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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} 

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...

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comfort food... 2 Sep 2014

Monica Ramos Comfort Food

Monica Ramos Comfort Food

Monica Ramos Comfort Food

I've been under the weather for the last few days, so these illustrations by Monica Ramos just make me laugh. I'd love to be diving into a donut or sleeping on a giant piece of bread right about now...

face the foliage... 19 May 2014

Justina Blakeney / Face the Foliage

Justina Blakeney / Face the Foliage

Justina Blakeney / Face the Foliage

Justina Blakeney / Face the Foliage

Justina Blakeney / Face the Foliage

Have you guys seen these?!? My friend, Justina, has the coolest series right now on her Instagram called Face the Foliage. It seriously blows my mind with whimsy and makes me smile every single time I see a new one...

because i love popsicles... 30 Oct 2013

Sean Mort | Popsicle Print

Sean Mort | Popsicle Print

Sean Mort | Popsicle Print

 ...and because I'm in Mexico where it's 95 degrees, these popsicle prints by Sean Mort make me all kinds of happy right about now...

paper to petal... 12 Aug 2013

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

I've long been a fan of Thuss + Farrell, an amazing husband and wife duo who design, style, photograph, and art direct. Their their newest book, Paper to Petal, is like eye candy full of the coolest projects showing how to make amazingly gorgeous flowers simply from paper. Here's a peek at some of my favorite projects from their new book which is now available for pre-order...


{Photos by Thuss + Farrell}

{hers & mine} with hedley & bennett... 8 Aug 2013

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

After our trip to the Hedley & Bennett studio, Ellen put together our custom aprons and came over to show us how to tie the ribbons around the front (to hold extra towels while you're cooking). Ellen and Ruby had a great time making some very fancy dishes in Ruby's little kitchen.

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Ellen chose a Japanese denim for my apron because I'm currently obsessed with chambray right now, and this is like the apron version of my current favorite shirt. Since I wear so much pattern on a daily basis, we added just a touch of pattern as a nod to Ruby's striped apron.

Oh Joy aprons by Hedley and Bennett | photo by Bonnie Tsang

Ruby's striped apron is also made from Japanese denim, and Ellen topped off both of them with a muted red strap as a nod to the color ruby. ;) And the coolest part—Ellen is selling a limited batch of the Joy and Ruby apron styles (or as a set) she made for us over at Brika.

P.S. The team over at Brika (who support makers just like Ellen) and Madewell (one of my favorite clothing brands) are offering a special opportunity for one lucky person (and a guest!) to win a trip to Austin to meet a Brika maker, collaborate on an exclusive art print, get a Madewell shopping spree, and stay at an awesome hotel. Click here to check it out!

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. Special thanks to Ellen Bennett. This post is in collaboration with Brika and Madewell. Ruby's outfit: top by Tea Collection (past season), leggings by My Moon. My outfit: Top by Madewell (past season).}

year-round summer... 1 Aug 2013

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I love Max Wanger's newest summer prints full of life, love, and the joy of this season. It's like having summer on your walls year-round. I mean, how awesome does this print look on a wall...

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And, it's so fun to see the ice cream photo from our "First Date" shoot with Max in his shop!

P.S. All prints in Max's shop are 15% off through August 31. Simply enter "splash" at checkout.

{Prints by Max Wanger. Photo in Bri's home by Laure Joliet.}

play with your food... 22 Jul 2013

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I love seeing the way that other people can look at things so differently than I normally would. Last week, I met Julie of Julie's Kitchen who makes these amazing food collages from items she's picked up at the local market. They are simple, beautiful, and have just that perfect touch of whimsy...

{Photos by Julie's Kitchen}

fields of color and pattern... 17 Jun 2013

Izutsu Hiroyuki

Izutsu Hiroyuki

Izutsu Hiroyuki

Izutsu Hiroyuki

I've been drawing lots of patterns lately for a project and always inspired by the color and patterns in photographs and paintings. So I'm currently loving the work of Izutsu Hiroyuki and his landscape paintings of the Japanese countryside. I'd love to live in a world that looks just like this...

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