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a new(ish) spot opened up near our studio called and i’ve been going a LOT lately. the food and coffee are really special. the decor is lovely. i really appreciate the effort this place puts in! the chef is really creative and talented.

seriously don’t miss the bread and salted butter and jam! so delicious. the menu changes a lot but if you see the potatoes with greens, order that too!!

you should definitely check out if you are in echo park!

1814 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026



is back for another round of desktop wallpapers this week! love the color palette on these! click through below to download the desktops for your computer.






i did a survey at the beginning of the year asking you what you wanted to see more of in the styled column and one piece of feedback i got was more affordable options. some people commented that anything over $50 was totally out of reach for them and that it can be discouraging to see shopping round ups that have mostly $50 + items, which i totally understand. there are stores that have lower price points like Forever 21, H&M and Zara but they have such a big selection that it can seem totally unmanageable to go through and find the hidden gems. i want this column to be about the hidden gems and so the below round up is pieces that have all come from Forever 21.  i also wanted to say is that if you’re on a budget and not wanting to spend a lot of money on clothing i think that shopping consignment stores, ebay and places like depop can be a great solution. i do a lot of my shopping second hand as it’s better for your wallet and the environment and it can be overwhelming at first but overtime you’ll get used to what keywords to search for and if there is a favorite consignment store in town that you can visit. being in LA, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to these types of stores but once you start looking you’ll find that almost every city, big and small has a consignment store or two. Xx, joanie

the reviews are really positive on this and i’m not surprised. it’s the perfect sophisticated shape and the button detail makes it look much more expensive. $33

pretty in a soft yellow. it’s short but the dress itself isn’t cut to be tight so i think those two balance each other out well. $45

styled on a budget | designlovefest

a  to get you through the summer! $33

digging the daisy print on and the soft ruffle at the hem. $25

, love this in the classic white or the red for a little pop. $28

is 100% cotton which is really nice for the warmer months. $25

is very 90’s and very cute paired with sneakers. the length is short so may not work for everyone but i the dot print with the buttons is very sweet. $20

this would be a go-to all summer. i like that it’s in rayon which is a really light weight fabric and lays nicely against the body. $28

i like the low cut back mixed with the longer length on this , it makes it really wearable all summer long to events like weddings, showers, etc. $23

the most colorful option i included but i think the multi-color works on because the silhouette is so simple. $20

i love this and the way they have it styled. this is a great summer piece, love it with the shirt under or without and would be easy to dress up with slides and a jacket for the evening. bri just ordered this so we’ll keep you posted on how it fits. $28

is low cut so i’m thinking you’re either going to need tape or to pin it but it’s such a pretty romantic piece and i love the open shoulder look. also very 90’s but very of the moment right now.



baked potato soup | designlovefest

we have no shortage of love for potatoes around here at the DLF studio and in honor of the fact that the east coast is still suffering from some serious winter weather we decided to make this cozy recipe. we’d never say that this recipe is healthy but we did sneak some broccoli into it which is a nice little veggie addition. this soup is really filling and delicious, the perfect meal to make as a good bye to winter! also, this is basically a two in one recipe because you can use the leftover potato skins for this recipe later on during the week. – joanie

baked potato soup | designlovefest

loaded baked potato soup
serves 6

what you’ll need:

• 5 russet potatoes
• 2 garlic cloves diced
• 4 strips of bacon
• 2 cups raw broccoli
• 1 yellow or white onion diced
• 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
• 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
• fingerling potatoes
• chives
• cheddar cheese

baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. wash and dry the russet potatoes. rub with olive oil and poke holes with a fork. bake for 60 minutes until very tender. additionally wash and dry the fingerling potatoes, slice in half and rub with olive oil. sprinkle with salt and bake during the final 20 minutes of the russet potatoes baking. remove potatoes to cool. once slightly cooled, slice the russet potatoes in half.

baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest

• steam your two cups of broccoli for about 10 minutes, until tender and set aside.

• in a large pot cook 4 strips of bacon until crispy. remove and set aside on paper towels. drain off almost all the grease but about 2 tablespoons and then sauté the onion for about 10 minutes in the remaining grease. add the garlic and the broccoli and took for another 3-5 minutes.

• next add the chicken broth and heavy cream to the onion mixture and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. transfer from the blender back to the pot. next, take your potato halves and scoop out the insides from their skins and add them into the soup. using an immersion blender blend the soup until you have a desired smooth consistency.

baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest

serve hot, top with fingerling potatoes, chopped bacon, shredded sharp cheddar, chives and a drizzle of heavy cream!

baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest
baked potato soup | designlovefest



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