Archive for the ‘INSPIRATION’ Category



on starting to workout again | designlovefest

towards the end of last year i had a lot of health things come up, a weird blood test result, an ear infection, strep and then strep again that all stretched out for a couple of months (this is joanie, by the way). needless to say, it was very time consuming both emotionally and physically and kept me from doing a lot of my normal routines that i was used to, including working out. i was taking walks and going for hikes but not pushing myself in order to let my body heal and rest. working out has been a big part of my routine for the last 5+ years so it was hard to give it up but then once i was out of the habit of doing it, it was hard to get back to it.

on starting to workout again | designlovefest
on starting to workout again | designlovefest
 outdoor voices crop

i’m thankfully back to full health now and jumping back into exercising. bri and i have been doing bar method 3-4 times a week (remember when we had the DLFgetfit column?!) which i’ve really been enjoying. it’s hard though when you haven’t been exercising to start again, you feel disconnected from your body, things that you used to be able to do with ease are challenging, you get sore fast and stay sore longer, you’re more critical of your body and your performance and it overall can feel discouraging. but, the thing i do know is that i’m a better person to myself when i work out. i feel more positive, i sleep better, have more energy, drink more water, stretch more and feel generally less high strung which are all really important things for my sanity.

one thing that really shifted for me after months of being unwell is the privilege of being able to move your body and having the energy to exercise. instead of focusing on not wanting to exercise it has shifted into feeling grateful that i have the health to be able to do it. i definitely took for granted being able to jump out of bed every day and take a class and not being held back by sickness or fatigue.

  outdoor voices crop and Niketop 

all this to say, if you’re in a workout rut, feel too scared to get back on the horse, feel embarrassed by how out of shape you are or lack motivation to start moving again, start small and know that small and consistent efforts equal change and that moving your body is an important part of being a balanced person. i also think it’s only fair that i get to add some fun new workout gear to my closet. i basically only workout in lululemon yoga tights that i bought in college so i’m open to anything you have and love. i’m really into the colors of outdoor voices and it feels like there are so many new companies popping up all the time with cool gear!  – joanie

on starting to workout again | designlovefest
 Stella McCartney leggings



velvet bows | designlovefest

i’ve been loving the velvet hair bow trend that i see popping up everywhere these days. it’s a low maintenance girl’s dram because it requires zero fuss and looks great with a not very recently combed ponytail. and it’s also very inexpensive to achieve. you can visit your local fabric store which should have spools of ribbon that you can cut and purchase by the piece. or, you can buy online at a place like hobby lobby. below are a few more pretty options i found…

velvet bows | designlovefest
velvet bows | designlovefest
velvet bows | designlovefest
velvet bows | designlovefest

i love the black ribbon version below that they’ve tied into a headband, so cute!

velvet bows | designlovefest

image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6



denim guide | designlovefest
image source

i’ve been feeling really bored with my denim options lately and i’m really wanting to mix it up. i love dresses but i find that i reach for denim most days and that it’s my go-to for things that are dressed up or down. it’s pretty wild to look back a few years ago at all of the low rise denim we were wearing. i find that a slightly higher rise is almost always more flattering. no one should be cutting their body in half at their hip bones and a higher rise goes over the butt to the smaller part of your waist which gives you a nice shape from the side and behind.

when shopping for denim i personally gravitate towards 100% cotton jeans but i understand that some people prefer a bit of stretch so i’ve include some of those options below too. 100% cotton jeans are really stiff when you put them on for the first time but they really do wear so nicely and have enough give to make them look like they are made for you. they also hold up really well over time, i.e. all those vintage levi’s from the 70’s and 80’s that still look great.

B Sides straight jeans $125 – i’ve been wanting to try the these out of this brooklyn based company. they’ve been reworking vintage denim for year so i feel like they really know what’s up when it comes to fit and style. this pair is 100% cotton and i love the cropped look and the wide hem.

H&M boyfriend jean $40 – if you’re going to do ripped jeans they’ve gotta be in 100% cotton , they can’t be stretch or super tight. i love this light denim wash and the fact that they are boyfriend denim in the cut.

H&M Vintage high jeans $50 – another great looking pair from H&M. again, these are 100% cotton and i love the stars on the leg.

Madewell demi-boot jean $90 – Madewell definitely has a corner on the denim market and they do a good job of offering variety. i have a pair of their black 9″ skinny jeans which i wear often and love. a lot of their jeans have more stretch than i like to wear but this pair is 98% cotton and super cute.

Alexa Chung high rise boyfriend $167 – i haven’t tried these on but they are going to be a home run. the fit, the wash, the rise, it’s all working. i would recommend ordering one size larger than normal based on the fact that their very tiny model is wearing a size 26.

ARY skinny jean  $125 – another denim brand that i have yet to try but really want to. this pair has stretch in it and looks a bit low rise on the model but it’s 9.5″ which should fit really nicely. i like the true blue wash of these and think they’d be a great every day pair of jeans.

Everlane high rise skinny $68 – people cannot stop singing the praises of the new Everlane denim line. it’s super reasonable in price and from what i hear very durable. they also have so many options in style that you’re sure to find something that works on you.

Gap denim $70 (but currently 40% off that price!) – Gap is a classic to reach for when it comes to denim and i really like this pair. it’s super simple, no fuss, a nice length on the leg and a great price with the sale they are having right now. also, looks like size up in these too. the model is wearing a 27.

Bliss and Mischief collectors denim $165 – hilary who owns Bliss and Mischief is a denim queen and she created her own line of the perfect denim. i’m about to order these because i know they are going to be excellent. they come in several washes which makes it hard to pick but i love this super deep denim color for dressing up.

as far as sizing – when shopping online, i also always look at the sizing details to see what size the model is wearing. it’s super helpful to know that and you’d be surprised how many times it’s not the size you’d think, you’d imagine they’d wear the smallest size but you’ll see them in a 26 or 27 and that gives you a lot of information on what size you should order based on how they should fit. i know it’s hard but really try to not focus so much on the number, brands can run so differently when it comes to size so don’t be discouraged and go for fit and look over fitting into a specific size. and if you’re ordering online, order one size up and down to increase your chances of finding a pair you love.

denim guide | designlovefest
denim guide | designlovefest
 image source 1 and 2

needing to alter a pair of jeans is completely normal and something that can really make them go from good to great. if you’re altering the hem always ask them to use the original hem so that the alteration looks as natural as possible. and if you’re altering the hem you’ll often need to adjust the taper on the leg so it mimics the original design. reference the picture of the model online and where they hit her leg for how they should fit.

and finally, don’t over wash your jeans. nothing makes them lose their shape and color faster than too many washes.

p.s. thanks so much for all of your feedback on the last post, i really appreciate it and will definitely be using it to guide the posts i create this year!

denim guide | designlovefest
image source: who what wear




“the colors in this resolution borrowed from woody guthrie’s list are inspired by the miranda for lydia collection.” –maddy

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



very inspired by funky eye makeup lately. so many fun designs out there!



 photo 1_zps2362d795.jpg
 photo press_zps16ed2344.jpeg
 photo Screen-Shot-2017-04-03-at-1.44.06-PM_zpstrrrpmex.jpg
 photo work_zpsnrxwbhbd.jpg
 photo DSC_48192_zpsdfiodogh.jpg
 photo imageService_zpscab3nacf.jpeg
 photo plant01_zpsvbblfnip.jpg
 photo mail_zps0136b91f.jpg
 photo jobboard-check_zps431bea8e.jpg
 photo downloads_zpsd641254d.jpg