the most important part of your wardrobe are the basic items, the pieces that you can wear almost every day, layered or paired with jeans, tucked into skirts, tied over dresses, with a pair of shorts, etc. you can’t build an outfit without them and even though they aren’t always the most fun thing to spend money on, they usually give you the most bang for your buck. one of my all time favorite places to buy great basics is . i love their transparency and i also love their clothing. the designs are thoughtful, good fabrics, nice quality and colors. a few great looking staples that they currently have in stock below! – joanie

  $55 – very into these striped cotton button ups for summer, tied at the waist, over a swimsuit, with jeans, the options are endless!

 $68 – a cami is a great piece to add to your wardrobe, it’s perfect under a blazer during the day and then on it’s own in the evening. i love them tucked into full waisted 50’s style skirts.

 $98 – this has such a classic feeling, i love a slightly oversized silk button down, buttoned all the way to the top and tucked in or with a few buttons undone and a pretty lace bra peaking out.

 $78 – i heavily rotate between a utility type jacket like this and a denim jacket. they’re great day or night.

 $30 – if you haven’t tried a bodysuit, now is the time! they are the perfect layering piece as they don’t ride up. i love them with tighter fitting skirts as you don’t get that tucked in line.

  $45 – i love slightly oversized sweatshirts. they give me the feeling of vintage Champion from the 70’s.

 $15 – a little boxy and a little cropped. a great white tee to pair with high waisted denim.

 $38 – loving all the soft colors this crewneck sweatshirt comes in.

  $155 – if you feels tuck between sandals and sneakers every day, throw these into the mix. ladylike and simple!



megan elizabeth from is back again this week with some pretty new beach paintings for us! remember these pretty wallpapers she made for us last year? her new collection of wall art launches this week, and you can shop them right . click through below to download the desktops for your computer!





roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest

i’ve been on a big potato kick lately, roasting them, boiling, baking, eating them plain with butter, with eggs, making them into a salad. the options are endless! ivan and i wanted to call this a summer salad but we decided it required to much use of the oven for that name, so we’ll just call it a delicious salad that’s packed full of fresh herbs! – joanie

roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• 1 pound of small or fingerling potatoes
• 8-10 red radishes
• 1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
• 3 green onions diced
• 8 oz burrata cheese
• 2 cups spring peas
• 1  large shallot thinly sliced
• 1 cup mint chopped

• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 garlic cloves finely diced
• 3-4 thyme sprigs
• 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
• zest of 1 lemon
• 1 lemon juiced
• salt to taste

roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest
roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. wash and slice the larger radishes in half. pat dry and lay on a baking sheet. drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt, we also added a few springs of thyme. bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and set aside.

• fill a large pot with water, add salt and bring to a boil. add the potatoes and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. once cooked drain water and set the potatoes in a large bowl to cool.

• in a frying pan melt the butter on medium heat. add the thyme, garlic, mustard, lemon juice and zest. stir for about 4-5 minutes until all the flavors have incorporated. set the dressing aside.

roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest
roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest
roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest

• using the same pan as the dressing, fill with about 1 inch of oil (we used avocado oil for its mild flavor and high smoking point) heat on medium heat and add the thinly sliced shallots. cook for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest
roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest

• to assemble the salad, add the radishes to the same bowl of potatoes, then the parsley, mint, green onions, fried shallots, spring peas. break apart the burrata into smaller chunks and spread evenly throughout the salad. drizzle the dressing on top and toss! finish with more salt and pepper and serve slightly warm, you won’t regret it!

roasted potato and radish salad | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie + ivan 






last week i shared my new favorite black jeans and this week i’m sharing my current obsession by my fav LA based . i’ve worn it three out of the last four days, to the farmer’s market, to see the robin williams doc (he was my favorite!), and to get bagels and coffee. i’m always looking for effortless dresses, something you can pull on, wear all day and never feel uncomfortable and this one fits the bill. i’m normally cautions when it comes to wrap dresses because they often don’t wrap far enough and can blow open when you’re walking but ties all the way around and has adjustable straps which makes it work for lots of bodies. , the print makes me feel like i’m on vacation in the south of italy, win/win. i have the small but probably could have gone down to an XS, so I’d say if you between sizes, size down! i wear mine with this , which i highly recommend. it’s really comfortable and i wear it all the time. – joanie



Amazon Prime Day | designlovefest

i’m a big fan of and utilize my prime membership ALL the time. from last minute orders of cat food, to kitchen tools and anything and everything in between. i’m excited to be partnering with them to celebrate (and a half!) and all of the deals you can score on July 16th. prime day last year got a little stressful, things sold out super quickly and it’s hard to know where to start shopping and what to look for. i put together a few prime day shopping tips that you can utilize and make it simple.

amazon prime day | designlovefest

  • make a list of items that you need before you shop the sale. i have an on going list of items that i’m looking to add to my kitchen, things like a new paring knife or kitchen towels. i know what i need so when it goes on sale i can grab it. on prime day, you can save up to 30% on AmazonBasics items, and one of the things i recommend adding to your list is a  it’s one of my favorite things in my kitchen, great for everything from frying eggs, to roasting a chicken, cooking a steak, etc.
  •  stock up on your everyday essentials, things like , , paper towel, etc. items that you buy frequently and can save on by stocking up.

Amazon Prime Day | designlovefest
Amazon Prime Day | designlovefest

  • buy basics for the bedroom and bathroom, a sale is a great time to refresh your bathroom towels or buy new bedsheets.  (pictured above in pink) is super soft and 100% cotton which is important to me when it comes to bedding, it makes it really breathable! i also love which is going to be part of the sale as well.
  • buy investment pieces, there are things like new knives, a powerful blender, juicer, etc that might be on your kitchen wishlist and now is the time to snag them. i’m particularly fond of my (this version is available exclusively to amazon prime members).

Amazon Prime Day | designlovefest
amazon prime day | designlovefest

you can utilize there  in the amazon app by adding items you’re eyeing and then you’ll be notified when they goes on sale. what’s on YOUR prime list that you are thinking about getting?!

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