06.07.19

THAI INSPIRED MEATBALLS

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

i know, we’ve made a lot of meatball recipes around here. but we can’t help it, they’re easy to throw together, you can adjust based on what you have on hand and they’re delicious. today we’re sharing ivan’s take on a thai inspired meatball. we didn’t use egg or breadcrumbs in this recipe. not for any real reason other than we wanted to try it without. it’s a little harder to keep together before cooking but once cooked it worked out great. enjoy! – joanie

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
serves 3-4

thai inspired meatballs:
• 1 lb ground chicken 
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoon finely grated ginger (ginger powder works great too!)
• 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon grass (outer layers removed)
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped basil
• salt and pepper to taste
• coconut oil

coconut rice: 
• 1 cup white rice
• coconut milk

garnishes:
• basil
• cilantro
• green onions
• red onions (soaked in water)
• lime wedges
• ground fresh chili paste (we love using samba oelek!)

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest
thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

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05.30.19

LIGHTBOX 2019

lightbox | designlovefest

it’s been a few months since i have dreamt up a shoot, so i was really excited to dive in with this Lightbox shoot! we’ve been working with them for awhile now and it’s always such a fun partnership. it was one of those magical days where everything was running smoothly, and just a lot of positive creative energy on set. here are some of my favorites from the day!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

i like showing you a look into my inspiration process and concept phase too! so here it is…

lightbox | designlovefest

CONCEPT:

day in the life of a girl who loves the sunshine and her alone time. she loves sitting peacefully in beautiful spaces. floating with her pet swan, laying in the grass, playing with shadows. lightbox jewelry fits perfectly with this story line, they are a vibrant company that is making jewelry a gift to give yourself, a friend, a family member or someone you love. it doesn’t have to be a romantic gift from a partner and i love that. the vibe is a midcentury pink house, 60’s vibe. edward scissorhands styling inspiration (trimmed hedges, pastel colors, quirky), with the laid back virgin suicides feeling. in the pool, i want to play with the reflections and sunlight. focused in on her ears as she is underwater or just above water line. vintage style clothing, muted, colorful. fun props like fringed umbrellas, sequined fruit, eye mask, jello molds…and a SWAN!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

lightbox recently released a line of stacking rings which were one of the focuses of the shoot. i love them piled on, mixing different colors and shapes. they look really cool with three or four on a finger.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE THE FULL SHOOT….

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05.29.19

A MAGICAL NIGHT WITH UBER BLACK

a magical night | designlovefest
a magical night | designlovefest

i’ve been staying in a lot lately, cooking at home, reading, hanging with Justin and generally just laying low. between planning the wedding and recovering from the wedding things have been pretty chill at our house. which i love, but it’s also fun to mix it up, and i felt like it was time for a night out on the town! since i haven’t been to the magic castle (a classic LA spot!!) in many years (and justin has never been!), i really wanted to surprise justin and his cousin blake with a magical evening there! it’s one of those secret club type places where a magician has to invite you, you enter through a bookcase, you dress fancy and have cocktails, there are no photos allowed inside, and you sort of feel transported in time when you arrive. there are little magic shows in small cave-like rooms, card tricks happening at the bars, and an overall fun, kitchy feeling.

so, we made a whole night of it, drank martinis at home while we got dressed up, requested an Uber Black trip (which made it feel like a celebration from the second we left!), and had such a wonderful time with close friends and family!

a magical night | designlovefest
a magical night | designlovefest

you really do feel relaxed in an Uber Black, so there are a few occasions i like to splurge on one. they are great for meetings across town when i need to work during traffic. they’ve added some new premium features, like the ability to request a “Silent Ride” so you reduce distractions while you are on your way. i like to take them on early morning trips to the airport so i can feel relaxed and calm before a long flight  or job (they are usually stocked with water and snacks, chargers, and music controls). you can also request Temperature Preference from your phone and also request Luggage Support before your driver even arrives which is great for people like me who are anxious travelers and like to be in control.

a magical night | designlovefest
a magical night | designlovefest
a magical night | designlovefest
a magical night | designlovefest
a magical night | designlovefest

after a few drinks, a ton of magic, and a lot of laughter, we made it home safe thanks to Uber Black. and sang ain’t no mountain high enough while possibly driving the driver nuts. although, i think i caught him signing along, so maybe he loved it. thanks for always getting us out of the house and on town town, Uber!

(this post was created in partnership with Uber, a company we’ve been using for years)

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05.28.19

A POST MEMORIAL DAY SALE!

hope everyone had a relaxing weekend with friends + family! we’re having a little post Memorial Day sale (because we went fully off the grid for the weekend), 25 % off both our new business of social media workshop and also the social media workshop using code happy25. we just launched the business workshop this year and for those of you who have already watched and sent us such sweet emails, we really appreciate your feedback and love that you love the class. i can’t tell you how good it feels to put your heart into something and have people respond to positively.

what’s the difference? 

the business workshop

we get so many questions about running the business, ideas, client work, inspiration, invoicing, contracts etc and this workshop was born out of those questions. it goes over things that aren’t as glamorous as just taking and editing a pretty picture. it goes into what i do when i’m stuck in a rut, stating motivated through the years, how i come up with my shoot ideas,  as well as the business side of designlovefest. it’s goes over everything from how we invoice, tips on looking at a contract, negotiating your rate, how to know what to charge a client, etc. this is an overview class that is packed with information. it’s going to feel dense at times, we recommend that you watch it at least twice through.once, without stress and pressure to take it all in and then again to take notes and go over things that might have peaked your interest. this class is for anyone who has been curious about the business side of DLF, what goes into the day to to day operations and how you can take the things we’ve learned and apply them to your current business or your dream business you’d love to start one day. it goes without saying that there are many ways to be a small business owner, this class is specially designed to share what has worked for me over the past 8 years and the lessons i’ve learned along the way. we aren’t lawyers or accountants, we’re two people who have been working really hard to build an authentic brand and that have seen an increased interest in sharing about how we built this business and how we keep it running. we’re answering many questions that we’ve received from our readers and we hope that you find the information valuable and that we can help you on your own small business journey.

you can purchase the class here. use code happy25 for 25% off! 

and the social media class

do you want to learn tricks about how to use instagram, facebook, twitter and pinterest for your growing business? as freelancers, these are the outlets we use to get our name into the world. to let people know who we are and what we offer. social media can be your greatest asset and also your greatest detriment. there is a split second window to make an impact and this course will teach you how to capitalize on those tiny moments.

join us for a 1.5 hour video seminar taught by bri emery, who has grown her social following to over 1.5 million people. she will be going over all of the tricks she has learned along the way. which platforms work best for what content, how to grow your following, present your photos, promote your business in an organic way and reach your target audience. this class is open to all levels – it doesn’t matter if you have 5 followers or 100,000. previous attendees of this class have experienced social growth of more than 400% in the months following the seminar!

you can purchase the class here

use code happy25 for 25% off! 

 

05.20.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 124

a hey jude look inspired this color palette. —maddy

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

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