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single life | designlovefest

we’ve all probably been single at one time or the other. for some, it’s true hell, and others learn to embrace and love it. being single myself i have a lot of current perspective on it…

topic: SINGLE LIFE? what does that look like for you? what are the perks and what are the hard parts? how did you turn being single into being an opportunity?




Yves Saint Laurent knitted wedding dress 1965

i’ve always been pretty open when it comes to sharing more personal stuff. i guess i’m just not the most private person. i also find it VERY interesting when people are able to talk about the real stuff happening in our day to day lives. i’ve been wanting to explore more personal, weird, awkward, intimate, questionable, thought-provoking topics on this blog for a while now. i have to admit, before i wrote this post (which thank you SO SO much for your thoughtful comments. i read each one of them and i feel overjoyed with the response.) anyway, before i wrote that post i was nervous about HOW i would introduce it and make it look cohesive with my blog. but now, since my site is taking a bit of a turn in the road and going the more scrappy route, i feel like it’s the perfect time.

remember when katie and i ran the weekly advice column? that one was a little more focused on career stuff (which we will still touch on) but this one is going to be more casual/personal focused. let’s see how it goes! i also have a team of great girls with different opinions and i think it will be cool to introduce different points of view. okay, let’s REAL TALK.

our first topic: WEDDING GIFT & THANK YOU ETIQUETTE. do you give a gift even if you don’t go to the wedding? do you think it’s rude to not buy off the registry? thank you notes, are they outdated or always required? do you really have a year to give someone a wedding gift?….read our thoughts!





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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


this hair shoot was a blast.

see the full post here


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!!



i’ve been following along with for awhile now. i really like her photos and her simple and grounded approach to a healthy and balanced life. she touches on all areas of life and how to genuinely take care of yourself, which is especially important this holiday season when we’re about to embark on two weeks of family, food, travel craziness. she’s sharing with us her 11 tips for maintaining sanity this season, and they’re good tips. so bookmark this for when you start feeling like the grinch!

“As much as we like to think that the holidays are all about snowflakes, hot chocolate, and the holiday spirit, it can actually be quite stressful. You’re running a business, you’re working long hours to make up for holiday time, you’re in school, traveling a lot for the holiday, socializing at more holiday parties, etc.; everywhere you turn there’s something “extra” this season. We’re taken out of our routines with food temptations left and right, increased stress and maybe a touch of emotional eating, right? We’ve all been there before. Now more than ever it’s important to cultivate a healthy balance between stress, eating well, movement, and mindfulness to keep you feeling amazing, looking great, and able to enjoy the holiday season to it’s fullest. I’ve put together a list of my top 11 things to do for a healthy holiday season.” –

1. It’s not all about the food. Focus on what the holiday season means to you; is it spending time with your loved ones, caring for others, showing and expressing gratitude, or being more mindful of your actions?

2. Have fun. It’s easy to automatically default to “fun” mode when you’re a kid, but now that so many of us work long days and have external stressors of “life”, sometimes it’s challenging getting in the spirit of the holiday. Remember to have fun! Grab a friend, family member, or your love and make a date out of watching holiday movies, making gifts from DIY tutorials, trying a new recipe, making a self-love spa date for yourself, etc.; try to do something that you absolutely love every single day.

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Tis’ the season to eat, drink, and be merry so be sure you’re hydrating those cells before, during, and after holiday cocktails. Drink water throughout the day and ideally 1 cup of water in between each cocktail. My favorite way to stay hydrated includes , sparkling water, herbal tea, or the (added nutrients!).

4. Take a chill pill. Soak in every second you have off work or if you’re a business owner make a “rule” and stick with it to put work away and relax. Enjoy the time away from the busy workdays to enjoy time alone, with family, and friends. Do things that make your heart happy and practice a little extra self-love during the holidays.

5. Veg out. Regardless of the holiday, vegetables are key to nourishing our bodies and keeping us energized, feeling great, and looking even better. It’s an added bonus that we can squeeze in extra vegetables this time of year through side dishes, soups, quick smoothies, or juices. Also, vegetables add more volume to any dish making you feel like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are. Try these favorites: , , , and .

6. Be present. It’s easy to think about what you “should” be doing, or what you “have to do” in the future; but awaken your focus to the present moment. The more you concentrate on being present, the more you’re able to enjoy spending time with family and friends, enjoy the spirit of the holiday season, engage in fun activities, shop, bake, wrap presents, read a book by a cozy fire, make some killer DesignLoveFest DIY wreaths and so much more. Try a simple mantra like “be here now”, to bring you back.

7. Stress. Holidays are known to be one of the most stressful times of year, whether it’s a good form of stress or the bad kind. Beat the stress by taking time out each morning before you start your day with 10 minutes of stillness, peace and quiet, engaging in something you love to do, yoga; or my favorite, meditation. Set your phone timer to keep you engaged for at least 10 minutes and make it an “appointment” you can’t miss.

8. Save it…or share it? We’ve all been there before, friend X just brought cookies to work again now your surrounded by sweets and treats at the office, at home, and at your families place. Here’s a word you can start to focus your attention on when you’re feeling obligation to eat those treats as gifts even if you don’t want them, abundant. Abundant is a great way to think about the availability of these cookies. I promise, 1 year from now you’ll still have access to holiday cookies, they’re not going away anytime soon!).

9. Mind-body power hour. This is a crucial practice and should be incorporated as much as possible into your daily life, especially around the holidays where it’s so easy to skip the gym. Whether you’re taking a spin class, yoga, boxing, or just talking a walk. Harnessing your bodies movement along with a positive mind set will set you up for success, positivity and will also come in handy around food. Added bonus, grab a friend or family member and hit the gym together.

10. Give yourself permission to enjoy, but not overindulge. Mindful eating is a beautiful practice and can be powerful! Check in with yourself and ask how truly hungry you are. What is it that you’re hungry for? Is it happiness, sadness, stress, anxiety, burnout, or are you truly hungry for food? We eat for so many reasons in our society, but having a strong mind-body connection will help you tremendously in figuring out what you are TRULY hungry for….like the extra cocktail or serving of cookies?

11. Plan and keep a routine. Given that many of us travel for the holidays, it’s important to keep some routine during the holiday season. Batch Cooking is a secret weapon (okay not so secret) throughout the holiday season when going out, socializing, traveling, etc. It’s a great way to keep your meals/snacks planned ahead of time so you can breathe and create space for other things you enjoy doing this holiday season.

all tips and images from




i’ve gone back and forth for what i want to do for my 30th birthday in january. maybe i just want to have a small party at my house? do i want to go somewhere tropical with one friend? do nothing? road trip? i wanted to do something memorable, but was having a hard time pulling the trigger because i didn’t want to make my friends have to travel far or spend a lot of money or be freezing in the cold temps. then a friend mentioned marfa! i’ve always wanted to go. sure, it won’t be the best weather but i really think it could be a cool experience. i’m inviting a small group of friends and hoping to stay in an airstream at least one night and then rent a little house for all of us. i haven’t planned the details (my favorite part) but i’m excited to have picked a place! have you been? it looks like we can fly into el paso and then just drive there in about 3 hours. would love your recommendations! it looks so picturesque and inspiring.


(photos: , elizabeth taylor in “Giant”, , , )
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