it’s time to put on our comfy clothes and kick back for a little holiday break! i’ve been having some clothing envy over bri’s new pieces and just saw they are doing 30% off you entire order (with code EGGNOG). i have my eye on these (i’m a huge winter whites fan!) these chic enough to fly in and also this . from my experience, everything is cut for comfort so order your normal size if you want a relaxed fit or one size down if you want it more fitted. bri is wearing the above with the matching . -joanie

and the ! also and which sadly aren’t part of the 30% off but are very cute.

and the (that you can wear inside or out!)  and this .



winter soups | designlovefest

we are starting to wind down here around studio DLF and it feels so good! we really pushed ourselves these past few months and we’re excited to kick back and enjoy a holiday break. bri reminded me yesterday about this soup (pictured above) and now i want to make it immediately. it’s so decadent and delicious! we have so many amazing soup recipes on the blog that are perfect to make this time of year. we’ve been learning a lot about soups in cooking school (we made clam chowder on monday!) and they’re such a fun and flexible thing to make. they feed lots of people and you can adapt based on what you have on hand! here are a few of our favorites!

winter soups | designlovefest

delicious tortilla soup! i’ve made this a couple of different ways and it’s really easy. add some spice or smoked paprika to the base of even some cream will make it a bit richer.

winter soups | designlovefest

baked potato soup! we snuck some broccoli into this one to make it a bit healthy and you can top it so many ways. really delicious and hearty!

winter soups | designlovefest

white bean and kale soup! one of my husband’s favorite soups! the addition of lemon really takes this soup up a level.

winter soups | designlovefest



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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