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happy friday + dance parties...17 Apr 2015

Oh Joy / Ruby dancing

Happy Friday guys! We had a busy week full of book party celebrations. I took Ruby to my friend Justina's book party earlier in the week (photo above) and all she wanted to do was dance. Last night, we celebrated the new Oh Joy book at our Los Angeles book party and had a great time. Ruby didn't understand why a book party wasn't also a dance party. So we've just been creating mini dance parties at home all week long.

Hope you all have a great weekend and fill it with a mini dance party (or two)!

Also, check out some of the amazing coverage of the new Oh Joy book over at Martha Stewart Weddings, Ivanka Trump, Decor8SF Girl by Bay, Oh Happy Day, Poppy Talk, Glamour, Design Mom, a podcast on The Actor's Diet, and on TV at Good Day New York!

{Photo by Amanda Vanvels}

10 family-friendly natural body products...16 Apr 2015

10 Family-Friendly Natural Body Products

I really never cared too much about what body products I used until I had kids, and now I'm all about using high-quality natural products for our bodies as much as possible. Here are a few of my favorite natural beauty/bath/body products right now (with something for the whole family)...

1. Ilia lipstick, 2. One Love Organics Coconut Salt body lotion, 3. Babyganics night time baby lotion, 4. Honest laundry detergent, 5. Tubby Todd orange bubble bath, 6. Tata Harper hydrating floral essence, 7. Priti soy nail polish remover, 8. Babyganics dryer sheets, 9. One Love Organics gardenia and tea body serum, 10. MOP basil mint unisex shampoo. 

P.S. I have updated the description of these items to be called "Natural" vs. "Organic" as not all of them can be considered organic.

the one thing you don't learn in school...15 Apr 2015

Oh Joy / Ruby Running

We spend so much time of our young life in school learning the skills that are supposed to prepare us for the career we will have one day. But one thing I've always felt the least prepared for is the hardest job of all of them—how to be a good parent. No one teaches you how to deal with a toddler who has an unexpected tantrum or how to comfort a child when they wake up crying from a bad dream. Everyone knows how to make those cute babies but then we are left to fend for ourselves in figuring out what to do with them, how to talk to them, how to raise kids who will turn into good people (and not a-holes), and how to deal with every stage of life your kids go through... 

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artifact uprising {giveaway}...(now closed)14 Apr 2015

Artifact Uprising Calendar and Note Cards

One of my favorite things to to give to my mom and my mother-in-law for Mother's Day are gifts that incorporate photos of their grandkids. For years, Artifact Uprising has been my go-to for making beautiful, high-quality photo gifts. So we've partnered with them today to give (1) $500 gift card and (2) $250 gift cards to use for anything on their site to three lucky readers.

Artifact-uprising-2

To enter, simply visit Artifact Uprising's website, and then leave a comment here telling me which items you'd make if you won. Some of my favorites are the calendar, wood block print set, the everyday cards, and these new signature prints with wood cleats (which I love using for Coco's monthly photos because you can keep adding to the wall every month! 

Entries must be posted by this Friday, April 17th, at 8 a.m. PST, and three winners will be chosen at random*. One winner will get a $500 gift card, and two will get a $250 gift card. Good luck!

Also, Artifact Uprising is offering a special 10% off discount for all Oh Joy readers. Simply enter AUOJ10 at checkout. Valid through April 21st at 11:59pm PST.

UPDATE: Congrats to Jade S., Adelaide O., and Danielle T. for being our winners this time!

*This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Hooray! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $250-500 USD total value. Winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy.}

oh joy weddings / painted plexi table numbers...13 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Weddings / Painted Plexi Table Numbers

When I got married back in 2006, there weren't many wedding blogs or YouTube channels chockfull of beautiful ideas and inspiration the way there are now. I always joke that I want a wedding redo when we celebrate our 10th anniversary ;P

But, for those of you who are getting married in the near future (or who just want ideas for any kind of special event), we started a mini series of wedding DIY videos called Oh Joy Weddings on Kin Community. It's super fun, colorful and offers wedding ideas in true Oh Joy style. You can see the first in the new wedding series below!

Oh Joy Weddings / Painted Plexi Table Numbers

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy for Kin Community
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown 
Sound: Dave Wester 
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Casey Brodley 
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Location: Elysian LA

P.S. The plexi is from here...

oh joy answers / how to set yourself apart...10 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

A few years ago (before my life got busier with babies), I did a ton of phone and Skype consulting for other creative small businesses. I loved connecting with people (especially women) who needed some guidance, advice, or someone to just keep them accountable in their new/existing/in-need-of-an-update business path. I haven't been able to offer consulting much lately, so we usually refer folks to read Creative, Inc. or Blog, Inc. But, there are still some questions that I get asked a lot and things I may not have addressed in the past.

SO, we've started a new mini video series called "Oh Joy Answers" where I'll be answering some common business questions. It's super casual and like we're just chatting together in my living room. Let me know what you guys think of these and if it's helpful for you. And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

Here's the first one!

dressing the babe / romp around... 8 Apr 2015

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Rompers are one of those clothing pieces that we often associate with kids. But I'm all about the one-piecer, too. They're super comfy and make a fun statement, so Ruby and I romped around downtown LA recently in a couple of our faves.

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style 

This mama romper is crazy comfortable. It's pretty much like wearing PJ's except the fit is pretty flattering, has nice drape, and it can be dressed up with heels or booties.

Mama outfit / 1. Michael Stars black romper, 2. Hy Jewelry necklace, 3. Emerson Fry slides, 4. J.Crew raffia bracelet, 5. J.Crew cuff (25% off with code SHOPNOW).

Dressing the Babe / Kid Style

The one tip about rompers for kids that I have to mention is that they're best either with babies who wear diapers OR kids who are fully potty-trained. Rompers take a little more time to take off and put on, so I usually avoid them during the potty-training stage!

Babe outfit / 6. Little Minis ikat jumper, 7. Hy Jewelry necklace (mommy & me set), 8. Target metallic shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Do you wear rompers for yourself, too? Or do you think they're best for kids?

{Mural at The Bloc by Chris Lux in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 years old and has lots of opinions these days.}

it's here! 7 Apr 2015

Book-launch-gif

Other than the fact that I am jumping around like a kid on too much sugar today over the fact that the Oh Joy book is finally here, you guys—it's finally here! We started the process of making this book over a year ago, and it's crazy that the day has come. I want to say a big thank you to my team—Casey, Julia, and Angie who photographed, designed, styled, and crafted their hearts out to make a book that we're all excited to share finally with you today. This book was a labor of love and a true collaborative process.

Oh Joy Book!

A big THANK YOU to those of you who pre-ordered! If you signed up, your gifts will be going out this week! And for those of you in NY and LA, I can't wait to see you at our upcoming book parties!

Please feel free to share any projects you make from the book on Instagram and use the hashtag #OhJoyBook so I can see them!

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins. In Canada: Indigo and Harper Collins.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

framing vintage pieces (part 1)... 6 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Studio Wall Art

You guys know I love a good art wall (hence the one in my studio that is my favorite wall to look at EVER). But one thing I've always want to hang (somehow) are the cool vintage pieces that I find at flea markets—you know, those beautiful printed scarves or that random bejeweled purse that you love but probably won't wear because you don't want to ruin the scarf with baby spit-up or the beads of the purse would fall off everywhere after being used once. They are pieces I want to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of, but aren't always practical to use.

So I've team up with my friends over at Simply Framed to help me show you how you can have vintage pieces framed and turn those beauties you've been eyeing into hangable wall art. I am guilty of having so many small prints that need framing, so I love that you can just send things to them, and they take care of it and send them back to you framed and ready to be hung. I had a few vintage things I had been collecting I thought could be a part of this great vintage art wall, but needed to add a few more pieces so I went on a hunt for some cool pieces to see what else we could frame...

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Matchbooks

First, I stopped into a vintage clothing store and found these matchbooks among the clothing racks. I thought that a bunch of vintage matchbooks would be a cool thing to frame if I had maybe 9 or 12 of them all together to tile them together into one big piece. But since I didn't have quite enough for my vision, I moved on...

Vintage Clothing Store

I found these fun heart-shaped sunglasses which were fun to try on, but not right for framing...

Rosebowl Flea Market

So, I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in search of more vintage goodness. Guess who I ran into there? Of course, my buds Emily and Orlando were there scouring for the interiors they're constantly decorating. And even through the cold and rain that day, I came back with these beauties...

vintage wall art

I found color, texture, and lots of wearable accessories. As per my usual picks from flea markets, I was drawn to a ton of scarves in beautiful colors and patterns and some jewelry. Some pieces work better than others for framing so we chatted with the folks at Simply Framed to see what would work in reality to frame. They suggested vintage scarves could be tacked and matted and pieces like the beaded Obi would work, too.

vintage wall art

So after going through my vintage collection and finding a few more, here are the pieces that I decided to try and frame—it's a mix of vintage scarves and vintage jewelry mixed in with some prints (both new and vintage ones I've been collecting).

We sent all the pieces over to Simply Framed and discussed my favorite frame colors. I decided on a mix of white, gold, and silver frames and wanted 6-8 of these pieces framed to create a vintage art wall.

Stay tuned to see how we framed them and what the pieces look like framed, hung, and styled in a room!

P.S. As a special discount for Oh Joy readers, use code OHJOY for 10% off all orders at Simply Framed through July 31, 2015.

{Top photo by Zeke Ruelas. All the other photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Coffee print by Permanent Press Editions, Whatever Forever print by Read Between the Lines, orange print by Jen Gotch. All other pieces are vintage.}

happy friday + philly-bound! 3 Apr 2015

Ruby and Coco

Happy Friday guys! We're off to Philly this weekend to visit our parents and give our kids some good grandparent time in (my Dad will be meeting Coco for the first time!). It will be Coco's first flight and our first time traveling with both kids...ah, fingers crossed there are no major meltdowns.

I always look forward to our bi-annual trips home and getting back to my home town. For those of you in Philly, what's new/newish that we should check out? I'm open to any and all suggestions especially with food or fun things to do with the kids in the city.

Have a great weekend all!

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