Workshops I’m Coveting Now

So I’ve been teaching Modern Calligraphy workshops for a little bit now, and while I really love teaching, I’m starting to miss taking workshops, as well. I was peeking around the internet the other night and found these amazing workshops in LA that I am dying to try out….maybe i’ll see you there?

Charmain Chen of Emblem Flowers: Flower Crown Workshop at LUXTOTS

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I’ve always been such a fan of Charmain’s work, especially I’ve collaborated with her on so many of my workshops. She has such a great eye for beauty, and she’s teaching a floral crown workshop this Sunday at LuxTots in Pasadena. Just look at that beauty she created in that picture above! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Sign up here.

Emily Katz: Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop at THE LINE HOTEL 


I’ve been searching for a planter for one of the little nooks in our newly renovated home, and have recently become obsessed with macrame planters. I mean, check out how stunning they are:


Emily Katz of Modern Macrame is teaching a class at the Line Hotel March 12 to teach you how to make one of these babies from scratch. Sign up here.

Priscilla Park: Crêpe Paper Flowers at Oh Hello Friend


I’m planning a couple of parties this year, and am obsessed with the thought of filling an entire wall with these babies as a beautiful dining backdrop. Considering i’m AWFUL with scissors and making things from paper, this might be a perfect class for me. Sign up for classes in March here.

Hip Cooks: A Cocktail Party


So I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me to take a cooking class. I mean, i’m not a terrible cook, but really I’m not the best, either. This class offered by Hip Cooks is actually specifically about teaching you everything you need to know to throw an awesome cocktail party – and it sounds right up my alley. They are other specific classes on their class schedule – but they fill up quick! Find classes here.

Any of these catch your eye? Never Stop Learning!



For you, I wish I was Better


In the past few months, Olive has been going through some major sleep changes.

Of course, our little holiday season (with two trips to Aspen and Hawaii…where we co-slept…..) didn’t help, at all.

Developmentally she’s grown leaps and bounds – and so of course, with cognitive leaps, comes sleep disruption. I get it. But these new sleep troubles are different; it’s not just crying, it’s trying to leave her room, it’s pleading, it’s long tirades of words, it’s negotiation with mom and dad for just “more water”, or “more hugs” or “hey can you tuck my stuffed animal in please?”

About a month ago, she started to wake up randomly in the middle of the night, asking for the same things. She has never, ever ever done that – she’s slept through the night since she was 4 months old. So Patrick and I are tired, impatient for it to get better, and well, lets be honest, I’m just really mad at her.

And you know, I wish I wasn’t mad at her for doing this. I wish I was better than that, than to hold a grudge at her the morning after, when she wakes up with boundless energy, trying to kiss me hello. But somehow I just can’t shake off the disappointment, and I can’t help but tell her that I wish she was better.

Tonight I sit here at my computer writing this, listening for any noises coming out of her bedroom, hoping that if she doesn’t sleep well again tonight, that tomorrow I will be nicer. Tomorrow I will be better. That I will be able to hold her hand through this phase and find what it is she needs to sleep through the night again, rather than resenting the sleep that I’ve lost.

Also, I’m taking suggestions or advice from people who’ve been in this situation before, because you know, I’M TIRED.

I hope everyone is getting more sleep than I am!






Hey guys!

I just got these photos back from my MBOJxMadewellPasadena event and I wanted to share them with you! I had an awesome time hosting a shopping and calligraphy party at Madewell in Pasadena, CA – and it was really great meeting so many of you! Thanks for coming out to say hello!7 3 4

The Raymond and 1886 provided refreshments – and they were so delicious. It was a real shame that I spent all of those 3 hours writing when all I really wanted to do was eat…………..but how professional would that have been, REALLY.6

We made gift tags for shoppers for their Christmas presents, and gave away hand lettered wrapping paper as well.5

Olive’s friend came to visit me too, and I taught her a little beginners modern calligraphy……….1

… but most importantly, Patrick was there. He was there the entire time, helping me greet people, helping me with my merchandise. I am so lucky for his support. As a woman who is building a business and is a SAHM at the same time, there can be times where it’s completely overwhelming. And I know I burn the candle at both ends. To have someone have my back is truly priceless.

And as always, thank you to Sadaf Murad Photography for capturing this event.



New Year Thoughts


Happy New Year!

Did you guys go out to celebrate the coming of 2016? In true homebody, I’m-a-parent-i-need-sleep fashion, we ushered in the new year trying to keep our eyes open, watching a (terrible) movie at home. We almost didn’t make it to midnight; this holiday season has been pretty tiring, so we were more than happy to just hit the hay.

I’ll be honest, I’m pretty glad to see 2015 go – it’s been a crazy year full of ups and downs. We did an extensive home renovation (which we’re still trying to fully wrap up), moved twice, and my husband finally graduated from his almost 3 year EMBA program based in Germany. I launched MBOJ Shop and MBOJ Workshops this year as my calligraphy business started to pick up some traction. It’s been a really tough learning experience trying to juggle ambition and home life. Olive also turned three and started to go to school 5 days a week – which was a huge change in our daily routines. School has helped her blossom into a little threenager (good and bad, people! They always come as a pair. ) and she’s just become the little, sassiest lady. Learning how to parent a 3 year old has been quite interesting.

Okay, I’m tired again, just typing all that out.

I think the reason why this last year was so difficult for me is because there was so much change in such a short period of time – and i’m awful with change. I’m scared of it, and it makes me really anxious and uneasy, which makes the people around me uncomfortable, too. But I realize that that’s no way to live….thing will never stay static. I need to just find a better way to adapt quicker and to go with the flow.

Instead of giving myself a resolution for 2016, I’m just going to say that I’m going to try and relax and let life come at me. I really don’t know how to better phrase it – I’m just going to open my mind and heart and let change (and opportunities) come my way. I’m not going to force it, nor resist it. I’m just going to let things happen. I kind of want to see what happens when I don’t try and control every single thing in my life.

How about you? How was your year? Any hopes and dreams for the new year? I’d love to hear.

As always, I’m glad you’re here – thank you for reading.


Photo Credit: Sadaf Murad Photo



MBOJ Workshops at Apartment 503


Hey guys!

I know i’ve been MIA for a long time from the blog – my family has been in town and I’ve been spending a lot of time on whats important – them. Olive has had such a great time bonding with her grandmother and uncle. I’ve missed them so much, and I’m sad the holidays are almost over, and they’ve now gone back home to Asia. In the meantime, it’s back to work here, and I’m so happy to announce my latest Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshop at Apartment 503 in Downtown Los Angeles on Jan 31st!

If you’d like to come learn Modern Calligraphy, please join me! The link for sign ups is here, I hope you can make it!

Special thanks to Dots Cupcakes , Apartment 503 and Sadaf Murad Photography for collaborating on this event!


**Edit – Sold Out!**



My Baby Olive Juice at Madewell, Pasadena


Hi Friends!

Join me this Friday, December 18th from 6pm – 9pm at Madewell, Pasadena for a fun filled party! I’ll be hosting a shopping and calligraphy event in store! There will be calligraphy demonstrations (both brush lettering and pointed pen), and I’ll be making free gift tags for your Madewell purchases! There will be discounted shopping from Madewell (20% off $125 or more!) and food and drinks from the amazing Raymond Restaurant and Bar 1886.

Madewell Pasadena and I have also collaborated on an exclusive hand lettered wrapping paper available only at the event…. free with your Madewell purchase, while supplies last!


If you’re interested in purchasing some MBOJ product for Christmas, you’ll also be able to do so in store at the event, too! Mugs, Tattoos and wrapping paper…they’ll all be there!

I hope to see you then, it promises to be so much fun!




Work Around The Web – Holiday Edition

Stoked to share some work I did on the Holiday Gift Guide for The Hive Mag …. and because I’ve been too crazed over here do work on my own (SORRY!!!!!! I’m awful, I know) this kind of just perfectly works hand in hand, doesn’t it?

Pop on over to The Hive to check out the gift guides I did for your kids Teacher, The Style Setter , Planes, Trains and Autos, The Multitasking Mom and The Deserving Dad.
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Everlane Mini Collection Launch



One of my favorite brands, Everlane,  (seriously, own so much from their line) launched their Mini collection today. A collection that is created for boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 5, and only has a few pieces in it – but they are so perfect. And you know, I love that. I love that this collection is unisex and focuses of fabric, subdued colors, and wardrobe staples.

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And lets be totally honest – I’m loving the fact that I can twin HARD with Olive now, and not have to wear sequins or a tutu. Winning!

Shop the Everlane Mini Collection here.



Pretty Techy



This means that I can finally share this baby without being looked at as an over-enthusiastic Christmas Crazy (but I am, though….). This free wallpaper can be downloaded over here, and I hope you love it. I am so excited December is here! I hope you are too!