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a few things i'm loving...29 Jan 2013






Whenever I start a big new design project, I flood myself with as much inspiration as possible to get my creative juices flowing and make myself start thinking outside my norm. For this new project, I even started drawing on paper again! It's been so long since I've done that—I usually go straight to the computer to design. As I was doing research for my project, here are just a few things I came across online that I had to share with you...

{Top to bottom: 1. Vrindavan by Katrin Korfmann,2. Oh My Deer X Pennyweight print, 3. floor-to-wall tiled bathroom by Studio Too Good,  4. Powder photos by Marcel Christ, 5. Typographical moss by Hayli Alyce.}

you can't just have one...28 Jan 2013

Oh Joy + Fossil

Bob always asks me why I need so many handbags. He'll say, "Why can't you have just one?"

I mean, does he even know me? Or know women at all

As we women know, different bags serve different purposes—therefore, we need at least a few to cover various occasions, as well as complement the outfits we wear. So today I've partnered with Fossil to share some of my favorite bag styles for different moods, needs, or situations—and show you what I carry in each.

Oh Joy + Fossil

One piece I've recently added to my bag collection: an iPad case/carrier. Especially when taking it to meetings, I love making sure my iPad is protected, and this case also holds my business basics, too (a notebook and pencils, business cards, my phone, and a cute leave-behind).

Oh Joy + Fossil

Oh Joy + Fossil

When I'm out with Ruby, I always carry a roomy tote bag. I rarely use a traditional diaper bag anymore since she doesn't need quite as much stuff now that she's a toddler. But I'll still bring a few essential baby musts in a tote, including a zip pouch to hold diapers and wipes, snacks, a multi-purpose ointment, and a small pouch that holds my own daily essentials so I can quickly find my money, keys, and phone in a bag full of baby stuff.

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happy friday + little moments of joy...25 Jan 2013




The other day—while at a friend's house—Ruby had an absolute ball hiding inside and behind these curtains. I can't remember the last time that anything that simple made me so happy. It was seriously amazing to watch. I hope you all have a weekend full of pure joy from the simple things...

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{Photos by Bob Cho}

feeling bundled up in blue...24 Jan 2013


Blue is one of my favorite colors (after green) because of the range in shades it offers. From hot to cool and from soft to brazen, it's a color full of personality...

{01. Oasap coat, 02. Kate Spade earmuffs, 03. Land of Nod baby blanket, 04. hat by Annie Larson, 05. Kate Spade flats, 06. Loeffler Randall for Bird tennis shoes, 07. Falconwright camera strap.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 05: A Little Letter23 Jan 2013

The first four videos from my "Make Someone Happy" series have involved making something—an actual object or surprise—to bring joy to another's day. For the next couple, it's all about bringing that joy to someone by telling them how you really feel about them...which is sometimes the hardest thing to do!

And if you need a little help, feel free to use my handy fill-in-the-blank letter to get you started...

{Video by Modshift. Music: "Love Me, Love You" by Trimountaine, licensed from With Etiquette.}

{how i'd wear} a head-to-toe etsy outfit...22 Jan 2013

Oh Joy | a head-to-toe etsy outfit

When Etsy first began back in 2005, it was heavily craft-based and made up of a mix of folks making stationery, knitted booties, and any kind of crafty thing imaginable. To my delight, it's grown into a place where you can find indie designers and vintage clothing—but still a ton of handmade goodness, too. So I thought it would be fun to put together a head-to-toe Etsy outfit with pieces from some my favorite Etsy shops and searches as of late...

1. Faux fur hat, 2. A Quiet Curiosity necklace, 3. Leah Goren tank, 4. vintage green jacket, 5. Patkas handbag, 6. Three Little Ducks pants, 7. vintage ankle boots from Thrift Shark.

{illustrations by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

currently snacking on...21 Jan 2013


Nothing's more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich. My favorite combination is Gruyère on sourdough, slathered in butter and grilled on the stovetop till crispy. And I just recently starting putting a little extra something in my grilled cheese: Spinach dip! It adds a slight tang and a creamy texture...and, of course, a little nutrition thanks to the spinach!

P.S. My other favorite recipe to make using spinach dip...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

a little sprucing up...21 Jan 2013


Hope you all had a great weekend! You might notice a little update over here today. I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my site, and today you'll see a few new features I've been wanting to implement since the redesign last fall. There are a few visual improvements as well as some functional ones.

My two favorite new features: You can now roll over any image to "pin it" on Pinterest, and I've finally added the option to read Oh Joy via email! Simply sign up by using the box in the right column, or click here and daily posts will come straight to your inbox. {If you're already signed up for the general Oh Joy mailing list, you'll have to sign up for this separately, as this is new and for the blog only}.

{Envelopes by Lox Savvy}

where's waldo?18 Jan 2013


Trying to get a toddler to stand still in front of a wall—especially right after she's awoken from a nap and wants a snack—is nearly impossible. So, here's our best attempt to recreate that scene from Garden State, only this time with my baby dress and wallpaper designs (because how could I not try and make this happen?!?).


Luckily, she did much better for her 15 month photo and was all smiles after...

P.S. A little note that all Oh Joy for Winter Water Factory baby clothing is currently 40% off through the end of the month (along with everything else in the WWF line!). It's a special winter sale, so get it while you can! Enter NEWYEAR40 at checkout.

the bathroom of my dreams...17 Jan 2013

designed by Greg Natale

designed by Greg Natale

...I mean, just look at that tile!

{Designed by Greg Natale}


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