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STYLED | designlovefest

do you have an underwear brand that you love? if so, please tell. i wore hanky panky for years and then got tired of the lace not staying flat against my skin. and then i tried Gap which were great for a bit but fell apart after about three months. i actually really love the cotton bikini underwear from Madewell but i mostly wear those to bed.  i have lots of pretty less practical lacy pairs that are fun too but i’m looking for something everyday practical that can withstand some wearings and washings. and, now that it’s september it feels like it’s time to make sure we’re fully prepped and ready for getting cozy! i recently discovered Lunya which has sent me down a hole of wanting to completely update my PJ/lounge game.  below are some of their pieces and others that i’d love to sport this fall and winter! – joanie


Madewell nightshirt ($58) –  i’m a sucker for a classic sleeping set and i love the updated version of turning the shirt into a dress. also very useful because who likes sleeping in pants?

Sleepy Jones tee  ($58) – appropriate for day or night, love this little sleepy tee.

Free People gingham shorts ($68) – i like the matching set but also think the shorts are good on their own with one of your own sweatshirts or t-shirts thrown on top.

Lululemon joggers ($98) –  i purchased a pair of these sweatpants in grey a long time ago and they are still my favorite. the taped ankle makes them appropriate to wear out or around the house when you have overnight guests.

Lunya dress ($198) –  this feels like the perfect thing to bring on a romantic getaway, not too fussy, sexy and understated all at once.

Sundry star sweatpants ($110) – love the classic style of these sweatpants in this soft neutral color with the kick of stars on the leg.

Adidas velvet pants ($75) – velvet is a trend that is here to stay for awhile so you might as well jump in and these jewel toned adidas pants are the perfect place to start!

Champion sweatshirt ($44) – i love a good champion or hanes sweatshirt so when todd snyder did a collaboration with them and updated some of champions classic pieces it was a match made in heaven. i love their classic zip and crew neck styles and also the cropped track pants. lots of good pieces on sale here!

Prima romper ($168) – pretty and soft. would be great with a sweater or cardigan thrown on top!

STYLED | designlovefest
STYLED | designlovefest
STYLED | designlovefest

all large images via free people







styled | designlovefest

whatcha up to this weekend? i’m headed to northern california for one of my dearest friend’s weddings (being held on a ranch!). excited to celebrate and see some old friends! i’m actually in the wedding so i don’t need to worry about what to wear but below are nine things i would wear to a fall wedding (because dressing for a wedding can be hard!). and, if you’re a bride can you please wear the dress above?! i’m totally obsessed with it.

also, i recently got microbladding done on my eyebrows. it was a real stretch for me because i am almost zero maintenance when it comes to beauty, basically wash my face and go. so i was totally freaked out to do it but it couldn’t have been easier and totally painless. and, it made the most subtle but impactful difference. you can see my before and after picture here. have you thought about doing it? i went to kristie streicher who is truly an eyebrow genius and the only person i’d trust with my eyebrows and a needle! anyway, if you’re considering it and scared like i was, don’t be, it really is so quick and easy. now, back to style! – joanie


Mango velvet trousers ($100) – i’d like to start by saying that in my opinion, depending on the formality of the wedding, that pants are a great option. pair them with a pair of formal looking shoes and a cool clutch and you’re golden.

ASOS dot dress ($48) – classic and slightly form fitted, great with a red lip and a short hair cut or hair worn up.

COS cocoon dress ($135) – i love this color and think that a cocoon dress is a very flattering option. the thing people forget about wedding attire is that you’re in it for such a long time and eating, drinking, dancing, etc. it’s got to be comfortable!

Vertical striped dress ($60) – the little metallic detail on this is great and as the model is showing us, it is made to move!

ASOS black floral dress ($72) – the dark floral is perfect for fall and the dramatic off the shoulder is a pretty touch.

J.Crew lip print dress ($158) – covered up on top but with a little flow in the skirt. the whimsical lip print is super sweet too!

Rebecca Taylor one shoulder dress ($170) – i’m a sucker for Rebecca Taylor’s feminine pieces and i love the one shoulder, that it’s made in cotton and has an elastic waist!

Mango red leather bag ($80) – when in doubt, wear an old dress from your closet and a new bag!

Zara navy jumpsuit ($90) – this navy jumpsuit is chic and has a built in necklace, no jewelry required!







tel aviv travel | designlovefest
tel aviv travel | designlovefest

i’ve been working on my travel guide for israel (hoping our wifi is strong enough here in amsterdam that i can put that up this week!) 

before those posts i’d like to share about our experience traveling to tel aviv. i was asked to take the new United Dream Polaris nonstop flight from newark to tel aviv and was able to bring justin along. we both had never been to israel and that plane looked awesome, so we jumped at the opportunity. let’s be honest, i don’t really travel in first or business class, i can count the number of times on one hand, so this was a real treat. you arrive to a drink, saks pillows, pajamas, a full lie down bed with a comforter, big tvs, cheese plates, an ice cream sundae cart, the best service…it was wild!

tel aviv travel | designlovefest
tel aviv travel | designlovefest

luckily we were able to sit next to each other and watch movies together. i guess we’re that couple that even hangs out on the plane and hits play and pause at the same time ha!

my favorite part of the flight was how spacious and comfortable it was. a 10 hour plane ride has never gone by as quickly, i was actually kinda bummed when it was over! it felt like i had time to relax, catch up on my murder mystery podcasts and books (up and vanished! obsessed), have wine and just chillllll. on the way home i needed to sleep because of a busy work week and i was able to lay down and fall asleep most of the way home. we flew coach a few days later and man, we missed those little dream pods!

(this post is partnership with united)




image via frēda salvador

i’m one of those annoying people who keeps commenting that they “cannot believe it’s september!” and “wow! this year has really flown by” but that’s the truth. i cannot believe how fast this year has gone by and that we’re already talking about fashion week and fall wardrobes. it’s still very warm here in los angeles but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been eyeing what’s coming out for fall.  let’s call them transition pieces because i’m not ready to say good bye to summer just yet. – joanie

Striped knit midi dress ($120)  – i’m in love with the colors in this dress and it’s the perfect fall transition piece. cozy but not too covered up so you won’t get too warm when the sun does come out.

Aldo ankle boot ($125) – it’s hard to find books in this really light beige color. but when you do find it snatch them up because this color goes with everything. i have a pair from all saints that i bought 4+ years ago and still wear all the time. i love that these have the addition of a gold zipper. and the price isn’t bad for a pair of boots!

Line & Dot sweater ($99) – a very chic black sweater option that i know you’d reach for time and time again. i love the cinched sleeve detail and unfinished hem at the neck.

Cuero & Mor chain bag ($475) – i’m obsessed with this raspberry color and the addition of the gold chain, it’s such a chic bag.

Grlfrnd denim in midnight ($228) – you can tell from the photo that these are a perfect pair of jeans. moderate distressing, hits right below the belly button, not too tight in thigh and a very chic straight leg cut.

Pearled hoops ($48) – i’m a big fan of hoop earrings and think they look cool with basically everything. i know that pearls are on trend but since i can’t get behind pearl necklaces yet this feels like a happy meeting place.

Adidas velvet track pants ($70) – i have the non-velvet version of these and they are the perfect saturday morning donut run pants that are still comfortable but not your pajamas.

Frēda Salvador mary jane’s ($395) – i have been obsessed with Frēda Salvador for some time now. i own only one pair of their shoes but have worn them so much and they are amazingly comfortable. the kind of traveling shoe that you feel proud to wear. not too touristy but not going to leave you with blisters at the end of the day. i think they are particularly good for narrow feet as they hug the foot really nicely. i have to find a way to get my hands on these mary jane’s, they. are. so. cool. and yes, i know they are white and i firmly believe in white all year round!

Farrow skirt ($58) – one of my favorite looks for fall is always the oversized sweater and mini skirt. this navy one is very reasonably priced and i love the laced up detail. perfect with a big cream fisherman’s sweater.




i lived in my house for about two years without finishing most rooms. this always happens to me, i move in and decorate a room or two and then get busy or lazy or it feels hard to make design decisions and rooms just sit with a few things in them. luckily sarah makes really good design decisions and helped me transform the space completely! (remember our patio design makeover here, that’s where we started and we’re making some kitchen changes next)

the vibe i was going for was inspired by a trip to japan. clean lines with natural textures and calm energy. also no pink now that the boy lives there and he puts up with it in so many other rooms haha 🙂

i loved my old dining room table but it really didn’t fit in this larger room and also didn’t match with the floor wood. so we decided to switch it up for a white table and those awesome green chairs. we took out the off center white pendant light and replaced it with those two rattan lights that i love! changes the whole room.

table area sources: white table from Yliving, green chairs from muuto, rug from rug vista (so cheap!), and rattan pendant lights from anthropologie.

for the bar we wanted to make use of that counter because the way it was made it awkward to eat on. i loved sarah’s idea of getting the bar stools and extending the marble counter! we hang out there all the time now and chat about our day while we cook or when we entertain friends and aren’t quite done cooking.

bar stools from all modern



i got all of the artwork from tappan collective. i love their site so much, they have a ton of amazing artists and a range of prices. i wanted the space to feel calm and inviting, so i chose art in more neutral tones with white frames.

we leaned the artwork on our custom semi handmade shelves. definitely check this company out! i will be using them in my kitchen to replace my ikea cabinets too! we got the half circle mirror custom made at a mirror shop somewhere in glendale. i love that addition! add a cactus, a giant plant, and a wall hanging (scarf) from block shop and now we’re getting somewhere…

tappan art sources: lani trock flowers, caroline denervaud shapes, eric chakeen camel sky and courtdeerdana kiss

more room sources: wall hanging from block shop textiles, white shelves from semi handmade, taller vases from west elm, blue ceramic pot by native silver, large planter by cb2


the low credenza is from blu dot and it’s such a great piece that i hope to have for a looooong time. perfect design.

it makes me SOOOO happy to have this room done and ready for friends!! thank you sarah for your awesome vision and turning that lifeless room into something really special.

photos by: ivan solis
design by: sarah sherman samuel, check out her blog, stories, for more design inspiration. 


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