12.20.19

BYEEEEEE 2019!

we’re headed to see my mom in louisville tomorrow and then my sister and her husband in cincinnati over the holiday break. i’ve been feeling under the weather, but hoping to just lay around in flannel for the next week.

it has been such a wild year with our wedding (ps full feature over here), our road trip van honeymoonfalling down the rabbit hole of healing & spirituality, and scaling back work to only things that really align (my favorite this year was probably art directing this). I have absolutely no clue what the next year holds but i’m sure hoping a baby fits in there somewhere! i’ve done a lot of work on myself and I feel proud and excited to see what this new decade will bring. wishing you all the best and thank you so much for your support this year! SO MUCH LOVE. bri

(photo: sara tasker)

12.18.19

HOLIDAY PARTY AT ROW DTLA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we capped off our year with an epic holiday party at ROW DTLA  last week and it was so much fun! this event was part of my year long partnership with them where i’m hosting events (like the Still Life Ceramics class a few weeks ago), visiting their amazing curation of shops and restaurants and overall getting to support their vision for bringing something really special to downtown LA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

they did the best job of picking out shops and restaurants that are destinations on their own and having them side by side and accessible with easy parking and car free streets adds to the experience. the murals, signage, and the layout of ROW is really well executed and makes for a fun outing.

of the flowers decked it out our dinner with tons of candles, a handmade tablecloth and the most beautiful wreaths i have ever seen (i love this shot of them in all their glory). 

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

for the guest gift, we created bags with a mix of items from some of favorite shops a gift card to go get em tiger for coffee (their almond macadamia latte is so good!), candles from Poketo, a pinch bowl from Hawkins New York, Jacobsen salt and mini bottles of liquor from flask & field. i also love Still Life Ceramics for beautiful handmade pieces, Myrtle for clothes (i bought a dress there a few weeks back that i wore to a wedding), LCD for a beautiful shopping experience, A+R for home inspiration and many more!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we hosted a tiki party this summer on one of their rooftops and for this holiday party we wanted to to utilize one of their restaurants. hosting an event at a restaurant really eliminates many of the stressors as the food, drink, table, chairs, place settings, etc are already there and we don’t have to bring in all of the elements to make it happen. the meal was family style and we did a wine pairing which made it feel laid back and fun. we all just rotated around the table and talked for hours.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

i highly recommend checking out ROW DTLA if you’re looking for a place to host an event. they have so many locations to pick from rooftops, to restaurants like M. Georgina (which is next on our list for a dinner party!) logistically it’s streamlined as there is plenty of parking and you can utilize the variety of shops inside.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we have hosted tons (100+!?) events over the years and there are so many moving pieces that go into each one. this party felt like one we could truly relax at and was really easy to plan from start to finish. and so nice to all get together before the holiday madness and fill up on pasta and champagne. i never ever regret a good friend’s dinner!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

images by: designlovefest, ivan solis, bonnie tsang, and denise bovee
location: ROW DTLA
florals by: of the flowers
gift bag items by: Poketo, Hawkins New York,  flask & field and go get em tiger

12.13.19

PIZZA PARTY!

pizza party | designlovefest

we learned how to make homemade pizza dough in cooking school this year and i was blown away by how easy it was to make. i generally worry with doughs that i’ll do something wrong with the yeast and it won’t rise correctly or i’ll let it rise too long or it will be super sticky but that isn’t the issue with this dough. it’s easy to throw together, and it’s fun to roll into individual sizes. i love how they each have a unique shape. so why not throw a pizza party this holiday season, put out a ton of toppings and let people make their own creations? since the dough is precooked, all you have to do is top the pizzas and cook in the broiler until the cheese is bubbling! we used our new dinnerware from Corelle latest collection, in their Terrazzo Rosa pattern which is super cute and chic. their plates and bowls are made from three layers of durable, yet lightweight glass which makes them great for entertaining and eating at home with young kids.

pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest

dough recipe: 
makes 6-8 individual pizzas

• 1 1/3 cup -warm water – around 100-110 degrees, not hot or it will kill the yeast!
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1 tablespoon dry yeast
• 3-4 cups all-purpose flour (start with 3 and add more as needed, if the air is super dry you may only need 3 cups as i did)
• 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon olive oil

pizza party | designlovefest

• pour the warm water into a bowl. add milk, yeast and honey. stir with a fork and let rest for 2 minutes.

• add the flour, salt and olive oil. knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. this is where i’ll add a bit more flour as i knead to keep it from being too sticky and get a nice smooth texture.

• lightly coat the inside of the bowl (can be the same bowl as before) with olive oil. place the dough in the bowl, flip it over once so both sides have oil on them. lightly cover and place in a warm area for about an hour, until the dough doubles in size.

• when the dough has risen, place it on a lightly floured surface, divide it into 6-8 parts, roll each one into a ball, and lightly cover with a towel for 20 more minutes.

pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 425, remove the towel, roll out the dough on a floured surface. place the pizza on a lightly greased baking sheet, cook for 8-9 minutes.

• remove from oven, top as desired and then place in the broiler until cheese is melted and edges are crispy, 2-3 minutes.

pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest
pizza party | designlovefest

the dinner plates are the perfect size for stacking multiple slices of pizza. when i’m not entertaining an appetizer size plate is actually my most used size, i like the smaller size for most meals and they take up less space in the dishwasher. this dinner set comes with 6 dinner plates, 6 bowls and 6 appetizer size plates for $70.

images by: ivan solis

this post was sponsored by Corelle, thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create content for you!

12.11.19

LIGHTBOX HOLIDAY LOOKS

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

it has been a minute since i’ve done any sort of style post on the blog. usually when we team up with lightbox i’m art directing the shoots and we’re using models but we thought it would be fun to put together a couple of holiday looks and pair them with some sparkly lightbox pieces for a good ole’ fashion DLF style shoot. they have added so many different styles (all of their pieces are made with lab-grown diamonds!) to their collection since it launched (especially into their rings!). i had fun playing around with heather who shot all of the looks. i get a little nostalgic every december, looking back on another year of creating and sharing with you all. i really love my job and love sharing these shoots with you and i hope you like them too. let me know what you think!

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

when i first put on this black top and my hair was tucked into the turtleneck joanie said, “you have to cut your hair that short!”. i don’t usually wear fitted things but the puff sleeve on this really got me and balanced the whole look out and i like the hair tucked in to feel like i have short hair, even if just for a minute. with wide leg pants, i find that an open toe shoe works best, showing a little skin balances the length and width of the pants. lightbox has tons of new ring styles, i love stacking them, above i’m wearing the two stone frame work ring in blue, mixed with the solitaire open ring in white. the pink open ring is really pretty to pair with one of the white pieces. the earrings pictured above are their solitaire studs in white and i actually wore them as my wedding earrings!

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

we went to zara and tried on lots of fun tops to wear, they have really cool organza and sheer pieces right now. the black puff sleeve top is no longer available but here is the purple top i’m wearing. it’s such a beautiful color. and the white dot top. suzie did my make up and she had all sorts of ideas. she put pearls around my eyes for the last shot and i loved it. it felt like a fun departure from my everyday look which is basically zero make up. oh, and this metallic green pleated skirt that i’m wearing below is a fun holiday piece!

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

the cluster earrings are joanie’s favorite. i like the hit of blue to mix it up from classic white studs. they also launched bracelets since last shot. i don’t normally go for bracelets since i’m on my computer a lot and they can get in the way with typing but these ones are really simple and sweet. i’m wearing this one in the image above. if you’re still looking for holiday gifts all of the lightbox pieces are great, they’re super wearable and priced starting at $200.

lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest
lightbox holiday looks | designlovefest

images: heather gildroy
makeup: suzie k beauty

and thanks to lightbox for a great year of creating content together! they are a dream client who lets us run wild and free with ideas.

12.11.19

IT’S NOT TOO LATE GIFT GUIDE!

with thanksgiving being later this year it feels like christmas came faster than ever. here is our it’s not too late gift guide for any gift that you still need for your own list or to gift to others! 10 picks from me and 10 picks from joanie. it’s fun to see our selects side by side, i always gravitate towards color and home gifts and her towards neutrals and fashion. happy shopping! Xx

1. Clare V. is one of my go-to gifts. she has such cool pieces and they transcend age, something for my mom and my sister. i love this tie dye sweatshirt for myself.

2. these earrings by lightbox are the ones i wore on my wedding day. they are classic and can go with everything from a wedding dress to jeans and a t-shirt. they’d be the perfect gift for someone celebrating something special in their lives or to mark a big occasion.

3. mud australia makes some of my favorite kitchen items and this serving dish is the perfect size. i have it in mint and can attest that it makes a great gift.

4. i spent more time in my kitchen this year than ever before and i love the idea of gifting something for entertaining or making a great meal at home. this olive oil tastes amazing and would be the perfect hostess gift to bring to a holiday party.

5. hawkins new york is one of my favorite stores to wander around and look at home decor items. it always smells amazing and they have great styling. i picked up one of these candles a few weeks ago and it’s a good one. candles are always a welcomed gift and the thing to give to someone who you’re not sure if you should give them something but you want to just in case they get you something.

6. kip&co makes some of the coolest bedding and i love this throw pillow for a couch or bed.

7. the great jones makes some beautiful cookware. i’ve put this dutch oven to the test and it passed with flying colors.

8. i love this cloud robe from parachute, cotton is great for post shower or bath and the rose color looks pretty hanging in the bathroom.

9. and a cool bathmat from cold picnic.

10. a sweet and simple vase from Hay is a great gift. add fresh flowers to go the extra mile.

1. H&M has been killing the outwear game and i love the simplicity of this shirt jacket with the length, oversized pockets and versatile caramel color.

2. i fell in love with this emerson fry dress the minute i saw it. it’s sold out in most sizes now but definitely on my wish list.

3. i love my uggs and wear them all winter long in my wood floored apartment. i like that this fuzzy pair.

4. we gifted this lightbox necklace to everyone who attended our brunch earlier this year and i’ve worn mine almost every day since. it’s the perfect layering piece and goes from day to night. anyone would be lucky to get this as a gift!

5. a lot of people on my list are getting baggu as part of their gift from me this year. i keep one in my car for last minute grocery trips or pack them  for trips, they always come in handy.

6. this might be a dorky gift but i ask for running shoes every year. the ultraboosts are my current favorite shoe and they have so many fun color combos.

7. when i got married i asked the make up artist to use subtle make up and this is the lip color she used and i’ve loved it and worn it ever since. it’s easy to pull off and a sweet simple gift.

8. this cashmere travel wrap is not cheap but it’s the best, coziest thing to use while traveling. my aunt gifted it to me years ago and i love it and it’s held up really well. it also comes in lots of great colors.

9. i need a morter & pestle in my kitchen and i love the simplicity of this one.

10. cute, lightweight, water proof these boots are perfect for the winter or a rainy LA winter.

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