neutral boho christmas decor //

This post in and of itself is sort of a momentous occasion for me. You see, it’s my first Christmas tree as an adult. This is the first time I’ve ever had my own tree, in my own home… and I’ll be gathering around it on Christmas morning, coffee in hand. This year, I made the decision to stay in Seattle rather than flying back to Maryland. It was a tough call, but it feels really right. After all, Seattle is actually my home and I’m over the moon to finally be back in this gorgeous city.

neutral boho christmas decor //

I reached out to the kind folks at Lowe’s to help me put together my dream tree, with the concept of ‘neutral bohemian vibes’ in mind. Selecting a tree and ornaments felt like an investment — both in the aesthetic of my home during the holidays, but also in the future of my decorating for the holidays. I wanted to pick pieces that hand legs, stuff I could bring out year after year, all the while adding more special ornaments to the mix.

I wanted the tree itself to be rather tall to take advantage of my 12′ ceilings. I opted for a pre-lit artificial tree mostly for environmental reasons, but also to keep this tradition alive year after year. I have to say, I miss that fresh pine needle smell, but thankfully I get a lot of that when I go hiking outside of Seattle so I think I’m all set.

neutral boho christmas decor // neutral boho christmas decor //

Simple glass ball ornaments are a long time favorite of mine, so I picked out 4 different colors: matte cream, matte copper, matte champagne, and matte peacock teal. This shade is rapidly becoming my favorite of the season, so it felt right to incorporate it into my tree. Also, instead of using simple metal hooks to hold the ornaments, I tied on a loop of natural twine to give the ornaments a softer, more boho look.

I went for a traditional faceted tree topper and just kept it simple.


deals deals deals // shop my favorite black friday sales including 25% off from @anthropologie! head to for all of the details and discount codes.

I’m planning on doing something tooooootally different for gift guides this year, but I couldn’t help myself — the Black Friday sales are just too good to keep to myself. Here are my top picks for your easy perusing!

deals deals deals // shop my favorite black friday sales including 25% off from @anthropologie! head to for all of the details and discount codes.

First up: Anthropologie is offering 25% off everything for Black Friday. I like to use this as an opportunity to stock up on pary dresses, cute gifts, and lotssss of holiday home decor.

a few favorites:

from 11/27 – 11/30, use code SHOPTOIT at checkout.


shoulda been a florist // elegant Thanksgiving centerpiece //

If you’re anything like me… Thanksgiving has kind of snuck up on you. Like, it’s tomorrow. Oops. Cue the need for last-minute decor that still feels thoughtful and elegant. Flowers are a clear way to do this, and not just because they are my obvious favorite. For this Thanksgiving centerpiece, I decided to ‘upcycle’ my pumpkin from Halloween and use it as a vessel to hold my flower arrangement.

shoulda been a florist // elegant Thanksgiving centerpiece // shoulda been a florist // elegant Thanksgiving centerpiece //


today on the blog: i'm sharing how i surprised my boyfriend with the ultimate gift //

When it comes to gift giving this year, I am way more inclined to focus on sharing an experience, rather than just giving a ‘thing.’ And I definitely want it to be something that falls more onto the ‘want list’ than the ‘need list.’ Recently, I teamed up with awesome gear and menswear shop Huckberry for the ultimate surprise for my boyfriend: a mini makeover for his adventure rig.

today on the blog: i'm sharing how i surprised my boyfriend with the ultimate gift //

Sean bought his ’90 Isuzu Trooper for a song off of Craigslist and has worked his butt off turning into a reliable adventure rig. One of the main projects he undertook was the interior. He stripped out the backseats and installed a wooden platform with storage underneath — it makes for the perfect sheltered campsite, especially in the PNW rain.

today on the blog: i'm sharing how i surprised my boyfriend with the ultimate gift //

We’ve taken Sean’s Trooper out for climbing and camping a ton this fall, but it’s always been a rig that feels barebones. With this makeover, I wanted it to feel more comfortable and maybe even a little bit romantic!


portrait of a cocktail // quincy hot toddy recipe

Is there anything more perfect than a Hot Toddy to sip on a chilly night? I certainly can’t think of anything! Boozy, warm, sweet, and did I mention boozy? Hot Toddy’s have been enjoyed for years and years- I remember my grandmother making these when I was younger. They are like a big, warm hug you can drink!

The best thing about Toddies? They are perfect to drink when you are sick. The golden-hued cocktail can sooth the worst ailments and they have a way of chasing even the most terrible of winter blues away!

Quince Hot Toddy //

I recently went to the farmer’s market and bought a bunch of quince from a stand and then realized I had no idea what to do with them when I got home! I have had quince paste on many a cheese board, but as far as preparing them, not so much.  I knew I wanted to turn them into a dessert and a cocktail, but I quickly found out they are not not the easiest to work with from the start.

This delicious fruit is at first glance and taste, well, a little gnarly. The bumpy, knobby, lime green fruit is woody and bitter tasting when raw, but as the saying goes, good things are worth waiting for and quince is no exception! Once you simmer them for a bit with some sugar and spices, they turn into sweet, tender edible gold!

Quince Hot Toddy //

I decided to use the quince in a Hot Toddy. The spices used for cooking the fruit reminded me of those often used in the tasty hot beverage. I infused a high-proof bourbon with the quince (higher-proof spirits infuse better). I then used some of the spiced honey syrup from cooking to use as the sweetener for the drink. What started off as an experiment has turned into one of my favorite libations for the middle of winter!


DIY Macramed Spoon Handle //

Now that we’re well into the holiday season, I wanted to give you a quick DIY you can do with a few things from around the house. This is a great way to freshen up your serving utensils for a big dinner, or even as a cute hostess gift alongside some nice cocoa or tea. Try it with colored twine for a festive spin, or stick to neutral for that oh so wintery cable-knit sweater vibe.

DIY Macramed Spoon Handle //


When choosing your spoon, make sure the handle is either round or square, the spiral pattern won’t work as well on a flat handle. I used a small wooden spoon to serve sugar with my after-dinner coffee, but this would work just as well on a pair of salad tongs or even a broom handle. Once you get into the groove, it’s tempting to try on just about everything!

DIY Macramed Spoon Handle //

Start by cutting a piece of twine three to four feet long and tying it firmly at the top of your spoon handle. Next, cross the left piece over the handle and the right piece under the handle then through loop it created. I imagine I’m making a number “4” with the first piece and the spoon handle, then take the other piece and feed it through empty part of the four to the other side.

That’s all there is to it! Repeat all the way down the handle, rotating the spoon as you go to facilitate the spiral and pulling tightly between each knot. Once you get to the end of your spoon, finish it off with a firm square knot and trim the ends.

DIY Macramed Spoon Handle //

Project and styling by Gwen McKenzie for Jojotastic.

Photography by Meghan Klein.

pssst… more DIY projects right this way!

fall in seattle //

Greetings from San Francisco! The boyfriend and I are in town for a quick, impromptu trip for Friendsgiving and I couldn’t be more excited to see the sun… and my friends, I swear. It’s just that we’ve had a few soggy days here in Seattle (as you can see above) and it’s been wearing on me. Really though, the excitement levels are pretty damn high lately — next week is my absolute favorite holiday!

Enter to win a gift for you and a friend from @Lamps Plus!

And a bit more thrilling news… I’ve partnered with Lamps Plus on an amazing holiday sweepstakes! My home is very near and dear to me at the moment, so I’m alllll about giving decor as gifts this year. Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow Lamps Plus on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Comment and tag a friend on the Holiday Gift Guide sweepstakes post. For multiple entries, tag additional friends individually. Specify which item you’d like to win — you and a friend will each win that gift!

Winners will be notified by @LampsPlus on or about November 30. They’re also sharing a coupon code, use GiftGuide15 through December 31st for $10 off your order of $150 or more.*

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog this week:

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

image via Instagram.

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