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black friday sales: Urban Outfitters - shop online to get 25% off all sale items. If you're braving the malls, they are offering 50% off of all sale items!

Admittedly, I’m not one to crowd the malls for Black Friday, but when there’s a good online deal… well, I cannot be helped. Here are my top 5 Black Friday sales that I totally plan to hit up for gifts this year (and maybe just a few for myself).

1. Urban Outfitters – shop online to get 25% off all sale items. If you’re braving the malls, they are offering 50% off of all sale items!

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black friday sales: Think of these as gifts with a conscience... plus free shipping,  a free gift with every purchase, and complimentary gift wrapping Friday, 11/28 thru Monday, 12/1! 2. The Citizenry – Think of these as gifts with a conscience… plus free shipping,  a free gift with every purchase, and complimentary gift wrapping Friday, 11/28 thru Monday, 12/1!

shop the post: adia planter, laguna pillow, sauda baskets, palermo tripolina chair, diamanta throw, and ankole tumbler set.

black friday sales:  ASOS - 30% off with code TGIBF until 11/30 8 pm EST3. ASOS – 30% off with code TGIBF until 11/30 8 pm EST.

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black friday sales:  Need Supply - 30% off sale items through 11/304. Need Supply – 30% off sale items through 11/30 (including a Clare Vivier clutch!)

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black friday sales:  Shopbop - 15% off if you spend $250, 20% off if you spend $500, and 25% off if you spend $1000 — use code GOBIG14.5. Shopbop – 15% off if you spend $250, 20% off if you spend $500, and 25% off if you spend $1000 — use code GOBIG14.

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And a few other sales of note:

  • Meow Meow Tweet: 15% off site-wide with code TURTLEDOVES until 11/30 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Anthropologie: huge site-wide sale with lotsss of new products on sale!
  • gap: 50% off everything through 11/28. Use code BLKFRIDAY.
  • Modcloth: 50% off 100s of new arraivals through 11/30 at 10 am PST.
  • Old Navy: 50% off all day Black Friday.
  • Piperlime: 25% off with code THANKFUL25.
  • Toms: 25% off everything through 12/1/ Use code CHEER.
  • West Elm: use code SUPERSALE for up to 25% off
  • Bridge & Burn: 10% off November 26th – 29th online and in-store with the code 10GIVINGS.

Happy shopping and stay tuned for some awesome Cyber Monday deals, too!

a thanksgiving table

I’m going to keep it short and sweet today: I want all of you to have a happy, lovely Thanksgiving full of buttery potatoes, crisp turkey skin (the best part), and pie. Lots and lots of pie. My mom is in town so I’ve been showing her the sights: Alamo Square, the beach, the bridge, even wine tasting in Sonoma. For dinner, we’re planning a simple, small meal for the two of us and one of my best friends — it’s exactly what I crave for this holiday. I plan to hit ‘pause’ and really think about what is meaningful in my life. Not that we shouldn’t do that every day, but really Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder in all the day-to-day chaos. I’ve had quite the year (more on that here), so I’m just grateful to be where I am in this moment.

a Thanksgiving table - california styleI hope you and your family have a great holiday and be sure to check back in on Friday for some of my favorite shopping deals of the day!

photography by Jojotastic at Scribe.

enter to win $200 to shop BeGood Clothing for organic basics!

If you were to open my closet, you’d notice one thing: lots and lots of basics. I tend to veer toward well-made basics, especially when they are made by companies with a conscience. Enter Begood Clothing, a personal favorite. Their pieces are exquisitely made of gorgeous silks, comfortable cotton, and tailored chambray. Oh, and it’s organic. Oh, and this week we’re giving away $200 to shop their entire collection!

enter to win $200 to shop BeGood Clothing for organic basics! Enter below for up to 8 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday December 2 at 9 am PST. Open to US + Canada residents only. Winner will receive one shopping code valued at $200. Good luck!
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enter to win $200 to shop BeGood Clothing for organic basics! p.s. BeGood has also offered a special 20% code for Jojotastic readers. Use code begoodtastic at check out!

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds

When the holidays roll around, I like to hit ‘pause’ and really take the time to spend with the people I love. Usually for me, this means one-on-one time, as opposed to throwing a raging party. I simply prefer maintaining connections with my loved ones over a cup of coffee… and something sweet and delicious, like tiramisu. This recipe not only makes this classic recipe simple, but is super fast to throw together at the last minute.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsIngredients:

  • tiny cookies
  • 1 shot of espresso — I used the Voltesso capsule
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 cup whipping cream (in place of raw eggs as traditionally used)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • a splash of rum (~1 teaspoon)
  • cocoa and cocoa nibs for topping

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RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsTo start, make your cookies according to the package (to make life wayyy easier, I used this natural sugar cookie kit). Roll the dough onto a clean, floured countertop and cut out shapes (I used the tiniest, cutest cookie cutter set ever). Bake and, when finished, allow to cool.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsRecently, Nespresso sent over their new VertuoLine system, aka the easiest cup of espresso I’ve ever made at home. In a matter of (what felt like) seconds, I had a fresh shot of espresso waiting to pour over my sugar cookies. I added a splash of rum, but you can also skip this step.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsWhisk together mascarpone, whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract for about 5 minutes or until peaks start to form.

Now is the fun part: assembling the layers! Because I’m so fancy, I used these gold-rimmed coupe glasses, but you can use any small glass you have on hand. First add a layer of cookies, then pour over the espresso and rum. Top with a layer of the whipped mixture. Dust with cocoa powder and cocoa nibs.RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsRECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsFor as fancy as this looks, it’s kind of silly how easy it is to make this recipe!

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsart direction, styling, and photography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nespresso. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Flower arrangements are a really festive way to perk up any tabletop during the holidays, no matter the size. From your breakfast nook to service for 12, I’m sharing my favorite tips and tricks for creating gorgeous centerpieces for tables of all sizes.

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocThere’s a really great flower market by my apartment, but if you’re not so lucky, worry not. Grocery stores have really stepped up their game in the flower department. I suggest shopping for bold blooms like dahlias, as well as more delicate pieces like baby’s breath or Queen Anne’s lace. You can always forage in the backyard for wildflowers, branches, and bits of pine.

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocI shared tons of tips that will help you pick out the right flowers, keep them green longer, and fit the size of your table

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocFlower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.