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eating out at restaurants. can we call this a hobby? it’s definitely a huge part of our lives over in the designlovefest office. we get these two questions a lot, so we figured we would answer them here in our new LA column. and please answer below in the comments with YOUR two faves so we can try some new spots!
WHAT’S A RESTAURANT YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR FRIEND FROM OUT OF TOWN?
joanie: brunch at the commissary at the line hotel. i love that you get to sit inside the greenhouse and that it’s right next to the pool. feels like a mini – vacation
bri: for dinner, i would say speranza for pasta and wine and a patio full of plants. i’ve had many looooong friend conversations on that patio. they make their own pasta there too! i love the linguini with clams. ps, make sure you get the free almond cookies at the end.
erika: the rooftop bar at the ace hotel. it’s a great way to show them the city with a good view. plus, there’s live music from time to time.
wendy: chado tea room, cute place to experience a fun tea tasting where you’ll select your favorite tea flavor as you pair it with their delightful sandwiches, scones and dessert. perfect for a party of two!
natalie: the edendale, they have food if you feel like you need to eat without having to do a sit down dinner (but they have that option too) and there are lots of different areas to post up and have a conversation.
WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DATE SPOTS?
bri: little beast. this is my NEW favorite date spot. it’s in eagle rock, the food is great and it feels like you’re dining in someone’s cozy house. mushroom risotto, whole chicken, beets and burrata. good for the soul.
wendy: maru santa monica. ideal location to go for amazing french and japanese inspired dishes, their dimly lit atmosphere creates the romantic mood while the scrumptious desserts complete the night. highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding, order two, you won’t regret it!
erika: mohawk bend. it’s a restored 100-year-old movie theatre and they have a TON of beer taps that are all $6.50. good beer = happy guy.
we’ve all probably been single at one time or the other. for some, it’s true hell, and others learn to embrace and love it. being single myself i have a lot of current perspective on it…
topic: SINGLE LIFE? what does that look like for you? what are the perks and what are the hard parts? how did you turn being single into being an opportunity?
happy almost weekend, you guys! i’m fighting off sickness so i’m going to lay very low this weekend so i don’t get sick for my birthday trip next weekend! that would be no fun. i’ve been so jazzed about the new blog, that i might just sit around and work on it. haha.
i learned how to make roasted chicken last night (find me on snapchat! @designlovefest) my goal this year is to learn how to make more meals for groups. i love having people over to my house, and i enjoy cooking, i just need to get better at it! anyway, hope you have a fun filled weekend.
cuuuuuue the nostalgia. i took this morning to put together a list of my favorite designlovefest moments from this year. i’m definitely the kind of person that likes to continuously push myself, mark goals (mine from last year here!), criticize my weaknesses and work on them, and celebrate the happy memories. i’ve had one hell of a year. it’s been the year of transition and growth. and let’s just say growing pains don’t always feel great. i’ve hired more people onto the team (and love all of them), i’ve moved twice, i got over a heartbroken mess, i traveled a ton, i learned to enjoy living alone, i found a therapist, i explored all sorts of creativity….2015 was a wild one for me. and next month, i’ll be 30! take a trip down memory lane with me…
and i want to send a very sincere thank you to all of you that come visit this site. it really is, 7 years later, my true passion. i love sharing with you my big moments and my little ones too. thank you for letting me express myself to you guys everyday. your comments and love mean the world to me. i hope everyone has a super relaxing, pajama filled holiday. and i encourage you to look back on your year and all the things that made you feel happy and proud. sometimes we don’t notice the challenges we have overcome and i think it’s important to recognize them. lots of love to you all!!! -bri
this year started off very hectic! i took on one of my biggest projects yet with procter and gamble in new york, art directing “instagrammable” booths for 11 different brands. it was a huge rush and taught me a lot. but i must say one of the best parts was my team being stuck inside our rented apartment in brooklyn during a “giant blizzard” (that never happened) we drank wine, sat by the fire, laughed a ton and had the best time together.
we dipped our toes in the product pond with these designlovefest + casetify phone cases based on a ton of artists from our dress your tech column. i love them all! and i remember how fun it was to see them in person for the first time. stay tuned because we have more fun products coming out next year!
one of the last things we did in our old studio was a movie night. we decked out the place with tons of pillows and rugs and a bunch of us watched the graduate. that was memorable.
my first trip to new orleans, ever! my friend anna and i went a few months ago and had such a great time exploring based on all of your awesome recommendations.
and how could i forget nicaragua with three of my best friends. i made a really funny highlight video and blogged about the beautiful hotels we stayed in. you guys should definitely go!
we sure did transform our old studio 100 different ways. this over the top girly soiree was one of my favorites.
we did a lot of DIY posts this year, and even more lately. the thing with DIY is that there are soooo many out there. we do our very best to push ourselves and find things we would really do ourselves and that have a unique spin on them. here’s a couple i really loved this year:
at my old apartment i had a back patio that was begging for a makeover. so we did it! and threw a taco party back there. you should see the before…
definitely the highlight of my year was what i was calling my “bripraylove” trip. after some heartache and struggle, i decided it was time for me to go on a long trip abroad. i was so stuck in a rut, sad, at home. i needed to get out there in the world, be inspired, see new things, forget about boys, drink in strange bars, try new foods…so i planned a 6 week trip abroad this past summer. it was the best decision i ever made. i grew as a human, worked through some of my shit, and saw some amazing places. and those TULIP FIELDS! best day of the year. see all the posts here…
we started #dlfgetfit. after said “bripraylove” trip, eating everything under the sun, drinking with friends and strangers…i came home needing to seriously get in shape. my pants didn’t fit and i hated it. i did this first post about how weight changes over the years and that started a whole series about how we were eating and working out and the progress we were making.
mumu beach club! i teamed up with my best friend cammy and her clothing line and we threw a malibu beach party that was the BEST time. i love throwing parties so much, especially when they turn out like that.
well this is a highlight, but also a bummer. i decided to get this vintage ’77 red mercedes. the car i have always wanted! my dad was in town and he used to have the same car and he convinced me to just go for it. unfortunately the car came with all sorts of problems because the guy who sold it to us was a total crook. but old cars are bound to have issues. i haven’t been able to drive it much because i have to get it past the CA smog test, but we are workin on it. hopefully next year i will be road tripping with this gal.
i try to make an effort to collaborate with people that inspire me for no other reason than to be happy. i am constantly sitting around thinking about photos i want to create with other artists. this one with chantal and amy turned out gorgeous!
we moved studios! and not because we wanted to, ha. our landlords decided they were going to take over our space and so we had to find somewhere new to call home. we drove around the arts district, wrote down numbers, scrambled, asked around, and then serendipitously found this spot and moved in very quickly. it was a lot bigger than our other space, but we had a couple more friends move in and now it feels like one big happy family. it’s not done yet, but we are settling in and love it there.
the designlovefestival. wow, a ton of work i wasn’t expecting! sometimes my ideas can be my worst enemy and best friend. i wanted to have a pop up shop that sold already potted trees and flowers…which then grew into hammocks! and prints! and wreaths! and blankets! and ceramics!….see what i mean? it grew larger than i thought it would. but we learned a ton, met a lot of great people, and got to put on a pretty rad jungle party.
rent the runway! yes! a little idea in our minds turned into a 4 post project with 16 outfit changes, an all day shoot and a cool sleepover afterwards in the hills. we experimented, we got weird, we climbed on roofs…i loved every second of that dress up day!
and then out of nowhere, i bought a HOUSE. what in the world? i had been lightly thinking about the idea of investing in a house. after years of living with a boyfriend of mine, after we split i stayed in our apartment and rent was not cheap all by myself. i figured if i wasn’t going to get a roommate, i should be putting money into something i could call my own. i went to two open houses and still never thought i would really buy one. then, on a random sunday, my friend anna and i went to another open house and the second i walked in the door i just had this feeling that i REALLY needed to get this one. it felt like it was made for me. so i got impulsive, and just made the jump. i never thought i would have bought a house on my own as a single woman. it was empowering. it was scary. it was cool. i love LA, and now i plan on being here for a verrrrry long time.
my first chance to be a hostess in my new house! friendsgiving on my patio. lots of wine, amazing food, intimate setting. that’s my kinda night.
this hair shoot was a blast.
this floral christmas tree. a lot of people ask me “where do you get your ideas?” and truly some of the best ones come from sitting down with natalie, a pen and paper (usually no computer because it’s too easy to get overly “inspired”) and a bunch of nonsense ideas. wordplay. rambling. bad ideas. good ideas….and then there’s that ONE. the one we know we have to do. that happened with this tree and a few days later our idea became a reality!
cheers to 2015!!