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happy friday + a little copy cat... 29 Mar 2013

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I always thought that "learning how to mimic" part of being a kid came later in life...like around three or four. Boy, was I wrong. Within the last couple of months, Ruby's been watching everything we do and imitating it. She'll find my necklaces and shoes and put them on, start "cooking" in her kitchen (she adds ingredients and stirs the pot while holding the oven mitt), pick up the empty cat food bowls to put them away, and pretend to do the laundry. It amazes me. Any day now, she'll be sitting on a fake computer pretending to blog...Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Ruby's mastering her animal noises in the video above. Clearly growling is her favorite...

P.P.S. For more Ruby, see my Instagram and Bob's Instagram.

{Ruby's wearing my Adidas sneakers, Gap striped dress, Thief & Bandit pink neon dress.}

clusters of things... 28 Mar 2013

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Maybe it's because I have a hard time choosing just one thing, but I find myself loving items arranged in clusters. From florals to prints to lighting—I just think they look so good in multiples. Here are a few of my favorites found around the web right now.

What types of things do you guys like arranging in groups?

{Sources, top to bottom: art wall via The Design Files, test tube chandelier by Gang DesignMera Brasserie in Poland, Yasmine Floral Design}

currently snacking on... 27 Mar 2013

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I've been poppin' these sea salt infused caramel chews from Copper Pot Caramels this week like no one's business. They're soft, salty, buttery, and don't stick to your teeth! They satisfy that chewy candy craving when I want something a little more buttery than gummy bears (which I also love).

What's been your favorite candy lately?

{Photo by Oh Joy}

saturday is the best day {giveaway}... 26 Mar 2013

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I'm a huge fan of Kate Spade, so of course I'm in love with their newest brand, Kate Spade Saturday which just launched this past weekend. Kate Spade Saturday is Kate Spade's more casual, yet still vibrant and quirky, little sister that channels the carefree spirit of the weekend and brings it to clothes, accessories, and home goods for every day of the week. I'm in love with so many of the simple silhouettes that can be worn in so many ways (and how fun are these F.Y.I. videos?!?).

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So I've partnered with Kate Spade Saturday to give away this sunny yellow Half Circle bag (which retails for $160) to one lucky reader. It's been the perfect little bag to carry my everyday must-haves, plus it converts to a clutch and you can use the strap as a belt (see it in F.Y.I.)!

To enter, simply visit Kate Spade Saturday's website and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite pieces from the site. My other favorites are this fun dress and this clever travel bag. Entries must be posted by this Thursday, March 28th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Karen W. from Los Angeles, CA for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $160 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: Madewell top, Kate Spade jacket (past season; see similar here), J.Crew jeans, Loeffler Randall flats (past season), Anthropologie heels (past season).}

how to poach an egg in olive oil... 25 Mar 2013

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | Chicken Mole Pizza

While shooting with Matt from Heirloom LA for this post, he said, "Hey, do you know how to poach an egg in olive oil? It's so good. It's like a fried egg with a poached yolk in the middle." My response? "Um, no, I don't know how, but yes, please teach me! He did, so now I am sharing this simple and amazing little tip with you...

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happy friday + pure joy... 22 Mar 2013

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This is what happens when you let a toddler go into a bouncy house (supervised by me, of course) at a kid's birthday party. All the big kids let her have "baby time" and waited outside so she could play in there for a few minutes alone without getting trampled on. She fell about 478 times while attempting to jump, but she absolutely loved it and even cried big raindrop tears when it was time for the bigger kids to go back in without her. 

Have a great weekend guys! I hope you get a few moments of joy in whatever your version of a bouncy house may be...

{Ruby at 17 months. Photos by Bob Cho. Ruby's top by Mini Boden.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 07: A Bright Morning... 21 Mar 2013


Oh Joy | Rainbow Pancakes

Oh Joy | Rainbow Pancakes

For this month's Make Someone Happy video, I wanted to make one of my favorites meals—breakfast—just a little bit brighter. So whether your special someone loves pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, or porridge for breakfast, I hope this inspires you to create a twist on their favorite morning meal.

I used this recipe to make the pancake batter (you can even use a store bought pre-made mix), and added just a drop or two of food coloring to small portions of batter to make a rainbow stack of sweetness. I topped the pancakes with berries tossed in maple syrup and a little powdered sugar...and voila!

P.S. You may notice that I have a new YouTube channel. Please hit the "subscribe" button to see my newest videos!

{Brought to you by Oh Joy. Video by Jenner Brown. Music by Trimountaine licensed from With Etiquette. Still photos by Oh Joy. Props used in the video: gold flatware from Design Within Reach, small colorful bowls from past season at Anthropologie (similar) and Mud Australia, neon pink polka dotted napkin by September Designs. My outfit: top by J.Crew, necklace c/o A-Thread.}

feeling the little things... 20 Mar 2013

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Just a few little things for my little lady that I'm loving right now...

{01. Crew Cuts bow tie, 02. Mina sneakers, 03. toy camera by Twig Creative, 04. Target leggings, 05. Wunway tights, 06. cutting fruit toy from Darling Clementine.}

because chocolate makes everything better... 19 Mar 2013

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

I've always wished I was one of those people who could just whip up some fancy hors d'oeuvres on the fly when friends stop by. If I'm lucky, I might have some cheese and crackers to put out, but otherwise, I've got my guests covered with water and some kind of sweet treat hiding in my cupboard.

However, in my quest to have an easy (but fancy-looking) stash of things to have on hand when friends come over for a playdate or even for pre-dinner bites, I asked my friends at Heirloom LA to help me come up with hors d'oeuvres that are not only easy and delicious, but that include something unexpected. We decided to create fruit and veggie boards—both accented with a touch of dark chocolate.

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

I love the contrast of rich chocolate with light, fresh fruit, so we made a really simple and delicious chocolate fondue to pair with a fruit board.

Dark Chocolate Fondue Recipe

You'll need:
-1 (16 oz) can coconut cream 
-1 (12 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 
-3 bars (24 oz) Ghirardelli dark chocolate, chopped 

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Here's how: 
1. Place half the chocolate in a small fondue pot.

2. In a separate pot, bring coconut cream and condensed milk to a simmer, then pour mixture over chopped chocolate in fondue pot.

3. With a spoon or whisk, slowly stir in remaining dark chocolate until smooth.

4. Serve warm, with sliced pineapples, melon, strawberries, orange slices, grapefruit wedges, grapes, or apples. Also, to make a simple but beautiful presentation, think about other parts of the fruit you can use to decorate the board (Matt from Heirloom simply used the head of the pineapple, which adds extra interest). We also added some granola and simple puff pastry (sprinkled with cinnamon sugar) to complement the fruit.

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Veggie Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Now, for a veggie version, here's an updated version of crudite that's so, so delicious, thanks to a chipotle cream cheese spread that's topped with dark chocolate. 

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currently snacking on... 18 Mar 2013

kouign-amann pastry

kouign-amann pastry

Have you ever tasted something that you felt might have been created just for you? I recently came across a kouign-amann in the pastry section of one of my favorite speciality food shops in L.A., McCall's Meat & Fish Co. Kouign-amann is a speciality of the town of Douarnenez in Finistère (in the west of France), made of bread dough with layers of butter and sugar folded in. It tastes like a cross between a croissant and elephant ears thanks to its buttery, flaky pastry layers and crispy, sweet caramelized edges. It's so light and airy, too, that it fools you into thinking it's okay to have two in a row. Plus, anything caramelized pretty much makes me weak in the knees...

P.S. If you want to try making it yourself, David Lebovitz's got you covered.

{Thanks, Jimin, for the tip! Photo by Oh Joy.}

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