Archive for the ‘STYLE’ Category



mara hoffman | designlovefest

i know it’s just barely spring and it feels insane to be posting about swimsuits already but fashion is always one step ahead and it’s best to order early before they run out of certain sizes. when it comes to suits, i tend to be more on the modest side, nothing too cheeky or revealing. i like to feel comfortable, like i can jump in the ocean or play a game of spike ball without fear of it all falling out. anyway, here are a few i’m eyeing for this season. when it comes to fit i’m a big fan of J. Crew tops as they often come in bust sizes and i’m also very into off the shoulder. as a note, swimsuits generally run small so don’t fear sizing up one or two sizes to get the best fit. are there any swimsuit brands you love that we need to know about?! always looking for new cute brands!  – joanie

p.s. all of the swim photos are from mara hoffman’s latest collection!  her swim campaign has some serious game, coveting all of the styles. 

mara hoffman | designlovefest
mara hoffman | designlovefest
mara hoffman | designlovefest
mara hoffman | designlovefest

all photos are from mara hoffman



styled | designlovefest

i link to a lot of Madewell items in this shopping column because i really like a lot of their designs and from what i own from there, their pieces stand the test of time. so i thought i’d let you know that they’re having a site wide sale 20% off a purchase of $100+ and 30% off a purchase of $200+. a few items below that i’m currently eyeing. they recently launched intimates and i’m curious to try them out. anyway, this is not sponsored, just a fan and thought i’d share the goods news! happy weekend! – joanie



styled | designlovefest

(photo found here)

favorite blouses under $55! i use to be a 24/7 dress girl but lately i’ve been gravitating more towards separates. i’m especially into feminine blouses with a special touch – a wrap at the waist, a bit of embroidery, shoulder detail, pretty collar, anything that makes a subtle statement while still being chic and wearable. here are some favorites that are all priced at less then $55! – joanie

Zara Crossover blouse ($40) – i’m five seconds away from buying this and wearing it with a pair of really worn in light jeans.
– H&M ruffled sleeve ($50) – love the exaggerated shoulder on this one.
– Blouse with lace collar ($30) – so pretty and dainty, the cream and black combination with the tie at the neck is very Chanel.
– Madewell off the shoulder ($50) – one of the seasons biggest trends, off the shoulder! in a crisp white, i think it’d be good tucked in too. 
– Forever 21 open shoulder ($18) – less of a blouse and more of a tank but still very pretty and wearable. 
– Zara frilly blouse ($40) – i love this deep red and the waist detail makes it super flattering.
– Embroidered Floral top ($50) – one can never own too many white blouses. 
– Gap split top ($70 but currently 40% off!) – 100% cotton with pretty sleeve embroidery. would be an ideal vacation option to go from beach to dinner.
– & other stories blouse ($55) – the subtly Swiss-dot is seriously calling my name. super soft cotton, pretty aqua blue and sweet little ruffle.

styled | designlovefest
styled | designlovefest
styled | designlovefest
styled | designlovefest

(photo credit 1, 2, 3, and 4)





reformation | designlovefest

i was working on the next styled post and was so taken by all of the romantic silhouettes at reformation that i had to stop and share. the colors, the ruffles, the movement of the models, it’s all just so beautiful and fun! i also love reformation’s commitment to sustainable practices. small changes make a big difference in the end and it’s something that makes this company worth supporting.

reformation | designlovefest
reformation | designlovefest
reformation | designlovefest
reformation | designlovefest





STYLED 07 | designlovefest

(image via country road)

i’ve been out of town on long weekend trips the past two weekends and i thought it would be fun to show you some of the essentials i pack. i was a chronic over-packer for years, i’d bring tons of options because i didn’t know what i’d feel like wearing and my suitcase would be a mess, i’d end up only wearing half and having to wash and unpack the rest when i got home. i’ve really worked to streamline my packing situation, to lighten the load and also make it easier to get dressed on the go. i try and build my packing around two things – the weather and activities. knowing the weather helps me eliminate things i wouldn’t be able to wear anyway and also makes sure i don’t forget crucial things like a rain jacket. the activities dictate the outfits and shoes. lots of walking, fancy dinners, hiking, hanging indoors, etc. i also like to bring things that have multiple purposes, a dress that can be worn alone or with a sweater over it during the day. a t-shirt that i could wear hiking or with jeans. i pack a minimal amount of cosmetics and jewelry – usually two sets of earrings (one studs, one hanging), one statement necklace, one watch and a pair of sunglasses. and two pairs of shoes, one comfortable and one cute. here are a few things that i find myself reaching for again and again. some of the items are on the pricey side but i will admit to you that my philosophy as of late is to invest in a couple pieces a year and wear the heck out of them. and of course my current go-to carry on is our new pink roller bag– joanie


Veja sneakers ($154) – neutral color, slim shape and can be worn with a dress or jeans.
Janessa Leon hat ($209) – the only thing with bringing a hat is that you have to wear it on the plane because it takes up too much space in a small bag. i have this hat in grey and i love it. you could wear the same outfit two days in a row and throw a hat on one of the days and no one would notice you doubled up.
Gap fit cotton leggings ($45) – i can’t tell you how many times i’ve done out of town and realized i don’t have any socially acceptable lounge clothes with me. nothing worse then trying to relax in jeans. i like bringing pants i can hike in and also lounge in, double duty.
Natori t-shirt bra ($68) – i generally pack two bras but if you’re cutting down on space bring one that goes under anything.
Club Monaco knit jacket ($269) – a day to evening jacket in a color that pairs well with anything.
Cuero & Mor crossbody bag ($395) – this is the perfect travel bag, it’s practical for travel (size, shape and zip closure), casual enough to wear around during the day but also nice enough to wear out to dinner.
Rebecca Taylor on/off the shoulder top ($169) – this falls into the category of pack a top you’re excited to wear – a fun color, feminine touch, can go on and off the shoulder, and worn with jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt.
J.Crew skinny jeans ($170) – i know i recently made a case for not wearing skinny jeans but i find that a super dark wash, skinny pair that isn’t too stretchy is the perfect jean to take on a trip. it holds it’s shape, can be worn day or night and is flattering after a weekend of indulging.
Intentionally blank shoes ($166) – i own these shoes and wear them almost every day. they are comfortable enough for walking and still give you a little height when you want to dress up.

honorable mentions go to a simple pair of silver hoops, one of my favorite plain white t-shirts, this one piece in black that can be worn alone or out as a top, my favorite jacket i’ve ever owned, and this james perse dress that is sexy for night and totally day appropriate with a sweater over it.


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