STILL SUMMER | designlovefest

i’m heading to michigan tonight and i’m a 10/10 excited. no summer is complete for me without a trip back home, the most beautiful lakes, the longest days where it doesn’t get dark until 10pm and you spend all day outside swimming, eating ice cream and riding your bike. summer fashion is definitely starting to wind down but i still have lots of warm weather things i’m excited to wear. lots of pretty things still floating around in the online shopping world, here are some faves that i’d like to bring with me this weekend. – joanie


Solid & Striped bikini – i have yet to venture into the high waisted bikini category but thinking this one is a good place to start.

Linen blazer $60 – the perfect piece to throw on over your sundress when you head out at night

Polka dot one piece $168 – i’m normally more of a fan of solid colored swimsuits but for some reason these bright patterns are calling my name.

red + white striped sweater $20 – red and white stripes in a classic summer combo, cute with denim shorts or a skirt.

Straw tote bag $128 – a carry all perfect for the beach or a trip into town for some groceries

knit sweater $40 – neon on pairs perfectly with sun kissed skin!

Cleobella maxi dress $189 – great as a cover up or dress. i like light weight maxis for the summer, they’re chic and protect against the sun.

Rachel Comey heels $489 – i’m not advocating spending $400+

Lacausa one piece $160 – this is the one item i actually am packing! i love a one piece with a slightly sexy element, like the scoop back on this one.

still summer styled | designlovefest
summer styled | designlovefest



williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

one of the most important elements in a kitchen is your knives. they are probably the most used item and there are few things more frustrating with cooking than trying to cut things with a dull knife. both joanie and i use Wüsthof Crafter knives in our home, justin introduced me to them when we started cooking together and joanie registered for them for her wedding. so when williams sonoma asked if we wanted to team up with them and offer a Wüsthof Crafter knife giveaway we were a 1000% yes! they just redesigned the knives and they now have a smoked oak handle with brass rivets which are gorgeous. i’m so excited to be able to give this set away. they are truly knives that with proper care will last a lifetime (psss… it’s more than $1,000+ worth of knives!)

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

we had lunch at the beverly hills hotel last week and tried their chopped cobb salad which was delicious. we decided to re-make it because what better way to break in new beautifully shape knives than with tons of chopping! this recipe is time intensive in the sense that we wanted everything to be in perfect cubes but it turned out perfectly and we’d highly recommend giving it a go.

Beverly Hills Hotel Chopped Cobb Salad
(taken from Parade.com)
serves: 2-3 as an entree or 3-4 as a side 

what you’ll need: 
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 garlic glove
• 12 oz iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
• 12 oz hearts of romaine, finely chopped
• 2 oz watercress, finely chopped
• 1/2 lb red beets, roasted and finely diced
• 1/2 lb aged cheddar cheese, finely diced
• 1/2 lb applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and finely chopped
• 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and finely chopped
•  1/2 lb cooked chicken breasts, diced
• 1 large tomato, peeled and diced
• 1 avocado, peeled and sliced

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

• we started by prepping all the ingredients that need to be cooked, you can prep each thing how you prefer but this is what we did: with the eggs, put them in a pan with water over medium high heat, when it starts to boil, remove from the heat and let them sit covered for 10 minutes, put in ice waterfor the beets, wash and pat dry, place on tin foil with a little oil and salt and bake at 450 degrees for 45minutes- 1 hour. once cool, peel the skin off with your hands and set aside. we seasoned the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and cooked it at 375 for about 20 minutes. and the bacon we cooked until it was reallllly crispy so that it would add a nice crunch to the salad.

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

then mix your dressing, add the oil, balsamic, mustard, and garlic (we used this garlic press) together in a bowl and whisk until smooth, season with about 1 teaspoon salt and some pepper. once you have everything prepped, it’s time to start chopping! chop the beets, cheese, chicken, and tomatoes into as cubes as much as possible. for the lettuce and egg, just chop really finely.

we also used these measuring spoons and cups, copper mixing bowls and this chopping block!

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest
williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest


here is what you’ll win! the value of the this giveaway is over $1,000!
7 piece block set that includes:
• 8″ chef knife
• 9″double serrated bread knife
• 3 1/2″ pairing knife
• 5″ serrated utility knife
• honing steel
• shears
• Wood block with brass rivets

also, these! 
6″ chef knife
7″ hollow edge santoku knife
6″ utility knife
10″ super slicer knife
Set of 4 steak knives

williams sonoma knife giveaway | designlovefest

and here’s how to win…

1) visit Williams Sonoma and take a look around!

2) leave a comment below with your favorite summer meal/recipe!

one winner will receive all of the knives listed above, a value of $1,000+. one winner will be chosen at random on august 8, 2018. one entry per person, double entries will disqualify you from winning. giveaway subject to designlovefest’s rules and regulations. giveaway open to readers in North America only. we reserve the right to change, alter or cancel at anytime. 

this post was sponsored by williams sonoma



a kerouac tidbit à la osman. –maddy

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



blush is one of my favorite colors, so it’s no wonder i’m always looking to add a new blush piece to my space. there’s something calming about the light pink hue. i love it as a simple pop with a throw pillow, or something bigger like a chair or sofa. sharing some of my favorite blush home accents at the moment below. happy weekend! erika

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grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest

back with our second post with Blue Diamond and their new Crafted Gourmet Almonds! this time, it’s all about entertaining at home, which is something i really enjoy. whether it be hosting a sunday dinner at my house, an impromptu gathering on my patio or girl’s night to catch up on reality tv, i love having people over to share food and hang out in my kitchen. once justin moved in, entertaining became way more fun because we shop and prep all the food together and i find it to be a really relaxing way to spend the weekend. it’s always more fun to create something beautiful and delicious when you have people to enjoy it with!

grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest

i like to remind myself that entertaining doesn’t need to be stressful. one way to cut down stress is to create grazing boards, which offers something for everyone and can be prepared before your guests arrive. we brought in the experts, sorella collective, to help us craft these ones and to share a few of their tips on how you can create one at home. here are their tips:

• pick cheeses based on how they work together in flavor on the board. we usually go by what is soft/medium/hard to mild/unique/familiar. We always recommend splurging on at least one cheese as you truly see the difference in quality and taste!

• we recommend going to your local farmers market (if possible) for seasonal produce to pair with your cheeses and almonds. Right now we are in summer so the markets are bursting with stone-fruit, grapes, melons, figs, and summer berries. A cheese lovers dream team! the farmers markets make you think out of the box, and guide you try something new and different. there is truly nothing like getting your produce straight from a farm. the taste is unlike anything you’ll find in a market. and will bring your boards to the next level!

• when cutting your cheese for the board, aim for a mix of generous whole slices, slices that are cut in half so you can layer to create height and easily accessible pieces like squares of cheddar. the cheddar squares are the perfect size to grab and pair with an almond and are great for grazing, no cheese cutting required!

grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest

•  for the charcuterie, we recommend getting it freshly sliced at your local meat shop or market. make sure they are thinly sliced! our rule of thumb is two different medium- large circular pieces and a smaller one that can be laid down or easily scattered. try to find flavors like chili, fennel and garlic. the fennel sausage was perfect with the rosemary and sea salt almonds.

for the boards we used both the Crafted Gourmet Almonds Pink Himalayan Salt and the Rosemary and Sea Salt flavors. the simplicity of the pink salt variety was perfect to pair with the stronger cheese and also the sliced apples and the rosemary ones were great with the salami and the olives. they’d also be really good with some fig jam and crackers. the almonds are roasted so they have a delicate texture, that pairs well with a lot of things.

grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest
grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest

and for their final tip on assembling:

• when arranging your board, always lay the cheese and charcuterie down first. Its sets the foundation of the cheeseboard and starts the flow for the rest of the items. For texture, we make our crowd favorite “salami flowers and ribbons” that are tucked in between the alleys of the cheese. next, we cascade berries down the surface of cheese, or in any crevices for color. For holes this is where we put almonds, olives and any other items that tend to easily roll off the board. it is also a must to add something salty and crunchy, like the Crafted Gourmet Almonds. to finish off the board add the rest of the fruit and accoutrements. this is where you should be as creative as possible! We love to cut strawberries and blackberries in half, and of course adding a pop of color with edible flowers.

you really can make an entire meal out of these boards, put the more substantial board out first with the almonds, meats and cheeses and finish with the fruit board. we served ours with rosé but a glass of bubbly would also be great.

grazing boards with blue diamonds | designlovefest

this post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds

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