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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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in a {hair} rut! 9 Mar 2015

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Hair is such a funny thing to me. Some people can change their hair cut, hair color, and general hair vibe every month. And some people (like me) can have the same old hair style for years. My hair is that comfy pair of shoes that you wear every single day. I don't think much about it, I just go with it. But it's way boring which is why I've been playing around with ways to do new 'do's.

With my post-baby hair shedding and just a general feeling that I need a change, I think it's time for a legit hair cut! And not just my usual "Oh, just trim off a couple inches" thing. Something new. The last time I made a major change was when I brought back my bangs about five years ago. I'm pretty sure those bangs are staying, but I want to change up the rest of it. Shorter? A lob? Some color? Some wave? I feel like options are limited with my super straight thick hair but I'm trying to be open-minded.

Here are five inspiration photos I'm loving...

wavy lob with bangs

1. I love the slight wave and the angle to this cut. It seems flirty yet not-too-perfect. Plus, her eyeliner is on point! (via Brit)

Cute cut!

2. A shorter, layered bob that might help make me look cool and French. This might be too short for my face shape, but it sure does look cute on her! (via Forum)

Lauren Conrad

3. Lots of layers and texture like LC. (via Kristen Ess)

Emma Stone

4. Emma Stone's straight and sleek lob with long layers (via Huffington Post).

Gary Pepper

5. A super short bob with some beautiful, full waves. (via Gary Pepper)

What do you guys think? Any other styles I should check out?

{All photos credited above. Wallpaper in top image by Juju Papers.}

happy friday + a peek... 6 Mar 2015

Oh Joy Sneak Peek

Hey guys, it's been a busy week full of designing, design meetings, and photo shoots for new products coming out this year and next. Over the next few months, we have a bunch of new things coming out, so it was fun to hear on Facebook what you're hoping to see.

Our next product collaboration is launching next week! Here's a little peek above at our recent shoot...can you guess what it's going to be?

Have a great weekend all!

Oh and P.S. Did you see this? Ah!! Next to the President and Taylor Swift? NBD!

a modern bouffant... 5 Mar 2015

Oh Joy / A Modern Bouffant

I've always loved the look of 60's hairstyles but have always been too shy to try and recreate the 60's look on myself. So I asked Danielle to help me come up with a fun way to inject a touch of 60's into a modern hairdo that I could actually do myself. So take a look at our fun and flirty 'do that I like to call The Modern Bouffant. This hairstyle is simple, stylish, and takes less than 15 minutes!

Oh Joy / A Modern Bouffant

1. Nothing says 60's style like a severe side part and swept bangs. So take a comb or rat tail comb and part your hair on either side of your head.

2. Starting about halfway back from your hairline and towards the back curve of the head, take 1 inch sections of hair at a time and and using a teasing brush (which can be found at any beauty supply store) and tease, tease, tease, until you've created some volume in the back. The more height you want, the more you’ll need to tease. If your hair doesn’t like to hold a tease like mine, try sprinkling Osis Dust It hair powder by at the roots before you tease.

3. Smooth over the teased part of the hair by lightly brushing the surface of the hair only. You could stop here if you want and go for a sexy, side-swept look. Or...

4. Slightly twist a small piece of hair from each side of the head...

5....and gently secure each with a hair pin.

6. The final touch: a little hairspray around the pins for hold, and voila!

I love how different the side-swept part made me look, and it works even if you have bangs (like me)! The bangs just get hidden in the part.

P.S. Something else you can do with overgrown bangs...

{Photos by Casey Brodley and hair tips by Danielle Walch for Oh Joy. My top by Whit.}

living in the present or in the future... 4 Mar 2015

Oh Joy / Living in the Present

Oftentimes I find myself working so hard, lining up projects, crossing things off my to-do list, figuring out how to constantly pay all those bills, and working towards that "end goal" of success that I forget to live in today. I'm trying to be more present in the present by asking myself every night, "What's the best thing that happened today?". It doesn't have to be a big deal or anything hugely significant, it's just about noticing what's happening around you and appreciating life as it unfolds.

Go ahead and try it yourself...and tell me, friends, what's been your favorite thing to happen today?

P.S. On not doing it all...

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

fruity frozen sips... 3 Mar 2015

Fruity Frozen Sips / Oh Joy

Since I'm on a fruity kick lately, I'm all about ways to get my fruit juicing game on. Inspired by my love of color-blocking, we made these fruity frozen milk bottles which make for a super easy and colorful way to serve up the fruity fun for a girl's brunch or for a kids' birthday party.

Fruity Frozen Sips / Oh Joy

Simply fill glass milk bottles or small mason jars with juice (we used mango, grapefruit, and pineapple juice), then prop the jars at an angle in the freezer. Let them freeze until they're solid. When you're ready to serve the bottles, pull them out of the freezer and pour flat or sparkling water into the top half and finish off with a straw. The frozen section will stay cold for a while, so keep refilling your sips as needed for a pretty and punchy beverage!

P.S. Our fruity ice cubes from a couple years ago...

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

yeah yeah yeah... 2 Mar 2015

Custom Neon Sign DIY / Oh Joy Book

As we get closer to launch, I'm sharing a few peeks at projects from the new Oh Joy book coming out April 7th! One of my favorites is this custom Neon Sign project that you can make safely and easily in the comfort of your own home. And doesn't it look pretty awesome with the lights off...?

Oh-joy-book-neon-sign-2

...YEAH, YEAH, YEAH it does! You can find the how-to for this project and more by pre-ordering our book below...

You can purchase the book at these retailers: Amazon | Target | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indiebound | Booksamillion | Google Play | Harper Collins.

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Wallpaper by Juju Papers}

happy friday + something you didn't know about me...27 Feb 2015

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Happy Friday guys! The other day, I was chatting with a friend and learned about a talent of hers that I had never known about. So, I thought it would be fun to share something you didn't know about me...

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a baby-wearing workout!26 Feb 2015

A Baby-Wearing Workout

In my former pre-mom life, I worked out 4-6 times a week. It was what I did in my spare time, and I loved every minute (well, most minutes) of it. These days though, I can barely get in a workout. I'd rather spend my free time with my kids than be at the gym every day. I'd love to say that I wake up at 5am and go for a 5 mile run before my kids wake up, but I need every hour of sleep I can get. And by the time the kids are in bed, I either have work to finish up or I just want to watch some mindless TV and relax.

So, one of the ways I try to get in a workout these days is by wearing Coco during one of her naps. She's on a pretty set nap schedule and takes four naps a day mostly in her crib. But for one or two naps per day, she can nap in a baby wrap or carrier which makes it a perfect time for me to get in a workout while keeping her close to me. 

I asked my friend Lauren, founder of Lithe Method, to show me a few moves that I could share with you for a Baby-Wearing Workout while wearing my Ergo Baby wrap. You can do these exercises as their very own workout or as an add-on to a brisk walk with baby. The wrap I am using here is a hybrid wrap, which means it's strong like a woven wrap, but stretches to provide great fit and moves in every direction with your baby.

These exercises look easy but carrying the weight of your baby is really challenging. It requires strength and balance! You'll want to try and work up to 3 sets of 10 (30 reps), working one side of the body and then repeating on the other side. And, don't forget to breathe!

Are you ready?!?

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apple and pear nachos!25 Feb 2015

Apple and Pear Nachos

I have to admit...I've been eating terribly lately. Because I'm nursing, I'm hungry ALL THE TIME up until the minute I fall asleep. Which means you'll find me snacking on chips, nachos, crackers, and chocolate at 10pm and then falling asleep soon after. I try and tell myself I'm burning off the calories by feeding my baby, but that excuse only works for so long. So, we challenged ourselves to come up with a fun and filling snack that I could eat after dinner, yet has good fats and some protein to keep me full through bedtime.

And so we came up with these Apple and Pear Nachos as an update to those full-of-toppings and not-so-healthy nachos we know and love. Here are three fruity alternatives using apple and pear slices topped with dried fruits, nuts, and other fun little ingredients...

Apple and Pear Nachos

1. Granny Smith apples with marshmallow fluff, pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, and granola. 

Apple and Pear Nachos

2. Asian pear slices topped with nutella, dried mango, coconut, and toffee. 

Apple and Pear Nachos

3. Bartlett pears with dulce de leche spread (from Trader Joe's), sliced almonds, white chocolate chips, and pecans.

Simply slice the fruit horizontally (cutting through the core), cut out the seeds, and top with whatever you like! Just like regular nachos, the fun part is in the combinations you come up with as toppings. We tried out alternates to peanut butter, but of course, you can use classic peanut butter or almond butter as a spread for more protein. 

What other ingredients would you guys top these with?

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

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