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pom pom curtains... 9 Jan 2017

pom pom curtain DIY

While I love pattern, curtains are always one of those things I struggle with purchasing in a pattern. I usually want curtains that are neutral and classic so they don't compete with the other accessories I might bring into a room. However, I do love figuring out ways to bring fun details to curtains that add some color without over-taking the whole room. So, today, we're bringing you this fun pom pom curtain DIY! It's super cute for a kid's room or for any space that needs a touch of whimsy...

pom pom curtain DIY

You'll need:

- yarn

pom pom maker

curtains

- needle & thread

- scissors

pom pom curtain DIY

Here's how:

1. Decide what sized poms you want and how spaced apart you want them to be on your curtain. We opted for 1" wide poms spaced about 5" apart. So, using an extra small pom pom maker, that worked out to about 45 pom poms for an 84” length curtain.

2. Using a new curtain or one you already have, make sure the curtain doesn't have any fold lines or wrinkles on it, and iron them out if so. After making the pom poms and trimming the middle tie, sew them onto curtains through the base of each pom, spacing them however you like. For our curtain, we made rows of 4 and 3 poms, leaving about 5 inches between each pom pom.

3. Finally, hang your curtain up and enjoy! These types of curtains should not be in an area where they could get dirty or wet quickly (ie. not in a kitchen or bathroom). If they are kept in a clean, dry room, they'll stay fresh and colorful for a long time!

pom pom curtain DIY

pom pom curtain DIY

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong.}

happy friday + yogurt mousse! 6 Jan 2017

yogurt mousse

As we start off the new year on the right foot, I asked our friends at Botanica to share a delicious, guilt-free snack that we could have any time of the day. Their yogurt mousse brings yogurt to a whole new level! Here's how to make it...

yogurt mousse

A few notes: In order to do this mousse justice, you’ve gotta start with good, thick yogurt. Our go-to is Aris, a thick sheep’s milk variety available around California. You can also use Greek yogurt purchased at any local grocery store. As long as you get your hands on a yogurt that has some heft (and tang!), you’re golden. Also important? Good eggs. Keep in mind you’re eating the whites raw, so you want them to come from a happy place!

You'll need:

Makes 2 ample servings (or 4 smaller servings)

- 3 happy eggs

- 2½ tablespoons honey (or more, if you want it sweeter)

- 1¼ cup delicious plain yogurt

- 1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest

- 1 vanilla bean, halved, seeds removed

Here's how:

1. First, separate your eggs. Add the whites to the bowl of a stand mixer or a big mixing bowl (if you have a handheld mixer). Save the yolks for another use (aioli, namely).

2. Beat the whites until light, fluffy and semi-firm.

3. Pour the honey into a small saucepan set over medium heat. When it bubbles, turn your mixer back on and stream the honey very slowly into the egg whites, beating all the while, until a stiff meringue forms. It should be glossy and form stiff peaks if you dip a finger in it.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, orange or lemon zest and seeds from the vanilla pod. Then gently fold the rest of the meringue into the yogurt in a few batches (we use a silicone spatula), making sure everything is incorporated, being very careful not to deflate it. Stir through a spoonful of meringue to loosen the yogurt a bit. The mousse should be light, fluffy and hold together well.

5. Spoon it into your serving vessel of choice (ramekins and teacups are nice), then chill in the fridge for at least an hour (preferably more, if you want it nice and cold -- but note that it will separate a bit as it sits and will need a gentle stir before serving).

We serve it with whatever fruit is in season — berries or stone fruit in summer, fresh citrus segments in winter — and any toasted nuts and seeds we have lying around. Feel free to experiment with different zests and spices, and serve this with any and all fruits and compotes. You seriously can’t go wrong with this one.

{Photos and recipe by Botanica}

glitter resin pins! 5 Jan 2017

glitter resin pins

After we made this tic-tac-toe set, we've been wanting to use the same resin technique for something wearable! So today, we're showing you how easy it is to make these cute glitter resin pins. They can be made into letter or any fun shape you want!

glitter resin pins

You'll need:

resin & catalyst

silicone mold (we made letters and hearts)

- glitter, sequins and/or confetti

pin backing

- hot glue

glitter resin pins

glitter resin pins

Here's how:

1. Follow directions on packaging for mixing resin & catalyst.

2. Mix glitter in paper cup or bowl. Make sure to use a container you don’t mind disposing of since the resin gets very sticky.

3. Add resin to the glitter and mix well.

4. Pour resin and glitter mixture into a silcone mold.

5. Let dry for 2 hours until hard, and then pop each piece out of the mold.

6. Use hot glue or crazy glue to attach the pin backing to the pack of your shape.

glitter resin pins

Finally, attach them to a jacket or coat. We like the look of clustering a few together. And, these would also make great gifts for friends for birthdays, Valentine's Day, or bridesmaid's!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong.}

color adventures: oh joy wears pink and green! 4 Jan 2017

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Last year, I started sharing more of my personal style on Instagram stories through my Outfit of the Day posts. A lot of you asked how to incorporate more color into your wardrobe and tips on color, in general. I used to only wear black and grey (if you can believe it!). For me, it took time to slowly integrate color into my style, and now it's a big part of my style in so many ways. This month, we're starting a new series, Color Adventures, where every month, we'll be showing you how to mix a couple different colors together—in your wardrobe and in your home! Today, we'll start with the style version of this month's color combination, pink and green. In each of the four outfits I put together, the colors get more and more bold to help you work your way into the color combo...

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If you're apprehensive of mixing two colors together in your wardrobe, start with subtle versions of each color. This heathered green sweatshirt mixed with pale pink offers a bit of color without getting too bold right away. Plus, this is a comfy outfit perfect for a low-key weekend.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Just-a-Hint: Ban.do sweatshirt, J.Crew jeans, Benumade earrings, Zuzii shoes, and Clare V. bag.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Take it up a notch by mixing a "safe" version of one color with a bolder version of another. The olive green could be worn with anything, but serves as a great neutral base to mix with these bubble gum pink pants. Because the pants are on the baggier side, the body suit offers a good contrast so that both piece aren't too baggy. Finally, I  added crisp white shoes for a fresh and bright (yet neutral) accent.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Casual and colorful: Common bodysuit, Zara pants (past season), Marais sandals, and vintage necklace.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Once you feel a little more comfortable with mixing pink and green, go for a bold pattern that incorporates both colors. You can then highlight a color or two from the dress with your accessories. I paired this floral dress with an olive bag and customized pink typography to tie into the pink and olive from the dress. Any other pieces that you could add to this outfit (shoes, jacket, or jewelry) should stay neutral to let the dress shine and be the focus.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Pattern-filled: vintage maxi floral dress, Benumade earrings, customized Madewell bag, and Bryr sandals. 

oh joy wears: pink and green

Finally, here's a way to go bold or go home ;) Once you get comfortable with various shades of colors, you can feel more free to mix light, bold, and dark shades together. I mixed these pale green pants with a magenta pink coat for a combo that not everyone would think to combine. But with a patterned shirt that has a touch of each color in it, it all somehow works. If you're mixing a bunch of bold pieces together, then use shoes and accessories as a place to stay neutral.

oh joy wears: pink and green

Pow Wow: Doops Design tee, Ellie Kai coat, vintage pants ($20 at a thrift store), Loeffler Randall sandals (past season), and Benumade earrings.

What do you guys think? Which combos of pink and green here are your favorite?

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat and prop styling by Julia Wester, prop assistance by Jess Hong}

new year, brand new collection! 3 Jan 2017

Oh Joy for Target NEW Spring Collection!

Inspired by the whimsy of rainbows and the elegance of clouds, the Oh Joy for Target spring collection mixes plenty of things that spring surely brings! From vases and mini plates to embroidered pillows and table lamps, this collection brings the perfect pop of springtime to any room in your home. See our newest video below for styling inspiration in four different rooms!

You can find the Oh Joy for Target collection in select Target stores and all of it online for a limited time right now. And, show us how you're using the pieces in your home by tagging your photos with @ohjoyco and #OhJoyforTarget on Instagram

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Get Ready" by Midnight Riot
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker

happy holidays!21 Dec 2016

Oh Joy Family

Oh Joy Family

...from my family to yours and from the whole Oh Joy team to each and every one of you! 2016 was filled with some lows as well as some highs. It was a roller coaster of a year for sure, and I'm excited for new beginnings and new adventures on the horizon in 2017.

Thank YOU for being here, for following along, for caring what I have to say, and for supporting all the things that my team and I create over here. I value and treasure each and every one of you and am grateful you take time from your busy day to visit our tiny part of the internet.

We'll be taking a blog break through the new year (I'll still pop in on Instagram though), and we'll see you back here on Tuesday, January 3rd with a look at our newest product collection and brand new content for you. I hope you have an amazing holiday and new year with those you hold most dear to you...

{Family photos by Morgan Pansing}

the best of 2016...20 Dec 2016

Oh Joy Vintage Caftan

Wow...how am I writing this post already?! We've spent the last couple days moving to our new Oh Joy studio (see peeks on Instagram stories if you'd like to see!). As we get ready to head out for a much needed holiday break later this week, I wanted to give you some reading material and inspiration. We styled, crafted, baked, painted, designed, and social media-ed our hearts out. Here are some of my favorite posts from this past year...

Oh Joy Dressing The Team Vintage

Fashion

- The debut of our Dressing the Team series

- Altering Vintage Caftans

- Something Fun to do with a Vintage Scarf

Oh Joy Charcuterie and Cheese Plates

Yum!

- Funfetti Crepe Cake

- Spicy Chicken Pasta Salad

- Mini Charcuterie & Cheese Plate

- Making an Eton Mess with Kids

Oh Joy / 3 Ways to Style a Credenza

Easy Styling Ideas for Your Home

- 3 Color Combos to Bring into Your Living Room

- 3 Ways to Style a Vintage Dresser

- 3 Ways to Decorate with String Lights

- 3 Color Combos to Bring into Your Living Room

- 3 Ways to Fill a Vase

Oh Joy / Joint Birthday Party

Family Life

- How to (Not) Do It All with Two Kids

- How to Choose a Location for Family Photos

- A Joint Birthday Party

Being there for Bedtime

How to Add Family Photos to Your Home

Oh Joy / Honeycomb Wall Decor

Get Crafty!

- A Dotty Leaf

- Art Pumpkins

- A Rainbow Table Runner

- Honeycomb Wall Art

- What To Do With Leftover Wrapping Paper 

Oh Joy / Changing Careers in Your 30s

Our "Changing Careers" Special

-Part 1

-Part 2

Oh Joy Mural

And finally, some of the other things the team was up to this year!

- An Oh Joy Mural

- My family and I went to the White House!

- We celebrated 11 years of Oh Joy in Palm Springs!

Behind the Scenes of Making an Oh Joy for Target Product

- And, all of our Oh Joy for Target collections! (Stay tuned for lots more in 2017!)

sprinkle party donuts!19 Dec 2016

sprinkle party donuts

Sprinkle-donuts

One of my favorite gifts to give someone that has everything is an edible treat! Pretty much everyone loves donuts AND sprinkles...so, today, we're sharing how to make these seriously cute sprinkle party donuts and how to package them up for gift-giving! Here's how...

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pine cone pom table decor!16 Dec 2016

pine cone pom table decor

pine cone pom table decor

How is it half-way through December already?!? If you're prepping for holiday visitors and entertaining, we have a fun table decor idea for you today! It's wintery and glittery and full of things that make adults happy and children sing...

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gift guide: get crafty...15 Dec 2016

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Our resident crafting assistant, Jess Hong, is no stranger to getting crafty. For her gift guide picks this year, here are a few of your favorite ways to give a little DIY cheer! 

01. Paper Source paper cactus kit, 02. Clover pom-pom maker, 03. Brit + Co. paper flower class (use code OHJOY20 for 20% off all online classes. Offer expires on 12/31.), 04. On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie, 05. gold and clear storage boxes from Container Store, 06. rose gold scissors from Anthropologie, 07.Bigban color pencils, 08. Hedley & Bennett apron, 09. Ban.do notebooks.

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