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feeling like a monet...20 Feb 2013

...with gorgeous colors and painterly prints...

{01. Cooper & Ella blouse, 02. placemats from Leif, 03. Anthropologie heels, 04. Paper Stock envelopes, 05. bloomers by Bobo Choses, 06. Kate Spade Saturday weekend bag, 07. Ferm Living piggy bank.}

letting the good stuff stick...19 Feb 2013


I was thinking the other day about how I let things get to me—the stuff that doesn't work out like I planned, unkind critiques, or any kind of general negativity (the person who was rude on the subway, the girl behind the register who had a bad day and took it out on her customers). I tend to let myself focus on that. I zero in on the small percentage of people or experiences out there that have put a dent in my day.

But instead, I think we (myself included) should remember the positive. Remember the guy at Starbucks who gave you a dollar because you didn't quite have enough change for your morning coffee, or the lady on the the highway you let you into the insane merge lane during rush hour traffic. Remember the incredible goal you accomplished, the dream gig you just got, or the person who took the time to write you a letter saying how much your work inspired her during a sad time in her life.

I am terrible at letting the good stuff stick. But maybe we can all help each other out a little and remember the good times, the best moments, the nice people, and the kindnesses that do come our way...

{Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

four eyes are better than two...18 Feb 2013

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

One day in sixth grade, I couldn't see the chalkboard very clearly. I squinted and squinted until I gave myself a headache. Soon, my parents realized I was becoming near-sighted, and I started wearing glasses. I dreaded having to pull them out in class. Glasses were not cool in junior high, especially in the early '90s (unless you were Sally Jesse Raphael), and as soon as I was allowed to get contacts in high school, I wore them every day ever since and saved my glasses for nighttime, right-before-bed only.

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

I bet you guys didn't even know I wear glasses, right? I mean, my normal vision is so bad that I wouldn't be able to see you if you were standing in front of me. It's all a blur. However, once more fun frame options became available, I decided to revisit the idea of wearing glasses. I loved the idea of wearing them all day, but with an Asian nose-bridge, plastic-framed glasses rarely stay on my face. It wasn't until I tried Rivet & Sway—a company that focuses on glasses only for women, and those with smaller or more narrow faces specifically—that I was finally able to wear cool spectacles again. These actually stay on my face!

I've since become a big fan of Rivet & Sway, and have joined forces with them today to show you how I now wear glasses as a part of my everyday life—and how they can even be an accessory to work into your outfit.

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

For everyday, I love adding a pop of color—because when you're in a T-shirt and jeans, it's that extra little detail that feels fun and special.

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

For dressier occassions, I love a thinner frame in classic black. The glasses make a subtle statement and let whatever you're wearing shine.

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Rivet & Sway | photo by Bonnie Tsang

For when I'm wearing lots of patterns or in a more bohemian mood, I love neutral, tortoise-colored frames with a twist. They add interest and a little spark of surprise...they're like what your local librarian would wear, but with a kick!

Do you guys wear glasses? If you do, are you a glasses-only-at-night wearer like I once was? Or do you love rocking them on a daily basis?

P.S. Rivet & Sway is kindly offering Oh Joy readers $50 off a single pair of frames (a $199 retail value) through March 31, 2013. Enter OHJOYSWAYS at checkout. (You can try up to three pairs at home!)

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Rivet & Sway. 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 Bonnie Tsang. Hair and makeup by Danielle Walch. Casual outfit: sweatshirt from Hello Merch, jeans by J.Crew, tote by Mar y Sol, sneakers c/o Loeffler Randall, Punchline glasses by Rivet & Sway. Dressy outfit: dress by Madewell (past season), jacket by Anthropologie (past season), clutch by J.Crew (past season), All Who Wander glasses by Rivet & Sway. Boho outfit: dress c/o Lauren Moffatt, cardigan from A-Thread, Core Strength glasses by Rivet & Sway.

a pretty amazing image...15 Feb 2013

Marcin Ryczek Photography

Marcin Ryczek Photography

The contrast, the texture, the story...so beautiful...

{Photo by Marcin Ryczek}

we're having a yard sale...15 Feb 2013


It's spring cleaning time! I'm joining forces again with my friend Bri over at Designlovefest to have our annual yard sale on Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-1pm in Atwater Village. And, our friends over at Yeah, Rentals will be selling a bunch of fun pieces...so bring your pickup truck!

If you're in LA and can make it, please click here to RSVP so we can get a head count, and we'll email you with the exact address a few days prior. Hope to see you there!

P.S. The sale is cash only.

UPDATE: We've reached maxium capacity and unfortunately had to close the RSVP for the sale. If you RSVP'ed before it closed, you'll get an email a few days before with location.

{Photo by Kimberly Genevieve.}

ruby kisses...14 Feb 2013





Now that Ruby's learned how to give kisses, she likes to give them to everyone...Mama, Daddy, our neighbor's dog, and the baby goat at the farmer's market. (And of course I can't help but kiss her 278 times a day).

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day, friends! Hope it's full of kisses from those you love (or at least like!) most...

{Photos by Bob Cho and Oh Joy}

{oh joy eats} guerrilla tacos...13 Feb 2013



One of the best parts about having good weather year-round are the pop-up carts and trucks that do business on the streets of Los Angeles. Guerrilla Tacos is a pop-up taco stand in downtown L.A. that serves amazing breakfast tacos a couple times a week. I've had a hard time finding tacos here in L.A. that compare to those in San Diego, but Guerrilla really left an impression on me.


And the prices! Seriously, so reasonable and delicious! $3-$4 for probably the best breakfast tacos I've ever had. The chorizo taco was spicy and savory, the mushroom taco was a great vegetarian option, and the tamale—um, out of this world.



It's amazing to me what can be cooked right on the street without the need for a fancy kitchen and equipment. Street food is probably one of my favorite kinds of food because the people who make it focus on one thing, and usually do it really well.

What kinds of pop-up food carts like this do you guys have where you live?

Guerrilla Tacos (at Handsome Coffee Roasters) | 582 Mateo Street| Los Angeles, CA 90013 | 818.640.3033

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My shoes are Crew Cuts.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 06: Write a Song12 Feb 2013

Last month, we wrote a letter to express our feelings. So this month I wanted to take it one step further and create a song! Now, we're not all songwriters or singers (um, I am completely tone deaf!), but that doesn't mean you can't put some of your thoughts down to a simple melody to sing just for fun. So with the help of my friend, Brooke White, I made a song for my Valentine: my husband Bob.

Here are Brooke's easy song-making tips:

1. Write down a bunch of sentences about your subject to create the lyrics. For example: How did you meet? What does he or she like? What are some of the characteristics you like most about them?

2. String those  sentences together to create a verse. Rhyming is always a fun way to make sentences flow together, so for our song, we'd come up with the first line, then write the next line so that the last word rhymed with the last work of the previous sentence. You can even rap this part, like we did!

3. Create a chorus. Also known as the hook, this is the part of a song that repeats over and over in between verses.

4. Make up one more verse with another set of facts—more fun things to say about your subject!

5. Put it all together with simple melody. We rapped the verses and sang the chorus to a very simple tune. Pull out the tambourine, maracas, or just clap your hands to accompany the song!

I hope this inspires you to create and sing a little song for your Valentine.

P.S. A huge thanks to Brooke for lending her talents (even while under the weather)!

{Video by Modshift. Special Guest: Brooke White.}

feeling like a tropical sunset...11 Feb 2013

Right around February, I start craving springy things. Especially with the prediction of an early spring, it's a fun time to think about the longer days and warmer temperatures ahead...

{1. Prabal Gurung for Target sweater, 2. Tulisan storage box, 3. Baggu pouch, 4. Madewell scarf, 5. Rib & Hull tote bag, 6. Bobo Choses onesie, 7. Ban.do glitter bomb bobbi.}

little girl, grown-up gestures... 8 Feb 2013





Sometimes I look at my toddler and her chubby baby cheeks and remember she's still so tiny. And then sometimes she does these things that are so adult-like (often things she picked up from us) and that make my mind fast-forward into the future way too fast. The other day Ruby was talking to herself in the mirror, and then pointed to her chest and said, "Boobies!" (I told her once what those are and it obviously stuck with her).

Here are just a few moments lately—taking a "rest" on the sidewalk in the middle of playing, practicing downward puppy, checking out Daddy's computer, and wearing Mama's glasses—that make me so curious (and excited) to watch her personality unfold...

Hope you have a great weekend full of fun peeks into the future!

P.S. If you're looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day inspiration, here are a few of my faves found around the web...

{Photos by Bob Cho}


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