man oh man. what a year. i took some time today to reflect on everything that’s happened this year, and it was pretty emotional. i felt like this year i found myself in work and sort of lost myself in my personal life. you guys watched while i went through two breakups, and definitely didn’t have the easiest time with it. now, i’m luckily and slowly on the mend and finding my place back on solid ground. during that time, i focused my energy into work and tried my best to create content i was proud of. and i really DO feel extremely proud. i was able to work with so many amazing contributors, brands and friends this year and made blog posts that made me happy. i took multiple jobs that scared me to say yes to and made them work. and i even joined tinder!
i’m so grateful for my small team of girls that help me keep this site going and encourage me everyday. now’s that time of year when the internet gets quiet for a while, i usually get into that emo “reevaluating” mode, and we all spend a little more time on the couch with a drink in hand. (and hopefully mashed potatoes on my plate) 2014 kinda turned me upside down a few times, i must admit. i wonder what next year will be like.
THANK YOU ALL. so so much. SERIOUSLY. for coming to this site, engaging with me even if i don’t always have time to respond to everything, i read all of your comments and they totally keep me going. it means so much to me that i could bring a glimmer of inspiration to your day. thank you for visiting this blog. i really appreciate it. enjoy your break and i’ll see you back here in a little while. -bri
here’s some of my favorite posts this year…
i got a bedroom makeover! see post here
tulum was one of the most memorable places i went this year. see post here
earlier this year, we went to thailand! what a crazy experience. see post here
SEE ALL OF MY FAVORITES AFTER THE JUMP…
for this weeks dress your tech, ali labelle, made some cool holiday designs for us. it’s time to switch up your desktop and get in the mood for the break next week!
my favorite is this merry happy design!
which one will you be downloading??
CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE DESIGNS THIS WEEK!…
“guidance from jim morrison: ‘take it as it comes — specialize in havin’ fun.’ this color palette is inspired by quentin jones’ ‘resort flash’ animation for another magazine.” –maddy
(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)
arro home is a new homeware and lifestyle label full of refreshing prints and colorful designs, in combination with classic styles. for our final giveaway of the year, one lucky reader will get $500 to their shop! new bedding anyone? (i’m so jealous of whoever wins this one!)
CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY & REDEEM DISCOUNT CODE…
there are few things more indulgent or festive then homemade egg nog around the holidays. and it’s even better if it’s spiked. my mom has been making this recipe for years and it’s always a hit. don’t be scared off by your previous egg nog experiences, this is delicious and easy to make and tastes nothing like the store bought version. - joanie
what you’ll need:
• 2 eggs, well-beaten
• 1/3 can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 quart whole milk
• 1 pint whipping cream
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• Kahlúa (optional)
• beat the heavy whipping cream, adding in the 2 tablespoons of sugar, until it forms a loose whipped cream consistency.
• in a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then mix with the condensed milk, vanilla, salt and milk. fold in half of the whipped cream.
• divide the egg nog into 5 glasses, add kahlua, if desired. we added about 1 ounces per glass. top with whipped cream and dust with nut meg.
(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)