08.02.18

DRESS YOUR TECH / 242

ann finkel is back again with another round of desktops this week! remember her desktops from last year over here? always love her fun patterns! click through below to download the desktops for your computer!

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08.01.18

STILL SUMMER / STYLED

STILL SUMMER | designlovefest

i’m heading to michigan tonight and i’m a 10/10 excited. no summer is complete for me without a trip back home, the most beautiful lakes, the longest days where it doesn’t get dark until 10pm and you spend all day outside swimming, eating ice cream and riding your bike. summer fashion is definitely starting to wind down but i still have lots of warm weather things i’m excited to wear. lots of pretty things still floating around in the online shopping world, here are some faves that i’d like to bring with me this weekend. – joanie

 

Solid & Striped bikini – i have yet to venture into the high waisted bikini category but thinking this one is a good place to start.

Linen blazer $60 – the perfect piece to throw on over your sundress when you head out at night

Polka dot one piece $168 – i’m normally more of a fan of solid colored swimsuits but for some reason these bright patterns are calling my name.

red + white striped sweater $20 – red and white stripes in a classic summer combo, cute with denim shorts or a skirt.

Straw tote bag $128 – a carry all perfect for the beach or a trip into town for some groceries

knit sweater $40 – neon on pairs perfectly with sun kissed skin!

Cleobella maxi dress $189 – great as a cover up or dress. i like light weight maxis for the summer, they’re chic and protect against the sun.

Rachel Comey heels $489 – i’m not advocating spending $400+

Lacausa one piece $160 – this is the one item i actually am packing! i love a one piece with a slightly sexy element, like the scoop back on this one.

still summer styled | designlovefest
summer styled | designlovefest

08.01.18

WILLIAMS SONOMA KNIFE GIVEAWAY!

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

one of the most important elements in a kitchen is your knives. they are probably the most used item and there are few things more frustrating with cooking than trying to cut things with a dull knife. both joanie and i use Wüsthof Crafter knives in our home, justin introduced me to them when we started cooking together and joanie registered for them for her wedding. so when williams sonoma asked if we wanted to team up with them and offer a Wüsthof Crafter knife giveaway we were a 1000% yes! they just redesigned the knives and they now have a smoked oak handle with brass rivets which are gorgeous. i’m so excited to be able to give this set away. they are truly knives that with proper care will last a lifetime (psss… it’s more than $1,000+ worth of knives!)

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

we had lunch at the beverly hills hotel last week and tried their chopped cobb salad which was delicious. we decided to re-make it because what better way to break in new beautifully shape knives than with tons of chopping! this recipe is time intensive in the sense that we wanted everything to be in perfect cubes but it turned out perfectly and we’d highly recommend giving it a go.

Beverly Hills Hotel Chopped Cobb Salad
(taken from Parade.com)
serves: 2-3 as an entree or 3-4 as a side 

what you’ll need: 
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 garlic glove
• 12 oz iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
• 12 oz hearts of romaine, finely chopped
• 2 oz watercress, finely chopped
• 1/2 lb red beets, roasted and finely diced
• 1/2 lb aged cheddar cheese, finely diced
• 1/2 lb applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and finely chopped
• 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and finely chopped
•  1/2 lb cooked chicken breasts, diced
• 1 large tomato, peeled and diced
• 1 avocado, peeled and sliced

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

• we started by prepping all the ingredients that need to be cooked, you can prep each thing how you prefer but this is what we did: with the eggs, put them in a pan with water over medium high heat, when it starts to boil, remove from the heat and let them sit covered for 10 minutes, put in ice waterfor the beets, wash and pat dry, place on tin foil with a little oil and salt and bake at 450 degrees for 45minutes- 1 hour. once cool, peel the skin off with your hands and set aside. we seasoned the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and cooked it at 375 for about 20 minutes. and the bacon we cooked until it was reallllly crispy so that it would add a nice crunch to the salad.

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

then mix your dressing, add the oil, balsamic, mustard, and garlic (we used this garlic press) together in a bowl and whisk until smooth, season with about 1 teaspoon salt and some pepper. once you have everything prepped, it’s time to start chopping! chop the beets, cheese, chicken, and tomatoes into as cubes as much as possible. for the lettuce and egg, just chop really finely.

we also used these measuring spoons and cups, copper mixing bowls and this chopping block!

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

and now for the Wüsthof Crafter giveaway! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT ENTRIES, WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON! 

here is what you’ll win! the value of the this giveaway is over $1,000!
7 piece block set that includes:
• 8″ chef knife
• 9″double serrated bread knife
• 3 1/2″ pairing knife
• 5″ serrated utility knife
• honing steel
• shears
• Wood block with brass rivets

also, these! 
6″ chef knife
7″ hollow edge santoku knife
6″ utility knife
10″ super slicer knife
Set of 4 steak knives

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

and here’s how to win…

1) visit Williams Sonoma and take a look around!

2) leave a comment below with your favorite summer meal/recipe!

one winner will receive all of the knives listed above, a value of $1,000+. one winner will be chosen at random on august 8, 2018. one entry per person, double entries will disqualify you from winning. giveaway subject to designlovefest’s rules and regulations. giveaway open to readers in North America only. we reserve the right to change, alter or cancel at anytime. 

this post was sponsored by williams sonoma

07.27.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 106

a kerouac tidbit à la osman. –maddy

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

07.27.18

WEEKEND AT HOME / 123

blush is one of my favorite colors, so it’s no wonder i’m always looking to add a new blush piece to my space. there’s something calming about the light pink hue. i love it as a simple pop with a throw pillow, or something bigger like a chair or sofa. sharing some of my favorite blush home accents at the moment below. happy weekend! erika

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