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Christy Dawn dress | designlovefest
(image above from shop dawn)

happy friday! whatever your weekend plans may be – sitting on the couch all day, running errands, heading to the beach or a bbq we’ve got weekend style inspiration for you. here are 9 things we’d like to be wearing this weekend, wherever that may be! i’ll be in San Diego celebrating my friend’s upcoming wedding. planning on kicking back, drinking wine, eating cheese and renting a duffy boat for a sunset cruise!  – joanie p.s. currently obsessed with the flowy wrap dress above by christy dawn. wish i had it to take with me this weekend! 


Ruched front top  ($55) – cute top with your favorite pair of comfortable jeans is the easiest weekend outfit. love the ruched detail on this one.

Scoop neck tee ($35) – a scoop neck tee in a classic color combo, fitted enough to wear with skirts or wide legged pants.

V-Neck Swimsuit  ($98) – i own this swimsuit in peach and it is remarkably flattering, i will say if you’ve ordered swimsuits from J.Crew before to order up. most of the suits i have from them are a 2 but i got the 4 in this and it fits perfectly.

Making faces sweater ($88) – perfect run around town sweater, cute with shorts or a denim skirt and also great for your fall wardrobe too.

Cult Gaia Bag ($280) –  coveting this gorgeous green bag. i own the wood version but this green is so striking.

Madewell bralette ($35) – a pretty underwire free bra to rock under you sundress

Cleobella dress ($97) – 100% cotton, pretty blue and white strip with a tassel tie at the back. the perfect day to evening summer dress.

Firefly dress ($172) – i love the cut of Lacausa dresses, they are both flattering and comfortable. this one in navy would be so pretty without the slip and worn over a swimsuit.

LoveShackFancy white dress ($365) – these dresses are an investment but they are so beautiful in person. they feel like an incredibly rare turn of the century vintage dress. beautiful little details and in cotton so you can wash it!




“the colors in this bob dylan quote are inspired by a photo from vogue japan.” –maddy

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



love the new fred segal x cb2 collection! that rainbow mirror and palm tree lamp. very cute!

you can shop the collection here




mental wellness | designlovefest

i’ve been really open on here about my struggle with anxiety, depression, balance and all sorts of mental health challenges i’ve had throughout the year. i’ve been consistently going to therapy for the last two years which has made a huge impact on my life but i’ve also gotten a lot better at stress management and incorporating small healthy changes in my daily life that make a big differene in how i feel. i have a tendency to get frantic or to feel overwhelmed easily. i know stress management is different for everyone but i’ve come to accept that i’m just one of those people who get stressed or anxious more easily than others and instead of beating myself up about it i’m learning to deal with it on a daily basis.

i know a lot of you have shared your struggles with me and i partnered with Blue Shield of California to pass along some tips that i love and that have positively impacted my life and hopefully you can share habits you practice that make you feel more balanced. the comments on the mental health posts i’ve done in the past are always amazing and your stories are inspiring so feel free to share with me. the focus of this campaign is to encourage people to never stop pursuing what makes them feel good both mentally and physically which is something i really believe in.

mental wellness | designlovefest
mental wellness | designlovefest

technology-free meals: i’m sure this seems like a no brainer to people but when my entire job revolves around my computer it can be really hard to shut it, eat a proper lunch and take a break. there was a time not that long ago that i frequently skip lunch and i would end up really moody around 3pm and totally burned out on my work. i’ve been really into cooking lately and i love making simple balanced meals, chicken + green beans, cauliflower rice bowls, avocado and sesame crackers, smoothie bowls, etc. it doesn’t need to take a ton of time, but the process of slowing down, cooking something, making it beautiful and eating it really brings a sense of balance to my afternoon.

mental wellness | designlovefest
mental wellness | designlovefest

establishing a morning routine: i really love my sleep but i also really don’t like feeling rushed. i made the move about six months ago to wake up two hours before i had to leave for the office so that i could start my day feeling relaxed and not frantic and taking the time to make breakfast, drink coffee, read, write, but do nothing business related. it helps to start my day anxiety free and focused. i also really struggle to drink enough water during the day so i’ve been making a big pitcher of “spa water” in the morning (water with lemon, cucumber, limes, mint, etc). if you’re like me and struggle to stay hydrated, try it! starting the day hydrated really makes me feel more awake and has helped a lot with my skin dryness.

bedroom environment: i am highly impacted by my environment and notice every single detail (for better and for worse) so having a calming bedroom is really important for me. it’s a combo of calming colors, no clutter, essential oil diffuser, candles and a clean + pretty bedside table that really works for me. i’ve learned that when my house or bedroom feel like a mess i’m much more likely to feel off or stressed as soon as i wake up.

indulge in the small stuff: there are a lot of things that can be added to your room and routine that don’t cost too much but can have a big impact. for me, the essential oil diffuser was a game changer. i don’t think essential oils are miracle workers but i do think the can be a valuable part of your wellness practice. i particularly love lavender before bed. i also love candles. turning off the lights, lighting a few candles and practicing deep breathing can do wonders after a long day.

mental wellness | designlovefest
mental wellness | designlovefest
mental wellness | designlovefest
mental wellness | designlovefest

incorporating calming rituals: taking the time to unwind at the end of the day is important to me. i will sometimes jump from one thing to the next, going straight from work to meet a friend and then to an event and by the time i get home i’m exhausted. it’s not always possible to chill for a minute but if i do i generally feel more balanced. my boyfriend doesn’t get home from work until 8pm so often evenings are my time to re-connect with myself. taking a bath, tidying the house, starting to cook dinner slowly and purposefully can all help me to feel less frantic.

as i’ve gotten older i’ve become better at accepting who i am and part of that has been embracing my tendency towards anxiety and stress. i’ve really been working on creating more balance, structure and routine in my life, all of which help me tremendously to stay on track mentally. we live in a crazy world with a lot of things we can’t control and i’m always working to let go of what i can’t control and focus on what i can, taking care of myself mentally and physically so that i feel my best.

i hope you found some of the tips helpful and that we can encourage each other to never stop working towards a healthy and happy life!

mental wellness | designlovefest
mental wellness | designlovefest

this post was created in sponsored with Blue Shield of California to help support people on their journey to mental and physical health.




so far it’s been three weeks since i’ve had any alcohol. same story for justin. i’ve only done a two week break in the past so i was very interested in trying a whole month. our mexico trip was filled with poolside margaritas, beers with lunch, wine with dinner…you know how it goes on vacation. that always makes me want to come home and take a break. but this time we said we were going to do a solid 30 days without alcohol. not even a sip. here are the results so far…


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