01.10.20

COOKING IN JANUARY

january can feel like a very transitional month. fresh off the holidays, not ready to jump right into the new year. there is pressure to set goals, hit the gym, eat less sugar, drink more water, discuss your future at length, etc. which frankly can seem a bit overwhelming to me. i like to view january as a hibernation month, a time to rest and reset after the holidays with little expectation on output and achievements. cooking at home, going to bed early, reading good books, taking walks to soak in the winter sunlight and anything that feels rejuvenating. i don’t like restrictions or cleanses to start off the year but i do like cooking balanced meals. it helps to think of it less as eliminating things and more as adding things in, more leafy greens, more veggies. here are a few ideas to cook up if you’re looking…

the broccoli cheddar soup from smitten kitchen.

this kale and squash bake that is just as good reheated.

refried beans to eat with fried eggs, tortillas or with a good ole’ rice bowl (recipe is half way down the post).

chicken noodle soup, always. you can sub rice instead of noodles or leave the noodles out all together and just make it chicken and vegetables.

this veggie curry, sub in sweet potatoes, add an extra can of coconut milk and double the spices. finish with a big squeeze of lime.

lentil soup. i made this twice in december. inexpensive and comes together easily. i use curry paste instead of powder.

tortilla soup. i wait all year for soup season, i love the simplicity and versatility of a soup.

roasted carrot and avocado salad. skip the cheese and just do the carrots with avocado. the warm spices on this make it perfect for colder months and i have been finding the best avocados at trader joe’s recently.

i hope you’re january is off to a peaceful start. – joanie

 

 

01.06.20

GO GO GO

been coming up with a personal project that combines a bunch of my current interests. i hope to make it happen soon. i’m trying to stay motivated and not talk myself out of it, because I feel really excited about it!

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01.06.20

PRETTY

chloé backstage paris fashion week 2016. inspiring me this evening…

12.20.19

BYEEEEEE 2019!

we’re headed to see my mom in louisville tomorrow and then my sister and her husband in cincinnati over the holiday break. i’ve been feeling under the weather, but hoping to just lay around in flannel for the next week.

it has been such a wild year with our wedding (ps full feature over here), our road trip van honeymoonfalling down the rabbit hole of healing & spirituality, and scaling back work to only things that really align (my favorite this year was probably art directing this). I have absolutely no clue what the next year holds but i’m sure hoping a baby fits in there somewhere! i’ve done a lot of work on myself and I feel proud and excited to see what this new decade will bring. wishing you all the best and thank you so much for your support this year! SO MUCH LOVE. bri

(photo: sara tasker)

12.18.19

HOLIDAY PARTY AT ROW DTLA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we capped off our year with an epic holiday party at ROW DTLA  last week and it was so much fun! this event was part of my year long partnership with them where i’m hosting events (like the Still Life Ceramics class a few weeks ago), visiting their amazing curation of shops and restaurants and overall getting to support their vision for bringing something really special to downtown LA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

they did the best job of picking out shops and restaurants that are destinations on their own and having them side by side and accessible with easy parking and car free streets adds to the experience. the murals, signage, and the layout of ROW is really well executed and makes for a fun outing.

of the flowers decked it out our dinner with tons of candles, a handmade tablecloth and the most beautiful wreaths i have ever seen (i love this shot of them in all their glory). 

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

for the guest gift, we created bags with a mix of items from some of favorite shops a gift card to go get em tiger for coffee (their almond macadamia latte is so good!), candles from Poketo, a pinch bowl from Hawkins New York, Jacobsen salt and mini bottles of liquor from flask & field. i also love Still Life Ceramics for beautiful handmade pieces, Myrtle for clothes (i bought a dress there a few weeks back that i wore to a wedding), LCD for a beautiful shopping experience, A+R for home inspiration and many more!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we hosted a tiki party this summer on one of their rooftops and for this holiday party we wanted to to utilize one of their restaurants. hosting an event at a restaurant really eliminates many of the stressors as the food, drink, table, chairs, place settings, etc are already there and we don’t have to bring in all of the elements to make it happen. the meal was family style and we did a wine pairing which made it feel laid back and fun. we all just rotated around the table and talked for hours.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

i highly recommend checking out ROW DTLA if you’re looking for a place to host an event. they have so many locations to pick from rooftops, to restaurants like M. Georgina (which is next on our list for a dinner party!) logistically it’s streamlined as there is plenty of parking and you can utilize the variety of shops inside.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we have hosted tons (100+!?) events over the years and there are so many moving pieces that go into each one. this party felt like one we could truly relax at and was really easy to plan from start to finish. and so nice to all get together before the holiday madness and fill up on pasta and champagne. i never ever regret a good friend’s dinner!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

images by: designlovefest, ivan solis, bonnie tsang, and denise bovee
location: ROW DTLA
florals by: of the flowers
gift bag items by: Poketo, Hawkins New York,  flask & field and go get em tiger

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