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Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2015

happy holidays! // journal de jaluneIt is Christmas Eve Eve! I am wrapping up work and then headed into full Christmas mode, baking cookies, watching Elf, drinking eggnog, and hoping for a white Christmas. December has been a blur, so I am looking forward to slowing down and enjoying the next week with friends and family. We are shutting the computer off for the week here at Journal de Jalune, but we are leaving you with a list of inspiring posts you may have missed. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and happy new year!

 

If you have any last minute shopping, here are some gift guides to help you out.

The perfect gift wrapping playlist.

We are still offering a Free Sleepmask with any purchase (and free shipping as always!) at Jalune Clothing.

 

Holiday Recipes:

PUMPKIN MUSHROOM RISOTTO

4 INGREDIENT HOT CHOCOLATE

EASY VEGAN CORNMEAL WAFFLES

HOLIDAY SPICE COFFEE

 
Surviving the holidays:

5 WAYS TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS (AND ENJOY IT!)

5 WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

5 WAYS TO FEEL GOOD WHILE TRAVELING

5 WAYS TO BE A GREAT HOST

 

Ringing in the New Year:

END OF THE YEAR JOURNAL PROJECT

5 WAYS TO STICK TO YOUR GOALS

FIVE WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE

5 WAYS TO CREATE MORE POSITIVITY

 

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Wintry

December 9, 2015

Wintry // journal de jaluneWith Christmas creeping up on us and snow in the forecast for this weekend in Colorado, I am going to go ahead and declare winter has begun already even though it doesn’t officially start until the 22nd of December. This winter I am trying to embrace the season by being koselig, which is a Norwegian word that has no direct translation in English, though the closest word would be cozy. It is much more than that, it’s all the things that bring you warmth and comfort during the long, cold, and dark times. It could be lighting candles around your house, sharing a warm meal with loved ones, or even a simple but great conversation. So along with being koselig, here is a roundup of what I am looking forward to this winter (originally inspired by this blog post).

Wintry // journal de jaluneEating / soups, sweet potatoes with every meal
Drinking / hot mulled wine
Practicing / not procrastinating (it all goes downhill when its dark at 4pm!)
Mastering / the perfect over-easy egg
Learning / Ayurveda (I think I am mostly Vata!)
Trying / to embrace the lull in work that comes around the holidays when you freelance
Playing / Pictionary (great throwback game!)
Finishing / Christmas shopping/crafting
Reading / Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and feeling bad I didn’t love as much as everyone else seemed to!
Remembering / to practice gratitude around this very materialistic time of year
Wearing / big scarves, striped shirts, and worn in blue jeans
Cooking / well baking, Christmas cookies!
Working / on a new secret project for the new year!
Traveling / to the mountains for skiing and snowshoeing
Wanting / to focus on experiences and not things

 

What are you looking forward to this winter? How will you be koselig, share below!

 

Here’s a look at past seasons: fall ’15 / summer ’15 / spring ’15 / winter ’14 / fall ’14

 

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Summer Reading List

August 5, 2015

There is nothing better than finding a great book to accompany you to the beach, pool, or hammock. Reading while lounging around outside is (another) one of my favorite things about summer. Here are a few of the books I have read lately and loved. I am in the middle of a book that I don’t like, but I have a problem where I refuse to give up on a book no matter how bad it is! I would love to hear what you are reading this summer so I can have a good excuse to move on to the next one!

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1. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill: This book wanders through the troubled marriage of the main character, a nameless woman, told through a series of letters. The story is based on all of the tiny details that are culminating to something much larger. While its format may not be for everyone, the simple story leaves much to think about.

 

2. Byrd by Kim Church: This book is about the lives that are defined by one moment in time, when the main character Addie decides to give up her child she had with a musician boyfriend, Roland, for adoption. The absence of her child follows Addie throughout her life in the form of letters to this child, Byrd. Kim Church has created characters that you truly connect to with this beautifully written book

 

3. Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self by Jeff Krasno: This book was written by the creator for the Wanderlust Yoga Festival and uses that same manifesto of connecting the practice of yoga to the lifestyle of yoga. The book is laid out as a roadmap equipped with features from many influential leaders in the yoga community, yoga sequences, journalling exercises, and so much more as it guides you on a journey of self inquiry. It is a fresh take on the many ‘yoga’ books that exist already. 

 

4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: This book is definitely an easy beach read that follow Alice, a married with 3 kids 40 year old that took a bad fall to wake up thinking she was 29 again. Having lost 10 years of memories, the book creates a story you cannot put down as Alice slowly starts to remember her life.

 

Easy Evening Summer Picnic Essentials

July 1, 2015

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One of our favorite things about summer is the sort of lazy dinner picnic that really is only possible with that extra sunlight and mild weather. Easy enough to do on a weekday, an evening picnic is the perfect excuse to grab some girlfriends or make it a date night and head to your local park, trail, beach or even just your backyard. Here are some of our summer picnic essentials that make it easy to get outside in no time and catch the sunset for your next meal.

 

Our Picnic List:

 

1 – A Mexican Blanket which thick enough to keep you dry if the ground is at all damp and heavy enough to create an even surface for all your picnic fare. Plus, they come in all sorts of beautiful designs and colors that go beyond the classic gingham tablecloth.

 

2 – A Tote to carry everything to the perfect spot (this sweet one is currently on sale!). And incase you are the hardcore picnicker, this backpack has you covered with everything you need, just add food!

 

3 – Picnic Food! With summer having so many great fruits and vegetables in season, we love to bring salads and tapas-style food for casual picnic eating. Martha has some great summer salad inspiration here. Chips & guacamole are a must as well. Make your own guac by mashing a ripe avocado and mixing in chopped tomatoes, red onions, a bit of garlic, chili pepper or jalapenos if you want some spice, and a squeeze of lemon or lime. And for a fresh variation add chopped cucumbers, it is so good! Throw all your delicious treats in some reusable containers and go!

If you aren’t in the mood for cooking, just head to the local Whole Foods for some pre-made salads. After all, it is more about getting outside with your favorite people than a gourmet meal!

 

4 – Last but not least, wine! We love a dry Rosé for something refreshing on a warm summer evening. Bring some mason jars to sip from, they are essential for no spills! Tell help you pick out the perfect Rosé, check out this hilarious and informational wine blog for some amazing reviews.

 

Happy Summer Picnicking! What are some of your favorite picnic foods?

 

Summer Daze

June 25, 2015

Fourth of July is around the corner, the days are hot, the weekends are filled with the smell of BBQ’s, and school is out for summer. Long are the days since we closed our school lockers, but that feeling of the excitement of the last day of school is one that you will always remember. Richard Linklater’s film ‘Dazed & Confused’ is amazing in so many ways from the top notch soundtrack, the epic fashion, and of course, Matthew McConaughey, but the best part of this cult classic is the way it captures that feeling that comes with the end of a school year, being on top of the world, ready to party, relax, and enjoy life. No better way to head into the weekend than with these images from the film, or better yet, make a movie night out of it and be ready to be filled with that school’s out for the summer nostalgia!

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For some more fun check out the full soundtrack here and Anderson Cooper & Anthony Bourdain’s handpicked Seventies Spotify playlists here.

 

Bonus: 10 things you didn’t know about Dazed & Confused

 

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Summertime

June 15, 2015

SurfacingIt is not officially the first day of summer until this weekend, but I couldn’t wait because let’s be honest, summer started to day after Memorial Day. I love everything about summer; the long days in the sun, the abundance of produce, and the sense of leisure that summer is all about. This roundup of what I am looking forward to this summer was originally inspired by this blog post. I love being able to look back at these lists and see what my mood/thoughts/wants were (here is spring/winter/fall if you’d like to see!)14264606458_fea829b359_bEating / every kind of berry, smoothie bowls
Drinking / rosé (as you do in the summer)
Practicing / SUP yoga, my new favorite thing
Mastering / the perfect fish taco (important stuff!)
Learning / to let things go that I can’t control
Trying / stay in better touch with friends
Playing / outside, anything and everything!
Finishing / a major purging/cleaning of my closet (phew!)
Reading / The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, the title says it all!
Remembering / to take a breath before reacting
Wearing / denim cutoffs, summer dresses, and flip flops
Cooking / fried rice – easiest one bowl meal
Working / on a new business idea (too early to spill!)
Traveling / anywhere/everywhere within Colorado, so many great weekend escapes nearby!
Wanting / to go camping (see above)

What are you looking forward to this summer?

 

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An Inspired Mother’s Day // Robin + Koko

May 11, 2015

Hope you all had a great weekend! In honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend and all of the mothers that have influenced and inspired us, we thought it would be fun to profile a mother and get a glimpse into her experience as a mother. And just because we love all of the mommas in our lives so much, we are extending our ‘Treat Mom’ promo until the end of today. Receive 15% off your purchase from Jalune using promo code TREATMOM15. It is not too late to treat your mom (or yourself)!

 

Meet Robin Furlong Tojo. She lives in Fountain Valley, CA with her husband, Ken, and son, Koko, who is 2 1/2 years old. 

mothers_day_jalune_3Favorite things about being a mom to Koko: I’ve really given this so much thought, and I can’t tell you one thing that is my favorite. I love everything about him. I perhaps can fine tune a favorite to his facial expressions and his dance moves. He also amazes me how he pumps his arms in such a way when he walks or jogs like an old man with 5 lb weights, it’s hilarious. He has the sweetest voice and face to hear and see first thing in the morning, and he is the most adorable sleepy child at night before he goes bed. To be very honest, I still don’t believe that he is MY son and that I am his mother. I’m in disbelief, and I don’t know when the day will come when I will understand the reality. He is my angel. Life is weird.

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What I’ve learned about myself from being his mom: I just want to be a good person. I am a better citizen, a better environmentalist, and a better nutritionist. I just want everything to be good for him. I want to do what’s right, and I want to raise a good human being who is a gentleman.

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Favorite way to relax: Ballet, definitely. It’s just so peaceful, and I love classical music so much. I even listen to it for fun, Chopin being my fav and Debussy coming in close. It takes great posture, alignment, pace, and muscle control to practice. It really focuses my mind, helping to clear out all the motherly worries and allows me to focus on me. It’s so important to remember to take care of yourself; when you’re a mom all you think about is your child, it’s hard to think about yourself. Ballet is the gateway to my personal focus and reminds me that I need to be healthy in order for Koko to be healthy. I also love to go to the movies, it’s like my therapy. I can get lost in the film and experience so many different emotions, like ringing out a wash cloth, and then I can go home happy and relaxed!

 

Robin is wearing the Jalune Breezy shirt in blue and the oversized dolman dress in olive. For every purchase made, $10 is contributed to the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through Art of Giving.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 6, 2015

It is good to be back after a brief hiatus, that included trips to see family and a dear friend’s wedding in Palm Springs. The week after a vacation is always tough, but we already made it to humpday! This weekend is Mother’s day, so we figured you may need some extra last minute help finding the perfect gift. As in all of our gift guides, all products are made in the USA (except Birkenstocks, made consciously in Germany).mother's day gift guide

oneJalune breezy set, Mom can throw this great denim in blue inspired blue shirt on with jeans too // Made in LA

 

twothe classic L.L. Bean tote bag // Made in Maine

 

threeone of a kind handmade pottery, add a succulent for mom to love! // Made in Seattle, WA

 

fourPicture frame made from barn wood // Made in Utah

 

five – Luxe all natural body scrub & oil by SW basics of Brooklyn // Made in Brooklyn

 

six – The gift that gives all year, a subscription to O. Magazine. We got this for our mom A couple years ago and she has had us renew ever since! Lots of great conversation starters on topics and recipes enclosed monthly. // Printed in USA

 

sevenspring sandals, style + comfort that is on trend // Made in Germany

 

Spring things

April 14, 2015

springIt has been officially spring for a few weeks now, so I figured I would follow the seasonal tradition of what I am looking forward to for spring that was originally inspired by this blog post. (You can read about winter and fall too if you’d like!). After living in Los Angeles for over 6 years and not having a ‘real’ spring, coming to Colorado that has a full 4 seasons has made me appreciate these transitions once again. I have already declared my love for the feeling of a fresh start that comes with spring, but here are a few more things I am looking forward to.

spring flowersEating / anything grilled – salmon, tons of veggies, and mango (try it, it is so good!)
Drinking / pamplemousse LaCroix, too much coffee
Practicing / speaking in front of large groups of people (namely those in yoga classes!)
Mastering / working smarter, not harder (not sure where I heard that, but love it!)
Learning / handstand – so close!
Trying / to be kinder on myself
Playing / frisbee, now that the weather is great for running around barefoot in the grass!
Finishing / taxes, woo
Reading / Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, an honest memoir you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate
Remembering / to take a breath before reacting
Wearing / hole-y jeans, chambray shirts, and vans
Cooking / anything that can be put in a taco -fish tacos, sweet potato and black bean tacos
Working / Not as much, and it feels good!
Traveling / to Palm Springs for a dear friends wedding and then to New England for family time
Wanting / to start taking a pottery class

 

What are you looking forward to this spring?

 

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In Honor of Female Friendships

March 17, 2015

 met on the set of friends, quote “"I've slept in her guest bedroom a lot," Aniston "Without giving away too much of my private stuff, all I can say is she's been there for me through thick and thin."

Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox met on the set of friends. “I’ve slept in her guest bedroom a lot,” Aniston “Without giving away too much of my private stuff, all I can say is she’s been there for me through thick and thin.”

This past weekend, after spending most of it with one of my best friends, I was reminded how just how important female friendships are. Having the best friend you know you can call at 3am crying, who will always tell you when you have kale in your teeth or that those bangs will grow out, who you have made special memories with as well as enjoyed daily errands and conversation together is something I feel so lucky to have – and yet don’t always take the time to appreciate. There is even a national holiday, Best Friends Day, but I don’t think that going on a spur of the moment weekend road trip, planning a weekend meetup somewhere tropical with no makeup and bikinis, or just spending the day in PJs with bad TV and catching up should have to wait for that day. Honor the female friendships in your life by carving out a little more quality time for them. I know for me, it can be easy to get wrapped up in work, significant others, and to-do lists. But, whether you talk on the phone daily or keep up via texting, live in the same town or not – tell your bestie you love her today – or use as the Golden Girl’s Theme says:  “thank you for being a friend

 

In further celebration, enjoy some photos of our favorite besties, both real and fictional.

rihanna & melissa forde -the besties since growing up barbados, travel the globe together in style.

Rihanna & Melissa Forde – the besties since growing up barbados, travel the globe together in style.

Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha & Miranda: we all see a bit of ourselves in each of them and their friendship was the most important relationship in the series about relationships.

Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha & Miranda – we all see a bit of ourselves in each of them and their friendship was the most important relationship in the series about relationships.

sarah sophie flicker & karen elson - their friendship sparks serious closet envy, how much fun must for them to get ready together.

Sarah Sophie Flicker & Karen Elson – their friendship sparks serious closet envy, how much fun it must be for them to get ready together.

Blanche, Rose, Dorothy & Sophia – living with your friends in your golden years sounds like the best retirement plan

Blanche, Rose, Dorothy & Sophia – living with your friends in your golden years sounds like the best retirement plan.

Oprah & Gayle King – 30 plus years of friendship and they still talk 4 times a day.

Oprah & Gayle King – 30 plus years of friendship and they still talk 4 times a day.

 

There is a sweet piece on best friendship by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Karen Elson and a pretty artsy film by Sarah Sophie, Karen, and Zooey Deschanel on friendship

 

‘They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” – Sex and the CIty