05.27.15

AELFIE / GIVEAWAY

Aelfie Giveaway / designlovefest

this week you can win $300 at aelfie! they have so many fun, colorful textiles for the home.

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i love their watercolor sheepskin rugs!

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05.27.15

THAI INSPIRED SHRIMP TACOS

i can’t tell you how happy i am to be home and cooking in my own kitchen. i had so many amazing meals during my trip but sometimes it’s nice to whip up something simple at your own place. these thai tacos that ivan photographed are definitely on my list!

thai shrimp tacos
makes 3 servings 

Ingredients:
8 ounces cooked and peeled shrimp
2 large sprigs of basil chopped
3 large carrots
• 2 persian cucumbers
• 1 lime squeezed
• 2 tablespoons spring onions
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1 avocado diced
• sprigs of cilantro as garnish
• 1 piquillo red chili (optional)
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 garlic clove diced
• 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Thai inspired shrimp tacos: de-frost 8 ounces of cooked and peeled shrimp in a bowl of cold water, about 20 minutes (follow defrosting instructions if the shrimp comes packaged). In a skillet on medium heat use 1 tablespoon olive oil to lightly brown 1/2 garlic clove diced. Add shrimp and continue on medium heat for about 1 minute or until shrimp have slightly shrank and are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Peel 3 large carrots and 2 persian cucumbers into thin shoe string size strips and place in a medium size bowl. Squeeze 1 lime and add 2 tablespoons spring onions, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 2 large sprigs of basil chopped. Mix well add salt and pepper to taste.

Heat 3 corn tortillas (either on a skillet with oil or in the microwave) and begin to layer your tacos with the thai inspired slaw. Proceed with the garlic shrimp and top with 1 diced avocado. Garnish with cilantro and pequillo red chili ( it has a similar taste to a bell pepper with a lower heat level)

photos and styling by: Ivan Solis 

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05.26.15

HOW TO PACK!

hey guys! i got a lot of comments asking if i could do a packing post from my trip, so i decided to choose berlin. it was my last stop and the most fresh in my mind. berlin has a very sporty style overall and lacks a lot of color. the people look so chic and put together, but always in a very simple way. tennis shoes everywhere since there is so much walking. long black coats, nice materials, functional but beautiful…let me show you what i would pack (and a lot of these items i did have with me!)

shop above: rimowa bag (the smoothest rolling suitcase), A.P.C. backpack.

shop above:  hansel from basel socks, pons for daytime comfort, white vans that go with almost everything, a pair of fancier sandals from loeffler randall, and the perfect black ankle boots from sam edelman for night outfits.

an interesting white top from zara, a striped shirt from A.P.C., solid color linen t-shirts from j.crew are my favorite, a grey sweatshirt from madewell for comfy days, a button up pink shirt for a more refined look, and a fun graphic sweatshirt.

shop above:  dress up or down this black dress from club monoco, head to the museums in this black jumper with a cool back, eat all you want in those elastic band wide leg trousers from cos, and a pair of black skinny jeans from joe’s always comes in handy.

shop above:  you will see oversized cardigans everywhere in berlin, a black sporty coat for colder days, my favorite low rise thongs from hanky panky, and a nice bra from cosabella. a kate spade dotted scarf for layering, aesop (very) hydrating face moisturizer and hand cream, the best bobbi pins from ban.do, a crossbody clutch i wore the whole time from loeffler randall, and a mophie that kept my phone charged up always. 

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05.26.15

LIFE HACKS PRINTABLE / 03

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Since we all seem to have caught travel fever lately, we thought it would be cool to design a printable packing list for you guys. I feel it will make getting ready and packing even more exciting! What is your dream destination? I want to fly away… -stephanie

You can download the printable packing lists in 2 different colors, right here.

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05.22.15

BERLIN AIRBNB

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i’m back home now in my own bed (and thoroughly enjoying it!) but i sure did love our berlin apartment as well. white floors, wonderful light, minimal decor, and a cool berlin style.

(ps, see my two amsterdam airbnb rentals here and here)

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the first time i visited berlin (see this very old post here) we stayed in the mitte area and really enjoyed it. this time we decided to explore the kreuzberg neighborhood and it was a totally different vibe. they compare it to the “hipster” areas like williamsburg in NY or silver lake in LA. i get sort of irritated with that term, but whatever. it sort of felt like echo park in LA, but even more grungy. lots of graffiti and a very mixed vibe of restaurants and shops. at first i wasn’t actually sure if i liked it that much. but it turns out it’s just one of those places you kind of have to explore and learn all the good spots. luckily right around the corner from us was some of my favorite restaurants of the trip (cocolo ramenchan thai market and concierge coffee) more on my neighborhood finds soon…

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the apartment was quite dreamy and just my style. i loved the pink stripped down walls in the kitchen and the random design elements that you don’t normally see. the place was even better than in the photos on airbnb!

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what do you think of the place? i don’t think it would be for everyone, but i thought it was so cool!

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i loved working in the afternoons in this calming living room…and how bout those sticks on the floor? pretty genius actually.

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i prefer to have a good mix of hotels and airbnb spots when i travel. seeing how people in other countries live is so fascinating!

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to rent this apartment: go here
to get $25 off your first stay with airbnb: go here

photos by designlovefest

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