Instant Replay

We should have our film back from our honeymoon next week, but until then, here are a few Instagrams from our time in Mexico. Along with a ton of other photos ;) Happy Halloween!

♥ isla mujeres from our catamaran ♥
♥ our home sweet home in tulum. a treehouse! ♥
♥ feeling sad to leave akumal. we snorkeled with sea turtles! ♥
♥ eating a delicious breakfast at moka cafe in tulum ♥
♥ toby being a mini ben gibbard ♥
♥ my dapper husband ♥
♥ my new office piggy bank ♥
♥ toby's very first roasted marshmallow! ♥
♥ using wedding decor in the home. (custom wood signs up for grabs! email me!) ♥
♥ getting back into the groove ♥
♥ toby helping me make candy corn cupcakes last week ♥
♥ a delicious lunch from the taco sherpa food truck in chattanooga ♥
♥ chatty crafty + meeting loads of blog readers! (please say hi again!) ♥
♥ just me being serious about my cereal in 1993 ♥
♥ and me looking like a boy in 1992 ♥
♥ wearing my 'zoe' boots for the first time, despite having them a full year ♥
♥ cuddle monsters ♥
♥ keeping it casual as i lounge around the house ♥

// Flynn Wedding : Preview

We finally saw a few preview photos from Sarah + Josh of Arrow and Apple. Still anxiously awaiting the rest, which we'll be sure to share. Here's a little peek at our chilly (49 degrees!) wedding day. Thanks for letting me gush about it for the past forever!

Below I spill a little bit of my heart in regards to our wedding + outside opinions. Feel free to click "Read More" to read it if you'd like, but don't feel obligated. :)

JiJi KiKi Giveaway!


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Today's giveaway comes to you from JiJi KiKi. An online boutique full of charm and whimsy. Emma is graciously offering one LCH reader a $50 voucher for her shop! You'd be surprised at what $50 can get you in this charming little place. Check it out!


Visit JiJi KiKi and browse around. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know what you'd spend your $50 on! Be sure to leave an email address or Twitter name so I can contact you if you win!

If you'd like additional entries: Like JiJi KiKi on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Follow on Pinterest.


Please leave a separate comment for each entry! A winner will be drawn at random late next week! Good luck! xo

Congratulations Dawn! Please check your email!

Things I Love Thursday

♥ love this handlettering ♥
up to 60% off AND $20 off orders over $100! 
use the code "halloween20" 'til nov 1st!
this adorable pup (SO many other costumes at the link) ♥
this dress!!! i'd wear it every day. ♥
these wise words. ♥
this picture, y'all... seriously. ♥
this is a displeased kitty. ♥
♥ this happy horse! ♥
this gif is fitting for halloween ♥
this totoro bed! ♥

// So many of you may have caught wind of Ann Coulter publicly referring to President Obama as a "retard" on Twitter the other night after the final debate. Well, a lot of people didn't like that. Special Olympics athlete John Franklin Stephens penned this open letter to Ms. Coulter. It is seriously beautiful. Please read it.

// Roxy's blog is seriously one of my favorites because she always has something awesome to share. The past several posts on GrrFeisty are no exception! She always seems to have such a happy attitude and it's contagious! 

// Kanye Wes Anderson. Get into this, because this is too good!

// My Brown Baby's post: Why I'm Voting for Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election. This is also a really solid read. My politics are showing I guess, but this is an eloquent post.

// This is my absolutely favorite thing in this shop. I really want it for my coffee table!

// This is such a sweet gift.

// LuLu*s website got a makeover! It's so fresh and clean! (On the verge of breaking out into an Outkast chorus here)

// Wishlist Wears: this bright red bag! -- this sexy plunging (!!!) dress (i know, who am i?!) -- this orange dress (and absolutely everything it's styled with! swoon) -- this crazy wild dress is only $15 -- this kate spade ipad sleeve (it's so perfect!) -- this skull bracelet! -- i reallyyyy want this scarf in every color (from target!) -- my heart aches for these shoes -- and these (out of season) -- and finally, perfect motorcycle boots!

// Use the code FLIP4FALL over at Threadflip to get 20% off orders of $50 or more! (Valid only in October, for one use only! Get on it!) Feel free to shop what's left of my closet, if you fancy!

// Caitlin got a new blog! Say hello to Desert Dandelion! I adore that girl.

What are you loving this week?

Business Books That I (Seriously) Swear By

I love business books. I don't know why, but I do. Even in college, if it was a book about graphic design or business cards or anything like that, I had to have it. (Sadly I lost that entire collection in the flood. Boo!) Over the past couple of years I've been stocking up on indie-biz related books and I seriously can't get enough of them. I love to read them because they provide a valuable, unbiased insight into what it takes to run several types of small/handmade shops. Each one features multiple guys and gals in the industry, and you can't help but feel inspired when you flick through the pages. I thought I'd share my favorites today! Maybe you have a small handmade biz/hobby that you'd like to grow. If so, consider picking one of these up or seeing if you can borrow from a friend! I can't tell you how many times I've cycled back to them.


Craft, Inc. was one of the very first "crafty" business book I picked up. Along with Creative, Inc. I have found it to be an invaluable resource for so many little things you may not even think of when you consider starting a business. I really love that Craft, Inc. also had a Business Planner you could purchase to have all of your ideas in one place. To this day, years later, I still haven't used pen to write in it. I think that's because I'm fickle and I like having the option to switch things up. It was seriously a great tool to jumpstart the whole thing though. (There is a new revised version of Craft, Inc. available)


Creative, Inc., like I said, was one of the very first books I picked up. I remember that I let it sit on my shelf for entirely too long before finally delving in. Once I did though, that was it! This book is great because it doesn't limit it's audience to just craft show vendors. It's a great resource for freelance designers, writers, and illustrators (just to name a few!). Blog, Inc. and Mom, Inc. are both pretty new to the market. You may have caught wind of Joy's book tour which has been happening here in the past few weeks for Blog, Inc. Mom, Inc. is for the mom who works from home and juggles both children and a professional workload, no matter what that may be. I haven't finished either of these yet but I'm already loving what I've read since bouncing back and forth. The Inc. books really provide a boatload of information and insight without feeling like they're going to overwhelm you. I think that's my favorite characteristic of them.

The Boss of You was recommended to me by Beca last year. I quickly picked it up off of Amazon and much like Creative, Inc., I let it sit around and gather dust. I finally found myself with some spare time one night and I blew through it. I love the spin of it being a female-aimed book. Granted, all of the others have a definite feminine spin, but with the exception of Mom, Inc. they could all be written for guys, too. The Boss of You is written to inspire the inner business woman in you to take charge and make things happen.

These two books by Kari Chapin are goldmines. The Handmade Marketplace came out a few years ago and I remember first seeing it when I lived in NYC. It's a great starter book for a wide variety of handmade artisans. Regardless of whether you sell at craft fairs, flea markets, Etsy, or your own brick and mortar. You've probably noticed the plethora of tiny post-it notes on the Grow Your Handmade Business book, yeah? Well, you know I love post-its! I ordered this one at the same time I picked up Mom, Inc. and Blog, Inc. Without a doubt I think this book might have to be my favorite. Kari packs in a bunch of "exercises" for you to brainstorm and work through your ideal business plan. I think it's such a valuable tool and I've been taking full advantage of it. 

Are you a biz-book reader? Do you have any you'd like to recommend? I'm always on the hunt for books that will help expand my mind and aid in growing my businesses. I know it really comes down to hard work and smart business decisions, but hearing how other ladies have gone about it really inspires me. All of these are truly wonderful in my opinion! Happy Wednesday, friends!

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PS; If you look under the main part of the Amazon page, you'll see options to buy these books in different "packages"... that'll save you quite a bit of money! You can get bath Kari Chapin books for only $21, rather than the typical $26-$33)

* Disclosure: This post features affiliate links from Amazon. If you'd prefer not to purchase through me, that's totally fine! Just go to Amazon.com :)

Holiday Sponsorship + Photography Deal!


It's been many moons since I did an official sponsor call on LCH, but I thought I'd share the news that we have loads of packages and sponsorships to choose from for November, December, and January! (I know the holidays have technically passed for January, but we've got some things up our sleeves!) Feel free to check out the updated stats + traffic on the sponsorship page, then give me a shout via email for rates and availability! Super excited about sharing loads of awesome shops, blogs and products with LCH readers! 


Also, while I've got your attention: Him + Honey has a November special for portrait shoots! Check it out and email us if you'd like to book a date! The crisp Autumn leaves deserve to be captured, don't you think? xx

I'd Rather Be Wearing

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Just a quick sampling of a dreamy Autumn outfit. Perfect for crunching leaves and perusing the pumpkin patch. Autumn camouflage if you will. Meanwhile I'm spending part of today figuring out how to take my overly-Summer wardrobe into the cooler, crisper temperatures. Not even black tights can save some of these floral frocks. Might have to retire them for the season. What's your dream outfit for Autumn?