Oh JoyOh Joy

making a statement...





Last week, I wore this Marimekko dress when we shot the "after" photos of my studio space (which I'll be sharing here soon). It was just one dress, but I felt so confident in it. It made me think about how great statement pieces are, and it also made me want to add a few more to my closet.

Or what about those girls that always wear a statement piece every day? Maybe it's an amazing pair of glasses, a gorgeous shade of lipstick, a signature accessory, or a hairstyle that no one else can beat. There's a mix of making a statement without being over the top that just really does it for me...

Do you have a statement piece you rock daily or even every so often?

{Photo sources: Glasses photo via Everything Fab, Julia Sar Jamois, woman in coat via Philo Sophia, girl with braids.}

feeling like playing in the sunshine...

Like morning sunshine and blades of freshly-cut grass, a few pieces that feel so fresh and so fun...

{01. Trina Turk sandals, 02. kids' cars by Kukkia, 03. Kate Spade Saturday necklace, 04. party teaspoons from Leif, 05. Zara clutch.}

my favorite edible gifts...


One of the most common questions I get from my friends is suggestions for edible thank you/birthday/anytime gifts. I'm kind of obsessed with food gifts, so I wanted to share my favorites with you...


Cookies. You can never go wrong with cookies, unless your friend doesn't like cookies, in which case you might want to consider un-friending him or her right now. I love Molly Penny (shown above), The Cravory, and Milk Jar Cookies for the soft, chewy cookies, and Früute and Whimsy & Spice for crisp cookies.


Homemade Candy Bars. Homemade candy bars are a nice update to the typical box-of-chocolates gift. I love Liddibit Sweets (shown above), whose offerings change seasonally, as well as Sweeteeth, Mast Brothers, Chocolate Editions, and Komforte Bars for alternatives to your standard chocolate bar flavors. Candy bars are also a great option for when you need to spend less than $20 on a gift.


Cake. How often does a whole cake show up at your door? A cake is an awesome way to say, "Happy birthday, eat your heart out!" I love Momofuku Milk Bar for its unique flavors (the cake truffles are awesome, too) and Georgetown Cupcakes for those who like their cake in smaller bites.


Ice Cream. Ice cream is usually a tougher (and more expensive) gift to send due to the express shipping costs and the fact that it has to stay cold. But if you're willing to spend the money and can make sure the receiver will be home, it's a pretty awesome gift to have show up at your front door. My favorites are from Jeni's and Ciao Bella (the Key lime graham flavor is one of my favorites ever). There is even a site that ships a ton of ice cream brands (genius!). 

Finally, for you savory folks, a few suggestions of the salty kind...

Pickles. This is kind of the best gift ever to send to a pregnant friend, especially if she loves pickles like I do. I think I received like 10 jars of pickles when we first announced we were pregnant with Ruby—and even if your friend doesn't eat those pickles right away, they're kind of the gift that keeps on giving thanks to their shelf-stability. My favorites right now are from Gordy's, McClure's, and Mother in Law's (if you want to get into the kimchi territory).

Charcuterie and Cheese. This is my favorite gift to send to a new mom. It's like, "Hey, you had your baby, now you can eat all the soft cheeses and cured meats you want again!" I love Beecher's and Zingerman's, as well as the options from great food gift sites like Fab and Dean & DeLuca.

So, there you go...now go give something delicious to someone you really love, like, or whom you want to love/like you back! ;) 

{Photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday + french adventures await...



Earlier this week, we made a visit to the post office to apply for Ruby's first passport. There's nothing like waiting in long lines during lunch hour at the post office with a ready-to-nap toddler to make your day even better. ;) Luckily, Ruby loved the scale, and that kept her entertained while we waited and waited.

Ruby's first international trip awaits as we head to France this September for two weeks! We'll be going to Paris and Lyon and finally taking a long overdue family vacation. The last time we traveled abroad was to Japan a few years ago right before we tried to get pregnant. Now, with Ruby in tow, we're ready for our next adventure. So, all you traveling folks, I would love to hear your favorites spots to eat, shop, and play in Paris and Lyon. I am overwhelmed with the options and know you guys have some awesome suggestions up your sleeves...


(And, Ruby would like to know where all the best ice cream shops are...pretty please...)

Have a great weekend, all!

P.S. Here's a special 25% off discount on the Dancing Dot dress that Ruby is wearing, just for Oh Joy readers. Simply enter OHJOY25 at checkout. Offer valid from Friday, July 26 to on Friday, August 2 at 11:59p.m. Discount valid only for U.S. residents and the code cannot be combined with any other promotion.

a summer gallery wall...


For those of who have been following along with our 10 Day Picnic collaboration with One Kings Lane and Virginia Johnson (fingers crossed that some of you won those beautiful illustrations!), I'm happy to tell you that the prints got so much great feedback, they're now available for sale. Check out one of my favorites—the cherry print—in my own living room...



We are constantly rotating the art in our home because I love too many prints and too many artists. And while I love finding affordable $20 art, you often end up spending a lot more than that after having them framed. So the fact that these are beautiful, come already framed, and end up being a reasonable price when all is said and done is a bonus. You can see all the prints right here...

{Photos by Oh Joy. This post is in partnership with One Kings Lane. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to provide fun opportunities like this for Oh Joy readers.}

{oh joy eats} pingtung...

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Dim sum is one of my favorite weekend treats. I love tasting a little bit of everything, so it's one of the best meals to enjoy with a bunch of friends. In Los Angeles, the best dim sum is usually located outside the city, in Arcadia or Monterey Park—so it can be hard to find dim sum that's close by and available on weekdays.

But Pingtung on Melrose in L.A. satisfies my need for a little dum sum right in the city. Pingtung doesn't have carts like the traditional dim sum places do, but it does have a lot of my favorites, plus a few non-traditional options, as well.

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy Eats | Pingtung in Los Angeles | Photos by Bonnie Tsang

I loved the spicy shrimp dumplings, steamed barbeque pork buns, and the green bean salad (because you need some veggies to balance out all those carbs!). Plus, it's modern, super low key, and less hectic than the traditional dim sum spots I usually visit!

Pingtung | 7455 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90046 | 323.866.1866

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: top by Ace & Jig, jeans by Goldsign, shoes by ShoeMint.}

feeling like a summer breeze...

Just savoring the last bits of summer and all things that make it feel sunny year-round...

P.S. And these summer prints!

{01. Jeni's blueberry and lemon frozen yogurt, 02. watermelon blouse by Kindah Khalidy, 03. grasshopper stapler from Anthropologie, 04. More & Co. kids smock tee, 04. popsicle string lights from Anthropologie, 05. Bobo Choses woven bag, 06. napkins by A Sunny Afternoon, 07. Gordy's sweet pickle chips.}

play with your food...





I love seeing the way that other people can look at things so differently than I normally would. Last week, I met Julie of Julie's Kitchen who makes these amazing food collages from items she's picked up at the local market. They are simple, beautiful, and have just that perfect touch of whimsy...

{Photos by Julie's Kitchen}

happy friday + 21 months with ruby...




The last few months have been the most fun I've had yet in my time as a mom. Ruby's verbal skills astound me every day as I watch her little mind process more and more. She says things like, "Have a good day!," "Peace out!," and "More noodles, please," while also learning the meaning behind phrases like "Sorry, Mama..." and "Oh no!" She responds to us more like this little kid she's becoming and less like the baby she's growing out of.

I hope you guys have a great weekend! We're going to the beach, which we rarely do. I need to take advantage of it while the summer's still young!

P.S. Ruby from 15-18 months!

{Ruby's clothes: 19-month romper is DVFxGap, 20-month dress by Thief & Bandit, 21-month leggings by Candy Kirby.}

currently snacking on...

Momofuku Milk Bar | Cake Tasting Set

You know how sometimes you want cake, but you don't want a whole piece? This cake tasting package by Momofuku Milk Bar is pretty genius. With flavors like apple pie cake, birthday cake, chocolate chip cake, and pretzel cake, it's exactly how I'd want to eat my dessert every day if I could—in lots of little bites of every flavor available...

P.S. Speaking of snacks, I was recently a guest on Amy Cao's super cute video series, Stupidly Simple Snacks for The Cooking Channel. You can see our episode right here...


{Photo by Oh Joy, video courtesy of The Cooking Channel}