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08.15.11

NICE TYPE


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03.07.19

STYLED / LOVING NOW

styled | designlovefest

what have you been wearing lately? i’ve been slacking on the style posts on here lately because i haven’t really been inspired by a lot of what i’m seeing and i think i felt a bit burned out on shopping after the holidays and needed to take a little break. i find myself gravitating towards my wardrobe staples and wearing them over and over again. there is something so nice about putting something on and knowing exactly how it’s going to fit and feel. i am excited that i’m seeing so much color coming in for spring. i bought a fuchsia shirt and plan to add more hot pink to my wardrobe in the near future. i’m definitely in the mood to update my denim and have my eyes on these two pairs of AGOLD jeans, the lighter cropped wash and the darker fit as well. they both very well reviewed which always seems to be an indicator to give them a try. – joanie

styled | designlovefest

i’ve been wearing this button up like crazy, i’m always on the hunt for something classic like this that i can tuck into jeans and this one is perfect because it’s lightweight and doesn’t add a lot of bulk once you tuck it in. and of course, never taking off this necklace that is the perfect dainty piece to wear every day.

this might be the spring/summer of the button down for me. i’m loving the fresh yellow stripe on the one above and also so into that fuzzy cardigan from anine bing. i love that they style it fully buttoned with nothing underneath and how cute would it be with a simple dress under it. i’ve seen several people wearing that sweater out in the real world and it’s always chic. those white woven shoes are from zara and are very similar to a pair i’ve been wearing for years. somehow they go with everything and are a great purchase.

styled | designlovefest

i’m drawn to the clean lines and simplicity of the tank top above. it’s the perfect thing to pair with something that you don’t want to detract from, a statement skirt or the perfect pair of wide leg pants. it’s there but just barely. and also really loving her hair cut and single necklace.

 

also, always into something ribbed, especially in white! that ribbed crop top above has the perfect 90’s feeling (and it also has a nice hang and weight to it which is very important for shorter pieces), a very chic version of a cropped hooded sweatshirt and also verrryyy into this two piece white on white look.

styled | designlovefest

digging this skirt but also really into the blue nail polish and copper orange color combo!

01.30.19

FAVORITE T-SHIRT!

my favorite t-shirt of all time is 40% off today only with code TOP40! ethically made, 100% cotton, the perfect length to wear tucked or untucked with a slightly worn-in vintage feeling. i’m between a 2-4 and i wear a size small which isn’t too fitted and drapes nicely across the waist. i have it in 4 colors and want more, not joking when i say my dream tee!

so many colors!

12.05.18

NEW SCHOOL OF COOKING

cooking school | designlovefest

as you may have noticed from my instagramstories, i started cooking school! it’s hard to believe i went from someone who barely knew how to cook beyond beans, rice and eggs to now making something most nights of the week, hosts and cooks thanksgiving dinner and loves doing it! here’s a peek into the class, and i have to admit it did feel like i was on the show Chopped for the first few weeks haha.

cooking school | designlovefest

about 6 months ago i had the strong desire to take my skills to the next level and started investigating what it would look like to attend some type of culinary program. i wanted something that wasn’t too intense and would allow me to still work as normal but that wasn’t just recreational and had some intensity to it. for me, it’s important for there to be a note of seriousness to the classes i’m taking because if i’m going to commit the time, i want it to be worth it. and that’s when i landed on the New School of Cooking in Pasadena. they offer all types of classes, from certificate programs to one time classes for date nights but what caught my eye was their cooking series, it’s designed for people like me who have foundational knowledge cooking but want to build my skills with hands on guided lessons. and they provide everything, the uniform (yes, we wear chef coats and hats!) and all the tools and food we need each week. it makes it really simple for me to commit when all i have to do is show up.

cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest

joanie and i were both so nervous to start, like first day of school nervous. it felt a little scary but also nice to be pushing myself outside my comfort zone. it’s odd to think that we go from being kids and always learning and being in classes and programs and we sort of loss that adaptability as adults. continuing education is something i’m really starting to see the value in.

cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest

we’re currently in our 8th week of classes and it’s been such a blast. sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but in a good way. i can feel myself growing. our schedule the past couple of months has been nuts and coming to this class weekly is a great way to unwind and really put my focus on something specific for 4 hours. our teacher is really sweet and passionate about the history of everything so i really feel like we’re learning not only skills but facts about dishes and locations. we can make up class on saturday if we have to miss monday and it’s actually kinda cool to get different teacher’s perspectives.

the whole series is working towards giving you the skills to be able to recreate dishes on your own and not necessarily needing a recipe. building CONFIDENCE! each week has a theme, say it’s eggs and we’ll have a lecture talking about eggs, different ways to prepare them, serve them, use them, etc. and then the chef will demonstrate a recipe and then we’re off to try it on our own. the hands on part is super important because that’s how it really sticks in my brain. in a class like eggs we’re covering a lot of ground, so we learned about roux and made egg and cheese soufflé with it and then turned the roux into béchamel by adding milk and made mac + cheese and we also made french omelettes and eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce from scratch (talk about an arm workout!). it ends up being a really full four hours with a lot of information and learning. but it’s also really fun.

cooking school | designlovefest

i thought it would be fun to show you a little bit of what we have learned (and we have more recipes to show you down the line too! we made a green curry that was SO good) i’ve been working on perfecting my french omelette ever since we properly learned in class. i have a feeling it’s one of those things you work on for quite some time until it becomes natural, but it’s so worth it! the result is delicate and amazing and makes you feel PRO. and as we have learned in class, there is always going to be many ways to do anything with cooking, everyone does things a little differently. and that’s the beauty of cooking, find what works for you, experiment, and have fun!

cooking school | designlovefest

a few tips we’ve learned on the french omelette:

• add a little salt to the eggs to get the white and yellow to combine easier, whisk until you see no streaks

• the main tip is to cook your eggs on VERY LOW HEAT. i’ve been making my soft scrambles this way for a while now and they are so perfect, i will never go back to cooking eggs on higher heat. you don’t want to put color/burn your eggs. to keep them fluffy and light you need to cook them low and slow and constantly move them around if you are making it scrambled. it takes a few extra minutes, but again, worth it.

• using clarified butter is recommended so it won’t burn. clarifying butter just means you cook and remove the milk solids which is the part that will burn.  i still use regular butter at home but it’s a good tip.

• you can use a fine mesh sieve  to strain the egg which removes the albumen (that’s the white stringy part that doesn’t mix in well with the eggs). this is an optional step but it only takes a second and ensures you’ll have a smooth color and texture.

• definitely use a non-stick pan for eggs.

• remember that your eggs will continue to cook after you take them off the heat so remove them a few seconds before you think they are ready and plate them right away!

if you’re into eggs, this is a fun read. everyone has their own tricks!

cooking school | designlovefest

• heat up the butter and once it’s totally melted and you see small bubbles you add the eggs to the pan and turn the heat all the way down.

• you can use a rubber whisk or a fork if you are careful. i just use the fork on the top and whisk the eggs around to keep them really fluffy and cooking evenly when i pour them in the pan. just don’t touch the fork to the nonstick pan, you don’t want to scratch it at all because the teflon is bad for you!

• i use a rubber spatula to make sure to keep the eggs from getting too cooked on the edges, so continue to lift up the sides. you don’t want it to get too thin and cook faster on the outside.

• remember this is a practice in PATIENCE, which i know i need more of in my life!

cooking school | designlovefest

• now! we tried two different techniques. one is to turn the heat all the way off and keep the pan on the burner and put a plate (or i think a skillet is easier to handle) on top so that the eggs steam for a few minutes and don’t cook too much on the bottom. this way works well but takes a little more attention to it. or you can put your oven on low and as soon as you start to see the sides of the eggs cooking a little bit (maybe 2 mins) you can pop the pan in the oven at 275 degrees for 4 minutes or until the egg is cooked but not overcooked!

(i know this all sounds a little confusing, but you have to try it one morning, it’s fun to master!)

• folding it might be the hardest part and i am still working on it myself! usually i fold over one side to the middle line. then i slide the egg onto the plate from the opposite side and let the omelette fold over onto itself, making a perfect tri-fold. practice makes perfect.

cooking school | designlovefest

• brush with butter to give it that pretty shine on the plate.

• garnish with chives or parsley or both and some flaky salt!

• serve with crème fraîche (YUM!!)

the texture is so perfect and light it tastes almost like there is cheese inside. no more brown, textured, dry omelettes! and the effort is only an extra couple of minutes.

cooking school | designlovefest

hope you try it at home!

we take class at the pasadena location but they also have a school in culver city as well. we’re doing the 20 week pro-cooking series but they also have it for baking too which i’m sure is equally as amazing. (i find myself not as drawn to baking, but maybe someday) let me know if you have any questions! xx bri

11.20.18

WHAT WE WORE IN IRELAND

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

bri is going to be sharing a full blogpost on our ireland trip, where we went, stayed, ate, etc but i thought i’d do a post before then on what we wore during our trip! we both packed carry on only for the six day trip which isn’t easy when you’re traveling during the late fall and need jackets and sweaters.  black friday and cyber monday are right around the corner many online retailers have already started their sales and many of these items are either on sale now or will be soon! – joanie

what we packed in//

for luggage, we each had a 20″ roller bag and bri used the weekender which slides on top of the roller and she also brought the fold up tote which was extremely useful as it barely takes up any space. i wish i would have had one, i’ll definitely be bring that on my next trip! i carry my laptop in the madewell transport tote which i’ve used for years and love. the leather gets really worn in and marked up but i like it that way (and it’s currently 25% off).

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

jackets + coats //

we really had to limit the jackets and coats we could bring because those take up so much space, we each brought one statement coat. bri wore this faux shearling coat by avec les filles that she said was really warm and was easy to throw on over other layers and i brought a long mustard colored jacket which i bought in paris last year but here is similar option. my jacket wasn’t as warm so i also layered a uniqlo ultra light down jacket which takes up very little space and is a great layering piece. packing one statement jacket is a fun way to brighten up your outfits when it’s chilly outside and you’re going to be mostly walking around in your coat.

 

  

shoes //

we each brought just three pairs of shoes i had boots for walking, rain boots and running shoes. bri had her converse, walking boots and rain boots. and it really was all we needed. footwear takes up a ton of space in your luggage so if you’re packing carry on only you can save room by limiting those options. most imporant it to make sure you have a pair of shoes that is comfortable for walking in. i wore these madewell chelsea boots every single day and they were perfect, i’d highly recommend them! bri’s boots are from years ago so unfortunately we can’t link those but some cute options are below. i’d highly recommend a chelsea boot as they are flat, and narrow and look good with pants, skirts and dresses of all lengths. also, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of converse like bri is wearing in many of the photos. p.s. these are the rain boots i brought and these are the ones that bri wore. 

 

  

sweaters //

these also take up a lot of space so my recommendation here is to make two that are versatile and can be worn with lots of things. versatile doesn’t mean boring, bringing a sweater in bold fun color or print is great idea! bri did lots of print on print layering which was a fun way to mix it up. i love to wear them over dresses to make the look less casual like below. i’m wearing a free people dress with an ulla johnson sweater from a couple of years ago (similar option here) over top from a few years ago. some other pretty suggestions below!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

accessories //

it’s nice to back small accessories that you can throw on when you’re sick of wearing the things you packed. bri wore this leopard print scarf which has a cute red stripe. and i’m always a sucker for a big pair of earrings, i love anything from annie costello brown. also, sunglasses are a must, especially if you’re on a trip like we were with lots of driving, even if there isn’t much sun! these ray-bans have been my go to for the last couple of years and i love them, really light weight too! and a crossbody bag in a fun color is always a good idea. so much easier to run around when it’s strapped across your body!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

and all the rest //

bri loves a good jumpsuit or overalls, some favorites are this and this. i love a dress and find them to be really comfortable for traveling. i love anything from Doen, especially this one and free people also has great options as well. i wore this floral jumpsuit twice with the uniqlo jacket over it and also with the sweater on top. i can’t say it enough but layering if everything, bring separates that you can mix and match, a t-shirt with a skirt, under overalls, with jeans, a long sleeve button up tied with a dress or tucked into pants. the more options you have with each piece, the better! slip dresses are great because they are light weight for packing and layer well with so much, i love them with a turtleneck underneath. flannel shirts are also great because you can wear them over things and also tie them around your waist.

wow, that was a lot! hope that was helpful for anyone looking for encouragement to go carry on only. this is my second trip to Europe packing that way and i really recommend it, so much easier to get around from place to place without so much luggage.

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