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08.16.19

SHRIMP SALAD!

shrimp salad | designlovefest

i have a fond memory of visiting my aunt in colorado and eating lunch on her back patio, a lavender gin cocktail and shrimp salad. i’d never had shrimp salad before then but it quickly became a favorite. i’ve only ever had the Ina Garten version but it’s so good with the orange zest and fresh dill that i’ve never felt the need to branch out. sharing her recipe below which is easy and perfect for these balmy summer afternoons. i love the month of august, when summer has settled in and everything feels a little more relaxed and the pace of life a bit slower. we just got back from NYC and it was the perfect summer trip, we had lobster rolls and strolled around the city getting caught in two afternoon rainstorms, drank rum coconuts in a bar with no AC that felt like being on a tropical island and sat on the roof of our hotel with a cocktail in hand enjoying the buzz of the city. so needless to say, i’m on a summer high and encourage everyone to make this shrimp salad and sit outside with a cold drink soaking up the sun! – joanie

shrimp salad | designlovefest

shrimp salad
recipe by Ina Garten
serves: 6

•2 1/2 pounds shrimp (12 to 15 count, this indicates the proper size of the shrimp)
• 1 tablespoon good olive oil
• salt + black pepper
• 1 cup g0od mayo
• 1 tablespoon orange zest
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
• 1/4 cup fresh dill
• 2 tablespoons capers
• 2 tablespoons small diced red onion

shrimp salad | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

• peel and devein the shrimp. place them on a sheet pan with olive oil and salt and pepper. toss to coat. spread the shrimp in a single layer and roast for 6 to 8 minutes until just pink. allow to cool slightly

shrimp salad | designlovefest
shrimp salad | designlovefest

• meanwhile, make the sauce. in a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, orange zest, juice, vinegar, salt and pepper. when the shrimp are slightly cooled, add them to the sauce and toss.

• add the dill, capers, red onion and toss well. the flavors will improve if you allow the salad to rest at room temp for 30ish minutes.

shrimp salad | designlovefest

we served our shrimp salad with butter lettuce and sliced avocado which was delicious but it would also be great on toast or served alone.

shrimp salad | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis 

08.08.19

A PANT PSA

i’m working on a style post right now but i wanted to send out a quick thumbs up on these pants (the stella trousers from LACAUSA). i picked up my friend from the airport last weekend and she was also wearing them and looking very chic. i’ve lived in them this summer, they’re perfectly high waisted, comfortable and don’t stretch out or look frumpy. i’ve gotten tons of compliments on them. i have the brushed version which has a little more structure, a bit more fitted through the waist, they’re 100% cotton (pictured above) but they also come in the lighter version that is a 60% Tencel/40% cotton (pictured below). highly recommend! they fit true to size, i have the size 4 in navy but they come in so many pretty colors, it’s hard to choose!

i’ve been attempting to up my pant game, i wear a lot of dresses and realized that several of the jeans i have are from college and are looking really worn in, especially around the knees. so i donated a bunch of them and i’m slowly working to add in new pairs. i just ordered these from Zara and also these from AGOLDE, my first pair by them but i’ve heard great things so i’ll keep you posted. – joanie

07.25.19

A TIKI PARTY AT ROW DTLA

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

very excited to share the details on this party because we went all out and it turned out so pretty! it has been awhile since we got to host a party for no reason other than to celebrate and hang with friends on a warm summer evening and this ended up being perfect. the only thing we knew from the onset was that we’d be hosting it at ROW DTLA on one of their rooftops and that we wanted it to have a mixology tie in, i love when events have some type of interactive/learning element! it’s a good ice breaker and people walk away with a little knowledge they didn’t have before. we landed on the theme of Tiki which felt like the perfect combo of summer and celebration.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

the roof top offered a completely blank slate. the background is of downtown LA and has killer views so i knew we wanted to highlight that and to also create a relaxing, intimate environment.  i invited about 15 friends so i didn’t want the party to be too spread out. to create the atmosphere, i started with found rentals, which is an amazing furniture company in southern california. we’ve used them for many events and they have the best selection. they have a bunch of cool rattan pieces that were perfect for the theme and i mixed in some colorful rugs, pillows and tons of lanterns.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

we worked with of the flowers (she did my wedding florals too!) and she really nailed it with all of the details from the palms decorating the bar to the dried leaves and flowers over the day bed and the lanterns and greens hanging on the lights. she created small center pieces for the table we’d have room to make drinks but still have a punch of color and texture.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

for the food, we hired Haute Chefs who always do a great job of creating a vibe and they really focus on the details, which i love. we had a tropical fruit station to start and then passed appetizers like mini poké bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and mini pineapple dole whips for dessert. they also helped us curate the drink list which included a pain killer and the classic mai tai. since it was an all female crowed we wanted to have a female mixologist for the teaching portion and haute chef’s introduced us to Nikki who was perfect for the evening. she taught everyone a bit about the origins of tiki culture and bars and also how to make a mai tai, do a whip shake and some different elements to have on hand for creating tiki cocktails at home.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone really brought it with their outfits, so many pretty patterns, colors, kaftans, and breezy looks!

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone was outfitted with their own mixology kit. the shakers and jiggers were from cocktail kingdom which is one of our favorite places to buy bar supplies, they have such pretty glassware! a linen napkin from hawkins new york (which has a gorgeous store at ROW DTLA and the best curation), a tiki mug that we collected from all over the internet at places like etsy and ebay, a metal straw (from Flask & Field, they also have a killer wine selection!) and a tiki drink pick.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

this post is part of our year long partnership with ROW DTLA which is one of our favorite places in the city to shop, eat, drink and hang. we’re super excited to be hosted two more events there. you can see all of the shops and restaurants they have here.  and you can follow them on instagram to hear about new openings, events and parties!

07.17.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 125

albert camus in carolina herrera color. —maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

06.26.19

STYLED | SALES

summer sales | designlovefest

so many things on sale right now, it’s hard to navigate. i very rarely buy anything full price so for me sale season is the time to stock up. below are 15 sale items, everything from madewell to ace & jig to eileen fisher that are worth a look and maybe a purchase. one thing to remember with sales is to think outside of the seasonal box, when you’re building a wardrobe of pieces you love you might pick up a pair of boots you love in the spring and a swimsuit in the winter. it’s hard to shop for something super specific and when you’re on a time crunch, so instead of waiting until you have a party and stressing to find a dress, build a closet of things you love and can reach for anytime the occasion arises!

Ganni wide- leg pants $70: a flattering shape in a fun summer color. ganni is always a favorite of mine!

Madewell striped tee $33: few things are more classic than a striped tee, love this boxy one from madewell.

Gold-plated earrings $80: i’m in love with these fun earrings, such a statement and you can pair with anything!

Loeffler Randall wedge $118: a very cool color combo and these shoes are very comfortable with a wedge!

Zara dress $50: the little bow detail is on the back of this dress is the perfect touch on a simple and easy to wear piece.

Square toe heels $285: gingham never goes out of style!

Organic cotton sweater $118: i ordered this sweater, a cotton sweater on a chilly summer evening and in this punch of pink is a perfect match.

Brass earrings $104: simple earrings that will go with anything.

Alpaca scarf $70: totally not the right season but worth buying now and tucking away, alpaca is so soft!

Mansur Gavriel pump $285: they’re called the ballerina pump and they live up to their name!

Isabel Marant striped shirt $188: a shirt for all seasons, would be cute with a pair of shorts or in the fall with jeans.

Clare V. red basket $112: we’re big clare v. fans around here and you can beat the price on this little red bag.

CANO earrings $105: a new to me brand, i love the clean lines of these earrings. lots of earrings in this round up but they are such a fun thing to mix up your current wardrobe!

Ace & Jig pants $208: bri has these pants and she loves them and i love them on her. so many pretty prints!

Annie Costello Brown circle hoops $56: this is an insanely good price, i love her earrings!

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