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we'll be back... 21 Aug 2015

Oh Joy Zebra Butts

You guys! I'm going on vacation! I haven't been away on a real vacation (for more than a weekend) since Christmas of last year. So I'm excited to recharge my mind and my body and spend some uninterrupted time with my family. We're headed to Seattle for a little adventure! (Thanks again for everyone's recommendations).

I'll be posting some snaps on Instagram during our trip. But in an effort to really get away from work, I've closed my office for the week and taking a blog break as well. I'll be back here on Monday, August 31st in full force, and will be sure to share some adventures from our trip!

In the meantime, if you want to peruse some of our favorite posts from the summer, click here to see some of my all-time favorite posts.

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Have a great week all! See ya soon!

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

and then came the princesses... 20 Aug 2015

Ruby-princess-costume

Ok, so I'll start this post by saying that I was never into princesses as a kid. I barely had any dolls. My dad got me a fake Barbie from Chinatown one time, and I played with it once. I never fed a baby doll a bottle, I never brushed a doll's hair with a plastic comb, and I never dressed up like a princess for Halloween. The closest I came to that was the year I was Strawberry Shortcake when I was 5. And then a bird pooped on my mask while I was at school in my costume. I took that as a sign to never be a character for Halloween again ;)

Fast forward to 30-some years later, and I have an almost 4 year old whom I rarely expose to princesses (Ok, I did let her watch Frozen because I liked how it was about sisterly love) or dress up. And it's not that I have anything against princesses, it's just not a world I know about. And now she's infatuated with being a princess and having a magic wand and dressing up in these princess dresses that her friends have (like said outfit above). Ruby has even asked for plastic princess heels for her birthday. I guess I understand. I know little girls like this stuff. But since I never liked this stuff, it's a little harder for me to process. It doesn't help that "princess stuff" is both pink AND purple and all kinds of shiny, frilly, and glittery all at once. (Could I just redesign what a modern day princess would wear?!)

So, what do you do...say "yes" and let your kids be into this thing that every other kid is into? Or do you steer them away from it?

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}

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.} 

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!}

going with the flow (it's hard to do)... 29 Jul 2015

Oh Joy

I am a serious planner. Like, I need to know what's happening every day and have a plan in place for every single scenario. In some ways, it's always made me the responsible one—in my friendships, in my relationships, in my business, and as a parent. But being someone who lives and breathes by a schedule, it also makes me really resistant to change and really bad with just going with the flow. When I'm given a change to my usual routine, I shudder and push it away. I fight so hard not to let anything new or different in...until someone convinces me, encourages me, and pushes me to just go with it. And then, I'm always glad I did. But, boy is it hard. I dream of being one of those laid back girls in those romantic comedies who starts a food fight while making breakfast or shows up at the airport and then jets off to some random destination.

Are you guys more of the planner type like me or do you just roll with it?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. My top by J.Crew, skirt from Anthropologie.}

happy friday + 9 months with coco! 24 Jul 2015

Oh Joy / Coco is 9 months!

Baby #2 hit me like a truck. Not the baby herself, but the addition of a baby. It was way harder to go from one to two kids than I expected, but we're finally at a good place (most of the time). Coco is a happy, kind, and inquisitive baby. And she's so (SO) patient while her older sister goes through her terrible 3's of tantrums and meltdowns (um, yeah, three is no joke). In the last few months, Coco's true personality has really started to shine through. She says "mama" and "dada" and laughs the hardest with Ruby. Here's a look at the last 9 months...

Oh Joy / Coco's Monthly Photo

Oh Joy / Ruby and Coco

We love you, Coconut. I can't believe one is just around the corner! Have a great weekend, guys!

And p.s. thank you for your Seattle suggestions!

{Mini pinata numbers by Katie K. Franklin. Coco's Outfits - 1 MonthBoden onesie, Thief & Bandit leggings, 2 MonthsRylee & Cru onesie, Little Hip Squeaks headband, Freshly Picked moccasins, 3 MonthsLittle Hip Squeaks onesie, Thief & Bandit headband, 4 Months: headband by Thief & Bandit, top and pants from TargetFreshly Picked moccasins, 5 Months: full outfit by Ultra Violet Kids6 Months: top by Ultra Violet Kids, bloomers by House of Mia, hair clip by Pitchoun, blanket by Aden & Anais, 7 months: tanks by Kira Kids, shorts by Ultra Violet, blanket by Little Auggie, 8 months: tank by Thief & Bandit, bloomers by Noe & Zoe, blanket by Virginia Johnson, 9 months: romper by Sweet Threads, blanket by blanket by Aden & Anais.}   

i actually just like exclamation points! 23 Jul 2015

Oh Joy Flowers

Lately, I've been coming across these business articles that claim there are some words you should never use—especially at work or when it comes to making business deals—and how women often use these words way more than men. When I read these articles, I it makes me realize how much I actually (see?!?) use these words, but the reasons as to why we use them and when we shouldn't are so interesting...

"actually" - By saying the word "actually" in excess, it's saying that you are clarifying something that doesn't need clarification. For example, "I actually did see the market report." I can see how there's no need for the word "actually" there, and you could just say "I saw the market report." Plain and simple.

"just" - I do this all the time. Usually in an apologetic manner, I send emails saying "I just wanted to check in on my last email." Or, "I just have to go over there for 5 minutes." By using the word "just" we are apologizing in advance for something we're about to do. It's been shown that women use the word way more than men do. Ever since I read the article, I have been removing "just" from all my emails before I hit send and using it only when it's really needed. (I'm still working on cutting it out during business phone calls.)

the exclamation point - One time, while Bob was driving, he asked me to send a text for him to one of his colleagues. He told me to say "Good job". In my mind, I heard that as "Good job!" so I texted exactly that (with an exclamation mark). After I sent it, and he realized I had included the exclamation mark, we debated for 10 minutes why I thought it should be there and why he didn't think it should. My thought was that if you are telling someone something positive, the exclamation mark echoes your feelings. Just to say it with a period at the end sounds too dry and serious over text. His response was that the message was positive and he doesn't have to exclaim loudly "Good job!!!". I guess I'll never see his point on this one, and I will happily continue to use exclamation points when I think it's necessary. (Also, Bob no longer lets me send texts for him.)

What do you guys think? Do you guys use (and overuse) these words or marks like I do?

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

happy friday + the today show! 10 Jul 2015

Oh Joy / Today Show!

You guys...a couple weeks ago Jenna Bush Hager came to our studio to interview me for a segment on the Today Show on women in business. The episode is airing on Monday morning on NBC (in the 8 o'clock hour), so I hope you'll check it out!

I hope you have a great weekend! I'm taking Ruby to her first hip hop class so I can't wait to see her shake her little booty in class ;)

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

have a great long weekend! 2 Jul 2015

Oh Joy Party Animals

Do you ever feel like your life is just flashing before your eyes like I feel this second as I write this post wondering how it got to be July already?!

I'm excited for this long weekend (because one of my favorite things in life is a three day weekend), pool time with the kids at a friend's house, eating random "holiday weekend" type foods, and just resting my brain a bit (or trying to, at least).

I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend, you party animals! I'll see you back here on Monday ;)

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Oh Joy Band-Aids available here.}

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