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a garden party!17 Mar 2014

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

A couple weeks ago, we threw a little celebration to launch the new Oh Joy for Target collection of party and entertaining pieces. Take a look at how the pieces were used to create a whimsical and stylish event. I hope it inspires your spring parties, showers, and everyday celebrations! You can see a video of the event and more photos with swoon-worthy ideas below...

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

Those are paper napkins from the collection clustered in chicken wire to make that beautiful backdrop!

Oh Joy for Target Garden Party

What was supposed to be an outdoor garden party brunch turned into an indoor event real quick as we had the biggest rainstorm to hit Los Angeles in years that day! Yet, you wouldn't even know it...see even more photos below...


have a playful weekend!14 Mar 2014




Have a great weekend guys! Hope you have some fun things planned. Bob has been away for work all week, and I can't wait to have him back soon.

P.S. A certain little someone is in the new Zara kids "brothers and sisters" lookbook!

oh joy for target / the a-z's of a party...13 Mar 2014

Oh Joy for Target / Coming March 16th!

You guys...just three days till the Oh Joy for Target spring collection launches online and in all stores across the US and Canada! I'm so excited I could pee in my pants! To celebrate the launch, we created some fun pinnable images for you guys all made with items from the collection.

You can view all the letters above flip book style through a cool new app called Steller (just click on the "A" above to scroll through), and then click below the jump to see all the full-sized letters individually if you want to pin them!


my little polka dot doctor...12 Mar 2014

Oh Joy / Ruby

Just when I've had the worst day or feeling stressed about something, Ruby comes along and says the best things, and I've completely forgotten about all the other moments that preceded that one. So today I must share with you a few things my 2 and a half year old has been saying lately...

Ruby: I wanna be a doctor, Daddy!
Bob: Great! What kind of doctor?
Ruby: A Polka Dot Doctor.

"I need to buy some money so we can get a new house."

"I'm gonna go type an email on my super duper computer."

"Daddy, please join us!"

"Hold on, it's loading..." (said while turning on her penguin humidifier)

"I'm going to my workshop in Switzerland. It costs $100 for 3 minutes."

And then, when your kids figure out your name...

a super fun {giveaway} with ban.do...NOW CLOSED11 Mar 2014


My friends at Ban.do never cease to amaze me with the pure joy they create every day. Today, they are launching a brand new collection of lifestyle pieces taking it to a whole new level in addition to the hair accessories they're known for. To celebrate, we've partnered with Ban.do to give away five of my favorite pieces from the new collection to one lucky reader. This includes: a Carry All Duo pouch set, Sip Sip tumbler, Cross Body Party Pouch, Heart iPhone case with card slot, and Rain and Shine Umbrella (a total value of over $100). Now you can have a little Ban.do every day with these amazing accessories.

To enter, simply visit the Ban.do website and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from their new collection. Entries must be posted by this Friday, March 14th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats to Jessica L. from Austin, TX for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. 

yep...10 Mar 2014

I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry

...this shirt pretty much sums up every argument I start with Bob!

happy friday + friend dates... 7 Mar 2014

Sandra Freij Photography

Sandra Freij Photography

Every Monday night, Bob and I meet up with two other couples who are our good friends and the parents of Ruby's besties. We take the kids and meet-up somewhere kid-friendly with good food and catch up and laugh and enjoy a simple dinner together. We've done it every Monday for almost two years, and it's one of our favorite nights of the week.

In our busy and hectic lives with work and kids and life, it can be so easy to stay at home and forget to make meet-ups with friends a priority. Lately, I've really been trying to start/continue/pick-back-up-on regular dates with more of my good friends. You know...like a weekly dinner, breakfast, coffee, a workout session, etc. If you can make it happen with a handful of close friends, it's so, so good for your soul and for your friendship.

So, go out this weekend and make a date with a friend, yes?!?

{Photos by Sandra Freij}

feeling like a safari sunrise... 5 Mar 2014


{01. raffia flats by Proud Mary, 02. Rifle Paper Co. notebooks, 03. leather coasters from Leif, 04. Baggu duffle bag, 05. Anthropologie hourglass, 06. girl talk bobbi pins from Ban.do.}

an oh joy party {giveaway}...NOW CLOSED 4 Mar 2014

Oh Joy for Target / Coming March 16th!

Over the weekend, we celebrated the launch of the Oh Joy for Target collection with a garden party brunch with fifty of my friends and colleagues here in L.A. It was so fun to show how the party pieces can be used at a real life party. If you haven't see the peeks on Instagram (check out #ohjoyfortarget), I'll be sharing photos from the party in a couple weeks here on the blog. In the meantime, I wanted to bring a little of the party to you guys, too.

We had some extra party favors left over, so today I'm giving away a sampling of the Oh Joy for Target spring collection to 5 lucky readers anywhere in the world! Here's your chance to get some pieces before they launch in Target stores on March 16th. This little party set includes: hooray cake toppers, party hats, party horns, happy day banner, and an ice bucket. Also, we're including a bonus postcard set with a beautiful alphabet series we created that is not available for sale (only a limited batch were made).

Oh Joy for Target giveaway!

To enter, simply visit this page, and then leave a comment here telling me which piece is your favorite from the collection. Entries must be posted by this Friday, March 7th, at 8 a.m. PST, and five winners will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats to Alice Q. from San Diego, CA, Molly C. from Redmond, WA, Preeti C. from Sunnyside, NY, Aimee O. from Altadena, CA, and Jessica W. from San Mateo, CA for being our winners this time!

*Yay! Open to ALL readers anywhere in the world. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $40 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. 

{Top photo by Bob Cho, bottom photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

oh joy rooms... 3 Mar 2014

Oh Joy wallpaper / Christine Dovey girl's room

Oh Joy wallpaper / Sarah Gibson's hallway

Oh Joy wallpaper / Dallas Shaw's closet

I love seeing how my Oh Joy wallpaper has been used over the years in home across the country. The best-selling pattern—Petal Pusher—has been placed in bedrooms, baby rooms, hallways, and bathrooms. I love it when people send me photos of a little Oh Joy in their homes. Here are a few of my favorites recently...

{Photo sources: girl's bedroom by Christine Dovey via Style Me Pretty, hallway by Sarah Gibson, dressing room by Dallas Shaw.}


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