11.26.18

CALIFORNIA OLIVE RANCH HARVEST TOUR!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

we just took a quick trip to sacramento (i’ve never been, love how laid back it is there!) to visit california olive ranch during their annual harvest. i’m sure you’ve noticed their signature green oil bottle in many of our recipes posts, it’s been the only olive oil we use at our studio for years so we were excited when they asked us to join the trip.  i’ve been in total learning mode when it comes to food and i loved seeing the harvest in action.  their team really cares about the quality of their extra virgin olive oil and giving it to the consumer at an affordable price, and i loved spending time learning about their process and getting to know their small team.

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

we learned how to properly taste olive oil and got to taste many different varietals which was a really cool and new experience to me. we even did a blind tasting with a competitor oil currently on the market and saw an extreme difference between the two. it was actually pretty shocking when tasted side by side! olive oil can be the foundation of so many dishes, and the quality and taste is super important. i also go through so much oil with how much i cook so keeping it affordable is key.

california olive ranch | designlovefest

we got to visit one of their fields during harvest and were able to ride on the harvester and watch the olives being picked off the trees and then got to see the olive oil being made from start to finish at the mill. i definitely felt more connected to the experience since i’ve been cooking so much and it feels good to dive deeper into the process! they also just launched their Destination Series which is extra virgin olive oil sourced from all over the world and brought back to california to their mill where they curate blends of the international growers oil mixed with the California oil. we got to try some of the blends and they were delicious!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

i also love that it’s a california-based olive oil brand. when i travel to europe i’ve brought olive oil back at times because i really felt a big difference in the taste and quality and california olive ranch is bringing that to the states. they really don’t cut any corners when it comes to their product which is awesome.

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

we ate so much good food while we were there too! had dinner at hook and ladder in sacramento, brunch at canon which i was really impressed by and then had a really beautiful meal and wine at matchbox winery their wines were delicious, especially the mossback pinot!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

i never cease to be impressed by the diversity of california’s landscape and i feel so lucky to get to call it home!

california olive ranch | designlovefest
california olive ranch | designlovefest

thanks for a fun trip COR!

(this post was created in sponsorship with california olive ranch, a brand we’ve loved and used for years!)

11.20.18

WHAT WE WORE IN IRELAND

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

bri is going to be sharing a full blogpost on our ireland trip, where we went, stayed, ate, etc but i thought i’d do a post before then on what we wore during our trip! we both packed carry on only for the six day trip which isn’t easy when you’re traveling during the late fall and need jackets and sweaters.  black friday and cyber monday are right around the corner many online retailers have already started their sales and many of these items are either on sale now or will be soon! – joanie

what we packed in//

for luggage, we each had a 20″ roller bag and bri used the weekender which slides on top of the roller and she also brought the fold up tote which was extremely useful as it barely takes up any space. i wish i would have had one, i’ll definitely be bring that on my next trip! i carry my laptop in the madewell transport tote which i’ve used for years and love. the leather gets really worn in and marked up but i like it that way (and it’s currently 25% off).

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

jackets + coats //

we really had to limit the jackets and coats we could bring because those take up so much space, we each brought one statement coat. bri wore this faux shearling coat by avec les filles that she said was really warm and was easy to throw on over other layers and i brought a long mustard colored jacket which i bought in paris last year but here is similar option. my jacket wasn’t as warm so i also layered a uniqlo ultra light down jacket which takes up very little space and is a great layering piece. packing one statement jacket is a fun way to brighten up your outfits when it’s chilly outside and you’re going to be mostly walking around in your coat.

 

  

shoes //

we each brought just three pairs of shoes i had boots for walking, rain boots and running shoes. bri had her converse, walking boots and rain boots. and it really was all we needed. footwear takes up a ton of space in your luggage so if you’re packing carry on only you can save room by limiting those options. most imporant it to make sure you have a pair of shoes that is comfortable for walking in. i wore these madewell chelsea boots every single day and they were perfect, i’d highly recommend them! bri’s boots are from years ago so unfortunately we can’t link those but some cute options are below. i’d highly recommend a chelsea boot as they are flat, and narrow and look good with pants, skirts and dresses of all lengths. also, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of converse like bri is wearing in many of the photos. p.s. these are the rain boots i brought and these are the ones that bri wore. 

 

  

sweaters //

these also take up a lot of space so my recommendation here is to make two that are versatile and can be worn with lots of things. versatile doesn’t mean boring, bringing a sweater in bold fun color or print is great idea! bri did lots of print on print layering which was a fun way to mix it up. i love to wear them over dresses to make the look less casual like below. i’m wearing a free people dress with an ulla johnson sweater from a couple of years ago (similar option here) over top from a few years ago. some other pretty suggestions below!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

accessories //

it’s nice to back small accessories that you can throw on when you’re sick of wearing the things you packed. bri wore this leopard print scarf which has a cute red stripe. and i’m always a sucker for a big pair of earrings, i love anything from annie costello brown. also, sunglasses are a must, especially if you’re on a trip like we were with lots of driving, even if there isn’t much sun! these ray-bans have been my go to for the last couple of years and i love them, really light weight too! and a crossbody bag in a fun color is always a good idea. so much easier to run around when it’s strapped across your body!

what we wore in ireland | designlovefest

and all the rest //

bri loves a good jumpsuit or overalls, some favorites are this and this. i love a dress and find them to be really comfortable for traveling. i love anything from Doen, especially this one and free people also has great options as well. i wore this floral jumpsuit twice with the uniqlo jacket over it and also with the sweater on top. i can’t say it enough but layering if everything, bring separates that you can mix and match, a t-shirt with a skirt, under overalls, with jeans, a long sleeve button up tied with a dress or tucked into pants. the more options you have with each piece, the better! slip dresses are great because they are light weight for packing and layer well with so much, i love them with a turtleneck underneath. flannel shirts are also great because you can wear them over things and also tie them around your waist.

wow, that was a lot! hope that was helpful for anyone looking for encouragement to go carry on only. this is my second trip to Europe packing that way and i really recommend it, so much easier to get around from place to place without so much luggage.

11.09.18

30% OFF LACAUSA!

LACAUSA | designlovefest

we’re verryyy excited to be doing a 30% site wide discount with LACAUSA! i’ve talked about them many times here on the blog. bri and i have loved their clothes for years. it’s a female founded business who make beautiful pieces (always under ethical conditions!) that are super wearable and also very chic. they are pieces that you’ll reach for over and over again, flattering and easy to throw on. i first fell in love with their t-shirt which is the best tee i’ve found (and i’ve tried a lot) and i’m now hooked on their slip dresses, jumpsuits and most recently their trousers (bri is wearing the lola trousers in the photo above and below and denise is wearing the charlie jumpsuit in size medium).

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

(charlie jumpsuit on bri and i’m wearing the birdie jumpsuit i recommend sizing up in this, i’m wearing the medium)

bri has been wearing these in ivory and i’m dying for a pair for myself, they are so chic and i picture them paired with a white ribbed turtleneck! all this to say that we’re super excited to be offering a special DLF discount code with LACAUSA. starting today through the 16th you’ll receive 30% off site wide when you use “DLF30” ! this isn’t a sponsored post, we just wanted to do a fun discount since we’re always talking about their clothing and we love what they stand for! we’re each sharing some of our currently favorites from the site below! as a reference, bri is generally a size 6 and wears a medium in LACAUSA and i’m a 2-4 and wear a size small.

bri’s #1 fave right now is the charlie Jumpsuit, she has it in size medium in the tar color. she also loves the lola trousers (they run true to size). and has two pairs of the cézane overalls (which we both love!) the black is super chic but i also love the biscuit color. these pair really well with the frank tee under.

LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest
LACAUSA | designlovefest

if you were going to buy just one item i’d say the frank tee, it comes in a wide range of colors and i reach for it all the time. i prefer it in the size small so it’s not super tight across the chest. i love it the heather grey, it’s a classic. i also just got the

i’ve said this before but i think that people overlook investing in great basics because it can be more fun to buy those bigger, flasher things like a fancy dress or expensive shoes. but the foundation of your wardrobe are your basics, it’s what you reach for everyday and they can make getting dresses so much easier in the morning. i’m really into the surf sweatshirt. i’m always on the hunt for vintage sweatshirts that are solid colored and 100% cotton and this one has a very classic feeling to it. i also have the june top which is super cute tucked into jeans and has a laid back 70’s vibe which i’m currently very into.

their color choices are always spot on, and i love the tonal looks. really digging this pink sleep set above and the perfect fall orange below.

so a big thank you to LACAUSA for offering the discount code, we love their clothing and hope you do too!

11.09.18

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 113

the words of paul simon in a hue from an amanda charchian image. –maddy

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

11.08.18

EAST SIDE LA TOUR!

east side LA | food tour

you could probably argue that los angeles is one of the most exciting food cities in the world right now and there is no shortage of fun new places popping up all the time. i live on the east side of the city, (i consider the east anything from east hollywood to south pasadena) which is FULL of cool places to explore, new cocktail bars to try, lunch spots, farmer’s markets and casual dinner joints. i love to cook at home but i also like to get inspired and try new places. transportation issues are real in the city, getting places, parking, etc so we partnered with uber to create this east side food guide. i’ve used uber for years and really appreciate how accessible it makes traversing los angeles. i get really anxious thinking about parking logistics and i appreciate not having to worry about that. they also have a new feature that lets you request a ride for a friend which is awesome because sometimes an LAX pick up isn’t the easiest but i don’t want someone visiting me having to pay for their own airport ride.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

here are some highlights from our food day and i am adding a few faves in as well!

walt’s: a new-ish local spot in our neighborhood where we easily grab a beer and a pretzel on the weekends. it has a cute, laid back retro vibe.

cacao mexicatessen: we love this authentic mexican restaruant in eagle rock. we eat at the bar on a friday nights and order the tacos, elote, and a few modelos. their food is really delicious!

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

a few minutes down the road we stopped at Joy, the sister restaurant to pine and crane in silver lake. the minced pork rice bowl and the shrimp wontons are my favorite!

also, bonus of riding in an uber is getting to look out the window and take in the scene. we drove through the cutest neighborhoods by occidental college with tons of pretty craftsman homes that i’d never noticed before.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

a quick pick me up coffee from collage coffee, basically a walk up coffee window on york street. love their tiles too!

and if it’s happy hour, check out sonny’s hideaway across the street. it’s a good date spot.

and then took a ride over to the thursday night pasadena farmer’s market which is a nice treat in the fall. it’s from 4-7pm so the weather is great, the vibe is chill and you can grab a bunch of snacks for dinner. i highly recommend taking an uber there because the parking can be tricky in that neighborhood. 

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

we tried the gourmet rice balls from a stand there and wow they were so good!

when in south pasadena try out Gus’s bbq. love the diner vibe in there and they make great classic cocktails! we always share a bbq plate and sit at the counter!

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

and then a short 10 minute ride to check out some new and old faves in highland park. there is SO many new spots opening on figeuroa, it’s exciting. we’ve been spending a lot of weekends just strolling from place to place.

homestate for queso and classic texan cuisine!!

cookbook is somewhere i go at least once a week, it makes me so happy. i love getting meats and cheese there, along with other specialty foods when i’m entertaining. it’s really the perfect little grocery shop.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

then we tried the new vinyl bar, gold line. we ordered manhattans and played a few songs on the jukebox before dinner. i like it in there!

kitchen mouse is also a great breakfast and lunch spot, i love the breakfast tacos and the moros cakes! definitely check it out.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

triple beam pizza is definitely a new favorite, we loveee their pizza! we tried out the new restaurant hippo in the back and the ambiance was super nice, we loved the wine but didn’t love our food as much as the pizza in the front…just gotta be honest here. but it’s a nice patio and the food is pretty good.

and grab a bottle of wine from highland park wine on your way home!!! they also have tastings there and it’s nice to feel a part of the community and enjoy wine and cheese.

east side LA | food tour
east side LA | food tour

it was a very cool day exploring for joanie’s birthday! do you have any east side spots i gotta try out?! xx bri

photos by: designlovefest + ivan solis

(this post was sponsored by Uber)

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