Archive for the ‘INSPIRATION’ Category



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it has been a really intense few weeks. i spend the majority of my time sharing on instagram & stories, but i’ve been wanting to do a post on here that includes more of what i’m doing as an individual and designlovefest as a company to support Black lives and the movement. I also want to share some resources that have been helpful to me in hopes it might feel encouraging to someone out there. i’m focusing on doing at least one thing every day that furthers my understanding of racism in America and how i can be part of the anti-racist movement.

• LEARNING. i am staying committed to learning for the long haul. i see clearly now that I stayed in a bubble of comfort and was not properly educating myself or standing up for what I believe in. right now, this looks like reading or listening to podcasts on anti-racism. joanie and I are both reading Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad and finding it VERY eye opening. I will be reading How to Be an Anti-Racist next after really enjoying hearing Ibram X. Kendi speak here. this podcast clearly explains white fragility and how important it is to address within myself.

another great way for me to learn is by weaving in educational documentaries during our evenings. these give me a very clear picture of the oppression of Black people and give concrete advice on how to work towards changing it. with knowledge comes power! I found these very very helpful: 13th, I Am Not Your Negro, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, The Central Park 5, The Black Power Mixtape, and Teach Us All.

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• DONATIONS. I was inspired by the 15% pledge to have at least 15% of your shelf space include Black businesses. I will be matching this within my own work and donating 15% of all sponsored content this year to an organization fighting anti-racism and advocating for Black lives. we will be supporting a new organization each month, and this will keep us actively looking for new avenues to support in this fight. i’m particularly focused on access to better education to support Black children and more access to mental health services for BIPOC. I will be transparent about where we are donating to and always looking for more suggestions.

The Okra Project is who we will be focusing on in June for our sponsored content donation. they bring home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans people.

photo: The Okra Project Bartender Jamari Thomas (he/him), The Okra Project Chef Clarke Johnson (they/them)

other places we have donated to: The Loveland Foundation, who provides free access to therapy for Black women and girls. The Conscious Kid who helps provide schools with more books to teach kids about race. Color of Change fighting injustice for Black people. The Equal Justice Initiative provides legal representation for people who are wrongly convicted or denied a fair trial. and Beam, who is focused on healing and wellness in Black and marginalized communities.

recurring donations: when organizations say that any gift helps, big or small, they really mean it. there is a huge influx of giving right now which is amazing but inevitably that will die down and get diverted to other causes that pop up with issues that arise in the next year. one small way that helps me stay invested is to set up recurring donations, even a small amount like the cost of a cup of coffee, given monthly helps a lot. it’s an automatic withdrawal which keeps it consistent and for me, it’s nice to build a relationship with one or two organizations, getting their newsletter, staying up to date on what they are working on over the years, etc.

SUPPORT IN EVERYDAY LIFE. justin and I will be making more conscious efforts to show up and support Black businesses and artists. this means going to more Black owned restaurants (here is a list of more than 200 in LA). this means reading more from Black authors, ordering from Black-owned book stores, ordering a handmade item from a Black artist for our home, like these beautiful wooden brushes from grain and knot.

• HAVING THE CONVERSATIONS. for years i’ve shied away from having difficult conversations with family members and friends because it didn’t feel worth the tension and stress it caused. I sat with the thought “well, at least I’M not racist” and I am seeing now that that is NOT enough. with social media it feels easy to hide behind the posts and comments but one way i think we can create real change by having the hard conversations in person or on the phone. the in-person face to face connection is really lacking in our world today. i’ve made a commitment to listen and/or read anything that someone sends me and think on it and form a thoughtful response rather than react immediately.  i’ve always kind of backed down in intense conversations thinking that it didn’t matter what i thought or no one would listen, but i know now that if i spend the time learning and examining myself and i focus on sharing from my own personal experience and not pointing fingers that communication IS possible. I have seen great results with some of my own family members over the past few weeks.

photos by House of Aama

• SHOWCASING BLACK ARTISTS. if my instagram feed is where I am looking for inspiration, that means I need to be following more Black artists, photographers, and makers so they are naturally on my radar more often. this was lazy on my part to not be actively diversifying my feed to begin with. I have found SO many amazing accounts in the past few weeks. here are a few in this post and I created a highlight on my profile that i’ve been adding to with beautiful Black accounts.

• GETTING POLITICAL EDUCATION. another topic that i’ve shied away from in the past and i want to learn more about is local politics. the people we pick to represent us in our cities and as a nation have a huge amount of push on what issues get addresses and handled and can help in the fight against racism that exists in our local and nationwide systems. a lot of change needs to come from the top down and i want to vote for people who advocate for that change.

Painting by Calida Garcia Rawles

• LOOKING WITHIN. asking myself questions and journaling. for instance, asking myself, “have you tolerated things from family and friends that you really didn’t agree with in order to keep the peace?” can you challenge yourself now to do your best to confront people with grace, clarity and educated responses when this happens in the future?”

or “have you made attempts to cultivate more relationships with Black friends? have you appeared closed-off? have you stayed in your comfort zone with people who have similar realities and don’t challenge your comfortability?”

I am confronting my own inherent bias and making a conscious effort to dismantle it. I am focused on how I can use my privilege in a system that was built for me, to help others have equal opportunities.

much of this work requires presence and stillness within myself. with so much going on in the world, there is such a rush to keep scrolling and reading on our phones but i’ve found that, for myself, that detracts from the learning and work i’m able to do. learning about racism and how i’ve been apart of the system is uncomfortable, but i’m committed to continuing to do it. the journal prompts at the end of each day in “Me and White Supremacy” are powerful. it’s easy to just answer them in my head but to put pen to paper requires a different level of honesty and awareness.

quote by Lalah Delia, art by Ilana Griffo

i love this quote above by Lalah. there is a lot of work to be done and we are dedicated to being a part of the change we so desperately need in our country. xx bri



friday check in | designlovefest
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happy friday! are you looking forward to anything this weekend? i’m going to make pasta tonight for the fifth time since quarantine started. it has become my weekend ritual and i really enjoy it. and we’ll open a bottle of white wine and enjoy the fact that it doesn’t get dark until 8pm now. hard to feel the change of seasons but the longer days definitely feel nice. i hope you have something fun to do this weekend, even if it’s small like taking a bath with a candle lit.

i made this red lentil soup again this week. i’ve made it several times. it’s budget friendly and super easy. we’ve also made smash burgers three times recently as our favorite spot in LA, burgers never say die, has closed for now. i have a soft spot for american cheese and pickles.

i had never heard of the brand entireworld before this pandemic started and now i see lots of people popping up in their cute matching sweatsuits in fun colors. seems to be a work from home uniform.

my grandma made me a beautiful quilt that doesn’t get used enough. i’m thinking of having it turned into a jacket by this cool lady. i love scrolling her instagram and looking at all the quilts turned coats. feels like a cool way to utilize something that might just be sitting in your closet gathering dust.

do you have any must make recipes you want to share? cooking inspiration is running low around here so please send them my way. i started reading “The Splendid and the Vile” and i’m really enjoying it and recommend it if you’re looking for something to dig into.  – joanie



casetify | designlovefest

we’ve had a curated shop on casetify for the last five years and every year or so we work with a talented group of artists on launching a new set of designs and this year it’s better than ever. we have been working on this series since january and we’re really excited that we can finally share it with you. every single artist in the collection is an independent artist, they work in a variety of mediums from block printing to ceramics, they are all female with the exception of mike (the talented artist that created my wedding invite art!) and we’re really proud of what everyone created. each of the cases can be purchased in any phone size and there are lots of ways to customize by adding glitter or colored edges so have fun clicking around the case exactly as you want it!  use code designlovefest15 for 15% off the entire collection! 

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casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

the above designs are all by megan galante. we love her colorful and fun work. how pretty is this matching case and watch strap?! her cheetah case was one of our best selling designs last time around and she did an updated version here!

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casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

i’m super excited to be adding my friend Hillary to the Casetify collection. she is the talented designer behind bliss & mischief and i love her vibe. her cases feel very 70’s and happy, i love the wildflower case with the glitter option, there are several different color options for the glitter, the silver is also very cool.

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casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

these block shop cases (1, 2, 3 , and 5) are so cool and i’m thrilled they are part of our collection! i reached out to them on whim and with my fingers crossed. i have been a long time fan of their work but didn’t know if they’d be open to putting their beautiful creations on cases, but they were! and i really really love how they turned out. they  nail the color and print combos. they have coordinating watch straps (in tartan, and sidewinder )! their cases also look super cool with glitter like this one and this.  if you’re curious, you can learn more about block shop on their site.

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casetify | designlovefest

mike created my wedding invitations that justin and i both loved and i’m excited to add his work to our shop! he is incredibly talented and i think is pieces translate perfectly to cases and watch strap. this star on star combo is so fun. and the star design is also available on AirPod cases!

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ivy is the sweetest and an incredible ceramic artist! it makes me happy to mix so many mediums of art into this collection. i love ivy’s work. joanie is currently rocking this case (which is also cute with the pink edges) and i love how her watch straps and cases look together. and she has airpod cases too (here and here) ! coming from a home with two people with AirPods having cases to set them apart is a win.

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casetify | designlovefest

Ohmeed created these beautiful cases for us, i love that they have a desert vibe. they’re very calming. the pink and green tile ones are very chic.

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casetify | designlovefest
casetify | designlovefest

and katy smail! we first featured katy’s designs years ago on dress your tech and we’re very happy to have her on Casetify. she kills the floral game and how about this cute pink cat case?! also love the tulip case and the punchy colors on this happy flower case.

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everyone was a big fan of the jessalyn cases at our last launch and we’re excited to bring two more of her abstract designs to this collection, this one and this.

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last but certainly not least is this gorgeous case by la tinta! she contributed two designs to this collection and they are both a favorite of ours. the colors are really pretty.

that sums it’s up! thank you for all of the love and support and excitement you have already shared with us about the launch! it means so much to us.

p.s. don’t forget to use designlovefest15 for 15% the entire collection! 



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i know these are very difficult times for every business and i’m really wanting to highlight and focus on businesses that are taking care of their employees during this period of unknown. there are many that are going the extra mile and our dollars that we spend on shopping can help to support their efforts. i was really encouraged to read a statement from blu dot yesterday, a furniture company that we love here at dlf, that they are continuing to pay their entire team even though their retail stores are closed.  i know things are changing on a daily basis and it feels scary and unknown. i’m trying to think small on the little things i can do to help. i’m proud of all of us for navigating this time, it isn’t easy and however you’re getting through is just fine. xo, joanie 

a few more local businesses that i want to highlight and also re-mention that are continuing their efforts:

shout and about which is a great gift and card shop near our office is closed but offering free online shipping on all orders. a great time to stock up on cards for upcoming mother’s and father’s day.

my friend alyssa owns a beautiful online home store called hoppe shoppe that is a curated mix of new and vintage. she also does a great job of sourcing independent designers. she has amazing taste! i loveeee both of these sets of bookends, 1 and 2.

lykke wullf makes the coolest two piece outfits. bri has one and it’s seriously rad. they’re having a sale. this bright orange jacket is so cool. i find myself drawn to wearing more bright colors during this time, brightens the day.

i mentioned before but the left bank, which is my favorite second hand store, is doing virtual shopping through their instagram stories. they are committed to paying their employees during this time and could use our support through purchasing their cool pieces (that are all very reasonably priced!). 

heirloom LA is doing incredible work supporting local farmers and offering pick up and delivery. you can order through their site.

i’ve picked up to-go from proof bakery several times and they are allowing other artisans who don’t have store fronts to sell their goods in there which is amazing.

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lunya is a great local to los angeles shop that sells beautiful lounge wear. i’ve had these joggers for a couple of years and still wear them daily.

parachute home is another female owned local business that we’ve used and loved for years. they are currently having a sale on many pieces. i have my eye on this flannel quilt.

maru coffee which is in our neighborhood and is delicious is now selling their beans online with free shipping over $40. their coffee is top notch.

our friend hillary who is the owner and designer of bliss & mischief is having a sale and free shipping.

and of course, keep supporting your favorite restaurants! and if possible, instead of ordering through one of the apps, order directly through the restaurant as the apps take a portion of their sales and every penny counts!



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does anyone else oddly feel like time is moving quickly? we’re definitely in a time wrap right now during this period of quarantine. the days are long but the weeks go by fast, or at least that’s how it feels to me. it also feels like things are a bit more “normal” compared to last week which felt like change and stress everyday. people are adjusting to staying home, sharing more positivity on social media, there is a lightness that is shining through and it feels good. humans are amazingly adaptive and resilient. we can move from stress and agitation to peace and happiness quickly.

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of course, my days still include a range of emotions like everyone else but i’m trying to focus on finding peace in the rituals of staying in. coffee in bed in the morning, the light peaking through the curtains, meal planning, books on my kindle, facetiming with my family, cooking dinner every night, watering my plants, 30 minute walks outside, a weekly trip to the grocery store. there is a feeling of we are all in this together which is unique to this time and i’m focusing on soaking up that feeling while it’s here, neighbors that usually look away when we pass by are now saying hi, people stepping up to buy groceries for others, donating money, volunteering their time… it’s pretty cool.  how are you feeling? all feelings are always valid but especially now, give yourself some grace during this intense time of transition and unknown. – joanie

p.s. in honor of how much time we’re all spending at home, enjoy this photo round up of some really cool kitchens from around the web! 

a few things that have brought me joy the past weekish:

did you see that we launched presently a couple of weeks ago? i can’t wait until we can keep cooking and creating videos but in the mean time, this matcha latte is my daily go-to, it’s so good.

i haven’t been shopping but i’m adding one of these Babaã sweaters to my wish list, my sister has one and i love it. they come in so many pretty colors, like this plum blossom.

this lemon chicken soup from pinch of yum is SO good. i couldn’t find orzo so i used white rice and shallot instead of onion. the lemon egg mixture you add at the end really takes it to the next level.

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i ordered these peanut butter cups from perfect bar and they are so good. i find an excuse to have them every day.

i try to do at least one melissa wood health video every day, even if it’s under 10 minutes. it makes such a difference in how i feel. it’s like yoga/pilates combined and it’s only $10/month. she has a calming voice and she brings you back to yourself.

my husband says i stomp around the house, which is a little bit true. these slippers help and are also very comfortable.

the only make up i’ve been wearing is this glowy super gel from saie beauty and i love it.

anyone play euchre out there? my mom and sisters and i have been playing virtually in the evenings some times. it’s a fun and low key way to connect. we use trickster and there lots of other card games they offer.

i know many people are going through tremendous financial difficulties right now and my heart is with you. if that is not you, and you are able to either order take our or purchase gift cards from your local restaurants and food establishments please, please do. the hospitality industry is taking a huge hit right now and it breaks my heart to think about all these people who pour their heart and soul into their restaurants struggling so much. they are the people who have facilitated wonderful memories for all of us. they have cooked us delicious food, cleaned our tables, washed our dishes, worked nights and holidays and were the backdrop for us to have evenings out and to celebrate special occasions. they need us right now. personally, my husband is not working right now so we’re cutting back in areas that we can but we are also focusing on 2-3 small businesses a week that we can support through ordering. even if you order one pizza and leave a nice tip, that makes a difference. or ordering a CSA box to support your local farmers. and if you don’t want to do take out, buy a gift card and start thinking about how fun it’s going to be when this is over and we can leave out houses and go out to eat!

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happy weekend to all!

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