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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

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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

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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.} 

dressing the team / a jumpsuit... 20 Jun 2016

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I was so happy to see how much you guys enjoyed our first Dressing the Team post last month! I love the idea of sharing pieces and ways to style those pieces that I think complements a variety of people and body types. All of the girls in the Oh Joy office (ranging in sizes from 0-14), will wear the same piece, and I'll show you how we styled each outfit differently on varying body types. Here's our newest one!

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

I love jumpsuits. But sometimes they are either super fitting and hard to wear or totally comfy, yet way too baggy. When you can find one that fits you well, they make a statement and become a full outfit with one easy piece. For today's post, I chose this jersey jumpsuit from Boden because the material makes it easy to wear, wash, and can be adjusted to be more or less fitting with the tied waistband. I love this graphic print that's both neutral and fun! Here's how we styled it and made the same piece work for different occasions and different sizes. I also made sure to list the sizes we are wearing for this piece for easy reference!

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Angie, our graphic designer, is our resident "Sporty Spice". I love how she styled this weekend look for hanging with her two kids. She paired her jumpsuit (size 4) with floral Van's and a Target hoodie. As a mom with a new-ish baby, the V-neck on the jumpsuit also makes for a great piece to wear while nursing.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Jess, our crafting assistant, wore her jumpsuit (size 2) with a denim vest from Madewell, nude mules, and a Bunai necklace. Since she is petite (4'11"), she rolled the pant legs to give it a more cropped look.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Julia, our Creative Producer and Stylist, dressed up the jumpsuit (size 4) for a date night out with her husband. Julia is wearing a Zara bomber jacket, Gaia for Women necklace, and BC Footwear shoes (past season).

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Courtney, my Executive Assistant, is keeping it all neutral and chic with accents of black, white, gold and pale pink. If you're fuller in the bust area, try wearing a camisole or bralette underneath the wrap style jumpsuit to keep covered without having to safety pin it. Courtney paired her jumpsuit (size 14) with a Victoria's Secret camisole (past season), H&M sandals (past season), and 31 Bits necklace.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Joy (me!), our Creative Director, rarely wears black and white. So I added pops of color to this otherwise neutral ensemble (size 2) with a vintage scarf tied around my waist, clogs by Bryr, and a Babe necklace. I French cuffed the pant legs for a more taped and cropped look.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

A few tips about picking out jumpsuits for all different body types:

- Choose a soft and stretchy material.

- A built-in drawstring or a belt adds some definition to a typically blouse-y item.

- Pick one that is easy to take off and put on (ie. no zipper or buttons that will get in the way of having to take a bathroom break)!

- V-neck or wrap cuts are flattering on both small-chested and larger chested women because it accentuates a small bust and allows for layering underneath with a larger bust.

-Try wearing the leg both as it is and cuffed the bottom for a different look!

{Photos by Casey Brodley} 

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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dressing the babe / playsuits... 14 Apr 2016

Mama and Babe Style

Mama and Babe Style

Ah, playsuits...they are this odd mix of super comfy and fun to wear but also sometimes tough to wear. In today's Dressing the Babe, I'm sharing a couple of my favorites and why they are just so good. And, let's be real, playsuits be a total pain in the butt to have to take off to go to the bathroom. So when I contemplate getting a one-piece of any sort (whether for me or for my kids), it needs to be versatile in a print or color that feels timeless and that can be worn and layered with lots of different things. 

Oh Joy Style

My newest obsession is this Jolie Coquette playsuit which is super flattering on because it defines the waist and lengthens the legs. I've worn shirt, jackets, and other layers over it and paired it with flats, sandals, and booties. It's easy to wear, comfortable, and has snaps in the crotch (yes!) which means it makes grown-up bathroom visits a breeze. We first came across them on Kickstarter and happy to see they have a full line now in a bunch of colors.

Mama outfit / 1. Jolie Coquette playsuit, 2. Babe necklace, 3. Ban.do heart sunglasses, 4. Jeffrey Campbell booties.

Oh Joy / Mini Style

For a kid, if you're gonna get a romper in a nicer material, I like ones where the cut of it grows with your babe. This one can be worn loose or more fitted so as your little one grows and lengthens, it can still fit them for a year or more.

Babe outfit / 5. Crew & Lu playsuit, 6. Ban.do heart sunglasses, 7. Hadley Girl hair clip, 8. Yume necklace, 9. Pons Avarca sandals.

Oh Joy / Rainbow stairs

Mama and Babe Style

And can we talk about these stairs for a minute?!? These dreamy stairs are in the new location of the Otherwild store here in Los Angeles, and they are AMAZING. Kind of trippy and a millions kinds of awesome, Ruby was loving them as every 4 year old (and every non 4 year old) should.

{Stairway painted by Edie Fake at OtherwildPhotos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 4.5 years old and says she wants to have a design company called "Oh Ruby" when she grows up.}

oh joy for boys... 24 Mar 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

One of the things I hear most from moms of boys is that there aren't as many cool options for dressing them as there are for girls. Being a mom of girls, I haven't had to through that challenge. But I know when I've been on the hunt for baby boy gifts in the past, it can be hard to find a lot outside of typical blue and khaki with standard stripes and plaids. Which is why when we designed the pieces for our Oh Joy for Target baby apparel collection, I wanted to make sure to offer more patterns, colors, and simply just fun mix-and-match items for boys, too! (Oh Joy isn't only for girls, anymore ;).

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Here are a just a few of my favorites from playwear to sleepwear for the little guys in your life.

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Look at those cuties! I can't even take it. I'm SO glad we got to add in some non-girl specific items in our newest collection for all those moms of boys (or those who want gender-neutral clothing) who have been asking for it over the last couple years! If there's anything else you're hoping for in future baby collections, please let me know that, too!

{Top photo: Ever via Cassidy, Bottom photos: Andy and Otto via Angie}

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces... 17 Mar 2016

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

I have a mild obsession with vintage dresses. They have so much character, and I love that you're unlikely to see anyone else wearing the same dress. I especially love them to wear for special occasions like wearing to a party or a wedding. But I often find that the really dressy pieces get lost in the back of my closet because I am always saving them for a "fancy" occasion that doesn't happen that many times in a year. So, I challenged myself to pull those pieces out and see how I could wear them in everyday life (to work, out to dinner with friends, etc.)...

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A Sequined Dress - I love the idea of a full-on sequined dress. It feels very glamorous and makes a real statement for sure. However, how many times can you wear a sequined dress except when going to your once-in-a-lifetime gala? To make this dress a bit more wearable, we paired it with...

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A) A denim vest and neutral booties as well as B) a white button down shirt and black booties. By adding a layer of clothing on top, it helps to show a little less sequin while still letting the dress be the focus.

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A Bold Maxi Dress - I was drawn to this crazy, colorful dress I found at a local vintage shop. This one isn't as formal as some of the others here but the mix of colors does make it very distinct. To add some versatility, we added... 

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A) A thin colorful sweater and necklace to layer on top which now turns the dress into a maxi skirt and adds an extra layer of warmth and B) a neutral vest to dress it down a bit but still allow the bright orange top and fun button details to show through.

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A Beaded Flowy Dress - I fell in love with the coral color and beautiful beaded details of the neckline of this vintage dress. Because it's long-sleeve, it can be hard for it to not feel like a ball gown. Here's where we needed to combine it with a jacket or long-sleeve top...

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A) We added this white button down shirt again to add a crisp summer vibe to the amazing coral color and paired it with metallic flats and B) topped it with an easy denim jacket that everyone probably owns mixed it with a statement hat and white sandals.

So, the next time you see an amazing vintage piece that calls your name but you're worried you'll never be able to wear it, I hope this inspires you to take that piece and dress it down so you can rock it more often!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho and Jessica Hong.}

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