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happy friday + get out and do something different! 5 Feb 2016

Oh Joy Pattern Play

Happy Friday friends! We made this fun scene at the office the other day, and I love what it symbolizes. It could be about drawing "outside the lines" or thinking "outside of the box", but to me—right now, it symbolizes just trying something different. As we head into the weekend where we have our usual routine and plans, I can often get stuck in a rut of the same schedule, the same park to play at, and the same breakfast every weekend with my family. But this weekend, we're gonna switch it up and do some new things, take the kids to some new places, and just get out of that safety of the usual.

Hope you have a great weekend full of new things as well!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Pillow by Arro Home.} 

an oh joy for target launch party! 4 Feb 2016

Oh Joy for Target

In just a few days—this Sunday, February 7th—we'll be launching the new Oh Joy for Target home decor collection in all Target stores in the US and online. Last month, we held a launch party with some of our LA friends and colleagues to celebrate the new collection and give a peek at what's to come. Come check it out for a look at what you can expect to find starting Sunday...

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being mindful... 2 Feb 2016

5 Tips for Being More Mindful

I have to admit. Sometimes I just go about life and I forget about myself. Did you see this video with Jada Pinkett Smith? She’s so right about remembering to take care of yourself so you can be better equipped to take care of others, too. This month, I’ve partnered with Aetna to share some of my favorite tips for being mindful and to help make this year better than ever.

Mindfulness includes a lot of things like managing emotions, taming your mind, calming your body, and giving yourself a break. Because I need to be reminded of these things too, here are five of my favorite tips on ways to be more mindful today and any day where you just need to give yourself something, too...

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mini valentine's brooch bouquets... 1 Feb 2016

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

While flowers are an obvious gift to give for Valentine's Day, they are also always a people pleaser. There are very few people in the world who don't like flowers (and if you don't like them, I want to know who you are!). Whether you're gifting your mom, your teacher, your co-workers, or your besties, here are some Mini Valentine's Brooch bouquets that are super easy to put together...

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

All you'll need are your favorite blooms, some pins (we used both new and vintage), and strips of leftover fabric to tie the bouquets. Simply assemble your mini bouquet with blooms of your choice, then wrap the stems and tie with a strip of fabric. Pin your brooch to the fabric for a decorative accent that your gal pal can also wear later on her collar and think of you every time she does!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

And, don't forget to add non-floral plants like kumquats off your tree or basil for an extra dose of color, texture, and fragrance. We topped this one with a vintage brooch I've had for years!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

Or use a modern pin like this one from Ban.do for your nearest and dearest. You can make the bouquets up to one day before you're planning to give them out. If you make them in advance, make sure to keep each bouquet in cool water in the fridge and then tie them and pin them right before giving them out!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and florals by Julia Wester}

 

#ohjoyfortarget babes!29 Jan 2016

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Every time I release a new collection, I am blown away by watching how everyone is using their new pieces! This newest nursery collection has been so fun to watch as you wrap your babes of all ages in Oh Joy for Target! Even, tiny newborns coming home from the hospital...I can't even...

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Look at these peaceful sleeping babes! (via @scigitte, @tinykaper, @i_heart_loo, @brantlieherring)

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

These cuties are awake and as happy as can be!
(via @magic_kingdom_mamas@rubi_jones@rksleeter@tinykaper)

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Even pups love Oh Joy, too (especially when they are prepping for a new baby in the house)! (via @bradyandbaby, @nowservingboba)

Please keep sharing with me with using #OhJoyforTarget on Instagram! Have a great weekend guys!

{Top photo by @girlintheredshoes, other photos noted above}

in the studio lately...28 Jan 2016

Oh Joy Studio / Darling Magazine

Oh Joy for Target pillows

Oh Joy Pantone

Rosebowl Flea Market

Kii Arens

We have been slammed at the studio lately shooting videos, prepping for our home decor product launch, and working on other fun projects and products I can't tell you about yet ;) I'm also in the process of hiring two new employees so it's all good things...just a little nuts and I am trying to take deep breaths. Thanks for baring with me as we haven't been able to shoot a ton of new blog posts recently, but will get back to more of those next week! Here are a few snippets from life around Oh Joy world lately...some from the studio, some inspirations, and just some wonderful things that caught my eye...

{Top photo by Naohmi from Darling Magazine from a shoot earlier this week. All other photos by Oh Joy: pillows post Oh Joy for Target event, Pantone colors from a recent project and some snippets from the Rosebowl Flea Market (vintage dresses and Kii Arens prints).}

10 quirky pillows...27 Jan 2016

Quirky-pillows

Because a pillow makes every space better...

1. Pretzel pillow by Arro Home, 2. Roos Soetekouw embroidered pillow, 3. zigzag pillow from Leif, 4. Oeuf egg pillow, 5. Atsuyo et Akiko pillow, 6. Lucky Boy Sunday round pillow, 7. Target faux fur pillow, 8. Land of Nod sunglasses pillow, 9. Blabla knit apple pillow, 10. Ikea heart pillow.

the cutest cookies...26 Jan 2016

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

Henteco Bakery in Tokyo

I visited Japan almost six years ago and am still inspired by the attention to detail and craftsmanship there. These cookies by Henteco bakery in Tokyo are just ridiculously cute. And, they now have a book, too!

{Photos by Henteco}

my new favorite app...25 Jan 2016

Colorstory-dresses

Every so often, I come across an app (or three) that I can't get enough of that changes my life enough that I can't not tell you about it. My new favorite app is called A Color Story. From the girls of A Beautiful Mess, this is hands-down my favorite photo editing app EVER. Not only does it handle basic edits for small tweaks to your photo (like brightness, contrast, etc.) but the number of gorgeous filters and special effects you can add is amazing.

Now, I have to say, I am not one who likes to go crazy with "filters". Sometimes you see a photo that had a filter applied to it and it just looks crazy (remember the early days of Instagram when everyone put that vintage blue-ish filter on all their photos?!?). Not only are there so many subtle nuances in the filters here, but you can also adjust the intensity of them. You can add some extra special effects (like light flares and color fogs) which are not meant to look like they were part of the original but do make them a bit more artsy if you want. And the best part...you can SAVE your filter combinations. So let's say you always like a certain look to your photos and use a combination of a few things to get them to look like that, you can save that combo to use again in the future...genius. Here are a few photos (all shot on my iPhone) that I tested out in a few different ways...

A Color Story - Coco

Here's a photo I took of Coco over the weekend in my bedroom. The light is great in here, but it can be very backlit. I brightened the photo up first and then applied a few different combinations of filters to get these...

A Color Story - Coco

...and then my favorite! Here's that "color fog" filter you can put over photos that makes those really bright photos a little more special.

A Color Story - Vintage Clothing

This was a pretty fun and colorful photo from the start from the Rosebowl Flea Market. This one didn't need to be fixed much since the lighting that day was perfect. But I felt like it could have use a bit of a vintage vibe so I played around with some of the moodier/vintage filters here.

A Color Story - Vintage Clothing

I ended with this one and love how this combo of filters I used and the lens flare made it feel straight out of the 70's.

A Color Story - Ruby

This was one of my favorite photos I took while waiting for food at a local cafe with Ruby. I made it look vintage, dreamy, romantic...

A Color Story - Ruby

...and also graphic with this last one in black and white.

A Color Story - Croissant

I usually stay away from using too many filters on photos of food. It's hard enough to make food look good in a photo that any sort of color tint or cast (especially greens, blues, and yellows) usually makes the food look worse. So I tested it out with this photo of a PB & Jelly Croissant (YUM, by the way!). I kept the edits light but wanted see how moody I could get before it looked too unreal.

A Color Story - Croissant

I loved this one in the end because the food still looks good but now the image has a bit of a film-like quality to it. It's a bit softer than the original and adds some mood without getting too vintage.

See what I mean? Such a good app!

{All photos by Oh Joy, edited in A Color Story

tell me why?21 Jan 2016

Oh Joy

I consider myself a pretty happy and positive person. And I am trying to raise pretty happy and positive children.

As Ruby get older (and expresses more and more opinions), I have started to hear things come out of her mouth like, "Gross!", "Yuck!" or "I don't like that"—usually in response to a new food or to clothes I pick out that she doesn't want to wear. Initially, my response was to tell her that it wasn't nice to say things like that. (My least favorite type of people are those who complain about everything but do nothing to fix it...so I certainly didn't want to be raising a complainer).

But then I realized that it's okay not to like something...there are things we all don't like. Rather than complain about something just for the sake of it, I now challenge her to tell me why she doesn't like something. If she doesn't want to eat a certain food, then she has to at least try it once and then tell me why she doesn't like it. If it's because it's too bitter or the texture is weird, then I know it's something that her mini tastebuds just aren't ready for yet. But if it's just because it's "green" or because she doesn't want to, then it's not a good enough reason for me. Or if she doesn't want to wear an outfit that I picked out for her and her reason is because "the dress doesn't twirl and my friends will like it better if it twirls". Well, then that's when I know her real motives and the fact that even at four, kids are already aware of wanting to please their friends. Then, that helps me decide if I'll oblige her and change her outfit or if it's a "you get what you get and you don't get upset" situation.

If you ask anyone (not just a kid) why they don't like something, the answer you receive sometimes informs SO much more than the original point of the conversation...

Do you guys use this tactic at all? It's something that's been helping us a lot with a 4-year-old going on 14-year-old!

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