11.29.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 91

“today’s palette is inspired by an arielle bobb-willis photo.” –maddy

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

11.28.17

GIFT GUIDE / FOR THE GUYS

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i’ve been with my husband for 7 years and in that time i’ve given him some seriously bad gifts. there is something about gifting a guy that used to leave me at a total loss but over the years i’ve had some home runs and have really worked on my gifting game. i also have five brothers so i have a lot of men to practice on. below are some things i think would make great gifts in all price ranges! – joanie

 

Everlane cotton sweatshirt $40 – a classically cut grey sweatshirt never goes out of style.

Apple Airpods $159 – annoying headphone cord be gone! my husband has these and i have to say that i look on with a bit of jealousy when he uses them.

Adidas sneakers  $120 – a stylish pair of sneakers to wear all year long.

Smartwool socks – $13 – i love Smartwool socks, they are great quality and come in handy during the cold months. their no show socks are also great.

Set of whiskey glasses $15 – something for the kitchen or bar. these glasses are nice but you could also do a new kitchen knife, a set of plates or coasters.

James Perse tee  $60 – a really well cut tee that is too expensive to purchase for yourself.

Oak Street Bookmaker $426 – i bought these for my husband years ago and he wears them all the time and they still look great. they are expensive but an item you can have for years!

Yeti rambler $40 – perfect for camping or just taking your coffee to work or a beer to the park. they really keep things hot or cold.

Apolis wool jacket $278 – such a sharp looking jacket.

Ugg slippers $80 – for lounging around the house. i prefer the slippers with no backs, easy to slip on and off!

A vinyl from Amoeba – buy them their favorite album on vinyl or a gift card!

Timex watch $90 – i find most watch prices to be insane. Timex makes great quality watches in so many styles and at a reasonable price!

 

11.28.17

PAMPAS GRASS

one of my obsessions: pampas grass! so dreamy and beautiful. whether found in nature, on your mantel, at a wedding…i always love it.

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11.26.17

GNOCCHI WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS

fall pasta | designlovefest

thanksgiving break may be over but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on good food. ivan made this gnocchi from scratch and i was very impressed. making homemade pasta is something that feels way too involved for me but it actually wasn’t that hard and they were delicious. you could serve them with a simple red sauce or pesto or, you could go all out on the toppings like we did. they’re also perfect for any leftover mashed potatoes you might have or cooked veggies that you can use up after the weekend festivities. – joanie

fall pasta | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
makes 4 serving
• 16 oz gnocchi (store bought or homemade, we used this recipe which was easy to follow!)
• 3 oz prosciutto
• 5 cups brussels sprouts
• olive oil
• 1/2 cup pecans
• 2 tablespoons butter
• shaved parmesan cheese for garnish
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

fall pasta | designlovefest
fall pasta | designlovefest

• cook the gnocchi as directed on the package. set aside.

• preheat oven to 400 degrees. wash and pat dry the Brussel sprouts. lay evenly in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. bake for 30 minutes or until they are slightly tender. set aside.

fall pasta | designlovefest
fall pasta | designlovefest

• thinly slice the prosciutto and chop the pecans. in a frying pan heat the butter on medium heat until it begins to bubble. mix together the gnocchi, pecans, prosciutto and Brussels sprouts. sauté the gnocchi until they begin to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. remove from heat and add the red wine vinegar (lemon juice will also work great!).

• serve with shaved parmesan cheese, salt and pepper!

fall pasta | designlovefest
fall pasta | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis

11.21.17

LOS ANGELES I LOVE YOU A LOT

favorite LA spots | designlovefest

i moved to los angeles in 2006. i lived downtown across from where i finished college, FIDM. i later moved to west hollywood, silver lake, the arts district, back to silver lake, and now glassell park. many people hate on los angeles for obvious reasons: traffic, crowded, pretentious, so spread out…but i love it here. it may take a little time, but if you open your eyes to ALL of the wonderful things about LA, you will fall in love. lately i have been spending more time at home, exploring my neighborhood, eating at small hole in the wall spots, admiring the vibrant pink sunsets, and remembering how grateful i am to live here in los angeles.

here’s a few things with history that i love to see & do here…

favorite LA spots | designlovefest
favorite LA spots | designlovefest

The Hollywood Farmers’ Market

we try to go on sunday mornings to the farmer’s market in hollywood. sometimes sleeping in sounds better, but i’m always happy when we make it there for flowers, vegetables and herbs. there’s a really cool mushroom stand at the very end near the arclight. and my favorite greek stand is there with the best sauces and cheeses! (in the middle, on the end. they will give you tons of samples!)

it’s also entertaining to walk around the original farmer’s market at the grove.

favorite LA spots | designlovefest

The Vista and The Los Feliz Theater

established in the 20’s and 30’s, two of the cutest movie theaters. the vista is one big room with an egyptian decor and a whimsical vibe. the los feliz theater a few streets away is also adorable (and so much cheaper than the big theaters. especially the matinees!) we saw lady bird there last night after eating at a fave pasta spot, speranza.

favorite LA spots | designlovefest

The Huntington Botanical Garden

the huntington garden in pasadena is one of the LA places that takes my stress away. flowers everywhere, bring a blanket, someone you love, and spend the afternoon. i also love the having lunch in the japanese garden there. a great spot to bring your mom or grandma when they visit. also check out descanso garden (cheaper and also pretty)

Chinatown, Los Angeles

have you had the amazing chicken sandwich from howlin ray’s!? (the line is too long on the weekends, go mid-week) and i really want to try the new spot, oriel.

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