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happy friday, you crazy animals!14 Aug 2015

Oh Joy BandAid Animals

Oh Joy BandAid Animals

Oh Joy BandAid Animals

Happy Friday guys! I hope you have some fun things in store. Bob has been traveling for work so much lately that I'm just excited to hang with him and our girls and just be. These little animals always make me laugh. They were from Ruby's 1st birthday party, and they've seen better days so we gave them a little patch up with our Oh Joy Band-Aids :P

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer for Oh Joy}

dressing the babe / citrus sunrise...13 Aug 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

If I had to describe summer in colors, it would be a mix of citrus-tones with fresh blues and gradients of color that signify the start of a new day. Today, we're celebrating the last month of summer with just that. I mean, these colors are INSANE...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

If I could wear light caftan-like dresses like this year-round, I would. It feels like you're wearing your pajamas, yet it feels way more glamorous than PJs.

Mama outfit / 1. dress by dRA, 2. teething necklace by Glitter and Spice, 3. Chickie Cheeks shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

And who doesn't love a baby in a romper covered in fruit?!? She's literally edible now.

Babe outfit / 4. Romper by Salt City Emporium, 5. Chickie Cheeks shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

One my favorite LA-based artists, Kim West, does it again with this beautiful mural. Are the wolves scary or sweet? It's hard to say. But surrounded by those colors, I'd like to think they're nice guys... 

{Mural by Kim West in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 9 months old and has a single (very cute) tooth!}

summer toasts...12 Aug 2015

Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast

Toasts. They're so hot right now. Every trendy restaurant in Los Angeles carries some version of avocado toast. It's like part snack/part lunch/and all very, very tasty. Today we're sharing three of our own versions of toasts that are so easy to make and so, so, good (and non of them have avocado in them)!

1. Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast (above)
Toasted brioche (cut into strips) + Hey Boo coconut jam + toasted sliced almonds + shaved chocolate + toasted coconut = a sweet, creamy, chocolate-y snack that feels like a perfect dessert that melts in your mouth.

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast

2. Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast
Toasted sourdough boule bread (slices cut in half) + goat cheese + thin cucumber slices + green grapes + cracked pepper = a creamy and savory toast that's perfect as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre. The grapes add a bit of sweetness to contrast the bit of bite with the cracked pepper.

Peach Ricotta Toast

3. Peach Ricotta Toast
Toasted baguette (cut at an angle) + whole milk ricotta cheese + sliced peaches + crushed roasted pistachios + honey drizzle = a mix of sweet and savory that makes for a great afternoon snacks both for little kids and big kids alike!

Do you guys have any favorite toast combos you love? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer for Oh Joy}

a mini beauty {giveaway}...11 Aug 2015

Stowaway MakeUp Kit

I'm pretty low-key when it comes to makeup and have a few essentials I wear everyday and like to keep on hand for when my face needs a little pick-me-up. I've recently started using this amazing kit from Stowaway Cosmetics at work or when traveling because it includes mini versions of the cosmetic basics everyone can use—cheek/lip balm, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, beauty balm, and concealer.

Stowaway MakeUp Kit

Today, we've partnered with Stowaway Cosmetics to give away a Stowaway Kit (a $75 value) to 5 lucky readers. To enter, visit this page over at Stowaway! Entries will close on Tuesday, August 18th at 11:59pm PST.

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, use code OHJOY at checkout and receive a free additional mascara and free additional eyeliner with the purchase of a kit. Promo ends Friday, August 21st.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please enter via the link above on Stowaway's site. $75 USD total value per winner. The bag and accessories shown are not part of the kit. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

creating a photo series...10 Aug 2015

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

Earlier this year, I shared how I archive my digital photos and memories, and since then, I've been doing my best to continue archiving family photos that we capture throughout the year. One of my favorite series that we've shot for this blog has been my Dressing the Babe series which started at the beginning of this year. It was started as a fun way to share of my favorite stylish pieces for your little ones, but it's also turned into a series of photos of me and my kids that I cherish and will be so happy to have for the future. I recently put together the first six months of our Dressing the Babe photos into a beautiful lay flat photo album by Artifact Uprising and it turned our simple series into a family treasure I'll pass down to my kids.

There's something about a series that feels so meaningful and special when you look back on how all the images connect with some consistency over time. And to see the change in the people within the photos is what makes it truly priceless. Whether you're capturing a monthly baby photo or annual family portraits, here are a few tips for creating a series to capture with your kids or family...

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

1) Look at the camera! Especially when we take photos with our kids—I, too, am guilty of looking at my kids (instead of the camera) when we take photos together because I am concerned with how they are doing and making sure they are happy. But one thing a lot of photographers tell you is not to worry about what the kids are doing (because the photographer will engage them) and make sure to look at the camera yourself. That's the only way that you have a chance of getting the parent's face in the photo, too. And, it's your face that your kids want to see and look back on someday.

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

2) Have someone who knows how to engage kids take the photos. Whether it's your husband, wife, a family member, friend, or professional photographer, kids are happier in photos when the person behind the camera is fun and engaging. I have been on shoots before for work where the photographer treats the kids like an adult and doesn't know how to talk to them in a fun and engaging way. And then it just feels like pulling teeth for everyone. Casey, our staff photographer, knows how to make my kids laugh, smile, and be silly so they always feel comfortable with her when we take photos.

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

3) Shoot both horizontal and vertical photos. When taking photos, shoot both ways so that you have the flexibility to make them for work different formats later—whether a holiday card, baby announcement, framed print, or a bound book. It only takes a few extra minutes to shoot a few more photos in different orientations.

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

4) Take photos during a time of day when your kids are their most energetic. For example, we've realized that late afternoons are the worst for Ruby when she's just ready to crash for the day. And never take photos right before a baby's due for a nap or you'll just have a cranky, unhappy baby on your hands.

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

Oh Joy / Creating a Photo Series

5) Be consistent. While you can certainly stick to some sort of consistent look or theme (like how we shot all these photos behind a cool wall or background)—more than anything, it's important to stick to a consistent frequency in order to have a solid series. We shoot these photos once or twice a month so that we have a representation of each of my kids each month, and it's been so fun to look back and see how much they've grown and changed even since the beginning of the year.

P.S. You can read more about my tips for archiving your photos right here!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

happy friday + have a wild weekend... 7 Aug 2015

Oh Joy Zebra

Happy Friday guys! We've been going through a zebra love affair over here at the Oh Joy office so we made this fun image inspired by my current favorite jumper and summer sandals. These four little guys are now our newest office mates.

Our stylist/crafter extraordinaire, Julia, is going on maternity leave next week, and we're sad we won't get to see her everyday but so excited for her newest adventure with her little baby zebra.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

{Creative Direction and outfit styling by Joy Cho, zebra illustrations and photos by Casey Brodley, production and styling by Julia Wester. Jumpsuit from Anthropologie (on sale!) and clogs by Bryr.} 

{dollar store diy} a kid's beach kit... 6 Aug 2015

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

There's about a month or so left to get some good beach time before the summer ends. And the best thing about the beach is that you don't need to spend a ton of money to keep kids entertained. The water and the sand are like instant, free toys. And with a few extra items, we made a kid's summer beach tote ready to go with some playful essentials. The best part is...most of these items came from the dollar store so the full kit can be put together with just $5-8 bucks!

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

We found the visor, drink cooler, sand toys, frisbee, and the amazing neon tote all for $1 each at the dollar store. To make them a little fancier, we used puffy paint to decorate the visor, and washi tape and contact paper to decorate the frisbee and water cooler. And, I know you're about to say..."Joy is there anything you DON'T put contact paper on?!?" The answer is no. But seriously, how much cuter do these pieces look now, and the decorations are water-proof!

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

We added a little pom pom and one of our "R" Christmas ornaments to personalize the tote for Ruby. This little kit would be super special and fun to make for a gift, too!

p.s. a summer art kit!

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. All items from the Dollar Store except the sunglasses, sunglass strap, ornament, and beach towel.}

my least favorite color... 5 Aug 2015

Oh Joy Purple Rain

Oh Joy Purple Rain

Oh Joy Purple Rain

People always ask me "What's your favorite color?" but I find it more interesting to know what someone's least favorite color is. Do you guys have a color that you NEVER wear or would hate to have in your home? My least favorite colors are purple and red. You've probably never seen those colors in anything we've designed here over at Oh Joy or in any projects we make (unless it's Christmas and then I'm okay with red). I used to love lavender when I was younger but now it reminds me of feminine products. And as much as I love red on other people, I never wear it myself (except as a lipstick). 

What's your least favorite? Is there a color you used to hate and now love? (I used to hate pink and now wear it all the time).

{Photos by Casey Brodley in this purple rain poncho by Clashist...the first time I have worn purple in a decade!}

a chill {giveaway}...(now closed) 4 Aug 2015

PackIt Insulated Lunch Bag

PackIt Insulated Lunch Bag

Whether you're packing your own lunch for work or for your kids to take to camp or school, being able to keep your food chilled and fresh is always a priority. These super cute PackIt bags have insulation built into the bags on all sides. You simply freeze the bag overnight and pack your treats in the morning, and the bags stay cold for up to 10 hours They are a new favorite in our house for school, work, and even a weekend picnic. And I love how there are different styles that fit different needs...and in fun patterns, too!

Today, we've partnered with PackIt to give away $100 towards any insulated bags on their site PLUS $100 gift card from Target to fill your bags with tasty treats to TWO lucky readers ($200 total retail value to each winner). To enter, simply visit PackIt's website and leave a comment below on this post telling me your favorite bag and pattern and how you'd use it! Entries must be posted by this Friday, August 7th, at 8 a.m. PST, and two winners will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

P.S. For Oh Joy readers, PackIt is offering 15% off any purchase with the code OHJOY15 through August 11, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

*This giveaway is open to those in the US only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

kids' style: 3 ways to wear 3 key pieces... 3 Aug 2015

Oh Joy / Kids' Style

Oh Joy / Kids' Style

As we reach the last month of summer (Ah, how is it August already?!?), it's a time of year where I'm always looking for ways to make the most use out of a summer wardrobe and how the same pieces can be worn into fall.

With the little ones in mind, here's a new video we made to show how to wear a dress, a denim vest, and a button-up tee three different ways from the summer through the fall. Check out the video below to see. And, make sure you watch till the end because it's VERY cute... ;)

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