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3 ways to use firefly lights...29 Mar 2016

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

Have you guys ever used firefly lights before? They are sort of the toddlers of the string light world (they're smaller and cuter!) and my new favorite way to add a little whimsical glow to a small corner of the room.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

1. Plant friend - String them around a plant in your home and get a miniature version of those warm fuzzies you feel every year when putting up the Christmas tree.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

2. A Jar of Light - Whether it's a terrarium, a mason jar, or a carafe that's not being used, put those lights into a clear glass vessel to add instant magic.

3 Ways to Use Firefly Lights

3. Flower Power - Double up on the decor by wrapping firefly lights around your favorite vase. That way, when you get up in the middle of the night for a late night snack, you've got a little extra glow to light the way.

We used our Oh Joy lights here but the same goes for any set of firefly lights you might already have, too!

UPDATE: We've had a lot of questions regarding where the battery pack gets stored. You can see it in some of the photos, but we just hide it behind the object. It can also be taped to the back or lengthen the cord a bit so that you can have it trail down behind the table the object is on (like in the glass carafe image). Hope that helps!

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

dressing the babe / spring stripes...28 Mar 2016

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Spring is here! My friend, Jen, has this AMAZING bougainvillea wall in her backyard that is so full and lush right now. So I thought it would be fun to take Coco and do a "part 2" of this post with Ruby from last year. Kids love bougainvillea because when they fall to the ground, they dry up and sound crunchy under their little feet. Coco didn't want to leave...

Oh Joy / Mama Style

I will never tire of a good maxi dress. I wanted to dress it up a bit so I added my go-to vintage gold belt to give it a more polished look. 

Mama outfit / 1. dRA dress, 2. vintage gold belt, 3. Target hat, 4. Bryr sandals, 5. Akola necklace

Oh Joy / Baby Style

There's honestly nothing cuter on a baby girl than a little romper. Ahhhh! And this one, has crotch snaps which I can seriously appreciate for diaper changes!

Babe outfit / 6. Pausch romper, 7. June & January hair clip, and 8. Zuzii shoes.

Oh Joy / Mama and Baby Style

Oh Joy / Baby Style

How is my little munchkin getting SO big?!? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 17 months and has a mind of her own.}

happy easter!25 Mar 2016

Oh Joy Pattern Play Eggs

Happy Friday all! We're heading to Washington D.C. to spend Easter at the...wait for it...WHITE HOUSE! Eeek! A few months ago, I was asked to design the logo for this year's Easter Egg Roll at the White House so we'll be joining the festivities with the Obama's on Monday! Then, taking a little trip to see family in Philly while we're East side. I hope you have a nice weekend and a Happy Easter for those of you who celebrate it! 

P.S. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I'll be speaking at Create & Cultivate on May 7th on a panel called "The Balancing Act of Mother and Mogul". Hope to see some of you there!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

oh joy for boys...24 Mar 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

One of the things I hear most from moms of boys is that there aren't as many cool options for dressing them as there are for girls. Being a mom of girls, I haven't had to through that challenge. But I know when I've been on the hunt for baby boy gifts in the past, it can be hard to find a lot outside of typical blue and khaki with standard stripes and plaids. Which is why when we designed the pieces for our Oh Joy for Target baby apparel collection, I wanted to make sure to offer more patterns, colors, and simply just fun mix-and-match items for boys, too! (Oh Joy isn't only for girls, anymore ;).

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Here are a just a few of my favorites from playwear to sleepwear for the little guys in your life.

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Look at those cuties! I can't even take it. I'm SO glad we got to add in some non-girl specific items in our newest collection for all those moms of boys (or those who want gender-neutral clothing) who have been asking for it over the last couple years! If there's anything else you're hoping for in future baby collections, please let me know that, too!

{Top photo: Ever via Cassidy, Bottom photos: Andy and Otto via Angie}

living wall art!23 Mar 2016

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

Have you ever had air plants in your home? They have become one of my favorite plants to keep around because they're easier to maintain than other house plants and you can put them pretty much anywhere (since they don't need a pot of soil to grow in). Inspired by the living walls we see a lot around here in Los Angeles, we made our own version using air plants...living wall art, if you will!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

You'll need:

nails

elastic cord

- hammer

plywood board (ours is 2ft by 1ft) 

- white paint

Here's how:

1. Paint a piece of plywood white.

2. Once dry, hammer nails on the long edge of the plywood on both ends. We placed the nails 1 inch apart. Hammer the nails in halfway leaving enough room to string the elastic cord around the nails. 

3. Once all the nails have been hammered in, you can start stringing. Tie a double knot of string one the first nail on the bottom left, then loop it to one of the top nails, then back down again keeping the tension as you go. You can go in a very orderly pattern or go crazy with it! We started from one end and went left to right using two different elastic colors overlapping them in some areas. Once finished, tie off the last string on another corner nail and trim the ends.

4. To hang the board on the wall, you can use picture-hanging strips!

Living Wall Art with Air Plants

The end result is a fun piece of wall art for your home that also holds air plants. The air plants are super easy to pull in and out when you need to water them and then place them back in their spots!

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

sleepyheads...22 Mar 2016

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

Sleepyheads by Christopher David Ryan

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One of my favorite illustrators, Christopher David Ryan, just released this super cute series of prints called Sleepyheads. They just make me smile...while also reminding me how much I really do love SLEEEEP!

{All artwork by CDR}

 

confetti easter eggs!21 Mar 2016

How to Make Confetti Easter Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, we wanted to share a fun way to bring a little confetti party to your eggs this year. They're so easy and so fun to make, and you only need a few things...

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product updates!18 Mar 2016

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*This was last updated on July 21, 2016 and gets updated weekly.

We have been blown away by your love and enthusiasm for all the Oh Joy for Target collections that have launched this year. From home decor to nursery to baby apparel, your support means the world and I'm so happy to be able to offer little bits of Oh Joy that you can all have in your homes.

Because we receive daily emails, comments, and messages about items that are out of stock, I wanted to give an update for those of you who have been asking or who are trying to locate certain items. Here are some more detailed updates per category. We will continue to update this page as new updates occur or any announcements are made!*

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maximizing those fancy vintage pieces...17 Mar 2016

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

I have a mild obsession with vintage dresses. They have so much character, and I love that you're unlikely to see anyone else wearing the same dress. I especially love them to wear for special occasions like wearing to a party or a wedding. But I often find that the really dressy pieces get lost in the back of my closet because I am always saving them for a "fancy" occasion that doesn't happen that many times in a year. So, I challenged myself to pull those pieces out and see how I could wear them in everyday life (to work, out to dinner with friends, etc.)...

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A Sequined Dress - I love the idea of a full-on sequined dress. It feels very glamorous and makes a real statement for sure. However, how many times can you wear a sequined dress except when going to your once-in-a-lifetime gala? To make this dress a bit more wearable, we paired it with...

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A) A denim vest and neutral booties as well as B) a white button down shirt and black booties. By adding a layer of clothing on top, it helps to show a little less sequin while still letting the dress be the focus.

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A Bold Maxi Dress - I was drawn to this crazy, colorful dress I found at a local vintage shop. This one isn't as formal as some of the others here but the mix of colors does make it very distinct. To add some versatility, we added... 

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A) A thin colorful sweater and necklace to layer on top which now turns the dress into a maxi skirt and adds an extra layer of warmth and B) a neutral vest to dress it down a bit but still allow the bright orange top and fun button details to show through.

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A Beaded Flowy Dress - I fell in love with the coral color and beautiful beaded details of the neckline of this vintage dress. Because it's long-sleeve, it can be hard for it to not feel like a ball gown. Here's where we needed to combine it with a jacket or long-sleeve top...

maximizing those fancy vintage pieces

A) We added this white button down shirt again to add a crisp summer vibe to the amazing coral color and paired it with metallic flats and B) topped it with an easy denim jacket that everyone probably owns mixed it with a statement hat and white sandals.

So, the next time you see an amazing vintage piece that calls your name but you're worried you'll never be able to wear it, I hope this inspires you to take that piece and dress it down so you can rock it more often!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho and Jessica Hong.}

a snack kit!16 Mar 2016

How to Make a (Good for You) Snack Kit

During the week, the days are often go, go, go! I am so consumed with getting everyone else fed, dressed and off to school/work, and then busy with a million things at work. I often find myself needing a snack throughout the day to keep my energy level up. But in an effort to make sure I have a healthy snack (and not whatever random, greasy snacks are at the convenience store down the street) I recently discovered new Curate Snacks bars. Made from wholesome fruit, nuts, and grains, the bars come in six fun combinations like Indulgent Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts or Harmonious Blend Marcona Almonds & Apricots. They have the texture of a bar you’d make in your own kitchen!

Today, I’ve partnered with Curate to show you how to make a snack kit that we created inspired by these fun and brilliant combinations. I like to make a snack kit on Sundays to bring to the office on Monday so that throughout the week, I can grab a morning or afternoon pick me up from it.

Here’s how to make these super cute snack kits...

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