how I maintain my photoshoot props (and find new ones!)

This post is sponsored by eBay. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

I have a confession to make: I’m a hoarder. There, I said it. The truth is that my studio is practically overrun with photoshoot props that I simply no longer use. Recently, I decided it was time for some serious decluttering and went through every. single. one. of my props. One of my ultimate styling tips is to sell the pieces on eBay when I’m through with them to help me recoup those expenses and put the money toward new props. eBay also makes it super easy to list the items and then package and ship each piece. And, again, here’s where eBay really comes into play: it’s my ultimate source for finding new photoshoot props!

Keep reading for tips on how to sell on eBay, details of an awesome giveaway, and tips for finding new styling props.

Continue reading “how I maintain my photoshoot props (and find new ones!)”

Seattle Goodwill Fall Fashion Event recap

Lately I’ve been diversifying the type of work and projects I take on, especially into the styling realm. So you can imagine my excitement when one of my most favorite shopping sources, the Seattle Goodwill, reached out to me about putting my styling skills to the test. The ask was simple: shop the local Goodwill stores and pull together 3 different tablescape looks to inspire people for the holidays! Armed with $200 in gift cards (which goes a loooong way at the Goodwill), I loaded up many carts with some amazing goodies. During the Fall Fashion Event, bloggers, social media rockstars, and editors were also given a sneak peek of the goods offered at this year’s Glitter Sale, plus tips for Halloween makeup by Tiffany Lowry! It was an awesome event, to say the least.

Continue reading “Seattle Goodwill Fall Fashion Event recap”

a few to follow // food

I go through these phases (particularly on a quiet Friday night) where I fall down the rabbit hole of the internet and pinterest and discover boatloads of new blogs to follow. I thought it would be nice to share a few of my recent faves so you, too, can get a bit of inspiration.

First up is Kitchen Repertoire: what immediately captured my attention for this one is the straight-forward styling and recipes that feel fancy, yet totally approachable for a novice like me. It looks like they post about once a week, but everything they post gives me major lover eyes and a watering mouth in a big way. Two recipes at the top of my list to try: squid ink pasta with toasted breadcrumbs and anchovies and gnocchi with ramp butter and parmesan cheese.

a few to follow // food & styling blogs — the kitchen repetoirea few to follow // food & styling blogs — the white ramekins

Then there’s The White Ramekins. What did me in here is the recipe for lavender lemon shortbread cookies, aka all of my favorite things combined into one.

a few to follow // food & styling blogs — with food & love

I’m always a big fan of blogs with stunning styling, so With Food and Love is a great new blog to follow. Sometimes the best food photos are totally un-fussy and uncomplicated, which is why I love these images so much. Plus, how good does this raspberry chamomile cream soda, sound??

a few to follow // food & styling blogs — with food & lovea few to follow // food & styling blogs — from my dining table with skye mcalpine

Last is from my dining table by Skye McAlpine. I love her mix of storytelling, recipes, and truly gorgeous, but casual styling. I’m a big fan of darker, moodier photos when it comes to recipes, so this blog is right up my alley in a big way.

Have you been adding any other blogs to your blog roll lately? I’d love to keep discovering new ones!

images via their respective sites.

pinspiration station

Some days I just don’t know what to write about here. I’m not feeling super inspired today probably because it’s a dreary day and I haven’t been sleeping particularly well. Does that ever happen to you? I know it’s probably (ok, most likely) extremely cliche, but this is when I turn to Pinterest to get the happy juices flowing again. Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite people to follow, plus a few of my favorite pins from them.

casual sensibilities
Let’s start with fashion, shall we? If you’re craving Paris-sophisticated style, golden retrievers, and raw denim, check out the Pinterest of Kristen Dolzynski. I love her casual sensibilities and careful curation. (link to pin)

a stacked pantry
I also appreciate the Pinterest page of Katie Armour, mostly for the quirkiness and range of her pins. Plus, she’s got a board titled Pugs Pugs Pugs. (link to pin)

Chocolate, Hazelnuts Swirl Spelt Buns
Another favorite pinner is Julia from Sassy Kitchen. Judging from the images she’s drawn to, you can tell she has a keen eye for careful styling and delicious, but approachable recipes. (link to pin)

pinspiration station

After being snowed in all weekend, I swear I pinned so much. Pinterest is just the perfect way to pass the hours while stuck indoors, plus it’s always such a great source of inspiration. Here are some of my favorite pins from the weekend.

all white everything
I wish my garment rack looked like this… and don’t even get me started on those floor boards. (link)

a soft and pretty vanity
And while we’re on the topic of apartment wishlists… why can’t my bathroom vanity look like this? (link)

awesome styling
How’s this for awesome, off-the-wall styling? (link)

stripes are my favorite
Stripes are just my favorite. This look has me all kinds of inspired though. (link)

comfy cozy
Confession: sometimes I match my pajamas to my bedding, sort of like this. (link)

dark botanicals: how-to from Terrain

Love the look of moody, vintage-inspired apothecary artifacts and scientific specimens? This tutorial from Terrain, assembled by one of their in-store display artists, teaches you an ingenious way to achieve this moody look using a basic scanner and some of the season’s freshest blooms. I absolutely love this project because it reminds me of making sunprints as a kid, but in a totally twisted way! Be sure to check out the easy and ingenious tutorial here.

how to style dark botanicals

images via Terrain

curated dates

Happy heart day! How sweet are these settings created by Vogue for all of your various Valentines? Each place setting is quirky, cute, and just plain lovely, with helpful hints like throwing a picnic when spending v-day with your little one or considering the three Cs when dining with your long-time love (candlelight, cocktails, and Casablanca, naturally). How will you be spending the evening?

images via Vogue