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{field trip} olive & june... 16 Sep 2013

Oh Joy | Olive and June Nail Salon

Oh Joy | Olive and June Nail Salon

Oh Joy | Olive and June Nail Salon

My last few field trips have been to textile shops or companies where their customers shop for beautiful textiles or home goods. Today's trip is all about merging beauty and pampering into one. I visited the recently-opened Olive & June nail salon in Beverly Hills and was blown away with the beauty of the space. I mean, have you ever seen a nail salon that looks like this?!?

Oh Joy | Olive and June Nail Salon

Oh Joy | Olive and June Nail Salon

Oh Joy | Olive and June Nail Salon

Founded by Sarah Gibson Tuttle, a former Wall St. exec who left her fast-paced job to open a business she felt passionate about, Olive & June has just the right mix of warmth and design. I love the bright, airy, and modern space mixed with the natural and organic materials used in the decor. The tiny kids chairs that the nail technicians sit on are crazy cute and so chic. It was seriously so relaxing and a great place to take an hour out of my day to just relax...

Olive & June | 430 N. Canon Drive | Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310.247.0500

P.S. More retail space inspiration...

{Photos by Oh Joy} 

adventures close to home... 5 Sep 2013

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We've had a very low key summer trying to do as many free activities as possible to save up for our big trip to France next weekend! So for this past long weekend, we wanted to keep cool with activities near the water and went to two of our new favorite spots within 10 minutes of our home. The newly re-opened Echo Park Lake is beautiful! They recently added a boat house where you can rent paddle boats to ride around the lake.

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They also have a great playground for kids, vendors with ice cream and popsicle carts, and fruit stands a plenty. With a little cafe nearby and beautiful scenery, it's probably my newest favorite spot to go. 

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We also love Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles where we had Ruby's 1st birthday party last year. There's an area with a wading pool that kids just cannot get enough of. With our crazy heat wave over here, Ruby absolutely loves it. And we love having a happy and cool baby.

Do you guys have little gems like this where you live? Finding free and fun things to do is kind of like hitting the jackpot to me...

{All photos by Oh Joy}

my favorite {los angeles} layered bites lately... 28 Aug 2013

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Food is really one of the ultimate pleasures for in life for me. I'd much rather splurge on a really nice dinner out than on a fancy pair of shoes. Here are just a few of my favorite Los Angeles bites lately...all with layers of unexpected flavors, textures, and just plain goodness with each bite.

Fried chicken is sometimes just fried chicken, but this one (above) from The Hart and the Hunter is one of the best fancy versions I've had. It was crunchy, juicy, spicy, and perfectly offset with tangy slaw and sliced pickles.

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Once or twice a year, I love celebrating a birthday or anniversary at a really, really nice restaurant. Providence is one of the best restaurants in L.A. And while it's not cheap by any means, every single bite is pretty magnificent—including this scallop sashimi on brioche toast covered in grated black truffles.

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It took me months to finally get a reservation at one of L.A.'s newest hot spots, Bestia. But it was well worth the wait. The modern and rustic Italian-inspired dinner was one of my favorite meals this year. Even the classic heirloom tomato salad was off the charts.

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Finally, I love when a dish gets an unexpected addition—like the hash brown accompanying this hamachi crudo from Baco Mercat. It's Japanese meets Southern comfort breakfast in one dish.

Do you guys enjoy a great meal out as much as I do? Or would you rather splurge on something else?

P.S. Breakfast bites and beautiful bites.

{Photos by Oh Joy}

{field trip} en soie in silver lake... 26 Aug 2013

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

One of my favorite shops here in Silver Lake is En Soie—a family owned and operated line of clothing, textiles, and home goods that originated in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1894. Every pattern is hand-drawn and hand-printed to create bold and beautiful pieces.

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

This is one of those shops that make you want to save up for a special treat for yourself or a really beautiful gift for someone. The two dresses I have from En Soie (this one and this one) are seriously my favorites, and they both fit so well. And I asked the owner, Eleonore, to show me how she wears her scarves because I knew the result would look both effortless and beautiful. The colors and patterns are just so ridiculously good.

En Soie | 3333 Sunset Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 323.662.0985

{Photos by Oh Joy}

{field trip} hedley & bennett studio... 7 Aug 2013

Field Trip with Hedley & Bennett | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Field Trip with Hedley & Bennett | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Recently, I've gotten to know Ellen Bennett, a talented chef who recently started her own apron-making business called Hedley & Bennett. And despite being in business for just a year, Ellen's aprons are now worn by some of the top chefs in L.A. and across the country. I spotted her work at Poketo a couple months ago and loved that her aprons combine function with a style that both men and women can wear. So Ruby and I went on a little field trip to the Hedley & Bennett studio to check out Ellen's process and to have a couple aprons made just for us!

Field Trip with Hedley & Bennett | photos by Bonnie Tsang

We talked about our favorite fabrics, what kind of pockets we like, and Ruby pretty much went to ribbon heaven with all the supplies in Ellen's studio. And, we started dreaming up what our aprons would look like...

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{oh joy eats} pingtung... 24 Jul 2013

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Dim sum is one of my favorite weekend treats. I love tasting a little bit of everything, so it's one of the best meals to enjoy with a bunch of friends. In Los Angeles, the best dim sum is usually located outside the city, in Arcadia or Monterey Park—so it can be hard to find dim sum that's close by and available on weekdays.

But Pingtung on Melrose in L.A. satisfies my need for a little dum sum right in the city. Pingtung doesn't have carts like the traditional dim sum places do, but it does have a lot of my favorites, plus a few non-traditional options, as well.

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

I loved the spicy shrimp dumplings, steamed barbeque pork buns, and the green bean salad (because you need some veggies to balance out all those carbs!). Plus, it's modern, super low key, and less hectic than the traditional dim sum spots I usually visit!

Pingtung | 7455 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90046 | 323.866.1866

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: top by Ace & Jig, jeans by Goldsign, shoes by ShoeMint.}

{oh joy eats} milk jar cookies... 8 Jul 2013

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

I'm always on the lookout for special treats to give as gifts for when I don't have time (or the ability) to make them as good myself! So I stopped into Milk Jar Cookies in L.A. recently for a dose of homemade cookie goodness.

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Milk Jar Cookies | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Some of my favorite cookies included the Banana Split, Rocky Road, and Chocolate Pecan Caramel. They're the soft and chewy kind of cookie that make you feel like you just came home from school, and your mom surprised you with a special treat!

One of my favorite things about the shop is the story behind it. The owners left their long-time corporate jobs to pursue their dream of opening a cookie shop. Maybe it's because I love entrepreneurial stories or just that it makes me happy when people have a chance to do what they really love. Either way, there is so much joy baked into each and every pillow-soft cookie you'll find here...

Milk Jar Cookies | 5466 Wilshire Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.634.9800
(shipping outside of LA available, too!)

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: Dress by En Soie, netted bag c/o And So It Goes, vintage belt, necklace by Anthropologie (past season), shoes from ShoeMint (past season).}

{field trip} marimekko store in beverly hills... 3 Jul 2013

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Sometimes I get so tied to my desk—I get in the work zone and forget to leave my office all day. So, a few weeks ago, I decided that on Friday mornings, I'd start to make a habit of going to visit a shop, showroom, or other inspiring location that I've had on my "must-visit" list. It's a way of forcing me to get away from the computer screen and get inspired by real things in real life. And after two of my friends, Bri and Amy, mentioned loving the new Marimekko store in Beverly Hills, it was time to pay a visit....

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{oh joy eats} marugame monzo in little tokyo... 3 Jun 2013

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Noodles are kind of one of my favorite things to eat. So when there are places that make the noodles fresh to order, I'm there like a kid at a candy store. Marugame Monzo in L.A.'s Little Tokyo makes piping fresh udon noodles, which has long been one of my favorite comfort foods...especially when I'm feeling under the weather.

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The food at Marugame Monzo is simple yet so tasty. And it's a nice comfortable change of scene from the fast pace of a certain long-lined ramen shop next door. While the udon noodles were super fresh and just the right combination of chewy and firm, my favorite dish was actually the pork belly. It was sliced super thin and grilled with a hand torch for the perfect crispy edge. My mouth waters just thinking about it...

Marugame Monzo | 329 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 |213.346.9762

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My pants are by En Soie, necklace c/o 31 Bits, yellow flats by Target.}

my favorite {los angeles} beautiful bites lately... 28 May 2013

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Whenever we can, Bob and I try and have a date night at least every other weekend. It's a chance for us to get out, have some time just the two of us, and try out new restaurants in L.A. or revisit some of our regular favorites. And going to restaurants always gives me so much inspiration in terms of different ways food can be presented. It makes me think about food and composition in new ways—something I certainly don't think to do this when I'm cooking at home. So here are a few of prettiest bites around town these days...

This one-bite dish of toro tartare with seaweed salad, flying fish egg, pickled wasabi and micro-greens with quail egg on top from Sushi Yuzu in Toluca Lake is just amazing. Not only does it capture so many textures and tastes in one spoonful, but it just shows you how pretty a single bite can be.

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Red Medicine in Beverly Hills has consistently been one of my favorite spots over the last couple years. They changed their menu recently, but the food presentation is still off the charts. I mean, just look at this green strawberry tart (it tastes like a fancy Key lime pie) that resembles a beautiful botanical specimen.

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I love the simplicity of sushi, and the spicy tuna on crispy rice from Katsuya is one of my favorites. Even though it's a L.A. chain, it's always consistently delicious and beautiful.

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For my recent birthday, Bob took me to Alma in Downtown L.A. for dinner. We ordered the tasting menu and here are a couple of the simple, beautiful dishes: a berry crumble, which was presented on just the upper third of the plate, and this light and lovely shrimp dish.

Where restaurants have you guys eaten at lately that blow you away with their presentation?

{Photos by Oh Joy}

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