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adventurous mama {gift guide}...12 Dec 2014

Adventurous Mama Gift Guide

For the mom on the move, here are some fun and kid-friendly pieces that our designer and mama, Angie, is loving this year...

1. P'Kolino triangular crayons, 2.Twig Creative toy camera, 3. Fujifilm smartphone printer, 4. Hershel Supply Co. backpack, 5. Define water bottle, 6. Public bike with a child seat, 7. Bento Box from Harabu House.

"pablo picasso liked to make things blue"11 Dec 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby

Three is kind of a magical age to me. My three-year-old can say so much, recall things I didn't even know she heard, yet also drive me insane with tantrums that come out of nowhere or insisting she do things herself even when she doesn't know how. I try and take a deep breath and remember the funny things she says that make me forget all about my less-than-patient moments. Here are some interesting things Ruby has been saying lately...

"Pablo Picasso liked to make things blue." (I think she learned that from this book.)

"Do little boys have little penises and big boys have big penises?" (Um, where do I start with that answer?)

"No pictures please!" (...as she waves her hands in front of her face with a smirk.)

"Daddy, you look hancy!" (I think she means handsome + fancy.)

"I want to have some nuts. Can I eat acorns like squirrels?"

In the middle of something very ordinary like taking a bath or going grocery shopping...
"Mama...I love you." (That one never gets old)

Oh, and she's teaching me Mandarin and Spanish!

P.S. I snapped this blurry photo with my phone the other morning as I was attempting to get Ruby dressed for school. She was running around in her PJ's insisting that she needed to wear multiple things on her head before she could get dressed. And yes, our bed frame is still wrapped in plastic because I can't decide what to get, hence I decided to just let it sit there on the floor.

a holiday floral updo...10 Dec 2014

a holiday floral updo

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to come up with a wintry update to our floral updo from the spring. My hair guru, Danielle Walch, taught me how to create this loose and pretty bun that can be worn on it's own, but feels even more special with a few blooms added. Here's how...

a holiday floral updo

1. Curl your whole head of hair. This helps to give the hair body which will make it easier to pin later. We used a 1" barrel curling iron.

2. Tease the hair at the back of the head where bun will be, section off some hair from both sides of your head, nd put the rest of the hair in a ponytail in the back.

3. Pull out about 1/4 of your hair from the ponytail and wrap the remaining 3/4 of it into a bun. Secure the bun with 2-4 hair pins (depending on thickness and length of hair).

4. Once your bun is secure, separate the remaining lock of hair into five sections, and loosely twist each one into the base of the bun and secure with a pin. Separate the remaining hair that’s left in the front into a few uneven strands, loosely twist and pin into your bun. By wrapping smaller sections of hair, it gives a more loose and wavy texture to the bun. 

5. Finally, add flowers. We made small bouquets (almost like boutonniere size) ahead of time so that it was easy to tuck the set into the hair all at once. Simply use some washi tape to keep a few stems together. Secure the mini bunch of blooms with hair pins in at least two places so that it rests nicely on the hair and stays put.

a holiday floral updo

a holiday floral updo

One thing to keep in mind is there is no need for perfection here. The looseness of the bun and the asymmetry of the florals in the hair is part of it's charm. I hope you'll try this for your upcoming holiday festivities (which would look great with a red lip)!

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

{Photos by Casey Brodley, floral styling by Julia Wester, and hair tips by Danielle Walch for Oh Joy. My top by J.Crew.}

jet-setter {gift guide}...10 Dec 2014

Jet-Setter Gift Guide

For the girl-on-the-go, here are some of our favorite things hand-picked by our resident stylist/crafter, Julia Wester...

1. How to be Parisian book from Anthropologie, 2. Ferm Living blanket, 3. Kate Spade Saturday passport wallet, 4. Ban.do ipad sleeve, 5. Fujifilm Instax camera, 6. metallic playing cards from Anthropologie, 7. Kate Spade Saturday weekender.

a holiday gift {giveaway} with modcloth...(now closed) 9 Dec 2014

ModCloth Giveaway

With so many options on things to give this season, here's a chance to win a gift card from one of my favorite online shops for buying quirky and fun home decor pieces to give to someone special. Today we've partnered with ModCloth to give away a $300 gift card to one lucky reader to choose your gifts of choice!

To enter, simply check out my gift picks over at ModCloth, and then leave a comment here telling me which one is your favorite. Entries must be posted by this Friday, December 12th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck! (And please scroll all the way to the bottom of the comments section to enter!)

P.S. ModCloth is offering a special reader discount for 15% off any order. Simply enter OHJOY through 12/20 at 9 am EST.

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $300 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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

paper fan himmeli DIY... 8 Dec 2014

Paper Fan Himmeli DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

I love mobiles because they feel like decorations you can keep up year-round. So today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are showing us how to keep that sparkle up beyond the holidays with this festive Paper Fan Himmeli using the Oh Joy for Target fans and paper straws!

A himmeli is a hanging mobile decoration traditionally made from straw. In Finland, they were made for Christmas decorations and also to be hung over the table at harvest to bring luck for the harvest of the following year. Supposedly, the more complicated the himmeli the more abundant the next year's harvest would be.

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 fans have sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other store-bought decorative fans. Enjoy! 

P.S. Holiday Countdown GarlandPaper Lantern Mobile, and Striped Lanterns!

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

edible {gift guide}... 8 Dec 2014

Oh Joy / Edible Gift Guide

This week—in addition to regular content—I'll be sharing some of my favorite things to give. And today, we're starting with food! Whether sweet, savory, or in liquid form, a happy belly is one of the best gifts to give...

1. For someone who has everything, Solstice Canyon's Aztec Chocolate Almond Butter makes for a special treat. Give these with a baguette or scones and you're giving them everything they need for an easy breakfast or snack.

2. The Carry On Cocktail Kit make a great gift for a someone who like to kick-it up a notch when traveling. It's packaged in a sleek and clever case making it easy to cocktail on the go. 

3. For a pancake lover, give them a special twist on their breakfast favorite with Buttermilk Truck's Ube Pancake Mix. The purple yam is known for it's sweetness and beautiful color and make for a fun addition to a morning staple.

4. If you know an ice cream lover, there's no better gift then a reoccurring shipment of their favorite frozen treat from Jeni's pint club which makes for a year's worth of the sweetest brain freeze you'll ever have.

5. Callie's Buttermilk Biscuits - the packaging doesn't look super fancy, but these are some of the best biscuits I've ever had. Shipped frozen and ready to bake, these petite-sized biscuits are the perfect size of buttery goodness.

6. I'm not much of a gift basket person, but Fruute makes the cutest, modern baskets filled with their uniquely-flavored cookies and other whimsical items to make each feel special.

happy friday + the gift of giving... 5 Dec 2014

The Gift of Giving

As the holiday approaches and we all get into the gift-giving mood, it's been really important to me to help give joy to others—especially those who don't have as much or have been born into unfortunate circumstances. So part of our annual family tradition is to help teach Ruby the gift of giving and learn what it means to be grateful for what you do have.

The Gift of Giving

One of our annual traditions for Christmas and Ruby's birthday since she was born has been to take her to donate clothes, toys, and books to other children in need. For every new present she gets, she has to donate something she already has. That way she doesn't keep getting more and more and understands that giving to others matters, too. 

The Gift of Giving

I've started working with the Los Angeles-based Baby2Baby organization this year for our donations. And for this holiday, we've been matched with another family of two girls to shop specifically for and help give them their wishlist of books, toys, and clothes that they need but their parents cannot afford to buy. When I took Ruby to shop for the girls, I told her that we were buying presents for other kids who need them. I kept reminding her that the toys weren't for her but it would make someone else very happy.

This is the first year that she really understood the concept and kept getting excited that she'll get to give the gifts to them in person soon. Sometimes we think these little ones are too small to understand what it means to give, but you'd be surprised how quickly they pick up on it and how they begin to feel joy from it, too.

I hope you all have a great weekend. How is it almost Christmas already?!?

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects... 4 Dec 2014

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Every year, I try and pick out unique gifts for friends and family whenever possible. But sometimes, those gifts don't come already packaged in a perfectly crisp, white box ready for wrapping. So rather then having to default to sticking those odd-shaped gifts into a not-so-cute gift bag, we wanted to come up with some other ways to give those beautiful objects this holiday.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

1. A Piñata Present—for jewelry, craft supplies, wooden blocks, or decorative arrows—you can use a mailer tube as the base container for a gift that has multiple parts or pieces. You can give this gift sealed with a lid or kept open (as shown above) to show off a bit of the prize inside.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Here’s what you’ll need:
- crepe paper, streamers, or tissue paper
- a mailer tube
- faux gold leather ribbon
- Scotch® Double-Sided Tape
- Scotch®  Scissors

Here’s how:
1. Wrap the crepe paper or streamer around 3 of your fingers a few times.

2. Use scissors to cut slits halfway in on one side making sure to leave at least ½” uncut up top.

3. Use double sided tape to secure the top of the streamers (the part without the slits) to the bottom of the tube and wrap around a few times to add layers.

4. Repeat step three with a different color or pattern above the first layer so that you can see a bit of the previous layer below. Repeat until you leave 1 inch from the top of the mailer tube free.

5. To finish off the tube, use the piece of gold faux leather ribbon to wrap around the top of the tube and secure with double-sided tape.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

2. A Jolly Pineapple—For a vase, mug, or other oblong object, we were inspired by Japanese Furoshiki to wrap the object with fabric—in this case, into a festive pineapple!

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dressing the bump / post baby! 3 Dec 2014

Dressing the Bump / Post Baby

Dressing the Bump / Post Baby

Dressing the Bump / Post Baby

We welcomed Coco Grace Cho on October 20, 2014, and we couldn't be happier that our family is complete. During my pregnancy, we covered what to wear while rocking that baby bump, but what do you wear while your post baby bump is still around? We filmed this a month after I gave birth so my post-baby bump is similar to what it looked like in the first trimester. Here's the last video in my Dressing the Bump series with some tips for what to wear post-partum as well as pieces that work well for nursing.

Thank you so much for joining me in the Dressing the Bump series. It was so fun to make, and I hope helpful to those of you expecting as well!

You can find all sources for the clothing worn in this video below...

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