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what i did in london (part 2)... 4 Jun 2014

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

For part 2 of my trip to London, I'm sharing some of the things I did in Shoreditch. Known as the hipster area of London, to me it feels a little urban and a little gritty (in a cool way), and filled with great indie shops and cafes.

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Our first stop for a cozy breakfast on a rainy morning in Shoreditch was Leila's Shop. It was a simple spot with hearty and filling items that felt like they were made from a wonderful local farm.

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

Oh Joy / Shoreditch, London

London has a lot of boutique/cafe-in-one type of stores. I loved this clothing shop, Aida, which happened to have a cafe with barista and coffee bar right in the front!

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what i did in london (part 1)... 27 May 2014

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Earlier this month, I took a trip to London to speak at Blogtacular. I went a few days early to explore the city with my friends Bonnie and Kelly, and we had a great time exploring the sights and sounds and tastes of London. We didn't have a ton of time to see the whole city (and I wanted to take it easy since I was just at the end of my first trimester), so we mostly spend our free time in Notting Hill and Shoreditch. Here are a few of my favorite things in Notting Hill...

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

The colors on the buildings are clearly one of the things that tourists like me go to Notting Hill to see. It's funny—in other cities where buildings are painted in unexpected colors, it often looks cheesy. But in Notting Hill, it just works. There are rows of homes or buildings painted fun color palettes that sit in-between other simple, plain buildings. They are happy just being different, and I love that.

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

I was also super inspired by the store windows and displays. It's too bad I am not opening a store anytime soon, otherwise the inspiration would have been extra perfect. They just do window displays so well and really do make you want to walk in.

(Above: My new favorite British kids' shop, I Love Gorgeous.)

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

(Above: beautiful flowers at Wild at Heart, colors and patterns galore at Cath Kidston, the cutest neon sign at Caramel Baby & Child, cool boba tea menu at Latwatsa, desserts galore at Ottolenghi, and pretty vintage-inspired dresses at Darccy.)

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hello from london! 8 May 2014

Oh Joy / London

Just popping in for a quick hello from London! Yesterday, I—along with my friends Bonnie and Kelly—went to Notting Hill for some shopping and eating. There were so many good things to see and be inspired by, and we had a surprising amount of sunshine! Today, we're headed to Shoreditch which is where I hear all the cool kids hang out. ;) I'm definitely missing my family back at home (luckily, I get to carry the newest one around with me), but excited to have a few days to adventure with friends before attending Blogtacular this weekend. Thanks so much for your awesome recommendations—I have a huge list with me!

I'll be sharing some bits on Instagram during my trip and will be sure to post a more detailed recap of my favorites when I get return!

{Photos by Oh Joy}

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}

traveling abroad with a toddler... 25 Nov 2013

Oh Joy | Traveling Abroad with a Toddler

After all of our travels with Ruby lately (and especially after our two-week trip to France), I've gotten to know the ins and outs of being on the go with a toddler. For all you parents out there who are planning trips soon and are nervous about any aspect of it, I thought I'd share 10 tips for traveling abroad with a toddler and what I've learned along the way. While this post is focused on traveling abroad, many of my tips apply to traveling with little ones in general, no matter how close or far...

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what we did in mexico... 11 Nov 2013

Oh Joy | What We Did in Mexico

A couple weeks ago, we made a little escape to Punta de Mita, Mexico just two and a half hours away from Los Angeles by plane. After a long and (somewhat tiring) trip to France, we welcomed a shorter and more relaxing trip with Ruby.

As part of a partnership with St. Regis hotels, we stayed at their Punta Mita resort to experience Family Traditions at St. Regis, which is all about making a vacation with kids easier and more fun thanks to the hotel's family-friendly activities and accommodations. In contrast to Paris (which was not very kid-friendly), it was such a nice change to be in a place where kids get the royal treatment, too.

Oh Joy | What We Did in Mexico

Oh Joy | What We Did in Mexico

Oh Joy | What We Did in Mexico

Oh Joy | What We Did in Mexico

When you go to a resort in a warm climate (it was 95 degrees that week!), it's a given that you're going to spend time in the water. But the water options here were seriously amazing. In addition to the beach and a few different pools, we spent most of our time in the kid's pool and in the wading pool every day. Ruby was in serious water heaven and was constantly asking to go play in the "agua".

While we loved relaxing in the resort, we also took some trips the local town nearby...

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hey you, have a good weekend! 1 Nov 2013

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It's hot hot hot over here in Mexico! We're soaking up our last day of warmth and sunshine and trying to enjoy every moment left of our little getaway before we head home tomorrow. I'll share more photos when we get back. Have a great weekend all and happy November (How did that happen so fast?!?)!

{Photo by Oh Bob. My dress by Marimekko, Ruby's romper by Wolfechild, Ruby's shoes by Avarcas.}

packing for a family trip... 28 Oct 2013

Oh Joy | Packing for a Family Trip

We're heading to Mexico tomorrow! As part of a partnership with St. Regis hotels, we're off to Punta Mita to experience Family Traditions at St. Regis, which is all about making a vacation with kids easier and more fun thanks to the hotel's family-friendly activities and accommodations. We're hoping to continue the tradition of at least one far-away vacation per year. France was super far away, so I love that Punta Mita is only a three-hour flight for us (it almost seems like a piece of cake compared to flying to Paris!). And since we recently traveled overseas with Ruby and now we're heading out of the country again to Mexico, I thought I'd share some of my packing tips for staying prepared, while still keeping things easy, on your family adventures...

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oh joy in france / part 2: what we did in paris... 3 Oct 2013

Oh Joy in Paris | What We Did

The last time I visited Paris, I was 20 years old and visiting my college roommate who was studying abroad. I had a lot of time to myself, so I shopped and ate while my friend was in class. Coming back almost 15 years later, I had such a different (and even more special) experience this time because I shared the experience with my family.

This trip wasn't about what I wanted, but about what would be fun and entertaining for our whole family— including a very playful almost-two-year-old. A toddler can only walk, sit in a stroller, or shop for so long, so each day we'd put just a couple things on our list of things to do and left plenty of cushion time for Ruby to play in a park, playground, or do something kid-focused at least once a day. 

1st District

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

The Jardin des Tulleries is mostly known for it's beautiful gardens, but it's also full of some amazing areas for kids that you just stumble upon while walking through...like this gorgeous carousel...

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

...this playground with the coolest swing/hammock ever...

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

...and this trampoline area for kids. Ruby was in heaven and cried when we said we had to leave to go get dinner. The parks of Paris are seriously the coolest I've ever seen! And I love how so many landmarks have playgrounds nearby.

Jardin des Tulleries | Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris

Oh Joy Paris

And soon after all that jumping, someone succumbed to a nap...

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happy friday + french adventures await... 26 Jul 2013

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Oh-joy-ruby-passport-2

Earlier this week, we made a visit to the post office to apply for Ruby's first passport. There's nothing like waiting in long lines during lunch hour at the post office with a ready-to-nap toddler to make your day even better. ;) Luckily, Ruby loved the scale, and that kept her entertained while we waited and waited.

Ruby's first international trip awaits as we head to France this September for two weeks! We'll be going to Paris and Lyon and finally taking a long overdue family vacation. The last time we traveled abroad was to Japan a few years ago right before we tried to get pregnant. Now, with Ruby in tow, we're ready for our next adventure. So, all you traveling folks, I would love to hear your favorites spots to eat, shop, and play in Paris and Lyon. I am overwhelmed with the options and know you guys have some awesome suggestions up your sleeves...

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(And, Ruby would like to know where all the best ice cream shops are...pretty please...)

Have a great weekend, all!

P.S. Here's a special 25% off discount on the Dancing Dot dress that Ruby is wearing, just for Oh Joy readers. Simply enter OHJOY25 at checkout. Offer valid from Friday, July 26 to on Friday, August 2 at 11:59p.m. Discount valid only for U.S. residents and the code cannot be combined with any other promotion.

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