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little sips {giveaway} with lollaland...(now closed) 30 Jun 2015

Lollaland
Lollaland

Lollaland

The first straw cup that Ruby ever drank out of was by Lollaland, so they have a special place in my heart for mealtime in our house. They recently came out with beautiful glass baby bottles that are made of durable, premium quality, borosilicate glass that is naturally BPA-, BPS- and phthalate-free. 

So today, we've partnered with Lollaland to give away (2) $200 gift cards to two lucky readers for anything on their site (cups, bottles, or meal time sets!)

AND, we have a really special addition to this giveaway today...for every entry, Lollaland will donate 1 item to Baby2Baby to help children in need. 

To enter, simply visit Lollaland's website then leave a comment here telling me which items you'd pick if you won! Entries must be posted by this Friday, July 3rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, Lollaland is also offering 20% off + free shipping through July 7th. Simply enter OHJOY20 at checkout.

UPDATE: Congrats to Stephanie M. from NJ and Suzy B. from CT for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value for each winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Caroline Tran}

why i’ll miss being pregnant... 29 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Maternity Photo

As Coco inches towards a year old, I've recently realized that I'm actually kind of sad to be moving on from the pregnancy and baby phase of my life. Bob and I always planned we'd have two kids, and our family feels perfect with two (and no I'm not changing my mind and having another). But lately I have been really missing the days of being pregnant. It feels crazy to me that I am saying that because those times aren't always so fun. In my first pregnancy, I had terrible nausea (I probably threw up 40 times) and got gallstones so bad that had to have my gallbladder removed when Ruby was 5 weeks old. And then in my last pregnancy, I was placed on bed rest for early contractions and got gestational diabetes!

But when you know it's your last kid, it really feels like I'm closing a chapter on one part of my life. And because I didn't expect to feel this way (and maybe some of you know how I'm feeling?), I finally just sat down and thought about the reasons why I'll miss being pregnant...

1. My self-confidence was always its highest when pregnant. It was the only time in my life that I wasn't self-conscious about my body at all and felt more beautiful than ever.

2. It's a time that you can just trust nature to do its thing and let your body do the job of growing a baby. There is no other thing in life where a task is being completed while you are eating/working/sleeping/watching a movie. But a baby can be grown in your body at the same time as doing all those things (and more). 

3. People are just nicer to you. Men open doors for you. Other women look at you with kind and compassionate faces. People offer to help you carry heavy packages. There is just a kindness that comes to you from strangers that is incomparable.

4. The feeling of a baby moving around inside your belly. It was always my favorite thing ever. My friends always joked that I rubbed my belly all the time. But to me it was just me wanting to feel that little babe do her thing with her little butt or foot pushing and pressing. And it was that feeling that constantly reminded me of what was happening inside.

5. Childbirth. Okay, so before you call me crazy and close your browser, I am not saying I like childbirth. I've had one baby with no epidural and one baby with one, so I know how childbirth feels in a couple different ways. And while it's crazy and painful and all kinds of stuff that people never tell you, it gives you a newfound respect for yourself that you even went through it. It's like, "Holy crap. I just made a human and now this human is coming out of my body." You feel tired and beat up, but you make it through it in one piece with the best prize ever.

As I say farewell to my baby-making days, I am looking forward to the next phase of seeing my kids grow and experiencing all the new phases of life that come with each age. And for now I will just live vicariously through all those other pregnant ladies out there. Just warning you...if I see you on the street and you happen to pregnant, I might even be one of those creepy strangers that rubs your belly without asking ;)

{Photo by Rachel Cast, styling by Tori Hendrix, hair and makeup by Erica Beukelman, and florals by Siren Floral Co.. Lace dress from Dreamers and Lovers. See my other maternity photos right here.}

happy friday + seeing patterns... 26 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Pattern Play Striped Car

Happy Friday guys! We've been in heavy design mode over here working on some new products for next year. With patterns and colors swirling around in my head even more than usual, we put together this fun image. I can't wait to tell you guys what we're working on! Ahhhh!

Are there any Oh Joy products you're hoping to see next?

I hope you have a great weekend, guys!

{Creative Direction by Joy Cho, photos by Casey Brodley, production and styling by Julia Wester. Toy car is vintage that was painted. Striped paper by Rifle paper Co.

{oh joy eats} howlin ray's fried chicken... 25 Jun 2015

Howlin' Ray's Fried Chicken Truck / Los Angeles

Fried chicken is probably one of my favorite indulgences on earth! So when I heard that a fried chicken truck had recently opened in our area, we had to go. 

Howlin' Ray's Fried Chicken Truck / Los Angeles

Howlin' Ray's Fried Chicken Truck / Los Angeles

Howlin' Ray's is a husband and wife team who take their truck around Los Angeles spreading fried chicken cheer wherever they go. Chef Johnny, an LA native, has worked professionally under Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa. Amanda grew up with her grandparents in the heartland, growing, hunting, fishing, harvesting and preserving most of their food supply and spending summers in East Texas learning about southern soul and hospitality. After spending some time in Nashville last year, they were introduced to Nashville Hot Chicken and wanted to bring that flavor and speciality to LA! And, dang, is it GOOD! It's so good that I've had it three times since they opened just weeks ago...

Howlin' Ray's Fried Chicken Truck / Los Angeles

Howlin' Ray's Fried Chicken Truck / Los Angeles

Howlin' Ray's signature is spicy fried chicken. I love spice, but the hottest of the hot (The Howlin' Hot) is actually too much for me, so I tend to go for the Medium or the Hot which offers a nice tingle of spice without making it so you can't breathe or see straight! And, if you can't take any heat or just like the classics, there's always the traditional Country Fried chicken, too.

Fantastic Donuts / Los Angeles

To accompany those spicy bites, every month Howlin' Ray's partners with a local baked goods company to offer some sweets to cap off the meal. During this visit, these cutie pie animal donuts by Fantastic Donuts were part of the arsenal. Have you ever seen cuter donuts?!

If you're in LA or visiting LA soon, and you like fried chicken, Howlin' Ray's is a must. You can see their weekly schedule here and their menu right here

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

go out and get inspired! 24 Jun 2015

Ergo-mod

When you're a new mom, sometimes you can feel stuck inside bound by nap schedules and baby feedings. But one thing I've learned after two kids is that you just have to get out and do things to recharge your brain and find your own sanity. You don't have to be stuck at home all day, and you can take your little one along while you explore. I'll often time my outings with Coco's active awake time or with the beginning of a nap so that she's happy and comfortable. Then, I can wear her in my Ergo Baby 360 carrier so that she's close by me while I'm soaking up our surroundings.

Here are a few of my favorite types of places to go (with babe in tow) when I need a change of scenery...

Shout and About / Los Angeles

1 / Explore Your Neighborhood - It seems so simple to get out and explore where you live. But sometimes you find unexpected things even in familiar surroundings. For me, it's not always about going somewhere grand but just taking a walk near by. In Silver Lake (the area of Los Angeles that I live in), there are tons of hidden stair cases (like the one above) that people use as short cuts through the hills. And window shopping is one of my favorite things to do—I get so inspired by the ways people make a retail space come to life (those balloons)!

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion / Los Angeles

2 / Get inspired by nature - As I kid, I loved exploring plants, flowers, and butterflies. So we visited the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum where you can walk among all the beautiful, fluttering butterflies and learn about all the different types that exist. After Coco woke up from her nap, she wanted to check out the butterflies, too!

Piñata District / Los Angeles

Piñata District / Los Angeles

Piñata District / Los Angeles

Piñata District / Los Angeles

3 / Find an unexpected source of inspiration - I might not have a need for a piñata anytime soon. But when there's a whole Piñata District in downtown LA dedicated to piñatas of all kinds, there's something so inspiring about seeing all the crazy types of pieces that can be made. Not only did I feel refreshed after some new outings, but Coco loved it, too! It's never too early to show your babe all the cool things that exist out there in the world.

Where do you guys go when you need some new-found inspiration?

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Ergo—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. My outfits: Rainbow stairs, top by Ace & Jig (past season); Butterfly Pavilion, dress by Loyal HanaPiñata District, skirt by Zara; shoes worn in all, by Toms. I'm wearing this Ergo Baby 360 carrier.}

mini style summer {giveaway}...(now closed) 23 Jun 2015

June and January

June & January has such a great mix of fun, yet comfortable, pieces for kids. My kids love wearing their pieces, and I love that they are cute but still so easy to wash and wear. In celebration of their new collection, I've partnered with June & January to giveaway (3) $100 Gift Cards to three lucky readers, domestically or internationally. 

June and January

To enter, simply visit June & January's website then leave a comment here telling me what your favorite piece (the playsuit and dresses are my fave)! Entries must be posted by this Friday, June 26th, at 8 a.m. PST, and three winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Christine S. from CA, Gina R. from MD, and Wendy L. from CA for being our winners this time!

*Open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value each for three winners. Winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{dollar store DIY} july 4th nails! 22 Jun 2015

July 4th Nails

We have so many dollar stores in my neighborhood (seriously you can't miss them!). So I thought it would be fun to start incorporating some of the best under-cover finds from the dollar store into some colorful projects! First up, we're using tiny star sequins from the dollar store to decorate our nails for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! If you want a variation on the traditional red, white, and blue, here's our take with a pop of color and shine!

July 4th Nails

You'll need:
-silver star sequins (we found the silver works best with nail polish)
-clear nail polish
-glitter nail polish (we used this iridescent one)
-colorful nail polish (we used hot pink)
-a thin paint brush

Here's how:
1. Get the star sequins out of their packaging and laid out and ready to go so that you can quickly stick them on top of your base coat.

2. Apply a clear base coat to your nails. While still wet, apply the stars to the nail beds however you'd like.

3. Let dry, then apply an iridescent glitter coat. 

4. Use a thin paint brush to add dots in colors of your choice.  There are no set rules here, so just have fun with it!

5. Finally, apply a top clear coat to seal it all in.

July 4th Nails

{Photos by Casey Brodley, production by Julia Wester, hands by Angie Stalker. Drink stirrers by Anne and Kate.}

happy friday + beautiful san francisco... 19 Jun 2015

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

Happy Friday guys! This week it's been crazy hot here in LA reminding me that summer is seriously upon us. I'm still dreaming about long weekend escapes this summer, and Victoria Smith's new book—See San Francisco—makes me want to jet off to the Bay Area. The book is beautifully photographed and shows San Francisco in a way that shows the colorful, eclectic, and bohemian side of the city.

I hope you have some amazing plans whether celebrating Father's Day on Sunday with your favorite Pop or simply enjoying the reprise the weekend has to offer! See ya soon!

{Photos by Victoria Smith}

dressing the babe / starry days... 18 Jun 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Kid Style

Lately, I've been loving light and wispy things. Maybe it's the summer air or the cool night breeze or the fact that it's just time to shed those winter layers and welcome a little more sunshine. I came across this romantic skirt that became the basis for an easy, yet pretty, outfit that's crazy-comfortable, too. 

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

When I'm running after my kids, being hands-free is super helpful. So anything that functions like a back-pack but doubles as a great bag in general makes it more worth investing in a nicer non-diaper bag type of bag.

Mama outfits / 1. Riley and Co. tee, 2. Darccy tulle skirt, 3. Clare V. backpack, 4. Target sandals, 5. LouLouLollipop Finery teething necklace.

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Babe Outfit / 6. Rylie & Cru dress, 7. Zuzii loafers (I mean, why doesn't this outfit exist in adult size?)

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Kid Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Kid Style

If you've been reading this blog for a bit, you might know I like to shoot these Dressing the Babe style posts in front of graphic murals that we find around Los Angeles. It's a fun way to get to interact with public art, and it's a nice challenge for us to find ones I really love. But what happens with public art is that it doesn't last forever. We found this cool wall two weeks ago. And then this week when we showed up to take some photos...uh, it was gone! And just covered up with something new. But that's kind of how life goes, right? Sometimes you can plan and plan for things and some things are just not under your control. So you just make the best of it, and it all still works out in the end...!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 going on 13.} 

we need an oh joy crafter/stylist! 17 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Crafter/Stylist

Ok guys, so half of the Oh Joy team is pregnant! And when you only have four people on your team, that's a big deal. I am looking for a talented person to help fill-in while our in-house crafter/stylist, Julia, is on maternity leave. This is a great chance to work at our studio, build your portfolio, and get to be part of creating so many different things. You can see a sampling above of the work that you'd get to do!

CRAFT/STYLING/PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 
Duties include:
-Sourcing of materials and supplies for projects
-Creative brainstorming, ideation, and storyboarding for photo shoots and videos
-Crafting and producing DIY projects and recipes
-Styling food, still lifes, and interiors

Qualifications:
-A love of fashion, food, home decor, and DIY
-Great hand skills (your friends say you can make anything!), creative thinker, and crafty
-Resourceful, efficient, strong multi-tasker, organized, punctual, excellent attention to detail
-Enthusiastic, go-getter attitude, and exemplary work ethic
-Consistent availability
-Experience working on photo shoots or TV sets a plus
-Graphic design skills and working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator a plus

This is a paid, temporary, part-time position to run approximately from August through November. Exact pay will be based on experience. You must live in the Los Angeles area and have access to a car.

In order to apply, please download and fill out this application, then email it to: hi@ohjoy.com with the directions noted on the application. 

Label the subject of the email with: “OH JOY CRAFTER/STYLIST”. We will be accepting applications for the next two weeks and reviewing them by July 1st. If you or anyone you know fits the bill, we would love to hear from you!

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