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get cozy for a good cause with oh joy + splendid...14 Nov 2016

oh joy + splendid

As the holiday season approaches, there are so many wonderful things the holidays bring...celebrations and time with family, friends, and lots of joy and merriment. One of the things that has become an annual tradition for my family around the holidays is to show our kids how joyful it can be to give to other kids who may not be as fortunate. As my kids get excited for new toys from Santa, we always make it a priority to give toys and books and clothes to other kids through Baby2Baby—a charity that provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. 

oh joy + splendid

oh joy + splendid

This year, we teamed up with Splendid to create the coziest lounge pieces and blankets around. With the help of your purchase, $50K will be donated to Baby2Baby from our 'Give Joy Collection' to make cheerful holidays for families and kids in need. 

oh joy + splendid

This capsule is the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season (even if it's for yourself!). For the matching lounge tops and pants, we paired together a couple of my favorite signature Splendid stripes (one in navy/white and one in oatmeal/white) with solid waffle thermal and added our signature Oh Joy! mint green stitching detail throughout all of the pieces. The faux sherpa lined blankets have a gold heart on the corner as a reminder of the love that's being shared through the purchase of these pieces.

oh joy + splendid

oh joy + splendid

I have been using and wearing these pieces since we got our samples in, and they are the softest ever. They're a perfect gift for a loved one or for treating yourself to some cozy down time. You can purchase these online throughout the holiday season. Thanks in advance for supporting such a great cause through your purchase!

Click here to shop the Give Joy x Splendid collection.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

a "welcome neighbor" gift...10 Nov 2016

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

These days we are all so virtual that I often miss those real life interactions with people around us. I love my neighborhood and remember being so surprised and delighted when I first moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago when a new neighbor stopped over and brought figs from her tree as a welcome. It was so thoughtful and a true in-person connection that meant so much! Today, we’ve collaborated with State Farm to share a fun way to welcome a new neighbor…

According to the State of Neighbors survey conducted by State Farm, 75% of people say it is important to welcome new neighbors but only 41% of neighbors say they were actually welcomed! It can be so easy (and fun!) to welcome a new family to the neighborhood so today, we wanted to help you do just that with our pre-designed Neighborhood Guide template you can download. Include the guide with our inspiration for a "Welcome Neighbor" basket. Here's how...

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

To make a "Welcome Neighbor" gift basket, include a few local treats like:

    -apples from your tree

    -candy from a sweet shop nearby

    -coffee from the local cafe

    -herbs or fresh veggies from your garden

    -spreads or sauces from the area farmer's market

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

And then include our handy Neighborhood Guide [download here]. This template gives you a place to list a ton of helpful information for your new neighbor including: tips for where to go in the neighborhood, trustworthy service providers, social handles for the street and for your family, and a handy way to keep track of names of all the neighbors on the street.

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

Some other fun things you could give your new neighbor along with the Neighborhood Guide to welcome them:

    -order a pizza for the new family on moving day and tell them dinner is on its way and they don't have to worry about it!

    -a small plant that is easy to take care of (no one wants to have to stress about taking care of a fragile plant)!

    -a gift certificate for a cleaning service to come help them out for a couple hours after all the unpacking!

What other tips do you have to welcome new neighbors?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with State Farm.  All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling and crafting by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props include: Ikea basket, Anne and Kate swizzle sticks, Oh Happy Day wood cutlery, Oh Happy Day floral napkins, Oh Happy Day striped napkin.}

{oh joy eats} mr. holmes bakehouse... 9 Nov 2016

mr. holmes bakehouse

mr. holmes bakehouse

During my recent trip to San Francisco, one of my favorite spots we visited was Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. So, I was excited to see this fun baked good shop open a location in Los Angeles a couple months ago!

mr. holmes bakehouse

mr. holmes bakehouse

From their signature cruffin (the baby of a crossiant + muffin) to donuts to bread pudding, it's a paradise for anyone who loves a sweet (but not-too-sweet) morning pastry or afternoon pick-me-up. Um...that's me...all the time.

mr. holmes bakehouse

mr. holmes bakehouse

mr. holmes bakehouse

The space is minimal, fresh, and modern, and a fun addition to LA's Highland Park. Now, if only that cruffin didn't sell out by 9:30am...

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse111 S. Avenue 59 | Los Angeles, CA | @mrholmesbakehouse

{Photos by Casey Brodley}

a painted vase DIY... 8 Nov 2016


We love patterns around here. And we love putting patterns on just about everything. Today, we're sharing a fun DIY to turn a simple glass vessel into a painted vase where you can easily change the design to fit your mood! Here's how...

a painted vase DIY

You'll need:

transparency paper

clear cylindrical vase (you could also use a drinking glass)

- acrylic paint

- scissors

- double-sided tape

- ruler

a painted vase DIY

Here's how:

1. Measure the height and circumference of your vase.

2. Using a ruler, draw out those dimensions on a sheet of transparency paper, and cut it out.

3. Paint your pattern on the transparency paper, and let it dry for at least 15 minutes.

4. Finally, wrap the transparency paper around your vase, painted side facing in, and use double-sided tape to secure.

a painted vase DIY

The best part about using transparency paper is that you can change the designs whenever you want. You can make custom patterns for a special event, party, or baby/bridal shower!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Table cloth by Pehr.}


names and faces near and far... 7 Nov 2016

Names and Faces Book

We love living on the West Coast. But the downside is not getting to see our family on the East Coast as much as we would like. Bob and I make sure to have weekly video chats with our parents so they can interact with their grandchildren regularly. And, as two-year-old Coco is growing her vocabulary and learning more words every day, we love teaching her in ways that are applicable to her life...and to her family.


So we recently made this cute book for Coco from Pinhole Press because she loves the one we made for Ruby a few years ago. It's called a Mini Book of Names and Faces, and each page shows Coco with a member of her family! Since our kids call their grandparents by their Thai and Korean names, we created the book to match. And of course, we had to include Max the cat ;). Our kids love seeing themselves in a book, and it's a fun way for them to see familiar faces of those they love who live far away. 

With the holidays coming up, this would be such a special gift for a little one in your life. Exclusively for Oh Joy! readers, Pinhole Press is offering 15% off all kids products (and they have seven brand new gifts!) now through November 13th. Use code OHJOY at checkout.

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Pinhole PressAll words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

celebrate everything... 4 Nov 2016

celebrate everything by darcy miller

Darcy Miller's new book, Celebrate Everything, just came out, and it's a must-have for throwing your next party. The book compiles together ideas for various party themes as well as all the components to each theme (from favors to cake to decor) and mixes in so many tips and tricks and suggestions that apply to any type of celebration.

celebrate everything by darcy miller

celebrate everything by darcy miller

celebrate everything by darcy miller

In addition to all the beautifully captured events, I especially loved the guide pages that suggest various tips that always come in handy before, during, or after a party. Celebrate Everything can make any birthday party, shower, or celebration feel custom and special. Congrats, Darcy, on your newest project!!

Images From Celebrate Everything by Darcy Miller. Copyright  2016 by Darcy Miller. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

make a fall felt wreath... 2 Nov 2016

a fall felt wreath

Fall is here, and it's finally starting to get cool even over here in Los Angeles. I love wreaths and am always eager to get one hanging up even before it feels quite like the holiday season. So for fall, we're showing you how to make this fall wreath made from materials that will last for a while and can be used over and over again! See how...


travel essentials with kids... 1 Nov 2016

travel essentials with kids

From recent travels with my kids, here are a few things I really love...in no particular order...

Ave Dee fanny pack - For when you need to carry some essentials, without carrying a full-on bag, this basic and durable fanny pack does the job!

Calpak Packing Cubes - I pack my whole family's clothes into one suitcase, so these are essential for dividing up clothes as well as for helping to keep things organized in a suitcase full of stuff.

Calpak marble suitcase - I love how light this suitcase is. Plus, the marble version looks way chic and no one mixes up your suitcase at the airport.

Parasol diapers - These are thin and light, yet still super absorbent, and take up less weight when traveling. Plus, you can order them in advance and have them delivered to your hotel or vacation rental.

Lil Gadgets headphones - For a road trip or an airplane ride, these headphone are perfectly sized for little ears and heads and make it easy to keep your little ones occupied when needed.

Toms shoes - When you need walking shoes that are easy for kids to put on and take off themselves. This style is one of my favorites.

Zig Zag guides - When traveling to a new city, it's always nice to get kids excited for things they might see. I love the format of these guides because the cards are fun for kids to pick up and play with as they learn.

Oh Joy for Target diaper backpack - I might be biased because this is our bag, but I use it with my kids as my go-to bag. It keeps all of their essentials and keep me hands-free for chasing after them!

three ways to style a vase...31 Oct 2016

three ways to style a vase

You might think..."OK, I have a vase, so I'll put flowers in it." Yes, that is the ideal use for a vase. BUT...what do you do with a vase when it's not filled with flowers? You can fill them with other fun things like desk essentials. Or, you can use them and style them in other ways that gives them function without flowers, too. Here are a few ideas...

three ways to style a vase

1. Book Ends. As long as the vase is sturdy and won't tip easily, use them as book ends to spruce up what would otherwise be a plain bookshelf.

Props shown: Target bookshelf, Target elephant figurine, Target canisters, Oh Joy for Target OMG vase.

three ways to style a vase

2. Sculptural Decor. If you choose the right kind of vase, it looks cool on its own even when it's not filled. Set it out on an end table, dining table, window sill, or anywhere.

Props shown: Paul Octavious print, Aelfie rug, Oh Joy for Target OK vase, Oh Joy for Target end table, Oh Joy for Target pillow, chair from Sunbeam Vintage, planter by Virginia Johnson.

three ways to style a vase

3. Hold Faux Flowers. I'm a big advocate for faux flowers when you can find some you really like. Like not flowers that are supposed to look real, but ones that are obviously faux and you can embrace their non-realness. That way, you can keep them in a vase for however long you want and feel good about it! 

Props included: Ai Modern credenza, Target geo burst, Pehr Design table runner, Wee Society print, vintage plastic flowers, paper flowers by Paper Sandwich, and Oh Joy for Target YAY vase.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

happy friday + taking the leap...28 Oct 2016

Oh Joy Palm Springs

I always tell people to take chances in life...that you can never be 100% sure about the outcome of anything, but you just have to go for it. We're in the process of getting a new studio...and while it's exciting to start fresh and grow into a new space, it's also scary. I remember that feeling three and a half years ago when I left my home studio for a real life office space. And then when we expanded our one space into two spaces last year. And now, here we are (again) expanding for growth and all the things we can do with a new space. It always works out in the end, but boy does that leap of faith give me all those nervous butterflies, too. You can't fly if you don't try, right?!

{Photos by Casey Brodley}


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