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





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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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breakfast smoothie | designlovefest

i love the idea of having a smoothie for breakfast, it’s fast, versatile and satisfying. i will admit that i’ve been known to try and make my smoothies too healthy by stuffing them with too many greens and powders which ends up making the drinking process less than enjoyable. i’m working on scaling that back and adding just a few key ingredients to keep me full and nourished but not being over zealous with my add-ins. this smoothie hits that mark, it has bee pollen for immunity, hemp seed for protein, flaxseed for healthy fats, almond butter to keep you full and a bit of fruit to sweeten it up. we used coconut milk for our smoothie but i often just use water and i feel like that works just as well. if you’re looking to add in greens, a big handful of spinach would work well in this. also, i know there is a lot of noise out there right now about limiting fruit intake and cutting out bananas from your smoothies but i don’t agree with that philosophy at all and believe that eating fruits is an important part of a well balanced diet!  – joanie

breakfast smoothie | designlovefest

for the most part, i buy my fruit frozen instead of fresh except when it comes to bananas. for those, they are most nutritious if they are really ripe and brown so i buy a bunch and let them get ripe and then cut and freeze for later use.

Banana, strawberry, almond butter smoothie
serves 2-3

what you’ll need:
• 2 cups strawberries
• 1 teaspoon chia seeds
• 3 tablespons hemp hearts
• 2 teaspoons flax
• 2 frozen bananas
• 2 tablespoons almond butter
• 3 cups of liquid (water, coconut water, coconut milk, nut milk)

optional garnishes:
• whipped coconut cream or greek yogurt
• bee pollen
• sliced strawberries

breakfast smoothie | designlovefest
breakfast smoothie | designlovefest
breakfast smoothie | designlovefest
breakfast smoothie | designlovefest

• blend the smoothie ingredients in a blender until smooth, you can adjust the liquid based on how thick or thin you prefer your smoothie. we garnished ours with vegan whipped coconut cream. To make the whipped cream leave a can of coconut cream in the refrigerator overnight. open the can and spoon out the top firm layer, living the liquid below it in the can. using an electric beater whip until soft peaks form.

breakfast smoothie | designlovefest
breakfast smoothie | designlovefest

• garnish smoothies with sliced strawberries and bee pollen.

breakfast smoothie | designlovefest
breakfast smoothie | designlovefest

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styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis



i’ve been feeling really bored with my denim options lately and i’m really wanting to mix it up. i love dresses but i find that i reach for denim most days and that it’s my go-to for things that are dressed up or down. it’s pretty wild to look back a few years ago at all of the low rise denim we were wearing. i find that a slightly higher rise is almost always more flattering. no one should be cutting their body in half at their hip bones and a higher rise goes over the butt to the smaller part of your waist which gives you a nice shape from the side and behind.

when shopping for denim i personally gravitate towards 100% cotton jeans but i understand that some people prefer a bit of stretch so i’ve include some of those options below too. 100% cotton jeans are really stiff when you put them on for the first time but they really do wear so nicely and have enough give to make them look like they are made for you. they also hold up really well over time, i.e. all those vintage levi’s from the 70’s and 80’s that still look great.

$125 – i’ve been wanting to try the these out of this brooklyn based company. they’ve been reworking vintage denim for year so i feel like they really know what’s up when it comes to fit and style. this pair is 100% cotton and i love the cropped look and the wide hem.

 $40 – if you’re going to do ripped jeans they’ve gotta be in 100% cotton , they can’t be stretch or super tight. i love this light denim wash and the fact that they are boyfriend denim in the cut.

 $50 – another great looking pair from H&M. again, these are 100% cotton and i love the stars on the leg.

 $90 – Madewell definitely has a corner on the denim market and they do a good job of offering variety. i have a pair of their black 9″ skinny jeans which i wear often and love. a lot of their jeans have more stretch than i like to wear but this pair is 98% cotton and super cute.

 $167 – i haven’t tried these on but they are going to be a home run. the fit, the wash, the rise, it’s all working. i would recommend ordering one size larger than normal based on the fact that their very tiny model is wearing a size 26.

  $125 – another denim brand that i have yet to try but really want to. this pair has stretch in it and looks a bit low rise on the model but it’s 9.5″ which should fit really nicely. i like the true blue wash of these and think they’d be a great every day pair of jeans.

 $68 – people cannot stop singing the praises of the new Everlane denim line. it’s super reasonable in price and from what i hear very durable. they also have so many options in style that you’re sure to find something that works on you.

 $70 (but currently 40% off that price!) – Gap is a classic to reach for when it comes to denim and i really like this pair. it’s super simple, no fuss, a nice length on the leg and a great price with the sale they are having right now. also, looks like size up in these too. the model is wearing a 27.

 $165 – hilary who owns Bliss and Mischief is a denim queen and she created her own line of the perfect denim. i’m about to order these because i know they are going to be excellent. they come in several washes which makes it hard to pick but i love this super deep denim color for dressing up.

as far as sizing – when shopping online, i also always look at the sizing details to see what size the model is wearing. it’s super helpful to know that and you’d be surprised how many times it’s not the size you’d think, you’d imagine they’d wear the smallest size but you’ll see them in a 26 or 27 and that gives you a lot of information on what size you should order based on how they should fit. i know it’s hard but really try to not focus so much on the number, brands can run so differently when it comes to size so don’t be discouraged and go for fit and look over fitting into a specific size. and if you’re ordering online, order one size up and down to increase your chances of finding a pair you love.

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needing to alter a pair of jeans is completely normal and something that can really make them go from good to great. if you’re altering the hem always ask them to use the original hem so that the alteration looks as natural as possible. and if you’re altering the hem you’ll often need to adjust the taper on the leg so it mimics the original design. reference the picture of the model online and where they hit her leg for how they should fit.

and finally, don’t over wash your jeans. nothing makes them lose their shape and color faster than too many washes.

p.s. thanks so much for all of your feedback on the last post, i really appreciate it and will definitely be using it to guide the posts i create this year!

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