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.

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

images via Mille

get it for your mama // mother's day gifts http://jojotastic.com/2014/04/24/get-mama-mothers-day-gifts/ ‎

You know that saying “I get it from my mama?” Well Mother’s day is on the horizon, so it’s time to get it for your mama. Many of my picks are all about their one-of-a-kind nature: from the newest organic and artisanal Meow Meow Tweet scrub to handmade pillows, it’s time to treat mom to something totally special. I especially love the idea of treating mom to something with multiple uses like this gorgeous brass box. She could use it to store jewelry, tea, or even make up. The big day is May 11, so be sure to add it to your calendars and give yourself some time to shop.

LINKS: total indulgence body serum gift set from One Love Organics / juniper lemon salt scrub from Meow Meow Tweet / glass and twine lanterns from Terrain / hand-embroidered pillow from Leah Singh / plant markers from Baba Souk / drusy and brass box from Leif

valentine's day gift ideas

Oh, Valentine’s Day. Sort of a doozy for single girls like me, but still also pretty fun. I makes me miss the days of elementary school when we passed out tiny paper cards. Did you ever do that? We used to decorate paper bags and put them on the corner of each desk. Then, you could give valentines to all of your friends and your crush. In hindsight it was sort of a popularity contest, but super fun regardless… Anyways, Valentine’s Day is one that certainly sneaks up on you. Whether you think it’s a made up holiday or love to cozy up to your sweetheart, I rounded up 100 Valentine’s Day gift ideas — head to Keep.com to see ‘em all.

(links: love shams from Modcloth / X&O card from Baba Souk / chalkboard canisters from Target / handkerchiefs from Mark & Graham / heart socks from Nordstrom)

valentine's day gift idea
I’m a bit of a packaging nerd, so this bubble bath from Urban Outfitters really speaks to me. How great is that packaging??

valentine's day gift idea
I am loving this oh-so-sweet frame from Terrain. It’s perfect for a year long, not just Valentine’s Day.

valentine's day gift idea
And for the foodie… heart-shaped macarons!

clutch from Sons & Daughters Portland, plus a code for 25% off // www.jojotastic.com

Behind in your holiday shopping for mom, your best friend, or even yourself (ahem)? Allow me to suggest Sons & Daughters Portland — straight from my favorite place in the world the Pacific Northwest! They take a minimal approach to leather with a focus on function and simplified design. Using techniques from the past, their goal is to craft pieces with a vision of a sustainable future. Each piece is made from the finest domestic materials and handcrafted in Portland, Oregon. Plus, because each item is made of quality leather, it will get better with age. Don’t you just love how leather ages? They recently sent me the Triangle Clutch and it’s love at first sight. I dig the laser engraved geometric pattern on the super smooth leather; this is a piece that feels like an heirloom.

Plus, exciting news: Sons & Daughters Portland is offering 25% off to all Jojotastic readers through December 21st. Use code ‘jojotastic’ at the check out. Head to Sons & Daughters Portland to shop more!

clutch from Sons & Daughters Portland, plus a code for 25% off // www.jojotastic.com
from left to right, top to bottom: tablet case / triangle clutch / zigzag clutch / phone wallet / laptop sleeve

clutch from Sons & Daughters Portland, plus a code for 25% off // www.jojotastic.com
photography by Ashley Lynn Fry

#giftguide men's grooming // www.jojotastic.com

I always find it rather tough to figure out gifts for the men in my life. This year, I am going straight to the source: Huckberry. While shopping their site, I was totally inspired by the mens grooming section and had an a-ha moment: what if I treat my dad to some grooming goodies? Here are some of my top picks in a variety of price ranges (from left to right, top to bottom):

#giftguide men's grooming // www.jojotastic.com
Chairo Kame toothbrush / Stash Box by Triumph & Disaster

PS – for San Francisco readers, be sure to check out Huckberry Holiday Home — the first shoppable home for guys. The house will be open to the public from Monday, December 9th thru Monday, December 16th, and they’ve filled it with everything from a 1965 Porsche 356c to Room & Board furniture to favorite brands like Woolrich, Poler, and Taylor Stitch.

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