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10.11.19

FALL COLORS

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has anyone else noticed that j.crew has been on their game lately (case in point, those cool purple tweed trousers above!)? i feel like they do fall + winter really well. i love their blazers and jackets. they’re having a big site wide sale so i thought i’d show some favorites. their styling is making me crave fall temps and all their cozy teddy jackets (almost everything i’m showing is 40% off right now!) – joanie

Silk scarf

Mockneck sweater

Zip-up fleece coat

Leopard print sweater

Plush fleece

Colorblock puffer

crystal cluster hoops

fall colors | designlovefest

i’m so into this plaid wool coat, i love the classic red and blue combo. i like winter coats with a bit if color as that season tends to be a bit drab and this fits the bill perfectly. you can put on a pair of jeans and a basic top and you have a great outfit when you add a statement coat like the one above.

fall colors | designlovefest

i really love a long sweater like that can double as a jacket on a gently chilly day.  have one and i wear it all the time when i travel, it’s nice to be able to wrap something around you on a plane. if you’re buying it for travel, i’d recommend the black as stains won’t show up easily.

https://rstyle.me/+mjhEA-up2nZDiBoutEcZKg

nude and black is such a chic combo and i love this ankle length skirt. can easily be dressed up or down.

10.10.19

FALL READING WITH LIBBY

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

i have found so much comfort, relaxation and pure joy from reading this year. i sort of forgot how much i love to read and learn, and it’s been something really great for me since i took a step back from work to focus on my own personal growth. joanie and i put a reading list together for you (joanie has a goal to read 30 books this year!) my selections are more geared towards self development and growth as that’s the phase i’m in and joanie’s picks are more geared towards weekend/holiday reading when you want to get lost in a story.

the library has been a massive resource for me. i’ll sometimes have 4-5 books i’m interested in looking through and buying them isn’t a practical option. i’d never had a library card before, somehow i thought it would be complicated to get? but the whole process takes under 10 minutes at your local library, just bring your ID and ask at the front desk for a form, everyone is really friendly. use overdrive.com to find your local library, you can search by address.

some libraries even offer digital library cards. this is huge because if you’re strapped for time everything can be done instantly online. to check to see if your library offers instant digital library card, visit overdrive.com to use the library finder and search to find your local library. click their webpage and if they have digital access it will pop right up.

also, i really want to encourage you to use the Libby app! it’s free with your library card, you can download all sorts of books to your kindle, listen to audiobooks…i love it. if something isn’t available, you can put it on hold in the app and then you’ll get a notice when it’s available to download and it feels fun and exciting. i highly encourage you to use the library as a resource, if you aren’t already, it’s a game changer!

BRI’S READING LIST…

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

1. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

2. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, by Dan Siegel

I love the perspective and clarity these two books are bringing me right now. taking some time to really focus on what drives me creatively has been fun. and learning all about the brain and psychology lately has been fascinating!

and here are a few books that i find really eye opening when it comes to relationships and attachment.

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

3. We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love, by Stan Tatkin

4. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, by Esther Perel

5. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson

we probably should have been doing couple’s therapy before we got married…but we just didn’t. busy lives, we put it off. we finally started going and it’s been great so far. i think we are an awesome couple but i do think we have a few arguments that have occurred since the beginning that i was really interested in addressing and moving past. it’s been really nice having someone there to hold us both accountable and teach us the reasoning behind why certain arguments happen and how to resolve them. i’m really happy we decided to go, even if it’s just something we start doing every few months to check in.

JOANIE’S READING LIST…

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

1. Pachinko: by Min Jin Lee

2. A Gentleman in Moscow: by Amor Towles

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: by Gail Honeyman

4. The Cider House Rules: by John Irving

5. Daisey Jones & the Six: by Taylor Jenkins Reid

would love to hear some of the books on your fall reading list or ones you just finished and loved!

(this post is created in partnership with OverDrive, a company that i could not be more thrilled to work with and one that i utilize in my daily life)

10.02.19

MUSINGS #2

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just got back from a great weekend trip to Vermont (my first time!) the fall colors were really starting to show themselves and everything was so green and lush. the air was crisp in the morning and warm in the evenings. we ate dinner at honey road in burlington, had massages at the Woodstock Inn and generally just lazed around, it was perfect. it felt nice to get out of the city for a bit but i’m always happy to come back to LA. i still feel excited when we land which i guess means i’m living in the right place! and then i headed pretty much directly to colorado to see my aunt in denver and then a family wedding in telluride. the colors in colorado were out of this world, i feel so lucky to have been able to soak in so much fall already! – joanie

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we’re in that clothing transitional period where layers are important because the days start out cool but the afternoons are hot. my favorite way to lean in is a bodysuit/tank with a skirt and a cozy sweater on top. easy to take on and off as needed. i’ve been wearing this skirt on repeat. and have my eye on lots of sweaters at & other stories, like this one and this.

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my mom made her refried beans while we were in Vermont which are the easiest and best thing to have on hand. make a big batch and they’ll last for the whole week for burritos, quesadillas, to eat as dip, etc. for those interested, this is her recipe, you can soak the beans over night before cooking or cook straight away without soaking:

Ingredients:
2 cup dry pinto beans
1 stick Butter
1/4- 1/3 pound Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, grated
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Pick through the beans making sure there are no little stones in them. Put beans on a big pot and add about 3 times as much water.  Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until soft (about 3 hours), always making sure you have enough water.  When done, pour off all but about 1 cup of excess water, (save this water to add back in if you want beans thinner). Mash beans in the pot with a potato masher and add rest of ingredients and let the butter and cheese melt,  Stir and mash until smooth, adding or taking away as much water as you need to to make it a nice consistency.

i’m turning 32 next month and already setting my intentions for my new year. i know people always say that life gets better with age but i’m really finding that to be true. i’ve felt like the last three years of my life i’ve really started to get to know myself and to discover who i am really am, apart from what the people around me want me to be. there is so much pressure all of us (women especially) to hit certain milestones (marriage, baby, working mom!) that it can be easy for a people pleasing person like me to really lose sight of who i am and what i want. i’m getting more okay with letting people down and trying to be my true self in all situations (it’s hard!).

musings | designlovefest

i’ve been really loving the deliciously ella podcast. i love the way she talks about health, happiness, career and life. there isn’t an ounce of shame attached, just inspiration.

i hadn’t fallen down the rabbit hole that is The Real Real until recently and it sure is addicting. as someone who gets a big thrill out of vintage/thrifting shopping this site is super fun. i love picking out things for people i love, like my mom and sister and i’m excited to start christmas shopping. my recommendation, if you’re looking for the deals, is to not look at the editors list or things like that but to look for brands that maybe you love and aren’t as popular or to search by keywords, like purple silk dress.

i finished A Gentleman in Moscow and now i’m reading Trick Mirror by Jig Tolentino. if you had a favorite book or two from this year that you’ve read or re-read send them my way. i love personal suggestions rather than scrolling forever on good reads.

what’s on your fall playlist? i’ve been listening to Big Thief a lot, a band my husband introduced me too. i like kinda chill music most of the time and their great. we’re going to see their show at the end of the month.

we have some crow canyon home splatter pieces in the DLF kitchen and we love them. I’m particularly fond of their simple rimmed dinner plates that come in great colors and their insanely cute cups and mugs. use code DLFCCH10 for 10% off if you place an order.

madewell is having a site wide sale and i think i say this every year but i love their boots. i own this pair and these and i live in them.

and finally, how freaking cute is bri in this green dress? i love how she took a prairie style dress and made it city with the sunglasses, bag and sneakers.

musings | designlovefest

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.

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