Turks and Caicos

To describe my trip to Turks and Caicos as incredible or amazing or mind-blowing doesn’t even come close; actually words can’t describe the impact this vacation had on me. Like I said before I left, I hadn’t taken a vacation in years. I’m talking over 5 years. I’ve just been go go go go gooooo without ever once taking a break and this year, I felt it. I really enjoy outdoorsy stuff, climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc. So one morning we woke a bit early and decided to venture out onto the ocean to kayak. There is something so peaceful and freeing about being in a solo kayak on the ocean, with land behind you, but just a stretch of the clearest turquoise water ahead of you. I could actually see the curve of the earth. That morning really got me thinking.

exploring Turks and Caicos
Travel is important. My first real takeaway is something that many people would say DUH to. As a kid, I traveled a ton. My mom made sure to show me the world, so we’d go somewhere every summer. From Greece to the Netherlands, even a cross-country road trip of the states, I grew up understanding how important it is to simply get away every once in a while. Somehow, as an adult I’ve lost sight of this. That clear morning on a kayak though, it became abundantly clear to me just how important travel is. This experience can never be matched and now I am itching for more.

sailing in the Caribbean
Learn Greek. I know you’re probably wondering what that has to do with Turks and Caicos, but bear with me. One of my biggest regrets in life is not learning Greek properly as a child. I understand enough to get by (maybe) and can definitely curse out someone, but that’s not the same. To this day, I fervently wish I was bilingual. Now that I’m back in Philly, I plan to enroll in Greek lessons. The reward for this? Why, a trip to Greece next of course!

sunset at Turks and Caicos
Hit the gym. I’ll probably catch some flack for this one, but I was just not happy with the way my body looked in photos. The truth is that after hours behind a computer, hours stressing out, hours not working out, I’ve gotten soft and I am not happy about it. I’ve already enrolled in a gym membership here in Philly and I’m meeting with my trainer today!

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This trip really was spectacular and I am beyond grateful for the experience. Now that I’m back, my mind feels fresh and clear and I am bursting with ideas!

For more information about your own trip to Turks and Caicos:

  • Harbour Club Villas & Marina — Marta and Barry are the owners and truly wonderful people. They made sure we had the best time ever with loads of suggestions. They even hooked us up with the amazing crew aboard the Atabeyra. I honestly cannot recommend this place more!
  • Atabeyra — This sailboat (and it’s crew) were so incredible that we went 3 times! The snorkeling was breathtaking (I saw an eagle ray), the sunset was magical, the rum punch was… happy juice. Highly, highly recommend.
  • For delicious meals, check out: Da Conch Shack and Bugaloo’s. Be sure to order conch with every meal! From conch fritters (think hushpuppies) to conch salad (similar to ceviche), it’s incredibly fresh and refreshing.

photos by Jojotastic

overgrown garden

Last week was a doozy! I’m pretty sure the super moon threw the universe out of whack and sent everything haywire. Needless to say, as the weekend rolled around, I felt the urge to skip town. I hit the road on Saturday morning to seek escape in the greenery around my parents’ houses in Maryland. And, while I consider Seattle to be my home, there is a part of me that will always find peace in the slower pace and lush greenery of Maryland. It’s just where I grew up, where my family is, and where I know I can relax. While visiting, I got to play with my best friend, Chubs the lab, lounge in my mom’s wild garden, and eat tons of great homecooking.

lush hydrangeas

my favorite hiking buddy

photos by Jojotastic using Instagram — follow me here!

how to style dark botanicals

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

celebrate earth day with BeGood clothing - 20% off!

Founded under the mantra that you don’t have to wear burlap to be eco-friendly, BeGood believes that each purchase you make should have meaning. For example, when you purchase this toothbrush, a toothbrush is donated to a child in need. Each piece of clothing on BeGood is handpicked for maximum global benefit while still being functional, beautiful, and highly desirable. I’ve certainly got my eye on that cobalt silk number — when this top is purchased BeGood donates a meal to the San Francisco non-profit, Project Open Hand, which delivers meals and groceries to critically ill people in the Bay Area!

celebrate earth day with BeGood clothing - 20% off!

So, let’s celebrate this Earth Day with a sweet deal: BeGood is offering Jojotastic readers 20% off all orders today through April 29,2013. Just use code jojobegood at the checkout. Head on over to check out gorgeous silk blouses, summer-perfect maxi skirts, and some colorful totes!

jojotastic | an afternoon at Terrain

Forgive my bluntness, but Terrain at Styers is truly magical. In fact, it’s one of my favorite places in the Philly area. This weekend I escaped the city and ventured out to Glen Mills, PA for the design*sponge Past & Present Book Event and a smidge of windowshopping. What I love most about Terrain is the store’s set-up. Vignettes of products throughout make me feel like I’ve been transported to another place. The mix of materials and texture is key. Long vines drape over paperback books stacked on rough, raw linen textiles. Vintage flower pressings are haphazardly yet artfully arranged on a wall while vintage apothecary jars hold fresh peonies in the foreground. Birdhouses mingle with punched aluminum pendant lighting. Oh, and every time I visit Terrain, it’s different; the space is ever-evolving.

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One of the most romantic vignettes I’ve ever seen in a store. I can almost smell the rose petals…

jojotastic | an afternoon at Terrain
One day I aspire to have a wall of white ceramics and this is what it looks like in my imagination. Yes, peonies are always included.

jojotastic | an afternoon at Terrain
A bit of Philly pride.

jojotastic | an afternoon at Terrain
Obligatory spring flower shot.

PS – want to see my recap of the Past & Present event? Head on over to Anthology!

photos by Jojotastic

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Warmer weather is finally here and it’s given me a hankering for some free spirited (slightly illegal) beach camping. I want to fall asleep to the crashing surf, wake up with the rising run, and drink lukewarm beer with a side of mostly-cooked hot dogs. These photos by my good friend designer/photographer Greg Zulkie capture the mood exactly. Greg took these photos using his Hasselblad 500c and Fuji Velvia 50 film (legit stuff) on a beach in northern California, and the golden glow of the light captivates me. In my mind, this is the perfect setting for a shoreline stroll, a game of flag football, and a few stolen kisses at sunset.

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It’s not all romance though; camping requires preparation. You don’t want to be the person who forgot the tents (cough). Functional yet easy-on-the-eyes gear make it even easier to unplug from civilization. For starters, sleep in style with this Alite Designs 2-person tent from Free People  —it’s durable and made for warm-weather camping.

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Add a few more essentials to your camping checklist and you’re good to go: enamelware mug from REI / How to Stay Alive in the Woods / paddleboard from Anthropologie / granola bars from New York Mouth / Lavanila sunscreen / Meow Meow Tweet natural insect repellant

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Hey, guys. Meet Huckberry, the bi-weekly magazine where you can get awesome apparel and gear, stories, and adventure. Basically, it’s like a flash sale site meets a very much cooler version of Nat Geo… but in that Kinfolk sort of way. Catch my drift?

Not only do you get amazing product available for only 7 days, but you also get the stories behind the product. Like, literally they take their products hiking, camping, fishing, and more. And, because of this, they only sell stuff that they are 100% behind. Wouldn’t you, if you were out in the wilderness? That’s what I thought…

Craving some West Coast adventure? Check out this field trip they took to Steep Ravine to test out some outerwear, a tent, and more. These are some seriously cool dudes.

all images via Huckberry

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