found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross

Etsy is such a troublemaker in my life. I’m just constantly finding things I ‘need,’ like this incredible bunting from Oh, Albatross. Made of vintage metal lithographed letters on rustic twine, this is exactly what I need to hang above my desk, don’t you think? Truth be told… I may have already ordered it.

found on Etsy: Oh, AlbatrossThey’ve also got some other beautiful objects as well… perfect for finishing up my San Francisco apartment. Hey, sorry I’m not sorry, but these pieces are totally in my shopping cart waiting for me to complete my purchase. Let’s hope shopkeeper Regina restocks soon, huh?

found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross found on Etsy: Oh, Albatross
found on Etsy: Oh, Albatrosslinks: mid century metal file divider / vintage enamel camp cups / keep your chin up bunting / classic metal office clips / vintage industrial danger flagbe wild, be wonderful bunting

enter to win $100 of hand-poured soy candles from Candelles www.jojotastic.com #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 www.jojotastic.com #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 www.jojotastic.com #giveawayPS – Jojotastic readers get 20% off your order when you use code JOJOLOVESCANDELLES at the checkout. Head here to start shopping!

Pardon this interruption, but this one is is too cute not to share and most definitely for the parents out there… Today I want to share my amazingly talented friend’s Kickstarter campaign for her company Maker by Trade. I used to work with Kam long, long ago and she decided it’s high time to shake up the world of kids’ socks and take the gender out of it. Basically, once a month you can select the socks you want to receive and they will be delivered to you (with stickers, too!). Maybe your daughter is in a dinosaurs phase… or your son really loves hot air balloons. Maker by Trade believes it’s time to let kids be kids. Quite genius, eh?

maker by trade — support this awesome kickstarter for super adorable kids socks every month! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1289530454/maker-by-trade-small-socks maker by trade — support this awesome kickstarter for super adorable kids socks every month! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1289530454/maker-by-trade-small-socksSo head over to Kickstarter to support Kam — heck, I don’t even have kids (and won’t for many, many years, sorry Mom) and I decided I need tiny, adorable socks regardless!

must shop // Le Labo in Venice Beach

My trip recap to Venice Beach is still in the works, but I wanted to share an experience I had while wandering Abbott Kinney: the Le Labo shop. My very first job ever after college was designing packaging for candles, so I’m pretty well-versed in Le Labo’s incredible candles and fragrances. What I wasn’t prepared for, however, was the total WOW experience of being in the physical store. This boutique had all the makings of that modern day apothecary feel: amber tinted glass, black details, and gooorgeous labels. The shop itself is pretty cool: the bar in the front is a great place to customize your own scent, while the back has much more of a lounge vibe.

must shop // le labo in venice beachFor those not versed in Le Labo, they stand for ‘soulful fragrances’ and the power of the handmade. In fact, all candles are hand-poured, all of the fragrances are hand-formulated, and even the roses are hand-picked.

must shop // le labo in venice beachPlus, the store has it’s very own (and free) photobooth! My friend and I had a blast taking advantage of this find. Noodle even got a few shots.

must shop // le labo in venice beachIf you’re headed to Venice Beach, be sure to check out the shop at 1138 Abbott Kinney Blvd.

photography by Jojotastic

little paper planes, a darling boutique in San Francisco

Without hyperbole, I think it’s safe to say that the boutique scene here in San Francisco is on point. I recently went to one of my favorites, Little Paper Planes. Located in the Mission, Little Paper Planes is owned by artist and curator Kelly Lynn Jones and chock full of total perfection. Kelly has curated a truly lovely selection of ceramics, jewelry, apparel, and (my personal favorite) stationery. I always find myself wandering into this boutique whenever I need a gift (for myself) or just some inspiration.

little paper planes, a darling boutique in San Franciscolittle paper planes, a darling boutique in San Francisco The store fixtures themselves are rather lovely, with tiny pockets for plants to call home. I love how the plants mingle with jewelry.

little paper planes, a darling boutique in San Franciscolittle paper planes, a darling boutique in San FranciscoLittle Paper Planes also has a great selection of periodicals ranging from quarterlys to monthlies. I swear, ever time I go, I discover a new publication that is a must-read.

little paper planes, a darling boutique in San FranciscoIn a store full of special touches, Kelly layers on one more by using this jumbo stamp to label her shopping bags!

little paper planes, a darling boutique in San FranciscoIf you find yourself in San Francisco, I urge you to stop by Little Paper Planes at 855 Valencia Street.

photography by Jojotastic

This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party

This past weekend was practically a bonanza of awesome events in the Bay area. One of my favorites was the launch party for This Is Oakland (read more about this awesome book over on Anthology). In the true spirit of this awesome community, boutiques, bars, restaurants, and makers flocked together to share their wares in celebration of Melissa Davis’ new book. I haven’t spent much time in Old Oakland, but the event was enough to make me fall in love with the historical neighborhood. The shopping alone (and donuts from Doughnut Dolly) is enough to keep me coming back over and over again. Here are a few of my favorite sights from the party.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Partyjojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyOne of my first stops was the Flora Cultural Society. This sweet boutique is the perfect inspiration for slowing down and appreciating the small things in life. One of my favorite ‘moments’ was the flower menu. How sweet is that? I walked away with a bundle of blooms, plus some new bath treats.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyI think by now we all know my adoration of all things vintage… but Mercy Vintage seriously blew my socks off.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyWhat’s a Saturday afternoon without a spot of rosé (plus, the boys at the table were really cute)?

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party
jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party
jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyAnother favorite shop was Oak Common. They have an amazing assortment of jewelry, soaps, candles, and ceramics. I think I’ve found my newest ‘go to’ gift shopping location.

This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch Party One more favorite: Umami Mart. This place satisfies my cravings for Japanese treats in a big way. I walked away with some fancy Cheetos and umami salt… I’m planning to use the latter to perk up my bread dough. The store itself is minimal and really beautifully curated, almost like a museum.

jojotastic - This Is Oakland + Old Oakland Neighborhood Launch PartyIf you’re in the Bay area, I urge you to pick up a copy of This Is Oakland and explore the neighborhood for yourself.

photography by Jojotastic

meet Mille // jojotastic.com

Sometimes my favorite way to shop is just a jumble of fashion and home stuff, all mixed into one. This is why I am so happy to have discovered Mille, a boutique hailing from Minneapolis. Each piece is just so special. From hand-made leather sandals to hand-loomed rugs from Mexico, the curation of this shop is simply fantastic. I love the eclectic mix of home decor, bold in color and simple in fabric. The apparel and accessories are also pretty incredible. These high-waisted pj pants are at the tippy top of my summer wardrobe wish list. They are just so chic, right? Just like the rest of Mille’s pieces.

meet Mille // jojotastic.com meet Mille // jojotastic.com meet Mille // jojotastic.com

links: pink shag rug / cotton napkins / pj pant / lace up sandals / handloomed blanket / constellation bell

images via Mille

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