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hiking in Sedona

Ash Huang is an independent designer, illustrator and writer. You can find her at ashsmash.com or on Twitter as @ashsmash. Ash spends much of her time clacking away at her laptop and picking up strange hobbies. You may mistake her for a giant squirrel and/or cookie monster. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Sedona is one of my favorite places on Earth. I visited Sedona for the first time thirteen years ago and it made such an impact on me that I’ve centered a whole cross country road trip on getting there. It’s definitely a hiking town. But with a plethora of hikes to choose from, I was paralyzed, as I only had three days to hit the trails. Cue hours of intense research. There’s something for everyone — easy scenic views, scrambles up slide rock, wending through canyons.

hiking in SedonaBroken Arrow Trail
How long: 3.5 miles round trip, we ended up turning back after a mile or so because of time constraints.

This trail is an intimate hike very close to Sedona’s city center. The drive in is rugged (no pavement… some artful driving is required) and only wide enough for one vehicle to pass at a time. You’ll see a lot of jeep tours coming in, but they’re separated from the walking/mountain biking trail. Everyone is very polite and will tell you how many vehicles are in their party. Take Morgan Road from 179 and drive all the way to the end. Where it seems to just be dirt? Drive through there. This will take you to a parking lot. I did this in a Toyota Echo and saw a fair share of Priuses, so you’ll be okay.

hiking in SedonaThis hike is quiet and stunning. You get to see formations up close. The trail is a little less formal, going over stretches of rock. Look for white marks that will lead you back to the path.

hiking in SedonaAirport Mesa Loop
How long: 3.5 miles round trip
This is the longest hike we did. It’s great for dizzying views of the city. Watch prop planes land at the top of the mesa and see many of Sedona’s most famous rock formations. I suggest going in the morning, the light over the land is stunning.

How to get there: From 89A, follow signs for the airport. To the left, you’ll see a parking lot. This is the beginning of the trailhead. However, before you do that, I’d suggest you keep driving up to the top of the mesa. There’s a big parking lot to the left, and a scenic view spot.

hiking in SedonaCome back down and park in the trailhead parking lot. To your immediate left is the Airport vortex. You’ll know because there will probably be people on it. Sedona is famous for vortexes, which are tunnels of uplifting energy. I’m dubious, but it was hard to be anything but uplifted with a view like this.

hiking in SedonaWalk the trail from here. It’s a slow and steady climb with very little dramatic incline.

hiking in SedonaThere are options for other trails towards the north side of the loop. I was getting hangry, so we continued on the trail. It ends across the street from the trailhead parking lot.
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Depeapa

Hello, hello! Kelly from Design Crush here to fill in for Joanna while she’s off traipsing around Amsterdam without us. (The nerve.)

You know how sometimes you see a particular book or vase or obscene graphic tee and just know your friend such-and-such would love it? The second I saw Depeapa I knew it was right up Joanna’s alley. Granada, Spain-based Verónica de Arriba designs for home and body. Pillows, totes, and prints all give her lovely and quirky illustrations a second chance and benefits all of us art lovers quite nicely at the same time. Depeapa also uses Spain-based manufacturers and suppliers whenever possible, and who doesn’t love a little local loyalty?

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Shop the post: Bearded Tote Bag // Man and Woman Cushion Covers // Girl with Bun Pocket Mirror // Bon Voyage Prints
ps — She also creates some beautiful necklaces!

downloadable art for your computer or phone by Colore' Lincoln
Hi, I’m Colore’ Lincoln! I’m a blogger, stationer, and hand-letterer living in Austin, Texas. Everything I’m passionate for can be found on my blog, coloregrace.com, or my Instagram, twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
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This year I am extra thankful for my friends and family, and my ever-changing life. Within the last year there have been a lot of big life changes: graduating college, ending a dead-end relationship, learning to trust myself and follow my dreams fearlessly, falling in love again, and moving to a new state. Even though some of these changes have been challenging, I am stronger for going through them and there is no way I could’ve gone through these changes without my loving family and friends.
downloadable art for your computer or phone by Colore' LincolnI wanted to create a little reminder for myself to be extra thankful every day, not just on one special holiday. So many days of the year I feel consumed with my schedule and the love of being busy and it caused me to be overwhelmed. I’ve noticed when I take moment to consider if what I’m doing is making me happy, and life seems more concise instead of chaotic. I believe when we encourage thankfulness in our hearts, it gracefully shines and flows out to others around you.
With the holiday season coming up, many of us get wrapped up (pun intended) with shopping, baking, and parties. This year I’d love to encourage everyone to take more breaks to enjoy the holiday around the people you love with no agenda. Enjoy quality time with the friends and family who support, encourage, and love you everyday of the year.
Choose to be thankful! Download here: desktop |iPad | iPhone
that fringe feelin'
Stephanie is a lifestyle and fashion blogger based in Atlanta, GA.  The adoption of her second daughter inspired her to launch her latest site, HER NEW TRIBE, where she covers fashion and shares inspiration.  Stephanie is the style editor of Clementine Daily, and can be found on her Pinterest and Instagram.
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Rarely do I get wrapped up in a trend or romanced by the look of the moment.  I have a uniform of sorts, and for the most part I stick to it. My typical formula consists of classics with a twist and feminine paired with masculine (or maybe the other way around).  I wouldn’t say I’m conservative, just cautious.  I’m terrified of being called trendy, leery of joining the crowd and having my style dictated to me through trend reports and runways. – BUT – As I get older I realize that my classics can sometimes read serious and my borrowed-from-the-boys looks could be called boring, yipes!  Time to try something new.
that fringe feelin'
Suddenly I’m feeling fringe.
I’m not talking about a statement making flapper dress, or the fringe trimmed chaps cowboys wore in old Westerns.  Modern fringe is sleeker, edgier, and chicer.  Subtle trimmings added in just the right places, clean sharp lines adorning clutches and coats, thready knits cozy for day, and swingy skirts and dresses for night.
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My plan — only wear one piece with fringe at a time, keep things neutral and avoid bright colors or patterns, and tone down accessories and makeup when wearing bolder pieces.  Fringe adds texture and tons of movement.  Fringe is fun and flirty, and just what my winter wardrobe needs!
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DIY // graphic color-blocked magnets

Stella Blackmon is the Social Media Manager for Clementine Daily and photography assistant for Julie Blackmon. For more of Stella’s adventures, fueled by espresso and Paul Simon’s Graceland, follow @tellagirl.

As my refrigerator became masked with postcards, birthday notes, invitations and vintage Polaroids, my collection of mismatched magnets started to make my display appear junky. After refusing to edit down my favorite moments and souvenirs, I decided to switch my focus to the magnets. I transformed my neon alphabet letters to graphic color-blocked magnets. This simple DIY reflected a more modern style, while highlighting my adored mementos. Whether you want a fresh kitchen update or a budget-friendly gift, we’ve got you covered.

Materials:

  • Wooden alphabet magnets
  • White spray paint
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Painter’s tape

DIY // graphic color-blocked magnetsStep 1
Coat the alphabet letters evenly with white spray paint. Let completely dry.

DIY // graphic color-blocked magnetsStep 2
Use painter’s tape to cover parts of the letters you want to remain white. Ensure tape is secure to guarantee straight edges.

DIY // graphic color-blocked magnetsStep 3
Coat the taped letters with metallic spray. Let completely dry.

DIY // graphic color-blocked magnetsAfter the letters have completely dried, carefully unwrap them. It’s now time to arrange and admire your new fridge display.

Happy crafting, friends!

photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong

Hi! I am Jennifer Chong a food lover who enjoys exploring the world and experiencing new things. I work as a designer and photographer in Los Angeles, CA. You can find me blogging about tasty things and my travelogues at seeandsavour.com

Hello friends of Jojotastic! While we are all wishing that we were in Amsterdam with Joanna, I thought I would send us on a little virtual journey. If you read my blog you’ll know there are two things I love food and travel. So today I am sharing with you a photo journey though Luang Prabang, Laos.
photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong
Laos is a country located in Southeast Asia between Thailand and Vietnam. Luang Prabang is a beautiful city filled with both historical and natural beauty. I loved everything about visiting this city – if you’re considering traveling to SE Asia I’d highly recommend Luang Prabang, it’s a hidden gem and not as hectic as some of the other more popular SE Asia cities. Make sure you take a morning to watch the morning procession with Monks, pay a visit to Kuang Si waterfall, and take a slow boat ride along the Mekong river.
photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong photo journey through Luang Prabang, Laos // by Jennifer Chong
photography by Jennifer Chong
studio tour // Suite One Studio

Hi! I’m Lindsay Emery, owner, designer, and maker of Suite One Studio, a modern, handmade tableware line. The current Suite One Studio collection is made exclusively from hand-formed and wheel thrown, high quality porcelain, handmade watercolor glazes, and hand-painted genuine gold. I began working in clay in 2005, and launched Suite One Studio in 2009. Since then the line has changed to reflect trends in home interiors, fashion, my own aesthetic preferences, and perhaps most importantly as a maker of tableware, food. Although the collection has changed gradually over the years, my central desire has remained the same– to make mealtimes more beautiful. Joanna invited me here to Jojotastic to share a behind the scenes peek into my process and the creation of Suite One Studio products. I hope you’ll enjoy!

studio tour // Suite One Studiostudio tour // Suite One StudioEach and every product begins the same way, as an unsuspecting ball of clay. The clay is cut from a large block of clay, wedged to remove air bubbles, and weighed to ensure consistency before it is processed as either a flat slab or thrown on the wheel.

studio tour // Suite One StudioAll plates, platters, trays, and primarily flat objects are made with the help of a slab roller. This is a 250 LB piece of machinery that operates by a hand-cranked wheel to flatten the clay between two large, steel rollers. Until recently, each flat object was processed by a small, wooden, kitchen rolling pin. You can imagine that the addition of this industrial slab roller makes a HUGE difference in production capabilities for my growing studio.

studio tour // Suite One StudioThese freshly made pieces were created from slabs of flattened clay from the slab roller. After flattening, each piece is cut, shaped, and altered by hand to create a uniquely organic, modern form. Once the pieces are cleaned up a bit with a sponge and water, they sit and dry slowly over the course of several weeks until they’re ready to be fired in the kiln.

studio tour // Suite One StudioAfter drying, the pieces are fired in the kiln for the first time at about 1,945 degrees Fahrenheit. They are now hard and porous like a brick and ready to be glazed and fired again.

studio tour // Suite One StudioNow comes the really fun part– color! Each glaze is formulated right here in my studio. And formulated is the right word because ceramic glazes are made from chemical formulas. Yup, like the stuff from your high-school-chem-test nightmares. There are molecular considerations, periodic elements, and a whole bunch of letters and numbers hiding behind those pretty, glossy surfaces. A lot can go wrong with a glaze formula, so when a glaze turns out as expected (or in some cases better!) it’s cause for some major celebrating! This board of test tiles shows some of my scientific triumphs!

studio tour // Suite One StudioOnce a glaze has been decided upon and applied, the piece is fired in the kiln again, this time to 2,280 degrees Fahrenheit. After the glaze firing, liquid gold luster is hand-painted onto each piece, and you guessed it, the piece is fired again. The entire process, start to finish, of creating a single piece of porcelain pottery takes weeks, lots of high temperatures in specialized equipment, an unexpected use of organic chemistry (which was the only class besides gym that I nearly failed in high school, so how’s that for irony), and a whole lot of patience. But in the end, you have a thoughtfully crafted, heirloom quality, handmade item guaranteed to make any meal more beautiful, so it’s all totally worth it.

I hope you enjoyed this look into the work that goes into the production of Suite One Studio porcelain.  If you’d like to see more behind the scenes peeks, come follow along on Instagram! A huge thank you to Joanna for having me here to share my passion and process with you all!