Archive for the ‘STYLE’ Category



musings | designlovefest

it’s back in the 90’s this week in southern california, i enjoyed the fall weather while it lasted and will welcome it back with open arms next week. in honor of the heat, i’m including images of all the coats we can’t wear right now. so many cool oversized jacket looks right now! bri is out of town on her honeymoon road trip which has been fun to follow on instagram. road trips take so much work to plan as there are so many stops so i’m excited to see it all happen first hand. her stop in Antelope Valley looked insane! it has been almost a year since bri and i started cooking school. i was looking through recipes from our classes last night and realized how much i miss the ritual of going every week and spending hours chopping, mixing, tasting  and plating. i’m making clam chowder tonight with the recipe from class. if it turns out well, i’ll share it next week! – joanie

• i finally landed a pair of the glove booties from everlane as an early birthday gift from my mother-in-law. i went with the bone color despite my better judgement that they’ll probably get dirty really quickly. they are super comfortable and flattering and i already want them in black. they fit true to size

• speaking of jackets and coats, uniqlo has some great reasonable priced options. i own this knee length fleece coat which i love.  the shorter version with the belt is also very chic. i have a coat very similar to this one from Vince that i get tons of compliments on, the clean lines and simple closure are ideal and it’s $90. i also really love how many colors this $80 cocoon down jacket comes in, buy it in bright pink and make people on the street happy with your pop of color this winter!

musings | designlovefest

• i’m headed to Rosemary Beach Florida in a couple of weeks for my birthday. i’ve never been so if you have suggestions on what to do, where to eat, drink, i’d love to know so please share!

• i’ve made two different versions of m&m cookies over the last week. my favorite still remains, the monster cookie. recipe below. this recipe (by my mom!) makes 36 cookies, i bake them all and freeze some. have cookies stashed in your freezer is a pro-move. i think monster cookies may be a midwestern thing? because i’ve mentioned it out here in california and no one knows what i’m talking about.

monster cookies
makes: 36 cookies

• 1 stick of butter at room temp
• 1 cup brown sugar, packed
• 1 cup white sugar
• 3 eggs at room temp
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 cup peanut butter (i used skippy, creamy!)
• 4 1/2 cups quick oats
• 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1/4 pound M&M candies

directions: cream the butter and sugars together until smooth and creamy (about 5 minutes). beat in one egg at a time, stir in vanilla, add baking soda and mix well. stir in peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and finally M&Ms. i make the whole thing in my kitchen aid and just run it on low for the stirring parts. bake at 350 for 12ish minutes. you want the tops and corners to have a hint of brown.

• have you watched “Working Moms” on netflix? i don’t like many tv shows but i really liked this one.

• did you see our fall reading list post? i love book recommendations so this was fun to put together. i’m almost done with “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” and i’m really liking it. it’s honest and funny and relatable.

• i also made a post of some j.crew favorites, and learned a hack from my cousin that sometimes you can stack discount codes, so when they are having 40% off site wide you can also add “theskimm” on top for 20% off additionally. i tried it, it works!

musings | designlovefest
musings | designlovefest
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• my favorite podcast is ear hustle. it’s created inside the San Quentin prison, the stories are beautiful. i listened to this episode yesterday and was crying on the way home from the dentist. it’s really well done and i think humanizing prisons is really important.

• stocked up on seasonal candles from pf candle co which is one of my favorites. their seasonal scents sell out fast so order early. code “rekindledflame” gets you 20% off too.

musings | designlovefest



fall colors | designlovefest

has anyone else noticed that j.crew has been on their game lately (case in point, those cool purple tweed trousers above!)? i feel like they do fall + winter really well. i love their blazers and jackets. they’re having a big site wide sale so i thought i’d show some favorites. their styling is making me crave fall temps and all their cozy teddy jackets (almost everything i’m showing is 40% off right now!) – joanie

fall colors | designlovefest

i’m so into this plaid wool coat, i love the classic red and blue combo. i like winter coats with a bit if color as that season tends to be a bit drab and this fits the bill perfectly. you can put on a pair of jeans and a basic top and you have a great outfit when you add a statement coat like the one above.

fall colors | designlovefest

i really love a long sweater like that can double as a jacket on a gently chilly day.  have one and i wear it all the time when i travel, it’s nice to be able to wrap something around you on a plane. if you’re buying it for travel, i’d recommend the black as stains won’t show up easily.

nude and black is such a chic combo and i love this ankle length skirt. can easily be dressed up or down.



styled | designlovefest

a few weeks back when we were scouting the rooftop at ROW for our tiki party. a happy windblown colorful shot. bri is wearing this colorful floral blouse by sezane, with these ace&jig pants (that are currently on sale!) madewelland metalic loffler randall shoes. i’m wearing a vintage silk dress from the 80’s and sandals (in my experience madewell shoes are very comfortable!) 

a few more colorful things that caught my eye!



i’m working on a style post right now but i wanted to send out a quick thumbs up on these pants (the stella trousers from LACAUSA). i picked up my friend from the airport last weekend and she was also wearing them and looking very chic. i’ve lived in them this summer, they’re perfectly high waisted, comfortable and don’t stretch out or look frumpy. i’ve gotten tons of compliments on them. i have the brushed version which has a little more structure, a bit more fitted through the waist, they’re 100% cotton (pictured above) but they also come in the lighter version that is a 60% Tencel/40% cotton (pictured below). highly recommend! they fit true to size, i have the size 4 in navy but they come in so many pretty colors, it’s hard to choose!

i’ve been attempting to up my pant game, i wear a lot of dresses and realized that several of the jeans i have are from college and are looking really worn in, especially around the knees. so i donated a bunch of them and i’m slowly working to add in new pairs. i just ordered these from Zara and also these from AGOLDE, my first pair by them but i’ve heard great things so i’ll keep you posted. – joanie



summer sales | designlovefest

so many things on sale right now, it’s hard to navigate. i very rarely buy anything full price so for me sale season is the time to stock up. below are 15 sale items, everything from madewell to ace & jig to eileen fisher that are worth a look and maybe a purchase. one thing to remember with sales is to think outside of the seasonal box, when you’re building a wardrobe of pieces you love you might pick up a pair of boots you love in the spring and a swimsuit in the winter. it’s hard to shop for something super specific and when you’re on a time crunch, so instead of waiting until you have a party and stressing to find a dress, build a closet of things you love and can reach for anytime the occasion arises!

Ganni wide- leg pants $70: a flattering shape in a fun summer color. ganni is always a favorite of mine!

Madewell striped tee $33: few things are more classic than a striped tee, love this boxy one from madewell.

Gold-plated earrings $80: i’m in love with these fun earrings, such a statement and you can pair with anything!

Loeffler Randall wedge $118: a very cool color combo and these shoes are very comfortable with a wedge!

Zara dress $50: the little bow detail is on the back of this dress is the perfect touch on a simple and easy to wear piece.

Square toe heels $285: gingham never goes out of style!

Organic cotton sweater $118: i ordered this sweater, a cotton sweater on a chilly summer evening and in this punch of pink is a perfect match.

Brass earrings $104: simple earrings that will go with anything.

Alpaca scarf $70: totally not the right season but worth buying now and tucking away, alpaca is so soft!

Mansur Gavriel pump $285: they’re called the ballerina pump and they live up to their name!

Isabel Marant striped shirt $188: a shirt for all seasons, would be cute with a pair of shorts or in the fall with jeans.

Clare V. red basket $112: we’re big clare v. fans around here and you can beat the price on this little red bag.

CANO earrings $105: a new to me brand, i love the clean lines of these earrings. lots of earrings in this round up but they are such a fun thing to mix up your current wardrobe!

Ace & Jig pants $208: bri has these pants and she loves them and i love them on her. so many pretty prints!

Annie Costello Brown circle hoops $56: this is an insanely good price, i love her earrings!