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{oh joy eats} no. 1 noodle house...11 Dec 2012

No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights

One of my favorite places to eat in Philly (my hometown) is Han Dynasty. It's the best Chinese food in the city, in my opinion. And ever since moving to L.A., I've been trying to find similar Szechuan-style food here. Thankfully, out in Rowland Heights (about 40 minutes outside of L.A.), there's a mecca of Chinese food options. I was so happy to come across No.1 Noodle House and find a close-ish match to some of my favorite dishes back in Philly.

No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights

No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights

No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights

I loved the wontons in chili oil and the dan dan noodles. I love things on the spicy side, and there's a Szechuan pepper used in many of the dishes that has an intensely fragrant, citrus-like flavor and produces a tingly, numbing sensation in the mouth.

No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights

It's kind of weird, but also really delicious! I could seriously spend the day in Rowland Heights eating up a storm of noodles and other niche foods you can only get out there.

No.1 Noodle House | 18180 Colima Road, #B | Rowland Heights, CA 91748 | 626.839.7093

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: Coat by Crewcuts (a kids size 14 fits a women's size XS/S! or adult size here), eyeglasses c/o Rivet & Sway, corduroys by J.Crew, shoes by Madewell.}

how to be wrap star...10 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | Use mini-LED lights to wrap a gift!

My favorite thing about giving gifts is wrapping them. I don't know why, but I've always loved figuring out fun ways to adorn a gift other than with the usual bow. For example, I got these mini-LED lights to wrap around this gift. Nothing's more festive then a lit-up, glowing package, right?

Oh Joy | use a stretchy headband & ornament to decorate a wrapped gift

I also love using materials that can be used again...either for wrapping another gift or for something else altogether. For example, these stretchy headbands can be used to hold your wrap job together for a colorful, clean, no-tape option. Then just tie on a pretty ornament!

Oh Joy | use sculptural chip clips to top off a gift

Or top off a simple ribbon with something unexpected, like these animal chip clips. They add a sculptural quality to the present, and offer a little extra function for your recipient's everyday snacking.

Throughout this holiday season, I'll be sharing some of my favorite ideas for gift-giving and gift-wrapping over on this Pinterest board in collaboration with Target. Every day, I'll be pinning a new idea that I'm loving or that I've come up with, so I hope you'll follow along for some last-minute ideas and inspiration!

P.S. And a little bonus gift wrap DIY I created over at Refinery29 about how to use all those leftover scraps of wrapping paper!

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

{Photos by Oh Joy}

happy friday + say cheese! 7 Dec 2012


Happy Friday, friends! How is it mid-December already? And, why do I always wait till two weeks before Christmas to start getting things together for the holidays? This weekend, I'll be in heavy family photo mode. I'm finishing up a photo book of Ruby's first year to give to our parents for Christmas, and then we take our family photo this weekend for our Christmas card!

As I was looking through photos from the past year, it was so fun to see how many Smilebooth's we've been in as a family this year. Those photos are always the most fun...totally goofy and not too serious. Hope you have lots of goofy moments this weekend with those you love most...

P.S. Congrats to Patricia C. from Chicago for being the winner of our giveaway with Roztayger

Also, as a special bonus, Roztayer is offering 10% off anything in their shop for ALL READERS. Simply use code OHJOY thru December 11th.

a paper you... 7 Dec 2012


Remember those family portraits I posted about a few weeks ago? I recently came across these foldable portraits and had these two made of Bob and me. They crack me up and would make for a quirky gift for that person or couple who has everything...

{photo by Oh Joy}

a dreamy print shop... 6 Dec 2012

Max Wanger Print Shop

Max Wanger Print Shop

Max Wanger Print Shop

One of my favorite photographers, Max Wanger, just launched a brand-new shop today filled with gorgeous prints of some of his favorite images captured over the past year. Max's signature composition style and whimsy are apparent in every photo, and I love that you can choose the size of the prints, as some would be amazing really large over your couch, while others would be perfect as small prints right above your desk. They'd make a pretty awesome gift for that art lover in your life.

P.S. Max is offering a holiday special for 15% off through January 1st. Simply enter PINECONE at checkout.

{Photos by Max Wanger}

wise words at the dinner table... 5 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | Roald Dahl quotes

As a kid, I loved Roald Dahl books. They were always whimsical, yet smart, with lessons to be learned from each. And I love that those lessons are ones that we, as adults, can also live by—especially in our busy day-to-day lives when we can sometimes get a little stuck in our routines or our ways of thinking. So, I thought it would be fun to turn a few of my favorite Roald Dahl quotes into paper placemats to use at the dinner table this holiday season as a conversation starter...or just a little daily reminder.

Oh Joy | Roald Dahl quotes

Oh Joy | Roald Dahl quotes

You can even hang them up as prints!

They're super easy to make. Here's how...

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what i'd wear to {a holiday party}... 5 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | What I'd Wear to a Company Holiday Party

With holiday soirees aplenty coming up, it often feels like you need so many different outfits for different kinds of parties with different groups of people and different levels of dressiness. Sometimes you have to attend your partner's more conservative holiday party; sometimes it's a more festive cocktail-style party you're headed to. So I like to wear accessories that can go with lots of things and simply change up the main component of the outfit depending on the occasion.

For a company holiday party (especially when it's a spouse's or partner's, I try and stay on the more conservative side (no cleavage and nothing too short!). Paired with some colorful heels and a fun clutch, in this look my personality still comes through with the bit of color and pattern.

01. Jewelmint earrings, 02. J.Crew dress, 03. Kate Spade glitter bow belt, 04. Kindah clutch, 05. heels from Mod Cloth.

Oh Joy | What I'd Wear to a White Elephant Party

For a more laid-back and festive party with friends (a White Elephant party, perhaps?), I'd wear a sparkly number like this striped sequined dress. Topped with a blazer (in case it gets chilly) and the same heels and clutch, I'm ready for a holiday celebration filled with present-swapping and my closest girlfriends.

06. Ban.do smooch hair bobbi, 07. Madewell tuxedo blazer, 08. Forever 21 sequined dress (similar), 09. Kindah clutch, 10. Heels from Mod Cloth.

{illustrations by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

a silver lining {giveaway}... 4 Dec 2012


It's a busy month over here with giveaways ('tis the season, right?). And I've got a fun one for you today. I love bags that have a little something special to them, but are timeless enough to become a daily staple. So I've partnered with Roztayger to give away this Clare Vivier silver messenger bag (which retails for $358) to one lucky reader. It's been the perfect size to carry around my laptop along with my everyday must-haves. There's a longer shoulder strap (not shown here), and the bag is made of the softest silver nubuck leather...


To enter, simply "like" Roztayger on Facebook**, then visit the Roztayger site, and leave a comment below telling us another purse or accessory from their site that you're loving. Entries must be posted by this Friday, December 7th at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

Also, as a special bonus, Roztayer is offering 10% off anything in their shop. Use code OHJOY thru December 11th.

UPDATE: Congrats to Patricia C. from Chicago, IL for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $358 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

**If you don't have a Facebook account, you can sign-up for Roztayger's mailing list (on the homepage) as an alternative for entry.

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: trench jacket from A-Thread, corduroys by J.Crew, blouse by Lauren Moffatt (similar), boots c/o Loeffler Randall.}

chocolate chip nutella candy cane cookies... 4 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

Say that three times fast! With the holidays approaching, I've been wanting to make a twist on my favorite year-round cookie—the chocolate chip cookie. Peppermint is the flavor of the season, and I'm not ashamed to say that I'll gladly get a peppermint latte or pick up those Peppermint Joe Joe's from Trader Joe's during their limited time run. So, I've decided to add some of that candy cane action to some delicious chocolate chip cookies, with a little extra something—Nutella!—for a super rich and chocolately taste.

Oh Joy | Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

Here's the recipe for my newest cookie concoction...

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feeling snowy metallics... 3 Dec 2012


I can't think of anything any more wintry and sophisticated then the pairing of white and cream with gold, rose gold, and silver. Here are a few of my favorite sultry and snowy pieces...

P.S. While I won't be doing traditional gift guides this year, all of my round-up posts over the next couple weeks will be with a focus on great items to gift. You can also check out some of my favorite holiday picks over at: Uncommon GoodsOeuf's Gift Guide (pg. 7), West Elm, and Serena & Lily.

{01. Frends Layla rose gold headphones, 02. Monogrammed leather tote by Mark and Graham, 03. Juicy Couture baby booties, 04. scratch map from Uncommon Goods, 05. leather card case by Almanac Industries, 06. ASOS heels, 07. Marc Jacobs for Target pouch}


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