Modern Brass

Modern Brass

Want to give your home a modern, fresh update?  Get on board with brass! I know, I know — brass is usually so shiny and cheap-looking and not very awesome.  But recently I’ve been noticing a more modern brass.  This brass has a matte finish, a darker patina, looks entirely...(read more)
Welcome to my Sweet and Lovely Life!

Welcome to my Sweet and Lovely Life!

  My life might be sweet and lovely, but currently it is also very unorganized. Maybe you’re like me, and you find tons of interesting, creative, inspiring, and beautiful stuff online everyday — then you immediately forget everything you saw, and scratch your head wondering where you found that lovely...(read more)
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Get the Look: Navy + Black Dining Room

Get the Look: Navy + Black Dining Room

Loving the dark sophistication of this dining room.  I put together a similar set of products to get this look, with a few additional flourishes, below. Get the look: Putting on the Glitz: There is some shimmer everywhere you look: the chandelier, the sunburst mirror, the nail head trim.  All of these glitzy elements are... (read more)
Sweet and Lovely Closets

Sweet and Lovely Closets

It should surprise no one that this is my all-time favorite closet: Gold leaf? Crystal Chandelier? Shimmer and sparkle?  The room is bursting with glamour. In fact, calling this a closet doesn’t quite do it justice.  This is really more of a dressing room.  Dressing lounge. These photos were featured in Town and Country magazine,... (read more)
Plan Your 2012 Escape

Plan Your 2012 Escape

Where are you headed this year?  If you’re looking to plan your next vacation, here are some photos of 2012’s Top Travel Destinations (as selected by National Geographic, Lonely Planet, and Travel+Leisure) to get your planning underway: Sri Lanka [photo source] Portugal [photo source]   Chicago [photo source] Bahia, Brazil [photo source] Panama [photo source] Croatia [photo... (read more)
Home is Wherever I'm With You

Home is Wherever I’m With You

Oh my gosh, you guys.  I can’t even get over the cuteness of this video!  It’s Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performed live at the KCRW studios. I’ve been loving this song for a while now, and loving its sweet sentiment, but watching the live performance brings it to a whole new... (read more)
Tuesday's Top...Sweater Dresses

Tuesday’s Top…Sweater Dresses

It’s time for a new weekly feature here at Sweet and Lovely Life.  Every Tuesday we’ll bring you our top picks in style, design, and fashion.  This Tuesday, it’s sweater dresses! I’m all about pairing a long tunic sweater or sweater dress with jeans or leggings and boots for a versatile winter look.  Here are... (read more)
Fruit Salad with Mint and Honey

Fruit Salad with Mint and Honey

I don’t know about you guys, but I think it’s time for a new year detox!  I’ve had enough cookies, cheesecake, champagne, and cheese and chocolate fondue to last me through all of 2012. So, in an effort to lighten my next few meals, here’s a terrific fruit salad recipe that is easy and delicious.  The... (read more)
Wedding Color Palette / Peach + Gold

Wedding Color Palette / Peach + Gold

This is a great wedding inspiration photo.  Lots of pretty peaches, pinks, and gold colors to use in your wedding planning, especially if you’re trying to come up with a sweet and lovely color palette.  Plus, a little sparkle is never a bad idea.   [photo found here]     (read more)
1: Wish for a Happy New Year

1: Wish for a Happy New Year

I’m really excited for the start of the 2012 and ready to say goodbye to 2011.  It’ll be a year of good things, I’m sure!  So, whether you’re staying in with a good movie and a cup of tea, or going out to ring in the new year with a glass of champagne and a... (read more)
2: Last Minute Photo Backdrops

2: Last Minute Photo Backdrops

Ok, so this post was originally going to be something totally different, but this morning I came across some awesome ideas for easy DIY party photo backdrops, and wanted to share them with you.  One, in particular, looks super quick and easy and could certainly be put together before your New Year’s Eve party tonight.... (read more)
3: New Year, New Resolutions

3: New Year, New Resolutions

I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  Sure, those resolutions often fall by the wayside after a few months, but there’s always value in taking a moment to think about what you’d like to work on or improve in your life.  Here are a few I’ve been thinking about recently: 1. Create New Traditions:... (read more)
4: Delicious Champagne Cocktails

4: Delicious Champagne Cocktails

Since we all know champagne is my drink of choice, here are a few champagne cocktail recipes to make for your New Year’s party:   Champagne Cocktail, from Martha Stewart Ingredients: 3 drops bitters 1 sugar cube 1 oz Cognac 4 oz chilled Champagne Directions: 1. Drop bitters onto sugar cube, let soak in.  Place... (read more)
5: Products to Help With Your Resolutions

5: Products to Help With Your Resolutions

It’s the time of year to start fresh with some new resolutions.  Luckily, there are lots of products out there to help you stick to those goals.  (Stayed tuned for later in the week when I’ll share a few of my own resolutions.) Here are a few ideas to get you started: 1: To help... (read more)
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