I’m back + what I learned during my ‘vision quest’

I'm back from my 'vision quest' road trip + 2 weeks of living off the grid. Read my personal essay and find out what I learned on jojotastic.com

Hi, guys! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I’m back from my ‘vision quest’ as my friends came to call it — and also that I so deeply appreciate the amazing support and love that I received when I shared this post. I genuinely didn’t know how you guys would respond, so to be on the receiving end of such kindness was truly inspiring. I’ve never taken off like this and gone totally off the grid. I literally logged out of all of my social media accounts and did not check my email for 2 whole weeks. I had no idea what I’d come back to — would you all be totally over me and my drama and not want to follow the blog anymore? Would my Instagram get hacked and then removed? Seriously, these are the thoughts of a social media addict who knows she has a problem. The first few days were rough because I found myself slipping into what I call The Cycle: see how many likes and new comments are on Instagram, refresh email, see if there are new comments on Facebook, post a few more snaps, think up something witty for Twitter, refresh email, pin a few more ideas for my dream kitchen… The Cycle just goes and goes, so while I was off the grid, I quickly became hyper-aware of it and totally nipped it in the bud. I’ve been back since last Friday, but ever since I’ve been way more cognizant of how and when I use my phone and the internet.

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drawn + downloadable

drawn + downloadable — free artwork for your phone, tablet, and computer by Jojotastic. download more colors and artwork on jojotastic.com

For this week’s downloadable art for your phone, tablet, or computer I wanted to switch things up and give you guys artwork that’s more expressionistic, more fluid… and way less pattern-driven. Sometimes while I’m watching trashy TV (ahem, The Bachelorette), I grab my trusty sketchbook and just paint whatever comes to mind. I’ve never been good at painting anything true-to-life. Instead, my favorite thing to do is just do what comes naturally and see what I can make with it when the paint dries. I wanted this artwork to feel like miniature abstract paintings for your tech, with a bit of a color study thrown in for fun!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale round up — early access preview!

Truly one of my favorite sales of the year, the @Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us and you guys can get early access! head to Jojotastic.com for my favorite picks from this sale — lots of great must-haves for clothing, beauty, accessories and shoes!

Vince Camuto over the knee boots

Truly one of my favorite sales of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us and you guys can get early access HERE! I always shop this huge store-wide sale and use it as an opportunity to stock up on all of my favorite items from jeans to dresses to shoes (oh, the shoes… so many great styles this year) to beauty. Here’s my exhaustive guide to the sale and all of the must-haves I’m eyeing:

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DIY // floral photo transfer shorts

Add a modern-boho look to your favorite summer cutoffs with this super easy floral photo transfer DIY! For the full tutorial and more easy fashion crafts head to jojotastic.com

With summer in full swing, I find myself reaching for one wardrobe staple again and again — cutoffs! There’s just nothing like a pair of comfy denim shorts for a casual vibe that beats the heat. As much as I like the distressed look, some of my cutoffs are getting a little too raggedy and need a makeover. So I’m revamping my old favorites and giving them new life with a boho-chic touch!

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how my cat completes me + the Purina Nutrition to Build Better Lives program

TODAY ON THE BLOG: I'm waxing poetic about how my cat completes me + sharing all the details of the @Purina Nutrition to Build Better Lives program. During the month of July, for every bag of Purina Cat Chow you purchase for your cat, a meal will be donated to a cat in need. Their goal is to donate 5 million meals from July 1 through July 31! Find out more on Jojotastic.com #CatChowCares #ad

I think by now we all know that I am a loud and proud, card carrying cat lady. I’m totally obsessed with my sweet, little love muffin Georgette. She’s been with me ever since she fit in the palm of my hand and has moved across the country with me 3 times! Our bond is quite strong, so I was delighted when Purina reached out to me to talk about her and why it’s so important to adopt and donate to shelters.

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textiles from cuttalossa + giveaway

enter to win $100 to shop Cuttalossa's gorgeous textiles and add some fresh color to your summer adventures - enter the giveaway now at jojotastic.com

One of my favorite things about summer are the countless ways to use a great textile. Beach towels become swimsuit cover-ups with a quick wrap or sofa throws turn into picnic blankets for the perfect afternoon. The key is having something well-made and versatile. Enter Cuttalossa.

Their line of summer home and apparel textiles are made with care and built to last. They utilize natural materials from the Delaware River area and employ the traditional crafts and trades but with a fresh and modern lens to highlight their natural attributes in sturdy and beautiful goods for body and home. Keep on reading to enter to win $1oo to shop the collection!

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The Benefits of Apophyllite

Learn all about the benefits of Apophyllite and other crystals over on jojotastic.com (and learn how to make these boho crystal planters — a super easy and fun DIY craft)

There’s one more gorgeous and beneficial I want to discuss this week, Apophyllite! We used this clear crystal for a larger hanging planter, but it’s got loads of amazing properties, too:

Apophylliteis connected to the crown and third eye chakras, therefore it works to increase intuition and enables one to receive insights. It has the unique ability to stimulate spiritual journeys and clairvoyance, while also promoting structure and organization in daily life. Apophyllite clusters are great for filling a space with high vibrations, peace and love.

This clear and beautiful crystal is believed to transfer vibrations and to correct energetic imbalances. It has the ability to clear and amplify the energy of spaces. On a personal level, it help release mental blocks and negative thought patterns. In particular these crystals are said to stimulate the area of the third eye chakra, intensifying your inner vision, and clearing any blockages in the crown chakra.

Apophyllite has the unique ability to stimulate spiritual journeys and clairvoyance, while also promoting structure and organization in daily life. It’s not only a healing stone, but also a beautiful mineral that adds something special to any collection and a wonderful energy to your home.

photography by Meghan Klein.

Learn how to make your own DIY crystal planters to purify your home, too!

Disclosure: NW Crystals was kind enough to provide crystals and information for this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.