10.13.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 85

buying wall art tends to get addicting for me. i love to switch up art pieces in my home often. it’s a fun way to redecorate without having to change a ton of things, and wall decor can really make or break a space. here are a few pieces i’ve had my eye on lately. what type of wall art do you love? let me know in the comments! – erika

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10.12.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / FALL FAVORITES

fall is here and we’re sharing a few favorite desktops for the season! click the links below to download these festive desktops. happy fall!

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10.10.17

GORMAN SHOOT

gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin

this is jesse’s and my second shoot for gorman (see our first here!) we’ve been dreaming up doing a shoot together in the sand dunes for years actually, so we were SO happy to get to finally make it happen with one of our favorite brands. our first shoot was more of a love story, and this one was meant to be colorful, eclectic, vast, different, poppy, and emote FUN. we wanted little details like flowers sprouting from the sand, and big details like colorful fabric blowing in the winds in the middle of nowhere. this was one of the bigger shoots i had ever art directed, so it obviously came with a lot of nerves and a whole lot of learning. but i truly believe jesse and i are meant to create photographs together, maybe until we are old and grey. we have a special bond and can communicate basically with our eyes on what we want to happen and i love that!

our crew was 17 people and we headed to the pismo beach sand dunes to make some magic…

(ps, they blew up a lot of our photos and have them hanging in their new LA store on melrose for three months if you want to go shop some of the line and see them in person!)

gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin

that pink parachute was the real winner of the shoot. see the hilarious behind the scenes clip here.

gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin

this was a much bigger shoot than i am used to! usually it’s me and jesse and a few people (or maybe even just the two of us on a random tuesday making photos). this was my first shoot having a production company (wow, how will i ever NOT have one of those?! so so helpful) and it was also extremely helpful to have our digitech ryan with us. he had jesse’s camera tethered and followed her around with a little tented booth so i could look at the images as they were happening in the desert and direct jesse. i am so used to either trusting her, or looking in the back of her camera to see the shots. this was a game changer.

gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin
gorman | bri emery and jesse chamberlin

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10.09.17

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SALAD

roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest

i buy at least one cauliflower a week from the grocery store or farmers market. i always have lofty plans of attempting to make the fried cauliflower from the Jerusalem cookbook but i end up taking the easy way out and roasting it in a cast iron pan because it’s so delicious and easy. i think the secret to a good roasted cauliflower is to keep cooking it and when you think it’s done cook it some more. i wash mine, slice it and place it in a pan with some olive oil and garlic salt and pepper. i generally roast it for about 45 minutes – an hour (or more if needed!) at 425. taking it out and stirring it just a couple of times during the cook time. i also like it with a little hot chili oil and red pepper flakes on top for some spice.

roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest

we decided to make roasted cauliflower salad today and i’m really happy with how it turned out. the sweetness of the maple bacon and the freshness of the mint were a killer combo. give it a try or make your own version and tell us how it goes! – joanie

roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest
roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest
roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest
roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest

roasted cauliflower salad
serves: 4

• 1 head cauliflower
• 4 strips of bacon
• 1 small shallot, minced
• 1/2 cup currants
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
• pesto – either store bought or make your own by putting 2 cups fresh packed basil, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1-2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and juice of one lemon in the blender or food processor and blend until smooth. add more olive oil if it’s too thick.

roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest
roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest

• preheat oven to 425. next cut your cauliflower into pieces, put in roasting pan and top with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. mix together and put in oven, should take about 45 minutes to cook. 5 minutes before it’s done roasting, take it out and add the currants, mix and return to the oven to finish.

• while the cauliflower is in there you can add the bacon to start cooking in the oven on another rack, place foil on the pan, place bacon on top and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy. you can also cook on the stove top. remove and break into pieces, set aside.

• while everything is cooking chop the mint and shallots.

• to assemble add everything in a bowl, top with the pesto and fresh black pepper and serve warm!

roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest
roasted cauliflower salad | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis

10.06.17

STYLED \ 28

styled | designlovefest
dream t-shirt, love the fit on this!

i consider J.Crew to be an excellent place to shop for everyday basics and also wardrobe stables with a twist. soft sweaters, well cut denim, plaids, tweeds, etc. from time to time they do discounts like 30% off (almost) everything on the site. and right now is one of those times, so stock up for fall and winter! i love their t-shirts, especially for layering, they have some really great sweaters and i think their fall colors are really right this season. the slightly cream tinted winter white, their navy blue and the pinks and greens are really working. everything i’ve included is part of the sale (except the checkered cape but that was just too good to leave out!). this isn’t sponsored but i use this styled column to share online shopping finds and sales that i’d share with friends/sister and mom. – joanie

styled | designlovefest
denim shift dress– love this with the turtleneck under it or alone. laid back and chic!

styled | designlovefest
 love this rust colored sweater with it’s wide cut v-neck.

styled | designlovefest

very pretty off the shoulder sweater, love it tucked into a pair of jeans or chinos!

styled | designlovefest

i’m crazy for this oversized, dropped shoulder sweater. the color, the shape, the high neck, all of it is perfect!

styled | designlovefest

loving the sweet ruffle detail on this cotton/silk top.

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