03.01.17

WINE COUNTRY!

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joanie and i just returned from an amazing weekend in the napa wine country. it was my first time ever being there and i can’t wait to go back. there is SO much to see and do. it feels like we barely scratched the surface. all of the food and wine we had was amazing and everything was so green and lush because of all of the recent rain. we stayed at the and it couldn’t have been more relaxing. it’s perfectly located between saint helena and yountville which was crucial as we didn’t have much time and wanted to cover a lot of ground.

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the service was amazing and we had dinner at their michelin-star restaurant and it was honestly one of the best meals i’ve ever had. the views are beautiful and the whole atmosphere at the resort is relaxing, neutral colors, fire place in our room, huge bathtub, and tons of fun amenities like free mini bar snacks!

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02.28.17

HONEY AND LIME SALMON BOWLS

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bri and i just returned from a very extravagant weekend in napa so a healthy lunch was in order. ivan dreamed up this little combo and it was so delicious. the quality of your salmon does matter, we got ours from whole foods, center cut filets and it was about $18 for three servings of sustainable raised farmed salmon. you could also spring for the wild caught salmon if it’s in your budget. also, ivan toasts his rice before cooking it which is something i’ll be doing from now on, it really brings out the flavor. bri and i are going to dinner at the newly opened tonight. they are doing an 8 course tasting menu with wine and cocktail pairings. super excited to try it out, it’s owned by the cutest husband wife duo and it’s supposed to be amazing! -joanie

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honey and lime salmon:
• 3 fresh salmon fillets
• salt and pepper
• 1 garlic clove
• honey
• 1/2 lime juiced + more for serving

cherry tomato salad:
• 2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced
• 1/4 cup feta cheese
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 cup basil chopped

cilantro lime brown rice:
• 2 cups brown rice
• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
• 1 lime juiced
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/4 white onion diced
• 1 garlic clove diced

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preheat oven to 375. in a medium sized pot heat the olive oil on medium heat. cook the diced onions until they begin to be translucent. add the brown rice and diced garlic clove. stir until rice has slightly toasted about 5 minutes. add 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt and cook 40 minutes on low heat. remove from heat and add the lime juice and cilantro.

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on a baking sheet, lay tin foil. lightly coat the surface with olive oil and place the salmon fillets. garnish with salt and pepper, lime juice and the 1 garlic clove diced. bake for 10 minutes. remove and brush honey on each fillet. set your broiler on high and bake for an additional 5 minutes. keep vigilant to prevent them from burning.

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to make the cherry tomato salad, slice 2 cups of cherry tomatoes. mix with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, basil and sea salt.

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styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
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02.26.17

DESIGNLOVEFEST LUGGAGE AT TARGET!

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i definitely gotta pinch myself on this one, guys! i’ve been waiting SO long for these target products to be released, and i’m so happy the week is finally here when i can talk about it! this travel line was a total dream for me to be a part of, because travel is something that feels very close to my heart. i really feel the most inspired when i’m somewhere new. after the line of plates and cups we did in target last year, they approached me about doing a line of. i didn’t think twice about it…

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i wanted to create a line that felt chic but also affordable. my favorites are the blush toned items with the black and white pattern accents. i envisioned cool details in the line like gold zippers and matching add-on tassels. i wanted it to feel fun to carry, but also very functional.

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the line also includes a travel pillow/eye mask set, a backpack, a cosmetic bag, a travel tote, packing cubes and more. you can see the whole line online right !

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jesse and i headed to the big island in hawaii to shoot the luggage in a tropical environment, which was part of my inspiration. we also have a set of for the not-so-girly girl!

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this honestly is such a surreal moment for me, i don’t think it’s even really sunk in yet. but it has had me fully smiling looking at the messages and instastories from people buying it in the stores! make sure to tag me if you go so i can be there with ya and repost!!

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i love that cosmetic bag, and use it everywhere i go. , it’s only $9.99!

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your comments really do mean the world to me. i’m so thrilled about this and it feels so amazing to have your support and to feel your excitement. please leave me a comment if you pick up anything or in the stores!! it should be in all target stores by now (a few stores might take a couple more days) love you guys!! xx bri

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02.24.17

STYLED / 05

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i’m calling this style post “what i’d buy bri.” bri and i are continually talking about rebuilding her closet and making it so she doesn’t dread getting dressed in the morning and also streamlining the experience so that it doesn’t take a lot of time to get ready. a common mistake that people make with their wardrobe is shopping for specific occasions. people don’t buy things they love when they see them because they don’t need them but then you’ll have an event or a party or a trip and they’ll go shopping for that one thing which inevitably means that they are going to spend too much money on things they probably won’t wear because they are in a panic.

bri’s life revolves around a lot of events and travel she she has a bunch of great cocktail and fancy dress options but when it comes to day to day attire she has a limited selection of items she likes. she also hasn’t done a real closet update in about 6 years which means she went from being in her mid-twenties to early thirties and those years can mean a lot of changes for your body and style. it’s okay that you don’t fit into that too short romper that you bought when you were 24 your body changes and finding clothes to suit you now is the goal. for every day wear bri likes elevated basics with a little edge, tattered black jeans, flat boots, t-shirts with cool jackets over them. she also likes romantic dresses that can be worn with a denim jacket and sneakers. so with that in mind here are the 9 things i’d buy for bri. – joanie

–  ($189) – long, light weight and in a pretty print. this is great over jeans and a t-shirt, it dresses it up without adding the bulk and weight of a sweater or jacket. it’s also cute over a bikini in the summer
–  ($128) – bri was lamenting a pair of ripped black jeans that have gotten too worn out so we found these to replace them. just cropped enough to show the ankle bone and worn in but not totally distressed. the 9″ rise on these is a great in-between, not too low and not too high and i love that the hem is frayed.
–  ($198) – they already show it paired with sneakers which is probably how bri would wear it. the color is great with blonde hair and the fitted top with movement in the skirt is ideal for bri’s body type.
–  ($158) – i’m really only into light denim jackets and i think this one fits perfectly with bri’s 70’s cool girl styled. she wears a lot of casual jackets and this would work perfectly over nicer dresses to make them more day appropriate.
– ($148) – this dress is a home run. the v-neck with the slight wrap at the waist is going to make it super flattering.
($148) – the color of this jacket is a nice departure from a classic denim or military jacket. i like the idea of bomber jackets but they are often too puffy or bulky. this feels like a good mix and the contrasting waist band and collar is a nice touch.
($50) – this is a slight risk for bri. it’s more form fitted and sexy then what she might typically wear but i think it’d be great on her. she has what i call a petite curvy body. her body structure is small but she still has curves. the deep v is flattering on someone with big boobs and the wrap accents her waist (which is what you want to highlight with curves).
–  ($110) – bri owns a couple of military jackets but i like that this one is a little more streamlined with less pockets then most and it’s also a swing coat and the sleeves can be cuffed which makes it feel very relaxed and cool.
($258) – we’re big fans of Dôen over here at DLF and this dress is basically bri’s dream – super soft cotton, fitted sleeves, cool print, flowy skirt, its got it all!

and now for a little walk down memory line to see how bri’s style has evolved. these are all images from old style posts she’s shared on the blog, so much color and so much vintage!

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and below, a few more recent posts of her style over the last year or so working to where she is now. it’s fun to take a look back at your personal style journey. mine isn’t as well documented as bri’s but i have my share of “Facebook memories” that pop up and remind me of what use to be. wherever you are on your style journey the most important thing is to pay attention to how you feel. wear what makes you feel like yourself and comfortable and don’t let any trend or style forecasts take away from that. personal style is just that, personal.

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02.24.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 52

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i’m always looking for ways to make my space feel serene and stress-free, and the danish hygge philosophy (pronounced hue-gahis all about life being balanced. i’ve talked about ways to make your bathroom feel like a spa, and the hygee concept follows the same idea. hygge is all about the simple pleasures of relaxation, indulgence and comfort: slow down, enjoy your space, and spend time around people you love. how can you add more hygge style to your home? think cozy blankets, flickering candles, neutrals, and lots of texture. here are a few pieces to get your mindset on the hyggee side…have a relaxing weekend!

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