10.30.14

DRESS YOUR TECH / 71

going through a breakup? yeah, i feel ya on that one. they are pretty rough on the soul. i thought that these desktop designs might give you the little pickup you need to get you through your day. thanks to lauren essl of blue eye brown eye for creating them for us!

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sometimes you just need a little reminder to shake it off…

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10.29.14

BLOGSHOP ANYYYYYTIME!

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so this is pretty big news for blogshop! we have been working for MONTHS to get our online photoshop class available to everyone and anytime they choose and it’s FINALLY HERE! now you can have a mac or a pc, you can sign up any day you’d like, AND from anywhere in the world.

to express my excitement i’m giving a $50 discount to designlovefest readers through november 1st!

sign up: HERE
use this code at checkout: BlogshopHeartsDLF

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how blogshop online works now: you sign up and receive a login to your email. once you USE the login you have 48 hours to stream the class from home. but don’t worry, just because you sign up that day doesn’t mean your 48 hours starts right then. you have to actually activate it when you are ready to start. the video is roughly 4 hours long and goes over everything we teach in our in-person class. we want to give you lots of extra time to practice these exercises and feel comfortable with the tools. we recommend you set aside about 8 total hours if you want to get a lot of practice!

here, you can watch this trailer that gives you a REALLY good idea of what we teach in blogshop online…

grab that discount code and get started! it’s time to make your blog or brand look beautiful.

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10.29.14

THE PERFECT CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

i’m going to let you in on a little secret about love and it’s called homemade chicken noodle soup. few things will win you the undying love and affection of someone more then presenting them with a steaming pot of chicken soup while they’re sick in bed or just plain down on their luck. joanie tells me that this recipe is why her fiancé fell in love with her. maybe i SHOULD try this more often. ha!

chicken noodle soup
yields: 6 servings

ingredients: 

• 4 gloves of garlic
• 2 leeks
• 4 stalks of celery
• 4 carrots
• 12 ounces fusilli noodles
• 2 chicken breasts
• fresh rosemary (you can use dried)
• fresh thyme (dried okay)
• olive oil
• salt + pepper
• 2 boxes of chicken broth

 
• the most time consuming part of this recipe is the chopping. so, i like to get that out of the way first. begin by chopping  the garlic, leeks, carrots, and celery. next, heat two TBS of olive oil in your soup pan over low/medium heat and add your leeks, garlic, and a little salt. sauté gently for a few minutes and then add the carrots. once the carrots have soften a bit pour both boxes of broth into the pan and add the celery.
• heat some olive oil in a skillet until hot, add salt and pepper and place both chicken breasts in the oil to brown for 2-3 minutes on each side. once their browned add them to the broth until cooked through.
• remove the cooked chicken breasts from the broth and add the noodles. cut or shred the chicken into little pieces and return to the pot. heat until the noodles are tender, about 10 minutes. remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste. enjoy!
(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest, recipe by joanie cusack)
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10.29.14

GIVEAWAY / HUSET

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we have a really cool store here in los angeles called huset. it features modern scandinavian products and it’s one of those places you could spend an hour in just wandering and looking at all of the beautiful things. such great taste. how about these black and white tumblers? check out their online store and enter below to win a $250 shopping credit!

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10.28.14

FALL INSPIRED TABLETOP

i definitely get my love for tabletop decor from my momma. she is literally obsessed with themed tables, so i always grew up watching her work her magic. this season, we were asked to create a fall-themed holiday tabletop incorporating some of our favorite target items. i found so many items that i loved from the line and we went to town….

i kept imagining greenery floating over the table in this all white space and luckily kristen and amy from moon canyon made it happen for me with some string from the ceiling. we bought a bunch of linen for the tables to keep it very simple and elegant (tip: you can buy linen at your local fabric store for under $5/yard), added the bentwood chairs and let the table decor stand out.

i was able to stop by my friend emily henderson’s video shoot (see the final one here!) set for target a few weeks before i started on my table ideas. first of all, i love seeing my powerhouse lady friends in action! there was like a 75 person crew there, and she rocked it. it’s also fun to see them recreate these rooms from scratch and how real they look once you are in them. it’s all pretty fascinating. so i hung out there for a while, got inspiration from their styled tables and picked out a few of my favorites to use in our shoot.

i think my favorite product from the target collection are those threshold cement + gold and polkadot vasesi love the varying heights to create the perfect fall centerpiece, which i find a little more interesting than just one larger arrangement.

the perfect cheese plate has a lot of variety and textures. colorful fruits, nuts, and olives in small containers to keep things separated. salami, pre-made crostinis, and lots of cheese options. we always have fun putting together new variations! we used this agate tray, which blended perfectly with our fall colors.

shop this scene: above: Threshold white hurricane and Threshold serving tray. below: Threshold wood center piece trayTarget rose gold flatwareCB2 drinking glasses, and Threshold cake stand. 

try a simple white cake with greenery around the bottom. it looks so stunning and it’s so easy to create at home. we added little floral bundles and watercolor place cards on each plate. and how great is that rose gold flatware and modern cake stand?

shop this scene: Threshold dinnerware, Target wooden salad bowl, and Threshold hostess set for serving. 

my mom always taught me to pay attention to every last detail. even something as simple as drinks that fit the color theme make such a difference in the look of the table! also make sure to think about your textures! we mixed simple white linen with wood bowls and rustic bread to complete the scene.

persimmons look amazing in the moon canyon arrangements, and also just laying around on the table to add an outdoor vibe.

what did you take away from these table ideas? are there any you would like to recreate for your home? we hope you are feeling inspired for the upcoming holiday months!

styling by designlovefest
photos by brittany wood
 florals by moon canyon 

(this story is sponsored by target, thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create original content for you.)

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