Design of Illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli

Oh hello there, boobies! This was my first reaction when I came across the illustration Olimpia Zagnoli did for 55DSL (shown above) as I scrolled through her portfolio the other day. I came across her work on none other than Pinterest and was immediately sucked into the bright colors and starkness of her shapes and overall design. It’s brilliant, right? Olimpia has collaborated with the best of the best brands and publications including The New York Times, Google, Levi’s and many more. Below are a few of my favorites but you can see more of her work + read her bio here. Needless to say, I am obsessed!

Old Fashioned Bourbon Cherry Popsicles

I’m a total sucker for a good Old Fashioned, so when I was asked by Billy of Wit & Vinegar to participate in #popsicleweek I knew I had to make a popsicle based on one of my go-to cocktails. My favorite Old Fashioned is from Townhouse in Venice Beach, which is luckily just down the street from our bungalow. If you ever have the chance to go, make sure you ask for George – he makes the best Old Fashioned – trust. He’s been a bartender there for over 10 years which totally speaks for itself.

While cherries aren’t traditionally a huge part of this historical drink aside from being a garnish, it’s one of my favorite fruits. Growing up in Michigan, we would venture north for vacation every summer (aka “going up north” as us Michiganders would say) to the Traverse City area. Cherries are a staple of Michigan’s agriculture and each summer, Traverse City plays host to none other than the National Cherry Festival. Think cherry salsas, jams, pies – literally everything under the moon including a Cherry Queen. C’mon, you had to know that was coming, right? Anyway, I wanted to offset the strong taste of the bourbon with something sweet and since it’s cherry season, I figured, why not?

Old Fashioned Bourbon Cherry Popsicles

* I adapted this recipe from my gal Marissa at Bourbon & Goose. Also, this should make about 10 popsicles with a standard freezer pop maker.

· 3 cups of cherries
· 4 large oranges
· 1 cup bourbon ( I used Bulleit Bourbon which is one of my faves)
· 1 cup of orange simple syrup

Orange Simple Syrup

· 1/3 cup water
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Put sugar + water in a sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves completely. Add in the orange juice and stir. Wait for the syrup to cool a bit before using.

Now onto the popsicles!

Pit the cherries, then set aside. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until it’s all pureed and relatively smooth. Yes, the puree will be a bit thick! Now, pour the puree into your popsicle mold, then freeze overnight. To release the popsicles, run warm water on the outside of the popsicle molds for a few seconds (or a tad longer if they are being difficult). Note that if you add in extra bourbon, the popsicles won’t freeze solid! Remember, in this case – less is more.

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Be sure to check out all the other amazing recipes from bloggers this week as part of Popsicle Week over here! I can’t wait to try out Autumn’s Salted Bourbon Caramel Pops and Izy’s Green Smoothie Detox Pops – what about you?

*Big thanks to Melanie Abrantes for lending me her handmade wooden cake stands to use in this post! See more of her beautiful work here.

Exec House Cleaning Review + Giveaway

We’ve all been there – it’s Saturday morning and according to your usual weekend routine, it’s time to give the domicile a good ‘ole cleaning. While you have the best of intentions to sweep up all that pet hair, vacuum, wash that pile of dirty dishes and take out the trash – the fact of the matter is, you’re tired. You’ve just worked five 10 hour days in a row and let’s be real – the last thing you want to be doing is house work. Am I right?

I was recently introduced to a new house cleaning service that is about as meta as the rest of my 2.0 existence! Based out of San Francisco, Exec is the first of it’s kind – a maid service that uses 100% eco-friendly cleaning supplies which keeps your home and pets safe from hazardous chemicals that are found in most products.

So I scheduled my first Exec cleaning a couple of weeks ago in mid-July and let me say, I’m not sure I can go back to doing all our cleaning on our own every single week anymore. At roughly $100 for a one-bedroom house, you totally get your bang for your buck. The ladies who came to our bungalow left our place spotless and I was especially happy with all the grout they got out of the bathroom, and they even cleaned the ceiling! Let’s just say that our bathroom has no ventilation at all aside from a window, so it can get pretty gnarly in there. So… are you ready give Exec a try? Sign up here and get $40 off your first cleaning with coupon code “lalovettaclean”

If all of this hasn’t hooked ya, here’s a few more reasons why Exec is awesome:

+ It’s super easy to book an appointment and pay securely online from your phone or computer. Plus, tip is included and if you aren’t 100% happy for any reason, they’ll come back and clean for free!

+ They send you text notifications when the cleaners are on the way and even when  they’re finished.

+ Exec is bonded, licensed, insured and has been featured in The Huffington PostWall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes. Now that’s impressive!

Onto the fun part… I’m giving away a free house cleaning to one lucky reader located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Washington D.C. or Seattle!*

Here’s how you enter: Leave a comment telling me about the craziest mess you’ve ever had to clean up. For additional entries, follow me on TwitterInstagram, Pinterest and Facebook then leave a comment below letting me know you did (separately for each platform please). Good luck!

*This post is sponsored by Exec Cleaning but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Please check availability in your area for Exec Cleaning. Giveaway ends 8/20/613 11:59 pm PST. This giveaway is open only to the continental United States residents only and must be at least 18 years of age. This contest is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. LA LOVETTA is not responsible for lost or damage prizes.)

Decor 02 / 9 Best Minimal Modern Planters

1. BOSKKE Sky Planter Ceramic // 2. Jonathan Adler Okura Wide Mouth Planter //  3. Neon Air Plant Pot from Bird and Feather Co. on Etsy // 4. Geo Vase by Kelly Lamb // 5. Pik Vase from A+R // 6. Jonathan Adler Okura Tall Planter // 7.Yield Planter Box // 8. Nantucket Ceramic Planter from One King’s Lane // 9. Geometric Wooden Planter

During our weekly thrifting escapades last weekend we found a perfectly weathered Prince AHA Stool made by Philippe Starck for Kartell (that doubles as a planter) which got me on the search for new indoor plant holders for our bungalow. I’ve been housing a few air plants + reviving several succulents on the kitchen windowsill – and happy to say that some will need permanent homes soon! From table to ceiling, here are 9 of my favorite minimal planter finds for the modern home.


Marbling Prints / Pernilles Snedker Hansen

I came across these marbled prints on Pinterest the other day and didn’t realize they were by Copenhagen designer Pernilles Snedker Hansen, but it makes complete sense – when you look at her pieces, the marbling almost looks as if they were layers/rings of wood. Remember this post I did on her marbled wood floors? Anyway, it’s crazy how far marbling has come. It’s literally everywhere these days (Ksteggy was totally onto a trend over a year ago), especially in home decor and fashion. I mean, you can literally marble anything… right?

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