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a fun fix for a plain chair...31 Aug 2016

Easy Custom Chair DIY

I'm sure everyone (including myself) had this Ikea chair in their college dorm or their first apartment. It's an affordable and comfortable chair that has become a classic. But what if you want to give it your own touch, the solution is super easy...just paint it!

Easy Custom Chair DIY

Using fabric paint, we brushed on a mix of colors in thick strokes and then layered some smaller grey polka dots on top!

Easy Custom Chair DIY

Keep in mind, if you do go with a pretty bold mix of colors like ours, off-set the chair colors with other neutral items (like the wall color and rug) so that your eye focuses on your new custom piece of work!

Sources from photos: Target shelf, Target canisters, Ikea chairAelfie rug, Bonnie Tsang print, Eric Trine plant stand.

{Photos by Mary Costa styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester and Jess Hong.}

channeling mrs. roper...30 Aug 2016

oh joy caftan / before

In my monthly trips to the Rosebowl Flea Market, I've accumulated quite a few oversized caftans and channeling my inner Mrs. Roper! I'm a sucker for color and pattern so even though these pieces don't currently fit me, I had to get them (one was only $7!). I'm a "get it now and figure it out later" kind of person, clearly ;)

oh joy caftan / before

oh joy caftan / before

I'm taking the caftans to the tailor for a little nip and tuck and wondering what would you guys do with them if you were me? The Oh Joy team is headed to Palm Springs next month to celebrate Oh Joy's 11 year anniversary (woohoo!) and I'm excited to wear my tailored versions of these!

{Photos by Mary Costa}

yuzu citrus cake!29 Aug 2016

yuzu citrus cake by tessa huff

yuzu citrus cake by tessa huff

In another life, I would love to be a pastry chef. I love, love, love sweets so much and completely admire the talent and patience that goes into making these beauties. So today, we're sharing a recipe for this ridiculously beautiful cake from the book Layered by Tessa Huff of Sweet Style CA. This is a longer recipe than we normally post on Oh Joy, but it feels like a real treat to me...something worth making for a birthday or special occasion.

Here's the recipe to make this gorgeous Yuzu Citrus Cake! I fell in love with yuzu after trying it in Japan 6 years ago so this cake just calls my name...

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happy friday + voice lessons!26 Aug 2016

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Ever since having my first baby almost five years ago, most of my "free time" has been spent doing things with and for the kids...or catching up on work while they are napping or sleeping. I haven't given myself that much time to do anything solely for myself for fun. As moms do, I prioritized everything else over myself and hence my workouts have been scarce, and I haven't learned any new skills in a long time.

Finally, this summer, I made myself a priority again. After my kids go to bed, I've been carving out at least one night a week to go play tennis (I know it's only once a week, but that's better than before!)...AND, last night I started taking VOICE LESSONS! I know, so random!

I love singing with and to my kids...but I'm pretty tone deaf. Just like anything else that you want to get better at, you take a lesson, learn how to improve, and practice. So, here I am, starting voice lessons, and we'll see how it goes. I probably won't quit my job (just yet) to become a pop star, but who knows... ;)

Oh, and happy weekend!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

bento box snacks! 25 Aug 2016

Bento Box Snacks

As a mom of two, it’s a daily struggle to figure out new and healthy things to make for my kids that they will actually eat. Inspired by the new Curate Kids bars, today, we’re going to create a few versions of a Bento Box Tray that your kids will love. Check out our video below to see how to make one!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Let's Go" by Handsome and Gretyl
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

{Sources: White tray by Poppin, Animal forks from CuteZCute, Silicone cups from IPOW.}

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