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currently snacking on...


I'm somewhat of a cookie fiend (I'm even dressing up Ruby like a cookie for Halloween!). Not only can I barely go a day without having a cookie, but I'm really big on the texture of them as well. My favorite combo is either a slightly chewy middle with a crisp edge, or a totally thin and crisp wafer-like cookie.

I recently had the chance to try these cookies by Früute (I fell in love with their mini tarts last year!), and it satisfied so many of my cookie cravings. Since I love plain chocolate wafers (I always take the cream off Oreo's), the chocolate pistachio was crispy and chocolate-ly without being too sweet. And coconut wafers make me feel like I'm on a tropical vacation. For my chewy cravings, the salted caramel shortbread and raspberry almond crumble were like cakes in the form of cookies. Amazing. This cookie basket is now one of my new go-to gifts to give to other cookie monsters in my life!

What's your go-to cookie? Soft and chewy? Crispy and crunchy? 

happy friday + ruby's dol...


Being born to a Thai mom and a Korean dad, Ruby's sure to have lots of cultural celebrations in her lifetime. For Bob's side of the family, we celebrated her 1 year birthday with a traditional Korean Dol celebration last week in Philly. The main part of the celebration includes a fortune-telling ritual, where various objects are placed in front of the baby, and the object that is picked gives an indication of what she'll be in the future...


{how i'd wear} patterned boots...

Oh Joy | How I'd Wear Patterned Boots

While on the East Coast last week, I was reminded of how much I miss the fall weather with its brisk cold air and that occassional rainfall. While I certainly can't complain about L.A. weather, I do miss stomping around in rain boots! I've recently become obsessed with these Loeffler Randall rain booties because they feel like they can be worn even after the sprinkles subside. Combined with a fun, graphic umbrella and a gorgeous scarf, here's my outfit of choice to wear with a fun pair of patterned boots.

1. Marimekko umbrella, 2. Scarf Shop scarf, 3. Trench coat from A-Thread (I've been wearing this everywhere lately!), 4. J.Crew blouse, 5. Apolis Market bag, 6. J.Crew jeans, 7. Loeffler Randall rain booties.*

ps. See you tonight Los Angeles! *Also, Loeffler Randall has kindly offered an early friends & family preview for Oh Joy readers: receive 20% off ALL purchases through this Saturday. Use code OHJOY20 at checkout!).

{illustration by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

what we did in new york...


While in Philly visiting family last week, we spent a couple days in New York for the third stop of my Blog, Inc, book tour. It was another quick trip, but we made sure to fit in a few delicious bites and plenty of play time for Ruby in the city's amazing playgrounds. Usually when I visit New York, I stay downtown or in Brooklyn, but this was my first time staying on the Upper West Side. We stayed satiated with burgers, tarts, and empanadas.

I had a great time at the New York book party, and it was so nice seeing so many friends who live, there as well as some fellow blogger friends I rarely get to see in person. Ruby even made an appearance, and I loved getting a little Smilebooth action in with my two favorite people.
Up next: Los Angeles tomorrow!

ps. For those who attended the NY book party, the photos are now up right here!

{Photos by Oh Joy, except bottom three from Smilebooth. Ruby's leggings from Thief & Bandit, gold boots from Smallable.}

currently snacking on...


Do you ever come across a snack that makes you want to eat the entire box in one sitting? When I was at Trader Joe's a couple weeks ago to look for something to put inside these cupcakes, I came across my newest sweet obsession. These Petite Cocoa Batons are delicate and thin rolled wafers filled with cocoa cream. They are light and crispy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They are crazy good, and I've seriously been having these by the handful...

{photo by Oh Joy}

bringing summer into fall...


Since I love dressing like summer, I wanted to share some ways that I'm bringing a bit of my summer into the fall...

1. I wore these polka dotted sandals into the ground and now obsessed with these dotty flats from Loeffler Randall that go with everything.*

2. My sweet, summer appetite goes right into fall with these indulgent recipes full of homemade goodness from the The Brown Betty Cookbook.

3. It's so fun to pick out blooms from the farmer's market, so I love the idea of keeping florals in our home, even in the winter, by using paper flowers like these by Frances & Francis.

4. It's almost time to update my summery floral calender from Rifle Paper Co. with this gorgeous new city version that has me craving a trip to a beautiful far-off land.

*ps. Loeffler Randall has kindly offered an early friends & family preview for Oh Joy readers: receive 20% off ALL purchases through this Saturday. Use code OHJOY20 at checkout!

{Photo of me with flowers by Bonnie Tsang}

the tastiest brussels sprouts...


A couple weeks ago, I share my favorite brussels sprouts recipe over at A Cup of Jo and wanted to share it with you here as well.

Growing up, I never actually had brussels sprouts because my parents only knew how to cook Thai food. But I had heard friends at school talk about them as this terrible vegetable that their moms made them eat. Brussels sprouts get a bad reputation for being bitter and boring, but when roasted, they're pretty amazing. Ironically enough, in the last few years, brussels sprouts seems to have made a resurgence on restaurant menus as chefs are redefining this vegetable into something that's seriously delicious. My husband and I enjoy these at least once a week, and I love adding a touch of my Thai heritage to the mix. We're huge garlic fans too and always throw in some extra cloves to roast which is an amazing extra touch of flavor and texture. Here's my go-to recipe....


happy friday + 1 year with ruby...



We've been in New York the last couple days, and Ruby has been loving all the sights and sounds (and the amazing local playgrounds) that this city has to offer. It's so fun to come back to a city I know and love and get to see New York through her eyes.

Today, my baby girl turns one! Holy cow, how did that happen? Everyone says that first year flys by, and they're not kidding! This last year has been the most emotional, overwhelming, yet amazing and wonderful year of my life. I have a new found respect for mothers and parents everywhere and can't wait for what's to come. We're having a traditional Dol celebration for Ruby this weekend at my in-law's, and then we celebrate her birthday with our friends back home in LA next week! I hope you all have an amazing weekend in store! See you Monday...

ps. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my NY Book Party last night! It was so fun meeting you all. Next stop: LA on Thursday!

{how i'd wear} a patterned dress...


This week, it's all about the patterned statement dress. Lately, I've been really into vintage floral dresses and have been scouring Etsy in search of some great ones. However, vintage dresses usually never fit me quite right, so I end up getting them tailored a bit which is worth it to get to wear some of these amazing vintage patterns. For example, I recently got this vintage dress, and had it hemmed so it's bit shorter and more versatile. Paired with a cropped leather jacket, a chunky necklace, a gold polka dotted clutch, and some bright heels, this outfit feels perfect for a fall night out.

1. vintage floral dress from Etsy, 2. necklace by NotTuesday, 3. Leather jacket from Gap, 4. Scout and Catalogue clutch, 5. DV by Dolce Vita heels.

ps. See you tonight New York! Also, one of our sponsors, Serena & Lily, is giving Oh Joy readers 20% off and early access to their Friends & Family sale starting today before it opens to the public on October 16th. Enter SHAREOHJOY at checkout for early savings!

{illustration by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

make someone happy - no. 02: a sweet surprise


Fortune cookies are one of my favorite things to come across because I love the element of surprise. So, for this month's Make Someone Happy video, I'm sharing a simple way to add a custom message to one of my favorite treats and surprise someone in your life. I found these Siljans Croustades at the local grocery store, and they're the perfect companion to hold your sweet nothings. Big thanks to Stacia of Frosted Cupcakery for being my guest this time and helping me whip up these conversational sweets! Enjoy!

{Video by Modshift. Music: Everything You Say" by Stella Stagecoach, licensed from With Etiquette. My dress is by Hound Design, shoes from Anthropologie from a past season, belt is from Madewell from a past season (similar), necklace by Yellow Owl Workshop, heart clutch by Ban.do.}