it’s going to be over 100 degrees this weekend which means the summer heat has finally landed in california! i’m reaching for easy, breezy dresses and i’m looking to stock my wardrobe with more options like that to get me through the summer months. is always a go to for me and i rounded up a few pieces that seem perfect for this heat! – joanie


 $88 – the sweetest yellow mini dress. love how structured it is, feels very 60’s.

  $88 – a super lightweight mini skirt to wear with all your favorite t-shirts.

 $145 – shoulder bearing, soft and feminine.

 $148 – rompers are great for more active summer adventures that might not be too dress friendly.

 $118 – a crisscross back and a simple black + white stripe makes this super easy to wear and dress up or down.

 $68 – you can never go wrong with eyelet in the summer. and this one gives you lots of breathing room.

 $150 – a sweet, almost 40’s inspired dress, love the sleeve detail and simple pattern.

 $60 – i dig this whole matching set. easy to wear, simple and fun.

$150 – nothing sexier or easier to wear than a simple slip dress. love this peachy hue!



steamed halibut | designlovefest

bri and i went to a work dinner a couple of weeks ago and they served some steamed halibut in banana leaves. it was delicious and bri said we had to try to make it for ourselves and i’m so glad we did! it was fun to experiment with a new way of cooking fish and it turned out great. there is no oil in this recipe and the fish is tender, flaky and flavorful. i thought it would be intimidating to make but it was surprisingly easy. we got our at world market and it worked perfectly. the halibut we purchased at Whole Foods.  – joanie

steamed halibut | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
makes 3-4 servings

Halibut :
• 3 halibut filets
• banana leaves (found in asian or hispanic markets)
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 cumin
• 1/4 nutmeg
• 1/4 cayenne
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 large lemon sliced

mango relish:
• 1 mango cubbed
• 1 cup cilantro chopped
• 1 lime
• 1/4 red onion finely diced
• salt

also, we made this to serve along side and followed the recipe exactly.

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

• start by gently rinsing the banana leaves, pat dry. cut into squares large enough to wrap the halibut. set aside.

• combined the smoked paprika, ground ginger, cumin, nutmeg and cayenne, mix well. dust each halibut filet with the rub.

• to assemble lay a banana leaf flat in front of you, place two lemon slices in the center and put the halibut on top, sprinkle with salt. wrap the banana leaf as pictured below by folding one side at a time.

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

• in a stock pot fill a quarter of the pot with water and bring to a boil. cover with a bamboo steamer and place the wrapped fish inside, we did one piece at a time. cover and steamed for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked and the flesh is white.

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

• while the fish is cooking, make the relish by finely dice the onion and cilantro and mango. mix with the juice of a lime and season with a bit salt of taste.

serve over the sticky rice and top with the mango salsa and a wedge of lime!

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

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appetizers on the road | designlovefest

this summer i’m all about the short weekend road trip. living in california affords me all sorts of mini vacation options, there are so many different places to explore and i’m always itching to go. one of my favorite brands to work with and one we’ve been creating content with for years is . i love their products! so i’m excited to be working with them all summer long to bring fun and easy entertaining ideas with their new . one of the best pre-road trip tips is to pack appetizers and drinks so that when you first arrive to your destination you don’t have to go to the store, or spend a lot of time in the kitchen. you can set out a spread and start relaxing right away. every minute counts on a short weekend trip!

appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest

this past weekend, justin and i headed to ojai to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. we stayed at this really beautiful airbnb and spent the weekend exploring and lounging around the house. we headed up on friday after work, it’s only about an hour drive, and once we arrived we opened the rosé, set out all the food i’d prepped and hung out by the pool. when prepping food for a trip there are a few things i like to keep in mind. these packing tips work for any size group, could be a girl’s road trip or a romantic trip for two!

  • i like to prep as much as i can beforehand. that means washing all the produce, putting crackers and meats and cheese in glass containers, slicing the bread, and bringing napkins and utensils so that they are at the ready. you never know what a rental house will come prepared with.
  • i pick a mixture of sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy things to bring. i try to focus on healthier items, the gourmet almonds (we packed the and the flavors), fresh fruit and veggies, dips like hummus and a couple of cheeses and meats. the almonds pack a lot of flavor so they pair well with simply flavors like a mellow goat cheese or a radish dipped in butter. castelvetrano olives are my fave and they work really well with the rosemary sea salt almonds.
  • when arranging an appetizer set up on the road, you can set out the spread in the same glass containers you used to pack things in, which also lets you pop them in the fridge when you’re done eating. i pack a few cloth napkins and set those out and then use any small bowls and plates that the house might have for the almonds, olives and pits. also a cutting board is helpful so people can easily dig in.

appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest

one of my favorite things about renting a home instead of staying at a hotel is being able to have access to a kitchen and not having to eat out for every meal. you save a lot of money, and it’s generally healthier to eat food at home. , it gives you the opportunity to explore a places local farmer’s market or any specialty stores in town. justin and i went to the coolest farmer’s market in Ojai, they had such beautiful produce.

appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest
appetizers on the road | designlovefest

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i’m so excited to see terrazzo popping up everything right now! you might recognize it as flooring from buildings of the 70s, and it’s making a comeback in the best way. the pattern is essentially a tile that is set with stones like granite, marble or quartz, and then filled in with resin to finish the pattern. there are so many color varieties to play with this pattern. if switching out your tile isn’t an option, a fun way to incorporate the pattern is through accessories like lamps, shop my favorites below!

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