12.14.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 216

we’ve got some festive desktop downloads for you this week! carolyn suzuki made these fun wallpapers for you this week. shop them as pins, and cards and more in her shop here.

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12.13.17

GIFT GUIDE / STOCKING STUFFERS

stocking stuffer ideas | designlovefest
image credit one kin design

this could be called stocking stuffers or just smaller, meaningful gifts that won’t take up all the room in your suitcase but will still give the receiver a general feeling of glee!

Pom pom beanie $4o (25% off that price today!) – because who doesn’t love a fun hat to wear all winter long!

True Botanicals face mist $48 – a major office favorite around here. this mist gives you an instant refresh and a bit of hydration which is seriously needed these time of year. spritz it on right before you put on your make up!

Massage gift certificate – every single one of us is going to need a massage after the holidays are over so set someone you love up with a gift certificate to treat themselves. if you’re in LA our favorite go to spot is The Now which offers really reasonably priced massages in the most relaxing setting.

Glossier cloud paint – i love all of the glossier products. i’m really not a make up girl and their products let me bump up my look for a night out without having that heavy i’m wearing make up feeling. their cloud paint is a gel based blush which blends really beautifully into the skin. i also love their boy brow.

Blackbird incense $28 – i own this incense and love it. you don’t need an incense holder. they come in little pyramid shapes and several delicious scents. it’s one of those things that someone might not buy themselves because it’s $28 but would be delighted to receive as a gift.

Mini Tool kit $28 – everyone needs a few tools hanging around for the occasional ikea assemble and such. we have this little kit at our office and it works great in a pinch.

Cape scarf $55 (25% off that price today!) – i know i post about these cape scarves all the time but i do think they are the perfect gift. excellent to bring while traveling on an airplane, perfect to throw on over your shoulder at the beach or to toss in your bag when you leave the house for the evening it might get chilly.

Honestly Hazel eye gels $36 – no one is above the occasional tired + puff eyes and these little hydrating gels do the trick. especially with all the holiday cocktail parties in our future.

Weekly meal ideas $7 – there is something really depressing about january and trying to muster up the energy to dive back into our normal routine. so i love the idea of gifting someone these weekly meal planning recipes. every friday they would get set 5 new meal ideas emailed to them for the week along with photos of each dish, prep-ahead tips and a grocery list. and it’s only $7/month. i personally really enjoy cooking but coming up with something to make is not always the easiest so this idea seems genius to me.

 

12.12.17

TOMATO SOUP!

tomato soup | designlovefest

’tis the season for soups! in the last week i’ve made chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, white bean with kale and sausage and this tomato soup that we’re about to share with you. my aunt anne is my go-to recipe expert as she bakes and cooks hundreds of recipes and shares the ins and outs of what’s good on her blog. if i ever need a recipe tested or perfected she’s my go-to girl! i asked her for the very best tomato soup recipe and she shared this one that she got from The Kitchen in denver.  it’s so simple and decadent! important note, make sure you use a good quality butter and tomatoes! i value recipes on two things, how they taste (obviously) and the ease with which they come together. i like cooking but i don’t want to spend too much time doing it. this recipe fits both of my criteria. i hope you make some this week and enjoy it with a grilled cheese sandwich. – joanie

tomato soup | designlovefest

the kitchen’s tomato soup
serves: 6-8
what you’ll need:
1 large onion diced
• 1 1/3 sticks unsalted butter
• 48 ounces good quality whole peeled tomatoes, undrained (San Marzano brand is recommended!)
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• extra virgin olive oil

tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest

• in a large pan, melt butter over low heat. add the chopped onion and a big pinch of salt. reduce heat to very low, cover and cook onions for 30 minutes, until translucent and soft but not browned.

• add the tomatoes with their juices. increase heat to simmer and cook for 25 minutes.

• blend the soup in your vitamix or blender (you may have to work in batches!) slowly adding the cream and adjusting the salt to taste. in my opinion, this soup needed a lot of salt! serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil!

tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest

stay warm, friends!

tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest
tomato soup | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis

12.08.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 92

with the holiday gifting season here i wanted to share some gift ideas for home decor lovers. i like the idea of gifting something very special like a handmade ceramic piece, potted plant, or a unique handmade storage basket. i love to shop from small shops for gifts that are handmade and splurge worthy items that someone might not treat themselves with normally. a few other gift ideas for home decor lovers are coffee table books, candles, and tschotskes like crystals and thrifted finds. there are so many special home decor gifts to give, what are your favorite gift ideas? – erika

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12.07.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 215

christina fluegge from greige design made these pretty floral desktops for us. love these pretty peonies so much! aren’t they the perfect desktop wallpapers for these colder winter months? click through below to download them for your computer!

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