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This week has been jam packed with excitement and activity, let me tell you… but really, those of you who follow me on Snapchat (username ‘jojotastic’) already know that! I set a personal goal of having my loft settled and totally unpacked by September 1 and that day is FAST approaching. This week, I got a new couch + tv stand, so the living room area is looking great. My next goal is to find the perfect rug and then build my gallery wall. Does anyone else feel totally paralyzed by picking the ‘right’ rug for a space?? For some reason, I can’t actually make up my mind about which one is the one. My deadline is fast approaching though, so decisions must be made!

Also, this Saturday I’ll be hanging out with the HP Sprout Experience Tour at Vloggerfair in Seattle! I’m doing a demo using the Sprout (past posts here and here) and also giving a preview of some exciting projects to come. Head here for more info, including all the other stops on their nationwide tour.

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

Seattle peeps, need something to do this weekend? Be sure to check out Day Shift on Sunday August 23!

p.s. Seattle peeps, need something to do this weekend? Be sure to check out Day Shift on Sunday August 23!

top image via Instagram.

Minna textiles on jojotastic.com @jojotastic

With the loft thisclose to being totally unpacked and settled, I’ve set my sights on finishing touches… specifically textiles. Rugs, pillows, throws — I need it all to soften the hard, industrial edges of my loft. These handmade pieces by Minna are pretty much exactly what I’ve got in mind. Founded by Sara Berks in 2013, these textiles are totally one-of-a-kind and oh-so-cool.

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I think my favorite element is Minna’s use of color. From dusty desert tones to sun-faded sorbet colors, the pieces feel neutral, but certainly pack enough pop for my home.

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images via Minna

RECIPE // Blueberry pancake breakfast pops www.jojotastic.com

Unless you live on a deserted island, you’ve probably noticed the buzz over popsicles. I’ve rediscovered them myself lately. I loved popsicles as a kid but totally forgot about them as I grew up… time to catch up! It’s crazy, they are everywhere, in different flavors, shapes, and especially for different occasions. Instead of the boozy variety for unwinding on a sunny afternoon, today’s popsicles can be enjoyed in the morning! Wait… what?!

RECIPE // Blueberry pancake breakfast pops www.jojotastic.com

Yes! Are you one of those people craving an iced coffee in the morning instead of a hot cappuccino? Then you’re going to love what we have here for you. It’s easy, convenient and a perfect ready to go option when you sleep in and need a quick fix.

RECIPE // Blueberry pancake breakfast pops www.jojotastic.com

It’s basically a yogurt parfait turned into a popsicle. You’ll simply need to layer all ingredients in the molds before going to bed and you’ll be waking up to a cool (literally) surprise. This treat is healthy but is inspired from a breakfast classic. Blueberry pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup. Simply delicious!

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giveaway + crane and lion jojotastic.com

One of my favorite things about summer is being able to get out of the gym and exercise outdoors! Don’t get me wrong, I love getting in some quality treadmill time, but how can you beat running outside on a gorgeous summer day? While I love my gym wardrobe, sometimes strappy neon is not what I want to be jogging around the city in. That’s why I’m so excited about this week’s giveaway with Crane & Lion!

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Crane & Lion is all about combining fashion and fitness for activewear that’s versatile enough to transition for any kind of day. It all looks like actual clothing! So instead of feeling super conspicuous on the walk to pilates, you’ll actually fit in and just be another part of the urban sidewalk flow.

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I love how all the pieces in their fall line are made to mix and match. With one of the classiest color palates I’ve seen in fitness clothing, I could throw this whole collection into a suitcase and feel ready for a business meeting or yoga retreat.

Enter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday August 25 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 $250 gift card to shop Crane & Lion. Good luck!

Click here to view this promotion.

shop the post: racerback tanklong sleeve teewrap sweater and jogger pant.

images via crane & lion.

 

 

get the look // denim dream jojotastic.com @jojotastic

Whether it’s back to school or simply time to refresh your closet, there’s really one key thing that never, ever goes out of style: denim. The silhouettes and washes may change, but denim anything is always a constant. For me, the challenge is to find new ways to wear this old favorite — peplum tops, culottes (more on those here), even accessories. This fall, I like my denim pieced and patched…

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boxy and tucked…

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and with tons of details!

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We’re in this weird in-between season where it’s cool in the mornings, but warm during the rest of the day. Many of these looks sort of bridge that gap while also being perfect for actual fall weather. Me, I’m loving this denim moto jacket for my new fall layer.

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caprese + truffle salami + rosé via @jojotastic jojotastic.com

Happy weekend, beautiful people! Doing anything fun? I actually want to do nothing. Not a damn thing. I’ve had so many exciting projects in the works lately and I fiiiinally have a sofa, so I’m keen to curl up with my pets and a stack of books to read. After exhausting everything else by Donna Tartt, I began The Little Friend recently, but would love more recommendations for what to read next!

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

  • does anyone else struggle with using up an entire bunch of basil in a week? Food52 has a great guide on how to actually do it!
  • because I’m busy building my empire.
  • talk about must-shop… the ultimate guide to backpacks on Design Crush.
  • home decor companies are starting to release their new fall pieces… I’m LOVING CB2 right now, especially these rose gold + marble end tables.
  • Paper & Clay is one of my faaaavorite ceramicists and doing a REALLY fun project that needs funding on Indiegogo. Believe me, this is DEFINITELY a must-have.

And check out stuff by me, elsewhere:

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ultimate gifts from Simone LeBlanc jojotastic.com @jojotastic

Recently I found myself in a pickle: injured and stuck in a small mountain town with no way to get home. In a fit of fear, I called a good friend of mine and asked her to come get me… and she said yes. She drove 2 hours each way to come retrieve me and, for that, I will eternally be in her debt. All I want is to properly thank her for helping me out, a person who is really awful at asking for help to begin with! And nothing really seems good enough…

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Well, not until I came across these incredible curated gift boxes by Simone LeBlanc. Each gift box feels totally special and bespoke and, really, the perfect way to express some serious gratitude. With a background in styling, Simone truly enjoys creating unique gifts with “emotional resonance.” Plus, if you still feel like you need something extra-special, you can reach out to Simone directly to assemble an extraordinary gift comprised of one-of-a-kind found objects and heirlooms from around the globe. Talk about the perfect way to say a great, big thank you!

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shop the post: Breakfast in Bed, Staycation Spa Box, Afternoon Tea Box, Detox Box, and Host + Gather Box.