11.29.18

IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE!

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

ok, i hope you save this post for travel tips because i SERIOUSLY recommend going to ireland. we both had never been and loved so much about it. the beautiful scenery, the people were so kind, the food and cocktails were great, the pubs were fun, and going in early november was perfect! we decided to pack a ton in and drive around a lot of the country so we could experience as much as possible in 4 days (which might have been extreme but i am still happy we did it because we saw so much)

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

we got to fly first class on aer lingus which was a real treat! it was fun to start our Ireland experience as soon as we got on the plane in san francisco. all of the staff was really friendly and we were able to curl up in our seats and watch movies and drink wine and really relax before hitting the ground running. they’re a global partner with alaska air which means you can use your alaska miles to book a flight to ireland! they served us scones and tea and delicious food, it really was a fun flying experience, i’d recommend it!

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
 
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

FIRST STOP: DUBLIN

a lot of people told me dublin feels really touristy. i’m sure there are parts that do, but overall i loved the vibe there. it might have been because we went in the off season so it wasn’t quite as crowded. but the streets were decorated for christmas, and there were tons of little shops and restaurants to pop into. i will just call out our favorites in each stop so you can write them down. we were also pleasantly surprised at the quality of food you get for the price in ireland!

cute lunch at hatch and sons for some stew and soda bread with butter (loved the bread everywhere we went)

we loved our dinner at the winding stair. excellent wine, cozy atmosphere with a view, and delicious food!

cocktails at the vintage cocktail club! what a treat. they truly appreciate the art of the cocktail and it feels like you have stepped back in time. we went early and didn’t need a reservation.

we also loved our dinner at fade street social. the scallops, truffle fries with bacon, yummy flatbreads…also a great street to wander around and find bars that aren’t as touristy.

the blind pig speakeasy. does it get old when a bookshelf flies open when you press a picture? not really. we spent our last night in this cave drinking cocktails and listening to live music by candlelight.

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11.27.18

DESIGNLOVEFEST LUGGAGE AT TARGET!

luggage launch | designlovefest

hi guys!! our second luggage line at target has launched just in time for the holidays. this time we focused on adding a lot more smaller items that would make great gifts (and so many adorable pieces under $20!)! a few of the items are selling out quickly but you can always shop online or check to see if your stores are carrying them!

this year we shot the luggage on a trip to PERU…

shop some of my favorites from the collection //

 

circle crossbody bag $20: i love the size of this bag, it’s so easy to travel with, feels secure and fits all your important things while you’re on the road. i like to pack this in my checked luggage and then use it once i’m at my destination.

packing cubes $25: these are one of the top sellers so if you don’t see it available online, check your local store stock. they’ll be sold out soon. i wasn’t really a believer in packing cubes until i started designing luggage and now i realize just how handy they are.

cosmetic pouch $10: this is for so much more than cosmetics and i love to keep my receipts, travel documents, passport, etc in here and throw it into my carry on. it’s a great way to keep track of all of your small items that can fall to the bottom in a larger bag. make a really cute stocking stuff for christmas too!

fold up carry all $8: i’m still in shock that this handy little bag is only $8. they are so useful for everything from groceries, to bringing home souvenirs from your trip that can’t fit in your bag, etc. keep one in your car for last minute errands.

sage hardside roller carry on $99: it’s hard to tell the shade of green in the photos but it’s a really soft sage green that i love. it took many rounds of reviews to get the color perfect and i’m so glad we did. also, the rose gold handle is a favorite feature too!

hip/sling pack $10: this little hip pack is a travel essential!  you can keep your money and passport close to your body while you travel and be hands free at the same time. a great christmas gift for the world traveler in your life!

in our last luggage line we offered a pink suitcase and this year we wanted a refresh the colors and also offer TWO roller colors. our best selling items are the carry-on rollers and the weekender bag (perfect for long weekend trips!)

the circle crossbody purse is actually one of my favorite additions in this collection and it’s only $19.99! it’s so easy to throw on when you want your arms free shopping at a market (or holding a cute baby lamb? haha)

another favorite is definitely the shopping tote. i love bringing bags like this

the backpack design went through many many rounds of back and forth! i wanted something that was stylish and functional. this bag fits a whole lot and even has space on the sides for more. it was taken on a long hike to rainbow mountain, the salt flats and machu picchu!

 
 

take a look through all the accessories here!

SHOP THE FULL TARGET COLLECTION HERE

photos by heather gildroy and designlovefest

11.26.18

CALIFORNIA OLIVE RANCH HARVEST TOUR!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

we just took a quick trip to sacramento (i’ve never been, love how laid back it is there!) to visit california olive ranch during their annual harvest. i’m sure you’ve noticed their signature green oil bottle in many of our recipes posts, it’s been the only olive oil we use at our studio for years so we were excited when they asked us to join the trip.  i’ve been in total learning mode when it comes to food and i loved seeing the harvest in action.  their team really cares about the quality of their extra virgin olive oil and giving it to the consumer at an affordable price, and i loved spending time learning about their process and getting to know their small team.

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

we learned how to properly taste olive oil and got to taste many different varietals which was a really cool and new experience to me. we even did a blind tasting with a competitor oil currently on the market and saw an extreme difference between the two. it was actually pretty shocking when tasted side by side! olive oil can be the foundation of so many dishes, and the quality and taste is super important. i also go through so much oil with how much i cook so keeping it affordable is key.

california olive ranch | designlovefest

we got to visit one of their fields during harvest and were able to ride on the harvester and watch the olives being picked off the trees and then got to see the olive oil being made from start to finish at the mill. i definitely felt more connected to the experience since i’ve been cooking so much and it feels good to dive deeper into the process! they also just launched their Destination Series which is extra virgin olive oil sourced from all over the world and brought back to california to their mill where they curate blends of the international growers oil mixed with the California oil. we got to try some of the blends and they were delicious!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

i also love that it’s a california-based olive oil brand. when i travel to europe i’ve brought olive oil back at times because i really felt a big difference in the taste and quality and california olive ranch is bringing that to the states. they really don’t cut any corners when it comes to their product which is awesome.

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

we ate so much good food while we were there too! had dinner at hook and ladder in sacramento, brunch at canon which i was really impressed by and then had a really beautiful meal and wine at matchbox winery their wines were delicious, especially the mossback pinot!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

i never cease to be impressed by the diversity of california’s landscape and i feel so lucky to get to call it home!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

thanks for a fun trip COR!

(this post was created in sponsorship with california olive ranch, a brand we’ve loved and used for years!)

11.20.18

WHAT WE WORE IN IRELAND

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

bri is going to be sharing a full blogpost on our ireland trip, where we went, stayed, ate, etc but i thought i’d do a post before then on what we wore during our trip! we both packed carry on only for the six day trip which isn’t easy when you’re traveling during the late fall and need jackets and sweaters.  black friday and cyber monday are right around the corner many online retailers have already started their sales and many of these items are either on sale now or will be soon! – joanie

what we packed in//

for luggage, we each had a 20″ roller bag and bri used the weekender which slides on top of the roller and she also brought the fold up tote which was extremely useful as it barely takes up any space. i wish i would have had one, i’ll definitely be bring that on my next trip! i carry my laptop in the madewell transport tote which i’ve used for years and love. the leather gets really worn in and marked up but i like it that way (and it’s currently 25% off).

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

jackets + coats //

we really had to limit the jackets and coats we could bring because those take up so much space, we each brought one statement coat. bri wore this faux shearling coat by avec les filles that she said was really warm and was easy to throw on over other layers and i brought a long mustard colored jacket which i bought in paris last year but here is similar option. my jacket wasn’t as warm so i also layered a uniqlo ultra light down jacket which takes up very little space and is a great layering piece. packing one statement jacket is a fun way to brighten up your outfits when it’s chilly outside and you’re going to be mostly walking around in your coat.

 

  

shoes //

we each brought just three pairs of shoes i had boots for walking, rain boots and running shoes. bri had her converse, walking boots and rain boots. and it really was all we needed. footwear takes up a ton of space in your luggage so if you’re packing carry on only you can save room by limiting those options. most imporant it to make sure you have a pair of shoes that is comfortable for walking in. i wore these madewell chelsea boots every single day and they were perfect, i’d highly recommend them! bri’s boots are from years ago so unfortunately we can’t link those but some cute options are below. i’d highly recommend a chelsea boot as they are flat, and narrow and look good with pants, skirts and dresses of all lengths. also, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of converse like bri is wearing in many of the photos. p.s. these are the rain boots i brought and these are the ones that bri wore. 

 

  

sweaters //

these also take up a lot of space so my recommendation here is to make two that are versatile and can be worn with lots of things. versatile doesn’t mean boring, bringing a sweater in bold fun color or print is great idea! bri did lots of print on print layering which was a fun way to mix it up. i love to wear them over dresses to make the look less casual like below. i’m wearing a free people dress with an ulla johnson sweater from a couple of years ago (similar option here) over top from a few years ago. some other pretty suggestions below!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

accessories //

it’s nice to back small accessories that you can throw on when you’re sick of wearing the things you packed. bri wore this leopard print scarf which has a cute red stripe. and i’m always a sucker for a big pair of earrings, i love anything from annie costello brown. also, sunglasses are a must, especially if you’re on a trip like we were with lots of driving, even if there isn’t much sun! these ray-bans have been my go to for the last couple of years and i love them, really light weight too! and a crossbody bag in a fun color is always a good idea. so much easier to run around when it’s strapped across your body!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

and all the rest //

bri loves a good jumpsuit or overalls, some favorites are this and this. i love a dress and find them to be really comfortable for traveling. i love anything from Doen, especially this one and free people also has great options as well. i wore this floral jumpsuit twice with the uniqlo jacket over it and also with the sweater on top. i can’t say it enough but layering if everything, bring separates that you can mix and match, a t-shirt with a skirt, under overalls, with jeans, a long sleeve button up tied with a dress or tucked into pants. the more options you have with each piece, the better! slip dresses are great because they are light weight for packing and layer well with so much, i love them with a turtleneck underneath. flannel shirts are also great because you can wear them over things and also tie them around your waist.

wow, that was a lot! hope that was helpful for anyone looking for encouragement to go carry on only. this is my second trip to Europe packing that way and i really recommend it, so much easier to get around from place to place without so much luggage.

11.09.18

30% OFF LACAUSA!

LACAUSA | designlovefest

we’re verryyy excited to be doing a 30% site wide discount with LACAUSA! i’ve talked about them many times here on the blog. bri and i have loved their clothes for years. it’s a female founded business who make beautiful pieces (always under ethical conditions!) that are super wearable and also very chic. they are pieces that you’ll reach for over and over again, flattering and easy to throw on. i first fell in love with their t-shirt which is the best tee i’ve found (and i’ve tried a lot) and i’m now hooked on their slip dresses, jumpsuits and most recently their trousers (bri is wearing the lola trousers in the photo above and below and denise is wearing the charlie jumpsuit in size medium).

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

(charlie jumpsuit on bri and i’m wearing the birdie jumpsuit i recommend sizing up in this, i’m wearing the medium)

bri has been wearing these in ivory and i’m dying for a pair for myself, they are so chic and i picture them paired with a white ribbed turtleneck! all this to say that we’re super excited to be offering a special DLF discount code with LACAUSA. starting today through the 16th you’ll receive 30% off site wide when you use “DLF30” ! this isn’t a sponsored post, we just wanted to do a fun discount since we’re always talking about their clothing and we love what they stand for! we’re each sharing some of our currently favorites from the site below! as a reference, bri is generally a size 6 and wears a medium in LACAUSA and i’m a 2-4 and wear a size small.

bri’s #1 fave right now is the charlie Jumpsuit, she has it in size medium in the tar color. she also loves the lola trousers (they run true to size). and has two pairs of the cézane overalls (which we both love!) the black is super chic but i also love the biscuit color. these pair really well with the frank tee under.

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

if you were going to buy just one item i’d say the frank tee, it comes in a wide range of colors and i reach for it all the time. i prefer it in the size small so it’s not super tight across the chest. i love it the heather grey, it’s a classic. i also just got the

i’ve said this before but i think that people overlook investing in great basics because it can be more fun to buy those bigger, flasher things like a fancy dress or expensive shoes. but the foundation of your wardrobe are your basics, it’s what you reach for everyday and they can make getting dresses so much easier in the morning. i’m really into the surf sweatshirt. i’m always on the hunt for vintage sweatshirts that are solid colored and 100% cotton and this one has a very classic feeling to it. i also have the june top which is super cute tucked into jeans and has a laid back 70’s vibe which i’m currently very into.

their color choices are always spot on, and i love the tonal looks. really digging this pink sleep set above and the perfect fall orange below.

so a big thank you to LACAUSA for offering the discount code, we love their clothing and hope you do too!

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