Guest post // Have your cake

September 18, 2014

cake, little white whale, guest post

Hey guys! I’m over at my gal pal, Gloria’s blog, Little White Whale today! As you can guess, it’s all about cakes. I’m obsessed lately, are you? There have been so many pretty eye-candy cakes on Pinterest, Instagram, literally everywhere…I need to learn how to make/bake a layered one from scratch that can come out as pretty as the one’s I’m adoring! Do you have a favorite cake recipe? Please share!

Check out my guest post >> HERE << !!

Happy Thursday!!

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cake via Call Me Cupcake
hand lettering and design by me

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Hello, love

September 17, 2014

ben howard, calligraphy, hand lettering, brush lettering, lyrics, inspiration

Hello! I know, I know…I’ve been totally M.I.A. lately. First of all, I can’t even believe it’s the end of September already, let alone nearly the end of the year! Where did 2014 go? It’s been a very eventful one so far, that’s all I know…Let me just say that it’s been crazy in the land of Jess lately, and I came to stop by to give a little update as to what I’ve been up to, just in case you were wondering if I’ve maybe fallen off the face of the Earth…

// Moving! I’m moving! October 1st, I’ll be in a new apartment and new Brooklyn neighborhood. I’m excited, and so totally happy the hunt is over. There’s something so fresh and inspiring about a new space. I’m excited about the new start and new beginning. As soon as I get settled in, I hope to get the blog back to normal postings!

// I’ve taken a little step back from Coco & Mingo to prioritize some client work. Yes! I’m so excited about some projects I’ve been working on and can’t wait to share with you once I’m finished. I do, however, wish I had a clone so that I could do both client work and blog work at the same time!

// New site! I’m gearing up for a brand new site – less blog, more personal work, and finally maybe even get my lil shop up and running once things get settled…so stay tuned! I’m thinking about Squarespace as my platform…anyone have experience with it and love it?! I’d love to hear. But I’ll still continue with this blog, don’t worry!

// Finally, through all this, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll somehow get to attend the Ben Howard show in late October here in Brooklyn. Tickets sold out in 5 minutes. No kidding. I’m so excited for it! In the meantime, I’m listening to his music non-stop, especially his gorgeous new song, “I forget where we were”. On repeat, you know it. He knows me so well…♥

I wish I had more than 24 hours in a day (and the energy to go with it)…don’t you feel like that sometimes?? I’ve gotta get my day balanced again…trying to juggle a full-time job, blog, and client work (oh, and sleep and eat in between) is craay-zay. Let me just say that I’m getting this post done at 3 AM. But we can all accomplish anything we put our minds to, right?! Hoorah!!

Happy Wednesday, friends!! ♥

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hand lettering by me.

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Fall fashion group giveaway!

September 1, 2014

Fall, giveaway

So, despite the hot temps this week in New York City (uuugh!), it’s still getting closer and closer to officially being Fall…my favorite season. ever. And I can feel it (so close)! I’m so ready…for the crisp weather, the changing leaves, the boots, sweaters, coats, and all around good-feelings. What’s even better is that I’m teaming up with a great group of lovely ladies to bring you a fabulous Fall giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $450 gift card to the store of their choice…perfect timing for sprucing up your Fall wardrobe!

Join us in celebrating Fall by entering the giveaway below! Good luck!

Contest ends on September 15, 2014. Open to U.S. and international readers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sponsored by:

Rarely Taken Seriously | Team Wiking | Rebecca Lately | Of Trees and Hues | The Freckled Fox

Rachel The Hat | RIO the Dreamcatcher | Wearable. | A Fine Line | Anna Delores Photography

The Red Closet DiarymyLifeboxCreative Theory | More Pieces of Me | Cocorrina

Cloistered Away | Wwillthebeast | Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard | LublyouCoco & Mingo 

Live Colorful | Tara Victoria | Kiss Me Darling | Ex Vitae | Yeobo

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Illustration by me.

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Vote for us! // Once upon a cabana

August 27, 2014

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

Eek…I’m so excited to be sharing today’s post! My dear friend, Gloria (Little White Whale) and I were so honored to take part in Patina Rentals’ #PatinaCabanaChallenge last month in Brooklyn! The challenge: We were given one hour to create a space within a cabana using Patina’s amazing selection of vintage rentals in their studio/warehouse. Anything was possible! I mean, have you seen their array of rentals on their site? I am, by no means, an interior designer at all. I can tell you what a beautifully designed space looks like, but to have to create one? It’s a lot more challenging than it seems, especially when you’re given such a wide range of gorgeous vintage products to choose from…so many directions to have gone! Thankfully, working with Gloria to put this space together was like finishing each others’ sentences, and we think it came together pretty nicely. We settled upon something classic, clean, elegant, yet fun!

“Our inspiration was to create a perfect space that we’d want to hang out in, have the girls over, chat and laugh over a drink or two (with an incredible bar cart)! Our space consists of lots of feminine and elegant pieces, mixed with fun and charming rustic and vintage details. We love a neutral color palette when it comes to a space, with pops of pink, gold, and lots of added flowers and greenery!”

OK, so voting starts today and ends this Friday, August 29th at 12:00 PM EST. Hop on over to @rentpatina on Instagram and “like” your favorite space – the photo with the most likes will determine the winner! (FYI: You don’t have to follow @rentpatina to vote) We’d absolutely love it if you could vote for us (Thank you!!!), but be sure to check out all the photos/cabana spaces from the other 4 talented designers to determine your favorite! Get the full details and check out more photos from the Cabana Challenge, including everyone who participated, over on Patina’s website.

Vote for us >> HERE << ! (Simply by “liking” it)

xo.

Check out some of the details of our space and process below:

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

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Photography by David Toquica
Florals provided by Jackie Tran of Darlington
Patina Rentals is located in Brooklyn, New York, and provides a beautiful collection of handpicked vintage rentals.

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Wear + buy // Fairgoods

August 25, 2014

Fair goods, product picks, online shopping, support small businesses

I’m loving Fairgoods right now. They’ve got such a beautifully curated selection of apparel, home, accessories, and even DIY kits! I love how they support small businesses and profile each of their makers, so that their customers know exactly where their products are coming from. You all know I’m all about supporting small businesses as well as community, and Fairgoods does an excellent job at bringing both to the forefront. If you haven’t already, be sure to check them out. They’ve got great gift ideas…like the some of my favorites showcased above!

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clockwise l to r: narrow artisan notebook . chamomile and honey soap . bloom necklace . vegan suede fold clutch . concrete triangle planters .

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Blogmilk + Coded by Brandi Bernoskie