01.19.18

ON STARTING TO WORKOUT AGAIN

on starting to workout again | designlovefest

towards the end of last year i had a lot of health things come up, a weird blood test result, an ear infection, strep and then strep again that all stretched out for a couple of months (this is joanie, by the way). needless to say, it was very time consuming both emotionally and physically and kept me from doing a lot of my normal routines that i was used to, including working out. i was taking walks and going for hikes but not pushing myself in order to let my body heal and rest. working out has been a big part of my routine for the last 5+ years so it was hard to give it up but then once i was out of the habit of doing it, it was hard to get back to it.

on starting to workout again | designlovefest
 

i’m thankfully back to full health now and jumping back into exercising. bri and i have been doing bar method 3-4 times a week (remember when we had the DLFgetfit column?!) which i’ve really been enjoying. it’s hard though when you haven’t been exercising to start again, you feel disconnected from your body, things that you used to be able to do with ease are challenging, you get sore fast and stay sore longer, you’re more critical of your body and your performance and it overall can feel discouraging. but, the thing i do know is that i’m a better person to myself when i work out. i feel more positive, i sleep better, have more energy, drink more water, stretch more and feel generally less high strung which are all really important things for my sanity.

one thing that really shifted for me after months of being unwell is the privilege of being able to move your body and having the energy to exercise. instead of focusing on not wanting to exercise it has shifted into feeling grateful that i have the health to be able to do it. i definitely took for granted being able to jump out of bed every day and take a class and not being held back by sickness or fatigue.

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all this to say, if you’re in a workout rut, feel too scared to get back on the horse, feel embarrassed by how out of shape you are or lack motivation to start moving again, start small and know that small and consistent efforts equal change and that moving your body is an important part of being a balanced person. i also think it’s only fair that i get to add some fun new workout gear to my closet. i basically only workout in lululemon yoga tights that i bought in college so i’m open to anything you have and love. i’m really into the colors of outdoor voices and it feels like there are so many new companies popping up all the time with cool gear!  – joanie

 

01.19.18

WEEKEND AT HOME / 96

i’ll admit it’s a challenge to keep your home organized. even when the house is clean and organized it feels like that fresh organized feeling fades within a few weeks (even days sometimes!). the new year is a great time for you to focus on getting the clutter out of the way. it’s a daunting task to start, so the next few weeks i’m sharing some ideas for getting organized by room. take one thing that needs done and work away at it for the weekend, then move to the next one. whether it’s your makeup that needs organization, your pantry, or your closet–choose one space each weekend to work on. i’m starting with the pantry and kitchen since mine is a total mess right now. lot of storage solutions and inspiration for you to get organized your pantry sorted for the new year below! stay tuned next week for the next space i’m organizing. –

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01.18.18

DRESS YOUR TECH / 218

made these cool colorful patterns for us this week! love her color scheme… click through below to download the wallpapers for your phone + computer…

CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD THE DESKTOPS…

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01.17.18

MOROCCAN RUG GIVEAWAY!

enter to win a rug (up to $800!) from ! they have so many vintage moroccan rugs with unique designs. love these graphic patterns on these. click through below to enter, good luck everyone!

 

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01.15.18

A SWEET (AND INEXPENSIVE) HAIR TREND!

velvet bows | designlovefest

i’ve been loving the velvet hair bow trend that i see popping up everywhere these days. it’s a low maintenance girl’s dram because it requires zero fuss and looks great with a not very recently combed ponytail. and it’s also very inexpensive to achieve. you can visit your local fabric store which should have spools of ribbon that you can cut and purchase by the piece. or, you can buy online at a place like hobby lobby. below are a few more pretty options i found…

velvet bows | designlovefest
velvet bows | designlovefest
velvet bows | designlovefest
velvet bows | designlovefest

i love the black ribbon version below that they’ve tied into a headband, so cute!

velvet bows | designlovefest

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