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4 ways to wear red lips...19 Nov 2014

4 Ways to Wear Red Lips

I've come around to wearing brighter lip colors in the last couple years, but I tend to stick to my same berry shade. I've always wanted to try wearing red lips and since it's a classic color that looks so pretty on every skin tone and instantly perks up your face. And, with the little sleep I'm getting these days, I sure could use any perking up I can get! 

4 Ways to Wear Red Lips

To figure out what shades and items to try, I turned to my makeup guru, Danielle Walch, who does my hair and makeup for my video shoots. She's always really good at keeping me looking natural, but adding a little extra to make me feel fresh and glowy. Here are some of Danielle's tips about wearing red lips...

When choosing a red lip, there are several options, and you don't necessarily have to apply anything in full concentration to get a beautiful red effect. 

4 Ways to Wear Red Lips

1. Lip Tint—There are lots of great tints out there these days like this Fresh tinted lip balm. They're low maintenance, so you don't have to look in a mirror to put it on, and unlike lipstick, a tint will wear off evenly as the day goes on. Since tints are sheer, they pick up a bit of your natural lip shade making each tint slightly different on whomever wears it.

4 Ways to Wear Red Lips

2. Stain Stick—If you want a little more color, lip stains have a bit more pigment, and are more like a cross between a lip tint and lipstick. Here we used Tarte's fiery stain stick which still accents the natural lip color with a bit more saturation. 

4 Ways to Wear Red Lips

3. Lip Gloss—A gloss can be on the sheer side but offers shine for a more glam effect. This Bite Candy Apple gloss, provides a great, low maintenance way to fancy it up a little. 

4 Ways to Wear Red Lips

4. Lipstick—Now if you really want a bold and true red, lipstick is the way to go. But if you're still feeling a little timid, try this technique instead. Using a very pigmented lipstick—like this Nars Annabelle shade—use a lip brush apply a very sheer amount of lipstick. Then take a cotton swab, a firm eyeshadow brush, or your finger, and carefully, smudge any sharp lines on the edges of your lips. This creates a softer and less dramatic effect, but you still get a nice pop of red.

In the end, there are no set rules for wearing a red lip. Don't be afraid to experiment and try these the baby steps to wearing red lips! I know it's made me more excited about it!

P.S. You can see more from Danielle at Inside Out Beauty and her website right here.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and makeup tips from Danielle Walch for Oh Joy. My top by Loyal Hana.}

a holiday countdown garland DIY...18 Nov 2014

Holiday Countdown Garland DIY / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy


As we head into the holiday season, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are back with some cheerful holiday projects perfect for getting into the spirit. Today, they're sharing how to make this fun Holiday Countdown Garland using the Oh Joy for Target "falalalala" banner!

Similar to an advent calendar, a countdown garland is super fun for both kids and adults during the holiday season and something they look forward to everyday. Reusable for a few years, this garland reveals the letters in a fun way...day-by-day.

We've provided this PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make it. The Oh Joy "falalalala" banner has sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other store-bought typographic banner. Enjoy! 

P.S. Paper Lantern MobileStriped Lanterns and Party People!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

{field trip} compartes chocolate...17 Nov 2014

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

Sometimes you visit a shop purely with the intention of stuffing your face with chocolate. But then you end up leaving feeling inspired by the beautiful colors and patterns that cover the above mentioned chocolate, and a recent visit to Compartes Chocolate shop did just that.

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

I mean, just look at that packaging! Chocolatier, Jonathan Grahm, creates every single recipe and designs the crazy, gorgeous packages for each flavor. That wall is literally eye candy, and the space designed by AAmp Studio is just full of beautiful details.

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

Compartes Chocolate Los Angeles

Some of our favorite flavors include Donuts & Coffee, Coney Island (milk chocolate with bits of waffle cone), Cereal Bowl, Campfire (dark chocolate with graham crackers and marshmallow), and the Blonde Bombshell (white chocolate with butterscotch). Every bar is full of fun both inside and outside, and all I wanna do it give a chocolate bar to everyone I know...

Compartes Chocolate | 8428 Melrose Place | Los Angeles CA 90069 | 323.475.8986

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling of last two photos by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

lately...14 Nov 2014

Ruby and Coco

Ruby and Coco

Lately, I've been...

...navigating the waters of having two kids, and trying to divide myself while also trying to multiple myself. I am happy, but oh-so-tired.

...going back to the office a bit and figuring out my own version of maternity leave (more on that soon). I've realized I can't feel guilty for working more than people think I should or not working as much as I think I should and to just to do what makes sense for me.

...getting some much-needed catch up time with friends as they come by the house to visit the new baby. It's reminded me how much I needed some down-time, how comforting it can be to have visitors, and how nice it is to have people shower you food and treats.

...eating whatever I want (hooray for a normal diet again), and not feeling guilty about it one bit!

{Photos by Oh Bob}

{oh joy eats} donut snob...13 Nov 2014

Donut Snob Los Angeles

I've been eating like a 14 year old boy lately with my nursing mama's appetite! All I want is a ton of juice and water to drink and sweets of all kinds. So I welcome these seriously amazing donuts from Donut Snob.

The dough is light and fluffy and topped with just the right amount of glaze and toppings. With flavors like Chai Toasted Almond (chai tea glaze with almonds), Berry Best (cinnamon glaze with mixed berry coulis), Campfire S'mores (chocolate ganache and marshmallow), Pistachio Orange (orange zest glaze dusted with pistachios), and The Oinker (maple cinnamon topped with bacon), my sweet tooth is very happy indeed. 

P.S. Donut Snob doesn't have a retail store yet, but you can find them at cafes around Los Angeles or order them to be delivered or picked up locally.

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

make & give...12 Nov 2014

Cake Portraits / Make & Give

Housewarming Gift / Make & Give

Macaron Messages / Make & Give

Candy Necklaces / Make & Give

My talented friend, Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting, recently released her first book with Steph Hung called Make & Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day. It's a little slice of whimsy with the projects they show you how to make, and I love the sweetness behind each one. A few of my favorites include these cake portraits, housewarming gift, macaron messages, and candy necklaces. The book comes with a bunch of templates too, drawn in Erin's quirky and graphic signature style with fun projects that are perfect for making with kids, too!

{From Make & Give by Steph Hung and Erin Jang,  © 2014 by Steph Hung and Erin Jang.  © 2014 Photographs by Erin Jang. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA.}

candied apples!10 Nov 2014

Oh Joy Candy Apples

Oh Joy Candy Apples

With fall in full swing, we've been all about autumn treats lately. Pumpkin-everything, hot cocoa, and apples on sticks. Here's our version of the candied apple with a few our favorite toppings!

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Fabric by Nani Iro from Shimgraphica.}

happy friday + a few more maternity photos... 7 Nov 2014

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

Last month, I shared our last photos as a family of three. And a few weeks ago, I had a chance to take some solo maternity photos with the ladies of The Fox and the Sparrow who offer pop-up sessions all around the country. Since I never had maternity photos taken when I was pregnant with Ruby (and this is the last of our babies), I took the opportunity to capture my pregnancy in a different style than my usual—a little boho, a little vintage, and a little romantic.

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

They took care of hair and makeup, floral crowns, and wardrobe options. It makes it super easy to just show up and not have to worry about planning anything yourself. When you're 37 weeks pregnant, achy, peeing all the time, and super tired, it's just nice to let someone make you feel like a real babe. I'm writing this post a little sleep-deprived from a newborn and a little spent from a toddler who's getting used to said newborn. So it's fun to look back at these now and think I had no idea of all the love (and exhaustion!) that would soon come my way.

Oh Joy Maternity Photos by The Fox and the Sparrow

So, the moral of the story is...take some maternity photos and capture that amazing time however you feel comfortable doing it. I said I didn't want to do anything with a bare belly but we found ways to show off the belly without showing it all. Have a great weekend guys!

P.S. If you're interested in a future session with The Fox and the Sparrow, you can email fox@studiocastillero.com to be put on their wait list for 2015. They are planning on visiting Austin in the new year. They love to travel and open to other cities that people want them to come have a pop-up!

{Photos by Rachel Cast, styling by Tori Hendrix, hair and makeup by Erica Beukelman, and florals by Siren Floral Co.}

merry making... 6 Nov 2014

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

Oh Joy for Target Holiday Collection

With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to share a couple different ways to decorate this season with the newest Oh Joy for Target holiday collection. We showed how to set a table for fall, and now it's all about decorating your home for entertaining this holiday. So here's a little video we put together showing how you can decorate specifically for Christmas or for a festive wintry feel all season long.

P.S. Oh and keep sharing on Instagram, how you're using your Oh Joy goodies with #ohjoyfortarget! I love seeing them!

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production and Styling by Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Casey Brodley
Music is "Jingle Bells" by The Likes of Us
Special Thanks: Tuna the Frenchie
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

A Garden Floral Place Card DIY... 5 Nov 2014

Floral Placecard DIY

Floral Placecard DIY

Floral Placecard DIY

When having friends over for dinner (or even a weekend brunch), it’s nice to make something to display at their seat, and I love using seasonal flowers to make these floral place cards.

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