cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest

we wanted to give the cauliflower pizza crust from TJ’s a whirl and see how it held up against their frozen organic pizza crust that i normally use. the cauliflower crust had a nice consistency, it’s made with corn and it almost has a polenta type taste and texture. if you’re looking for something gluten free than i think this is a great option but i personally prefer their other crust. regardless, any sort of crust with this combo on top is A+! everything we used was from trader joe’s. -joanie

cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 

• 1 package pizza cauliflower crust (from trader joes)
• 2-3 small heirloom tomatoes
• 6oz sliced buffalo mozzarella (shredded mozzarella works great too!)
•  1 4oz package prosciutto (optional)

• 8 oz fresh basil (two containers from trader joes)
• olive oil
• 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
• 1/3 cup raw walnuts
• 2 garlic cloves
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 lemon squeezed

to make: 

• bake the cauliflower crust by the instructions on the packaging.

cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest
cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest

• slice the heirloom tomatoes, salt them to release some of their juices and set aside. really juicy tomatoes can make the crust soggy!

• take the buffalo mozzarella slices pat dry until some of the moisture has been removed. (this will avoid a soggy pizza as it bakes!)

cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest

• to make the pesto, add all the pesto ingredients in a food processor except the olive oil. turn the food processor on and slowly pour the olive oil until you get a smooth consistency.

• spread the pesto onto the cauliflower crust and add the mozzarella slices (and prosciutto if you are adding a meat option). broil the pizza an additional 5 minutes or according to the packaging directions.

• once baked add the sliced heirloom tomatoes and garnish with basil leaves.

cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest
cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest
cauliflower crust pizza | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis



styled | designlovefest

a few weeks back when we were scouting the rooftop at ROW for our tiki party. a happy windblown colorful shot. bri is wearing this colorful floral blouse by sezane, with these ace&jig pants (that are currently on sale!) madewelland metalic loffler randall shoes. i’m wearing a vintage silk dress from the 80’s and sandals (in my experience madewell shoes are very comfortable!) 

a few more colorful things that caught my eye!

floral shirt

Loeffler Randal sandals

Sequined jacket

Rachel Comey earrings

Clare V. sweatshirt

Birkenstocks in pink

& other stories eyelet bra

Mansur Gavriel bag

Zara asymmetric top



blueberry crumb cake | designlovefest

i learned how to make blueberry crumb cake during my college summers working at coffee shop. it was the item that people returned day after day for (even at $5/slice!), and when the pastry chef had a conflict with the owner and quit, it became by job to make the cake. i made 50+ one summer and the process of making one became second nature to me. in a way, it was where i really learned how to bake, by being thrown into the pastry kitchen and making all the cookies and cakes and pies, day after day. my mom told me to write down the crumb cake recipe and i laughed and told her i didn’t need to, i could never forget it. but she was right, after several years the recipe specifics faded and i’m grateful that she forced me to say the recipe out loud so that summer she could write it down for the both of us.

we featured this cake 5 years ago, it was my first recipe post on designlovefest (you can see the original post, here). this cake is a crowd pleaser and so very simple to make. i made it this morning for the first time in a long time because i had a mountain of blueberries that were on their way to going bad and i suggest you do the same. – joanie

notes: i have made this with peaches and strawberries as well, it works but blueberry remains my favorite. it feels like a coffeecake, great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Blueberry Crumb Cake
yield: 8 servings

• 2 cup flour + 1/4 cup flour
• 1 cup sugar
• 6 ounce cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces. (i like a european style butter)
• 1 teaspoon zest of either a lemon or orange
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 1/2 cups blueberries
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temp (if you don’t have buttermilk, milk with a squeeze of lemon works great!)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• Preheat your oven to 400°.
• Cut the cold butter into small pieces and place in a medium size bowl with 2 cups flour, sugar and salt. Use your hand to mix the ingredients together, working the butter into the mixture using your fingers so that it has a course texture, it will be lumpy and not feel like a dough, that’s what you want.
• Take out 1 1/2 cups of the mixture and set it aside to use as the topping.
• In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup flour, with baking soda, and zest add that to the remaining mixture in the bowl and mix by hand.
• In a small bowl whisk the egg, buttermilk and vanilla. Make sure that both the egg and the buttermilk are at room temperature. Once combined, fold in 1 cup of fruit and then add to the dry mixture and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
• Prepare a 9″ round pan by cutting a piece of parchment paper to line the bottom. spray or butter the bottom of the pan, add the parchment paper, spray and butter on top of the paper and the sides.
• Pour the mixture with the fruit into the bottom of the pan, top with 3/4 more berries, add the set aside topping mixture and cover with the remaining berries, pressing them lightly into the batter.
• Bake on middle rack at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. It can be longer depending on how moist your berries were. You will know the cake is done when it’s golden brown on the top and slightly firm to the touch. You can also insert a knife into the center, it is done when the knife comes out with only a few moist crumbs on it.
• Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cake will stay fresh in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

blueberry crumb cake | designlovefest



i’m working on a style post right now but i wanted to send out a quick thumbs up on these pants (the stella trousers from LACAUSA). i picked up my friend from the airport last weekend and she was also wearing them and looking very chic. i’ve lived in them this summer, they’re perfectly high waisted, comfortable and don’t stretch out or look frumpy. i’ve gotten tons of compliments on them. i have the brushed version which has a little more structure, a bit more fitted through the waist, they’re 100% cotton (pictured above) but they also come in the lighter version that is a 60% Tencel/40% cotton (pictured below). highly recommend! they fit true to size, i have the size 4 in navy but they come in so many pretty colors, it’s hard to choose!

i’ve been attempting to up my pant game, i wear a lot of dresses and realized that several of the jeans i have are from college and are looking really worn in, especially around the knees. so i donated a bunch of them and i’m slowly working to add in new pairs. i just ordered these from Zara and also these from AGOLDE, my first pair by them but i’ve heard great things so i’ll keep you posted. – joanie



la favorites | designlovefest

it that heatwave time of year in LA and i’m feel hot and bothered by the rising temps. in an attempt to combat my bad attitude i started thinking of all the things i love about LA. the little things, the things that are part of my life and that really make this city the one i love. i often feel a bit bad for the tourists that i see in los angeles, the city is so spread out and they’re trekking all over, sitting in traffic and going to hollywood which is crowded and a major let down. but there really is so much to love about this city, and here are few of my favorite things to currently do in LA, just in case you’re looking (most of these are on the east side!). i say currently, because this list is always changing!   – joanie

lou wine shop: in my opinion, this is the best wine shop in the city. their focus is on natural and unusual wines and they can offer all sorts of information on the farmer and family the wine came from and what to drink when and where. it’s in my neighborhood and i go there often. he also does $15 tastings almost every friday and saturday.

the left bank: i love second hand shopping, vintage or consignment and this little shop is the perfect place. the prices are very reasonable. i always leave with something and some of my favorite things in my closet are from here. two parking spots in the back that are often open!

griffith park + trails cafe: i hike this a trail a couple times a week with my friend katherine. the little cafe at the bottom is the perfect post hike reward, and has the best homemade almond milk lattes and egg in a basket.

rocco’s italian market + deli: their roasted vegetable sandwich is my favorite. take it to go and go sit at Barnsdale for a pretty view of the city.

la favorites | designlovefest

the NOW: it’s relaxing as soon as you walk in the door, it always smells good, they have easy to get to locations, go treat yourself to a 50 minute massage.

bay city italian deli: another deli, i know. but this is the perfect post beach stop when you’re hungry and want something cold to drink. the lines can be long. i love grocery stores so wandering the aisles while we wait is fun for me. our beach of choice is will rogers state beach.

dune: this is also close to where i live and is a semi-regular spot for me and my husband. we usually sit outside and i almost exclusively order the fried chicken plate. if you go for lunch, grab a coffee at proof bakery after.

homestate: they have a couple of locations, the highland park one offers frozen margaritas and a big patio which is a big but we more often go to the Los Feliz location and then stop in go get em tiger after for coffee. it’s a great weekend combo.

the vista: the only have one screen so fingers crossed it’s showing something you want to see, but this theater is always worth visiting. grab a coffee from across the street (they let you bring it in) and enjoy the AC.

la favorites | designlovefest

studio metamorphosis + maru coffee: not sure if a workout class fits on this list but i really love the combo of a great workout and then a grabbing a coffee (literally next door!) at Maru. try the spiced cold brew, it tastes like fall.

heyday: bri and i both really love the facials at heyday. you’re in and out quickly, they are effective but not painful. i go to the beverly location, ask for Nori, she’s great.

pine + crane: we’ve been hitting this place up a lot lately, my go-to order is the dan dan noodles, splitting the beef roll, and a passionfruit black tea with boba. the best!

if you’re looking for more LA tips we have a ton of posts you can read here! Xx

photo credit 1, 2 and 3. 

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