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11.27.18

DESIGNLOVEFEST LUGGAGE AT TARGET!

luggage launch | designlovefest

hi guys!! our second luggage line at target has launched just in time for the holidays. this time we focused on adding a lot more smaller items that would make great gifts (and so many adorable pieces under $20!)! a few of the items are selling out quickly but you can always shop online or check to see if your stores are carrying them!

this year we shot the luggage on a trip to PERU…

shop some of my favorites from the collection //

 

circle crossbody bag $20: i love the size of this bag, it’s so easy to travel with, feels secure and fits all your important things while you’re on the road. i like to pack this in my checked luggage and then use it once i’m at my destination.

packing cubes $25: these are one of the top sellers so if you don’t see it available online, check your local store stock. they’ll be sold out soon. i wasn’t really a believer in packing cubes until i started designing luggage and now i realize just how handy they are.

cosmetic pouch $10: this is for so much more than cosmetics and i love to keep my receipts, travel documents, passport, etc in here and throw it into my carry on. it’s a great way to keep track of all of your small items that can fall to the bottom in a larger bag. make a really cute stocking stuff for christmas too!

fold up carry all $8: i’m still in shock that this handy little bag is only $8. they are so useful for everything from groceries, to bringing home souvenirs from your trip that can’t fit in your bag, etc. keep one in your car for last minute errands.

sage hardside roller carry on $99: it’s hard to tell the shade of green in the photos but it’s a really soft sage green that i love. it took many rounds of reviews to get the color perfect and i’m so glad we did. also, the rose gold handle is a favorite feature too!

hip/sling pack $10: this little hip pack is a travel essential!  you can keep your money and passport close to your body while you travel and be hands free at the same time. a great christmas gift for the world traveler in your life!

in our last luggage line we offered a pink suitcase and this year we wanted a refresh the colors and also offer TWO roller colors. our best selling items are the carry-on rollers and the weekender bag (perfect for long weekend trips!)

the circle crossbody purse is actually one of my favorite additions in this collection and it’s only $19.99! it’s so easy to throw on when you want your arms free shopping at a market (or holding a cute baby lamb? haha)

another favorite is definitely the shopping tote. i love bringing bags like this

the backpack design went through many many rounds of back and forth! i wanted something that was stylish and functional. this bag fits a whole lot and even has space on the sides for more. it was taken on a long hike to rainbow mountain, the salt flats and machu picchu!

 
 

take a look through all the accessories here!

SHOP THE FULL TARGET COLLECTION HERE

photos by heather gildroy and designlovefest

11.20.18

WHAT WE WORE IN IRELAND

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

bri is going to be sharing a full blogpost on our ireland trip, where we went, stayed, ate, etc but i thought i’d do a post before then on what we wore during our trip! we both packed carry on only for the six day trip which isn’t easy when you’re traveling during the late fall and need jackets and sweaters.  black friday and cyber monday are right around the corner many online retailers have already started their sales and many of these items are either on sale now or will be soon! – joanie

what we packed in//

for luggage, we each had a 20″ roller bag and bri used the weekender which slides on top of the roller and she also brought the fold up tote which was extremely useful as it barely takes up any space. i wish i would have had one, i’ll definitely be bring that on my next trip! i carry my laptop in the madewell transport tote which i’ve used for years and love. the leather gets really worn in and marked up but i like it that way (and it’s currently 25% off).

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

jackets + coats //

we really had to limit the jackets and coats we could bring because those take up so much space, we each brought one statement coat. bri wore this faux shearling coat by avec les filles that she said was really warm and was easy to throw on over other layers and i brought a long mustard colored jacket which i bought in paris last year but here is similar option. my jacket wasn’t as warm so i also layered a uniqlo ultra light down jacket which takes up very little space and is a great layering piece. packing one statement jacket is a fun way to brighten up your outfits when it’s chilly outside and you’re going to be mostly walking around in your coat.

 

  

shoes //

we each brought just three pairs of shoes i had boots for walking, rain boots and running shoes. bri had her converse, walking boots and rain boots. and it really was all we needed. footwear takes up a ton of space in your luggage so if you’re packing carry on only you can save room by limiting those options. most imporant it to make sure you have a pair of shoes that is comfortable for walking in. i wore these madewell chelsea boots every single day and they were perfect, i’d highly recommend them! bri’s boots are from years ago so unfortunately we can’t link those but some cute options are below. i’d highly recommend a chelsea boot as they are flat, and narrow and look good with pants, skirts and dresses of all lengths. also, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of converse like bri is wearing in many of the photos. p.s. these are the rain boots i brought and these are the ones that bri wore. 

 

  

sweaters //

these also take up a lot of space so my recommendation here is to make two that are versatile and can be worn with lots of things. versatile doesn’t mean boring, bringing a sweater in bold fun color or print is great idea! bri did lots of print on print layering which was a fun way to mix it up. i love to wear them over dresses to make the look less casual like below. i’m wearing a free people dress with an ulla johnson sweater from a couple of years ago (similar option here) over top from a few years ago. some other pretty suggestions below!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

accessories //

it’s nice to back small accessories that you can throw on when you’re sick of wearing the things you packed. bri wore this leopard print scarf which has a cute red stripe. and i’m always a sucker for a big pair of earrings, i love anything from annie costello brown. also, sunglasses are a must, especially if you’re on a trip like we were with lots of driving, even if there isn’t much sun! these ray-bans have been my go to for the last couple of years and i love them, really light weight too! and a crossbody bag in a fun color is always a good idea. so much easier to run around when it’s strapped across your body!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

and all the rest //

bri loves a good jumpsuit or overalls, some favorites are this and this. i love a dress and find them to be really comfortable for traveling. i love anything from Doen, especially this one and free people also has great options as well. i wore this floral jumpsuit twice with the uniqlo jacket over it and also with the sweater on top. i can’t say it enough but layering if everything, bring separates that you can mix and match, a t-shirt with a skirt, under overalls, with jeans, a long sleeve button up tied with a dress or tucked into pants. the more options you have with each piece, the better! slip dresses are great because they are light weight for packing and layer well with so much, i love them with a turtleneck underneath. flannel shirts are also great because you can wear them over things and also tie them around your waist.

wow, that was a lot! hope that was helpful for anyone looking for encouragement to go carry on only. this is my second trip to Europe packing that way and i really recommend it, so much easier to get around from place to place without so much luggage.

11.09.18

30% OFF LACAUSA!

LACAUSA | designlovefest

we’re verryyy excited to be doing a 30% site wide discount with LACAUSA! i’ve talked about them many times here on the blog. bri and i have loved their clothes for years. it’s a female founded business who make beautiful pieces (always under ethical conditions!) that are super wearable and also very chic. they are pieces that you’ll reach for over and over again, flattering and easy to throw on. i first fell in love with their t-shirt which is the best tee i’ve found (and i’ve tried a lot) and i’m now hooked on their slip dresses, jumpsuits and most recently their trousers (bri is wearing the lola trousers in the photo above and below and denise is wearing the charlie jumpsuit in size medium).

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

(charlie jumpsuit on bri and i’m wearing the birdie jumpsuit i recommend sizing up in this, i’m wearing the medium)

bri has been wearing these in ivory and i’m dying for a pair for myself, they are so chic and i picture them paired with a white ribbed turtleneck! all this to say that we’re super excited to be offering a special DLF discount code with LACAUSA. starting today through the 16th you’ll receive 30% off site wide when you use “DLF30” ! this isn’t a sponsored post, we just wanted to do a fun discount since we’re always talking about their clothing and we love what they stand for! we’re each sharing some of our currently favorites from the site below! as a reference, bri is generally a size 6 and wears a medium in LACAUSA and i’m a 2-4 and wear a size small.

bri’s #1 fave right now is the charlie Jumpsuit, she has it in size medium in the tar color. she also loves the lola trousers (they run true to size). and has two pairs of the cézane overalls (which we both love!) the black is super chic but i also love the biscuit color. these pair really well with the frank tee under.

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

if you were going to buy just one item i’d say the frank tee, it comes in a wide range of colors and i reach for it all the time. i prefer it in the size small so it’s not super tight across the chest. i love it the heather grey, it’s a classic. i also just got the

i’ve said this before but i think that people overlook investing in great basics because it can be more fun to buy those bigger, flasher things like a fancy dress or expensive shoes. but the foundation of your wardrobe are your basics, it’s what you reach for everyday and they can make getting dresses so much easier in the morning. i’m really into the surf sweatshirt. i’m always on the hunt for vintage sweatshirts that are solid colored and 100% cotton and this one has a very classic feeling to it. i also have the june top which is super cute tucked into jeans and has a laid back 70’s vibe which i’m currently very into.

their color choices are always spot on, and i love the tonal looks. really digging this pink sleep set above and the perfect fall orange below.

so a big thank you to LACAUSA for offering the discount code, we love their clothing and hope you do too!

10.15.18

NEED SUPPLY FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE!

need supply sale | designlovefest

1. corduroy jacket and pants, so cute together or worn as separates. 2. this handbag, love the color and unique shape. 3. these chic white boots for fall 4. this pop of green jacket, a bright colored jacket is the best fall/winter accessory 5. the coziest looking teddy jacket (under $150!) 6leopard throwa under $60 reversible for the house 7. a rattan planter for the house and 8. a pretty set of cutlery

one of our all time favorite online shopping destinations is need supply and this week they are having their friends and family sale which means 20% off site wide* (use code 20FORYOU)! bri and i both picked our 8 favorite items, things we’ve been eyeing and that we’re putting on our holiday wish lists. they do such a great job curating pieces from all sorts of brands and at all sorts of price points. i can’t tell you how many great pieces i’ve scored in their sale section. they have one of the best denim selections around, one brand NEED is a fav, i love this classic style for fall. shop quickly as it’s my experience that things sell out fast, some of my favorite brands they stock and that rarely go on sale are ganni, paloma wool, annie costello brown and rachel comey.

need supply sale | designlovefest

1. under $100 corduroy overalls (love the crop on these!) 2. balloon sweater in vibrant yellow (under $70!) 3. the perfect fall jeans 4. serious heart eyes for this Clare V. bag 5. this sweater in my current favorite color 6. i love a good wrap skirt, and this with a cozy cropped sweater would be so good. 7. i know it’s fall but this cropped top and pants with a long open sweater over it is calling my name 8 . a twist on a classic bandana and in 100% silk 

*sale is site wide, use code 20FORYOU. exclusions apply: This offer cannot be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. Cannot be applied to previous purchases, gift cards, shipping fees or taxes. *Some exclusions may apply. Ends 10/19 11:59 PM EST.

 

 

10.10.18

LIGHTBOX

lightbox | designlovefest

excited to share this shoot with you guys!! i’ve been working with Lightbox Jewelry on an ongoing partnership and this was a shoot that I recently art directed for them. i’ll show you my inspiration, my idea process and the final product!

THE CONCEPT

Lightbox is a line of of jewelry created exclusively with lab-grown diamonds. their whole philosophy is to take something, like jewelry and make it more approachable, playful and fun. because the gems are lab-grown and not rare they are able to offer them at a much lower price point than natural diamonds ($800 per carat!) which makes them a great gift to give to yourself to celebrate a personal milestone, your sister or a friend. i like that they take the “romance” and seriousness out of fine jewelry by adding colors (blue + pink!) and keeping their images really lighthearted and inviting. for this shoot i wanted to enhance the beauty of reflection and the bouncing light that make jewels so appealing. taking the idea of brightness, light and shine and weaving that throughout the images. my mind couldn’t get away from that star flare, so i kinda ran with that idea and tried to incorporate it with the styling, the makeup, the lighting, the textures and the props that we used. i was very inspired by solange and her vibe! here’s some of my inspiration if you want to take a look….

i wanted it to feel playful, lively, and pretty without feeling too young. since they are a new brand i was trying to portray what my first impressions of Lightbox were in an image format. simple yet stunning. sophisticated and modern. i wanted clean lines, tonal colors, and a dreamy setting. jesse always understands how to dive into a concept and have fun with it, i love what she did with these!

we used almost every piece from their collection and had fun creating layers of necklaces and pairing multiple earrings. this moon earring is something we kept returning too, these classic white studs that we mixed with the pink princess cut earrings. we had fun playing with the circle and square cuts and mixing up the colors. this pretty pink pendant was a favorite for sure.

for the necklaces, i love the simplicity of a single stone like the halo pendant but then also having the option of going to town and layering it with different colors and shapes. we loved placing this winged piece below the pendant to frame it. this moon pendant was also perfect for the last look, the navy blue with the stars!

there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a shoot like this. it all usually starts with an idea, then i have to try to create a moodboard of images and colors that give off a similar vibe that I would like to achieve. i usually have multiple boards, one for the stylist, one for the photographer, one for makeup and hair…basically i try to be as specific as possible with my vision and then let them take it further with their inspirations and input!

i hope you enjoy seeing a little behind the scenes on shoots like this. i truly love putting them together and watching them come alive, so it’s really fun to share some details of the process!

these make me happy! i hope you will check out Lightbox, they are a super cool new company who i’ve loved creating content for… xx bri

(this post was sponsored by Lightbox).

photos: jesse chamberlin marble
art direction: bri emery
stylist: heather allison
makeup: suzie k beauty
production: vacation theory 

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