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There’s something about summer that practically begs me to shirk all responsibility and just be outside instead. And, as hot as it’s been, I’ll do anything to catch a breeze. Living in the most urban part of Seattle, getting outdoor space can be tricky — hence, my studio’s fire escape. It’s not exactly the green space I crave, but at this point, any outdoor spot will do!

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For the longest time, I was always really worried about pairing a voluminous top with boyfriend jeans. It’s just… a lot of fabric and a higher possibility of making, ahem, certain areas appear larger than they actually are. That being said… there was something so natural about pairing this top with these jeans. Maybe it was all of the skin I’m showing in the back, almost like it’s a distraction from the layers of fabric making my butt look enlarged. Or maybe it’s the skinny tie at the waist that helps to define and contain the volume. Either way, this look is both comfortable and super wearable for my day-to-day.

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And can we talk about the back of this top?? I’ve had it hanging in my closet for the longest time and was always too much of a chicken to wear it. Then, one day, inspiration struck. It’s funny how that works, right?

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Outfit details: top from Free People, boyfriend jeans from Gap, Birkenstocks, and Celine sunglasses from Barneys.

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Photography by Meghan Klein for Jojotastic.

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summer drinks with Wild Turkey American Honey

I’m not sure I’ve ever said this with as much emphasis as I do today: happy Friday. We made it!

This week… oof. But in the interest of staying positive, I want to share a really fun styling project I worked on recently with Wild Turkey American Honey. They asked me to style and shoot some favorite summertime recipes, like the American Honey Mule and the American Honey Libertea. I’ve really been enjoying these projects, mostly because they provide the perfect opportunity to flex my styling muscles and challenge my creativity more and more. Plus, we’re having a pinning party to celebrate summer and all the amazing cocktails that accompany this great season — be sure to head over to the Summertime Sips pin board!

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

  • I’m definitely in a desperate love affair with this dress from Reformation. Need.
  • My girl Cass from Coco + Kelley is having another supper club! Get all the deets here.
  • Obsessed with this Vans x Eley Kishimoto collab… so tough to pick a favorite pattern!
  • These colors. I can’t even.
  • Because I can’t seem to get enough peaches right now… peach pie via A Couple Cooks.

photography & styling by Jojotastic for Wild Turkey American Honey.

IFTTT + pinterest // the perfect app to help you streamline any task and make your life wayyyy easier! learn more + how i use it for my business and personal life: jojotastic.com

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!

IFTTT + pinterest // the perfect app to help you streamline any task and make your life wayyyy easier! learn more + how i use it for my business and personal life: jojotastic.com IFTTT + pinterest // the perfect app to help you streamline any task and make your life wayyyy easier! learn more + how i use it for my business and personal life: jojotastic.com

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?

IFTTT Recipe: Automatically Pin the Instagrams that you like connects instagram to pinterest

IFTTT + pinterest // the perfect app to help you streamline any task and make your life wayyyy easier! learn more + how i use it for my business and personal life: jojotastic.com IFTTT + pinterest // the perfect app to help you streamline any task and make your life wayyyy easier! learn more + how i use it for my business and personal life: jojotastic.com There are tonssss of other ways that I use IFTTT + Pinterest in both my professional and personal lives. Here are a few: (more…)

Recipe // roasted pineapple and TILLAMOOK ice cream mini pavlovas www.jojotastic.com

Last month, I shared with you my go-to crumble recipe that makes prepping dessert for a dinner party a breeze. Another of my go-to desserts for summer is the Pavlova! I am amazed by how this simple, yet delicious, dessert can be such a show stopper. When it comes to baking, I definitely live by Leonardo da Vinci’s words: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

RECIPE // roasted pineapple and Tillamook ice cream mini pavlovas jojotastic.com

The trick is to select good ingredients, let them shine and do the work for you! In this case, the star of these adorable mini pavlovas is Tillamook Cinnamon Horchata ice cream (c/o Tillamook). This extra creamy ice cream has a subtle hint of cinnamon, similar to simple vanilla bean ice cream, but even better! It’s sweetness contrasts the acidity of the roasted pineapples and complements the crunchy meringues perfectly.

RECIPE // roasted pineapple and Tillamook ice cream mini pavlovas jojotastic.com

Baking the meringue might be the most time consuming step of this recipe because they need to dry slowly in the oven so that they’re crispy and not chewy. But since they can keep in an airtight container for up to a week, you can definitely bake them ahead of time and assemble everything right before serving. In a rush? Feel free to skip the roasting step and top your mini pavlovas with fresh pineapples or any other summer fruits or berries.

RECIPE // roasted pineapple and Tillamook ice cream mini pavlovas jojotastic.com

 

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nordstrom anniversary sale must-haves jojotastic.com

If there is one sale that I shop each and every year… it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Fun fact: did you know I used to work there? Long, long ago, I designed bedding for them! Every since being part of the ‘Nordstrom family,’ I’ve felt this strangely special connection to shopping there. It might even be rooted in earlier memories: my mom took me there for my first bra fitting and I bought my prom dress at Nordstrom. And don’t even get me started on every single positive experience I’ve had at the beauty counter… that place can be dangerous!

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So you can imagine my excitement over the Anniversary Sale. It’s the perfect time to stock up on pieces for both the rest of summer and the upcoming fall (I know… it’s so hot in Seattle, I can’t even imagine fall right now). Nordstrom cardholders get early access from July 9 – 16 and the sale opens up to everyone from July 17 – August 2!

  1. Vince Adley sandal
  2. Patricia Nash fringe bucket bag
  3. Steve Madden ankle fringe sandal
  4. Leith a-line turtleneck dress
  5. NARS lip pencil set
  6. Anna Beck cuff
  7. Freida Rothman bangles
  8. NARS cheek palette
  9. Vans suede slip-on sneaker
  10. MICHAEL Michael Kors crossbody bag
  11. Veda suede moto jacket
  12. Leith sleeveless plaid tunic
  13. Elizabeth and James Cynnie sling backpack
  14. Topshop long belted coat
  15. semiprecious stone stud earrings
  16. Chloé leather tote
  17. Topshop check topper
  18. Topshop slouch coat
  19. Leith floppy felt hat

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recipe // watermelon boba pops for #popsicleweek jojotastic.com

Seriously, there’s nothing like going to to Chinatown for some refreshing bubble tea, especially on a hot day. I don’t know if it’s the endless amount of strange flavors or the squish of tapioca pearl boba sucked through an oversized straw, but on a steamy summer day, it’s the best. That’s why I was so excited to combine my passion for popsicles and bubble tea into one delicious summer treat just in time for Popsicle Week!

This Watermelon Boba Pop is utterly refreshing, with juicy bites of sweet frozen watermelon juice and icy boba to chew on and a tart kiwi surprise at the end. Definitely one to try for those sweltering afternoons.

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These days it feels like I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing: planning loads of awesome photoshoots and sharing them with you guys. There’s quite a bit that goes into planning each and every one so that they run efficiently. I don’t want to waste my time or my photographer’s time, you know what I mean? So it’s pretty important for me to always have the right tools at hand. When HP offered a test drive of their HP Instant Ink service, my interest was definitely piqued. Essentially, it’s an ink replacement service — the printer actually knows when it’s running low, which prompts HP Instant Ink to ship new cartridges directly to your doorstep. This means you #NeverRunOut, kinda genius.

how to plan a photoshoot + @HP Instant Ink #neverrunout jojotastic.com

I’ve been having a blast planning shoots for my Shoulda Been a Florist series, so I wanted to give you a guys a little bit of a peek behind the scenes as I get ready for the next post. I pull inspiration from everrrywhere — Pinterest, Instagram, books and magazine… even flowers I pick up at Pike Place market over the weekend. Remember when I shared how I used the HP Sprout? Well, that guy comes in pretty handy for projects like this, too.

how to plan a photoshoot + @HP Instant Ink #neverrunout jojotastic.com

Once I’ve gathered all of my inspiration, I like to take it offline and do things the old fashioned way. There’s something about cutting out paper and layering it that speaks to my soul. I’ve always been really hands-on, so printing stuff out is important to me. From here, I usually make a list of what I need to pick up for my shoot and head to the flower market, as well as a few of my favorite flea markets (my collection of vintage vases is really getting out of control, you guys).

head to jojotastic.com to download this free to do / shopping list! #neverrunout @HP

Are you a list maker, too? I also created a really cute free printable to do/shopping list that you can use to plan anything, not just photoshoots! Click here to download your copy.

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To try out HP Instant Ink for yourself, sign up online for 3 months of free ink when you purchase an eligible printer!

Video by Toryan Dixon. Photos and styling by Jojotastic.

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