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color adventures: a green and blue office! 27 Mar 2017

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As we close into the end of the month, here's another look at this month's Color Adventures and how to use green and blue...this time in an office area!

a green and blue office

a green and blue office

In this case, the beautiful blue rug was our starting point for the room. If you fall in love with a piece, you can build a room around it. Because the blue is really bright and pops, we focused on pairing it with a lighter green using mint green accents from the chair and lamp, and keeping the desk a neutral white. Gold metal works with almost every color combination and adds a warm texture so we used it as additional accents throughout. Finally, for a touch of contrast, try adding a warm color to cool colors or vice versa. We added a light pink (warm) with the rug and basket as a finishing touch to the cool green and blue room.

a green and blue office

Items shown: Aelfie rug, Target faux fur rug, Arro Home round pillow (past season), Ikea navy pillow (past season), Anthropologie striped pillow, Justina Blakeney blue & green pillow, Senegal woven basket, CB2 chair, Target desk, Oliver Bonas espresso set, Target wooden boxes (past season), Target gold geo (past season), Ban.do round glass containers, Justina Blakeney mirror, Bonnie Tsang print, Poketo calendar, Urban Outfitters lamp, Urban Outfitters gold planter, Eric Trine plant stand, Pehr bin, Zara shoes (past season).

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong

play with your food! 23 Mar 2017

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I've always admired those moms who make fun faces or shapes out of food for snack time—there' something so charming about it, but it also seems like it takes a TON of time. So rather than write it off and assume it would take too much time, we challenged ourselves to create a fun, healthy, and delicious afternoon snack for your little ones. Today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos mandarins, who we've loved as a family snack for years, to bring some playful snacks to life!

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

1. Blow Fish — Snack time can be hard when your kids are need a boost of energy before dinner and you don't want them to fill up on heavy snacks that will spoil their meal. By turning a Wonderful Halos mandarin into this super cute blow fish, it provides just the right bit of sweetness they crave but in a healthy way. With half of a Halo, we added in carrot sticks to make the spikes, cucumber peels for the seaweed and fish's mouth, and blueberries for the bubbles! Finally, use sprinkles, rice, or sesame seeds for the eyes.

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

2. Palm Tree — For the summer or as an ode to an upcoming vacation, try making a Halos palm tree! This scene is a fun one that the whole family can nibble at. Use segments of the Halos to create the tree fronds, then add celery for the base, grapes as coconuts, and cucumbers and cucumber peel for the grass. This one is quick and easy and could be created in five minutes!

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

3. Happy Face — I love this sweet little face! Start by cutting off the very top of the Halo and then add in curled pieces of the rind. Add a sprig of celery leaf and cut eyes and a mouth from the cucumber peel. This one could be customized in so many ways to make the hair as crazy and outlandish as you want. It's also a fun one for kids to take part in help making snack time extra fun.

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

4. Pattern Play — If you want to get a little more serious, try using Wonderful Halos and some other fruit friends to make a pattern. This is a fun option if you're having a group of kids over after school to make something that feels special. Additionally, it won't take too long for multiple kids to create this one. Simply arrange segments of Halos along with blueberries and sliced kiwis in a pattern on a plate!

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

5. Puppy — How sweet is this little guy?! This one is guaranteed to bring a smile to your babe's face and award you the Best Parent Ever trophy for making snack time epic. Combined sliced Halos, segmented Halos, and slices of the rind to create the body of the pup with small grapes for the paw, blueberries for the nose, and sprinkles or rice to make the eyes.

When kids enjoy what they are eating, it makes a healthy snack more fun. We promise it will be as fun for you as it is for them!

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Wonderful Halos. All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, and food art by Jess Hong.}

oh joy for chatbooks! 16 Mar 2017

Chatbooks

Today, we're launching a very special set of Oh Joy covers and designs exclusively for Chatbooks! If you don't already know about Chatbooks, they make it SO easy to create photo books right from your Instagram account, Facebook or camera roll (did you see this hilarious viral video?!). 

Oh Joy for Chatbooks

Capturing and preserving memories is so important to me. We live in a time when it's so easy to take photos, but then we often forget about them while they sit in our phones. I love that these books make it easy to take the digital images we have saved on our phones and put them into a printed book you can treasure forever. We're thrilled to partner with Chatbooks for a limited edition set of six Oh Joy designed hardcover and softcover books. Each book can hold between 30 and 366 pages and starts at $14 for softcover and $19 for hardcover.

Oh Joy for Chatbooks

Each Oh Joy book comes with a set of optional designed inside pages with numbers from one to twelve, so that you can use each book to document each month in your baby's first year. Or use them to note how many years old they are, for an anniversary, OR, simply as a way to make a series of books and number them like chapters.

Oh Joy for Chatbooks

Look how pretty the hardcover books are on a shelf together! You can stick to one of the cover designs or mix it up for multiple chapters to your story. Either way, they all mix and match together and are so fun to flip through. With Mother's Day coming up, they are extra perfect for gifts and really year round to chronicle those moments you want to look back on and treasure. You can purchase the Oh Joy Chatbooks right here for a limited time through July.

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

the best way to position your desk... 13 Mar 2017

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We're currently in the process of designing the new Oh Joy studio, so we've been playing around with desk set-ups to see what feels best and optimizes our work flow and ability to see and interact with each other. You might not have thought much about how you position your desk, but how you position it within the context to the rest of the room tells a bit about your personality and also helps to cater towards the type of work style you want to have. So whether you're setting up a new home office or thinking about switching the set-up at work, here are three ways to position your desk and the pros and cons of each...

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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

a monochromatic christmas... 7 Dec 2016

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You know I love color, but as a fun twist to typical holiday colors, we decided to create a different kind of Christmas today. We styled our room in black, white, and gold. Here are some other monochromatic details you can bring into your home for the holidays to take you all the way to New Year's Day!

a monochromatic christmas

By the credenza, we created small seating areas on both sides with a chair and an ottoman on the other. We placed pillows on the floor to create more comfy seating nooks for your guests and a casual area to open gifts on Christmas day.

a monochromatic christmas

For smaller spaces, instead of using a standard 6 ft tree, we decided to decorate with smaller trees styled on top of a credenza in the living room. And, since it's hard to find black and white ornaments, we made the ornaments monochromatic by filling clear ornaments with black sequins, white sequin, gold glitter, and black and white pom-poms.

a monochromatic christmas

We also added height to some of the trees by placing them on books and then using white faux fur fabric to cover them as a tree skirt/tablecloth. By stacking them at different heights, it offers more visual interest than having them in a row straight across.

a monochromatic christmas

We love that you can carry this color scheme straight into New Year's Day. After Christmas, the credenza gets switched up with gifts around the trees to a bar buffet area for your New Year's Eve party!

 

Props used: Flor carpet tiles, Eric Trine stand, Anthropologie pillow, Calhoun & Co pillow and throw, Ai Modern credenza, Target garland, Target mini trees, Target glitter wrapping paper, Sugar Paper for Target gold foil wrapping paper, Kingdom chimpanzee print, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Calhoun & Co throw blanket, Arro Home pillow. Bar items: Meri Meri party picks, Leah Goren tray, Ellen Evans tray, and W & P Design pineapple.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

a pom-pom tree topper... 5 Dec 2016

a pom pom tree topper

Christmas tree trimming season is in full swing, so this week, we're giving you a bunch of fun ways to decorate your tree for the holiday season! Today, we're starting with a fun twist on the tree topper...one full of fluffy and colorful pom-poms! See how...

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dressing the team / sequin skirts... 29 Nov 2016

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For our last Dressing the Team post of this year, we wanted to end with something festive. And what's more festive or says holiday more than a sequin skirt?! Based on our body types and skin tones, we each chose a skirt that we could dress up for the holidays and night out or dress down for wearing to the office or a more casual party. Come see how we wore them...

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Jess, our crafting assistant, is on the petite side (4'11") so she can shop the larger sizes in the girl's section and get a great deal for something that is often double the price in the women's section. She paired a silver sequin mini skirt with an everyday striped shirt and topped it all off with a chic hat and booties.

Jess is wearing a Nordstrom skirt, Target shirt, Chloe + Isabel necklace, Sole Society booties (similar), and Lack of Color hat.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Courtney, our Executive Assistant, combined her ombre mini skirt with a classic white button-down. She loved how the pencil skirt accentuated her curves and the blush accents worked well on her fair skin tone. The white shirt adds a certain sophistication and a nice contrast to help tone down the shiny skirt. I love how super chic this look is for a cocktail party or holiday party.

Courtney is wearing a Target white button down shirt, Forever 21 sequin skirt, H&M heels (similar), and Chloe & Isabel bun cuff.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Julia, our Creative Producer & Stylist, wanted to add a dose of pattern to her gold sequined maxi skirt. High waisted skirts help to accentuate the smallest part of the waist on any body type. So she added a basic grey tee to serve as a base before layering on her floral bomber - perfect for a night out to dinner and to see a show.

Julia's wearing a Target grey tee, ASOS sequin skirt, Forever 21 floral bomber jacket (similar), and dv booties.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Angie, our designer, wears this black a-line skirt to work all the time! I love how she makes it feel casual, yet fun, with a bright blue sweater and silver booties. The black sequins are less sparkly than a metallic option, so it feels really versatile and a good option for someone who doesn't like things too shiny.

Angie's wearing a Target sweater, Benumade earrings from Ban.do, Target black sequin skirt (similar), and Splendid booties.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

Joy, that's me! Because I love dancing, I chose this swingy midi skirt in blush pink. I added some pattern with a festive confetti tank and added a light grey blazer to make it feel a bit more formal for a work meeting or dinner out. I added a little extra whimsy and texture with my accessories. 

I'm wearing a LC Lauren Conrad blazer, top by Doops DesignGlitterFoxLA sequin skirt, Loeffler Randall sandals (past season), and Benumade earrings from Ban.do.

dressing the team / sequin skirts

A few of our tips for wearing sequins...

1. Get something you would wear again. A sequin skirt may not be the most worn piece in your closet, but pick a piece that you could dress up or down and would feel comfortable wearing for multiple occasions.

2. Cooler sequins (silver) go well with more fair skin tones while warmer sequins (gold and copper) go well with darker skin tones.

3. Make sure you can move in it. The material is already a little stiffer than non-sequined pieces, so make sure the cut is one that doesn't feel too tight and you could move (and dance!) in.

{Photos by Casey Brodley outside Wanderlust. Mural by Kim West.}

how to choose a location for family photos... 22 Nov 2016

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I love sending out our annual family photo as something for my family to treasure, and also as a fun way to stay in touch with those we love who are far away and to keep them updated on how everyone has grown. Every year, as fall approaches, the hardest thing to figure out is where to take our family photos. I try to change the location every year, but still keep it close to our home and convenient for our family's schedule.

We've been using Artifact Uprising for our cards for years and love the clean and simple designs (on 100% recycled paper!) that really let the photos shine. The new foil designs this year are my favorite! So we've teamed up with them today to share my tips for choosing a great location for taking your family's photo... 

how to choose a location for family photos

1. An indoor studio — If weather is questionable, an indoor location or photo studio guarantees it won't rain or snow during your photo session. For our first family photo ever, our friends Max and Jesse teamed up to offer 20 minute pop-up photo sessions at a local studio in Los Angeles. All we had to do was show up—no worries about props, lighting, or weather conditions.

Featured: Foil-Stamped Merry Card

how to choose a location for family photos

2. Your neighborhood — For our 2nd year, we wanted to capture the beauty of our Los Angeles neighborhood. Ruby was only 2 years old, so we kept the location within 10 minutes of our house. Little kids can only really take photos for 15-20 minutes (maybe 30 minutes if you have an especially patient child) so close locations are helpful. Our photographer, Katherine, did such a good job capturing the simplicity and beauty of our surroundings while capturing my family's personality at the same time.

Featured: Simple Love To You & Yours Card; Foil-Stamped Happy Holidays Card

how to choose a location for family photos

3. At home — The easiest location of them all is home sweet home. For our 3rd year, Coco had just been born and so she was a tad too tiny to take out and about. We shot most of the photos in our bedroom with the kids playing, laying, or sitting on the bed with us. They were casual, personal, and Katherine really captured the joy of our new arrival so well.

Featured: With Love Grid Card

how to choose a location for family photos

4. A graphic background — For our 4th year, I was really into finding the coolest walls around Los Angeles. There are so many amazing murals to choose from in this city. However, I ended up going with something more graphic in texture and chose this huge wall outside of the Broad Museum. It was also an ode to my love of art and the excitement of Downtown Los Angeles (where the museum is located). Our amazing photographer, Morgan, shot these photos right before sunset so the light was natural with a beautiful glow.

Featured: New Adventures, New Year Card with Foil; Simple Hand-Letterd Holiday Card

how to choose a location for family photos

5. If all else fails, add props — Sometimes when you take family photos, it can feel weird to just stand there and smile. We always take posed photos but then also just play and let the kids do their thing. One thing that helps loosen things up are some simple props. You don't have to turn it into a wedding photo booth, but whether it's a bunch of beach balls or a pile of flowers from your garden, props can add a whimsical touch to photos. For this year's photo, we went to a local garden and took a bunch of streamers for the kids to play with and hold. Our photographer, Morgan, checked out the garden the day before to make sure there would be some open areas where the kids could just run wild with streamers in hand. The streamers added lightness and extra color to our natural setting. 

Featured: Here's to the Good New Years Card

Hopefully, seeing all the locations we've taken family photos in the past give you ideas for your upcoming and future family photos! 

P.S. Artifact Uprising is offering a special code for 10% off their Holiday Photo Cards for Oh Joy readers. Simply enter OHJOYXAU16 at checkout by November 29th. And, tips for choosing outfits for family photos!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've used and loved for years. All words are my own. 

{Flat photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester. Family photos by: Max Wanger, Jesse Marble, Katherine Rose, and Morgan Pansing.}

happy friday + a joint birthday party... 21 Oct 2016

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oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

Last week, Ruby turned 5 (five!) and yesterday, my little Coco turned 2 (what?!). I still do not understand how time really does go by so fast. With two October babies, this year, we decided to throw a joint birthday party. I was nervous about having one big party with kids in a range of ages...but I'm so glad we did. It was definitely my favorite party to date, and I was the least stressed about it and was able to enjoy myself the most of any of their birthday parties of the past. Here are a ton of very cute photos from the day and more about what we did if you'd like to see more...

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