08.08.19

A PANT PSA

i’m working on a style post right now but i wanted to send out a quick thumbs up on these pants (the stella trousers from LACAUSA). i picked up my friend from the airport last weekend and she was also wearing them and looking very chic. i’ve lived in them this summer, they’re perfectly high waisted, comfortable and don’t stretch out or look frumpy. i’ve gotten tons of compliments on them. i have the brushed version which has a little more structure, a bit more fitted through the waist, they’re 100% cotton (pictured above) but they also come in the lighter version that is a 60% Tencel/40% cotton (pictured below). highly recommend! they fit true to size, i have the size 4 in navy but they come in so many pretty colors, it’s hard to choose!

i’ve been attempting to up my pant game, i wear a lot of dresses and realized that several of the jeans i have are from college and are looking really worn in, especially around the knees. so i donated a bunch of them and i’m slowly working to add in new pairs. i just ordered these from Zara and also these from AGOLDE, my first pair by them but i’ve heard great things so i’ll keep you posted. – joanie

07.29.19

CURRENT FAVORITE LA SPOTS

la favorites | designlovefest

it that heatwave time of year in LA and i’m feel hot and bothered by the rising temps. in an attempt to combat my bad attitude i started thinking of all the things i love about LA. the little things, the things that are part of my life and that really make this city the one i love. i often feel a bit bad for the tourists that i see in los angeles, the city is so spread out and they’re trekking all over, sitting in traffic and going to hollywood which is crowded and a major let down. but there really is so much to love about this city, and here are few of my favorite things to currently do in LA, just in case you’re looking (most of these are on the east side!). i say currently, because this list is always changing!   – joanie

lou wine shop: in my opinion, this is the best wine shop in the city. their focus is on natural and unusual wines and they can offer all sorts of information on the farmer and family the wine came from and what to drink when and where. it’s in my neighborhood and i go there often. he also does $15 tastings almost every friday and saturday.

the left bank: i love second hand shopping, vintage or consignment and this little shop is the perfect place. the prices are very reasonable. i always leave with something and some of my favorite things in my closet are from here. plus two parking spots in the back that are often open!

griffith park + trails cafe: i hike this a trail a couple times a week with my friend katherine. the little cafe at the bottom is the perfect post hike reward, and has the best homemade almond milk lattes and egg in a basket.

rocco’s italian market + deli: their roasted vegetable sandwich is my favorite. take it to go and go sit at Barnsdale for a pretty view of the city.

la favorites | designlovefest

the NOW: it’s relaxing as soon as you walk in the door, it always smells good, they have easy to get to locations, go treat yourself to a 50 minute massage.

bay city italian deli: another deli, i know. but this is the perfect post beach stop when you’re hungry and want something cold to drink. the lines can be long. i love grocery stores so wandering the aisles while we wait is fun for me. our beach of choice is will rogers state beach.

dune: this is also close to where i live and is a semi-regular spot for me and my husband. we usually sit outside and i almost exclusively order the fried chicken plate. if you go for lunch, grab a coffee at proof bakery after.

homestate: they have a couple of locations, the highland park one offers frozen margaritas and a big patio which is a big plus but we more often go to the Los Feliz location and then stop in go get em tiger after for coffee. it’s a great weekend combo.

the vista: the only have one screen so fingers crossed it’s showing something you want to see, but this theater is always worth visiting. grab a coffee from across the street (they let you bring it in) and enjoy the AC.

la favorites | designlovefest

studio metamorphosis + maru coffee: not sure if a workout class fits on this list but i really love the combo of a great workout and then a grabbing a coffee (literally next door!) at Maru. try the spiced cold brew, it tastes like fall.

heyday: bri and i both really love the facials at heyday. you’re in and out quickly, they are effective but not painful. i go to the beverly location, ask for Nori, she’s great.

pine + crane: we’ve been hitting this place up a lot lately, my go-to order is the dan dan noodles, splitting the beef roll, and a passionfruit black tea with boba. the best!

if you’re looking for more LA tips we have a ton of posts you can read here! Xx

photo credit 1, 2 and 3

07.25.19

A TIKI PARTY AT ROW DTLA

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

very excited to share the details on this party because we went all out and it turned out so pretty! it has been awhile since we got to host a party for no reason other than to celebrate and hang with friends on a warm summer evening and this ended up being perfect. the only thing we knew from the onset was that we’d be hosting it at ROW DTLA on one of their rooftops and that we wanted it to have a mixology tie in, i love when events have some type of interactive/learning element! it’s a good ice breaker and people walk away with a little knowledge they didn’t have before. we landed on the theme of Tiki which felt like the perfect combo of summer and celebration.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

the roof top offered a completely blank slate. the background is of downtown LA and has killer views so i knew we wanted to highlight that and to also create a relaxing, intimate environment.  i invited about 15 friends so i didn’t want the party to be too spread out. to create the atmosphere, i started with found rentals, which is an amazing furniture company in southern california. we’ve used them for many events and they have the best selection. they have a bunch of cool rattan pieces that were perfect for the theme and i mixed in some colorful rugs, pillows and tons of lanterns.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

we worked with of the flowers (she did my wedding florals too!) and she really nailed it with all of the details from the palms decorating the bar to the dried leaves and flowers over the day bed and the lanterns and greens hanging on the lights. she created small center pieces for the table we’d have room to make drinks but still have a punch of color and texture.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

for the food, we hired Haute Chefs who always do a great job of creating a vibe and they really focus on the details, which i love. we had a tropical fruit station to start and then passed appetizers like mini poké bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and mini pineapple dole whips for dessert. they also helped us curate the drink list which included a pain killer and the classic mai tai. since it was an all female crowed we wanted to have a female mixologist for the teaching portion and haute chef’s introduced us to Nikki who was perfect for the evening. she taught everyone a bit about the origins of tiki culture and bars and also how to make a mai tai, do a whip shake and some different elements to have on hand for creating tiki cocktails at home.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone really brought it with their outfits, so many pretty patterns, colors, kaftans, and breezy looks!

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone was outfitted with their own mixology kit. the shakers and jiggers were from cocktail kingdom which is one of our favorite places to buy bar supplies, they have such pretty glassware! a linen napkin from hawkins new york (which has a gorgeous store at ROW DTLA and the best curation), a tiki mug that we collected from all over the internet at places like etsy and ebay, a metal straw (from Flask & Field, they also have a killer wine selection!) and a tiki drink pick.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

this post is part of our year long partnership with ROW DTLA which is one of our favorite places in the city to shop, eat, drink and hang. we’re super excited to be hosted two more events there. you can see all of the shops and restaurants they have here.  and you can follow them on instagram to hear about new openings, events and parties!

07.23.19

STEAK WITH MISO BUTTER!

steak with miso butter | designlovefest

ivan and i were looking through Chrissy Teigen’s latest cookbook, “hungry for more” which is filled with great recipes, but one of them caught my eye as a must try asap. it was for a steak with miso butter, chrissy raves about the butter, something i’d never tried before so i wanted to give it a go. and wowowow, it is so good. i ended up taking the leftover butter home and started putting it on everything, toast with eggs, vegetables, pasta, etc. i may have gone a bit over board but it really is so good, the flavor is hard to describe, you gotta try it. we cooked the steak how i learned to in cooking school which is also the way chrissy recommends, dry steak with salt and pepper on each side, screaming hot pan, set the steak down and do not touch it, flip it and finish in the oven, perfect every time! – joanie 

steak with miso butter | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 

• 1 lb ribeye steak (we used 1lb t-bone steak)
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 glove garlic finely chopped
• 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
• 8 oz broccolini

miso butter:
• 1 stick of butter at room temperature
• 1/4 cup white miso
• 2 tablespoons finely minced chives
• 3 cloves garlic finely diced
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• generous pinch of cayenne pepper

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

to make the steak, pre-heat oven to 375, heat a cast iron skillet over medium to high heat. pat the steak dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. place the steak in the pan and let sit for 3- 4 minutes, undisturbed. flip the steak and cook for an additional 4 minutes pop in the oven for about 3-5  minutes. then transfer the steak to a cutter board and let it rest.

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

in the same pan pour all but one tablespoon of steak grease out of the pan and return the pan to medium heat. add the butter and garlic and cook until golden, about 30 seconds. add the broccolini and chicken broth. cook until broth has evaporated into a glaze and the broccolini is al dente, this was about 5-7 minutes for us. season with salt and pepper.

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

mix the miso butter ingredients together in a small bowl.

to assemble slice the steak and arrange it on a serving platter, dollop as much of the miso butter as you eat on top and serve with the broccolini on the side.

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis

 

07.17.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 125

albert camus in carolina herrera color. —maddy

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

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