5 cool raffia beach totes

searching for my summer go-to bag! check out my 5 favorite raffia beach totes over on jojotastic.com

You guys, the weather in Seattle the past couple of weeks has me feeling like I live in California! It’s been hot and sunny almost every day and, even though we’ve each been stocking up on summer basics, my outfits are still far from beach-ready. I’m still missing the most important part: a beach tote!

Raffia tote bags have a special place in my heart. I can hear waves crashing on the shore just from looking at all the bright colors and fun patterns of these vintage-inspired bags. Don’t even get me started how much I loved the ones with pom-poms, like Capri Woven Tote with Pom Charms (pictured above) from Nordstrom.

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recipe // kale chickpea seed salad

YUM! get this healthy, filling, and easy recipe for Kale Chickpea + Seed Salad with Miso Yogurt Vinaigrette on jojotastic.com (and save this pin for later!)

Ever since completing my deck makeover, I want to eat every meal outdoors. When we’re not grilling, I try to keep things simple by instead eating freshly made salads full of seasonal produce. Typically I’ll drizzle olive oil and balsamic over the salad, but I’ve rapidly grown bored of that. I asked our recipe contributor Emma to suggest a new spin on a salad for me: something flavorful, packed with protein, and topped with a delicious savory dressing. This Kale Chickpea + Seed Salad with Miso Yogurt Vinaigrette recipe is her answer and, believe me, you’ll wanna make this your lunch asap!

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drawn + downloadable

drawn + downloadable — free artwork for your phone, tablet, and computer by Jojotastic. download more colors and artwork on jojotastic.com

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there’s a new Drake album… and, confession time, I can’t get enough! The album was on loop basically all weekend long. It’s on Spotify, so be sure to give it a listen. Maybe that’s why today’s downloadable wallpapers feel so funky-fresh? I wanted the artwork to feel summery in color with a palette that I am always drawn to: juicy, rich, saturated tones of aqua and magenta, with with faded complementary hues. The artwork is a bit bohemian + geometric, but still in my painterly hand. I love when my art feels slightly unfinished and imperfect — I’m not one to make sure the lines are straight. I kept it loose and full of movement for this one!

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for your friday

searching for my key summer wardrobe basics / staples and loving this casual maxi skirt, striped body con, paisley print shift, and strappy tank. more style inspiration on jojotastic.com

Happy Friday — it’s about time! It’s been pretty hot here in Seattle and I realized one thing: in the process of alllll of my moves (into my current house… from SF to Seattle… etc), I purged a lot, if not all, of my summer clothing. I have one pair of cut offs, some tanks, and some dresses. That’s all fine and dandy, but right now I’m feeling like what I’m left with isn’t exactly my style. The dresses feel too fussy for day-to-day wear while the cut offs are awesome, but not exactly appropriate attire for meeting new clients.

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recipe // strawberry rhubarb daiquiri

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri get the recipe on Jojotastic.com

We’ve been having abnormally warm days here in San Francisco and it sounds like Joanna is finally seeing some sunny days in Seattle, t00 — seems it’s time to start thinking summery drinks, don’t you? Meet your new summertime go-to cocktail, the lip-smackingly delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri. This recipe is not your standard issue strawberry daiquiri though. A sickly-sweet, slushy daiquiri has it’s time and place (like poolside in Vegas or on an all-inclusive resort vaca), but daiquiris are so much more than that! Or rather, so much less.

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deck makeover with World Market, the reveal!

Today's the day! Be sure to check out the big reveal + after photos of my lounge-inspired outdoor space with @worldmarket — get all the photos and deck + patio inspiration (and details of a BIG SALE) on jojotastic.com

It’s finally here — time to reveal my amazing deck makeover with World Market! Remember the gnarly before photos? Well, the days of ugly stain, no furniture, and general sadness are OVER. Feast your eyes on my gorgeous new lounge space (and keep reading for the details of an awesome sale).

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alegria home + giveaway

win $150 to shop @AlegriaHome's beautiful handmade textiles! enter the giveaway at jojotastic.com

Every spring I treat my home to a little refresh — nothing major, just a good deep clean plus some sprucing up with new pillows and a nice throw. I already did the hard part (a full weekend of scrubbing tile grout and clearing out 8-legged friends) but couldn’t decide what direction to take the space in for summer. Then I stumbled onto Alegria Home‘s gorgeous spring/summer lookbook.

They’re an online home goods company that marries indigenous techniques with modern designs. The result is a line of sustainably made textiles in stunning natural colors, rich with handmade details. Keep on reading to learn more + enter to win $150 to shop the collection!

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