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you might remember this floral cocktail post we did back in april highlighting the gorgeous Floral Libations book by Cassie Winslow. we loved the cocktails so much and Cassie reached out to say she’d be in LA last week and did we want to shoot a few more. we had a fun day putting these drinks together along with a killer lunch spread that we picked up at our favorite spot, Cookbook. Cassie is super sweet and talented and whipped up the perfect brunch or lunch time drinks for us. the cantaloupe bellini was so good! she’s sharing all her tips and recipes below. thanks, Cassie! and thanks to Ivan for the photos!

first up, iced lavender coffee!

Iced Lavender Coffee

This is one of my favorite morning drinks to make for guests, especially on a warm summer morning. It’s so easy to make and best to prep the night before so it will be waiting for you right when you wake up the next day.

Makes 4 beverages

Ingredients:
4 cups hot, freshly brewed coffee
1/4 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Ice cubes
1-2 cups whole milk or cream
sprigs of fresh organic lavender for garnish

Directions:

In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together the hot coffee and lavender simple syrup. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight to chill.

When you are ready to make the coffees, fill each glass with ice. Pour 1 cup of the coffee and lavender mixture into each glass followed by 1/2 cup of whole milk or a splash of cream. Stir until combined and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

You can also make these beverages the morning you would like to serve as shown. Simply make the lavender simple syrup and allow guests to add the amount of sweetener they prefer to their own glass. This also makes a lovely coffee bar situation and guests and serve themselves.

Lavender Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons of organic dried hibiscus flowers

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

for the food spread, we focused on light and bright items that paired well together. a little citrus, the salt from olives, crunchy toast with a creamy beet spread, cured meat and 6 minute eggs. all so good!

she served this drink with a garden party sugar rim that really took it to the next level!

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Bellinis
This is the perfect libation to serve at a summer brunch. The chamomile garnish adds a cheerful touch and the fresh cantaloupe is a wonderfully refreshing treat.

Makes about 10 cocktails

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe from about 1 medium-sized cantaloupe
1 bottle sparkling wine
a handful of organic edible chamomile blooms

Directions:

Place the cantaloupe in a blender and blend until liquified. Strain the cantaloupe through a find-mesh sieve set over an extra large pitcher. Add the sparkling wine and stir until combined. Pour the Bellini mixture into 10 champagne flutes and garnish each glass with a few chamomile flowers.

Note: If you feel like being extra fancy (as shown), rim each glass with Garden Party Sugar…here’s how you make it:

Garden Party Sugar

Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon each:
organic dried hibiscus flowers
organic dried chamomile flowers
organic dried lavender
organic dried rose petals
organic dried calendula
1 cup cane sugar

Directions:

In a food process or spice grinder, combine the dried flowers and pulse until the blooms resemble small flakes. In a bowl, stir together the sugar and ground flowers. For optimal flavor, wait about 2 weeks before use. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To rim each glass, place a lemon wheel on a small plate and an even layer of Garden Party Sugar on another plate. Gently glide 1/2 of the rim on the lemon wheel. Then, gently dip in garden party sugar.

Use the extra sugar in your favorite baked goods such as homemade cookies, cakes and scones. It’s nature’s confetti….

Hibiscus Lemonade

I absolutely adore the color of this beverage. The hibiscus simple syrup is SO vibrant. Mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, this libation is the prettiest of pinks and will make your guests swoon with delight.

Makes 2 beverages

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup hibiscus simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Place lemon juice + hibiscus simple syrup in an extra large ball jar or pitcher. Stir. Slowly add 1/2 cup water until you find the combination you enjoy. Store in the fridge.
To make into a cocktail, simply place 1 cup of the hibiscus lemonade in a glass. Add 2 ounces of gin. Serve over ice. Cheers!

Hibiscus Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon of organic dried hibiscus flowers

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

for the bread, we toasted it in olive oil and then we did a generous spread of something creamy across the top  (one each with butter, mayo, and beet hummus) with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. and layered our ingredients on top of that, usually a little crunch, fresh herbs, and some protein, either cured meats, egg or a smoke fish. the creamy layer is key for taste but it also helps everything stay on the toast and not slide off.

cocktails by: cassie winslow
Images by: Ivan Solis

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 image via loulou de saison

we’ve heard the timeless tale of a classic white button down shirt but i think the shirt dress is just as classic and versatile. it’s that chic summer option you can wear with sneakers, sandals, unbuttoned over shorts, as a swim cover up, etc, etc. especially a fan of one that are 100% cotton as they are breathable and easy to wash. in love with this one with the delicate lace detailing on the hem.

 image via amalie moosgaard

here are a few shop-able options, if you’re looking to add one to your wardrobe…

Gauze shirtdress – this option is in gauze which makes it the perfect hot weather dress. the clean line of the collar give a usually very casual fabric a more sophisticated feel

Everlane cotton shirtdress – this one looks super short, but remember the model is 5’11”, a very classic cut with a nice crisp look to it.

Mohawk shirt dress – such a pretty option, i love the built in belt and the hem detailing. it’s nice in black too.

Shirt coverup dress – cute over a swimsuit or with a pair of denim shorts under it.

Lou&Grey shirtdress – on double sale right now, i like the contrasting stitch.

COS organic shirt dress – COS does a classic well and this one is a great short sleeved option.

image credit 2, 3, 4, 5 (unknown), 6 and 7.

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bri and i have been working together for 6 + years and we’ll often remark to each other how little we’ve influenced each others style. we have some similar items but for the most part we don’t gravitate towards the same things (with the exception of this ace&jig dress that she influenced me to buy, we both love a good wrap dress). we can both easily pick out what the other person would wear, saying “that’s so you”, or “this totally made me think of you”. she tends to be much more colorful and bohemian and i tend to wear more neutrals and clean lines. she almost never wears denim while i’ll wear jeans a couple times a week and often a denim jacket (this is my current fave). she loves a good layered look and i tend to wear more fitted things. i like sleeveless, she really doesn’t. we both dig a long dress, but mine would be more 90’s, hers more 70’s.

we always appreciate what the other person is wearing but we almost never borrow or share clothes which i think is funny considering how close we are and how much time we spend together. i want to start adding in some styled posts that are a breakdown of our individual style, things we gravitate towards, what we’d each wear to a specific location, party, event, even a workout class. i find personal style really interesting, i love how some people can totally pull off specific looks or how seeing something can make you immediately think of that person in your life who’d wear it. and i also love seeing how two people would style the same piece so hopefully we’ll have some of those posts coming soon too! do you feel like you have a specific personal style you stick to her do you wear anything and everything?   – joanie 

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i know, we’ve made a lot of meatball recipes around here. but we can’t help it, they’re easy to throw together, you can adjust based on what you have on hand and they’re delicious. today we’re sharing ivan’s take on a thai inspired meatball. we didn’t use egg or breadcrumbs in this recipe. not for any real reason other than we wanted to try it without. it’s a little harder to keep together before cooking but once cooked it worked out great. enjoy! – joanie

what you’ll need: 
serves 3-4

thai inspired meatballs:
• 1 lb ground chicken 
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoon finely grated ginger (ginger powder works great too!)
• 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon grass (outer layers removed)
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped basil
• salt and pepper to taste
• coconut oil

coconut rice: 
• 1 cup white rice
• coconut milk

garnishes:
• basil
• cilantro
• green onions
• red onions (soaked in water)
• lime wedges
• ground fresh chili paste (we love using samba oelek!)

• preheat oven to 350.

to make the meatballs mix together the ground chicken with all the seasonings and herbs. salt and pepper to taste. heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. add 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil. begin to make the meatballs on the palm of your hands or by using a tablespoon. add the meatballs one by one and heat on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until they brown all over.

transfer the cast iron to the oven and bake for 7 minutes. remove and set aside.

• to make the coconut rice, rinse the rice until the water runs clear. in a sauce pan add the rice to 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water. bring to a simmer then cover until water is absorbed. remove lid and fluff the rice.

to assemble place a bed of rice on a platter. add the chicken meatballs and then the garnishes (the more fresh herbs the better!)

images by: ivan solis

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it’s been a few months since i have dreamt up a shoot, so i was really excited to dive in with this Lightbox shoot! we’ve been working with them for awhile now and it’s always such a fun partnership. it was one of those magical days where everything was running smoothly, and just a lot of positive creative energy on set. here are some of my favorites from the day!

i like showing you a look into my inspiration process and concept phase too! so here it is…

CONCEPT:

day in the life of a girl who loves the sunshine and her alone time. she loves sitting peacefully in beautiful spaces. floating with her pet swan, laying in the grass, playing with shadows. lightbox jewelry fits perfectly with this story line, they are a vibrant company that is making jewelry a gift to give yourself, a friend, a family member or someone you love. it doesn’t have to be a romantic gift from a partner and i love that. the vibe is a midcentury pink house, 60’s vibe. edward scissorhands styling inspiration (trimmed hedges, pastel colors, quirky), with the laid back virgin suicides feeling. in the pool, i want to play with the reflections and sunlight. focused in on her ears as she is underwater or just above water line. vintage style clothing, muted, colorful. fun props like fringed umbrellas, sequined fruit, eye mask, jello molds…and a SWAN!

lightbox recently released a line of stacking rings which were one of the focuses of the shoot. i love them piled on, mixing different colors and shapes. they look really cool with three or four on a finger.

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we also heavily featured their pink heart collection (which is also new). it was very fitting with the mod styling and complimented so many of the looks. we’d keep the heart necklace on and lay it with the chevron and single pink pendant.

very into this whole blue scene and this dress that looked like something out of a figure skating dream. for this scene we used blue and white stacking rings and also their pierced collection. i love the way the pierce necklaces hang, they’re really subtle and beautiful and wearing them paired was very pretty. each necklace as two clasps which makes layering easy.

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i’ve been staying in a lot lately, cooking at home, reading, hanging with Justin and generally just laying low. between planning the wedding and recovering from the wedding things have been pretty chill at our house. which i love, but it’s also fun to mix it up, and i felt like it was time for a night out on the town! since i haven’t been to the magic castle (a classic LA spot!!) in many years (and justin has never been!), i really wanted to surprise justin and his cousin blake with a magical evening there! it’s one of those secret club type places where a magician has to invite you, you enter through a bookcase, you dress fancy and have cocktails, there are no photos allowed inside, and you sort of feel transported in time when you arrive. there are little magic shows in small cave-like rooms, card tricks happening at the bars, and an overall fun, kitchy feeling.

so, we made a whole night of it, drank martinis at home while we got dressed up, requested an Uber Black trip (which made it feel like a celebration from the second we left!), and had such a wonderful time with close friends and family!

you really do feel relaxed in an Uber Black, so there are a few occasions i like to splurge on one. they are great for meetings across town when i need to work during traffic. they’ve added some new premium features, like the ability to request a “Silent Ride” so you reduce distractions while you are on your way. i like to take them on early morning trips to the airport so i can feel relaxed and calm before a long flight  or job (they are usually stocked with water and snacks, chargers, and music controls). you can also request Temperature Preference from your phone and also request Luggage Support before your driver even arrives which is great for people like me who are anxious travelers and like to be in control.

after a few drinks, a ton of magic, and a lot of laughter, we made it home safe thanks to Uber Black. and sang ain’t no mountain high enough while possibly driving the driver nuts. although, i think i caught him signing along, so maybe he loved it. thanks for always getting us out of the house and on town town, Uber!

(this post was created in partnership with Uber, a company we’ve been using for years)

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hope everyone had a relaxing weekend with friends + family! we’re having a little post Memorial Day sale (because we went fully off the grid for the weekend), 25 % off both our new business of social media workshop and also the social media workshop using code happy25. we just launched the business workshop this year and for those of you who have already watched and sent us such sweet emails, we really appreciate your feedback and love that you love the class. i can’t tell you how good it feels to put your heart into something and have people respond to positively.

what’s the difference? 

the business workshop

we get so many questions about running the business, ideas, client work, inspiration, invoicing, contracts etc and this workshop was born out of those questions. it goes over things that aren’t as glamorous as just taking and editing a pretty picture. it goes into what i do when i’m stuck in a rut, stating motivated through the years, how i come up with my shoot ideas,  as well as the business side of designlovefest. it’s goes over everything from how we invoice, tips on looking at a contract, negotiating your rate, how to know what to charge a client, etc. this is an overview class that is packed with information. it’s going to feel dense at times, we recommend that you watch it at least twice through.once, without stress and pressure to take it all in and then again to take notes and go over things that might have peaked your interest. this class is for anyone who has been curious about the business side of DLF, what goes into the day to to day operations and how you can take the things we’ve learned and apply them to your current business or your dream business you’d love to start one day. it goes without saying that there are many ways to be a small business owner, this class is specially designed to share what has worked for me over the past 8 years and the lessons i’ve learned along the way. we aren’t lawyers or accountants, we’re two people who have been working really hard to build an authentic brand and that have seen an increased interest in sharing about how we built this business and how we keep it running. we’re answering many questions that we’ve received from our readers and we hope that you find the information valuable and that we can help you on your own small business journey.

you can purchase the class here. use code happy25 for 25% off! 

and the social media class

do you want to learn tricks about how to use instagram, facebook, twitter and pinterest for your growing business? as freelancers, these are the outlets we use to get our name into the world. to let people know who we are and what we offer. social media can be your greatest asset and also your greatest detriment. there is a split second window to make an impact and this course will teach you how to capitalize on those tiny moments.

join us for a 1.5 hour video seminar taught by bri emery, who has grown her social following to over 1.5 million people. she will be going over all of the tricks she has learned along the way. which platforms work best for what content, how to grow your following, present your photos, promote your business in an organic way and reach your target audience. this class is open to all levels – it doesn’t matter if you have 5 followers or 100,000. previous attendees of this class have experienced social growth of more than 400% in the months following the seminar!

you can purchase the class here

use code happy25 for 25% off! 

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a hey jude look inspired this color palette. —maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

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it takes quite a while to finish the spaces in your home. it’s too expensive and time consuming for me to do the whole thing at once. so we’ve been slowly taking it room by room. since we’ve been staying home a lot more, we really wanted to start utilizing our front yard! it’s so lush and pretty out there, but we never really put the effort in to designing that little patio. we just threw extra chairs out there and let it get dirty and then never sat there (bummer). we went with all article furniture (been a huge fan of them for a long time now) they have such stylish and reasonably priced outdoor choices, i was really impressed!

now we enjoy our cappuccinos out there in the morning, i like to meditate/read and take in the views, and dinner outside is always awesome here in LA. i want to get some more candles and string lights out there (and maybe a fire pit), but this refresh is amazing and got us spending way more time outside.

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those wicker lounge chairs are really deep and are sooo comfortable. i love how they pair with the chic lines of outdoor sectional couch.

(and how cute is this daybed!? i almost went with that, but an L couch never disappoints in comfort.)

i added a rug that we picked up on our peru trip for some color, and hopefully our veggie garden starts happening soon. and i love the look of the hanging pendant lamp outside. it really makes the space feel like a real room. that blooming bougainvillea is showing off too!

shop our patio picks:

and here’s a link to my white jumpsuit and favorite hat! (shoes are old zara)

click here to browse all the outdoor furniture on article. and if you are looking for a comfy leather sofa, we have the Article Sven sofa at our studio and love it.

photos by ivan solis
partnership with article

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