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happy friday + a joint birthday party... 21 Oct 2016

oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

Last week, Ruby turned 5 (five!) and yesterday, my little Coco turned 2 (what?!). I still do not understand how time really does go by so fast. With two October babies, this year, we decided to throw a joint birthday party. I was nervous about having one big party with kids in a range of ages...but I'm so glad we did. It was definitely my favorite party to date, and I was the least stressed about it and was able to enjoy myself the most of any of their birthday parties of the past. Here are a ton of very cute photos from the day and more about what we did if you'd like to see more...

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fall entertaining with oh joy! 13 Oct 2016

Oh Joy for Target

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The air is getting crisp as thoughts of the upcoming holidays and entertaining fill the air! Today, I'm going show you how the pieces from our newest Oh Joy for Target fall home decor collection can be used for entertaining at home. See our newest video below for some of my favorite tips and tricks!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Beautiful Things" by Katrina Stone
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker

art pumpkins! 5 Oct 2016

art pumpkins

Back in art school, one of my favorite things was learning about artists of the past. I love seeing their effect on art history as the first to make certain techniques popular. For Halloween this year, we were inspired some of my favorite artists to create these art pumpkins! They each use different techniques and make for a fun learning lesson with kids, too! See how we made them...

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altering vintage caftans... 3 Oct 2016

altering vintage caftans

Last month, I shared my newest Mrs. Roper vintage caftan collection and the "before" shots of how they look purchased straight from the flea market. While I love their roomy and comfy vibe, most were way too big for me to really be flattering at all. Years ago, I would have never been brave enough to wear pieces like this or make an attempt to get them to actually fit me. But I've grown to love vintage prints so much, that I've become better at taking a chance and knowing that simple alterations can do so much. So I took them to my local tailor to be altered and serve more function then their original state. Here's what I did...

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how to use books for styling... 28 Sep 2016

how to use books for styling

If you're like me, you have a lot of books. I have art books, photo books, cook books, fashion books, books about cookies, books about Japanese street art, and so, so many more. Books obviously have a very functional use. But when you are not actively using and reading them, they make for great styling pieces to add interest to so many spaces in your home. Here are three examples...

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finally, my bedroom makeover! 26 Sep 2016

Oh Joy / Bedroom Makeover

A few months ago, I posted a photo of the sad state of my bedroom. It was one of my summer projects to finally take the plastic off the bed frame and cover up the torn wallpaper with a grown-up headboard.

Oh Joy / Bedroom Makeover

To refresh your memory, here's the "before" from my last post and the "after"! Check out more details below about what stayed and what went!

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a backyard summer par-tay! 27 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

Oh Joy for Target summer collection

A couple weeks ago, I introduced our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection! Today, I'm sharing a little video we made showing how the collection makes a juicy and sweet backyard party...and then how they fit right into your home after the festivities have ended. Press play below to watch and enjoy!


// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “I Love Us“ by Katrina Stone
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistants: Jessica Hong & Courtney Ketchersid
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Location rental: Kid & Coe
Catering: Heirloom LA
Photo stills: Mary Costa

oh joy for target / summer collection! 16 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Yay! It's here! Our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection launches online and in all Target stores this Sunday, June 19thWith summer in the air, I was inspired by bright florals, juicy citrus trees, and thoughts of being by the ocean all summer long. From glasses and bowls to heart-shaped platters and a super fun bar cart, these were designed with summer entertaining in mind. The pieces are perfect for backyard parties but also for casual indoor gatherings for the rest of the year, too.

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

The collection will be online and in all Target stores (on an endcap in the home decor section). This is a limited collection for the summer only and will not be restocked. Last season, some of our most popular items sold out in the first couple weeks, so once it's gone, it's really gone.

P.S. Oh, and tomorrow, June 17th, I'll be sharing a more detailed look at ALL of the products LIVE on Facebook Live at 9am PST and Periscope at 9:30am PST. Come watch it in real time if you can so I can answer your questions! But both will be available to reply later if you can't watch live ;)

{Photos by Mary Costa}

things I am super lazy about... 10 Jun 2016

things i am super lazy about

I would consider myself a pretty hard-working person. I’m super Type A and when I want to get things done, they get done. But I have to be honest about something. There are some very simple, everyday things that I am SO lazy about….

1. Unloading the dishwasher - I have no problem loading it and getting the dirty dishes in there, but I dread unloading it…remembering where everything goes, hoping I don’t fill up a cabinet too much and it comes crashing down to the ground (yes, that has happened to me before).

2. Folding laundry - I used to work at Gap in high school and was terrible at folding the clothes exactly back to how they should be (even with that handy folding tool). Maybe it’s my memories of failing at folding the perfect white tee, but there is something so meticulous about folding that doesn’t work with my brain for some reason. If it were up to me, I could put away all my clothes in drawers in small bunches or piles.

3. Taking a shower - Now before you think I am totally gross, I do like the feeling of being freshly showered. I like being clean. But I don’t like the process of having to take a shower - getting undressed, showering, and getting dressed and ready again. I’d like for it to all just happen for me somehow. Can someone invent an app for that?

4. Filling up my gas tank - My husband knows that I am the worst at this. When that light flashes in my car telling me “Hey, just a heads up, you have about 45 miles left before you’re out of gas”. I look at it, smile, and go on with my day. It’s not until that number goes down to 15...10...5 miles left and the line is right about to touch the "E" that I begrudgingly go to the gas station.

5. Updating software & backing up my computer - Whenever my computer tells me it has an update, I push it off until “tomorrow” and then it ends up being weeks and months that apps or software are out of date and then usually my computer decides to retaliate and crash or freeze forcing me to restart and catch-up on the 39 updates it’s been asking for.

Do you guys think I am crazy? It’s kind of nice to be totally honest about these things. Share your #RefreshinglyHonest confessions with me, too!

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Honest Tea. All words are my own.

dressing the team / a pleated skirt... 25 May 2016

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I've been getting requests for more fashion posts here on Oh Joy! While I love fashion, I wanted to offer it in a way that would be interesting for those who like my taste in clothing but may not be the same size as me. It can be hard to know if a piece of that someone else wears will work on you if you're a totally different body type! So, we came up with this new series that I hope you'll love called...Dressing the Team. I will choose one item of clothing that I think complements a variety of people, and we'll share the results. All of the girls in the Oh Joy office will wear the same piece, and I'll show you how we styled each outfit differently on varying body types. And if you guys like it, we'll keep doing more! Are you ready for our first one?

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