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blog, inc. live virtual chat!15 Nov 2012


Thanks so much to everyone who tuned into today's live chat! The archived chat is right here to be viewed if you missed it. Thanks to everyone who tuned in, to Naomi for being my special guest, and to Chronicle Books for hosting!

The winner of the one-on-one Rx session with me is:
Sarah of Honey and Limes.

And the winners of the signed copies of Blog, Inc. are:
Natalie of The Soho
Laura of Little Frills
Lindsay of Bea + Bramble
Hazel O'Shea of Hazel's Travel Blog
Allywan of Bio-Chem Dropout.

Send me an email if you're one of the winners to: hello(at)ohjoy.com. Congrats guys!

what we did in austin...15 Nov 2012


The last stop on my Blog, Inc. book tour was in Austin, Texas! We turned the trip into a long weekend and explored the city (mostly through food). It was the perfect ending to a whirlwind fall. Here's what we did...

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Make Someone Happy - No. 03: Food & Friends14 Nov 2012

With the upcoming holidays approaching and lots of merriment to be had with family and friends, here's the newest in my Make Someone Happy series. It's all about setting up a fun and festive table for those you love...and giving them some fun surprises when they sit down to dinner.

I love mixing and matching, so I wanted to provide a little inspiration on how I'd mix pieces for the tabletop. And with each place setting, I offered up a few fun things specially picked out for each guest. You can download a template for the photo cube right here (I simply used Instagram photos that were special to each of my special guests), and see all of the mix-and-match dinnerware I used in the video right here. Enjoy!

P.S. Special thanks to Heirloom LA for providing the food and letting us shoot in their beautiful space. And big hugs to BonnieJen, and Bri for being in the video!

{Video by Modshift; music by Freak Owls.  Tabletop decor kindly provided by Crate & Barrel, Design Within ReachFerm LivingHeath CeramicsJonathan Adler, Kate SpadeLeifMuhs Home, Terrain, Unison, and West Elm.}

neon stars and stripes...13 Nov 2012


...and the cutest kids line that I wish came in my size by Noé & Zoë...

{Available in the US at Thumbeline}

a quirky home decor {giveaway}...13 Nov 2012

imm living tiered tray

You guys know I love a little quirkiness in my home decor pieces. So, I'm thrilled to partner today with Imm Living to for a giveaway of a handful of my favorite pieces from their always quirky and fun collection. Here are my favorites and how I've used them in my home...

imm living animal vessels

imm living gnome

imm living bust

imm living bird clock

They add a touch of fun and make sure you don't get too serious, don't you think? One lucky winner will win a set of all six of the pieces shown here including the Rabbit Tiered Tray, Little Helper Gnome, both Watering Hole Cruets, a Bust of Louie Jewelry Holder, and a Bird Clock.

To enter, simply visit Burke Decor's special Imm Living page, then leave a comment below telling us your favorite item from my picks above. Entries must be posted by this Friday, November 16th at 8am PST*, and one winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Also, as a special bonus, Burke Decor is offering 15% off anything in their shop. Use code OHJOYIMM thru December 15th.

UPDATE: P.S. Congrats to Jenna G. for being the winner this time! 

*Sorry, limited to US readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $300 US total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photos by Oh Joy}

{what i'd wear to} thanksgiving dinner...12 Nov 2012

Oh Joy | Casual Thanksgiving Outfit

With the biggest eating day of the year just around the corner, I wanted to share what I'd wear for the festive feast. Whether you're having a totally casual dinner at home or going out to a fancy restaurant, giving yourself some room for comfort around the expanding waistline is key for maximum eating pleasure...

For a casual Turkey Day, I'm loving these patterned drawstring pants. They're like sweatpants, only dressier—kind of a totally chic version of your favorite PJ pants. And, don't forget a roomy tote for bringing home those leftovers!

1. Glitter bomb bobbi by Ban.do, 2. Colorblock sweater from A-Thread, 3. Giraffe bangle from A-Thread, 4. tote by Rib and Hull, 5. Pencey ikat drawstring pants, 6. Patricia flats from ShoeMint.

Oh Joy | Dressy Thanksgiving Outfit

For a dressy dinner, I like feeling fancy and festive, with a fun dress that's not too tight around your waistline. And, because nothing should limit your intake of turkey and pie!

7. Anthropologie cropped jacket, 8. Homako felt ball necklace, 9. Thief & Bandit dress, 10. BHLDN clutch, 11. J.Crew chunky cap toe heels.

{illustrations by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

happy friday + friends who create together... 9 Nov 2012


Happy Friday, friends! The other day, I came across this photo last night of my friend Kelley and me from two years ago, taken while we were working together on a shoot, and I found myself smiling. Smiling because I miss her and love that she wanted to fill a swimming pool with a million blow-up flamingos, but also smiling because it makes me really feel so lucky to have such talented friends. I fully believe in surrounding yourself with people who are like-minded, but also who challenge and inspire you to be bigger and better at what you do. To have found that in friends multiple times over is something I am truly so grateful for. And, when you accidentally match...well, then, it's meant to be...

Have a great weekend! Hope it's filled with those who inspire you most...

P.S. Thanks so much to everything who came out to my Austin book party last night! You guys were so kind!

{iphone photo by Jen Siska}

baby-proofing your stylish living room... 8 Nov 2012


Early last year, our home was featured on Emily Henderson's show, Secrets from a Stylist, on HGTV. (If you didn't get to see it, here's the full episode online and my recap of the entire process.) We loved how Emily designed our living room for the show.

When we filmed the episode back in November 2010, we weren't yet pregnant and therefore had no concerns about having a baby-proof living room. Fast-forward a year and change: We got pregnant, had a baby...and then this baby of ours became mobile. At first, I was in denial about having to change anything in our living room and thought we could just teach our baby not to touch anything. Um, yeah right...

Once Ruby started crawling, we needed to make some updates to ensure our living room was safe for her and give us a bit more peace of mind knowing that we could let her roam around without endangering her with some of our furniture and decor choices. So, Emily and I thought it would be fun to do a "Before & After" showing how she's updated our living room to be safe for Ruby while still retaining the style and attention to design we had pre-baby. For this series, we've partnered together with The Honest Company, to bring you three parts (one on each of our blogs), which will show you different aspects of what we did and provide tips on how to marry safety and style.



We didn't have the budget to just go out and buy all new furniture. While we were okay with buying a couple new pieces that would last us through our next baby, almost everything else was about easy and creative solutions to make what we already had a little safer and more baby-proof...

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feeling like a sweet little package... 7 Nov 2012


Just a few things I'm loving lately that can be tied, wrapped, or used to hold something already sweet...

{01. floral wrapping paper by Rifle Paper Co., 02. Emily Isabella's new wallpaper collection by Hygge & West, 03. neon star sleep sack by Noe & Zoe,  04. organizing boxes for my office (which desparately needs organizing!) from DWR, 05. gold stripe hair ties from Anthropologie, 06. Bobby pins in a matchbox by Kate Spade


i'm stuck on you... 6 Nov 2012


I love simple things that just make you smile like these Stickygrams that turn your Instagram photos into magnets. Such a fun idea and kind of the perfect, inexpensive gift idea for that person who has everything.


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