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what to do with a triptych...

what to do with a triptych

Triptychs are an often overlooked option for artwork because people don't have enough space for three large pieces or they feel like they're locked into only one way to display them. So today, we wanted to show you different ways to use a triptyph in your home and to demonstrate, we're using my friend, Gray Malin's Central Park triptych. Here are three ways to hang a piece like this...


have a playful weekend!


I couldn't be more happy that it's Friday! We took the kids to Disneyland mid-week for Ruby's birthday, and while that should seem like a nice mid-week break, I am beat from it ;P This weekend, we're celebrating both of my girls' birthdays with a joint party, and I'm going to see Gwen Stefani in concert the same night! (Wait, did I just say I needed some rest?! Ha.)

Have a great weekend, all! See you back here on Monday...

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, table by Oh Joy for Target}

fall entertaining with oh joy!

Oh Joy for Target


The air is getting crisp as thoughts of the upcoming holidays and entertaining fill the air! Today, I'm going show you how the pieces from our newest Oh Joy for Target fall home decor collection can be used for entertaining at home. See our newest video below for some of my favorite tips and tricks!

Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Beautiful Things" by Katrina Stone
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Jessica Hong
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Graphics: Angie Stalker

dressing the team / vintage!

dressing the team / vintage

Inspired by our recent team trip to Palm Springs, today, we have a vintage-themed Dressing the Team! It all started when some of the girls in the office felt like they could never find anything when looking for vintage and asked me for advice. So all went to the Rosebowl Flea Market together last month, and I gave them some tips on how I shop for vintage and pulled pieces that could work for everyone...

dressing the team / vintage

Here's the pile of loot we found at the flea market. Everyone took home their pieces for minor alterations (if needed) and put together their vintage outfits to show what cuts and styles worked best for each of us! The best part is...all of the vintage pieces ranged in price from $7-$25, and they're so special and one-of-a-kind...


a {giveaway} with coco carpets...(now closed)

Coco Carpets

My recent bedroom makeover included this beautiful vintage rug from Coco Carpets. It's an authentic Berber Moroccan rug that has a timeless quality with a pop of color that I just love. And because I love you...my loyal readers so much, I want you to have one, too! So today, we've partnered with Coco Carpets to give away one rug of your choice (up to $1,900 in value) to one lucky reader!

Coco Carpets

To enter, please follow @CocoCarpets on Instagram. Then, leave a comment here telling me where you'd put your new rug! Entries close this Friday, October 14th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

Coco Carpets

UPDATE: Congrats to Freya S. from Nashville, TN for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers everywhere in the world! Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $1,900 USD credit can be applied to only a single order. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

planning a joint garden birthday party!


October is a big month in our house with both of my girls celebrating a birthday! Ruby turns 5 this week, and Coco turns 2 next week! Last year, I threw two different parties on the same weekend (crazy, I know), so this year we decided to have a joint birthday party and combine efforts into one bash for my little ladies. 

Here are some things that will go into decorating and planning a lovely little garden party...

01. Decor - Our party will be outdoors in a public garden area. Since decorations need to be set up pretty quickly, I always stick to things we can hang without having to nail or tape anything to public property like these clusters of honeycombs from Poppies for Grace and these giant paper flowers which we made (and will share the DIY soon!).

02. Outfits - Since we have a floral theme, it was super easy to find outfits from my kids' existing wardrobe and not have to buy anything new. Ruby is wearing a vintage dress we found earlier this year while we were shopping at Shareen Vintage with her Zuzii sandals. Coco is wearing this outfit that she still fits in from Crew & Lu and shoes by Zuzii.

03. Table - You guys know I love a good paper plate! We're mixing and matching a bunch of fun pieces from the Oh Happy Day shop including these floral and dotty plates. And the same gold glitter numbers we use every year by Little Cat Design Co. along with these awesome colorful candles.

04. Activity Stations - The park doesn't have a playground, so we'll have a few activities for the kids including a cookie decorating table and a floral necklace making table.

05. Book Drive - In lieu of gifts, we're asking all our friends to bring a book (gently used or new) for us to collect and donate to Baby2Baby for children in need. We did the same thing for Coco's 1st birthday, and we collected over 40 books last year! It's a great option for when you don't want or need more toys, and we always take the kids to bring the books and see where they're going to.

Stay tuned next week for some photos from this weekend's party!

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Party styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester.}

happy friday + scenes from palm springs...

Oh Joy Team Trip Palm Springs

Last week, to celebrate Oh Joy's 11th anniversary, I took the Oh Joy team to Palm Springs for some inspiration shopping and a little R&R by the pool. Here's a peek at some of the places we stopped along the way...


{oh joy eats} laurel point...

laurel point

It's been a while since we've shared some local Los Angeles eats because I worry about it not being interesting to those of you who don't live in LA. But since some of you do still write in asking for restaurant suggestions when you do visit LA, hopefully, you still enjoy these and can bookmark this post for a future trip! 

Our most recent food adventure took us to Laurel Point in Studio City...


art pumpkins!

art pumpkins

Back in art school, one of my favorite things was learning about artists of the past. I love seeing their effect on art history as the first to make certain techniques popular. For Halloween this year, we were inspired some of my favorite artists to create these art pumpkins! They each use different techniques and make for a fun learning lesson with kids, too! See how we made them...


in the company of women {giveaway}...(now closed)

In the Company of Women

I have always believed that a big part of achieving success in anything is being able to learn from and be inspired by those who have taken a leap and embraced their dreams. I especially love supporting and learning about female entrepreneurs who are making their mark in the world. Grace Bonney, Founder of Design*Sponge, is one of those people who has inspired my career and who I am lucky to call a friend. Her newest book, In The Company of Women, shares the stories of 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs and is sure to inspire. And, I am honored to be included as one of those 100 women who tell their story in her book...

In the Company of Women

In the Company of Women

In celebration of the book release today, we've partnered with Grace to give away her new book In The Company of Women PLUS a ticket to her book tour that includes inspirational panels with those featured in the book (I'll be speaking at the Los Angeles event)!

The book tour is going to 13 cities: Austin, TX on October 7; Atlanta, GA on October 13; Chicago, IL on October 16; Los Angeles, CA on October 17; Seattle, WA on October 18; Rhinecliff, NY on October 22; Washington, DC on October 25; San Francisco, CA on October 27; Marin, CA on October 28; Philadelphia, PA on November 10.  If you are near one of these cities, or want the book and have a friend who could use the ticket, enter by commenting below by telling us who has inspired you in your life. Entries close this Friday, October 7th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Carrie H. from Columbus, OH for being our winner this time! 

*This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Sasha Israel}