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10.11.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 111

oscar wilde in colors drawn from whit. –maddy

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

10.10.18

LIGHTBOX

lightbox | designlovefest

excited to share this shoot with you guys!! i’ve been working with Lightbox Jewelry on an ongoing partnership and this was a shoot that I recently art directed for them. i’ll show you my inspiration, my idea process and the final product!

THE CONCEPT

Lightbox is a line of of jewelry created exclusively with lab-grown diamonds. their whole philosophy is to take something, like jewelry and make it more approachable, playful and fun. because the gems are lab-grown and not rare they are able to offer them at a much lower price point than natural diamonds ($800 per carat!) which makes them a great gift to give to yourself to celebrate a personal milestone, your sister or a friend. i like that they take the “romance” and seriousness out of fine jewelry by adding colors (blue + pink!) and keeping their images really lighthearted and inviting. for this shoot i wanted to enhance the beauty of reflection and the bouncing light that make jewels so appealing. taking the idea of brightness, light and shine and weaving that throughout the images. my mind couldn’t get away from that star flare, so i kinda ran with that idea and tried to incorporate it with the styling, the makeup, the lighting, the textures and the props that we used. i was very inspired by solange and her vibe! here’s some of my inspiration if you want to take a look….

i wanted it to feel playful, lively, and pretty without feeling too young. since they are a new brand i was trying to portray what my first impressions of Lightbox were in an image format. simple yet stunning. sophisticated and modern. i wanted clean lines, tonal colors, and a dreamy setting. jesse always understands how to dive into a concept and have fun with it, i love what she did with these!

we used almost every piece from their collection and had fun creating layers of necklaces and pairing multiple earrings. this moon earring is something we kept returning too, these classic white studs that we mixed with the pink princess cut earrings. we had fun playing with the circle and square cuts and mixing up the colors. this pretty pink pendant was a favorite for sure.

for the necklaces, i love the simplicity of a single stone like the halo pendant but then also having the option of going to town and layering it with different colors and shapes. we loved placing this winged piece below the pendant to frame it. this moon pendant was also perfect for the last look, the navy blue with the stars!

there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a shoot like this. it all usually starts with an idea, then i have to try to create a moodboard of images and colors that give off a similar vibe that I would like to achieve. i usually have multiple boards, one for the stylist, one for the photographer, one for makeup and hair…basically i try to be as specific as possible with my vision and then let them take it further with their inspirations and input!

i hope you enjoy seeing a little behind the scenes on shoots like this. i truly love putting them together and watching them come alive, so it’s really fun to share some details of the process!

these make me happy! i hope you will check out Lightbox, they are a super cool new company who i’ve loved creating content for… xx bri

(this post was sponsored by Lightbox).

photos: jesse chamberlin marble
art direction: bri emery
stylist: heather allison
makeup: suzie k beauty
production: vacation theory 

10.05.18

TRAVELING TO PERU

peru travel guide | designlovefest

i am finally home for a while in los angeles! it’s been a pretty intense few months of travel, but i’m grateful to have seen so many beautiful cultures and find inspiration from all over! it’s crazy how you will always take away something very important from each trip, whether that’s a lifestyle shift you want to implement, a whole new cuisine to experiment with, and i always seem to draw my eyes to colors and patterns from countries i’ve never been to.

PERU! what a wild ride. we went with a company called coast to costa and they planned the whole adventure. our host, andrew, was very fun and full of passion for travel so it was cool to go on a trip with him and a group of 10 other people. that always makes me a little nervous at first (i’m going to be writing about my social anxiety soon) but i pushed myself to open up and had such amazing results. we met some really really lovely people and it definitely made the trip more dynamic. plus it was nice to have them plan the details, it made things less stressful and allowed us to fit so much in. you can see all their upcoming trips here, including some to cuba!

we did a LOT, but here are some highlights from the trip. thank you so much to coast to costa for planning such a new and exciting experience in peru!!

peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest

we were staying in this adorable little town called Cusco. there were charming narrow streets with flowers on wooden balconies, colorful pom poms in the windows, alpacas and baby goats around most corners, lots of stairs, Inca stonework, and tons of history. we stayed at this b&b that’s a little outside of the main busy area on a quiet street.

peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest

we had a ton of different fun activities we could do once we rested and got adjusted to the altitude (which was pretty intense for us) we took a cooking class that was really fun! we made ceviche and risotto and pisco sours. i loved it!

peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest

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09.17.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 109

an ono axiom in colors inspired by an ulas & merve photograph. –maddy

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

09.13.18

SAMSUNG COOKING SHOW!

last month i worked on a really fun series of 4 cooking “mini shows” on my instagram stories. samsung let me have creative control with the recipes and styling of the videos and allowed me to keep everything natural (which i am so grateful for!) it’s amazing when a brand believes in you to showcase their products in a way that feels authentic. we started off with the Family Hub refrigerator in our kitchen which is awesome. i love how spacious it is, using the features on the screen and that we turned the bottom right side into a wine fridge! next we installed the FlexDuo Range and it’s divided in half so that you can cook on two different temperatures or take the shelf out (for larger items like a turkey!) and cook with just one temp. it makes entertaining easier to be able to time and cook different dishes appropriately. i also love using the griddle on the top for all sorts of dishes!

i gotta admit that i was pretty nervous to take this new hobby of mine to another level of vulnerability by putting myself out there, but it pushed me in a really good way. it’s really rewarding to learn a new skill, make mistakes, do trial and error, see improvement and most of all find a new passion! i hope you all enjoyed it if you happened to see it, and you can see a ton of my cooking stories on my instastories highlights if you missed them.

here’s a little recap of what i made!

WEEK 1

the first weekend i did breakfast two ways. one was a baked eggs hash cooked in a cast iron that is great for a big group, and the other was a fancy toast recipe that is easy and delicious. we talked about how to poach an egg, how to garnish etc. i loveeee cooking eggs so i had to start with those!

in each episode i included 5-10 kitchen tool links that i used in the recipes or just love using in my own kitchen. should i link more here?

 

the second week i made one of my favorite meals when entertaining. quick and simple carnitas tacos in the slow cooker! it feeds a ton of people for very cheap, it’s interactive and they taste amazing.

for the third week i wanted to showcase the farmer’s market since it’s become a big part of my weekend life. i put together a big steak salad with seasonal fruits and also did a step by step of a simple salad dressing you can make in a few minutes.

and for the finale! i had just traveled to peru and was inspired by the food and drinks we experienced on the trip. i wanted to recreate some of the dishes we loved, so we brought back some ingredients from the market, bought a peruvian cookbook and had a blast making this lunch.

i learn more about cooking everyday and i still have SO much to learn. it’s been a cool new journey for me and i can honestly see it as a big part of my future. just not sure how yet? my goal with these little shows is to push myself to stay inspired, to keep experimenting, and hopefully to inspire YOU to do the same. and if nothing else, it’s kinda relaxing to watch someone make food, so there’s that! thanks for your support, love ya! – bri

(and thank you Samsung for partnering with me on this project! hope there’s more to come!)

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