Archive for the ‘INSPIRATION’ Category

09.18.19

DRIED FLOWERS CAVE

what a DREAM!! a couple has been creating this dried flower heaven for the past 35 years! it’s so beautiful.

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09.17.19

DAILY MUSINGS

musings | designlovefest

i had several small things that i felt like mentioning so i decided to do a cup of jo inspired round up of things i’ve been loving lately, so here it goes and i’d love to hear what you’re currently into cooking/wearing/reading/doing if you’re up for sharing! -joanie

this almond cake from Chez Panisse that my aunt told me to make, it exceeded my expectations in every way, made the whole thing in the food processor, make it!

headed to vermont this weekend to visit my sister, she moved to woodstock a little over a year ago and i have yet to visit. excited for farm life and also my 10pm post-flight solo dinner reservation here.

these mules that i’ve been wearing every single day, so comfortable.

i wasn’t keen on owning a juicer before now because i felt like they were such a hassle to clean, but after testing bri’s, i finally got one and i love it, and use it every day. celery and green apple is my go-to.

i know gua sha is all the rage right now but i started doing it regularly a few months ago and i love it. it really helps with jaw and neck tension. this is the one i use, highly recommend if you have any sort of jaw pain!

having an everlane moment right now, their fall basics are so good, these ribbed boots couldn’t be cooler, on my wish list!

musings | designlovefest

i made a new years resolution to read 30 books this year, just started #21, “A Gentleman in Moscow” and i like it already.

i love this time of year, when you can start to feel fall in the air (yes, even in LA!) especially in the early mornings. i’m excited about the change of seasons and getting back to cooking, summer is always a dry spell for me. Alice B. Toklas roast chicken is one of my all time favorite things to make, it’s very straight forward and the orange and port really bring it to life.

and finally, the sweater selection at H&M right now is amazing, this ribbed turtleneck and this half zip sweater (among many other options!) are so cute.

if you’re on the east side of LA and looking for a good candy shop, i recently discovered tuesdays sweet shop and it’s a bulk candy dream.

musings | designlovefest

09.10.19

GEORGE JOHN AND MICK

george john and mick | designlovefest

i’ve been more inspired by vintage men’s style lately. i was watching the george harrison documentary on netflix last night and was thoroughly enjoying all of the outfit inspiration. george has my heart, but john and mick had so many great looks that i had to add. the colors, pattern mixing, suits, scarfs, kimonos…i love!!

george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest
george john and mick | designlovefest

09.05.19

A FALL STYLE GUIDE!

fall style guide | designlovefest

fall is right around the corner and we’re starting to see all sorts of cozy pieces popping up (lots of teddy fleeces this year!). i find myself not being ready for the change in season and at the same time being drawn to coats and sweaters.  mustard is a color i’m very into for fall this year (like this tiered stain dress for under $100!) and i think it’s one we’re going to be seeing more of, burnt orange as well (also, get ready for lots of tie dye happening over the next year!) and corduroy, prairie dresses and the 70’s suit is still sticking around. i’ve also noticed more quilted jackets popping up which i’m personally a big fan of, they can be seen as too grandma for some but i think with the right cut they are chic. here are a few fall favorites i’ve been eyeing, i tried to pull lots of options at reasonable price points…

lots of neutrals with a splash of orange! white boots are all the rage right now. neutrals can seem boring to buy but they pack a big punch, something you reach for over and over again like that turtleneck sweater (and it’s $25!) i also love the pile jacket with the high collar, something about the collar makes a cozy jacket chic (it comes in black too!). 

fall style guide | designlovefest

this coat comes in three great colors but i’m partial to the cream version, can’t say no to winter white!

fall style guide | designlovefest
fall style guide | designlovefest

a classic henley is hard to find, so i was excited to see that everlane made one this season in three different shades. also very into the cord jacket in lilac and the quilted coat below. with almost a thousand positive reviews on those boots, i think these boots are a must try and you can’t go wrong with a bow front blouse (in a liberty print!) for fall.

fall style guide | designlovefest

if you’re feeling sad about the transition to fall, shorter/darker days, buy a few sweaters in soft colors like this pale pink one above.

fall style | designlovefest

ribbed turtleneck for the winner! cute on its own or under overalls or a dress. and the perfect prairie dress below, love that shade of green.

fall style guide | designlovefest

that’s all folks, enjoy the last bit of summer!

08.17.19

MY HEALING RESOURCES PART 2

you know how when you decide you finally want to work out and get in shape, you dedicate like 3 days of hard work and think you should have abs already? (ha, well i did) i finally realized that this is what i was doing with my healing journey for a long time. knowing what I needed to do and actually DOING it are two very different things. we are SO stuck in our ways, comfortable (even with our pain), that we continue our patterns and behaviors year after year, over and over…frustrated when we receive the same outcome. until we finally decide we are exhausted. and only WE can decide when that time is. someone can recommend all the books, podcasts, workouts, diets…and you still might not be ready. you might read this, and it might not resonate, and that’s ok! i just hope it helps even one person feel less alone.

the problem is, we have to get comfortable with the UNCOMFORTABLE. accepting parts of ourselves we have tried so desperately to stuff down and hide. we have to actually feel the pain that we’ve experienced in our lives, that we don’t even realize are completely running the show. we have to start to listen to our bodies when we get overwhelmed with emotion and we feel tense and scared and anxious and sad…instead of just numbing those with food, alcohol, shopping, working, relationships…really feeling it fully. that’s the only way they will go away for good.

it’s uncomfortable (VERY), and people have a hard time with that. i know i did! but there was a little voice inside of me that started to become stronger. i started to finally see results, and was able to experience real JOY. and after a lot of hurt, anxiety, trauma, resentment, shame, and guilt…JOY is something you do not want to stop searching for. get addicted to joy! once you commit yourself to actually healing those dark corners and really living your life with more peace (and i really think i am only 50% there!) it all feels so much easier. lighter. more manageable. because life is already hard, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.

i wrote this first post a few months ago when i started to truly break through and find my true self. (which you will see feels a lot like a younger, innocent you. for me that was building forts with so much excitement, climbing trees without a worry in the world, picking cherries off the tree at my grandparent’s farm, riding my bike to school and feeling the warm wind rushing over my body.)

now i feel excited to share PART 2 (and it’s LONG but stick with me, ok?). i want these posts to be a place you can come back to if you are on that edge with yourself and need support, need resources, need to feel understood. a place that will inspire people, encourage healing, and ultimately bring people back to their own pure joy (because i really believe we all have that inside of us! it just feels harder to access the more pain you have endured).

last note before i start. sometimes it can feel over the top (i have struggled with it feeling self indulgent) to read all these books, spend time and money going to therapy and meditation and working out. it can feel endless and exhausting when framed the wrong way. i want to remind you that even the smallest changes (cooking a meal and focusing on mindfulness, or meditating 5 mins in the morning, or quickly writing down something you are grateful for that day) will start to SHIFT your mind. out of your old patterns and into a new place. don’t allow that part of yourself that wants to keep you in pain to discourage you.

believe me, i was a person that watched tons of reality tv, never read books, didn’t really workout, ate badly, drank too many nights a week, had co-dependent relationships, had little boundaries, avoidance issues, i was a workaholic….i tried all the ways to hide from my pain. it was a slow shift, and will probably change for the rest of my life, but i promise if you start small you will see results!! haha, man, i sound like a motivational speaker, but i guess i just have to be ok with that.

and remember, this is just MY journey. we all have such different lives. we all feel and experience pain differently. i never want to come off as a know it all, or arrogant, or like i have it all figured out. because i most certainly don’t. but i also know the changes i have felt are too big not to share and start concersations around! nothing but love for you all!!!

LIBRARY CARD

ok let’s start with a helpful tip that changed the game for me. having a library card allows you to use apps like Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy to rent FREE books, audio books, and movies. you can literally take yourself back to school, for free! (my husband calls my kindle my pacifier haha) i really encourage this because something that i want to address is that sometimes it can feel really overwhelming and EXPENSIVE to do all of this. but it really doesn’t have to be. and resources like this really take away our own excuses. they are free and available to everyone. if you don’t have time to read a book? listen to an audio book while you drive to work. you will want to start prioritizing your time to feel better. because when we feel better, everyone around us benefits too.

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