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a little extra grace // take the risk www.jojotastic.com artwork by @coloregrace

Most of us spend our days in front of a screen, or at least indoors. But now, summertime is here, the sun is shining, and it is time to get outside and enjoy yourself. Let these warm days inspire you to feel like a kid again… maybe even give yourself a challenge.

a little extra grace // take the risk www.jojotastic.com artwork by @coloregraceFor the past few years, every summer, I’ve been envious of bike-riders. One day when I was five my best friend decided to take her training wheels off and I thought I could do it, too. But while she effortlessly rolled down the pavement, I crashed over and over. I was devastated about not being able to ride my bike, so I quit. Now, at age 23, I’m ready to re-learn how to ride a bike and go for a ride with a friend, but every time I think of riding again, this tiny fear of crashing stops me. This year I’ve decided to take the risk and just go for it. I’m excited to try a new activity that could get me away from the computer more often.

a little extra grace // take the risk www.jojotastic.com artwork by @coloregraceHere are a few other ideas:

  • Dive into the pool.
  • Take surf lessons.
  • Learn how to climb (See Joanna for tips!)
  • Pack a few things and the tent and go camping.
  • Run until your legs feel like jelly.
  • Gather your friends for a picnic in the park featuring a new recipe you learn.
  • Plan a road trip to someplace new.
  • Craft a new cocktail to enjoy for the summer.

a little extra grace // take the risk www.jojotastic.com artwork by @coloregrace

The list could go on, but make sure whatever you do have fun. Remember, you can’t look ridiculous if you’re having fun. To inspire you to ‘take a risk’ this summer I’ve made these two desktop wallpapers!

NAVY // MINT

Instructions to download:

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

This download was made with Higgins Eternal black ink and a 2 round paint brush.
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hotography by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Grace.

Please note: these designs are for personal use only and not for any commercial purposes. All copyright of these images is retained by Colore’ Lincoln.

p.s. more a little extra grace downloads!

meet @onomiebeauty + enter to win amazing beauty products! #giveaway www.jojotastic.com

I tend to keep things pretty straightforward when it comes to skincare and makeup. Typically, if one product pulls double-duty I’m alllll about it. Recently, a friend from college launched an amazing new line called Onomie and gave me a sneak peek before the launch. What can I say… it’s true love. Currently Onomie offers two products: the A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment (my personal fave) and the Bright Concealing Elixir. With summer upon us, I’ve been wanting my makeup to feel casual and  carefree, but still with a bit of highlighting to make my brow bone and cheek bones pop. The eye treatment is perfect for that – I sweep on a tiny bit and it’s sort of like my face glows in the best possible way. The philosophy of Onomie is to simplify beauty as much as possible — and they’ve done just that. I really can’t wait to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves.

Onomie offers home try-ons, which I highly recommend to help you find your perfect shade. Plus, this week we’ve partnered with them for a giveaway!

meet @onomiebeauty + enter to win amazing beauty products! #giveaway www.jojotastic.com

Enter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday July 7 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only.Winner will receive one Home Try-On Shade Starter Kit and the Onomie Eye Essentials Duo valued at $61. Good luck!
onomie giveaway

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photography by Jojotastic.

rustic home decor from father rabbit

The more time I spend in my loft, the more inspired I get — there is just so much possibility. There are a few things that I know I want/need: a new pendant lamp for the kitchen island, some lighting source for the closet, and tonsss of organization. That kinda thing. Enter Father Rabbit. I discovered this boutique over the weekend and, now that it’s Monday, my cart is rather full. The vibe is a bit rustic, super functional, and all about great neutrals.

rustic home decor from father rabbit

I’m kinda thinking this woven rope pendant lamp is the perfect boho addition to my kitchen. Right now the current pendant light is all glass and bright, bright blue cord. I want something a bit more… natural and statement making. I love the subdued drama that this would add to the space, too.

rustic home decor from father rabbitrustic home decor from father rabbit

Meanwhile in my closet… I have one of those stupid ‘pull the string’ kind of lights with an exposed bulb to boot. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve pulled the string off the fixture entirely, rendering my closet dim and leaving me to get dressed in the dark. I’m loving the industrial feel of this hook lamp, especially for my loft. Super functional and wayyy less temperamental.

rustic home decor from father rabbit

What are some of your favorite pieces from this gorgeous shop?

images via Father Rabbit.

things organized neatly

Can I get a great, big FRI-YAY??? This week has been… a doozy. I kinda slacked off in the first half of the week, trying to spend as much time as possible with a certain someone before he leaves for 10 weeks (more on that here), so the rest of the week was a mad dash to play catch up in a big way. I’ve also been super-focused on getting the loft settled more and more — I just want it to feel like a home already. I mean, it does… but just way more settled and comfortable. Right now I’m having a bit of a rug crisis in that I own way too many that are crazy-bright and patterned and they just do not go together. As much as I love more and more and more, it could be time to scale back and simplify (metaphor for life??).

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

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morning ritual jewelry // www.jojotastic.com

When I shop for jewelry I tend to have two modes: oversized, ornate vintage pieces or clean-cut geometric pieces. The latter is become my favorite more and more, especially as my style transitions into a less-fussy vibe during the hotter summer months. Enter Morning Ritual Jewelry. Maker Shayna creates what she calls “visually concise jewelry” and I couldn’t agree more.

morning ritual jewelry // www.jojotastic.com morning ritual jewelry // www.jojotastic.com

Simple geometry is clearly the inspiration here, but what really does it for me are the materials: malachite, matte onyx, and even marble. Oh, and she names each piece after famous industrial designers like Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer — clearly this is a jewelry line after my own heart!

morning ritual jewelry // www.jojotastic.com

shop the post: achille earrings, mies necklace malachite, mies necklace matte black onyx, mies necklace crystal quartz, and marble rollers earrings.

morning ritual jewelry // www.jojotastic.com

images from Morning Ritual Jewelry, via my amazing intern, Gwen.

The funny thing about blogging is that it can be a solid month before I get to share projects… and so today I am beyond thrilled to share a project with Ford called Switch It Up! Ford challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and try my hand at a super-complex recipe, shrimp biryani. In fact, this entire project is a series where different experts give each other challenges! Thankfully, I had the help and guidance of Merrill Stubbs from one of my favorite sites, Food52. She gave me loads of pointers and even came back to ‘grade’ how I did — be sure to check out the video to see more!

Plus, here are a few snaps from behind the scenes… are you hungry yet??

switch it up with @Ford // be sure to check out the video where I'm challenged to make shrimp biryani from scratch #switchitup switch it up with @Ford // be sure to check out the video where I'm challenged to make shrimp biryani from scratch #switchitup

I’ve never even considered making Indian food, much less a recipe with so many special ingredients. Seriously, guys, I have never bought cardamom in my life. I learned a lot, all while not burning myself too badly — basically, a minor feat in my book.

switch it up with @Ford // be sure to check out the video where I'm challenged to make shrimp biryani from scratch #switchitup switch it up with @Ford // be sure to check out the video where I'm challenged to make shrimp biryani from scratch #switchitup switch it up with @Ford // be sure to check out the video where I'm challenged to make shrimp biryani from scratch #switchitup

Dress from Free People, belt from Anthropologie (similar), shoes from Aquazzura. Hair and make up by Sara Tagaloa.

This post is sponsored by Ford. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com

Wow — where is summer going?? I can’t seem to wrap my mind around it being July next week. It’s been such an incredible summer here in Seattle and, for real, it feels like it keeps getting better and better. Next week I’m headed to Vancouver with a friend for a little road trip action, too. It’s kinda weird that we’re going to Canada for the 4th of July, definitely didn’t plan that one out really well…

style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com

The height of summer is really just the perfect time to wear all white. And, of course, me being me… I need to have at least one pop of color. Enter these gorgeous blue suede heels I scored at Nordstrom Rack for a song. They are simple, elegant, and just quirky enough to fit in with my personal style. I bought them to wear to a friend’s wedding this summer, but you know… you gotta break in the new shoes, right?

style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com

Then there’s my new favorite summer piece: this incredible lacy sheer maxi top from Free People. It’s so amazing. Kinda like one part dress, one part tank top, and soooo much boho style. This top is unlike anything else I’ve ever owned and definitely a great addition to my wardrobe. The appliqué and embroidery on it is so perfectly delicate, lending a great amount of texture to an all-white look.

style // bright summer white www.jojotastic.com

Celine sunglasses from Barneys, white maxi top from Free Peoplewhite jeans from Target, and shoes by Balenciaga.

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Photography by Meghan Klein for Jojotastic.

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