pet accessories from Shinola

Woooo-y, what a week it’s been. From a personal and professional perspective, I feel like I made really great strides this week. I explored that constant balancing act of how much to share in this space, while also posting a photoshoot I’ve always wanted to do. It kind of feels like I’ve really, truly earned my weekend. Feels great.

Kelly over at Design Crush is moving to Pittsburgh this week, so she asked me to help out with a guest post. Be sure to head over and check out my post about Shinola’s new pet accessories! The photography by Bruce Weber is not to be missed.

mineral and sageMeanwhile, on Anthology, be sure to check out these awesome rock + air plant sculptures from Mineral and Sage.

louise saxton united threads Then, in the way of art, I shared textile art by Louise Saxton and gorgeously intriciate pieces from Unitedthread.

denim-inspired rugsOver on Rugs Direct, I shared ways to incorporate your Canadian tux into you home. Head over and check out Denim Daze.

Lastly, this is what I was up to this week here on Jojotastic:

Happy weekend!

a lesson in layering with free people

The transition into fall is a tricky time for dressing. So when Free People (one of my favorite brands) reached out to me to share my tips for fall layering, I was totally on board. I wanted my look to be casual and carefree, but definitely something I could wear out on the town. I also wanted it to feel a bit edgier now that I’ve dyed my hair pink (!)… but still with soft, feminine touches.

a lesson in layering with free peopleI started by selecting a piece that is really familiar to me, a flowy ivory tunic. Rich in details, this is a piece I would layer over jeans or cutoffs. I love how the crocheted details give it that soft, girly, vintage vibe. Plus, it’s a tad bit sheer, making it feel casually sexy. Then, I layered on another of my ‘must have’ wardrobe pieces, a badass vegan leather moto. There’s that edge I was talkin’ about.

a lesson in layering with free peoplea lesson in layering with free peopleI’m kind of obsessed with my pink hair.

a lesson in layering with free peopleThe tunic is kind of short, so I pulled on a pair of pointelle knee highs for a little bit of coverage to fight the fall chill. The femme details pair nicely with these awesome wrapped leather boots. With their chunky heel and super soft leather, these are a pair of boots I plan to wear all the way through winter.

a lesson in layering with free people a lesson in layering with free peoplea lesson in layering with free peoplea lesson in layering with free peopleThis fall I definitely encourage you to get creative with your layering.

a lesson in layering with free peoplePhotography by Ashley Batz
Disclosure: This is in partnership with Free People.

it's ok

September is a good month for me. After a lot of travel (Venice Beach, Colorado, and Chicago), it’s good to have a month off! It’s really just the perfect opportunity to continue/finish nesting in my new apartment. Just last week I unpacked my last box, kind of a big deal for me. So I wanted to share a few peeks into my home. I’m one of those people who believes that a person’s home is a clear representation of who they are as a person. For me, mine is full of special little bits and bobs I’ve picked up along my journey. Whether it’s my vintage souvenir plate collection or naked lady painting, I surround myself only with things that excite me. Here are a few vignettes.

vintage souvenir platescoffee table stylingThis is my coffee table. Can you tell I have a candle problem?

vintage paintingUgh, this painting. There’s just something about her that makes the apartment feel complete. I bought her at the Alameda Flea market during one of those moments where I just knew I had to have her.

booze + books branches straight loungingphotography by Jojotastic

enter to win hand-printed linen napkins from Studiopatro #giveaway

Fabric napkins are a must have in my house. I hate the waste of throwing away a paper napkin, plus I love having that special pop of pattern on a luxe fabric. The new Bandana Napkins from Studiopatró are a recent favorite of mine. Measuring 22×22″, these napkins are made of sturdy 100% linen. Plus, because they are linen, they will get softer with each use! The pattern, as the name suggests, was inspired by traditional bandana designs, as well as the punched openings of a kitchen colander. Each is handprinted one-by-one, using ecologically friendly water-based inks. These napkins are truly the perfect sophisticated and clean textile to add to any tablesetting — and this week I’m partnering with Studiopatró for a giveaway!

enter to win hand-printed linen napkins from Studiopatro #giveawayIt’s easy to enter: follow both Studiopatró and Jojotastic on Instagram. Then leave a comment here saying you did so. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday September 16 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive one set of bandanna napkins valued up to $92. Good luck!

enter to win hand-printed linen napkins from Studiopatro #giveawayphotography via Studiopatró

coming clean // jojotastic.com

There are a few things I need to get off my chest. I’ve struggled with how personal to be in this space, but there are a few things that just need to be out there… almost so these things can stop having power over me. Do you ever feel like that?

First up… you know how I moved to San Francisco for a job? Well, I got laid off back in June. I’m not really allowed to talk about circumstances or any of that, but let’s say it was a big blow. Totally unexpected. But here’s the thing: I wasn’t that happy, at least not in the way that I am now. Now I am full-time freelance, picking my favorite projects and working with people who inspire me to create and be the absolute best version of myself. It is awesome and scary and awesome all over again. While I miss the comfort of that steady paycheck, I also can’t put a price on my happiness. And right now, I am so freaking happy with what I’m doing. You’ll see, there is some seriously awesome stuff coming this way.

Next up… dating sucks. Like, really really sucks. I’m struggling with this feeling of loneliness despite having incredible friends in an incredible city. I’ve gone on countless first dates and that connection just isn’t there. Sometimes I worry that it’s me, sometimes I worry that my break up last year somehow broke me as a person. There are days when I want to give up and just adopt 18 more cats (like that night I got stood up). I’m trying to stay positive though… we’ll see how it all plays out.

I’m also really, really happy to be in this city, but it doesn’t feel like home. It just doesn’t. I don’t know where I want to live, but for now I am in San Francisco and that’s enough.

I think that’s all I care to share for now. Maybe there will be more.

photography by Jojotastic

that fall feeling

This is my first fall in California and I’ve heard we don’t exactly get one… that it’s actually the warmest time in San Francisco. Kind of weird, right? After spending the past 2 years back on the east coast, I can’t help but long for apple picking and sweater weather and changing leaves. It’s my favorite time of year so I’m feelin’ a bit ho-hum about missing out on it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still pleased as punch to be here and excited to see just how gorgeous it can get… but I still long for those golden fall days.

that fall feelingAisha Zeijpveld’s Surreal Portraiture on Trendland // Almost Makes Perfect

that fall feelingMoon to Moon on Pinterest

that fall feelingImogen Heath Design on Pinterest // Danish cabin by the Haderslev Fjord via My Scandinavian Home

that fall feelingMeridiano agendas from Opening Ceremony

top image: Loyal Stricklin

via clementine daily

I don’t know if I’ve ever been this ready for a weekend. Despite the short week due to the holiday on Monday, this has felt like an incredibly long week. Why does that happen? And on top of that, I had some really big deadlines due. Lets just say… sleep deprivation is at an all time high. Wanna hear what’s more ironic? This week on Clementine Daily, I shared my tips on How To Increase Your Productivity. There’s some really good stuff here, including my favorite tip, Inbox Pause.

fabric food Kajsa Cramer CeramicsAs always, I shared some great inspiration over on Anthology this week. Fabric Food and these Kajsa Cramer Ceramics included. But I have to admit… my favorite post by far is about Australian artist Jessie Breakwell and her quirky-cool paintings.

jessie breakwellDespite being a short week, we had some really good stuff here on the blog:

SWEATER WEATHERLastly, I shared two guides over on eBay this week: The Ultimate Sweater Weather Guide and Bohemian Bling – Top 10 Picks for Fall. Be sure to check them out as you transition your wardrobe for cooler temps.

Happy weekend!

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