05.16.17

SMOOTHIES

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

last week we had the pleasure of hosting the smoothie queen, , in the studio for the afternoon. she whipped up these beautiful creations and also shared with us her top five smoothie making tips which, if you’ve ever tried to make a layered smoothie, you know they are a lot harder to achieve than they look! i love that she not only focuses on beauty but also on balanced creations that are good for your body too. her colors are all achieved naturally through things like dragon fruit powder and even E3live for the green color (so cool!). is filled tons of healthy inspiration and recipe ideas too. thanks for inspiring our smoothie game, alison!

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

and here are her top 5 smoothie tips!

+ Try swapping your normal banana for 3/4 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 medium-sized peeled zucchini or 6 oz of young coconut meat.
+ If you want to make a layered smoothie, think less liquid and no ice. You’ll want the consistency to be thicker, so your layers hold their own.
+ Get creative with your colors. I use for pink, for blue, spirulina for green and turmeric for yellow. Sometimes I’ll mix a couple blackberries with the Blue Majik to get a more purple tone, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
+ Be sure to add some nut butter and protein powder to keep you feeling fuller longer.
+ To add kiwis to the glass, just thinly slice the fruit and firmly push against the side of a dry glass. It should stick relatively easily!

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

i love that she’s using cauliflower as the base for many of her creations, she recommends keeping it to 3/4 cups of cauliflower per serving to keep it easy on the body to digest.

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

and this one kind of looks like those unicorn frappuccino that everyone is posting about, just the wayyyy healthier version!

alison wu smoothies | designlovefest
alison wu smoothies | designlovefest

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05.12.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 63

natural elements in the home | designlovefest

i’ve always loved the idea of bringing nature indoors. lately i’m loving natural elements in the home. things that are often associated with the outdoors and patio decorating can be so striking inside too. rattan furniture, woven baskets, and rattan decorations add so much more texture to a home, it almost makes a space feel like you’re on vacation in some tropical place. get inspired with me below!

natural elements in the home | designlovefest
natural elements in the home | designlovefest
natural elements in the home | designlovefest
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natural elements in the home | designlovefest
natural elements in the home | designlovefest

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05.11.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 189

free desktop downloads | designlovefest

made these bright desktops for us this week just in time for summer! loving all of these bright and happy colors.

free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
   
free desktop downloads | designlovefest
free desktop downloads | designlovefest

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05.09.17

SPRING ROLLS

spring rolls | designlovefest

i love spring rolls and almost always order them as a starter if it’s an option on the menu. there are of course many traditional ways to make them and they’ve always seemed a bit intimidating to me. mastering the rice paper, the wrapping, the right ratio, etc. we decided to make our own version and make them hearty enough to serve for dinner. i know i always say this but they really couldn’t be easier. don’t let the wrapping keep you from making these, they’re simple and taste good with a variety of ingredients and dipping sauces. give it a go and let us know how you like it! – joanie

spring rolls | designlovefest
spring rolls | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 4-5
• 2 strips flank steak
• 1 package rice paper
• 1 package glass noodles
• 1 bunch of radishes thinly sliced
• 1 medium avocado sliced
• 1 bunch of mint
• 1 bunch of basil
• Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
• peanut dipping sauce
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
• 2 tablespoons oil
for serving: use any dipping sauces you desire or can find at your local grocery store! 
• peanut dipping sauce
• limes for garnish

spring rolls | designlovefest

• in a bowl, marinate the flank steak with the Sriracha, soy sauce and oil for about 2 hours (you can cut down on this time if needed). once marinated cook in a pan on medium heat. cooking on each side for about 2- 3 minutes or until browned. cover with foil, let sit for about 10 minutes and cut into thin strips and set aside.

• in a sauce pan bring water to a boil and cook the glass noodles for 5-6 minutes. drain and rinse with cold water.

spring rolls | designlovefest
spring rolls | designlovefest
spring rolls | designlovefest

• on a dry clean surface lay out your ingredients to assemble your spring rolls. the sliced avocado, glass noodles, basil, mint, cucumbers, radishes. have a large bowl of warm water for the rice paper. submerge the rice paper until it has softened, about 30 – 90 seconds. remove from the water and lay on the dry surface. layer with the ingredients in the middle and fold over each side longways first and then the ends. cut the rolls in half and dip with your favorite peanut sauce. we also served ours with a sweet habanero sauce as an option.

spring rolls | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: see more recipes here

05.08.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 76

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

“the colors of this fleetwood mac line are inspired by a photo from .” –

hand-drawn love | designlovefest

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