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lightbox | designlovefest

excited to share this shoot with you guys!! i’ve been working with on an ongoing partnership and this was a shoot that I recently art directed for them. i’ll show you my inspiration, my idea process and the final product!


is a line of of jewelry created exclusively with lab-grown diamonds. their whole philosophy is to take something, like jewelry and make it more approachable, playful and fun. because the gems are lab-grown and not rare they are able to offer them at a much lower price point than natural diamonds ($800 per carat!) which makes them a great gift to give to yourself to celebrate a personal milestone, your sister or a friend. i like that they take the “romance” and seriousness out of fine jewelry by adding colors (blue + pink!) and keeping their images really lighthearted and inviting. for this shoot i wanted to enhance the beauty of reflection and the bouncing light that make jewels so appealing. taking the idea of brightness, light and shine and weaving that throughout the images. my mind couldn’t get away from that star flare, so i kinda ran with that idea and tried to incorporate it with the styling, the makeup, the lighting, the textures and the props that we used. i was very inspired by and her vibe! here’s some of my inspiration if you want to take a look….

i wanted it to feel playful, lively, and pretty without feeling too young. since they are a new brand i was trying to portray what my first impressions of were in an image format. simple yet stunning. sophisticated and modern. i wanted clean lines, tonal colors, and a dreamy setting. always understands how to dive into a concept and have fun with it, i love what she did with these!

we used almost every piece from their collection and had fun creating layers of necklaces and pairing multiple earrings. this is something we kept returning too, that we mixed with the . we had fun playing with the circle and square cuts and mi up the colors. this pretty  was a favorite for sure.

for the necklaces, i love the simplicity of a single stone like the t but then also having the option of going to town and layering it with different colors and shapes. we loved placing this below the pendant to frame it. this was also perfect for the last look, the navy blue with the stars!

there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a shoot like this. it all usually starts with an idea, then i have to try to create a moodboard of images and colors that give off a similar vibe that I would like to achieve. i usually have multiple boards, one for the stylist, one for the photographer, one for makeup and hair…basically i try to be as specific as possible with my vision and then let them take it further with their inspirations and input!

i hope you enjoy seeing a little behind the scenes on shoots like this. i truly love putting them together and watching them come alive, so it’s really fun to share some details of the process!

these make me happy! i hope you will check out , they are a super cool new company who i’ve loved creating content for… xx bri

(this post was sponsored by ).

art direction: bri emery
stylist: makeup: 



crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest

everyone seems to have a different preference when it comes to granola; sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, with dried fruit or nuts, with a little spice or just plain sweet. for me, if i’m making it at home it has to be naturally sweetened, maple syrup or honey only. i also like it really crunchy because i’m more of a yogurt than milk girl so i want it to really stand out against the creaminess. and i also don’t like it too sweet, i even like it a bit salty. for the longest time has been my go-to recipe (i still love it!) it’s so simple and makes a great eat it by the handful snack. but recently i wanted something that had a few more nutritional add-ins, to really make it pack a punch. so i played around and came up with this recipe! we served it in these jars because it makes a pretty photo but i mostly ate by the handful right off the baking sheet. feel free to adapt as needed, different nuts, nut butter, etc. and enjoy a little granola with this fall weather we’re enjoying! – joanie

crunchy granola | designlovefest

crunchy granola
makes about 5 cups

dry ingredients: 
• 3 cups oats
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
• 1/2 cup sliced almonds
• 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

wet ingredients:
• 1/4 cup nut butter (we used cashew)
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 2/3 cup maple syrup


crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven t0 325 degrees
• line a baking sheet with parchment paper
• in a large bowl mix all dry ingredients
• mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl
• mix the wet into the dry and stir until well coated, no risk of over mi here so go crazy!

crunchy granola | designlovefest

• place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. turn off the oven and let cool for 10 more minutes in the oven with the heat off. and then remove and let cool completely before serving. it will be soft when it comes out of the oven and get crispy as it cools. you should be able to break it off in pieces once it cools, like you can see below.

crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest

serve with milk or yogurt and top as desired! a little sliced banana and a few berries is my preference!

crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest
crunchy granola | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling: joanie cusack 



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





you know i have a soft spot for , especially when they are having one of their site wide sales (20% off orders of $100+ and 30% off orders of $200 +)! their new arrivals section is basically a collection of all my favorite fall colors in one place. so much burnt orange, reds, greens and browns. i stayed away from listing any boots because i just did this post last week but this sale is a great time to stock up on the more pricey pieces like boots and jackets (love !). lots of fun footwear options right now and i know those are exactly fall but they’re on double sale so i had to list them! – joanie

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