enter to win a pillow of your choosing from Bunglo // head to jojotastic.com for #giveaway details (this one is open to international residents, too!)

Confession: if I could, I’d turn my entire apartment into a pillow fort. Lately, I’ve found myself obsessed with the eclectic handmade pillows from bunglo. Just how great is their mission statement: “At bunglo we believe our colorful, energetic patterns put good vibrations out into the world; transforming residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting fabrics.” Designer Shay Spaniola hand makes each pillow and each is printed in the USA on a linen + cotton blend fabric. With inspiration coming from Shay’s world travels, it’s hard not to fall in love with these patterned beauties from Bunglo. The best part? This week I’ve partnered with bunglo to giveaway a pillow of your choosing!

enter to win a pillow of your choosing from Bunglo // head to jojotastic.com for #giveaway details (this one is open to international residents, too!)To enter head over to Instagram to follow both bunglo and Jojotastic. Then leave a comment here saying you did so!

enter to win a pillow of your choosing from Bunglo // head to jojotastic.com for #giveaway details (this one is open to international residents, too!) enter to win a pillow of your choosing from Bunglo // head to jojotastic.com for #giveaway details (this one is open to international residents, too!)One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday September 9 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents and international residents. Winner will receive one pillow of their choosing valued up to $120. Good luck!

enter to win a pillow of your choosing from Bunglo // head to jojotastic.com for #giveaway details (this one is open to international residents, too!)

oops poster

Today is a trick. It’s actually Tuesday, but feels like a Monday… except a Monday in the most brutal way possible. I think I had too much weekend. For the first time in a long, long time, I took some proper time off. On Saturday I didn’t open my laptop for the entire day — do you know how big of a deal that is for me? I even spent most of Monday away from my laptop, focusing instead on organizing my apartment and creating more of a zen environment in here. I had every intention of getting ahead of the week, too. And here I am, mid-day on Tuesday with nary a blog post written for the week, a mountain of emails, and some serious deadlines looming. A healthy person would say that I needed the time off, that it will be good for my creativity, etc etc. Except right now I feel anything but creative. Instead, I feel frenzied, rushed, disorganized, and totally unsettled. In this moment, it feels like all I can do is make a giant pot of coffee, throw on this album, and put my head down. Any other suggestions?

image credit: coniLab

shop the labor day sales

Guys, it’s a long weekend! I am sooo grateful for that extra day to catch up (and sleep in). I’m also in the mood for a bit of shopping. If you follow me on twitter (you do, of course, right?) you saw my rants last night about having nothing to wear. I plan on remedying that this weekend by taking advantage of all the Labor Day Sales. Here are a few I’m planning to hit up:

  • Anthropologie - EXTRA 20% off sale items.
  • Barney’s Warehouse - Up to an extra 30% off select styles.
  • Baublebar - Jewelry styles starting at 50% off.
  • J.Crew – 40% off final sale with free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on Labor Day.
  • Sephora - 75% off summer favorites.
  • Gap – 20% off.
  • C. Wonder - 30% off full price items. An additional 50% off sale.

shop my picks:

textiles thank you for being awesomeHead over to Anthology for some weekend reading, too: African Textiles by Mungo, Tuckbox, and Certificate of Awesome from Jessica Hische. It’s a good mix of home decor inspiration and shopping… plus the perfect way to say thank you.

tuckbox furnitureMeanwhile, here on Jojotastic…

Hope you’re having a great Labor Day weekend!

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.
see more of #noodthedude on Instagram.

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!

-Eva

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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