03.17.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 55

slow mornings | designlovefest

i’ve talked about bringing the hygge philosophy into your home, and today i want to go into more detail on a hygge idea: slow mornings. instead of being rushed and busy every morning, give yourself some extra time to relax and enjoy the start of the day. here are a few essentials for slow mornings to start stress-free days. have a wonderful weekend!

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03.16.17

QUINOA CRUSTED CHICKEN SALAD

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

we just returned from a few days in austin where we indulged in so much good food. we were on a mission to try as many restaurants as possible in our short time there so we really had to pace ourselves. it was well worth it! now i’m back home and ready to get in the grove of cooking for myself instead of eating out. ivan has been wanting to make quinoa crusted chicken for awhile now and we decided to give it a go. i’m always a little cautious of recipes that require frying but this was simple and hard to mess up. you could season the chicken a number of ways and i also think it would work with zucchini to make it vegetarian. the salad can be a combination of anything you have on hand and want to throw together to make a “house salad” of sorts. and the dressing is from Ivan’s mom, it’s the right kick of lemon without being overpowering. you could also skip the salad and just make straight up chicken tenders, always a good option! – joanie

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

quinoa crusted chicken tenders:
• 3-4 thinly sliced chicken breasts
• 2 cups quinoa flakes (found in health food stores)
• 1 cup flour (seasoned with a bit of salt, pepper, oregano, smoked paprika or Italian seasoning)
• salt and pepper
• 2 eggs whisked

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest
quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

house salad:
• 3 romaine hearts
•  1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved 
• 1 medium cucumber diced
• 1 cup shaved parmesan
• 1 12oz jar of artichoke hearts (jarred not canned!)

dressing: 
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 lemon juiced
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (more to taste)
• 1 teaspoon mustard
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

• I like to buy chicken breasts that are already thinly sliced, it cuts down on cooking time and cooks more evenly. you could always pound the chicken breast too to make it thinner. cut the chicken breasts into long strips. season with salt and pepper. whip two eggs in a small bowl and set aside. coat the chicken in the flour, continue to dip each one in the egg and then coat with the quinoa flakes. quinoa flakes are steam rolled, so cooking them ahead of time is not necessary. if you can’t find them in store you can buy them on amazon.

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest
quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest
quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

• in a medium frying pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. cook the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. set aside on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

• to make the salad, chop the romaine hearts and add the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, and parmesan cheese. for the dressing, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, rice vinegar, mustard, salt and dried oregano in a small bowl and whisk together. drizzle over the salad and toss! top with the chicken and enjoy!

quinoa crusted chicken | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
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03.16.17

DRESS YOUR TECH / 182

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made these lovely floral desktop wallpapers for us this week! aren’t the roses pretty? click through below to download these for your phone and computer!

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03.15.17

IPHONE + DLF CASE GIVEAWAY!

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we’ve got a HUGE giveaway for you today! you’ve seen our designlovefest , right? in celebration of the NEW glitter cell phone cases one lucky winner will receive a brand new rose gold iphone 7 (LUCKY!) along with our brand spankin new glitter to go along with it! (a $1000+ value!). check out the glitter cases in the shop and let us know your favorites to enter!

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03.13.17

STYLED / 07

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i’ve been out of town on long weekend trips the past two weekends and i thought it would be fun to show you some of the essentials i pack. i was a chronic over-packer for years, i’d bring tons of options because i didn’t know what i’d feel like wearing and my suitcase would be a mess, i’d end up only wearing half and having to wash and unpack the rest when i got home. i’ve really worked to streamline my packing situation, to lighten the load and also make it easier to get dressed on the go. i try and build my packing around two things – the weather and activities. knowing the weather helps me eliminate things i wouldn’t be able to wear anyway and also makes sure i don’t forget crucial things like a rain jacket. the activities dictate the outfits and shoes. lots of walking, fancy dinners, hiking, hanging indoors, etc. i also like to bring things that have multiple purposes, a dress that can be worn alone or with a sweater over it during the day. a t-shirt that i could wear hiking or with jeans. i pack a minimal amount of cosmetics and jewelry – usually two sets of earrings (one studs, one hanging), one statement necklace, one watch and a pair of sunglasses. and two pairs of shoes, one comfortable and one cute. here are a few things that i find myself reaching for again and again. some of the items are on the pricey side but i will admit to you that my philosophy as of late is to invest in a couple pieces a year and wear the heck out of them. and of course my current go-to carry on is our new ! – joanie

 

($154) – neutral color, slim shape and can be worn with a dress or jeans.
($209) – the only thing with bringing a hat is that you have to wear it on the plane because it takes up too much space in a small bag. i have this hat in grey and i love it. you could wear the same outfit two days in a row and throw a hat on one of the days and no one would notice you doubled up.
($45) – i can’t tell you how many times i’ve done out of town and realized i don’t have any socially acceptable lounge clothes with me. nothing worse then trying to relax in jeans. i like bringing pants i can hike in and also lounge in, double duty.
($68) – i generally pack two bras but if you’re cutting down on space bring one that goes under anything.
($269) – a day to evening jacket in a color that pairs well with anything.
($395) – this is the perfect travel bag, it’s practical for travel (size, shape and zip closure), casual enough to wear around during the day but also nice enough to wear out to dinner.
($169) – this falls into the category of pack a top you’re excited to wear – a fun color, feminine touch, can go on and off the shoulder, and worn with jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt.
– ($170) – i know i recently made a case for not wearing skinny jeans but i find that a super dark wash, skinny pair that isn’t too stretchy is the perfect jean to take on a trip. it holds it’s shape, can be worn day or night and is flattering after a weekend of indulging.
($166) – i own these shoes and wear them almost every day. they are comfortable enough for walking and still give you a little height when you want to dress up.

honorable mentions go to a , one of my favorite , this that can be worn alone or out as a top, my i’ve ever owned, and this that is sexy for night and totally day appropriate with a sweater over it.

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