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 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 // Ultimate After Sun Soothing Lotion

soothe your skin after a long day of lounging on the deck with the DIY ultimate after sun lotion - for easy step-by-step instructions head to #wmaffiliate #discoverworldmarket

Lately we’ve been spending lots of time working out on Joanna’s new deck that was sponsored by World Market (if you haven’t seen the transformation yet, you have to check out the reveal right this minute!) and after a long afternoon in the sun, my super-sensitive skin needs all the help it can get recovering from the much-needed rays. That’s why I decided to combine 6 super-hydrating ingredients to create the ultimate after sun lotion.

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onomie + giveaway

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With summer just around the corner, I’ve already started transitioning my beauty routine and paring down my makeup regimen. Last spring, we partnered with Onomie for one of our most popular giveaways yet, so we were totally stoked when they reached out with a new product! For those of you who don’t know, Onomie is beauty brand created to simplify beauty and maximize the benefits for women who recognize that beauty shouldn’t be complicated.

Joanna’s been using their products for the past year and, now that I’ve got the chance to try them out, I’m blown away. The trio feels like just enough to even out my complexion without feeling like I’m wearing a heavy face-full of makeup. Keep on reading to learn more + enter to win the Complete Complexion Trio!

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ode to an old favorite: Vaseline

Vaseline, ode to an old favorite

Vaseline and I go way back. Growing up on the east coast, every winter we’d get at least one major snowstorm and my mom would coat both of our faces in this trusty moisture necessity. It was perfect for keeping our skin from getting chapped while we dug out the car (and had a snowball fight or two). From there, my love of Vaseline grew more and more. I always keep a mini jar by my bed to keep my lips soft year round. Not to mention how many times I’ve used Vaseline in a pinch to sooth my dry, chapped skin after rock climbing. When it comes to moisture, this has always been my go-to.

Here’s the thing though… this old favorite recently underwent a bit of facelift, so you can imagine my excitement to partner with Vaseline on today’s post!

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mullein & sparrow + giveaway

enter to win a gift set from @mulleinsparrow + a gift card to shop their full apothecary line! //

This year I’m all about taking better care of myself. I’m terrible at setting aside “me time” — taking even just a few minutes out of my crazy schedule for relaxation seems nearly impossible. But it’s just so necessary… that’s why I’m so excited to share a recent discovery today. Meet Mullein & Sparrow. Based out of Brooklyn, this small batch apothecary is all about nurturing the mind, body, and spirit as a pathway to inner and outer beauty. Their products are made from pure, organic botanicals and come in absolutely gorgeous packaging (aka the perfect little bottles to display on your vanity).

enter to win a gift set from @mulleinsparrow + a gift card to shop their full apothecary line! //

There’s nothing better than a nice long soak in the tub… unless it’s scented with lavender and dried roses, that is! From detoxifying bath salts to lemon rose face wash, Mullein & Sparrow products are just the thing to ensure some reflection and relaxation in the new year.

enter to win a gift set from @mulleinsparrow + a gift card to shop their full apothecary line! //

I was so excited when I saw their lavender products! Lavender has long been used to treat everything from mental exhaustion to aches and pains… not to mention it smells amazing. Soak in it’s healing properties with some artisanal bath salts, or lavender blossom body oil.

enter to win a gift set from @mulleinsparrow + a gift card to shop their full apothecary line! //

Enter below for nine chances to win! One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday, Jan. 19,  at 10 am PST. Winner will receive a customized gift set & $50 to shop Mullein & Sparrow‘s full apothecary collection. Good luck!

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shop the post: pink himalayan bath saltsdetoxifying bath saltscomplete face wash triomini immortelle & myrrh facial serummini rose & frankincense facial serummini rosemary & clary sage facial serummini rose bath saltslavender gift setcomplete mini care set and pure series set.

images via mullein & sparrow.

i have this thing with black candles

i have this thing with black candles // @jojotastic

Black candles, amiright?? There’s something about the moodiness of black wax, the depth of fragrance… that makes the flickering light even more romantic. Plus, with Halloween right around the corner, black candles are the perfect addition to your space — especially if you’re not super into kitschy decorations (like me).

i have this thing with black candles // @jojotastic

And there are a tonnnn of options these days. One of my very first jobs was designing candle packaging and I always wanted to include black wax in my designs… but was always shut down because it was too weird. You better believe I’m patting myself on the back for the influx of black candles now ;)

  1. Diptyquemy personal favorite!
  2. Aspen Bay faceted jar
  3. NARS Acapulco candle
  4. Archipelago Botanicals jar candle
  5. Illume Blackberry absinthe talisman tin
  6. JOYA marbled glass candle
  7. Fornasetti sun and moon candle
  8. Neom Organics + Jennie Packham candle
  9. Bond No. 9 lidded candle
  10. Acqua di Parma cube candle
  11. Matter & Home candle
  12. Byredo Bibliothèque candle

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top image credit: Brooklyn Makers by Jennifer Causey.

giveaway + hand in hand

giveaway + hand in hand

Everyone has different little tricks for jumpstarting their day, and aside from an absolutely mandatory pour-over coffee, mine is scent. I start my morning routine with bright, fragrant lotions, aromatic soaps, and sweetly scented sprays. It helps me slows things down and start my day calmly and aware of all my senses. That’s why I’m so excited about this week’s giveaway with Hand in Hand!

giveaway // hand in hand

These gorgeous bath and beauty products from Hand in Hand are completely natural and come complete with striking scents like the almond, jasmine and vetiver from their Espere Collection. Not only is their line of bath and beauty products completely natural and meticulously produced with eco-conscious methods, Hand in Hand’s main mission is saving lives through both their products and proceeds. “For every product purchased, Hand in Hand’s Espere Collection provides essential small business loans, which empower entrepreneurs in developing countries to to create jobs and strengthen their community.” Quite an amazing mission statement, huh?

giveaway // hand in hand

I’m always so blown away by people like married couple Bill and Courtney, dedicated to fixing global issues in new, creative ways. The Espere Collection grew from Courtney & Bill’s many visits to Haiti, where they were donating bar soaps and providing water to children in orphanages. They wanted to give back to the country in a different way, so they started a micro lending program and created the Espere Collection to focus specifically on that cause. Now Hand in Hand has three different collections, all made in the USA and are 100 percent vegetable-based, vegan and made with organic ingredients.

Enter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday August 18 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 $125 gift card to shop Hand in Hand. Good luck!

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giveaway // hand in hand

photography and styling by Jojotastic.