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{oh joy eats} marugame monzo in little tokyo... 3 Jun 2013

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Noodles are kind of one of my favorite things to eat. So when there are places that make the noodles fresh to order, I'm there like a kid at a candy store. Marugame Monzo in L.A.'s Little Tokyo makes piping fresh udon noodles, which has long been one of my favorite comfort foods...especially when I'm feeling under the weather.

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The food at Marugame Monzo is simple yet so tasty. And it's a nice comfortable change of scene from the fast pace of a certain long-lined ramen shop next door. While the udon noodles were super fresh and just the right combination of chewy and firm, my favorite dish was actually the pork belly. It was sliced super thin and grilled with a hand torch for the perfect crispy edge. My mouth waters just thinking about it...

Marugame Monzo | 329 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 |213.346.9762

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My pants are by En Soie, necklace c/o 31 Bits, yellow flats by Target.}

happy friday + discoveries...31 May 2013

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The amount of time that Ruby can be fascinated with something—a mini tent, a water table, an animal at the zoo, or even her own belly button—amazes me. I will never tire of seeing life through these little eyes...

Have a great weekend all! Hope it's full of little discoveries of your very own...

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ruby's top in first photo is DVF for GapKids, tent is from Ikea.}

oh joy + kate spade print {giveaway}...30 May 2013

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A couple of weeks ago, I hosted the store opening party for the new Kate Spade store in Santa Monica. As a special treat for shoppers that night, I partnered with Kate Spade New York on a limited-edition print of one of my photos, as featured in Kate Spade's Things We Love book. We had some extras, so here's a chance for 10 readers to win a copy of the 8x10 print, which was only available at the Santa Monica event!

To enter, simply visit Kate Spade's site and then leave a comment here telling me something you love about summer. Entries must be posted by this Monday, June 3rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and 10 winners will be chosen at random*. 

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Event photos by Austin Winchell; print photo by Oh Joy}

feeling woven...29 May 2013

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Inspired by this vintage bag I picked up at a yard sale over the weekend (perfect for my laptop!), I'm loving woven bags of all kinds right now. They're perfect for summer, and they feel like you're carrying around a mini vacation on your shoulder or in your hands.

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01. Calypso St. Barth clutch, 02. Calypso St. Barth netted bag, 03. ModCloth bag, 04. Bop Basics backpack, 05. Tory Burch tote, 06. JadeTribe cosmetic bag.

{Top photo by Oh Joy}

my favorite {los angeles} beautiful bites lately...28 May 2013

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Whenever we can, Bob and I try and have a date night at least every other weekend. It's a chance for us to get out, have some time just the two of us, and try out new restaurants in L.A. or revisit some of our regular favorites. And going to restaurants always gives me so much inspiration in terms of different ways food can be presented. It makes me think about food and composition in new ways—something I certainly don't think to do this when I'm cooking at home. So here are a few of prettiest bites around town these days...

This one-bite dish of toro tartare with seaweed salad, flying fish egg, pickled wasabi and micro-greens with quail egg on top from Sushi Yuzu in Toluca Lake is just amazing. Not only does it capture so many textures and tastes in one spoonful, but it just shows you how pretty a single bite can be.

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Red Medicine in Beverly Hills has consistently been one of my favorite spots over the last couple years. They changed their menu recently, but the food presentation is still off the charts. I mean, just look at this green strawberry tart (it tastes like a fancy Key lime pie) that resembles a beautiful botanical specimen.

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I love the simplicity of sushi, and the spicy tuna on crispy rice from Katsuya is one of my favorites. Even though it's a L.A. chain, it's always consistently delicious and beautiful.

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For my recent birthday, Bob took me to Alma in Downtown L.A. for dinner. We ordered the tasting menu and here are a couple of the simple, beautiful dishes: a berry crumble, which was presented on just the upper third of the plate, and this light and lovely shrimp dish.

Where restaurants have you guys eaten at lately that blow you away with their presentation?

{Photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday + surprises...24 May 2013

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Last Friday, on the night before my birthday, Bob and I were headed out to see the new Star Trek movie. While I was excited to be going out to the movies, I'm not super into Star Trek and kept joking how I'd find excuses to skip the movie. When we went into the garage to get into the car, the garage door opened and I saw these friends with waiting outside to surprise me. I was confused and baffled...my mind was wondering, "Wait, are they seeing Star Trek, too?" Bob surprised me by gathering the girls together to whisk me off to a sushi dinner instead. 

To be truly surprised with an unexpected treat like that really made my day, my week, maybe even my year. And, my friends and family showered me with best treats...mini pies, boba milk tea, cupcakes, homemade mochi, cookies, cake, and so much more. I was on a sugar high for about a week. This was the best birthday in a long time, and I really felt so loved. It reminded me how much birthdays are so special and how important it is to celebrate (in whatever small ways you can) that one day that someone gets to call their own.

Wishing you all a happy (long) weekend full of little delights and surprises...we'll see you back here on Tuesday!

P.S. Just because...Ruby dancing...

P.P.S. I heard the new Star Trek movie is actually really good. Maybe I should see it afterall...

{Photos by Bob Cho}

hers & mine...23 May 2013

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An on-going photo journal of our often similar things and moments...

top | Hers & Mine: A flower crown made by Yasmine from the leftover flowers for our upcoming Make Someone Happy video.

middle | Hers: Saltwater sandals. Mine: Loeffler Randall clogs.

bottom | Hers: 3191 bunny made from vintage fabric. Mine: vintage blouse from Wear it Well.

See past ones here and here...

{Photos by Oh Joy}

feeling tutti frutti...22 May 2013

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Since I'm on a fruity kick, here are a few more things that are making me long for summer and this upcoming holiday weekend...

{01. Brittany Bass print (15% off using code LONGWEEKEND through 5/27), 02. Madewell ring, 03. Mini Rodini playsuit (30% off using code VM30 through 5/31), 04. Kate Spade Saturday backpack (25% off after completing this survey through 5/31), 05. Russell & Hazel mini binder, 06. J.Crew bracelet, 07. Tory Burch iPhone case.}

a summer shades {giveaway}...21 May 2013

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Although I wear sunglasses year-round in sunny L.A., I get extra excited about them during this time of year. I love picking out new frames to wear, so it's nice to have cute and affordable options so I can have a couple to choose from on any given day. So for your upcoming sunny days, I've partnered with Lookmatic to give away one pair of sunglasses to three lucky readers (yes, three)!

To enter, simply visit Lookmatic's website and then leave a comment here telling me which style of sunglasses you'd choose if you won. Winners will be able to choose from Rx or non-Rx sunglasses. Entries must be posted by this Thursday, May 23rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and three winners will be chosen at random*. 

UPDATE: Congrats to Shelley T. from Lexington, KY; Abbey T. from New York, NY; and Danae D. from Cibolo, TX for being our winners this time!

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $65-95 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

striped dresses + gold shoes...21 May 2013

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Over the weekend, I was cleaning my closet and realized I have a lot of two things: striped dresses and gold shoes. How many of the same type of thing does one person need? Clearly, I have a problem.

Do you guys a lot of one type of thing in your closet? (Tell me I'm not the only one!)

{Photos by Oh Joy. Gold shoes (left to right): Kate Spade sequined heels and loafers (past seasons), Brother gold vellies, Loeffler Randall flats. Striped dresses (left to right): Anthropologie, Steven Alan, Madewell (past season), Steven Alan, Madewell (past season), Noe & Zoe.}

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