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i’m leaving for london on friday so i’m working on the next two gift guides in advance and i’ve gotta say, they are both really fun. there are lots of ways to breakdown gift guides, by personality, relationship, style, by budget, etc. but for me, the budget works best. looking at a list and knowing you can select anything without going over your budget feels nice and efficient. also, i realize that most of these gifts are woman focused but we’ll do a general guy gift guide soon! – joanie


Veja x Madewell sneakers $130 – such a cool and practical gift. sneakers you can wear with anything plus they have stars on them which is one of the biggest trends to come.

Rodin hair oil $70 – a hair oil that is $70 is a bit extravagant, i know. but, i got this as a gift last year and used it all year long and literally just ran out. a few tiny drops go a long way!

Linen and velvet pillow $129 – finding the perfect throw pillow is hard! these come in such a pretty array of colors, there’s an option for everyone!

Valleybrink Road gift box $150 – her gift  boxes are gorgeous, and she has an option for everyone. this would be a perfect hostess gift for whichever of your brave friends or family members is taking on the holiday party hosting this year.

Heath Ceramics Vase $98 – you can never go wrong with a gift from heath ceramics, everything they make is beautiful and timeless.

Clare V. Sweatshirt $125 – i’ve blogged about this sweatshirt before and i still have my eye on it. love that mustard yellow.

H&M puffy jacket $60 – a more bold choice, as you’ve gotta know someone’s style but this is the perfect mom, sister, bff, cousin gift. a chic puffy jacket in a great neutral color.

Cuyana leather travel case set $110 – i have this set in olive and love it. the small size is perfect for traveling with a carry on and the big one for longer trips.

Vintage ceramic nesting bowls $98 – you can never go wrong with a beautiful vintage gift and these ceramic nesting bowls and the perfect aunt, mom, grandma, mother – in law (anyone who loves cooking in style!) gift!



Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest
Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest

we love a good trader joe’s hack around here and we’d like to introduce our latest obsession, the pot sticker soup! your gonna like this one…  – joanie

Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest
Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• 1 package Trader Joe’s Gyoza (chicken or pork)
• 2 – 32oz cartons of chicken broth
• 1/2 white onion diced
• 4-5 baby Bok Choy (washed really well, these things hold dirt!)
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 2-3 garlic cloves
• 3 cups sliced mushrooms
• 3-4 tablespoons ginger paste (or chopped fresh ginger!)
chopped cilantro for garnishing
• 2-3
limes sliced for serving
• olive oil
• green onions

Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest
Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest

• In a large pot or frying pan heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil on medium. cook the onions and mushrooms until the onions are translucent and mushrooms are cooked down, about ten minutes. add the gyoza and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. next add the chicken broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger paste. bring to a simmer and remove from heat. mix in the baby bok choy, and green onions.

Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest
Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest
Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest

• serve immediately and garnish with cilantro, and lots of fresh lime juice! it’s also great with a drizzle of Sriracha hot sauce.

Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest
Tj's potsticker soup | designlovefest



gift guide | designlovefest

i’ve so excited for gift guides this year! i love creating them and i love looking at the guides that other people make. i wasn’t always a gift giver and really struggled with what to give people and if they’d like it, etc. but as i’ve gotten older i’ve really started to enjoy it. for me, it’s about getting a head start and not saving it for the last minute. which can be hard to do but even picking up little thoughtful items in the months leading up to the holidays helps a lot. gifts don’t have to be big or expensive. it’s really about putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and thinking about something they might enjoy. i’ve given a lot of gifts that i really loved or that i wanted the person to like but that doesn’t always turn out so well. every year for my birthday bri creates a pin board for me with about 20 items that she has curated from all over the web that she thinks i’ll love. it’s such a sweet gesture because looking at the board i can tell that every item she picked she did so with me and my taste and style in mind.  cheers to gift giving! – joanie

Hysteria socks $18 – bri just got sent a few pairs of these socks and they are the coolest. their designs are so cute and they would be great all winter long peeking out of your closed toe shoes.

Stumptown coffee $15 – nothing says i love you than a pound of good coffee, am i right? i feel like coffee, wine and candles are the most universally accepted gifts that truly any one would enjoy.

P.F terra candle $42 – one of our favorite candle companies just started making their candles in terra cotta! i’d get the lavender but all of the scents are nice.

Baublebar hoop earrings $42 – a little pop of color to go with all that cold grey winter weather.

Bottega Louie chocolate bar $7 -the packaging at bottega louie is reason enough to buy a gift for someone there. i have been sent a box of their macaroons by my aunt before and i can attest that they are instant happiness.

Madewell scarf  $50 – a nice lightweight scarf that can be worn as an evening wrap. this is also a great travel gift if you need a gift that’ll fit in your suitcase!

True Botanicals tinted SPF 20 $40 – i wear this every single day and i love it. plus, i feel good about the fact that i’m actually wearing sunscreen and protecting my skin. a gift that keeps on giving!

Mazama wares mug $42 – would be a nice double gift with a pound of coffee but i love these mugs alone. they are sturdy, handmade and come in lots of cool glazes.

Heart earring studs $38 – when the yellow hoops are a bit too much these baby heart studs will do the trick. give these to your bff or sister!



with fall underway and the holidays around the corner, i’ve got my eye on this orange hue. think clay-colored linens, luxe leathers, and rustic burnt-orange textiles. i’m loving this color pop for fall decor. it makes me want to add a little extra orange to my space with some deep orange throws, or throw pillows. shop my favorites below! what do you think about this look? – erika

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camille gressier made these adorable desktops for us this week! love her stitching on these fun phrases. click through below to download these desktop wallpapers for your computer. and check our more of here work here!



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