11.17.16

DRESS YOUR TECH / 169

dress your tech | designlovefest

traci sally made these adorable desert wallpapers for us. love the copper accents.

dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest

dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest

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11.15.16

THAI COCONUT HOT AND SOUR SOUP

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there are few things more luxurious to me then a night-in with nothing to do and a whole lot of thai take out. i live in thai town so i’m surrounded by amazing (and inexpensive!) thai restaurants which means i almost never try and re-create the dishes on my own because i know they just won’t compare. but, ivan and i made an exception for this soup and we didn’t regret it. based off of tom yum soup this one is creamy, spicy with the perfect balance of citrus. served with a pile of cilantro on top and a big spoonful of coconut sticky rice, it was perfect! – joanie

thai soup | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• 2 13 oz cans light coconut milk
• 1 32oz box of low sodium chicken broth
• 2 shallots thinly sliced
• 3 limes squeezed
•  1/2 a pound organic chicken breast tenders/cutlets (i find the small cuts to be more tender!)
• 2 cups mushrooms washed and sliced
• 3 teaspoons coconut sugar
• 1 bunch fresh cilantro
• 1 red jalapeño pepper thinly sliced (keep the seeds if you like it hot)
• 1 tablespoon fish sauce
• 2 teaspoons sea salt
• 3 stalks lemongrass peeled and chopped in half

also, we made this coconut sticky rice to serve along side and followed the recipe exactly.

thai soup | designlovefest

• in a large pot bring the light coconut milk, chicken broth, shallots, lemon grass, red jalapeño pepper to a boil, add chicken breast and simmer for 15-20 minutes. salt to taste.

thai soup | designlovefest
thai soup | designlovefest
thai soup | designlovefest

• once the chicken has cooked, remove from the pot and shred it and return it to the broth. add the lime juice, coconut sugar, fish sauce, mushrooms and cilantro. simmer for an additional 10 minutes ( you may need to adjust the amounts depending on how sour, sweet or spicy you prefer).

thai soup | designlovefest

• serve hot with the coconut sticky rice and a big pile of chopped cilantro!

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

11.14.16

HOLIDAY HOSTING

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my mom is a true hostess and always goes above and beyond whenever she has guests making them feel welcome and totally comfortable in her home (she even does it for me when i come back for a visit). i really appreciate that quality about her and it’s something that i’m working on in my own home. making it a warm and inviting place where people feel like they can truly relax is a priority for me and i partnered with our friends at parachute to share some of my favorite tips for hosting overnight guests.

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the set up//

• my love for parachute is no secret, i use their bedding and towels and they recently launched bathrobes as part of their collection. i pretty much live in mine when i’m home so leaving one out for guests who stay with me is a nice little luxury that mimics a hotel experience (who doesn’t love hotel robes?!) also, soft, cozy sheets, i prefer linen because it’s hot all year round in california.

• i like to leave a little note on the bedside table with the wifi code so they can have access whenever they’d like and don’t have to ask.

• a little vase of fresh flowers, trader joe’s has great year round (inexpensive!) options.

• something sweet like a bar of chocolate or jar of candy.

• a candle, incense, or palo santo to keep the room smelling nice (don’t forget the matches).

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• a full towel set (bath, hand and face) of their own. if you’re sharing a bathroom with your guests i like to offer them a different color set then my own so they don’t have to worry about them getting mixed up. i love the white and stone color options.

• an eye mask and ear plugs. my guest room gets really bright, really early so the eye mask is nice.

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• large toiletries that they may not have been able to travel with or that enhance their stay like bed linen spray, facial mist, a pretty perfume and a nice hand lotion.

• a pitcher of water and glasses because no one likes to have to wander around for a late night glass of water.

• in the guest bathroom my mom always has an extra toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, a comb, and advil. people often forget things when they travel!

are you hosting guests for the holidays? i’d love to hear your tips for making your home inviting. also, if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, parachute put together a guide that can help you tackle even the most difficult recipient, even the girl who has everything doesn’t mind a fresh set of sheets!

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photos by: ivan solis

(this post is sponsored by parachute, a home textile company that our entire team loves and supports). 

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11.11.16

BACKYARD FRIENDSGIVING

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have i mentioned how much i love throwing parties? it really is my happy place. everything from creating the inspiration board, selecting the menu, hiring the vendors and then seeing it all come together and spending an evening with some of the people i love, it’s all just the best. so it was an instant yes when our friends at vitamix asked if i could put together a little friendsgiving celebration. i wanted to create a twist on the classic thanksgiving meal by creating an entirely vegetarian menu and also using a slightly less traditional color scheme of soft purples and pinks (how about that velvet table cloth!?)

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

we rented the tableware from our friends at casa de perrin (they just opened an online shop!) and paired a graphic charger with the soft tones of the heath salad plate. we rented the linens from la tavola, a resource we just discovered and they have a huge selection. the tablecloth was rose colored velvet and the napkins iridescent pink.

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

Simone LeBlanc created individual gift boxes for all of the guests, her presentation could not be prettier or more elegant. i love the hand-painted wooden boxes with the swipe of gold paint and the chic black vases. it really is all about the details. each guest received a matte black vase and dried flowers to arrange their very own unique floral piece.

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

and of course my girl moon canyon killed it with the flowers. the bold hues she brought in really made the whole thing pop. the menu was filled with comfort foods, mashed potatoes (made by victoria, she makes the best ones!), mac and cheese, broccoli with chili flakes and lemon, harvest salad with dill avocado dressing (we’re sharing the recipe below!), caramelized onion and tomato quiche and we finished it off with chocolate cake. it was a lot of food!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

harvest salad with avocado dill dressing

what you’ll need:
• 2 cups of walnuts
• 6 cups of your favorite lettuce mixture
• crisp apples
• sugar
• butter

for the dressing:
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 2 gloves of garlic
• 5-7 sprigs of dill
• 1/4 cup greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup buttermilk
• 2 tablespoons avocado oil

• start by caramelizing your walnuts, melt the 2 tablespoons butter with 1/2 cup sugar in a pan, add the the nuts and stir until caramelized, don’t over cook, they will burn easily! immediately transfer to a bowl so it doesn’t stick to your pan. add the salad greens, sliced apples and pom seeds in a bowl, top with the nuts.

• for the dressing, combine everything but the avocado oil into you Vitamix, turn it on speed 1 and slow increase to 4, once at 4 remove the lid and slowly add your avocado oil in a steady (thin!) stream. increase the speed to 6 and then you’re done! if you like the dressing to be thinner add a little more buttermilk. this is great on salads but also with sliced veggies as a dip!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

we also served small glasses of egg nog to guests as they arrived. we often like our nog spiked but kept this version virgin! one of my favorite Vitamix tricks ever is the fact that you can make whipped cream in seconds in your blender. simply pour your whipping cream in with whatever sweater you’d like, i prefer a small splash of maple syrup and blend on high for about 25 seconds, (do not over blend or you’ll have butter!)!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

egg nog
what you’ll need:
• 2 eggs (organic!)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 quart whole milk
• pinch of salt
• 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
• 1 pint whipping cream

how to make it:

• make the whipped cream as directed above, remove from blender and set aside
• put the 2 eggs in the blender and mix slowly for 20 seconds, add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 more seconds. pour into glasses, top with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

our favorite, helen’s wine, did the wine for the night and they were honestly some of the best i’ve ever had. she has taught me so much about selecting wines from producers who don’t have any additives and all of the wines we drank that night were organic and amazing. GAMAY forever!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

it was a perfect night that ended in a dance party and left me feeling so grateful for the ladies in my life! thanks so much to our sponsor Vitamix who always lets me express my creativity in our partnerships. our Vitamix is the copper one available here if you’re interested!

and a special thanks to our girl victoria who let us take over her home and host the party in her beautiful backyard!

backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest
backyard friendsgiving | designlovefest

photos by: jesse chamberlin
(this post was sponsored by Vitamix a product we use all of the time and love!)

11.11.16

WEEKEND AT HOME / 40

holiday entertaining | designlovefest

with the holidays just around the corner you’re probably looking for some some pretty tabletop additions for your next night of entertaining. here are some pretty additions to make your tabletop pop this holiday season. gather around with loved ones and be merry together with these entertaining essentials. happy entertaining! – erika

holiday entertaining | designlovefest

aren’t these agate coasters cute?

holiday entertaining | designlovefest
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holiday entertaining | designlovefest
holiday entertaining | designlovefest
holiday entertaining | designlovefest

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