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all ears // march + the perfect playlist for a dinner party or housewarming party #AetherCone

It’s no secret that I just moved, so now is the perfect time to throw a housewarming party to celebrate my new space. I’m thinking dinner party for just a few close friends in my new loft. I want it to feel really cozy and intimate, with lots of great food and wine. Recently, Aether sent over the Cone, which is billed as “the thinking music player.” I decided that it was the perfect excuse to craft a playlist for my housewarming, something that makes my guests feel totally comfortable and at ease.

all ears // march + the perfect playlist for a dinner party or housewarming party #AetherCone I absolutely love to entertain, so treating my guests to a curated playlist feels right. But I don’t want to be stuck playing dj all night. Instead, the cone makes it super easy to control the music while still being able to pay attention to guests. Not only is it voice controlled, but it’s also super portable and has an 8-hour capacity battery. All this adds up to one less thing to worry about when hosting a dinner party.

all ears // march + the perfect playlist for a dinner party or housewarming party #AetherConeI also really love the design of the Cone. The mix of materials (and that gorgeous copper) and striking simplicity is a great conversation piece at a dinner party. When the party is over, it’s such a beautifully designed piece that I don’t mind keeping it out on top of my dresser or even on my desk at the studio.

all ears // march + the perfect playlist for a dinner party or housewarming party #AetherConeAnd now for the playlist… I started this with some of my favorites and just built it around the ebb and flow of a dinner party. Things get a bit slower and sexier as dessert time rolls around. Have you ever noticed that things take that turn when the wine starts flowing and the candles burn a little bit lower?

You can listen to the playlist on Rdio, which is 100% compatible with the Aether Cone.
Disclosure: This post is partnership with Aether. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.

photography by Jojotastic

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIY

I hope everyone had a magical Christmas! Now it’s on to the next thing… New Year’s is right around the corner, so I’ve partnered with HP to use their latest creation to craft up a last minute New Years garland. If you haven’t seen the Sprout by HP, it’s essentially a station for all of your creative needs. A few features include a dual touchscreen and (my favorite part) the illuminator. Basically, it projects onto an interaction touch mat and scans whatever is there… like sprinkles! I’m usually pretty traditional with my design process, using my hands instead of pixels. But the Sprout really allowed me to merge both forms of media and process into one. It’s kind of amazing.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIY DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYWhile playing with the Sprout, I realized it was perfect for scanning non-traditional, weird things such as a shoe, a passage from my favorite book… even my dog! (Yup, that happened.) For today’s New Year’s garland DIY, I used the Sprout to scan brightly colored sprinkles for a fun foodie holiday decoration.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYOnce I scanned the sprinkles (it was super easy), I “punched” them out into circles and arranged them on a page. Oh, and I got to use my fingers for the whole process which is just sort of fun.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIY DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYTo make your own garland, simply download my artwork, print, and cut out the circles. Then, tape to baker’s twine with a bit of your favorite washi tape.

Hang for your New Year’s Eve party and voila — party time! (download the artwork here.)

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYphotography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sprout by HP, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

downloadable art for your computer or phone by Colore' Lincoln
Hi, I’m Colore’ Lincoln! I’m a blogger, stationer, and hand-letterer living in Austin, Texas. Everything I’m passionate for can be found on my blog, coloregrace.com, or my Instagram, twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
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This year I am extra thankful for my friends and family, and my ever-changing life. Within the last year there have been a lot of big life changes: graduating college, ending a dead-end relationship, learning to trust myself and follow my dreams fearlessly, falling in love again, and moving to a new state. Even though some of these changes have been challenging, I am stronger for going through them and there is no way I could’ve gone through these changes without my loving family and friends.
downloadable art for your computer or phone by Colore' LincolnI wanted to create a little reminder for myself to be extra thankful every day, not just on one special holiday. So many days of the year I feel consumed with my schedule and the love of being busy and it caused me to be overwhelmed. I’ve noticed when I take moment to consider if what I’m doing is making me happy, and life seems more concise instead of chaotic. I believe when we encourage thankfulness in our hearts, it gracefully shines and flows out to others around you.
With the holiday season coming up, many of us get wrapped up (pun intended) with shopping, baking, and parties. This year I’d love to encourage everyone to take more breaks to enjoy the holiday around the people you love with no agenda. Enjoy quality time with the friends and family who support, encourage, and love you everyday of the year.
Choose to be thankful! Download here: desktop |iPad | iPhone
copper foil iPhone case DIY

I switch out my iPhone case just about every other day based on what I’m wearing. This habit can get a tad expensive, so recently I started brainstorming iPhone case DIY projects. One of my favorite tricks is to use metallic foil to perk up an inexpensive plastic case. The steps are pretty simple and straightforward, but the end result will have people asking “oh wow, where did you get that??”

copper foil iPhone case DIY
Materials:

  • iphone case
  • foil (I used copper)

Tools:

  • spray adhesive
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape
  • stencils

copper foil iPhone case DIYcopper foil iPhone case DIY
Start by lining up your stencil on your phone case. Then, in a well-ventilated area, spray on the adhesive and allow to set according to instructions.

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Remove the stencil and carefully lay the stick side of the phone case onto the copper foil sheet. Be sure to apply pressure to ensure full coverage of the foil.

copper foil iPhone case DIY
Using an old paintbrush, wipe away the excess bits of foil. Keep in mind that the edges won’t be perfect!

copper foil iPhone case DIY
copper foil iPhone case DIY
You can also use washi tape to create patterns like stripes, plaids, and geometrics. Simply follow the same process.

copper foil iPhone case DIY
Photography by Ashley Lynn Fry.
More DIY projects!

fall phone pairings

I like to switch up two things all the time: my phone case and my purse. It’s sort of like picking accessories based on my mood! This first look is all about one of my favorite colors for fall: burgundy. I’d grip this over-sized python clutch (c/o GiGi New York) in one hand, while texting from this painterly floral phone case. These two picks are just enough to give an all black outfit a touch of fall color.

fall phone pairings
Want a bit of a brighter, more modern look? Pair this colorblocked phone case with an ultra slim cross-body bag (c/o ASOS). This graphic look works with skinny jeans, a military jacket, and maybe a graphic tee. Which look would you wear?

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photos by Jojotastic.

Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. However all opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

enter to win a custom phone case from Casetagram

I tend to change my phone’s case depending on the season. This past summer, I was all about sleek, minimal cases, but now I am craving something a bit more personal… Enter Casetagram. In what could be the easiest process ever, simply connect your Instagram account and upload photos from your account (you can manually upload photos, too). Then drag and drop them into various templates to create your very own custom phone case. I decided to make mine an ode to Georgette. How sweet is this grid of all her photos? I’ve even taken to calling it my ‘cat phone’ now! Good news — I partnered with Casetagram to give away one custom case this week!

enter to win a custom phone case from Casetagram
enter to win a custom phone case from Casetagram
Enter below for a chance to win. The winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday Oct. 25 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to international readers. Winner will receive one custom phone case from Casetagram valued at $39.95. Good luck!

casetagram giveaway

enter to win a custom phone case from Casetagram
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photography by Claire Hudson

Nerd alert! So you got the nerd in your life the iPad last year, right? Why not treat them to any number of these quirky, geeky companion gifts to accompany? Me, I’m personally loving the idea of chatting away using an actual phone receiver while doing any number of countless stuff I do in the background… Here’s a round up sure to brighten up any geek’s holiday:

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs usb keychain from Shopbop
  2. Super power strip from Modcloth
  3. Nice save coaster set from Modcloth — isn’t that the best name ever for a product??
  4. Canvas iPad cases from Leif
  5. Reclaimed wood iPad stand from Kaufmann Mercantile
  6. Pop phone from Sid Mashburn