fave friday


happy friday, friends.  in my wishing, i wish that this fave friday post was not a post but a conversation.   a cup of coffee kind of chat between friends.  i don’t want to waste the wish just on my friday posts because, really, i wish that for every post.  i love to look for the lovely, whether that comes by way of beautiful spaces or in the broken places.  and, i can’t help but share what i find or what i’m inspired by (whether it regards things or the very un-thing things that matter the most).  all of that to say… today, i’m picturing us and coffee and chatting about all of the topics in this post.  who knows what twists and turns this blogging world will take.  maybe one day we will have coffee or some type of virtual video one?  but, for now, in this today, grab your favorite mug and fill it with your favorite filling and have a read.  a moment to relax and relate.  i’d love to read your thoughts, your input, your words….even if you just want to say hello.

 if, i’m honest (i hate that i keep saying that phrase – so maybe it will be the last you hear it, because honesty and authenticity is tops with me) i’ve been tiring of blogging.  it is a lot to keep up with and while, i like latests, and growing and moving forward i’m not into keeping up.  it’s just not me.  i keep up with what i like and what i feel is right for me, but keeping up to keep up makes me uncomfortable in my skin.  blogging is a lot of work.  a man made beast that, some days, i’d like to beat and move on.  but….here i am, still.  because, at the bottom of it i’m doing this because i can’t help but share (like i said above).  it’s the whole reason i started blogging 6 years ago and the same reason i blog today.  i’m a noticer, who can’t help but notice, an information gatherer, who has to store it and share it, and at the very core, i’m a writer who has to to write (all of these things came out in my strengths finder results – crazy but not so crazy.  and, have you taken these tests?).   and, then there is the best blessing of blogging, the bonus of bloggin, that i never anticipated which is the relationships i’ve created and the amazing opportunities that i’ve been exposed to.  i’ve found community.  like minded people that i can chat with, exchange information with and encourage.   and, some have even become in person, forever, kind of friends.  my heart is so grateful.

how are you feeling about blogs these days?  are you still reading them?  commenting on them?  i’m thinking about exploring this more with you in a future post.

i had no idea, this post was going to take that route, but sometimes thats how it happens… again, i just wanted to share my wish of a cup of coffee or tea with all who read this.

how was your week?  mine has been a good one.  i’ve been really trying to schedule time to write more, which is like extra doses of oxygen, for me.  i also got to spend some time with just my mom and daughter and that is always golden.  we popped in ikea, possibly my quickest visit ever, and i left with mostly plants and this lamp, which i love (oh + the silver planter is from here).


hey have you tried the new pippit app?  i like it.  truthfully, it’s another thing to keep up with, but it kind of combines 2 things in one.  blog reading and image sharing (think bloglovin’ + instagram – but you can click links straight from pics unlike insta).  if you want to give it a try, you can find me at lalalovelyblog and be sure to share your username, so i can find you.

ok, lets talk about all of this . . . .


01 / do you use self tanner?  found a fave?  tell me.  this post has me wanting to order today!

02 /  this DIY for a hanging shelf is a super sweet one.

03 /  fave post this week = planting vines, “it’s not fair to starve the soil.”

04 /  i’ve always wanted a matchstick holder like this.  now i can make my own (easy peasy).

05 / loving everything about this outfit for meeting friends.  what does your casual style look like?

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  • Barbara
    Commented on June 13th, 2014 at 1:26pm

    You always have a conversational friendly writer’s voice and so I feel comfortable in the best possible way when I come here. I’m totally late to board the blogging train, and I know I’ve done it all wrong so far. My lack of proficiency with technology shouldn’t limit the reach of my words, but it has. No one knows I exist. So … I could spend $ to get it all set up the right way or I could continue as I am with no one to read what I write or I could give up on the blogging idea altogether because many forecasts indicate it’s an idea whose time has come and gone. Does one need an audience to be a writer? A question I swirl about during bouts of insomnia or when folding endless piles of laundry. I hope you don’t stop writing things I can read because I love your writing so … but I totally get the idea about “keeping up.” Do that which makes you happy … and keep looking for the lovely. No matter what.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 15th, 2014 at 9:39pm

    thank you, barbara. that is such a nice compliment. it will certainly be interesting to see what will be come of blogging in the near future. i don’t think you need an audience to be a writer. you need an audience to be read. my best writing is in my journals and no one reads those. thank you again for your kind words and encouragement. i hope you keep writing too. if you love to write than sometimes you just have to for your own soul. at least that is how it works for me ;) xo . t

  • Janet
    Commented on June 13th, 2014 at 5:57pm

    I am new to your space here but love it already.
    I love to read blogs and I comment when something strikes my fancy.
    “Keep up to keep up” oh I get that too. I do not like that either.
    Have a good weekend and the links are great!!

  • Trina
    Commented on June 15th, 2014 at 9:35pm

    thank you so much, janet! and i’m glad to hear that you comment when something strikes your fancy. i know it takes time to comment – so i always appreciate the effort and of course, the conversation ;) hope your weekend was lovely! xo .t

  • lisa thomson-The Great Escape...
    Commented on June 14th, 2014 at 11:22am

    Nice outfit for meeting friends. I could definitely wear that and feel in my own skin. As for blogging, I totally get how you’re feeling. The rewards can be great but it is a ton of commitment. I’m still loving it though and meeting new people all the time. It’s been wonderful to find you here on Bloglovin’ as I like to stop over for some ‘pretty’ inspiration. I’ve been reading about bloggers taking a summer break and considering that might do me some good. A little time away and come back refreshed.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 15th, 2014 at 9:34pm

    such a great outfit, right? i’m so glad we’ve connected and i’m glad you are meeting s omany new people through blogging…as i mentioned that is one of the best parts of blogging – one that i never expected when i started. a summer break sounds great! i think i’m going to at least take a short one in, july ;) here is to new inspiration + a happy summer! xo . t

  • Mariella
    Commented on June 16th, 2014 at 10:10am

    I found your blog just recently and Love it! I have been blogging for a few years but somehow I never really shared my blog at least with the people I knew. That’s because I considered and still consider it my own personal space where I can allow myself to tell the story of my days and share the things I like with no interferences. There has been a time in which I wished for more readers but these days I am realizing I truly blog mainly for myself, to still enjoy a corner away from my mundane tasks. I believe blogging will be there as long as people are willing to write blogs, to share their stories and to connect. Social media are increasingly popular but don’t have the same depth and uniqueness certain blogs have.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 17th, 2014 at 10:04pm

    mariella, isn’t that so interesting. sometimes i feel more free to write things online than to share them in conversation with people in my everyday life. i’m not sure what that says about me? ha. my blog has definitely been my space to take a break from the mundane too! its so good for that. i hope people will continue to tell their stories and connect by way of blogging, for some time yet. xo . t

  • kimberly
    Commented on June 16th, 2014 at 4:13pm

    :) I think what you are feeling is what a lot of us are feeling who’ve been blogging for this many years.
    I love the community I’ve developed and the friendships I’ve made, both online and those that I’ve been blessed to have spill into “real” life.
    Blogging has changed in itself from each of us just writing our lives out over a virtual cup of coffee, or tea in my case, to blogs that seems like nothing more than a personal magazine, or eternal advertisement.
    Do we write simply because we must share our hearts, or will we write simply for hits on a post?
    I waffle on this myself. I’ve decided to just do my own thing no matter where it leads. It’s my life with all its randomness and beauty.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 17th, 2014 at 10:01pm

    thank you for your thoughts, kimberly. having made friends by way of blogging is definetly such a benefit. i think you have the right idea in doing what feels best to you. some days i love really editorial and informative posts, because i do appreciate and value learning what products my peers are really loving and i can’t help but share that information too. however, if there is never a personal voice or a bit of depth, than usually, that blog is not for me. xo .t

  • Jo
    Commented on June 16th, 2014 at 9:32pm

    You know, blogging does indeed seem to be running its course, in a sense. Which I find unfortunate. We just keep shoving aside communication in favor of blurbs and images. I always enjoyed the blog world because of the few personal connections made and the sense that we were, in some way, actually having tea and discussing life together. Lately I have been a silent listener, offering my comments on my favorite blogs, but not making any posts of my own. Somehow I feel like I have lost my voice. It’s been an interesting and difficult few years and words evade me. However, I hope that we hang in there and keep blogging for one another. We may be a smaller crowd than before, but that’s always been better, anyway, hasn’t it?

    By the way, I love the outfit. Just the feeling I have been going for lately.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 17th, 2014 at 9:58pm

    “shoving aside communication in favor of blurbs and images.” so true. there is some convience in the tightly packed punch of a tweet or insta photo, but i still love the conversation of blogs. and, likely even, the instagrammers i like best carry some form of conversation or story, by way of their images. i’m sorry to hear you feel like you have lost your voice. my guess is that you haven’t lost it, its just there is too much noise around you, at the moment. it will return…it always does, when you least expect it. i hope we can hang in there and keep blogging a bit longer too! always love your thoughtful comments, jo. they are good conversation! xo . t

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