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!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection

Every year I gather presents and then sneak into my room for a top secret wrapping party. I absolutely L-O-V-E this part of the season. It’s so much fun to pick out papers and trims and even little treats to put on top. Plus, every year my mom pokes fun at me because I’ll make sure to stack the parcels juuust-so, trying to make it look like a catalog. What she doesn’t know is that I’m also shaking them to guess what’s inside! Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Gift Wrapping 101!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection
This was one photoshoot where Georgette just could not help herself!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

holiday nut mixes #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipes

The holidays are prime snacking time, especially while wrapping presents, decking out the tree, and waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven. Here are 3 delectable nut mixes that are perfect for snacking and gift-giving — Cinnamon Candied Walnuts, Pumpkin Pie Pecans, and Cocoa Sea Salt Cashews. Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Holiday Nut Mixes!

holiday nut mixes #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipes
Plus, these treats make for great gifts! Budget-friendly and totally delectable, package these Holiday Nut Mixes to get in the gift-giving mood for friends, family, and neighbors — even the mailman! Go nuts for gift giving here.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

jojotastic // the pattern box

I still believe in snail mail. I love the act of writing a letter, addressing an envelope, putting a stamp in the upper right-hand corner, and mailing it. It’s so special and friendly and just plain makes me happy. These days it feels like all I do is mail my rent check. That is until I spotted the Pattern Box.

“Curated by New York City’s celebrated Textile Arts Center, this vibrant, pattern-filled collection features one hundred postcards from ten international designers. Housed in an equally vivid keepsake box, the postcards are ideal for correspondence, enclosure notes, and inspiration boards alike. The set also includes a booklet about the designers, highlighting their creative processes and influences.”

jojotastic // the pattern box

The boxed set comes with 10 postcards from each of these artists: Shanan Campanaro, Brittany Keats Cerullo, Helen Dealtry, Leah Reena Goren, Hannah Schultz, Leanne Shapton, Jennifer Parry Dodge, Kindah Khalidy, Victoria Garcia, and Anna Niestroj. So now that I am armed with 100 postcards… who wants a love letter??

photos by Jojotastic

marc jacobs beauty

Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers. With his modern sensibilities and edginess, I am always excited to see what his collections will look like. With New York Fashion Week ahead of us, I’m practically chomping at the bit to see more. Lately though, I’ve tided myself over with the launch of Marc Jacobs beauty line. I don’t profess to know a ton about make up, but I do love a good pedi and soft lips. Thus, I gravitated towards toward the Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer and the Lip Lock Moisture Balm. I made my nail color picks based on what I thought would work best for fall. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Daisy (left): this color is pretty and pastel enough to wear every day. I like to think of it as the white tee of nail lacquers.
  • Jezebel (middle): a rich, sexy red for fall. I picture leather moto jackets, skinny jeans, and billowing scarves when I think about this saucy color. Aka, my perfect fall look.
  • Nirvana (right): this dark olive green feels like a new way to twist standard issue black nail polish this fall. Plus, the name appeals to my love affair with the ’90s in a BIG way.

marc jacobs beauty
I have to admit, the packaging is what initially captured my attention. I particularly love this sentiment on the inside of the moisture balm packaging — perfect for prepping those lips to be kissably soft!

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Photos by Jojotastic.

candles from Anthropologie

Introducing the Mairead Candles from Anthropologie. Designing candle packaging is so much fun — you get to think about fragrance notes and how color relates to each scent. For these candle tins, I wanted the artwork to be a bit preppy, but still have a hand-drawn aesthetic to them (I drew the artwork with my dried out Prismacolor markers from college!). Then for the lids of each vessel I really wanted the bold fragrances notes to stand out, so I created an eye-catching two-tone text layout. Lastly, I applied the artwork to a shape I designed that was inspired by vintage tea canisters!

candles from Anthropologie

candles from Anthropologie

I’m a big believer in fragrance being fun for everyone. Here are the notes for each candle. Which is your favorite?

  • Pear & Coriander Leaf: a fragrant fusion of coriander, thyme and musk, blended with hints of Anjou pear, sweet strawberry and crisp apple
  • Amber Cashmere: a rich blend of Moroccan amber, cashmere woods, musk and sandalwood combined with fresh citrus, rose, lavender and violet
  • Applewood Moss: fresh fir balsam, cedarwood and soft green moss paired with juicy red berries, sweet fig, tart apple and jasmine
  • Vanilla & Cedar: notes of citrus and juicy pear infused with creamy white floral and vanilla musk

Images via Anthropologie. See more of my designs here!

PS – Congrats to Katie G. for winning the BRIKA giveaway! Keep your eyes on your inbox for more info!

natural skin care from S.W. Basics

Turning 28 has been interesting… Aside from lots of life changes, my skin is also changing. I am much more prone to acne now, more so than ever before in my life. I dodged the bullet during my teen years, but it seems like now I’m discovering just how naughty my skin can be! I’ve done a fair amount of research and now know the importance of having a daily regimen of products I use. Also, whenever possible, I try to keep it organic and natural. I’m trying to save the planet here!

Enter my new favorite exfoliant, S.W. Basics Exfoliant. Made of only three, yes three, ingredients, this exfoliant is gentle, but scrubby. Aka just how I like my face to be polished. The three ingredients are organic oat flour, organic almond flour, and sea salt. This combination is powerful enough to scrub away my makeup at the end of the day, get down deep into my pores, and has a pleasantly light smell to boot. (Note, it is not fragranced, which gives this product extra credit in my book.) I swear, my skin positively glows after I use this product.

natural skin care from S.W. Basics
Also worth noting are S.W. Basics lip balms. Packaged in this adorable and reusable tin, each of the four beeswax-based lip balms is packed with cocoa butter and essential oils to keep your kisser soft and supple. My particular favorite is the cocoa one, which smells ever-so-lightly of cocoa butter (aka chocolate!).

natural skin care from S.W. Basics
While I don’t use this moisturizer on my face (it’s still a bit too heavy for my sensitive skin), I do love S.W. Basics Cream for any rough patch of skin or as an all-over softener. Ahem, elbows, I am looking at you! After a day at the beach, I smooth this super gentle and light body cream all over my limbs to quench my thirsty skin and help seal in my tan.

Wanna know more about S.W. Basics? Check out more reviews on The City Sage and Design Crush.

photos by me for Jojotastic

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review. 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.