things i own and love | designlovefest

i always like to hear when someone buys something that ends up exceeding their expectations or surprising them with it’s usefulness. so, i thought i’d make my own list of things i added to my life in 2018 that i’ve grown to love and use a lot. and i’d love to hear if you have something to add, big or small! bri tells everyone to buy this for their kitchen and at $7, it’s definitely worth buying. useful for everything from scraping your cutting board clean to picking up onions all in one swoop and adding them to a pan.  -joanie p.s. these are not in any particular order! 

 $280 – this is a recent addition to my bedroom but i’m loving having a quilt and not just a heavy duvet in this summer heat. it’s also supremely soft and cozy which is a requirement for me and bedding.

 $24 – we had a 5am call time one morning for a shoot and bri whipped out her eyebrow gel as the only make up she was putting on and it really made an impact. defining the brows is important and this stuff is great. it doesn’t smear and it has a nice texture, not too heavy.

 $118 – i know i’ve mentioned this before and spending a $100+ seems crazy for sweats but these pants are the best. i wear them at home, if i’m taking a red eye flight i pair them with boots and a long jacket. or just for running out to get coffee on a Saturday. so comfy and still chic.

$55 – my favorite t-shirt of all time. it comes in so many colors and i want them all. the perfect mix between tailored and having a relaxed vintage feeling.

 $28 – having a bra with support that doesn’t have an underwire is a game changer. i have big boobs and didn’t think it would work for me but this style does.

 $85 – our whole apartment has wood floors which get really cold and i can’t tell you how nice it is to slip into these. bringing them on vacation is also a great idea, especially for an airbnb house rental. so nice to have a pair of your own slippers!

$145 – i love a denim jacket and this one is a slightly more sleek take on one. it’s a little longer and has been my go-to recently.

 $35 – stove top espresso is a game changer, i can’t tell you how much we use this is in our house. worth the $35 for sure!

$80 – definitely the most nerdy item on my list and i was certainly skeptical before trying this mug but if you’re like me and don’t like cold coffee, but like to sip it all morning and don’t want to re-heat it in the microwave 3 times, this is for you. it’s certainly more techy than i generally am but i use it every single day and there’s no deny that!



lightbox | designlovefest

man, it’s been so long since i’ve done a proper style post! i used to create these almost weekly but it has been a minute so i’m excited to be sharing this one today. this year has been one for the books with really cool partnerships and today i’m excited to announce another art direction project i will be working on. this is my first of three posts with a brand new company called . you might have seen in my stories last week where i showed some of their pieces. they are lab-grown diamonds. which means that they share the same physical, optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds but because they are made in a lab, they are a fraction of the price.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

diamonds have always, for the most part, been seen as a romantic gift, on an anniversary, engagement or some other very significant milestone. is changing the game by working to create a fun and playful line of lab-grown diamonds that could be gifts for your best friend’s wedding, your sister’s 30th birthday or just because. they are still a substantial purchase, $800 per carat but much more approachable and affordable than natural diamonds. and they come in fun colors, like the pink one i’m wearing above. you can buy the studs as singles, which i love, so you can mix and match your own pieces. i’m into taking something higher-end, like their rose gold lab-grown diamond pendant and pairing it with fun, everyday pieces, things that have a bit of color and texture to them.

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

and the rose gold chain inspired pick with is 100% a new favorite. it was a splurge but i’m working on building a small wardrobe of pieces that i absolutely love and can wear over and over again. it’s super comfortable and flattering because of the wrap style (for reference, i’m wearing size small), highly recommend! and my shoes are .

lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest
lightbox | designlovefest

we’re going to be sharing two more posts this year, including a fun shoot that i will be art directing next month and a giveaway at the end of the year, so stay tuned!

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chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest

i’m always slightly skeptical of chilled soups. there’s just something that doesn’t usually sit right with me about them. i like a smoothie bowl but i’m not such a fan of savory things in a bowl. but, with the unrelenting heat in los angeles lately, i was willing to give it a go. my aunt texted me and said she was making it so i thought i’d try it too. i’m all about any recipe that lets be soak up the summer corn season. the base is really easy to make and you need the corn kernels for the soup anyway, so i wouldn’t skip that step. – joanie

chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest

chilled coconut corn soup
recipe from  
serves 4

• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1/2″ piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 teaspoon salt + more taste
• 6 ears of corn, kernels cut off, cobs set aside
• 1 small Yukon potato, our was about 3 ounces
• 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
• 2 2″ strips of lime zest
• 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• toppings: avocado, cilantro leaves, lime, coconut flakes

chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest
chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest
chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest
chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest

• prep all your ingredients as listed above.
• melt coconut oil over medium heat in large pot, cook onions for about 3-5 minutes, then add ginger, turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for 8-10 more minutes

chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest
chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest
chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest

• break corn cobs in half and add to the pot with the kernels, potato, coconut milk, pieces of lime zest and 1 1/2 cups of water, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes.

• discard corn cobs and lime zest. add 1/2 teaspoon salt and blend soup until smooth. Let cool to room temp and put in refrigerator until completely chilled.

• while the soup is chilling, toast the coconut flakes at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until golden.

• stir in lime juice, adjust seasoning, thinning with water if needed. pour into bowls and top with coconut flakes, avocado, and cilantro. serve with more lime on the side!

chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest
chilled coconut corn soup | designlovefest

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