09.10.19

GEORGE JOHN AND MICK

george john and mick | designlovefest

i’ve been more inspired by vintage men’s style lately. i was watching the george harrison documentary on netflix last night and was thoroughly enjoying all of the outfit inspiration. george has my heart, but john and mick had so many great looks that i had to add. the colors, pattern mixing, suits, scarfs, kimonos…i love!!

george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest

09.05.19

A FALL STYLE GUIDE!

fall style guide | designlovefest

fall is right around the corner and we’re starting to see all sorts of cozy pieces popping up (lots of teddy fleeces this year!). i find myself not being ready for the change in season and at the same time being drawn to coats and sweaters.  mustard is a color i’m very into for fall this year (like this tiered stain dress for under $100!) and i think it’s one we’re going to be seeing more of, burnt orange as well (also, get ready for lots of tie dye happening over the next year!) and corduroy, prairie dresses and the 70’s suit is still sticking around. i’ve also noticed more quilted jackets popping up which i’m personally a big fan of, they can be seen as too grandma for some but i think with the right cut they are chic. here are a few fall favorites i’ve been eyeing, i tried to pull lots of options at reasonable price points…

lots of neutrals with a splash of orange! white boots are all the rage right now. neutrals can seem boring to buy but they pack a big punch, something you reach for over and over again like that turtleneck sweater (and it’s $25!) i also love the pile jacket with the high collar, something about the collar makes a cozy jacket chic (it comes in black too!). 

fall style guide | designlovefest

this coat comes in three great colors but i’m partial to the cream version, can’t say no to winter white!

fall style guide | designlovefest
fall style guide | designlovefest

a classic henley is hard to find, so i was excited to see that everlane made one this season in three different shades. also very into the cord jacket in lilac and the quilted coat below. with almost a thousand positive reviews on those boots, i think these boots are a must try and you can’t go wrong with a bow front blouse (in a liberty print!) for fall.

fall style guide | designlovefest

if you’re feeling sad about the transition to fall, shorter/darker days, buy a few sweaters in soft colors like this pale pink one above.

fall style | designlovefest

ribbed turtleneck for the winner! cute on its own or under overalls or a dress. and the perfect prairie dress below, love that shade of green.

fall style guide | designlovefest

that’s all folks, enjoy the last bit of summer!

09.04.19

FOR YOUR WALLS

julia dittberner | designlovefest

my friend julia lives in Japan and creates the most beautiful pieces using acrylic and collage. i love the color wheels she created and also the wood panel art. her colors, textures and lines are so soothing. (and all of her prices including international shipping from japan!) you can see all of her work here. a few of my favorites below…

julia dittberner | designlovefest
julia dittberner | designlovefest
julia dittberner | designlovefest
julia dittberner | designlovefest

and a couple of her color wheels that i love…

julia dittberner | designlovefest

julia dittberner | designlovefest

 

08.17.19

MY HEALING RESOURCES PART 2

you know how when you decide you finally want to work out and get in shape, you dedicate like 3 days of hard work and think you should have abs already? (ha, well i did) i finally realized that this is what i was doing with my healing journey for a long time. knowing what I needed to do and actually DOING it are two very different things. we are SO stuck in our ways, comfortable (even with our pain), that we continue our patterns and behaviors year after year, over and over…frustrated when we receive the same outcome. until we finally decide we are exhausted. and only WE can decide when that time is. someone can recommend all the books, podcasts, workouts, diets…and you still might not be ready. you might read this, and it might not resonate, and that’s ok! i just hope it helps even one person feel less alone.

the problem is, we have to get comfortable with the UNCOMFORTABLE. accepting parts of ourselves we have tried so desperately to stuff down and hide. we have to actually feel the pain that we’ve experienced in our lives, that we don’t even realize are completely running the show. we have to start to listen to our bodies when we get overwhelmed with emotion and we feel tense and scared and anxious and sad…instead of just numbing those with food, alcohol, shopping, working, relationships…really feeling it fully. that’s the only way they will go away for good.

it’s uncomfortable (VERY), and people have a hard time with that. i know i did! but there was a little voice inside of me that started to become stronger. i started to finally see results, and was able to experience real JOY. and after a lot of hurt, anxiety, trauma, resentment, shame, and guilt…JOY is something you do not want to stop searching for. get addicted to joy! once you commit yourself to actually healing those dark corners and really living your life with more peace (and i really think i am only 50% there!) it all feels so much easier. lighter. more manageable. because life is already hard, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.

i wrote this first post a few months ago when i started to truly break through and find my true self. (which you will see feels a lot like a younger, innocent you. for me that was building forts with so much excitement, climbing trees without a worry in the world, picking cherries off the tree at my grandparent’s farm, riding my bike to school and feeling the warm wind rushing over my body.)

now i feel excited to share PART 2 (and it’s LONG but stick with me, ok?). i want these posts to be a place you can come back to if you are on that edge with yourself and need support, need resources, need to feel understood. a place that will inspire people, encourage healing, and ultimately bring people back to their own pure joy (because i really believe we all have that inside of us! it just feels harder to access the more pain you have endured).

last note before i start. sometimes it can feel over the top (i have struggled with it feeling self indulgent) to read all these books, spend time and money going to therapy and meditation and working out. it can feel endless and exhausting when framed the wrong way. i want to remind you that even the smallest changes (cooking a meal and focusing on mindfulness, or meditating 5 mins in the morning, or quickly writing down something you are grateful for that day) will start to SHIFT your mind. out of your old patterns and into a new place. don’t allow that part of yourself that wants to keep you in pain to discourage you.

believe me, i was a person that watched tons of reality tv, never read books, didn’t really workout, ate badly, drank too many nights a week, had co-dependent relationships, had little boundaries, avoidance issues, i was a workaholic….i tried all the ways to hide from my pain. it was a slow shift, and will probably change for the rest of my life, but i promise if you start small you will see results!! haha, man, i sound like a motivational speaker, but i guess i just have to be ok with that.

and remember, this is just MY journey. we all have such different lives. we all feel and experience pain differently. i never want to come off as a know it all, or arrogant, or like i have it all figured out. because i most certainly don’t. but i also know the changes i have felt are too big not to share and start concersations around! nothing but love for you all!!!

LIBRARY CARD

ok let’s start with a helpful tip that changed the game for me. having a library card allows you to use apps like Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy to rent FREE books, audio books, and movies. you can literally take yourself back to school, for free! (my husband calls my kindle my pacifier haha) i really encourage this because something that i want to address is that sometimes it can feel really overwhelming and EXPENSIVE to do all of this. but it really doesn’t have to be. and resources like this really take away our own excuses. they are free and available to everyone. if you don’t have time to read a book? listen to an audio book while you drive to work. you will want to start prioritizing your time to feel better. because when we feel better, everyone around us benefits too.

READ THE ENTIRE POST WHEN YOU CLICK THROUGH!… (more…)

08.16.19

SHRIMP SALAD!

shrimp salad | designlovefest

i have a fond memory of visiting my aunt in colorado and eating lunch on her back patio, a lavender gin cocktail and shrimp salad. i’d never had shrimp salad before then but it quickly became a favorite. i’ve only ever had the Ina Garten version but it’s so good with the orange zest and fresh dill that i’ve never felt the need to branch out. sharing her recipe below which is easy and perfect for these balmy summer afternoons. i love the month of august, when summer has settled in and everything feels a little more relaxed and the pace of life a bit slower. we just got back from NYC and it was the perfect summer trip, we had lobster rolls and strolled around the city getting caught in two afternoon rainstorms, drank rum coconuts in a bar with no AC that felt like being on a tropical island and sat on the roof of our hotel with a cocktail in hand enjoying the buzz of the city. so needless to say, i’m on a summer high and encourage everyone to make this shrimp salad and sit outside with a cold drink soaking up the sun! – joanie

shrimp salad | designlovefest

shrimp salad
recipe by Ina Garten
serves: 6

•2 1/2 pounds shrimp (12 to 15 count, this indicates the proper size of the shrimp)
• 1 tablespoon good olive oil
• salt + black pepper
• 1 cup g0od mayo
• 1 tablespoon orange zest
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
• 1/4 cup fresh dill
• 2 tablespoons capers
• 2 tablespoons small diced red onion

shrimp salad | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

• peel and devein the shrimp. place them on a sheet pan with olive oil and salt and pepper. toss to coat. spread the shrimp in a single layer and roast for 6 to 8 minutes until just pink. allow to cool slightly

shrimp salad | designlovefest
shrimp salad | designlovefest

• meanwhile, make the sauce. in a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, orange zest, juice, vinegar, salt and pepper. when the shrimp are slightly cooled, add them to the sauce and toss.

• add the dill, capers, red onion and toss well. the flavors will improve if you allow the salad to rest at room temp for 30ish minutes.

shrimp salad | designlovefest

we served our shrimp salad with butter lettuce and sliced avocado which was delicious but it would also be great on toast or served alone.

shrimp salad | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis 

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