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Oh Joy at the Long Beach Antique Market

Happy Friday all! Last weekend, I took the kids to the Long Beach Antique Market (which is the 3rd Sunday of each month). I typically go to the Rosebowl Flea Market but missed it this month, so we tried Long Beach instead. While we didn't go needing anything (I am in serious purge-mode with my pending move after all), it always serves as great inspiration trip for me. I love old things with a story that feel unique and I can make my own.

Plus, it's fun way to teach my kids about money and interacting with people. I'll give my kids $10 each to spend. They can buy whatever they want, but cannot spend more than what they have. It teaches them to look people in the eye to ask them how much something is, give money and accept change if they want to make a purchase, and that the money eventually runs out so they have to choose their purchases wisely.

For this past trip, I didn't plan to buy anything but came across these pieces in our last 15 minutes there—a beautiful white and jeweled necklace and a bunch of amazing clip-on earrings. I'll wear the necklace exactly as it is. And, the clip-on earrings I'll pin to my shoes or perhaps a jacket? They pinch way too much to actually wear them on my ears! What else could you do with them? Any ideas?

Anyway, finding the jewelry was our last little treasure-hunting trip which turned out to be just enough until we all got hot and tired and needed to get lunch! Have a great weekend, all...see you soon!

(Photo by Joy Cho)

color adventures: oh joy wears pink and hearts!

color adventures: oh joy wears pink and hearts! / via oh joy!

We're seeing hearts alllllll month long for our Color Adventures. Last week, we styled a sophisticated blush bedroom with a heart theme (it IS doable!), and now I'm showing you how to wear this classic February combo in a grown-up way. Check it out...

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color adventures: green abstract outfits...

color adventures: green abstract outfits... / via oh joy!

Now that we're mixing patterns in with our Color Adventures, my outfits this month are filled with green AND abstract prints! I'm trying out the new Nuuly clothing rental program, so you'll see a few pieces from them. Check it out...

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a simple popcorn knot cardigan diy...

a fun knot sweater diy... / via oh joy!

You know we're all about the popcorn sweater (Joy LOVES her handmade version from Misha and Puff). So today, we're showing you how to get a bit of that look by adding to your very own existing sweater! You can create the look on a sweater or cardigan, whatever your heart desires. Check it out...

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my clothing spending freeze of 2019 and what i'm doing for 2020...

my clothing spending freeze of 2019 and what i'm doing for 2020... / via oh joy!

Because of our on-going house project, last year, we cut out major travel and vacations from our family budget. And, I cut out about 90% of my clothing purchases. I went on a spending freeze and was on a mission to not buy any new clothes for myself.

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new year's eve outfit ideas...

new year's eve outfit ideas... / via oh joy!

While I will be in my pajamas (and likely in bed) when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, I still wanted to share a few of my favorite festive outfits with you for IF I were to go out on the town this New Year's Eve! Here are some looks to inspire your party-going attire! Check it out... 

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color adventures: oh joy wears red!

color adventures: oh joy wears red! / via oh joy!

We're wrapping up our Color Adventures for 2019 with red outfits! Red is truly a color I don't often wear, so it was a challenge to find ways to incorporate it into my wardrobe. BUT, I found some red pieces I love and paired them with neutral and lighter shades so it didn't feel quite as intense. Check it out...

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color adventures: oh joy wears purple!

color adventures: oh joy wears purple! / via oh joy!

For our last post of November, I'm bringing you FOUR purple outfits for this month's Color Adventures! You're probably thinking, "I thought you hated purple, Joy?!" I know, I did...But now I LOVE IT. So here are four outfits in a color I never thought I'd wear...

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an iron-on diy for your jacket!

an iron-on diy for your jacket! / via oh joy!

Happy Monday! Here's a fun project and way to bring life to a simple jacket you already own. It's also a fun way to personalize a gift for a friend this holiday season. Check it out...

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color adventures: fall accessories!

color adventures: fall accessories!

We're saying goodbye to October and this month's orange Color Adventures with a few of our favorite accessories! Deeper tones of rust are perfect for autumn with tiny touches of other glorious orange shades. Check it out... 

1. Kate Spade lunch box ($30), 2.
Ban.do socks ($30), 3. Loeffler Randall boot ($350), 4. Madewell earrings ($25.50), 5. Shopbop sunglasses ($177), 6. Anthropologie hair clips ($18), 7. Anthropologie hat similar ($58).