09.19.18

FAVORITE SWIMSUIT

a general PSA that one of my favorite swimsuits of all time is on sale. i’ve written about this before but it really is the best suit, chic and very practical. wear it to the beach and then with a pair of shorts as a top. i’ve had mine for two years and wear it all the time, it hasn’t faded or stretched out. the lavender, navy, pink and yellow are all on sale. i’m generally a size 4 and i have the medium, i probably could have done the small but i’m pretty busty so medium is the best fit up top. – joanie

09.18.18

STYLED | HOME

hoppe shoppe | designlovefest

as you know, i currently have all things home decor on my mind. most of the conversation around re-decorating a room is about the bigger pieces of furniture, the bed, couch, credenza, etc. but sometimes the smaller, accent pieces, make all the difference. i like to slowly accumulate special decor pieces so that it feels like a well rounded mix of items and not something that i threw together in a few weeks when i wanted the room to be done. one of my friends has the cutest online shop that’s filled with pretty pieces, both new and vintage. she’s moving studios so everything is 25% with code HSMOVES and here are a few of my favorite things! and it’s half way through september which basically means it’s time to start holiday shopping! – joanie

 

(all the prices are before the 25% discount!)

Linen napkin set $36 – our favorite linen napkins that we use in all of our food shoots!

Ikebana vase $158 – love this beautiful piece, so subtle and special. would be so pretty with a single stem in it.

Vintage ceramic vessel $28 – such a sucker for this vivid blue color.

Vintage vessels $32 each  –  i have shelves full of the vintage vessels and pieces i’ve collected over the years and i don’t regret any of the. love the color variation of the black and brown on these.

Vintage clock $146  – we have the not vintage version of this clock on our wall. a clock is totally a undervalued addition to a living space!

Yellow circle mugs $36 – prettiest pop of color for our kitchen.

Brass feather wall candle $48  – for someone who lives in a place with winter, this piece is perfectly cozy.

Mid century black apothecary $98 – black in interior design is definitely having a moment right now.

Brass serving spoon $25 – a non-vintage item but we love all things brass in our studio kitchen.

09.18.18

KIMCHI FRIED RICE

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

i’m a fried rice lover and always have a bag of trader joe’s fried rice in my freezer for a quick dinner. i love this version for the healthy kick of kimchi and the highly addicting flavor of the korean chili paste (you’ll want to put it on everything!). this is such a simple dinner and you could add a variety of veggies to make it really pack a punch. it would be great with a bunch of wilted kale or a hardy veggie like that. – joanie

recipe adapted from spontaneoustomato

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

Kimchi Fried Rice
makes 3-4 servings 

• 2-3 tablespoons avocado oil
• 4 scallions
• 1 cup kimchi
• 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste, it’s soooo good! )
• 3 cups cooked rice
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 2 cups mushrooms sliced
• salt to taste
• nori cut into thin slices (optional garnish)

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

• cook rice according to packaging directions. set aside.

• in a large pan heat the olive oil on medium heat until hot. slice the scallions and pan fry the white ends with the mushrooms until cooked down, about 5-7 minutes. add kimchi, gochujang, sesame oil and soy sauce.

• mix in rice and salt to taste.

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

• fry eggs to your liking and top with the kimchi fried rice. you could also use scrambled eggs too and mix those in while they are still wet.

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styled by: joan cusack

09.17.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 109

an ono axiom in colors inspired by an ulas & merve photograph. –maddy

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

09.13.18

SAMSUNG COOKING SHOW!

last month i worked on a really fun series of 4 cooking “mini shows” on my instagram stories. samsung let me have creative control with the recipes and styling of the videos and allowed me to keep everything natural (which i am so grateful for!) it’s amazing when a brand believes in you to showcase their products in a way that feels authentic. we started off with the Family Hub refrigerator in our kitchen which is awesome. i love how spacious it is, using the features on the screen and that we turned the bottom right side into a wine fridge! next we installed the FlexDuo Range and it’s divided in half so that you can cook on two different temperatures or take the shelf out (for larger items like a turkey!) and cook with just one temp. it makes entertaining easier to be able to time and cook different dishes appropriately. i also love using the griddle on the top for all sorts of dishes!

i gotta admit that i was pretty nervous to take this new hobby of mine to another level of vulnerability by putting myself out there, but it pushed me in a really good way. it’s really rewarding to learn a new skill, make mistakes, do trial and error, see improvement and most of all find a new passion! i hope you all enjoyed it if you happened to see it, and you can see a ton of my cooking stories on my instastories highlights if you missed them.

here’s a little recap of what i made!

WEEK 1

the first weekend i did breakfast two ways. one was a baked eggs hash cooked in a cast iron that is great for a big group, and the other was a fancy toast recipe that is easy and delicious. we talked about how to poach an egg, how to garnish etc. i loveeee cooking eggs so i had to start with those!

in each episode i included 5-10 kitchen tool links that i used in the recipes or just love using in my own kitchen. should i link more here?

 

the second week i made one of my favorite meals when entertaining. quick and simple carnitas tacos in the slow cooker! it feeds a ton of people for very cheap, it’s interactive and they taste amazing.

for the third week i wanted to showcase the farmer’s market since it’s become a big part of my weekend life. i put together a big steak salad with seasonal fruits and also did a step by step of a simple salad dressing you can make in a few minutes.

and for the finale! i had just traveled to peru and was inspired by the food and drinks we experienced on the trip. i wanted to recreate some of the dishes we loved, so we brought back some ingredients from the market, bought a peruvian cookbook and had a blast making this lunch.

i learn more about cooking everyday and i still have SO much to learn. it’s been a cool new journey for me and i can honestly see it as a big part of my future. just not sure how yet? my goal with these little shows is to push myself to stay inspired, to keep experimenting, and hopefully to inspire YOU to do the same. and if nothing else, it’s kinda relaxing to watch someone make food, so there’s that! thanks for your support, love ya! – bri

(and thank you Samsung for partnering with me on this project! hope there’s more to come!)

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