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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

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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}

my latest obsession... 16 Aug 2013

Oh Joy | vintage accessories

Oh Joy | vintage accessories

Lately, I've been collecting vintage accessories to add to my everyday outfits. A little sparkly brooch, a pretty hair clip, or a great bracelet. There's something about vintage that feels so special, and I love collecting as I find things along the way...

{Photo by Oh Joy. Left to right, top to bottom: kids hair clips from Rosebud Cottage, jade & gold bracelet from Elva Fields Original Vintage, large barrette from Rosebud Cottage, circle brooch from a flea market, owl brooch from Nevermore Vintage.}

{hers & mine} with hedley & bennett... 8 Aug 2013

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

After our trip to the Hedley & Bennett studio, Ellen put together our custom aprons and came over to show us how to tie the ribbons around the front (to hold extra towels while you're cooking). Ellen and Ruby had a great time making some very fancy dishes in Ruby's little kitchen.

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Ellen chose a Japanese denim for my apron because I'm currently obsessed with chambray right now, and this is like the apron version of my current favorite shirt. Since I wear so much pattern on a daily basis, we added just a touch of pattern as a nod to Ruby's striped apron.

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Ruby's striped apron is also made from Japanese denim, and Ellen topped off both of them with a muted red strap as a nod to the color ruby. ;) And the coolest part—Ellen is selling a limited batch of the Joy and Ruby apron styles (or as a set) she made for us over at Brika.

P.S. The team over at Brika (who support makers just like Ellen) and Madewell (one of my favorite clothing brands) are offering a special opportunity for one lucky person (and a guest!) to win a trip to Austin to meet a Brika maker, collaborate on an exclusive art print, get a Madewell shopping spree, and stay at an awesome hotel. Click here to check it out!

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. Special thanks to Ellen Bennett. This post is in collaboration with Brika and Madewell. Ruby's outfit: top by Tea Collection (past season), leggings by My Moon. My outfit: Top by Madewell (past season).}

{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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making a statement... 31 Jul 2013

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Last week, I wore this Marimekko dress when we shot the "after" photos of my studio space (which I'll be sharing here soon). It was just one dress, but I felt so confident in it. It made me think about how great statement pieces are, and it also made me want to add a few more to my closet.

Or what about those girls that always wear a statement piece every day? Maybe it's an amazing pair of glasses, a gorgeous shade of lipstick, a signature accessory, or a hairstyle that no one else can beat. There's a mix of making a statement without being over the top that just really does it for me...

Do you have a statement piece you rock daily or even every so often?

{Photo sources: Glasses photo via Everything Fab, Julia Sar Jamois, woman in coat via Philo Sophia, girl with braids.}

{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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just some little things... 11 Jun 2013

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...I would wear/decorate with/use if they came in my size...

{01. Gold heart pillow from Uncommon Goods, 02. Hansel from Basel socks, 03. Ryan Campbell kids' oxfords from Brika, 04. Seed Heritage sweater, 05. Heritage Bicycles, 06. Offi table and chairs (for keeping treasures!).}

striped dresses + gold shoes... 21 May 2013

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Over the weekend, I was cleaning my closet and realized I have a lot of two things: striped dresses and gold shoes. How many of the same type of thing does one person need? Clearly, I have a problem.

Do you guys a lot of one type of thing in your closet? (Tell me I'm not the only one!)

{Photos by Oh Joy. Gold shoes (left to right): Kate Spade sequined heels and loafers (past seasons), Brother gold vellies, Loeffler Randall flats. Striped dresses (left to right): Anthropologie, Steven Alan, Madewell (past season), Steven Alan, Madewell (past season), Noe & Zoe.}

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