faux fur | designlovefest

there has been a long standing movement asking the fashion industry to move away from using real animal fur and to use faux fur instead. and with Gucci’s announcement that they will no longer be using real fur in any of their collections i think it’s safe to say that the movement is here to stay. and it’s a win for everyone! there are so many cute and more affordable faux fur options available this season than every before and here are a few of my favorites. i love the idea of buying a slightly over the top jacket and making it your statement coat to wear all fall and winter long over everything, day or night. – joanie


Zara faux fur jacket $120 – the different textures on this jacket make it a playful option for fall. fur can feel fancy but this feels laid back and cool. 

Mango faux fur jacket $130 – i’m totally obsessed with this deep emerald green color and think this jacket would be so striking on. 

H&M leopard print coat $129 – a little leopard never hurt no body, or in this case a lot of leopard! this coat is a great length to pair with skinny jeans. 

Free People faux fur bomber $168 – love that this a is a bomber style making it more cropped and fitted in the waist once zipped. 

H&M faux fur jacket $70 – this ice blue color is such a pretty hue and perfect for winter. 

Faux sherling lined coat $120 – this looks like the most cozy jacket and i’m always into cream for winter. 

Alice + Olivia two tone coat $248 – the two tone on this gives it a nice retro feel. it’s also cut to lay close to the body and not add a lot of extra bulk which makes it great as an evening option over a dress. 

H&M sky blue jacket $100 – vibrant color, oversized style with cool zip details on the pocket. 

Zara faux fur $90 – this is the most similar to what would be a classic cropped mink coat. it’s a very sophisticated cut and i love the big cuffed sleeve. this one is easy to dress way up to something black tie or down with a pair of jeans. 

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one evening i wandered in night palm, the new(ish) silver lake boutique and fell in love immediately. filled with vintage treasures and cool brands, you wanna take your time looking at all the beautiful details…

i love that there is a variety of price points so it makes it fun to shop…instead of just wanting everything and having it be overpriced. it’s great for little gifts and will definitely make you want to redecorate a room or two in your home. (tiffany is actually going to help finish up my living room because i trust her so much after seeing their store!)

a husband and wife duo opened the shop. they’re so sweet, welcoming and talented. you can tell they put a lot of love into that place.

rugs, pillows, blankets, chairs, vases, paintings…definitely stop by and take a look!! and if you can’t make it, they have an online shop here.

photos by ivan solis



the one space i can never quite finish in my home is the patio. i love shopping for patio decor, but i never quite commit to one look. it’s one of my favorite spaces to hang out and have a cocktail, so i really want to finish that spot. here are some looks that are really inspiring me lately. what type of patio are you dreaming of? – erika

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clairebella studio made these pretty shibori desktop wallpapers for us this week! love these indigo patterns! you can shop these designs as pillows in her shop here. and click through below to downloads them for your computer wallpaper!





image via faring well
image via faring well

i try hard to not let any food that i purchase go to waste in my refrigerator by going bad/expiring. it always feels insanely wasteful to me to throw out perfectly good food that just got forgotten for a bit too long. obviously, it happens and there are moments when you leave town unexpectedly or you literally just don’t look far enough in to see that bunch of kale in the back. it’s kind of a fun challenge/game to come up with great meals that use up items that are on the brink of going bad. here are few of my go-to recipes that are very forgiving and are perfect for using up forgotten fridge items.  for myself, what i mostly find that i’m scrambling to use up is produce, cheeses, dairy and sometimes meats like bacon, chicken, etc so most of these recipes include those items, heavy on the produce! -joanie

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#1. trader joe’s frozen organic pizza crust – we keep a package of these in our freezer at all times. because what’s more delicious and easy to prepare than a pizza! i make the whole thing in my cast iron, i start by preheating it to 425 with the cast iron in the oven. set the pizza crust out while the oven preheats. then pull out the cast iron, put the dough directly in the oiled pan and top. i generally don’t have tomato sauce on hand so i use olive oil as my base. for the cheese, you can mix anything you have. i’ve used everything under the sun. if it’s a soft cheese, like fresh mozzarella or goat cheese i put it on top of all of the toppings. i literally pull out all of my produce that’s about to go bad and go to town. zucchini, tomatoes, fresh herbs, roasted veggies like sweet potatoes and cauliflower, caramelize some onions, chop up some garlic, top with bacon/chicken/steak, etc. the options are endless!

image via naturally ella
image via naturally ella

#2. frittata – another favorite and something that keeps well is a frittata. again, i use my cast iron and start by sautéing my vegetables. any veggies that i have laying around! i first put in the things that take longest, mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, etc. and salt and pepper them (if i have bacon, i’ll cook up a few strips of that and than drain out half the oil and sauté the veggies in the bacon grease, it’s so good!) and then add softer items like tomatoes and greens towards the end as they require very little time to cook.whisk together 10 eggs with a splash of milk and a big pinch of salt and pour over the cooked veggies, top with shredded cheese and put in the oven to cook for 15-ish minutes. the center should feel hard to the touch and bounce back slightly when you push on it.

minimalist baker roasted veggie bowl
image via minimalist baker

#3. roasted veggie bowls – it’s as simple as it sounds. i use brown rice as the base and roast up veggies like sweet potato, onion, carrot, mushrooms, cauliflower with avocado oil, pink salt and garlic. 425 degrees until some of the veggies look charred, about 30 minutes. top with hummus, pesto, garlic spread or tahini and a squeeze of lime. this is a very easy and satisfying dinner! you can also top with an egg if you’re looking for more protein.

#4 fruit – for fruit that is going bad i either make a bread/muffin or wash and freeze for smoothies. for spinach or fresh greens, i will sometimes make a veggie egg dish by steaming the greens and topping them with a fried egg and hot sauce. greens steam down into a really small amount and can easily be snuck into a meal.

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#5 meatballs –  if i have any ground meat around that’s going bad, lamb, beef, chicken or turkey,  i make meatballs! i mix it all in one bowl, start by adding the meat, then an egg, 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, some shredded zucchini if you have on hand, salt, pepper, two chopped cloves of garlic, any fresh herbs you have around or dried work great too (thyme, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, cumin, etc are all great), some shredded parmesan cheese (if you have it!) and 1/4 cup minced white onion. you can either fry on the stove top or bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

now it’s your turn! what’s your go-to meal when you’re trying to save food from being thrown out?

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