As an avid cocktail lover, to say I was excited when Blurb invited me to an evening of cocktail making and food pairing at the Pennyroyal is an understatement. This gorgeous Kimpton establishment is right in downtown Seattle and inspired by old-world European style bars. The dark wood, exposed brick, and moody lighting had me feeling heady and even tuned out my normal shutter-bug impulses that usually crop up with every course. It was the perfect setting to connect with fellow creatives and learn about Blurb’s self-publishing and marketing platform. (more…)
Full disclosure: I am absolutely fascinated by the world of ‘vlogging.’ These are people who live their lives on the internet via video and in plain view of everyone… this is definitely the next evolution of blogging. It’s kind of amazing, but also a little bit insane. Oh, and it’s just so easy to fall down the YouTube rabbit hole, don’t you think?? I’m fascinated. Recently, HP asked me to join them at Vlogger Fair where they had brought the HP Sprout Truck Stop. I jumped at the opportunity — not only for some amazing people watching, but also as a chance to share my story of how I use the HP Sprout for creative projects.
We started out the day by sharing a few past projects with the HP Sprout (see those here and here). I even gave a quick demo explaining my favorite tips and tricks for using the HP Sprout for creative projects. The audience was really amazing and asked some thoughtful questions.
I feel like I’ve been neglecting the blog this week — instead I’m caught up in photoshoots and boys and climbing and witnessing as many sunsets as possible. In reality, this means that I’m off living my life, something of which I am fiercely proud. In the past, it was all too easy for me to stay online and ‘connected,’ but without actually connecting with anyone or anything. It’s a trap, this thing we call the internet, social media, etc. I’m over this false sense of connection and instead am being fueled by the outdoors. This week I grabbed my camera on a whim and went to a local spot called Discovery Park to take in the sunset — this is what I witnessed.
Pardon the interruption, but I have been busy busy busy and it’s getting a bit intense around here… so I’ve decided to expand the Jojotastic team and search for an editorial intern!
Here’s a bit of what I’m lookin’ for:
- Photoshoot assistance — Want to learn what goes into planning and prepping a shoot? Keen on trying your hand at styling? When it comes to photoshoots, I need all the help I can get! A few key tasks: food prep, helping pick wardrobe, scouting props for shoots, etc.
- Editorial assistance — My goal is for my intern to have his or her own column here on Jojotastic, whether it’s food, fashion, or anything else that fits the aesthetic. I also need help scouting new topics to cover, as well as help putting together posts.
- Social media assistance — Can you craft the perfect pitch in 140 characters or less? Do you understand snapchat? Then I desperately need you. I’d love to have some help across all social media channels with drafting, scheduling, even keeping up with that new new.
- Organization — I need all the help I can get these days, so a small part of this role will be helping me to stay on top of stuff like filing, invoicing, updating ads on my site, that sort of thing.
A few more things:
- must be Seattle-based and not allergic to dogs. I’ve got a desk in Pioneer Square with your name written all over it.
- must have a basic understanding of Photoshop.
- access to car is a plus. I promise to keep the coffee runs to a minimum.
- the internship is part-time (10-15 hours a week) with flexible hours. I’m trying to stop working weekends myself, so hopefully not too many weekends!
- positive vibes only — I need an intern who is mature, organized, and generally unflappable under pressure.
- experience is nice, but not required. We’re in this together and I’m looking to teach as much as I’m looking to get some help.
To apply and learn more, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line INTERN-TASTIC. Be sure to include links to whatever you think best represents your aesthetic (personal blog, instagram, twitter, pinterest… etc) and a quick blurb about why you’re interested. I’m hoping to make my decision by May, so send ’em in!
I’m queuing up some posts for the rest of the week and I felt like I was due for a check in. All I could think about is how I really just need to air out some feelings I’ve been having. Officially, I’ve been in Seattle for 3 days and, overall, it’s totally great. This feels like home… which is exactly the point of all of this, right?
It’s just when I really start to think about things… that things get complicated in my head. There are so many things going on, so much change, so much unknown. When will my stuff arrive? Do the people in my new co-working space like me? Will I bump into my ex-boyfriend and will my hair actually be clean that day? When will my cat stop howling in the middle of the night because she’s scared of the new apartment? And why is that man peeing in the alleyway below to my kitchen?
Stuff like that.
I haven’t been sleeping well and I think I’m sort of fighting off a cold. My body needs a break in a big way. For the past few days, I was able to distract myself from everything thanks to the road trip, the new apartment, the new office, everything. Now though… it’s really catching up to me.
So yeah… there’s that. I just felt like I needed to get it out there and now I feel a bit calmer.
image via my Instagram
This time next week, I will be in my new Seattle home, so it’s definitely time for me to start thinking about how on earth I’m going to fill a space that’s 3x the size of anywhere I’ve ever lived! MEEP. Luckily, I recently discovered the absolutely incredible Homestead Seattle. They sell vintage and antique pieces in a way that feels cozy and totally curated. Founders Ryan and Michelle Tansey have truly amazing taste — so much that I just want to live in their showroom.
I’ve already scooped up this incredible live edge shelf, but I have my eyes on a few more pieces to add to my own home. Yeah, I might have already set up an appointment to peruse their showroom 2 days after I arrive.
They sell out pretty quickly, so I recommend following them on Instagram to get first dibs on the latest and greatest pieces! And here’s a bonus for Seattle-based readers: Homestead offers local pick up, so it’s even easier to fill your home with these gorgeous pieces.
images via Homestead Seattle