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06.30.16

ROSÉ SPRITZER RECIPE

rosé spritzer | designlovefest

it’s the first long weekend of summer and we’re seriously looking forward to kicking back with friends and family and relaxing. holiday weekends generally mean lots of food and drinking and as fun as it is to start drinking at noon, i definitely feel like i want to go to sleep by 6pm. that’s where the wine spritzer comes into play. a splash of wine with a little sparkling water and you feel like you always have something in hand to sip on without drinking too much, too fast. bri and i look a rosé class last week with Helen and her love for rosé inspired us to make the below! – joanie

rosé spritzer | designlovefest

we know that a wine spritzer will make some true wine aficionados turn up their noses but don’t knock it until you’ve tired it! to keep our drink colder for longer we froze some raspberries skewers to act as ice and also some whole cherries. they are a pretty addition to the cup and you can snack on them afterwards!

rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• one bottle of chilled rosé
• 3 cans of sparkling grapefruit water, we used la croix
• 2 grapefruits cut into sections
• gin if you want to make it extra boozy
• raspberries and cherries for garnish

rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest

• prep your glass but running a piece of grapefruit peel around the rim. add ice and add your rosé, the measurement on this is going to be total preference but i generally do about 4 ounces, a little less then a normal pour, add about 3 ounces of sparkling grapefruit water, 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice and as an option, a splash of gin, about .5 ounces.

• garnish as desired, enjoy!

rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest
rosé spritzer | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: 
ivan solis

04.26.16

MORNING PORRIDGE RECIPE

porridge | designlovefest

on a rainy saturday i found myself at sqirl with my family. it felt like we ordered almost one of everything on the menu, including their brown rice porridge. they served it very simply but it was beautiful and incredibly satisfying. it left me thinking about creating our own “chic porridge” that could easily be made on a weekday or for a weekend brunch. -joanie

porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest

there are endless options when it comes to the best way to serve this but here is what we did and can recommend to you. for the porridge portion we simply used oatmeal. you can do half oatmeal/half quinoa or any other fancy concoction you’d like but oatmeal is inexpensive and worked just fine.

porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves: 4

• 2 cups of cooked oatmeal, we cooked ours in coconut milk with a little pinch of salt.
• almond butter
• baked apples – thinly slice, lightly coat in coconut oil and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. bake on parchment paper at 350 for about 10 minutes, until crisped.
• fresh raspberries
• hazelnuts, roasted for 15 minutes at 275, and the chopped. we left ours with the skin on.
• coconut flakes, like these.
• jam or jelly
• coconut milk
• honey

porridge | designlovefest
porridge | designlovefest

• place a big spoonful of oatmeal at the center of each bowl and pour coconut milk over it, about 1/2 cup each. mix it around, the oatmeal should be mostly covered. add the toppings as desired. we used unsweetened coconut milk so we recommend adding a little drizzle of honey on top before serving.

porridge | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: 
ivan solis

12.13.16

WEEKNIGHT CHILI

weeknight chili | designlovefest

i have a soft spot for family recipes. things that have been made generation after generation, passed down on food stained index cards and lovingly reminisced over. my grandmother’s homemade bread and her ginger snap cookies, my mother in-law’s jam, my own mother’s cinnamon rolls and the list goes on. i really love how the memory of someone can live on in the food they use to make for you. how smell and taste can bring back moments long passed. if you have a family dish you hope to carry on i urge you (and myself!) to watch as it’s made, learn the in’s and out’s so that some day, when it falls on you to make it, you’ll know the family secrets. today’s recipe is chili from my great-grandmother. i never knew her but my aunt passed me the recipe and i like thinking about her as i make it. it’s such a simple but satisfying recipe. easy enough for a weekday dinner! – joanie

weeknight chili | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 8

• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
• 2 medium onions sliced
• 2 teaspoons minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 can kidney beans, in its juice
• 2 stalks of celery thinly chopped
• 1 14 oz can stewed or diced tomatoes in their juice
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 2 cups of water
• optional garnishes: onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream, jalapeño, corn chips.  

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

• start by browning the meat, onions and garlic together in a pan. don’t stop until the onions are nice and caramelized! transfer to a medium size pot, add all of the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. adjust seasoning to taste and serve! can also be frozen and reheated. if you like the soup to be thinner add a bit more water.

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

garnish and serve! hope you enjoy! Xx

weeknight chili | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

12.08.15

DIY FLORAL TREE

this tree came from my desire to flower bomb AGAIN (remember this?!) natalie and i went through a bunch of different flower options and decided our favorite look was to wrap the flowers twirling up the tree. and while it would be amazing to have these as real flowers, then it would only last a day or two! so we decided on a wide variety of silk flowers (we got ours here) to get more bang for our buck and make it last all the way till christmas.

to make the tree, cut the stems down to about 2 or 3 inches so that the flowers can just stick right in the tree. on some of the larger flowers we wrapped them with wire so make sure they stayed secure. but it worked just great to stick them in the tree.

start with the larger flowers to determine the placement of your design and then fill in with the smaller flowers. this will help a lot! also, if you have kids or pets, you may want to wire the flowers that are in arms (or paws) length down at the bottom.

we stuck to a wide range of textures, color tones and shapes to make the tree very dynamic and have a lot of depth. i would say choose 3 or 4 colors for your color story, much more than that and the tree will start to look too busy. we set the tree up in joanie’s apartment and it looked just perfect with her neutral decor!

also, a little tip. silk flowers can be pretty pricey (luckily you can reuse them!) but to cut down on costs you don’t have to wrap the flowers all the way around the tree if it’s in the corner like this! the design gives the illusion of that, and that’s the most important. we spent about $300 on flowers and then we are going to reuse them as a permanent installation in our office during the year. you could go as lush or as sparse as you’s like though. save them in a box and decorate your tree with a different floral design next christmas!

and here’s a little note from joanie…

“we have a constant flux of guests coming over to our apartment this holiday season, so it’s nice to have some treats on hand to serve. our current rotation is Irish coffee and peanut butter kiss cookies. i wish i could say i used some famous family recipe but i didn’t. i used this one, and swapped in butter for the shortening. the trick with these cookies is to nail the ratio of dough to kiss, which is something i didn’t do very well with this batch but, they are still really delicious.”

we hope you are inspired by this floral tree and make your own this year or next! happy holidays from our little team. xo

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: natalie shriver

10.02.19

MUSINGS #2

musings | designlovefest

just got back from a great weekend trip to Vermont (my first time!) the fall colors were really starting to show themselves and everything was so green and lush. the air was crisp in the morning and warm in the evenings. we ate dinner at honey road in burlington, had massages at the Woodstock Inn and generally just lazed around, it was perfect. it felt nice to get out of the city for a bit but i’m always happy to come back to LA. i still feel excited when we land which i guess means i’m living in the right place! and then i headed pretty much directly to colorado to see my aunt in denver and then a family wedding in telluride. the colors in colorado were out of this world, i feel so lucky to have been able to soak in so much fall already! – joanie

musings | designlovefest

we’re in that clothing transitional period where layers are important because the days start out cool but the afternoons are hot. my favorite way to lean in is a bodysuit/tank with a skirt and a cozy sweater on top. easy to take on and off as needed. i’ve been wearing this skirt on repeat. and have my eye on lots of sweaters at & other stories, like this one and this.

& other stories | designlovefest

my mom made her refried beans while we were in Vermont which are the easiest and best thing to have on hand. make a big batch and they’ll last for the whole week for burritos, quesadillas, to eat as dip, etc. for those interested, this is her recipe, you can soak the beans over night before cooking or cook straight away without soaking:

Ingredients:
2 cup dry pinto beans
1 stick Butter
1/4- 1/3 pound Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, grated
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Pick through the beans making sure there are no little stones in them. Put beans on a big pot and add about 3 times as much water.  Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until soft (about 3 hours), always making sure you have enough water.  When done, pour off all but about 1 cup of excess water, (save this water to add back in if you want beans thinner). Mash beans in the pot with a potato masher and add rest of ingredients and let the butter and cheese melt,  Stir and mash until smooth, adding or taking away as much water as you need to to make it a nice consistency.

i’m turning 32 next month and already setting my intentions for my new year. i know people always say that life gets better with age but i’m really finding that to be true. i’ve felt like the last three years of my life i’ve really started to get to know myself and to discover who i am really am, apart from what the people around me want me to be. there is so much pressure all of us (women especially) to hit certain milestones (marriage, baby, working mom!) that it can be easy for a people pleasing person like me to really lose sight of who i am and what i want. i’m getting more okay with letting people down and trying to be my true self in all situations (it’s hard!).

musings | designlovefest

i’ve been really loving the deliciously ella podcast. i love the way she talks about health, happiness, career and life. there isn’t an ounce of shame attached, just inspiration.

i hadn’t fallen down the rabbit hole that is The Real Real until recently and it sure is addicting. as someone who gets a big thrill out of vintage/thrifting shopping this site is super fun. i love picking out things for people i love, like my mom and sister and i’m excited to start christmas shopping. my recommendation, if you’re looking for the deals, is to not look at the editors list or things like that but to look for brands that maybe you love and aren’t as popular or to search by keywords, like purple silk dress.

i finished A Gentleman in Moscow and now i’m reading Trick Mirror by Jig Tolentino. if you had a favorite book or two from this year that you’ve read or re-read send them my way. i love personal suggestions rather than scrolling forever on good reads.

what’s on your fall playlist? i’ve been listening to Big Thief a lot, a band my husband introduced me too. i like kinda chill music most of the time and their great. we’re going to see their show at the end of the month.

we have some crow canyon home splatter pieces in the DLF kitchen and we love them. I’m particularly fond of their simple rimmed dinner plates that come in great colors and their insanely cute cups and mugs. use code DLFCCH10 for 10% off if you place an order.

madewell is having a site wide sale and i think i say this every year but i love their boots. i own this pair and these and i live in them.

and finally, how freaking cute is bri in this green dress? i love how she took a prairie style dress and made it city with the sunglasses, bag and sneakers.

musings | designlovefest

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