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my latest favorite candles

Here’s a fun fact: my very first job out of college was designing packaging for candles that were sold at Target. I really think this experience kind of… shaped me in how I view fragrances for the home. It’s sort of like perfume and let’s just say I have somewhat sophisticated tastes as a result of that first job. I tend to avoid florals and anything overly sweet. Instead, I love smokey notes, things that make me nostalgic for campfires and my grandpa’s fireplace. Lately, I’ve fallen in love with 3 specific and very different candles.

portable fireplace candle - smells just like the real thing!First up: the portable fireplace candle by D.S. & Durga. I picked this one up at a local boutique in SF and it immediately blew my mind. This one smells EXACTLY like a fireplace. To be more specific, it reminds me of sitting in my grandma’s pea green velvet reclining chair over the holidays as a kind. If I close my eyes while this candle is lit, I’m immediately transported back to that time. I can even hear my grandmother’s voice and taste my grandpa’s sausage gravy and biscuits.

campire candle by p.f. candle coNext, this campfire special candle from P.F. Candle Co. The notes are smoke, pine, soil, and a natural sweetness that reminds me of roasting marshmallows over an open fire. This one isn’t as powerful as the others, so I prefer to light it when I have guests over. It’s just mellow enough to set the scene for casual hangs and bourbon drinks.

side table stylingLastly, I discovered Lola James Harper candles while shopping at Love Adorned in New York. I picked up the Promenade in Vincennes Wood candle and find it to be totally different than anything I’ve ever purchased before. The fragrance evolves every time I burn, I swear.  The notes are described as green tea, lily, and wood. I definitely sniff out the tea notes more than anything else though, which is why I love this one for all those bubble baths I take.

my latest favorite candlesDo you have any candles that you’re loving lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

photography by Jojotastic

gorgeous jewelry alert : the beautiful, modern Linea collection by Alexis Russell

One of my unspoken, personal goals for the year is to finally embrace wearing jewelry. I’m usually an extremely hands-on person, so anything that jingles, moves, or gets caught on things doesn’t really work for me. But more and more, I’ve felt a compulsion to try again. The new Linea collection from Alexis Russell is not exactly hurting that cause, either. Made of clean lines and delicate ice diamonds, this collection is definitely up my alley. The pieces feel fancy and special to an accessory-novice like me, but they are also totally wearable for every day wearing.

gorgeous jewelry alert : the beautiful, modern Linea collection by Alexis RussellMy personal favorite? The diamond bar bell ring.

gorgeous jewelry alert : the beautiful, modern Linea collection by Alexis Russell gorgeous jewelry alert : the beautiful, modern Linea collection by Alexis Russell

sunday brunch setting

Does anyone else feel like this week was especially rough? I swear, there was something in the air that certainly kept me on my toes… and far, far away from completing pretty much anything on my to do list. My mind automatically kicks into overdrive and tells me to work over the weekend to remedy this situation… but last weekend I didn’t work and it was glorious. I lazed about, I read, I sipped my coffee instead of chugging it… And on Monday I felt refreshed. Maybe I’ll try it again this weekend, just to see, kind of as an exercise in letting go.

This week on the blog, here’s what we served up:

Happy weekend!

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portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/14/portrait-of-a-…trus-salty-dog/

We have found ourselves in the second week of January — hooray, we made it! Last week may have been the first week back on the job, but this week just seemed to draaag. If you are anything like us, you most definitely deserve a drink! For those of you that have not declared this month “dry January,” we have a cocktail that won’t have you feeling shameful as you drink along side your detoxing, juice-cleansing friends!

The Pomelo Citrus Salty Dog is here to save the day (at least until Saturday arrives). It’s one lip-smacking drink that is equal parts salty, sweet, and tart, aka the perfect balance after all those heavy, cloying drinks over the holidays. We still love you eggnog, but we had our fill!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/Pomelo Citrus Salty Dog

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts Vodka (we like Tito’s)
  • 2 parts fresh squeezed pomelo or grapefruit juice
  • 1 part fresh tangerine juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • course salt

Directions:

Add salt to a plate. Run a slice of pomelo around the rim of a glass. Place the glass in the salt to coat the rim of the glass. Squeeze all the juices into a cocktail shaker. Keep squeezing! Add the vodka to the shaker and mix. Pour over ice and add a wedge of pomelo for garnish.

Fresh juices are our favorite, but they can be a bit unpredictable when making cocktails in regards to the tartness of the fruits (thanks, Mother Nature). If you find the juice to be a bit puckering, add a 1/2-1 oz simple syrup. You can also omit the vodka if you are abstaining, but then where’s the fun in that?!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/This cocktail is loaded with fresh juices that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Winter citrus season is in it’s peak. From grapefruits, to Meyer lemons, tangerines, and pomelos, we are getting our fare share of vitamin A & C without juicing. Think of all of the squeezing as a mini-workout.

Salty Dogs get their peculiar name from the similar cocktail The Greyhound. They would serve the cocktail at Greyhound bus stations in their restaurants The Post House during the 1940’s. We bet that made traveling by bus ALOT easier to handle!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/Greyhounds traditionally have grapefruit juice and vodka (or gin), simple dimple. The Salty Dog just has the addition of one important, obvious ingredient. Salt provides a nice zing that cuts the the sweet-tart juices.

A bright, sunny drink is just what we need this time of year to pull us out of a mid-Winter slump! We added in some pieces in vibrant shades to give a energizing dose of color amidst the sea of Winter white’s and gloomy black’s that are everywhere. A cheery dash of pink, peach and hints of gold shouldn’t just be reserved for Spring time! Winter citrus are guarantee to put you in a good mood, despite the lack of vitamin D. It’s a little bit of sunshine in a glass!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/Happy imbibing!

recipe by Ashley Rose for Jojotastic. photography by Jojotastic.

I can be quite the carb monster, but I’m trying to cut back this year and make healthier choices—like sneaking in more veggies! These 3 recipes not only make up a delicious meal together, but they are also great alternatives to some of my favorite guilty pleasures (read: french fries and a giant bowl of pasta). Plus, they’re kid-friendly and easily prepped ahead of time. That’s a win-win situation in my book.

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sneaky ways to eat your veggies with @ziplocofficial — 3 recipes for zucchini noodles / zoodles with cauliflower 'alfredo' sauce + a side of eggplant fries #ziplocphotography by Jason Mai

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveaway

I like to consider myself something of a vintage shopping aficionado. I simply love it. The thrill of the hunt, the discovery of new (to me) treasures, even the food trucks you inevitably find near open-air flea markets… the only downside is the time. Plus, sometimes it’s hard for me to get out of bed at 6 am to score sweet deals. Hey, I’m just being honest here. Enter, Frankie & Albert, a monthly subscription service that searches the flea markets for you, then curates a package of beautiful treasures (I also wrote about them over on Anthology). Each item is handpicked and sent straight to your door. If you love the item, you get to keep it. If you don’t, then you can swap it in for something else! Kind of awesome, right? This week I partnered with Frankie & Albert on a giveaway, too!

enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveawayEnter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday January 19 at 19:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 subscription box valued at $49.99. Good luck!

frankie & albert giveaway
enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveaway enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveawayDisclosure: I received product to review for this post. 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!

what i want to wear right this minute.

After living out of a suitcase for the last 3 weeks, there are certain items in my wardrobe that I simply want to burn and never see again. I am that over them. Couple that with the month of January, which has always felt like a great time to refresh and, well… I’m left with these crazy desires to scrap my old standbys and start over. Kind of convenient for packing for my big move, huh?

One of my biggest takeaways is that I am loving all things borrowed from the past. What’s old feels new all over again to me. Those extra flared jeans? Love ‘em. Oh, and that tie dye cable knit sweater? It’s sort of the perfect balance of nautical preppy and hippie dippie boho. The pricetag is a bit steep, but I’m guessing I can thrift a copycat version and dye it myself. I sense a DIY post coming…

what i want to wear right this minute.Lately I’ve been wanting to wear fancier basics: shift dresses in elegant colors like deep pine, embellished silky blouses in place of knit tees, and lots of glittery necklaces.

what i want to wear right this minute.Then there are the accessories. Cream leather mules, how can you even go wrong? Plus I sort of feel like suede is having a moment. The dusty quality really lends itself to deep, saturated hues. I also love the way suede wears into a burnished finish, especially on shoes.

shop the post:

red Rachel Comey tee / sterling silver stacking rings