The Joy Journal

In An Instant, Everything Changed

In An Instant, Everything Changed

I always knew I'd launch my own collection… yet I certainly didn't think natural childbirth would be my catalyst. 

You might remember I mentioned my postpartum creativity burst, yeah?

Let's back up for a minute. I was climbing the ladder at an awesome design job with an inspiring mentor - and I was pregnant with my 2nd baby. I spent much of my design career having to reel it in. Design for the masses, don't get too colorful, not too bright. Fashion design and styling was my purest form of self expression. 

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My Superhero Supporters, with Heart

Are you reflecting lately? During this time of new beginnings with new school, new routines, and after the Jewish New Year I’m finding my footing again. Getting back to focus. And I can't help but think about how *lucky* I've been. I have met some of the most supportive cheerleaders on my journey so far. You'll see quotes everywhere and  it really rings true - when one of us wins, we all win. We rise to the top together.  So, here are a few fabulous women who deserve to be recognized in my book. For their genuine support of my...

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How to: Style Your Caftan for Transitional Weather

How to: Style Your Caftan for Transitional Weather

One of my favorite parts about transitional weather is the cool mornings and warm afternoons. Yet it can make getting dressed a little tricky!  Transform your summer caftan into the perfect pre-fall cover up by swapping your swimwear for jeans and a tank top. The lightweight caftan makes for perfect AM coverage from the cool air yet is still light enough with a tank when the sun is shining at 2pm! No denim? No problem.  If you're not into jeans today, glam up your work out clothes. Yes I'm serious! The perfect top layer to your gym gear - this...

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How to: Style Your Sarong for Transitional Weather

How to: Style Your Sarong for Transitional Weather

September is upon us - the great month of transition. Pumpkin spice everything is everywhere and yet - I can't seem to bring myself to put away my cover ups. Here's my favorite way to style a sarong for transitional September weather: NO NEED TO SACRIFICE ON COLOR Don't feel the pressure to swap out summer colors for neutrals- if you like color - keep wearing it! shop color now SWAP SWIMWEAR FOR SHORTS  Put together your favorite shorts look. It can be denim shorts, printed bike shorts, or even sweat shorts - right now my favorite is this hot pink set...

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2 Ways to Style your Summer Bandana Scarf with Curly Hair

2 Ways to Style your Summer Bandana Scarf with Curly Hair

Are you stressed about your natural curls now that summer humidity is in full swing? Or maybe you just need a change of pace with your ‘do? Here are two ways to style your natural curls with a Sara Joy scarf and brighten your look today. SHOP THE CELEBRATION SCARF  >>>  Go for the high pony. To start spray your Ivy & Elder Wear the Wave Spray on damp or dry hair. Scrunch up the curls. With a regular hair elastic put your hair up into a high pony. Take your celebration scarf and wrap it around your pony a couple of...

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Joy + Justice with In Kind Boxes

Joy + Justice with In Kind Boxes

In early May I was able to chat live on Instagram with Maria Berglund, the Founder of In Kind Boxes. In Kind is a non profit organization that sells baby shower gift boxes that give back. With every purchase, a box is donated to a mother in need.  I learned about Maria's mission and felt connected to it immediately. Motherhood is challenging on it's best days, and having been through my own experience with Post Partum Anxiety, I wanted to help.  Our conversation and my donation began during Mental Health Awareness Month... watch it here>>>  Art has always been a form...

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