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oh joy for solly! 12 Mar 2015

Oh Joy for Solly Baby wrap

I'm excited to announce our newest product collaboration—an Oh Joy for Solly Baby wrap! I'm definitely an on-the-go mom especially after having Coco because it's not always possible to be home for all her naps when we're trying to keep Ruby busy at the same time.

Solly Baby wraps have been a favorite to use especially during the early months before your babe can face outwards in a more structured carrier. Coco loves to cozy right up to me when she's ready for a nap, and I can have her close while being hands-free and available to be there for Ruby as well.

So, I'm thrilled to be launching their first ever designer wrap with a new floral pattern perfect for spring!

Oh Joy for Solly Baby wrap

When deciding what to design for this wrap, I wanted it to be a pattern you'd want to wear as a fun spring or summer dress. So we designed this abstract floral with accents of mint green, aqua, neon lemon yellow, and hits of grey. It's fun, bright, and says "hello spring!".

Oh Joy for Solly / Dolly wrap

And, the new Oh Joy wrap is available for mini me's too! The new Solly Dolly wraps for your little ones give them a way to wear their dolls and stuffed animals and pretend to be mini mamas on-the-go.

These wraps are one of my favorite gifts to give a new mom-to-be, and I hope you guys like it! The wraps are now available for pre-order right here!

P.S. You can use the code SPRINGFORSOLLY to receive 10% off all adult-sized wraps till Friday.

{Photos by Max Wanger for Solly Baby}

bite-sized sibling style! 10 Mar 2015

Tips on Coordinating Sibling Outfits for Photos!

Tips on Coordinating Sibling Outfits for Photos!

I have to admit, as the mom of two girls it can get pretty fun dressing them up both separately and together. When it comes time to take monthly photos for our youngest, we also like capturing the two of them together so we can look back at how they grew over the years.

When you're picking clothes for your kids for a monthly photo or for family/holiday portraits, it's easy to buy two sizes of the same outfit and have them match exactly. But it's way more fun and unique for their outfits to coordinate rather than match (in the same way that siblings might look like each other without being identical twins). 

Press play below to see our newest Kids' Style video above for a handful of fun sibling outfits for spring... 

And, here are a few tips for coordinating sibling outfits for family or special occasion photos...

1. Make sure they are wearing pieces of the same season. While they don't need to be wearing the same types of pieces (both in dresses or both in pants), make sure both kids look like they're both dressed for spring, summer, winter, etc.

2. Have their colors coordinate without being too matchy-matchy. Especially if you're picking outfits for photos, have a general color palette your working with (neutrals, bright colors, pink and green, etc.) and pick clothing that has accents of those colors. For example, if you want to bring hot pink into the outfits, pick pieces for each child that has hot pink but still select different outfits for each.

3. Just have fun with it! Kids clothes are so much more fun than grown-up clothes so you don't have to make these too serious or stoic. Kids grow up so fast, and preserving memories by taking monthly or yearly photos will be something you'll look back and treasure forever. Pick an easy and comfortable location that your kids will have fun in, and snap away!

You can see all outfit details below...

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5 tips for archiving your digital memories... 18 Feb 2015

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

Before Ruby was born, we barely took photos of special occasions, let alone our daily life. But when you have a baby, you get camera happy and all-of-a-sudden daily life seems way more interesting. Bob really got into photography from capturing photos of our kids, and he's since become pretty good at taking pictures.

With everything being so virtual these days, I love that we can capture memories so quickly and easily, but I find that digital photos can just get lost in the abyss that is your phone or your computer. I know how much I love going to my parent's house and flipping through old photo albums of our family, so I want to be able to preserve these memories for our kids to be able to look back at some day, too.

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

Oh Joy / 5 Tips for Archiving Digital Memories

I know it can seem overwhelming to put together a book of all your favorite moments from each year, but if you stay organized as the year progresses, it makes it way easier and way more fun to do. And the end result is super rewarding. Here are a few tips on how we archive our digital memories...

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dressing the babe / my funny valentines... 12 Feb 2015

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

I know some people really hate Valentine's Day, but I love it because it gives me an excuse to wear red (a color I normally never wear) and dress my kids in things with hearts all over them.

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

Mama Style / Funny Valentine

Mama outfit / 1. Loyal Hana nursing blouse, 2. Madewell high-waisted jeans, 3. Zuzii shoes, 4. Ban.do heart bag.

Toddler Style / Funny Valentine

Babe outfit / 5. Boden heart jumper, 6. Boden white tank, 7. Zuzii shoes, 8. 31 Bits bracelets

Baby Style / Funny Valentine

Mini Babe outfit / 9. Heart tee from GapKids, 10. dotty shorts from GapKids, 11. Zuzii shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Funny Valentine

And yes, my kid is sitting inside a bag. We all know kids like bags and boxes (and random tissue paper found in said bag) way better than toys ;P Happy Valentine's Day guys!

P.S. Our heart outfits from two years ago!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3 years old and getting sassier every day.} 

dressing the babe / winter pop... 30 Jan 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Winter in Los Angeles is anti-climatic for sure. While the rest of the country (and other parts of the world) get to enjoy the brisk cold, we're lucky if we get to pop on a hat and scarf for a couple hours a day. With dark blue and faux fur as my wintry base, here's my version of an L.A. winter with a flash of color that you just can't miss.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

I pulled out my favorite skirt from when I was pregnant, and used it as the inspiration for both of our outfits. You can see all the outfit details below...

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Mama outfit / 1. Target tank, 2. Zuzii faux fur pom hat, 3. Lauren Moffatt jacket (past season) - similar, 4. Loeffler Randall boots (past season) - similar5. Calypso skirt (past season) - similar.   

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Babe outfit / 6. Target faux fur vest (past season) - similar, 7. Ban.do buttons, 8. Gap Kids tights (past season) - similar, 9. Two Els dress, 10. Zuzii shoes. 

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

And, if you're in L.A., this Taschen Gallery is pretty amazing!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3 years old and getting sassier every day.}

a growing family portrait... 29 Jan 2015

  Oh Joy Family Portrait / Thank You Card by Rifle Paper Co.

When Ruby was born a few years ago, I had custom thank you cards illustrated by the super talented Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. We sent them out to friends and family for all the amazing gifts and tokens of love we received. Once we ran out of the cards, I thought it would be fun to update it again with a slightly older Ruby. And since then, we now update it every year or so (with our newest shown above).

Oh Joy Family Portrait by Rifle Paper Co.

I loved the mini portraits so much, I started framing one of the cards from each year and hanging them by our front door. Sadly, our cat family has shrunk, but it's fun to see how our human family has grown over the last few years!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. Painted portraits by Rifle Paper Co.}

happy friday + 3 months with coco... 23 Jan 2015

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo

Before having my second baby, I had serious doubts that I could love another baby as much as I loved my first. It sounds silly, I know, but I didn't think I had any more love to give. But then, Coco came into our lives with her happy and laid-back disposition, and I fell in love all over again. I seriously marvel every day at how much I love her.

Now at three months in, I feel like we're finally getting into a groove as a family of four. Ruby is no longer super jealous and loves her sister (most of the time), I'm no longer crying every day from lack of sleep and hormonal emotions. And, I no longer feel guilty for getting take-out or delivery because I just cannot make daily meals from scratch while wrangling two kids. We are finally figuring out how to just do this thing the best that we can.

Here's a look back at our last three months of Coco. Babies change so much in the first few months of life that it's fun to see how they start to look like the person they'll become...

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo

I also shot some lying down photos this time around...

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo

Some people like to do the same outfit and same background for their monthly baby photos, but I like to keep a couple things the same (the chair she's sitting on, the size of the number), but have her outfit and the background blanket change every month. She has too many cute outfits that she outgrows so fast that it's nice to get to remember them from these photos.

Oh Joy / Monthly Baby Photo with Big Sis

Big sister always makes a cameo. Ruby likes to pretend to take the monthly photos of Coco with her toy camera and then she can't help but get in there, too. 

And because I love seeing how everyone does their monthly photos, I've added a few of my favorites on my Oh Baby board right here for some inspiration!

{Mini pinata numbers by Katie K. Franklin. Coco's Outfits - 1 Month: Boden onesie, Thief & Bandit leggings, 2 Month: Rylee & Cru onesie, Little Hip Squeaks headband, Freshly Picked moccasins, Month 3: Little Hip Squeaks onesie, Thief & Bandit headband.}  

coco's nursery! 21 Jan 2015

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

A few months before my due date last year, my friends at Target said "Hey, what do you think about having Emily Henderson design the nursery for your new baby?" Since I'm a designer at Target and she's their style expert, it was a fun way for us to work together show people how you can design a nursery at a reasonable price and not have to go crazy on super fancy purchases. Plus, Emily and I have a loooong history of working together. She designed our living room for her show (and then again when we needed to baby proof). She designed our studio, and she has signed-on to design every single house I will live in for the rest of my life (just kidding, but not kidding because I will pay her in Ryan Gosling kisses). So it only made sense for us to work together again on Coco's room. She gets me, I get her, and we just have fun hanging out together.

However, the one thing about this whole "Let's design a new nursery" thing is that I didn't actually have an extra room dedicated to our 2nd baby. As is the case with the many second children (sorry, second kids), we weren't planning to do anything special with Coco's room. I figured we'd put a bassinet in our only extra room (our home office) until our new baby was sleeping through the night and then have her share a room with Ruby. So I proposed that we do an office/nursery-in-one because the reality is that not everyone has enough space for every kid to have their own dedicated room.

Since my home office was no longer my main office, we were able to scale back on the needs of that room and give Coco a special area just for her while she's little and getting her sleep skills mastered (more on that whole newborn sleep thing soon...).

Here is the space before...sorry it looks like an explosion went off in there. It was once my home office for Oh Joy but had since turned into an office/storage/extra junk room.

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

And here it is now...

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Oh Joy nursery/office by Emily Henderson

Since I already had the usual Oh Joy "pops of color and gold" in Ruby's room, Emily convinced me to go a different direction with this nursery and made it more gender neutral, graphic, and fun. The main pieces (crib, changing table, pouf, rug, lamps, book shelfoffice chairs, baby bedding) were all from Target and so well-priced. And everything else was a combination of pieces I already had (like the glider which used to be in Ruby's room), vintage finds (like that cool credenza with gold accents she found on Craig's List for $200), and other affordable sources like the Ikea desks which had custom legs and lucite tops added to them.

Here's a look at the "office" part of the room... (click below to see more)

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how to get your kids to drink more water... 19 Jan 2015

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

I don't know about you, but it can be really hard to get my kid to drink water. Ruby will say "How about some juice? How about some chocolate milk?" We try and stick to water or milk during the week and then let her have special drinks on the weekend. In an effort to get her excited about water, we recently started doing something so simple that I never even thought about...adding fruit to the water! I've never been much of a "add lemon to water" kind of girl so it didn't come naturally to me to try that with a toddler. But all of a sudden, water seems so much more fun now. And she loves getting to pick out what kind of fruit goes into her water.

Fruit Water

Her favorite combo right now is raspberries mixed with orange slices. And then the best part is getting to eat the fruit at the end as a reward for finishing the whole cup!

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

With an active toddler and a tiny babe, anything that makes the process of keeping the dirty dishes and cups to a minumum makes my life so much easier. These crazy cute Puj Phillup cups are a new favorite for our fruit water. They hang from adhesive hooks on the fridge and make it easy for Ruby to grab when she's ready to get a drink and to hang back up for later when she's done.

Puj Phillup Cups

Fruit Water in Puj Phillup Cups

We even use them for the whole family because everyone can have their own cup color to use throughout the day. Plus, anything that is safe and fun for my kids is a win-win for me. And now, we're all drinking more water which is never a bad thing...

P.S. I've long been a fan of Puj (even before they become a sponsor) and so excited that these Phillup cups are available for pre-sale now through 2/15!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Puj—a brand I've been using and loving for years. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

{field trip} zuzii studio... 15 Jan 2015

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Zuzii Shoe Studio

As a designer and small business owner, I have a true love and appreciation of seeing how other small businesses are run. Whenever I have an opportunity to visit the studio of a fellow maker, it’s a serious treat. In partnership with American Express, we recently visited the new Downtown LA studio of Zuzii, a family-owned and operated shoemaker that makes beautiful, handmade shoes. I brought along my little sidekick (and shoe-lover) so she could see the shoe-making process in action.

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Zuzii Shoe Studio

I first learned about Zuzii last year and have loved following their growth ever since. What started as a kid’s shoe line has now evolved to a brand with items for grown-ups, too. Ruby loved seeing all the shoe samples and all the materials that go into making the shoes.

And because I am always so fascinated by how each business runs differently, I asked Ryan, Alex, Nickie Campbell (a mother and two daughters) a few things about how it all comes together…

Zuzii Shoe Studio

What’s your biggest joy in being a small business?

We love our connection with our customers. All of our management and production is done by the three of us, so we really get to be consumed by the entire process including interacting with our customers. We have so many wonderful customers that show us love on a daily basis. Our favorites are those wonderful customers who take time to send us a photo just to tell us how much they love their new shoes. It truly is a special experience for us to be able to take the order, craft the shoes, pack and ship, and a few days later be able to see them on the customers feet. I know it is said often, but we really couldn’t do it without them. As a small business we also have a unique opportunity to really get to know our customers (especially thanks to social media). We have so many long-term customers who have been around since the early days. Zuzii has basically grown up along with some of them, it makes it such a sweet experience considering our start as an infant shoe brand. 

Zuzii Shoe Studio

What are the pluses and minuses of having a family-run small business?

We are all equal co-owners of Zuzii, which is a great thing but at some points also makes things a little challenging. It was really important to us that we make collective decisions between the three of us. We have many commonalities that can sometimes overlap and make things tricky, but for the most part we all have our own strengths that complement each other and allow us to work together to figure things out and get things done. It took a couple years to get used to working together inside this setting, but it has bonded us in a way I think most families don’t ever get the opportunity to. 

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Are you inspired by customer feedback/requests when creating new designs?

This has been a key part of growing our business. When we began Zuzii we only had intentions of creating infant shoes, it was a lot of thanks to our customers who pushed and drove us to continually expand our size range. It was funny, every time we launched a new size we would immediately have customers coming back and asking us for even more! We launched our Women’s line this past summer, and almost immediately we had requests for a men’s line which is now in the works for this coming summer!

Zuzii Shoe Studio

Thanks so much to the Campbell family for giving us a peek into their wonderful world!

This post is in partnership with American Express – committed to connecting small merchants to more customers through the Shop Small® movement. 

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

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