06.12.19

SUMMER GARDEN LUNCH

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

you might remember this floral cocktail post we did back in april highlighting the gorgeous  book by . we loved the cocktails so much and Cassie reached out to say she’d be in LA last week and did we want to shoot a few more. we had a fun day putting these drinks together along with a killer lunch spread that we picked up at our favorite spot, . Cassie is super sweet and talented and whipped up the perfect brunch or lunch time drinks for us. the cantaloupe bellini was so good! she’s sharing all her tips and recipes below. thanks, ! and thanks to for the photos!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

first up, iced lavender coffee!

Iced Lavender Coffee

This is one of my favorite morning drinks to make for guests, especially on a warm summer morning. It’s so easy to make and best to prep the night before so it will be waiting for you right when you wake up the next day.

Makes 4 beverages

Ingredients:
4 cups hot, freshly brewed coffee
1/4 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Ice cubes
1-2 cups whole milk or cream
sprigs of fresh organic lavender for garnish

Directions:

In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together the hot coffee and lavender simple syrup. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight to chill.

When you are ready to make the coffees, fill each glass with ice. Pour 1 cup of the coffee and lavender mixture into each glass followed by 1/2 cup of whole milk or a splash of cream. Stir until combined and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

You can also make these beverages the morning you would like to serve as shown. Simply make the lavender simple syrup and allow guests to add the amount of sweetener they prefer to their own glass. This also makes a lovely coffee bar situation and guests and serve themselves.

Lavender Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons of organic dried lavender

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the food spread, we focused on light and bright items that paired well together. a little citrus, the salt from olives, crunchy toast with a creamy beet spread, cured meat and 6 minute eggs. all so good!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

she served this drink with a garden party sugar rim that really took it to the next level!

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Bellinis
This is the perfect libation to serve at a summer brunch. The chamomile garnish adds a cheerful touch and the fresh cantaloupe is a wonderfully refreshing treat.

Makes about 10 cocktails

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe from about 1 medium-sized cantaloupe
1 bottle sparkling wine
a handful of organic edible chamomile blooms

Directions:

Place the cantaloupe in a blender and blend until liquified. Strain the cantaloupe through a find-mesh sieve set over an extra large pitcher. Add the sparkling wine and stir until combined. Pour the Bellini mixture into 10 champagne flutes and garnish each glass with a few chamomile flowers.

Note: If you feel like being extra fancy (as shown), rim each glass with Garden Party Sugar…here’s how you make it:

Garden Party Sugar

Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon each:
organic dried hibiscus flowers
organic dried chamomile flowers
organic dried lavender
organic dried rose petals
organic dried calendula
1 cup cane sugar

Directions:

In a food process or spice grinder, combine the dried flowers and pulse until the blooms resemble small flakes. In a bowl, stir together the sugar and ground flowers. For optimal flavor, wait about 2 weeks before use. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To rim each glass, place a lemon wheel on a small plate and an even layer of Garden Party Sugar on another plate. Gently glide 1/2 of the rim on the lemon wheel. Then, gently dip in garden party sugar.

Use the extra sugar in your favorite baked goods such as homemade cookies, cakes and scones. It’s nature’s confetti….

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Lemonade

I absolutely adore the color of this beverage. The hibiscus simple syrup is SO vibrant. Mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, this libation is the prettiest of pinks and will make your guests swoon with delight.

Makes 2 beverages

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup hibiscus simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Place lemon juice + hibiscus simple syrup in an extra large ball jar or pitcher. Stir. Slowly add 1/2 cup water until you find the combination you enjoy. Store in the fridge.
To make into a cocktail, simply place 1 cup of the hibiscus lemonade in a glass. Add 2 ounces of gin. Serve over ice. Cheers!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon of organic dried hibiscus flowers

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the bread, we toasted it in olive oil and then we did a generous spread of something creamy across the top  (one each with butter, mayo, and beet hummus) with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. and layered our ingredients on top of that, usually a little crunch, fresh herbs, and some protein, either cured meats, egg or a smoke fish. the creamy layer is key for taste but it also helps everything stay on the toast and not slide off.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

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06.10.19

THE SHIRTDRESS

the shirtdress | designlovefest
 

we’ve heard the timeless tale of a classic white button down shirt but i think the shirt dress is just as classic and versatile. it’s that chic summer option you can wear with sneakers, sandals, unbuttoned over shorts, as a swim cover up, etc, etc. especially a fan of one that are 100% cotton as they are breathable and easy to wash. in love with with the delicate lace detailing on the hem.

the shirtdress | designlovefest
 image via amalie moosgaard

here are a few shop-able options, if you’re looking to add one to your wardrobe…

 – this option is in gauze which makes it the perfect hot weather dress. the clean line of the collar give a usually very casual fabric a more sophisticated feel

 – this one looks super short, but remember the model is 5’11”, a very classic cut with a nice crisp look to it.

 – such a pretty option, i love the built in belt and the hem detailing. it’s nice in black too.

 – cute over a swimsuit or with a pair of denim shorts under it.

 – on double sale right now, i like the contrasting stitch.

 – COS does a classic well and this one is a great short sleeved option.

the shirtdress | designlovefest
the shirtdress | designlovefest

image credit , , , 5 (unknown),  and .

and how about this ADORABLE white button down on one of my bff’s baby at the beach?! try

06.07.19

PERSONAL STYLE

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bri and i have been working together for 6 + years and we’ll often remark to each other how little we’ve influenced each others style. we have some similar items but for the most part we don’t gravitate towards the same things (with the exception of that she influenced me to buy, we both love a good wrap dress). we can both easily pick out what the other person would wear, saying “that’s so you”, or “this totally made me think of you”. she tends to be much more colorful and bohemian and i tend to wear more neutrals and clean lines. she almost never wears denim while i’ll wear jeans a couple times a week and often a denim jacket ( is my current fave). she loves a good layered look and i tend to wear more fitted things. i like sleeveless, she really doesn’t. we both dig a long dress, but mine would be more 90’s, hers more 70’s.

personal style | designlovefest

we always appreciate what the other person is wearing but we almost never borrow or share clothes which i think is funny considering how close we are and how much time we spend together. i want to start adding in some styled posts that are a breakdown of our individual style, things we gravitate towards, what we’d each wear to a specific location, party, event, even a workout class. i find personal style really interesting, i love how some people can totally pull off specific looks or how seeing something can make you immediately think of that person in your life who’d wear it. and i also love seeing how two people would style the same piece so hopefully we’ll have some of those posts coming soon too! do you feel like you have a specific personal style you stick to her do you wear anything and everything?   – joanie 

personal style | designlovefest
personal style | designlovefest
personal style | designlovefest
personal style | designlovefest
personal style | designlovefest
personal style | designlovefest

06.07.19

THAI INSPIRED MEATBALLS

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

i know, we’ve made a lot of meatball recipes around here. but we can’t help it, they’re easy to throw together, you can adjust based on what you have on hand and they’re delicious. today we’re sharing ivan’s take on a thai inspired meatball. we didn’t use egg or breadcrumbs in this recipe. not for any real reason other than we wanted to try it without. it’s a little harder to keep together before cooking but once cooked it worked out great. enjoy! – joanie

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
serves 3-4

thai inspired meatballs:
• 1 lb ground chicken 
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoon finely grated ginger (ginger powder works great too!)
• 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon grass (outer layers removed)
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped basil
• salt and pepper to taste
• coconut oil

coconut rice: 
• 1 cup white rice
• coconut milk

garnishes:
• basil
• cilantro
• green onions
• red onions (soaked in water)
• lime wedges
• ground fresh chili paste (we love using samba oelek!)

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest
thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

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05.30.19

LIGHTBOX 2019

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it’s been a few months since i have dreamt up a shoot, so i was really excited to dive in with this shoot! we’ve been working with them for awhile now and it’s always such a fun partnership. it was one of those magical days where everything was running smoothly, and just a lot of positive creative energy on set. here are some of my favorites from the day!

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

i like showing you a look into my inspiration process and concept phase too! so here it is…

lightbox | designlovefest

CONCEPT:

day in the life of a girl who loves the sunshine and her alone time. she loves sitting peacefully in beautiful spaces. floating with her pet swan, laying in the grass, playing with shadows. fits perfectly with this story line, they are a vibrant company that is making jewelry a gift to give yourself, a friend, a family member or someone you love. it doesn’t have to be a romantic gift from a partner and i love that. the vibe is a midcentury pink house, 60’s vibe. edward scissorhands styling inspiration (trimmed hedges, pastel colors, quirky), with the laid back virgin suicides feeling. in the pool, i want to play with the reflections and sunlight. focused in on her ears as she is underwater or just above water line. vintage style clothing, muted, colorful. fun props like fringed umbrellas, sequined fruit, eye mask, jello molds…and a SWAN!

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

lightbox recently released a line of which were one of the focuses of the shoot. i love them piled on, mi different colors and shapes. they look really cool with three or four on a finger.

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

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