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oh joy answers / how to set yourself apart...10 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

A few years ago (before my life got busier with babies), I did a ton of phone and Skype consulting for other creative small businesses. I loved connecting with people (especially women) who needed some guidance, advice, or someone to just keep them accountable in their new/existing/in-need-of-an-update business path. I haven't been able to offer consulting much lately, so we usually refer folks to read Creative, Inc. or Blog, Inc. But, there are still some questions that I get asked a lot and things I may not have addressed in the past.

SO, we've started a new mini video series called "Oh Joy Answers" where I'll be answering some common business questions. It's super casual and like we're just chatting together in my living room. Let me know what you guys think of these and if it's helpful for you. And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

Here's the first one!

dressing the babe / romp around... 8 Apr 2015

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Rompers are one of those clothing pieces that we often associate with kids. But I'm all about the one-piecer, too. They're super comfy and make a fun statement, so Ruby and I romped around downtown LA recently in a couple of our faves.

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style 

This mama romper is crazy comfortable. It's pretty much like wearing PJ's except the fit is pretty flattering, has nice drape, and it can be dressed up with heels or booties.

Mama outfit / 1. Michael Stars black romper, 2. Hy Jewelry necklace, 3. Emerson Fry slides, 4. J.Crew raffia bracelet, 5. J.Crew cuff (25% off with code SHOPNOW).

Dressing the Babe / Kid Style

The one tip about rompers for kids that I have to mention is that they're best either with babies who wear diapers OR kids who are fully potty-trained. Rompers take a little more time to take off and put on, so I usually avoid them during the potty-training stage!

Babe outfit / 6. Little Minis ikat jumper, 7. Hy Jewelry necklace (mommy & me set), 8. Target metallic shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Do you wear rompers for yourself, too? Or do you think they're best for kids?

{Mural by Sumi Ink Club in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 years old and has lots of opinions these days.}

it's here! 7 Apr 2015

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Other than the fact that I am jumping around like a kid on too much sugar today over the fact that the Oh Joy book is finally here, you guys—it's finally here! We started the process of making this book over a year ago, and it's crazy that the day has come. I want to say a big thank you to my team—Casey, Julia, and Angie who photographed, designed, styled, and crafted their hearts out to make a book that we're all excited to share finally with you today. This book was a labor of love and a true collaborative process.

Oh Joy Book!

A big THANK YOU to those of you who pre-ordered! If you signed up, your gifts will be going out this week! And for those of you in NY and LA, I can't wait to see you at our upcoming book parties!

Please feel free to share any projects you make from the book on Instagram and use the hashtag #OhJoyBook so I can see them!

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins. In Canada: Indigo and Harper Collins.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

framing vintage pieces (part 1)... 6 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Studio Wall Art

You guys know I love a good art wall (hence the one in my studio that is my favorite wall to look at EVER). But one thing I've always want to hang (somehow) are the cool vintage pieces that I find at flea markets—you know, those beautiful printed scarves or that random bejeweled purse that you love but probably won't wear because you don't want to ruin the scarf with baby spit-up or the beads of the purse would fall off everywhere after being used once. They are pieces I want to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of, but aren't always practical to use.

So I've team up with my friends over at Simply Framed to help me show you how you can have vintage pieces framed and turn those beauties you've been eyeing into hangable wall art. I am guilty of having so many small prints that need framing, so I love that you can just send things to them, and they take care of it and send them back to you framed and ready to be hung. I had a few vintage things I had been collecting I thought could be a part of this great vintage art wall, but needed to add a few more pieces so I went on a hunt for some cool pieces to see what else we could frame...

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Matchbooks

First, I stopped into a vintage clothing store and found these matchbooks among the clothing racks. I thought that a bunch of vintage matchbooks would be a cool thing to frame if I had maybe 9 or 12 of them all together to tile them together into one big piece. But since I didn't have quite enough for my vision, I moved on...

Vintage Clothing Store

I found these fun heart-shaped sunglasses which were fun to try on, but not right for framing...

Rosebowl Flea Market

So, I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in search of more vintage goodness. Guess who I ran into there? Of course, my buds Emily and Orlando were there scouring for the interiors they're constantly decorating. And even through the cold and rain that day, I came back with these beauties...

vintage wall art

I found color, texture, and lots of wearable accessories. As per my usual picks from flea markets, I was drawn to a ton of scarves in beautiful colors and patterns and some jewelry. Some pieces work better than others for framing so we chatted with the folks at Simply Framed to see what would work in reality to frame. They suggested vintage scarves could be tacked and matted and pieces like the beaded Obi would work, too.

vintage wall art

So after going through my vintage collection and finding a few more, here are the pieces that I decided to try and frame—it's a mix of vintage scarves and vintage jewelry mixed in with some prints (both new and vintage ones I've been collecting).

We sent all the pieces over to Simply Framed and discussed my favorite frame colors. I decided on a mix of white, gold, and silver frames and wanted 6-8 of these pieces framed to create a vintage art wall.

Stay tuned to see how we framed them and what the pieces look like framed, hung, and styled in a room!

P.S. As a special discount for Oh Joy readers, use code OHJOY for 10% off all orders at Simply Framed through July 31, 2015.

{Top photo by Zeke Ruelas. All the other photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Coffee print by Permanent Press Editions, Whatever Forever print by Read Between the Lines, orange print by Jen Gotch. All other pieces are vintage.}

happy friday + philly-bound! 3 Apr 2015

Ruby and Coco

Happy Friday guys! We're off to Philly this weekend to visit our parents and give our kids some good grandparent time in (my Dad will be meeting Coco for the first time!). It will be Coco's first flight and our first time traveling with both kids...ah, fingers crossed there are no major meltdowns.

I always look forward to our bi-annual trips home and getting back to my home town. For those of you in Philly, what's new/newish that we should check out? I'm open to any and all suggestions especially with food or fun things to do with the kids in the city.

Have a great weekend all!

just plain cool... 2 Apr 2015

Sugarhouse Studios UK

Sugarhouse Studios UK

Sugarhouse Studios UK

I have an extra appreciation for public murals and wall art lately, as we're always on the look out for cool, local backdrops for our Dressing the Babe series. I came across this image of Sugarhouse Studios (a collaborative studio and event space} in the UK and had to share if you've never seen it. It's just stunning and unlike anything I've ever seen before...

{Top two photos by Sugarhouse Studios, bottom photo by Full Time Fiesta.}

tortilla pom-pom gift toppers! 1 Apr 2015

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You guys! I'm excited to share a project from the new Oh Joy book (which comes out next week)! There are so many times that I have to wrap a gift for a party and don't have bows or anything to add that extra something special on top of a present. But what I do always have on hand are tortillas in my fridge! Low and behold, it's the perfect material to use to make tortilla pom-pom gift toppers! Here's how...

Tortilla-pom-poms-1

You'll need:

-tortillas (thin flour tortillas work best)

-scissors

-string

Here's how:

1. Cut the tortilla into skinny strips about 1/4" wide. You can make the length whatever you want, just remember that the final size of the pom-pom will be about half the width of the length of the strips.

2. Gather a good bunch of strips together (as shown) and tie a string around the middle. 

3. Then fluff the tortilla pieces on each end to add body and tie them to a package of your choice! The best part is that the recipient has a ready-to-go snack in addition to a cool present topper!

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{Photos by Casey Brodley. Crafts and styling by Julia Wester. Project courtesy of April Fool's Day.}

i wanna be the boss when i grow up...31 Mar 2015

oh joy for zooey magazine / photo by megan welker

oh joy for zooey magazine / photo by megan welker

oh joy for zooey magazine / photo by megan welker

Remember when you were asked that question as a kid? Looking back, it's sort of a hard thing for a kid to answer when they don't really know what all the options that exist out there really are. The very first thing I said wanted to be "when I grow up" was a cheerleader. Then, I evolved it to being a veterinarian, a pediatrician, a journalist, a botanist, a geneticist, and finally, a graphic designer.

Lately, Ruby has been saying she wants to be a princess or a doctor. But yesterday, she gave me the best answer I've heard yet...

    "When I grow up, I want to be the boss!"

What are some of the best answers to that question you've heard from little ones?

P.S. Check out this Day in the Life series I was a part of for Zooey Magazine. There I go a little more into how my childlike hobbies turned into my job today and why loving your job is one of the most important things ever...

{Photos by Megan Welker}

waist-friendly pieces...30 Mar 2015

4 Waist-Friendly Pieces

I'm five months in to having my second baby, and let's be honest, my body is not what it used to be. My middle is squishy, and I don't really feel like wearing super-fitting low-waisted jeans and worrying about my muffin top spilling out. I am also coming to the realization that your body is just different after kids—especially after multiple kids and when you're not a young spring chicken anymore (hello mid-30's!). And, I won't even talk about the change in your boobs post-baby!

This doesn't mean I've given up on working out or eating healthy but I've also come to realize that even if you're back at your pre-pregnancy weight or clothing size, things don't always fit the way they used to. So I'd rather start dressing to complement my best assets and make myself feel comfortable in my body the way it is now.

Here are a few of my favorite "waist-friendly" pieces that I find help to complement the waist while also being flattering on the rest of your legs with their cut (ie. not sweatpants or overly baggy unflattering pants). 

1. Pants with some draping and a tapered leg like these J.Crew Reese pants. These are like a mix between a dressy pant and sweatpants and look great with heels or booties.

2. High-waisted jeans like Madewell's high-riser jeans. I've come to the other side and no longer need to (or want to) wear low-waisted jeans. Those were for the days of my youth, and I wear jeans that are a little higher in the waist that to tuck in that post-baby belly a bit more than the jeans I wore pre-baby. These are still super-flattering and don't look like "Mom jeans" at all.

3. Shorts with hidden elastic waistbands like these J.Crew shorts. These shorts may look like any other cute, summer shorts with a fun pattern on them. But the sides have extra elastic at the waistband mixed with the structured front closure that give them structure but also gives extra wiggle room in the waist.

4. Stretchy pants with a tapered leg like Hatch's easy pants. These are like chic sweatpants that you can get away with wearing and not look like you're wearing sweatpants.

easter tins!27 Mar 2015

Easter Tin DIY

With Easter coming up, we wanted to create an alternate to the typical Easter basket. I never had Easter baskets growing up—it was just not something that culturally my parents did or even knew about. So it's kind of a new thing for me getting to think about these fun things for my kids now! Here's a super easy way to decorate plain tea tins and turn them into decorative containers to fill with fun goodies for those you love (or those you at least like)...

Easter Tin DIY

You'll need:
-tissue paper in various colors (we used mint green, pink, yellow, and gold confetti tissue paper)
-mod podge
-flat paint brush
-tins of any size or shape (we used these)

Easter Tin DIY

Here's how:

1. To create the abstract patterns, we tore up the pieces of tissue paper in different shapes.

2. Use mod podge to paint the surface of the tin where the tissue pieces will go. Place the tissue on the surface and continue adding more pieces of tissue paper to layer and create a pattern of your choice.

3. Once all the paper is glued onto the tin, paint over the paper with another coat of mod podge. Let dry for 20 mins and add another coat to make sure it's totally sealed in.

4. The fill them with treats for little or big kids alike! 

Easter Tin DIY

The best part is the tins can be reused over and over again for so many magical little things! And kids love containers so the tin itself is a fun piece for them to get to keep their treasures.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Crafts and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

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