02.04.16

AN INSTAGRAM FOLLOW

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i enjoy following studiojake on instagram. sure, it might feel a little like pinterest. but it’s inspirational and well curated, and i care about that. can you give me one recommendation of who i should be following??

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02.04.16

DRESS YOUR TECH / 129

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02.04.16

ABOUT TOWN / LA ICE CREAM

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thanks for all of your enthusiastic responses to the last posts! we loved hearing your suggestions and we’re excited to continue the series. now, we’re talking about ice cream. there are so many places to try across the city and we’re highlighting our favorites. as a note, this is a round up of shops that serve primarily ice cream and not frozen yogurt or gelato. although, we have nothing against those things it’s an important differentiation. and we know it’s cold most places in the US right now, but LA still has it’s very warm days, perfect for ice cream. – joanie 

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DIDDY RIESE | westwood
fresh cookie ice cream sandwiches made on the spot with your pick of cookie type and ice cream flavor for $2, need i say more? plan to wait in line and it’s cash only, but worth it.

SCOOPS | east hollywood, chinatown, westside
i’m not going to pick a favorite but this place definitely has some of the best ice cream in the city. unique flavors that are changing all the time, free sprinkles to put on top and several non-dairy options. note: this place is cash only.

JENI’S SPLENDID| los feliz
mint chip or the salty caramel are favorites or if you’re feeling really indulgent the tin roof sundae which could easily be shared.

CARMELA |pasadena and beverly grove
you can really taste how fresh the ice cream is here. and it’s amazing. i love that the have a pasadena location that is off the beaten path. their homemade waffle cones are delicious and so is every single one of their flavors. i don’t normally like sorbets but their lemon basil is excellent but cacao nib is my all time favorite.

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MILK | mid-city and silver lake
their macaroon ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite things, ever. they have so many different types of ice cream concoctions but get the ice cream sandwich or the coffee crunch milk shake.

SWEET ROSE CREAMERY |brentwood, mid city, studio city, santa monica and pacific palisades
their location in the brentwood country mart is a great place to stop on your way home from the beach (if you’re taking sunset blvd). ice cream always tastes better after a long hot day in the sun. their flavors change seasonally but their coffee flavor is a classic, always available and really good.

MASHTI MALONE’S | hollywood
laid back, classic hollywood joint that even has a few parking spots in front of their store (it’s in a strip mall). lots of flavors ranging from the classics to rosewater and friendly staff.

McCONNELL’S | downtown
tucked inside the grand central market downtown this place is known for their smooth creamy ice cream and crowd pleasing flavors like salted caramel chip and churros con leche. three scoop sampler is probably the way to go, it’s $5.50 but can satisfy two.

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SALT AND STRAW | larchmont
i love the idea behind this shop and i think they must have the highest butter fat percentage around because their ice cream is seriously creamy. they get really experimental with their flavors but don’t be afraid to try them, i had one with tomato water in it one time and it was enjoyable. the line can get really long here.

WANDERLUST CREAMERY | tarzana
it’s worth a trip the the sf valley for their super unique flavors like thai tea and honey lavender. top it off with delicious rose sugar crystals!

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02.03.16

DUSTERS

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it’s not exactly a sweater and it’s not a coat, it’s somewhere in the middle and my latest obsession. i guess we could call it the california coat because it’s the perfect light layer but it’s a transitional piece for all areas of the country, cold and warm. traditionally, they were created to protect a rider from trail dust while on their horse but they’re now part of mainstream fashion. the best thing about the duster is that it’s dramatic due to the length and layers of fabric but it’s cozy and easy to throw on over everything. you’ll notice that most of the outfits you see them paired with are really simple, jeans and t-shirts, plain dresses, neutrals, etc. but with the addition of the long layer on top it becomes instantly chic. take a look at the examples below for proof. – joanie

dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest

images: we wore what, who what wear, style estate, who what wear, career girl daily, unknown, refinery 29, and asos.

when purchasing your own there are a few things to keep in mind. if you’re used to buying things that are fitted this may feel strange to you since most of them are oversized. one area to pay attention to is the shoulders, your shoulders will be the only place of structure and fit so you’ll want to make sure the duster fits you well here, framing your shoulders to give some shape to the jacket. the second thing is that they will often come with waist ties or buttons but it’s my belief that they are best left open. i’m not opposed to a tight tie at your true waist, where the fabric pulls in tightly in folds but once you add buttons, it all becomes too shapeless. in a lot of instances, the reason the duster works is because it’s paired with slimmer fitting pieces below, giving the body some shape.

dusters | designlovefest
dusters | designlovefest

shop the above: asos pale pink duster, jil sander cashmere duster, malene birger jacket, forever 21 faux fur duster, zara oversized sweater, elizabeth and james sweater jacket and topshop duster vest. 

02.03.16

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 45

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“inspiration for this design, a t. rex tidbit, comes from an arela lookbook.” –maddy

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

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