FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE VALENTINE'S DAY TEDDY BEAR MESSAGES

Happy Valentines Day! It's that time of year again when you give your loved ones, loads of fattening yet deliciously sweet treats and what better way to do so by making em yourself! This year I bring to you one of the easiest snacks you can make for your loved ones. I'll just stop talking and get right into it :) 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Teddy Grahams (any flavor)
  • Icing or White Chocolate
  • Toothpick
  • Sweethearts
  • M&M's

HOW TO:

Melt the white chocolate or get your icing ready. I found that both work equally as well. The icing might be a little less work and a little less messy so choose accordingly! 

Dab a bit of the white chocolate or icing on to the teddy graham with a toothpick. This is gonna act like your glue for the sweetheart or M&M on top of the teddy graham.

Attach the sweetheart or M&M on top of the teddy graham and press it on for 5 seconds. 

And viola! We're done! This is probably one of the simplest and easiest treats I've made. They're SO adorable and look even cuter when packaged in a mason jar or a cute box. Now go give your loved ones a bear-y sweet and cute treat this Valentines Day! <3 

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Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

BEAUTY

BEAUTY REVIEW: GLOSSIER MILKY JELLY CLEANSER

So I received this Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser from one of my best friends a couple of months ago when I was still in NYC. She found that it didn't work too well with her skin, so she passed it along for me to try and I thought I'd share my experience with all of you! 

Product: Milky Jelly Cleanser
Consistency: Gel-like
Color: Clear/white
Scent: Rose
Price: $18
Claims: Removes all make-up gently while cleansing
Rating: 3.7/5

So right off the bat, I noticed the gentle scent of this cleanser and I loved it. It has a slight scent of rose, but it also smells like baby powder. Surprisingly, I really like the gel like consistency as well. It's smooth to the skin and it just feels nice, when mixed with water. This cleansers main selling point is that it can remove all your makeup while cleansing your skin, all-in-one. As much as I'd hope it would really do all that, it didn't remove as much makeup as I'd hope it would. I still had to go in a with a separate make-up remover before using this cleanser and really feeling like my skin got cleaned. I have sensitive-combo skin, so this works as a great AM cleanser and PM cleanser for those nights I don't wear much makeup. I would definitely recommend this Milky Jelly Cleanser for those who don't wear a lot of eye or face makeup and for those looking for a cleanser for a great price ($18). 

I would purchase this again because it doesn't break out my sensitive skin and it's gentle for my sans makeup skin these days. Plus, you can't get more chic than the Glossier packaging... ;) 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

LOVE IS...

Love is patient,
love is kind.

It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no records of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sometimes I just don't have the exact words to express myself. But I know, that that's okay. In the midst of all this tragedy and sorrow, I hope we can all believe in the strength of prayer and love. For love never fails.  

FOOD RECIPES

FOURTH OF JULY CHEESECAKE STUFFED STRAWBERRIES

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I look forward to Independence Day every year because 1) it's a great day to celebrate America's freedom 2) it falls in the summer and 3) that means it's time to make some delicious summer foods with family. I also love the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue! So I decided this year to make these darling cheesecake stuffed strawberries with a dash of blue crystal sugar to give it that festive feel. It's SO easy, yummy, and perfect for any Fourth of July festivities. Plus, you can control how sweet you want the cheesecake filling, so your stomach isn't dying from a sugar overload... win, win! 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and pat dried
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Dash of blue sugar crystal sprinkles

HOW TO:

With a small knife, cut off the strawberry stems. Then, cut around the edge, and carefully hollow out the inside of the strawberry to make a little well. Cut off the pointy tip of the strawberry on the other end so it can stand. 

Beat together your softened cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and vanilla extract. You can use a mixer for this or you can just mix it with a fork or whisk. TIP: If you don't have time to soften the cream cheese beforehand, just pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds! 

Put the cheesecake filling in a piping bag or a ziplock bag to cleanly pipe it into your strawberries. TIP: Place one corner of your ziplock bag into the mason jar for an easier time, putting in your cheesecake filling. 

Start to pipe the cheesecake stuffing into the little well you made! 

Now, you may be tempted to just eat these right after the cheesecake filling has been stuffed... but don't! Don't forget the dash of blue crystal sprinkles to give it that last festive touch! :) 

And viola! Look at these beauties! I popped one right into my mouth after taking photos... they were so good, I couldn't help myself. You can make this for roughly $10-$15 (depending on what brands you get for each product) and it takes 10 minutes to make. You won't regret making these for your Fourth of July celebrations! Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend and Happy Independence Day! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE AN AVOCADO ROSE TOAST

By far, the award for trendiest and most popular produce of 2015 AND 2016 goes to avocados. I've seen so many Instagrams and Snapchats about avocado toast and most recently, the avocado rose. I mean, I totally understand the hype though! If you're a huge fan of avocados like me, putting it on toast with a dash of crushed red pepper flakes and a drizzle of honey, will have your taste buds dancing around and thanking you! So, I thought it be appropriate to show you how to recreate the avocado rose right at your own home. It's super easy peasy, takes less than 5 minutes, and will surely impress any guests you may be making this for. Let's get started! 

HOW TO: 

Cut your avocado in half. You're only going to need one half of the avocado. Peel that half and lay it down flat on the cutting board. TIP: Choose a ripe, yet hard avocado. Will make for an easier time to cut it and arrange it into a rose! My avocado above, actually ripened a bit too much. 

Start to very thinly slice the avocado.

Fan out the thinly sliced avocado pieces in a row. Fan it out as much as you can, in a straight line to get a more detailed and intricate rose later on. 

Start to curl in one end of the row, and continue to warp the entire row of slices around the center. The avocado slices stick together very well, so don't be afraid of it falling apart! 

Depending on how much you fan out your thinly sliced pieces, your rose shape and look of it will change. Just mold it a bit with your hands after curling it into a rose... and viola, it's done! How easy was that? Top the rose on to some toast with other garnishes, and you're good to go! TIP: You can also make roses with other fruits as well, like plums, strawberries, bananas, and more! It's the same concept. Hope you enjoy and let me know how your roses turned out! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

FASHION

STYLING CULOTTES FROM DAY TO EVENING

If you've hung out with me a couple of times by now, you'd know that I love culottes. Culottes are below knee-length women trousers that are wide legged to resemble a full skirt. They're comfy, stylish, and perfect for any season. Trust me... I've worn woolen culottes in the winter as well, with some tights underneath and they looked just as good as they do in the spring!

Here are two looks I've styled with these slitted culottes that can take you from a day to evening look, in just minutes. Culottes can get a bit tricky to style and work with, but it's all about finding the right length and silhouette for yourself. This time I chose a longer length culotte, so let's get started!

THE DAY LOOK

I went a bit casual with the day look here. I've paired a Stussy graphic tee with my culottes and some Stan Smiths. If you're looking to recreate a look similar to this, you can essentially use any white graphic tee you have and some white sneaks to give this a bit of that street style. 

To pull the whole look together, I've incorporated a mini Chanel classic crossbody to give it a classy twist. Is it just me or do the white Stan Smiths just get better with time? I can seriously wear them with any outfit... 

THE EVENING LOOK

For the evening look, I paired the culottes with an off-white plain satin shirt and some army green wedge heels. I kept the same Chanel bag but the beauty of this bag is that I can wrap the chain 2-3 times around the front flap and it turns into a clutch! 

To pull the evening look together, the heels offer a pop of color to this rather muted look and elevate the look so that you're ready for a night out! 

If you haven't gotten yourself to get a pair of culottes... this is the season to do so! I know it might not work for everyone but why not give it a try? Below, are the outfit details of today's post. Hope you enjoyed it and see you back here again! 

Day Outfit Details:
Culottes: Zara
Shirt: Stussy
Shoes: Stan Smith
Bag: Chanel

Evening Outfit Details:
Culottes: Zara
Shirt: Koton
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: Chanel

Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim & Photography by: Jina Kim

FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE CHEWY SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES

Growing up, I really didn't know what Snickerdoodle cookies were nor did I ever eat them. It took me a good 20 years to try them in college! After trying them though, I soon realized why these cookies were loved by many. Who doesn't love a chewy, cinnamon-y, and sweet cookie?! These snickerdoodle cookies are absolutely perfect for any season and when baked just right, they remain chewy and soft for days! I love the consistency and simplicity of these cookies and I'm confident you'll love these cookies too. Here's a simple recipe you can use to bake these cookies any time of the day and they yield a perfect amount of a dozen cookies. Let's get started! 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 cup + 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
    TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

HOW TO:

Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. Combine your butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract (optional) in a bowl. Mix by hand. TIP: Make sure your butter is super soft and at room temperature. You'll find this easier to mix. Also, don't over mix your ingredients or more air will get into the mixture! 

Combine the baking soda, cream of tartar, flour, and salt in a separate bowl and mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients into your butter mixture. 

Start rolling the dough by hand into a big ball. Add a saran wrap on top and chill in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, add your sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix well! 

Take the dough out of the fridge and start rolling them into 1-2 inch round balls. Coat the dough balls by gently rolling them individually in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. 

Place the balls on parchment paper. IMPORTANT: Make sure to leave enough space between the balls because they will expand while cooking! Bake for 8-9 minutes in the 400 F degree oven. 

Viola! These are super easy and quick to make. Make sure to bake these only for roughly 8-9 minutes in the oven, or else they'll over bake and will result in hard cookies. If you have a party or a potluck to go to, these are the perfect cookies to take with you! While this recipe yields around 12-14 cookies, if you need to make more... just double it! I hope you try these cookies out and let me know how you liked them. Enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

I'M ONE

Just Jito is one! When I initially started my blog, I had no idea where it would take me and what it would look like one year from now. All I knew was that I wanted to create a creative space where I could bring light to the little joys of my life and share these joys with you all. While journeying through this blog, I can't even begin to tell you how happy I'd be to hear that someone found a particular blog post of mine helpful or that they tried a food recipe and loved it. This was exactly why I had started Just Jito. I wanted to help others look at ordinary things and desire to create it into their own extraordinary. 

Right out of college, it was hard for me to find a job in the creative field I had hoped to go into. I poured myself into Just Jito because it was fun and fulfilling. As I continued to pray and blog, Just Jito led me to an intern position at an events and wedding planning company and eventually led me to an amazing full-time job in beauty I absolutely adored. I realized that when you love what you're doing, you start to day dream about dreams you didn't even dare to think about. Just Jito became a platform where I could physically and enthusiastically show people that I somehow wanted to use this God-given blessing to bless others.  

It's been a rollercoaster of a ride this past year. Like I said earlier, I graduated, moved out to my favorite city in the world, got a job, and was finally starting my young adult life. Just when I didn't think my life could be any better, my family was faced with one of the most difficult obstacles we've had to face yet. 

Three months ago, I received a call I never ever would have hoped to receive. My mom had collapsed. I won't go into too much detail, but I've quit my job and moved back home to take care of my parents. I can easily say, that it has been the most trying, emotional, and just difficult three months of my life. It's inexplicably heartbreaking to see your own mama and loved one in so much pain. It hasn't gotten any easier, but even when it's so hard to see the light in these dark situations... God is so so good. He is so good to the point that even though I have no idea what my future looks like, I just know that my family and I are deeply loved by our Father. I know through these sufferings, there are true blessings to be revealed. God is so good.

With all that being said, I will be back more routinely with Just Jito posts! We, as God's children are his ultimate creations. How passionately He looks at us and views us so beautifully, in the midst of our sinfulness. For this God, I want to continue to shine light on His amazing creations. He too, took something as ordinary as us and made us into His extraordinary children. So, cheers to another joyful and lovely year. And a happiest of birthdays to Just Jito! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

DIY & DECOR

MY TOP 5 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: CARRY-ON BAG EDITION

Traveling can always be an exciting time, whether you're traveling for work, school, or especially vacation! Oftentimes, there are moments when I wish I had a certain object to help me get through the flights more comfortably. That's why I've decided to compile a list of my top 5 travel essentials fit for any carry-on bag! Hopefully this can help you decide what you may need during your own flights and help you pack a bit more efficiently. So, let's get started! 

1) A BEAUTY BAG

A beauty bag is a must! I like to include all my sample sized skin care routine products on top of any other beauty product I might need on a long flight. Whether its a mist or a sleeping pack... it's important to hydrate your skin while traveling because the air can oftentimes be very dry on an airplane.

2) SLIPPERS

I know you may be thinking... "is this really necessary?" But yes, it is! I know each one of you love to take your shoes off for those long flights (4 hours +) and these slippers will come in handy in flight AND at the hotel. 

3) TOOTHBRUSH, TOOTHPASTE, AND MOUTHWASH

Why? Well because 1) hotels do not provide toothpaste and 2) there will be a point on your flight when your mouth feels icky, dry, and just plain foul. A toothbrush and toothpaste are lightweight enough to be carried on your carry-on bag and they come in handy when you just really want to brush your teeth during and after a long flight! 

4) LARGE SCARF/BLANKET

On my recent business trip to SF, I found myself freezing on the flight back home! I even asked for a blanket but the blanket was so thin... it didn't really help. So I've realized that having a scarf that can also double as a blanket would be so helpful for these cold flights. The beauty of having a scarf that also works as a blanket is that you can use it as an accessory when you don't want to carry it in your bag. You never know when you'll encounter a chilly night wherever you go! 

5) AN ELECTRONICS BAG

I've forgotten a charger way too many times on trips, that I finally decided to just have an electronics bag that carries all chargers I need, whether it's for my phone or camera, in one. I include my earphones in as well, so that when I go to look for any kind of electronic wires, I know it'll all be in this bag! You can just use any dust bag you have lying around! Here, I used an old White Barn candle bag which works perfectly. 

AN ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL

For all you beauty junkies out there... this last essential will be your skin saver. ;) As I mentioned above, the airplane air can be very dry and not good for your skin. I recommend bringing a sheet mask or two on the flight to just relax, kick back, and mask on! When you wake up, your skin will be glowing and it'll definitely thank you! 

There we have it! My top 5 travel essentials for my carry-on bag. Of course, all of these suggestions are just what I've gathered from my own experiences, so you can choose to try one or all of these ideas. Keep an eye out for My Top 5 Travel Essentials: Check-In Bag Edition but until then... bon voyage! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

JITO'S EATS

JITO'S EATS: BIG GAY ICE CREAM SHOP

It's almost spring! Hoorayyy! As much as I LOVE winter (Christmas season... beautiful coats... etc.), I'm totally ready for spring. It's been pretty hectic with my work load picking up, but I'm so excited to share with you a famous eats here in the city: Big Gay Ice Cream Shop! It's a sweet treat, you'll definitely want to try! 

FOOD: So tasty! It's your classic soft-serve ice cream with a twist on the different dips. I got the 'Salty Pimp' (HA), which is a vanilla soft-serve ice cream with dulce de leche, sea salt, and a chocolate dip shell. The ice cream is super creamy and the dip around the ice cream hardens into a yummy shell. The cone also comes in this plastic case, so that even if the ice cream spills over, it'll catch it... how smart! More than anything the little sea salt bits pair AMAZINGLY with the sweetness from the chocolate and dulce de leche. Yas, so good! 

SERVICE: You walk in, ask the folks some of their opinions on the flavors, order, and 3 minutes later you're presented with a perfectly swirled ice cream. That is, if you go around 9 pm on a Monday night! Easy peasy. 

ATMOSPHERE: It's small but cute. Located in East Village there was no line when I went! There isn't really a seating area for you to sit and enjoy your ice cream, but I'm thinking around the spring or summer it's perfect to just eat while you're walking around EV. 

VALUE: I wish I could tell you it's a really cheap and tasty treat. So, it's not REALLY cheap but I think it's one of the better priced famous desserts in NYC. The cones are $5-6 and the Sundaes range from $6-7. So for a cone... it is expensive but I think it's definitely worth a try! 

OVERALL: The ice cream is tasty and I love the interesting flavor combos! I don't come here often but I do want to go back and try some of the other menu items. Now, you should go try it too! Hope you enjoy!