albert camus in carolina herrera color. —maddy

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



taquitos | designlovefest

hey everyone! ivan here. i’m back with another family recipe that is so easy to make and way better than what you will find in the frozen food aisle. this classic dish of taquitos bring fond memories because my family would make them usually on birthdays or family gatherings. each person would have a task and i would always make the shredded cabbage slaw, guacamole or salsas while my mom was tightly rolling the taquitos. some items can be substituted if these ingredients are not available in your area. trust me, this recipe is fool proof and really impressive when you need to feed a lot of people. if you are looking for more family recipes you can find them in my previous posts here! – Ivan

taquitos | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 

serves 5-6 people 
• 1 package of corn tortillas
• 1 small rotisserie chicken (shredded)
• 1 small green cabbage thinly sliced (or iceberg lettuce)
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 lemon squeezed
• chili flakes
• dried oregano
• cotija cheese (or dry feta or parmesan cheese)
• crema (or sour cream)
• canola oil

• guacamole (my family recipe here!)
• pico de gallo (store bought also works)

taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest

if using store bought tortillas, grab a stack and place between paper towels and microwave 10 seconds at a time until they are a bit softened. lay one tortilla out one at a time and place a thin strip of shredded chicken not quit in the center (the trick is not to overstuff them). then tightly wrap the tortilla into a roll. a great tip is to use a baking dish to place your rolled tortillas seam side down to keep them from falling apart.

once you use all the chicken and tortillas, heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. and fill about 1-2 inches with the canola oil. once the oil is hot fry the taquitos seam side down in small batches. fry until golden brown and when the tortilla becomes crispy, about 2-3 minutes. when we made ours, we used freshly made tortillas at the local hispanic grocery store. but in doing so the tortillas turned out a bit thick and the taquitos would roll out of it’s shape. a neat trick i learned is to keep the seam in place with a tooth pick. it doesn’t effect the taste whatsoever and they come out clean after frying the taquitos. so easy!

taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest

place the taquitos on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

in a separate bowl place the thinly shredded cabbage. add the juice of half a lemon and lightly salt and pepper to taste. stir once or twice and add a few pinches of dried oregano and red chili flakes.

to assemble place the taquitos in a large platter. you may add the toppings all at once or can be placed on the side for everyone to add to their own. enjoy!

taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest

images by: Ivan Solis



summer cocktails | designlovefest

we got an image request from a frozen margarita recipe (pictured above!) we shared a few years back and it had me digging through the archives of all the pretty drinks we’ve posted over the years. here are a few of our favorites, a very appropriate post for friday, cheers! – joanie

summer cocktails | designlovefest

rosé spritzers! a little boozy and a little hydration all in one.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

frozen mango margaritas! you can also make with strawberries but the frozen mango does make them very creamy.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

rosé punch! for when you’re looking to serve a group of people with ease.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

pansy margarita! with a party sugar rim, this one is so good.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

spicy watermelon margarita! are you noticing a tequila trend? blending up fresh watermelon in the summer is the best, you can strain and drink alone or make it into a cocktail.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

blood orange margarita! so simple and sweetened with honey.



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

Madewell striped tee

Gold-plated earrings

Loeffler Randall wedge

Zara dress

Square toe heels

Organic cotton sweater

Brass earrings

Alpaca scarf

Mansur Gavriel pump

Isabel Marant striped shirt

Clare V. red basket

CANO earrings

Ace & Jig pants

Annie Costello Brown

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!



summer garden lunch | designlovefest

you might remember this floral cocktail post we did back in april highlighting the gorgeous Floral Libations book by Cassie Winslow. we loved the cocktails so much and Cassie reached out to say she’d be in LA last week and did we want to shoot a few more. we had a fun day putting these drinks together along with a killer lunch spread that we picked up at our favorite spot, Cookbook. Cassie is super sweet and talented and whipped up the perfect brunch or lunch time drinks for us. the cantaloupe bellini was so good! she’s sharing all her tips and recipes below. thanks, Cassie! and thanks to Ivan for the photos!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

first up, iced lavender coffee!

Iced Lavender Coffee

This is one of my favorite morning drinks to make for guests, especially on a warm summer morning. It’s so easy to make and best to prep the night before so it will be waiting for you right when you wake up the next day.

Makes 4 beverages

4 cups hot, freshly brewed coffee
1/4 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Ice cubes
1-2 cups whole milk or cream
sprigs of fresh organic lavender for garnish


In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together the hot coffee and lavender simple syrup. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight to chill.

When you are ready to make the coffees, fill each glass with ice. Pour 1 cup of the coffee and lavender mixture into each glass followed by 1/2 cup of whole milk or a splash of cream. Stir until combined and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

You can also make these beverages the morning you would like to serve as shown. Simply make the lavender simple syrup and allow guests to add the amount of sweetener they prefer to their own glass. This also makes a lovely coffee bar situation and guests and serve themselves.

Lavender Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons of organic dried lavender

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the food spread, we focused on light and bright items that paired well together. a little citrus, the salt from olives, crunchy toast with a creamy beet spread, cured meat and 6 minute eggs. all so good!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

she served this drink with a garden party sugar rim that really took it to the next level!

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Bellinis
This is the perfect libation to serve at a summer brunch. The chamomile garnish adds a cheerful touch and the fresh cantaloupe is a wonderfully refreshing treat.

Makes about 10 cocktails

3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe from about 1 medium-sized cantaloupe
1 bottle sparkling wine
a handful of organic edible chamomile blooms


Place the cantaloupe in a blender and blend until liquified. Strain the cantaloupe through a find-mesh sieve set over an extra large pitcher. Add the sparkling wine and stir until combined. Pour the Bellini mixture into 10 champagne flutes and garnish each glass with a few chamomile flowers.

Note: If you feel like being extra fancy (as shown), rim each glass with Garden Party Sugar…here’s how you make it:

Garden Party Sugar

Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups
1 Tablespoon each:
organic dried hibiscus flowers
organic dried chamomile flowers
organic dried lavender
organic dried rose petals
organic dried calendula
1 cup cane sugar


In a food process or spice grinder, combine the dried flowers and pulse until the blooms resemble small flakes. In a bowl, stir together the sugar and ground flowers. For optimal flavor, wait about 2 weeks before use. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To rim each glass, place a lemon wheel on a small plate and an even layer of Garden Party Sugar on another plate. Gently glide 1/2 of the rim on the lemon wheel. Then, gently dip in garden party sugar.

Use the extra sugar in your favorite baked goods such as homemade cookies, cakes and scones. It’s nature’s confetti….

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Lemonade

I absolutely adore the color of this beverage. The hibiscus simple syrup is SO vibrant. Mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, this libation is the prettiest of pinks and will make your guests swoon with delight.

Makes 2 beverages

1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup hibiscus simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Place lemon juice + hibiscus simple syrup in an extra large ball jar or pitcher. Stir. Slowly add 1/2 cup water until you find the combination you enjoy. Store in the fridge.
To make into a cocktail, simply place 1 cup of the hibiscus lemonade in a glass. Add 2 ounces of gin. Serve over ice. Cheers!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon of organic dried hibiscus flowers

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the bread, we toasted it in olive oil and then we did a generous spread of something creamy across the top  (one each with butter, mayo, and beet hummus) with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. and layered our ingredients on top of that, usually a little crunch, fresh herbs, and some protein, either cured meats, egg or a smoke fish. the creamy layer is key for taste but it also helps everything stay on the toast and not slide off.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

cocktails by: cassie winslow
Images by: Ivan Solis


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