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10.11.16

CAFECITO DE CUBA!

cafecito de cuba | designlovefest

i am constantly updating my dream list of destinations i’d love to travel to. so as soon as it was announced that airlines would be able to fly passengers from the US to Cuba i knew i had to get there. i’ve had several friends visit and their photos of the beautiful colors, architecture and people have me itching to get down there.

cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest

announced that they would be bringing Cuban coffee to the United States for the first time in over 50 years (exciting!) and asked me and my team if we’d like to try it. we of course jumped at the opportunity to experience a small taste of Cuba through their coffee. in Cuba, coffee is both social and a big part of local hospitality, guests are often welcomed into people’s homes with a cup of coffee. from what we learned, it’s less about the drink and more about the opportunity to take a break from your day and gather with your neighbors for a chat and bit of espresso.

so in keeping with that line of thought, i hosted a small afternoon coffee break on my back patio complete with heart shaped donuts (which is a cute take on the classic donut hole, and ended up tasting very similar to beignets) and enjoyed an hour of non-work related hang time.

cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest

the coffee was smooth and strong, great with the addition of a sugar cube or served black next to the sweetness of the donut (recipe below if you want to make them!). we also served the donuts with two different dipping sauces that were super easy to pull together and rounded out the afternoon coffee hour. the donuts are small enough to not put you in a sugar coma but still make you feel like you’re having a little indulgence half way through the day. and, nothing pairs better with coffee then a little sugar.

cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest

the thing with these donuts is that once the dough has risen they are super quick to fry and then dust with sugar. so, if you wanted to make the dough beforehand you could fry them up right before serving as they are best served hot!

what you’ll need:
• 3 cups all purpose white flour + more for dusting
• 1/2 cup powdered sugar
• 3 teaspoons active dried yeast
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup of lukewarm milk
• 6 tablespoons melted butter
• 3 egg yolks
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon

• follow directions on the yeast packet and then in a large bowl mix the flour, powdered sugar, cinnamon, yeast mixture, and salt until well combined. set aside.

• in another bowl combine the milk, melted butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. combine both the wet and dry ingredients in the large bowl. mix until just combined, do not over mix. on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until smooth. place in a bowl and set aside covered for about an hour and a half. or until it has doubled in size.

• roll out the risen dough and use heart shaped cookie cutters (or any shape!). fill a cast iron pan with about two inches of oil on medium heat. fry the heart shaped cutouts for about 40 seconds on each side or until golden brown. place the fried donuts onto paper towels and gently pat. cover with powdered sugar while they are still warm so that the sugar sticks well.

cafecito de cuba | designlovefest
cafecito de cuba | designlovefest

what you’ll need for the dipping sauces:
• 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
• 2 tablespoon lemon curd
• 1 cup hulled strawberries

• place the heavy whipping cream in a bowl and beat cream until medium peaks form. divide the cream into two dipping bowls. mix in the 2 tablespoons of lemon curd into one of the bowls. in a blender, place the strawberries and about 1/4 cup of water and blend until smooth. mix in the strawberry puree in the remaining dipping bowl and combine.

cafecito de cuba | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis

(this post is made in partnership with , a coffee that we drink in our office!)

09.29.16

A LITTLE UPDATE

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happy ALMOST weekend! it’s sure been hectic over here in our office. a little life update below…

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09.04.16

A LITTLE STUCK

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the way i know i’m experiencing real symptoms of anxiety or depression is usually when everything is going right, i feel very not right. that’s been me for the past month or so.

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08.15.16

MOVIE NIGHT!

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i’ve been waiting for so long to share this with you! about two months ago, i hosted a movie night with and it turned out to be one of my favorite events that i’ve ever hosted. i was super inspired by our trip to kyoto and i wanted to take some of that inspiration for the event. we hosted the evening in back yard and decked the place out in items we selected items from . the nice thing about their site is that they have such a huge selection of different brands that you can really find almost any type of style you’re looking for when it comes to home goods. and, you can shop all of the pieces i used to create the movie night, !

movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest

one of my favorite parts of my trip to japan was the fact that when you went to some of the restaurant they would bring you a tray of sake cups and let you select your own style, color, etc. i wanted to carry that theme through and the most beautiful selection of ceramic sake cups that the guests were able to pick from and take home, it was such a great touch. my studio is located right next to little tokyo in los angeles so we shopped the local supermarket for all sorts of fun Japanese treats.

movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest
movie night | designlovefest

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06.16.16

STUDIO GALLERY WALL

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we’ve finally made some serious progress on finishing the DLF studio and i’m excited to share the pictures with you! between traveling, moving into a new house and a bunch of client project we just haven’t had the time to finish decorating and it was driving me crazy. i feel like now that we have art on the walls, the end is in sight! i worked with one of my favorite companies,  (remember this post?), on creating this gallery wall above our coffee bar. i wanted it to be both beautiful and personal and decided to use my recent trip to japan as the content for the images and i really love how it turned out!

studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest

the best thing about is that you can upload photos directly from your /phone/computer and you can also mail things in and have them framed. i did a mix of images and actual pieces that i picked up in japan and the combination is really special. i think my favorite piece is the large image of the swan boats we rode in on our last day in tokyo (can’t believe iphone photos can be blown up this large). i also framed the business card of a restaurant we had dinner at which was one of the most memorable meals of my life. it’s a simple cream card, but set in the white mat with a wood frame (i picked the !), it looks super chic and adds a nice neutral to the mix. also, if you’re interested in doing your own gallery wall,  is giving my readers 20% off your first order with code designlovefest20!*

studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest

the tricky part about my studio is that it’s a large open space, with really high ceilings which is beautiful and great for shooting but can be difficult when it comes to something as precise as art. i chose a wall that is a focal point, it’s directly at the back of the studio and part of the sitting area. it’s also framed by our coffee bar which really helped in creating a base to build the gallery on. i wanted to make the images span the height of the wall instead of the width as there are windows on both sides. i laid everything out on the floor and then we taped off the sections on the wall with washi tape of where we wanted everything to hang.

studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest
studio gallery wall | designlovefest

and it turned out perfectly! i purchased two of the cotton candy prints below, one for the wall and one to gift to a friend as a momento from our time together in japan.

studio gallery wall | designlovefest

studio gallery wall | designlovefest

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