04.11.19

STYLED | HANDBAG UPDATE

handbag round up | designlovefest

i’ve been carrying the same Cuero and Mor crossbody bag for years. i love it but it’s getting pretty worn in and feels like it’s time for an update. i’m the kinda girl that buys one bag and carries it until it’s worn to death. i don’t like having multiple bags and swapping things back and forth. i inevitably forget something in one of my other bags and it ends up just being a hassle. since i carry it with everything it has to be a versatile color and also a shape that can go from day to night. here is a round up of bags that i have my eye on, everything from target to Gucci (i like to look at round ups and see if you can pick the most and least expensive items, hard to do!).  – joanie

do you have a handbag you love? i’m all ears!

handbag round up | designlovefest
handbag round up | designlovefest

04.11.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 121

a look from a détacher inspired this color palette. —maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

04.09.19

FAVE SPAGHETTI SQUASH RECIPE

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

bri’s really been shaping up her diet lately, eating lighter meals that are more balanced, lots of vegetables, less sugar, complex carbs instead of bread and rice, etc. and it’s positively impacting all of us around here. i find myself reaching for slightly healthier options now that i have her voice in my ear. funny how that works, someone close to you starts getting healthy and it inspires you to get going too. all it takes is one person to start a positive shift! she has been making lots of healthy meals at home that she’ll tell me about and one such meal was this spaghetti squash dish. i’m not really sure why i don’t think to make spaghetti squash more often, it’s so easy and delicious and it does (kinda) feel like you’re eating pasta. we paired ours with meatballs which is a go-to dish of ours, they’re such a flexible thing to make. you can add many different herbs, any type of ground meat, breadcrumbs or skip ’em and they always turn out moist and flavorful (these are still my favorite meatballs ever). when you’re baking your squash make sure to roast it cut side facing down (so it steams)! that’s a tip i didn’t know and it makes it much more tender. – joanie

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
serves 3-5

• 2 spaghetti squash
• 4 cloves of garlic
• 1 cup Italian parsley
• 1 cup parm
• 2 cup cherry tomatoes
• 1 egg
• 1/2 a white or yellow onion finely chopped
• 1 pound  ground turkey
• olive oil
• salt + peper
• red pepper flakes

• start by heating your oven to 400 degrees. i like to poke holes down the center line with a knife and pop the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes (those things can be HARD to cut open!) this makes it easier and softens it a bit.

• cut the squash in half lengthwise, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and using the side of your knife crush two cloves of garlic into 4 pieces. rub the garlic inside the squash and then place inside each half. flip the squash over on the sheet pan and place in the oven to roast for 40 minutes. check to make it’s fully done by using a fork and seeing if you can easily spread the squash. if you feel any resistance put back in the oven. i like to wait till there is some browning happening on the sides. once cooked, turn oven down to 375 for the meatballs and tomatoes.

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

• while the squash cooks make the meatballs by combining the ground turkey, egg, 1/2 cup parsley, 1/2 cup parmesan, salt and pepper, chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic grated into a bowl and mix by hand and then form 1″-2″ meatballs. heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat, once hot, add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, add the meatballs (make sure you hear a sizzle sound), browning on all sides. once browned put them in the oven for 5-7ish minutes to make sure they are cooked through.

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

• for the tomatoes: wash and slice in half. place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a gentle sprinkle of red pepper flakes. place in the oven (still at 375) for about 5-7 minutes until they are blistered.

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

• flake your squash with two forks and put into bowls, top with meatballs, blistered tomatoes, a big drizzle of olive oil, parm and parsley. serve and enjoy!

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis

04.05.19

THE CASE FOR A RED SWIMSUIT

red swim | designlovefest

this photo popped up on my pinterest and i was really drawn to the clean lines and bright red color. i’m generally speaking not a red girl but i’ve been more in to it more lately. it’s such a flattering color on so many different skin tones. i’m a big believer in bathing suits being practical  (into subtly sexy swimwear) and this one fits the bill. you can shop a similar top and bottom by COS.

also into these one piece styles, especially the color blocked one!

red swim | designlovefest
red swim | designlovefest
red swim | designlovefest
 image credit 1,2 and 3.

04.04.19

IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

so…we did it! we finished 20 weeks of cooking school at the new school and we couldn’t have loved it more. both bri and i can’t believe how much we learned and how it has changed the way we cook and think about food. i was very apprehensive about signing up. committing to anything for 20 weeks as an adult feels like a tall order but i’m so glad we did and i truly believe it’s one of the best things we could have done for both our minds and our stomachs. it has also really inspired me to continue exploring adult education, i’m in the middle of 10 weeks of watercolor class (i will not be posting my art work here, haha) and plan to continue taking classes, we’re open to recommendations if you have an LA favorites! our last culinary lesson was on canapés (aka small bites) and we made gougères which is essentially a savory french pastry cheese puff. soo good and soo easy! we had just received the insanely gorgeous cocktail book, Floral Libations by Cassie Winslow, and she has us all inspired for floral cocktails. this book is a must buy, the styling and photos are out of this world pretty! – joanie

entertaining tips | designlovefest

cooking school definitely reinvigorated our love for hosting and the power of food, cooking for both yourself and entertaining others. American’s can have such a complex relationship with food, so many diets, and trends and wellness tips and guilt and do’s and don’ts. learning the techniques of cooking is so powerful because it connects you to the process of what you’re eating and it also gives you a respect for the finished dish. i’m a big believer in paying attention to the attitude and mentality in which we eat and share food. is it from a place of guilt or rules or is it from a place of joy? i encourage you, even if cooking school isn’t an option, to crack open a cookbook, to make a meal that sounds delicious to you and to pay attention to the process. turn on some music, enjoy the chopping, don’t stress about messing up the recipe and to enjoy the fruits of your labor. creating a meal out of a place of love is loving and carrying for yourself (and those you serve it to!)

now on to the entertaining aspect! if you’re looking to throw a little spring/summer party here are a couple ideas that will make your guests vvverrryyy happy!

entertaining tips | designlovefest

she had us make a lavender gin for this drink which required using dried lavender (organic!) and infusing it in gin for up to 5 days. we did it for two days and it was plenty strong for us! we buy all our edible flowers from gourmet sweet botanicals. not an everyday purchase but really worth it when you want to bring things up to the next level!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

lavender gin daisy, serves 2
recipe by: Cassie Winslow
• 1/2 cup lavender gin
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons grenadine
• 1/2 tsp sugar
• ice cubes

  • combined all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into two cups.

entertaining tips | designlovefest

a margarita is top two favorite drinks for me, alternates with a manhattan, depending on the season. this drink is so delicious and refreshing. the chamomile infused syrup is so lovely and delicate. we used chamomile teabags for this part and it worked great. both of these cocktail recipes are perfect right now when citrus is abundant and inexpensive! our favorite tequila is Espolōn and we used that in this recipe.

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

pansy margarita, serves 2
recipe by: Cassie Winslow

• rose salt
• lime
• 2 tablespoons chamomile syrup
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1/2 cup tequila
• ice cubes
• fresh pansy flowers to garnish

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

first step is to make the chamomile simple syrup: combined  1/2 cup cara cara orange juice, 1 tablespoon cara cara orange zest, 3 chamomile tea bags and 1 cup cane super with 1/2 cup water in a sauce pan. simmer over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. let cool and strain. set aside.

• to make the rose salt, mix sea salt and dried rose petals in a blender and pulse.

• run a lime around the rim of 2 glasses. turn upside down and coat with rose salt. mix the cocktail by adding all ingredients into a carafe and stir. pour into glasses and serve!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

and now for the gougères! my aunt first taught me to make these last winter and told me to pop them in the oven right before guests arrive to make your house smell amazing and she was right! we made these in class and they are heavenly. airy and salty. best hot out of the oven!

GOUGÈRES
what you’ll need//
serves 4

• 1/2 cup of water
• 3 tb of butter, cut into cubes
• 1/4 tsp of salt
• 1/2 cup of AP flour
• 2 eggs
• 2 tb of chives, finely minced
• 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

entertaining tips | designlovefest

you’re going to make your dough on the stove top. the idea is that you want to cook out as much moisture from the dough as you can. start with the water and salt, add the butter and once it’s melted added the flour. keeping it on the heat, and using a wooden spoon, stir it constantly, it should be a in a ball. keep doing this until the dough starts to dry and a thin layer is left on the bottom of the pan.

entertaining tips | designlovefest

transfer the dough to a mixer with a paddle attachment, turn on medium and keep mixing until the dough cools slightly, about 3-5 minutes. add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. dough may seem lumpy but will smooth out. add in the cheese and herbs. keep mixing. you want the dough to have a webbed look to it.

entertaining tips | designlovefest

• i couldn’t find our pastry bag for this part so i used a plastic bag and cut off the corner, and it worked great! line a tray with parchment paper. you want to pipe these so they stand tall, fill the tray with the puffs. then take a little dish of water and using your finger, dip it in water and smooth the top of each one gently with your moist finger. top with a bit of flaky salt and bake. you can also sprinkle more cheese on top but we found that wasn’t necessary. pop in the oven at 375 for around 15- 20 minutes, cooking time varies greatly depending on how big or small you pipe them! they should look golden brown on the top! remove from the oven, serve hot and bask in the glow of being an excellent host!

entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest
entertaining tips | designlovefest

cocktail recipes by: Cassie Winslow
images by: Ivan Solis 

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