DIYLulus Fresh Spaces: DIY Upcycled Containers


 Hello! I’m Ashley, the founder and crafter behind Sugar & Cloth. I’m so excited to team up with Lulus to get to share a few home DIY projects with you in a new series: Fresh Spaces. This week we’re bringing the perfect touch of gold to items around the house.

sugarandcloth_upcycledplanters-finished2aPeople often ask me how I come up with projects to create, but sometimes a DIY is only an arm’s length away and can be practically free if you reconsider some items you may already have floating around the house. For instance, instead of stowing away old planters for the winter or storing cakestands in the pantry when they’re not in use, you can create DIY upcycled containers with just a little paint or gold leafing, and give them a totally new purpose!

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GeneralLast Minute Valentine Cookies!


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OK, It’s Valentine’s Day you guys…did you get something for your sweetheart? NO?! Alright don’t panic, we have a quick solution for you. We searched the web for the best last minute ideas and we found a winner over on Rachel Cooks! Thank her profusely over on her blog, but first- make these cookies because you are running out of time! Now, grab a few ingredients you have kickin’ it in your fridge and whip together these super cute cookies that are irresistibly cupid-worthy! Using store-bought pie crust, these Valentine cookies are a super quick and easy fix for the slight oversight of you forgetting to pull together a gift! Now let’s hope he doesn’t forget the flowers!

Find the recipe here!

Image and recipe via Rachel Cooks

GeneralBlogger Spotlight: Mary of Happily Grey


For this edition of  blogger spotlight, who better to shine the light upon than Mary of Happily Grey! We have been lucky enough to work with Mary for some time and always enjoy her looks. Favoring classics with a bold twist, Mary is the perfect example of a total Lulus girl!  Using bold black and white patterns, chic sunnies, and a pop of color when needed, Mary always creates girly and chic outfits that are somehow both California-cool and New York-street-style!  Make sure to follow along on her blog for more daily inspo!

Guest BloggerHome for the Holidays with Jen of Jen Loves Kev!

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Today we have a guest post from Jen, who blogs over at Jen Loves Kev! We love reading Jen’s blog for so many reasons! a) She has the cutest kids ever! b) She has an amazing house! c) She is crafty and always doing fun projects for her home and with said cute kids! What is not to love there?! Take a look below for a sneak peak around her home and how she decorated this holiday season. Bonus: adorable shots of her little ones, Rowan and Finley! xo



“Happy Holidays Everyone! Jen here from Jen Loves Kev! Don’t you just love this time of year? One of my favorite parts is getting to decorate special around the house. In our house we love to use neutrals as a base and then add lots of color (and of course sparkles). I like to keep up most of our regular decor but add that special Christmas flair to it. For example, on our gallery wall the addition of a simple garland and christmas ball turns our deer head into Rudolph.

GeneralPumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Mara from M Loves M

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Our favorite sweet-tooth sweetheart, Mara from M Loves M, is back with another yummy dessert recipe! This time she shows us how to prepare one of her holiday favorites: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. We will for sure be making these yummy treats for the upcoming holiday. See below for the recipe!
Hi everyone! My name is Mara and I blog over at M Loves M. I started my blog in 2009, and since the very beginning (even before the outfit posts), I loved sharing some of my favorite recipes. I love to cook and bake, especially since I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I grew up learning from my Dad who is an ultimate master chef without being one. He seriously knows everything; the more complicated the better. While he likes using molecular gastronomy, I prefer to keep it a little more simple. One of my favorite recipes that I’ve made countless times are these pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. They are so incredibly good, and also so easy to make! I swear you really can’t mess them up. I love adding chopped toffee on top for a little crunch! They’re perfect for dessert, or even with your morning coffee!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 10 cupcakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (make sure it’s not pie filling)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toffee bars

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line muffin/cupcake tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, sugars, and apple sauce. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Divide the batter among the tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Spread cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with toffee pieces.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
Do you have a favorite fall/winter recipe? I’d love to hear! Feel free to stop by my blog M Loves M and say hi!