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the fanny pack... 9 Jun 2014

cool fanny packs

For the last couple months, I've seriously been contemplating getting a fanny pack. I remember I used to rock an acid wash denim fanny pack with rhinestones back in middle school, but I haven't had one since. While being so active and chasing around a toddler, it sounds so convenient in theory but is it one of those things that should stay in the past? I don't know...these ones are pretty cute. Would you rock a fanny pack?

{Left to right, top to bottom: Clare Vivier dotty fanny pack, Raise Case fanny pack, Clare Vivier petite fanny pack, and Alex Bender hip bag.}

what i did in london (part 1)... 27 May 2014

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Earlier this month, I took a trip to London to speak at Blogtacular. I went a few days early to explore the city with my friends Bonnie and Kelly, and we had a great time exploring the sights and sounds and tastes of London. We didn't have a ton of time to see the whole city (and I wanted to take it easy since I was just at the end of my first trimester), so we mostly spend our free time in Notting Hill and Shoreditch. Here are a few of my favorite things in Notting Hill...

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

The colors on the buildings are clearly one of the things that tourists like me go to Notting Hill to see. It's funny—in other cities where buildings are painted in unexpected colors, it often looks cheesy. But in Notting Hill, it just works. There are rows of homes or buildings painted fun color palettes that sit in-between other simple, plain buildings. They are happy just being different, and I love that.

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

I was also super inspired by the store windows and displays. It's too bad I am not opening a store anytime soon, otherwise the inspiration would have been extra perfect. They just do window displays so well and really do make you want to walk in.

(Above: My new favorite British kids' shop, I Love Gorgeous.)

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

Oh Joy / Notting Hill

(Above: beautiful flowers at Wild at Heart, colors and patterns galore at Cath Kidston, the cutest neon sign at Caramel Baby & Child, cool boba tea menu at Latwatsa, desserts galore at Ottolenghi, and pretty vintage-inspired dresses at Darccy.)

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happy feet... 18 Apr 2014

Bonne Maison socks

Bonne Maison socks

Bonne Maison socks

...because these socks just make me smile. Have a great weekend guys!

the oh joy friend tote! 1 Apr 2014

Oh Joy Friend Tote

You guys know I've been working on lots of new Oh Joy products lately. Well, I'm excited to share a peek at a new product coming soon. You know when you're hanging out, walking, and talking with a friend and her feet start to hurt?

Oh Joy Friend Tote

Oh Joy Friend Tote

Well, have no fear...the new Oh Joy friend tote makes it easy to pick her up and let her rest her feet while you carry her the rest of the way. It has two handles for extra reinforcement AND it's insulated to keep her warm. I hope you're as excited about this as I am!

UPDATE: Thanks for having a good laugh with me! The real deal behind this tote is that it was an incorrect (and crazy oversized) sample for a very real insulated tote that's part of the Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming in May. It will be smaller and a much more managable size in the same fun fruity pattern. So stay tuned (for real) for that ;)

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

feeling like a funny clutch... 26 Mar 2014

Feeling-funny-clutch

I love things that are a little off-kilter and a little bit silly. I mean, who really needs to carry around a purse that looks like a car or a lemon, but it just can't help but make you smile...

{Left to right, top to bottom: Kate Spade lemon bag, face wallet by Gorman, half moon coin purse by Paris House, and Kate Spade car satchel.}

mini me... 19 Mar 2014

Mini-me

{MiniWhistle & Flute ice cream tank,  Thief and Bandit leggings, Zara sandals. Me: Urban Outfitters earrings, Boden floral top, Gap shorts, Loeffler Randall sandals.}

yep... 10 Mar 2014

I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry

...this shirt pretty much sums up every argument I start with Bob!

shop my closet for a good cause... 9 Jan 2014

Oh-joy-closet-sale

As we end another holiday season—a time where we give thanks and give gifts to loved ones—I'm often reminded of the people that I don't know and those who I will never meet who are in need of our givings. I feel very lucky to do what I do and have a job I love. So every year, I donate a portion of the profits from this blog to a charity. Since becoming a mother, children's charities have become really important to me, so in 2012, we donated to Operation Smile, and in 2013 we gave to the NY Foundling. I won't preach too much about what these organizations do but let you click over to their sites if you want to know more.  

Every spring, I have a yard sale of things I no longer want or need. I've had a lot of people ask for an online version for those who aren't in LA, so I've listed a bunch of clothing on Ebay for anyone in the US to be able to shop from. Most items are in great condition, all prices include USPS Priority shipping, no returns, and all prices are marked down based on the original cost of the item. Some were only worn once for a photo shoot and are in excellent condition. There is no bidding—just one price, take it or leave it. 100% of the profits will benefit the NY Foundling which I had a chance to visit a couple months ago while I was in New York and got to see first-hand how children in crisis situations are helped and cared for. Click here to see all items available, and thanks in advance for looking! 

P.S. This sale is mostly clothing and shoes in specific sizes. So if you don't happen to be the same size, I'll be having another sale of home decor items and personal accessories next month!

might as well face it, we're addicted to sales... 2 Dec 2013

Cyber-monday

I hope you guys had a nice long weekend! I really needed that 4-day weekend. I did my best not to spend all my free time by a computer and actually enjoy the extra time off. I hope you did too!

In efforts to save up for a house in the next couple years, I try and only buy things on sale these days. So the crazy sales of Black Friday are so, so tempting. After an very un-fun day of standing in super long lines for a Black Friday deal years ago, I tend to boycott going anywhere for Black Friday and take advantage of deals from the comfort of my own home instead. With Cyber Monday sweeping our in-boxes today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite items on sale right now till today only...from those once every few year splurges to some fun everyday items...

[01. Artifact Uprising photo postcard book (10% off with code MERRY), 02. Rifle iPhone case (30% off with code CYBERMONDAY), 03. Madewell clutch (25% off with code FEAST25), 04. Land of Nod teepee (15% off plus free shipping with code SAVE15), 05. Emerson Fry raglan dress (20% off with code SHOPFROMBED), 06. Forever 21 floral studs (free shipping on $30 or more), 07. Loeffler Randall Matilde boots (25% off all Matilde boots with code MATILDEJOY), 08. Ferm Living laundry bag from Urban Outfitters ($15 off $75 or more).] 

currently loving... 2 Oct 2013

Comfy-cardigans

After being in Paris with it's crisp and cool weather, I'm craving an extra layer of warmth. Since it's not super chilly over here yet, I'm loving the look of a loose and light cardigan to wear over my everyday pieces. It's almost like a robe but way more chic...

P.S. more fall wardrobe inspiration...

{01. Zara chunky knit sweater, 02. Zara wrap sweater, 03. Zara jacquard sweater, 04. Zara wrap around cardigan, 05. Anthropologie cocoon cardigan, 06. Brouchu Walker city cardigan.}

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