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11.21.17

LOS ANGELES I LOVE YOU A LOT

favorite LA spots | designlovefest

i moved to los angeles in 2006. i lived downtown across from where i finished college, FIDM. i later moved to west hollywood, silver lake, the arts district, back to silver lake, and now glassell park. many people hate on los angeles for obvious reasons: traffic, crowded, pretentious, so spread out…but i love it here. it may take a little time, but if you open your eyes to ALL of the wonderful things about LA, you will fall in love. lately i have been spending more time at home, exploring my neighborhood, eating at small hole in the wall spots, admiring the vibrant pink sunsets, and remembering how grateful i am to live here in los angeles.

here’s a few things with history that i love to see & do here…

favorite LA spots | designlovefest
favorite LA spots | designlovefest

The Hollywood Farmers’ Market

we try to go on sunday mornings to the farmer’s market in hollywood. sometimes sleeping in sounds better, but i’m always happy when we make it there for flowers, vegetables and herbs. there’s a really cool mushroom stand at the very end near the arclight. and my favorite greek stand is there with the best sauces and cheeses! (in the middle, on the end. they will give you tons of samples!)

it’s also entertaining to walk around the original farmer’s market at the grove.

favorite LA spots | designlovefest

The Vista and The Los Feliz Theater

established in the 20’s and 30’s, two of the cutest movie theaters. the vista is one big room with an egyptian decor and a whimsical vibe. the los feliz theater a few streets away is also adorable (and so much cheaper than the big theaters. especially the matinees!) we saw lady bird there last night after eating at a fave pasta spot, speranza.

favorite LA spots | designlovefest

The Huntington Botanical Garden

the huntington garden in pasadena is one of the LA places that takes my stress away. flowers everywhere, bring a blanket, someone you love, and spend the afternoon. i also love the having lunch in the japanese garden there. a great spot to bring your mom or grandma when they visit. also check out descanso garden (cheaper and also pretty)

Chinatown, Los Angeles

have you had the amazing chicken sandwich from howlin ray’s!? (the line is too long on the weekends, go mid-week) and i really want to try the new spot, oriel.

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11.21.17

THANKSGIVING FOOD!

we’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead filled with lots of food! if you’re still scrambling to come up with ideas on what to make we’ve got a few suggestions below. all of the recipes we share on the blog are really straight forward and don’t require a ton of prep which makes them perfect for a weekend where all you really want to do is chill with family/friends and drink wine. hope you have a great holiday! Xx

recipes:
roasted beet salad
mini chicken pot pies
roasted chicken dinner
upside down cake
meatballs and cauliflower mash
winter soup
fall pasta
hasselback potatoes
roasted cauliflower salad
leftover turkey sandwiches

11.20.17

GIFT GUIDE / UNDER $250

loeffler randall | designlovefest
 image via loeffler randall

our third gift guide and one that might just have somethings you need for your own wish list too! these are bigger ticket items, things that someone wouldn’t normally buy for themselves and that are really nice to spoil someone with this season. buying something for someone’s home is a risk but it’s so nice to have a new beautiful pot to cook in or a sharp fancy new knife, you can throw in your favorite cookbook too to complete the gift. i also love the idea of gifting someone a planter and swinging by the local nursery for something to put in it. nothing brightens up a living space like a little green! – joanie

 

Loeffler Randall pouch $195  – so cute and colorful! for your stylish friend (or a gift to yourself).

Maud sunglasses $175 – love the pretty purple tint on these frames. sunglasses are something that can be hard to splurge on for yourself so they make a fun (and useful!) gift!

Cuyana leather tote $175 – a leather tote that you’ll use over and over again. get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch.

Maya Brenner letter necklace $240 – i love her delicate initial necklaces. i have one on my list this year with a “j” for me and a “c” for my husband.

Marais black sandal $245 – the chicest sandals, perfect for a little holiday trip in the sun!

Blockshop throw $250 – the pink and peach is such a beautiful color combo and this would be perfect at the end of a bed or draped over a couch.

Annie Costello Brown earrings $240 – our love for ACB earrings is unending and these blue ones are sold out most places except here! they are surprisingly light to wear and don’t stretch or pull the ear.

Janessa Leone hat $230 – i reach for her hats over and over again. i love that it’s a female owned business and based in LA. her hats really are the best.

Happy Habitat throw $160 – we have two of these in our office and they are so durable and fun. they’re machine washable which is very nice and made in the USA!

Japanese knife $165 – a beautiful knife for the person in your life that loves to cook!

Le Creuset dutch oven $130 – i have one of these in orange and reach for it all the time, it’s a kitchen essential and comes in so many cool colors.

Modernica planter $189 – they have several different planter options to pick from but i think these make a great gift and are simple enough to fit into lots of different types of homes and spaces.

11.16.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 90

“the colors in this tennyson quote are inspired by a jesse marianut photograph.” –maddy

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

11.15.17

A CUTE GIFT

i’m very sentimental, so i love the idea of this star map for a gift this year. you type in your location and a special date and it gives you a map of the stars on that night. very cute!

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