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get the look // wide leg pants for spring

If there’s one spring trend that is speaking to me a in a BIG way, it would be wide leg pants. I’m a skinny jeans girl through and through, admittedly… but this trend feels SO good. Maybe it’s because my legs are all messed up from this past weekend’s climbing trip and tight pants only make the bruises feel worse. I don’t know. But what I do know is that I love the breezy, casual, cool girl vibe that these wide leg pants give off. It’s kind of like how a skirt automatically makes you feel a bit fancier — a fresh pant silhouette is kinda the same. And there are so many options, even for those of you hesitant to dip a toe into the trend — here are some my faves!

link: paisley printed palazzo pants from ASOS.

get the look // wide leg pants for spring

My absolute favorite part of this trend is the dramatic movement that wide leg pants provide. Even if you’re rocking a simple white tank with these flowy styles, you’re practically guaranteed a look that says DRAMA, but in the least complicated way possible. And don’t even get me started on the colors and textures that Zara is offering right now… those emerald ones are calling my name in a big way.

links: Zara straight cut trousers, embellished wide legs from Free People, Zara wide drapey trousers, drapey pleated drawstring trousers from Zara, and gauze pull-on pants from Urban Outfitters.

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Let’s talk prints, ok? Whether you’re a stripes girl or feel ready to rock some major prints, wide legs are an amazing canvas to do so. Vertical stripes are extremely slimming because the draw the eye up, making you appear taller than you really are (this 5’6 girl approves). I suggest rocking them with great pair of ’70s inspired wedges to complete the look.

links: striped culottes from ASOS, printed trousers from Zara, wrap around wide legs from Free People, Creatures of Comfort pants (I have the coordinating shirt in this fabric and print — it is sooooo good) and printed loose fit trousers from Zara.

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So what do you think — are you going to join me in rocking this trend??

link: Ace and Jig haystack pant from Accompany.

p.s. get more fashion inspiration right here!

a review of Living Proof's new curl product line + a giveaway // details here: www.jojotastic.com

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my hair for about 25 years (I was pretty bald my first few years on this planet). It’s not curly, but also not straight. It’s not super thick, but also not thin. And I’ve got about 2,500 stubborn cowlicks. In college I embraced the flat iron trend wholeheartedly, waking up hours before class so I could get glassy smooth locks. Thankfully, the trend these days is wayyy more appropriate and achievable for my hair texture. Now that I’ve embraced my natural waves and learned to part my hair in a way that works with my cowlicks, my beauty routine has gotten LOADS easier and I’ve long said goodbye to my flat iron. Now it’s a matter of which products I use to help me maintain my waves without weighing them down or letting my lightened ends get too damaged.

Recently, Living Proof offered to send over their newest line, Curl, and I loved it. Rather than a shampoo, I used a conditioning wash which was the perfect way to get moisture into my hair, but not in that heavy kind of way. The curl detangling rinse was great, too, especially because my hair tends to work itself into complicate little knots constantly. Lastly (and my favorite), the curl defining styling cream… I don’t even know where to begin. My waves came out perfectly. No frizz, no weird kinds. Not too curly and not too straight. They were just… exactly what I wanted.

Oh, and this week I’ve partnered with Living Proof on a giveaway!

a review of Living Proof's new curl product line + a giveaway // details here: www.jojotastic.comIt’s easy to enter: follow both Living Proof and Jojotastic on Instagram. Then leave a comment here saying you did so (please note: comments left elsewhere won’t count, so please be sure to leave your comment below!). One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday May 19 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive the entire Curl collection, valued at $132. Good luck!

This post is a partnership with Living Proof. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

straight up girl talk // dating pt. 1

[ Editor’s note: I was talking with a bestie about this and she told me it’s hilarious and charming and totally worth sharing on the blog… so here goes. I plan to be brutally honest, so if you’re not into that, maybe keep scrolling? ]

Here’s the thing… I finally feel like I’m ready to try my hand at dating and having a real relationship again. I’ve made strides in getting over my ex, I’m managing my work time wayyy better than ever before, and, honestly, I am just so freaking ready to share my life with someone, partner-in-crime style. What I’m about to say is not new, not at all: dating sucks. I know, not exactly groundbreaking news, but my experience over the past few weeks has kind of built up inside of me and I needed to write about it.

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spring time peonies

Now that I’m back in Seattle, both my weeks and weekends get fuller and fuller. It’s awesome. This weekend I’ve got plans to climb outdoors for the first time since I moved back… ‘excited’ doesn’t even come close. There’s nothing better than waking up stupidly early to be the first person on the rock, climbing hard all day, eating cheese and drinking lukewarm beer in between climbs. At the end of climbing days, my body feels so… useful and, mentally, I feel emboldened and confident. If I can get up there, I can do anything — that’s what it feels like, in a very raw sense.

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

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

photo from my Instagram — follow me here!

meet my new new column: shoulda been a florist! this month's spring- fresh flower arrangement uses artichokes and lilacs www.jojotastic.com photography by @meghanklein

If I could go back in time, there’s one thing I’d do WAY more of: flower arranging. I have these constant daydreams about being a florist, opening my own shop or even one of those super cute flower trucks to drive around Seattle with carefully curated blooms and bouquets for sale. Flowers are something so simple, but they make such an impact. No matter the space or the scale of the arrangement, they always pack a punch. With all of this in mind, I decided to indulge myself and explore flower arranging with this new monthly series!

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For the first month, this month of May, I wanted to think of a way use something farm-fresh and totally spring-time appropriate. I naturally turned to artichokes, not exactly the definition of ‘foliage,’ but very impactful and striking. I’m not one to really use traditional vases, so instead I used a vintage carafe that I keep on my nightstand for water in the middle of the night (similar vases here and here). I love the silver band at the top for a touch of glam.

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You know how smudge sticks tend to have twine or ribbon wrapped around the bundle? I decided to mimic this look on the chunky stems of the artichokes. They were just so thick that I felt they needed something to feel a bit… softer.

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To keep with the spring vibe, I also picked up lush green leaves and bunches of lilacs. When picking up my blooms, the florist at The London Plane suggested that I trim the lilacs vertically along the stem to help them stay fresher longer. Awesome tip, right?

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The lilacs were incredibly fragrant — my studio smelled so amazing in the days after this shoot.

Also, see that tall green guy? I call him my ‘poor unfortunate soul.’ For some reason, when I arrange flowers, I really like to have one droopy, longer vine or stem to kind of draw your eye up. It just gives the overall flower arrangement a bit of quirkiness that I dig.

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Be sure to keep your eyes on the blog for this new monthly series!

My outfit: tunic from Calypso St. Barth (similar), Madewell jeans, and baguette diamond ring c/o Vrai & Oro. Flowers from The London Plane.

Photography by Meghan Klein. Styling by Jojotastic.

a little extra grace // work hard, rosé harder download

May flowers are beginning to bloom; spring is showing off. When the weather starts to warm up and flowers are all blooming bright, it seems like every end of the work day should include a glass (editor’s note: or two?) at happy hour and a patio to enjoy the view.

a little extra grace // work hard, rosé harder download

Lately, work has been overwhelmingly busy. It seems like every week brings a new deadline, with a seemingly unending list of tasks to complete for each one. I naturally put a lot of pressure on myself to work as much as I physically, and mentally, can. Any free time found in the day can instantly be filled with work when an iPhone is in my hand (which it always is). It’s tough to turn my work brain off even after I’ve accomplished every task on the list for the day. I had been working very long days, several days of the week, before forcing myself to take a moment for myself.

a little extra grace // work hard, rosé harder download

After working hard all week, a glass of rosé sounds like the perfect lovely treat for winding down and celebrating all of the hard work accomplished.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Take a moment to recognize your hard work and honor yourself. Lock your phone, place your phone out of sight, pour your glass of rosé, and reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Whether you’re savoring a moment alone while reading or re-watching a favorite show, or having a few laughs with friends over a shared bottle of rosé… enjoy every minute of it. Relax while you can, and feel energized when you return to working hard tomorrow.

a little extra grace // work hard, rosé harder download

Please, download and enjoy this background I made to remind you to ‘work hard, rosé harder.’

DESKTOP | IPHONE

Instructions to download:

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

This download was made with a medium Pentel Brush Pen.

photography and styling by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Grace.

p.s. here are more ‘a little extra grace’ downloads.

easy breezy clothing from Humanoid

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming — spring is here and I’m so excited. I want to wear breezy layers, a la these looks from Humanoid. Think airy voile tops in boxy silhouettes, bold geometric prints, and and chunky sweater knits. The look is a bit boho, but still modern and feminine. But not the type of feminine that attracts boys, more like the kind that shows you’re a cool chic and don’t give an eff what anyone thinks of your style. I love that vibe, don’t you?

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Behold, my new favorite look for spring and summer: all white everything.

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images via Humanoid