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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.}

i like your half bootie... 22 Feb 2016

Cut-out-bootie

I've been a bootie fan for a while because it goes well with both jeans and skirts and perfectly fits the weather here in LA when the weather changes from cool to warm all in the same day. My newest love is a shoe that may seem impractical when you actually need real boots. But they are pretty amazing when the weather warms up and you want a shoe with coverage that isn't as full-on as a boot. I'm calling these the half bootie because they have cut-outs or peep toes and merge a sandal with a bootie for a fun style that I am totally digging right now. Here are a few of my favorites ranging from low to high (from $40 to $400)...

1. Kelsi Dagger shootie, 2. dv for Target booties, 3. Target cut-out bootie, 4. Loeffler Randall peep-toe bootie, 5. Loeffler Randall clo slides, 6. Jeffrey Campbell booties, 7. Bryr peep toe bootie, 8. Toms peep toe booties, 9. Aldo booties, 10. Bryr spanish toe clogs.

from home decor to clothing... 19 Jan 2016

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Variety Hour

Having designed mostly home decor products, I always love looking at patterns to see how each some work on home decor versus apparel. There are some that go better on pillows or blankets and some that are much more suited to clothing. But when you can get those patterns that work on both...now that's awesome. I'm loving these by Variety Hour...

10 on the go essentials... 18 Jan 2016

On-the-go-essentials

Whether you're headed out the door for a business trip, a day at work, or just to run errands, here are a few of my favorite items lately for being on the go...

1. Ban.do phone case because this is just too fun not to want to carry around all day long.

2. Ban.do floral duffle for that overnight or weekend trip!

3. This is Ground cord taco to hold your cord basics while on the go.

4. Sunnylife travel radio for when you want to amplify those tunes whether indoors or out.

5. Poppin gold folio for business papers, meeting files, or projects.

6. Baggu 3D Zip Tote for shoes, extra clothes, or anything that needs to be put into a larger bag.

7. Lifefactory water bottle for the gym or just to stay hydrated throughout the day.

8. Frends headphones to keep your tunes to yourself while on the move.

9. Rifle for Le Sport Sac cosmetic bag because it's compact and easy to clean!

10. Owen & Fred luggage tag to keep track of your belongings no matter where you go.

3 ways to wear a colorful coat... 11 Jan 2016

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

To help with the cold and gloomy weather that often comes with winter, one of my favorite accessories is a colorful jacket or coat! I have a magenta coat I've been wearing for years and every time I wear it, people smile at me when they pass by. It's one of those pieces they aren't expecting to see in the winter and it immediately makes us cheerful. Here are a few outfits we pulled together to show how you can rock a colorful coat this winter...

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

1) The Mid-Length Coat. This is the most flattering cut for a coat on almost anyone and goes with the biggest variety of outfits. It's easy to throw on over a cute top and some jeans and makes you feel pulled together even when you're not. 

1. Ellie Kai Pink coat, 2. AG grey polka dot jeans (similar), 3. Ace & Jig top (past season), 4. J.Crew cowl neck scarf (similar), 5. Zuzii loafers.

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

2) The Cropped Coat. Because this has a boxy fit and a short length, this type of jacket goes well with pieces that flatter the lower half of your body and emphasizes the smaller portion of your waist (like an a-line skirt). Add some heels or wedges for some height to give that the boxy top more contrast.

1. The Bee and the Fox tee, 2. skirt from Target, 3. blazer by D.Ra, 4. necklace by LouLouLollipop Finery, 5. booties by Dolce Vita (similar).

3 ways to wear a colorful coat

3) The Long Coat. The long coat works best for dressier or more formal outfits. Because this type of coat can take over your whole body (all the way down to your ankles), a softer shade helps to add color without taking over your whole body. Pair this with a long dress or pants with heels.

1. Apiece Apart coat (past season, similar here and here), 2. vintage dress (similar), 3. Ban.do pins mixed with vintage owl pins, 4. BC Footwear wedges (similar), 5. Anthropologie necklace (past season, similar).

Which style of coat is your favorite?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester and Ariel Fulmer, outfit styling by Joy Cho.}

dressing the babe / winter florals... 18 Dec 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

In our last Dressing the Babe for this year, I was inspired by keeping florals going into winter (who says florals are for summer, only?!). My little nugget, Coco, is walking! So we went for a walk near the LA River to scoop up the last bit of December before the end of the year...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

I'm loving long dresses lately, especially those that cinch at the waist a bit to give a little shape. Accented by a floral necklace, I love the contrast of the pop of color against the deep green hue.

Mama outfit / 1. D.Ra dress, 2. Vegan jacket from Anthropologie from last season (similar here and here), 3. Gaia necklace, 4. Loeffler Randall booties (past season)

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

If you have changed a diaper with a wiggly baby before you know that rompers with snaps in the crotch are a must. I love little rompers, but often they don't have snaps and so changing a diaper involves having to undress your babe completely.

Babe outfit / 5. Thief & Bandit romper, 6. June & January cardi, 7. Crew & Lu pom headband, 8. Zuzii shoes, 9. Afternoon Faun Octopus

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Ah...this face! This face makes me want to have another baby (no just kidding, not really). But I do love that face. That's Coco impersonating Adele saying, "Hello, it's me..."

{Photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester, outfit styling by Joy Cho. Coco is 14 months and walking around town like she owns it.}

10 wearable gifts... 24 Nov 2015

10 Wearable Gifts

Our next gift guide includes a few of my favorite wearables—perfect for your bestie, sister, or to hint at for yourself ;)

1. Eye studs from Leif for a subtle, yet quirky, statement.

2. Emily Green necklaces are my favorite for adding an instant pop of color to the simplest outfit.

3. A wearable planter ring from Adorn Milk for that flora lover that already has everything.

4. This En Soie clutch is one of my favorites that everyone loves.

5. Comfy and chic, a pair Zuzii shoes for someone who loves having fancy feet.

6. Make a true statement with this Ban.do sweatshirt.

7. A pretty J.Crew bracelet that looks like candy wrapped around your wrist.

8. Both cute and casual, this Rifle for Le Sport Sac backpack is a favorite around the Oh Joy office.

9. For this chilly winter, this Anthropologie knit hat is crazy cute.

10. This bangle by Kate Spade is especially perfect for that girl who rocks a pair of glasses like no one else!

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