03.15.19

SMASHED POTATO APPETIZER

smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest

we really out did ourselves with this one, if i do say so myself! bri and i learned how to make a proper smashed potato in culinary school (which requires boiling, pan frying, basting and broiling!) and they were so delicious that we had to remake them but with our own twist. the horseradish sour cream really takes these to the next level and bri suggested a garnish of pomegranate which i was a bit skeptical about but it really brings the flavors together. the seeds have a bright flavor which is similar to how lemon zest really brings together the flavors of something savory. go make these!  -joanie

smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest

smashed potato bites
what you’ll need:
• 1 lbs peewee potatoes
• 6 pieces of bacon, cooked
• green onions
• butter
• pomegranate seeds
• flat leaf parsley
• thyme

horseradish sour cream//
• 1 cup sour cream
• 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon salt
• black pepper

smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest

• bring salted water to a boil, add potatoes and cook until you can pierce with a fork with no resistance. drain and set aside.

• chop the cooked bacon, parsley and green onion, set aside.

• in a small bowl, add all of the ingredients for the horseradish sour cream and mix together. adjust to your desired flavor profile, adding more horseradish for an extra kick, lemon or salt as needed. dust with a generous amount of black pepper.

smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest

• once the potatoes have cooled, place them on a flat surface. using either the palm of your hand or the back of a measuring cup press gently into them to flatten. don’t use too much force or they’ll break apart.

• heat an oven proof skillet on medium heat, once hot, add oil, swirl and add potatoes, cook until brown and flip. once browned on both sides, add 1 tablespoon butter and a sprig of thyme and turn off the heat. the butter should melt and then start foaming, baste the potatoes by tilting the pan towards you and using a spoon to drip the butter over the cooked potatoes. depending on the size of your pan you might need 2-3 rounds in the frying pan to cook all of the potatoes. once they are all browned, place them on a baking sheet, drizzle leftover butter from the pan and thyme and put them under the broiler until the edges start to get crispy, about 3 minutes.

smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest

place the potatoes on a serving tray and top with the sour cream, bacon, green onion, parsley and pom seeds. serve immediately and enjoy all the thank you’s these potatoes will get ya!

smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest
smashed potato appetizer | designlovefest

images by:  ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack

03.14.19

A RELAXATION KIT!

relaxation | designlovefest

we had the best weekend celebrating bri’s bachelorette at hotel joaquin in laguna beach last weekend. everything went exactly as planned, the weather was gorgeous and it was really just the perfect weekend. the theme for the weekend was relaxation which was exactly what we did! since bri is the queen of chill, i wanted to put together gift bags for everyone that included some of her favorite items so that people could use them over the weekend and take them home to keep them calm in their own lives. – joanie

an essential part of the relaxation kit was the parachute home bathrobe. their waffle robes are so soft and cozy, everyone was wearing theirs all weekend long to breakfast, the beach and lounging by the pool.

relaxation | designlovefest

all the guests also got mumu pajama sets which are perfect thing to hang around the hotel in. they are cut slightly oversized which makes them really comfy. the stripe set is my favorite.

bri is a serious candle lover so of course we had to include that as well! this one from P.F candle co in their night-blooming jasmine scent is amazing! we’ve loved their candles and scents for awhile now (they are LA based!) and their terra collection is beautiful.

relaxation | designlovefest

our obsession for true botanicals runs deep, their pure radiance oil is at the top of my Christmas list every year and i really notice such a difference in my skin when i’m using their products. we include their renew face mist in the gift bags as that’s one of bri’s favorite products to use at home and on the road. it’s great for bringing along to the pool for a midday spritz or to use before heading to bed.

and finally, the KIVA confections espresso bites for when you really wanna chill.

had the best time putting these kits together! these are truly some of bri’s favorite items and i love thinking about people getting to use the items at home to relax and remember the weekend! Xx

relaxation | designlovefest

03.13.19

NEW PHONE + APPLE WATCH BAND DESIGNS!

casetify | designlovefest

i’ve been curating desktop wallpapers on the blog and phone cases on casetify for a few years now! i LOVE finding talented artists and sharing their work with you all. it makes me so happy to see your computer screens and phones with the pretty designs.

we just launched 23 NEW DESIGNS over on casetify and this time we are offering apple watch bands as well! we’ve incorporated some of the latest design trends like animal prints, terrazzo, watercolor, rainbows and more! check them out… (and a discount code below!) 

casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

megan galante went above and beyond and made a ton of new designs (this rainbow cheetah is my favorite!) how cool is this simple line drawing too?

casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

for the girls who love flowers and watercolor (and this most popular case sold last year!) julie song is bringing in a new floral design this time around.

:: shop cases here ::

casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

i loveee this simple watercolor rainbow by ohmeed and she has a gorgeous terrazzo print in there now as well.

:: shop cases here ::

casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

this pink and orange marble from ali yeadon is so fun! it looks awesome with the rose gold case peeking through.

:: shop cases here ::

casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

so HAPPY that jessalyn brooks created these designs so i can basically carry my living room art with me everywhere i go. she is just beyond talented!

:: shop cases and apple watch straps here :: 

would love to know your favorites!! and use code designlovefest for 20% off your order! thanks so much! xx bri

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!

03.06.19

CHOCOLATE ANGEL STRATA PIE

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

i grew up in a dessert house, thanks to my mom we had it after almost every dinner. which i think actually worked in my favor because as an adult, i love dessert but i don’t have the urge to overeat it because there was an abundance of it. it didn’t feel like a scarce treat that we had to load up on while we had the chance. i think that idea is interesting, treating dessert as something that we had access to almost took the energy out of it, not making it a source of obsession. anyway, this was one of my favorite desserts while growing up. i asked for it to be my birthday cake several years in a row (including one year that i had a gymnastics party and ate two pieces before jumping for an hour on a trampoline which left me feeling very ill). it’s decadent without being too rich. it’s layers of chocolate and meringue with hints of cinnamon and you’re going to want to make this asap. i served it this weekend at a dinner party we hosted and it was a hit! – joanie

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

chocolate angel strata pie
serves 10

what you’ll need//

for the crust:
• 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (cinnamon or regular!)
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 stick of butter, melted

for the meringue:
• 2 egg whites
• 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoons salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 cup sugar

chocolate filling: 
• 1 cup chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 egg yolks

cinnamon filling: 
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 cup whipping cream
• 1/4 cup sugar

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

• preheat the oven to 325 degrees. for the crust: mix together the cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. press into a 9″ pan. next make the meringue, beat the egg whites, add the vinegar, salt and cinnamon and beat until soft mounds form. add the 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons at a time and beat until stiff and glossy. pour into the crust and bake 15-18 minutes until lightly brown. Remove and cool.

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

• make the chocolate filling, melt chocolate and water in a double boiler. once smooth, add the egg yolks. spread 3 tablespoons of this chocolate mixture over the meringue and cool. chill remaining chocolate mixture.

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

• cinnamon filling: combine sugar, cinnamon and whipping cream into a small bowl, beat until thick. spread 1/2 over the chocolate in the pie shell. mix the remaining 1/2 with the cooled chocolate mixture and spread over the pie.

• chill for 4 hours, cut and serve!

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

photos by: Ivan solis 

more delicious recipes here!

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