a letter to noodle // one year later

It’s been exactly one year since I adopted my tiny little dachshund, Noodle, and I felt like it’s only fitting for me to write about just how awesome it’s been.

To my dearest Noodie boy,
Happy adoption day! I’ve learned so much from you over this past year. Before you came into my life, I had no idea I could snuggle this much, stay in bed this late, and work so many hours with a 17-pound lump on my lap. You’ve taught me to be patient with your stubborn, stubborn ways, whether it’s putting on the brakes to sniff another dog’s ass, eating every bit of garbage on the street, or barking incessantly. It’s true, I’ve learned patience from you and I’m grateful for that in a weird way. Thank you for all of the sweet midnight cuddle sessions, for keeping me safe from running children in hats, and for always loving me. I can’t wait to see where we go next. Mama loves you, you strange, little wiener.

a letter to noodle // one year laterIf you can’t already tell, I absolutely recommend adopting pets. The love and value they add to your life cannot be described. Noodle came from an incredible organization in Philly called Operation Ava, but there are tons of amazing shelters across the states.

a letter to noodle // one year latera letter to noodle // one year laterphotography by Danfredo Photography.
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lovely underthings // Valentine

My love of pretty little underthings is somewhat well documented (remember this post about my favorite Free People bras?), but these pieces from Valentine are totally mind-blowing. I never really thought I needed so many bralettes until I saw this one. The details of all these lingerie pieces are quite lovely: stretchy lace, soft spandex, and color like dusty rose, garden green, and seafoam green. I especially love their stark nude color. It’s the perfect shade to wear under white tees, but pretty enough to wear for a hot date.

lovely underthings // ValentineI’m not exactly a thong girl either, but these ones are just so pretty.

lovely underthings // Valentine lovely underthings // Valentine lovely underthings // Valentineimages from Valentine, via Stripes & Sequins

portrait of a cocktail // mai tai

Aloha to the Mai Tai! I’ve been lounging around the sunny sands of Waikiki these days and there’s just no other cocktail that sums up Hawaiian spirit quite like the Mai Tai. There are tons of variations out there, but today I’m sharing a clean and simple version. This one is all about the subtle flavors: two liqueurs back-up and mellow out a punch of gold rum. A little amaretto provides this perfect nutty flavor, and Contreau lends a citrus twist. Then, the flavor really gets layered on with fresh papaya and lime. (Did you know that papaya and lime were just made for each other? They pair so well — papaya is super creamy, while lime has a bit of zip.)

Lots claim to be the inventor of the Mai Tai, but I’ve got it narrowed to two dudes with tiki bars in California around the 1930′s. Back then tiki bars were all the rage. Personally, I think they deserve a comeback! Both Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber have stakes in the Mai Tai creation, and it remains a mystery to this day as to who the originator was.

portrait of a cocktail // mai taiIngredients for one:

  • 1/8 cup chopped papaya, plus more for garnish
  • 1 shot Gold Rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Contrequ
  • 1/4 oz brown sugar simple syrup
  • sugarcane
  • lime for garnish

For the brown sugar simple syrup, combine equal parts brown sugar and water in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. Stir occasionally until dissolved.

If you can get your hands on some sugarcane, do it! It makes the perfect muddler for drinks that lend themselves to a little extra sweetness. I was able to find mine in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Granted, sugarcane grows wild over here, but it’s a fun adventure to hunt down this ingredient. If you can’t find it, no worries, your drink will still be delicious!

portrait of a cocktail // mai taiBefore you start mixing the cocktail, prep the garnish. Use a toothpick or pieces of sugarcane to skewer combinations of lime and fruit squares.

At the bottom of a glass add the chopped fruit. I chose papaya because it’s absolutely amazing and pairs perfectly with lime. Get fancy with mangos, dragon fruit, or pineapple… or keep things simple with bananas and oranges. Just make sure it’s mashable.

portrait of a cocktail // mai taiMuddle the fruit at the bottom of a glass with the sugarcane. In a cocktail shaker full of ice add the booze, lime juice and brown sugar simple syrup. Give it a good shake and pour over the papaya, then stir it all together. Add some ice and top with garnish.

portrait of a cocktail // mai taiCin cin!


PS – More cocktails here!

Photography by Eva Burns for Jojotastic.

enter to win this tote from Unison + Winter Session // www.jojotastic.com #giveaway

I don’t know about you, but it feels like I can never have enough totes. From the grocery store to the farmers market to the beach, a good tote is always handy. My current favorite is this Sailor Beach Tote that is a collaboration between Unison + Winter Session. The bag is made in Denver by Winter Session, using Unison’s custom screen printed canvas. Frankly, this bag is positively huge and, therefore, perfect. When I’m only carrying my essentials (wallet, sunglasses, extra scarf, etc), it compresses really well, but when you need to haul some serious stuff… well, this ginormous tote is awesome. It’s made of super sturdy canvas and stain resistant, making this my go-to bag for spur of the moment adventures. Plus, who doesn’t love bold sailor stripes? For all these reasons, I am really happy to share that I’m giving away a beach tote for one lucky reader!

enter to win this tote from Unison + Winter Session // www.jojotastic.com #giveawayEntering is easy: head over to Instagram to follow both Winter Session, Unison, and Jojotastic. Then leave a comment here saying you did so!

One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday September 2 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive one Sailor Beach Tote valued at $125. Good luck!

enter to win this tote from Unison + Winter Session // www.jojotastic.com #giveaway enter to win this tote from Unison + Winter Session // www.jojotastic.com #giveawayphotography by Jojotastic

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found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross

Etsy is such a troublemaker in my life. I’m just constantly finding things I ‘need,’ like this incredible bunting from Oh, Albatross. Made of vintage metal lithographed letters on rustic twine, this is exactly what I need to hang above my desk, don’t you think? Truth be told… I may have already ordered it.

found on Etsy: Oh, AlbatrossThey’ve also got some other beautiful objects as well… perfect for finishing up my San Francisco apartment. Hey, sorry I’m not sorry, but these pieces are totally in my shopping cart waiting for me to complete my purchase. Let’s hope shopkeeper Regina restocks soon, huh?

found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross
found on Etsy: Oh, Albatrosslinks: mid century metal file divider / vintage enamel camp cups / keep your chin up bunting / classic metal office clips / vintage industrial danger flagbe wild, be wonderful bunting

link love

Can I get a WOO for the imminent weekend?? I am so grateful that those two magical days are upon me. I’m feeling a bit burnt out, so it’s the perfect time for me to step away from the computer and get back to the things that recharge me: the beach, the mountains, and my favorite brunch spot. This weekend, I vow to put away the technology and just get outside. I’ll be a whole new person come Monday.

Need some weekend reading? Head to Anthology: Swans Island, Moving Mountains, and Katakana NY Ceramics.

cozy up to a blanketlink love www.jojotastic.comAlso, here on the blog:

the rainbow hair trend - should i??

It’s so funny, as a ‘creative’ I can kind of dress and look however I want. If anything, it’s expected for me to look a tad bit crazy. I’m well on my way to being covered in tattoos, but I’ve often foregone the rainbow hair trend… maybe because I like the idea of being able to look supposedly ‘normal’ if I need to. I recently wrapped up some projects where I needed to appear a bit more pulled together, so now I’ve got this urge to get a little crazy. It just so happens that I am in desperate need of a trim and a touch up on my ombréd ends….plus, it definitely doesn’t help that tons of pink-hued hairstyles are floating around Pinterest!

So, what do you think: should I dip my already-bleached ends into a bold color, at least temporarily?

photo credit: We The People / Breakfast at Yurman’s

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