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07.31.17

ITALY PLANNING

justin and i are headed on a longer trip to italy in about 4 weeks so i’ve been heavy in the planning zone over here (which i love to do). we’re doing a mixture of airbnb + hotel. some driving, some planes, a few trains. we want to experience a LOT in the month that we’re there. justin has never been to europe and i’m so freaking excited to show him some of my favorite spots and eat tons of pasta. i’ve pretty much mapped out our month, but would love your advice on sicily (no idea where to start) and any recs you have in these spots! ok, here’s our plan so far…


ROME

we fly from LA to rome and are here for about 4-5 days. remember my post when i went to rome a few years ago? you can see it here.  there was so much i didn’t get to see, so i’m happy to go back!

POSITANO | AMALFI COAST

then we are going to take a train to naples and either take a 1.5 hour car or a bus to our hotel in positano (what do you suggest?) it’s pretty pricey in this area so we are just going for two days before we head to capri.

CAPRI

we’re going to take a ferry to capri and we rented an airbnb in anacapri for two nights. again, more expensive and i don’t think we need tons of time there. but everyone says it’s gorgeous so i’m excited about this one!

SICILY

here’s where i’m a little lost. we are thinking of taking the ferry back to naples from capri and then taking a flight to sicily. i’ve never been there and i have no clue what area to stay in. we have about 5-6 days allotted for sicily so maybe we divide it into two spots? however, we’re moving around so much (and repacking!) it might be nice to just stay put and relax somewhere? thoughts? did you love sicily? do we skip it and go somewhere else?

FLORENCE

then we were going to take a flight to florence and spend 3-4 days there exploring the capital of tuscany. i’ve never been so i would love your fave spots! our airbnb is pretty close to the boboli gardens.

SIENA

i think we are going to rent a car and explore tuscany for a few days after florence. we can enjoy a few wineries and a quieter setting. some friends are on their honeymoon near siena and they’re trying to get us to crash it, which sounds fun.

VENICE

our last stop in italy! we are going to ditch the car in siena and jump on a four hour train (i bet it’s so beautiful out the windows!) to venice. i fell in love with this place the last time i was there and i can’t wait to experience it with my guy. so romantic!

would love to hear your comments, thanks so much everyone!! and wow i hope we can get along for this long! haha. any tips!? xx bri

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07.17.17

TODOS SANTOS TRAVEL GUIDE

todos santos! what an adorable place to visit. we took a short little 4 days, 3 nights trip and loved it! here’s everything we did and a few tips along the way…

you fly into the los cabos airport, rent a car and drive about an hour and fifteen minutes to todos santos. it’s an easy drive, pretty much just one road all the way there through the desert. i would say renting a car is a must. i barely saw any taxis around and i hear it’s pretty outrageous in price to get a taxi from the airport. plus you want a car to easily jump around to all the close by restaurants. everything is fairly close by, but not really walkable in the heat from the hotel we stayed at.

i just love that handsome guy!

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04.11.17

HEALTHY CANDY BARS

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

i have a pretty intense sweet tooth and i’m always open to new healthier ways of satisfying it. enter Gwyneth Paltrow’s healthy “candy bars”(i’m putting candy bar in quotation because although these are really good and satisfying they are not a snicker bar). i’ve seen people posting all over the internet about her recipes and i thought it was time we gave it a shot and let you know how it turned out. this recipe is exceptionally easy, apart from the fact that it has to set in the refrigerator for half a day, the active steps on this are under 15 minutes. the recipe didn’t ask for salt on top but in our opinion, the flavor was enhanced by a generous sprinkle of maldon salt.

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest

i also wanted to ask for a bit of feedback on the recipe column, we work really hard to weekly bring you beautiful and practical meals and we’d love to know what you’re liking/not liking and what you’d like to see more of. we’ve had a few comments recently of people saying that they tried one of our recipes and that it was actually really good and not just pretty. i love those comments and i also wanted to say that we test and eat every single recipe. we aren’t making things just for the pretty photos, although those are fun too. we really want this to be a resource to you so let us know what you’d like us to focus on, we’re all ears! – joanie

gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest
gwyneth's candy bars | designlovefest


Gwyneth Paltrow’s candy bars
what you’ll need:
• 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
• 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup almond butter
• 1/2 cup maple syrup (she asks for grade B, we used grade A)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (we used vanilla, either works great)
• 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (60% or higher cocoa content)
• 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
optional: maldon salt

full recipe below!
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04.07.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 58

update your deskspace | designlovefest

the walls in your office space end up being what you see all day, so it’s important to have an office space that inspires your work. i like the idea of having shelves above your desk to store pretty things on the wall, but also keep your desk space from being cluttered. shelving is fun because you can have a mix of personal pictures, pretty framed art, and lively plants on a shelf without taking up any extra desk space. i’ve also always had a major thing for inspiration boards in my work space (i used to pull out pages of magazines that inspired me and pin them on the wall) which you can do with tape or peg board. whether you’re into a gallery wall, shelving or inspiration board, here are a few fun office wall decor ideas for your desk space this weekend! erika

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03.27.17

NEW KITCHEN TOOLS

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as you know, joanie and ivan are the good chefs around these parts, but watching them cook all the time and now having a boyfriend who’s a great cook…i’ve been inspired! slowly but surely i’ve been practicing more lately and finding a lot of joy in it. i think i always felt intimidated in the kitchen. my parents rarely cooked and so i didn’t really grow up learning recipes or hanging out in the kitchen too often. lately i’ve been making a recipe and then cooking it a few more times until i think it’s perfect. this has helped my confidence in the kitchen!

over the past year i’ve been acquiring more kitchen tools to make my kitchen feel complete. some are splurges but i use them quite often. i used to have a bunch of cheap tools from ikea or from college and never wanted to cook because i hated the way those looked or functioned (i know, i’m a bit crazy like that) once i upgraded some of my items i found myself inspired and excited to be in the kitchen. what can i say, i’m a visual person.

here’s my current kitchen list!

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