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getting a little more personal...25 Sep 2014

The Lively Show Oh Joy

Last week, I did a podcast interview with Jess Lively of the Lively Show, and it was one of my favorite interviews to date. It was nice to not talk solely about business and blogging and share a more personal side and some of the highs and lows of my life and my business. If you'd like to listen, click here!

{Photo by Bonnie Tsang}

bite size style...23 Sep 2014

Oh Joy / Bite Size Style

There's nothing cuter than tiny little clothes! So to inspire some back-to-school style for your mini me, here's a bite size video we put together showing a few of our favorite layered outfits for fall. There's plenty of mix-and-match patterned goodness in classic Oh Joy style.

And, you can see all sources for the clothing below...

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just because...22 Sep 2014

La Casita de Wendy

La Casita de Wendy

La Casita de Wendy

La Casita de Wendy

...these colors and patterns from La Casita de Wendy's newest collection are so, so good!

happy friday + nesting...19 Sep 2014

Oh Joy / Hers and Mine shoes

You guys, I have officially gone into nesting mode. If you try and look for me right now, I am somewhere rummaging through a closet or in boxes or sorting through piles of clothes or baby things. I've been getting rid of things by the bagful and trying to make space for the new baby...both physically and mentally.

Why is that nesting happens when you're super pregnant and not capable of moving around tons of things? Yet all I want to do is move around a ton of things. Both Bob and Ruby have been sick this week, so we've had lots of restless night around here lately, and I'm hoping for some rest for all of us this weekend.

I hope you have a fun and restful weekend, too! I love this time of year because it's just starting to feel like a change is on the way....

{Photo by Oh Joy. Shoes by Brother Vellies.}

an everyday floral brooch DIY...18 Sep 2014

Floral Brooch DIY

Floral Brooch DIY

I loved it when back in the day, dapper gentlemen would wear a flower on their lapel on any given day. Brooches are always a fun fashion accessory for me, so why not combine two of my favorite things together into a floral brooch? With a small vessel for water, it can be worn for both a special occasion or really for any day you just feel like bringing a little sprig of sunshine wherever you go. It’s extra fun when you can pull the flowers from your own garden too!

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a bundle of fun {giveaway} with brimful...(now closed)17 Sep 2014

Brimful Giveaway

It's baby season around here, and I feel like so many ladies I know are expecting! Brimful has a fun mix of both decorative and functional gifts for babies and kids, so we've partnered with them today to give away seven of my favorite pieces to one lucky reader. This includes: a Fish Mobile, Baby Tray, Baby Spoons, Owl Pillow, Little Pear Tree, Arrow Blanket, and Rainbow Pacifier Chain (a total value of $200) for your own little one or for gifting to another special babe.

To enter, simply visit the Brimful website and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from their site and who you'd give these cute baby pieces to if you won. Entries must be posted by this Friday, September 19th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

P.S. For a limited time, Brimful is offering a special 15% discount to Oh Joy readers through September 26th. Simply enter OHJOY15 at checkout.

UPDATE: Congrats to Lori T. from Honolulu, HI for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

itsie bitsie bracelets...16 Sep 2014

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

I've been a long-time fan of 31 Bits—the accessories company that makes all of their jewelry from recycled paper and employs and empowers female artisans in Uganda to earn a living and provide income for their families through the jewelry made.

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies

And since I'm all into mama and me types of pieces, I'm excited to share that today 31 Bits launched their newest line—Bitsies—mix-and-match bracelets made for kids with the same positive impact as the grown-up pieces. Ruby and I had a chance to see them in person at their studio a few weeks ago, and we loved layering them together.

Oh Joy Loves Bitsies



Bitsies is a colorful and fun way for kids to have an impact on the world while accessorizing, giving, and sharing with their friends. The bracelets are available in 10 different colors, each with an inspiring meaning like "Be Loving", "Be Brave", and "Be Generous". I love that they are simple, sweet, and stand for positive messages.

P.S. For the next two weeks, Oh Joy readers will get a special 15% off everything at 31 Bits through September 30th.  Simply enter OHJOY15 at checkout.

{All photos by Kayla Adams for 31 Bits, backdrops by Greta Anderson, and hair & make up by Chelsea Ann ScottMy outfits: Pink dress is past season from En Soie, top is past season Lauren Moffatt, flats by BC Footwear. Ruby's outfits: orange dress is vintage from Wolfechild, orange/pink dress is from I Love Gorgeous.}

dressing the bump / 32 weeks!15 Sep 2014

Dressing the Bump - Formal Occasions

Dressing the Bump - Formal Occasions

Dressing the Bump - 32 Weeks

We're at 32 weeks, and I'm excited to share the sixth episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about how to dress for formal occasions while pregnant. It can be tricker to get dressy while pregnant because there aren't as many options as when dressing casually. So, we're taking a look at a mix of maternity and non-maternity pieces to wear for weddings, work events, or a date night out.

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

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paper lantern mobile DIY...12 Sep 2014

Paper Lantern Mobile DIY / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

When designing the Oh Joy for Target collection, we wanted to encourage using the pieces not only in parties but beyond the party as well. Because it just make every day a little more fun when it has a sense of whimsy to it. So today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are here with this simple and whimsical mobile using the Oh Joy for Target paper lanterns and plastic straws!

We've provided a handy PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make them. This would be super cute in the corner of a room. Enjoy!

P.S. Striped Lanterns and Party People!

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

right now i'm grateful for...11 Sep 2014

Oh Joy and Ruby

...getting past the stage of being super self-conscious about my body. I'm surprised, but glad, that stretch marks and post-baby breasts have made me get over those body issues I obsessed over in my teens and 20's. It feels freeing to accept yourself for who you are.

...having this blog for nine years now (this was my first post). I am grateful that I still enjoy it, and that you all still come by to read it.

...your words of encouragement and support about my gestational diabetes. After crying a good tear over missing my sweet treats, I've learned about how to better balance everything out till baby comes ;)

...being a resident of New York City thirteen years ago when the world changed forever. I am grateful to have seen how a city and a country could unite together and to have been spared the injuries and loss that struck so many.

It's nice to stop for a moment and think about what we really have to be grateful for—on crappy days when nothing seems to be going right...and especially on days when things are feeling too good to be true.

So, tell me friends, what are you grateful for?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}


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