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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.}

three ways to wear black & white pattern... 19 Sep 2013

 

I love wearing pattern, and I am often asked how to wear bold prints when you're scared of pattern or overwhelmed with how to mix them. So, I decided to show you three different ways to incorporate pattern in your everyday wardrobe with a focus on one of fall's trends—black & white. It's all here in my first style video ever! I hope you guys enjoy it!

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See all sources for the outfits below. For any items over $50, I included budget-friendly versions as well!

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how to make vintage clothing work for you... 17 Sep 2013

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

I have always loved the idea of vintage clothes because it's a great way to incorporate unique pieces into your wardrobe that you can't find just anywhere. But it took me many years of buying vintage (and not wearing the vintage pieces I bought) to realize that I just don't have the body type for vintage clothes. I have some friends (like Bri and Jen) who can wear it so well right off the rack. But vintage always tends to be too large or too small on me in certain areas. So, I finally figured out that if I really love a piece, I can make most of them work with easy alterations. A simple hem, cut of the sleeve, or taking in here and there, and it's instantly so much better...

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 1: I loved the pattern on this skirt the instant I saw it, but it felt a little too formal with its length. By hemming the skirt just a few inches above the knee, it became more playful. Paired with a casual tee and jacket, the skirt is now the star of the outfit.

{Vintage skirt from Salvage Life, tee from Madewell (past season), denim jacket by Citizens of Humanity, vintage belt, shoes by Anthropologie}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 2: I'm telling you, these vintage patterns get me every time. This skirt was clearly way too big when I bought it, but the pleats and the pattern won me over. By simply shortening it (just above the knee is my favorite length) and bringing it in an inch on the sides, the skirt now fits like a glove.

{Vintage skirt from Salvage Life, chambray tee by Crewcuts (past season), vintage belt, shoes by Anthropologie.}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 3: The color of this skirt just blew my mind! It was way too long and had frumpy written all over it, but I knew I could make it work. I kept the length a little longer here to fall just below the knee, and now it's a flirty skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down.

{Vintage skirt from Arsenic Kitty, top by Boden, jacket from Anthropologie, vintage shoes.}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 4: This top screamed out my name with its fruity print and blast of color. But the fit was much less desirable. It felt too poufy as a long-sleeved top, so I decided to have the sleeves cut into a simple short-sleeve blouse and the sides brought in a bit. Now, it's a top with a summery punch of color that I'll love for years to come.

{Vintage blouse from Wear It Well Vintage, shorts by Whit (past season), sandals by Kate Spade (past season).}

All of a sudden, these frumpy pieces with patterns and colors that I love turned into well-tailored pieces I can actually wear. So I encourage you to think twice when you see a piece that isn't quite right. I spent about $15-20 on each of these alterations at my local dry cleaner. If the changes are pretty simple with a shortening of the hem, sleeves, or sides (and not major repairs), it's so worth having a great piece that's totally unique and totally you!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

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