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dressing the team / sequin skirts... 29 Nov 2016

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For our last Dressing the Team post of this year, we wanted to end with something festive. And what's more festive or says holiday more than a sequin skirt?! Based on our body types and skin tones, we each chose a skirt that we could dress up for the holidays and night out or dress down for wearing to the office or a more casual party. Come see how we wore them...

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Jess, our crafting assistant, is on the petite side (4'11") so she can shop the larger sizes in the girl's section and get a great deal for something that is often double the price in the women's section. She paired a silver sequin mini skirt with an everyday striped shirt and topped it all off with a chic hat and booties.

Jess is wearing a Nordstrom skirt, Target shirt, Chloe + Isabel necklace, Sole Society booties (similar), and Lack of Color hat.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Courtney, our Executive Assistant, combined her ombre mini skirt with a classic white button-down. She loved how the pencil skirt accentuated her curves and the blush accents worked well on her fair skin tone. The white shirt adds a certain sophistication and a nice contrast to help tone down the shiny skirt. I love how super chic this look is for a cocktail party or holiday party.

Courtney is wearing a Target white button down shirt, Forever 21 sequin skirt, H&M heels (similar), and Chloe & Isabel bun cuff.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Julia, our Creative Producer & Stylist, wanted to add a dose of pattern to her gold sequined maxi skirt. High waisted skirts help to accentuate the smallest part of the waist on any body type. So she added a basic grey tee to serve as a base before layering on her floral bomber - perfect for a night out to dinner and to see a show.

Julia's wearing a Target grey tee, ASOS sequin skirt, Forever 21 floral bomber jacket (similar), and dv booties.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Angie, our designer, wears this black a-line skirt to work all the time! I love how she makes it feel casual, yet fun, with a bright blue sweater and silver booties. The black sequins are less sparkly than a metallic option, so it feels really versatile and a good option for someone who doesn't like things too shiny.

Angie's wearing a Target sweater, Benumade earrings from Ban.do, Target black sequin skirt (similar), and Splendid booties.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Joy, that's me! Because I love dancing, I chose this swingy midi skirt in blush pink. I added some pattern with a festive confetti tank and added a light grey blazer to make it feel a bit more formal for a work meeting or dinner out. I added a little extra whimsy and texture with my accessories. 

I'm wearing a LC Lauren Conrad blazer, top by Doops DesignGlitterFoxLA sequin skirt, Loeffler Randall sandals (past season), and Benumade earrings from Ban.do.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

A few of our tips for wearing sequins...

1. Get something you would wear again. A sequin skirt may not be the most worn piece in your closet, but pick a piece that you could dress up or down and would feel comfortable wearing for multiple occasions.

2. Cooler sequins (silver) go well with more fair skin tones while warmer sequins (gold and copper) go well with darker skin tones.

3. Make sure you can move in it. The material is already a little stiffer than non-sequined pieces, so make sure the cut is one that doesn't feel too tight and you could move (and dance!) in.

{Photos by Casey Brodley outside Wanderlust. Mural by Kim West.}

naked sparkle amazingness... 21 Nov 2016

Ashish Spring 2016 from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi

Ashish Spring 2016 from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi

Ashish Spring 2016 from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi

Sometimes you see a collection of things that scream out so loud to you that you don't know how or why you've never come across it before. UK designer, Ashish, debuted this Spring/Summer 2016 collection last year, but it still feels so fresh and fun that I had to share.

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

Ashish Spring 2016 by Vogue

I've been obsessed with sheer pieces and sequins lately, so this whole collection is pretty much what my dreams are made of.

{Top photos from Hunger by Eva K. Salvi, bottom photos from Vogue.}

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.}

dressing the team / vintage! 12 Oct 2016

dressing the team / vintage

Inspired by our recent team trip to Palm Springs, today, we have a vintage-themed Dressing the Team! It all started when some of the girls in the office felt like they could never find anything when looking for vintage and asked me for advice. So all went to the Rosebowl Flea Market together last month, and I gave them some tips on how I shop for vintage and pulled pieces that could work for everyone...

dressing the team / vintage

Here's the pile of loot we found at the flea market. Everyone took home their pieces for minor alterations (if needed) and put together their vintage outfits to show what cuts and styles worked best for each of us! The best part is...all of the vintage pieces ranged in price from $7-$25, and they're so special and one-of-a-kind...

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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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a pom pom tote! 6 Sep 2016

a pom pom tote DIY

I can't tell you how many of those "free" tote bags I have that are given out as promos or swag. Often, they're made of fabric and great for using again. But how many plain tote bags do I really need? So, we decided to dress up a simple fabric tote with some color-blocked pom-poms to turn it into something new! It's so easy and fun to make. Here's how...

a pom pom tote DIY

You'll need...

- 2 different colors of yarn (we used a multi mix and solid neon pink)

- pom pom maker

- needle and thread

- scissors

- a tote bag (we dyed our bag pink but you can use the natural color as it comes, too)

a pom pom tote DIY

Here's how...

1. If you want to fill up the whole face of one side of the tote, make nine pom poms using a pom pom maker. We made these color-blocked by wrapping one side of the clamp in a multi-color yard and the other side in a neon pink yarn. The fuller you fill up the maker, the more dense the pom poms will be.

2. Once you've made all nine, trim so that you don't see any excess yarn from the tied knot. Then, using a needle and thread, secure each pom pom from the base of the knot to the tote bag. We spread them out evenly in three rows of three. But you can group them however you'd like!

a pom pom tote DIY

Now, your once plain tote bag looks way more fun and chic!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess HongDress from Boden.}

channeling mrs. roper... 30 Aug 2016

oh joy caftan / before

In my monthly trips to the Rosebowl Flea Market, I've accumulated quite a few oversized caftans and channeling my inner Mrs. Roper! I'm a sucker for color and pattern so even though these pieces don't currently fit me, I had to get them (one was only $7!). I'm a "get it now and figure it out later" kind of person, clearly ;)

oh joy caftan / before

oh joy caftan / before

I'm taking the caftans to the tailor for a little nip and tuck and wondering what would you guys do with them if you were me? The Oh Joy team is headed to Palm Springs next month to celebrate Oh Joy's 11 year anniversary (woohoo!) and I'm excited to wear my tailored versions of these!

{Photos by Mary Costa}

dressing the team / culottes! 23 Aug 2016

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Culottes have been a very popular trend this summer as a fun option that looks like a cross between pants and a skirt. As we head into fall, we're loving culottes as a great transition piece we could bring into the fall. Here's how the whole Oh Joy team wore their culottes...

dressing the team / culottes

Angie, our designer, went graphic in black and white with pops of color and metallic in her accessories. Angie's wearing Anthropologie culottes, ASOS sandals, Danskin bodysuit, and a DIY vintage scarf necklace.

dressing the team / culottes

Jess, our crafting assistant, is keeping it cool and casual in ASOS culottes (similar and similar), ASOS tank, Madewell sandals (similar), Bauble Bar necklace, Noonday Collection beaded bracelet, and Noonday Collection gold bracelet. Because Jess is 4'11", she did need to have the length of her pants hemmed to hit mid-calf.

dressing the team / culottes

Julia, our Creative Producer & Stylist, is making a statement with these floral culottes with straps by ASOS, a simple Nordstrom tee, and Nino suede mules. She didn't need to add jewelry to this outfit since the straps add a lot of interest to the outfit.

dressing the team / culottes

Courtney, my Executive Assistant, is playing it cool and summery in these chambray culottes from Target (similar), Gap tank blouse (similar), Lucky Brand sandals, and chunky necklace by Noonday.

dressing the team / culottes

Joy, that's me...I'm wearing plaid culottes by Ace & Jig, a bodysuit by Thief & Bandit, and Marais sandals. These pants almost look like a skirt when I wear them which makes my outfit look dressier than it really is, yet still so comfy!

A few things we learned about wearing culottes:

1. Culottes tend to look great with a fitted tee (or even a bodysuit) underneath.

2. Whether your wear a tee or blouse, tucking the top into the pants help to define the smallest part of your waist to help contrast with the looser pant style.

3. Since the pants can hit anywhere between mid-calf to ankle, there can be some flexibility in the length which makes them wearable for a variety of heights.

What do you guys think? Have you been rocking culottes this summer?

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

some jewelry i'm loving... 26 Jul 2016

jewelry I'm loving

A bit chunky with some subdued flashes of color, here are a few pieces I'm loving right now...

1. J.Crew link necklace, 2. necklace by The Wilde Bloem, 3. Babe necklace from Ban.do, 4. Eye ring from Leif, 5. Pateel Sandrik necklace, 6. ring from Leif, 6. J.Crew foliage necklace, 7. Gorman earrings, 8. Kate Spade stud earrings, 9. Maslo bracelet.

dressing the team / white jeans... 12 Jul 2016

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dressing the team / white jeans

'Tis the season for white denim. It's everywhere in every single style of jean out there. Because a lot of people are scared of white jeans, I wanted to show how fresh and fun they really can be. For this Dressing the Team, rather than all wearing the same exact thing (because the fit of jeans are really specific to each person) we each picked our favorite style of white denim and showed you how we each wore it...

dressing the team / white jeans

Angie, our graphic designer, added a Zara tee and Zuzii shoes to her Gap slouch overalls. It's a fun outfit for the weekend, for work, or for play!

dressing the team / white jeans

Jess, our crafting assistant, paired her true skinny high rise jeans from Gap with a Zara top (with vintage brooch pinned to it), and sandals from Marshalls (past season, these are similar). Since she is petite (4'11"), she got the petite sizing for these jeans.

dressing the team / white jeans

Julia, our Creative Producer and Stylist, paired her Gap real straight jeans with a Zara top, vintage bangle, and Steve Madden wedges (past season, these are similar) for brunch with friends.

dressing the team / white jeans

Courtney, my Executive Assistant, is wearing Gap true skinny jeans with a Vince Camuto top and Steve Madden heels. This look feels just right for a summer date night!

dressing the team / white jeans

Joy (that's me!), our Creative Director...I'm wearing the best girlfriend jeans from Gap with a Jillian Harris for Privilege sweatshirt, Marais sandals, and Putchipuu hat. This is a fun weekend look for being at the farmer's market or the beach!

dressing the team / white jeans

A couple things we learned about white jeans:

- People think that white jeans highlight your flaws, but it's just a matter of finding a cut that works well for your body type. 

- I don't believe in the "no white after Labor Day" rule. Wear white when you want to. Except at someone else's wedding. 

 {Photos by Casey Brodley. Jeans provided by Gap. All other clothing is our own.} 

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