here are all of my favorite blogging moments & posts from 2012. a really huge thank you to all of you that have been following along this year. you have no idea how much i appreciate that.

natalie and I began working together on the DIY column in march. she has come up with some of the most creative projects and we have a lot of fun executing them together. soon after, we brought kim on board to starting shooting the column and it felt like a real team. this first post natalie and i did together, a painted camera strap, still is one of my favorites…

a few DIY POSTS for the holidays: 2013 CALENDAR  |  WASHI JOURNALS  |  HANGING LIGHTS

and it was fun to explore DIY videos this year too. i definitely hope to do more of those next year!

travel has definitely taught me a rediculous amount about myself. it has opened my eyes and inspired this blog beyond belief. paris is still the place that captured my full attention…i still think about going back all the time. it’s just the most magical place on earth. it was so great to get to travel there with my boyfriend for one trip and my best friend for the next trip.


and when we had some downtime in MEXICO!

it was my plan this year to really push myself with the style column. my love of costumes, concepts, color, and working with talented people came to the surface in full effect in 2012. people often ask me why i hide my face so often, which always makes me laugh. my goal was not to set out and model on this blog. it’s about the clothes and the ideas behind them.


or jumping around with lucky magazine…that was a good time.

still a true favorite of mine was working with max (in the hallway of our office building) and creating this fairy tale shoot! it’s like he could read my mind and knew exactly how i wanted these to come out…this was the post that got all my ideas spinning. i knew that style posts like this were going to take a lot of extra effort…and i was right. but i didn’t care.

and then max & i decided to take it in the complete opposite direction and went darker…

i get a lot of comments and emails asking for advice on blogging or graphic design. i remember sitting on the floor at the alt summit blogging conference last year and one of the panels i was listening to sparked something inside of me. i knew i needed to create more original content, add more contributors and ultimately grow. the advice column came alive that month…and every now and then i do more specialized posts about branding or working as a freelancer.


remember this post about jimmy’s awesome banners? and the video we made too…i love putting the spotlight on artists i believe in and really want to do more of that around here.

a partnership is always the best when they just let you run with your ideas. anthropologie approached us about doing a DIY event, it was so refreshing that they just let us do our thing. and we do so much internet conversing, so it was really special to meet people in person.

ANTHRO EVENT POSTS: DIY inspiration string  |  DIY pom poms

and i know you guys are probably like “we geeeeeet it. you love teaching blogshop.” but looking through all the group photos (over 1000 students now!) brings me endless joy. sharing my love of blogging and design with all of these people has been unbelievable. where in the world is this class going next year? i really want a class reunion…and for more dudes to sign up!

i wish this gif would allow me to include all of the group photos!

BLOGSHOP POSTS: all of them right here

it was pretty special to have jesse capture me & my guy at the beach. and no, they weren’t engagement photos…we are perfectly happy not rushing into any of that jazz. thank you arian for being the most supportive of my random jobs, ideas, travel spaz outs, stressed out mood swings and of course for your good hugs and video making skills.

POST: malibu mush

this year i focused on bringing more giveaways to the blog. we had one…ahem…incident. but we had to pick up and move on from that day. you will be seeing a lot more of them in 2013.

and the column that juuuuuust made it into 2012? florals! thrilled to see where this one goes in the upcoming months.


and boy oh boy do we miss jen gotch around here, eh? she brought us some delicious recipes this year! (she’s all busy running a business now, so we had to part ways. sadly.) one of my favorite recipes was this potato pizza.


it’s been cool looking back through the archives. to be honest, i don’t really have any plans for 2013. my brain and my editorial calendar feel a bit like mush around the holidays…i am sure you can relate…but i am hoping that a few days off will kick me into motion again. that’s usually what slow days do to me.

i’ll see you back here in 2013, ok? let’s make it a fantastic year.



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    Marta says:

    What a wonderful year it’s been Bri. You’re full of color and inspiration. Love your blog. Have a wonderful and restful holidays!

    Ha! I live super close to that teal building you posted in Paris. An impressive year. Keep on inspiring, Bri!

    Fabiana choi says:

    What an amazing year! It’s been awesome reading your blog everyday. Can’t wait for 2013! #makingdreamscometrue

    thanks for bringing us along this year – I’ve definitely noticing that the photos are gettign better, content sharper, and inspiration fuller. in pushing yourself on the blog, you’ve always inpired others to push harder to. have a wonderful holiday!

    Bitty says:

    It has been a wonderful privilege to have stumbled onto this beautiful blog almost exactly 1 year ago today. Thank you so much for all the inspiration and motivation you have given to me each day through your beautiful photos, quirky commentary and brilliant font and colour choices. You do great work girl! Have a good rest and I’ll catch you on the flipside. (Unless all that Mayan stuff is true and we all die tonight)<3

    joy says:

    you rocked it this year girl! i couldn’t be more proud of you!!

    Kate says:

    I can’t believe you’ve done all of these amazing things in a single year! Amazing work. Filing papers to start my business next week, so here’s hoping that by the dawn of 2014 I’ll have just as long a list–cheers girl!

    you rocked the socks off of 2012. happy holidays, bri!

    Dayna says:

    Omg. Bri, I totally love you and your blog, and I’m so glad I got to actually meet you at the Toronto Blogshop! You have no idea how much its helped me! Not just with my blog (which I plan on revamping after the holidays), but just to learn how to photo-style in a much more fun way. I’m applying to graduate school for Industrial Design right now, and knowing how to edit photos and use graphics has helped SO MUCH. I don’t know what I would’ve done without blogshop! (Actually, I do. I would’ve had to hire someone last minute, and the entire portfolio would’ve ended up so much less ‘me’.) And even just Angela’s emphasis on editing the number of photos to include and making sure no two photos show the same info, made my work look so much better. Anyway, awesome post and I’m so excited to see what you do in the future! Cheers, Dayna

    Kacie says:

    I loved looking through this! I bookmarked it so I can revisit…


    Judith says:

    What an impressive year, Bri! Loved following you in your adventures this year and can’t wait for 2013! Happy Holidays!

    Kitty says:

    WOW. What a year! Congratulations, and thank you for the inspiration to strive for more in 2013 🙂

    Noor says:

    I can not believe its almost 2013 wow what a year.

    yernieyip says:

    Aaaah what a great year it’s been. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year 😀

    Elizabeth says:

    How exciting to look back on all your hard work. I’ve loved following along and can’t wait to see what new avenues you take in the new year.

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

    Karen says:

    I stumbled upon designlovefest this year via Instagram geotagging because I happened to be at the same LA eatery as you one fateful day. A bit of a crazy way to find a blog that’s become a huge inspiration in my life – I’ve taken and learned so much from everything you post, your style, and your bright personality that I just wanted to say thank you and that so many of us really appreciate your hard work. Good luck in the next year!

    Becky says:

    Oh Bri. Perusing DLF is so much nicer than starting a new project.

    High five for a great year 🙂

    Helen says:

    Have loved reading your blog since I discovered it only last month Bri. Spectacular work! And so inspiring to read that some of your (what seems like longstanding regular) columns were only started this year! Happy holidays 🙂

    Leigh says:

    I love the shoot with you and your boyfriend! Those were some of the most adorable photos! I’m sure if you started a column on couple’s photoshoot ideas, it would be one of my new favorite columns! But I love all your columns! The DIY ones are so fun even though I haven’t tried any of them yet. Your style column is my favorite! I love your creativity that comes through in every shoot! I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2013!

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