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mini me... 19 Mar 2014


{MiniWhistle & Flute ice cream tank,  Thief and Bandit leggings, Zara sandals. Me: Urban Outfitters earrings, Boden floral top, Gap shorts, Loeffler Randall sandals.}

yep... 10 Mar 2014

I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry

...this shirt pretty much sums up every argument I start with Bob!

shop my closet for a good cause... 9 Jan 2014


As we end another holiday season—a time where we give thanks and give gifts to loved ones—I'm often reminded of the people that I don't know and those who I will never meet who are in need of our givings. I feel very lucky to do what I do and have a job I love. So every year, I donate a portion of the profits from this blog to a charity. Since becoming a mother, children's charities have become really important to me, so in 2012, we donated to Operation Smile, and in 2013 we gave to the NY Foundling. I won't preach too much about what these organizations do but let you click over to their sites if you want to know more.  

Every spring, I have a yard sale of things I no longer want or need. I've had a lot of people ask for an online version for those who aren't in LA, so I've listed a bunch of clothing on Ebay for anyone in the US to be able to shop from. Most items are in great condition, all prices include USPS Priority shipping, no returns, and all prices are marked down based on the original cost of the item. Some were only worn once for a photo shoot and are in excellent condition. There is no bidding—just one price, take it or leave it. 100% of the profits will benefit the NY Foundling which I had a chance to visit a couple months ago while I was in New York and got to see first-hand how children in crisis situations are helped and cared for. Click here to see all items available, and thanks in advance for looking! 

P.S. This sale is mostly clothing and shoes in specific sizes. So if you don't happen to be the same size, I'll be having another sale of home decor items and personal accessories next month!

might as well face it, we're addicted to sales... 2 Dec 2013


I hope you guys had a nice long weekend! I really needed that 4-day weekend. I did my best not to spend all my free time by a computer and actually enjoy the extra time off. I hope you did too!

In efforts to save up for a house in the next couple years, I try and only buy things on sale these days. So the crazy sales of Black Friday are so, so tempting. After an very un-fun day of standing in super long lines for a Black Friday deal years ago, I tend to boycott going anywhere for Black Friday and take advantage of deals from the comfort of my own home instead. With Cyber Monday sweeping our in-boxes today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite items on sale right now till today only...from those once every few year splurges to some fun everyday items...

[01. Artifact Uprising photo postcard book (10% off with code MERRY), 02. Rifle iPhone case (30% off with code CYBERMONDAY), 03. Madewell clutch (25% off with code FEAST25), 04. Land of Nod teepee (15% off plus free shipping with code SAVE15), 05. Emerson Fry raglan dress (20% off with code SHOPFROMBED), 06. Forever 21 floral studs (free shipping on $30 or more), 07. Loeffler Randall Matilde boots (25% off all Matilde boots with code MATILDEJOY), 08. Ferm Living laundry bag from Urban Outfitters ($15 off $75 or more).] 

currently loving... 2 Oct 2013


After being in Paris with it's crisp and cool weather, I'm craving an extra layer of warmth. Since it's not super chilly over here yet, I'm loving the look of a loose and light cardigan to wear over my everyday pieces. It's almost like a robe but way more chic...

P.S. more fall wardrobe inspiration...

{01. Zara chunky knit sweater, 02. Zara wrap sweater, 03. Zara jacquard sweater, 04. Zara wrap around cardigan, 05. Anthropologie cocoon cardigan, 06. Brouchu Walker city cardigan.}

three ways to wear black & white pattern... 19 Sep 2013


I love wearing pattern, and I am often asked how to wear bold prints when you're scared of pattern or overwhelmed with how to mix them. So, I decided to show you three different ways to incorporate pattern in your everyday wardrobe with a focus on one of fall's trends—black & white. It's all here in my first style video ever! I hope you guys enjoy it!

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See all sources for the outfits below. For any items over $50, I included budget-friendly versions as well!

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how to make vintage clothing work for you... 17 Sep 2013

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

I have always loved the idea of vintage clothes because it's a great way to incorporate unique pieces into your wardrobe that you can't find just anywhere. But it took me many years of buying vintage (and not wearing the vintage pieces I bought) to realize that I just don't have the body type for vintage clothes. I have some friends (like Bri and Jen) who can wear it so well right off the rack. But vintage always tends to be too large or too small on me in certain areas. So, I finally figured out that if I really love a piece, I can make most of them work with easy alterations. A simple hem, cut of the sleeve, or taking in here and there, and it's instantly so much better...

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 1: I loved the pattern on this skirt the instant I saw it, but it felt a little too formal with its length. By hemming the skirt just a few inches above the knee, it became more playful. Paired with a casual tee and jacket, the skirt is now the star of the outfit.

{Vintage skirt from Salvage Life, tee from Madewell (past season), denim jacket by Citizens of Humanity, vintage belt, shoes by Anthropologie}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 2: I'm telling you, these vintage patterns get me every time. This skirt was clearly way too big when I bought it, but the pleats and the pattern won me over. By simply shortening it (just above the knee is my favorite length) and bringing it in an inch on the sides, the skirt now fits like a glove.

{Vintage skirt from Salvage Life, chambray tee by Crewcuts (past season), vintage belt, shoes by Anthropologie.}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 3: The color of this skirt just blew my mind! It was way too long and had frumpy written all over it, but I knew I could make it work. I kept the length a little longer here to fall just below the knee, and now it's a flirty skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down.

{Vintage skirt from Arsenic Kitty, top by Boden, jacket from Anthropologie, vintage shoes.}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 4: This top screamed out my name with its fruity print and blast of color. But the fit was much less desirable. It felt too poufy as a long-sleeved top, so I decided to have the sleeves cut into a simple short-sleeve blouse and the sides brought in a bit. Now, it's a top with a summery punch of color that I'll love for years to come.

{Vintage blouse from Wear It Well Vintage, shorts by Whit (past season), sandals by Kate Spade (past season).}

All of a sudden, these frumpy pieces with patterns and colors that I love turned into well-tailored pieces I can actually wear. So I encourage you to think twice when you see a piece that isn't quite right. I spent about $15-20 on each of these alterations at my local dry cleaner. If the changes are pretty simple with a shortening of the hem, sleeves, or sides (and not major repairs), it's so worth having a great piece that's totally unique and totally you!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

the lazy girl's guide to makeup... 9 Sep 2013

Oh Joy | Lazy Girl's Guide to Makeup

I have always dreaded the process of having to get ready for the day—curling hair, straightening hair, putting on makeup—I honestly spent most of my teen and adult life makeup-less and didn't even wear mascara on my wedding day. I've only started putting a bit more effort into my daily routine in the last couple years because I realize what a difference it makes in the way you feel and how you go about your day.

I still keep my look pretty minimal simply because I'm kind of a lazy girl when it comes to makeup. I recently had a chance to have a consultation with a beauty stylist at Nordstrom beauty spot and asked for recommendations on how I can still do minimal amount of work to get ready in the morning, but still look put together. And let's be honest—as a mom, I take care of myself last so it's gotta be quick or I'm not going to do it. So today, I wanted to share these tips with you in case you're like me and need a little prodding to get into the whole beauty thing. These steps are quick, easy, and make such a big difference (did you see my before and after above?)

Oh Joy | Lazy Girl's Guide to Makeup

Here's my new morning beauty routine that takes just 10 minutes! This might be a no-brainer for those of you who are expert makeup users, but there a few items here I had never used and now love...

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what to wear to a black tie wedding... 3 Sep 2013


Next month, Bob and I are celebrating the marriage of our good friends at their intimate black tie wedding in Los Angeles. It's a pretty rare occasion when I get to dress up that fancy, so I've been trying to figure out what to wear. I know I don't want to do the classic black dress, but I'm torn between "pretty and romantic" or "glamorous and offbeat". Getting a new dress is always the priciest part of going to a wedding, so I think the accessories should be pieces you can wear again and again for other occasions as well. What do you guys think? Which one look should I go with?

Pretty and romanticAnthropologie pouch, Kate Spade bangle, Joanna August wrap dress, Nine West gold heels.

Glam and offbeatParis House coin purse, Kate Spade prince charming studs, Aidan Mattox dress, Ted Baker heels. 

{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}


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