fall in seattle //

Greetings from San Francisco! The boyfriend and I are in town for a quick, impromptu trip for Friendsgiving and I couldn’t be more excited to see the sun… and my friends, I swear. It’s just that we’ve had a few soggy days here in Seattle (as you can see above) and it’s been wearing on me. Really though, the excitement levels are pretty damn high lately — next week is my absolute favorite holiday!

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And a bit more thrilling news… I’ve partnered with Lamps Plus on an amazing holiday sweepstakes! My home is very near and dear to me at the moment, so I’m alllll about giving decor as gifts this year. Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow Lamps Plus on Facebook and Instagram.
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Winners will be notified by @LampsPlus on or about November 30. They’re also sharing a coupon code, use GiftGuide15 through December 31st for $10 off your order of $150 or more.*

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

image via Instagram.

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essentials for holiday houseguests // @cottonelle #ad #OnAMegaRoll

Living on the other side of the country from my family means one thing for the holidays: an influx of visitors, most of whom end up staying with me. While my loft is the biggest apartment I’ve ever inhabited, it’s not exactly spacious. Often, guests stay on an air mattress in the living room ‘area.’ For this reason, I try extra hard to keep my guests comfortable and content. Recently, I teamed up with Annie from Live Simply and Cottonelle to curate the perfect essentials for entertaining houseguests this holiday season.

essentials for holiday houseguests // @cottonelle #ad #OnAMegaRoll essentials for holiday houseguests // @cottonelle #ad #OnAMegaRoll

Annie had the amazing idea of putting together a basket for each guest, full of all kinds of essentials. A few must-haves:

  • a spare roll of toilet paper — no one wants to ask a busy host for a spare roll, right??
  • a luxurious towel
  • midnight snacks, like fancy chocolates and cute mini bottles of alcohol
  • an extra toothbrush
  • hand cream
  • cozy slipper socks
  • a sleep mask (especially if your space is open and bright like mine!)
  • fancy soap
  • a spare set of house keys

essentials for holiday houseguests // @cottonelle #ad #OnAMegaRoll

We combined each of the essentials in a cute wire basket. Then, once your guests arrive in your home, you can help them settle in and feel extra comfortable in your home! This is also a great thing to have on hand if you’re an Airbnb host.

essentials for holiday houseguests // @cottonelle #ad #OnAMegaRoll essentials for holiday houseguests // @cottonelle #ad #OnAMegaRoll

Annie was full of other awesome suggestions for welcoming holiday guests, too:

  • You can adjust what you put into the kit depending upon who your guest is—that way you don’t overwhelm your guest with things that aren’t applicable to them.
  • You might also consider adding things like: a razor, a mini deodorant, other travel sized cosmetics (you’ve been hoarding them for ages, anyhow, so here’s your chance to put them to use), a rogue tampon or two can’t hurt, ear plugs, and band-aids.
  • Your guests will likely want to kiss you if you also give them a phone charger (you can’t know for sure what phone they have, but if you’re reading this, chances are high they’ll have an iPhone), and a little card that has the name and password for your wireless network.

Plus, because it’s time to stock up, Cottonelle was kind enough to offer a savings code. Head here for all of the details!

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Photography by Meghan Klein

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

one room challenge // loft bathroom, the reveal! #oneroomchallenge

This post is 6 weeks in the making… I’m so excited to share the reveal of my loft’s bathroom renovation! I’m not sure if I could have pulled this off without the inspiration of One Room Challenge ‘gently’ nudging me each week to finish some projects in there and share the results… but I actually did it! And, as a first time renovator, this feels like quite the feat. That’s right, I’ve never committed to a renovation like this before and I learned quiiiiite a bit.

So… without further ado, let’s see it!


what do you keep on your nightstand? // @bryghtcom

I swear, ever since I started One Room Challenge, I’ve cast an editing eye to every corner of the loft. Through this process, I noticed that I tend to create piles and most of these piles are of books. I tend to be a bit of a book hoarder, especially near my bed. I recently made a commitment to myself: tidy up the nightstand and keep it that way.

what do you keep on your nightstand? // @bryghtcom

I started with a really nice table — the folks over at Bryght were kind enough to send over the Thuja, which can double as an end table, but also a stool. I loved this option because I felt like I could pull it into the living room area the next time I have guests over to provide extra surfaces.


PROGRESS REPORT! one room challenge // loft bathroom, week 5 //

I can’t believe One Room Challenge is in the home stretch… I still have quite a few things to do. And it feels like all the teeny tiny stuff is left to be done — like figuring out where I want to put my shampoo and what’s going to hold the toilet paper (I maaay have accidentally gotten overzealous and donated my toilet paper holder at the start of this project).


a fall fête + mulled wine old fashioned #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety photocredit: @belathee

Just because it’s fall, doesn’t meant the gatherings need to end — if anything, chilly weather and shorter days are the perfect excuse to gather friends around the dinner table. My preferred way to kick off any sort of party is a well-curated spread of cheese and meats served with wine! Because it’s fall, I’ve been more partial to red wines, particularly Merlot from Italian purveyor Ecco Domani. I find that this medium-bodied red wine has luscious notes of blackberry and cherry, while also being balanced and soft on the palate.

a fall fête + mulled wine old fashioned #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety photocredit: @belatheea fall fête + mulled wine old fashioned #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety photocredit: @belathee a fall fête + mulled wine old fashioned #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety photocredit: @belathee

For this fall fête, I decided to spice things up a bit, literally. I reached out to my good friend, Ashley of Craft & Cocktails to help me concoct a fall-inspired cocktail using the rich and flavorful Merlot.


my hunt for a stylish laundry basket //

The funny thing about living in a loft is that everything is out in the open. And when I say everything, I mean it. As I sit here writing this post, I can see every unfolded piece of clothing, every wayward sock, and my unmade bed. This is kind of my biggest complaint about living in one, giant open space… and there’s one area where I’ve really honed in my focus: the laundry basket.

my hunt for a stylish laundry basket //

source: sea isle basket from Anthropologie.

I have this one that is open at the top and made of wire mesh. It’s pretty damn cool, but right now I hate it. Why? Because it’s like I’m airing my dirty laundry, literally. When guests comes over its like –hello– there are my dirty sheets and socks and underwear. All of this adds up to me needing a new laundry basket and it’s not like there is a lack of options. Here are a few I’m considering:

my hunt for a stylish laundry basket //

sources, left to right: Steele vertical canvas laundry bin from Crate & Barrel, woven hamper from Pottery Barn Kids, woven African hamper from Connected Artisans, fabric hamper from One Kings Lane, lacquer bath hamper from West Elm, and abaca laundry basket from Anthropologie.

my hunt for a stylish laundry basket //

source: kali hamper from Urban Outfitters

top image: Connected Artisans.