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

09.18.19

DRIED FLOWERS CAVE

what a DREAM!! a couple has been creating this dried flower heaven for the past 35 years! it’s so beautiful.

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09.17.19

DAILY MUSINGS

musings | designlovefest

i had several small things that i felt like mentioning so i decided to do a cup of jo inspired round up of things i’ve been loving lately, so here it goes and i’d love to hear what you’re currently into cooking/wearing/reading/doing if you’re up for sharing! -joanie

this almond cake from Chez Panisse that my aunt told me to make, it exceeded my expectations in every way, made the whole thing in the food processor, make it!

headed to vermont this weekend to visit my sister, she moved to woodstock a little over a year ago and i have yet to visit. excited for farm life and also my 10pm post-flight solo dinner reservation here.

these mules that i’ve been wearing every single day, so comfortable.

i wasn’t keen on owning a juicer before now because i felt like they were such a hassle to clean, but after testing bri’s, i finally got one and i love it, and use it every day. celery and green apple is my go-to.

i know gua sha is all the rage right now but i started doing it regularly a few months ago and i love it. it really helps with jaw and neck tension. this is the one i use, highly recommend if you have any sort of jaw pain!

having an everlane moment right now, their fall basics are so good, these ribbed boots couldn’t be cooler, on my wish list!

musings | designlovefest

i made a new years resolution to read 30 books this year, just started #21, “A Gentleman in Moscow” and i like it already.

i love this time of year, when you can start to feel fall in the air (yes, even in LA!) especially in the early mornings. i’m excited about the change of seasons and getting back to cooking, summer is always a dry spell for me. Alice B. Toklas roast chicken is one of my all time favorite things to make, it’s very straight forward and the orange and port really bring it to life.

and finally, the sweater selection at H&M right now is amazing, this ribbed turtleneck and this half zip sweater (among many other options!) are so cute.

if you’re on the east side of LA and looking for a good candy shop, i recently discovered tuesdays sweet shop and it’s a bulk candy dream.

musings | designlovefest

09.10.19

GEORGE JOHN AND MICK

george john and mick | designlovefest

i’ve been more inspired by vintage men’s style lately. i was watching the george harrison documentary on netflix last night and was thoroughly enjoying all of the outfit inspiration. george has my heart, but john and mick had so many great looks that i had to add. the colors, pattern mixing, suits, scarfs, kimonos…i love!!

george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest

09.05.19

A FALL STYLE GUIDE!

fall style guide | designlovefest

fall is right around the corner and we’re starting to see all sorts of cozy pieces popping up (lots of teddy fleeces this year!). i find myself not being ready for the change in season and at the same time being drawn to coats and sweaters.  mustard is a color i’m very into for fall this year (like this tiered stain dress for under $100!) and i think it’s one we’re going to be seeing more of, burnt orange as well (also, get ready for lots of tie dye happening over the next year!) and corduroy, prairie dresses and the 70’s suit is still sticking around. i’ve also noticed more quilted jackets popping up which i’m personally a big fan of, they can be seen as too grandma for some but i think with the right cut they are chic. here are a few fall favorites i’ve been eyeing, i tried to pull lots of options at reasonable price points…

lots of neutrals with a splash of orange! white boots are all the rage right now. neutrals can seem boring to buy but they pack a big punch, something you reach for over and over again like that turtleneck sweater (and it’s $25!) i also love the pile jacket with the high collar, something about the collar makes a cozy jacket chic (it comes in black too!). 

fall style guide | designlovefest

this coat comes in three great colors but i’m partial to the cream version, can’t say no to winter white!

fall style guide | designlovefest
fall style guide | designlovefest

a classic henley is hard to find, so i was excited to see that everlane made one this season in three different shades. also very into the cord jacket in lilac and the quilted coat below. with almost a thousand positive reviews on those boots, i think these boots are a must try and you can’t go wrong with a bow front blouse (in a liberty print!) for fall.

fall style guide | designlovefest

if you’re feeling sad about the transition to fall, shorter/darker days, buy a few sweaters in soft colors like this pale pink one above.

fall style | designlovefest

ribbed turtleneck for the winner! cute on its own or under overalls or a dress. and the perfect prairie dress below, love that shade of green.

fall style guide | designlovefest

that’s all folks, enjoy the last bit of summer!

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