08.25.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 78

i’m always inspired by tropical-themed spaces like tiki bars, beach cabanas, and palapas. i’ve been wanting to make my bedroom a tropical oasis; something to make me feel like i’m on vacation on the regularthink blue hawaii meets minimalist. here are a few spaces that are inspiring this look, and a few essentials to make it happen. definitely need a palm and tropical artwork in the space, some plants, and a few pieces of furniture that use natural elements in the space. happy decorating this weekend! – erika

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08.24.17

MY SISTER’S BACHELORETTE!

it’s been a whirlwind of travel lately, but i was SO happy to be in austin with my little sister for her bachelorette trip! i’m her maid of honor and wanted to plan a surprise weekend full of great memories for lacey, so she didn’t know a thing until she showed up!

we checked into my FAVORITE hotel in austin (and on my top hotel list ever, really) the hotel st. cecila. (they also have this hotel we visited in todos santos and this one in marfa) there was 4 of us girls, so my sister and i shared the super cool suite 1 (with the outdoor shower i kept finding her outside in singing along to music haha) and the other two gals shared a pool bungalow. it was so fun checking in and seeing her excitement!! this hotel seriously pays attention to design details and i appreciate it so much. it feels like nothing goes unnoticed!

also, a lot of people have asked what i put in the goodie bags for the girls, so here’s a list!

BACHELORETTE GOODIE BAGS:

baggu alternating pattern reusable bags (perfect for the pool)
pendelton, red bandanas (we wore them ALL weekend at the pool in our hair, out dancing around our necks…it was our version of “bachelorette matching”)
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sun bum travel sunscreen packs (LOVE this brand, smells so good)
• shop ban.do heart drink floaties and pool koozies
metallic flash tattoos
disposable cameras!
advil packets (much needed after a long night out)
topo chico (cute sparkling water, perfect in austin)

and of course, champagne and balloons and i got my sister’s crown here!

a list of some of the places we went in austin!

elizabeth street cafe for a delicious vietnamese dinner with spiked punch
hotel st. cecilia for lounging at the pool
barton springs (it was my first time to the natural springs pool, and it was such a fun summer activity. the water was cooooold but it was fun to jump in and cool off and lounge in the grass with everyone)
torchy’s tacos food truck for the tacos and queso. sitting outside in cute their under the lights.
broken spoke for honky tonk dancing!
josephine house for breakfast (sooooo good, get the bloody mary and the burrata salad)
weather up (great brunch!)

can you tell we love breakfast?? austin knows how to do a great brunch, alright. and we were in love with the robes at the hotel. i wore mine as much as possible!

this was at barton springs, definitely go there.

such a special weekend celebrating with my sis, can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle!!! love you, lacey xoxoxox

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08.24.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 203

this week hillary butler made these colorful desktop downloads for us! click through below to download these for your phone and computer.

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08.23.17

BOTANICS + ULTA GIVEAWAY

we have been long time partners with botanics (remember this girl’s spa night and those cool wall planters) and our whole team loves their products (especially their organic face oil + rosewater spray). so today we’re offering you a chance to win a $500 gift card to Ulta to stock up on Botanics for yourself. Ulta also carries almost every other beauty product you could imagine so you can shop to your hearts content! or you could host a girl’s spa night like we did.

CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY…THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

here’s how to win…

1) visit the Ulta site and take a look around!

2) leave a comment below telling us one item you’d purchase if you won the $500 shopping credit.

one winner will receive $500 spend at Ulta. the giveaway closes on August 30th at 10am. open to our readers in the u.s. and canada only, sorry! one entry per household, multiple entries will be automatically disqualified without notice. 

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08.22.17

COOKBOOK CLUB

cookbook club | designlovefest

it’s no secret that i’ve recently gotten very into cooking so when my friend barrett asked joanie and i if we wanted to be apart of a cookbook club we were in! it’s actually a little bit intimidating to be a fairly new cook and have to prepare a dish for everyone (most of the people being really skilled in the kitchen). but i took it as a learning opportunity and a chance to challenge my skills and grow my understanding of cooking different types of food.

the way the cookbook club works is that we meet once a month and there are six members and we each rotate who hosts. whoever hosts gets to pick the cookbook, hopefully it’s one you love or something you have been wanting to try. a book that people will like adding to their collection. the idea is that everyone selects an item from the cookbook to make and than you all share in it together. it gives you a chance to really understand the cookbook and for people to make comments on it, if they liked the recipe layouts, if the end result was worth the effort, if they’d change something in their recipe moving forward, etc.

cookbook club | designlovefest
cookbook club | designlovefest

i went first and picked “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” i decided to make the breaded shrimp skewers and joanie decided to make the bread salad. normally we’d meet at my house but we decided to head to descanso gardens instead to enjoy the long evening light and the outdoor music.

verdict? the bread salad was delicious but oddly labor intensive. it’s one of those recipes that once you make  you’ll know in the future which steps you can skip. i loved that it used anchovies in the dressing, it made me feel fancy. and the quality of the bread really reallly matters. i bought whole wheat focaccia from the farmers market and it was delicious. also, only make this when tomatoes are in season, that’s the majority of the salad. but overall delicious, i’d recommend making some variation of it! – joanie

shrimp skewers – there were very few ingredients in this recipe so each one counts, a lot. they turned out to be super moist from the bread crumbs and pretty easy to make! i would definitely recommend it. i also tried the tomato and onion sauce from the book and it was great! seriously everyone’s dish turned out so delicious, i was proud of us! – bri

cookbook club | designlovefest
cookbook club | designlovefest
cookbook club | designlovefest
cookbook club | designlovefest

our next book is the Jerusalem cookbook and we’re meeting on wednesday! we’ll keep you posted on how it turns out. any suggestions on books we should try?? you should do it with us! xx bri

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