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it’s no secret that pink has been a trending color for the last year or two. it mostly shows up in the softer hues like blush and rose and for the most part hot pink has been overlooked. but, i think that’s about to change. i think we’re going to start seeing a lot more hot pink then we have in a long time. it’s a strong choice but one that flatters many different complexions. i’m personally excited for it’s return and ready to see more bold colors out on the streets. favorite color combinations are pink + olive, pink + orange, and pink on pink. so, just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my favorite hot pink pieces. i also included a few tamer ones for those of you who aren’t ready to make the leap yet. – joanie




Hey guys! Catherine here from . I’m excited to be taking over today in Bri’s Aussie absence to share with you some gift ideas for the rebel girl in your life (otherwise known as my personal wish list) for the holidays. Sometimes it’s fun to leave the glitter alone and go a little bit more badass, isn’t it?

 shop these items (left to right, top to bottom):  fingerless gloves,  Burke necklace,  Nikita sunglasses,  Portrait of a Lady perfume,  cowhide coasters, Septum bracelet,  crystal bottle stopper,  skull notecards,  Scarlett Empress lipstick,  Le Vernis nail colour in Vamp,  Time Teller watch, eyelashes canister, beanie,  boots.



kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

i’m a fried rice lover and always have a bag of trader joe’s fried rice in my freezer for a quick dinner. i love this version for the healthy kick of kimchi and the highly addicting flavor of the korean chili paste (you’ll want to put it on everything!). this is such a simple dinner and you could add a variety of veggies to make it really pack a punch. it would be great with a bunch of wilted kale or a hardy veggie like that. – joanie

recipe adapted from

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

Kimchi Fried Rice
makes 3-4 servings 

• 2-3 tablespoons avocado oil
• 4 scallions
• 1 cup kimchi
• 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste, it’s soooo good! )
• 3 cups cooked rice
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 2 cups mushrooms sliced
• salt to taste
• nori cut into thin slices (optional garnish)

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

• cook rice according to packaging directions. set aside.

• in a large pan heat the olive oil on medium heat until hot. slice the scallions and pan fry the white ends with the mushrooms until cooked down, about 5-7 minutes. add kimchi, gochujang, sesame oil and soy sauce.

• mix in rice and salt to taste.

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

• fry eggs to your liking and top with the kimchi fried rice. you could also use scrambled eggs too and mix those in while they are still wet.

kimchi fried rice | designlovefest
kimchi fried rice | designlovefest

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styled by: joan cusack



something about summer that makes me want to wear white every single day. i love a white blouse tucked into jean shorts, worn half unbuttoned over a bikini, or tied up at the waist with your favorite skirt. here are few white tops i have my eye on, most of them at a very reasonable price! – joanie

 $35  – i love the romance of an off the shoulder blouse.

 $128 – i’m okay with long sleeves in the summer heat as long as they aren’t skin tight. this top has a fun, laid back feeling.

 $98  – such a pretty little piece with the lace ruffles around the edges. i love anything that feels victorian!

 $45 – high neck and bare shoulders all the way! i like how they styled her hair on top of her head for this look too, i’d do the same.

  $99 – i own this top and have worn it so many times this summer. such a simple piece but it’s great with jeans or a skirt. half linen, half cotton.

   $45 –  very into swiss dot with anything and everything!

 $40 – can’t belive this is H&M, i love it so much. the soft v-neck and the delicate sleeve detail.

 $30 – simple and sweet.

 $30 – for the petite people in our lives! and love the cinches waist.




the perfect t-shirt | designlovefest

as you probably heard last week, we launched a with ! i really wanted to highlight the t-shirt for a minute because it was such a labor of love (took almost a year to get right!) and it is such a great shirt. as you know, i run the styled column on the blog and i’ve done a couple of posts highlighting some of my favorite tees. a t-shirt is a foundational piece for a wardrobe and over the years i’ve amassed a collection. i can pull out a shirt from my closet and tell you why i like it and also what i’d change about it. i’ve always wanted to be able to participate in designing one so this project was particularly exciting for me. i don’t think i even realized how much goes into designing something like this, so many meetings about the fabric and then about the cut and the fit and the embroidery. what we ended up with is a t-shirt that is 100% cotton (which is very important as it won’t stretch out and will hold up in washing!), a slightly distressed neckline so that it doesn’t look too perfect, the perfect sleeve length that flatters the arm, the length of the shirt hits right below your belly button which makes it very wearable, it looks great with a half tuck and is not too cropped which makes it much more timeless! there are so many directions you can go with a t-shirt’s fit but we made this one with a slightly boxy cut which gives it a real ease when wearing it and will pair well with so many things, like denim shorts, fitted overalls, a mini skirt or just a pair of jeans. we created four colors so there is something for everyone. i love the paired with super light denim, with a pair of dark jeans, is really pretty against the skin and the is an easy go-to all year long.

the perfect t-shirt | designlovefest
the perfect t-shirt | designlovefest

oh, and it’s made in the US which is also important to note! in terms of sizing, with a boxy t-shirt like this it’s most important that it fits you in the shoulder, i’d say order your normal size but if you get the denim jacket be sure to order up!

if you ordered one, i’d love to hear what you think! we had so much fun putting this little collection together and seeing people wearing it and loving it is just the best. we hope you love it! – joanie

the perfect t-shirt | designlovefest
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