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lotta maija | designlovefest

how are you? we know that everyone is feeling the shift and that things are a little rocky right now. hang in there. i’m trying to focus on what we can control and surrendering the rest. there are a lot of shining moments to notice too, all the videos i’ve seen coming out of italy with people singing and playing music together on their porches, restaurants that are open for takeout and all the patrons that are stepping up to support their local small businesses, places like sweet green giving free food to medical works, the friendly smiles we share with people we walk past at a distance which reminds us we’re all in this together. there is nothing to do in this moment but to be present, exactly where we are, with who we are with and whatever emotions this time of uncertainty brings up. feelings and anxieties shift from moment to moment and that’s okay. i know many of you are suffering greatly during this time and i’m thinking of you. if you’re in los angeles, and can’t get to the store or need help in some way, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] and i’m happy to help in any way i can. – joanie

p.s. the art featured above and below is by finish illustrator lotta maija, you can follow her on instagram here and buy her prints here

many of the small clothing designers that i love have sent out notes about how they are struggling during this time of unknown. a few to highlight, LACAUSA which we have loved for a long time. they are boosting sales by offering 25% off site wide with code LOVE. you can’t go wrong with one of their jumpsuits and their t-shirts are amazing.  ace&jig which we also adore is doing a sale on sale with 15% off additional with code 15FORYA. bri has this dress in rhumba which is beautiful on. i also love this jumpsuit.

ali golden is an oakland based female designer who makes very chic gingham pieces and is offering 15% off site wide. i love this raw silk set.

lotta maija | designlovefest

and now a few local LA things: 

the left bank which is my favorite LA second hand store is doing shopping via instagramstories. it’s owned by an amazing woman who has an all female staff that she is committed to paying and keeping her business flowing. if you’re able to support by shopping, please do.

sister wife is high end consignment and the owner jessica has gorgeous taste. her shop is also closed and she is selling on instagramstories. again, if you’re able to support through purchases i know they’d really appreciate it!

if you’re in LA, heiroom la is offering incredible options for pick up and delivery. they work to support tons of local farms and their quality is top notch.

Dune which has incredible middle easter food is offering zero delivery charge on Caviar.

Palette food + juice has healthy delicious food to go as well.

there are too many spots to name but the point is that many of these small businesses will suffer greatly during this time and if we are able to support them we should try, even ordering gift cards (like from proof bakery which is a favorite of mine!) if you aren’t wanting to leave your home is a great option. you can tuck it away and spend it later after this passes because this too small pass.

honey hi is another local favorite of ours, owned by two cool ladies, they make delicious healthy food and bomb smoothies. and they also have free delivery through postmates or cavier (details here).

lotta maija | designlovefest

i’ll continue to do round ups of places to support so if you have one you want me to highlight leave it in the comments! XO



 image via miranda for lydia

things feel a bit crazy in the world right now so i’m taking comfort in the small grounding rituals of life. my morning matcha latte (recipe coming soon!), watching Jeopardy at night (recently obsessed!), reading lots of good books (just finished The Dutch House and The Giver of Stars, and loved them both),  buying flowers every time i go to trader joe’s, evening walks in the cool california winter weather and looking forward to a trip to Big Sur this weekend. we’re staying at Deetjans which is the coziest spot and dinner at Big Sur Bakery, i can’t wait. what are you up to? (p.s. how fun are all these bright outerwear photos?! all of the credits are linked in the photo if you click!) – joanie

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i’ve been cooking really simple meals these days. my aunt introduced me to rancho gordo beans and i’m hooked. she sent me this sampler pack and i’ve been having fun making my way through it and eating lots of beans and rice combos (always topped with cilantro and hot sauce!). i made this one pot chicken and rice dish which is super easy and yummy. i love peanut sauce on basically anything! try as i may, i can’t get away from incorporating thai flavors into everything i cook. adding a splash of fish sauce to soups, using ginger and lemongrass along with my onions and garlic and topping everything with fresh herbs. i made a variation of this tom kha gai soup last week. i used green curry paste instead of red and it really complimented the flavors of ginger and lemongrass that are in the base. it’s a simple and nourishing weeknight dinner.

and a couple finds from around the web. i love these Chanel look alike woven flats for summer. i got this louise roe jewel vase for christmas from my mom and it’s gorgeous. if you’re looking for a timeless vase to leave out all the time, this is it. i’m a big fan of levi’s as everyday jeans, and i tried on these rib cage denim yesterday and the fit is 100. i didn’t buy them yet but they are on my wish list! i think they run one size small, so size up! forever an H&M fan, i love this $20 green dress for summer. the silhouette is very romantic. and this $10 puff sleeve top which looks great with a pair of statement earrings. we’re going to be seeing a return to the 80’s sleeves, lots of puff happening! oh, and these pants which remind me of the ulla johnson ones from last season.

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last december, justin and I were watching “walk with me” about the zen master thich nhat hanh. we spontaneously decided to book a trip to plum village, a monestary in france for a week long meditation retreat. this would be our christmas gift to each other. let me tell you, it was a rollercoaster…we learned a lot, but it wasn’t easy…




affordable home finds | designlovefest

oh man, there are so many cute things at H&M home right now. a small round up below but really you should dig around for yourself because there are some very cool things (like that printed tablecloth above). i love that they’re doing 100% linen bathrobes for $50.

cotton velvet cover $18 –  the soft peach color with the contrasted piping feels very elegant. it comes in two sizes and three different color ways.

stoneware vase $30 – a statement piece all on its own with or without anything in it. and the reviews of people who have purchased are shining!

plant pot $18 – this also comes in two sizes. if you’ve ever tried to shop for fun and interesting planters you know that they are generally hard to find and/or very expensive. this one is a win/win.

green glass vase $25 – i did a deep dive on vases recently. i wanted something simple, glass but beautiful and this is one of my favorites that i found.

small metal tray $15 – make sure to read the dimensions because this tray is small but i love the idea of using it on your bedside table for earrings, and little trinkets or in the kitchen for salt and spices.

ceramic toothbrush mug $18 – looking to add this to my bathroom counter top asap. chic and practical!

ceramic vase $18 – would be fun to display a few in varying sizes on the side of a fire place or in the middle of a big coffee table.

fluted glass $6 – water, wine or whiskey on the rocks would all be beautiful served out of these glasses.

wooden bowls $18 – a set of wooden bowls to lay out with cocktail snacks like olives, crackers, nuts, etc.

affordable home finds | designlovefest



been coming up with a personal project that combines a bunch of my current interests. i hope to make it happen soon. i’m trying to stay motivated and not talk myself out of it, because I feel really excited about it!

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