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{los angeles} top 20 bites of 2014...18 Dec 2014

Salt Air

As my mind and body prepped for a new family member this year, 2014 included a ton of places I simply craved (which meant lots of sweets and lots of carbs). Here are my Top 20 Bites of 2014 in Los Angeles {in no particular order}...

1. The lobster roll from Salt Air is like the runway model of lobster rolls. It's not the meatiest out there, but it sure is pretty.

Good Girl Dinette

2. The blistered corn from Good Girl Dinette. I don't know what they do to this corn, but it has this amazing mix of crispy, sweet, and soft that is unlike any corn on the cob I've ever had.

Black Hogg Cookies

3. The Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookie from Black Hogg (recipe here) has become my favorite chocolate chip cookie in the city.

The Hungry Cat

4. For a meatier lobster roll, the version from The Hungry Cat with those amazing fries surely satisfies (we love their Sunday brunch!).

Dinette

5. The best waffle I might have ever had is this one with a poached egg and bacon from Dinette.

Hart and the Hunter

6. Because toasts are the new black, this Trout Toast from The Hart and the Hunter is one of my favorites.

Eggslut

7. The "slut" (a coddled egg over potato pureé) from Egg Slut makes for a comforting and cozy morning meal.

Republique

8. The double chocolate cookie from Republique (middle) is gluten-free but you'd never know it was missing anything—it's chewy, sweet, crunchy, and simply out of this world.

Faith and Flower

9. The kimchi deviled eggs from Faith and Flower take deviled eggs to a whole new level.

Sweet Rose Creamery

10. Cinnamon Buttermilk Sherbet from Sweet Rose Creamery offers a fun twist on a cold treat.

(see the other 10 below...)

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a makeup bump-up...17 Dec 2014

A Makeup Bump-Up

A Makeup Bump-Up

With the little time I have these days for myself, I'm always looking for quick ways to enhance my daytime makeup to something that feels more festive for night time. So, if you're headed from work to a holiday party or out to dinner with friends, here are two super easy ways from my beauty guru, Danielle Walch, to bump it up with a simple eyeliner trick (using a business card) and a sparkly gloss (using makeup grade glitter)!

A Makeup Bump-Up / Eyeliner Flick

A Makeup Bump-Up / Eyeliner Flick

Eyeliner Flick 

Here's an easy way to add a kitten eye if you're nervous about doing it by hand on your own. Using cream eyeliner, a small angled brush, and a business card...align the card under your bottom lashes, angling it up towards the corner of your eye, and press the edge flat and firm against your skin. Dab your angled brush with a tiny bit of cream liner and with a steady hand, draw your flick to line up with the card's edge. Repeat the same technique on second eye. And, voila, you have quick and easy kitten eyes!

A Makeup Bump-Up

A Makeup Bump-Up / Sparkle Lips

Sparkle Lips

Using makeup-grade glitter, squeeze a dollop of lip gloss onto a palette, and sprinkle with glitter of your choice (we used gold). Mix with lip brush and apply for a subtle touch of festive sparkle! 

P.S. You can see more from Danielle at Inside Out Beauty and her website right here.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, floral styling by Julia Wester, and hair tips by Danielle Walch for Oh Joy. My top by J.Crew.}

casual cook {gift guide}...16 Dec 2014

Gift Guide for the Casual Cook

For the girl that likes to get her hands dirty in the kitchen, here are some useful, yet chic, pieces hand-picked by, Casey, our photographer and go-to gal...

1. MoMA cutting board, 2. Hedley & Bennett apron, 3. print from Society6, 4. salt & pepper shakers by Kate Spade Saturday, 5. copper KitchenAid mixer, 6. Polaroid cheese slicer from ModCloth, 7. Smeg toaster.

oh joy for target / holiday snaps...15 Dec 2014

Oh Joy for Target

Before the holidays come and go, I had to share some of my favorite #ohjoyfortarget photos you're sharing on Instagram of how you're celebrating the holidays with the Oh Joy for Target collection! I am constantly floored by how creative you guys are and appreciate the support more than you know. Here are a few of my favorites...

Above: I love how thebannerie mixed our fans with a bunch of others!

Oh Joy for Target

And more pretty holiday moments...colorful utensils by oleanderandpalm, falalala table by michelesarahphotography, fans by _laura_ford_, mug shot by myonlysunshine.blog,  iphone treats by sonixcases, cookie snack by takeamegabite, place setting by pizzazzerie, and kids party by stylewithinreach.

Oh Joy for Target

And, finally, this cookie exchange by perpetuallychic using our treat bags! The holiday collection will be available for a few more weeks and then it will be gone forever. I seriously can't thank you guys enough for all the love and support this year with our collection. It's been a dream come true, and it makes me so happy to see all the pieces out in the wild...

P.S. I'll continue to add my favorites to the Oh Joy for Target Pinterest board!

P.P.S. The process of making these products!

adventurous mama {gift guide}...12 Dec 2014

Adventurous Mama Gift Guide

For the mom on the move, here are some fun and kid-friendly pieces that our designer and mama, Angie, is loving this year...

1. P'Kolino triangular crayons, 2.Twig Creative toy camera, 3. Fujifilm smartphone printer, 4. Hershel Supply Co. backpack, 5. Define water bottle, 6. Public bike with a child seat, 7. Bento Box from Harabu House.

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