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wallpaper for renters... 30 Apr 2013

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When I launched my wallpaper collection with Hygge & West a couple years ago, many of you have said that you rent and therefore couldn't commit to wallpaper. Or maybe wallpaper just seems like such a big commitment even if you do own your home. Well, Hygge & West now has removable wallpaper tiles of a few of my patterns as well as a slew of patterns from some of my favorite fellow designers and illustrators! You can see them all right here...

P.S. I know you haven't seen any new designs from me in a while, but hold tight. I'm working on some really exciting new products and patterns launching in 2014. ;)

a sparkly handmade {giveaway}... 30 Apr 2013

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The talented and full-of-facts Amy Azzarito (also known as the managing editor of Design*Sponge) has a new book out called Past and Present which includes her 24 favorite moments in decorative arts history and 24 modern DIY projects inspired by them.

To celebrate her new book, we've partnered with Amy and one of her featured artists, ConfettiSystem, to give away this amazing Art Deco mobile that ConfettiSystem designed and made for the book. It's pretty awesome to have on hand for a party—or really, to have for any day of the week! It can also be used a piñata if you fill each shape with candy! One lucky winner will win this one-of-a-kind piece and also receive a copy of Amy's book (which includes even more beautiful how-to projects like the ones below)!

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To enter, simply leave a comment us how or where you'd use this gorgeous mobile. Entries must be posted by this Thursday, May 2nd, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Linda L. from Arlington, VA for being the 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. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

feeling everyday... 29 Apr 2013

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I don't know about you, but there are some weeks where I find myself wearing the same things over and over again—those easy, comfortable pieces that go with everything. Plus, it's nice to have some basic, neutral clothes and accessories to pair with all the color I usually wear. Here are a few of my favorite everyday pieces right now...

{01. Maya Brenner bracelet (special 20% off reader discount, enter JOY20 at checkout), 02. Steven Alan bralette, 03. Madewell sweatshirt dress, 04. Madewell chambray shirt, 05. Apolis garden bag (special 20% off discount sitewide for Oh Joy readers. Enter code OHJOY20 at checkout through May 12th, 2013. And, get free shipping on orders over $150 with code JOYBAG), 06. Madewell sunglasses case, 07. Kate Spade for Keds shoes.}

this moment... 26 Apr 2013

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We take so many photos around here, that every so often there is one that just makes you smile over and over again. This one is it for me. I have no description for it and no story behind it. It just is what it is, and it just makes me happy to be right where I am right now.

Have a great weekend guys!

{Photo by Bob Cho}

hey, seattle... 25 Apr 2013

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Last year, I was honored and thrilled to be a part of the launch of the Petites collection at Anthropologie. So, we're celebrating petite style with another party...this time in Seattle! I'm super excited to visit as I've never been before.

So Seattle, I'll be coming your way in a couple weeks to co-host the launch of the Petites Shop at the Seattle (Fifth Avenue) Anthropologie store on Thursday, May 9th from 6-8pm. I'd love to meet you guys, so come by, try on some clothes, and say hello! I look forward to meeting you guys! Click here to RSVP...

{Photo by Bonnie Tsang}

what's your favorite thing to eat? 25 Apr 2013

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Someone recently asked me what's my favorite thing to eat. I find that to be a really hard question to answer. Do I pick savory? (A great eggs benedict). Do I pick sweet? (I'd say ice cream or a chocolate croissant). Do I pick type of cuisine? (Thai, hands down).

What would you say? What's your one favorite food?

(It's hard to pick just one, right?)

{Photo Sources: donuts by Joseph De Leo, avocado toast via Melting Pot, summer rolls via Lily, smoked salmon via Kwestia Smaku...and more right here.} 

Make Someone Happy - No. 08: Leave a Little Thanks 24 Apr 2013


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When I was little, my mom always told me to tell my school bus driver "thank you" when I exited the bus. I didn't realize why it was so important at the time, but over the years, I've realized how many people make our lives better as part of their jobs and rarely receive a thank you. And for me, it's fun and easy to stick thank-you notes wherever I go! So I encourage you to take a moment to not only thank the people you see face-to-face in your everyday life, but also those you rarely get to see or thank personally. It's so easy and can mean so much.

P.S. You can follow along with all the Oh Joy videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel right here!

{Credits: Video: Modshift. Music: "Empty Handed" by Teemster, licensed from With Etiquette. Production assistants: Julia Sir and Michelle Tu. Special thanks: Michelle Tu. My outfit: dress by Steven Alan from Broome St. General Store, shoes by Shoemint.}

{oh joy eats} goldie's... 23 Apr 2013

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Goldie's | Los Angeles

There's no shortage of spots to have lunch in Los Angeles. But my favorites are places that are casual yet have a bit of character—places you'd want to meet up with friends for lunch to catch up. I recently visited Goldie's in Mid-City West, a newish spot by the owners of Eveleigh, for a mid-day lunch break. 

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Goldie's | Los Angeles

Goldie's | Los Angeles

Goldie's | Los Angeles

My favorite dishes were the avocado on toast, watermelon and burrata salad, and the pork belly and caramelized onion flatbread. Oh, that flatbread was the perfect combination of crispy, chewy, sweet, and salty!

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Goldie's | Los Angeles

I love the contrast of the handsome aesthetic inside with the greenery outside, which creates an indoor/outdoor space that makes wonderful use of the climate here and feels homey yet still very Southern California. And the polka dotted shirts the staff wear are pretty awesome. Where can I get one in my size, please?

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We (especially Jen) loved being surrounded by the wall of flowers as we sat outside. The scent was just incredible on this beautiful, sun-filled day.

Goldie's | 8422 W. 3rd St. | Los Angeles, CA 90048 | 323.677.2470

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang}

feeling a little mod... 22 Apr 2013

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Big graphic circles, pops of primary colors, geometric shapes, and a flash of gold...here are a few things that bring back just a little bit of Mod that I'm loving right now...

{01. Ban.do hair tie, 02. sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, 03. artist studio via Lonny,  04. Virginia Johnson tank, 05. Tote from ModCloth, 06. Kate Spade Saturday necklace, 07. The Snak clutch by Marie Turnor.} 

happy friday + what we did in palm springs... 19 Apr 2013

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Our little getaway to Palm Springs was much different than past trips we've taken before. Ruby wasn't her usual perky self, and we spent a lot of time consoling a cranky, teething toddler. So this visit was much more low key, and we really spent the majority of time hanging by the pool and at the house where we were staying. But we did manage to have a few little adventures...

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