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this & that... 31 Jan 2012

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...wear this Madewell dress, decorate with that set of Esque jugs...

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a lovely little valentine's {giveaway}... 31 Jan 2012

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To show a little extra love this Valentine's day, we've joined together with Ariel Gordon Jewelry and Nature Baby to give away a few things to keep close to your heart to...two lucky readers! One reader will receive this Close to My Heart necklace {above} and a fun Heart Pillow {below} and another will receive a Love Knot ring {at very bottom} and Heart Pillow {below}.

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To enter, simply visit Ariel Gordon Jewelry and Nature Baby, then leave a comment below telling us what you have planned this Valentine's Day {a fancy dinner, pizza & a movie, a girl's night out, or...?}

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Also, as a bonus for all readers, Ariel Gordon is offering a 25% discount to all readers through Tuesday, February 14th. Simply enter code JOYAGJ at checkout. Entries must be posted by next Tuesday, February 7th at 9am PST*, and two winners will be chosen at random. Good luck! — Joy

UPDATE: Congrats to Katrina S. from Point Roberts, WA and Leslie B. from Oak Park, IL for being our winners this time!

{*Sorry, limited to US residents only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $530 or $205 total value depending on which jewelry piece is won. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and announced on the bottom of this post soon after. Good luck! Jewelry photos by Ariel Gordon, pillow photos by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 31 Jan 2012

Baconery-pretzel-rods

...chocolate and bacon covered pretzel rods from Baconery...because everything really is better with bacon on top! — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

{flavor stories} my kinda winter salad... 30 Jan 2012

Winter Salad

Hello! I thought we'd change things up a little today, and instead of talking about sweets we'd talk about the next best thing...a winter salad! Ok, it might not be the next best thing—but it's nearing the end of January, and I still feel like I'm recovering from holiday eating! That said, this is a salad that would work equally well in the midst of summer. It has crisp shaved fennel and thinly sliced radishes that counter perfectly with the smooth and creamy texture of a ripe avocado and macedonian feta. And you know what? It makes for salad that I'll bet you may find yourself craving again just a few days later!

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You'll need:

Fresh fennel, belgium endive, arugula, a small piece of fresh salmon, a chunk of Macedonian feta, a handful of toasted almonds, a lemon, avocado, radishes, fresh dill, olive oil and gomashio {I like this one}.

Here's how:
Steam the salmon with sliced lemon and fresh dill then allow to cool. Core and chop a pair of belgian endives. Core and shave a small bulb of fennel and toss both together with a couple handfuls of arugula. Slice a few radishes and pick a handful of dill and mix both in {I use a mandoline for slicing the radishes and fennel bulb}. Next, flake the cooled salmon, crumble in a small piece of macedonian feta, and scoop in the flesh of a ripe avocado and gently fold together. Sprinkle with toasted and chopped almonds, splash with some olive oil and the juice of half a lemon, and toss. Finally, garnish with a hefty sprinkle of gomashio. Serve immediately with a warm piece of buttered toast and enjoy!

Nikole

{photos by John Cullen, styling by Nikole Herriott for Oh Joy}

my very own elva fields... 30 Jan 2012

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I was delighted when Emily from Elva Fields invited me to work with her to design a custom necklace for her new Leading Ladies project where she uses the inspiration that I give her to design my very own Elva Fields necklace ...um, yes!

Here's how it happened...I sent her a Pinterest board of things I love...colors, textures, images, along with some of my favorite past pieces that she's made in the past. She used them for a buying trip where she came back with a slew of beads and baubles she thought fit the bill and then showed me about 10 or so different combinations...a few of my favorites...

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I loved the turquoise and white beads as well as the yellow and green jeweled clusters and asked to see those jewels on my favorite color beads as well as on some kelly green beads. I suggested trying to stripe the beads as well like this...

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While I loved the striped versions, I thought that along with the jewels and the colors, it was too much all at once. So I narrowed it down to the white pair and a solid green pair as my favorites. While I loved the white, Emily convinced me that the green option would be just the perfect pop of color, and she was so right!

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Thanks Emily! What a fun project! You can see more about our collaboration right here! — Joy

happy friday + living in the moment... 27 Jan 2012

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Happy Friday friends! Last week, we celebrated Ruby's 100 Days—a Korean tradition called "baek-il" on Bob's side of the family. We had a small gathering with some family in LA, and Bob's mom flew in from Philly for the occasion. We ate a ton of delicious homemade Korean food, and Ruby got dressed up in a little hanbok {Korean dress}. She wasn't too thrilled about having to wear so many outfits that day and had a bit of grumpy face {said face above}, but it was a fun day nonetheless to celebrate our little lady. It made me realize how fast time really does fly. I've been limiting my work schedule and taking on less projects then usual to be able to spend time with her while she's so young and growing so fast. As guilty as I sometimes feel for not working as much as I did last year, I also feel so lucky that I have the flexibility in my business to cater my work around my personal life and make my baby a priority in this stage her life. All of those years I've spent building up my business was to be able to have this flexibility that I have now. So, here I am...doing my best to soak up every day {this is what a typical day is like now}. Here's to a great weekend to all of you and all those moments you get to enjoy with your loved ones! — Joy

{photos by Itoko}

kid-approved... 26 Jan 2012

Kid-approved

{1. porcelain animal bowls from Poketo, 2. lunchtime fork set from Romp, 3. delancy doggy lunch bag from Built, 4. yummy donut plush from Kidrobot, 5. stainless bus platter from My Sweet Muffin, 6. Weego Baby owl plate and bowl. — Joanna}

a happiness inducer... 26 Jan 2012

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What an unbelievably colorful and fun wedding by Merriment Events...you can't help but smile at this adorable couple and all the fun details of their day... — Joy

{photos by Jodi Miller}

{closet & casa} with catherine sheppard... 25 Jan 2012

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who: Catherine Sheppard, Fashion stylist and owner of The Life Styled

why catherine rocks: She taught me how to detox my closet & how to wear the most appropriate clothes for my body type/personality!

in her closet: I stumbled upon this white and gold beaded frock at a vintage store in LA when I was frantically looking for a dress to wear to a black tie event in Vegas—quite a daunting task! I instantly fell in love with the white and gold sequins and intense shoulder pads, and I scored it for about $40! I can't top that.

in her casa: Our living room was in need of a mini-makeover so I brought in a fuzzy faux fur blanket {we all fight over its coziness on a daily basis} and a few glamorous accents. I brought home every sparkly pillow I could find and played mix and match until I decided on my favorites. It's a fun game...everyone should try it!

Thanks Catherine!
Bri

{photos by Catherine}

{make it} dark chocolate cookie crisps... 25 Jan 2012

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The other day, my friend Mari sent me these amazing dark chocolate cookies that she had made for a friend's baby shower. She knew I'd love them because they're almost like a chewier version of an Oreo cookie..and I'm always taking the cream part of an Oreo. I immediately ate a handful, and then used the rest to make these peanut butter, salted caramel, and white chocolate s'mores using Mari's cookies, regular peanut butter, 240 Sweet marshmallows, and white chocolate from Bottega Louie {because I'm kind of a s'mores junkie}. The cookies would make the perfect canvas for ice cream sandwiches as well {which you know I love!}. So, Mari was kind enough to share the recipe with us today...

Grammy's Chocolate Cookies adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies
(Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen.)

You'll need:
1 cup plus 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/8 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 sticks (5/8 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 extra large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sanding sugar

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