musings about creativity & my trip to Italy

musings about creativity & my trip to Italy | Jojotastic - Textile artist and painter's studio in Florence, Italy. Handpainted fresco door, timezone clocks, real life moodboard and artist inspiration.

Here’s the thing about travel that we all know, yet often forget: it’s life changing. By that I mean that the simple act of traveling alters your perspective on so many things. Lifestyle… priorities… even the acceptability of eating cheese and cured meats for dinner instead of a planned-to-the-T meal. My trip to Italy brought inspiration in a two-fold fashion: creatively thanks to the workshop and personally thanks to a week and a half of exploring. I had a whole other blog post scheduled for today, but pulled it because writing this post felt more urgent and necessary. So let’s start with my creative takeaways…

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what should we see, eat, and do in Italy?

Travel tips needed! We need your recommendations for what to see, eat, and do in Italy. Florence, Pisa, Como, and Venice. #travel #italy #travelitaly #europe

In a little less than a month, I will be in Italy for an incredible styling workshop… and I need your help! Sean is going to meet me in Pisa, then we’re going to travel around Italy, so we need your recommendations on what to eat, see, and do while we’re there. We have reserved Airbnbs in Pisa, Florence, Como, and Venice so if you have recommendations for those specific areas, we’d love to know. Also, if you have any tips on how to get around, fun adventures (we’re trying to find a good sailing excursion during our time in Como), or anything a bit out of the ordinary, we’d be interested in those, too! It’s our first time traveling to Europe together and it’s going to be great. And, basically, I am just so excited to explore so much of this gorgeous, romantic country and eat allllll of the pasta.


photo by Danfredo Photography.

monthly moments | photoshoot sneak peek, Alt Summit, & more

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How on earth is it already the first full week of March? Woof. I feel like I’m a bit behind! Between styling loooots of photoshoots, attending and teaching at my first Alt Summit, and living life, it was awesome to look back on the month of February through video. For such a short month, I really did a lot — and even had some ridiculous adventures thrown in (just wait til you see Nancy Kerrigan The Chicken’s cameo). I love giving you a glimpse into my life and wanted this video to feel like an even closer look than you may find on Instagram Stories. Welcome to a new monthly series called Monthly Moments!

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to catch all of my videos FIRST — did you even know that the videos are posted a full day before they go live here on the blog? Now you do ;)

van life: our weekend away at La Push + video

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I can’t even express to you how excited I am to bring more video content to you here on the blog. As I was editing this video of our recent New Years weekend trip to La Push, I realized that this is the perfect way for you to get a sneak peek of all the adventures that Sean and I get up to… and to really get to know us! Both of us have been itching to leave the city and take it on an excursion, basically a mini trip.

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our full 5 day Sayulita travel guide + video

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I had sooo many travel goals for 2017,  but because of my leg I barely got to leave Seattle for about 7 months. As soon as I felt confident in my ability to walk and stand for long periods of time, it was officially time to book a trip! So last month Sean and I booked a last-minute, 5 day long trip to Sayulita, Mexico and it was precisely what we needed. Sun, swimming, margaritas… I don’t really have the words to describe just how much this trip meant to me and how badly it was needed. Tons of you have reached out to me on Instagram asking for a Sayulita travel guide, so here we go!

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Annette Joseph styling & photography workshops 2018

want to improve your photography and styling in 2018 for your small business? learn more about Annette Joseph styling & photography workshops in the Tuscan countryside of Italy! #styling #creative #smallbusiness #workshop

Remember last year when I was all hot to trot about going to Italy and learning styling tips from the incredible Annette Joseph? Welp, things don’t always go according to plan, but 2018 is THE YEAR! I’m officially going to Italy for these fab workshops and would loooove to invite you guys along, too!

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travel diary // palm springs

jojotastic travel guide and visual diary for palm springs. the ace hotel + block shop textiles wall mural

It’s been 4 weeks since our trip to Palm Springs for a friend’s wedding and I’m finally able to share my visual diary of that trip! Things didn’t go exactly as planned (more on that here) and, to be honest, this trip felt like it was world’s away from where I am now. I finally feel ready to look back on the photos and how much fun we had, ready to share some of my favorite parts of the trip and all the places you should go if you’re also planning a trip to Palm Springs!

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