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oh joy book parties / recap! 23 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

You guys, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement, craziness, and a little less sleep than usual with the launch of the Oh Joy book and my recent book tour. I had a couple book parties—one in LA and one in New York to celebrate with those of you who have been such wonderful supporters of Oh Joy. It was seriously amazing to meet each and every one of you who came out. I wish we could go to more cities, but as a mama of two (and one being very tiny), two cities was all I could make happen right now. But, I wanted to share some photos from the two parties so that in some small way it can feel like you guys in other cities were all there celebrating with us, too!

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

In LA, West Elm was decked out in streamers galore. It's inspiring to see how much a space can change with the work of a few really creative people. My team (Casey, Angie, and Julia) and I were so excited to celebrate this baby that we'd all worked on for so long together.

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

During the party, it was fun being there with Oh Joy readers and supporters, friends, family, colleagues, many happy and familiar faces, and simply everyone who took the time to come by. We snacked on treats by Heirloom LA and we all screamed for ice cream by Jeni's Ice Cream.

And then in New York....(click below to see more)

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oh joy answers / when you like to do so many things... 22 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

In a new Oh Joy Answers, we're talking about what to do when you like to do so many things! And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

oh joy answers / how to set yourself apart... 10 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

A few years ago (before my life got busier with babies), I did a ton of phone and Skype consulting for other creative small businesses. I loved connecting with people (especially women) who needed some guidance, advice, or someone to just keep them accountable in their new/existing/in-need-of-an-update business path. I haven't been able to offer consulting much lately, so we usually refer folks to read Creative, Inc. or Blog, Inc. But, there are still some questions that I get asked a lot and things I may not have addressed in the past.

SO, we've started a new mini video series called "Oh Joy Answers" where I'll be answering some common business questions. It's super casual and like we're just chatting together in my living room. Let me know what you guys think of these and if it's helpful for you. And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

Here's the first one!

career day / an ice cream maker... 25 Mar 2015

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

If you’re from the Mid-West (or if you’re a huge ice cream fan like me), then you may have heard of Jeni’s Ice Cream. Jeni Britton Bauer (aka “Jeni”) is one of those entrepreneurs to appears to have a job that anyone would want—making ice cream, coming up with flavors, and creating joy for people all over the country with her sweet concoctions.

Jeni’s Ice Cream recently opened up a new shop right near me in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, so Ruby and I stopped by to chat with Jeni and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it’s like to live and breathe ice cream. And (of course), to eat a little ice cream, too!

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

Here's a look at our visit to Jeni's for a Career Day field trip. I’ve also asked Jeni to share a bit about her history, growing an ice cream empire, and what she’s hoping it’s all leading to some day...

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

When and why did you start Jeni's? / In the early ‘90s I was messing around with ice cream, collecting scents, and studying art at Ohio State. During a figure drawing class one day, a model I didn’t like to draw walked in. So, I got up, left my portfolio and all my supplies at my desk, and just walked out. I thought, ‘I don’t want to do this any more. I want to make ice cream.’ I quit everything else, too—school, side jobs—just threw myself into making ice cream and figuring out how to create a living doing that.

Within six months I started my first ice cream business, which didn't work. So, I took time off, traveled, lived, learned, and studied customer service. The thing that didn’t work at my first ice cream business was surprising people with new menus all the time. When I opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 in the North Market in Columbus, I made sure to offer signature flavors along with just a few surprises. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

When did you know you had something good? / The day we opened for business in November 2002—the day of the OSU/­Michigan football game. We thought we’d open that day to give ourselves a little warm up, to open softly, you know. OSU/­Michigan game day in Columbus is a holy day. Every man, woman, and child is glued to the TV on that day in Columbus. But much to our surprise there was a giant line all day. We’ve never looked back.

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

If there were two of you, what other type of business would the other Jeni have? / I grew up in Peoria, Illinois, in the cradle of the greatest sandwich on earth, the breaded pork tenderloin. Other Jeni would open a joint that served from­ scratch breaded tenderloins on tiny white buns, served with dill pickles, homemade mustard, and potato salad. One pilsner on tap to wash it all down. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Do you take off on the weekends? / I’m never not working. I’m working the same way today as I did when I started making my own ice cream in the mid ‘90s: pretty much every moment I’m awake. I’m not bragging or complaining—whatever I’m reading, watching, listening to, and doing goes into whatever the next ice cream flavor is.

Sometimes I feel like a character in a comic book, like I fell into a vat of magical ice cream a couple decades ago and emerged with ice cream fused to my DNA. I go to work everyday thinking of how to improve the texture or body of my ice cream. Or how to get one flavor just right. I think about it constantly. And when I’m not thinking about it actively, there is a little spot on my brain that is always dedicated to only thinking about ice cream. It’s on no matter where I am or what I’m doing. It’s even on while I sleep. 

With 20 stores currently, what is your dream for your brand? World ice cream domination?  My only dream for this company is for us to make better ice cream tomorrow than we did today. One day at a time, that is what we’re trying to do here. As far as shops go, the goal has never been and never will be to open a chain of cookie-­cutter, look­-a­like shops. We own and operate our shops and I have my hands in every detail of the way each one looks and feels. I can’t imagine just opening a bunch of clone shops and just sitting back. I like the work too much. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Favorite ice cream? / I’ll never get tired of Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. It’s so creamy, tart, and refreshing. I also LOVE it on pies in the summer!

Worst part about your job? / The existence of deadlines. I always think I can improve whatever ice cream we’re about to release! 

Best part about your job? / Being able to create something out of everything I absorb every day. This job didn’t just fall out of the sky for me. I had to make choices to create the opportunity for myself, but I’m proud and thankful I’m able to earn a living by creating something I dream up.

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

One thing that has happened in your career that you never expected? / Giving speeches. It still floors me that people want to hear me tell my story. I’m always flattered.

One thing that has happened in your career that you completely expected and had hoped for? / When I was first messing around with ice cream, I mixed cayenne essential oil into regular store-­bought chocolate ice cream. I let it melt slowly on my tongue. It was cold, tasted like chocolate, and about five seconds later it burst into flames in the back of my throat. It was like the sky tore in two and light enveloped me. Right then I knew that ice cream would be my life. I didn’t know how I would do it, how long it would take, how many people, how much money, but I knew it was my path. For some crazy reason, I always thought there could be a place in the world where art, perfume, and ice cream could get along. I always thought that. And I guess it appears to be true. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

Even with a huge, booming business, Jeni remains kind, humble, and deeply grounded and loyal to her Mid-West roots. Thanks so much to Jeni and the team at Jeni's Ice Cream for an inspiring visit! I'm pretty sure Ruby enjoyed this Career Day field trip when she said afterwards that it was "the best day EVER!".

Jeni's Ice Cream | 1954 Hillhurst Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90027 | 323-928-2668

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy} 

career day / a kid's clothing designer... 18 Mar 2015

Ultra Violet Kids

I love getting to expose my kids to so many cool jobs that exist out there. Whether it's through my community of entrepreneurial friends that I surround myself with or the people I get to meet through my job, I always enjoying showing how anyone can create a job for themselves from scratch.

Inspired by that notion, I want to start sharing with you some of the people that I'm lucky enough to come across. People that have cool jobs—jobs that aren't typical, and jobs that come from a true love of what they do. It's like career day at school but with a twist! 

Ultra Violet Kids

Ultra Violet Kids

Today, I'm sharing a peek into the world of a kid's fashion designer, Michelle Chaplin of Ultra Violet Kids. I came across Michelle's clothing last month and instantly wished the clothes she made came in my size. They're edgy yet comfortable and combine bite-sized pieces with great prints (I mean, that mini crop top?!? I can't even...). Here's a look at her Los Angeles studio and a few fun facts...

Ultra Violet Kids

What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? I have always known I wanted to be a fashion designer.

Ultra Violet Kids

What’s your background and when/why did you start Ultra Violet? For the past 15 years, I have been working as a women's contemporary designer. I have worked for other companies making their visions come to life as well as having my brand, Smoke & Mirrors, with Emily Harteau of Our Open Road.

When my daughter, Violet, was born I was happily unemployed and started a little Etsy store selling vintage kids clothing. For Violet's birthday, I made her a crop top and harem pants out of African fabric. All of my friends loved it, so that's when the light bulb in my head went on. I secured my domain, started branding, picked up my first account, and that was the beginning of Ultra Violet Kids.

Ultra Violet Kids

When did you know you had something good? I knew I had something special when customers started buying the clothing, giving me positive feedback, and when press and stores started contacting me. Instagram has been so crucial in the growth and awareness of Ultra Violet Kids. I get to see all the pictures of kids wearing their clothing, and it makes me extremely proud. My mom jokes that I always said I wanted to clothe the world but I didn't say what size.

Ultra Violet Kids

Best part about your job? The best part of my job is designing and creating fashion.

Worst part about your job? The hardest part of my job is managing production.

Ultra Violet Kids

Style muse? My daughter Violet is my muse and inspiration.

Ultra Violet Kids

What do you hope the brand will become someday? I dream of being able to grow the company, giving back, and expanding into women's again. But right now I'm happy with growing it organically. I hope that Ultra Violet Kids becomes a recognized brand that you can always count on for fashion forward, quality clothing that's made in the USA. 

Favorite ice cream? I love ice cream! Gold Medal Ribbon and Almond Fig Gelato are my favorites.

Thanks so much Michelle for this look into your world!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy except the two photos of the kids by Lauren Moore for Ultra Violet Kids} 

ah! it's here! 11 Mar 2015

Joy-book

The other day we received actual, live copies of the new Oh Joy book that comes out April 7th! This book has been a labor of love for me and my whole team so it was exciting (and nerve-wracking!) to see the baby we all made together in-person finally!

Oh Joy Book

And...you can still get our very cute and secretive pre-order bonus gift by filling out this form!

Find the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins

happy friday + a peek... 6 Mar 2015

Oh Joy Sneak Peek

Hey guys, it's been a busy week full of designing, design meetings, and photo shoots for new products coming out this year and next. Over the next few months, we have a bunch of new things coming out, so it was fun to hear on Facebook what you're hoping to see.

Our next product collaboration is launching next week! Here's a little peek above at our recent shoot...can you guess what it's going to be?

Have a great weekend all!

Oh and P.S. Did you see this? Ah!! Next to the President and Taylor Swift? NBD!

yeah yeah yeah... 2 Mar 2015

Custom Neon Sign DIY / Oh Joy Book

As we get closer to launch, I'm sharing a few peeks at projects from the new Oh Joy book coming out April 7th! One of my favorites is this custom Neon Sign project that you can make safely and easily in the comfort of your own home. And doesn't it look pretty awesome with the lights off...?

Oh-joy-book-neon-sign-2

...YEAH, YEAH, YEAH it does! You can find the how-to for this project and more by pre-ordering our book below...

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Wallpaper by Juju Papers}

oh joy book - a pre-order present! (now closed) 23 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Book / Pre-Order Gift!

Ah! I can't believe our new book comes out in just a month and a half! We're in the midst of planning our book parties and sharing various peeks with you over the coming month. With all the fun things coming out this year in Oh Joy land, we thought it would be fun to gift a very special new product that's coming out soon as a thank you to everyone who pre-orders the book.

I can't tell you what the new Oh Joy product is, but I can tell you it's been one of my dream items to make, and it's something you'll always want to keep on hand once you have it. Anyone who pre-orders will receive the gift before it launches in stores in late May!

Oh Joy Book / Pre-Order Gift!

To get your special pre-order gift, please fill out your information at this link, and you can expect to receive the gift in the mail soon after the book launches. (And if you've already pre-ordered the book, you can submit your info, too!)

UPDATE: The pre-order gift option is now closed. Thank you to everyone who signed up! Your gifts should arrive by the end of April!

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins.

*Please note: Quantities are limited for the pre-order present. And once we run out, the gift may be substituted. The bonus gift is only available to ship within the US.

lately around the studio... 13 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Book Trailer

...we filmed the Oh Joy book trailer this week!

Oh Joy Book Trailer

...which includes one of my favorite projects/recipes—a striped ombre cake—which tastes as good as it looks!

Oh Joy Rose Bowl Treasures

We went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market to do some inspiration shopping. We're designing a ton of new products that come out this year and next year. I can't tell you exactly what yet but there just might be some "little" things coming soon...

Oh Joy Team

And at the end of the week, when we're tired and need to rally through, we put on our matching sweatshirts and shake it all off...

Oh Joy flowers

Hope you all have a dreamy Valentine's Day and an extra fun long holiday weekend! I'm closing the office on Monday so we can have one of those 3-day weekends I love so much...

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