friday check in | designlovefest
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happy friday! are you looking forward to anything this weekend? i’m going to make pasta tonight for the fifth time since quarantine started. it has become my weekend ritual and i really enjoy it. and we’ll open a bottle of white wine and enjoy the fact that it doesn’t get dark until 8pm now. hard to feel the change of seasons but the longer days definitely feel nice. i hope you have something fun to do this weekend, even if it’s small like taking a bath with a candle lit.

i made this red lentil soup again this week. i’ve made it several times. it’s budget friendly and super easy. we’ve also made smash burgers three times recently as our favorite spot in LA, burgers never say die, has closed for now. i have a soft spot for american cheese and pickles.

i had never heard of the brand entireworld before this pandemic started and now i see lots of people popping up in their cute matching sweatsuits in fun colors. seems to be a work from home uniform.

my grandma made me a beautiful quilt that doesn’t get used enough. i’m thinking of having it turned into a jacket by this cool lady. i love scrolling her instagram and looking at all the quilts turned coats. feels like a cool way to utilize something that might just be sitting in your closet gathering dust.

do you have any must make recipes you want to share? cooking inspiration is running low around here so please send them my way. i started reading “The Splendid and the Vile” and i’m really enjoying it and recommend it if you’re looking for something to dig into.  – joanie



annie costello brown | designlovefest

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bri and i are both big fans of los angeles jewelry designer annie costello brown. i’ve received several pairs of her earrings for birthdays and christmas over the years and i love them. i noticed that all of the styles on need supply are currently on sale. they make a great gift for yourself or someone you love. and surprisingly, they aren’t heavy! they are perfect for a night out or i can wear them all day without pain. here are some favorites. i really love the blue and green ones. i wear a lot of neutrals so they really pop. but the silver and gold is also really timeless and versatile. the earrings above are available here in silver.



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 strawberry sheet cake from a cozy kitchen! 

how are you? it’s getting really warm here in los angeles, starting to feel like summer. it has been fun to watch the seasons change while being mostly inside. southern california doesn’t have drastic seasons as it is but, i’ve found it comforting to watch and notices the changes that have happened. the flowers blooming that weren’t there two days ago, trees that are sprouting green. warmer nights, longer days, all signs of time passing. i’ve stopped gauging time as much in minutes, hours and days because they seem to mix together but i like noticing the passing of this period of time, these 6+ weeks that we’ve been inside. and i guess i must be feeling in the summer spirit because i included a round up of strawberry dessert images in this post, nothing says summer like fresh, juicy berries.  – joanie 

what are you making this weekend? i’m going to make another round of homemade pasta because my husband is making linguine with fresh clams, and i can’t wait. he is also making this brisket which might be poorly timed due to the intense heat and the hours of cooking time required but we’re going to go for it. and we’re also making alice waters fried sole (from the art of simple food which is an excellent cookbook). a seafood heavy weekend!

if you’re burning more candles than normal (i definitely am!) brooklyn candle studio is a great place to buy, the candles are wonderful and they are a small team who has been hard hit by the closures in NYC. they are offering 15% off with code STAYWELL. i love this trio. 

cake by izzy hossack | designlovefest
 strawberry lemon cake by izzy hossack

my aunt and i were debating the merits of different cookware. i think my #1 go-to is still the le creuset dutch oven which i basically use daily but i’m planning to add a great jones pieces to my collection soon. i love the colors and the price point is reasonable. bri has the dutchess which i’ve cooked with and liked. i also love dansk, i think it’s the most beautiful of them all, i have several pieces but the butter warmer size really gets used a lot.

our friends over at lacausa launched the cutest los angeles sweatshirts and tees. i love this one.

is it just me or have you been noticing the resurgence of crocs? i like the printed ones, the strawberry is cute and so is this floral.

i’ve been enjoying listening to taryn toomey playlists on spotify. you can look her up and follow. she is the creator of The Class and i like her taste in music.

before the heat wave, i was taking lots of baths in the evening. i love these lavender epsom salts  and  the milk bath from cuccio.

strawberry tarts | designlovefest

i hope you’re able to relax a bit this weekend! i just started reading, “such a fun age” and i’m excited to dig in. sending you all love!

strawberry tarts | designlovefest




ace & jig | designlovefest

we are long time fans of ace & jig and there is so much to love about their latest collection. the colors, textiles, styling, models, it’s all so beautiful. i’m in love with this duster! they are an incredible female owned, ethically sourced and made company to support if you have the means. and if not, you can get joy just from looking at their colorful instagram. they are currently offering 15% off site wide with code ACEANDJIGJOY. – joanie

ace & jig | designlovefest

such a pretty shade of orange and love that this jumpsuit can be worn with layers under or over it which makes it appropriate for all seasons.

ace & jig | designlovefest

this is something so chic about a duster, and they are extremely versatile. i’ve drawn to cozy layers right now as we all stay inside and this is the perfect housecoat.

ace & jig | designlovefest

every textile this dress comes in is beautiful. especially the cantaloupe.



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you know i have a weakness for madewell and my sister alerted me to their current 40% off sale. i really don’t buy anything from them unless it’s on sale and many of their items are sale on top of sale right now. below are some  favorites. i like to try to stick to buying more classic items from them like sweatshirts, button ups, perfectly lightweight cardigans, these pleated linen shorts, etc. they also have some fun 90’s feeling pieces right now like this wrap dress and top in the prettiest floral print

plaid ruffle top – this top feels a little like doen. the plaid feels fresh as it’s in summer colors, a nice departure for spring and summer.

cardigan sweater – cardigans are my go-to summer outerwear. you can easily pack them in your beach bag and throw them on over your swimsuit or sundress as the sun dips. i also love this one.

pleated linen shorts – i love how classic these pleat front linen shorts are, perfect paired with a swimsuit top to make it feel modern.

wrap top in daisy print – i eyed this top when it came out. i think the print is charming and i love a good wrap.

ribbed mini dress – this sweet ribbed dress in soft pink would be cool paired with a flat sandal or sneakers.

hemp sweatshirt – i highly recommend adding a classic grey sweatshirt to your closet if you don’t have one.

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