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i love meeting new photographers and spending the day observing their point of view. i had the pleasure of meeting a while back and we had fun shooting a style post at the top of the hill in echo park.

i love the quirky details (those awesome painted stairs below) and the abundance of greenery found in this neighborhood.

i went with an easy 70’s vibe today. high waisted jeans (similar pair available ), a vintage mexican top and an oversized yellow hat. this outfit makes me want to get in the car and drive to palm springs right now. this past weekend i went to with my friend  (a mexican marketplace and the oldest part of downtown LA) . i have been wanting to go for years, but somehow just never got around to it. we had such a great time drinking margaritas & eating huevos rancheros at  and searching for treasures. i wasn’t in a trying on clothes mood, so i didn’t get any of the beautiful mexican dresses that i saw but i picked up a bunch of little presents for my friends.

photos by: styling by: joanie cusack
more style posts: right here



i can’t believe i’ve never been to a big music festival…not coachella, south by southwest or lollapalooza. so i’m really excited to be headed to chicago with  next week to attend lollapalooza and document my favorite festival looks. i’ll be hosting an event at the store on michigan ave the night before (invite below) and really hope to see you there if you are in the chicago area! you can also follow along to see our adventures.

i pulled a bunch of my favorite looks that i could see myself wearing to the festival. they have some really wonderful scarves right now that you should definitely check out. they’re perfect for cool evenings & to use as mini blankets on the grass. i tried to give a bunch of options that would be easy to layer from day to night…

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and let’s not forget about the gentlemen. i love these lightweight, short-sleeved oxford shirts…

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{shop the look above} :  : striped espadrilles sold in stores

and i love this yellow hat to fight off getting sunburned…

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i am hosting a in chicago on august 1st (next thursday) where you can come hang out, hear some live music and shop my lollapalooza looks before the festival begins the next day. it’s my hometown, so at least i know my parents will come out 🙂 see you soon, let me know if you can make it!


(photos by designlovefest, illustrations on photos by )




if you saw yesterday’s post you would find my favorite new shirt by this cool artist,  i like her wild style and . they make such a unique statement. today we are giving away a party pack from …win all 4 of these items below!


this prize package includes 

 /  / mini gold leather zipper pouch (one of a kind) / 





we decided to teach another class in our hometown at the gorgeous with our impeccable decor setup by with florals by heather of .

greeted our students at the table as always. keeping the colors light this time.

the outdoor bbq season has officially arrived with the start of summer. i’ll be lighting up one of these by on my patio (and they really don’t have an overpowering citronella smell.)

and i love the painted terra cotta cactus pots that & teamed up on!

these  anorak kissing seagull from are perfect for stashing important things for a trip to the beach (they’re waterproof) or just running around town. also has a matching picnic  that we’re giving away right here.

the journal is a staple of our goodie bag, and this time around we chose geometric made by . graphic and simple, just my style. we also gave away in peach and black as a prize for an in-class contest.

we encourage our students to sketch out thumbnails and stay inspired, so we thought some colored pencils would be a good desk essential. these sets by  (also an LA-based company!) are nice because they store well together in a . the design is also clean.

good keychains are underrated. i also think they’re hard to find, so we wanted to give these with leather banners from  handmade right here in LA.

our lovely friends over at sent us these from the brand new line that we dropped in each bag. soon you’ll be able to shop online, but for now check out their .

, one of our blogshop alumni makes mini decorative paper under the name everyday & co. it’s fun to see the creative work of past students.

we were beyond impressed with who catered our lunch for this session. on day one we had colorful bento boxes and the second day perfectly wrapped little bites. delicious is an understatement.

most of us here at blogshop take our coffee pretty seriously and serves up some of the best in town in my opinion. i fell in love with it at a coffee shop near my office and i just knew i had to share the with our students, so came in and set up a pop-up shop making hot drinks just for our blogshoppers.

another afternoon treat came in the form of  . they made quite an impact bundled together and tasted even better.

our second LA session kept the photos coming of course. we had two mother daughter dates in this class. (so cute!) and check out our to see class from our students’ perspectives!

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some of our upcoming classes:

 (6 spots left, hosted by james from ) |  (sold out) |  in september!

want to be an  in one of the cities listed above? 

(see previous blogshop posts & all of our goodie bag items used here to see our class in action and for some killer gift ideas.)



last week i posted this creative council video showing how to mix two delicious summer-inspired cocktails, and now i’m so excited to share with you where we got to drink them.


there are few things in life more enjoyable than spending time with good friends, indulging in food and libations over laughs and conversation. combine that with a perfect spring night outdoors and it’s hard to top. i was fortunate enough to work with some ridiculously talented friends of mine to make this event happen. i wish i could relive the evening, but luckily and  were on hand to capture all the fun.

(watch at the bottom to see the whole thing come together!)


michael antonia volunteered his awesome backyard for the occasion and outfitted it with a bunch of furniture from his company that specializes in mid-century modern pieces for events. the dude’s got GREAT taste and would make any party look rad.

and of course, the master himself  was on hand with  to mix us up some of the best cocktails i’ve ever tasted. he made 4 specialty drinks that evening (watch the video of our two faves here!)


the party was small & intimate. only about 20 people that travel a lot and don’t have a lot of time to socialize with each other enough. i had illustrate an invitation that i sent out to the guests in their email (keepin’ it simple around here)

mixology party invite | designlovefest

she captured exactly what was in my head with these cocktail drawings!


the space was filled with decor from the geniuses at , playing on the theme of the four elements: water, fire, wind & earth. they handmade these custom hanging mobiles and helped me style the whole thing…i believe they are selling those mobiles, you should email if you are interested in one for your home!


i chose a vintage bohemian style dress. the party was so laid back, and i wanted to be able to lounge around on the rugs and feel comfortable. it was a good choice!


created these stunning arrangements for the tables. i love her wild aesthetic & eye for unique pairings and textures…so good, right? they sure make you appreciate the art of nature.


oh gosh, . i may or may not have eaten 6. if you live in the LA area you have to follow ricky’s to see where he’ll be popping up next. he set up his fish fry table of magic and we all went to town.


all the beautiful for the cocktails were by , who  gorgeous table settings and flatware (and those sweet rugs, too!) i love how they mixed in some of their black forks with the gold ones. a nice twist…


they have a new online  where you can buy some of their treasures. they also provided those adorable brass vases for the florals.


the girls thought it would look cool to use terracotta bases as the plates for our fish tacos. put a piece of parchment paper on top and you’re good to go. festive, right?


a special thanks to all my dear friends who helped me bring this party to life. watch this video that made to see the setup of the party…taco eating…rug sitting…friends…drinks and more drinks…

photos by:  (see them all )
video by: drinks by: 

decor by:
florals by:
cocktail glasses, flatware, vases and rugs by: 

furntiure by:invitation design by:

(this post is a collaboration with  by .)
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