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paper & clay ceramics

When it comes to ceramics, I have a fairly straightforward attitude: I want them all. There’s something about the smooth surface, the unexpected glazes, the functionality… needless to say, I am a big fan of Paper & Clay ceramics. Brit McDaniel is the driving force behind these gorgeous ceramics (all part of her newest spring collection). Her work is a bit mid-century modern, a bit Scandinavian, and 100% gorgeous. With my new apartment and tons of photoshoots on the horizon, I’ve got a wish list that’s a mile long.

paper & clay ceramics paper & clay ceramics paper & clay ceramicsimages via Paper & Clay

sharing a bit about what's it's like 3 days into my big move to Seattle

I’m queuing up some posts for the rest of the week and I felt like I was due for a check in. All I could think about is how I really just need to air out some feelings I’ve been having. Officially, I’ve been in Seattle for 3 days and, overall, it’s totally great. This feels like home… which is exactly the point of all of this, right?

It’s just when I really start to think about things… that things get complicated in my head. There are so many things going on, so much change, so much unknown. When will my stuff arrive? Do the people in my new co-working space like me? Will I bump into my ex-boyfriend and will my hair actually be clean that day? When will my cat stop howling in the middle of the night because she’s scared of the new apartment? And why is that man peeing in the alleyway below to my kitchen?

Stuff like that.

I haven’t been sleeping well and I think I’m sort of fighting off a cold. My body needs a break in a big way. For the past few days, I was able to distract myself from everything thanks to the road trip, the new apartment, the new office, everything. Now though… it’s really catching up to me.

So yeah… there’s that. I just felt like I needed to get it out there and now I feel a bit calmer.

image via my Instagram

my picks from the shopbop big event // get up to 25% off with a special code at checkout

Sale alert: Shopbop is hosting The Big Event where you can get up to 25% off your purchase. It’s sort of nuts, especially given that you can get the discount on sale items, too. With spring around the corner and me itching for a wardrobe overhaul… well, you can believe that my wish list is rather full. From my picks, you can see a bit of what I’m jonesin’ for right now: modern, graphic prints, saturated ’70s-inspired hues, strappy heeled sandals, and statement sunglasses. I guess I’m having a bit of a retro moment and I kinda like it.

my picks from the shopbop big event // get up to 25% off with a special code at checkoutIf you have never shopped this sale event before, you’ve been missing out. Usually I like to stock up on pieces I’ve had my eye on for a while because the discount is so good. What will you be shopping for?

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To shop the sale yourself, use code BIGEVENT15 at checkout before it ends on Saturday March 7th, 2015 @ 11:59pm PST.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade

I’m finally here! I rolled into Seattle around 7 pm Sunday night and have been basking in the ‘glow’ of my new neighborhood and gorgeous new apartment ever since. There’s one catch though: my stuff doesn’t arrive until next week! I’ve got the essentials with me, but I’m one of those people who needs to immediately feel at home, so I today I partnered with Glade to share some of my favorite ways to settle into a new home with flowers and fragrance.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade Flowers have a way of making a house feel so much more like a home, especially in bold, vibrant, playful hues. Something I’m most excited about my apartment is proximity to Pike Place Market. I can walk there in 15 minutes, so it’s sort of the perfect place to stock up on fresh produce and flowers. Spring is definitely in the air here, so I picked super-saturated hues of orange and red for tulips, then added a few pale yellow daffodils. I borrowed a vase from a friend, arranged the flowers and that was it. It’s a really inexpensive, easy way to make a new space feel brighter and happier.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladeI also really believe in the power of fragrance, especially in the home. Every time I’ve moved, I bring a candle along with me so that I can immediately make my new home smell great. I chose Poppy Groove from Glade’s new spring collection for it’s playful nature. The notes of water lily, iris, and freesia definitely perk up my empty apartment and make it feel livelier. There’s something about this scent that I know will energize me as I tackle my mountain of boxes.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladetips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladeThese two simple additions to my blank canvas of an apartment are the perfect way to tide me over until my stuff arrives, don’t you think?

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladephotography & art direction by Jojotastic

This post is a partnership with Glade. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

a little extra grace // "luck is the residue of design" desktop or mobile download

“Things worthwhile generally don’t just happen. Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Negligence or indifference are usually reviewed from an unlucky seat. The law of cause and effect and causality both work the same with inexorable exactitudes. Luck is the residue of design,” said Branch Rickey.

Nope, I’m not talking about the “finding a pot of gold” luck.

a little extra grace // "luck is the residue of design" desktop or mobile downloadDesigning my work is what I gives me pleasure. I thrive when I am fully prepared, I know exactly which actions I need to accomplish, and which responsibilities take priority each day. Most days I wear multiple hats, switching my focus between various projects throughout the day. First, I break down each project to its tiniest actions — that way, when I sit down to work, I don’t have to waste energy trying to figure out what needs to be done, what needs to be done first, or if I’m forgetting anything, because my work-flow is already organized for me. I can simply get to work. By taking control of my work, I am able to do a lot of things during a week. This seems like a lot of hard work, but by planning and keeping my end goal in mind, I am able to work my plan.

a little extra grace // "luck is the residue of design" desktop or mobile download“Plan your work, then work your plan,” said Margaret Thatcher.

This is the kind of luck we have the power to create for ourselves. You create your own luck by planning and working hard. This luck is the success you’ll feel after working, it is not chance.

Please, download and enjoy this wallpaper I made to remind you.

a little extra grace // "luck is the residue of design" desktop or mobile downloaddark green | light green

Instructions to download:

  • Click the link.
  • Save the image.
  • Find the image in your photo library.
  • Set it to be your desktop image.

p.s. here are more inspirational downloads!

photography by Bruce Layman

a gorgeous california day

Two weeks ago was my last post in my SF apartment… and today is my last post in SF completely — whoa. I drive off into the sunrise tomorrow at 5 am (gross) and could not be more excited for the road trip. We decided to take the longer, more scenic route which essentially means I am going to stop 100 times to gaze in wonder at redwood trees. It’s going to be incredible.

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

  • Wondering whether to wash your hair? This print from Chipper Things helps you decide.
  • Fall for DIY is basically blowing my mind with these DIY semi precious soap stones. Very, very cool.
  • Speaking of blowing my mind… House of Brinson shared their tips for the ultimate stylist kit and what to have on hand for all those what ifs. You better believe I’m taking notes for my next photoshoot.
  • Um, may I have these crispy fried cheesy eggs for breakfast please?
  • I’ve been working on lots of new guides for eBay, like this one about How to Add Vintage Textiles to Your Home.

photos from my Instagram — follow me here!

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft

This time next week, I will be in my new Seattle home, so it’s definitely time for me to start thinking about how on earth I’m going to fill a space that’s 3x the size of anywhere I’ve ever lived! MEEP. Luckily, I recently discovered the absolutely incredible Homestead Seattle. They sell vintage and antique pieces in a way that feels cozy and totally curated. Founders Ryan and Michelle Tansey have truly amazing taste — so much that I just want to live in their showroom.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loftI’ve already scooped up this incredible live edge shelf, but I have my eyes on a few more pieces to add to my own home. Yeah, I might have already set up an appointment to peruse their showroom 2 days after I arrive.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new lofthomestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new lofthomestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft They sell out pretty quickly, so I recommend following them on Instagram to get first dibs on the latest and greatest pieces! And here’s a bonus for Seattle-based readers: Homestead offers local pick up, so it’s even easier to fill your home with these gorgeous pieces.

images via Homestead Seattle