08.28.18

HEIRLOOM BLT

i’m starting to feel anxious that summer is coming to a close and with that, the end of tomato season! tomatoes are one of those foods that you have to eat ripe and in-season because the out-of-season ones are just so blah. they lack flavor and texture but the ones you can get during the summer months are flavorful, juicy and brightly colored. i’ve been wanting to try  my hand at homemade mayo. ivan and i tried it a couple years back and it didn’t turn out at all, so this time we really focused on adding the oil super slowly, 8 minutes in total, drip by drip with the food processor. and it was delicious, light and the flavors were bright. a  tomato sandwich in summer is a wonderful thing, toasted sourdough, mayo, romaine lettuce, slices of tomato with salt and pepper has been my go to meal as of recently. we added bacon this time because who can resist a BLT! make this at home, with or without the bacon, you won’t be sorry! – joanie

BLT with homemade herb mayo

• 2-3 heirloom tomatoes sliced
• sliced sourdough bread
• romaine lettuce
• bacon

for the mayo (make ahead, it needs to chill):
• canola oil
•1 egg yolk
• 1 lemon
• white vinegar
• 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
• dijon mustard
• salt + pepper

•we used for the mayo. and used canola oil. make sure you add the oil supppper slowly. they say you can make this with just a whisk but i think your arm might fall off after 8 minutes. once the mayo was assembled and chilled we added the chopped dill and stirred. i also think it would be good with no dill and a really strong hit of pepper.

• pre-heat oven to 350. line a baking sheet and evenly layer the bacon. bake for 20 minutes or until crispy. you can make the bacon on the stove but baking it is so much less messy.

 

• remove from oven, set bacon aside on paper towels. brush the sliced bread with the bacon grease and toast on a skillet

• while the bread is toasting, wash the tomatoes, slice, sprinkle with salt and set aside.

• to assemble, start with the toast and spread the herbed mayo, i like a lot, but do as you please. add the lettuce, bacon and heirloom tomatoes. i also like to add a little drizzle of olive oil and a crack of pepper on top but that’s just extra credit 🙂

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08.24.18

FEELING GREEN

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i recently moved into a new apartment which is bigger than our last by about 500 square feet. and i’m shocked by how much more furniture we need just by adding a little more space. we’re in that weird in between where we want it to feel done but we don’t want to rush any big purchases and want to make sure everything is going to look right together. interior design is not my strong suit so it’s not the easiest thing for me to envision each piece and how it’ll all come together. but one thing for sure is that’ve been strongly feeling a pull towards green. i love all these interior shots below, especially the strong paint color choices and tile. – joanie

feeling green | designlovefest
feeling green | designlovefest
feeling green | designlovefest
feeling green | designlovefest

we already own two green velvet chairs so i’m not sure how much more green our living room can handle but i love by . and also this from CB2 (their is so good!). from is also gorgeous.

feeling green | designlovefest
feeling green | designlovefest
feeling green | designlovefest

also debating the pros and cons of getting a bed that’s really low, like from blu dot. worried that it’s going to throw the room off and how do you clean under it? that bed also comes in lavender which is really fun. throws some really fun colors into the interior game which is cool.

feeling green | designlovefest
feeling green | designlovefest

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08.22.18

MORNINGSTAR FARMS LABOR DAY BBQ!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

can’t believe it’s already the end of august and that it’s time to start thinking about labor day weekend! we hope you enjoyed following along with our posts this summer. we loved creating these entertaining stories and spreading the message about eating more plant based meals and focusing less on labeling ourselves as a meat eater, vegan or vegetarian and more on making mindful choices with our meals . the whole campaign was about making room on your grill this summer for veggie/vegan options which kept with one of our goals this year. we said back in january that we wanted to include more plant based meals in our lives and on the blog and we’re excited to have been able to do that. hope you enjoyed following along!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

labor day weekend is a bit of a bittersweet moment, it really feels like the closing of summer but it’s also a time to celebrate and enjoy being outside with friends and family. we created this spread at our friend victoria’s house who has killer taste and a gorgeous back yard. a big long table covered in grape leaves that lets the sun peak through and creates a really relaxing environment. we wanted a mix of lots of colors and textures with pops of citrus throughout. using fresh citrus as a way to decorate is both inexpensive and practical as you can use the citrus in drinks/food afterwards!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

we wanted the menu to be fun, seasonal and playful so we decided to do mini burgers paired with a flight of mini beers! we wanted the burgers to be small so that people could try multiple flavor combos so we used a 2″ cutter and cut everything to size, including all the toppings so that it make a nice stack. here are the combos we created:

• with sharp cheddar, Iceburg lettuce and avocado

• with red onion, blue cheese and butter lettuce

• with mozzarella, tomato and grilled onions

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

we completed the menu with a citrus cake, melon and prosciutto, radish tacos with chicken salad and sliced heirloom tomatoes topped with olive oil and sea salt. and of course, a flight of beer! we picked up a range of beer options and had fun tasting them paired with the burgers. our favorite beer was the grapefruit sculpin. we used these which were the perfect size!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

for the cake, you can make it using a boxed cake mix and add the zest of one lemon to the mix before making. for the icing, we made a cream cheese frosting but you could really make any type of frosting that is on the thicker side, even whipped cream would be delicious. and for decorating, you’ll want to find two very small lemons and thinly slice them, the smaller the lemon the better as you can create more of a pattern. we cut greens from outside, washed them and put them on top!

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest
MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

the watermelon radish tacos are also super easy to make, we used a mandoline slicer to make really thin slices and topped with chicken salad and a little cilantro. a colorful and fast appetizer that was inspired by our friends at Haute Chefs LA.

thanks for following along with us this summer and responding so positively to these entertaining stories! we’d love to hear if you made room on your grill this summer for more veggie/vegan options.

MorningStar Farms BBQ | designlovefest

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08.21.18

THINGS I OWN AND LOVE 2018

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i always like to hear when someone buys something that ends up exceeding their expectations or surprising them with it’s usefulness. so, i thought i’d make my own list of things i added to my life in 2018 that i’ve grown to love and use a lot. and i’d love to hear if you have something to add, big or small! bri tells everyone to buy this for their kitchen and at $7, it’s definitely worth buying. useful for everything from scraping your cutting board clean to picking up onions all in one swoop and adding them to a pan.  -joanie p.s. these are not in any particular order! 

 $280 – this is a recent addition to my bedroom but i’m loving having a quilt and not just a heavy duvet in this summer heat. it’s also supremely soft and cozy which is a requirement for me and bedding.

 $24 – we had a 5am call time one morning for a shoot and bri whipped out her eyebrow gel as the only make up she was putting on and it really made an impact. defining the brows is important and this stuff is great. it doesn’t smear and it has a nice texture, not too heavy.

 $118 – i know i’ve mentioned this before and spending a $100+ seems crazy for sweats but these pants are the best. i wear them at home, if i’m taking a red eye flight i pair them with boots and a long jacket. or just for running out to get coffee on a Saturday. so comfy and still chic.

$55 – my favorite t-shirt of all time. it comes in so many colors and i want them all. the perfect mix between tailored and having a relaxed vintage feeling.

 $28 – having a bra with support that doesn’t have an underwire is a game changer. i have big boobs and didn’t think it would work for me but this style does.

 $85 – our whole apartment has wood floors which get really cold and i can’t tell you how nice it is to slip into these. bringing them on vacation is also a great idea, especially for an airbnb house rental. so nice to have a pair of your own slippers!

$145 – i love a denim jacket and this one is a slightly more sleek take on one. it’s a little longer and has been my go-to recently.

 $35 – stove top espresso is a game changer, i can’t tell you how much we use this is in our house. worth the $35 for sure!

$80 – definitely the most nerdy item on my list and i was certainly skeptical before trying this mug but if you’re like me and don’t like cold coffee, but like to sip it all morning and don’t want to re-heat it in the microwave 3 times, this is for you. it’s certainly more techy than i generally am but i use it every single day and there’s no deny that!

08.10.18

LIGHTBOX!

lightbox | designlovefest

man, it’s been so long since i’ve done a proper style post! i used to create these almost weekly but it has been a minute so i’m excited to be sharing this one today. this year has been one for the books with really cool partnerships and today i’m excited to announce another art direction project i will be working on. this is my first of three posts with a brand new company called . you might have seen in my stories last week where i showed some of their pieces. they are lab-grown diamonds. which means that they share the same physical, optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds but because they are made in a lab, they are a fraction of the price.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

diamonds have always, for the most part, been seen as a romantic gift, on an anniversary, engagement or some other very significant milestone. is changing the game by working to create a fun and playful line of lab-grown diamonds that could be gifts for your best friend’s wedding, your sister’s 30th birthday or just because. they are still a substantial purchase, $800 per carat but much more approachable and affordable than natural diamonds. and they come in fun colors, like the pink one i’m wearing above. you can buy the studs as singles, which i love, so you can mix and match your own pieces. i’m into taking something higher-end, like their rose gold lab-grown diamond pendant and pairing it with fun, everyday pieces, things that have a bit of color and texture to them.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

and the rose gold chain inspired pick with is 100% a new favorite. it was a splurge but i’m working on building a small wardrobe of pieces that i absolutely love and can wear over and over again. it’s super comfortable and flattering because of the wrap style (for reference, i’m wearing size small), highly recommend! and my shoes are .

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

we’re going to be sharing two more posts this year, including a fun shoot that i will be art directing next month and a giveaway at the end of the year, so stay tuned!

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