: Ross // Jeans: Tj Maxx // Shoes: Thrifted

Fall is coming & I broke out my sweaters! I loved wrapping it around me & enjoying the crisp air around. In other good news, Johnny and I have been married for 9 months today. 

When Johnny called my dad to ask permission to marry me, and they spoke for a whole two hours, my dad got off the phone and turned to my mom and said, "well..either this is too good to be true, or we've seriously hit the jackpot."

I'm here to tell you that we seriously hit the jackpot. 

This past week of finger-aching-drug-induced-craziness has consisted of him running around frantically to meet my every need. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Cleaning the entire house
2. Staying up with me until I can fall asleep
3. Conducting a drug hunt with me so that I could fall asleep [we kept it relatively legal]
4. Dancing ridiculously so that I would laugh when these dang drugs made me cry [sureee it was the drugs...that's what they all say]
5. Cooking our very first fall meal of this year--chicken & dumplings!
6. Coming home from work early to accompany me in a Modern Family marathon
7. Beat Boxing when I spontaneously decided to freestyle [Now THAT, I can't blame on the drugs]
8. Meeting with my professors to explain what is going on
9. Biking to get me bandaging
10. Helping me organize tonights girls night even though he knows it means being kicked to the curb for at least a few hours. 

The wildest & most wonderful part is that this past week was NOT very far off from every single day of the past 9 months.

Thanks for bearing with me on that mushy rant,


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Giveaway Winner & Post

The winners of the Mommas A Princess Too Giveaway

Congratulations ladies :) 

E mail me at blogfashionic@gmail.com to claim your prize!

And since I have yet to post today, and I'd like to save you from my druggen (like drunken...but drugs. get it? no?) ramblings, I'd like to bring your attention to this friendly Orca Whale who's been frolicking around campus. I'd also like to inform you that, his reason for being on campus does not mean any of the following.
1. We will be getting an aquarium
2. We are working to save the whales
3. Whales can suddenly walk, or furthermore... frolic. 
4. We are celebrating anything that even is remotely related to whales.

It is simply to inform students that they can pair with a professor to conduct research...

that makes total sense. 

P.S. Send good thoughts my index finger's way, I'm getting a little tired of looking like I'm wearing one of those #1 fan gloves you can buy at sports games. 


Monday, September 26, 2011

Let's Share Secrets

It's been an eventful weekend. I even managed to score an invitation to the ER [that's the place to be these days, right?] after putting my finger in a hand immersion blender. I'm telling people I got into a knife fight though, much cooler. So here I am, my friends, drugged up and ready to tell all of my secrets--you better start askin now! 

These boots I'm wearing, were bought by my dad, for my mom, while they were dating. Aren't they incredible?! I can & most likely will, wear them with everything. You would too, right?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Birthday Tunes

Remember I promised you that birthday song? Well here is the entire birthday VIDEO! 
And since I know none of you have 20 minutes to sit & watch some video, about some stranger's sister's birthday party, I'm providing you with a clip of just our song. But for you troopers out there, there are a lot of kind words and birthday poems you might want to steal for your special someone's upcoming birthday. 


Friday, September 23, 2011

Just So Darn Cute: Take 2

Girl #1
Name: Sarah
From: Virginia Beach
Favorite Place to shop: If she could afford it, J Crew. Otherwise, Target, Gap, & Zara
Blog: http://annebsarah.blogspot.com/

Girl #2
Name: Ally
From: Utah
Favorite place to shop: DI & Thrift Stores 

Aren't these two ladies just darling?! I had to literally rush after them to catch up so I could get their photos, and I probably looked like a total creep, but it was 100% worth it. What I like most? These girls kept it simple. They took a fantastic patterned piece, paired it with some simple, bold colors, & accessorized minimally---and then they rocked it. 

Thanks girls! 


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cupcake Coma

Lucky Boots: Macys // Jeans: Ross // Top: Tj Maxx

Yesterday, was my little sister's birthday. It was her very first birthday away at college & my older sister & I were determined to make it special. Since I was caught up in streamers, pizza, balloons, cupcakes, & candles, I was not able to post. But you should know it was worth it. She even said it was the best birthday she's ever had [more photos/videos to come]. I ate my heart out, which has resulted in a hopefully temporary cupcake coma. If I don't post tomorrow, you'll know what's happened...I just can't resist those sweet...yummy....delicious pieces of heaven! 

We gathered family & friends and we all shared what we love about Maggie. We did this in form of song, poem, or simply kind words. It was a hit! Johnny and I wrote her a song, it's about to hit the charts as #1. Okay, maybe I meant 1,000,000,000 but you can be the judge when I post it :) 

On a separate note, I'm crazy about this top. But I have a question for you guys. I love it, and I love how it fits, and the colors, and the pattern, and I especially love it with my high waisted jeans, but I am not sure about whether it works with skinny jeans & boots, what do you think? Is it a go? or a no go? 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mommas A Princess Too GIVEAWAY

Well hello there! Today is a GIVEAWAY! Who doesn't love that?!

Today Maria Hansen, from Mommas A Princess Too is offering a vintage inspired rossette headband to TWO winners! I absolutely love this etsy store. I have a few headbands from there myself & I wear them all.the.time. You just haven't seen them because I've been waiting to do this post! They're lovely, and match with nearly anything. 

Though I have many nice things to say about Maria, she has the sweetest little poem written that says it better than I (or really anyone) could. Here it is! 

I live in an attic of an old brick house with 2 obnoxious, sneaky, ferocious…

Okay, maybe they are really just my red headed kids that are scrumptious!

I love being a stay at home mother and all that being a mother is about,
Cooking, cleaning, putting kids on time-out, putting myself on time-out!

Having a clean house and raising kids, there is so much more to being me,
Finding something I could do for myself, This is how my shop came to be!

Love hand-made, Eco friendly, vintage, creating, and accomplishing,
Love Movies, Candy, Quilts, My Heavenly Father, yard work, and Fishing!

I can be a huge dork and I am also very shy,
I love creating parts of me for others to buy

To some day renovate an old barn into my dream house and own some land,
To have chickens, dogs, cats, a goat, and more babies would be grand. 

 Mommas A Princess Too sells all sorts of lovely--cards, bouquets, cradles & more :)

Here is how it works: YOU MUST complete the mandatory step [following] and comment telling me you did so. If you want to submit additional entries, complete the steps below and comment for EACH step, that is 5 possible additional entries! 

Mandatory to enter: be (or become) a follower of my blog (click here to find out how), comment telling me you did so (if you already are a follower--comment letting me know you are).

additional entries [Please make sure to comment for each entry]:

+Like our facebook page here

+Like the Mommas a princess too on facebook page here

+Follow us on twitter here

+Follow me on Blog Lovin' here

+Tweet/Facebook/Blog  about this giveaway and comment with the link

Closes Monday, the 26th at midnight.
Winner Announced Tuesday.
Winner must contact within 48 hours of the announcement, or another winner will be selected.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Lovely Cold

Top: Gifted/Thrifted // Pants: Ross // Boots: Thrifted // Earrings: Antique Shop

Our weekend has consisted of boxes of tissues, hot soups, and some good ol' modern family. I know. We're total party animals. Yesterday, we were kind of losing it after being inside for so many hours, so we decided to do a photo shoot & then we even wrote a song! [I might even present it to you guys tomorrow] It was a gorgeous day, that I enjoyed in the shade, as the sun kept making me sneeze. Super cute. You know...this stuffy red nosed, frantic sneezing, glazed watery eye look... It's gotta be in style somewhere right? Either way, I'm going to keep convincing myself it is until this subsides. 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sarahndipities giveaway winner!

The winner of the Sarahndipities Giveaway

That darling hat will soon be yours ! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Just So Darn Cute: Take 1



Hello my lovely readers, welcome to our newest feature! "Sorry I'm Stalking You but You're Just So Darn Cute." Aren't these girls justsodarnfreakingcute?! I have now evolved into a whole new world of pushing social boundaries by approaching absolute strangers and asking them if I can photograph them and let my readers admire their adorable sense of style. These girls were total sports about it--look at those beautiful smiles! 

What I loved most: 
Girl #1: The simplicity of the outfit allows the gold accessories to pop perfectly. That watch? Those sperrys? Give me a second to get over that cuteness. 

Girl #2: We all know I'm a sucker for the long skirts, and those gorgeous deep colors nearly put me over the edge, I love how she kept it simple with a solid v-neck & then accessorized with some big chunky earrings. 


Don't forget the Sarahndipities GIVEAWAY! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

About Me

I'm not going to lie...these little "about me" surveys make me a little uncomfortable...and they have ever since they were posted everywhere on myspace & I.M. profiles. But it's such an easy way to share with you guys a few tid bits about me---so I gave in. I gave in, and I'm happy I did. You know why? Because some of these questions made me think...made me dig into my past, my habits, and just who I am. I felt a little bit like good ol' julia in runaway bride, trying every type of egg to discover what SHE likes. I think sometimes it's beneficial to take inventory of our likes and dislikes [no matter how trivial they may seem], and when one of those questions is tough to answer, or too many of them resemble the same responses that one ex-boyfriend of yours would give, we can follow Julia's example & find ourselves. Because it's impossible to love yourself before you really know yourself.

A. Age: 21
B. Bed size: Queen...but by the amount of space I hog you'd think it's a king
C. Chore that you hate: Folding Laundry
D. Dogs: Love them...unless they are small & yappy.
E. Essential start to your day: Work out & Shower. Or cookies & milk --either one.
F. Favorite color: Hmm. I like anything that looks a little dirty...or musty..like mustard yellow, burnt orange, pea green.
G. Gold or Silver: Gold. But I honestly love both.
H. Height: 5’3"
I. Instruments you play: Hmm..I just sing. My husband plays the drums, piano, & guitar though so we're set.
J. Job title: Student/Procrastinator.
K. Kids: None...and most likely not for a while.
L. Live: Where I'd like to? Portland. Where I do? Utah.
M. Mother’s name: Evalyn
N. Nicknames: Izzy, Iz, Shiz, My husband calls me Darrel sometimes? Yeah..he's weird.
O. Overnight hospital stays: None! I've been very lucky. I'm probably jinxing myself though.
P. Pet peeves: Slow drivers & People who either snap or make odd noises trying to get my attention rather than saying my name.
Q. Quote from a movie: Sorry to disappoint, But I can't remember movie quotations for the life of me...or movies as a whole for that matter. 
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: in the middle of two sisters!
U. Underwear: I don't even know what I'm supposed to say here...Underwear is...good?
V. Vegetable you hate: None...but I do hate rosemary.
W. What makes you run late: Myself...everyday...always.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Hm.. for my foot once. I think that is all.
Y. Yummy food that you make: I love to bake, cupcakes, bread, cookies, mmm!
Z. Zoo animal: First zebras. Second Giraffes. Easy.

I'd love to learn more about you guys! Feel free to post this on your blogs [or in a comment] & link up so I can read them :)

Don't forget the Sarahndipities GIVEAWAY! 


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

 HIM: Pants, Shoes: TJ Maxx // Shirt: Thrifted (Gap) ME: Pants: Macys // Shirt: Ross // Earrings: Antique Shop

So here is the scavenger hunt you all have been dying to hear about! Yesterday I sent my husband all around town gathering supplies for a fun photo shoot! You see...he is a photographer (Click Here to Check it out) and so he is always the one behind the camera & never in front! It was such a blast, and the balloons made for such great shots in the gorgeous sunny weather. It was so nice to spend time together at pioneer park & afterwards we stuffed ourselves at Slab Pizza. I'd call that a good day. 

Don't forget the Sarahndipities GIVEAWAY! 

Monday, September 12, 2011


 Top, Jeans: TJ Maxx // Shoes: Nordstrom's Rack

I'm in love with this outfit. In love. Speaking of love, I'm so in love with the Mr. that today I did a scavenger hunt for him, that ended in pizza [more on that tomorrow]. So just so you know, I'm in love with this outfit enough that if it wanted me to, I would do a scavenger hunt for it that ended in pizza. 

Don't forget the Sarahndipities GIVEAWAY! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sarahndipities Giveaway: Crocheted Hats!

Alright you lovely readers, it's coolin' down here in Utah & I'm getting more and more excited about breaking out my scarves, hats & tights! Lucky for you, we've got a giveaway for an adorable winter accessory of your choice! 

That's right, I said YOUR choice. See, having been afraid of hats for a long time, I realize that people are very particular about what they choose to accessorize the top of their heads with....that's why we're leaving it to you to choose YOUR favorite, out of this selection. (<--click!)

Sarah, from Sarahndipities makes gorgeous crocheted pieces--all made up of high quality materials and each unique. Having actually held & admired her pieces, I can tell you they took my breath away. Tons of tiny little details here and there, combined to add the perfect oomph to any winter ensemble. 

Now let's get down to business....

Mandatory to enter: be (or become) a follower of my blog (click here to find out how), comment telling me you did so (if you already are a follower--comment letting me know you are).

additional entries [Please make sure to comment for each entry]:

+Browse the shop by clicking here & tell me which hat or headband you would like to win [& what color!]

+Like our facebook page here

+Like the Sarahndipities on facebook page here

+Follow the Sarahndipities Blog here

+Follow us on twitter here

+Follow me on Blog Lovin' here

+Tweet/Facebook/Blog  about this giveaway and comment with the link

Use this discount code at checkout: ALOVELYDISCOUNT to get 25% off your purcahce of Sarahndipities products! 

Let the giveaway begin!
Closes Saturday, the 17th at midnight.
Winner Announced Sunday Morning. 


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Giveaway winner + giveaway coming soon!

The winner of A Dose of Lovely's very first 

giveaway is
(one of my very bestfriends)

Tara Bird


To those of you who didn't win--I will be posting a wonderful giveaway this evening that will be open until next saturday! So make sure to enter & tell your friends :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Blue Vans, Blue day.

Hello there my lovely readers! Today was a dream, it began with a shopping trip to a huge antique mall, a nice large diet coke, and then mexican food to follow. Here's a little secret though, as much as I love this outfit now while looking at the photos, I felt like a clown all day. Now, this is most likely because my little monthly present could be on it's way any moment now (TMI? Well, too bad, it's my blog.) Point is, it was one of those days--no matter how much I TRIED to look good or feel good, I felt like a silly girl playing dress up. Well. I've decided that on days like that, I am going to do one or all of the following:

1. Have a good cry
2. Let my sweet husband comfort
3. Change into sweats
4. Eat lots of chips & dip
5. ...and chocolate
6. Watch episodes of whatever trashy show seems to do the trick

Tonight....I'll do all six. 
For real though.


Don't forget the Chewlry GIVEAWAY! 
[Closes at midnight tonight]
Click here to enter! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sisterly Love

Top: Target // Jeans: Nordstrom's Rack 

Crocheted Top: Thailand // Shoes: Old Navy // Jeans: Macys // Ring: Chewlry

 Ellie's Dress: Target

Sister Photo Shoot by Simple Flare Photos

My family and I had an end of summer BBQ at this beautiful park. I can't even express how lucky I am to have these two here with me in the same state! So far we've enjoyed SO much food, shopping, laughing & talking. The weather is cooling down...and it is officially perfect temperature. Autumn is coming quickly. I am so excited for:

1. Hot cups of cocoa 
2. Big comfy blankets
3. Blazers
4. Tights
5. Walking to class & crunching the fallen leaves! 

Share your dose of lovely: What are you most excited for this fall?


Don't forget the Chewlry GIVEAWAY!