10.18.18

PUMPKIN CURRY

pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest

when i lived in west hollywood there was a thai place around the corner from my house and at least once a week i’d order their pumpkin shrimp curry. i’d never had pumpkin curry but i quickly became addicted. the pumpkin flavor is super subtle but makes it really creamy and it complimented really well with the shrimp. i love it topped with a bunch of cilantro, a big squeeze of lime and fried shallots. it’s insanely delicious, you gotta try it. we made our own pumpkin puree for this recipe by cutting a pumpkin in half and roasting it until tender, scooping it out and blending it until smooth. not sure it’s worth the extra effort, i think next time I might just use canned. – joanie

pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest
pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest

pumpkin curry
adapted from this recipe on bon appétit
serves 4

• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 medium sliced onion
• 1 tablespoon minced ginger
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1 plum tomato, chopped
• 2 cups pumpkin purée (homemade or canned)
• 2 cups veggie broth
• 2 cups full fat coconut milk
• 3 teaspoons curry powder
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (less of you don’t like spice!)
• 2 cups chopped and roasted butternut squash
• 1 pound shrimp
• 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
to serve: 
• cilantro
• rice
• lime
• fried shallots (follow this guide!)

pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest

  • heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. add onion and ginger, cooking until soft 6- 8 minutes. add garlic and cook for one minute. add chopped tomato, pumpkin purée and cook for about 10 minutes. you want the pumpkin to slightly browned. add veggie broth, coconut milk, curry powder and cayenne and let simmer for 20 minutes (don’t shorten this time, this is when it thickens up!). and the cooked butternut squash and the shrimp, for this part i like to keep it on the heat for about 2-3 minutes and then turn off the burn and let the shrimp cook in the curry heat. the shrimp is cooked when it’s just pink!

pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest

• squeeze the lime juice on top and serve with cilantro, friend shallots and rice.

pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest
pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest
pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest

enjoy! such a perfect fall dish and a fun use of pumpkin that’s not bread or muffins.

pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest
pumpkin shrimp curry | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis

10.17.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 112

a little ingrid bergman in a palette inspired by juco. –maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

10.15.18

NEED SUPPLY FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE!

need supply sale | designlovefest

1. corduroy jacket and pants, so cute together or worn as separates. 2. this handbag, love the color and unique shape. 3. these chic white boots for fall 4. this pop of green jacket, a bright colored jacket is the best fall/winter accessory 5. the coziest looking teddy jacket (under $150!) 6leopard throwa under $60 reversible for the house 7. a rattan planter for the house and 8. a pretty set of cutlery

one of our all time favorite online shopping destinations is need supply and this week they are having their friends and family sale which means 20% off site wide* (use code 20FORYOU)! bri and i both picked our 8 favorite items, things we’ve been eyeing and that we’re putting on our holiday wish lists. they do such a great job curating pieces from all sorts of brands and at all sorts of price points. i can’t tell you how many great pieces i’ve scored in their sale section. they have one of the best denim selections around, one brand NEED is a fav, i love this classic style for fall. shop quickly as it’s my experience that things sell out fast, some of my favorite brands they stock and that rarely go on sale are ganni, paloma wool, annie costello brown and rachel comey.

need supply sale | designlovefest

1. under $100 corduroy overalls (love the crop on these!) 2. balloon sweater in vibrant yellow (under $70!) 3. the perfect fall jeans 4. serious heart eyes for this Clare V. bag 5. this sweater in my current favorite color 6. i love a good wrap skirt, and this with a cozy cropped sweater would be so good. 7. i know it’s fall but this cropped top and pants with a long open sweater over it is calling my name 8 . a twist on a classic bandana and in 100% silk 

*sale is site wide, use code 20FORYOU. exclusions apply: This offer cannot be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. Cannot be applied to previous purchases, gift cards, shipping fees or taxes. *Some exclusions may apply. Ends 10/19 11:59 PM EST.

 

 

10.11.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 111

oscar wilde in colors drawn from whit. –maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

10.10.18

LIGHTBOX

lightbox | designlovefest

excited to share this shoot with you guys!! i’ve been working with Lightbox Jewelry on an ongoing partnership and this was a shoot that I recently art directed for them. i’ll show you my inspiration, my idea process and the final product!

THE CONCEPT

Lightbox is a line of of jewelry created exclusively with lab-grown diamonds. their whole philosophy is to take something, like jewelry and make it more approachable, playful and fun. because the gems are lab-grown and not rare they are able to offer them at a much lower price point than natural diamonds ($800 per carat!) which makes them a great gift to give to yourself to celebrate a personal milestone, your sister or a friend. i like that they take the “romance” and seriousness out of fine jewelry by adding colors (blue + pink!) and keeping their images really lighthearted and inviting. for this shoot i wanted to enhance the beauty of reflection and the bouncing light that make jewels so appealing. taking the idea of brightness, light and shine and weaving that throughout the images. my mind couldn’t get away from that star flare, so i kinda ran with that idea and tried to incorporate it with the styling, the makeup, the lighting, the textures and the props that we used. i was very inspired by solange and her vibe! here’s some of my inspiration if you want to take a look….

i wanted it to feel playful, lively, and pretty without feeling too young. since they are a new brand i was trying to portray what my first impressions of Lightbox were in an image format. simple yet stunning. sophisticated and modern. i wanted clean lines, tonal colors, and a dreamy setting. jesse always understands how to dive into a concept and have fun with it, i love what she did with these!

we used almost every piece from their collection and had fun creating layers of necklaces and pairing multiple earrings. this moon earring is something we kept returning too, these classic white studs that we mixed with the pink princess cut earrings. we had fun playing with the circle and square cuts and mixing up the colors. this pretty pink pendant was a favorite for sure.

for the necklaces, i love the simplicity of a single stone like the halo pendant but then also having the option of going to town and layering it with different colors and shapes. we loved placing this winged piece below the pendant to frame it. this moon pendant was also perfect for the last look, the navy blue with the stars!

there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a shoot like this. it all usually starts with an idea, then i have to try to create a moodboard of images and colors that give off a similar vibe that I would like to achieve. i usually have multiple boards, one for the stylist, one for the photographer, one for makeup and hair…basically i try to be as specific as possible with my vision and then let them take it further with their inspirations and input!

i hope you enjoy seeing a little behind the scenes on shoots like this. i truly love putting them together and watching them come alive, so it’s really fun to share some details of the process!

these make me happy! i hope you will check out Lightbox, they are a super cool new company who i’ve loved creating content for… xx bri

(this post was sponsored by Lightbox).

photos: jesse chamberlin marble
art direction: bri emery
stylist: heather allison
makeup: suzie k beauty
production: vacation theory 

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