• A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway

    My Favorite Things Giveaway | Oh Lovely Day

    Yesterday was my birthday. I woke up to my sweet baby boy smiling at me after 10 straight hours of sleep (his longest stretch yet) and my 4 year old gave me a birthday card with a picture of a unicorn throwing up rainbows. It was pretty much the best birthday yet, just because I have both of them. Boys being boys, they tried their best to make my day special while the day was pretty much like every other day of the year. But after getting a good night’s sleep, having a good cup of coffee, and getting smiles and hugs and kisses from my boys, I didn’t need one more thing to make it a special day. So, because I love y’all so much and because I had such a wonderful day myself, I wanted to share some of my favorite things with one of you. This is the last giveaway I’ll be doing for a while, so I’m making it a good one!

    One lucky winner will get:

    1. A weekender bag from Birdling. I’m obsessed with mine and can’t wait to take a trip to put it to good use.

    2. A $75 credit to Best Name Necklace so you can get your very own bar necklace (or put it towards whatever necklace you prefer from the shop).

    3. My new favorite shirt. Ryan Gosling all over your booooody from Clashist. You get one.

    4. Yummy smells are my favorite and the candles from Riles & Co. are definitely yummy smelling. You get your pick of any candle, any size, any scent she has in stock.

    5. I enjoy almost nothing more than a good cup of coffee in a nice mug. You can put your own coffee (or tea or hot cocoa or wine – no judgement) in this motivational mug from She Does Justice.

    6. If you know me at all, you know my love for 90’s hip hop. I often dress my sons in inappropriate tees with 90’s hip hop lyrics. Why should I be any different? And now you can wear them too thanks to this Work It tee from Mulberry Press Co. No Diggity, No Doubt you’ll love it (see what I did there?)

    7. I’m having a love affair with Jouer Cosmetics – aside from an old black eye liner and one lip gloss it is literally the only brand of make up I wear anymore. Plus their tinted moisturizer, perfume oil, and body butter are my three favorite things. But I’m really loving their new eye shadow shades for fall, so you’ll win the whole set, plus an eyelid primer!

    8. Who doesn’t love a great cocktail ring? You’ll get one of these beauties from Wrenn Jewelry.

    9. Because we all have days when we need a laugh, and this tank from Little Adi & Co is the perfect pick-me-up on those days.

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    Bridesmaid Dress Trends for Spring/Summer 2015

    bridesmaid dress trends for 2015 | Oh Lovely Day

    I couldn’t make it to bridal market this season so I asked the ladies of Inspired By This to share their take on bridesmaid dress trends for Spring/Summer 2015 as seen at the bridal market shows and previews. Here is what they had to say:

    A few weeks ago we traveled to NYC to check out all the new designs and trends during Bridal Fashion Week! While we were of course swooning over the wedding dresses, we also found a few bridesmaid trends from Donna Morgan that we’re eager to share! It definitely is all about the bride on the wedding day, but the ‘maids play a big part in pulling together the overall look. Here are 3 of our favorite new looks for bridesmaids:

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    1. Pleats – This trend has been on the red carpet for a while now (a la Lupita Nyong’o), and we’re excited to see it hit bridal parties all over the country! It’s a twist on the classic chiffon, adding an extra little detail.

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    2. Updated silhouettes – most bridesmaids are dressed in a classic silhouette – empire waist, v-neck, sweetheart neckline, and you get the picture. We can’t wait to see a group of bridesmaids rock these fun exaggerated A-line dresses! They just LOOK like party dresses!

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    3. Patterns and Texture – We’re loving lace and floral patterns for Spring/Summer 2015 bridal parties! Lace is one of our favorite textures – delicate and feminine… and chances are just about any girl can find another reason to wear a lace dress. And floral patterns are perfect for any color loving bride!

    {Credits} Photography: Jessica Haley Photography / Location: Topping Rose House: Villa des Amis / Styling: Jacqueline Weppner of Merci New York  / Florals: Sag Harbor Florist / Makeup: Sally Duvall and Yona Corbett for SallyDuvall Makeup Artistry / Hair: Andreas Schonagel at UtopiaNYC / Accessories: BEN-AMUN by IssacManevitzMadame Mathilde / Dresses: Donna Morgan

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    Fall Wardrobe for Littles Giveaway

    Fall Wardrobe for Littles Giveaway | Oh Lovely Day

    Fall is my favorite time of year: cooler temps, changing leaves, everything pumpkin, Halloween & Thanksgiving – what’s not to love? It also happens to be the season of both my birthday and Charlie’s birthday (mine is 11/2 and his 11/11). So I thought it would be fun to do a little fall wardrobe giveaway in honor of Charlie’s 4th birthday in a couple weeks. And I have a very special favorite things giveaway coming the week of my birthday for the gals too!

    So I gathered up some goodies from some of my favorite apparel brands & shops for littles. One lucky winner will get:

    1. A monogram letter cardigan from The Wishing Elephant.

    2. A $30 credit to Tribe is Alive.

    3. A Preply refurbished denim fringe jacket from Salvage Maria.

    4. A $30 shop credit from Rags.

    5. A $30 shop credit from Sugarplum Lane.

    6. A Raglan from Mama Case.

    7. A $30 shop credit from Little Adi & Co.

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    All specific items above are subject to size and in-stock availability. Read instructions carefully – only one comment will count towards an entry. Giveaway runs from 10/27/14 to 8:00 pm PST on 11/1/14 and the winner will be announced in the entry widget above.

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    Skillet Apple Pie

     

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    If you follow me on instagram, you know I recently called out for DIY contributors to help fill my editorial calendar while I still get the hang of this whole ‘work from home, mother of two’ thing. I got some fabulous submissions and today I wanted to share a yummy recipe from Emily of Young Love Story for skillet apple pie, because I know you’re looking for something to do with that fall apple bounty you got apple picking or at the farmer’s market. Take it away, Emily!

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Fall is in the air, leaves are on the ground, and you’ve reached into the back of your closet for your favorite boots and scarves.  If you are in Los Angeles you will still be wearing short sleeves with those scarves, but we’re getting there!  The best way to complete your perfect fall day is having the smell of a freshly baked apple pie in your kitchen.  Here is an updated, even more gorgeous take on the traditional.  Apple pie in a cast iron skillet.  Every kitchen should have a good cast iron skillet, mine is 12 inches and about 60 years old.  If you don’t have one, check out your local antique stores or flea markets.  You can usually find one in great shape for under $20! 

    For this recipe you will need a few pounds of a variety of apples.  I like to use braeburn and granny smith, they hold their texture while baking and have great flavor.  I also use store bought pie crusts, with two little kids in the house making pie dough quickly drops to the bottom of my massive to do list! 

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    Start by prepping your apples.  Peel, core and slice them into 1/4 inch slices.  Toss them into a mixing bowl with white sugar, a squeeze of lemon, cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.  Set them aside.  This part feels super tedious and time consuming, but I promise once the apples are ready the rest of the process moves really quickly!

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    Next, melt the butter in your skillet on the stove top.  Add your brown sugar and vanilla.  Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble.  This is creating a caramel sauce that will bake underneath the pie.  Does it get any better than that??

    Carefully roll out one of the pie crusts over the caramel sauce.  Don’t worry about pressing it into the pan, the weight of the apples will keep it in place. 

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    Gently dump your apples onto the crust.  If there are any juices in the bottom of the bowl do not add them, it can make the filling too watery.

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Roll out your second crust across the top and carefully seal the edges around the pan.  Cut 5 or 6 slits with a sharp knife to allow steam to vent.  With a basting brush or paper towel, brush on a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle with white sugar.  This will make the crust golden brown and extra pretty. 

     skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour.  If the top is getting too brown after 45 minutes, cover the pie with foil for the last 10 minutes to prevent burning.  Gently check the apples through a steam vent with a sharp knife, they should be soft but not mushy.  Let the pie set for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with your favorite ice cream or homemade whipped cream.  I chose salted caramel ice cream, because why not?

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Here’s a printable version of the recipe:

    Skillet Apple Pie

    Ingredients:

    • 3-4 pounds of mixed apples
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • juice of half of a lemon
    • 1 beaten egg for egg wash
    • 1 box of packaged pie crusts (I used Pillsbury)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel, core, and slice apples into 14 inch slices.  Sprinkle with white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice.  Mix with your hands and set them aside.  Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat.  Add brown sugar and vanilla and stir until sugar dissolves and the mixture bubbles.  Turn off the heat.  Gently roll first pie crust over the mixture and add apples.  Place the second crust over the top, gently pressing along the edge of the pan.  Cut 5 or 6 slits with a sharp knife to create steam vents.  With a basting brush or paper towel, brush a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle evenly with sugar.  Bake for one hour.  If necessary cover with foil for the last 15 minutes to prevent over browning.  When apples are soft but not mushy the pie is done.  Let set for 10 minutes.  Serve with ice cream. 

    Thanks to Emily for this delicious recipe! If you make this, instagram a pic with the hashtag #OLDbakes so I can see it, and any other yummy recipes you’re baking up this fall! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to chandra@ohlovelyday.com with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!

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    Motherhood Comparisons

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    Sometimes I feel like I write two blogs: this one that you’re reading now (which started as a wedding blog and has organically transformed into a little-bit-of-everything blog) and my instagram feed. I still try to share as much wedding-related content as I can here on Oh Lovely Day, but my instagram feed is my life. That means it is mostly my kids and motherhood-related posts. But it is my real life, my daily journal really, and I try to be as real as possible. It’s a balance between blogger/creative and momma/wife/work-from-home-mom/hot mess. The blogger in me loves styling a photo, sharing pretty things, putting my boys in cute matching tees and instagraming a picture. The mom in me has a messy house, dirty hair, no makeup on, and am probably in workout pants without actually working out. I’ve gotten quite a lot of mom followers on instagram, and sometimes it can be a nice little community where I ask a question about something I’m struggling with or share my favorite tips or products. And since I’ve had another baby and taken a little time away from this blog, instagram has allowed me to stay connected with my readers and my little community.

    The downside to instagram (blog reading) is that sometimes you see the edited versions of people’s lives. At the very least you might only see the highlights. Everything looks perfect from the outside.  I try really hard not to only share the highlights. I might share that my two month old slept eight hours one night, but three days later he barely sleeps at all – so I try share that too. And the main reason I share that he slept through the night in the first place is that as a second child, I don’t have time to write his milestones down. Instagram is like his baby book, and luckily there are ways to print those photos and captions now so it literally IS his baby book. If I didn’t instagram something, it wouldn’t get documented at all. But I really do try to keep it real. Sometimes though, I realize maybe I haven’t. Maybe things look better or easier than they really are.

    An instagram follower emailed me last week and it affected me. I asked her if I could share the email here because I think it is something many of us feel and is good to put out in the open. So here it is:

    I follow you on Instagram. I wanted to let you know…..I admire you! I’m a new Mom & First time Mom. I’m a sleep deprived, body aches, nipples hurting, working, hungry (no time to cook a whole meal) new Mom, but You give me hope that this will all get easier. I read how well you breast feed, change Calvin to all these cute outfits all the time and decorate their rooms and you make it look so easy….meanwhile I’m dying. My boy doesn’t sleep thru the night, we struggle with breast feeding and my milk supply goes up and down. The day I had to begin supplementing with formula…I felt like a loser.
    Anyway, I just wanted to let you to keep doing what you do….because I see you & you give me hope.

    Thanks so much & see you on Instagram :)

    This was my response:

    I sooooo appreciate your taking the time to send me that email. First, thanks so much for your kind words – made my weekend! Secondly, I owe you an apology because if I make this look easy, I must not be being honest. It is so NOT easy for me. And my first time around it was so overwhelmingly hard I’m surprised I wanted to do it again. Part of why I blog and Instagram is to share that, because I didn’t see anyone saying “I’m struggling, this is hard” etc. when I was a new mom. I have shared some posts on days I was really struggling. I’ve cried out of exhaustion and frustration many times the last 2 months. I usually try to talk about it with a little humor but it isn’t easy for me, I promise. And I had to supplement my first baby with formula since day 1. He got more formula than breast milk b/c my supply was so low due to a thyroid disorder and I felt the same way. And I had postpartum depression. I was so hard on myself. And you know what? He didn’t get his first cold until 11 months and his first ear infection until he was 3. He’s a smart, healthy, happy boy. And I’m just lucky about the sleep thing – I do nothing special. Every baby is so different. Hang in there! We all have it hard and struggle but it does get better and easier. 

     Don’t be so hard on yourself. I wish I could go back and tell my first time mom self that. You’re doing great, your baby will be fine, and everything will get easier. It will pass. I promise.

    My kids and I don’t go on picturesque picnics on mexican blankets. I don’t make uber-healthy lunches using all organic ingredients. I don’t even cook dinner every night. Or every other night. I don’t keep my child perfectly entertained without the assistance of the television or iPad. Calvin nurses well because it came easy. If it hadn’t, I would have had NO problem giving him formula and calling it a day. I’m 20 lbs overweight and hate it. But I don’t have time or energy to do anything about it most days. My husband and I haven’t had a date in three months. And I’m tired. So tired. I wish everything I did was blog or instagram worthy, but it just isn’t. And if it were, it is only because blogging is currently my job. Moms with regular 9-5 jobs or who are SAHMs and aren’t bloggers should not and cannot expect to keep up with that. That’s what it is like to live in LA – I walk around looking like a regular person amongst all of these beautiful and skinny actresses. I have to remember that so-and-so lost her baby weight in 2 months because it is her job. And she has the resources at her disposal to do so (a nanny, a personal trainer, a plastic surgeon, etc.). She gets paid to look like that. It is not realistic for us regular gals. And we can’t hate ourselves because we can’t keep up.

    I just wanted to share that. We are all doing our best. But we all have hard days. Another instagram follower once commented that we shouldn’t compare our behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. I love that. Just remember that all those people you follow on instagram or on blogs are real people. They have ups and downs, feelings, and hard days. No one is perfect. Let’s take it easy on each other. Let’s take it easy on ourselves.

    PS – My experience with postpartum depression.

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