i was tempted to call this post valentine’s waffles but really these are waffles for anytime of year! i know we’ve posted several waffle recipes but this one is my current favorite, easy to throw together and they are light and crispy. the whole batch makes about seven waffles (depending on the size of your iron) and the batter keeps well in the refrigerator for about 4 days so no need to use it all at once. whipping the egg whites is an important step, it takes a couple extra minutes but makes them so light and airy! – joanie p.s. i use, under $30 and works like a charm! 

recipe adapted from
serves: 5-6

what you’ll need/
• 2 eggs – separate the egg white and yolk
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 3/4 cups milk
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

• start by putting your egg whites into a medium size mi bowl and whip on medium/high speed with a hand mixer until soft peaks form, add the sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder and egg yolks continuing to mix on medium. add the coconut oil and half of the flour mi on low and mix, add half of the milk continuing to mix and then the other half of the flour. start folding by hand and mix only until everything is incorporated.

• heat your waffle iron on medium/high. once heated, spray with coconut oil and put batter in, cook until browned, serve immediately! enjoy!

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beef bourguignon | designlovefest

this recipe is going to seem long but that actual stew part of it is super quick to throw together, you just need the time to let it slow cook for a few hours so don’t be intimidated! you’re going to want to make this again (and again and again!). one of my favorite parts of this dish is how versatile it is and that you don’t really need to measure all that much, it’s very forgiving and not something to stress over. you can serve it with potatoes or gnocchi like we did, the gnocchi takes a bit longer but it’s a nice addition as it feels like a take on chicken and dumplings.

beef bourguignon | designlovefest

to make the stew//
serves 4-6

• 2 lbs beef chuck or bone in short ribs
• 1/2-1 bottle wine, pinot noir or similar style (pick something you like to drink!)
• 2 cups beef broth
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 carrots
• 2 celery stalks
• 1/4 cup flour
• 1 yellow or white onion
• 3-4 smashed cloves of garlic
• herbs such as bay leaf, thyme, sage, parsley stems, etc.

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• pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
• heat your dutch oven on medium heat, once VERY hot, add a bit of oil and swirl. salt the meat, put in the pan and then brown the on all sides, you’ll probably have to do this in two batches, once browned, remove and set aside. make sure you hear that sizzle sound.
• add the chopped onion into the pan with a sprinkle of salt, as the onions start to release their juices you should be able to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of of the pan. cook until the onions are translucent.
• add the chopped carrots and mix for a couple of minutes and then the celery. wait 2-3 minutes and add the tomato paste. you want to make sure you cook the tomato paste so that you kill any acidic flavor in the past. this takes about a minute constantly stirring.
• add the meat back onto the pot and sprinkle the flour over the entire mixture, stir and let the flour get a little brown and fragrant. the flour is what is will help to thicken the broth.
• once the mixture is toasted, add the wine and stir, removing any cooked parts on the bottom of the pan. add about 1/2 cup broth. you want your meat to be submerged about 80% and 20% above the liquid. add another pinch of salt, a bay leaf, some thyme and a few parsley stems and the garlic. bring to a boil. once it hits a boil, turn the heat off, cover and put into the oven at 350. you’re going to want to cook for about 3-4 hours, checking every 45 minutes to see if you should add more liquid.
• when checking the stew, you’re wanting to make sure that there is still enough liquid in the pan as some of it will cook off. if too much as evaporated, you can add more broth or wine.
• after a few hours the meat will become verrrry tender, will rip apart easily, fall off the bone goodness.

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to serve with//

• 1 russet potato, boiled and peeled
• 2 cups 00 flour (this is a super fine flour!)
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon salt

beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest

• take the cooked and peeled potato and grate it on the finest side of your grater. this will make sure there are no major lumps in your dough.
• place the potato in a bowl and add the egg, salt and 1/2 cup of the flour. start mi lightly with your hand. adding more flour as needed, you don’t want it to be sticky. the trick here is to not over mix it, you should be kneading the dough, you want it to just be full combined.
• keep adding flour until it’s no longer sticky and and you can form it into a ball.
• lightly dust your counter with flour, and take half the dough and roll it into a thin line, using a kitchen scraper or a knife cut the gnocchi into pieces and place on a floured baking sheet.
• boil a medium size pot of salted water, once boiling put the gnocchi in the water, it should take about 3 minutes to cook and you’ll know it’s done once it floats to the surface.
• once cooked, remove and set aside to drain. heat a pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil, once hot, add the gnocchi, removing them around constantly, add 1/2 cup of the liquid from the stew and let that evaporate. turn the heat off, add a tablespoon of butter and use a spoon to baste.

beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest

for garnish//
• 3 strips of bacon
• 10 pearl onions, skins removed.
• 3 cup mushrooms washed and sliced

• cut the bacon into 1/4 in piece and render by placing them in a small pan on medium/low heat. cook until crispy. remove the bacon and add the sliced mushrooms into the bacon fat and let them sit there for a minute or two untouched so they brown up. then add a pinch of salt, stir around, and cook the mushrooms until brown, about 5 minutes. remove the mushrooms and add the onions into the same pan, add more oil if needed. once they are warm add 2 tablespoons white sugar and toss them to coat, this will caramelize the onions. you can cook as long as you like, the more time the better. but i think about 5-10 mins is great.

• set the bacon, mushrooms and onions out in 3 different dishes.

beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest

for plating //
• you have two choices, you can serve the stew as is, in it’s sauce with the garnishes and gnocchi all mixed in. or, you can strain the sauce so you remove everything and just have the gravy. if you do this open you’d serve everything separately, start by putting a piece of the beef in the bowl, place the gnocchi around it, sprinkle the mushrooms, bacon and onion around and top with the gravy. this is the more “fine dining” way to serve but totally up to you!

beef bourguignon | designlovefest
beef bourguignon | designlovefest

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i’ve been loving following lately, em (the owner and designer!)  just launched a new collection and it’s full of the prettiest easy breezy silhouettes that i want to jump into. i love how imaginative she gets with the cuts of the clothes. she designed everything to be comfortable, flattering and extremely wearable. you can layer them up or wear them on their own. it’s also all fair trade and slow fashion, each pieces is created with love and care! here are a few of my faves. – joanie

bri has and i feel just a little jealous every time i see her wearing it.

the blue dress above has the coolest pleating on the sides and i’m loving that she’s designing in hot pink. it’s such a flattering and fun color, you basically can’t be in a bad mood wearing fuchsia!

and these glowy shots in all white! how cute is that ?! you can shop her whole line !



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i feel like i’ve said this a couple of times already but this year is off to such a great start. things feel positive, light and fun and i’m going to lean into that, enjoy it while it last. one of my favorite partnerships from last year was with and i’m so excited to be working with them again. they create lab-grown diamonds and the company is built around the idea of celebrating female friendship and changing the idea that diamonds have to be given only as romantic gifts. with valentine’s day right around the corner we wanted to throw a party that was a celebration of girls, a Galentine’s day of sorts! it came at the perfect time as it was the week of my birthday so we added that into the list of things to celebrate and the party ended up being such a blast. in keeping with the idea of jewels, the theme was sparkle from the sparkly vintage shirt i wore, to glitter in the cocktails. we really glitzed it up.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

also, i’m going to be with them on saturday, february 9 that you are invited to! all the details are at the bottom but come and hang out with us! it’s free and we’re going to be decorating cookies to give your girls for valentine’s day and it’s going to be fun and chill!  you can if you’re coming!

they will be similar to this cookies by  that we handed out at the party! except they’ll be blank and you can decorate them any way you want. gonna be fun, come!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

i got to gift everyone these , they are the perfect thing to wear 24/7 and layer with all your other pieces. our new friendship necklaces! i love that it’s a little tie we all have together.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

i definitely don’t take it for granted that i am surrounded by some many amazing women who have seen me at my best and worst. i feel truly lucky to have these friendships, they are like family to me. and as you can see, were a big hit!

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for the party, i got to work with to create the arrangements and installations and it was a dream! she’s so talented (and my wedding florist) and everything turned out just as i’d hoped. i love the textures she uses in her arrangements and how she’ll create something dramatic that’s rooted in a tiny vase.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

we were lucky enough to host the party at the cutest little mezcal bar that’s close to our studio, . it’s such a special spot, it’s small but high impact. from the colors to the skylights in the ceiling and the painting on the wall, it’s a great hangout. if you’re ever in echo park, stop in for a drink. my favorite is the solano!

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

look at the cool “placemats” she made with acrylic over her floral magic. and i LOVE how this arrangement looked very mermaid…

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

hope you can make it to , let’s make cookies!! xx bri

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

when: saturday february 9th 12 – 2pm!
who: anyone is welcome! click to RSVP, the event is free!
location: Westfield century city mall: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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