05.26.17

ROSÉ PUNCH

rosé punch | designlovefest

it’s finally friday and it’s a long weekend! we’re excited to kick back with friends and family, enjoy the day off and spend time remembering all of the men and women who fought and died for our country. if you’re hosting a bbq or just enjoying the day outdoors with a few friends this rosé punch is the thing to make. it’s super simple, partially hydrating thanks to the sparkling water and not too strong so you can enjoy a couple of glasses on ice.

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we used barefoot rosé as it’s on the sweeter side and provides a nice balance with the citrus. it’s also very affordable so you won’t have to break the bank to fill up your entire punch bowl!

what you’ll need: quantities vary depending on the size of your punch bowl. 

8 cups barefoot rosé
juice of 3 lemons
juice of 2 grapefruits
2 cups lemonade
2 cups sparkling citrus water (we used grapefruit)
+ optional simple syrup to taste (we didn’t use any but if you want it to be sweeter, go for it!)

rosé punch | designlovefest
rosé punch | designlovefest
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we purchased edible flowers from here. you could also do floral or fruit ice cubes or even frozen fruit skewers as a garnish. if you do the skewers, make sure the fruit is wet before you freeze it so if gives you that nice icy look for serving.

rosé punch | designlovefest
rosé punch | designlovefest

what are your memorial day weekend plans? are you planning to make any recipes that you’re excited about?

rosé punch | designlovefest
rosé punch | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis

05.26.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 65

pretty decorative lamps | designlovefest

i’m usually drawn to pendant lights and floor lamps, but i’m spotting so many cute and unique table lamps lately! colorful lamps are a pretty way to add a pop of color into your space. i love the look of a pink or marble lamp, and i really like the minimal look of a thin copper lamp. what are your favorites? lots of ideas and shopable table lamps below! happy weekend! erika

table lamps | designlovefest
table lamps | designlovefest
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05.25.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 191

free desktop downloads | designlovefest

we’ve got new desktop wallpapers in fun patterns from ann finkel today! aren’t they kind of like matisse’s cutouts? click through to download these funky wallpapers, and let us know your favorites in the comments!

free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest

free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
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05.23.17

UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

justin showed me the 60’s french musical Umbrellas of Cherbourg last night. the colors, fashion, styling…blew me away. very inspired. and i actually liked the story as well…you just have to listen to singing the whole time. but definitely check it out!

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05.22.17

STYLED / 16

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while buying new clothing and accessories can be a fun way to mix up your wardrobe it’s not always financially possible to shop for new pieces every season. i’m personally currently trying to cut back on my spending and shopping is one of the first things that goes. i wanted to share a few styling tips for mixing up and revamping your current wardrobe just the way it is, no new purchases required!  – joanie

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– i think the first place to start is with a closet clean out. go through your closet and pull out items you know you don’t wear or that make you feel any sort of negative emotion. for me, that’s pieces i bought and regret, things that no longer fit, items that have stains that i hope will someday magically disappear or items i still love but that are too damaged to wear (i.e. your favorite jeans with six holes in them). if you’re like me you’ll probably discover overlooked pieces that you love and have forgotten about. if you’re on the fence with giving anything away my rule is to give it one last try, wear it for a day, and by the end of the day you’ll likely know if it stays or goes.

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– don’t limit items to just day or evening – if you have a cocktail dress you love, wear it during the day with flats and a casual jacket, throw a t-shirt on under a dress to make it more day time appropriate, or pair with sneakers to make it more day appropriate. your favorite dress doesn’t need to be saved for special occasions only. i also like doing the reverse of that and if you feel like you have nothing to wear out, just elevate your day wear. your favorite jeans with sky high heels, a bold chocker or some big earrings, a fitted tee, blazer and a bold lip.

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– make small at home alterations – i like cropping my own jeans, i had a few pair of straight leg denim that just wasn’t cutting it full length but once cropped i started wearing all the time. don’t worry too much about making your hem perfectly straight. in fact, the uneven hem denim is a trend right now. i like the hem to be about 4″-5″ above the ankle bone. or, skip the cutting and give your jeans a nice big cuff.

STYLED | designlovefest

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– play with different color combinations – i know we all have our rituals, wearing the same t-shirt with the same pants, or skirt. but try mixing it up, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, bold colors, textures. i recommend having an hour to yourself in front of the mirror after you clean out your closet and just trying on different pieces to see what might go together. you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “why have i never worn this outfit before?!”

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– wear a dress as a skirt by adding a t-shirt or button down on top that can be tied at the waist – the trick to wearing a dress as a skirt is to make sure the waist is cinched. one option is to wear a button down and tie it high and tightly at your waist (actual waist, wear it goes in just below your rib cage, not below!). or, take a t-shirt and cut it about 4″ up from the front center and then you’ll have two sides to tie together. p.s. i thrift for a lot of my t-shirts so i don’t feel stressed cutting them up.

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-mix up your proportions – pair a short skirt with an oversized sweater, wide leg pants with a tiny top, a slim knee length dress with a big trench or long open sweater

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-and if you’re really wanting to shop, hit your local thrift store! if you feel overwhelmed by thrifting, here are a few simple tips to make it more manageable. go through racks quickly by feeling for fabrics, you can tell when you touch something quality (cotton, linen, silk, etc), look for prints – they’re easy to spot in a rack full of clothing, go for the sweaters – when people clean out their closets to make space they’ll often giveaway larger bulkier items like coats, jackets and sweaters. i’ve found so many great cashmere sweaters at thrift stores, especially in the men’s section.

most important tip is to have fun! fashion is meant for experimenting, try new styles, see what feels right!

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