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red swim | designlovefest

this photo popped up on my pinterest and i was really drawn to the clean lines and bright red color. i’m generally speaking not a red girl but i’ve been more in to it more lately. it’s such a flattering color on so many different skin tones. i’m a big believer in bathing suits being practical  (into subtly sexy swimwear) and this one fits the bill. you can shop a similar top and bottom by COS.

also into these one piece styles, especially the color blocked one!

red swim | designlovefest
red swim | designlovefest
red swim | designlovefest
 image credit 1,2 and 3.



shot from the street | designlovefest
cutest photo via shot from the street

dresses are fun but recently i’ve been really into the jeans and blouse look. tops that aren’t t-shirts are an easy way to add a little kick to your outfit while still be comfortable. there are so many chic options out there right now. i love something with a little movement, not too fitted, with a tie or a sleeve. and i think they’re still great in spring and summer, tucked into cut off shorts or a skirt. here are a few faves i found from Need Supply (and lots of options under $100!) – joanie

Palm wrap blouse $95 – few things are as timeless for spring as a stripe and this green and white top is a fresh take on nautical.

Polka dot in mustard $51 – love this mustard color and also the fitted sleeve.

Pajama top $39 – the addition of the black piping on the collar and sleeve really makes this pj top chic. the cut is flattering and has enough room to either hang or be tucked in.

Lavender long sleeve $58 – this is exactly what i mean when i say “easy to wear”. the pleating on the sleeve makes it sophisticated but it hangs just right to wear all day or night with comfort.

Satin PJ top $98 – sorry for the double pj tops but i think this is so pretty for evening. with dark or black jeans.

button up blouse $103 – a button up blouse, especially in a crepe fabric has something so subtly sexy about it.

One shoulder top $78 – one shoulder tops are coming back loud and proud this year and i’m all about them. love the ruffle on this one!

Tie neck top $108 – there is something very 70’s Chloe feeling about this without the $$$$ price tag.

Embroidered top $84- i love a classic white button down and the embroidery detail on this is a fun take on that.



Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

i personally have never been to Benihana (that i remember?!) but bri has some seriously fond childhood memories there, like when she hosted her 10th birthday party there and had three tables full of friends with her eating fried rice and watching onion volcano towers (lol). she recently became extremely nostalgic for a meal there and since there isn’t one close to us we decided we should try and create a Benihana inspired dinner at home and it was a success. we searched the web for some tried and true recipes that were inspired by the restaurant’s dishes and served up a feast! – joanie

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest
Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

we used three already existing recipes as part of this meal, this recipe for the Benihana ginger sauce (which is bri’s favorite, seriously! she was trying to get me to eat it by the spoonful). the Benihana magic mustard sauce and also this recipe for the fried rice which uses 5 eggs and a whole lotta butter but is worth it!

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

we served ours with mushroom, zucchini, steak and shrimp and here is how we prepared that part!

what you’ll need// this served around 5-6 people
• 2 lbs steak
• 2 lbs shrimp
• 2 zucchini, washed and sliced lengthwise
• 6 cups mushrooms, washed and dried.
• white rice

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest
Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 350. start by patting your steak dry and generously coating with salt. heat a cast iron skillet, once hot add a bit of oil, wait a minute and then add the steaks. test that the oil is hot enough by touching the meat down, it should sizzle, if not, wait a bit longer. brown the steaks on each side, and then put the pan into the preheated oven and cook for 5- 7 minutes or until you reach desired temp (i overcooked our steak, so watch it closely) 

• once the steaks are done, remove and set aside, covering lightly with foil. using the same pan, keep all the juices in there and put on the stove top. once hot, add the mushrooms and pinch of salt. let the mushrooms get really brown and cooked down.

• for the shrimp, rinse and pat dry. you can either cook these under the broiler or on the stove in a pan. since there are so many flavors going on with this meal you can cook the proteins very simply!

• we cooked the zucchini in our panini press and then sprinkled  it with white sesame seeds. we didn’t use oil on these as there is a lot of fat already in this recipe.

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis



around the house | designlovefest

what do you wear around the house? are you a come home and immediately put on sweatpants, do you wear your robe or stay fully dressed until bedtime and then put on your pjs? i was thinking about this the other day because growing up my mom and dad were almost always dressed in their normal clothes. they didn’t pull on comfy clothes while we were hanging at home and mostly my mom was fully dressed at breakfast time, even on school days. interesting to think about as now it feels like we’re in the age of lounge clothes, legging wearing, robed people. i’m definitely a lounge wear person. my husband comments that i’ll stay in my sweatpants until the last possible minute and then frantically throw on clothes and run out the door. i do love getting dressed but i’m a leisure queen at heart. but maybe not more so than bri who has a serious robe collection! anyway, here is an ode to all the loungewear i’d like to own right now…

around the house | designlovefest

actually, one of my favorite things to lounge around the house in is a loose fitting dress. nothing better to throw out of of the shower than a dress and  you can throw a jacket over it and be out of the house in a flash if needed. i love this kaftan from emerson fry and i also live in my LACAUSA dresses, like this and this. especially into black dresses so you can slather lotion all over and not worry about it staining your dress. – joanie

around the house | designlovefest

Gap ribbed joggers $32 – loveee anything ribbed, it really adds an extra punch of comfort and this oatmeal color is very chic for loungewear.

seamless ribbed bra $30 – when you have overnight guests but you can’t be bothered to wear a proper bra, seamless to the rescue!

Slip tank $53- i have the full slip version of this tank and it’s the perfect layering piece and i also love it paired with these cotton undies for sleep.

Monrow sweatpants $146 – $100+ price is no joke for a pair of sweats by the price per wear makes it worth it. i like that these are loose through the leg but have a fitted ankle. also, i only really advocate for sweatpants in neutral tones, i don’t think sweats are the time to make a statement in color or print.

Lunya washable silk robe $250 – the reviews on this are convincing enough to drop the $$$. a great thing to put on a birthday list, it’s chic and cozy and sexy all at the same time. a good robe is for life!

Striped classic sweatpants $122- this is as far as i’ll go on having a pattern, but i love the retro feel and the deep blue color of these.

washable silk robe $248 – washable and silk don’t usually go together but apparently Lunya has found the magic with this robe.

lou & grey navy sweatpants $70 – i love a good matching set and i can personally attest that the comfort of lou&grey sweats is really out of this world.

Lunya joggers $118 – i’ve written about these before and i’m doing it again, these sweatpants are worth the $$.

tank dress $140 – this is my go-to summer lounge look, a loose fitting dress in a dark color that is comfortable enough to wear in and out of the house when it’s too hot to wear sweatpants.

Pullover fleece $89 – another retro feeling item, love the half zip and the slightly boxy shape. this comes in lots of fun colors.

Everlane cashmere waffle $150 – not sure how everlane is always making such great basics but they really nail it with their colors and styles. i’m a big fan of a cashmere sweater and i tend to treat mine like an everyday item, wear it to bed, with jeans, over a dress, the sky is the limit!

around the house | designlovefest
around the house | designlovefest




ganni | designlovefest

ganni has so many cute pieces for spring right now! i’m always a fan of their colors and patterns, they keep things playful while still being sophisticated. wish i had a birthday coming up because i would be wish listing some of these items asap, how pretty is that pink + yellow combo?! and i love that they paired everything with cowgirl boots!

into eyelet everything, especially in this yellow color. and these blue boots are too cool for me but i love them, and very into the sheer mesh floral turtleneck, would be so cute under overalls or tucked into a full skirt.

ganni | designlovefest

many of these dresses and pieces are super versatile too, you can wear them during the day or night. to a wedding, with a denim jacket, cowgirl boots or heels.


ganni is a pro at the wrap dress and i love this yellow with pink flowers wrap, and this flirty little cocktail dress is a favorite, looks so fun to wear! and again with the eyelet, so sweet in this pale pink.

ganni | designlovefest


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