BlogHer 2014 recap

Whew – it’s been quite the whirlwind of a month for me! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing snippets of what I’ve been up to. To start, this past weekend I attended the amazing BlogHer conference in partnership with Ziploc® Brand. Can you believe BlogHer is the first blogging conference I’ve attended? Talk about eye opening… I was beyond thrilled to connect with readers, as well as to make tons of new friends. Blogging is all about embracing a sense of community, so now I feel like mine is even bigger. It’s a great feeling.

blogher 2014 recapblogher 2014 recapIt’s always fun to transition ‘internet friends’ into real life friends, so I was especially happy to finally meet up with the cool kids from Artifact Uprising. Their booth was absolutely gorgeous and I can genuinely say they are just as awesome as their product!

BlogHer 2014 recapBlogHer 2014 recapAnother great aspect of the conference was the exposure to new brands. I was especially excited to meet the folks over at The Bouqs. Aside from having a booth bursting with gorgeous blooms, I was also wowed by their commitment to sustainability.

easy cupcake decorating with Ziploceasy cupcake decorating with ZiplocA large part of my time at BlogHer was spent in the SC Johnson booth talking about my favorite Ziploc® Brand products.We focused on sharing Life Lessons aimed at inspiring and preparing you for anything. For example, one of the Life Lessons we shared was easy cupcake decorating. We used Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags in place of pastry bags by snipping off a tiny corner. This allowed us to neatly pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Then, we broke up toppings by filling a bag with candies and crushing them with a meat tenderizer. The clean up is super easy and it’s a lot more affordable than investing in expensive baking equipment — especially if you’re like me and bake at the spur of the moment.

easy cupcake decorating with ZiplocWhat’s really funny to me is when people ask me why I like to work with Ziploc® so much, especially because I’m not a mom. Being totally honest, this partnership works so well for me because the actual product works well for me. The possibilities are endless. For example, two of the gallon storage bags are perfect for my climbing gear… I use the quart-sized bags to stow toiletries for all of my travels… I even freeze water in Ziploc® Brand containers so that Noodle can stay cool and hydrated while we’re hiking.

healthy snacks on the goBe sure to like Ziploc® Brand on Facebook and follow on Pinterest to see even more Life Lessons. There is some seriously good stuff, like these smoothie freezer packs.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc® Brand. However 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.

photography by Jojotastic

boho in the house

Guys, is boho a trend? I really, really hope not because I really, really like it. As an aesthetic, as a lifestyle… that casual, layered, laid back vibe appeals to my core. There’s this seemingly easy look about it all, like it’s just tossed together. But there is also that balance of curation and artifact. All things in a bohemian space have meaning. From plants raised from seed to hand-woven tapestries and vintage textiles… This is ‘curation’ in the truest, non-trendy sense of the word. So, dear interior design gods, please don’t let this be a trend.

boho in the houselinks: modern pendant lamp / embroidered eye pillow / geo-block woven rug / macaron wall clock

boho in the houseSpeaking of special… how darling are these planters?

boho in the house

images via Urban Outfitters

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I’ve been sharing peeks into my SF apartment slooowly… settling in has been quite the process! This time, settling in feels a lot more thoughtful, more important somehow. Probably because I’m finally in a city that feels like a kindred spirit to me. I want to be here and actually stay. I haven’t felt that in a long, long time, so every decision I make in my home carries weight. One of the first places I focused was my home office. I do a LOT of my work from home, so creating a space to be creative was of utmost importance.

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I filled the space with super functional pieces, including this gorgeous mid-century vintage chair and lots of pieces on wheels. Because my bay windows let in tons of light, I’ve started to amass a mini jungle. I love the way stacks of books and piles of plants inspire me as I’m writing and designing.

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I also tend to walk around barefoot all the time, so a good rug was incredibly important, which is why I opted for this gorgeous wool/jute Sahara rug from Rugs Direct. Made by Loloi Rugs, this beauty is hand-knotted and super textural. My favorite detail is how the jute knots are a shorter pile height than the shaggier wool, making it feel nubby under my toes.

Jealous of my awesome rug? Well, good news, this week I’ve partnered with Rugs Direct for a giveaway!

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Enter for a chance to win a $300 gift certificate from Rugs Direct. One winner will be chosen at random by Wednesday July 30 at 10:30 am PST. Must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Winner will receive one gift certificate valued at $300. Good luck!
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my home office + a rugs direct giveaway (head to jojotastic.com for more details) #giveawayClearly, Noodle also loves the rug!

photography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. However 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.

honest alchemy co.

I never want the indigo trend to go away (please note that I truly despise calling it a ‘trend’) for many, many reasons. There’s something romantic and magical to me about rich navy fading into wispy tones of pale, pale blue. I absolutely love it. Honest Alchemy Co. has taken this romance of mine to an entirely different level though… with their fabrics of hand-woven cotton and vintage 1940s Irish linen, it’s enough to put a girl over the moon.

honest alchemy coI first stumbled upon Honest Alchemy Co., headed by Beth McTear while I was still living in Philly, at the Brooklyn Flea. I saw her booth from afar and immediately made a beeline towards it, no joke. I simply had to touch her textiles and revel in the beauty.

honest alchemy cohonest alchemy coEach piece has a purity or even an honest to it, probably due to the simple and true making process. All of the textiles are either vintage or 100% natural fibers, then dyed with plant-based pigments. I envision Beth going through life with perpetually indigo-stained hands, constantly in search of gorgeous textiles for her art.

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images via Honest Alchemy Co. (ps – for more beauty, be sure to follow along on Instagram)

CRAFT by world market // jojotastic.com

Wow, have you seen the latest from World Market? Meet CRAFT by World Market, a collection of limited-edition limited-edition handcrafted goods too intricate to make in large quantities. The CRAFT collection features truly unique pieces from all over the world like the tayla pendant necklace (from India), teakwood root bowl (from Indonesia) and handmade foo lion (from Thailand). This is a collection all about rich details: hand-carved mango wood, hand-painted artwork, and traditional hand-embroidery. Notice a theme? CRAFT by World Market focuses on bringing the rich tradition of hand craftsmanship from all over the world into your very own home. These are pieces that you’ll cherish for years to come.

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Here’s the nitty gritty of how it works: in order to bring these specially made products to life, enough people need to pre-order the pieces. So hurry over to World Market to shop this one-of-a-kind collection because the clock is ticking! I’ve got my eye on the hand carved coat rack and embroidered tote bag — the coat rack would be super useful in my new apartment, while the bag makes for an awesome farmers market companion.

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Shop the collection: sundara cabinet / hand carved coat rack / teakwood root bowl / tayla pendant necklace / ranya marble arch / carved elephant key cabinet / handmade foo lion / embroidered tote bag / cotton modal scarf

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market. 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.

Common Good giveaway // head to jojotastic.com for a chance to win organic cleaning supplies #giveaway

I’m one of those people who cares about packaging… a lot. But I also care about the environment, which is why I am thrilled to share my love of Common Good household cleaners, soap, and candles with you today. These products cover all of the bases: 100 percent biodegradable, refillable glass and plastic bottles, made in the US, and completely green/eco-friendly, as well as effective and hardworking. Oh, and they smell incredible. While lavender is my perennial favorite, the coriander hand soap leaves my hands lightly scented and super soft.

Lucky for you, I’ve partnered with Common Good to giveaway one kitchen set!

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Common Good giveaway

Enter up to 8 times for a chance to win a kitchen set from Common Good. One winner will be chosen at random by Wednesday June 18 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US and Canadian residents only. Winner will receive one kitchen set valued at $45. Good luck!Common Good giveaway // head to jojotastic.com for a chance to win organic cleaning supplies #giveaway
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Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. However 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.

enter to win a $500 gift card to shop @ArtifactUprsng // jojotastic.com #giveaway

When decorating, I am all about the sweet little details. Thankfully, Artifact Uprising is, too. They recently released a new option for printing your favorite Instagram snaps, Signature Prints. Inspired by the lost art of signing one’s name to art pieces, Artifact Uprising has “set out to create a print that felt like a fine art matte and image all in one” with this new offering. The result is absolutely stunning: the ultra-thick stock and textured matte eggshell finish elevate your photos to a totally new level.

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enter to win a $500 gift card to shop @ArtifactUprsng // jojotastic.com #giveawayAs I’ve been unpacking and finding new homes for all my treasures, I’ve been adding my Signature Prints into the mix. I love what they add to a stack of books or the cubbyhole where I keep my keys. Even unframed, these prints add a personal touch to the chaos of my ‘just moved in aesthetic’ that I’m rocking these days.

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Plus, exciting news: I’ve partnered with Artifact Uprising for a $500 gift card giveaway… the biggest one yet! Head over to Artifact Uprising to win: Enter here.

One winner will be chosen at random by June 11, 2014 at 8 am PST. The winner will receive a $500 gift card to shop on Artifact Uprising. Good luck!

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Enter here for a change to win $500 to shop at Artifact Uprising.

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Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. However 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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