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happy halloween!

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...from my little chocolate chip cookie to yours! What are you guys dressing up as today? 

{Ruby's costume from The Costume Cafe}

stay safe & warm...

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Dear Friends on the East Coast,

I hope you're okay and staying safe and warm. I know your power is out and your internet is down and you are probably kind of scared, but please know we are all thinking about you and hoping this storm passes through very soon and stops breaking things.

Love, Joy

{photo by Max Wanger}

spotty paper perfection...

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When I saw this wrapping paper at Anthropologie, my eyes nearly popped out of my skull. Amazing paper + the most beautiful and simple packaging (those die cut letters!)...gah...! A gift wrapped in this would be seriously so fun to open...

feeling like a fall peach...

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As Halloween and Thanksgiving approach, I always start to get in the mood for warmer colors and textures. While pumpkin orange is typically the color of this season, I love the idea of mixing a classically summery color, like peach, with warm wood tones instead...

01. Zara girls' shoes, 02. pendant lamp from Terrain, 03. glittered ornaments from Leif, 04. box from Leif, 05. Kate Spade iphone case, 06. Toms sunglasses, 07. DWR coat rack.

happy friday + making new traditions...

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The other day I took Ruby to the pumpkin patch over at Underwood Farms, which is about an hour outside of L.A. While most of the activities were a little advanced for her, she loved playing among the pumpkins and on the playground with the mini tractor. The funny thing is, it was the first time I've ever been to a pumpkin patch, too. Bob and I were talking about how we'd never been to one before because, culturally, it just wasn't something our parents did, or even knew about. So now that we're raising Ruby in an American culture and mixing in some new-to-us traditions that we never had growing up, it's fun to discover these things with her at the same time. Oh, and she loved seeing the animals on the farm since she's getting really good at animal noises...

P.S. Speaking of family traditions, here's a little guest post I wrote for A Cup of Jo earlier this week about a tradition we uphold for our parents...

{Ruby's romper by Bambinos & Bunny}

{blog, inc. book tour} last stop: austin!

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My fifth and last stop for my Blog, Inc. book tour is in Austin, Texas on Thursday, November 8th! I've never been to Austin, so I'm really excited end the tour with a long weekend in what I hear is an awesome city. For those of you in Austin, you can RSVP to the book party right here.

Now, friends, give me the dish: what should we eat, where should we go, what should we do? I'll be there with Bob and Ruby for a long weekend. We've already got our hotel, but have nothing else planned. Any restaurants or bakeries or food stops I have to try? Any fun places to take Ruby that are especially unique to Austin? I'm all ears!

Oh, and for those of you who came to the LA event, the Smilebooth photos are up right here!

ps. You can read a recent interview about the book over at The Glitter Glide and an awesome recap of the Q&A from the New York book party at Dry as Toast. For those of you not in a city where I'm headed, we have a really fun live Q&A coming next month, so stay tuned!

{how i'd wear} a patterned skirt...

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Lately, I've been transitioning from the flowy skirts of summer to a more streamlined silhouette for the fall. Something about the A-line shape sometimes feels a little too serious for me, so I love the using pattern to make a fun and not-too-formal statement. Here, I'm pairing this striped skirt with a colorful floral top and a spotty cross-body bag. Topped with a fall coat and some sparkly heels, I'm ready to head out to delicious dinner with friends!

1. ASOS coat, 2. Madewell floral tee, 3. Lauren Moffatt striped skirt, 4. ASOS bag, 5. heels from Anthropologie.

{illustration by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

{oh joy eats} c+m...

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I love finding hidden spots in this city. Tucked away in the beautiful Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Mid-Wilshire, there's a sweet little cafe called C+M (Coffee and Milk) that serves up beautiful and delicious treats.

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In between soaking up the lastest exhibits, we took a break to enjoy some tarts, pastries, and mini pies in the beautiful, light-filled space.

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My favorite of the bunch was this lemon curd and lavender pop tart. It was just the right mix of sweet and tart...and I'm kind of really into lemon desserts these days. Oh, and C+M has savory bites, too (like brie and pear sandwiches), but the desserts are the real star in my book!

C+M (Coffee and Milk) | 5905 Wilshire Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.857.6180

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy. My outfit: Denim top by Madewell, vintage floral dress (similar), shoes by Liebling from a past season (similar), bag by Madewell.}

hello, cuteness...

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At my San Francisco book party a few weeks ago, some of the most stylish guests included a couple of toddlers dressed in these amazing graphic rompers and dresses with gold headbands. Turns out, their moms recently launched a kid's line called Bambinos & Bunny. I love how bold and fun the pieces are...seriously making a statement everywhere they go...and Ruby loves them too!

simple virtues...

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One of my favorite illustrators, Erin Jang, recently created a print of Simple Virtues to benefit cancer research. So many important people in my life have been affected by cancer or have loved ones who have, so I'm a big advocate of doing whatever we can to help in the battle. You can read more about Erin's mission and donate right here.