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{oh joy eats dessert with} alison conklin...


Who Alison Conklin, Photographer who captures love, sweetness, desserts and everything in between. She's also a wife and mother of two adorable boys.

Where Philadelphia

Time 2:15 pm

What's a typical dessert for you? Both of my children love to bake —so more often than not, dessert will involve cookies that we have just baked. I love the coconut cupcakes from Brown Betty Bakery in Philadelphia. They are moist and sweet, and they remind me of the wedding cake that my husband and I had when we were married in Santa Barbara, CA. I got hooked when I recently photographed Brown Betty's beautiful desserts for their first cookbook {coming out this fall}, and ever since then I have been obsessed.

What's your dream dessert? I love the combination of sweet and salty, so any dessert involving toffee or maple flavors pretty much has my name written all over it. I am also a huge fan of freshly whipped cream. There is something so decadent about homemade whip cream.  

How often do you treat yourself to dessert? I usually have dessert after dinner...and on some days for dinner!

Thanks Alison!
— Joanna

{photos by Alison}

crazy cool...




I'm currently brainstorming for a new project. So, while researching, I came across the amazing embroidered typography and illustrations of Australian twin sisters Maricor/Maricar. How gorgeous are these? I could stare at them all day...— Joy

fancy cookie dough...


My new favorite snack to have on hand lately is really good pre-made cookie dough. As much as I would love to be the type of domestic goddess who could just whip up cookies from scratch on a whim, it's just not the way it all goes down. I'd much rather buy cookies from someone who is a better baker than me and know they'll satisfy my serious cookie cravings.


So, as a good compromise to myself, I've been stocking up fancy cookie dough. It's something I love having on hand in the fridge or freezer and can make a few at a time {or a whole dozen} when the mood strikes. And, it's way quicker than making them from scratch and guaranteed to be good if you're not a natural baker like me. One of my favorite options for dough available locally is from FarmShop in Brentwood. These chocolate chunk cookies are crazy good {dark chocolate cookie with dark, milk, and white chocolate chunks}. I defrosted the dough, followed the directions, and they came out perfect. I also love the Simply... Pillsbury and Immaculate Baking Co. ones for brands available at the grocery store. And, so good for last minute gifts to bring to a party or potluck! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy. Bento box from Harabu House}

my {power meeting} uniform...


Joy and I are both freelancers which means our meetings might be a 9am phone conference in our pajamas, a 12 noon brunch, or at 5:30pm for cocktails before sunset—no day is ever the same.

I like to show my personality when I first meet a client, so that means most likely I'll be wearing bright and punchy colors. My version of a power meeting outfit shows that you can still look professional while mixing colors and patterns in a fun, yet sophisticated way...  Bri

{Dinner (top to bottom): Michael Kors watch, H&M dress, Etsy iPad case, Kate Spade Heels. Brunch (top to bottom)Elva Fields necklace, J.crew t-shirt, Topshop blazer, Anthropologie colored denim, Shoemint flats.}

the four seasons of ice cream...


If ice cream had a fan club, I'd probably be the president. That's why books about ice cream make me salivate like a dog at a bone store. Seattle-based Molly Moon just launched a new drool-worthy book, Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream. And, I love how the book is organized by seasons—like Mexican Chocolate ice cream and Blood Orange sort for winter, Blueberry Frozen Yogurt for spring, and Pumpkin Clove ice cream for fall. No matter the season, the book encourages using fresh, local ingredients and experimenting with really fun flavor combinations. Don't these photos make you want to dive right in? — Joy

{photos by Kathryn Barnard}

this & that...


...wear this pair of J.Crew sandals, decorate with that Room & Board shelf...


a few of my favorite things {may edition}...


You know how sometimes you wear the same thing(s) over and over again? I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite things right now...a J.Crew clutch {for lunch and dinner dates}Keds metallic shoes {SO comfy!}, this watch from Anthropologie {to keep me staying on time!}, and a friendship bracelet by Ariel Gordon {love the mix of cord and chain}. What are some of your current staples? — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

little love...




I hope you all had a nice long holiday weekend! We had a great time in Philly. Ruby caught a cold at the very end, so our plane ride home was not quite as pleasant as the one going there {let's just say that Bob was passing out ear plugs to our surrounding passengers at one point}. But not every flight with a baby will be perfect, right? Ruby met so many family members and some of our good friends while in town. One of our favorites was her date with her long-distance boyfriend, Mars, who is just a couple months older. It seems like just yesterday that Mars' mom and I were in the Bahamas pregnant together. These two were so cute...and little Mars sure does know what he wants! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy}

happy long weekend...


Happy Friday guys! I've had a great week home in Philly seeing family and friends. And, Ruby did great on the plane ride! She had a couple moments of crankiness but was a pretty happy baby the majority of the time. Luckily, our middle seat was free, so she sat and played in her own seat with her favorite toy {an empty plastic water bottle!}. She even got to visit the Urban Outfitters corporate office while I was there working at an event for Anthology, and we stopped by to see some of our friends who work at UO and Anthropologie {and put in her application for a job there in 20 years...ha!}.

We're spending today doing a little eating at our favorite Philly places and wrapping up the rest of our week home with a few more family visits. What are you guys up to this weekend? Wishing you a fun, long Memorial Day weekend! I'll see you back here on Tuesday after the holiday weekend! — Joy

{Instagram photo of us at the 543 Building at the URBN campus}

{fashioned florals} a pink flower crown...


It's no doubt that flower crowns are popular these days and with plenty of reason! They're feminine, whimsical, and really, so much fun. I recently made one for a friend's bridal shoot and realized that I needed to put a DIY together for this, just because. 

Hop on down for the steps ... 


1. I started with some blue thistle, some tiny white blooming spirea, an unusual peach and pink carnation, two camellias {one pink, one white}, and one stray vine from my yard, and I got to work. {If you don't have any vines at your disposal, grab some ribbon, metallic elastic, floral wire, or even a headband. All can work in this scenario!}


2. Work through all the blooms by cutting their stems short, as we'll wire them next. The greens or "backing" should be an inch or two long while the vine's base should get cleared of any leaves on its bottom inch of length.


3. Now it's time to wire! We've covered it before in previous fashioned florals posts, but go through and wire each bloom with floral wire. Next, tie two pieces of greenery {I used spirea} that will be the base that the flowers are attached to. 


4. It's now time to use all these beautiful blooms as you attach them by wrapping their individual wires around the base of greens to create a central piece. It's good to have a couple of large blooms {one to three} which will be framed by smaller blooms, pods, or seeds. Picking a range of scales in elements helps a lot. I also used a quick duo of short floral wires to tie the vine into a crown shape. 


5. Now the best part! Affix the large piece to your crown of vines by using short pieces of floral wire and twisting everything together.


6. The finale! Make sure to use some bobby pins to keep things steady, even if you end up with an asymmetrical piece like mine is. You could also continue this further by attaching a series of small pieces together which will create an even bigger statement. Either way, they're a super fun accessory! — Liz

{All photos by Liz for Oh Joy!}