the rainbow hair trend - should i??

It’s so funny, as a ‘creative’ I can kind of dress and look however I want. If anything, it’s expected for me to look a tad bit crazy. I’m well on my way to being covered in tattoos, but I’ve often foregone the rainbow hair trend… maybe because I like the idea of being able to look supposedly ‘normal’ if I need to. I recently wrapped up some projects where I needed to appear a bit more pulled together, so now I’ve got this urge to get a little crazy. It just so happens that I am in desperate need of a trim and a touch up on my ombréd ends….plus, it definitely doesn’t help that tons of pink-hued hairstyles are floating around Pinterest!

So, what do you think: should I dip my already-bleached ends into a bold color, at least temporarily?

photo credit: We The People / Breakfast at Yurman’s

enter to win $100 of hand-poured soy candles from Candelles #giveaway

Candles are my jam. At any moment, I am burning at least one in my home. I just love the atmosphere they create. Today I am super excited to partner with one of my favorite candlemakers Candelles for an awesome giveaway: $100 worth of their hand-poured soy candles! And the timing is perfect, too: they just released some incredible fall fragrances. With options like salted caramel, magnolia and pistachio, and pomegranate cider, it’s tough to pick a favorite, amirite?

enter to win $100 of hand-poured soy candles from Candelles #giveawayEntering is easy: head over to Instagram to follow both Candelles and Jojotastic. Then leave a comment here saying you did so!

One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday August 26 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive one shopping credit valued at $100. Good luck!

enter to win $100 of hand-poured soy candles from Candelles #giveawayPS – Jojotastic readers get 20% off your order when you use code JOJOLOVESCANDELLES at the checkout. Head here to start shopping!

wake up feeling refreshed

While I’m not exactly chipper and cheerful in the AM, I can agree that what you do first thing in the morning is super important. What you do that first hour or so of your day defines the mood of your day. Here’s how I think of it: imagine waking up on the first day of vacation… now try to figure out a way to incorporate that into your daily routine.

I have a few tips and tricks that help me wake up feeling fresh and ready to take on the day. Here are a few:

  • Let the email sit: I used to immediately check my inbox as soon as my alarm woke me, but that just lead to feeling rushed and stressed out when I saw work-related emails. Now, instead of scouring through my inbox, I give my cat a good cuddle before I hop out of bed.
  • Take the dog for a walk: I like to start my day with a stroll around the neighborhood with my dog, Noodle. There’s something about getting all that fresh air first thing in the morning that energizes.
  • Have a routine: I’m a creature of habit and I tend to run late.Having a simple morning routine prevents me from feeling rushed and sets me up for staying on track for the rest of the day.
  • Get a glass of water: Chilled water (I like mine infused with mint leaves) is a great way to start your day feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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What are some things you do to embrace the day and start out on a fresh foot?

photography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Carefree and SheKnows. 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.

must shop // Le Labo in Venice Beach

My trip recap to Venice Beach is still in the works, but I wanted to share an experience I had while wandering Abbott Kinney: the Le Labo shop. My very first job ever after college was designing packaging for candles, so I’m pretty well-versed in Le Labo’s incredible candles and fragrances. What I wasn’t prepared for, however, was the total WOW experience of being in the physical store. This boutique had all the makings of that modern day apothecary feel: amber tinted glass, black details, and gooorgeous labels. The shop itself is pretty cool: the bar in the front is a great place to customize your own scent, while the back has much more of a lounge vibe.

must shop // le labo in venice beachFor those not versed in Le Labo, they stand for ‘soulful fragrances’ and the power of the handmade. In fact, all candles are hand-poured, all of the fragrances are hand-formulated, and even the roses are hand-picked.

must shop // le labo in venice beachPlus, the store has it’s very own (and free) photobooth! My friend and I had a blast taking advantage of this find. Noodle even got a few shots.

must shop // le labo in venice beachIf you’re headed to Venice Beach, be sure to check out the shop at 1138 Abbott Kinney Blvd.

photography by Jojotastic

my low maintenance morning routine

My morning routine is pretty simple. I’m not a super high maintenance girl. Mostly I just focus on my go-to beauty essentials so I can breeze out the door in 20 minutes or less. I’m pretty casual with my look, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a set routine! I’m always such a fan of those ‘make-up bag dumps’ that other bloggers do (I’m such a voyeur), so today I wanted to share one of my own!

Because I recently moved and changed climates completely, I had to revamp my entire morning ritual. Let’s just say my skin was less than thrilled about the change in climate… It was a trial and error process, but I’m really pleased with the results now that I’ve solidified my routine. I start with a a pore normalizing cleanser from Paula’s Choice, then once my skin is dry, I follow with a primer and tinted moisturizer. After that, I add a touch of bronzer because I’m pale and some cheek stain for a hint of color. I’m all about the natural look that stains give, so I also use a lip stain. As for my skin, I smooth on vitamin c body oil. I only use a few drops, keeping my skin moisturized and fresh all day. Another great secret are Carefree acti-fresh pantiliners — they offer a fresh feeling all day long. Then lastly, a spritz of my favorite perfume and I’m out the door. This simple beauty routine keeps me fresh and lovely throughout the day.

links: Smashbox primer / Laura Mercier tinted moisturizertheBalm stainiac / NARS bronzing powderPaula’s Choice normalizing cleanser / Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics vitamin c body oil / Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black / Tarte cheek stain / Carefree pantyliners

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Carefree and SheKnows. 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.

current beauty favorites

Every time I move to a new city, it feels like I have to reassess my beauty regimen. Different humidity levels, more time spent in the sun, heck, even different water quality — it all affects my skin and hair. I’ve been in San Francisco for about a month and I think I’ve come up with a beauty plan that is worth sharing:

L’Occitane Amande hand cream: Not only does this smell so freaking good, but it absorbs quickly. My hands feel incredible after I apply this. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this hand cream.

Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap: I’m obsessed with all things nautical, but even without the great packaging, I’d love this soap. The fragrance is pleasant, but not overpowering. Plus, there are exfoliating bits in the bar, perfect for elbows and knees.

Josie Maran bohemian waves argan hair mist: Finally, a salt spray that doesn’t dry out my hair and smell like coconut. This stuff is legit, guys. Totally worth the price, a bottle will go a long way. Just use it sparingly because a little goes a long way (my heavy-handed first use was not so great…).

Johnson’s No More Tangles: You can’t argue with a classic. This stuff helps a wide tooth comb glide through my waves without making me want to cry.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse: The smell of this alone is worth it… but the way just a few drops leaves your skin feeling is just out of this world. I also use it sparingly on my hair if I’m feelin’ frizzy.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana: Talk about signature scent… I’ve finally found it! I am totally addicted to this fragrance. It’s got notes of sandalwood and vanilla, so it feels a bit familiar, but also a bit sensual. I freaking love it.

Aveda Dry Remedy Masque: My hair is pretty dry lately, probably because I haven’t had a trim since summer (oops). This stuff smells awesome, sort of like tea, but then also makes my hair feel so much less crunchy.

If you’ve got any other beauty faves, I’d love to hear them!
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nail art tutorial //

Ever since I got my most recent tattoos, I feel the need to take extra special care of my tootsies. With my schedule, I often don’t have time to spend at a salon, so I veer towards an at-home pedi frequently (especially during my weekend Netflix marathons…). Some of my favorite essentials: lavender scrub, a hearty pumice stone, nail files, and some quality nail polishes such the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection. This time I wanted to do something to match my recent tattoos, both in color and edginess, but still fairly simple because I’m not exactly Picasso over here.

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I turned to my trusted friend, washi tape to help me get a geometric nail art design. Then, I picked my favorite bold and bright hues from Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection: Kook a Mango and Wine Not (I use Plum’s the Word on my hands!).

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To start, make sure your feet are freshly scrubbed with nails trimmed and filed. I love to treat my feet to a good soak in bath salts, especially with dried lavender, then to attack any calluses with a pumice stone.

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Edgy Nail Art Tutorial

  1. Paint all nails with the lightest color. In this case, I used Kook a Mango. Be sure to let the polish cure and dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Carefully apply washi tape across the nail, ensuring that you seal the corners well.
  3. Apply the second color. I used two coats to ensure deep, rich color and full coverage of the base color.
  4. Once the second color has dried and cured, carefully remove the washi tape… and voila!

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Plus, receive a free Sally Hansen Salon Manicure nail polish when you buy U by Kotex at Target. Being real with you here, I like this brand because the packaging is graphic and bold… so much that so that I’m not afraid to keep them out on my bathroom vanity! I keep my U by Kotex in an old candleholder. (Offer available in all Target stores 12/29/13 – 2/22/14.)

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Photography by Ashley Lynn Fry.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Style Coalition. 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.

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