Archive for the ‘INSPIRATION’ Category

08.17.19

MY HEALING RESOURCES PART 2

you know how when you decide you finally want to work out and get in shape, you dedicate like 3 days of hard work and think you should have abs already? (ha, well i did) i finally realized that this is what i was doing with my healing journey for a long time. knowing what I needed to do and actually DOING it are two very different things. we are SO stuck in our ways, comfortable (even with our pain), that we continue our patterns and behaviors year after year, over and over…frustrated when we receive the same outcome. until we finally decide we are exhausted. and only WE can decide when that time is. someone can recommend all the books, podcasts, workouts, diets…and you still might not be ready. you might read this, and it might not resonate, and that’s ok! i just hope it helps even one person feel less alone.

the problem is, we have to get comfortable with the UNCOMFORTABLE. accepting parts of ourselves we have tried so desperately to stuff down and hide. we have to actually feel the pain that we’ve experienced in our lives, that we don’t even realize are completely running the show. we have to start to listen to our bodies when we get overwhelmed with emotion and we feel tense and scared and anxious and sad…instead of just numbing those with food, alcohol, shopping, working, relationships…really feeling it fully. that’s the only way they will go away for good.

it’s uncomfortable (VERY), and people have a hard time with that. i know i did! but there was a little voice inside of me that started to become stronger. i started to finally see results, and was able to experience real JOY. and after a lot of hurt, anxiety, trauma, resentment, shame, and guilt…JOY is something you do not want to stop searching for. get addicted to joy! once you commit yourself to actually healing those dark corners and really living your life with more peace (and i really think i am only 50% there!) it all feels so much easier. lighter. more manageable. because life is already hard, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.

i wrote this first post a few months ago when i started to truly break through and find my true self. (which you will see feels a lot like a younger, innocent you. for me that was building forts with so much excitement, climbing trees without a worry in the world, picking cherries off the tree at my grandparent’s farm, riding my bike to school and feeling the warm wind rushing over my body.)

now i feel excited to share PART 2 (and it’s LONG but stick with me, ok?). i want these posts to be a place you can come back to if you are on that edge with yourself and need support, need resources, need to feel understood. a place that will inspire people, encourage healing, and ultimately bring people back to their own pure joy (because i really believe we all have that inside of us! it just feels harder to access the more pain you have endured).

last note before i start. sometimes it can feel over the top (i have struggled with it feeling self indulgent) to read all these books, spend time and money going to therapy and meditation and working out. it can feel endless and exhausting when framed the wrong way. i want to remind you that even the smallest changes (cooking a meal and focusing on mindfulness, or meditating 5 mins in the morning, or quickly writing down something you are grateful for that day) will start to SHIFT your mind. out of your old patterns and into a new place. don’t allow that part of yourself that wants to keep you in pain to discourage you.

believe me, i was a person that watched tons of reality tv, never read books, didn’t really workout, ate badly, drank too many nights a week, had co-dependent relationships, had little boundaries, avoidance issues, i was a workaholic….i tried all the ways to hide from my pain. it was a slow shift, and will probably change for the rest of my life, but i promise if you start small you will see results!! haha, man, i sound like a motivational speaker, but i guess i just have to be ok with that.

and remember, this is just MY journey. we all have such different lives. we all feel and experience pain differently. i never want to come off as a know it all, or arrogant, or like i have it all figured out. because i most certainly don’t. but i also know the changes i have felt are too big not to share and start concersations around! nothing but love for you all!!!

LIBRARY CARD

ok let’s start with a helpful tip that changed the game for me. having a library card allows you to use apps like Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy to rent FREE books, audio books, and movies. you can literally take yourself back to school, for free! (my husband calls my kindle my pacifier haha) i really encourage this because something that i want to address is that sometimes it can feel really overwhelming and EXPENSIVE to do all of this. but it really doesn’t have to be. and resources like this really take away our own excuses. they are free and available to everyone. if you don’t have time to read a book? listen to an audio book while you drive to work. you will want to start prioritizing your time to feel better. because when we feel better, everyone around us benefits too.

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07.25.19

A TIKI PARTY AT ROW DTLA

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

very excited to share the details on this party because we went all out and it turned out so pretty! it has been awhile since we got to host a party for no reason other than to celebrate and hang with friends on a warm summer evening and this ended up being perfect. the only thing we knew from the onset was that we’d be hosting it at ROW DTLA on one of their rooftops and that we wanted it to have a mixology tie in, i love when events have some type of interactive/learning element! it’s a good ice breaker and people walk away with a little knowledge they didn’t have before. we landed on the theme of Tiki which felt like the perfect combo of summer and celebration.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

the roof top offered a completely blank slate. the background is of downtown LA and has killer views so i knew we wanted to highlight that and to also create a relaxing, intimate environment.  i invited about 15 friends so i didn’t want the party to be too spread out. to create the atmosphere, i started with found rentals, which is an amazing furniture company in southern california. we’ve used them for many events and they have the best selection. they have a bunch of cool rattan pieces that were perfect for the theme and i mixed in some colorful rugs, pillows and tons of lanterns.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

we worked with of the flowers (she did my wedding florals too!) and she really nailed it with all of the details from the palms decorating the bar to the dried leaves and flowers over the day bed and the lanterns and greens hanging on the lights. she created small center pieces for the table we’d have room to make drinks but still have a punch of color and texture.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

for the food, we hired Haute Chefs who always do a great job of creating a vibe and they really focus on the details, which i love. we had a tropical fruit station to start and then passed appetizers like mini poké bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and mini pineapple dole whips for dessert. they also helped us curate the drink list which included a pain killer and the classic mai tai. since it was an all female crowed we wanted to have a female mixologist for the teaching portion and haute chef’s introduced us to Nikki who was perfect for the evening. she taught everyone a bit about the origins of tiki culture and bars and also how to make a mai tai, do a whip shake and some different elements to have on hand for creating tiki cocktails at home.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone really brought it with their outfits, so many pretty patterns, colors, kaftans, and breezy looks!

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone was outfitted with their own mixology kit. the shakers and jiggers were from cocktail kingdom which is one of our favorite places to buy bar supplies, they have such pretty glassware! a linen napkin from hawkins new york (which has a gorgeous store at ROW DTLA and the best curation), a tiki mug that we collected from all over the internet at places like etsy and ebay, a metal straw (from Flask & Field, they also have a killer wine selection!) and a tiki drink pick.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

this post is part of our year long partnership with ROW DTLA which is one of our favorite places in the city to shop, eat, drink and hang. we’re super excited to be hosted two more events there. you can see all of the shops and restaurants they have here.  and you can follow them on instagram to hear about new openings, events and parties!

07.17.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 125

albert camus in carolina herrera color. —maddy

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

05.30.19

LIGHTBOX 2019

lightbox | designlovefest

it’s been a few months since i have dreamt up a shoot, so i was really excited to dive in with this Lightbox shoot! we’ve been working with them for awhile now and it’s always such a fun partnership. it was one of those magical days where everything was running smoothly, and just a lot of positive creative energy on set. here are some of my favorites from the day!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

i like showing you a look into my inspiration process and concept phase too! so here it is…

lightbox | designlovefest

CONCEPT:

day in the life of a girl who loves the sunshine and her alone time. she loves sitting peacefully in beautiful spaces. floating with her pet swan, laying in the grass, playing with shadows. lightbox jewelry fits perfectly with this story line, they are a vibrant company that is making jewelry a gift to give yourself, a friend, a family member or someone you love. it doesn’t have to be a romantic gift from a partner and i love that. the vibe is a midcentury pink house, 60’s vibe. edward scissorhands styling inspiration (trimmed hedges, pastel colors, quirky), with the laid back virgin suicides feeling. in the pool, i want to play with the reflections and sunlight. focused in on her ears as she is underwater or just above water line. vintage style clothing, muted, colorful. fun props like fringed umbrellas, sequined fruit, eye mask, jello molds…and a SWAN!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

lightbox recently released a line of stacking rings which were one of the focuses of the shoot. i love them piled on, mixing different colors and shapes. they look really cool with three or four on a finger.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

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05.28.19

A POST MEMORIAL DAY SALE!

hope everyone had a relaxing weekend with friends + family! we’re having a little post Memorial Day sale (because we went fully off the grid for the weekend), 25 % off both our new business of social media workshop and also the social media workshop using code happy25. we just launched the business workshop this year and for those of you who have already watched and sent us such sweet emails, we really appreciate your feedback and love that you love the class. i can’t tell you how good it feels to put your heart into something and have people respond to positively.

what’s the difference? 

the business workshop

we get so many questions about running the business, ideas, client work, inspiration, invoicing, contracts etc and this workshop was born out of those questions. it goes over things that aren’t as glamorous as just taking and editing a pretty picture. it goes into what i do when i’m stuck in a rut, stating motivated through the years, how i come up with my shoot ideas,  as well as the business side of designlovefest. it’s goes over everything from how we invoice, tips on looking at a contract, negotiating your rate, how to know what to charge a client, etc. this is an overview class that is packed with information. it’s going to feel dense at times, we recommend that you watch it at least twice through.once, without stress and pressure to take it all in and then again to take notes and go over things that might have peaked your interest. this class is for anyone who has been curious about the business side of DLF, what goes into the day to to day operations and how you can take the things we’ve learned and apply them to your current business or your dream business you’d love to start one day. it goes without saying that there are many ways to be a small business owner, this class is specially designed to share what has worked for me over the past 8 years and the lessons i’ve learned along the way. we aren’t lawyers or accountants, we’re two people who have been working really hard to build an authentic brand and that have seen an increased interest in sharing about how we built this business and how we keep it running. we’re answering many questions that we’ve received from our readers and we hope that you find the information valuable and that we can help you on your own small business journey.

you can purchase the class here. use code happy25 for 25% off! 

and the social media class

do you want to learn tricks about how to use instagram, facebook, twitter and pinterest for your growing business? as freelancers, these are the outlets we use to get our name into the world. to let people know who we are and what we offer. social media can be your greatest asset and also your greatest detriment. there is a split second window to make an impact and this course will teach you how to capitalize on those tiny moments.

join us for a 1.5 hour video seminar taught by bri emery, who has grown her social following to over 1.5 million people. she will be going over all of the tricks she has learned along the way. which platforms work best for what content, how to grow your following, present your photos, promote your business in an organic way and reach your target audience. this class is open to all levels – it doesn’t matter if you have 5 followers or 100,000. previous attendees of this class have experienced social growth of more than 400% in the months following the seminar!

you can purchase the class here

use code happy25 for 25% off! 

 

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