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{closet & casa} with victoria smith...


who: Victoria Smith, Design & Lifestyle Blogger, sfgirlybybay

why victoria rocks: I totally look up to Victoria as a trend setter and all around cool chick. Just take a look at her house!

in her closet: I found this King Louie vintage-inspired pencil skirt in a small boutique in the 9 Straats in Amsterdam, and with one look, I knew I had to have it. I must be drawn to bright, hot pink florals lately. I thought it was funny when Bri thought I'd scanned my blog logo when she saw me in this skirt at Alt Summit. It just seems to be my thing these days.

in her casa: I love my vintage Knoll Saarinen Tulip chairs. I have a set of four, which I scored on Craigslist, along with the companion Tulip-based table, for a mere $150. That makes me mighty proud. They also swivel which makes them extra fun at dinner parties. I had cushions made for them in a vintage floral drapery fabric from the flea market to contrast the mid-century modern aspect which funks them up a bit.

Thanks Victoria!

{photos by Victoria}

oh joy {eats} take a bao in studio city...


I love it when restaurants take traditional things and give them a new, fancy twist. Take a Bao recently opened the restaurant version of their original outpost. I LOVE traditional Chinese bao steamed buns {light & fluffy perfection}, and their version using the bao bread to make a medley of tiny sandwiches is so fun.


In addition to bao sandwiches, items like Thai fried chicken, Drunken Noodles, Tofu Popcorn, and Korean Bi Bim Bop short rib bowls round out the menu for a great casual spot with hints of Asian influence.


...and let's not forget dessert...roasted bananas, nutella, marshmallows, and chopped hazelnuts on a cinnamon sugared bun? Yes, please... — Joy

Take a Bao / 11838 Ventura Blvd. / Studio City, CA 91604 / 818.691.7223

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy. My jacket by Kate Spade (similar here), pants by Gap (similar here), purse by Herringboneshoes from Madewell, tee by Thief & Bandit.}

{new} fabric by rifle...




I love seeing some my favorite designer's and illustrator's work applied to various materials. So, of course, I am loving this new capsule fabric collection by Rifle for Villa Nova. Anna's signature floral is bursting with color and whimsy, and it looks so good upholstered on a chair or made into pillows and paired with other bright geometric patterns. Congrats Anna! — Joy

this & that...


...wear this Theodora & Callum scarf, decorate with that Donna Wilson cushion...


ruby's room...


I'm excited to finally share some photos of our little lady's room with you! You may have caught photos of Ruby's room on Design*Sponge yesterday, and I wanted to share some additional ones with you here.


You may know that I love bold pops of color, pattern, and metallics and wanted our baby’s room to have a bright and fun feel that could grow with her into childhood. Last summer, I created these mood boards {here and here} so I could map out the idea in my head. I pretty much followed my overall vision using bright color and patterns offset with white and hints of gold. Sometimes it seems like an explosion of pattern, but I love that...and hopefully someday she will too.


I love mixing and matching bedding on our own bed, so it’s perfect for Ruby’s crib as well. We keep her crib skirt on all the time and rotate the fitted sheet often, so there’s always a mix of colors and patterns going on there.

{Duck crib skirt by Virginia Johnson, fitted sheet and bedding by Little Auggie, crib, changing table, storage bin/hamper, glider, and rug by DwellStudio}


I love throwing a bunch of blankets and pillows on the floor and just hanging out while she plays, practices tummy time, or while we sing songs to her. [see more by continuing below]


feeling like a shape shifter...


{01. Howkapow mugs, 02. Polder bracelet, 03. ASOS clutch, 04. Ban.do iPhone case, 05. Madewell cardigan, 06. Rifle Paper Co. New York City print, 07. Pucci scarf, 08. ASOS necklace, 09. Ila clutch — Joy}

{flavor stories} dreamy pink milkshakes...


A few weeks back I was flipping through a past issue of UPPERCASE and happened upon a recipe by Tara O'Brady for Black Raspberry Milkshakes. That got me to thinking about how great homemade milkshakes are and how long it's been since I've made one! My version is a take on hers, but with the first rhubarb of the season. I love that when cooked rhubarb goes an irresistible pastel pink. Plus, its distinct tartness is a perfect compliment to a creamy shake! Yum!

For the rhubarb purée, you'll need:
225 grams {about 5 stalks} fresh rhubarb, cleaned, trimmed and chopped
150 ml water
100 grams granulated sugar
1/2 a vanilla bean, scraped {drop the scraped pod in too}

1. In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Turn the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking often.
3. Cook for another 10 minutes so that the juice concentrates just a little.
4. Remove from heat, remove empty vanilla pod, allow to cool, and refrigerate.


For the milkshake, you'll need:

1/2 cup milk {I use 1%}
1.5 tablespoons mascarpone, at room temperature
1/2 a vanilla bean, scraped
2 cups firmly-packed vanilla ice cream 
1/4 cup rhubarb purée {give or take}
a few gingersnaps or vanilla wafers

Here's how:
1. Blend the milk, vanilla and mascarpone cheese in a blender until smooth.
2. Add the ice cream and blend again until just combined.
3. To serve, spoon a couple heaping teaspoons of rhubarb purée in two glasses.
4. Pour the milkshake between them and add a couple more spoonfuls of rhubarb.
5. Finish with another scoop of the milkshake and sprinkle with a few crushed gingersnaps
6. Serve right away.
7. Refrigerate leftover rhubarb in a covered container for up to 5 days.

*For a peachy alternative, substitute mashed preserved peaches for the rhubarb purée.

**Plus, the rhubarb purée is great at breakfast! Spoon it on vanilla or plain yogurt and sprinkle with chopped pistachios or granola.


{photos by Michael Graydon, styling by Nikole Herriott for Oh Joy}

happy notes...





One of my favorite stationery lines, Tokketok, just released these super cute hello notes and perforated celebration mini cards. The pops of color and metallic accents are an instant pick-me-up with their sweet and fun messages... — Joy

happy friday + a mini peek...


Happy Friday guys! I {finally} had a chance to shoot Ruby's room last weekend thanks to the help of my talented friends Bonnie & Jen. Here's a little peek at our little lady showing her serious side during the shoot. I'll be posting the rest of the photos next week, so stay tuned. And, of course...have a great weekend all... — Joy

{photo by Bonnie Tsang}

a fashioned gourmand...


{1. Coca-cola pretzel tote bag from Jack Spade, 2. french fry necklace from Asos, 3. Moschino Cheap and Chic apple dress from Selfridges, 4. Markus Lupfer sequined watermelon sweater from Net-a-Porter, 5. Kate Spade pouch, 6. pastry parlor rings from Modcloth— Joanna}