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nordstrom anniversary sale must-haves jojotastic.com

If there is one sale that I shop each and every year… it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Fun fact: did you know I used to work there? Long, long ago, I designed bedding for them! Every since being part of the ‘Nordstrom family,’ I’ve felt this strangely special connection to shopping there. It might even be rooted in earlier memories: my mom took me there for my first bra fitting and I bought my prom dress at Nordstrom. And don’t even get me started on every single positive experience I’ve had at the beauty counter… that place can be dangerous!

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So you can imagine my excitement over the Anniversary Sale. It’s the perfect time to stock up on pieces for both the rest of summer and the upcoming fall (I know… it’s so hot in Seattle, I can’t even imagine fall right now). Nordstrom cardholders get early access from July 9 – 16 and the sale opens up to everyone from July 17 – August 2!

  1. Vince Adley sandal
  2. Patricia Nash fringe bucket bag
  3. Steve Madden ankle fringe sandal
  4. Leith a-line turtleneck dress
  5. NARS lip pencil set
  6. Anna Beck cuff
  7. Freida Rothman bangles
  8. NARS cheek palette
  9. Vans suede slip-on sneaker
  10. MICHAEL Michael Kors crossbody bag
  11. Veda suede moto jacket
  12. Leith sleeveless plaid tunic
  13. Elizabeth and James Cynnie sling backpack
  14. Topshop long belted coat
  15. semiprecious stone stud earrings
  16. Chloé leather tote
  17. Topshop check topper
  18. Topshop slouch coat
  19. Leith floppy felt hat

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stuff i bought & liked // clothing and shoes www.jojotastic.com

I mean… the title of this post sort of says it all, right? Often, I feel like it’s so much easier to do a wish list round up and say, “hey, this is stuff I really dig and not because I actually own it, but because I just want it.” Which is all fine and good. However, when things start to venture into the world of blogging (hi), I want to keep things as authentic as possible. Yes — sometimes I am gifted things. Yes — sometimes I write about things I don’t own, but in which I still find inspiration. But at the end of the day, what I really want to share with you are a few things that I’ve actually bought with real, live money and that I truly love.

First up, my summer uniform: this tunic/dress thing from Free People, these cut offs (in both black and white), and these slides that were on super-sale at J.Crew. It’s been WAY too hot here in Seattle for me to dress like a normal person… and by ‘normal,’ I mean anything remotely clingy. The dress is perfect for when I need to look slightly pulled together because, let’s face it, I’m a freelancer and sort of don’t always have to get dressed. I’ve also been on the hunt for a pair of sandals that are not Birkenstocks for a similar reason. I’m loving the leopard, especially with my foot tattoos. And cut offs… kinda self-explanatory, no?

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Then in terms of beauty, I’m keeping it super summery and simple still. I rarely wash my hair, so when I do I use a clarifying shampoo to help get rid of all that built-up dry shampoo. Avalon Organics makes a lemony one that I’ve been loving lately. For conditioning, my hair admittedly hasn’t been trimmed in wayyyy too long, so I’m trying to take good care of my ends by using this moisture masque from Macadamia Professional instead of a normal conditioner. I received a sample of it in my Birchbox a few months ago and have been hooked ever since.

For my skin, I’ve been cleansing with the sea bar from Maak Lab — it smells sooooo good. Also, I’m always pale. Always. So anything helps and lately I’ve been test driving NARS body glow. It smells amazing and gives me juuuust enough color so that I’m not pasty.

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Lastly, there’s the stuff on my bedside table: books and body butter usually. Again after a Birchbox sample, I became obsessed with Perlier Revitalizing Body Butter. The almond scent is practically edible and I’m always consistently surprised by how quickly this butter absorbs into my skin. It’s like magic. In terms of books,  I recently picked up a few from a really fun shop in Vancouver called Old Faithful Shop: Short Stack Editions Volume 1: Eggs and Short Stack Editions Volume 3: Strawberries, as well as Living With Plants.

What have you been loving lately? And what do you think of this new series?

photography by Jojotastic.

father's day gifts from Artifact Uprising + a giveaway! www.jojotastic.com

This Father’s Day is a bit bittersweet for both my dad and me. It’s our first year of observing Father’s Day since my incredible grandpa passed away — not gonna lie, it’s gonna be a tough one for both of us. We still plan to keep him in mind and retell his amazing stories, but I also want to make sure the day is extra-special for my dad. One way I’m doing that is by creating memorable art for his home with Artifact Uprising.

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I started by sifting through stacks and stacks of old photos. Black and white… old Polaroids… you name ’em, I’ve got them and it was time to put them to use. I scanned two of my favorites: my grandpa as a young man on his farm in Maryland and my dad fishing in Wyoming. Both are in their happy place and that glow practically permeates each image. The simplicity of the Artifact Uprising [Signature Print] + Wood Cleat is perfect for my home, but I know will also work in my dad’s home as well — making these simple statements a gift for years to come.

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Artifact Uprising has also been kind enough to offer one lucky reader a gift card of $250, too! Enter below for a chance to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday June 16 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US, Canada, and international readers. Winner will receive 1 $250 gift card to shop Artifact Uprising. Good luck!

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Photography by Meghan Klein. Styling by Jojotastic.

This post is a partnership with Artifact Uprising. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

father's day gift guide with Huckberry + a giveaway! www.jojotastic.com

Guys, you know what June 21 is, right? Yeah, I thought so. For those not in the know, it’s Father’s Day, and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got some great big thanks to give dad this year. This year, especially, I am personally extra-invested in Father’s Day. It’s the first year that my own dad has not had his dad to celebrate and I just want to make him feel extra-special on his day to help him through it. I’m planning on a few surprises that are all inspired by some of his favorite things: fishing, camping, and grilling. He’s a true man’s man and I know he’ll be totally delighted.

With all that being said, I wanted to share a few of my favorite picks from Huckberry to make your shopping a tad bit easier (plus, there’s a great giveaway!).

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Just a few of my top picks:

  1. de razor kit ($249.98)
  2. shave oil ($16.98)
  3. Yellowstone bear map print ($34.95) — this is on my list for sure because we used to live super close to Yellowstone!
  4. mammoth tooth double knife ($199.98)
  5. dalai wallet ($74.98)
  6. corkscrew ($119.98)
  7. Friedman briefcase ($299.98)
  8. carry-on cocktail kit ($23.98)
  9. tenkara rod co flies ($14.98) — my dad will loooooooove this.
  10. copper flask ($174.98)
  11. render k pen ($89.98)

I’m also positively loving this casual Timex watch + a 6-month vinyl subscription for my dad.

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Huckberry has also been kind enough to offer one lucky reader $200 to shop for dad, too! Enter below for 6 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday June9 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US + Canada residents only. Winner will receive 1 $200 gift card to shop Huckberry. Good luck!

Huckberry giveaway

meet Waggo Home and enter to win $250 to shop their collection of chic home decor and pet-friendly pieces! for more info: jojotastic.com

As you know, I recently moved into a loft in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. What you probably don’t know is that it’s the largest place I have ever lived… like 3x the size, which means I have loads more decorating opportunities. I tend to make decorating decisions slowly, wanting to surround myself only with that which I love. Translated, that means that the loft is kind of empty at the moment. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered these chic and handsome pieces from Waggo Home. I definitely urge you to check them out for your own home — the vibe is very design-driven, simple, and totally unfussy. My must-have picks? Why, this dot knot pillow for me and this plaid bed for Noodle.

Plus, lucky for you, I’ve partnered with Waggo Home for a giveaway this week!

meet Waggo Home and enter to win $250 to shop their collection of chic home decor and pet-friendly pieces! for more info: jojotastic.com

Enter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday May 26 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US + Canada residents only. Winner will receive 1 $250 gift card to shop Waggo Home. Good luck!

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Shop the post: lotta spots plates, dot know throw pillow, white hanging coat rack, edge linen napkins, aquarella flatware, and woven storage baskets.

enter to with this tote bag designed by Yield Design Co #giveaway

Doesn’t it always feel like finding the perfect tote is one of life’s biggest challenges? Ok, sliiight hyperbole, but if you travel as much as I do, you know what I’m talkin’ about. You need the size to be spot on, the fabric to be durable, and the pockets to be in all the right spots. Enter the Tokyo Tote by Yield Design Co. Designers Rachel and Andrew recently re-envisioned this fantastic tote by upgrading the materials with heavier weight canvas and vegetable tanned leather straps. The result is a minimalist bucket-style bag that is functional, timeless, and essential for traveling (if I do say so myself). Oh, and this week I’ve partnered with Yield Design Co to give one away!

enter to with this tote bag designed by Yield Design Co #giveawayEnter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday April 28 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 Tokyo Tote 2015 edition, valued at $128. Good luck!

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enter to win $100 to shop @scoutmob! #giveaway

Mother’s Day… are you ready?? We’ve got some time til May 10, but now is really the time to start brainstorming gift ideas. This year I’m feeling super inspired by all the lush greenery and wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and want to give my mom something to help her feel like she’s here even though she’s all the way in Maryland. Scoutmob has long been a favorite of mine when it comes to gift ideas for so many reasons. Supporting local artists is just the start of it. I’m also continually impressed with the assortment of gift ideas, from jewelry to handmade soaps to gorgeous planters.

This week we’re extra lucky because Scoutmob has offered Jojotastic readers 15% off orders through April 21, 2015 with code jojo15 and a giveaway!

enter to win $100 to shop @scoutmob! #giveawayEnter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday April 21 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 gift certificate code valued at $100. Good luck!
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links: daisy pressed flower necklace, terrarium necklace, herkimer diamond stud earrings, ceramic candle holders, vintage botanical print, herb garden planter, stained glass mallard feather, and ceramic hanging planter.