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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.

because plants need to party, too...14 Dec 2016

trailing vines and plants

I love plants, but I rarely bring them indoors because large plants take up more floor space which I'm often short of. Plus, with tiny children around, it can be tough to keep plants safe at ground level. So I love the idea of taking advantage of wall space to instill some green into your space!

trailing vines and plants

We added these pretty Senecio Radicans Glauca (say that three times fast!) hanging succulents to these magnetic board planters for a little extra green in the office. Plus, we had to add a little extra touch of Oh Joy by throwing the plants a party with the addition of party picks and stir sticks!

trailing vines and plants

And, we're excited to see this project was part of the Pinterest 100—a round up of trending projects, products and ideas to try in 2017. We fell in love with with one of the home trends, cascading indoor vines, and gave it a go to bring new life into this office space!

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Target desk, Target giraffe figurine, Poppin pencil holder, Target office supplies, Perch magnetic boards & planters, Sunbeam Vintage chair, and Eric Trine plant stand.

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

entertaining kids on-the-go...13 Dec 2016

entertaining kids on-the-go

Before we had kids, my husband and I went out to dinner all the time. We loved trying new foods and the restaurants that our local city had to offer. While our type of dinners out are different now with two young kids, we still go out to dinner with them a couple times a week. We've never been the type to just stay home because it's easier to avoid going out. We've always wanted our kids to get to try new things, too, and going out to dinner with them is a special treat for the whole family—whether it's a nicer sit-down restaurant or a more casual burger shack.

However, when you have young children, they get antsy and often have a hard time waiting while the food is being prepared. Now that Ruby is 5, she can entertain herself with solo activities, while Coco (who is 2) needs us to actively engage with her while waiting for food. Otherwise, she wants to run around all over the place. With the help of some of our little friends from Monster High, today I'm sharing a few games you can play with young kids to keep them occupied before/during/after dinner while on-the-go and out at restaurants...

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1. Shape and Color Game - For younger toddlers, cut out pieces of colorful felt in different shapes. Ask them to match the character's hair color or outfit color to a shape of the same color. I always want my kids to express themselves and live life colorfully, so I love how these minis express their personalities in all kinds of ways. For an easier option, you can have little ones recognize shapes by asking them to place a character "on the blue circle" or "on the yellow triangle". Coco gets super excited when she gets them right and sees our reaction to her growing recognition skills.

entertaining kids on-the-go

2. Tic-Tac-Toe - Using thick felt, create a board with nine squares to play tic-tac-toe! The kids can use the toys as their playing pieces and the grown-up can use coins or sugar packets from the table. This is good way to start teaching older toddlers about strategy and thinking ahead. Ruby's in a stage where we're starting to talk to her about what happens when you don't win a game. Games like this give us an opportunity to teach what kind of attitude to have if you don't win a game or race, how to be gracious to your opponent, and that practice helps you get better at any skill. Also, by having kids use their own toys as playing pieces, it makes it way more fun than simply drawing x's and o's on a piece of paper.

entertaining kids on-the-go

3. Create a story. For kids that can draw and use their imagination to tell stories, ask them to imagine what that character might have done that day and then draw that scene. Monster High Minis are all about being different and embracing what makes you special so it's fun to have that dialog with your kids as they develop a story to create. We like to encourage our kids to be kind to others, too, so a scenario you can set up for a story is how one character does something nice for a friend. In this case, Ruby decided to make a friend happy by making a picnic they could enjoy together.

And before you know it, 20 minutes have passed and your food is out! We always have the kids clean-up the toys when the food arrives so we can focus on enjoying our meal together as a family. I keep everything in a zippered pouch to make it easy to pop into my bag and save for our next meal time out!

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

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

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