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happy friday + feeling lucky...

Oh Joy | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Within the last week, three people in my office (including myself) got into car accidents. They happened on different days and in different cars. We're all safe and no one got hurt, but boy did it feel like an unlucky week over here with dented cars and tow trucks! I spent most of the week wallowing in my unfortune and feeling like nothing was going right. But I came out of it reminding myself that things could be way worse. We're alive, safe, and healthy. As we head into the long weekend, I hope you're surrounded with people and things that remind you what you have to feel lucky for.

I'll see you back here on Tuesday, friends!

P.S. Have you heard about Love for Leni? This sweet 4-month-old baby girl has been diagnosed with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia, a rare form of pediatric bone marrow cancer. Her parents are hoping to find a matching bone marrow donor, but it's proving hard because of Leni's mixed descent. Please click here if you'd like to read more or if you know anyone who could be a match for Leni.

{Photo by Bonnie Tsang}

feeling a sprinkle of stripes...


With summer's end around the corner, I'm loving a more subtle and simple approach to stripes that feel just right to mix into a fall wardrobe...

P.S. Madewell is offering 30% off all sale styles with code BYESUMMER + free shipping on all orders through Labor Day.

{01. mirror from Haus Interior, 02. Madewell jeans, 03. stripe lace-ups by Soludos, 04. Roxy Marj sunglasses case, 05. Ban.do phone case, 06. Steven Alan top.}

my favorite {los angeles} layered bites lately...


Food is really one of the ultimate pleasures for in life for me. I'd much rather splurge on a really nice dinner out than on a fancy pair of shoes. Here are just a few of my favorite Los Angeles bites lately...all with layers of unexpected flavors, textures, and just plain goodness with each bite.

Fried chicken is sometimes just fried chicken, but this one (above) from The Hart and the Hunter is one of the best fancy versions I've had. It was crunchy, juicy, spicy, and perfectly offset with tangy slaw and sliced pickles.


Once or twice a year, I love celebrating a birthday or anniversary at a really, really nice restaurant. Providence is one of the best restaurants in L.A. And while it's not cheap by any means, every single bite is pretty magnificent—including this scallop sashimi on brioche toast covered in grated black truffles.


It took me months to finally get a reservation at one of L.A.'s newest hot spots, Bestia. But it was well worth the wait. The modern and rustic Italian-inspired dinner was one of my favorite meals this year. Even the classic heirloom tomato salad was off the charts.


Finally, I love when a dish gets an unexpected addition—like the hash brown accompanying this hamachi crudo from Baco Mercat. It's Japanese meets Southern comfort breakfast in one dish.

Do you guys enjoy a great meal out as much as I do? Or would you rather splurge on something else?

P.S. Breakfast bites and beautiful bites.

{Photos by Oh Joy}

a {little} halloween inspiration...

Real Simple | Ice Cream Sundae Halloween Costume | Oh Joy

Okay, so I know Halloween seems kind of far away...but I had to share this costume cuteness from Real Simple. Ruby was one of the little kiddos that played dress-up in a homemade costume for the magazine's annual feature. She's dressed as her favorite treat...an ice cream sundae! Check out the how-to for Ruby's costume and the other dressed-up cuties right here. Thanks so much to Real Simple for having us join the fun!

P.S. She takes after her mama!

{Photo by Nicole Hill Geralut for Real Simple}

{field trip} en soie in silver lake...

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

One of my favorite shops here in Silver Lake is En Soie—a family owned and operated line of clothing, textiles, and home goods that originated in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1894. Every pattern is hand-drawn and hand-printed to create bold and beautiful pieces.

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

En Soie in Los Angeles | Oh Joy

This is one of those shops that make you want to save up for a special treat for yourself or a really beautiful gift for someone. The two dresses I have from En Soie (this one and this one) are seriously my favorites, and they both fit so well. And I asked the owner, Eleonore, to show me how she wears her scarves because I knew the result would look both effortless and beautiful. The colors and patterns are just so ridiculously good.

En Soie | 3333 Sunset Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 323.662.0985

{Photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday...


...may your weekend look just...like...this!

P.S. We leave for France in three weeks! I'm getting excited (the best cheeses and pastries and shopping) but also nervous (a 10 hour plane ride with a toddler)...eek!

{Photo of Ruby at 22 months by Bob Cho}

social media roulette...


One of the most common questions I get asked by new bloggers is how to manage all the social media that's out there. On top of trying to start and maintain a blog and posting to other outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and everything else—it can be super overwhelming. If you're a one-man operation and don't have a team of people to help you (because, honestly, being on top of all of that often requires a team!), then I always recommend focusing on just two spaces you really love on top of your blog.

For me, Twitter was one of my go-to spots for the longest time. I loved how easy it was to use and how I could use it to express simpler thoughts and questions. Lately though, I prefer Instagram way more. The community there seems tighter, kinder, and more engaging. Because I use Pinterest as a daily visual tool, it's become the other place online that I find myself focusing on. The funny thing is—when you put effort and energy into one or two of these other social media outlets, those are often the ones that grow the quickest.

Where do you guys spend your time in the social media universe? Everyone has their favorites as well the ones they just can't stand!

{Photos by Nicholas Haggard for Hansel from Basel}

three ways to decorate store-bought cupcakes...


There are so many times that I really want to make a special treat to give a friend or to bring to a potluck dinner, but I simply run out of time or forgot to prep in advance. So I love picking up store-bought cupcakes and decorating them in easy and beautiful ways. It's just like you got them from a fancy bakery! Enjoy!

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Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: Darling by Handsome and Gretyl 
Production assistant: Julia Sir
My dress: Kate Spade Saturday

Cupcakes: Target stores (or your local grocery store)
Edible flowers: Silver Lake Farms (or your local farmer's market)
Candy Dots: Gloria's Baking Supply
Rainbow Sprinkles: Target

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

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Oh Joy in Better Homes and Gardens

Oh Joy in Better Homes and Gardens

If you check out this month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens, Bob, Ruby and I are in it! We're honored to be a part of the September Stylemaker Issue. In the piece, I talk about my inspirations, keeping my home stylish with a baby, and what's next for Oh Joy. You can see the whole story right here or find it on newsstands now.

Thanks so much to the team at Better Homes and Gardens for having us and to photographer David Tsay, stylist Scott Horne, and hair and makeup artist Danielle Walch for your amazing talent!

{All photos by David Tsay for Better Homes and Gardens}

my latest obsession...

Oh Joy | vintage accessories

Oh Joy | vintage accessories

Lately, I've been collecting vintage accessories to add to my everyday outfits. A little sparkly brooch, a pretty hair clip, or a great bracelet. There's something about vintage that feels so special, and I love collecting as I find things along the way...

{Photo by Oh Joy. Left to right, top to bottom: kids hair clips from Rosebud Cottage, jade & gold bracelet from Elva Fields Original Vintage, large barrette from Rosebud Cottage, circle brooch from a flea market, owl brooch from Nevermore Vintage.}