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a duo of aprons {giveaway}...(NOW CLOSED) 15 Dec 2015

Hedley and Bennett aprons

With the holidays fast approaching and thoughts of making and baking our favorite treats for loved ones set in, we have a fun giveaway with Hedley & Bennett today for a duo of their amazing aprons. A mix of modern and timeless, these are our go-to aprons (you'll see plenty of big-time chefs rocking them, too!). We're giving away TWO aprons of choice to one lucky reader (up to $200 value). You can choose between two adult aprons or one adult and one child apron, as well as colors and style of your choice! I love the Sweet Pea apron (shown above).

To enter, please visit Hedley & Bennett, then leave a comment here telling me which one(s) you'd choose if you won. Entries close this Friday, December 18th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.

UPDATE: Congrats to Whitney B. from Portland, OR for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is limited to US readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 approximate USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

a little bundle {giveaway}... (NOW CLOSED) 1 Dec 2015

Cheerily Baby Clothing

In preparation for the holidays, we have a super cute giveaway from the folks at Cheerily. We're giving away the above set—that includes 2 baby tees and the custom baby hoodie and sweats ($100 value each)— to THREE lucky readers. You can customize the back of the hoodie with a word of your choice (I chose BABE). So whether you're looking to outfit your own babe or gift another kiddo in your life, these are so fun and perfect for both boys and girls!

Bonus! This giveaway is open to all readers, located anywhere in the world! To enter, please visit Cheerily, then leave a comment here telling me which babe you'd gift this set to if you won. Entries close this Friday, December 4th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.

*This giveaway is open to those anywhere in the world. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

how to choose outfits for family photos... 18 Nov 2015

how to choose outfits for family photos

Every year, I have friends frantically texting me as they prep for their family photos asking about the outfits they have chosen and what their kids or husband should wear. It’s the one time a year that people might spend a bit more time choosing that special outfit for the whole family. Picking out outfits for my family is actually really fun for me because to me it’s like a design challenge that involves a lot of the same components of color, texture, and balance that I keep in mind when putting together any other image (that's the art school part of me coming out). Whether you’re taking photos of you and your partner, you and your pup, or you and your family of 15, I've partnered with Artifact Uprising to share my tips for choosing outfits for family photos with some outtakes from this year's holiday card to demonstrate…

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

1. Dressing for the environment. The first thing to think about is how casual or dressy you want to be. I say you should wear something more special than your average casual Saturday because...why not? If you’re spending time to take these family photos, you should use it as a chance to wear something a little extra special. That doesn’t mean you need to go black tie and wear a ball gown to the park, but dress so you feel excited about what you’re wearing and so your kids are excited, too. Also, think about where you’re shooting the photos. If you’re going to the beach, then soft flowy pieces look great in the wind. Or if it’s a snowy/winter scene then cozy on up so that the scene feels like a moment out of your real life. This year, we chose a modern, urban setting outside the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

2. Color and texture. When outfitting a the whole family, I compose a set of outfits the way I would a full scene—balance, texture, and color come into play. If you have a certain stand-out color or pattern, you want to see that pop of color/pattern in a couple places so that it doesn’t stand out in only one spot. In our case, we have a couple hits of neon yellow, a couple hits of black, a few neutral stripes, and some blush throughout. Men and boys can be the hardest to dress because there are far less options in male clothing (poor guys). But if you love color and want to incorporate it in their outfits as well, find smaller areas like a cool belt, a bow tie, hat, or shoes where they can wear a pop of color and feel comfortable in that shade (check out Bob's blush shoes!). Also, think about textures. If you’re taking your photos in a very modern setting that has strong lines and not a lot of color, it could be nice to balance that out with some clothing that has some softness or texture to it (hence our soft skirts and dresses). Also, across the board, I typically avoid wearing all white, all black, or anything with bold logos or typography.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

3. Complement without being too matchy matchy. Unless you are going for the Ugly Christmas Sweater look, I like to have some elements of the family outfits that match or complement without anyone wearing the same exact outfit. For example, if you have multiple kids, they can wear similar colors or patterns. Or, they can wear the same style of dress or shirt but in different colors or patterns. That way there are parts of the outfits that are the same without the full head-to-toe outfit being the same. Ruby and Coco are two slightly different dresses in the same pattern, but to avoid them looking too matchy, I gave them different tops to wear over the dresses. Same goes for the grown-ups, try to have part of your outfit link back to one other person in the photos even with a touch of the same color or pattern. 

How to Choose Outfits for a Family Photo

4. Try on the clothes before you take photos. Especially if kids are involved, make sure they've tried on the full outfit ahead of time. I can't even keep track of the number of times I've put on a new pair of shoes or a new dress and Ruby doesn’t want to wear it cause they hurt her feet or something itches. Or sometimes you’ve been saving a super special piece of clothing for a few months and then your kid outgrows it before they go to wear it. So do a test run in the full outfit beforehand so you and your kids are in comfortable clothes that fit! (For example, the outfits above were what I had planned for the kids this year. But Ruby would not wearing the stockings because she felt too hot in them, she outgrew the shoes I planned for her, and we decided not to have Coco wear the headband in fear of it constantly falling off during shooting). So we simply took out some of the unnecessary accessories and switched out Ruby’s shoes for a bigger pair we already had.

Oh Joy Family Photo by Morgan Pansing

5. Be comfortable to look comfortable. You might see this as a chance to step outside your box and wear something more risqué, more glamorous, or more colorful. But don’t wear something you wouldn’t normally wear. Bob and I both wore clothes we already owned and have worn before this day. These photos should look like you and your family—just a bit more special. And if you don't feel like you or you’re uncomfortable in any way, it will show in the photos. Oh, if you have kids, don't forget to take a photo of you and your partner without the kids. I know it can be hectic to take family photos, but if someone can entertain your kids for a few minutes so you can snap a shot together, it's well worth it.

how to choose outfits for family photos

And, now here's a peek at our holiday card for this year! I hope these tips help you for your holiday photo, future family photos, or for any other special occasion coming up!

P.S. Two fun things...

1) Artifact Uprising has kindly offered 10% off holiday card printing with code OHJOYTEN valid through December 2, 2015. AND...

2) You can enter your email address in the box below to enter to win $250 credit towards printing your cards with Artifact Uprising. Entries close on December 2, 2015.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos from this year's family photo by Morgan Pansing. Past family photos from card's past: Max Wanger and Jesse Chamberlin (sparkly streamers card), Katherine and Luke Griffin (bougainvillea running and family montage). Still life photos of the cards by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer. Outfit details: Joy's sweater from J.Crew, skirt from Darccy, shoes from Target, necklace from Lou Lou Lollipop Finery. Bob's shirt from Apolis, pants by Betabrand, shoes from Greats. Ruby's dress by Two Els, cardigan from Crew Cuts, shoes by Zuzii. Coco's dress by Two Els, top by Crew & Lushoes by Zuzii, hair pin by Homako.}

have kids, will travel {giveaway}! ...(now closed) 9 Sep 2015

Have Kids Will Travel / Family Getaway Giveaway

You guys...we have a HUGE giveaway today for you. With my recent family trip to Seattle, I'm feeling excited to travel again with my whole family in tow! So, I've partnered up with some of my go-to travel and lifestyle brands to give away these amazing goodies that are some of my favorites when jet-setting with my family!

Have Kids Will Travel / Family Getaway Giveaway

Enter here for your family’s chance to win $2,750 in prizes from Kid & Coe, Ergo Baby, Orbit Baby, Clare V., Instacart, and Artifact Uprising. 

$2,750 Prize Package Includes:

‐ $500 in Kid & Coe travel credits to stay at a well-designed and kid-friendly rental home

‐ $250 Artifact Uprising gift card to make photo books full of your best adventures

‐ $200 Instacart gift card for getting groceries delivered right to your vacation's doorstep

Orbit Baby stroller bundle for toting around your littles

Ergo Baby 360 carrier for being hands-free with your babe

Clare V. black Agnes backpack for holding mama's must-haves

Visit right here to enter and see all the rules for entry! And good luck!

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.

a chill {giveaway}...(now closed) 4 Aug 2015

PackIt Insulated Lunch Bag

PackIt Insulated Lunch Bag

Whether you're packing your own lunch for work or for your kids to take to camp or school, being able to keep your food chilled and fresh is always a priority. These super cute PackIt bags have insulation built into the bags on all sides. You simply freeze the bag overnight and pack your treats in the morning, and the bags stay cold for up to 10 hours They are a new favorite in our house for school, work, and even a weekend picnic. And I love how there are different styles that fit different needs...and in fun patterns, too!

Today, we've partnered with PackIt to give away $100 towards any insulated bags on their site PLUS $100 gift card from Target to fill your bags with tasty treats to TWO lucky readers ($200 total retail value to each winner). To enter, simply visit PackIt's website and leave a comment below on this post telling me your favorite bag and pattern and how you'd use it! Entries must be posted by this Friday, August 7th, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, PackIt is offering 15% off any purchase with the code OHJOY15 through August 11, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a fab furniture {giveaway}...(NOW CLOSED) 28 Jul 2015

Interior Define Giveaway

For me, one of the funnest (yet hardest) pieces to buy for a home is a great couch or chair. You want something that will last over time and go with your decor that's worth the investment. Interior Define offers a ton of fabric options to customize their many chair and couch styles. Most of Interior Define’s designs are available in 5+ configurations (each size customizable), up to 60 fabric options, up to 5 leg options, and 3 cushion-fill options. Today, we've partnered with Interior Define to give away a $1000 credit towards a chair or couch of your choice to one lucky reader

Interior Define Giveaway

To enter:

1) Visit Interior Define

2) Join the email list

3) Pick out your favorite Interior Define product

4) Comment back on this post with your favorite Interior Define product

You can see some of my favorites right here! Entries must be posted by this Friday, July 31st, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, Interior Define is offering $100 off any order over $1000! Use code: OJ100 upon checkout. Discount offer ends 8/4/15.

UPDATE: Congrats to Amy M. from Beverly Hills, CA for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $1000 USD total value for the winner towards a couch or chair to be used by December 31, 2015 on a single purchase. The $1,000 credit must be used in a single purchase. Any returns will be refunded store credit minus any applicable restocking fee. Entrants must register with their email address and will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

a framed photograph {giveaway}...(now closed) 7 Jul 2015

Max Wanger Print

One of my favorite photographers and good friend, Max Wanger, sees in a way that I can't even explain. I'm always blown away by his eye and how he captures images on a camera. Today, we have a very special giveaway, and Max is giving away a large framed print (a $700 retail value) to one lucky reader. The winner can choose from any print in his shop up to 30x45" in size as well as a frame color of your choice!

To enter, simply visit Max Wanger's Print Shop, then leave a comment here telling me which print you'd pick if you won! Entries must be posted by this Friday, July 10th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, Max is also offering 15% off the entire shop. Enter code SUMMER15 at checkout through July 12th, 2015.

UPDATE: Congrats to Nicole F. from NJ for being our winner this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $700 USD total value for each winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

little sips {giveaway} with lollaland...(now closed) 30 Jun 2015

Lollaland
Lollaland

Lollaland

The first straw cup that Ruby ever drank out of was by Lollaland, so they have a special place in my heart for mealtime in our house. They recently came out with beautiful glass baby bottles that are made of durable, premium quality, borosilicate glass that is naturally BPA-, BPS- and phthalate-free. 

So today, we've partnered with Lollaland to give away (2) $200 gift cards to two lucky readers for anything on their site (cups, bottles, or meal time sets!)

AND, we have a really special addition to this giveaway today...for every entry, Lollaland will donate 1 item to Baby2Baby to help children in need. 

To enter, simply visit Lollaland's website then leave a comment here telling me which items you'd pick if you won! Entries must be posted by this Friday, July 3rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, Lollaland is also offering 20% off + free shipping through July 7th. Simply enter OHJOY20 at checkout.

UPDATE: Congrats to Stephanie M. from NJ and Suzy B. from CT for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value for each winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Caroline Tran}

mini style summer {giveaway}...(now closed) 23 Jun 2015

June and January

June & January has such a great mix of fun, yet comfortable, pieces for kids. My kids love wearing their pieces, and I love that they are cute but still so easy to wash and wear. In celebration of their new collection, I've partnered with June & January to giveaway (3) $100 Gift Cards to three lucky readers, domestically or internationally. 

June and January

To enter, simply visit June & January's website then leave a comment here telling me what your favorite piece (the playsuit and dresses are my fave)! Entries must be posted by this Friday, June 26th, at 8 a.m. PST, and three winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Christine S. from CA, Gina R. from MD, and Wendy L. from CA for being our winners this time!

*Open to readers anywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value each for three winners. Winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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