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slip-on sneakers...25 Aug 2014

Cute Slip-On Shoes

With my growing bump, all I want to wear are really comfy shoes. Finding ones with a little bit of support that are still somewhat cute can be tricky, so I've been loving slip-ons like these that are more supportive than flats but more chic than sneakers...

01. TOMS polka dot shoes, 02. Gap snakeskin textured slip-ons, 03. Loeffler Randall espadrilles, 04. Jeffrey Campell cut-out sneakers, 05. woven canvas silver Keds, and 06. pop stripe Keds.

my favorite things to make this summer...22 Aug 2014

Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Farro Salad

Floral Updo

RAD Pop-Up Card

Rainbow Pancakes

With fall just around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite summery things we've made in the past that are my favorites to bring back every summer including (top to bottom) those Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes, this Farro Salad, a Pretty Floral Updo, a RAD Pop-Up Card, and Rainbow Pancakes!

Do you guys have any specific things you want to check off your list before summer ends? I know I want to get in at least one more trip to the beach!

Have a great weekend all!

{Photos above by Julia Stotz, Bonnie Tsang, and Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Click each link for individual recipes and how-to.}

two ways to party!21 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Oh Joy for Target fall collection

Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm over the newest Oh Joy for Target collection (a couple items are already sold out)! When designing all of the collections, we want the pieces to be able to be used for lots of different types of parties. So here's a little video we put together showing how you can use the pieces for both an adult party and a kids party! Enjoy!

Oh and keep sharing on Instagram, how you're using your Oh Joy goodies with #ohjoyfortarget

P.S. For those of you in Canada, the collection will launch in stores this Sunday, August 24th (the launch is a week later than the US one).

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production and Styling by Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup by Danielle Walch
Music is "Together Forever" by Gio Galanti
Photo stills by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy

organic pregnancy beauty essentials...20 Aug 2014

Organic Pregnancy Beauty Essentials

I'm usually super low key when it comes to a beauty routine and get most of my daily staples from the drug store. But while pregnant, I really just want to take extra good care of my skin and pamper myself a little bit with some items I might not ordinarily buy. Here are a few of my favorite beauty items right now that are also all organic, too...

01. I love the fresh scent of Nine Naturals shampoo and conditioner...the mint seriously wakes me up!

02. During this hot summer, I've loved Pacific Mist by True Nature as a moisturizer instead of my usual face lotion.

03. To help prevent any additional stretch marks, I've been using Honest's belly balm.

04. For a pop of lip color, Tata Harper's lip tint is easy to throw in my bag and use at a moment's notice.

05. At the end of the day, Tata Harper's cleanser takes off my daily makeup and feels light and fresh afterwards.

What are some of your favorites right now?

dressing the bump / 28 weeks!19 Aug 2014

Dressing the Bump - How to Wear Vintage While Pregnant

Dressing the Bump - How to Wear Vintage While Pregnant

Dressing the Bump - How to Wear Vintage While Pregnant

We're at 28 weeks, and I'm excited to share the fifth episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about how to buy and wear vintage while pregnant. I love incorporating vintage into my wardrobe, but it can be tricky—pregnant or not. So, we're taking a look at some of the best vintage cuts and pieces to flatter a belly that can also we worn post-baby as well.

We have just a couple pre-baby episodes left, so if there's anything you'd like to see me cover in the last two, feel free to leave any requests for future episodes in the comment section below! And see all sources for the clothing worn below...

*Please keep in mind that all bellies are shaped and sized differently and grow at different rates. I hope you'll find these videos helpful at some stage of your pregnancy.

You can see all sources for the pieces worn in the video below... 

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say it...18 Aug 2014

Hello Sunshine! You Wonderful Thing You

Hip Hip Hooray!

I'm always a big fan of typographic prints for both kids and adult spaces, and love these cheerful and colorful ones by Hooray Today!

this week...15 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

Oh Joy Studio

A few peeks at what's to come soon...parties for little and big kids alike, finalizing the Oh Joy book, colorful sugar highs, and dressing more bumps. Thanks so much for all your kind words on the Oh Joy for Target fall collection—I'll be up bright and early Sunday morning to see it on the shelves!

Have a great weekend all!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

{oh joy sips} home brewed bar in pasadena...14 Aug 2014

Home Brewed Bar

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but tea is my jam. One of my cravings lately (well, maybe always) is a great boba milk tea. Boba tea can be hard to find if you're not in an area with lots of Asian eateries that usually sell them, but in Los Angeles, more and more places are offering the chewy addition to their existing coffee and tea menu.

Home Brewed Bar

Home Brewed Bar

Home Brewed Bar in Pasadena has fun options like Salted Caramel Milk Tea, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Vanilla Berry Truffle, Plum Oolong Tea which you can add regular or mini boba tea to. Just talking about it gives me a hankering right now...

Home Brewed Bar | 39 N Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA | 626.397.2887

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

my latest splurge...13 Aug 2014

Arro Home

Since we've been saving up for a house, I've been trying not to buy too many things that we don't need. But recently I did take the plunge and splurge on something that has changed my life...

Arro Home

...a king-sized bed. Bob and I had been sleeping on what I thought was a pretty good bed for the last 10 years. But with this 2nd pregnancy, I found it a lot harder to sleep. I take up about 3/4 of the bed with all my tossing and turning, and Bob is usually lucky to get the other 1/4! I just wanted more space to spread out without worrying that I was kicking him in the face in the middle of the night.

So we decided to get a king-sized bed, and we are so much happier.  I've slept better than ever and actually have long, vivid dreams again because I am sleeping so soundly. I wonder why we didn't do it earlier as I'm convinced a big bed is a serious marriage saver (along with separate closets)!

Do you have a splurge like this that felt kind of tough to do in the moment but so worth it after-the-fact?

And, P.S...how amazing is this bedding by Arro Home?

{Photos by Brooke Holm for Arro Home, styling by Marsha Golemac}

oh joy for target fall / launches sunday!12 Aug 2014

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Hooray! I'm excited to share a little peek with you at the newest Oh Joy for Target fall collection that comes out online and in stores (in the US and Canada) this Sunday, August 17th! This collection continues to bring you easy and festive mix-and-match party and entertaining pieces that make any party look custom in no time. I'm really excited to be including some ceramic pieces this fall that will becomes staples you can use year round.

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

You'll see a ceramic pitcher, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, a pie dish, and a cutting board along with more paper and melamine pieces like as serving bowl, new goblets, the tiniest party hats around, and—you guys, paper plates and napkins with metallic foil (Just wait till you see them in person)!

Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection

Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection that you can find starting Sunday! Like last time, some things will sell out fast, so get them while you can. The collection will be available for just 6-8 weeks (and get what's left from the summer collection on sale now)!

P.S. Next week, I'll share a fun video we put together showing different ways we used the new collection and you can follow along right here for more...

{Environmental photos by Thuss+Farrell and styling by Scott Horne. Product images by Target.}

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