11.13.19

STYLED | KEEPING WARM

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cold weather is upon us and there are so many cute coats, sweaters, jackets, knits, etc. out there right now that need to be highlighted! i know i’ve said it many times before, but if you’re looking to up your winter game without breaking your budget h&m is where it’s at! for sweaters, i often like to order them oversized (if you like that look), i’d recommend going one to two sizes larger than you normally wear (unless it’s cropped, than order your regular size because cropped sweaters will just get bigger, not longer). lots of neutral sweater picks below because they go with everything from jeans and can be worn over your favorite dress, paired with skirt, under overalls…. and if you’re looking for some real chilly weather styling inspo, check out Sézane. Us Army Oakley Sunglasses Discountthey are always killing it with their color and texture combos!

all the sweaters directly below are from h&m and many ring in at $35!

sweater with pearl beading $35: i love this sweater in white with the chic beading detail. perfect paired with a stain skirt for a holiday party or with jeans on the daily.

Balloon sleeve sweater $35: this comes in two great colors but i’m always going to be partial to anything in a shade of green. i love the ribbing on this, makes it very chic!

fine knit hooded sweatshirt $25: this has a slightly sporty look to it and it’s great for layering under a jacket or wearing during your travels. also comes in lots of great neutrals!

knit sweater $35:  this sweater may look simple but it’s the classics that always get used again and again. Khan Sunglasses Wholesale Cheap Pricesand this is a great example of one i’d order in a size bigger for a chic oversized look.

leopard sweater $35: animal print is a major trend this season and this is a great way to test the waters and see if it’s a fit for your style. next stop, animal print coat!

light purple sweater $60: this is the prettiest color and one that will certainly life spirits on grey days. digging the fitted sleeve which makes it very practical for reaching across tables 🙂

alpaca cardigan  $80: on the pricer side but this cardigan might be my favorite in the whole round up. i love the way they have it styled over a dress. it has a 70’s feel to it and the buttons and color are perfect.

chunky turtleneck sweater – a big YES to this sweater, especially in the rose color. i had a similar one from the Gap in year 2000’s and i still regret giving it away.

beaded wool sweater $99 – sure to sell out, this is a fun piece for holidays and again, i really dig the beading!

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and now for some picks from & other stories, urban outfitters and need supply! slightly more expensive than the options above but very cute and practical.

fuzzy coat $69: fuzzy coats are all the rage and there is a reason why, they’re so cozy and fun to wear!Electric Bpm Polarized Sunglasses

plaid belted coat $279: there are so many long jackets i love out there but if you’re looking for a plaid one i dig this print.

workwear jacket $149: this is a great structure piece and would be really cute with something flow-y on the bottom, like wide leg pants or a skirt.

Teddy coat $120: another teddy, but i love the pockets on this one.
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metallic sweater $69:  the perfect holiday sweater! i love this coppery color.

leopard sweater $119: another leopard sweater, i know. but i really like this one. the slightly puffed sleeve makes it.

mock neck sweater $99: i own a sweater in this color and it’s such a nice jolt of energy and can bring vibrancy to any look.

cropped striped sweater $69; black and cream is one of my favorite color combos and it’s surprisingly hard to find. happy to stumble upon this one!

Janet liner jacket $175: i saw someone wearing this in person and it was so cute i had to track it down!

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11.04.19

OUR ROAD TRIP HONEYMOON

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honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

we spent 6 months not really knowing what to do for our honeymoon, we contemplated skipping it, and then one day we just decided to do a spontaneous two week road trip in a van through arizona, utah, colorado, and new mexico! we enjoy that way of travel the most, and somewhere far and fancy felt like too much pressure. it was the BEST decision and we had such a blast!

we rented the nora sprinter van from Go Camp. it was fully stocked and ready to go. it had a table that converted to a queen bed, a small bathroom, and a kitchen with a stove top/oven/sink. plus everything we needed like bedding, utensils, tent, sleeping bag, camping chairs, a heater…everything really. we were driving around 3,000 miles so we wanted something that felt sturdy, safe and fast. the vanagons will be what we will rent for our california road trips!

we did a mixture of camping in the van and a few hotels along the way. some nicer, some motels. it was a really great balance. i’m excited to share our itinerary and hope some of you stop at these spots! I recommend just starring a bunch of places in your google map, plan out a loose itinerary and just hit the road. we went in the off season (oct 18-nov 1st) so some things were closed but mostly it was not crowded and great. let me know if you have any questions!

ok, here we go…

LA > ARIZONA

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

LA > SEDONA

I hadn’t been to sedona since I was a young kid, but I remember being amazed by the sunsets and the red rocks when I was there. there sure is something pretty magical about that place!

we camped at rancho sedona RV park for 2 days and got familiar with the van. it was close to town (we walked a lot), clean and right by the water. I heard amara resort and spa is nice to stay too – here is a $50 off any hotel link if you want!

we really liked indian gardens cafe & market for breakfast (we also stocked up on beer and snacks for the trip here). I heard that mariposa latin grill is worth checking out. we ended up cooking in the van most meals.

we did a pink jeep tour at sunset. pretty touristy, but also so gorgeous so I think it’s worth it.

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honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

ARCOSANTI

this was actually our first stop on our way to sedona, about an hour away. arcosanti is an architecture dream! this place has been on our list for awhile, so I am really happy we were able to see it finally. it’s an “experimental city” where people live, but many just visit and tour the place. I find the shapes, windows, colors, and vibe there totally fascinating. check their site and book a little tour. they are strict about not just wandering around on your own.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

SEDONA > ZION NATIONAL PARK

I was considering going to amangiri for a night because it looks gorgeous but I just couldn’t justify that nightly rate. my friend ashley told me about this ranch in zion called zion mountain ranch that was was affordable and super cute. it’s a bunch of individual cabins and there were grazing animals (baby bison!) and chickens on the property. the drive to get there is really pretty too so I am happy we saw more of Utah on the road.

we also had a cozy farm to table dinner at the restaurant on the property and s’mores on the fire after.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

the next morning we grabbed breakfast at a casual diner, thunderbird restaurant, on our way out of town (there are only like 2 spots to eat around there)

ZION > ANTELOPE CANYON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

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10.29.19

OUR WEDDING!

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wow, 6 months seriously flew by!! we’re on our road trip honeymoon this week and got to see our wedding video for the first time. it takes us RIGHT BACK to that magical day and we are so happy with it. i haven’t really blogged about the wedding yet (except an invitation process post here!) but here are a few of my favorite photos from the day. this post tags all of our awesome vendors in case you are curious.

we are heading back on the road now, going to see white sands national park for the first time! lots of love xx bri

wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest
wedding | designlovefest

and here is our wedding video! steve pappin of shark pig weddings has been my friend for a decade now. we used to share a studio together and he actually filmed my first blogshop class back in the day (hence the throwback footage!) i love that guy and i’m SO SO impressed with his creativity. this wedding video is something we will cherish forever.

photos: jesse chamberlin
film photos: caitlin hebert
video: steve pappin of shark pig weddings

10.23.19

MUSINGS #3

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it’s back in the 90’s this week in southern california, i enjoyed the fall weather while it lasted and will welcome it back with open arms next week. in honor of the heat, i’m including images of all the coats we can’t wear right now. so many cool oversized jacket looks right now! bri is out of town on her honeymoon road trip which has been fun to follow on instagram. road trips take so much work to plan as there are so many stops so i’m excited to see it all happen first hand. her stop in Antelope Valley looked insane! it has been almost a year since bri and i started cooking school. i was looking through recipes from our classes last night and realized how much i miss the ritual of going every week and spending hours chopping, mixing, tasting  and plating. i’m making clam chowder tonight with the recipe from class. if it turns out well, i’ll share it next week! – joanie

• i finally landed a pair of the glove booties from everlane as an early birthday gift from my mother-in-law. i went with the bone color despite my better judgement that they’ll probably get dirty really quickly. they are super comfortable and flattering and i already want them in black. they fit true to size

• speaking of jackets and coats, uniqlo has some great reasonable priced options. i own this knee length fleece coat which i love.  the shorter version with the belt is also very chic. i have a coat very similar to this one from Vince that i get tons of compliments on, the clean lines and simple closure are ideal and it’s $90. i also really love how many colors this $80 cocoon down jacket comes in, buy it in bright pink and make people on the street happy with your pop of color this winter!

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• i’m headed to Rosemary Beach Florida in a couple of weeks for my birthday. i’ve never been so if you have suggestions on what to do, where to eat, drink, i’d love to know so please share!

• i’ve made two different versions of m&m cookies over the last week. my favorite still remains, the monster cookie. recipe below. this recipe (by my mom!) makes 36 cookies, i bake them all and freeze some. have cookies stashed in your freezer is a pro-move. i think monster cookies may be a midwestern thing? because i’ve mentioned it out here in california and no one knows what i’m talking about.

monster cookies
makes: 36 cookies

• 1 stick of butter at room temp
• 1 cup brown sugar, packed
• 1 cup white sugar
• 3 eggs at room temp
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 cup peanut butter (i used skippy, creamy!)
• 4 1/2 cups quick oats
• 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1/4 pound M&M candies

directions: cream the butter and sugars together until smooth and creamy (about 5 minutes). beat in one egg at a time, stir in vanilla, add baking soda and mix well. stir in peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and finally M&Ms. i make the whole thing in my kitchen aid and just run it on low for the stirring parts. bake at 350 for 12ish minutes. you want the tops and corners to have a hint of brown.

• have you watched “Working Moms” on netflix? i don’t like many tv shows but i really liked this one.

• did you see our fall reading list post? i love book recommendations so this was fun to put together. i’m almost done with “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” and i’m really liking it. it’s honest and funny and relatable.

• i also made a post of some j.crew favorites, and learned a hack from my cousin that sometimes you can stack discount codes, so when they are having 40% off site wide you can also add “theskimm” on top for 20% off additionally. i tried it, it works!

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• my favorite podcast is ear hustle. it’s created inside the San Quentin prison, the stories are beautiful. i listened to this episode yesterday and was crying on the way home from the dentist. it’s really well done and i think humanizing prisons is really important.

• stocked up on seasonal candles from pf candle co which is one of my favorites. their seasonal scents sell out fast so order early. code “rekindledflame” gets you 20% off too.

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10.14.19

COUPLE’S THERAPY

recently i’ve been talking a little about couple’s therapy and how it’s helped justin and I so much with our communication styles (you can look at my IG story highlight called “compromise”) a few of you mentioned I should watch “couple’s therapy” on showtime (I just did the free 7 day trial ha) it was a really well made show that I found super interesting, I recommend! we all go through struggles as a couple, it’s very normal and cool to be able to work through them!

jane birkin and serge gainsbourg

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