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goodbye LBD, hello little white dress

It’s a gorgeous spring day in Seattle and it’s inspiring one thought when it comes to getting dressed: all white everything. Last night I picked up a pair of perfectly distressed skinny white jeans and got SO excited to start wearing true, bright white again. And have you noticed how many white dresses are out there these days? So many. It’s clear that spring is here and we can put away those little black dresses for the time being…

goodbye LBD, hello little white dressWhite is the perfect excuse to play with textures, too. Crochet, embroidery, pretty pleats… and don’t forget about fun shapes mod shift dresses or flowy, goddess-y maxi dresses. These pretty frocks have me wondering if I realllllly have to wait until Memorial Day to wear white…goodbye LBD, hello little white dressshop the post (plus a few more favorites):

links: lake date pullover dress from Free People, Mikoh voile maxi dress, Line & Dot pleated mini dress, Free People gnarled vines dress, crochet swing dress from Free People, crochet bell-sleeve frock dress from Urban Outfitters, and drop-waist linen dress from Urban Outfitters.

p.s. get more fashion inspiration right here!

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.com

You put the lime in the coconut and drink ‘em bot’ up!” This song has found itself firmly planted in my head lately (maybe because the warm weather has finaaally decided to come out and play!) I can’t help but think of lounging on the beach, toes in the sand, with a tropical drink in hand whenever I hear this song! I found myself singing this as I waltzed down the produce aisle, grabbing coconuts, pineapples, and limes with out even thinking! And what do you think I made with all of these? A cocktail! What else does one do with such beautiful and tasty ingredients?

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.comKnowing there needed to be something else to marry these citrusy and creamy ingredients together and give it some oomph, I searched for the perfect accompaniment. I came across one small, but mighty item that seemed perfect, albeit unconventional for cocktails: Thai Chilies!

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.comThese little guys may look harmless, but pack quiiiite a punch. Sticking a whole one of these into a drink would surely cause a 5 alarm fire in your mouth, not exactly what I am look for when I’m parched on a Friday at 5 o’clock. Steeping a few chilies in a brown sugar syrup mellows out the overpowering burn, while maintaining some of the heat and flavor that gives the drink so much depth!

portrait of a cocktail // thai chili colada www.jojotastic.com

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enter to win $100 to shop @scoutmob! #giveaway

Mother’s Day… are you ready?? We’ve got some time til May 10, but now is really the time to start brainstorming gift ideas. This year I’m feeling super inspired by all the lush greenery and wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and want to give my mom something to help her feel like she’s here even though she’s all the way in Maryland. Scoutmob has long been a favorite of mine when it comes to gift ideas for so many reasons. Supporting local artists is just the start of it. I’m also continually impressed with the assortment of gift ideas, from jewelry to handmade soaps to gorgeous planters.

This week we’re extra lucky because Scoutmob has offered Jojotastic readers 15% off orders through April 21, 2015 with code jojo15 and a giveaway!

enter to win $100 to shop @scoutmob! #giveawayEnter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday April 21 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 gift certificate code valued at $100. Good luck!
Scoutmob giveaway

links: daisy pressed flower necklace, terrarium necklace, herkimer diamond stud earrings, ceramic candle holders, vintage botanical print, herb garden planter, stained glass mallard feather, and ceramic hanging planter.

forestbound bags & tees - made in new england

If there are two things that I don’t need to add to my wardrobe it would definitely be tees and bags… but but but… I want these by Forestbound. The bags are made of upcycled salvage textiles and are totally durable and utilitarian. Meanwhile, the tees just kinda make me smile. They are hand printed in Boston and designed by Mason McFee. I’ve got my eye set on my new cat lady uniform tee, obviously.

forestbound bags & tees - made in new england forestbound bags & tees - made in new england forestbound bags & tees - made in new englandTalk about the perfect reminder to just relax…forestbound bags & tees - made in new englandimages via Forestbound

the view from the seattle ferry

This week… oof. I really don’t have words for the amount of stress I felt this week. I like to think that it started off well enough — on Saturday, I finally did something I’ve wanted to do for months: I got a tattoo in memory of my grandpa. This act made me feel really introspective, something that I journaled about a lot throughout the course of the week. But then, of course, stuff got in the way, namely business stuff. Not sure if you know (ha), but taxes are due, aka the most stressful time all year for yours truly. I’m still figuring out this whole ‘running my own business’ thing and this week really tested my strength in that vision. Like… to the point where I contemplated throwing in the towel and getting a ‘real’ job again. Yeah, I was that stressed out. I had to remind myself to take a  break though, something that doesn’t come easily. I made a nice meal for myself, drank a bit of wine, and zoned out to Broad City. I let myself sleep in and then try to tackle my inbox like a whole new person. Granted, I’m still feeling like a train hit me emotionally, but having a bit of distance helped.

I’m in a pinch here though — do you guys have any other tips for maintaining when you feel so freaking buried in all directions??

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

  • Grace from Design*Sponge got really honest this week with her Things That Scare Me post. You betcha I identify with a lot of what she wrote.
  • Gawker has a really interesting series called Mall Makeovers where women from all over the world go to their local mall and request a makeover that is indicative of the local beauty habits. It’s eye opening and extremely curious to me in that voyeuristic sort of way.
  • Over on Anthology, I shared some really inspiring posts: pressed flowers by Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters and rugs by Oyyo (the styling of these photos is pretty fantastic).
  • House of Brinson is at it again with their amazing guides. This week it’s iPhoneography. My favorite tip? Edit yourself.

photo from my Instagram — follow me here!

spring fever

Not sure about the rest of the country, but in Seattle, spring has definitely sprung and I am all about it. The city is drop dead gorgeous right now, in fact. I suspect after living in California with it’s drought, I am extra-excitable when it comes to greenery. For real, everything is so so so green. I’ve been here a month and it still catches me off guard. Add onto that the crisp smell of sea water, plus a few of mountains… and I’ve got some legit spring fever. The air smells great, the birds are happy, restaurants are finally unpacking their outdoor tables… What more could you need??

spring fever spring feverThe hues of this season are truly something special: washed out pinks and peaches, dusty lavender and lilac, natural raw linen, and grey derived from marbles. All of this seems to whisper against a pop of yellow-y green.

images via Rebecca Atwood and Stilleben.

spring fever spring feverimages via Ethanollie, The Local Rose, and Dolly and Oatmeal.

spring feverimages via their respective sites. top image by Jojotastic.

a little extra grace // "be still" desktop or mobile download

Lately, I’ve been really tired. I jump from one project to the next, exhausting myself, and never taking a break from working. While all of these projects bring me joy, the fewer hours of sleep and rest bring me to exhaustion tears and admittedly less interesting work. I finally accepted that I couldn’t keep working the same way I have been. I needed to be still.

a little extra grace // "be still" desktop or mobile downloadResting doesn’t necessarily mean sleep to me; it means giving myself time to quiet my mind and not stress about any deadlines or projects or actions I should take. A few ways I like to rest include:

  • Read the next book on your reading list in bed with a hot cup of tea. I finally started reading Essentialism this week after having it on my ‘must-read’ list for months. (If you read on your iPad like me, I suggest turning off notifications and wifi during your reading session too. It’s so easy to double tap the home button, and next thing you know you’re on Pinterest — ha!)
  • Plan a date for you and a person you love to go enjoy a nice cup of coffee together and make it a rule keep iPhones off the table. It is one of my favorite things to sit and talk about life, ideas, or pie in the sky dreams with someone I love. I always feel refreshed and excited even after an hour.
  • Find a print magazine that discusses topics in which you’re interested. The stories found in these magazines can be so similar to the ones in your RSS reader, but I find that there is an irreplaceable beauty in printed type and photos. A few of my go-to print magazines include Anthology, Darling, and most recently, Uncrate (which is a men’s magazine, but gosh the photos and design are just fantastic).
  • If you’d love to do any of these, but realistically find yourself short on time, never underestimate the power of a 20-minute nap. Its hard to make yourself get back up, but I promise you’ll feel refreshed.
  • This year I’ve also been practicing mediation on and off before I go to bed. Instead of worrying about what needs to be done tomorrow, or what didn’t get accomplished today, I’m focusing on my breath, quieting my mind, and relaxing my body. It has helped me fall asleep a lot faster than when I was making mental to-do lists before bed. (I use the app Headspace to guide me!)

If you’re feeling a little scattered and exhausted like I have been, I hope you can be honest with yourself and seek the rest you need.

a little extra grace // "be still" desktop or mobile downloadPlease, download and enjoy this wallpaper I made to remind you.

Desktop | iPad | iPhone

Instructions to download:

  • Click the link.
  • Save the image.
  • Find the image in your photo library.
  • Set it to be your desktop image.

a little extra grace // "be still" desktop or mobile downloadp.s. here are more inspirational downloads by me!

photography and styling by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Grace.