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happy thanksgiving + a last minute centerpiece! 23 Nov 2016

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Happy Wednesday all! We're signing off for the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday. But if you're looking for a last minute centerpiece for the holiday, check out this "cone-a-copia" (made of ice cream cones!) we made a couple years back. It's still one of my favorite projects ever. You can watch the full how-to right here!

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here's to lots of rest, being home in PJ's, and cozy treats galore!

{photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafting by Julia Wester}

how to choose a location for family photos... 22 Nov 2016

how to choose a location for family photos

I love sending out our annual family photo as something for my family to treasure, and also as a fun way to stay in touch with those we love who are far away and to keep them updated on how everyone has grown. Every year, as fall approaches, the hardest thing to figure out is where to take our family photos. I try to change the location every year, but still keep it close to our home and convenient for our family's schedule.

We've been using Artifact Uprising for our cards for years and love the clean and simple designs (on 100% recycled paper!) that really let the photos shine. The new foil designs this year are my favorite! So we've teamed up with them today to share my tips for choosing a great location for taking your family's photo... 

how to choose a location for family photos

1. An indoor studio — If weather is questionable, an indoor location or photo studio guarantees it won't rain or snow during your photo session. For our first family photo ever, our friends Max and Jesse teamed up to offer 20 minute pop-up photo sessions at a local studio in Los Angeles. All we had to do was show up—no worries about props, lighting, or weather conditions.

Featured: Foil-Stamped Merry Card

how to choose a location for family photos

2. Your neighborhood — For our 2nd year, we wanted to capture the beauty of our Los Angeles neighborhood. Ruby was only 2 years old, so we kept the location within 10 minutes of our house. Little kids can only really take photos for 15-20 minutes (maybe 30 minutes if you have an especially patient child) so close locations are helpful. Our photographer, Katherine, did such a good job capturing the simplicity and beauty of our surroundings while capturing my family's personality at the same time.

Featured: Simple Love To You & Yours Card; Foil-Stamped Happy Holidays Card

how to choose a location for family photos

3. At home — The easiest location of them all is home sweet home. For our 3rd year, Coco had just been born and so she was a tad too tiny to take out and about. We shot most of the photos in our bedroom with the kids playing, laying, or sitting on the bed with us. They were casual, personal, and Katherine really captured the joy of our new arrival so well.

Featured: With Love Grid Card

how to choose a location for family photos

4. A graphic background — For our 4th year, I was really into finding the coolest walls around Los Angeles. There are so many amazing murals to choose from in this city. However, I ended up going with something more graphic in texture and chose this huge wall outside of the Broad Museum. It was also an ode to my love of art and the excitement of Downtown Los Angeles (where the museum is located). Our amazing photographer, Morgan, shot these photos right before sunset so the light was natural with a beautiful glow.

Featured: New Adventures, New Year Card with Foil; Simple Hand-Letterd Holiday Card

how to choose a location for family photos

5. If all else fails, add props — Sometimes when you take family photos, it can feel weird to just stand there and smile. We always take posed photos but then also just play and let the kids do their thing. One thing that helps loosen things up are some simple props. You don't have to turn it into a wedding photo booth, but whether it's a bunch of beach balls or a pile of flowers from your garden, props can add a whimsical touch to photos. For this year's photo, we went to a local garden and took a bunch of streamers for the kids to play with and hold. Our photographer, Morgan, checked out the garden the day before to make sure there would be some open areas where the kids could just run wild with streamers in hand. The streamers added lightness and extra color to our natural setting. 

Featured: Here's to the Good New Years Card

Hopefully, seeing all the locations we've taken family photos in the past give you ideas for your upcoming and future family photos! 

P.S. Artifact Uprising is offering a special code for 10% off their Holiday Photo Cards for Oh Joy readers. Simply enter OHJOYXAU16 at checkout by November 29th. And, tips for choosing outfits for family photos!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've used and loved for years. All words are my own. 

{Flat photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester. Family photos by: Max Wanger, Jesse Marble, Katherine Rose, and Morgan Pansing.}

happy friday + future workshops... 18 Nov 2016

Oh Joy studio

Ah! We've signed the lease on a new office for Oh Joy (it's almost twice as big as what we have now!), and we're getting ready to pack up and move next month. Now that our new space will be big enough to host events, I'm excited to get back to meeting with people in real life and hosting business talks and various workshops in the new Oh Joy studio.

SOOOO....I'd love to know what types of talks, workshops, or events you would come to if you are (or if you could travel to us) in Los Angeles? I used to teach social media, freelancing, and product development workshops so I'd probably focus on other topics I have not yet covered. But I am open to hearing all of your suggestions!

Thanks in advance and have a great weekend! 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, my outfit by Boden.}

get cozy for a good cause with oh joy + splendid... 14 Nov 2016

oh joy + splendid

As the holiday season approaches, there are so many wonderful things the holidays bring...celebrations and time with family, friends, and lots of joy and merriment. One of the things that has become an annual tradition for my family around the holidays is to show our kids how joyful it can be to give to other kids who may not be as fortunate. As my kids get excited for new toys from Santa, we always make it a priority to give toys and books and clothes to other kids through Baby2Baby—a charity that provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. 

oh joy + splendid

oh joy + splendid

This year, we teamed up with Splendid to create the coziest lounge pieces and blankets around. With the help of your purchase, $50K will be donated to Baby2Baby from our 'Give Joy Collection' to make cheerful holidays for families and kids in need. 

oh joy + splendid

This capsule is the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season (even if it's for yourself!). For the matching lounge tops and pants, we paired together a couple of my favorite signature Splendid stripes (one in navy/white and one in oatmeal/white) with solid waffle thermal and added our signature Oh Joy! mint green stitching detail throughout all of the pieces. The faux sherpa lined blankets have a gold heart on the corner as a reminder of the love that's being shared through the purchase of these pieces.

oh joy + splendid

oh joy + splendid

I have been using and wearing these pieces since we got our samples in, and they are the softest ever. They're a perfect gift for a loved one or for treating yourself to some cozy down time. You can purchase these online throughout the holiday season. Thanks in advance for supporting such a great cause through your purchase!

Click here to shop the Give Joy x Splendid collection.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

happy friday + taking the leap... 28 Oct 2016

Oh Joy Palm Springs

I always tell people to take chances in life...that you can never be 100% sure about the outcome of anything, but you just have to go for it. We're in the process of getting a new studio...and while it's exciting to start fresh and grow into a new space, it's also scary. I remember that feeling three and a half years ago when I left my home studio for a real life office space. And then when we expanded our one space into two spaces last year. And now, here we are (again) expanding for growth and all the things we can do with a new space. It always works out in the end, but boy does that leap of faith give me all those nervous butterflies, too. You can't fly if you don't try, right?!

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

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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have a playful weekend! 14 Oct 2016

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I couldn't be more happy that it's Friday! We took the kids to Disneyland mid-week for Ruby's birthday, and while that should seem like a nice mid-week break, I am beat from it ;P This weekend, we're celebrating both of my girls' birthdays with a joint party, and I'm going to see Gwen Stefani in concert the same night! (Wait, did I just say I needed some rest?! Ha.)

Have a great weekend, all! See you back here on Monday...

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, table by Oh Joy for Target}

planning a joint garden birthday party! 10 Oct 2016

Floral-birthday-party

October is a big month in our house with both of my girls celebrating a birthday! Ruby turns 5 this week, and Coco turns 2 next week! Last year, I threw two different parties on the same weekend (crazy, I know), so this year we decided to have a joint birthday party and combine efforts into one bash for my little ladies. 

Here are some things that will go into decorating and planning a lovely little garden party...

01. Decor - Our party will be outdoors in a public garden area. Since decorations need to be set up pretty quickly, I always stick to things we can hang without having to nail or tape anything to public property like these clusters of honeycombs from Poppies for Grace and these giant paper flowers which we made (and will share the DIY soon!).

02. Outfits - Since we have a floral theme, it was super easy to find outfits from my kids' existing wardrobe and not have to buy anything new. Ruby is wearing a vintage dress we found earlier this year while we were shopping at Shareen Vintage with her Zuzii sandals. Coco is wearing this outfit that she still fits in from Crew & Lu and shoes by Zuzii.

03. Table - You guys know I love a good paper plate! We're mixing and matching a bunch of fun pieces from the Oh Happy Day shop including these floral and dotty plates. And the same gold glitter numbers we use every year by Little Cat Design Co. along with these awesome colorful candles.

04. Activity Stations - The park doesn't have a playground, so we'll have a few activities for the kids including a cookie decorating table and a floral necklace making table.

05. Book Drive - In lieu of gifts, we're asking all our friends to bring a book (gently used or new) for us to collect and donate to Baby2Baby for children in need. We did the same thing for Coco's 1st birthday, and we collected over 40 books last year! It's a great option for when you don't want or need more toys, and we always take the kids to bring the books and see where they're going to.

Stay tuned next week for some photos from this weekend's party!

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Party styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester.}

have a wheelie good weekend... 30 Sep 2016

Oh Joy

Earlier this week, I took the Oh Joy team on a retreat to Palm Springs to celebrate Oh Joy's 11th anniversary! We had a great time hanging out, getting inspired by vintage goodness, having a team dance party, and just getting away all together. I'll be sharing more photos from our trip soon, but in the meantime, have a great weekend! I'll see you back here on Monday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, prop styling by Julia Wester. Luggy basket by Olli Ella.}

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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