08.10.16

PINK RUG CO GIVEAWAY!

rug giveaway! | designlovefest

today you can win any rug from pink rug co up to $700! they have so many pretty vintage moroccan rugs (there are hundreds to choose from!) and they’re all one-of-a-kind! love the pretty colors and textures on these…

rug giveaway! | designlovefest
rug giveaway! | designlovefest
rug giveaway! | designlovefest
rug giveaway! | designlovefest

isn’t this alphabet design cool? so many unique rugs…click through below to enter, and good luck!

rug giveaway! | designlovefest
rug giveaway! | designlovefest
rug giveaway! | designlovefest

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08.09.16

RELEARNING PATIENCE

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i think i can safely say i’ve always been an impatient person. it’s something i’ve been thinking more and more about recently. the past year or two of my life, i’ve learned to be alone. the past 6 months i even got pretty good at it. i’ve focused on self-love and independence and i’ve seen such wonderful benefits from it. but my work doesn’t stop here.

i’m not happy with my need for immediate distraction and convenience (checking social media, ordering dinner on postmates, texting with friends etc). it’s something i really want to work on. just patience in general. i wrote a comment on this photo yesterday about the amount of information we are taking in on social media and it sparked a lot of conversation that still has my head turning today about it.

i decided it’s time to start using my time more wisely. slowly cooking dinner and listening to new music by myself. reading the news in the morning before i start working. taking a walk. reading more books on my patio in the sunshine. driving around at sunset. just sitting and thinking. it may sound silly or cliche, but it’s something that’s become really important to me. prioritizing my time. pushing through uncomfortable silence or even boredom and teaching myself how to enjoy it. regaining my attention span. fighting against overstimulation.

i figure the only way to start…is to just start. last night i laid on my couch, resisted the tv, listened to hours of music and didn’t touch my phone. every few minutes i would get kinda antsy, or the urge to do something else. by the end of it, i was relaxed and ready for bed. it made me realize how much i need this to happen.

sooooo. got any good summer book recommendations for me? any tips on how you worked on a similar issue? always appreciate your thoughts. xx bri

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08.09.16

SUMMER CORN SOUP

summer corn soup | designlovefest

i was born and raised in the midwest where summertime means roadside stands filled with fresh berries, tomatoes and sweet corn. i find frozen corn to be completely uninspiring and almost never eat it but fresh corn is a completely different story which is why i’m only going to recommend making this soup in the summer time when you can use fresh corn on the cob! it makes all the difference. what have you been making and loving this summer? i’d love to know, i’m always looking for new ideas. i find that my enthusiasm for cooking goes down in the warmer months so i’ve been focusing on simple meals that require little effort and work as leftovers as well. i just made this chicken salad from the NYtimes last night and really enjoyed it.  – joanie

summer corn soup | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 4
• 4 ears of corn, remove the corn from the cob
• 2 jalapeños
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 white onion diced
• 2 sprigs fresh marjoram
• 1 32 ounces box of vegtable broth
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoons salt
• 2 limes
• garnish and serve with tortilla chips, queso fresco (feta would be good too!), sliced avocado and spicy salsa.

summer corn soup | designlovefest
summer corn soup | designlovefest
summer corn soup | designlovefest

• heat the olive oil and add the onion. chop the jalapeños (remove the seeds if you don’t like it too spicy) and add to the onion. add the cumin, salt, marjoram and corn and mix until incorporated. add the vegetable broth and let simmer on low for 15 minutes. remove the sprigs of marjoram. the idea is to barely cook the corn so that it stays really crisp and fresh.

summer corn soup | designlovefest
summer corn soup | designlovefest

• ladle into four bowls and top with fresh avocado, queso fresco, and the juice of half a lime. serve with tortilla chips and a spicy red salsa (which you can add to the soup if you want more of a kick!)

summer corn soup | designlovefest
summer corn soup | designlovefest
summer corn soup | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

08.08.16

BE WELL / 02

i feel like i’m on a continual quest of achieving balanced wellness. making smart choices that benefit my body but also not living within a strict set of guidelines that limit my ability to enjoy life and for other people to enjoy being around me. i’m always looking for new resources and new inspiration that aid me in that journey, new recipes that don’t involve $75 of powders and potions, work out gear, articles, etc that encourage a healthy mindset. and weekly we’re going to share some of that with you. if you have a topic or something you’d like to share let us know! – joanie

be well | designlovefest

i made this recipe almost two years ago and i’ve been re-visiting it lately because of the extreme heat and lack of ac in my apartment. it’s essentially the idea of a smoothie bowl where you can throw a range of topping on there and call it a day. the one piece of advice i have for these it to try and have several different textures of toppings.

be well | designlovefest

i love this simple popsicle recipe by donna hay. the only adjustments i’d recommend is to make them with coconut water and honey or maple syrup instead of agave.

be well | designlovefest

we all know that water is important but i read this book called “you’re not sick, you’re thirsty” and although it sounds extreme it really does make you think about the healing powers of water.

be well | designlovefest

love this post on watermelon pizza from because i’m addicted!

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this article on the healing power of mushrooms is fascinating to me. i recently started using a mushroom protein powder from moon juice (20% off your first order if you click hereand i’m loving it so far. the reishi in it is suppose to have a calming effect on the body so fingers crossed it works! i mix two scoops with 8 ounces water, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 5-10 coffee beans and 1 frozen banana.

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my friends and i are continually debating the pros and cons of different birth controls and the effects on the body so i appreciated this article and the insight into picking an option. feels like a constant debate between of the unknown side effects of each one so any amount of insight feels valuable. (image from goop)

be well | designlovefest

out of all of the workout clothing i own i by far wear plain black leggings most often. i’m excited to try the new girlfriend leggings that just launched. i’ll keep you posted on how i like them!

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08.05.16

PEACH AND BURRATA SALAD

peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest

we wanted to create a recipe that could be paired along side our new wine (that launched on wednesday!). we created wildest dreams to be really drinkable with or without a food pairing but i love the idea of serving a chilled bottle with a fresh summer salad. the saltiness of the prosciutto with the subtle spice of red onion and the creaminess of the burrata is a seriously magical combination. let us know what you pair our wine with, we’d love to see!

peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
serves 4 as a side dish

• 3 large ripe peaches
• 4 sprigs of mint
• 1/4 quarter red onion thinly sliced
• 1/2 english cucumber
• sprouts
• 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
• 4 ounces burrata
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt
• fresh ground black pepper
• fig balsamic vinegar

peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest

instructions:

• wash and slice the peaches, cucumber and red onion. start by creating a base for the salad using the sprouts and cucumber. next add the peaches and red onion and then place the burrata and prosciutto on top. garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, fig balsamic, salt, pepper and fresh mint. enjoy!

peach burrata salad | designlovefest
peach burrata salad | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

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