the amazing candy packaging of Holland

If one thing blew me away while in Amsterdam it was the candy: the selection, the flavors, the packaging. Everything was just so perfect and ready to take home in my checked bag. Not joking, I brought back approximately 20 bars of chocolate alone. Here are some of the most gorgeous of my stash.

the amazing candy packaging of Holland - gorgeous & delicious chocolates from Tony'sLet’s start with chocolate, shall we? Tony’s Chocolonely was ubiquitous throughout my travels — and totally hard to miss with this gorgeously bold packaging. The quality of chocolate is fantastic (and ethically farmed and produced), but what I really love is how special the bars are. The shape of each piece is totally irregular and the combinations are perfectly balanced.

the amazing candy packaging of Holland - gorgeous & delicious chocolates from Tony's the amazing candy packaging of Holland - fun chocolate hipposWhen I saw these milk chocolate hippos from Barú, I had to have them. Filled with almond and pecan praline, they are both delicious and cute.

the amazing candy packaging of Holland - cute and colorful hard candyUgh, hard candy — such a guilty pleasure. See those gridded ones? They are the most mouthwatering butterscotch I’ve ever tasted. I avoided the black ones though — I’m not such a fan of black licorice, but the Dutch seem to love it. And the round ones seem to be rolled in something very tart, but become super sweet towards the middle.

the amazing candy packaging of HollandOk, I tried to understand these Pastilles de Leone, but just could not. I dug into them once I got home and was less than thrilled by the chalky texture and weirdly dry flavor. But hey, that packaging is so beautiful, don’t you think?

the amazing candy packaging of Holland - wine gums!I saved the best for last… wine gums! For those not in the know, these are my most favorite gummy candy. They are a bit firmer that typical gummies and the flavors are totally unique (black currant is the best). I’m unclear on if they all still contain a small amount of booze or not, but traditionally they had the names of drinks impressed on them such as port, champagne, and gin. I used to have a British coworker and every time she went home, she’d bring back bags and bags of these treats. I developed a love of them long ago and now any time I can find them, I practically hoard ’em.

p.s. check out my full travel guide to Amsterdam!

candelles giveaway

Candles are my jam. At any moment, I am burning at least one in my home. I just love the atmosphere they create. Today I am super excited to partner with one of my favorite candlemakers Candelles for an awesome giveaway: $100 worth of their hand-poured soy candles! And the timing is perfect, too: they just released some incredible fall fragrances. With options like salted caramel, magnolia and pistachio, and pomegranate cider, it’s tough to pick a favorite, amirite?

enter to win $100 of hand-poured soy candles from Candelles #giveawayEntering is easy: head over to Instagram to follow both Candelles and Jojotastic. Then leave a comment here saying you did so!

One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday August 26 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive one shopping credit valued at $100. Good luck!

enter to win $100 of hand-poured soy candles from Candelles #giveawayPS – Jojotastic readers get 20% off your order when you use code JOJOLOVESCANDELLES at the checkout. Head here to start shopping!

Gift Wrapping 101

Every year I gather presents and then sneak into my room for a top secret wrapping party. I absolutely L-O-V-E this part of the season. It’s so much fun to pick out papers and trims and even little treats to put on top. Plus, every year my mom pokes fun at me because I’ll make sure to stack the parcels juuust-so, trying to make it look like a catalog. What she doesn’t know is that I’m also shaking them to guess what’s inside! Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Gift Wrapping 101!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection
This was one photoshoot where Georgette just could not help herself!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Holiday Nut Mixes

The holidays are prime snacking time, especially while wrapping presents, decking out the tree, and waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven. Here are 3 delectable nut mixes that are perfect for snacking and gift-giving — Cinnamon Candied Walnuts, Pumpkin Pie Pecans, and Cocoa Sea Salt Cashews. Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Holiday Nut Mixes!

holiday nut mixes #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipes
Plus, these treats make for great gifts! Budget-friendly and totally delectable, package these Holiday Nut Mixes to get in the gift-giving mood for friends, family, and neighbors — even the mailman! Go nuts for gift giving here.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

pattern box

I still believe in snail mail. I love the act of writing a letter, addressing an envelope, putting a stamp in the upper right-hand corner, and mailing it. It’s so special and friendly and just plain makes me happy. These days it feels like all I do is mail my rent check. That is until I spotted the Pattern Box.

“Curated by New York City’s celebrated Textile Arts Center, this vibrant, pattern-filled collection features one hundred postcards from ten international designers. Housed in an equally vivid keepsake box, the postcards are ideal for correspondence, enclosure notes, and inspiration boards alike. The set also includes a booklet about the designers, highlighting their creative processes and influences.”

jojotastic // the pattern box

The boxed set comes with 10 postcards from each of these artists: Shanan Campanaro, Brittany Keats Cerullo, Helen Dealtry, Leah Reena Goren, Hannah Schultz, Leanne Shapton, Jennifer Parry Dodge, Kindah Khalidy, Victoria Garcia, and Anna Niestroj. So now that I am armed with 100 postcards… who wants a love letter??

photos by Jojotastic

marc jacobs beauty

Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers. With his modern sensibilities and edginess, I am always excited to see what his collections will look like. With New York Fashion Week ahead of us, I’m practically chomping at the bit to see more. Lately though, I’ve tided myself over with the launch of Marc Jacobs beauty line. I don’t profess to know a ton about make up, but I do love a good pedi and soft lips. Thus, I gravitated towards toward the Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer and the Lip Lock Moisture Balm. I made my nail color picks based on what I thought would work best for fall. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Daisy (left): this color is pretty and pastel enough to wear every day. I like to think of it as the white tee of nail lacquers.
  • Jezebel (middle): a rich, sexy red for fall. I picture leather moto jackets, skinny jeans, and billowing scarves when I think about this saucy color. Aka, my perfect fall look.
  • Nirvana (right): this dark olive green feels like a new way to twist standard issue black nail polish this fall. Plus, the name appeals to my love affair with the ’90s in a BIG way.

marc jacobs beauty
I have to admit, the packaging is what initially captured my attention. I particularly love this sentiment on the inside of the moisture balm packaging — perfect for prepping those lips to be kissably soft!

Shop the post:

Photos by Jojotastic.

look what i did!

Introducing the Mairead Candles from Anthropologie. Designing candle packaging is so much fun — you get to think about fragrance notes and how color relates to each scent. For these candle tins, I wanted the artwork to be a bit preppy, but still have a hand-drawn aesthetic to them (I drew the artwork with my dried out Prismacolor markers from college!). Then for the lids of each vessel I really wanted the bold fragrances notes to stand out, so I created an eye-catching two-tone text layout. Lastly, I applied the artwork to a shape I designed that was inspired by vintage tea canisters!

candles from Anthropologie

candles from Anthropologie

I’m a big believer in fragrance being fun for everyone. Here are the notes for each candle. Which is your favorite?

  • Pear & Coriander Leaf: a fragrant fusion of coriander, thyme and musk, blended with hints of Anjou pear, sweet strawberry and crisp apple
  • Amber Cashmere: a rich blend of Moroccan amber, cashmere woods, musk and sandalwood combined with fresh citrus, rose, lavender and violet
  • Applewood Moss: fresh fir balsam, cedarwood and soft green moss paired with juicy red berries, sweet fig, tart apple and jasmine
  • Vanilla & Cedar: notes of citrus and juicy pear infused with creamy white floral and vanilla musk

Images via Anthropologie. See more of my designs here!

PS – Congrats to Katie G. for winning the BRIKA giveaway! Keep your eyes on your inbox for more info!