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03.21.19

NEW ORLEANS WEDDING GUIDE!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

i thought we would put together a bunch of our favorite new orleans spots for our wedding guests (5 weeks to go!) and then i figured, might as well post it on the blog too. so here’s a list of restaurants and bars that are special to us. justin is from new orleans and it’s his favorite place to be. can’t wait to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry! leave your favorite new orleans spot in the comments.

get ready to be FUUUUUULLLLL and happy…

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is our favorite place for oysters in town! get the soft shell crab po’boy and the chargrilled oysters.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is an excellent meat heavy restaurant in the cbd. on the pricier side but definitely a place to make reservations and have a delicious meal!

next door, they have a more casual sandwich spot called and it’s great as well.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is where we are having our family dinner the night before the wedding. cool decor, a fantastic chicken sandwich, a great bar, and it’s in a lively area to wander around with a drink in hand.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

best fried chicken – justin says “maybe in the world!”

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we’ve had a few dates at the counter at this low-key bar in the marigny, . order the giant burger, loaded baked potato and a bloody mary. the perfect hangover fix. one of my favorite meals in town!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we almost had our wedding here, it’s so charming! stop in the for a pimm’s cup and it feels like you’ve transported in time in the french quarter.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is a very classic new orleans breakfast spot. a solid, no frills southern brunch. shrimp and grits, duck waffles, praline bacon…

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12.13.18

DLF LUGGAGE GIVEAWAY!

it’s the holidays and we’ve all got travel on our minds. whether it’s a road trip to see family or you’re flying across the country, most of us are hitting the road. we thought it would be a fun time of year to do a giveaway for some of our ! two lucky winners will receive 5 pieces (see below for terms and conditions) of their choices from our most recent collection. my personal faves are the , , , and the . what would you pick?!

TO ENTER:

head over to ! giveaway is open to US only, we’ll select two winners. giveaway closers monday the 17th!

terms and conditions: one entry per person, US residents only, must select 5 different pieces, one roller in each size only and either the backpack or the weekender. This giveaway is hosted by Bri Emery, INC and we reserve the right to cancel, change or alter the giveaway in any way at any time and for any reason.  

12.11.18

MONTRÉAL TRAVEL GUIDE!

montréal travel guide | designlovefest

montreal during the holiday season was the perfect time to visit! it was my first time in the city and i really loved it, not too expensive, kind people, good food and lots to do. i was invited by who own a lot of properties across the world. as part of their le club loyalty program, they created the  a cool interactive quiz that anyone can take where you answer some questions, they show you some pictures and you pick what you’re drawn to and they also take into account your heart rate (which is wild!)  and at the end they tell you the places, based on your answers, that would be the best fit for your next vacation. it can be anything from city to beach to mountains. it’s a fun way to narrow down what you’re really digging for your next trip and even if you’re not planning a trip it’s a really well designed quiz that’s interesting to see. one of the places was in montreal which is where we ended up!

montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest

they gave us a really pretty suite that felt really festive and even had a tree in it.  but they have a range of prices for their rooms, i checked base rates while we were there and they start at $150/per night. we stayed on the which had a free happy hour every evening and a breakfast included as well. the hotel really did offer so much which is nice in a city where the weather can be unpredictable and you might not want to stay indoors.

montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest

we started the night with a fancy cocktail (or two) at our hotel bar, . the bartenders were so into it and made the experience really fun. montréal actually has tons of cool cocktail bars, i will show you some of our faves in this post. this one was a great one.

full guide below!

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11.29.18

IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE!

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

ok, i hope you save this post for travel tips because i SERIOUSLY recommend going to ireland. we both had never been and loved so much about it. the beautiful scenery, the people were so kind, the food and cocktails were great, the pubs were fun, and going in early november was perfect! we decided to pack a ton in and drive around a lot of the country so we could experience as much as possible in 4 days (which might have been extreme but i am still happy we did it because we saw so much)

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

we got to fly first class on which was a real treat! it was fun to start our Ireland experience as soon as we got on the plane in san francisco. all of the staff was really friendly and we were able to curl up in our seats and watch movies and drink wine and really relax before hitting the ground running. they’re a  with alaska air which means you can use your alaska miles to book a flight to ireland! they served us scones and tea and delicious food, it really was a fun flying experience, i’d recommend it!

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
 
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

FIRST STOP: DUBLIN

a lot of people told me dublin feels really touristy. i’m sure there are parts that do, but overall i loved the vibe there. it might have been because we went in the off season so it wasn’t quite as crowded. but the streets were decorated for christmas, and there were tons of little shops and restaurants to pop into. i will just call out our favorites in each stop so you can write them down. we were also pleasantly surprised at the quality of food you get for the price in ireland!

cute lunch at  for some stew and soda bread with butter (loved the bread everywhere we went)

we loved our dinner at . excellent wine, cozy atmosphere with a view, and delicious food!

cocktails at ! what a treat. they truly appreciate the art of the cocktail and it feels like you have stepped back in time. we went early and didn’t need a reservation.

we also loved our dinner at . the scallops, truffle fries with bacon, yummy flatbreads…also a great street to wander around and find bars that aren’t as touristy.

. does it get old when a bookshelf flies open when you press a picture? not really. we spent our last night in this cave drinking cocktails and listening to live music by candlelight.

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10.05.18

TRAVELING TO PERU

peru travel guide | designlovefest

i am finally home for a while in los angeles! it’s been a pretty intense few months of travel, but i’m grateful to have seen so many beautiful cultures and find inspiration from all over! it’s crazy how you will always take away something very important from each trip, whether that’s a lifestyle shift you want to implement, a whole new cuisine to experiment with, and i always seem to draw my eyes to colors and patterns from countries i’ve never been to.

PERU! what a wild ride. we went with a company called and they planned the whole adventure. our host, andrew, was very fun and full of passion for travel so it was cool to go on a trip with him and a group of 10 other people. that always makes me a little nervous at first (i’m going to be writing about my social anxiety soon) but i pushed myself to open up and had such amazing results. we met some really really lovely people and it definitely made the trip more dynamic. it was nice to have them plan the details, it made things less stressful and allowed us to fit so much in. you can see all their upcoming trips , including some to cuba!

we did a LOT, but here are some highlights from the trip. thank you so much to for planning such a new and exciting experience in peru!!

peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest

we were staying in this adorable little town called Cusco. there were charming narrow streets with flowers on wooden balconies, colorful pom poms in the windows, alpacas and baby goats around most corners, lots of stairs, Inca stonework, and tons of history. we stayed at that’s a little outside of the main busy area on a quiet street.

peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest

we had a ton of different fun activities we could do once we rested and got adjusted to the altitude (which was pretty intense for us) we took a cooking class that was really fun! we made ceviche and risotto and pisco sours. i loved it!

peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest
peru travel guide | designlovefest

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