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if you’ve ever been to los angeles in the summer you’ve probably seen tiny fruit stands with colorful umbrellas strewn all over the city. you can buy a plastic bag full of fresh cut fruit and veggies for $5. when you buy it, they always ask if you want lime and chili powder on top. the combination of the two with a little sea salt is so delicious, especially on mango and jicama. you should try this snack for your labor day festivities!

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it’s such a simple idea and would be delicious to serve at a summer party. we created individual paper cones and lined them in plastic (read how to make them after the jump) as a fun way to hand them to your guests individually and let them add their own chili and salt as desired.


what we used: 

• 3 cucumbers
• 2 jicama
• 4 mangos
• 3 limes
• chili powder
• sea salt


how to make them:
• peel the cucumber, jicama, and mango and cut length wise into long, thin slices. lay the fruit flat on a try and just before serving squeeze the juice of three limes over the fruit and toss by hand.
• stack the cut fruit and veggies in the cones and either pre-sprinkle the salt and chili powder on each cone or allow guests to add on their own.





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we love the chunky bead necklace trend that we’ve been seeing around and decided to make our own version for our “creative wednesday” activity at the studio last week. what’s great about these necklaces is that you can make so many different color and shape combinations to fit whatever outfit you’re wearing. hope you enjoy! -sheila

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what we used: 

• sculpey super sculpturing compound 1 lb. box (makes about 75 one inch beads)

• acrylic paint (in the colors of your choice)

• hole cutter

parchment paper


white cord (1 yard per necklace)


• start with clean hands and work area. knead each piece until clay is soft and smooth. we made a variety of shapes, but kept them around the same size (one inch). carefully cut the holes through the beads with the hole cutter.

• preheat your oven to 275°F. place parchment paper on a baking sheet. place the beads so that they are not touching. bake for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness of clay.


• allow beads to cool completely. paint as desired. once they’re all dry, you can thread the beads with a cord or string of your preference. you can even use a thin chain if you want to get fancy. our favorite bead combos were white with a hint of color!

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have fun making these!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest


MAKE IT / 57


i’m into indigo anytime of the year but it’s especially appropriate given that the 4th of july is this weekend! i came home one day and my new roommate, skye, was wearing the coolest indigo shirt that she made. so i had her come down to the studio so she could show us all how it’s done!


 what we used: 

Indigo Tie Dye Kit
• 8 gallon bucket or tub
• long spoon or stick for stirring
• drop cloth
• an armful of white or cream 100% cotton stuff to dye (we did sheets, socks, shirts and a bag!)

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how to dye:

• first you’ll need to make your dye bath. this is as simple as pouring all of the pre-filled packets from the kit in water. stir it all together VERY slowly as to not let too much oxygen in. it will appear neon green and may have foam on top- that’s okay!

• cover the bucket or tub and let it sit for 30 min to an hour. in order to achieve that dark, magical ocean-like tint, let the dye bath sit for as long as you can. the longer it sits, the darker the indigo!


• while it’s sitting, you can start tying string or rubber bands (all included in the kit) around your clothes in different cool ways! my personal favorite technique is creating mini ponytails all over your fabric to achieve full moons or polka dots! basically wherever your rubber band is, that’s where white will remain. rinse them all in cold water.

• next, immerse the separate pieces in your bucket or tub, make sure and squeeze out the excess dye VERY slowly into your bath. Once you have everything in, you should dunk them all under to make sure everything is equally covered in dye.

• leave the clothes in the dye and cover the tub  for about an hour. when you can’t wait any longer and you’re DYEING to see your indigo creations, take them all out one by one and rinse them in cold water again. At this point you can cut all of the string or rubber bands off and spread your pieces out on your drop cloth. at first the fabric will look green, don’t worry! as the oxygen hits it, the green will turn into blue. indigo magic! make sure and wash and dry your pieces all together (the indigo won’t fade) before you wear them!


p.s. the leftover dye bath can last up to two weeks if covered and can be used again and again!

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photos by sheila gim for designlovefest



i’m obsessed with mists, especially anything with rose water. i leave them by my bed, at my desk, keep a small one on my sink, etc. they instantly make me feel a bit more relaxed and fresh and relaxed. we thought it would be fun to experiment with different combos of scents and oils and make some for ourselves (since they can be pretty pricey when you have as many as i do!) we’re going to share a few of our favorite combinations below and we’re also going to share the label i designed so you can print them and make some on your own.

 what we used: 

••• PRINT THESE LABELS that I designed for the bottles (click to download HERE (1426))

• Glass mist bottle

• Aloe vera oil

• Rose water

• Witch hazel

• Cucumber seed oil

• Essential oils set

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you definitely don’t need to purchase all of those items. we wanted to try different combinations so we went overboard with options. but if you do purchase several things, a little goes a long way. you only use a little of each product when you’re making the sprays so you could keep the extras around for refills or gifts. here are some of our favorite combinations…

calm down: rose water + witch hazel - to make this, fill your bottle 1/3 of the way up with distilled water, slowly add three tablespoons of rose water and witch hazel. you can adjust this amount depending on preference. we added a little more rose water because i love the smell.

cool down: cucumber + aloe - this combo is perfect for a in the sun. 1/3 cup distilled water, 30 drops cucumber seed oil and 4 tablespoons aloe vera oil. this one will separate so shake before using.

sleep tight: lavender + orange - the verdict was mixed on if orange was relaxing or energizing but we liked the combo so much we decided to leave it. we used distilled water and then 30 drops of lavender oil and only 10 drops of orange.

don’t forget to download the labels above and you can make your own as gifts!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest



a couple of months ago I decided to start having “creative wednesdays” in the office with my team. every week we come up with a fun project and shoot it in the studio. the idea is to not over think the process and to just have fun creating beautiful (and sometimes delicious) things together. (we’ve made fruit ice cubes, painted moons, made cakes, and had a fiesta)  it’s been great to just get our attention off of the computer screen and focused elsewhere. it’s something that i hope to continue throughout the year.

last week, in honor of summer weather, we made waffle cones. they were surprisingly simple to make and made the whole studio smell amazing. we purchased the chef’s choice waffle cone maker, used the recipe they provided and then dipped them in chocolate and coconut. this would be a fun family activity to do together.

what you’ll need:

• 1 egg
• 1 egg white
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup flour
• 2 TBS melted butter
• 16 oz white chocolate
• 2 cups shredded coconut

how to make them:

combine the egg, egg white and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the sugar and beat by hand for at least a minute, until the mixture lightens in color.

add the flour and stir until moistened and no clumps remain. Add the 2 TBS of melted (and slightly cooled) butter. Stir until smooth.

for the topping:

melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, stirring frequently. Once completely melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Spread  a layer of coconut on a plate. With a spoon, gently paint the chocolate on the tops of the cones. It doesn’t need to be perfect, the coconut will cover it. Take the cone and gently roll it across the coconut.


Stand cones upright to dry. You can do this by either placing them in the top of a narrow glass or, making small holes in a cardboard box and placing the base of the cone in it.

Top with your favorite ice cream and enjoy!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest

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