currently inspired by: rodarte’s latest photoshoot. love those floral umbrellas, romantic backdrops, and the extravagant corsages! and kirsten’s cute baby bump…

photos: autumn de wilde for rodarte
styled by: shirley kurata



i know that it might seem kind of insane to purchase a pair of but let me tell you, they are actually the perfect pant and i wear them to lounge around my house every single day. before this, i had a pair if grey lululemon pants that i wore every day for 6 + years until they had holes in the knees and the elastic gave out so i was ready to switch it up. i needed a pair of sweatpants that is comfortable enough to wear around before bed but also looks good enough to have on when an impromptu guest pops by. and to be totally honest, i’ve worn them for a few plane rides, with ankle boots and a long sweater. i love that they are black because you can really get away with wearing them out and the material is thin enough for year round los angeles weather. they’re by an LA based company called who has tons of great sleep and lounge wear (this isn’t sponsored btw, this company doesn’t even know we exist :)). i’m very into their and their robes look great too. so, if you’re like me and also very into loungewear, enjoy! and let me know if you have a piece of loungewear that you swear by! – joanie



CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest
CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest

weeknight dinners can be hard, it’s tough sometimes to muster up the energy to cook something after a long day. we all want to be those people who are making something delicious and trying out new recipes but that’s not always possible. enter the fajitas, cut up whatever vegetables you have in the fridge, add a protein (chicken, steak, beans, tofu), toss it all in your cast iron and you’re good to go with zero worry about messing this “recipe” up. because it’s actually barely a recipe, it’s more of an idea that you can add and subtract from as needed. we purchased everything we needed for this recipe at trader joe’s. their onion salt in particular is very good as is there prepackaged cauliflower rice and corn tortillas. – joanie

CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest

serves 3 people 

what you’ll need:
• 2 chicken breasts – patted dry, salt and pepper each side.
• 3 bell peppers
• 1/2 red onion
• 1 package cilantro
• 2 limes
• 1 package tortillas
• 1 package cauliflower rice
• olive oil
• sour cream (optional)
Trader joes chili lime seasoning
Trader joes onion salt

CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest
CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest
CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest
CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest

how to make:

• i recently learned about this new chicken cooking technique from  which if you aren’t following yet, you should be. they have great recipe ideas and tips. to cook the chicken, take a cold cast iron pan, without any oil and put your chicken skin side down on the pan and place it over low heat and let it cook, about 5-7 minutes per side without moving it. this will give it a nice browned outside. flip it over and do the same thing to the other side. you may need more time depending on the thickness of your chicken. remove chicken, set aside, covered.

• cut the bell peppers into strips and thinly slice the red onion. add to the same heated cast iron with some olive oil and cook for an additional 10-20 minutes, i like my vegetables to get really cooked down and browned but you can cook for as long or short as you’d like. stirring occasionally. salt to taste.

• in a separate pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. add the cauliflower rice and season the salt and garlic salt to taste. stirring every other minute until cauliflower rice is tender; about 5-7 minutes. remove from heat and mix with 1/2 lime and 1 cup chopped cilantro.

CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest

serve fajitas with heated tortillas. we served our tacos with a dollop of sour cream!

CHICKEN FAJITAS | designlovefest

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styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis



lavender is totally having a moment right now. it’s no surprise that purple is having a comeback with ultra violet being the color of the year. there’s something so versatile about this muted, dusty lilac shade. it pairs so well with lighter hues like pinks, greys, whites, but it also makes a bold statement between darker shades like navy, mustard, and burnt orange. it’s more commonly associated with nursery colors, but it’s really shedding that cliché right now. there’s something so sophisticated about lavender when properly paired, and with the proper material. i’m seeing a lot of lovely lavender velvet home decor latelyupholstered chairs, throw pillows, and curtains. are you loving lavender too? –

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man, has some seriously good knits right now. i just got back from Colorado and it was so nice to be able to wear jackets and sweaters for a bit. but now i’m back in LA where it is 80 degrees so i’ll just have to live vicariously through all of you who have temps low enough to wear layers and sweaters. at the start of the year i asked for feedback on what you wanted to see me include in the styled column and i got a lot of responses about people wanting options at a less expensive price point. and that for many people buying a $100 sweater is out of the question, so i want to try and incorporate more items like that, great pieces i find that are really reasonably priced so that everyone can find something for themselves through this column. -joanie 


 $30 – a grey sweater like this is one of the most worn items in my closet. i wear it with jeans, skirts, over dresses, with jean shorts in the summer, you name it! it’s a classic, you won’t regret it.

 $50 – i love the color of this sweater and how it looks on the body, the mock neck, and the thick ribbing are all great elements.

 $40 – this is such a sweet pale yellow color, feels very 70’s. it’s thin enough to wear year-round and it’d be easy to tuck into things.

 $30 – you know i’m so into purple right now and this is an inexpensive way to add it into your wardrobe.

 $60 – this is beautiful, the sleeves, the texture, the winter white, order this one!

 $35 – for those who want to go bold, i like that the cuff and collar are solid. that fact makes it really wearable!

$35 – the knit on this almost makes it look homemade, which i love. it’s such a vibrant color and i love that the sleeves are narrow at the cuff.

$80 – i have a big turtleneck sweater like this and i get tons of compliments on it. wear it with a pair of skinny jeans and a top knot!

 $25 – the extended cuff on this sweater makes it very chic! would be perfect with a pair of wide legged navy pants.


(the perfect travel sweater!), can’t get over how chic this is,  in navy, a classic, such a good one for summer evenings! 



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