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02.13.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 118

i’m gonna love you any old way. this palette’s inspired by a vika gazinskaya valentine. –maddy

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

01.31.19

A LIGHTBOX PARTY (AND AN LA EVENT)!

lightbox | designlovefest

i feel like i’ve said this a couple of times already but this year is off to such a great start. things feel positive, light and fun and i’m going to lean into that, enjoy it while it last. one of my favorite partnerships from last year was with lightbox and i’m so excited to be working with them again. they create lab-grown diamonds and the company is built around the idea of celebrating female friendship and changing the idea that diamonds have to be given only as romantic gifts. with valentine’s day right around the corner we wanted to throw a party that was a celebration of girls, a Galentine’s day of sorts! it came at the perfect time as it was the week of my birthday so we added that into the list of things to celebrate and the party ended up being such a blast. in keeping with the idea of jewels, the theme was sparkle from the sparkly vintage shirt i wore, to glitter in the cocktails. we really glitzed it up.

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

also, i’m going to be hosting a little LA event with them on saturday, february 9 that you are invited to! all the details are at the bottom but come and hang out with us! it’s free and we’re going to be decorating cookies to give your girls for valentine’s day and it’s going to be fun and chill!  you can RSVP here if you’re coming!

they will be similar to this cookies by sugarly that we handed out at the party! except they’ll be blank and you can decorate them any way you want. gonna be fun, come!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

i got to gift everyone these sweet little pink pendant necklaces, they are the perfect thing to wear 24/7 and layer with all your other pieces. our new friendship necklaces! i love that it’s a little tie we all have together.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

i definitely don’t take it for granted that i am surrounded by some many amazing women who have seen me at my best and worst. i feel truly lucky to have these friendships, they are like family to me. and as you can see, the party favor necklaces were a big hit!

lightbox | designlovefest

for the party, i got to work with of the flowers to create the arrangements and installations and it was a dream! she’s so talented (and my wedding florist) and everything turned out just as i’d hoped. i love the textures she uses in her arrangements and how she’ll create something dramatic that’s rooted in a tiny vase.

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

we were lucky enough to host the party at the cutest little mezcal bar that’s close to our studio, bar caló. it’s such a special spot, it’s small but high impact. from the colors to the skylights in the ceiling and the painting on the wall, it’s a great hangout. if you’re ever in echo park, stop in for a drink. my favorite is the solano!

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

look at the cool “placemats” she made with acrylic over her floral magic. and i LOVE how this arrangement looked very mermaid…

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

hope you can make it to our event next weekend, let’s make cookies!! xx bri

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

when: saturday february 9th 12 – 2pm!
who: anyone is welcome! click here to RSVP, the event is free!
location: Westfield century city mall: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

photos by jesse chamberlin
location and food: bar calo
florals: of the flowers
cookies: sugarly
sponsored by: lightbox jewelry

01.30.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 117

a rosie assoulin style inspired these colors — rest in poetry mary oliver. –maddy

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

01.29.19

MY SELF LOVE STORY

i have felt a huge shift in myself lately, especially in the past 6 months. i’ve put in a lot of work on my mental health and personal happiness and have found really meaningful results. as someone who has dealt with anxiety since childhood, i feel like i have truly been untangling my issues and finding peace. i guess i just wanted to write down some thoughts and some things that have helped me…

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01.23.19

OUR NEW WORKSHOP!

it has been such a busy and rewarding start to 2019! i feel really energized and excited about everything that’s going on both personally and professionally! last week we launched our new workshop, the business of social media, and the responses and been so positive, you have joanie and i smiling ear to ear. thank you to everyone who has already watched it and who has shared feedback, we love hearing from you and it makes us so happy to hear how much you enjoyed it. this was a serious labor of love and something that we’ve been wanting to create for over a year.

we get so many questions from readers asking for tips and advice on running their own business and we wanted to compile that information into one place. originally the thought was to do more small business consulting but that’s not affordable or accessible for so many and so this workshop was born and we’re really proud of what we created. it took us a really long time to work out the content and how to best share it and we hope you find it inspiring and insightful.

it’s broken down into two parts...the first is with me where i go over what it looks like to be a creative working with big brands like target and keds, how i stay motivated, coming up with new ideas, my process, mood boards, instagram sponsors, collaboration, constantly evolving…i lay it all out there!

and the second part is with joanie! she covers the business side of things, how we negotiate our rates, how much to pay out, how we pay our bills, creating budgets, invoicing, quickbooks, reaching out to new clients, big things to look for in contracts, etc. the class is 1.5 hours and we highly recommend watching it one time through without taking notes and then a second time and take notes and really let it soak in. we tried to cram as much as we could into the class without making it completely overwhelming.

and it goes without saying that there are SO many different ways to be a small business owner and there isn’t a one size fits all, we try and be as transparent as possible because we think that’s where the real growth happens and that a lot of times in business there is a wall where people don’t want to talk about numbers or percentages, etc and it just becomes a guessing game. there was a moment where we looked at each other and said, “are we giving away too much?!” and then we decided it’s okay to give them away because everyone deserves to succeed and one person’s success and growth doesn’t diminish another person’s potential. and everyone has their own voice and vision to share and there is room for everyone!

it felt appropriate to launch this around the 10th birthday of designlovefest (and joanie’s 6th year with me!). thank you to everyone who has supported me and my evolution, who has visited the blog and left comments and encouraged me to keep going when i wasn’t feeling inspired. it has been a real honor to share so much of my life with you and i feel so lucky that i get to call this my job. i hope you love the workshop and i’d love to hear from you once you’ve watched it! and if you’re interested, you can sign up here!

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