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{gluten-free} cocoa pancakes with raspberry sauce... 7 May 2014

Gluten Free Cocoa Pancake Recipe

I'm not gluten-free, but I have so many friends and acquaintences who are that I love coming across really tasty books, magazines, and books that share recipes that anyone can enjoy. Launching soon, our friends at Wild Apple Magazine, were kind enough to share this recipe for gluten-free cocoa pancakes with us today just in time for Mother's Day this weekend...

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{field trip} twig & twine... 6 May 2014

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

I love shops where you can just walk in and feel instantly inspired, refreshed, and walk away with the perfect gift for so many occasions. One of my favorites in Los Angeles is Twig & Twine.

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

Twig and Twine / Los Angeles

I love the mix of both flowers and gifts. The store has so many beautiful corners and vignettes that seem to tell a story all their own.

Twig & Twine | 716 N. Virgil Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90029 | 323.660.4100

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

party of 4! 5 May 2014

Oh Joy / Party of 4!

Oh Joy / Baby #2

Dear friends, we're excited to share the news with you that we're pregnant with our 2nd baby! We have been wanting to grow our family and give Ruby a sibling, so we're thrilled to be blessed with a new baby on the way. I am 14 weeks along and due November 3rd.

Ruby is super excited to be a big sister. Here's a video we recorded last month when we first told her the news. She definitely had a lot to say...

P.S. Thank you SO much for your sweet notes, comments, and emails! I am reading every single one, and we are beyond grateful for your kindness and support.

{Family photo by Casey Brodley. Party hats are from the Oh Joy for Target fall collection coming in August!}

happy friday + happy kittens... 2 May 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Oh Joy / Ruby and Kittens

Before you guys get too excited, these are not our kittens. A couple weeks after our cat Lucy passed, we visited these kittens that our friend rescued, and it made Ruby super happy to know that these little guys are getting new homes soon. Thanks to your suggestions about helping a toddler understand the passing of a pet, we got her a book about a pet cat that passed away and a little stuffed animal that looks just like Lucy that she now loves to sleep with. It's helped so much, so thank you guys.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ruby's outfit from Zara.}

 

a floral stunner... 1 May 2014

Caitlin Tanner Wedding

I rarely post about weddings, but this one is a serious stunner. Brittany Jepsen's sister, Caitlin, recently got married and the color, the flowers, the dress is just insanely beautiful.

You can see more at The House that Lars Built and Martha Stewart.

{Photos by Jessica Peterson}

{oh joy eats} eggslut in los angeles...30 Apr 2014

Eggslut Los Angeles

One of my favorite things in life is an egg sandwich for breakfast. There is something so soothing, so filling, and so wholesome about having eggs in the morning. It feels like a somewhat healthy meal (even if surrounded by butter and crispy bacon). I've visiting the Eggslut truck before, but so happy they now have an actual location open every day of the week at Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles.

Eggslut Los Angeles

Eggslut Los Angeles

And then this coddled egg over potato purée poached in a glass jar—it's like savory breakfast by the spoonful. If you're an egg lover or egg sandwich fan, you must go. They have one of the best egg sandwiches I've had (and I've had a lot of them).

Eggslut | Grand Central Market | 317 S. Broadway | Los Angeles, CA 90013

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a {giveaway} for your next adventure...NOW CLOSED29 Apr 2014

Baggu-giveaway

Baggu has some of the best easy travel pieces around. In preparation for my trip to London next week, I'm starting to think about the things I need to organize and pack. So in celebration of my next adventure (and to help you with yours) I've partnered with Baggu to give away this set of five bags (which retail for $152) to one lucky reader.

To enter, simply visit Baggu's website, and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from the site (My other favorites are this zip bag and this leather clutch). Entries must be posted by this Friday, May 2nd, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Casey D. from Washington, D.C. 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. $152 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

floral friends...28 Apr 2014

Oh Joy / Floral Friends

If you've been reading this blog from back in the day, you may know that I have a growing collection of quirky vases. They are my favorite things to find and collect. I love ones that have their own personality especially an extra sweet floral hair-do. It's been a while since I share some of the latest pieces in my collection, so just in time for spring, we pulled together some of our favorite florals in my favorite vessels...

Oh Joy / Floral Friends

This is Winkie. My friend Emily gave me this vintage vase for my birthday last year, and he's become one of my very favorites. Winkie is wearing his favorite shade of orange dressed in ranunculous and kumquats. For this little arrangement, the focus was one off-centered flower with the others surrounding it to make his 'do feel complete.

Oh Joy / Floral Friends

This is Diva. She's elegant and bold, and she knows it. All other geese hope to be as graceful as she is. Diva doesn't need much and completes her look with a simple and beautiful peony in full bloom accented with a little bit of wheat and sprigs of rosemary.

Oh Joy / Floral Friends

Goldie is the newest member of the collection. She's vintage and made of brass. Although she is beautiful on her own, we gave her a tropical coat for the spring with ranunculus, lisianthus, and some mint leaves—which means, she looks (and smells) amazing!

Oh Joy / Floral Friends

Daisy is the sweetest baby goose you'll ever meet. She's part of a set of measuring cups, but we love her as a little vessel for baby flowers, too. She's holding a collection of chamomile, ranunculus, and green trick dianthus. She loves soaking in the sun on the kitchen window ledge.

Oh Joy / Floral Friends

Alfred is the wild one of the pack. He can't hear you because he's too busy finding things to adorn his ears. Today, he's wearing a combination of blue irises, kumquats, chamomile, ranunculus, and green trick dianthus. He never wears the same thing on both ears, and he likes it that way.

We had such a fun time updating these little guys with their latest spring 'do, and will share more with you as I add to the collection!

{Art direction by Oh Joy, photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. All available vessels linked to above, the rest are vintage.}

happy friday + london!25 Apr 2014

Notting Hill, London

I can't believe it's almost May, and I just realized I'm going to London in a little over a week! I'll be the keynote speaker at Blogtacular and heading to London for the first time ever. I'm super excited for the adventure and would love any tips of where to eat and shop and explore? I'm definitely in need of some new adventures and inspiration, and you guys always have the best suggestions.

Have a great weekend guys!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

flowers + cookies...24 Apr 2014

Cookie Gram by MK/BITA

Cookie Gram by MK/BITA

How beautiful is this cookie gram for Mother's Day by Matchbox Kitchen + Blooms in the Air? It includes a dozen shortbread cookies paired with a handmade paper flower. So, so beautiful!

P.S. The girls at MK/BITA are offering Oh Joy readers a special 20% discount on their cookie grams through May 5th. Simply enter OHJOY20 at checkout. 

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