07.30.14

BANANA ICE CREAM

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i’m going to encourage you to buy an ice cream maker (we used this one!). you don’t have to, i swear…but if you do, you will not be sorry.  let’s make some banana “ice cream!”

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what you’ll need:

• 4 ripe bananas
• 1/2 cup almond breeze (unsweetened or sweetened depending on your sweet tooth)
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 vanilla bean
• pinch of salt

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in addition, i would recommend having the following sundae ingredients on hand to really impress your guests. chocolate syrup, chopped almonds, toasted coconut and waffle cone cookies. i skipped out on the whipped cream cause i felt like we were going for the whole non-dairy thing…but if that isn’t an issue for you, add that in, too!

for the ice cream: 

now i warned you about the ice cream maker. but you will see how easy this recipe and so many others will be if you have one, and if you don’t…well i have a suggestion for you at the end, so sit tight.

• combine all of the ingredients in a blender and before you blend, slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and then run a knife down the inside of the bean to extract the seeds. add these to the other ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.  transfer ingredients into said ice cream maker and voilà. it’s that easy. literally i think going to the grocery store is the hardest part of the recipe. you may want to keep the ice cream in the freezer until just before you serve. this stuff melts fast!

• if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can slice the bananas into thin pieces and freeze on parchment lined baking sheets, preferably over night. add these and the rest of the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth and serve immediately. this will have a bit more of a soft serve texture, but still really delicious!

(photos and recipe by jen gotch for designlovefest – want more food posts? click here! this post is in partnership with almond breeze. all opinions are my own.)

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07.30.14

GIVEAWAY / LULU & GEORGIA

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lulu & georgia is giving away a $250 gift card to their shop today! above is a few of my favorite items from their site. take a look around and enter below!

CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER GIVEAWAY & REDEEM DISCOUNT CODE… 

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07.29.14

MAKE IT / CLAY BEAD NECKLACES

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we love the chunky bead necklace trend that we’ve been seeing around and decided to make our own version for our “creative wednesday” activity at the studio last week. what’s great about these necklaces is that you can make so many different color and shape combinations to fit whatever outfit you’re wearing. hope you enjoy! -sheila

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what we used: 

• sculpey super sculpturing compound 1 lb. box (makes about 75 one inch beads)

• acrylic paint (in the colors of your choice)

• hole cutter

parchment paper

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white cord (1 yard per necklace)

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• start with clean hands and work area. knead each piece until clay is soft and smooth. we made a variety of shapes, but kept them around the same size (one inch). carefully cut the holes through the beads with the hole cutter.

• preheat your oven to 275°F. place parchment paper on a baking sheet. place the beads so that they are not touching. bake for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness of clay.

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• allow beads to cool completely. paint as desired. once they’re all dry, you can thread the beads with a cord or string of your preference. you can even use a thin chain if you want to get fancy. our favorite bead combos were white with a hint of color!

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have fun making these!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest

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07.28.14

PORTLAND & NEW YORK

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we have been teaching blogshop in person a little less this summer since we have an online version streaming as well. but this weekend we head to portland and in september we are going back to teach in new york! two cities i love very much. i hope you’ll join us. (print this off to your boss!)

sign up for PORTLAND BLOGSHOP HERE

sign up for NEW YORK BLOGSHOP HERE

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portland photos by bonnie tsang, new york photos here and here

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07.28.14

COLORFEST / 75

I picked this sweet peach shade this week for my colorfest board, I was inspired by this stunning vessel created by designer Ben Fiess. You might have come across his work lately, it’s super trendy right now. I just love the form of the jars and this color combination is super fresh. Do you like it? -stephanie

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shop these items: 1. shorts from zara, 2. top from zara, 3. kilim carpet from west elm, 4. charlotte olympia peach clutch, 5. espadrilles from madewell, 6. notebook form anthropologie. – inspiration ben fiess for poketo.
(want to see more colorfest posts? they’re all here!)

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