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dressing the babe / wink this way... 8 Sep 2015

Oh Joy / Mama and Me Style

Oh Joy / Kids Style

Oh Joy / Kids Style

I never thought I'd come back to a black and white phase, but here we are. I'm totally loving black and white again when used graphically and with a hit of color...

Oh Joy / Mama Style

A simple, graphic tee has been one of my go-to pieces lately. Tuck them into anything (jeans, skirts, shorts), and it instantly feels a bit more put together. And, those clogs?!? (You might remember them from this zebra photo).

Mama outfit / 1. Samantha Hahn wink tee, 2. Gap denim jogger pants, 3. Bryr clogs (custom color).

Oh Joy / Kids Style

Those new Freshly Picked sneakers are out-of-control cute, and I just want them in my size!

Babe outfit / 4. Ultra Violet Kids (past season - similar), 5. Camp Wolf shorts from Yolk, 6. Freshly Picked shoes, 7. Crew Cuts unicorn necklace.

Oh Joy / Baby Style

People still think Coco is a boy when they see her in public (since I don't dress her in pink very often), so I'm giving "hints" to people with a little pin or patterned headband here and there...

Littlest Babe outfit / 8. Riley & Co. tee, 9. Ultra Violet Kids (past season - similar), 10. Freshly Picked moccasins, 11. Bitte headband.

Oh Joy / Kids Style

Oh Joy / Mama and Me Style

Oh Joy / Kids Style

Oh, and we're finally at a place where Ruby truly loves her sister. It took us a while to get there, but it's the best to see their relationship starting to form.

{Mural outside of Coffee Commissary/Siren Studios in Hollywood. Photos by Casey Brodley, outfit styling by Joy Cho, flat styling by Ariel Fulmer. Coco is 10 months old and is starting to have opinions. Ruby is almost 4 and finally growing out of the terrible three's.}

currently loving... 31 Aug 2015


Hi guys! I'm back! We had such a fun time in Seattle. I'll be sharing some of our favorite things we did on the trip later this week. In the meantime, I'm currently obsessing over these beautiful goods from the beautiful new line, Odeme. These accessories feel timeless with a wonderful mix of bold patterns and vintage details. And, the packaging?!? Just. so. good...

{field trip} pygmy hippo shoppe... 19 Aug 2015

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

It's been a while since we've shared some of our favorite places for retail therapy here in Los Angeles. And I'm excited to share this little treasure with you. Pygmy Hippo is like a modern day curiosity shop located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. They've got lots of tiny, kitschy, and quirky gifts, books, jewelry, and other various things to ooooh and ahhhh over...

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

Pygmy Hippo Los Angeles

It's such a fun, little shop to explore and find something for that person who already has everything. And now, I suddenly want a ton of crazy cool pins, an eye necklace, and a mean girls nesting doll set!

If you're in LA, you can visit them at the address below. If you're not in LA, they have a smaller selection online right here!

Pygmy Hippo | 306 N. Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 | 323.501.6187

{Photos by Casey Brodley 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 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!).


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.


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.


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