Bloom where you are planted.

One of my favorite places to go to on a Saturday morning in DTLA other than the Fashion District is the Flower District. It is a six block floral marketplace, consisting of nearly 200 wholesale flower dealers located on Wall Street between 7th and 8th streets. It is a great place to buy flowers weekly for a decent amount of price or simply for special occasions.

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Dress: Speechless

Where do you like to spend your Saturday mornings?

XO,

Joy

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The New Bohemian

It’s been hot in Los Angeles for the past few days.. And when it feels like summer, of course you gotta dress like summer! 😉 I recently made an off shoulder tribal print shift dress that I had so much fun making as much as wearing it. The colors are so vibrant and perfect for a good summer weather. Coming from social design background, I was one of those designers who didn’t just struggle designing with prints but also hated them. I’ve always felt like they all look the same to me. I used to admire my fellow designers so much and ask them “how do you do it?” because I can barely tell the difference. Now that I design for casual dresses, I surprisingly fell in love with prints as well. Picking prints is definitely all about you. How does this print represent you? How does it make you feel? I am currently in love with ethnic neon bohemian prints and dark floral grounds. I am planning to make more printed outfits the next few months so stay tuned for some inspirations! Here’s a mood board that I made below to help you see the new bohemian trends.

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Last Sunday, I had brunch at the Yellow House Cafe with a few girlfriends where we met up to plan upcoming new projects for our blogs, road trips, concerts, runs and events that we would like to be a part of this year. This is a really cute coffee/brunch place in Los Angeles where they have a really cute spacious patio to bring your lap tops and work. I took a few pictures inside the cafe where you can see how well coordinated the interior decoration is!

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What do you think about ethnic prints? Hope this inspires you to be bold and wear them as much as you want. The brighter the colors are, the more fun it is!

XO,

Joy

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“Baby” – Justin Bieber

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One of my good girl friends Pangra and I decided to start making lip sync videos every Sunday just because they are fun and we love singing!! We are just truly terrible at it. She’s not only a great friend but also my Instagram Husband. Behind every #ootd picture that I have and a cute wall, I have Pangra. She loves blogging, hiking and Justin Bieber. Follow her adventures at http://alwayspangra.com

Hope y’all had a fun Sunday as much as we did!

XO,

Joy

Mad For Plaid

I finally got the chance to visit the Rain Room last weekend. It contains falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. You are given about 10-15 mins to take pics and to experience pouring rain without you getting soaked with water. It was pretty spectacular and a must see art installation!

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I decided to make a maxi plaid dress with side slits and a tie up neck. I love how you can dress plaids up or down with either embellished jewels for a party, boyfriend jeans for a coffee run to a pencil skirt for a stylish office ensemble.

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Anyone else mad for plaid?

XO,

Joy

LOVE LOVE LOVE <3

I love Valentine’s Day so much I made my first outfit for it!!! While everyone and their lovers were in Disneyland, in a romantic hot spot, or the single ladies simply just watching “How to be Single” in the movies, my galentines and I had brunch and took pictures at the love wall, which you can find at Smashbox Studios, 8549 Higuera Street made by Curtis Kulig. If you’re looking for a romantic back drop for a proposal or a really rad Instagram photo (no filters necessary) make sure to give some love to this wall! 😉

So for my first outfit, I thought of making a feminine top and an asymmetrical pleather skirt. Plaid has obviously been a major staple this season and I wanted to use this simple trend by adding a romantic and modern twist at the same time.

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Hope y’all enjoyed Valentine’s day as much as I did! And to those who are in love, who have loved and lost, who are in a complicated relationship with love, who’s still seeking for love, who’s love was taken for granted, I am wishing you endless amounts of love!!! Also, don’t forget that you can always find unconditional love within yourself, God, family and friends. ❤

XOXO,

Joy

Petal Drop LA

When I found out that a shower of flower petals will rain down in DTLA, I knew I had to go no matter what. Although I almost missed it, it was definitely worth it. I got there incredibly late and would highly suggest to be there in line early morning if you want to have the full experience. They normally start from sunrise to sunset and let 100 people in every hour. By the time I got there, they were only letting 40 people in every three minutes. During the perfomance, the group slowly dropped over 7,000 cups of petals, which were collected from a Southern California flower farm. It was definitely magical and a dream come true. I stood between century old buildings along with a rain of flower petals. I took a few pictures to try to capture the moment but it does not do justice. I believe that this is going to happen again in a couple of months. You should definitely follow https://twitter.com/petaldropla for more info. ❤

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Baking Macarons 101

Two years ago, one of my new year’s resolution was to learn how to bake macaroons since I am so obsessed with them. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago did that really happened… Wish I can say it was simple, it wasn’t but it was actually a lot of fun! One of my high school bffs is an amazing baker.. (& yes, I’ve been very blessed to have her feed me yummy treats on most of our sleep overs for the past decade, check her insta out: @ctelliewellie)

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Without further ado, here’s how to make macaroons from Chantelle’s Kitchen:

Strawberry Macarons Recipe

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For the shells:
300 g ground almonds
300 g icing sugar
15 g dried strawberries
220 egg whites
300 g caster sugar
75 g water
a pinch of food coloring
1.5 tbsp water
For the chocolate strawberry ganache:
200g dark chocolates
200 ml double cream
15 g strawberry powder
Equipments you’ll need:
Parchment paper
Stand mixer
Spatula
Piping bags
Piping Nozzle
Thermapen thermometer
How to make the shells:
  1. Weigh out icing sugar, ground almonds and raspberry powder in a bowl.
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3. Pour 110 egg white over it and leave surface without stirring while you prepare for the italian meringue.

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4. Line 4 large baking trays with parchment paper.

5. Heat the caster sugar and 75 g water in a pan. Watch the temperature with a cooking thermometer.

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6. When the sugar syrup reaches 121 degrees celsius, pour slowly over the egg whites while they are still whisking.

IMG_32177. Whisk for 3 min on high speed. Reduce speed until it cools to 50 degrees celsius.

8.Use a spatula to fold the italian meringue into the almond mixture.

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9. Keep folding/mixing until it turns glossy and add food coloring.

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10. Place a round 8mm nozzle in a piping bag and fill with macaroon mixture. Pipe rounds with a 3.5 cm diameter spaced 2 cm apart.

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11. Leave the macarons to dry out for a couple of minutes.

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12. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius.

13. Cook the macarons for 12 minutes. Open the door for a few seconds after 8 minutes to release the steam and again after 10 minutes and watch as the “feet”starts to form.

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14. Transfer to a cooling rack after peeling them off parchment paper.

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To make the chocolate strawberry ganache:
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  1. Bring the heavy whipping cream to boil in a pan.

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16. Pour over the chocolate. Leave for 30 seconds then stir to form a smooth, glossy ganache until it melts completely.

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17. Stir in the dried strawberry.

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18. Place a 8mm piping nozzle in a piping bag and fill with the strawberry ganache. Pipe rounds to within 3mm of the edge on the half of the macarons. Top with the other half and refrigerate for 24 hours before eating (we didn’t so you don’t have to! 😉

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Hope you enjoy joy your macarons as much as we did!