target is offering free holiday shipping to get your items in time for Christmas! if you’re looking for stocking stuffers there are so many cute under $20 items in our luggage line. especially into the which is basically a streamlined fanny pack that you can wear easily under your jacket or coat (and it’s $10!) and the which has everything from ear plugs to bobby pins and it even has a cute headband. everything you need for your next road trip or red eye flight!


bri is wearing the  (in the first picture) which has just the right amount of structure so it holds its shape and is in the prettiest soft purple that pairs well with anything from denim to bright orange (and it’s only $20!)!

, you can use it for groceries, pack it on a trip incase you have extras to bring home, stuff it in a stocking or give it to anyone from your mom to your grandma. everyone is trying to use less plastic bags these days and this little fold up tote is seriously handy.

is definitely going to sell out and is one of my top five favorite items in the line. it’s such a useful size, you can throw it in any bag to keep your passport or cash, receipts, etc organized and it looks and feels much more expensive than $10. stock is running low in stores so best to order online of have it shipped to a store near you for pick up.



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?!


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.  



olive oil cake | designlovefest

we recently wrote about our olive oil trip to northern california which was filled with delicious food. one of the things we ate the first night there was an olive oil cake. it had such a nice subtle flavor with fleck of lemon and a moist crumbly texture and bri and i both looked at each other and said, “let’s make this when we get home!” when we had it they served it with whipped cream on top, we tried it with a lemon frosting which was delicious but dare i say a little too sweet? the frosting makes it great to use as a birthday cake or for a celebration because you can decorated and it looks fancier. but alone, the cake is great and the recipe has a sugared crust and it pairs perfect with tea or coffee. if you consider yourself general to not be a sweets person (like bri) then this is the cake for you, it’s not overpowering and won’t leave you with the sick sugary feeling. – joanie p.s. sweater is and i loveeee it. true to size and the color is a dream! 

olive oil cake | designlovefest

we used an olive oil from california olive ranch’s new . it was the one which was delicious and the perfect one to use for the cake. i highly recommend using a great olive oil for this as it’s a main component of the cake and you even drizzle some on top after it bakes which means the flavor really counts.

what you’ll need:

• 1 1/4 cup 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + more for the pan
• 1 cup 2 tablespoons sugar, more for dusting
• 2 cups cake flour (important! this really matters, don’t use all purpose, we tried it and it didn’t work)
• 1/3 cup almond flour
• 2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or another liqueur like sweet vermouth)
• 1 tablespoon lemon zest
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 3 large eggs

* you need a spring form pan for the recipe

olive oil cake | designlovefest

– preheat oven to 400 degrees. drizzle olive oil on the bottom and sides of the pan, use fingers to coat. cut a piece of parchment paper to line the bottom and then put more oil on top of the paper. sprinkle sugar to cover the bottom of the pan.
– whisk cake flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl to combine and eliminate any lumps.

olive oil cake | designlovefest

– in a separate small bowl stir together the Grand Marnier, vanilla and lemon juice.

– (make sure you’re using a clean and dry bowl for this part!) using a stand or hand mixer beat eggs, lemon zest and 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar on high until the mixture is light, thick and pale in color and comes of the beaters in a slow dissolving ribbon. the recipe says this will take 3-5 minutes, it took us closer to 7 minutes. while it’s still on high start adding the 1 1/4 cup oil slowly, we did this in a very slow drizzle, it took about 4 minutes to add all the oil. beat until it’s incorporated and mixture is even thicker.

olive oil cake | designlovefest
olive oil cake | designlovefest

– next take the flour mixture and the Grand Marnier mixture and add it to the egg mixture on a low speed. the flour will be added in 3 parts and the grand marnier in 2, start and end with the flour. fold batter to make sure it’s all incorporated but don’t over mix!

– pour into prepared pan, sprinkle with sugar and place in oven. immediately lower the temp from 400 to 350. cook for 35-45 minutes.

-once cooked cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then poke holes all over the cake and drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil on top and sprinkle with sugar. remove the pan and let cool completely on the rack.

olive oil cake | designlovefest
olive oil cake | designlovefest
olive oil cake | designlovefest

this is we used, it’s delicious but not a necessary step.

olive oil cake | designlovefest
olive oil cake | designlovefest
olive oil cake | designlovefest

enjoy! and the flavor gets even better the next day…

olive oil cake | designlovefest
olive oil cake | designlovefest

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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!




Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest
Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest

ooooo! a GIVEAWAY (worth over $1500!!!)! we’ve teased this over the past few months and now it’s finally time to for a chance to win some sparkle for the holidays! hard to believe it’s almost half way through december, where did the year go?! one of my favorite things to do in december is to look back on all the projects we completed this year and to remember all the highs and lows. we’re lucky enough to work with some dream clients and one of my favorites this year was Lightbox Jewelry. they produce lab-grown diamonds and they let me run wild with this shoot i art directed for them earlier this year. we got to have tons of jewels on set and it was so fun to style the pieces and see them sparkle.

Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest
Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest
Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest
Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest

we thought it would be fun to share some of the beauty and let you all have a chance to win something sparkly for yourself and a friend. i like ending the year with a few giveaways as you all are the reason i get to call this a job and i feel really lucky everyday that i get to be creative and create content that i love. so thanks for following along, it has been a wild ride!


in the spirit of the holidays, it’s all about gifting so this giveaway has two parts, one piece for you and one for someone you love! we figured that stud earrings are a classic item that you can wear daily, dressed up or down and that they’d be the perfect thing to giveaway along with one of their halo necklaces! their halo necklaces are also such a versatile piece, with jeans or a fancy dress so we’re giving away one of those as well. very excited for someone to win these, they’re pieces you’ll have your whole life!

Lightbox jewelry | designlovefest

one of the missions of is to make diamonds more approachable. it’s usually the gem that is given for romantic occasions like engagements or anniversaries and by creating the diamonds in a lab they are able to control the quality and make the price much lower and much more straight forward and simple. everything from their packaging to their designs and colored diamonds are fun and playful.

and now for the giveaway//

• this giveaway is being hosted on , visit to learn how to enter!

*terms and conditions of the giveaway: this giveaway is owned and operated by Bri Emery, INC. we reserve the right to change, cancel or alter this giveaway at anytime, for any reason. there is no cash value to this giveaway. we will selected one winner, winner selection at the discretion of Bri Emery, INC. giveaway open to residents of the United States only.

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