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{oh joy} in april mags...


It's been a while since I shared some fun new press with you guys. I'm excited to be in the new spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings with my decor registry picks for the newbie couple. You can pick up the issue on sale Monday and visit the online version of the gallery right here. Also, in this month's Better Homes and Gardens, my Petal Pusher wallpaper is featured alongside other fun florals for the home! — Joy

{oh joy eats lunch with} adrianna adarme...


Who  Adrianna Adarme, food blogger

Where  Los Angeles, California

Time 1:30pm

What's a typical lunch for you? If I'm in the kitchen recipe testing, then I usually skip lunch and instead have a collection of bites throughout the day. Sometimes it's a few tablespoons of soup at 10 am, a single pancake at 1 pm, and a breakfast scone at 6 pm — it's definitely weird, but I love it! If I'm writing, then I usually head to my favorite coffee shop, Coffee Commissary, where I'll grab a ham and cheese croissant with a latte. Today, I am having my quick and easy go-to lunch — avocado on toast. If I have an egg I'm not using, I'll poach it and place it atop with some grated Parmesan, or, in this case, a few sprinkles of crushed red pepper. 

What's your dream/ideal lunch? My dream lunch would take place on a cold winter's day. I'd be in a cozy bistro eating a big bowl of mussels with a side of French fries. And if I'm feeling a little crazy, a big glass of pinot noir. 

Dessert with lunch? I always skip dessert and go straight for a cappuccino or a strong cup of coffee.

Thanks Adrianna!

— Joanna

{photo of lunch by Adrianna, photof of Adrianna by Teri Lyn Fisher}

my {daily} uniform...


As much as I'd love to say I wear a completely different outfit every day of the week, the truth is, I fall into a comfort zone and tend to have a couple "uniforms" that are my go-to's on a regular basis. Right now, I split my day between mom mode and work mode with these two sets of staples.

At home...I pretty much live in these StyleMint pants. They are so comfy for being home with the baby, but the best part is they don't look like pajamas. So if I have to pop out for a second, I'll put on some cute sandals and a slighty more feminine top like this one by Club Monaco.

When I head out {often for a meeting or breakfast with friends}...I'm all about well-tailored but comfortable pieces. Most often, I'm wearing a patterned top, a cropped blazer adorned with some Ban.do poms, a bright pair of jeans, and comfy but fun flats. So, friends...what's your go-to outfit? — Joy

{fashioned florals} a 15-minute flower garland ...


Today, we have the easiest little flower garland you've never made {Or maybe you have?}. Regardless, garlands might seem a little intimidating for those of you who haven't delved into the world of flowers. And this vertical edition takes no more than 15 minutes!


1. Start by gathering your supplies. I had some geranium, rosemary, white astrantia, pink astilbe, hot pink ranunculus, and those giant football mums as the stars of the show. Gather up your scissors, some of your trusty floral wire, twine, embroidery string, or wool to hang everything on.


2. Make your first bunch by twisting a small length of floral wire around some geranium, astilbe, and astrantia to make the sprigs for each bloom. Next thread a short bit of wire through the base of one of your big, beautiful mums—they're going to cover up the greenery bunch's wire, so don't worry about making it perfect!


3. Attach the mums to the base of the small greenery and sprig bunches by twisting your bloom's wire around the bunch. Repeat for the rest of your bunches, and feel free to vary it up! I alternated between the football mum and ranunculus bunches and threaded some single blooms with wire to attach on their own.


4. To finish things up, I would recommend pinning the string to a wall and working from the top to bottom. Starting with your first bunch, tie it to the string by looping it and forming a small knot. I found that this went really quickly as there are a lot of little wires in the back to help give extra traction and keep things sturdy. This would be so easy to reinterpret in so many ways, like adding extra bunches for a fuller look, or repeat the whole strand and create a "curtain" of garlands for a festive gathering. I think this would be perfect for a festive bridal or baby shower! — Liz

 {All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{closet & casa} with kristin appenbrink...


who: Kristin Appenbrink, Web Editor at Real Simple Magazine & Ice Cream Enthusiast

why kristin rocks: She started an ice cream company out of her Brooklyn kitchen—each batch is made with love!

in her closet: This is a really recent addition to my wardrobe. I've been on the hunt for a dress that will be versatile enough for all the events I have coming up this spring and summer. From weddings to baptisms and everything in between, as soon as I can put away all my tights this dress will likely be in heavy rotation. And really, what's not to love about it—polka dots and metallics from kate spade new york. It doesn't get much better than that.

in her casa: Choosing a piece for this series really made me examine the items that I have in my home and think about why they were important to me. This little painting {it's only about five inches square} was a gift from my sister during the first year I lived in New York. I found out about this Swedish artist when I was interning at Real Simple over the summer and working on my first ever holiday gift guide. Since then, this piece has been in my apartment, atop my bookcase in front of my stationery box and now hangs on the wall. It might be small, but it's one of the most meaningful pieces in my home.

Thanks Kristin!

{photos by Bekka Palmer, portrait photo by Christine Han}

oh joy {online} yard sale...




Every year, I go through a bit of spring cleaning and purge my closet and shelves of things I haven't used in a while and no longer need. It can be tough since I still love so many of those things I've bought or collected over the years, but sometimes you just gotta make more space for new things. With a baby and baby things a plenty filling up our small house, spring cleaning this year was a must!

The last couple local yard sales I've had in the past two years have been so fun, but many of you who aren't local were bummed you couldn't attend. So, voila! I'm having online yard sale this time! I've joined forces with the folks at Copious as the shopping platform my newest yard sale {you can follow people and stay up on what they're selling}. There's a mix of clothing, accessories, and home decor—stuff I still really love, but just no longer need. You can check out my current batch of things for sale right here, and I'll be restocking the shop again next month with another batch...

UPDATE: There were 18 items listed today, and most have sold already. More will be stocked soon!

{photos by Oh Joy}

{flavor stories} spring grapefruit tartlets...


With April just around the corner, it's the perfect time of year for spring-inspired sweets! The cherry blossoms are just starting to bloom here, and I find myself wanting desserts in the same pretty pink hue. So, these grapefruit tartlets do just that. Plus they're light, airy, and simple to make.


The night before I want to make the tarts, I make a quick batch of grapefruit jelly and a small batch of sweet dough. This one looks good, but just make the recipe in tartlet shells instead of a large tart shell. That said, if you don't want to be fiddling around with making pastry you can purchase pre-made tartlet shells in your grocer's freezer section.

Grapefruit & Vanilla Bean Jelly
500 ml fresh grapefruit juice, strained
100 grams sugar
10 ml fresh lemon juice, strained
1/2 a vanilla bean, scraped
10 grams leaf gelatin {available here}

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water until pliable. In a small saucepan, heat both juices, sugar, and vanilla bean until sugar is just about dissolved but the juice is not boiling. Remove from heat. Squeeze the water from the gelatin leaves and drop into the warm juice and stir. Remove vanilla pod and pour gelatin and juice mixture into a square 8"x8" pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.To remove the jelly from the pan, slide a sharp knife along the edges and flip it onto a piece of parchment paper {you may have to help it a little with a spatula or by placing a warm cloth on the bottom side of the pan until it releases}. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to three days in a covered container.


To assemble the tarts, cut the jelly into small cubes and spoon directly in baked and cooled shells. Garnish with chantilly cream and serve right away! Plus, the grapefruit and vanilla jelly is great all on its own too. I couldn't stop snacking on it!


*For a fun alternative, omit both the grapefruit jelly and the chatilly cream and try filling your tart shells with rhubarb or grapefruit curd and finishing them with toasted Italian meringue.

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

this & that...


...wear this Depeapa necklace, decorate with that table from Horne...


sewn beauty...


When I came across Abigail Brown's sewn patchwork animals the other day, I literally gasped out loud. The colors, the patterns, the texture...simply gorgeous. — Joy

{available in the US at Everything Begins}

love this...


...summer-perfect beach blanket from Pierrepont Hicks... — Joy