small space entertaining // a rustic tablescape to celebrate summer

I’ve always wavered when choosing a favorite season. I’m definitely not a hot weather kind of person, so I wouldn’t say that true summer is tops for me. Spring is too gloomy and wet, while winter is just too damn cold. Fall leads to winter and typically just feels too damn short. But there’s this sweet spot where summer blends into fall that just feels absolutely perfect. That fleeting moment in time is what this rustic tablescape is meant to celebrate. The cooler evenings, the changing product available at the farmers market, even the shift in my decorating color palette.

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my (new) favorite graphic tees on Etsy

my (new) favorite vintage inspired graphic tees on Etsy. get the full resource list on jojotastic.com

Did you know there are 250 pages of graphic tees on Etsy? Yeah… and most of them are kitschy sayings about bridesmaids, wine, and Grey’s Anatomy (or some combination of all 3). Given my style rut, I’m relying on my trusty graphic tees + jeans combo a lot these days. I just scrolled through thousands of options on Etsy, so you don’t have to! Here are some of my favorites:

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the friday edit

our first egg from our free range backyard chickens!

I have waited all summer for this moment… no, it’s not walking (although I’ve been able to do that!). It’s our first egg from our backyard chickens! I’m not totally sure which of the girls this egg came from, but I was soooo over the moon when I found it. First, the eggs have appeared earlier than we expected because we didn’t think they’d start laying until September. And, second, the eggs are just so tiny and cute and perfect! I’m positively obsessed with the purple-y little speckles that each egg has. Not gonna lie, I totally got all worked up and excited when I found the egg… almost like I’d laid it myself. HA. Would you guys be interested in a post all about the chickens?

And here are a few of my favorite reads of the week:

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How to Update Your Haircare Routine for Fall

How to Update Your Haircare Routine for Fall with #Rogaine for #HairLossAwareness month. Learn more on jojotastic.com #ad

This post is sponsored by Rogaine. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

I tend to think we all have our vanities, the parts of our bodies about which we feel the most confident. For me, it’s my hair. It’s always been my hair actually. Even as I changed my hair style and color countless times, my locks have always been my most cherished feature. For this reason, I take especially good care of my hair and update my haircare routine with the seasons. When Rogaine reached out to talk about Hair Loss Awareness Month, I jumped at the opportunity because I know that hair loss is something that affects so many men and women and their Emmy-nominated celebrity stylist and brand spokesperson, Jill Crosby, has some amazing tips for your haircare routine.

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DIY // a rustic centerpiece to celebrate figs & the end of summer

DIY a rustic centerpiece to celebrate figs & the end of summer. get the full flower arrangement tutorial on jojotastic.com

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’ve been noticing that end-of-summer feeling more and more. Our mornings are cooler and the produce has definitely changed at the market. For one, figs are everywhere and I am definitely not mad about it. I adore fig season, so I asked Sarah from The Stemmery to incorporate them into a rustic centerpiece for my next dinner party. She suggested really letting the rich color of the figs pop by using only ivory-white flowers and I thought it was genius. Without further ado, let’s learn how Sarah assembled this gorgeous, rustic centerpiece!

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Recipe // Grilled Sweet Corn Gazpacho

The perfect no-cook recipe for a hot day: Grilled Sweet Corn Gazpacho made with @TruviaBrand Brown Sugar Blend. Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com #TasteTruvia #ad

This post is sponsored by Truvia. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Usually in Seattle we get one or two hot days, but this year we’ve experienced week after week of super-hot days. Most of the city (including #mytinybungalow), doesn’t have air conditioning, so I’ve been getting creative with ways to keep cool. One of my favorite (and yummiest) ways to stay cool in this weather is by serving up sweet corn gazpacho for dinner! Recently, I whipped up this delicious rendition featuring grilled sweet corn and onions — and it has less sugar in it because I used Truvia Brown Sugar Blend.

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the friday edit

Seattle farmers market, buckets of bright colorful dahlias via jojotastic

Happy Friday, you guys! What are your weekend plans? As of right now, I don’t have any and I sort of love it. Now that I’m back up on my feet more and more, I’ve been getting tired really easily. Usually around 6 pm, I am ready to lay down and go to bed! I guess that’s what happens when you’re totally inactive for 14 weeks. I’m just embracing it though. I’ve never been a good sleeper, so the fact that I’m able to sleep a lot and often now is great.

Here are a few of my favorite reads of the week:

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