11.22.19

MUSINGS #4

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thanksgiving is a week away and i’m already looking forward to a big meal followed by a nap. i’m making this almond cake that i mentioned a few weeks back and a side dish that i haven’t yet decided on, i want to make something with non-traditional flavors like fish or soy sauce. one of those memory photos popped up on my phone of thanksgiving two years ago in england and it made me miss the rainy, grey days with big fires and rich food. the first three photos are from my stay at the pig hotel (which we loved) and the bottom photos are from the soho farmhouse which i’ve never been to but looks charming.  –joanie 

so many sales to shop next week. i’m eyeing 20% off at parachute home, 30% off at H&M (check out this post for some favorite sweaters), and 30% off at adidas which is always when i buy a new pair of running shoes, i love the ultra boosts! i like to bookmark what i want before the sales start so that i can shop quickly and go back to enjoying family time.

musings | designlovefest

these knives from food52 are so beautiful and would make a great fit. and as far as knives go, are very affordable for Japanese steel. i love the pink and orange color best. if you’re going to upgrade one knife in your kitchen i’d 100% say the chef knife, it’s definitely my MVP.

if you want to contribute something to thanksgiving but don’t want to cook/bake, order a caroline’s cake! my mom sends me one every year for my birthday and they are truly delicious. my favorite is the carmel cake and coconut cloud.

musings | designlovefest

my friend just launched a travel company called allcall where you can buy curated itineraries for destinations for just $8/day. your trip is basically fully laid out for you without having to do all the time intensive research. lots of fun destinations in there already like aspen and tulum and bri’s guide to new orleans!

bri made this vegan curry last week (you might have seen on stories!) and i loved it so much i made it this week. our edits were japanese sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes, two cans of regular coconut milk, and i left out the cumin seeds and did a teaspoon of cumin powder instead and doubled the turmeric. i feels very nourishing but also comforting.

the net-a-porter sale just started, i always pick up a few things every year. in my opinion, it has one of the best sale selections. i’m on a big sequin kick and had a birthday gift from my mom to cash in on so i bought this dress to try for New Year’s Eve. i also love this emerson fry dress and this one from mango. nothing more festive than wearing something super sparkly to ring in the new year!

musings | designlovefest
musings | designlovefest

we took a ceramics class last weekend at still life and it was so much fun! i highly recommend looking up a studio in your area and seeing if they offer an intro class. it’s a good outlet.

and finally, i need a good holiday chill on the couch book recommendation. i’m currently reading the healer within, which i love but it isn’t really a fun, easy holiday read so send your recommendations my way!

musings | designlovefest
musings | designlovefest

source for the bottom four photos is trendland

 

11.21.19

A MODERN THANKSIGIVING

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thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! it’s celebratory and fun but still low key. i love creating a menu, spending the entire day in the kitchen with a glass of wine, stirring, chopping, tasting and baking. we’re hosting at our house again, which we did for the last two years and it was really fun. we teamed up with whole foods market (my favorite grocery store!) to put a modern twist on the thanksgiving meal by ordering a fully prepared turkey and making all the sides. for me, the turkey is the hardest part so having that out of the way lets me focus on the sides which i love. smashed potatoes, green beans, roasted carrots, a big salad, time consuming but worth it stuffing… yum! if you want to preorder your thanksgiving turkey go here. or see this post for details.

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

and now for some menu inspo! i love looking through the thanksgiving issue of bon appetit to get inspired. the classics, but with a bit of an update is what i love. and also a balance of flavors, thanksgiving is about a plate full of food so you don’t want any one thing to be too intense and over power the other dishes, everything should work together!

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

some recipes we love! these smashed potatoes (pictured below) are SO good. they require boiling, frying and broiling but are 100% worth the effort for the crispy outside and tender inside. these roasted carrots are deceiving because they look simple but have a ton of flavor, the fresh lemon juice at the end paired with the creamy avocado and a sprinkle of salt is addicting. and the stuffing, which really is the star of the show, right?! i made this recipe last year and i’m making it again this year because it was that good!

for dessert, how about pie but make it chocolate! this recipe is delicious, so rich but so good! we also did an entire post on pies with the best pie baker in town, Valerie, that you can check out here for tips and tricks.

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

if you have leftovers, make a simple turkey for chicken substitution and bake a pot pie. you can make a mini or full size version with this recipe. and you can’t go wrong with the tried and true post thanksgiving turkey sandwich. what are you making this year?! have fun in the kitchen, cooking for the people you love!

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
florals by: under new mgmt

11.13.19

STYLED | KEEPING WARM

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cold weather is upon us and there are so many cute coats, sweaters, jackets, knits, etc. out there right now that need to be highlighted! i know i’ve said it many times before, but if you’re looking to up your winter game without breaking your budget h&m is where it’s at! for sweaters, i often like to order them oversized (if you like that look), i’d recommend going one to two sizes larger than you normally wear (unless it’s cropped, than order your regular size because cropped sweaters will just get bigger, not longer). lots of neutral sweater picks below because they go with everything from jeans and can be worn over your favorite dress, paired with skirt, under overalls…. and if you’re looking for some real chilly weather styling inspo, check out Sézane. Us Army Oakley Sunglasses Discountthey are always killing it with their color and texture combos!

all the sweaters directly below are from h&m and many ring in at $35!

sweater with pearl beading $35: i love this sweater in white with the chic beading detail. perfect paired with a stain skirt for a holiday party or with jeans on the daily.

Balloon sleeve sweater $35: this comes in two great colors but i’m always going to be partial to anything in a shade of green. i love the ribbing on this, makes it very chic!

fine knit hooded sweatshirt $25: this has a slightly sporty look to it and it’s great for layering under a jacket or wearing during your travels. also comes in lots of great neutrals!

knit sweater $35:  this sweater may look simple but it’s the classics that always get used again and again. Khan Sunglasses Wholesale Cheap Pricesand this is a great example of one i’d order in a size bigger for a chic oversized look.

leopard sweater $35: animal print is a major trend this season and this is a great way to test the waters and see if it’s a fit for your style. next stop, animal print coat!

light purple sweater $60: this is the prettiest color and one that will certainly life spirits on grey days. digging the fitted sleeve which makes it very practical for reaching across tables 🙂

alpaca cardigan  $80: on the pricer side but this cardigan might be my favorite in the whole round up. i love the way they have it styled over a dress. it has a 70’s feel to it and the buttons and color are perfect.

chunky turtleneck sweater – a big YES to this sweater, especially in the rose color. i had a similar one from the Gap in year 2000’s and i still regret giving it away.

beaded wool sweater $99 – sure to sell out, this is a fun piece for holidays and again, i really dig the beading!

styled | designlovefest

and now for some picks from & other stories, urban outfitters and need supply! slightly more expensive than the options above but very cute and practical.

fuzzy coat $69: fuzzy coats are all the rage and there is a reason why, they’re so cozy and fun to wear!Electric Bpm Polarized Sunglasses

plaid belted coat $279: there are so many long jackets i love out there but if you’re looking for a plaid one i dig this print.

workwear jacket $149: this is a great structure piece and would be really cute with something flow-y on the bottom, like wide leg pants or a skirt.

Teddy coat $120: another teddy, but i love the pockets on this one.
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metallic sweater $69:  the perfect holiday sweater! i love this coppery color.

leopard sweater $119: another leopard sweater, i know. but i really like this one. the slightly puffed sleeve makes it.

mock neck sweater $99: i own a sweater in this color and it’s such a nice jolt of energy and can bring vibrancy to any look.

cropped striped sweater $69; black and cream is one of my favorite color combos and it’s surprisingly hard to find. happy to stumble upon this one!

Janet liner jacket $175: i saw someone wearing this in person and it was so cute i had to track it down!

styled | designlovefest

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11.04.19

OUR ROAD TRIP HONEYMOON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

we spent 6 months not really knowing what to do for our honeymoon, we contemplated skipping it, and then one day we just decided to do a spontaneous two week road trip in a van through arizona, utah, colorado, and new mexico! we enjoy that way of travel the most, and somewhere far and fancy felt like too much pressure. it was the BEST decision and we had such a blast!

we rented the nora sprinter van from Go Camp. it was fully stocked and ready to go. it had a table that converted to a queen bed, a small bathroom, and a kitchen with a stove top/oven/sink. plus everything we needed like bedding, utensils, tent, sleeping bag, camping chairs, a heater…everything really. we were driving around 3,000 miles so we wanted something that felt sturdy, safe and fast. the vanagons will be what we will rent for our california road trips!

we did a mixture of camping in the van and a few hotels along the way. some nicer, some motels. it was a really great balance. i’m excited to share our itinerary and hope some of you stop at these spots! I recommend just starring a bunch of places in your google map, plan out a loose itinerary and just hit the road. we went in the off season (oct 18-nov 1st) so some things were closed but mostly it was not crowded and great. let me know if you have any questions!

ok, here we go…

LA > ARIZONA

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

LA > SEDONA

I hadn’t been to sedona since I was a young kid, but I remember being amazed by the sunsets and the red rocks when I was there. there sure is something pretty magical about that place!

we camped at rancho sedona RV park for 2 days and got familiar with the van. it was close to town (we walked a lot), clean and right by the water. I heard amara resort and spa is nice to stay too – here is a $50 off any hotel link if you want!

we really liked indian gardens cafe & market for breakfast (we also stocked up on beer and snacks for the trip here). I heard that mariposa latin grill is worth checking out. we ended up cooking in the van most meals.

we did a pink jeep tour at sunset. pretty touristy, but also so gorgeous so I think it’s worth it.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
  
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

ARCOSANTI

this was actually our first stop on our way to sedona, about an hour away. arcosanti is an architecture dream! this place has been on our list for awhile, so I am really happy we were able to see it finally. it’s an “experimental city” where people live, but many just visit and tour the place. I find the shapes, windows, colors, and vibe there totally fascinating. check their site and book a little tour. they are strict about not just wandering around on your own.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

SEDONA > ZION NATIONAL PARK

I was considering going to amangiri for a night because it looks gorgeous but I just couldn’t justify that nightly rate. my friend ashley told me about this ranch in zion called zion mountain ranch that was was affordable and super cute. it’s a bunch of individual cabins and there were grazing animals (baby bison!) and chickens on the property. the drive to get there is really pretty too so I am happy we saw more of Utah on the road.

we also had a cozy farm to table dinner at the restaurant on the property and s’mores on the fire after.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

the next morning we grabbed breakfast at a casual diner, thunderbird restaurant, on our way out of town (there are only like 2 spots to eat around there)

ZION > ANTELOPE CANYON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

SEE THE WHOLE TRAVEL GUIDE AFTER THE JUMP!…

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10.29.19

OUR WEDDING!

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wow, 6 months seriously flew by!! we’re on our road trip honeymoon this week and got to see our wedding video for the first time. it takes us RIGHT BACK to that magical day and we are so happy with it. i haven’t really blogged about the wedding yet (except an invitation process post here!) but here are a few of my favorite photos from the day. this post tags all of our awesome vendors in case you are curious.

we are heading back on the road now, going to see white sands national park for the first time! lots of love xx bri

wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest

and here is our wedding video! steve pappin of shark pig weddings has been my friend for a decade now. we used to share a studio together and he actually filmed my first blogshop class back in the day (hence the throwback footage!) i love that guy and i’m SO SO impressed with his creativity. this wedding video is something we will cherish forever.

photos: jesse chamberlin
film photos: caitlin hebert
video: steve pappin of shark pig weddings

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