Oh, social media… I have quite the love/hate relationship with it — who doesn’t these days? I think what makes me struggle the most is just how unattainable everything looks, especially on Instagram. The right filter, the right caption, everything is so… perfect. It feels stifling, especially when I really just want to post something goofy or maybe even drop an f-bomb or two. I think this is why I’ve embraced snapchat so much, especially recently. These quick little blips feel like the best way to share my personality with followers in a more relaxed environment. After all, whatever I post goes away within 24 hours!
Full disclosure: I am absolutely fascinated by the world of ‘vlogging.’ These are people who live their lives on the internet via video and in plain view of everyone… this is definitely the next evolution of blogging. It’s kind of amazing, but also a little bit insane. Oh, and it’s just so easy to fall down the YouTube rabbit hole, don’t you think?? I’m fascinated. Recently, HP asked me to join them at Vlogger Fair where they had brought the HP Sprout Truck Stop. I jumped at the opportunity — not only for some amazing people watching, but also as a chance to share my story of how I use the HP Sprout for creative projects.
We started out the day by sharing a few past projects with the HP Sprout (see those here and here). I even gave a quick demo explaining my favorite tips and tricks for using the HP Sprout for creative projects. The audience was really amazing and asked some thoughtful questions.
Confession: I can be a bit of a nerd. I really love technology, especially anything that makes my day-to-day easier and more organized. For a while now, I’ve been using an app called IFTTT to get reallllly streamlined in my working process. Recently, IFTTT approached me to talk about an exciting new Channel they launched last week, one where I am sort of an expert: Pinterest!
Let’s start at the beginning, with how IFTTT works: basically, create an account and search for a Recipe that will suit your needs. For example, I’m obsessed with Instagram when it comes to pulling inspiration for photoshoots, so I started using a Recipe that pins every Instagram photo I like to a specific Pinterest board. Now I don’t have to remember which image I liked and why… it’s just done for me, automatically. Cool, huh?
There are tonssss of other ways that I use IFTTT + Pinterest in both my professional and personal lives. Here are a few: (more…)
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.
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.
I 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.
And 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
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.
While 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.
Once 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.
To 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.)
photography 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.
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??”
- iphone case
- foil (I used copper)
- spray adhesive
- washi tape