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oh joy for boys... 24 Mar 2016

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

One of the things I hear most from moms of boys is that there aren't as many cool options for dressing them as there are for girls. Being a mom of girls, I haven't had to through that challenge. But I know when I've been on the hunt for baby boy gifts in the past, it can be hard to find a lot outside of typical blue and khaki with standard stripes and plaids. Which is why when we designed the pieces for our Oh Joy for Target baby apparel collection, I wanted to make sure to offer more patterns, colors, and simply just fun mix-and-match items for boys, too! (Oh Joy isn't only for girls, anymore ;).

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Here are a just a few of my favorites from playwear to sleepwear for the little guys in your life.

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Oh Joy for Target / Baby Boy Apparel

Look at those cuties! I can't even take it. I'm SO glad we got to add in some non-girl specific items in our newest collection for all those moms of boys (or those who want gender-neutral clothing) who have been asking for it over the last couple years! If there's anything else you're hoping for in future baby collections, please let me know that, too!

{Top photo: Ever via Cassidy, Bottom photos: Andy and Otto via Angie}

oh joy for target baby apparel! 3 Mar 2016

Oh Joy for Target Baby Apparel

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I'm excited to share a peek at the newest addition to the Oh Joy for Target line...baby clothes! We'll have over 50 different sets of easily wearable, washable, mix-and-match pieces for all babies (girl, boy, and gender neutral) sized from 0-24 months. We’ve designed the collection so you can mix and match the entire collection, making dressing your babe super easy and fun. If a top gets dirty, swap it out for a different style or print from the collection and continue on with your day. The pieces will launch this Sunday, March 6th (online at Target.com only).

Watch our fun video below to see more of the collection!

Also, stay tuned tomorrow morning at 10am PST for a special Periscope where I will show you every single piece from the collection LIVE on Periscope. You can ask me questions and see all details up close before the baby clothing launches online. So if you're not yet on Periscope, sign up and follow me @ohjoy so you can be alerted to the live broadcast and watch it in real time (or within 24 hours while the broadcast is still up)!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, video by Jenner Brown, flats by Julia Wester and Jessica Hong. All clothes shown are Oh Joy for Target. Shoes on Coco by Zuzii and Freshly Picked.} 

dressing the babe / fancy florals... 24 Feb 2016

Dressing the Babe / Fancy Florals

Dressing the Babe / Fancy Florals

When you have kids, one of the last things you think about is getting dressed up with them. Who puts their kids in fancy clothes, anyway?!? Well, we decided to get dressed up in our latest Dressing the Babe because it's fun to feel a little extra special (and a baby in a swishy skirt or dress is pretty epic). Whether it's for a wedding or other special occasion, here's my take on a fancy outfit for me and my babe...

Dressing the Babe / Fancy Florals

I'm a sucker for a pleated skirt—it adds so much movement and texture to the outfit. I also added in a dickie (when's the last time you've seen someone wear those?) to add a little extra softness and contrast around the neck of this floral blouse.

Mama outfit / 1. Marimekko blouse, 2. Le cou Miette collar, 3. J.Crew pleated skirt (past season / similar), 4. BC shoes (past season / similar).

Dressing the Babe / Fancy Florals

Oh, this outfit that I wish came in my size! There are just no words...

Babe outfit / 5. Crew & Lu floral top, 6. Crew & Lu striped skirt, 7. Crew & Lu collar, 8. shoes by Zuzii.

Dressing the Babe / Fancy Florals

Dressing the Babe / Fancy Florals

If you have kids (or even if you don't), try getting extra dressed up for a day. Don't worry about what will stain, if your kids will make a mess of their outfit (or yours) and just enjoy that fancy feeling. It's pretty fun not to always be so practical sometimes, too.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester, outfit styling by Joy Cho. Coco is 16 months and sadly, a real toddler now!}

an oh joy for target launch party! 4 Feb 2016

Oh Joy for Target

In just a few days—this Sunday, February 7th—we'll be launching the new Oh Joy for Target home decor collection in all Target stores in the US and online. Last month, we held a launch party with some of our LA friends and colleagues to celebrate the new collection and give a peek at what's to come. Come check it out for a look at what you can expect to find starting Sunday...

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#ohjoyfortarget babes! 29 Jan 2016

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Every time I release a new collection, I am blown away by watching how everyone is using their new pieces! This newest nursery collection has been so fun to watch as you wrap your babes of all ages in Oh Joy for Target! Even, tiny newborns coming home from the hospital...I can't even...

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Look at these peaceful sleeping babes! (via @scigitte, @tinykaper, @i_heart_loo, @brantlieherring)

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

These cuties are awake and as happy as can be!
(via @magic_kingdom_mamas@rubi_jones@rksleeter@tinykaper)

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Oh Joy for Target happy customer

Even pups love Oh Joy, too (especially when they are prepping for a new baby in the house)! (via @bradyandbaby, @nowservingboba)

Please keep sharing with me with using #OhJoyforTarget on Instagram! Have a great weekend guys!

{Top photo by @girlintheredshoes, other photos noted above}

being there for bedtime... 12 Jan 2016

Being there for bedtime

These days I can't say I'm the most social butterfly. I've learned that I don't have to say "yes" to every party, every invite, or every instance that someone asks to hang out. Sure, I'd love to go to everything. But I can't. And I choose what's worth it. Life with two kids has finally gotten a bit better (the first year was INSANE and I cried a lot). We're (mostly) in the swing of things, we have our new routine, and I'm able to take a bit of "me time" to have dinner with friends or go out and be social when I can. But I really limit what I say yes to and what I'll go out to.

My main thing is that I have to (need to) be there for bedtime, and all of my plans are based around that. I say no to 99% of things that conflict with bedtime and worry that I might seem lame for saying "no". But it's unless I am out of town for work or there's something exceptional going on, I plan date nights with my husband, dinner with friends, or any social events around my kids' bedtime. All of my friends know that once 7pm hits, I am free. But not a minute before. Often, I'm tired and eager to get them to bed because I am ready for some moments of peace, but it's often that time right before those moments of peace where the best parts of the day live. Seeing their sleepy faces, being part of the getting them bathed, PJ'ed, and off to dream about whatever kids dream about is such a treasured part of my day. 

I kiss their faces 25 times, I say goodnight...and just as I am about to close the door, Ruby whispers, "Mama, you're going to be home all night, right? Are you going to leave the house while I'm sleeping?"

Ha. Caught in the act.

{iPhone photo of sleepy Coco at 14 months}

oh joy for target / home decor and nursery collections! 4 Jan 2016

Oh Joy for Target Home Decor

I hope you all had an amazing holiday and new year! I'm happy to be back and starting 2016 off with a bang. Last year, we were working on some top secret new things. I'm so excited to finally reveal a peek at our newest Oh Joy! for Target collection! Our new home decor and nursery collections take Oh Joy! into the home even more and bring you items designed to add color, whimsy, and a touch of surprise.

Oh Joy for Target Home Decor

Oh Joy for Target Home Decor

The Oh Joy! for Target spring home decor collection (which debuts in stores and online February 7th) is made up of 20 pieces from vases to pillows to end tables to brass party animals. I wanted to create a collection of cheerful home décor pieces that were grounded in bright colors and quirky details. Check out a few of my favorites above!

Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

Oh Joy for Target Nursery Collection

The Oh Joy! for Target nursery collection (which debuts in select stores and online now in early January) includes 26 items for your babe's new space ranging from crib bedding to swaddles to changing pad covers to diaper bags. I love creating nurseries that a baby will sleep, play, and grow with. In this collection, we mixed fun icons, mix-and-match prints, and notes of whimsy to create a truly lovable space that both parents and their little ones will enjoy. 

Next Monday, January 11th, I'll be sharing a more detailed look at more of the products LIVE on Periscope. So if you're not yet on Periscope, sign up and follow me @ohjoy so you can be alerted to the live broadcast and watch it in real time (or within 24 hours while the broadcast is still up)!

I can't wait for you to see them in person and stock up on your favorite pieces! You'll be able to see it all at Target.com/OhJoy as they arrive.

{All photos via Target} 

dressing the babe / winter florals... 18 Dec 2015

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

In our last Dressing the Babe for this year, I was inspired by keeping florals going into winter (who says florals are for summer, only?!). My little nugget, Coco, is walking! So we went for a walk near the LA River to scoop up the last bit of December before the end of the year...

Dressing the Babe / Mama Style

I'm loving long dresses lately, especially those that cinch at the waist a bit to give a little shape. Accented by a floral necklace, I love the contrast of the pop of color against the deep green hue.

Mama outfit / 1. D.Ra dress, 2. Vegan jacket from Anthropologie from last season (similar here and here), 3. Gaia necklace, 4. Loeffler Randall booties (past season)

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

If you have changed a diaper with a wiggly baby before you know that rompers with snaps in the crotch are a must. I love little rompers, but often they don't have snaps and so changing a diaper involves having to undress your babe completely.

Babe outfit / 5. Thief & Bandit romper, 6. June & January cardi, 7. Crew & Lu pom headband, 8. Zuzii shoes, 9. Afternoon Faun Octopus

Dressing the Babe / Mama and Baby Style

Dressing the Babe / Baby Style

Ah...this face! This face makes me want to have another baby (no just kidding, not really). But I do love that face. That's Coco impersonating Adele saying, "Hello, it's me..."

{Photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester, outfit styling by Joy Cho. Coco is 14 months and walking around town like she owns it.}

a little bundle {giveaway}... (NOW CLOSED) 1 Dec 2015

Cheerily Baby Clothing

In preparation for the holidays, we have a super cute giveaway from the folks at Cheerily. We're giving away the above set—that includes 2 baby tees and the custom baby hoodie and sweats ($100 value each)— to THREE lucky readers. You can customize the back of the hoodie with a word of your choice (I chose BABE). So whether you're looking to outfit your own babe or gift another kiddo in your life, these are so fun and perfect for both boys and girls!

Bonus! This giveaway is open to all readers, located anywhere in the world! To enter, please visit Cheerily, then leave a comment here telling me which babe you'd gift this set to if you won. Entries close this Friday, December 4th at 8am PST and three winners will be chosen at random.

*This giveaway is open to those anywhere in the world. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $100 USD total value per winner. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

{Photo by Casey Brodley}

how to create a portrait photo studio at home... 23 Nov 2015

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

Maybe you’ve decided you’d like to take a family holiday photo or some cute photos of your kids as gifts for relatives, but a professional photographer is out of budget. Or you simply waited until the last minute and need to take some photos ASAP. I've partnered with Olympus today to show you how easy it is to set up a simple backdrop within a small space of your home to take these photos yourself!

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

1. Make your own seamless backdrop. All you need is a wall in your home or garage that gets good natural light that you can temporarily cover. Depending on how many people will be in the photo, the width you need might vary from 5-9 feet wide depending on how many people will be in the photo. If you plan to do this often, it's worth getting one roll of seamless paper in either 5 ft wide to photograph less than 2 people or 9 ft wide for bigger families with 3 or more people.

If you’re feeling crafty, simply buy a giant roll of white seamless paper and go crazy with paint to create the backdrop of your dreams. Or, you can make it easier on yourself by using fabric that already comes in a great color or pattern. Find a bed sheet in a fun pattern or buy a few yards of fabric at a local fabric store.

To hang the background, simply use thumbtacks or blue painters tape to adhere the top and sides of the paper/fabric to the wall, then let the rest of it drape down to the ground with enough room for the subject to stand on it. You'll need at least 10 feet long in total regardless of whether you use paper or fabric. With either option, it's so easy to roll up the seamless paper or just fold up the fabric and save it for next time.

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

2. Lighting is key for taking a good photo easily. You want indirect, natural sunlight especially when taking the photos yourself. A professional photographer might know how to combat harsh lighting with diffusion techniques or with their camera settings, but you want to set yourself up for success. Usually the beginning of day and end of day are the best times to have indirect light, but it will depend on your location and where the sunlight comes through the window.

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

3. Sit, stand, dance, jump! Just because you’re in front of a backdrop, doesn’t mean you need to stand still. If you’re using the backdrop for a baby’s monthly photo, you can have them sitting in front of the wall or laying down on the same background. This makes for a great way to have consistent baby update photos throughout the year because you can use the same fabric as a backdrop and they can go from laying down when they are tiny to sitting or standing as they get bigger.

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

4. Use a remote shutter release. Often people feel limited because they don’t have anyone available to take a photo of them or of their family. So, if you don’t have a friend you could ask, you can do it on your own with your camera and a tripod. The camera we used to take these portraits, the Olympus E-M10 Mark II, lets you turn your smart phone into a remote shutter. So you can control when it takes the photo without relying on anyone else or having to run in and out of frame like a crazy person with a self-timer.

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

5. Add props! While props can get cheesy, it doesn’t have to be a mustache and silly glasses. When you’re taking photos in your home, you have less of an outside environment to work with, so make it fun for yourself and bring in a few quirky items that will allow you to let loose and show off your personality and spirit.

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

6. Family photos aren’t just for families with kids. If you’re a couple or a girl with a cute pup, your friends and family still want to see your face! So use this as a chance to make a great holiday card, framed prints for family, or custom thank you cards. 

You can create this at home studio any time of year especially when you always find yourself saying “I wish I just had a few really good photos of my family”.

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

Let's talk cameras for a second. We are always asked what type of cameras we use for Oh Joy photos. While we will happily share what we use, the quality of cameras we use is a higher end, professional camera that I wouldn't recommend to someone who needs a camera for personal use. So, I was pretty excited to get to try the Olympus E-M10 Mark II which is what was used to shoot all the portraits in this post. It’s a high quality camera at a price point that is more reasonable for personal use (under $600). It allows you to change lenses, you can shoot in manual (if you want), it has a mirrorless lens (which allows you to have a more precise focus), and it's small enough to carry around in your bag. It's a great compromise between a DSLR and a point and shoot and is an entry level camera that has features of a professional one and now I finally have something to recommend to the at-home photographer. Stay tuned for a giveaway tomorrow on Instagram where we'll be giving away FIVE of these cameras!

how to create a portrait photo studio at home

Regardless of what camera you use (you can even use your iPhone if you need to), hopefully this will help inspire you to take more photos of you and your family within the convenience of your own home.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Olympus. 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, backdrops by Ariel Fulmer. Coco's outfit by Such Great Heights. Special thanks to Olive Brodley and Ariel Fulmer.}

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