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currently loving... 31 Aug 2015

Odeme
Odeme

Hi guys! I'm back! We had such a fun time in Seattle. I'll be sharing some of our favorite things we did on the trip later this week. In the meantime, I'm currently obsessing over these beautiful goods from the beautiful new line, Odeme. These accessories feel timeless with a wonderful mix of bold patterns and vintage details. And, the packaging?!? Just. so. good...

we'll be back... 21 Aug 2015

Oh Joy Zebra Butts

You guys! I'm going on vacation! I haven't been away on a real vacation (for more than a weekend) since Christmas of last year. So I'm excited to recharge my mind and my body and spend some uninterrupted time with my family. We're headed to Seattle for a little adventure! (Thanks again for everyone's recommendations).

I'll be posting some snaps on Instagram during our trip. But in an effort to really get away from work, I've closed my office for the week and taking a blog break as well. I'll be back here on Monday, August 31st in full force, and will be sure to share some adventures from our trip!

In the meantime, if you want to peruse some of our favorite posts from the summer, click here to see some of my all-time favorite posts.

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Have a great week all! See ya soon!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

and then came the princesses... 20 Aug 2015

Ruby-princess-costume

Ok, so I'll start this post by saying that I was never into princesses as a kid. I barely had any dolls. My dad got me a fake Barbie from Chinatown one time, and I played with it once. I never fed a baby doll a bottle, I never brushed a doll's hair with a plastic comb, and I never dressed up like a princess for Halloween. The closest I came to that was the year I was Strawberry Shortcake when I was 5. And then a bird pooped on my mask while I was at school in my costume. I took that as a sign to never be a character for Halloween again ;)

Fast forward to 30-some years later, and I have an almost 4 year old whom I rarely expose to princesses (Ok, I did let her watch Frozen because I liked how it was about sisterly love) or dress up. And it's not that I have anything against princesses, it's just not a world I know about. And now she's infatuated with being a princess and having a magic wand and dressing up in these princess dresses that her friends have (like said outfit above). Ruby has even asked for plastic princess heels for her birthday. I guess I understand. I know little girls like this stuff. But since I never liked this stuff, it's a little harder for me to process. It doesn't help that "princess stuff" is both pink AND purple and all kinds of shiny, frilly, and glittery all at once. (Could I just redesign what a modern day princess would wear?!)

So, what do you do...say "yes" and let your kids be into this thing that every other kid is into? Or do you steer them away from it?

{field trip} pygmy hippo shoppe... 19 Aug 2015

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

It's been a while since we've shared some of our favorite places for retail therapy here in Los Angeles. And I'm excited to share this little treasure with you. Pygmy Hippo is like a modern day curiosity shop located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. They've got lots of tiny, kitschy, and quirky gifts, books, jewelry, and other various things to ooooh and ahhhh over...

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

It's such a fun, little shop to explore and find something for that person who already has everything. And now, I suddenly want a ton of crazy cool pins, an eye necklace, and a mean girls nesting doll set!

If you're in LA, you can visit them at the address below. If you're not in LA, they have a smaller selection online right here!

Pygmy Hippo | 306 N. Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.501.6187

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

unplug and play! 18 Aug 2015

Oh Joy Unplug and Play

I have a love/hate relationship with being so connected all the time. In some ways, I use the excuse that it’s part of my job to know what’s happening. But I also find that I can’t fully decompress from work unless I let myself just be and be present in the moment. One thing I learned more so after having kids is to appreciate the joys of simple things. 

Oh Joy Unplug and Play

An outing doesn’t have to be so far away or fantastical to be special, but there are so many little places in our immediate vicinity to go and do and explore and play in. As long as we're prepared with our first aid kit, we're ready for whatever happens during any outing. 

Here’s a little video we made with one of our long term partners, Johnson and Johnson, that shows how we explore one of our favorite places near our house. By coming up with games to engage your kids in at any location (near or far), we can make an adventure out of anything.

No matter whether you have kids or not, I encourage you to take the challenge, put away your phones for a day (or at least an afternoon), and get out there to #UnplugandPlay, too!

P.S. Visit Healthy Essentials to learn how you can build your own first aid kit.

// Credits //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
Creative Direction: Joy Cho 
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Your Favorite Song" by Katrina Stone

gem sidewalk chalk DIY... 17 Aug 2015

DIY Chalk Gems

There's no kid (big or little) who doesn't love sidewalk chalk. We made these mini neon chalk gems which are great for little hands and SO fun to play with. They'd also make for super fun party favors for parties! To make these, you only need a few ingredients...

DIY Chalk Gems

You'll need...

- Plaster of Paris

- Liquid tempera paint

Silicone mold

Here's how... 

1. Follow the instructions on the plaster container to mix the plaster. The one we used was 2 parts plaster to 1 part water.

2. Mix in drops of tempera paint until you reach your desired color. We used about 1 tbs of paint per 1/2 cup of plaster so that the chalk would be very vibrant.

3. Pour the mixtures into the silicone tray. For a layered effect like we made, pour the mixtures into plastic baggies. Then cut off the corner tip of each bag so that the mixture can be more easily poured into the molds. That way you can add one color, then add another (sort of like piping in icing!).

4. Allow the mixture to harden in the mold for about 2 hours. Once it has set, gently pop them out.

Enjoy!

DIY Chalk Gems

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafts by Ariel Fulmer.}

happy friday, you crazy animals! 14 Aug 2015

Oh Joy BandAid Animals

Oh Joy BandAid Animals

Oh Joy BandAid Animals

Happy Friday guys! I hope you have some fun things in store. Bob has been traveling for work so much lately that I'm just excited to hang with him and our girls and just be. These little animals always make me laugh. They were from Ruby's 1st birthday party, and they've seen better days so we gave them a little patch up with our Oh Joy Band-Aids :P

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer for Oh Joy}

dressing the babe / citrus sunrise... 13 Aug 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

If I had to describe summer in colors, it would be a mix of citrus-tones with fresh blues and gradients of color that signify the start of a new day. Today, we're celebrating the last month of summer with just that. I mean, these colors are INSANE...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

If I could wear light caftan-like dresses like this year-round, I would. It feels like you're wearing your pajamas, yet it feels way more glamorous than PJs.

Mama outfit / 1. dress by dRA, 2. teething necklace by Glitter and Spice, 3. Chickie Cheeks shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

And who doesn't love a baby in a romper covered in fruit?!? She's literally edible now.

Babe outfit / 4. Romper by Salt City Emporium, 5. Chickie Cheeks shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

One my favorite LA-based artists, Kim West, does it again with this beautiful mural. Are the wolves scary or sweet? It's hard to say. But surrounded by those colors, I'd like to think they're nice guys... 

{Mural by Kim West in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 9 months old and has a single (very cute) tooth!}

summer toasts... 12 Aug 2015

Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast

Toasts. They're so hot right now. Every trendy restaurant in Los Angeles carries some version of avocado toast. It's like part snack/part lunch/and all very, very tasty. Today we're sharing three of our own versions of toasts that are so easy to make and so, so, good (and non of them have avocado in them)!

1. Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast (above)
Toasted brioche (cut into strips) + Hey Boo coconut jam + toasted sliced almonds + shaved chocolate + toasted coconut = a sweet, creamy, chocolate-y snack that feels like a perfect dessert that melts in your mouth.

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast

2. Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast
Toasted sourdough boule bread (slices cut in half) + goat cheese + thin cucumber slices + green grapes + cracked pepper = a creamy and savory toast that's perfect as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre. The grapes add a bit of sweetness to contrast the bit of bite with the cracked pepper.

Peach Ricotta Toast

3. Peach Ricotta Toast
Toasted baguette (cut at an angle) + whole milk ricotta cheese + sliced peaches + crushed roasted pistachios + honey drizzle = a mix of sweet and savory that makes for a great afternoon snacks both for little kids and big kids alike!

Do you guys have any favorite toast combos you love? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer for Oh Joy}

a mini beauty {giveaway}... (now closed) 11 Aug 2015

Stowaway MakeUp Kit

I'm pretty low-key when it comes to makeup and have a few essentials I wear everyday and like to keep on hand for when my face needs a little pick-me-up. I've recently started using this amazing kit from Stowaway Cosmetics at work or when traveling because it includes mini versions of the cosmetic basics everyone can use—cheek/lip balm, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, beauty balm, and concealer.

Stowaway MakeUp Kit

Today, we've partnered with Stowaway Cosmetics to give away a Stowaway Kit (a $75 value) to 5 lucky readers. To enter, visit this page over at Stowaway! Entries will close on Tuesday, August 18th at 11:59pm PST.

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, use code OHJOY at checkout and receive a free additional mascara and free additional eyeliner with the purchase of a kit. Promo ends Friday, August 21st.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please enter via the link above on Stowaway's site. $75 USD total value per winner. The bag and accessories shown are not part of the kit. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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