LA! some photos and video!

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we had such a great time a few weeks ago in california! before we spent time at monarch beach, we spent the week in LA seeing some good friends and making some new memories together. my birthday happened during that week so it was an extra exciting time for me.

we kept the video camera rolling here and there during the week so below are some fun little clips from our trip! hope you’re not terribly sick of my homemade videos just yet cause i’m learning so much putting them together and having the best time doing so. the song is sweet action by interest relief and we filmed everything on our canon 6d and edited it with final cut pro.

and a few quick photos….

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being dumb with my friend sarah and my birthday flowers! lol.  and can we all just take a moment to appreciate her eyes? because seriously. gorgeous.

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we got to see so many good friends that we don’t get to see too often since LA is so far. here’s a quick snap of conrad meeting baby sloan for the first time! they are just a few months apart so it’ll be fun to watch them grow over the years.

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until next time, california! xoxo

ps. for those who have asked in the past several posts, here are a few links….my white dress (that i wore a ton at monarch beach) and long blue dress. the colorful dress i wore on my birthday from here. my white sandal wedges and white sneakers. and my floral fiesta nanette lepore swimsuit is on amazon right now (just a few left. it’s always sold out!)

  1. Erica

    What mode do you use on your camera? Auto? Or are you changing the settings with Manual mode? The coloring/tone off all your images are so consistent! Also which program do you use to edit?

    Thanks!!

    • TAZA

      thanks! i shoot everything manually and life the color just a bit in photoshop or in final cut pro!

  2. Amanda

    Hi Naomi!

    So this suit… I’ve been back and forth on ordering the few left I can find! Do you feel it runs true to size?? The chest part looks big – not sure if it’s good for smaller chested girls like myself!

    Thanks:)

    • TAZA

      i think it’s true to size. i’d prefer a bit more coverage in that area there with this suit but i’m nursing right now so my breast size is all over the place each day.

  3. Jenn

    How cute were Sloan and Conrad!!!

  4. Olivia

    I absolutely LOVE seeing you and Emily together! I admire you both so much, it is adorable to see you are such great friends.

  5. Lauren

    your little videos are the sweetest! i say keep ’em coming! :)

  6. Micah

    I’m from L.A. but am currently living and studying abroad in Germany! It is so nice to see some beautiful photos and a little video of home- thanks Naomi :)

  7. Melissa

    Your past couple of videos have made me want to attempt a video when we do our trip to Cali next month! Griffith Observatory looks as awesome as everyone keeps telling me it is, so we will definitely be visiting.

    Super random question – was your friend in American Horror Story? He looks just like one of the characters! I did a double-take lol

    http://www.melismcgrath.com

    • TAZA

      he was! i still haven’t seen it but he’s so talented. i don’t think i could handle watching that show though, just the posters and billboard alone freak me out!

  8. Jessica

    I don’t think I could ever get sick of your sweet homemade videos!! They’ve actually inspired me to create more videos for my son to watch when he’s older! (Who am I kidding, he’ll enjoy them now. He’s the president of his own fan club!) We’re off for vacation next week, I’m taking so many pointers of what to film from your recent videos!!

  9. Julia

    This video was so so cute! LA is my home town but I haven’t spent more than 10 days there since moving away a year ago, and I cannot wait to be back. Gonna try that burger and those donuts :D

    Julia

    ExploresMore.com

  10. Lindsay

    Hi Naomi! Where did you get your cute P.Js (shown in the video)? They look so comfy!

    • TAZA

      i got them from anthropologie last fall the brand is eberjey!

  11. Amanda

    Thanks so much :) it’s always hard to know how to order swimsuits online. But you look gorgeous! So I want to give this suit a chance! I’m going to nyc this week and I see 90 degrees in the forecast- any tips on packing for lots of walking in the hot heat? I might look greasier than a pepperoni pizza by hour 4. I’ll just plan to eat ice cream all day to keep cool. Btw- you’ve gone from rockstar to supermom and you still rock it! I’m sure raising balanced kids in a chaotic world isn’t always easy- but you’re doing great. Contentment and simplicity!

  12. nanette

    how fun! it’s great seeing sloan and coco and conrad all together. we are here in l.a. for a few weeks so i can’t wait to check out that burger place! wonderful photos as always!

  13. I love all your photos and video! Everything looks so beautiful!

  14. Emily S

    I love the video! It inspires me to do more video capturing while I’m out and about. I used to do that much more often; time to pick it back up!

  15. Melissa

    Oh his character is one of the creepiest on the show!!! What an amazing actor though, he looks so nice in your photos but man can he pull of creepy well! We actually never quite finished last season but now we’ll have to go back and see how it ends. We just have to remember not to watch that show while eating because boy can it make you lose your appetite ;)

  16. Rae

    Oh my goodness I could never get sick of your videos! I’m obsessed with them :)

    -Rae
    studentsandstyle.wordpress.com

  17. Love your little videos! So happy and fun :)

  18. lacey

    so great! looks like you had a wonderful time! happy belated birthday!

  19. Gina

    I never comment, ever. But this video was so joyful to watch, I could not help but smile ear to ear while I sit here exhausted from the day with two little ones (5 & 3) I am in awe of the energy you guys have!!

  20. Madeline Leme

    Hey Taza!

    Do you mind sharing outfit details of your latest snapchat? That jumper and green top outfit was absolute perfection!

  21. Lindsay

    Hi Taza, I love your blog- you have such a beautiful, happy family! You are so inspiring! As a first time Mom to a 3 month old, how do you get naps in when you are travelling? Do you keep your kids on a schedule? Do they nap on the go? Curious- travelling soon, and would love some advice- hoping we can stay on the go- without sacrificing nap time (overtired babe just isn’t worth it!) ;) Thank you!

  22. Ashlee

    Love all your family vacation photos! Was just a t Griffith the other week also, I just love it up there! So pretty!

    http://www.tusksandtails.com
    @favro

  23. avital

    you guys really know how to rock this life

  24. Veronika

    Hi Taza!
    how do you breastfeed with the dress?
    thanks :)

    • TAZA

      since conrad is on solids now too, i don’t breastfeed every hour which is nice, but rather every couple of hours! and i’d just feed him in the car and lift up my dress a bit before we’d head out to whatever activity we were about to go on so i was covered somewhat!

  25. I simply adore your home videos – please do keep them coming.
    You guys are just about the most lovely little family and this blog is a real inspiration for mine, and my hopes for my family life!

    Rachel // illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

  26. hanna

    Love the video. Looks like a lot of fun. –Hanna Lei

  27. naomi, you find such joy and beauty in life’s little moments. you make every activity an adventure and craft a lovely story through words and imagery. i am always in awe of your creative abilities and skilled eye for loveliness.

    xx, leslie
    http://www.onebrassfox.com

    • TAZA

      thank you leslie! you are so nice. this comment meant a lot!

    • TAZA

      i mentioned it in the post, but i’m using final cut pro!

  28. Kaitlin

    Ni Naomi! I was wondering where your striped PJs are from? Thanks :)

    • TAZA

      they are from anthro, the brand is eberjey!

  29. Kayla

    I love your videos – they’re so raw, real and beautiful! Please continue them! Glad you had such a great trip. What’s not to love about California? :)

    • TAZA

      thank you! means so much!!!

  30. Myrna

    Love all these photos and that video is super cute. E and S have such an adorable bond it’s been fun to watch thanks for sharing.

    XX-Myrna
    Mybeatboutique.blogspot.com

  31. Kristin

    Absolutely lovely pictures! I have to laugh about that burger with the fried egg, my husband loves them, and when we are out to restaurants where people have never heard of it he is so depressed! He says they are the best!!!Lol….I still have yet to try it!!!PS I just ordered a pair of your red sandals….hope I like them as much as you! It’s hard finding something that last!!! Have a great day!!!xo

  32. Rachel

    I’m sure this will sound naive because I realize no one posts photos or videos of their kids acting out but….your toddlers seem SO HAPPY! My oldest is almost 3 and I’m just in awe of how you manage to go out and about and they behave so well and also maintain good attitudes! It’s clear they are having fun and I know you have done it since they were babies…but you’ve gotta be doing something right!
    I would love to see a post about your average day when you stay home with the kiddos and what it looks like. Tell me your secrets mama!

    • TAZA

      i’ve been working on a post a bit more about sleep and schedules and how we make it work with travel! i’ll share soon!

  33. Naomi!

    We could kiss you! We have been wondering why our shop has been flooded with views linked to your blog. All we can say is THANK YOU. And the power of plan check is truly unbeatable… best. burger. ever.

    WE LOVE YOU!

    xo,

    Laura & Megan

  34. Karli

    Is that Dave Annable from Brothers and Sisters? I thought it looked like him.

  35. Mayra

    Hi!
    You & your fam are the cutest!!! :)
    What is the name of the donut place you guys went to? I live in the L.A. area and wanna check it out!
    Thx!
    Mayra

    • TAZA

      california donuts!

  36. Amie

    California just never gets old. Super sweet video & pics!

  37. I have to say that the past two videos you’ve posted recently are my favorite. Really defines all about the family, and how much you show adoration to your kids especially Conrad. You are probably one of my favorite young blogger moms. Keep up the good work mama! Take care ;-)

    xo

  38. natalie

    Been wanting to capture more video too and currently have a Canon Mark III. When in video mode it doesn’t auto focus for me making it super hard to keep things in focus, especially with a 2 year old.

    Does your Canon auto focus in video mode? I would love to take more video but find it hard to juggle the big camera and a phone etc. to take video plus a kid and still try to enjoy and be engaged in whatever we’re doing! Just wondering how you do it, would love to attempt it more!!

    • TAZA

      i keep the camera on my arm and usually on so it’s ready to just pop up quickly when i want to record something. i actually prefer manual focus over auto because then i know i’m getting what i want in focus. it does get tricky if i’m holding a babe while trying to focus the camera, which is why a lot of this footage is pretty choppy. ha! but anyway, not sure if that was helpful but that’s how i try to keep it handy.

  39. Mercedes

    LOVED the video! Your family is just too cute! I was wondering, where is Eleanor’s adorable swim “onesie” from?! You have such an eye for finding the most precious outfits! :)

    • TAZA

      it’s by mara hoffman! crewcuts carried it this spring!

  40. SO CUTE! Cannot even handle these kids, #babyfever.

    xoxo

  41. Rachel

    Looks like such a fun trip! CA is filled with so much to do and so many places to see!

    Rachel
    http://rachelinflight.com

  42. Allison

    I’m so glad you were able to get to Malibu Farm! We just discovered it on Easter and love it! So glad you had a good time in LA, maybe next time I can meet you!

    xo Allison

  43. Kelleyn

    I think everyone in the blog world was in California at the same time! How funny! Didn’t see any donuts with fruit loops though!

  44. Maria

    Never stop making videos — they’re ADORABLE! Well done for living what seems like a full and happy life. A habit your children are surely picking up as well.

    Lots of love from Greece,
    Maria xx

  45. filicia

    Naomi, this trip looks so fun! i believe it is even more fun to experience it! your kids are so adorable, and conrad is super super cute. oh and that little sneaky E smacking the butt ;D hehehe.
    your video is so lovely, i think it captures the situation very well, and very real. also love your editing! it is really nice

  46. Jen

    Naomi: You seem to travel with your adorable brood so seamlessly. Would love to know your tips! Do you fly with car seats? What do you do about strollers (I noticed that you had a bugaboo bee in LA — how did you get it there — did you check it (and gate check or underneath)? Ship it? )… these little details would be so super helpful to us new mommies trying to figure it all out!
    Thanks in advance!
    Jen

  47. Daisy

    Loved the video! LA is my hometown so I recognize all of those places. California Donuts, yeah! And that LA smog. Looks like you had a great time. Emily is so stunning, pictures don’t do her justice. We just moved to New York so maybe I will see you :)

  48. Oh Hey! Blog

    This video is the absolute best!!! I love them, they are the perfect way at capturing moments and special scenes. Keep going with it!!!

    Megan || Oh Hey! blog

  49. Brianna

    I am going to California in a couple months, so what places would you recommend going to?