Archive for the ‘STYLE’ Category

02.18.20

THINGS I USED AND LOVED 2019

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i made one of these posts for 2018 and wanted to update it for 2019. i find it to be helpful when people share what they own and use often. some of these items are things i’ve had for years and weren’t well used and then become an MVP this past year or they’ve always been well used and deserve another mention or they are new to me. i live in an apartment so we’re careful about what comes in as we don’t have a ton of space/don’t want clutter. i had fun putting this together and hope you find it helpful. here are some 2019 favorites! – joanie

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maybe my top pick for the entire year is the dyson V7 cordless vacuum. we got it on black friday sale and use it almost every day. it’s super light and cordless so it’s basically the high powered version of sweeping. it also comes with attachments so you can use it in your car or on the ceilings, furniture, etc. we got the least expensive version and it works great. highly recommend!

bri got me a new work bag this year for my birthday. for the past 6 years i’ve been using the transport tote madewell which i love but isn’t great for keeping lots of things organized as it doesn’t have dividers or lots of pockets. we combed through tons of options and landed on the cuyana zippered satchel i have it in forest green which appears to be sold out but i also love it in the stone and cappuccino color. it fits everything from my wallet and phone in the zippered pouch to my laptop and workout clothes.

nothing takes your at home coffee or tea game to the next level like a milk frother. i like to either make a latte (with the bialetti for espresso which is $40)  or matcha latte with homemade almond milk and it always comes out super creamy. i’ve had a frother for 5+ years and it still works great. the one i own isn’t available any longer but this one is similar.

i’m active and have flat feet so my sneakers matter. i love the addidas ultra boost and had previously found them on sale but wasn’t able to last year and i’m not willing to pay the $180 price tag. so i switched to these new balances and have been super happy. they come in four widths which is really nice. watch for a sale, i got mine 30% off, they often do markdowns!

i’m not just saying this because i love geri, which i do, but her Saie Beauty mascara is one of the best i have ever tried and it just happens to be non-toxic. it doesn’t irritate my eyes, or flake off, it makes your lashes insanely long. i use it with their eye lash curler.

my brother gave me airpods for christmas last year and i thought they were a sweet gift but kind of unnecessary for my life. but they turned out to be a daily used item for me. it’s so nice to be able to workout without worrying about yanking your headphone cord, going for walks and tucking your phone in your back pocket, watching something on your laptop and being able to move around, they really are so useful.

true botanicals is still my favorite skin care products but i can’t afford them on the regular so i explored cocokind skincare and i was very pleasantly surprised. the price point is very reasonable (you can also buy it at whole foods when they have their 25% off skincare sale). so far i have used and love the facial repair oil (i use daily), the cleanser and their highlighter. i also started to use a gua sha daily, especially on my jaw area and it helps so much with tension.

i have three kitchen related items to mention: first, is the omega juicer. my aunt gave this to me and it is simply the best. i have always shied away from juicers because of the hassle of cleaning them up but this one is so easy to use and simple to clean. in the summer i was using it everyday and now that it’s a bit colder a few times a week. my favorite easy juice to make it celery, apple, lemon. second, the le crueset cast iron dutch oven, another item i have had for almost 10 years and use multiple times a week for everything from making rice, soups to braises in the oven. this is a life piece and it holds up so well. and third is two of my favorite cookbooks from last year, the night + market cookbook and repertoire.

at the start of last year, i signed up for melissa wood health online steaming workouts. i still kept my pilates studio membership until the end of the year when i decided to cancel it (and save a lot of money) and just stick with melissa’s workout. i pay $10/month vs the $160 i was paying for my other membership. i love everything about her workouts, the pace, her voice, how effective they are (i always start shaking right away), and the fact that i can do them at home. she makes you feel very empowered and proud of yourself even if you just do 15 minutes of movement. i also recommend getting the 1lbs ankle weights she uses.

02.10.20

POP OF WORKOUT COLOR

i was recently struck by all the fun colors that outdoor voices is putting out right now. they do a great job of capturing a fun and playful spirit when it comes to exercising and not taking things too seriously. i’ve always loved their mission of getting the world moving by “doing things”. it doesn’t have to be a specific sport or class, just get out and do something, and that alone can bring a little more happiness into your life. working out can seem so daunting sometimes, but when you look at it as just a walk outside, or tennis with a friend, it becomes more manageable. anyway, i’d love to see someone out and about in this yellow set soon. if you’re looking for some winter time movement inspiration, a bright color might be just what you need! here are some favorites. – joanie

01.30.20

THE $15 TOP I LOVE

i picked out several faux shearling pieces from H&M last fall and i’ve been wearing them non-stop ever since. i put this $15 half zip on my birthday list, i didn’t have high hope for it but thought it was worth a try. and it turned out to be perfect. i wore it for almost the entire week once i got it and now reach for it all the time. it’s the perfect thing to wear with a pair of fitted high waisted pants as it’s slightly cropped and oversized so it gives a balanced silhouette. it’s super soft and cozy (and it washes well, which is a big deal to me!)  i love the brown color, it has a slight green under tone too it. highly recommend snagging one (or two!)! i also got this jacket in black (but i also love the cream!) which is super warm. i  just returned from telluride and it kept me comfortable in 20-30 degree temps and it’s very chic and looks like it cost more than it did. the other piece i got is no longer available but the two i highlighted above are great finds and will carry you through winter and into a chilly start to spring. – joanie

01.17.20

HAVE A COZY WEEKEND!

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what are you up to this weekend? tonight we’re trying out a new to me restaurant in downtown LA called nightshade and then tomorrow we’re having friends over for soup dumpling. i use this recipe and it’s so easy and delicious. i add a lot more garlic, ginger and soy to the meat than the recipe calls for and make adjustments as i taste along the way. when i’m not eating or entertaining i plan to cozy up with a good book, i just got the giver of stars from the library and i’m excited to dive in. hope you have a relaxing weekend! Xx, joanie

some fun things for a cozy winter weekend like these perfectly draped satin pj’s. also found these reasonable priced pillar candles from world market that come in several colors, i’m into the lavender one.

tunic sweater – love this deep green color and the fact that this is an elevated hoodie.

cozy slippers – cozy and over the top slippers that come in lots of fun colors.

cable knit sweater – i’m drawn to the contrasting stripes and the center design on this sweater. white + warren makes beautiful pieces.

tie dye hoodie – very into these matching sweat sets that LACAUSA is making. you might have seen bri wearing it a week or so ago on IG stories, very cute!

alpaca sweater – this sweater comes in lots of lovely colors. i love the soft rose one. alpaca is soft and has a beautiful visible texture.

striped pajama set – love a matching pj set and this striped one is working for me.

 

12.11.19

LIGHTBOX HOLIDAY LOOKS

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

it has been a minute since i’ve done any sort of style post on the blog. usually when we team up with lightbox i’m art directing the shoots and we’re using models but we thought it would be fun to put together a couple of holiday looks and pair them with some sparkly lightbox pieces for a good ole’ fashion DLF style shoot. they have added so many different styles (all of their pieces are made with lab-grown diamonds!) to their collection since it launched (especially into their rings!). i had fun playing around with heather who shot all of the looks. i get a little nostalgic every december, looking back on another year of creating and sharing with you all. i really love my job and love sharing these shoots with you and i hope you like them too. let me know what you think!

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

when i first put on this black top and my hair was tucked into the turtleneck joanie said, “you have to cut your hair that short!”. i don’t usually wear fitted things but the puff sleeve on this really got me and balanced the whole look out and i like the hair tucked in to feel like i have short hair, even if just for a minute. with wide leg pants, i find that an open toe shoe works best, showing a little skin balances the length and width of the pants. lightbox has tons of new ring styles, i love stacking them, above i’m wearing the two stone frame work ring in blue, mixed with the solitaire open ring in white. the pink open ring is really pretty to pair with one of the white pieces. the earrings pictured above are their solitaire studs in white and i actually wore them as my wedding earrings!

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

we went to zara and tried on lots of fun tops to wear, they have really cool organza and sheer pieces right now. the black puff sleeve top is no longer available but here is the purple top i’m wearing. it’s such a beautiful color. and the white dot top. suzie did my make up and she had all sorts of ideas. she put pearls around my eyes for the last shot and i loved it. it felt like a fun departure from my everyday look which is basically zero make up. oh, and this metallic green pleated skirt that i’m wearing below is a fun holiday piece!

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

the cluster earrings are joanie’s favorite. i like the hit of blue to mix it up from classic white studs. they also launched bracelets since last shot. i don’t normally go for bracelets since i’m on my computer a lot and they can get in the way with typing but these ones are really simple and sweet. i’m wearing this one in the image above. if you’re still looking for holiday gifts all of the lightbox pieces are great, they’re super wearable and priced starting at $200.

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

images: heather gildroy
makeup: suzie k beauty

and thanks to lightbox for a great year of creating content together! they are a dream client who lets us run wild and free with ideas.

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