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what to do with leftover wrapping paper...22 Jun 2016

wrapping paper collage DIY

We all have scraps of wrapping paper leftover from those gifts we've loving wrapped and given. Sometimes you buy a roll of beautiful paper only to see leftover slivers get tossed in the trash. So we created these colorful and (super easy to make) pieces of wall art using those scraps that won't go to waste again!

wrapping paper collage DIY

We created a few different collaged pieces using a variety of wrapping paper scraps and put them in frames afterwards to make them feel more elevated.

wrapping paper collage DIY

You'll need:

-wrapping paper scraps

-a frame

-foam core

-mod podge & paint brush

-gold leaf kit (optional)

wrapping paper collage DIY

Here's how:

1. Group your wrapping paper scraps by color and compile together a combination that you like. We recommend sticking to a certain color palette so that it feels more cohesive than a mix of all colors.

2. Tear the paper into strips and shapes of your choice.

3. Using mod podge under and over each piece, paint a thin layer over the strips of paper, and mount them to foam core that match the size of your frame. Continue to layer until you're happy with it.

4. Pop the piece into the frame and display! We left the glass out of the frame but you can use with our without the glass on top.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong. Papers from Urbanic and Paper Source.}

diy beanbag toss game...21 Jun 2016

DIY beanbag toss game

With summer in full force and July 4th just around the corner, today I’m going to show you how to make a Bean Bag Toss game for summer fun anywhere you go. You can make these without sewing, too! Watch the video below for the full how-to!

dressing the team / a jumpsuit...20 Jun 2016

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I was so happy to see how much you guys enjoyed our first Dressing the Team post last month! I love the idea of sharing pieces and ways to style those pieces that I think complements a variety of people and body types. All of the girls in the Oh Joy office (ranging in sizes from 0-14), will wear the same piece, and I'll show you how we styled each outfit differently on varying body types. Here's our newest one!

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

I love jumpsuits. But sometimes they are either super fitting and hard to wear or totally comfy, yet way too baggy. When you can find one that fits you well, they make a statement and become a full outfit with one easy piece. For today's post, I chose this jersey jumpsuit from Boden because the material makes it easy to wear, wash, and can be adjusted to be more or less fitting with the tied waistband. I love this graphic print that's both neutral and fun! Here's how we styled it and made the same piece work for different occasions and different sizes. I also made sure to list the sizes we are wearing for this piece for easy reference!

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Angie, our graphic designer, is our resident "Sporty Spice". I love how she styled this weekend look for hanging with her two kids. She paired her jumpsuit (size 4) with floral Van's and a Target hoodie. As a mom with a new-ish baby, the V-neck on the jumpsuit also makes for a great piece to wear while nursing.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Jess, our crafting assistant, wore her jumpsuit (size 2) with a denim vest from Madewell, nude mules, and a Bunai necklace. Since she is petite (4'11"), she rolled the pant legs to give it a more cropped look.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Julia, our Creative Producer and Stylist, dressed up the jumpsuit (size 4) for a date night out with her husband. Julia is wearing a Zara bomber jacket, Gaia for Women necklace, and BC Footwear shoes (past season).

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Courtney, my Executive Assistant, is keeping it all neutral and chic with accents of black, white, gold and pale pink. If you're fuller in the bust area, try wearing a camisole or bralette underneath the wrap style jumpsuit to keep covered without having to safety pin it. Courtney paired her jumpsuit (size 14) with a Victoria's Secret camisole (past season), H&M sandals (past season), and 31 Bits necklace.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

Joy (me!), our Creative Director, rarely wears black and white. So I added pops of color to this otherwise neutral ensemble (size 2) with a vintage scarf tied around my waist, clogs by Bryr, and a Babe necklace. I French cuffed the pant legs for a more taped and cropped look.

dressing the team / a jumpsuit

A few tips about picking out jumpsuits for all different body types:

- Choose a soft and stretchy material.

- A built-in drawstring or a belt adds some definition to a typically blouse-y item.

- Pick one that is easy to take off and put on (ie. no zipper or buttons that will get in the way of having to take a bathroom break)!

- V-neck or wrap cuts are flattering on both small-chested and larger chested women because it accentuates a small bust and allows for layering underneath with a larger bust.

-Try wearing the leg both as it is and cuffed the bottom for a different look!

{Photos by Casey Brodley} 

oh joy for target / summer collection!16 Jun 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Yay! It's here! Our new Oh Joy for Target summer home decor collection launches online and in all Target stores this Sunday, June 19thWith summer in the air, I was inspired by bright florals, juicy citrus trees, and thoughts of being by the ocean all summer long. From glasses and bowls to heart-shaped platters and a super fun bar cart, these were designed with summer entertaining in mind. The pieces are perfect for backyard parties but also for casual indoor gatherings for the rest of the year, too.

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

Oh Joy for Target / Summer Collection

The collection will be online and in all Target stores (on an endcap in the home decor section). This is a limited collection for the summer only and will not be restocked. Last season, some of our most popular items sold out in the first couple weeks, so once it's gone, it's really gone.

P.S. Oh, and tomorrow, June 17th, I'll be sharing a more detailed look at ALL of the products LIVE on Facebook Live at 9am PST and Periscope at 9:30am PST. Come watch it in real time if you can so I can answer your questions! But both will be available to reply later if you can't watch live ;)

{Photos by Mary Costa}

pink lemon & grapefruit granita!15 Jun 2016

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

With summer in the air, icy cold treats are one of my favorite indulgences. I came across some pink lemons at Trader Joe's and knew we needed to make something with them. So today, we're sharing a recipe for pink lemon and grapefruit granita! Granita is pretty fool-proof because you don't need an ice cream or sorbet maker, and you can make it ahead of time and serve when you're ready. It's fun to eat (or sip) on a hot summer's day...

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

You'll need (makes 4-5 servings):

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/4 cup agave syrup

- 1 tsp grapefruit zest

- 1 tsp pink lemon zest

- 1 cup unsweetened grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)

- 1/2 cup pink lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

- a dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

- 3/4 cup water

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

Here's how: 

1. Combine sugar, agave syrup, water, cayenne pepper, grapefruit zest, & lemon zest in a small sauce pan. Stir frequently over medium heat until it reaches a steady boil. Let boil for 1-2 minutes. 

2. Pour syrup into a small bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Pour syrup through a mesh sieve to remove zest.

5. Add grapefruit & lemon juices and mix well.

6. Pour the liquid mixture into a shallow baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer. Let freeze until solid, about 8 hours.

7. Use a fork to scrape it into fine ice crystals, and scoop out to serve. Top with extra cayenne if desired and some basil leaves.

Enjoy!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong} White ceramic bowl by 1882 Ltd..

a {giveaway} with kidbox...(now closed)14 Jun 2016

KidBox

I love the idea of subscription boxes for kid's clothes because they save time, avoid lines, and keep me away from being lured by all the other things at the mall. Kidbox not only saves you the time and hassle of having to shop for your little one, but for every box that a subscriber keeps (yes, you can send them back if the clothes aren't right), Kidbox donates a brand new outfit to a child in need.

Today we've partnered with them to give away a year of free clothes to one lucky reader!  That's five seasonal boxes, each valued at $98 ($490 total)! And as part of the giveaway, Kidbox will also give five new outfits to a child in need and they've pledged to give an additional new outfit for every fifty new Instagram followers they get this week. Make sure to follow them and tell your friends!

KidBox

To enter, please follow KidBox on Instagram. Then, leave a comment here telling me who you'd give this subscription to or who you'd use it for. Entries close this Friday, June 17th at 8am PST and one winner will be chosen at random.* Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Helen K. from Walnut Creek, CA for being our winner this time! ALSO, Kidbox is donating 19 new outfits to kids in need!!

*This giveaway is open to readers located 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. $490 USD total value per winner. Winner will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

3 ways to be a wrap star...13 Jun 2016

3 ways to be a wrap star

When I was in middle school, I was obsessed with going to the basement level of John Wanamaker's to watch the professional wrapping paper people wrap gifts. They made nice crisp edges, used double-sided tape so you couldn't see visible tape, and they had an assortment of ribbons that I swooned over. "Wrap Artist" definitely topped my "Future Careers" list at that point, and ever since I always enjoy wrapping gifts in ways I hope will make the recipient smile. Here are a few of our favorite ways to wrap gifts as of lately...

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things I am super lazy about...10 Jun 2016

things i am super lazy about

I would consider myself a pretty hard-working person. I’m super Type A and when I want to get things done, they get done. But I have to be honest about something. There are some very simple, everyday things that I am SO lazy about….

1. Unloading the dishwasher - I have no problem loading it and getting the dirty dishes in there, but I dread unloading it…remembering where everything goes, hoping I don’t fill up a cabinet too much and it comes crashing down to the ground (yes, that has happened to me before).

2. Folding laundry - I used to work at Gap in high school and was terrible at folding the clothes exactly back to how they should be (even with that handy folding tool). Maybe it’s my memories of failing at folding the perfect white tee, but there is something so meticulous about folding that doesn’t work with my brain for some reason. If it were up to me, I could put away all my clothes in drawers in small bunches or piles.

3. Taking a shower - Now before you think I am totally gross, I do like the feeling of being freshly showered. I like being clean. But I don’t like the process of having to take a shower - getting undressed, showering, and getting dressed and ready again. I’d like for it to all just happen for me somehow. Can someone invent an app for that?

4. Filling up my gas tank - My husband knows that I am the worst at this. When that light flashes in my car telling me “Hey, just a heads up, you have about 45 miles left before you’re out of gas”. I look at it, smile, and go on with my day. It’s not until that number goes down to 15...10...5 miles left and the line is right about to touch the "E" that I begrudgingly go to the gas station.

5. Updating software & backing up my computer - Whenever my computer tells me it has an update, I push it off until “tomorrow” and then it ends up being weeks and months that apps or software are out of date and then usually my computer decides to retaliate and crash or freeze forcing me to restart and catch-up on the 39 updates it’s been asking for.

Do you guys think I am crazy? It’s kind of nice to be totally honest about these things. Share your #RefreshinglyHonest confessions with me, too!

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

some new family photos! 8 Jun 2016

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

We're surrounded by so much talent here in our Los Angeles creative community, and I feel so lucky that we recently had a chance to take some new family photos with our friend, Katherine Rose. Katherine photographed our maternity photos, Coco's birth announcement, and some of our earliest family photos. We haven't seen her since Coco was a month old so it was fun to catch up while hanging in our neighborhood and taking some photos with our kids.

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

We usually take photos twice a year, and I've learned to keep the location and the setting really simple. We kind of have an on-going bougainvillea theme with Katherine, so I simply find a not-too-busy street with a beautiful, lush area of greenery. And we walk, play with the kids, and let her capture us as we are. We rarely get a photo where everyone is looking at the camera, but I've learned the less perfect the expressions, the better. It's about the simple moments and seeing our personalities shine through that always make these photos so special.

Thanks again to Katherine for spending the morning with us and always capturing my family so beautifully!

{Our outfits: My skirt by Whit NY and shoes by Zuzii, Ruby's romper by Crew & Lu and shoes by Zuzii, Coco's romper by Duchess & Lion (past season) and shoes by Pons, Bob's shirt and pants by Apolis and tie by Ben Sherman (past season).}

10 father's day gifts... 7 Jun 2016

Fathers-day-gifts

For your favorite pop, here are a few of my favorite gives to give him this Father's Day!

1. Pair of Thieves dad & kid sock set, 2. Forage bow ties, 3. Tinker watches, 4. Crazy Dog tee shirt, 5. W&P's travel cocktail kit, 6. a monthly subscription to a Gentlemen's Box, 7. a gift box of Cured meats, 8. Hudwood carabiner, 9. yStudio pen, 10. Grovemade catchall.

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