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12.11.19

IT’S NOT TOO LATE GIFT GUIDE!

with thanksgiving being later this year it feels like christmas came faster than ever. here is our it’s not too late gift guide for any gift that you still need for your own list or to gift to others! 10 picks from me and 10 picks from joanie. it’s fun to see our selects side by side, i always gravitate towards color and home gifts and her towards neutrals and fashion. happy shopping! Xx

1. Clare V. is one of my go-to gifts. she has such cool pieces and they transcend age, something for my mom and my sister. i love this tie dye sweatshirt for myself.

2. these earrings by lightbox are the ones i wore on my wedding day. they are classic and can go with everything from a wedding dress to jeans and a t-shirt. they’d be the perfect gift for someone celebrating something special in their lives or to mark a big occasion.

3. mud australia makes some of my favorite kitchen items and this serving dish is the perfect size. i have it in mint and can attest that it makes a great gift.

4. i spent more time in my kitchen this year than ever before and i love the idea of gifting something for entertaining or making a great meal at home. this olive oil tastes amazing and would be the perfect hostess gift to bring to a holiday party.

5. hawkins new york is one of my favorite stores to wander around and look at home decor items. it always smells amazing and they have great styling. i picked up one of these candles a few weeks ago and it’s a good one. candles are always a welcomed gift and the thing to give to someone who you’re not sure if you should give them something but you want to just in case they get you something.

6. kip&co makes some of the coolest bedding and i love this throw pillow for a couch or bed.

7. the great jones makes some beautiful cookware. i’ve put this dutch oven to the test and it passed with flying colors.

8. i love this cloud robe from parachute, cotton is great for post shower or bath and the rose color looks pretty hanging in the bathroom.

9. and a cool bathmat from cold picnic.

10. a sweet and simple vase from Hay is a great gift. add fresh flowers to go the extra mile.

1. H&M has been killing the outwear game and i love the simplicity of this shirt jacket with the length, oversized pockets and versatile caramel color.

2. i fell in love with this emerson fry dress the minute i saw it. it’s sold out in most sizes now but definitely on my wish list.

3. i love my uggs and wear them all winter long in my wood floored apartment. i like that this fuzzy pair.

4. we gifted this lightbox necklace to everyone who attended our brunch earlier this year and i’ve worn mine almost every day since. it’s the perfect layering piece and goes from day to night. anyone would be lucky to get this as a gift!

5. a lot of people on my list are getting baggu as part of their gift from me this year. i keep one in my car for last minute grocery trips or pack them  for trips, they always come in handy.

6. this might be a dorky gift but i ask for running shoes every year. the ultraboosts are my current favorite shoe and they have so many fun color combos.

7. when i got married i asked the make up artist to use subtle make up and this is the lip color she used and i’ve loved it and worn it ever since. it’s easy to pull off and a sweet simple gift.

8. this cashmere travel wrap is not cheap but it’s the best, coziest thing to use while traveling. my aunt gifted it to me years ago and i love it and it’s held up really well. it also comes in lots of great colors.

9. i need a morter & pestle in my kitchen and i love the simplicity of this one.

10. cute, lightweight, water proof these boots are perfect for the winter or a rainy LA winter.

12.10.19

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON

got inspired by one of my favorite childhood movies recently, swiss family robinson! all I ever wanted was to live in that freaking treehouse and ride zebras. rewatching it as an adult I realized how much I loveeee the outfits and colors too. the floral island hats and worn in striped pants…into it!

11.22.19

MUSINGS #4

musings | designlovefest

thanksgiving is a week away and i’m already looking forward to a big meal followed by a nap. i’m making this almond cake that i mentioned a few weeks back and a side dish that i haven’t yet decided on, i want to make something with non-traditional flavors like fish or soy sauce. one of those memory photos popped up on my phone of thanksgiving two years ago in england and it made me miss the rainy, grey days with big fires and rich food. the first three photos are from my stay at the pig hotel (which we loved) and the bottom photos are from the soho farmhouse which i’ve never been to but looks charming.  –joanie 

so many sales to shop next week. i’m eyeing 20% off at parachute home, 30% off at H&M (check out this post for some favorite sweaters), and 30% off at adidas which is always when i buy a new pair of running shoes, i love the ultra boosts! i like to bookmark what i want before the sales start so that i can shop quickly and go back to enjoying family time.

musings | designlovefest

these knives from food52 are so beautiful and would make a great fit. and as far as knives go, are very affordable for Japanese steel. i love the pink and orange color best. if you’re going to upgrade one knife in your kitchen i’d 100% say the chef knife, it’s definitely my MVP.

if you want to contribute something to thanksgiving but don’t want to cook/bake, order a caroline’s cake! my mom sends me one every year for my birthday and they are truly delicious. my favorite is the carmel cake and coconut cloud.

musings | designlovefest

my friend just launched a travel company called allcall where you can buy curated itineraries for destinations for just $8/day. your trip is basically fully laid out for you without having to do all the time intensive research. lots of fun destinations in there already like aspen and tulum and bri’s guide to new orleans!

bri made this vegan curry last week (you might have seen on stories!) and i loved it so much i made it this week. our edits were japanese sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes, two cans of regular coconut milk, and i left out the cumin seeds and did a teaspoon of cumin powder instead and doubled the turmeric. i feels very nourishing but also comforting.

the net-a-porter sale just started, i always pick up a few things every year. in my opinion, it has one of the best sale selections. i’m on a big sequin kick and had a birthday gift from my mom to cash in on so i bought this dress to try for New Year’s Eve. i also love this emerson fry dress and this one from mango. nothing more festive than wearing something super sparkly to ring in the new year!

musings | designlovefest
musings | designlovefest

we took a ceramics class last weekend at still life and it was so much fun! i highly recommend looking up a studio in your area and seeing if they offer an intro class. it’s a good outlet.

and finally, i need a good holiday chill on the couch book recommendation. i’m currently reading the healer within, which i love but it isn’t really a fun, easy holiday read so send your recommendations my way!

musings | designlovefest
musings | designlovefest

source for the bottom four photos is trendland

 

11.21.19

A MODERN THANKSIGIVING

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! it’s celebratory and fun but still low key. i love creating a menu, spending the entire day in the kitchen with a glass of wine, stirring, chopping, tasting and baking. we’re hosting at our house again, which we did for the last two years and it was really fun. we teamed up with whole foods market (my favorite grocery store!) to put a modern twist on the thanksgiving meal by ordering a fully prepared turkey and making all the sides. for me, the turkey is the hardest part so having that out of the way lets me focus on the sides which i love. smashed potatoes, green beans, roasted carrots, a big salad, time consuming but worth it stuffing… yum! if you want to preorder your thanksgiving turkey go here. or see this post for details.

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

and now for some menu inspo! i love looking through the thanksgiving issue of bon appetit to get inspired. the classics, but with a bit of an update is what i love. and also a balance of flavors, thanksgiving is about a plate full of food so you don’t want any one thing to be too intense and over power the other dishes, everything should work together!

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

some recipes we love! these smashed potatoes (pictured below) are SO good. they require boiling, frying and broiling but are 100% worth the effort for the crispy outside and tender inside. these roasted carrots are deceiving because they look simple but have a ton of flavor, the fresh lemon juice at the end paired with the creamy avocado and a sprinkle of salt is addicting. and the stuffing, which really is the star of the show, right?! i made this recipe last year and i’m making it again this year because it was that good!

for dessert, how about pie but make it chocolate! this recipe is delicious, so rich but so good! we also did an entire post on pies with the best pie baker in town, Valerie, that you can check out here for tips and tricks.

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest
a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

if you have leftovers, make a simple turkey for chicken substitution and bake a pot pie. you can make a mini or full size version with this recipe. and you can’t go wrong with the tried and true post thanksgiving turkey sandwich. what are you making this year?! have fun in the kitchen, cooking for the people you love!

a modern thanksgiving | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
florals by: under new mgmt

11.04.19

OUR ROAD TRIP HONEYMOON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

we spent 6 months not really knowing what to do for our honeymoon, we contemplated skipping it, and then one day we just decided to do a spontaneous two week road trip in a van through arizona, utah, colorado, and new mexico! we enjoy that way of travel the most, and somewhere far and fancy felt like too much pressure. it was the BEST decision and we had such a blast!

we rented the nora sprinter van from Go Camp. it was fully stocked and ready to go. it had a table that converted to a queen bed, a small bathroom, and a kitchen with a stove top/oven/sink. plus everything we needed like bedding, utensils, tent, sleeping bag, camping chairs, a heater…everything really. we were driving around 3,000 miles so we wanted something that felt sturdy, safe and fast. the vanagons will be what we will rent for our california road trips!

we did a mixture of camping in the van and a few hotels along the way. some nicer, some motels. it was a really great balance. i’m excited to share our itinerary and hope some of you stop at these spots! I recommend just starring a bunch of places in your google map, plan out a loose itinerary and just hit the road. we went in the off season (oct 18-nov 1st) so some things were closed but mostly it was not crowded and great. let me know if you have any questions!

ok, here we go…

LA > ARIZONA

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

LA > SEDONA

I hadn’t been to sedona since I was a young kid, but I remember being amazed by the sunsets and the red rocks when I was there. there sure is something pretty magical about that place!

we camped at rancho sedona RV park for 2 days and got familiar with the van. it was close to town (we walked a lot), clean and right by the water. I heard amara resort and spa is nice to stay too – here is a $50 off any hotel link if you want!

we really liked indian gardens cafe & market for breakfast (we also stocked up on beer and snacks for the trip here). I heard that mariposa latin grill is worth checking out. we ended up cooking in the van most meals.

we did a pink jeep tour at sunset. pretty touristy, but also so gorgeous so I think it’s worth it.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
  
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

ARCOSANTI

this was actually our first stop on our way to sedona, about an hour away. arcosanti is an architecture dream! this place has been on our list for awhile, so I am really happy we were able to see it finally. it’s an “experimental city” where people live, but many just visit and tour the place. I find the shapes, windows, colors, and vibe there totally fascinating. check their site and book a little tour. they are strict about not just wandering around on your own.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

SEDONA > ZION NATIONAL PARK

I was considering going to amangiri for a night because it looks gorgeous but I just couldn’t justify that nightly rate. my friend ashley told me about this ranch in zion called zion mountain ranch that was was affordable and super cute. it’s a bunch of individual cabins and there were grazing animals (baby bison!) and chickens on the property. the drive to get there is really pretty too so I am happy we saw more of Utah on the road.

we also had a cozy farm to table dinner at the restaurant on the property and s’mores on the fire after.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

the next morning we grabbed breakfast at a casual diner, thunderbird restaurant, on our way out of town (there are only like 2 spots to eat around there)

ZION > ANTELOPE CANYON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

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