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02.09.16

REAL TALK / ADULT FRIENDSHIPS

adult friendships | designlovefest

we grow up hearing a lot of advice on dating and marriage and single life. but adult friendships, that’s another story. if you’re like me, your friends are like family to you. they take a lot of effort, compassion, time, compromise, and understanding…but the payoff is totally worth it.

topic: do you feel like it’s hard to make new friends as an adult? where do you feel like you’ve made some of your best adult friends? when you feel yourself drifting apart from a friend, how do we handle it? how much time do you expect from a friend? has a friendship ever felt more like an obligation to you?

it’s funny to see how different our answers are!…

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02.05.16

HAPPY FRIDAY

poppy fields | designlovefest

happy friday, friends. i’m itching to go somewhere new this weekend. i was talking with my friend denise about going to or the . i just have that get out of town but don’t go too far urge. the weather in california has been so nice that i just want to be outside somewhere. i hope you all have some fun or relaxing plans, whatever you want them to be!

poppy fields | designlovefest

ps, have you ever been to the i really want to go in the spring.

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02.01.16

HEART TOAST

HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST

the day of love is right around the corner so might me suggest serving your lover, friend, roommate a heart shaped piece of toast in bed? there is a breakfast spot in los angeles called that serves up some of the best food in town and is known for their brioche toast with ricotta and jam (it’s amazing). we decided to re-create this favorite at home and serve it in the shape of a heart. enjoy love birds! – joanie

HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST
HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST
HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST

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12.21.15

2015 HIGHLIGHT REEL!

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cuuuuuue the nostalgia. i took this morning to put together a list of my favorite designlovefest moments from this year. i’m definitely the kind of person that likes to continuously push myself, mark goals (mine from last year here!), criticize my weaknesses and work on them, and celebrate the happy memories. i’ve had one hell of a year. it’s been the year of transition and growth. and let’s just say growing pains don’t always feel great. i’ve hired more people onto the team (and love all of them), i’ve moved twice, i got over a heartbroken mess, i traveled a ton, i learned to enjoy living alone, i found a therapist, i explored all sorts of creativity….2015 was a wild one for me. and next month, i’ll be 30! take a trip down memory lane with me…

and i want to send a very sincere thank you to all of you that come visit this site. it really is, 7 years later, my true passion. i love sharing with you my big moments and my little ones too. thank you for letting me express myself to you guys everyday. your comments and love mean the world to me. i hope everyone has a super relaxing, pajama filled holiday. and i encourage you to look back on your year and all the things that made you feel happy and proud. sometimes we don’t notice the challenges we have overcome and i think it’s important to recognize them. lots of love to you all!!! -bri

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this year started off very hectic! i took on one of my biggest projects yet with procter and gamble in new york, art directing “mable” booths for 11 different brands. it was a huge rush and taught me a lot. but i must say one of the best parts was my team being stuck inside our rented apartment in brooklyn during a “giant blizzard” (that never happened) we drank wine, sat by the fire, laughed a ton and had the best time together.

see the full NY post here

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we dipped our toes in the product pond with these based on a ton of artists from our dress your tech column. i love them all! and i remember how fun it was to see them in person for the first time. stay tuned because we have more fun products coming out next year!

see the full post here and buy the cases

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one of the last things we did in our old studio was a movie night. we decked out the place with tons of pillows and rugs and a bunch of us watched the graduate. that was memorable.

see the full post here

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my first trip to new orleans, ever! my friend anna and i went a few months ago and had such a great time exploring based on all of your awesome recommendations.

see my new orleans travel post here

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and how could i forget nicaragua with three of my best friends. i made a really funny highlight video and blogged about the beautiful hotels we stayed in. you guys should definitely go!

see my nicaragua travel post here

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we sure did transform our old studio 100 different ways. this over the top girly soiree was one of my favorites.

see the full party post here

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Design Love Fest, DIY tutorial, Natural dyes, Kristen Kilpatrick, Kristen Kilpatrick Photography, Sarah Reichardt

we did a lot of DIY posts this year, and even more lately. the thing with DIY is that there are soooo many out there. we do our very best to push ourselves and find things we would really do ourselves and that have a unique spin on them. here’s a couple i really loved this year:

bedazzled holiday shoe DIY here
cool toilet paper holders DIY here
easy clay wall planters DIY here
gold foiled pillow DIY here
how to dye fabric with nature DIY here

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at my old apartment i had a back patio that was begging for a makeover. so we did it! and threw a taco party back there. you should see the before…

see the full makeover post here

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definitely the highlight of my year was what i was calling my “bripraylove” trip. after some heartache and struggle, i decided it was time for me to go on a long trip abroad. i was so stuck in a rut, sad, at home. i needed to get out there in the world, be inspired, see new things, forget about boys, drink in strange bars, try new foods…so i planned a 6 week trip abroad this past summer. it was the best decision i ever made. i grew as a human, worked through some of my shit, and saw some amazing places. and those TULIP FIELDS! best day of the year. see all the posts here…

see the paris post here
see the italy post here
see the amsterdam posts here and here
see the berlin posts here and here
see the tulip fields post here

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we started #dlfgetfit. after said “bripraylove” trip, eating everything under the sun, drinking with friends and strangers…i came home needing to seriously get in shape. my pants didn’t fit and i hated it. i did this first post about how weight changes over the years and that started a whole series about how we were eating and working out and the progress we were making.

see the very first weight post here
see the whole fitness column here

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mumu beach club! i teamed up with my best friend cammy and her clothing line and we threw a malibu beach party that was the BEST time. i love throwing parties so much, especially when they turn out like that.

see the full party post here

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well this is a highlight, but also a bummer. i decided to get this vintage ’77 red mercedes. the car i have always wanted! my dad was in town and he used to have the same car and he convinced me to just go for it. unfortunately the car came with all sorts of problems because the guy who sold it to us was a total crook. but old cars are bound to have issues. i haven’t been able to drive it much because i have to get it past the CA smog test, but we are workin on it. hopefully next year i will be road tripping with this gal.

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i try to make an effort to collaborate with people that inspire me for no other reason than to be happy. i am constantly sitting around thinking about photos i want to create with other artists. this one with chantal and amy turned out gorgeous!

see the full post here

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we moved studios! and not because we wanted to, ha. our landlords decided they were going to take over our space and so we had to find somewhere new to call home. we drove around the arts district, wrote down numbers, scrambled, asked around, and then serendipitously found this spot and moved in very quickly. it was a lot bigger than our other space, but we had a couple more friends move in and now it feels like one big happy family. it’s not done yet, but we are settling in and love it there.

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the designlovefestival. wow, a ton of work i wasn’t expecting! sometimes my ideas can be my worst enemy and best friend. i wanted to have a pop up shop that sold already potted trees and flowers…which then grew into hammocks! and prints! and wreaths! and blankets! and ceramics!….see what i mean? it grew larger than i thought it would. but we learned a ton, met a lot of great people, and got to put on a pretty rad jungle party.

see the full post here

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rent the runway! yes! a little idea in our minds turned into a 4 post project with 16 outfit changes, an all day shoot and a cool sleepover afterwards in the hills. we experimented, we got weird, we climbed on roofs…i loved every second of that dress up day!

see the first post here
see the second post here
see the third post here
see the final post here

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and then out of nowhere, i bought a HOUSE. what in the world? i had been lightly thinking about the idea of investing in a house. after years of living with a boyfriend of mine, after we split i stayed in our apartment and rent was not cheap all by myself. i figured if i wasn’t going to get a roommate, i should be putting money into something i could call my own. i went to two open houses and still never thought i would really buy one. then, on a random sunday, my friend anna and i went to another open house and the second i walked in the door i just had this feeling that i REALLY needed to get this one. it felt like it was made for me. so i got impulsive, and just made the jump. i never thought i would have bought a house on my own as a single woman. it was empowering. it was scary. it was cool. i love LA, and now i plan on being here for a verrrrry long time.

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my first chance to be a hostess in my new house! friendsgiving on my patio. lots of wine, amazing food, intimate setting. that’s my kinda night.

see the full post here

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this hair shoot was a blast.

see the full post here

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this floral christmas tree. a lot of people ask me “where do you get your ideas?” and truly some of the best ones come from sitting down with natalie, a pen and paper (usually no computer because it’s too easy to get overly “inspired”) and a bunch of nonsense ideas. wordplay. rambling. bad ideas. good ideas….and then there’s that ONE. the one we know we have to do. that happened with this tree and a few days later our idea became a reality!

see the full DIY post here

cheers to 2015!!

12.07.15

DIY HOLIDAY SHOES

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

the holidays are officially upon us and one of the things we like best about the season is celebrating with our friends, families and coworkers at holiday parties. it gives us a chance to catch up, reflect on the year that was, sip a cocktail or two (or three) and maybe even hit the dance floor. this year we thought we’d ditch the ironic christmas sweater in favor of something a little more glamorous.

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

LET’S DRESS UP OUR SHOES!

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

we’ve spent more hours then we’d like to admit on eyeing the over the top shoe trends that have been hitting the runways as of late. which got us thinking that this would be the perfect time to create a pair of our own to hit the town in. (and that don’t cost us one million dollars)

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

we found a great, inexpensive pair of high heels with a nice shape , sourced some at one of our favorite places in the LA fashion district, got a tube of high quality and got down to business.

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

in no time at all we transformed a pair of simple platform heels into show stopping, party ready works of art that we might never take off our feet.

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest
DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

i thought it was really cool that we could find one pair of shoes that allowed us to create three totally different styles that reflected the personalities of the girls in the studio. how FUN WOULD IT BE to have a holiday shoe decorating party!? very fun indeed. snap photos of yours and tag us so we can see your masterpieces.

DIY holiday shoes | designlovefest

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