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bright and comfy...11 Apr 2013

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Lately, all I've been all about light and loose pieces. Maybe it's because of the warmer spring temperatures or maybe it's cause these kinds of pieces make it easy for me to run around after Ruby. I love coming across comfy pieces that also have great color, pattern, and structure like these from
Ace & Jig...

{Photos by Ace & Jig}

life in color...10 Apr 2013

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As you guys probably know, I love color. I can't believe I used to dress mostly in gray and black, because now I feel naked without some sort of color on. For the month of April, I'll be sharing some of my favorite ways to bring color into my life over on my "Life in Color" Pinterest board in collaboration with Target. Each week focuses on a different color, with new pins every day and a mix of my own photos from my daily life as well some of my favorite inspirational images within decor, food, and fashion from around the web. I hope you'll follow along for a blast of color each day. Here are a few of my favorite blue and green moments from the first week...

*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. All items shown in first and last photo, and Ruby's top, from Target.}

{oh joy eats} sweet treats in little tokyo... 9 Apr 2013

Oh Joy | Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

When we visit our friends—especially those who have new babies—one of my favorite things to do is bring a box of treats for the new parents. And since we've had a ton of friends having babies over the past year ('tis the season!), I've been looking for something to bring other than my standard cupcakes or pies. So I took a little trip to L.A.'s Little Toyko in search of some treats for friends, as well as some for future sweet cravings of my very own.

Oh Joy | Fugetsu-do in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Fugetsu-do in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Fugetsu-do in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

My first stop was Fugetsu-do, a family-owned staple of Little Tokyo since 1903 that specializes in the freshest mochi (rice cakes) and manju (sweet bean-filled rice cakes). In addition to the beautiful mochi and manju, Fugetsu-do has packaged and boxed candies and crackers that I stocked up on for last-minute gift and snacking needs. (And they're up with the times and offer shipping across the country and sell online!)

Oh Joy | Mikawaya in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Mikawaya in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Mikawaya in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

For the best ice cream mochi (rice cakes filled with ice cream), Mikawaya (located in Japanese Village Plaza) was my next stop. Mikawaya has a ton of regular mochi options, but specializes in the ice-cream-filled variety. So while these might not be things I can take over to a friend's house, they are a nice treat to have while you're in the area shopping. The green tea, cookies and cream, and plum ice cream mochi were my favorites.

Oh Joy | Cafe Dulce in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Cafe Dulce in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Cafe Dulce in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

While in the Japanese Village Plaza, I stumbled upon Café Dulcé. I'd heard great things about the green tea doughnuts, and I loved the variety of doughnut and pastry selections available—it's simply a great Japanese version of your favorite local bakery. I especially loved the tapioca roll and, of course, the green tea doughnut.

Oh Joy | Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Once all was said and done, I gathered together my finds from all three places to put together a little box of treats for friends. It was such a fun morning of exploring what Little Tokyo has to offer and experiencing a bit of Japan right here in Los Angeles...

Fugetsu-do | 315 East First St. | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.625.8595

Mikawaya | in Japanese Village Plaza | 335 E. 2nd St.| Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.346.9910

Café Dulcé | in Japanese Village Plaza | 335 E. 2nd St.| Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.346.9910

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: dress by En Soie, tote by Mar Y Sol, vintage shoes.}

style for your city {contest}... 8 Apr 2013

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I'm excited to be one of the judges for StyleMint's fun Style For Your City contest by . To show how the Los Angeles weather influences my wardrobe, I wanted to show you how I'd take this amazing green Verona top from day to night. For day, I paired it with my favorite corduroys, a bright neon belt, and a fun tote. Then, for night, I swapped out the pants for a flattering A-line skirt, a shiny gold vintage belt, and some heels.

So how does where you live influence your style? To enter the contest*, simply visit StyleMint's Facebook page and upload a photo of an outfit that represents your style in your city. The first place winner will get five StyleMint credits ($150 value), the second place winner will receive two credits (a $60 value), and the third place winner will receive one credit (a $30 value). The contest ends on April 12th, and we'll be choosing three winners from the entries. 

Do you guys have a go-to piece you can take from day to night?

*Contest open to U.S. readers 18 and over.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Day outfit: Verona top from StyleMint, J.Crew corduroys (past season), vintage heels, vintage brooch, Madewell belt (similar), and Mar Y Sol tote. Night outfit: Verona top from StyleMint, vintage belt, Banana Republic skirt, Anthropologie heels (past season), Ban.do hair pouf.}

currently snacking on... 8 Apr 2013

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Lately I've been loving hand pies because they're a neater version of one of my favorite desserts. I recently received a gift box of goodies by a*pour toi (which specializes in French food gifts) that included these raspberry-filled treats by Saint Aubert. Oh. My. Goodness. They taste like mini raspberry pies, with a not-too-sweet filling and a soft, buttery, cookie-like crust. Needless to say, the box was finished within 24 hours of its arrival...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

happy friday + a little bit of confetti... 5 Apr 2013

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Last weekend, we went on an Easter egg hunt in the park. Our friend that organized the get-together made cascarones (hollow eggs filled with confetti), and Ruby just loved them. She had never seen or played with confetti before, and she kept asking for "More, more!". Once we had smashed three eggs worth of confetti, we spent several minutes picking confetti out of the grass to keep her going for a few more rounds. Wishing you a weekend full of tiny bits of color and magic...

P.S. More confetti fun... and thanks so much for all your kind comments, tweets, and emails about my new studio space

{Photos by Bob Cho. Ruby's dress from Target, sandals by Salt Water.}

feeling like a stroke of genius... 4 Apr 2013

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Even the simplest strokes of a brush add so much movement and whimsy in these everyday pieces...

{01. Thief & Bandit Kids dress, 02. Kate Spade Saturday bag, 03. Stephanie O. shorts, 04. Piano Nobile tray, 05. studs by Wee See Stars, 06. Kindah scarf.} 

i got an office space! 3 Apr 2013

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You guys...the other day, I signed a lease on my new studio space! I've been slowly outgrowing my home office, and with new employees, regular photo shoots, and larger projects, it's come time to get an outside space. It's also become harder to work from home. When Ruby sees me, she screams, "Mama, Mama!" and my heart melts because I can't always hang out with her.

I won't lie. The idea of having more rent to pay per month, on top of my home, kind of makes me nauseous. But hey, you have to spend money and take risks to grow, right? So, here's a little peek at the space. It's airy, bright, and has really tall ceilings. We're getting rid of that red floor and carpet area ASAP, and we have a bunch of other fun ideas for making the space feel like a great place to work. My friend Emily is going to be helping us design the office, too. I'm super excited to see where it will go from here...stay tuned!

a vintage-inspired {giveaway}... 2 Apr 2013

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Recently, I had the chance to play dress-up at Decades, the vintage shop on Melrose Avenue known as an international shopping destination and retail haven for celebrities, stylists and fashionistas. And to celebrate the new show The Dukes of Melrose, featuring Decades owners Cameron and Christos, I've partnered with Bravo and The Dukes of Melrose to give away a $500 online gift card for one lucky reader to go vintage shopping at Decades.

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To enter, simply visit The Dukes of Melrose page on BravoTV.com and then leave a comment here telling me what pieces you love buying in vintage. My other favorites are bags, by far, because I can get so much use out of a great vintage bag. Entries must be posted by this Thursday, April 4, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

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*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. $500 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

**This giveaway is brought to you in collaboration with Bravo. New episodes of The Dukes of Melrose air on Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kerry F. from Santa Monica, CA for being our winner this time!

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang.}

currently snacking on... 1 Apr 2013

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This time of year, spring really starts to show itself. California's plants are so lush and rich in nutrients—which means the soil here is just phenomenal. Lately, I've been sprinkling soil on top of ice cream, in my morning latte, and even serving it alongside a platter of French cheeses. It's nutty, crunchy, and just a tad sweet. I'm so lucky to have access to this amazing little treat right in my own backyard...

{Photo by Oh Joy. Dirt by April Fool's Day.}

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