11.09.18

30% OFF LACAUSA!

LACAUSA | designlovefest

we’re verryyy excited to be doing a 30% site wide discount with LACAUSA! i’ve talked about them many times here on the blog. bri and i have loved their clothes for years. it’s a female founded business who make beautiful pieces (always under ethical conditions!) that are super wearable and also very chic. they are pieces that you’ll reach for over and over again, flattering and easy to throw on. i first fell in love with their t-shirt which is the best tee i’ve found (and i’ve tried a lot) and i’m now hooked on their slip dresses, jumpsuits and most recently their trousers (bri is wearing the lola trousers in the photo above and below and denise is wearing the charlie jumpsuit in size medium).

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

(charlie jumpsuit on bri and i’m wearing the birdie jumpsuit i recommend sizing up in this, i’m wearing the medium)

bri has been wearing these in ivory and i’m dying for a pair for myself, they are so chic and i picture them paired with a white ribbed turtleneck! all this to say that we’re super excited to be offering a special DLF discount code with LACAUSA. starting today through the 16th you’ll receive 30% off site wide when you use “DLF30” ! this isn’t a sponsored post, we just wanted to do a fun discount since we’re always talking about their clothing and we love what they stand for! we’re each sharing some of our currently favorites from the site below! as a reference, bri is generally a size 6 and wears a medium in LACAUSA and i’m a 2-4 and wear a size small.

bri’s #1 fave right now is the charlie Jumpsuit, she has it in size medium in the tar color. she also loves the lola trousers (they run true to size). and has two pairs of the cézane overalls (which we both love!) the black is super chic but i also love the biscuit color. these pair really well with the frank tee under.

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

if you were going to buy just one item i’d say the frank tee, it comes in a wide range of colors and i reach for it all the time. i prefer it in the size small so it’s not super tight across the chest. i love it the heather grey, it’s a classic. i also just got the

i’ve said this before but i think that people overlook investing in great basics because it can be more fun to buy those bigger, flasher things like a fancy dress or expensive shoes. but the foundation of your wardrobe are your basics, it’s what you reach for everyday and they can make getting dresses so much easier in the morning. i’m really into the surf sweatshirt. i’m always on the hunt for vintage sweatshirts that are solid colored and 100% cotton and this one has a very classic feeling to it. i also have the june top which is super cute tucked into jeans and has a laid back 70’s vibe which i’m currently very into.

their color choices are always spot on, and i love the tonal looks. really digging this pink sleep set above and the perfect fall orange below.

so a big thank you to LACAUSA for offering the discount code, we love their clothing and hope you do too!

11.09.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 113

the words of paul simon in a hue from an amanda charchian image. –maddy

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

11.08.18

EAST SIDE LA TOUR!

east side LA | food tour

you could probably argue that los angeles is one of the most exciting food cities in the world right now and there is no shortage of fun new places popping up all the time. i live on the east side of the city, (i consider the east anything from east hollywood to south pasadena) which is FULL of cool places to explore, new cocktail bars to try, lunch spots, farmer’s markets and casual dinner joints. i love to cook at home but i also like to get inspired and try new places. transportation issues are real in the city, getting places, parking, etc so we partnered with uber to create this east side food guide. i’ve used uber for years and really appreciate how accessible it makes traversing los angeles. i get really anxious thinking about parking logistics and i appreciate not having to worry about that. they also have a new feature that lets you request a ride for a friend which is awesome because sometimes an LAX pick up isn’t the easiest but i don’t want someone visiting me having to pay for their own airport ride.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

here are some highlights from our food day and i am adding a few faves in as well!

walt’s: a new-ish local spot in our neighborhood where we easily grab a beer and a pretzel on the weekends. it has a cute, laid back retro vibe.

cacao mexicatessen: we love this authentic mexican restaruant in eagle rock. we eat at the bar on a friday nights and order the tacos, elote, and a few modelos. their food is really delicious!

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

a few minutes down the road we stopped at Joy, the sister restaurant to pine and crane in silver lake. the minced pork rice bowl and the shrimp wontons are my favorite!

also, bonus of riding in an uber is getting to look out the window and take in the scene. we drove through the cutest neighborhoods by occidental college with tons of pretty craftsman homes that i’d never noticed before.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

a quick pick me up coffee from collage coffee, basically a walk up coffee window on york street. love their tiles too!

and if it’s happy hour, check out sonny’s hideaway across the street. it’s a good date spot.

and then took a ride over to the thursday night pasadena farmer’s market which is a nice treat in the fall. it’s from 4-7pm so the weather is great, the vibe is chill and you can grab a bunch of snacks for dinner. i highly recommend taking an uber there because the parking can be tricky in that neighborhood. 

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

we tried the gourmet rice balls from a stand there and wow they were so good!

when in south pasadena try out Gus’s bbq. love the diner vibe in there and they make great classic cocktails! we always share a bbq plate and sit at the counter!

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

and then a short 10 minute ride to check out some new and old faves in highland park. there is SO many new spots opening on figeuroa, it’s exciting. we’ve been spending a lot of weekends just strolling from place to place.

homestate for queso and classic texan cuisine!!

cookbook is somewhere i go at least once a week, it makes me so happy. i love getting meats and cheese there, along with other specialty foods when i’m entertaining. it’s really the perfect little grocery shop.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

then we tried the new vinyl bar, gold line. we ordered manhattans and played a few songs on the jukebox before dinner. i like it in there!

kitchen mouse is also a great breakfast and lunch spot, i love the breakfast tacos and the moros cakes! definitely check it out.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

triple beam pizza is definitely a new favorite, we loveee their pizza! we tried out the new restaurant hippo in the back and the ambiance was super nice, we loved the wine but didn’t love our food as much as the pizza in the front…just gotta be honest here. but it’s a nice patio and the food is pretty good.

and grab a bottle of wine from highland park wine on your way home!!! they also have tastings there and it’s nice to feel a part of the community and enjoy wine and cheese.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

it was a very cool day exploring for joanie’s birthday! do you have any east side spots i gotta try out?! xx bri

photos by: designlovefest + ivan solis

(this post was sponsored by Uber)

11.02.18

HI THERE

happy friday everyone. i am sitting alone on my couch in my robe and 4 blankets (i am becoming that person and i love it) i thought i would just come check in because i haven’t in a while. the past month has been kinda strange…

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11.02.18

PIE WORKSHOP!

pie workshop | designlovefest
pie workshop | designlovefest

this is a post you’re going to want to bookmark because we’re giving away some serious pie secrets from the dessert genius Valerie of Valerie Confections. we first met valerie a few weeks back at the Samsung dinner we attended and we were blown away by her pies and her charm. we asked if she’d want to offer a little pie workshop to get us prepped for the holidays and she kindly agreed and our friends over at Samsung, who are always game for our fun food related ideas, offered to sponsor the event. we had the best afternoon, making pies, sipping mulled wine, eating cheese and feeling very fall and festive! and we’re sharing all the recipes below! let us know if you make one, we’d love to hear how it turned out.

pie workshop | designlovefest

we started the day with making a roasted grape galette which is essentially a pie without the top crust. it’s really easy to make and doesn’t require the crimping or a pie pan.

Roasted Grape Galette

2 Quarts Purple Seedless Grapes, sliced in half
2 Ounces salted butter
2 teaspoons corn starch
12 ounces Vanilla cream (recipe below) 
one 13” Pie dough Round (pie dough recipe below)
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 sprigs fresh thyme
½ teaspoon Fleur de Sel

• Heat Oven to 350F

• In a medium sized bowl, pour melted butter over prepared grapes and thoroughly combine.

• Sprinkle cornstarch over the buttered grapes and mix until evenly coated.

• Place the dough on a baking sheet. Evenly spread the Vanilla cream in the center of the dough creating a 9 inch circle.

• Pour the prepared grapes onto the vanilla cream creating a tall mound.

• Lift one side of the dough onto the fruit and press down so it gently adheres. Continue all the way around the galette creating 5-6 folds in total.

• Refrigerate until firm to the touch. valerie and i are pictured below with the Samsung Family Hub that i’ve had for a little over a year now and love!

pie workshop | designlovefest
pie workshop | designlovefest

• Using a pastry brush, evenly paint egg wash over the dough. Generously sprinkle sugar over the entire

• Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

• Finish with bits of fresh thyme and a sprinkle of fleur de sel.

Vanilla Cream

6 ounces whole milk
1.75 ounces sugar
1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla paste
2 ounces heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 ounce unsalted butter (cut into small chunks)

• Combine the milk, sugars, and vanilla paste in a medium saucepan and bring to just a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

• Whisk together the heavy cream, egg yolks, and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Continue whisking as you slowly stream in the hot milk mixture. Pour the vanilla cream back into the pan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until the cream thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the butter until melted.

• Pour the cream through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Cover the surface of the cream with plastic wrap so it doesn’t form a skin, refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

pie workshop | designlovefest
pie workshop | designlovefest

the foundation of every good pie, the pie crust! Valerie is a crust lover and rolls her dough out thick, it makes it easier to handle and gives a solid base. one tip she gave and that i found helpful is that once your dough is rolled out, don’t pull on it. you can pinch it, fold it, etc but no pulling!

Buttery Pie Crust
makes enough for one 9-inch double-crust pie, two 9-inch single-crust pies, or fifteen 4-inch hand pies

2 ½ cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ sticks (10 ounces) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1/4 to 1/3 cup (2 to 2.5 ounces) cold water

• To make the dough in a food processor: Put the flour, sugar, and salt in the processor bowl and pulse once or twice to combine. Drop the pieces of butter through the feed tube, continuing to pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add 1/4 cup water as you continue pulsing a few more times, then add more water if necessary; stop when the dough just starts to come together.

• To make the dough by hand: Put the flour, sugar, and salt into a medium bowl and mix together with a fork or small whisk. Cut the butter into the dough using a pastry cutter or a large fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 1/4 cup water directly over the dough, mixing with the pastry cutter or fork, then add more water if necessary, mixing until the dough just comes together.

• Remove the dough from the processor or bowl and form into 2 equal disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days. The dough can be frozen for up to 2 months; thaw in the refrigerator.

pie workshop | designlovefest
pie workshop | designlovefest
pie workshop | designlovefest
pie workshop | designlovefest

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