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.



cooking school | designlovefest

as you may have noticed from my stories, ! it’s hard to believe i went from someone who barely knew how to cook beyond beans, rice and eggs to now making something most nights of the week, hosts and cooks thanksgiving dinner and loves doing it! here’s a peek into the class, and i have to admit it did feel like i was on the show Chopped for the first few weeks haha.

cooking school | designlovefest

about 6 months ago i had the strong desire to take my skills to the next level and started investigating what it would look like to attend some type of culinary program. i wanted something that wasn’t too intense and would allow me to still work as normal but that wasn’t just recreational and had some intensity to it. for me, it’s important for there to be a note of seriousness to the classes i’m taking because if i’m going to commit the time, i want it to be worth it. and that’s when i landed on the . they offer all types of classes, from certificate programs to one time classes for date nights but what caught my eye was their , it’s designed for people like me who have foundational knowledge cooking but want to build my skills with hands on guided lessons. and they provide everything, the uniform (yes, we wear chef coats and hats!) and all the tools and food we need each week. it makes it really simple for me to commit when all i have to do is show up.

cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest

joanie and i were both so nervous to start, like first day of school nervous. it felt a little scary but also nice to be pushing myself outside my comfort zone. it’s odd to think that we go from being kids and always learning and being in classes and programs and we sort of loss that adaptability as adults. continuing education is something i’m really starting to see the value in.

cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest
cooking school | designlovefest

we’re currently in our 8th week of classes and it’s been such a blast. sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but in a good way. i can feel myself growing. our schedule the past couple of months has been nuts and coming to this class weekly is a great way to unwind and really put my focus on something specific for 4 hours. our teacher is really sweet and passionate about the history of everything so i really feel like we’re learning not only skills but facts about dishes and locations. we can make up class on saturday if we have to miss monday and it’s actually kinda cool to get different teacher’s perspectives.

the whole series is working towards giving you the skills to be able to recreate dishes on your own and not necessarily needing a recipe. building CONFIDENCE! each week has a theme, say it’s eggs and we’ll have a lecture talking about eggs, different ways to prepare them, serve them, use them, etc. and then the chef will demonstrate a recipe and then we’re off to try it on our own. the hands on part is super important because that’s how it really sticks in my brain. in a class like eggs we’re covering a lot of ground, so we learned about roux and made egg and cheese soufflé with it and then turned the roux into béchamel by adding milk and made mac + cheese and we also made french omelettes and eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce from scratch (talk about an arm workout!). it ends up being a really full four hours with a lot of information and learning. but it’s also really fun.

cooking school | designlovefest

i thought it would be fun to show you a little bit of what we have learned (and we have more recipes to show you down the line too! we made a green curry that was SO good) i’ve been working on perfecting my french omelette ever since we properly learned in class. i have a feeling it’s one of those things you work on for quite some time until it becomes natural, but it’s so worth it! the result is delicate and amazing and makes you feel PRO. and as we have learned in class, there is always going to be many ways to do anything with cooking, everyone does things a little differently. and that’s the beauty of cooking, find what works for you, experiment, and have fun!

cooking school | designlovefest

a few tips we’ve learned on the french omelette:

• add a little salt to the eggs to get the white and yellow to combine easier, whisk until you see no streaks

• the main tip is to cook your eggs on VERY LOW HEAT. i’ve been making my soft scrambles this way for a while now and they are so perfect, i will never go back to cooking eggs on higher heat. you don’t want to put color/burn your eggs. to keep them fluffy and light you need to cook them low and slow and constantly move them around if you are making it scrambled. it takes a few extra minutes, but again, worth it.

• using clarified butter is recommended so it won’t burn. clarifying butter just means you cook and remove the milk solids which is the part that will burn.  i still use regular butter at home but it’s a good tip.

• you can use a fine mesh  to strain the egg which removes the albumen (that’s the white stringy part that doesn’t mix in well with the eggs). this is an optional step but it only takes a second and ensures you’ll have a smooth color and texture.

• definitely use a non-stick pan for eggs.

• remember that your eggs will continue to cook after you take them off the heat so remove them a few seconds before you think they are ready and plate them right away!

if you’re into eggs, this . everyone has their own tricks!

cooking school | designlovefest

• heat up the butter and once it’s totally melted and you see small bubbles you add the eggs to the pan and turn the heat all the way down.

• you can use a rubber whisk or a fork if you are careful. i just use the fork on the top and whisk the eggs around to keep them really fluffy and cooking evenly when i pour them in the pan. just don’t touch the fork to the nonstick pan, you don’t want to scratch it at all because the teflon is bad for you!

• i use a rubber spatula to make sure to keep the eggs from getting too cooked on the edges, so continue to lift up the sides. you don’t want it to get too thin and cook faster on the outside.

• remember this is a practice in PATIENCE, which i know i need more of in my life!

cooking school | designlovefest

• now! we tried two different techniques. one is to turn the heat all the way off and keep the pan on the burner and put a plate (or i think a skillet is easier to handle) on top so that the eggs steam for a few minutes and don’t cook too much on the bottom. this way works well but takes a little more attention to it. or you can put your oven on low and as soon as you start to see the sides of the eggs cooking a little bit (maybe 2 mins) you can pop the pan in the oven at 275 degrees for 4 minutes or until the egg is cooked but not overcooked!

(i know this all sounds a little confusing, but you have to try it one morning, it’s fun to master!)

• folding it might be the hardest part and i am still working on it myself! usually i fold over one side to the middle line. then i slide the egg onto the plate from the opposite side and let the omelette fold over onto itself, making a perfect tri-fold. practice makes perfect.

cooking school | designlovefest

• brush with butter to give it that pretty shine on the plate.

• garnish with chives or parsley or both and some flaky salt!

• serve with crème fraîche (YUM!!)

the texture is so perfect and light it tastes almost like there is cheese inside. no more brown, textured, dry omelettes! and the effort is only an extra couple of minutes.

cooking school | designlovefest

hope you try it at home!

we take class at the pasadena location but they also have a school in culver city as well. we’re doing the 20 week pro-cooking series but they also have it for baking too which i’m sure is equally as amazing. (i find myself not as drawn to baking, but maybe someday) let me know if you have any questions! xx bri



a shoot inspired the palette of this design. –

(photo and hand drawn type by for designlovefest)



i’m sure i’m not the only one who saw the pictures of bri in peru and reallllly wanted the she was wearing. i’m a big fan of one sized tunics as they’re so simple to throw on and this one is beautifully hand printed, organic cotton and i can see it being worn all year round. on it’s own in the summer months, or with a big oversized cardigan during the cooler months. and it’s also nursing friendly for all the moms out there and although i’m not a mom, it feels like a really great piece to throw on when you don’t have a minute to get ready.

anyway, it’s from , a company i’ve heard of but had never purchased anything from, they are family owned, ethically run and they make really beautiful things. i went down a rabbit hole exploring their collection and ended up purchasing both the  above and this gorgeous t (you know i’m a sucker for anything purple). here are a few more favorites from their site. and i feel like i always say this but it isn’t sponsored, just wanting to share and support cool small companies that are focused on ethical practices and timeless pieces that you can keep forever. – joanie

few things more classic than a white top and jeans. love the feminine details , the swiss dot fabric and the elastic at the wrist, it’s so beautiful!

also really into the tiger tee and the tiger print kimono below.

lots of effortlessly cool pieces on their site! very drawn to the ease of the silhouettes, pieces that transcend trend and time which are the type of things i’m looking to invest in. i haven’t received my order yet but i’ll keep you post on my thoughts once it arrives!

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