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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...

one pattern, so many walls... 2 Feb 2015

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

Five years ago when I launched this little collection of wallpaper, I had no idea that some of it would still be around now. Some designs come and go and are meant to have a short shelf life. But one of the first patterns I designed for my own company—Petal Pusher—has become a classic Oh Joy pattern and our best seller in the wallpaper category. We recently refreshed it with a few new color ways like blush and gold (so dreamy) and a more subtle whisper-like pearl (shown above).

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Anthropologie

And, it's also now available in a few of the classic colors at Anthropologie! Here's a look (below) at all the ways people have been designing their homes with the wallpaper... 

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper

A cool stairway by @alyssadkent.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

A great dining room by @hunted_interior.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

A modern bedroom via @hyggeandwest.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / at Hygge and West

...and the beginnings of more to come by @inhonorofdesign.

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / room by Emily Henderson

Finally, a couple rooms designed by Emily Henderson include the dark grey version Petal Pusher behind an open bookshelf...

Oh Joy Petal Pusher Wallpaper / room by Emily Henderson

...and the classic cream and gold version used wall-to-wall in my own living room! My life was so different five years ago when I first drew this pattern. So when I see it around the web, it's this crazy-cool flashback of a time in my life that lives on in people's homes forever.

P.S. I love seeing these photos, so if you have our wallpaper, please share by tagging your photos on Instagram with #ohjoywallpaper. 

lessons learned / from my favorite makers... 22 Jan 2015

Shop Small Makers

In the past few years, there’s been a huge resurgence in handmade goods and the appreciation for the people who make these one-of-a-kind goods. In partnership with American Express in support of the Shop Small® movement, here’s a look at a few of my favorite makers right now whose work I personally love wearing or having in my home.  Also, because I love hearing how small business owners evolve over time, I asked each of them one thing they have learned as a small business owner...

Continue reading " lessons learned / from my favorite makers... " »

happy friday + teamwork... 16 Jan 2015

Oh Joy Studio Tour

I was never much of a team player when I was younger. I alway played solo sports (like karate and tennis) because I've always had a hard time trusting and relying on other people to get the job done. It's totally the control freak in me and something I have always wanted to get better at. However, a couple years ago, I knew a lot of big projects were on the horizon, so I stopped working from home and got a new studio space (which we revealed here). I had to hire a real staff for the first time ever because it finally became obvious that I couldn't do it all myself.

What went from one part-time assistant a year ago has grown into three employees who each have their own role, their own talents, and a very special place on the Oh Joy team. Without them, I could not have designed the entire Oh Joy for Target collection, created the new Oh Joy book, or created the many videos and editorial content we create, style, shoot and publish on a daily basis.

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Decor8 recently posted some updated photos of the Oh Joy studio and captured a fun shot of my team below. I wanted to introduce them to you guys cause they are the ones behind-the-scenes, the ones who help make my visions come to life, and the ones (in addition to our amazing nanny) who help make it possible for me to be a working mother—because without their help, I really couldn't do it all!

Oh Joy Team

The funny thing is...they all applied for the same assistant job from this post I put up two years ago. But I ended up hiring each of them for different reasons, and they each blossomed into their roles and took on even more of a creative role than I originally expected. From left to right...

Julia does all the crafting and styling. While I originally hired her to do production for our videos, she showed me what she was capable of and now she not only handles production, but she also crafts our DIY's and styles our editorials on the blog and in our book.

Angie, our graphic and surface pattern designer, helps me design all of our licensed products. She is a whiz at patterns and is so good at knowing exactly what I'm envisioning in my head and bringing it onto paper. She also designed the Oh Joy book and creates the graphics for our videos.

That's me, Joy. Ever since building my team over the course of last year, I have taken a Creative Director role at Oh Joy. Which means I come up with the ideas, concepts, colors, and product direction. I also manage the business (securing new partnerships, clients, and jobs) which takes up more time then the fun, creative parts. I still write every blog post and help design products as well, but I rely on my team to help my vision come to life and execute them with their never-ending talent.

Casey was originally hired to be my adminstrative assistant and handle emails and scheduling. But she was also a budding photographer so I started having her shoot some photos for the blog from time-to-time. She began to get my aesthetic and has since grown into our full-time photographer (she shot the whole Oh Joy book, too!). She's also our office manager and makes sure that I remember to be where I need to be and keeps my meetings and schedule straight.

The last two years for me are when I went from a solo player to a team player and learned to let people help me. It's something I'm constantly working on, but when you have creative, passionate people by your side, it makes it much easier to let go and trust others to do what they do best.

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Also, if I can give one big piece of advice for budding creatives out there looking for a job or trying to grow at your current job, show your boss what you've got! All of the girls on my team had talents beyond what I hired them for, but because they put themselves out there and showed me what else they could offer, they all now get to do lots of different things on a daily basis.

P.S. You can see more photos of our studio space over at Decor8! It's fun to see how it's changed a bit since it was originally designed by Emily and Sam in 2013, like how we decorated that space above our storage cabinets with our paper lanterns!

{Photos by Kelly Brown for Decor8.}

a sneak peek at the new oh joy book! 13 Jan 2015

Oh Joy Book - coming in April!

You guys! We have a brand new book coming out in April!

My third book, Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create and Give Joy is a colorful guide to help bring whimsy and joy to your life and into the lives of those you love. It's filled with quick, fun, and stylish (all brand new) projects from home decor to food to fashion as well as tips on how to shop for vintage, pick art for your home, and where I like to find inspiration. Inspired by my Make Someone Happy videos, this book is all about small things that make a big impact. It's about making your world a happier place and giving you the inspiration to make beautiful and joyful things for others as well.

Here's a peek at the cover (the real book cover will have some very fancy gold foil and neon that you can't see in this digital image). This book was a labor of love for sure. Making this book while pregnant last year was no small feat, but thanks to my team, we pulled it together and can't wait for you to see it. The book comes out on April 7th, but you can pre-order it now at these retailers:

In the US: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins. In Canada: Indigo and Harper Collins.

I'll have a couple book parties in April, too, so I hope we'll get to celebrate together soon!

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