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happy friday + that mom guilt... 28 Sep 2012


Oh man, this week has been a doozy. I seriously over-booked myself and scheduled in way too many projects, photo shoots, and other work meetings into one week. While I continually tell myself not to over-commit, sometimes you're excited about so many things that you can't help but say yes! This busy week meant that I was away from Ruby more than usual, and that dreaded mom guilt kicked in. I saw her for only two hours yesterday, and I just about cried when I got home at 11:30pm at night, exhausted, and waiting till she woke up this morning so I could see her little smiling face.

With her first real Halloween coming up (last year she was a tiny ball of a newborn, so we didn't dress her up), I've also been coming to terms with all the halloween costumes, birthday parties, and other events in my future that involve craftiness of some sort. I'm not one of those moms who can whip out a sewing machine and put together a felt costume from scratch, nor can I make a three-layered cake from scratch in an afternoon. Sure, I can put together great ideas, come up with a fun theme, and find the various elements needed to put it together...but Martha Stewart, I am not. I'd much rather find a great halloween costume on Etsy or mix and match bunch of cool ready-made decorations to put together something special for an occasion. Last night, a good friend was reminding me that I don't have to be that mom who makes everything from scratch or be super domestic. Ruby will learn to love the type of mom that she has...my strengths and weaknesses and all. I just need to remind myself of that too...

I hope you guys have an amazing weekend! I'm looking forward to a little R&R for sure...

ps. look whose favorite new word is "Goodbye".

{Instagram photo of Ruby eating a pickle for the first time. She actually liked it despite this expression!}

{how i'd wear} a denim blazer... 27 Sep 2012


In the last of my denim outfits this month, I thought I'd share my go-to piece for wearing over a dress or for evenings out—a denim blazer. I tend to go in waves in wearing blazers...sometimes it's my jacket of choice to layer on top of everything, and sometimes I worry that it looks too business-like. So, I love a chambray or denim version that makes it feel much more casual, yet adds a bit of structure to an otherwise feminine look...

{1. Kate Spade earrings, 2. French Connection sequin dress (this one too), 3. Ralph Lauren denim blazer, 4. Ban.do heart clutch (also worn in real life right here), 5. ASOS heels. See this past month's denim outfits right here.}


{illustration by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy.}

leaf bracelets... 26 Sep 2012

Mara Hoffman Spring 2013

...and a whole lot of amazing patterns filled Mara Hoffman's Spring 2013 show. I mean, these dresses and their colors? Yowza.

{images via StyleBistro}

some things i'm loving... 25 Sep 2012

...soft washes of color, beautiful hand-written typography, and handy travel companions... 

{left to right, top to bottom: illustrated gold book cover by Petra Börner, Darling Clementine tea packaging, Milton Greene's photo for Look from 50's is giving me lots of inspiration for Ruby's birthday party, Betsey Olmstead tea towel from Terrain, Stone & Honey bracelet, Julie Thevenot weekend bag, Rebecca Minkhoff pouch.}

blog, inc. book tour in sf + your blogging questions 25 Sep 2012


Blog, Inc. is officially out and available on Amazon! As we approach October—the official publication month for my new book—I'm getting prepping for the 2nd stop of my book tour next week in San Francisco on Thursday, October 4th from 6:30-8:30pm, with a special Q&A from 7-7:30pm! For those of you in the Bay Area, you can RSVP right here and see all dates and cities right here.

Also, since we're have a Q&A at every book tour stop, for those of who not in a city where I'm headed, I thought it would be fun to answer some of your blogging questions here during the month of October. So, please ask away in the comments section of this post, and I'll answer some via video in upcoming posts next month!

currently snacking on... 24 Sep 2012


Bob picked up these hi-tops {otherwise known as perfectly-sized mini cupcake sandwiches} from one of my favorite cupcake shops in LA, Frosted, for our 6th anniversary yesterday. I ate about half of these in an afternoon...salted caramel, chocolate, and red velvet...yum. The best part about having a dozen of these little guys was putting them on a tiered tray. Putting anything on tiers makes them seem instantly more special and like I've been slaving over a hot oven all day even when I couldn't have been further away from one...

we're a team... 21 Sep 2012


This weekend, Bob and I celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary (and 16 years together in total!). When we celebrated our first anniversary, we decided not to exchange gifts and instead, take a trip when we could. But even when we couldn't make a vacation happen, we'd always make sure to give each other a card. With this in mind, I knew I wanted to make him a card since that would be the anniversary gift.

The funny thing is around the time we started celebrating our anniversary, I actually had a card line. But when it came to making something for Bob, I had to go the complete opposite end of what my aesthetic was and design something for him I'd actually never make or sell to anyone....but something that would be pretty funny for both of us. So, I began the tradition of making this reoccuring series of anniversary cards that changes each year based on what we're doing or into at the time. I can't believe I'm sharing my terrible cartoony drawings with you guys, but I hope you get a kick out of them...


{how i'd wear} a dotty denim top... 20 Sep 2012

oh joy | how i'd wear a dotty denim top

It's finally cooling down a bit after a serious heatwave we'd had here in LA over the last couple weeks {105 degrees and our power went out over the weekend!}. I'm looking forward to slightly cooler temperations and kind of itching to wear more layers...and boots! Here's the third of my favorite denim looks this month with a fun update to the classic denim shirt....a polka dotted version!

{1. Dotty top by J.Crew, 2. Jess LC necklace, 3. ShoeMint neon satchel, 4. ASOS jeans, 5. Guess glitter boots. See the rest in this month's denim series right here!}

{illustration by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

some things i'm loving... 19 Sep 2012

The sun is starting to set a little earlier, and we're getting that cool breeze just as it turns to dusk. So I'm loving these slightly muted and dusty colors offset with hints of wood, gold, and black...

 {left to right, top to bottom: Made by Hank bag, vintage gold coat hangers (if only they weren't a million dollars) Emerson Fry coat (and pretty much the entire fall collection), gold animal candle holders by Hank & Hunt for The Sweetest OccasionAtelier de Troupe sconce,  Fishs Eddy heart cutting board, laundry basket from Ferm Living.} 

babies in oh joy... 18 Sep 2012


Ever since my baby clothing collection with Winter Water Factory launched a few months ago, it's been so fun seeing other babies wearing the pieces. I had to share some of my favorites with you here. You can see more tiny babes in the clothing right here, and get your hands on the limited edition pieces (ahem, holidays are coming!) before they're gone...

ps. Thanks to all the moms who shared these photos of their little ladies! 


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