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true botanicals | designlovefest

i’m almost low maintenance to a fault when it comes to self-care and taking care of my skin. for years, i barely washed my face or moisturized on a consistent basis. i know, that’s bad! it never really felt worth it to me because i didn’t notice that much of a difference and sometimes my face would even break out if i did anything to it. i was always bummed about the dryness but never took initiative. that all changed when about 8 months ago i started using the line. i have really dry skin and sort of just thought that was the way it was for me but i can honestly say that my skin has changed so much since i started using their line. in particular,  and . people have even commented on my skin, which neeeever happened before.

that’s why i’m so excited to be able to do this giveaway where one person will win four of my favorite products from the line! and they are also offering a 15% discount off orders* between today and October 2nd so stock up while you can because they almost never do any discounts!

true botanicals | designlovefest
true botanicals | designlovefest

the mask is something that i really noticed a difference using. i use it about 2-3 times a week. you just apply a layer to your skin and let it sit for 2-5 minutes. just leave it on while you brush your teeth or something and then use a warm washcloth to remove it. you can start to feel it tingling closer to 5 minutes and can feel it really working on that dry outer layer. apply the oil and serum after and your face feels amazing!! especially with a final mist. it has become my new obsession/routine. and all of their products have NO added toxins in them, so you can feel great using them.

true botanicals | designlovefest
true botanicals | designlovefest

i brought the line with me during my recent trip to europe and it really helped maintain my skin quality with all the travel. the mist is one of my favorites, it’s an instant refresh, smells SO good and is very relaxing. i actually use it as one of my daily anxiety relievers and it helps me a lot. seems silly, but works for me!

true botanicals | designlovefest
true botanicals | designlovefest
true botanicals | designlovefest

i totally understand that their products are pricey. if you’re looking to try the line but want to start small i’d suggest beginning with . and using almost a full dropper 2 times a day. if you have dry skin like me, i would say the moisture mask is next inline in terms of changing my skin and helping with the dryness.

true botanicals | designlovefest

joanie: “i just use  and it lasts about three months which works out to a little over a $1/day.  for me, i’d much rather take good care of my skin than get a new bag or pair of jeans because when my skin looks and feels good i feel so much better.”

true botanicals | designlovefest

my four favorite products and the ones you can enter to win are the , , and (a $375+ value!). 





tel aviv travel | designlovefest
tel aviv travel | designlovefest

i’ve been working on my travel guide for israel (hoping our wifi is strong enough here in amsterdam that i can put that up this week!) 

before those posts i’d like to share about our experience traveling to tel aviv. i was asked to take the new United Dream Polaris nonstop flight from newark to tel aviv and was able to bring justin along. we both had never been to israel and that plane looked awesome, so we jumped at the opportunity. let’s be honest, i don’t really travel in first or business class, i can count the number of times on one hand, so this was a real treat. you arrive to a drink, saks pillows, pajamas, a full lie down bed with a comforter, big tvs, cheese plates, an ice cream sundae cart, the best service…it was wild!

tel aviv travel | designlovefest
tel aviv travel | designlovefest

luckily we were able to sit next to each other and watch movies together. i guess we’re that couple that even hangs out on the plane and hits play and pause at the same time ha!

my favorite part of the flight was how spacious and comfortable it was. a 10 hour plane ride has never gone by as quickly, i was actually kinda bummed when it was over! it felt like i had time to relax, catch up on my murder mystery podcasts and books (up and vanished! obsessed), have wine and just chillllll. on the way home i needed to sleep because of a busy work week and i was able to lay down and fall asleep most of the way home. we flew coach a few days later and man, we missed those little dream pods!

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i’m one of those annoying people who keeps commenting that they “cannot believe it’s september!” and “wow! this year has really flown by” but that’s the truth. i cannot believe how fast this year has gone by and that we’re already talking about fashion week and fall wardrobes. it’s still very warm here in los angeles but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been eyeing what’s coming out for fall.  let’s call them transition pieces because i’m not ready to say good bye to summer just yet. – joanie

 ($120)  – i’m in love with the colors in this dress and it’s the perfect fall transition piece. cozy but not too covered up so you won’t get too warm when the sun does come out.

 ($125) – it’s hard to find books in this really light beige color. but when you do find it snatch them up because this color goes with everything. i have a pair from all saints that i bought 4+ years ago and still wear all the time. i love that these have the addition of a gold zipper. and the price isn’t bad for a pair of boots!

 ($99) – a very chic black sweater option that i know you’d reach for time and time again. i love the cinched sleeve detail and unfinished hem at the neck.

 ($475) – i’m obsessed with this raspberry color and the addition of the gold chain, it’s such a chic bag.

 ($228) – you can tell from the photo that these are a perfect pair of jeans. moderate distressing, hits right below the belly button, not too tight in thigh and a very chic straight leg cut.

 ($48) – i’m a big fan of hoop earrings and think they look cool with basically everything. i know that pearls are on trend but since i can’t get behind pearl necklaces yet this feels like a happy meeting place.

 ($70) – i have the non-velvet version of these and they are the perfect saturday morning donut run pants that are still comfortable but not your pajamas.

 ($395) – i have been obsessed with Frēda Salvador for some time now. i own only one pair of their shoes but have worn them so much and they are amazingly comfortable. the kind of traveling shoe that you feel proud to wear. not too touristy but not going to leave you with blisters at the end of the day. i think they are particularly good for narrow feet as they hug the foot really nicely. i have to find a way to get my hands on these mary jane’s, they. are. so. cool. and yes, i know they are white and i firmly believe in white all year round!

 ($58) – one of my favorite looks for fall is always the oversized sweater and mini skirt. this navy one is very reasonably priced and i love the laced up detail. perfect with a big cream fisherman’s sweater.




wall stencil | designlovefest

sometimes you just want to brighten up a plain white wall without a lot of fuss or hassle and wall stencils happen to be perfect for that! we partnered with our friends over at HP to celebrate the launch of its latest and created a series of printable stencils that can be used to update any room in your house (they’d also make great posters too!).

wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest

the inspiration behind the design was from my love for Matisse and how i’m seeing his influence in design pop up more and more. his use of color, the organic shapes, the repetition of his designs and the scale of his paintings…all of it creates such a positive feeling and something i could stare at for hours. when i saw his work in person a few years ago in amsterdam i was so blown away.

wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest

we used the stencils to update a corner of our office, and i love how it turned out! let us know how you put the stencils to use. there are a lot of different shapes in the attached PDF, we used a variation of them but you could just use one or two if you have a smaller space or place them really close together and make it feel like wall paper.

wall stencil | designlovefest

here is what you’ll need:

• printer (we used our )
• card stock paper
• xacto knife
• painters tape
• paint colors of choice, all of our paint is from Behr and we used matte finish.
• paint brushes
• scissors
• double sided tape


wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest

• start by printing out all of the stencils that you want to use (above). we used xacto knives for the cutting but you could also try scissors too. put the stencil on top of a piece of cardboard and cut along the edge of the designs.

• to secure the design to the wall first put double sided tape on the back of the design along the edges so that you can get a really clean line. next secure to the wall with painters tape on the edges.

wall stencil | designlovefest

• for the painting, you’ll want to be really careful along the edges and make sure that your brush isn’t holding any water so that you avoid any drips and leaking through the paper.

• let dry for 15 minutes, remove the paper and you’re done! we only did one coat of paint because the colors were really saturated but you could do two coats if needed.

wall stencil | designlovefest
wall stencil | designlovefest

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it’s been a whirlwind of travel lately, but i was SO happy to be in austin with my little sister for her bachelorette trip! i’m her maid of honor and wanted to plan a surprise weekend full of great memories for lacey, so she didn’t know a thing until she showed up!

we checked into my FAVORITE hotel in austin (and on my top hotel list ever, really) . (they also have this hotel we visited in todos santos and this one in marfa) there was 4 of us girls, so my sister and i shared the super cool suite 1 (with the outdoor shower i kept finding her outside in singing along to music haha) and the other two gals shared a pool bungalow. it was so fun checking in and seeing her excitement!! this hotel seriously pays attention to design details and i appreciate it so much. it feels like nothing goes unnoticed!

also, a lot of people have asked what i put in the goodie bags for the girls, so here’s a list!


(perfect for the pool)
 (we wore them ALL weekend at the pool in our hair, out dancing around our necks…it was our version of “bachelorette matching”)
(LOVE this brand, smells so good)
• shop and •

(much needed after a long night out)
topo chico (cute sparkling water, perfect in austin)

and of course, champagne and balloons and i got my sister’s crown !

a list of some of the places we went in austin!

• for a delicious vietnamese dinner with spiked punch
• for lounging at the pool
(it was my first time to the natural springs pool, and it was such a fun summer activity. the water was cooooold but it was fun to jump in and cool off and lounge in the grass with everyone)
• for the tacos and queso. sitting outside in cute their under the lights.
• for honky tonk dancing!
(sooooo good, get the bloody mary and the burrata salad)
(great brunch!)

can you tell we love breakfast?? austin knows how to do a great brunch, alright. and we were in love with the . i wore mine as much as possible!

this was at barton springs, definitely go there.

such a special weekend celebrating with my sis, can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle!!! love you, lacey xoxoxox

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