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05.22.17

STYLED / 16

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while buying new clothing and accessories can be a fun way to mix up your wardrobe it’s not always financially possible to shop for new pieces every season. i’m personally currently trying to cut back on my spending and shopping is one of the first things that goes. i wanted to share a few styling tips for mixing up and revamping your current wardrobe just the way it is, no new purchases required!  – joanie

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– i think the first place to start is with a closet clean out. go through your closet and pull out items you know you don’t wear or that make you feel any sort of negative emotion. for me, that’s pieces i bought and regret, things that no longer fit, items that have stains that i hope will someday magically disappear or items i still love but that are too damaged to wear (i.e. your favorite jeans with six holes in them). if you’re like me you’ll probably discover overlooked pieces that you love and have forgotten about. if you’re on the fence with giving anything away my rule is to give it one last try, wear it for a day, and by the end of the day you’ll likely know if it stays or goes.

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– don’t limit items to just day or evening – if you have a cocktail dress you love, wear it during the day with flats and a casual jacket, throw a t-shirt on under a dress to make it more day time appropriate, or pair with sneakers to make it more day appropriate. your favorite dress doesn’t need to be saved for special occasions only. i also like doing the reverse of that and if you feel like you have nothing to wear out, just elevate your day wear. your favorite jeans with sky high heels, a bold chocker or some big earrings, a fitted tee, blazer and a bold lip.

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– make small at home alterations – i like cropping my own jeans, i had a few pair of straight leg denim that just wasn’t cutting it full length but once cropped i started wearing all the time. don’t worry too much about making your hem perfectly straight. in fact, the uneven hem denim is a trend right now. i like the hem to be about 4″-5″ above the ankle bone. or, skip the cutting and give your jeans a nice big cuff.

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– play with different color combinations – i know we all have our rituals, wearing the same t-shirt with the same pants, or skirt. but try mixing it up, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, bold colors, textures. i recommend having an hour to yourself in front of the mirror after you clean out your closet and just trying on different pieces to see what might go together. you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “why have i never worn this outfit before?!”

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– wear a dress as a skirt by adding a t-shirt or button down on top that can be tied at the waist – the trick to wearing a dress as a skirt is to make sure the waist is cinched. one option is to wear a button down and tie it high and tightly at your waist (actual waist, wear it goes in just below your rib cage, not below!). or, take a t-shirt and cut it about 4″ up from the front center and then you’ll have two sides to tie together. p.s. i thrift for a lot of my t-shirts so i don’t feel stressed cutting them up.

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-mix up your proportions – pair a short skirt with an oversized sweater, wide leg pants with a tiny top, a slim knee length dress with a big trench or long open sweater

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-and if you’re really wanting to shop, hit your local thrift store! if you feel overwhelmed by thrifting, here are a few simple tips to make it more manageable. go through racks quickly by feeling for fabrics, you can tell when you touch something quality (cotton, linen, silk, etc), look for prints – they’re easy to spot in a rack full of clothing, go for the sweaters – when people clean out their closets to make space they’ll often giveaway larger bulkier items like coats, jackets and sweaters. i’ve found so many great cashmere sweaters at thrift stores, especially in the men’s section.

most important tip is to have fun! fashion is meant for experimenting, try new styles, see what feels right!

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05.18.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 77

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

“like the moon and the stars and the sun. a diane von furstenburg look inspired the colors in this lennon lyric.” –maddy

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

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

05.17.17

THIS FEELS BIG TO ME

gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin

okay, i am very excited to be writing this post. i’ve been saying for a while on here that i want to get into more creative direction for other brands. i’ve done quite a bit of it on this blog over the past 8 years, working with companies on sponsored posts, creating events, doing photoshoots and style posts for fun. i finally got to this point where i wanted to feel more confident with the title outside of the designlovefest brand and taking my vision to other companies and executing it. because while designlovefest is my #1 love and i will still be pursuing it on a daily basis, i feel like i have multiple facets to my style. i would love to be able to have a brand come to me and jesse (photographer), and be able to create a complete look and feel for them, an entire photoshoot with a story that comes to life. sometimes i’m constrained within my own brand here, because well, it’s a brand that has its own identity already. and i like that. but i also wanted to be able to break those bounds and be experimental with each shoot we do. it’s my hope that people will still be interested in following my side path on this blog as well. and if not, that’s okay too!

gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin

so, this is our first real photoshoot together with that goal in mind. we made a list of brands we love and decided to just go for it. gorman is a clothing brand i fell in love with when i visited melbourne australia with blogshop a few years ago. it’s such a bright, happy, fun, daring company. we presented them with the idea of an LA love story. a girl who starts off in the pits of heartbreak, goes through it, feels mixed emotions and eventually ends up on the other side of that darkness. most of us have been through heartbreak in our lives and can relate to the extreme ups and downs. i wanted it to resonate with people in whatever stage they are experiencing. (i’ve been here a few times in my life, that’s for sure) the finale is her writing on a fogged up car window and it says “end to begin,” which is something you just gotta do in that situation, right? let me take you through the story…and seriously thank you SO much for your support. jesse and i have been texting each other crying emojis because we’re so happy to have each other and being able to create art together that people are interested in is truly amazing.

gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin

her heart was in 100 pieces.

the phase where you lounge around in silence or listen to sad music to make you even sadder. it hurts down to your bones. it’s so depressing it’s almost beautiful.

gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin

all i think about is you, you, you…

you’re driving around and pass your favorite restaurant together, and then that song comes on the radio that reminds you of them, and you can still hear their voice…it’s consuming, irritating, distracting. they are everywhere you turn.

gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin
gorman clothing | creative direction: bri emery photography: jesse chamberlin

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05.16.17

SMOOTHIES

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

last week we had the pleasure of hosting the smoothie queen, Alison Wu, in the studio for the afternoon. she whipped up these beautiful creations and also shared with us her top five smoothie making tips which, if you’ve ever tried to make a layered smoothie, you know they are a lot harder to achieve than they look! i love that she not only focuses on beauty but also on balanced creations that are good for your body too. her colors are all achieved naturally through things like dragon fruit powder and even E3live for the green color (so cool!). her instagram is filled tons of healthy inspiration and recipe ideas too. thanks for inspiring our smoothie game, alison!

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

and here are her top 5 smoothie tips!

+ Try swapping your normal banana for 3/4 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 medium-sized peeled zucchini or 6 oz of young coconut meat.
+ If you want to make a layered smoothie, think less liquid and no ice. You’ll want the consistency to be thicker, so your layers hold their own.
+ Get creative with your colors. I use pitaya powder for pink, Blue Majik for blue, spirulina for green and turmeric for yellow. Sometimes I’ll mix a couple blackberries with the Blue Majik to get a more purple tone, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
+ Be sure to add some nut butter and protein powder to keep you feeling fuller longer.
+ To add kiwis to the glass, just thinly slice the fruit and firmly push against the side of a dry glass. It should stick relatively easily!

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

i love that she’s using cauliflower as the base for many of her creations, she recommends keeping it to 3/4 cups of cauliflower per serving to keep it easy on the body to digest.

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

and this one kind of looks like those unicorn frappuccino that everyone is posting about, just the wayyyy healthier version!

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

smoothies by: Alison Wu
photos by: Ivan Solis

05.08.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 76

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

“the colors of this fleetwood mac line are inspired by a photo from sofia sanchez & mauro mongiello.” –maddy

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

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

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