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happy friday + ruby's 1st haircut...24 Aug 2012

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Ruby got her first haircut this week! Well, it was mainly a bang trim to get those bangs out of her eyes. It was the quickest hair cut ever, but someone was not so happy to have her head held and poked at while scissors came so close to her face. She cried for a minute near the end, but we all walked out 5 minutes later unscathed. She looks thrilled, right? And her short little bangs crack me up. She's totally kickin' it Parent Trap style.

Hope you guys have some fun things in store for the weekend. My in-laws come into town this afternoon for a week to get some one-on-one time with their granddaughter. I seriously cannot wait for my mother-in-law's Korean home cooking...yum. Enjoy your weekend guys! — Joy

Oh, and just a reminder to those of you in Chicago, if you're planning to attend the September 5th Blog, Inc. Book Party, please be sure to RSVP by early next week. The book doesn't officially come out until after this party, so we want to make sure to have enough for everyone there!

{photo of Ruby at 10.5 months by Oh Joy}

the {splendid summer} winners...24 Aug 2012

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You guys did a seriously amazing job putting together your boards for the Splendid Summer contest. I reviewed over 900 boards and found myself getting inspired by so many images I had never seen as well as so many awesome Pinterest accounts that I've since started following. It was tough to narrow down the winners, but I chose the top 4 {grand prize winner + 3 runners-up} based on those who created a mood that felt cohesive within the board and made me want to jump right into their vision of their perfect summer.

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Megan G. from Minneapolis, MN is our grand prize winner for her beautiful retro-inspired board. The colors, mix of photos and illustrations, and retro-style images of summer really captured a mood that I just loved. Megan won the grand prize of an Apple iPad in a Clare Vivier for Splendid case, a $500 Splendid gift card, Splendid skin care products, and a Splendid towel and bag.

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Lindsay M. from Brooklyn, NY captured her summer in a more photo documentary way, and I loved the outdoorsy nature of the images she selected.

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Amy H., a student in New York, created an eclectic and vibrant version of her perfect summer with colorful and quirky images.

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Finally, Minna S. from Washington, D.C., put together a board that looks like a big bowl of rainbow sherbet with it's consistent color story throughout images of fashion, food, and home decor. These three lucky ladies receive $250 Splendid gift card, Splendid skin care products, and a Splendid towel and bag.

Also, a few more from the top 10 whose boards I really enjoyed: Jennifer Stuart, Honest Vintage, Jennifer Govero, and Sina Richert. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter and for showing me your summer! — Joy

{first photo by Bonnie Tsang, board montages by Oh Joy pulled from each winner's Pinterest board linked above}

{outside/inside} an outdoor 8...23 Aug 2012

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OUTSIDE / An abandoned tricycle rounds the curve of a figure-8 on the lawn of this child-friendly home...

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...while INSIDE, the décor is chipper and bright! Saturated and bold hues of color with the contrast of wood, cork, and wire. Everyday items take on quirky shapes—like a camera-shaped candle or wire wound into a DIY lamp. I can imagine wall-to-wall chalkboard paint in the house, ready for on-the-fly doodling! —Joanna

{from left to right, top to bottom: lemon gumdrop pendant from Serena & Lily, caravan dresser from Branch, Hee lounge chair from A+R, coil lamp DIY kit from The Future Perfect, companions bedside table from The Future Perfect, beeswax camera candle from Branch, polka dot wall vase from Poketo, German chalk set from Terrain.}

{image by photographer Radim Peško}

notes... 23 Aug 2012

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I used to be so good at writing thank you notes, birthday cards, and just sending out lots of mail to those I care about. Sometime in the last few years, I slowly got worse and worse at it...and now I find myself feeling pretty guilty when I sent out cards late. Or not at all. So, I'm trying to revive my note-writing spirit by stocking up on some cute cards that I can't let go to waste. Fingers crossed...we'll see if that helps! — Joy

{Photo by Oh Joy. Notes by Fig. 2 and Rifle Paper Co.}

one of each...22 Aug 2012

Threes

When I was a kid, I used to want my favorite clothing item in every single color it came in. You know, like that hoodie with rhinestones or that jelly glitter bracelet? Lately, I find myself wanting to do that again with really great quality basics that come in the best colors... — Joy

{top to bottom: Baggu bags, Nature Baby striped booties, Land of Nod lamp}

a petite story...22 Aug 2012

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In celebration of their new Petites collection, I was recently included in a story by Anthropologie about my petite style and some of my favorite looks from fancy to everyday! I was given freedom to have the photos shot anywhere, and my own home felt just right for showcasing some of my favorite pieces and how I'd wear them within the context of my real life. You can read the full story and see more details on the pieces I wore in their magazine {it's currently featured their homepage too—eep!} and see a few of my favorite outtakes from the shoot below!

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The scenes included an ice cream party for entertaining, a snippet from a weekend moment while hanging a mobile, and a play date with my favorite little lady. It was so fun being featured beside fellow petite pal Dallas, too! Thanks so much to Anthropologie for having me and to Bonnie for her beautiful photos! — Joy

{photos by Bonnie Tsang for Oh Joy + Anthropologie, hair & makeup by Megumi Wakabayashi.} 

this & that...21 Aug 2012

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...wear this pair of Topshop flats, decorate with that Ferm Living tea towel...

Bekka

currently snacking on...21 Aug 2012

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Oh, California...how I love you and your magical fruit! The other day I found these candy stripe figs at our local grocery store and had to try them. In season for only three weeks a year, this variety of fig has flesh that looks like raspberry jam with a slightly tart and more juicy flavor than regular figs. And with its beautiful candy cane skin, it's probably one of the prettiest fruits I've ever seen...
Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

my {blog, inc.} book tour...20 Aug 2012

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I'm excited to announce the cities and dates of my Blog, Inc. book tour this fall. It was really tough narrowing it down to a just handful of cities, but I'm happy to be able to make it to a couple more places that we didn't get to during my last book tour. Every event will include a Q&A portion of the evening, where I'll answer your blogging questions. For those of you in other cities—please don't feel left out—I'll have plenty of fun things to share with you in October including my book trailer, Q&A's, giveaways, and more...

To RSVP for any of the events above, please visit West Elm's Events Page on Facebook. I'll be sure to post reminders for the October and November book parties when it gets closer.

A note to Chicago...while the tour was intended to officially start in October, I had a last minute opportunity to go to Chicago in a couple weeks, so we're going to have a pre-launch party with you guys in Chicago on September 5th! While the book won't technically be out by this date, we'll be sure to have them for purchase that night at West Elm, so please RSVP by September 29th so we can make sure to have enough copies for everyone.

I can't wait to see what you guys think of the book, and I look forward to seeing some of you in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin in the next couple months! — Joy

love these...20 Aug 2012

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...colorful & geometric jewelry by Kate Miss... — Joy

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