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summer style: pleats! 30 Jul 2015

Oh Joy / Summer Pleats

One of my favorite pieces for summer is a light-weight and flowy pleated skirt or dress. So I thought I'd share two of my go-to outfits right now—one is casual for a weekend brunch and one is a little dressier for that summer wedding or special event!

It's so dry here in Los Angeles in the summer that static cling becomes my nemesis. According to Jockey and their Solutionary™, this makes me a victim of 'The Shake Down'—that classic move that combines one part wiggle and two parts tug brought on by a case of all over static. So, I've paired the outfits with Jockey's Anti-Static Skimmies ® Slipshorts (a slipshort that you wear as your undies and they help prevent static cling! Genius!).

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I love pairing an easy tee in a great color with this pleated skirt. It's feminine, casual, and comfortable.

Casual / tee from J.Crew, skirt from Anthropologie, Target sandals (similar), Jewels for Juliet teething necklace, Jockey Anti-Static Skimmies® Slipshorts.

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Pair a long maxi pleated dress with a shimmery shrug and it makes the dress go from just pretty to really special.

Dressy outfit / Darccy dress, J.Crew beaded shrug - past season (similar and here), J.Crew necklace (similar), BC Footwear shoes (similar), Jockey Anti-Static Skimmies® Slipshorts.

Do you love pleats as much as I do? They just seem so flattering all around!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Jockey. All content, ideas, and words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester, illustrations by Jennifer Vallez.}

dressing the babe / seeing shapes... 1 Jul 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

It's been a hot week here in LA, so we're pulling out our summer gear with lighter pieces that are bold and fun.

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

I'm still wearing a ton of button-up shirts because they make nursing (and pumping at work!) so much easier. And, give me a good pair of elastic waistband shorts that don't look like PJ's, and I'll wear them every single day!

Mama outfit / 1. LemLem shirt, 2. Target chambray shorts, 3. Target sandals, 4. BebeAndMe teething necklace.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Babe outfit / 5. Rachel Pally baby dress, 6. Mini Boden leggings, 7. Zuzii shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

P.S. I love this little nugget!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco is 8 months, and has been babbling "mama" and "dada". Wall outside the Echo Food Market.} 

i like you a lot... 3 Jun 2015

I like you a lot

 

I Don't Wanna Grow Up

 

Over It

...and other things you can say without having to actually say them...

{Top to bottom: "I like you a lot" kid's tee by Kid and Kind, "I don't wanna grow up" adult tee by Hello Apparel, "Over it" adult tee from ASOS.}

dressing the babe / floral pop... 20 Apr 2015

Dressing the Babe / Floral Pop

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

You guys! Spring is here, and I couldn't be happier. To celebrate spring, we got decked out in a medley of neon pink and florals for a set of outfits that scream pure joy...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

The new Lilly for Target line is pretty much out-of-control cute. This dress feels like I'm wearing a night gown—it's so, so soft!

Mama outfit / 1. Lilly Pulitzer for Target dress, 2. Emily Greene necklace, Loeffler Randall sandals.

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Dressing the Babe / Kids Style

Since the only pink I really dress my girls in is hot pink, I had to give them a blast of neon in these poppin' pieces...

Little Babe Outfit / 4. Noé & Zoë romper, 5. Freshly Picked moccasins, 6. Pitchoun Designs hair clip.

Babe Outfit / 7. Noé & Zoë tank, 8. Lilly Pulitzer for Target shorts (similar), 9. Pons Avarca sandals.

Dressing the Babe / Floral Pop

I've been loving the challenge of finding lots of street art here in Los Angeles, and this one by Kim West feels like we walked right into a gorgeous life-sized floral painting. And, those colors!

{Mural by Kim West in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 years old and loves to dance. Coco is 6 months and can't get enough fruit purée.}

dressing the babe / romp around... 8 Apr 2015

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Rompers are one of those clothing pieces that we often associate with kids. But I'm all about the one-piecer, too. They're super comfy and make a fun statement, so Ruby and I romped around downtown LA recently in a couple of our faves.

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style 

This mama romper is crazy comfortable. It's pretty much like wearing PJ's except the fit is pretty flattering, has nice drape, and it can be dressed up with heels or booties.

Mama outfit / 1. Michael Stars black romper, 2. Hy Jewelry necklace, 3. Emerson Fry slides, 4. J.Crew raffia bracelet, 5. J.Crew cuff (25% off with code SHOPNOW).

Dressing the Babe / Kid Style

The one tip about rompers for kids that I have to mention is that they're best either with babies who wear diapers OR kids who are fully potty-trained. Rompers take a little more time to take off and put on, so I usually avoid them during the potty-training stage!

Babe outfit / 6. Little Minis ikat jumper, 7. Hy Jewelry necklace (mommy & me set), 8. Target metallic shoes.

Dressing the Babe / Romp Around

Do you wear rompers for yourself, too? Or do you think they're best for kids?

{Mural at The Bloc by Chris Lux in Downtown LA. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Ruby is 3.5 years old and has lots of opinions these days.}

waist-friendly pieces... 30 Mar 2015

4 Waist-Friendly Pieces

I'm five months in to having my second baby, and let's be honest, my body is not what it used to be. My middle is squishy, and I don't really feel like wearing super-fitting low-waisted jeans and worrying about my muffin top spilling out. I am also coming to the realization that your body is just different after kids—especially after multiple kids and when you're not a young spring chicken anymore (hello mid-30's!). And, I won't even talk about the change in your boobs post-baby!

This doesn't mean I've given up on working out or eating healthy but I've also come to realize that even if you're back at your pre-pregnancy weight or clothing size, things don't always fit the way they used to. So I'd rather start dressing to complement my best assets and make myself feel comfortable in my body the way it is now.

Here are a few of my favorite "waist-friendly" pieces that I find help to complement the waist while also being flattering on the rest of your legs with their cut (ie. not sweatpants or overly baggy unflattering pants). 

1. Pants with some draping and a tapered leg like these J.Crew Reese pants. These are like a mix between a dressy pant and sweatpants and look great with heels or booties.

2. High-waisted jeans like Madewell's high-riser jeans. I've come to the other side and no longer need to (or want to) wear low-waisted jeans. Those were for the days of my youth, and I wear jeans that are a little higher in the waist that to tuck in that post-baby belly a bit more than the jeans I wore pre-baby. These are still super-flattering and don't look like "Mom jeans" at all.

3. Shorts with hidden elastic waistbands like these J.Crew shorts. These shorts may look like any other cute, summer shorts with a fun pattern on them. But the sides have extra elastic at the waistband mixed with the structured front closure that give them structure but also gives extra wiggle room in the waist.

4. Stretchy pants with a tapered leg like Hatch's easy pants. These are like chic sweatpants that you can get away with wearing and not look like you're wearing sweatpants.

dressing the babe / seeing spots... 23 Mar 2015

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy / Mama and Me Style

Lately, I've been all about dresses that are comfy and easy-to-wear, yet still flattering. With that extra softness around my waist post-baby, I'm still avoiding tight (muffin-top-forming) jeans whenever possible. So I love it when I can throw on an easy piece like this and dress it up or down with flats or my favorite booties.

And, I'll always have a place in my heart (and my closet) for a good polka dot...

Oh Joy / Mama Style

Mama outfit / 1. Dotty dress from Anthropologie, 2. Homako necklace, 3. Dolce Vita booties.

Oh Joy / Baby Style

Since I rarely dress Coco in pink (unless it's hot pink) and find myself annoyed by the expectation from strangers that she should be wearing pink, I like keeping around some little hair clips. They are my small note to the world to tell people "Yes, she's a girl!".

Babe outfit / 4. Homako hair clip, 5. Ultra Violet Kids dotty tee, 6. Gap Baby chambray bloomers, 7. Pons baby sandals.

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe

Oh Joy / Dressing the Babe

She's a girl who has some chunky baby thighs that I can't get enough of.

{Mural outside of Cafe 101. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco was 4.5 months old when these photos were taken and my new life goal is figuring out ways to make her laugh.}

dressing the babe / birds of a feather... 24 Feb 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

While we might still be okay with putting a bird on it, it's gotta be a bird of the exotic type these days. So here's my mini flamingo hanging with her mama swan in our cozy bird-inspired outfits.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

Mama Outfit / 1. Virginia Johnson swan tee (on sale!), 2. Calypso St. Barth sequins pants (past season) - similar, 3. Loeffler Randall flats (past season) - similar.

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Babe Outfit / 4. Little Pilgrim flamingo onesie from Bohem, 5. Striped leggings from Mabo Kids, 6. Winter bonnet by Briar Handmade, 7. Target baby sneakers (past season) - similar.

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Me Style

And yes, I kiss those cheeks 500 times a day.

{Mural by Retna. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Julia Wester. Coco was 3 months old when these photos were taken and has since developed a less concerned expression ;P} 

{field trip} a+r store... 17 Feb 2015

A+R Store / Los Angeles

I'm often so virtual these days that I tend to do most of my shopping online. But I miss the ritual of going into an actual store and seeing and feeling the pieces in person. Even if I'm not actually shopping to buy, there's still something so much more enjoyable about window shopping in person. I love imagining—even just for a second—how something I see in a store would look in my future dream home.

One of my favorite online modern home decor shops, A+R, has an actual brick and mortar store here in Los Angeles. It's rare to see independent shops that exist both online and in person these days, so I love seeing how a website comes alive in a real live space.

A+R Store / Los Angeles

A+R Store / Los Angeles

A+R Store / Los Angeles

A+R Store / Los Angeles

Full of modern, colorful, functional, and quirky pieces for the home, this shop makes me want to hang the coolest lights from my ceiling and paint my desk in an awesome, fun color!

A+R | 171 South La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 800.913.0071 x 3

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

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.} 

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