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bright outerwear | designlovefest

a year or so ago i found a rachel comey bright pink jacket on super sale (pictured above!). it has become one of my favorite pieces in my closet and something i look forward to wearing when the temps drop. the winter months can feel dark and grey, i’m originally from michigan so i understand dark and cold! having a bright coat to wear can feel uplifting and a departure from the gray, camel and black that is the majority of outerwear. a few favorites below! – joanie

Anthro faux fur jacket $60 – cute and cropped! this little jacket can be worn all year round.

Puffed sleeve coat $228 – very much love the bright yellow/green color of this coat. it appears to be on the lightweight side so you can buy it now and wear it into spring.

Theory wool/cashmere coat $208.50 – this is a great price point for a wool/cashmere jacket. and I’m a sucker for a vivid pink. i think it’s a pretty color on everyone and it really pops.

Mango wool coat $230 – I’m into the oversized silhouette, especially for winter when you may want to layer up underneath. Wearing it open, during warmer months, would also be very chic.

Quilted satin down coat $524 – put this on the dream list! the wide quilted panels and this jewel tone make a really beautiful jacket.

J.Crew boiled wool coat $165 – i’ve had great lucky with J.Crew coats over the years. i love this one in the saffron and coral color too.

Shawl jacket $100 – this one looks to be half robe/half jacket and extra cozy.

Club Monaco relaxed jacket $159 – not a bright at the others but this shade of blue is lovely and this would work well for a polished work look with broken-in jeans and a t-shirt on the weekends.

Balenciaga floral trench$996 – another one for the dream list! but now i’m inspired to shop vintage and find a fabulous 60’s trench coat. i love to look at designer pieces and then find similar options shopping vintage on ebay or etsy for a fraction of the cost!










this year i’m buying my gifts from small businesses and artists. it’s been a really tough year and i’m happy to spend my money to support these cool brands. a lot of them are friends of mine or companies that i’ve used and love! here are 56 gift ideas for you and your loved ones…

KITCHEN : 1/ caraway home – I have the colorful set and really love their pots! they have held up nicely and make my kitchen look cute. 2/ apricot la – love her tie dye napkins and table cloths, use them allll the time. 3/ asp & hand – i’m a sucker for unique glassware! her cups and straws are amazing! 4/ hawkins new york – they have such a gorgeous selection always. these lidded bowls are cool for packing a lunch. 5/ dusen dusen – heavy duty patterned hand towels. 6/ brightland – their olive oils taste delicious, and the packaging is good looking on your counter. 7/ norden goods – these speckled plates would make a good gift. 8/ great jones – we love our dutch oven from them. perfect for your family member who loves to cook! 9/ material – love the steps they take towards making your kitchen more sustainable. try out their colorful recycled plastic cutting boards. 10/ lettuce grow – we just got one this year so we could plant herbs and veggies on our back patio. 11/ casa shop – always inspired by this funky curated shop and these tumblers are incredible! 12/ coming soonthese straws are ART in your cup

STAY HOME : 1/ artifact uprising – i love making quality photo books for special occasions. a great gift for your mom! 2/ wild one – love these chic looking dog toys. 3/ parachute hometheir robes are my absolute fave, such a comfy gift. 4/ – I have one of these weighted blankets and they are worth the price. I notice a difference in my anxiety and my sleep. 5/ midland – love their choices of native american pottery! 6/ cold picnic – the rugs are stunning, a bath mat is a nice gift! 7/ vandevort – a friend of mine’s shop in san diego, love this fuzzy leopard blanket. 8/ hattie molloy – i’m so inspired by her florals and aesthetic lately and look how cool that puzzle is! a great gift since we are all spending more time at home.

1/ bliss and mischief – a friend of mine who makes such cool tees, jackets and hats here in LA. i’m eyeing this bliss off hat. 2/ casetify + designlovefest – i’ve curated a bunch of artists to make phone cases! these help support the artists and myself so thank you very much!! 3/ brother vellies – a Black owned business with suuuuuch cool shoes and boots. 4/ lacausa – one of my favorite LA brands I wear constantly, how about this black tie dye outfit for lounging? 5/ bagguthe perfect bags for the farmer’s market, the beach, anything really. 6/ holiday – I am checkered obsessed and this pj set is SO good. 7/ lykke wullf – another great LA brand I love supporting. they have such cool matching outfits and love these no waste masks. 8/ nagnata – the coolest, sustainable workout looks I have seen this year! 9/ paloma wool – endlessly inspired by their hip patterns and unique photography ideas. how about these lime green boots?! 10/ dusen dusen – had to add in this hand knotted market tote. 11/ lisa says gah – always find lovely items in this shop. love all the vote graphics this year, a good message to spread all year round! 12/ rachel cravenlinen VOTE masks. 13/ rex designperfect ceramics for a friend or sister gift, and how cute is this painted ceramic hair clip! 14/ en soielove does rule forever

1/ tessa forrest – do it for yourself, a motivational journal by one of my favorite artists (prints here too). 2/ tetra shop – proud cannabis lover over here and this is THE go-to shop for cool lighters and pipes. 3/ pranamat – this is an acupunture mat that has helped me a lot with pain and anxiety, gets your blood flow circulating! 4/ field trip – how about some festive leopard rolling papers? 5/ headspace – I meditate with this app daily. i paid for the upgrade so I have more access to custom meditation courses. a great gift for someone you know needs a little calm in their life. 6/ the now – one of my fave massage boutiques has this scented candle I never want to burn out, and this rose quartz gu sha to reduce puffiness in your face. 7/ saie – this clean beauty line is great, love their tinted moisturizer. 8/ prismatic plantsCBD with beautiful packaging! 9/ golde – a Black owned wellness brand with this make your own matcha kit. 10/ small spells – artist tarot deck with the beeeest illustrations. 11/ billie – a hip razor brand you can get a subscription to. 12/ miss grass – a shell shaped grinder. 13/ osea – they have amazing scents and this vagus nerve oil + mist always helps calm me down. 14/ versedaffordable winter unwind gift set with this globe you put in the freezer. 15/ tower – LOVE their highlighter. 16/ take care space – for the yoga lover in your family who deserves a bright and colorful gift. 17/ kristin ess hair – a friend of mine made this cute travel kit. 18/ olive & june – because a pedicure is verrrry necessary these days, this kit will come in handy.

here are a few charities I have been donating to this year. my step dad is really sweet and always tells me he doesn’t need any gifts, just to donate to a charity in his name. I love that! this year I have found it especially important to donate to BIPOC organizations and charities that fight for racial justice.

GIVE : 1/ the loveland foundation – provides free therapy for Black women and girls. 2/ the right way foundation – helps transition-age foster youth attain and keep good jobs despite the overwhelming trauma they have endured throughout their lives. 3/ CASA LA I am a court appointed special advocate to a 4 year old boy in the foster care system and think this is a great organization! 4/ the conscious kid – they promote healthy racial identity development and take action to disrupt racism in young children.



it has been a bit of a stressful week so i distracted myself today by checking out the mango 30% off sale. i’m drawn to all the big knits and cozy jackets. everything is 30% off with code SALE30.  hope you had a good week and a relaxing weekend. xx- joanie

i have a version of the jacket above and i wear it all the time, even in california, it’s the perfect weight. and i love the deep red color of the floral skirt.




ballerina vibes | designlovefest

i’ve been drawn lately to more feminine style, in my mind it feels like ballerina style, whatever that means. soft colors, slouchy sweaters, fitted body suits layered under slip dresses, delicate flats, hair in a top knot with a few pieces falling down. i don’t mean the style of the 50’s that is often seen as uber feminine with fitted waists and big skirts. this version is comfortable and simple. i was probably inspired after reading the misty copeland home feature in architectural digest, she’s such a beauty and incredibly talented, it was a treat to see inside her home. – joanie p.s. all images are linked with credit to the source

ballerina vibes | designlovefest
ballerina vibes | designlovefest

i’m very much into the new lunya collection they launched. they are a local southern california brand that makes such glamours and beautiful lounge wear. several of their pieces are on my wish list, they’d make a perfect gift for a new mom or lady in your life who needs something pretty to wear at home.

ballerina vibes | designlovefest
ballerina vibes | designlovefest
ballerina vibes | designlovefest

and a few shop-able items – these white shorts from lisa says gah are truly dream level.

now i’m inspired to pick ballet up again once covid is over!

ballerina vibes | designlovefest



lacausa discount code | designlovefest

our friends at lacausa gave us a special 30% off discount code to share with y’all (it’s good sitewide, code is DESIGNLOVE30). they are are go-to for every day basics (they make the best tanks and tees) and have incredible quality and style. they are female founded and committed to ethical manufacturing, fair wages, care for the environment and giving back to organizations they believe in. these days, it’s more important than ever to care about where we spend our hard earned money, and they are a great company to support!

i live in my alma slip dress during the summer, i normally wear a small but got mine in a medium, i love the oversized lounge-y look of it and it looks great with a sweater over top for the cooler days like how i’m wearing it below. they have a fun instagram too if you want to follow along with them there.

lacausa discount code | designlovefest

bri has been wearing this tie dye t-shirt. order your normal size, it’s cut to be oversized all ready! this henley fits exactly how you’d want it to fit, and is so comfy. i wear it with a fitted pair of denim. i’m always on the hunt for ribbed pieces, and i love this tank, especially in this pink hue. and their maya tank is a classic wear with anything (including a bra if needed!) option. bri and i both have the lola trousers in the panna cotta color (i also love the green color!) and they are the best.  they run true to size, i’m wearing a size 4 in the photo below. it’s really hard to find pleated pants that still feel modern and not like a school uniform and these do the trick.

lacausa discount code | designlovefest