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madewell sale | designlovefest

if, like me, you missed all of the black friday sales madewell just launched a major one that i think might even be better than their one last week! so many pretty pinks and yellows, velvets and silks and all sorts of cool boots for the winter season. i’ve rounded up 12 items that are favorites that i either own and love or would love to own. the metallic wide leg pants are seriously calling my name! as i mentioned before, i’m also a big fan of their underwear as well. let me know what you buy or if you have something you love that i haven’t included! Xx – joanie

Cableknit sweater

Cape scarf

Metallic wide leg pants

Bow-back jumpsuit

Tie-front top 

Double-breasted coat

Silk trousers

Velvet boots

Fringe sweater

Chelsea boot

Tin candle

Velvet skirt

Cableknit sweater – i love a classic cableknit sweater and this color is such a pretty and modern take on a timeless design. and of course you can never go wrong with the cream option as well.

Cape scarf – such a smart little design with the arm holes that let you keep this scarf secures over your shoulders

Metallic wide leg pants – i’m ordering these pants asap. i have the denim version and love them but these are so chic and perfect for casual holiday gatherings.

Bow-back jumpsuit– Madewell makes very flattering and comfortable jumpsuits. I own a version of this from last spring and i wear it all the time. You can put a turtleneck under this one and wear it all winter long.

Tie-front top – one thing that’s often missing from my closet are causal shirt options that are not a t-shirt. this one would be a great addition. i like that it’s long sleeved and has the simple addition of the tie in the front that sets it apart.

Double-breasted coat – i just bought a jacket this color in paris and i’m in love with it! it’s such an unexpected shade to wear in the winter and it really does go with so many things. i’ve been wearing mine non-stop!

Silk trousers – the perfect holiday travel pant or just laying around the house and wanting to be in pajamas without actually wearing your pajamas.

Velvet boots – madewell makes some seriously good boots and these blue velvet ones are such a nice departure from black!

Fringe sweater – neutral color with a fun twist makes this sweater very wearable!

Chelsea boot – i own these boots and i’ve worn the hell out of them. i just took them to europe and walked 8 + miles a day in them without issue.

Tin candle – these metallic candles are the perfect hostest gift this holiday season!

Velvet skirt – a sweet little mini skirt but the season, tights recommended!



our most popular phone cases make a great gift this year. love these!

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scones | designlovefest

scones! not something you often reach for here in the states but i just returned from a glorious trip to England and it reignited my love for a proper scone. they’re often not done correctly here in America, they are not supposed to be overly sweet, the texture of a muffin, or too hard and crumbly. they are supposed to be soft, slightly flaky, subtly sweet and not too dense. and they should not have chocolate chips in them! during my summers in college i worked at a bakery in michigan and the pastry chef shared her recipe for scones with me. she really stressed to me that when you’re making something with very limited ingredients, like a scone, the quality of each ingredient really matters. use real vanilla, butter, sugar, flour, etc. because each item has a substantial contribution to the end result. if you think of yourself as someone who doesn’t like scones, i encourage you to try these because they changed my mind and they might change yours too.

scones | designlovefest

they should be served with jam and clotted cream but where do you find clotted cream in the states?! i tried to get ivan to take on the clotted cream recipe but he couldn’t find unpasteurized heavy cream so it didn’t turn out as we hoped. serving them with lots of butter and jam works just fine. – joanie

scones | designlovefest

makes 8

what you’ll need//

• 3 cups flour
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 6 oz cold butter
• zest of one lemon or half an orange
• 2 eggs lightly mixed with a fork
• 1/2 cup whole milk
• 1 cup of whatever topping you’d like, we used dried cranberries but could do any dried fruit or chocolate chips, if you must.

how to make//

• pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
• in a large bowl shift together your dry ingredients until fully combined (salt, flour, baking soda + powder, sugar and zest)
• mix the vanilla, eggs and milk together, set aside
• cut your cold butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients you can either cut the butter into the mixture using your hands or pastry cutter. you want to mixed the butter in until it’s broken into little balls.
• once mixed, make a little hole in the center and pour in the wet ingredients. mix together until incorporated but do not over mix.

scones | designlovefest

• put the dough on a greased cookie sheet, baking mat, or parchment paper and mold into a circle like you see below. make four even cuts across to create 8 scones.
• bake for 25-30 minutes, remove and serve with butter and jam.

scones | designlovefest
scones | designlovefest

they’re best fresh but will keep for a few days in an air tight container on the counter. enjoy!

scones | designlovefest
scones | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis



artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest

i’ve shared my love for artifact uprising a couple of times here on the blog and i thought it would be fun to team up with them and create a gift guide this holiday season. as a very sentimental person, giving the gift of memories is one of my favorite things to do. remember when i gifted everyone on my birthday trip their own marfa photo book? so many special times all captured in a book! i wanted to create a guide that was accessible to many different price points and also show how there is a photo gift for every area of the house and person in your life. i think that people often feel like photo gifts have to be a book or a framed personal image but they have so many options beyond that. a beautiful (and enormous!) print for your friend’s living room, a floral calendar for your mom’s office, a small hanging print for your brother’s apartment, a photo book for your partner’s coffee table, a little flip book for your sister’s wedding, etc. here are some items that i created this year for the important people in my life…. (and there’s a discount code!)

artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest


i chose a floral theme for my calendar gift for a friend. all photos i’ve taken on my phone, one for every month of the year.

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artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest


jesse and i collaborated on that gorman photo shoot in the sand dunes and it was really special for us. this year for the holidays i thought it would be nice to gift her a large print of one of our favorite photos from the day for her new home. still going to frame it but it looks good on its own too!

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artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest


i am obsessed with these books! probably my favorite thing on their site. they look amazing on the coffee table. perfect as a wedding gift, a birthday or christmas. it’s so fun to sit and make them while reliving the photos. this year i made justin a book of our europe trip and he loved it! (he got it a little early because i couldn’t wait haha)

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artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest


my sister got married this year and we had the best time in austin celebrating her bachelorette weekend. i made a little book with all the photos i took from the trip and ended it with a few of them i snapped at the wedding. she’s also very sentimental so i am sure she will cherish it! (ps, it’s so affordable, only $15!)

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artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest
artifact uprising gift guide | designlovefest


i love the design of this one! it comes in three sizes and adds style to a room. i printed a photo from a museum we loved in venice italy to hang over our mantel. a gift for both of us!

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i hope this helped you feel inspired with some ideas for gifting giving this year! if you’re curious on when you have to order by to have it before christmas they have a great little chart that you can check here.

and a discount code! use code DLF10 for 10% off dec 4-11! 

images by: ivan solis

(this post was created in partnership with artifact uprising, a company we’ve loved for a long time. thank you for supporting the brands that allow us to create original content for you!). 


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