i have felt a huge shift in myself lately, especially in the past 6 months. i’ve put in a lot of work on my mental health and personal happiness and have found really meaningful results. as someone who has dealt with anxiety since childhood, i feel like i have truly been untangling my issues and finding peace. i guess i just wanted to write down some thoughts and some things that have helped me…




hair twist | designlovefest

i’ve seen a few hair bows walking around town and i’m into. definitely more of a fan of the undone/messy look but that’s totally possible with these styles. i like the idea of a sweet bow and slightly messy hair. and i’m also really into the simple addition of fancy bobby pins. i found some very cute options below and all at an amazing price point. so very gucci feeling floral prints including that blue and red scarf that is the perfect hair or neck accessory. stock up and mix up that hair routine! – joanie


hair twist | designlovefest
hair twist | designlovefest
hair twist | designlovefest
hair twist | designlovefest



a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest

i’m a big breakfast fan. i’m not one of those people who can skip it and somehow not eat until lunch. i fall asleep thinking of coffee and breakfast and wake up hungry! ivan wanted to make this colorful breakfast spread and i was in full support. we blanched the chard for just a minute or so in boiling salted water but you could also sauté which would be delicious as well. if you do blanch it just do it until the leaves turn bright green. we also garnished with the stems because they are so pretty and i ate those as well, i hear they’re very good for you?! for the egg, we follow bon appetit recipe for their and it turns out perfectly. make sure you put the eggs in an ice bath after they are done boil to ensure they don’t continue cooking and slightly crack the shells, it will make them easier to peel.  – joanie

a colorful breakfast | designlovefest

makes 3-4 servings 

• 4 small flatbreads
• 1 15oz can chickpeas (skins removed, it’s annoying to do but worth it!)
• some chopped fresh herbs for garnish, we used Italian parsley and mint
• 3-4 eggs
• sesame seeds
• 3 large chard leaves
• lemons

spiced yogurt 
• 1/2 cup greek yogurt
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
• 1 small garlic cloves minced

a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest

• preheat your oven to 350. take your chickpeas (skins removed!) and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. drizzle a little olive oil on them, not too much or they won’t get crispy! and sprinkle with salt. put in the oven for 10 minutes, give them a shake and then 10 more minutes or until golden brown!

• prep your soft boiled eggs as instructed . while that is happening prepped the yogurt sauce, for the garlic mince it finely and then using the edge of the knife press into the garlic until it forms a paste (see photo above). add that and the lemon, salt and white pepper into the yogurt, return to the fridge.

• bring some salted water to a boil, once boiling add the chard leafs, (i just shoved mine into the pan whole). leave them in for a minute or two and then drain and set aside.

• we put the flat bread in a panini press to get those lines but you can toast it too. brush with a little olive oil and toast or pan fry until crispy.

• now assemble! put a smear of the yogurt sauce, cut one of the soft eggs in half, add some slices of the flat bread, some chard and a big handful of the chickpeas. finish with fresh herbs and sesame seeds!

a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest
a colorful breakfast | designlovefest

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styling by joanie cusack 



it’s been awhile since we have had dress your tech! we have been gathering new artists and working on some new phone cases too. see below how to submit designs to us!

today we are featuring 7 beautiful designs from . i love the calming watercolor terrazo and that rainbow is simple and sweet. which is your fave?




it has been such a busy and rewarding start to 2019! i feel really energized and excited about everything that’s going on both personally and professionally! last week we launched our new workshop, the business of social media, and the responses and been so positive, you have joanie and i smiling ear to ear. thank you to everyone who has already watched it and who has shared feedback, we love hearing from you and it makes us so happy to hear how much you enjoyed it. this was a serious labor of love and something that we’ve been wanting to create for over a year.

we get so many questions from readers asking for tips and advice on running their own business and we wanted to compile that information into one place. originally the thought was to do more small business consulting but that’s not affordable or accessible for so many and so this workshop was born and we’re really proud of what we created. it took us a really long time to work out the content and how to best share it and we hope you find it inspiring and insightful.

it’s broken down into two parts...the first is with me where i go over what it looks like to be a creative working with big brands like target and keds, how i stay motivated, coming up with new ideas, my process, mood boards, sponsors, collaboration, constantly evolving…i lay it all out there!

and the second part is with joanie! she covers the business side of things, how we negotiate our rates, how much to pay out, how we pay our bills, creating budgets, invoicing, quickbooks, reaching out to new clients, big things to look for in contracts, etc. the class is 1.5 hours and we highly recommend watching it one time through without taking notes and then a second time and take notes and really let it soak in. we tried to cram as much as we could into the class without making it completely overwhelming.

and it goes without saying that there are SO many different ways to be a small business owner and there isn’t a one size fits all, we try and be as transparent as possible because we think that’s where the real growth happens and that a lot of times in business there is a wall where people don’t want to talk about numbers or percentages, etc and it just becomes a guessing game. there was a moment where we looked at each other and said, “are we giving away too much?!” and then we decided it’s okay to give them away because everyone deserves to succeed and one person’s success and growth doesn’t diminish another person’s potential. and everyone has their own voice and vision to share and there is room for everyone!

it felt appropriate to launch this around the 10th birthday of designlovefest (and joanie’s 6th year with me!). thank you to everyone who has supported me and my evolution, who has visited the blog and left comments and encouraged me to keep going when i wasn’t feeling inspired. it has been a real honor to share so much of my life with you and i feel so lucky that i get to call this my job. i hope you love the workshop and i’d love to hear from you once you’ve watched it! and if you’re interested, you can sign up here!

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