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05.15.18

NEW MEXICO TRAVEL GUIDE

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

a few weeks ago i was able to go to new mexico for a quick 5 day work trip with the tourism company . it was my first time visiting new mexico and they planned a bunch of activities starting in albuquerque, then in santa fe, and ending in taos. i DEFINITELY want to go back and explore more with justin, i think we would really enjoy seeing more there together. it’s really the perfect place to go and road trip around.

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

we flew into albuquerque and headed to our hotel, . the property has 50 rooms spread out on a working lavender farm, which was so beautiful and relaxing. we got to take a few little workshops in the greenhouse with some of the farmers, wandered in their amazing gift shop and cafe, and dined at the delicious (their restaurant on the property). we didn’t get much time to explore around albuquerque, but i really recommend staying on this farm and enjoying everything the property has to offer.

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

here are some of the highlights of my trip!

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

the next day we drove about an hour to santa fe. our first stop was the wild and crazy art installation ! it’s hard to even explain this museum in words. it kinda feels like pee wee’s playhouse in there. it’s psychedelic, experimental, fascinating, exciting, weird…there are tons of hidden doors and secret passageways. the group had mixed feelings about it, but i think it’s worth checking out. i personally wasn’t as inspired by the art, but i did love the experience! you get to go into a washing machine and end up in another room…so you kinda just have to do it.

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

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05.04.18

LOS ANGELES CONSIGNMENT STORES!

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as promised i’ve put together a list of my favorite los angeles consignment/second hand stores! my favorite ones offer a mix of new and vintage clothing items. the thing to remember with these stores is that some of them are hit or miss, just because you went once and didn’t find anything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go back. also, it’s important that you have an open mind, be willing to try on lots of things without expectation, think outside the box when it comes to sizing as it has changed so much over the years, and try on things that might be unexpected, you never know what you’ll fall in love with! – joanie

– located in frog town, this is one of my favorites in the city partly because their stock is great and rotates all the time and partly because the owner is super sweet and i like supporting her. you should definitely because she shares stories of what’s new and it always makes me want to stop in. this is your place if you like vintage denim, tees, 90’s rayon and cool accessories like belts and earrings.

– there are multiple locations in the city but i think the is the best, it’s not as overwhelming as the one in west hollywood and i always seems to score. they have a specific section that is vintage and that’s generally where i head first but they have a great mix of new and vintage items. i also recommend checking out the men’s t-shirt and sweatshirt section. i snagged a vintage gucci sweatshirt there about 12 years ago and still love it to this day. worth stopping in if you’re in the area!

– this is in pasadena and a completely different vibe than any of the others. it definitely caters to an older crowd, lots of St. John knits. but, that means that many of the other items get looked over. it’s hit or miss for me but used to be around the corner from my house so i stopped in often. i’ve scored many things but a highlight was a gorgeous wool wrap with a suede fringe by Chloe for $150.

– this is in echo park and i think it’s almost all vintage but they have a great prices and great pieces. this is where we got bri’s Dolly Parton costume! and i’ve also scored a 70’s black fringe dress and a 90’s floral wrap.

– next to night and market in silver lake, this is the place to go if you love vintage denim! she has a great selection and she also does denim alternations. if you’ve ever found the perfect pair of vintage jeans and taken them to a tailor who totally ruined them you know how important it is to get your jeans altered by someone who knows their way around denim. the prices aren’t cheap but a good pair of jeans will last you a long time.

 

04.15.18

NIKE

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joanie and i both love sneakers. we’re always wearing them for shoots and especially when traveling. when asked us if we wanted to partner with them to style a few summer looks with their , we were definitely on board, they come in so many fun colors and i’ve been seeing people wearing them around town and always think they’re so cute. i love as a brand, and they have really bridged the gap between stylish and comfortable (my favorite lightweight workout shoe is ). with festival season right around the corner, here are a two looks that are perfect for summer!

Nike | designlovefest
Nike | designlovefest
Nike | designlovefest
Nike | designlovefest
Nike | designlovefest

my style is hard to pin down but it really is inspired by a california lifestyle; laid back with splashes of color and a mix of structured and unstructured. i’ve been loving kimonos lately because they can be worn so many ways, over a swimsuit, around the house, with jeans or over a slim dress. for this look, i paired the with a simple white t-shirt from reformation, cropped jeans from Mother, and a colorful kimono from free people. it’s an outfit that can be worn all day with ease.

Nike | designlovefest
Nike | designlovefest
Nike | designlovefest

joanie: i generally gravitate towards lighter colors, so i picked the of the Air Max 270. sneakers can be hard to pair with dresses but these actually work really well because they have so much lift in the heel that they give the illusion of a longer leg. i live in dresses in the summer, they’re an instant outfit and can be dressed up or down. i love throwing on a denim jacket or an oversized sweater to keep it functional for cooler evenings. also, for shorter dresses, i almost always wear bike shorts underneath, love .

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and you have got to check out the swan boats at the echo park lake. such a relaxing activity when the sun’s out! and are more fun summer/festival pieces from Nike!

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04.03.18

STYLED ON A BUDGET

 

i did a survey at the beginning of the year asking you what you wanted to see more of in the styled column and one piece of feedback i got was more affordable options. some people commented that anything over $50 was totally out of reach for them and that it can be discouraging to see shopping round ups that have mostly $50 + items, which i totally understand. there are stores that have lower price points like Forever 21, H&M and Zara but they have such a big selection that it can seem totally unmanageable to go through and find the hidden gems. i want this column to be about the hidden gems and so the below round up is pieces that have all come from Forever 21.  i also wanted to say is that if you’re on a budget and not wanting to spend a lot of money on clothing i think that shopping consignment stores, ebay and places like depop can be a great solution. i do a lot of my shopping second hand as it’s better for your wallet and the environment and it can be overwhelming at first but overtime you’ll get used to what keywords to search for and if there is a favorite consignment store in town that you can visit. being in LA, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to these types of stores but once you start looking you’ll find that almost every city, big and small has a consignment store or two. Xx, joanie

the reviews are really positive on this and i’m not surprised. it’s the perfect sophisticated shape and the button detail makes it look much more expensive. $33

pretty in a soft yellow. it’s short but the dress itself isn’t cut to be tight so i think those two balance each other out well. $45

styled on a budget | designlovefest

a  to get you through the summer! $33

digging the daisy print on and the soft ruffle at the hem. $25

, love this in the classic white or the red for a little pop. $28

is 100% cotton which is really nice for the warmer months. $25

is very 90’s and very cute paired with sneakers. the length is short so may not work for everyone but i the dot print with the buttons is very sweet. $20

this would be a go-to all summer. i like that it’s in rayon which is a really light weight fabric and lays nicely against the body. $28

i like the low cut back mixed with the longer length on this , it makes it really wearable all summer long to events like weddings, showers, etc. $23

the most colorful option i included but i think the multi-color works on because the silhouette is so simple. $20

i love this and the way they have it styled. this is a great summer piece, love it with the shirt under or without and would be easy to dress up with slides and a jacket for the evening. bri just ordered this so we’ll keep you posted on how it fits. $28

is low cut so i’m thinking you’re either going to need tape or to pin it but it’s such a pretty romantic piece and i love the open shoulder look. also very 90’s but very of the moment right now.

04.02.18

A LIST TO STAY INSPIRED TO COOK

cooking at home resources | designlovefest

i get a lot of questions about my recent obsession with cooking. favorite books or recipes. what videos i like to watch. where i get my kitchen tools. how i keep finding new recipes and staying inspired. so i sat down and really thought about all of this and made a giant list! my new love of cooking has been absolutely incredible and i am so happy to share my journey here! lots of love, bri

SHOWS + VIDEOS

i find cooking shows to be so relaxing. i find myself watching them for hours on a sunday. we have an apple tv which has actually been really nice for this new hobby. i have different apps (like kitchen stories) to watch videos and the recommended food videos on can take you down a fun path. a lot of the times if i am going to attempt to make something (let’s say mac and cheese) i will just sit and watch 4 or 5 videos from channels i like and get inspired or learn a new trick or two.

 it’s such an inspiring/addicting show! it was definitely one of the things that got me fully into cooking again.

– justin showed me this one last year (you can watch on their website but i prefer the app on apple tv) the videos are gorgeous, nice design, elevated plating, relaxing…i love them! i don’t really like the fast paced videos when i really want to learn how to cook. most of theirs are slow paced but not boring, and no annoying voices, just music! here is a few from their site to start on: , ,

– it’s been around a while, but still good to rewatch and get inspired by passionate people.

– i loved season 14 (all the episodes are on hulu)

– justin and i split the yearly pass for the masterclass so we can lay on the couch and nerd out together. it kinda feels like you are back in school and i love that. i loved watching and class (can’t wait for alice waters this spring)

– i liked the show, but i especially felt inspired by the home cooking episode from this season. david chang is pretty awesome.

– again, i like watching these on the apple tv. but there is tons you can just watch too. is a fun watch.

– one of my favorite things to do

– it’s actually been really inspiring for me to show glimpses of my cooking on . i just like giving people ideas and showing that home cooking doesn’t have to be overwhelming…it can be completely therapeutic and amazing. you can see a lot of my cooking stories! (breakfast ideas is my favorite category)

cooking at home resources | designlovefest

REAL LIFE

there are so many traditions and activities to do on a weekly basis that will keep you in the kitchen or cooking with people in your life! all of these really changed my view on cooking at home…

sunday dinner/cooking for someone you love – we started a sunday dinner tradition that we try really hard to stick to when we are in town. a few couples get together, sometimes rotate houses, and choose a dinner theme. greek night! pasta! roast and potatoes! everyone makes a dish or brings the wine. it’s been such a bonding experience. i look forward to planning the menu every week. practice your entertaining skills by mastering a cheese board, lighting taper candles, making dinner party playlists, getting fresh flowers for the table…anytime you can cook for people you love, it brings joy.

farmer’s market – we love the on a sunday morning. don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn more from the vendors. stay curious! try new produce you haven’t cooked with before. just wander around and dream up new things to make.

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