11.10.17

GIFT GUIDE / $50

gift guide | designlovefest

i’ve so excited for gift guides this year! i love creating them and i love looking at the guides that other people make. i wasn’t always a gift giver and really struggled with what to give people and if they’d like it, etc. but as i’ve gotten older i’ve really started to enjoy it. for me, it’s about getting a head start and not saving it for the last minute. which can be hard to do but even picking up little thoughtful items in the months leading up to the holidays helps a lot. gifts don’t have to be big or expensive. it’s really about putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and thinking about something they might enjoy. i’ve given a lot of gifts that i really loved or that i wanted the person to like but that doesn’t always turn out so well. every year for my birthday bri creates a pin board for me with about 20 items that she has curated from all over the web that she thinks i’ll love. it’s such a sweet gesture because looking at the board i can tell that every item she picked she did so with me and my taste and style in mind.  cheers to gift giving! – joanie

Hysteria socks $18 – bri just got sent a few pairs of these socks and they are the coolest. their designs are so cute and they would be great all winter long peeking out of your closed toe shoes.

Stumptown coffee $15 – nothing says i love you than a pound of good coffee, am i right? i feel like coffee, wine and candles are the most universally accepted gifts that truly any one would enjoy.

P.F terra candle $42 – one of our favorite candle companies just started making their candles in terra cotta! i’d get the lavender but all of the scents are nice.

Baublebar hoop earrings $42 – a little pop of color to go with all that cold grey winter weather.

Bottega Louie chocolate bar $7 -the packaging at bottega louie is reason enough to buy a gift for someone there. i have been sent a box of their macaroons by my aunt before and i can attest that they are instant happiness.

Madewell scarf  $50 – a nice lightweight scarf that can be worn as an evening wrap. this is also a great travel gift if you need a gift that’ll fit in your suitcase!

True Botanicals tinted SPF 20 $40 – i wear this every single day and i love it. plus, i feel good about the fact that i’m actually wearing sunscreen and protecting my skin. a gift that keeps on giving!

Mazama wares mug $42 – would be a nice double gift with a pound of coffee but i love these mugs alone. they are sturdy, handmade and come in lots of cool glazes.

Heart earring studs $38 – when the yellow hoops are a bit too much these baby heart studs will do the trick. give these to your bff or sister!

11.10.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 89

with fall underway and the holidays around the corner, i’ve got my eye on this orange hue. think clay-colored linens, luxe leathers, and rustic burnt-orange textiles. i’m loving this color pop for fall decor. it makes me want to add a little extra orange to my space with some deep orange throws, or throw pillows. shop my favorites below! what do you think about this look? – erika

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11.09.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 212

camille gressier made these adorable desktops for us this week! love her stitching on these fun phrases. click through below to download these desktop wallpapers for your computer. and check our more of here work here!

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11.08.17

KOMBUCHA COCKTAIL

kombucha cocktail | designlovefest

i’ve rekindled my love for bon appétit magazine. they have such pretty photos and really approachable recipes and tons of great tips.  they had a recipe for a Kombucha cocktail in the october issue and i wanted to give it a try. they suggested using Aperol but we used Campari instead, i think both are good options though. we mixed each cocktail individually but you could also make a pitcher of them if you wanted to cut down on time, just multiple everything by 6.  – joanie

kombucha cocktail | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
makes 1 serving
• 1 ounce blanco tequila
• 1 ounce campari
• 2-3 drops angostura bitters
• 2 oz chilled Kombucha ( we used gingerade flavor)
•  club soda
• orange peel for garnish
• ice

kombucha cocktail | designlovefest
kombucha cocktail | designlovefest
kombucha cocktail | designlovefest
 
kombucha cocktail | designlovefest

to assemble place an ice cube in your glass, add the kombucha, tequila, campari and top with the bitters. stir and serve!

kombucha cocktail | designlovefest
kombucha cocktail | designlovefest
kombucha cocktail | designlovefest

a simple garnish goes a long way on these! the cocktail picks and coupes are from cocktail kingdom which is an excellent place to stock up on bar tools and glasses.

kombucha cocktail | designlovefest
kombucha cocktail | designlovefest

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

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11.03.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 88

the part of holiday entertaining i look forward to most is perfecting the holiday cheese plate. it’s so fun to select the cheeses, lay them out on a pretty cheese plate, and watch guests talk about how much they love their favorite. my essential cheese plate selects are a good gouda, brie, and goat cheese, as well as a few simple classics like hard cheese (cheddar, parmesan), and an assortment of crackers, nuts, meats, and jams. there are so many cute cheese plates and knives to choose from, shop the links below! happy entertaining, friends. – erika

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