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happy friday + mom tears...


I'm a serious sap. Like probably the most sensitive person you know. I cry when I'm really happy or really sad or when Bob and I have serious disagreements. I was always "the cryer" amongst all of my friends...so much so that Bob was even warned about how much I cry from my friends before he started dating me! Ha. So this whole mom thing has really brought my über sensitivity to a new level. Commercials like this and this might have brought upon a tear, but now, anything that has to do with the parent/child connection...oh boy, sobbing, ugly cry for sure...


in the morning...


I'm a sucker for vessels, bowls, and containers of pretty much any kind. So I'm loving these slightly rustic and handmade pieces that seem perfect for breakfast time by Just Potters and Canvas... — Joy

{left to right, top to bottom: juicer by Just Potters, Honey Pot by Just Potters, ceramic creamer by Canvas, bowls by Canvas, rimmed creamer by Canvas}

{outside/inside} a grown-up tree house...


OUTSIDE / The Lodge's tree house sprouts from the lush Scottish greenery creating a grown-up hideaway...


...an INSIDE that I imagine would be full of beautiful rustic pieces mingling with dark metal, raw slate, and pops of pastel. Perhaps, a retired dendrologist or the heroine of a romance novel lives here? — Joanna

{left to right, top to bottom: Moso pendant lights from Branch, John Robshaw pillow, forest canopy bed from Anthropologie, hanging rattan chair from Serena & Lily, branch pendant from ABC Home & Carpet, bow bin from Areaware, dipped slate chalkboard from Terrain.}

{tree house image via Style Me Pretty}

short & sweet...


...and such a good reminder by Able Design... — Joy

{via Jennifer Chong}

my {4th of july bbq} uniform...


My favorite kind of 4th of July party is hanging out by the pool, eating summer fruit and other finger foods, and enjoying a good fireworks show. It's always a great time to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones. So, I'll be keepin' it casual in a pair of festive shorts and a striped tank—and hopefully my boyfriend snags those awesome swim trunks!

Happy {upcoming} 4th!Bri

{Lady (top to bottom): Sophomore tank, Current/Elliott shorts, Toast bucket bag, Anthropologie sandals. Guy (top to bottom): Ray Ban sunglasses, Mr. Porter swimsuit, Wings + Horns striped henley, Vans sneakers.}

little packages...


I love getting surprise packages in the mail, so all the new monthly subscription services out there are kind of are my new favorite thing. And for the last few months, I've been trying out a monthly subscription to a kids clothing site called Wittlebee. It's been so fun getting a mix of cute little clothes for Ruby like the ones above.


this & that...


...carry this Cynthia Vincent clutch, decorate with that Stampel sack...


{oh joy eats} tsujita in west la...


One of the best things about Los Angeles and the food here is the abundence of Asian food. From Thai Town and Korea Town to Little Tokyo and multiple China Towns, there are plenty of options for getting homestyle and authentic Asian foods of all kinds in and just outside the city. One of my guilty pleasures in life is a big bowl of ramen noodles. Now, we're not talking instant ramen like we all lived off of in college...we're talking real ramen like they make in Japan. So I was excited to try a {new to me} ramen spot, Tsujita Artisan Noodle in West Los Angeles.



Tsujita specializes in Tsukemen-style ramen in which the noodles come separate from the broth. It's a 3-step process in which you dip the noodles into the accompanied soup broth, mix the black shichimi {black seven flavor chili pepper} into the noodles, and finally squeeze lime juice into the noodles enjoying the last of the noodles and soup. It reminded me of my trip to Japan a couple years ago when we had ramen almost every day.


They also have Tonkotsu Ramen {1st photo} in which the soup is made of pork broth and slowly simmered for 60 hours for richness. It's so savory and full of umami. We added seafood and an egg to ours for some extra oomph. Now that's comfort food in a big ole' bowl if you ask me! — Joy

Tsujita Artisan Noodle / 2057 Sawtelle Blvd / Los Angeles, CA 90025 / 310.231.7373

{photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy. My outfit: top from A-Thread, tank from StyleMint, nail polish is Essie's Cute as a Button.}

check, baby, check...

I'm loving these patterned leather checkbook covers by Flavia Carvalho Pinto. Awesome patterns and a gold interior?! And since we don't all use checks anymore, they'd be fun as a mini wallet too...  — Joy

love this...



Last year, Wildfox had an image of a girl on a soft preztel floatie in their summer lookbook, and I just about died when I saw it. It's kind of perfect {especially for this Philly girl who loves soft pretzels} for a lazy summer day. This floatie is now available at Urban Outfitters, and I'd get it in two seconds if I had a pool to lounge around in. Someone please let me live vicariously through you and fill your pool with a bunch of these! — Joy

{photos by Wildfox and Urban Outfitters}