hope everyone had a relaxing weekend with friends + family! we’re having a little post Memorial Day sale (because we went fully off the grid for the weekend), 25 % off both our new business of social media workshop and also the social media workshop using code happy25. we just launched the business workshop this year and for those of you who have already watched and sent us such sweet emails, we really appreciate your feedback and love that you love the class. i can’t tell you how good it feels to put your heart into something and have people respond to positively.

what’s the difference? 

the business workshop

we get so many questions about running the business, ideas, client work, inspiration, invoicing, contracts etc and this workshop was born out of those questions. it goes over things that aren’t as glamorous as just taking and editing a pretty picture. it goes into what i do when i’m stuck in a rut, stating motivated through the years, how i come up with my shoot ideas,  as well as the business side of designlovefest. it’s goes over everything from how we invoice, tips on looking at a contract, negotiating your rate, how to know what to charge a client, etc. this is an overview class that is packed with information. it’s going to feel dense at times, we recommend that you watch it at least twice through.once, without stress and pressure to take it all in and then again to take notes and go over things that might have peaked your interest. this class is for anyone who has been curious about the business side of DLF, what goes into the day to to day operations and how you can take the things we’ve learned and apply them to your current business or your dream business you’d love to start one day. it goes without saying that there are many ways to be a small business owner, this class is specially designed to share what has worked for me over the past 8 years and the lessons i’ve learned along the way. we aren’t lawyers or accountants, we’re two people who have been working really hard to build an authentic brand and that have seen an increased interest in sharing about how we built this business and how we keep it running. we’re answering many questions that we’ve received from our readers and we hope that you find the information valuable and that we can help you on your own small business journey.

you can purchase the class here. use code happy25 for 25% off! 

and the social media class

do you want to learn tricks about how to use instagram, facebook, twitter and pinterest for your growing business? as freelancers, these are the outlets we use to get our name into the world. to let people know who we are and what we offer. social media can be your greatest asset and also your greatest detriment. there is a split second window to make an impact and this course will teach you how to capitalize on those tiny moments.

join us for a 1.5 hour video seminar taught by bri emery, who has grown her social following to over 1.5 million people. she will be going over all of the tricks she has learned along the way. which platforms work best for what content, how to grow your following, present your photos, promote your business in an organic way and reach your target audience. this class is open to all levels – it doesn’t matter if you have 5 followers or 100,000. previous attendees of this class have experienced social growth of more than 400% in the months following the seminar!

you can purchase the class here

use code happy25 for 25% off! 




a hey jude look inspired this color palette. —maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)



front patio makeover | designlovefest

it takes quite a while to finish the spaces in your home. it’s too expensive and time consuming for me to do the whole thing at once. so we’ve been slowly taking it room by room. since we’ve been staying home a lot more, we really wanted to start utilizing our front yard! it’s so lush and pretty out there, but we never really put the effort in to designing that little patio. we just threw extra chairs out there and let it get dirty and then never sat there (bummer). we went with all article furniture (been a huge fan of them for a long time now) they have such stylish and reasonably priced outdoor choices, i was really impressed!

front patio makeover | designlovefest

now we enjoy our cappuccinos out there in the morning, i like to meditate/read and take in the views, and dinner outside is always awesome here in LA. i want to get some more candles and string lights out there (and maybe a fire pit), but this refresh is amazing and got us spending way more time outside.

front patio makeover | designlovefest
front patio makeover | designlovefest
front patio makeover | designlovefest





eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest

my aunt gifted me the Repertoire by Jessica Battilana last year and it has quickly become one of my favorites. it’s really geared towards the home cook, people like me who want to make delicious meals but don’t want anything too fussy or over the top. you can tell that she really tested and refined all of the recipes and everything i’ve made has been excellent including this eggplant dish we’re sharing today. i highly recommend the cookbook. i’m pretty picky when it comes to which cookbooks i keep around, they really have to stand the test and deserve their space on my shelf and this one has passed with flying colors. – joanie

eggplant parm | designlovefest

jessica calls it “new eggplant parm”. she has simplified the whole process and kept it to the basics, fried eggplant, cheese, sauce and that’s it. it’s simple and delicious!

what you’ll need: 
• 2 1/2 pounds eggplant
• salt + pepper
• 1/2 cup AP flour
• 2 eggs beaten
• 2 cups panko bread crumbs
• 3/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
• canola oil for frying

for the sauce: 

• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
• 2 pints cherry tomatoes
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

to top:
• 1/2 lbs fresh mozz:rella
• flaky salt
• torn basil leafs


eggplant parm | designlovefest

• cut eggplant into 1/2″ thick slices and season both sides with salt and pepper. put the flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs mixed with the grated cheese into 3 different containers. she recommends cake pans which work great if you have them.

• dip each piece of eggplant first in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the panko mixture pressing down lightly so the breading mixture sticks. place each piece on a baking sheet until you’ve coated all your eggplant.

• heat 1/2 each oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. set a wire rack over a baking sheet. when the oil is hot (you can test the oil by touch a piece of the eggplant to the oil with tongs and seeing if it sizzles) add the eggplant in a single layer. cooking until golden brown on each side, it took us about 5 minute per side but go by the color, not the time! once cooked place on the wire rack to cool. i lightly salted them while they were still warm but that’s optional, i’m just totally addicted to salt 🙂

eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest

• for the sauce, in a medium pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil, then add the onion and cook, stirring until translucent, about 6 minutes. add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, then add the cherry tomatoes and cook until they begin to soften and pop, about 5 minutes. reduce the heat to low, add oregano and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, 5 minutes or more. season to taste with salt. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.

eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest

• final step! preheat the broiler to high. transfer the eggplant slices to an oven safe platter or baking sheet. top each slice with mozzarella and broil until melted. Remove from the oven, sprinkles with flaky salt, garnish with torn basil and serve immediately with the sauce alongside or on top!

eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest
eggplant parm | designlovefest

if you’re curious, you can find Jessica’s cookbook here on amazon!

images by: ivan solis



for a couple of hours, on a beautiful day. a look from heinui inspired this palette. —maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

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