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today on the the blog: thoughts on my 30th birthday www.jojotastic.com

Today is my 30th birthday and I’m feeling pretty damn introspective about it. I’ve been spending a lot of time journaling, actually. You’ve all followed my journey for the past few years and it’s meant so much to me that I wanted to share a bit of my thoughts with you.

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birthday DIY round up

Tomorrow is my birthday and — WHOA — not prepared for it, at all. I decided to get in the mood by sharing some of my favorite birthday themed DIY projects, perfect for all those other Pisces in your life!

First up, maybe the most gorgeous cake I’ve ever seen via La Pêche Fraîche. It’s malted milk birthday cake… insert lover eyes emoji here.

birthday DIY round upIt’s not exactly a secret that I’m obsessed with donuts — probably why I love these vegan frosted donuts over on Fall for DIY.

Another obsession? Flowers. Gotta love this giant floral typography wall art from Paper & Stitch.birthday DIY round upbirthday DIY round upWhat party is complete without garlands and balloons?? Studio DIY has it all: DIY Papel Picado and DIY donut balloons.

birthday DIY round upimages via their respective sites

donut o' the month // irish coffee donut

Drink more. Feel better. Isn’t that the theory?

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer wrote in the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898): “In Scotland it is a popular belief that a few hairs of the dog that bit you applied to the wound will prevent evil consequences. Applied to drinks, it means, if overnight you have indulged too freely, take a glass of the same wine within 24 hours to soothe the nerves. ‘If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail the next day.'”

donut o' the month: irish coffee custard donuts (gluten-free) recipe For those of you who value the sanctity of St. Patrick’s Day, i.e. the American St. Patrick’s Day of reappropriated Jameson, Guinness and general shenanigans, this donut is your “hair of the dog” (though in an appealing, palatable way). With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, the calendar has betrayed you revelers. Depending on whether you partook in weekend celebrations, or hold the 17th to be the true day of commemoration, this donut will either nurse you back to health or kick off your merriment.

donut o' the month: irish coffee custard donuts (gluten-free) recipe Inspired by another hair-of-the-dog remedy, the Irish Coffee, this powdered sugar donut hides a Jameson-laced, coffee custard, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Steer clear of kids, coworkers and bosses, and slip away on St. Patrick’s Day morning. Enjoy this boozy breakfast with a (spiked) coffee and cure what ails you (or brace yourself for what will ail you).

Happy March & Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
-Quelcy

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link love // catch up on everything you might have missed on the blog this week + some of my favorite reads

Wow, it’s another Friday the 13th and, even weirder, my things are scheduled to be brought today by the movers (finally). They may or may not be about 2 weeks late in delivering my stuff… so I’m pretty pumped to finally have everything in one place and maybe even unpack my kitchen so I can start cooking again! I’m also looking forward to a few new clothing options. I’ve been alternating the same 2 pairs of jeans and I’m sort of getting bored of them. Clearly, a capsule wardrobe isn’t my thing.

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog this week:

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

  • Oh, social media… here are the new rules + how to passive aggressively break them — #6 is definitely my favorite (via my friend Felicia).
  • Darling shared a post about understanding depression. This post is powerful and completely on point, no matter if you’ve experienced depressed yourself or have loved ones who have. Personally, I’m just happy to see people talking about it.
  • I’m turning 30 and it’s time to invest in some anti-aging products (I know) — loving this eye cream round up on The Stripe.
  • Sometimes I need this reminder: If Britney can survive 2007, you can make it through today.

photos from my Instagram — follow me here!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey

Erin Go Bragh! St. Patrick’s Day, the green-filled-slightly-made-up Irish holiday, is this coming Tuesday! It is hardly celebrated on the Emerald Isle, but it’s almost unescapable here. Many see this as a time to overindulge and drink a few too many green pints.

If you’re neither a fan of having shot-after-shot of Jameson or knocking back numerous Irish Car Bombs, I have a refreshing alternative libation you can sip on (slowly) on St Paddy’s Day while still celebrating in true Irish fashion!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comportrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comThe Luck of The Irish Whiskey Rickey is citrusy and bubbly with a fresh herbal finish, and, of course, the zing from the whiskey. You can use either Irish Whiskey, but we used the Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Whisky which has orange citrus peel notes that pair well with the lime juice. It’s on the crisper side, which makes it a good option for those that find Irish Cream liquor a little too sweet.

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comLuck of The Irish Whiskey Rickey

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lime squeezed
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 lime sliced
  • mint soda water
  • mint sprig garnish

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comDirections

Cut cucumber and limes into slices. Add 2 oz whiskey to glass. Squeeze half a lime in. Top with mint soda water. Add in sliced limes and cucumber. Top with mint for the piece de resistance!

The Rickey was the first “grown up” drink I learned I could order at almost any bar and they knew what I was talking about (I never was a Cosmo kinda gal). It’s comprised of 3 simple ingredients: gin or whiskey, half a lime squeezed, and soda water. Easy peasy lime and squeezy!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comI used whiskey in this particular Rickey, the Irish are famous (infamous, perhaps?) for their love of whiskey after all! As an Irish girl myself, I can attest it does, in fact, run in our blood. Adding in slices of cucumber and mint will really brighten up the whole cocktail! You can play around with different flavors of soda water, in this case I went with mint to enhance the notes from fresh, mint garnish.

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comIf you’re feeling lucky, mix up a few of these Whiskey Rickeys this St Paddy’s Day. You may not find a pot of gold at the bottom of your glass, but you will have had one good drink!

Sláinte and happy imbibing!

Photography and recipe by Ashley Rose Kirschling for Jojotastic.

pssst, more cocktail recipes right this way!

want list of the month // i'm turning the big 3-0 in a few days and want to treat myself to something special, like a great pair of shoes

Guys, it is nearly my birthday (the big 3-0) and I’ve barely even thought about it. I’ve just had SO much going on… it’s sort of slipped through the cracks. I was shopping for dresses for a photoshoot the other day and it sort of hit me that my birthday is next week. Sort of weird, right? As I’ve gotten older, birthdays don’t seem to hold the same weight that they did when I was younger. This year, I don’t really expect gifts from anyone, but instead I want to treat myself to one really great thing. A pair of gorgeous shoes that I’ll wear forever, a delicious new perfume, a massive stack of books… that’s sort of what I’m thinking. I’ve given myself a pretty decent budget to work with so I can have a ‘treat yourself’ moment. Here are a few things I’ve had my eye on lately.

want list of the month // i'm turning the big 3-0 in a few days and want to treat myself to something special, maybe one of these gorgeous perfumes?I’m having trouble deciding on just one thing to splurge on… want list of the month // i'm turning the big 3-0 in a few days and want to treat myself to something special, perhaps a stack of new books?

shop the post:

shoes: Chloé lace up sandals, Aquazzura Belgravia flats, Valentino studded wedges.
perfume: Byredo Gypsy Water, Diptyque Philosykos, Mason Martin Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning.
books: The Flower Recipe Book, Why I Love Tattoos, The New Bohemians.

Please, bear with me: this is like my love letter to cheese. Grilled cheese sandwiches are by far one of my favorite “vehicles” for enjoying cheese, plus they’re perfect for when you’re craving something simple after a crazy week. There are just so many ways to spice up this old standby – you can do it with things you already have in your kitchen. In fact, you could even make a grilled cheese for breakfast… or dessert… or a midnight snack…

this is my love letter to cheese — 3 fancy, but easy grilled cheese recipes #ziploc @ziplocofficial this is my love letter to cheese — 3 fancy, but easy grilled cheese recipes #ziploc @ziplocofficialHead over to Ziploc to get all 3 recipes: breakfast grilled cheese, dessert grilled cheese, and garlic toast + brie grilled cheese.

this is my love letter to cheese — 3 fancy, but easy grilled cheese recipes #ziploc @ziplocofficialphotography by Jason Mai

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