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welcome little coco! 23 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

Oh Joy / Baby Coco

We're excited to share the arrival of Coco Grace Cho! Our 2nd little lady (and Ruby's little sister) was born Monday night, October 20th at 6lbs, 3oz. We thought we had a couple more weeks to prepare, but it seemed as though she had other plans. She's only been in the world for a few days, but I already know she's the one we've been waiting for to make our family complete.

We're back home resting, and I'm trying my best to soak up time as a family of four. I have posts and content that's been planned in advance, so you can still check here daily. And I'm sure you'll find a new baby photo or two over on Instagram too while I'm taking some cuddly baby time at home. She's still very new and smushy, so I'll be sure to share more photos as her little self begins to develop...

P.S. Thanks so much for your tips on life with two kids. I'm trying to do my best to take each day as it comes and enjoy both the ups and downs that come with every new chapter of life.

happy friday + getting ready for 2 kids... 17 Oct 2014

Oh Joy / Floral Crowns

Oh Joy / Floral Crowns

At 37 weeks, this whole second baby thing is starting to get real. I'm excited, but nervous, to start this whole process again. I'm anxious to have a tiny, helpless person in my arms. I'm unsure about how it will be to be a mother of two, how to juggle that whole life thing, to see how Ruby will handle sharing her world with another baby. If you have any tips or suggestions for me as we crossover from parents of one to two, I am all ears!

Have a great weekend, guys. We'll just be hanging out and wearing these crazy beautiful floral crowns that Siren Floral Co. made from my Fox and Sparrow session yesterday (more photos from that soon)!

{Photos by Oh Bob}

dressing the bump / 36 weeks! 15 Oct 2014

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Dressing the Bump / Fall Outfits

Alright guys, this is my last pre-baby episode of Dressing the Bump! We're at 36 weeks and talking about how to layer for fall with blazers, jackets, sweater dresses, and long-sleeve rompers. 

These videos have been really fun to make for you, and it's also challenged me to really celebrate that bump while pregnant. I hope you'll share this series with your sisters, friends, and co-workers who are expecting! I have one last post-baby bump video coming after our little lady arrives and will cover that "post-baby bump" as well as some great pieces to wear while nursing.

You can find all sources for the clothing worn in this video below...

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a thank you necklace DIY! 3 Oct 2014

Marbled Necklace DIY

Happy Friday friends! For this second baby, we didn't have an actual baby shower, but some of my YouTube friends decided to throw me a Virtual Baby Shower! Each one of them is sharing a video of something they’d make to contribute to a real life baby shower.

As a thank you, today I’m going to show you how to make these Thank You Baubles. Rather than just writing a card, you can make these little necklaces to send to friends with a thank you note to show how much you appreciate their gifts or for hosting your shower. The best part is, they are super easy to make but look like you spent way more time than you actually did! And your friends get a little keepsake they can use and wear regularly!

P.S. Have a great weekend and stay tuned next week for another fun marbling project!

// Materials Used //
Wooden geometric beads
Neon orange elastic cord
Brass screw nuts 
Nail polish colors of your choice
Gold mailer tubes
Decorative paper from local Art Supply store
Primer
Dish pan or small tub from local grocery store
Copper wire

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Music is "Never Wanna Grow Up" by Katrina Stone
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

a little {giveaway} with oeuf...(now closed) 30 Sep 2014

Oeuf Layette Giveaway

As we prepare for baby, I've been going through lots of tiny clothes lately. I can't get enough of super soft, organic pieces for our babe. As a long-time fan of the Oeuf brand, I was excited to see their newest layette line of whimsical and organic clothing. So today, we've partnered with them to give away seven of my favorite pieces to one lucky reader. This includes: Kimono Onesie, Harem Pants, Jumper, MittensTee, Leggings, and Booties shown here (a total value of $200). I love the little gold cat prints and bunny faces, but the winner gets to choose the colors and sizes of your choice!

Oeuf Layette Giveaway

Oeuf Layette Giveaway

To enter, simply visit the Oeuf website and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from the layette collection and who you'd give these to if you won. Entries must be posted by this Friday, October 3rd, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats to Mallory T. from Carol Stream, IL for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $200 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

happy friday + maternity/family photos... 26 Sep 2014

Oh Joy Family Photos

Before Ruby was born, we never had professional family photos taken (except for our wedding photos). We never took engagement photos, and I didn't take maternity photos the first time around because I thought I had to do typical maternity shots which I was never into. But since Ruby's come into our lives, I've realized how nice it is to have these visual memories to keep and cherish forever. Even though we take a ton of photos ourselves in our daily lives, we so rarely have ones with all three of us in them. So this time around, I chose to take maternity photos but really have them be about documenting our family of three before we become a family of four. Here are a few of my favorites photographed by the amazing Luke and Katherine of Max + Friends...

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

Oh Joy Family Photos

...and then here's the face Ruby will make soon when she realizes she has to share all the attention with her baby sister...

Here are a few photos of me solo. I kept the same outfit on—something simple, yet it defined the belly well and had a lot of color. Since this is probably the last time I'll be pregnant, I wanted to remember how lucky I am to get to carry another baby inside of me...

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

Oh Joy Maternity Photos

The best part is, we shot all of these in less than two hours. I love the combination of photos at home in our natural, everyday space and a few others that were photographed in front of a gorgeous floral home that add so much color and life.

If you've ever been apprehensive about taking maternity photos, I say do it because you only get a few chances to capture these moments in life. Thank you to Katherine and Luke (who also photographed our holiday photos last year) for seeing the way that you do and capturing our family so beautifully.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

{Photos by Luke and Katherine of Max + Friends. My hair and makeup by Danielle Walch. My skirt by Calypso St. Barth (from past season), necklace by Emily Green, Ruby's romper by Wolfechild. Grey duvet by DwellStudio, pink pillowcases by Suku Home.}

bite size style... 23 Sep 2014

Oh Joy / Bite Size Style

There's nothing cuter than tiny little clothes! So to inspire some back-to-school style for your mini me, here's a bite size video we put together showing a few of our favorite layered outfits for fall. There's plenty of mix-and-match patterned goodness in classic Oh Joy style.

And, you can see all sources for the clothing below...

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happy friday + nesting... 19 Sep 2014

Oh Joy / Hers and Mine shoes

You guys, I have officially gone into nesting mode. If you try and look for me right now, I am somewhere rummaging through a closet or in boxes or sorting through piles of clothes or baby things. I've been getting rid of things by the bagful and trying to make space for the new baby...both physically and mentally.

Why is that nesting happens when you're super pregnant and not capable of moving around tons of things? Yet all I want to do is move around a ton of things. Both Bob and Ruby have been sick this week, so we've had lots of restless night around here lately, and I'm hoping for some rest for all of us this weekend.

I hope you have a fun and restful weekend, too! I love this time of year because it's just starting to feel like a change is on the way....

{Photo by Oh Joy. Shoes by Brother Vellies.}

dressing the bump / 32 weeks! 15 Sep 2014

Dressing the Bump - Formal Occasions

Dressing the Bump - Formal Occasions

Dressing the Bump - 32 Weeks

We're at 32 weeks, and I'm excited to share the sixth episode of my Dressing the Bump series! This week, I'm talking about how to dress for formal occasions while pregnant. It can be tricker to get dressy while pregnant because there aren't as many options as when dressing casually. So, we're taking a look at a mix of maternity and non-maternity pieces to wear for weddings, work events, or a date night out.

You can find all sources for the clothing worn in this video below...

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conversations about babies... 2 Sep 2014

Oh Joy and Ruby

With less than nine weeks to go, we've had our fair share of conversing with Ruby about her baby sister-in-the-making. Here are just a few of my favorite things she's said or asked about the baby lately...

"My favorite ice cream is chocolate, and the baby's favorite ice cream is ga-nilla."

"Mama, how's the baby doing today? Is she ready to come out yet?"

"Hi baby! When you come out, I'm going to carry you on my shoulders!"

"Mama, your boobies got SO big!"

"Babies get milk from mommies. And kids get fresh cold milk from cows."

And probably my favorite...

Ruby: "Who's that baby's daddy?"
Me: "I think the baby has the same daddy as you!"
Ruby: "Noooo, her daddy is a potato!"

{Photo by Oh Bob. My dress by Sonnet James, vest by Madewell, necklace by Emily Green. Ruby's shirt by Whistle & Flute, shorts by House of Mia, necklace by Coral & Cloud.}

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