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pretty fall pieces...


...inspired by the work of mid-century painters and designers such as Ellsworth Kelly and Mark Rothko, the unbelievable colors found near the edge of the world in Iceland, and a bit of modern mysticism, I'm loving the gorgeous prints and colors in Hound's newest collection for fall... — Joy

{photos by Brian Guido and Julia Stotz}

{guest post} with mrs. lilien...


Sunshine-y and glam, my dear friend, Kelley of Mrs. Lilien, she lights up a room and the Internet with her way with words and impeccable style. For the last guest post, I asked the Mrs. to concoct a little round-up fit for a Mini Mrs.  — Joy

Meet Mini Mrs... an adorable little darling with the fanciest of britches. She may be new—and she may be tiny—but that doesn't exclude her from loving all things shiny!  She has an affliction for leopard print booties and those fanciful binkies that she uses as soothies. She's the fiercest little newbie in town. Should you see her strolling around, give a coo...she'll be the one in the snazzy sleeper-gown! — Mrs. Lilien

Pom Pom Hat / Sterling Silver Bubble Blower / Leopard Baby Booties / Beatrice Doll / White Gold + Diamond Paci / Fashion Book / Striped Flannel Baby Dress / Chiffon Shoe Clips

happy friday + 40 weeks...


Happy Friday all! I had planned on taking one last 40 week photobooth belly shot but never made it to 40 weeks. So here's our 40 week photo with Ruby who is now a bit over two weeks old. As you can see, she's a bit camera shy today, but we just wanted to say hello between all our naps and feedings. I shot this series so that I could string them together to show her one day how she grew inside my belly {I'll post the finished piece when I'm done}! Hope you all have a great weekend and see you back here on Monday with one final guest post! — Joy

{iMac photobooth picture at what would have been 40+ weeks, Ruby at 2 weeks old. Striped dress by Hatch.}

{guest post} with carly of simple.better...


I love graphic designer, Carly Hall-Scott's aesthetic in her blog Simple.Better and asked her to blog about some of her newest favorite pieces... — Joy

With handmade crafts everywhere these days, I really love these cross-stitch items. They're a great twist on girly small town charm with bright colors and modern style. Plus, the necklaces were made by my talented friend Lily {watch out for her at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this December}!

— Carly from Simple.Better

{one, two, three, four}

{oh joy eats lunch with} jenny park...


Who  Jenny Park, food stylist and blogger

Where  Los Angeles, California

Time 1 pm

What's a typical lunch for you? There really is no "typical" when it comes to being a food stylist that also writes and tests recipes. When I'm on a shoot, we usually grab something quick and easy like salads, pizza, sandwiches, Thai food, etc. But when I'm at home testing recipes, my meals turn into single bites taken throughout the entire day from things like caramel apple cupcakes to uni spaghetti to deep friend ravioli. I eat whatever I test! On a good day, I get to enjoy a banh mi sandwich, one of my favorite sandwiches ever (this one is from Number Nine in Long Beach). I just love the combination of pickled root vegetables, paired with creamy pate, spicy jalapenos, rich, flavorful meats, and fragrant cilantro and stuffed between a light, crispy French baguette. Such a simple, yet unique mixture of ingredients...it's so good! 

What's your dream/ideal lunch? Fresh grilled seafood on the beach with some sort of tropical cocktail served in a hollowed-out pineapple. And my feet must in the sand.

Dessert with lunch?  Nah, I don't care too much for sweets... but a small after-lunch cheese plate I could do! 

Thanks Jenny!
— Joanna

{photos by Teri Lyn Fisher}

{fashioned florals} a sorbet bouquet...


This ladylike silhouette from Alice + Olivia's Spring 2012 collection just begs for a frilly and feminine garden party bouquet. With the skirt's color palette in mind, I gathered up some peach and butter garden roses, white tulips, peach yarrow, and whimsical craspedia from the store—while adding some mint, clematis leaves, oregano, and white ventana from my garden. As I arranged everything in a clear antique glass vase, I made sure to keep things loose and tumbling, a little romantic and unkept—perfect for a breezy afternoon lunch outdoors. — Liz

{left photo by Style.com,  right photo by Liz for Oh Joy}

{closet & casa} with christiana coop...


who: Christiana Coop, Co-Owner of Hygge & West and Ferm Living Shop

why christiana rocks: Her shops have some of the most unique wallpapers I have ever seen. And, of course, I love seeing our very own Joy's designs in there too!

in her closet: Vintage Dress from Eden & Eden. It was a surprise find that magically seemed to accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative...so I knew I needed to buy it! 

in her casa: I made the two wool pillows on my bed from a shawl that I had hanging in my closet. I loved it so much, but never seemed to find the right day to wear it. So now I get to enjoy seeing its colorful stripes everyday on my bed.

Thanks Christiana!

{photos by Tabatha Yin}

{guest post} with bonnie tsang...


Photographer, food lover, and my good friend Bonnie Tsang knows how to eat, and she's become one of my food partners in crime. So, I asked Bonnie to share her own version of my "currently snacking on" posts... — Joy

Today, I'm currently snacking on...scoops of ice cream sprinkled with roasted ground coffee and sea salt. I started with Ugandan Vanilla Bean by Jenis Splendid Ice Cream and Lemon Verbena Vanilla Bean by Carmela Ice Cream. I recently received a bag of Mbeya Mshikamano beans by Handsome Coffee Roasters which has a nice roasted flavor and goes really well with the vanilla ice cream. Sometimes, if I want a little extra kick, I might even grind some black pepper over it!

{photo by Bonnie Tsang}

this & that...


...wear this Ruche dress, set the table with that set of HappySTHLM napkins...


love this...


These Nyonya porcelain vessels by Hans Tan Studio are subjected to a surface treatment which overlays the original multi-colored pattern with a new dotted pattern. The technique is an industrial re-interpretation of the traditional resist-dyeing technique used to dye fabric patterns. I'm loving the pattern on pattern and how the vessels are treated like textiles... — Joy