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happy friday + a busy week...19 Aug 2016

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Normally I'm busy in the office, but this was an extra eventful week. I think that all my 80s and 90s childhood dreams came true when I got to watch a taping of Fuller House, tour the set, meet the cast (and see guest stars NKOTB!). I also did a little vintage shopping, got my boba on, and had a special visitor, Sarah Michelle Gellar! Happy weekend!

Ps. Regarding the debate of live story apps, for now, I'll be in IG Stories during the week and Snapchat on the weekends!

just a few weeks left...18 Aug 2016

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

...till our Oh Joy for Target summer collection goes away forever! We're already sold out of our bar cart, small vase, and painterly bowl...and nearly sold out of the large vases, glasses, bowls, and floral pillow.

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

Oh Joy for Target Summer Collection!

So just a final heads up if you've been meaning to get something from our current collection...there's just a few weeks left until the fall collection arrives and the summer pieces are gone! We get a lot of emails asking to find products after the season has passed, and there's nothing we can do once it's sold out ;(

Get them online and in-stores now...

{Neon Light and marble table photos by Target and styling by Scott Horne. All other photos by Mary Costa and styling by Julia Wester.}

how to make a mini charcuterie & cheese plate...17 Aug 2016

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how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Charcuterie and cheese plates might be one of my favorite things...EVER. I'm the one at every party standing above the food table popping these into my mouth. While I love those large charcuterie and cheese boards, I like the idea of making smaller versions that each person could have for themselves that has a mix of everything. So, today, we're showing you how to make this beautiful mini spread for your next lunch, brunch, or dinner...

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Start by gathering a mix of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, and other delights to your liking. I like to make sure there is a variety of textures (both crunchy and creamy), flavors (sweet and salty), as well as foods with some color (to make the plate pop!).

For these, we used:

- prosciutto

- sopressata

- champagne grapes

- breadsticks

- fresh figs

- fig jam

- cherry tomatoes

- marcona almonds

- garnish with micro arugula and edible flowers

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Here's how to make them:

1. Start by choosing your plates. The best part is you can use a mix of plates you already have. We used a mix of plates and small cutting boards—all roughly the same size. Because these mini charcuterie and cheese plates look and taste best with a variety of items, it's always easier to put together a bunch of them at one time.

2. Lay out the larger, main items first—like your cured meats (we loosely placed them on the plate), a cluster champagne grapes, breadsticks, a chunk of cheese and fresh figs.

3. Then sprinkle the smaller pieces around them making sure to distribute color and texture evenly. The key here is you don't have to keep them all together in sections. We sprinkled the cherry tomatoes and the almonds around the entire plate. Lastly garnish with micro arugula and some edible flowers for a hit of whimsy and extra texture.

4. Finally, place them on the table ready to be scooped up and enjoyed by your guests!

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

We ate these for lunch after we photographed them, and it was one of my favorite lunches of all time!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, assistant styling by Jess Hong. Table runners are by Hedley & Bennett in Papaya and Elderberry.}

DIY finger puppet friends!16 Aug 2016

DIY finger puppet friends

Inspired by the new Netflix show Beat Bugs, today we’re making finger puppets that your kids can help you make. And once they’re done, they become the perfect companion to singing, playing, and creating adventures all through their imagination. See the video below for the full how-to!

*This post is in partnership with Netflix and their new family show Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles.

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “All You Need is Love“ by The Beat Bugs
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

3 ways to style a vintage dresser...15 Aug 2016

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One piece of furniture that I have always felt okay with splurging on is a dresser—particularly a vintage dresser. This long, low style (sometimes called a credenza or buffet when used in non-bedroom rooms) is the kind I have had in my bedroom for the past 6 years. And, we just picked up this new one last week! If you can find a vintage dresser that's in good shape, it's such a classic piece that can be used in so many ways and in so many rooms. Here are some examples...

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1. In the dining room. As shown in the top two photos, a long low dresser makes for a great buffet and storage piece in the dining room. You can keep extra plates, linens, and flatware inside while having a bar area up on top. To me, this piece is perfect if you entertain a lot and just need that extra storage while having another surface area for food or drinks.

To play up the dining room location, we hung up four food prints for a gallery wall equally distributed across the length of the credenza. To spruce it up for entertaining, place a runner along the length of the dresser for a bar area.

(Sources: Aelfie rugJoel Penkman and Paul Ferney printsVanessa Bean vase, Sarah Sherman Samuel table runner, Oh Joy! for Target drink stirrersW and P Design pineapple tumber, Oh Joy! for Target salt & pepper shaker, 1882 vase, vintage floor lamp.)

oh joy / 3 ways to style a vintage dresser

2. Living room - Whether used in the entry way area to hold umbrellas and shoes or in the main living room to store DVD's, remote controls, and those gadgets that always need a home, a vintage dresser always looks good in a living room. In this version, we leaned the art print against the wall—which is a nice way to display art if you don't want to damage your wall or if you have art you'd like to rotate in and out. This print is placed off center and balanced out visually with other objects in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures.

(Sources: Aelfie rug, Target lamp, Famille Summerbelle print, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Virginia Johnson pillow)

oh joy / 3 ways to style a vintage dresser

3. For the nursery. Rather than getting a "changing table", these days a low and long dresser makes for the perfect height for diaper changes while investing in a piece that will last long after the baby stage for clothes, blankets, and baby bedding. Here we evenly placed two medium-sized prints above the dresser. Once your babe is mobile, you can edit and revise the items you keep out for display, but this height tends to be a good one to keep decorative items out of reach of smaller mobile babies.

(Sources: MiO playhouse, Mountain Haus Studio wooden blocksAnimal Print Shop baby giraffe printJen Gotch paper cup printsOh Joy! For Target changing pad cover, Oh Joy! for Target pillow, Eric Trine plant stand, Target rug)

What do you guys think? When I think about all the things you can do with one piece, it really makes me feel better about investing in nicer pieces that can change and grow with you...

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, assistant styling by Jess Hong. This dresser from Ai Modern, paint color is Sherwin Williams web gray.}

happy friday + little videos!12 Aug 2016

How to Wear Vintage Brooches

How to Wear Vintage Brooches

Happy Friday all! I'm excited for the Rosebowl Flea Market this weekend. I've started taking Ruby to the monthly excursions, and she has a blast hunting for vintage treasures with me. So since I'm in the vintage mood this week, I wanted to share a recent video we made showing you what to do with vintage brooches! Every week on Facebook, we post these short videos with tips for styling your home or wardrobe. Follow along on Facebook to see more! Oh, and happy weekend!

{Video by Casey Brodleystyling and production by Julia Wester, production by Jess Hong}

something fun to do with a vintage scarf...10 Aug 2016

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

Every single time I go to a great flea market or vintage clothing store, I end up walking out of there with at least one vintage scarf. It's probably cause I'm a sucker for color and pattern and the fact that the scarf is usually one-of-a-kind. But then you know what happens? I never wear them. I usually forget about them in the back of my closet or the weather isn't quite right or I just don't know what to do with ones that have weird lengths. So, guess what...we decided to turn my long-forgotten vintage scarves into necklaces! It's super easy, still shows off the color and pattern, and it doesn't alter them forever (so you can wear it as a scarf again later if you want)! Here's how...

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

You'll need:

- Vintage Scarf

- Wooden Beads

- Clear Elastic Bands

Copper Beads (optional)

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

Here's how:

1. Fold the scarf a few times—length-wise—to make it narrower.

2. Starting in the middle of the scarf, cover a wooden bead with the scarf material and begin to twist the scarf so it tightens around the bead.

3. Secure and twist on each side of the bead and secure with a clear elastic.

4. If you want, add a decorative copper bead in between each wrapped bead. The decorative bead will hide the elastic.

5. Once you have as many beads on the necklace as you'd like, tie a double-knot with the ends of the scarf, and it's ready to wear!

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

You could even leave some of the scarf end free to hang down asymmetrically into a chic scarf/necklace!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong}

five tips for making laundry a little easier! 9 Aug 2016

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You guys might know that I am really lazy about doing laundry. I honestly dread it. But it has to get done, so I wanted to come up with some ways to make the tedious parts a little easier and fault-free. Here are a few of my favorite tips...

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1. Wrinkled dried clothes. How many times have you left your clothes in the dryer overnight and came back to a big wrinkled mess? Rather then spending the next 2 hours ironing things you don't want to be ironing, simply add a couple of ice cubes and run the dryer again one more time. The wrinkles will loosen out with the additional dampness.

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2. Laundry communication. If you have a spouse or roommate who often picks up the load where you left off, make sure any specifics aren't missed. By keeping a small dry erase board and pen above the washing machine, your delicates won’t get tossed into the dryer by accident. Here you can note any details needed so you don’t end up with a shrunken sweater or whites that have turned pink.

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3. A pocket catchall. Do you ever find yourself emptying out change, receipts, toys, or snacks from your family’s pockets when prepping clothes for the laundry? To make it easier to help those items go back to their rightful owner, put out a divided container in your laundry area as a pocket-content catch-all.  It’s easy to keep everyone’s property separate and a breeze to transport room-to-room from the laundry room.

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4. Laundry caddy. If you use a laundromat or your building has a communal laundry room, create a laundry caddy that contains an easily portable amount of items for your trip including quarters, several pods of detergent, dryer sheets, etc. The Seventh Generation Free & Clear laundry packs we used here have EPA Safer Choice certification which means that every ingredient in the laundry packs meets the EPA's stringent human health & environmental criteria. This also means one less thing to think about when it comes to keeping a product on a shelf away from kids.

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5. Sheet Storage. Once you’ve washed and folded everything, keeping your clean sheets organized and looking sharp can be a challenge.  Make it easy by folding the sheets, and putting all the sheets into the coordinating pillowcase. Your linen closet will be in order for the first time and you can keep all the bedding collections together!

Do you have any other go-to tips for making laundry day a little more bearable?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Seventh GenerationAll words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

currently snacking on... 8 Aug 2016

Oh Joy Passion Fruit Yogurt

...fresh passion fruit! My friend Catherine dropped off a bag of passion fruit from the tree in her backyard, and while I have always loved passion fruit-flavored things, I have never really eaten straight from the fruit! Yesterday, I had it simply over yogurt and mixed with some champagne grapes, and it was perfection. So I scoured Pinterest for a few others on my "must make with passion fruit" list that I wanted to share with you...

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Clearly, I'm obsessed...

{Top photo by Oh Joy, other photos credited below each image.}

 

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat... 5 Aug 2016

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Since Tuesday, the Internet has been in a frenzy over the update to Instagram called Instagram Stories. If you haven't yet seen it, it's basically a way of adding un-edited photos and videos to a feed composed of a string of individual moments that your followers can view for only 24 hours. It's a very similar format to Snapchat—which has been the current favorite platform for teens and millennials...and a platform I just got into and liked after protesting it for so long.

So the question around town is...if you're into both Instagram and Snapchat, or if you follow people or brands on both platforms...what do you do now? Where do you check in on those more "real" tidbits of life or where do you post your own behind-the-scenes glimpses that you want to share?

I am still figuring out my own plan, but as a test for the past couple of days I have been sharing the same content I would normally share on Snapchat on Instagram Stories. That way I could test the waters and make an informed decision for myself and really know the differences from first-hand experience both as a sharer and a viewer. Here's my breakdown for you of the benefits of each...

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Things I like better about Snapchat

1. Filters! While filters are not at all necessary for the sharing of information, they make people kick back and not take things too seriously. It makes it easier for those who are nervous about talking to their camera to cover their face with some funny filter. My husband always says that if the people who invented the technology for those filters worked in the medical field we might have a cure for cancer by now! Because, yes, the filters are VERY good.

2. It feels more intimate. Because you have to actively add someone's exact username to follow them on Snapchat, these are people you want to be following and not people that you found by "exploring" or people you added just cause you met them once at a party. Because of the intention behind these "follows", you're probably following less people here than on Instagram. And, these are people that you want to know more about. Those that follow you here may be a smaller number than on Instagram, but they are the ones who really want to see more of the real you.

3. Ability to send stories directly to someone. I don't actually use the messaging part of Snapchat where you can send a snap ONLY to a certain person (it's like the text messaging part of it), but this was the original intent of Snapchat and a feature that it still has over its new competitor. 

4. Thumbnails preview someone's story. When you're viewing your feed of recent stories, the thumbnail shown gives an indication of their last snap. It's a very small detail but I do like this ability to be able to know what I'm about to watch.

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat

Things I like better about Instagram Stories

1. One less app to visit! While I have really been loving Snapchat lately, I can't say that I want one more thing to add to the social media cocktail that I consume and serve up on a daily basis.

2. Your current Instagram audience gets to see another side of you. A bit in contrast to the intimacy mentioned above about Snapchat, I find that people want to actually see more of the unedited side of people and brands on Instagram but don't either use Snapchat or forget to add them (since it's not an easy process to find people there). This gives you the chance to see their other side easily and it might actually help people (including myself) edit down who they follow.

3. Forward/Back controls when viewing stories. There are so many times I have viewed someone's Snapchat story only to want to go back to something I wanted to see again or screenshot. The "tap on right side of screen" to go forward and "tap on left side of screen" to go back thing is super useful.

4. You can see someone's "trailer". If you visit someone’s profile (either for the first time or to check up on their posts) and you can see their most recent story when their profile photo is outlined in color. It's a fun way to see what new people to your feed are up to or use it as a way to decide if you want to follow along. 

5. Easier to direct message. While I don't love having another message stream to maintain, I like that when there is a direct message stream, you can read the conversation beyond just the 24 hours. Sometimes you see messages in Snapchat too late or you didn't get to read it and it just disappears and then you have no idea the context of what was last said.

6. Usernames are the same. For me, sometimes I like to reference other people or brands in my stories so it's nice that if I mention someone's handle that it's clear it's the same as their Instagram handle.

Here's what I think will end up happening...

A. People who never got on Snapchat in the first place will start using Instagram Stories instead.

B. People who have been on Snapchat for a while and have a strong following will stay there.

C. Those who use the platforms for their brands might post on both but distinguish different content on each—perhaps more brand-related content on Instagram Stories and more personal content on Snapchat.

For me, I have yet to decide exactly what I'll do. But I'd love to hear what you guys think!

As viewers of content, which format do you prefer? Or if you are creating your own stories, which do you prefer?

P.S. A great article on TechCrunch about it.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester}

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