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cheers to a long weekend! planning to have a little hotel staycation here in los angeles and maybe a beach bbq with friends. what are your plans? if you’re hosting a party of just hanging out by the pool i recommend trying these colorful fruit ice cubes….


for starters we bought a variety of fruit and herbs. then, we cut the fruit into really thin slices before adding them to the water in the tray. it was fun to play around with the colors and shapes, experimenting with different flavors. we kept some simple with a small slice of lemon and made bolder combos like mint + cucumber and lemon + sage.

you can add them to a cocktail or to a pitcher of plain water for a punch of color.

we used the leftover fruit to make fusion water for the office. it’s so much easier to drink water throughout the day when it’s this pretty! hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! – bri

(above photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)

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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.


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

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



i had the best weekend in malibu, it’s only an hour away from my house but it feels like you’re on true vacation out there. i also got to stay at the most beautiful house with some of my best friend’s from high school. it was pretty great! i posted a lot of pictures on instagram is you want to take a look. anyway, this tropical breakfast bowl feels like a little bit of vacation right at home. enjoy! 

• 1 cup low fat plain yogurt
•  1 banana
• 1 nectarine sliced
• 2 tablespoons golden raspberries
• 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
• 2 small figs chopped
• 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
• edible flower mix

Tropical Bowl: Flavored yogurt can pack in a ton of sugar so we made our own by using a plain yogurt base and blending it with a banana. In a blender mix 1 cup low fat plain yogurt and 1 banana till you have a smooth consistency, about 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl and begin to layer your toppings. It would be a fun thing to make with kids too…they can all pick out their favorite toppings and make food art for breakfast.

We chose toppings that were in season now which can give this bowl a lot of variety throughout the year. For the edible flowers make sure they are organic. Often you can find a small variety of edible flowers at the produce section of your grocery store. Or another great option is your local farmers market. Of course, the flowers aren’t a must, but if you are throwing a brunch party it’s a nice touch!

photos by: Ivan Solis
more food posts here!

other fun warm weather recipe ideas below!

you can find them here: waffle cones, summer citrus salad, road trip snacking, mango ginger fizz, triple layer smoothies, fruit ice cubes




man oh man. what a year. i took some time today to reflect on everything that’s happened this year, and it was pretty emotional. i felt like this year i found myself in work and sort of lost myself in my personal life. you guys watched while i went through two breakups, and definitely didn’t have the easiest time with it. now, i’m luckily and slowly on the mend and finding my place back on solid ground. during that time, i focused my energy into work and tried my best to create content i was proud of. and i really DO feel extremely proud. i was able to work with so many amazing contributors, brands and friends this year and made blog posts that made me happy. i took multiple jobs that scared me to say yes to and made them work. and i even joined tinder!

i’m so grateful for my small team of girls that help me keep this site going and encourage me everyday. now’s that time of year when the internet gets quiet for a while, i usually get into that emo “reevaluating” mode, and we all spend a little more time on the couch with a drink in hand. (and hopefully mashed potatoes on my plate) 2014 kinda turned me upside down a few times, i must admit. i wonder what next year will be like.

THANK YOU ALL. so so much. SERIOUSLY. for coming to this site, engaging with me even if i don’t always have time to respond to everything, i read all of your comments and they totally keep me going. it means so much to me that i could bring a glimmer of inspiration to your day. thank you for visiting this blog. i really appreciate it. enjoy your break and i’ll see you back here in a little while. –bri

here’s some of my favorite posts this year…


i got a bedroom makeover! see post here


tulum was one of the most memorable places i went this year. see post here


earlier this year, we went to thailand! what a crazy experience. see post here


designlovefest was lucky enough to have some amazing food contributors this year. this mint mocha shake with coffee ice cubes was a favorite of mine! see post here


how about those cute raspberry pinwheels?! see post here


simple and easy way to make your water fancy. fruit ice cubes! see post here


the prettiest cake we’ve seen all year. and so fun to shoot! see post here


a breakfast parfait with a whole lot of personality. see post here


we went a little wild with workshops. we loved hosting floral, weaving, basket making, calligraphy, and social media workshops this year! it’s so fun to see the space transform and become filled with eager learners. see post here


i think the citrus floral class was my favorite one of them all! see post here


but weaving was sooooo fun too. see post here


seriously, the coolest looking cheese board i’ve ever put my eyes on. see post here


i remember feeling very happy when this DIY wreath came into my inbox. see post here

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paris and the south of france this summer with friends. loved this so much. see post here


DIY heart pillow anyone? see post here


we went to topenga canyon for a few days and shot these for free people. we also had some strange encounters. see post here


wine, great food and best friends. a night i won’t forget. see post here


i worked on my first music video! meghan trainor “lips are movin” see post here


thought of some random ideas and goofed around in the studio with max. see post here

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a girls vacation down the PCH when i needed it most. see post here


this wreath is NEXT LEVEL. see post here


my favorite post? it might just be this! see post here

see last year’s highlights too…here



a couple of months ago I decided to start having “creative wednesdays” in the office with my team. every week we come up with a fun project and shoot it in the studio. the idea is to not over think the process and to just have fun creating beautiful (and sometimes delicious) things together. (we’ve made fruit ice cubes, painted moons, made cakes, and had a fiesta)  it’s been great to just get our attention off of the computer screen and focused elsewhere. it’s something that i hope to continue throughout the year.

last week, in honor of summer weather, we made waffle cones. they were surprisingly simple to make and made the whole studio smell amazing. we purchased the chef’s choice waffle cone maker, used the recipe they provided and then dipped them in chocolate and coconut. this would be a fun family activity to do together.

what you’ll need:

• 1 egg
• 1 egg white
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup flour
• 2 TBS melted butter
• 16 oz white chocolate
• 2 cups shredded coconut

how to make them:

combine the egg, egg white and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the sugar and beat by hand for at least a minute, until the mixture lightens in color.

add the flour and stir until moistened and no clumps remain. Add the 2 TBS of melted (and slightly cooled) butter. Stir until smooth.

for the topping:

melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, stirring frequently. Once completely melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Spread  a layer of coconut on a plate. With a spoon, gently paint the chocolate on the tops of the cones. It doesn’t need to be perfect, the coconut will cover it. Take the cone and gently roll it across the coconut.


Stand cones upright to dry. You can do this by either placing them in the top of a narrow glass or, making small holes in a cardboard box and placing the base of the cone in it.

Top with your favorite ice cream and enjoy!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest