Thursday, December 30, 2010

in prep

 Although this office is somewhat stark, I find it most fitting to
the New Year. I love the extravagance of Christmas but the New
Year, for me, is about editing. It's the perfect time for pairing 
down home decor and for focusing life pursuits. Though I have
to admit, I think a touch of soft pink would be delicious with all 
of those hints of gray in the room. I can't help but want to glam
things up a bit! 

In what ways do you prepare for the New Year?

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Very exciting news indeed! I am the new fashion writer for Rockabilly
Magazine and am just absolutely thrilled. I don't want to reveal all of
the specifics of my first article, but I found this image while doing some
research. Isn't every bit of it stunning? I adore the folds in the rich brown
fabric, her blase slouch in the chair, the way her hair almost blends in
with the fabric of the chair. I'm also loving the angle of the photograph,
allowing the viewer to see the stark floor, the marble side table, and
the linear pattern of the roses on the screen. Truly lovely.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The {second} day of Christmas

This home is the epitome of a simple, elegant Christmas maison. The touches of white, cream, gray, and green could be very cold and unendearing but are perfectly warmed by the gentle glow of lamps, the brightness of sunshine reflected off of the snow, and the soft flicker of candle light. Christmas is present but without fuss, pretense, or stuffiness. I'm newly inspired to continue to declutter my home to create more space for my Christmas decorations. I am especially in love with the atherial effect created by the white throws and blankets, the plush white drapes, and the dainty wreaths. What is your favorite element?

xo, Jolie

Monday, December 6, 2010

The first day of Christmas

                                Whew! What a fabulous weekend! It's nice to be back home 
                                with my family, hunkered down beneath leopard velvet blankets,
                                with a rosemary pork loin and sweet potatoes roasting in my
                                dimly lit kitchen. Now that my pressing performances are 
                                behind me, I can truely commence to enjoy Christmas. It is
                                my favorite hoiday! So the next twenty days are dedicated to
                                the decadence accompanied by winter and Christmas time. 
                                 Oh! And...what is your favorite holiday comfort activity? 
                                 I'd love to know!
                                   xo, Jolie

Friday, December 3, 2010

Festivus Follies

Two images today? Oh my! You could say I woke up feeling very enthusiastic despite how little sleep I've had. Last night's show was stunning...dolled up patrons of the theatre, cocktails, feather fans, showgirls from all over the country, sparkling costumes, Java from the Bachelor Pad Magazine himself. Deliciously swanky. 

This morning it's coffee, rehearsal, bags packed...a road trip with a dear friend and photographer, as well as Java. Off to Dallas to perform a Holiday Show with numerous fantastic performers, among them Jo Weldon and Indigo Blue. Cheers! Here's to a fabulous day and night!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Java's Bachelor Pad

Thought it was an extraordinarily busy burlesque day today...airport for Java and Mimi, lunch with Mimi First, coordinating fans, preparing for my house guest Angela Morales. I love it! All of these sweet fun ladies in my life...a girl really couldn't ask for more!
Tonight is going to be fabulously swanky...I get to wear a sequin gown and perform my fan dance!
                                                                    The Jigglewatts present Java's Bachelor Pad
Tonight 9:00pm-12:00am
ND at 501 Studios, Austin, Texas

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Blessed Thanksgiving

                  It's been a morning to be thankful for with homemade pumpkin spice bread hot
                   from the oven, hot cups of coffee, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,
                   all of it shared with my family of course. I figured I would list all of the things
                   I am thankful for but frankly I find this morning that it's more enjoyable to
                   exclaim them throughout my day instead. This morning my husband and I 
                   have been having our own moments of saying what silly things we are
                 thankful for (and we decided that our weenie dog is thankful for the
                  dog fight she witnessed down below our balcony.) However I will say this;

                   I have a very blessed life despite the hardships of this and the past year and I
                   am thankful for the strength to get through it, the strength to persue my dreams,
                    and for God, my family and friends. 

                   "Our Father, for this day and our blessings, we offer to Thee our thanks. Amen." - The    
                     prayer my Great Grandfather always said. Indeed DaddyPop, indeed.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

what a fabulous show...

I performed last night at the Spanksgiving Burlesque Festival and I have to admit,
I am exhausted. I love this editorial photo because it really captures the spirit 
of what a performer feels like after a show. I tend to become half a performer,
half a human being dressed in pajamas, wrapped in a fur, still in stockings, 
makeup a little melted, selective jewelry off, a few pieces still on.  
It's as if the transition from diva to person is a slow one out of necessity.
As if a rapid transition might just be too jarring.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

Oh joy! A burlesque festival! Tonight is the Spanksgiving Burlesque Festival
and I am thrilled to be a part of it. There are going to be lots of really fabulous
ladies performing tonight. You should come see us! I promise you'll be
thankful you did... 

The Swan Dive (next door to Barbarella) Austin, TX
                                                      Friday at 7:00pm - Saturday at 2:00am

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Want Everything in This Editorial Part {One}

This editorial has everything I could ever want in my fall/winter wardrobe. It's a rather large editorial and as I don't like to post huge posts, it's going to happen in a few parts. A few delicious fashion tastes at a time my darlings! 

Loving {red nails, black clutch, belted fluffy atomic age inspired prints, Betty bangs meets veronica lake hair, dark scarlet lips, beaded top, gray purse, swing skirts, delicate watch, thick but light brows}

(images found at <3 Oh Fashion Model}

xo, Jolie 

Monday, November 15, 2010

much too sleepy for all this

Dear life,
I have entirely too much to do this week. I would greatly
appreciate it if you would give me permission to just crawl
into this bed instead with a cozy cup of hot apple cider tea,
my old copy of Jane Eyre, and my faux fur blanket. 
Thank you, Jolie 

To Do: Gardenia 
1. Meet with villa owner (keep fingers crossed)
2. Renew porfolio
3. Reprint business cards
4. Decide on ad spaces to buy
5. Meet with Erica to create blog schedule

To Do: Burlesque
1. Finish sewing plaid skirt
2. order corset
3. Trim all costume pieces
4. Rhinestone everything!
5. Decide on fan dance for Java Bachelor Pad Show
6. Practice for Burlesque Fest this Friday
7. Find new tub?
9. Sew velvet costume

< a href=””>La Maisonette< /a>

Saturday, November 13, 2010

with old friends

Tonight is the wedding of one of my oldest friends at one of the most beautiful
hotels in Austin. Elizabeth and I were on dance team together and have been 
avid fans of brunches ever since.  It's going to be a glamorous, yet challenging 
evening for me as I will be singing jazz at thereception! It's a wonderful 
opportunity to wear some of my favorite jewelry & my beautiful sequined 
blue mermaid cut gown. I look forward to sipping some champagne, eating delicious food, 
and celebrating a very beautiful union between two people I love with old friends.  

Sunday I have the honor of doing a guest performance at the East Austin
Studio Tour. I will have a little burlesque moment to top off my lovely 

Venue:1138 Gunther St.
Date:Saturday, November 13
Event:EAST JIVE! Outside!

Have a fabulous weekend! xo, Jolie

Friday, November 12, 2010

Gardenia looks lovely!

I'd venture so far as to say that I accomplished a lot yesterday and hopefully the results will prove me correct. I've decided to give my Gardenia blog a makeover, to approach it in a different way. I felt it was time I put my graphic design skills to use as well as the numerous images I have stored in my scrapbooks and tumblr. Being the social Mrs. that I am, I love parties and events. It's more than just the socializing itself, but the details that go into parties and weddings, that make an event truly special. Given than I'm a bit of a Mrs. Perfection, the little niceties are something I happen to be in love with.  

That said, I've teamed up with Erica Kuschel of Over Yonderlust, to make Gardenia a collective website for inspiration. Considering she is a photographer and I am a florist, between the two of us there is a lot of inspiration floating around our heads. Gardenia will hopefully prove to be a platform not only for our own work, but also for the works of those artists and planners that we admire. Enjoy! 

Gardenia - Daily Wedding and Event Inspiration 

 With all of that out of the way, I have to pay attention to the details of this office. I've always been a fan of stark, or serious, colors with elegant hardware. The black desk and bureau give just enough austerity to a room that is otherwise light and airy. And the pineapple lamp? yes please! Since my old 1950s desk fell to pieces, my husband and I have been on a hunt for a desk we both love. Unfortunately the confines of an apartment make finding a grandiose desk that will fit into our space very difficult. We eventually settled for a desk that we like but do not love, making a promise to each other that someday when we have a house, we will buy the desk of our dreams...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans - Thank You

To all my veteran friends and family - Thank you for your service to our
country. You are true blessings to us all and I will be forever
grateful to your precious service. It was an honor to be a Marine Corps
wife, to be a part of the military life, simply because I got to see how
special our service men and women really are. Thank you, thank you,
thank you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


A yearning for Paris seems to be trending these days, as I consistently find myself in 
casual conversations with people about the desire to be in Paris. What is it about
November that makes Paris seem even more travel-worthy than usual? For me it's
the sensual; the tinkling of coffee cups, the melodic hum of chatter, the sandwich of 
charcol blue rooftops between gray buildings and grey skies, the view of the bakers
basking in the light of the bakery early in the morning and the smell that follows.
The early glimpses of a Parisian burlesque mini-tour are flickering in my imagination...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


wine    +   pattern cutting    +     sewing    =       my ritual

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your rituals!
xo, Jolie

PS - This gorgeous and delicious photo is by Jen Altman
Are you as in love with it as I? 

Monday, November 8, 2010

A bit slap dash

I have so much work to do that it's all at once overwhelming and titillating! It's a glamorous kind of busy; a dress fitting, pattern shopping, and a burlesque meeting. This weekend I am singing jazz at my dear friend's wedding and I have the honor to wear a beautiful blue sequined gown that after today I will fit like a glove! Additionally, I have a Christmas show coming up and this is my opportunity to have a Christmas Barbie gown of my very own. That's the thing about's really just an extension of playing Barbie. Accordingly, my bedroom looks a bit like this right now. It's a bit slap dash with clothes draped over furniture, coffee cups over the morning's reading, the linens haphazardly pulled up...

xo, Jolie

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hallow's Eve Show

Getting ready for the Fetish Ball at the Austin Music Hall tonight. I am doing my
champagne bath number tonight with an added spooky touch! I will also be one
of the models in the fashion show this evening. Time to touch up my nails, roll my
hair, and decide between the pink dress or the black dress!

Livevil Hallow's Eve Tantric Fetish Ball 
Austin Music Hall 6:00pm

Saturday, October 23, 2010

attending breast cancer burlesque benefit

Looking forward to dinner tonight with an old friend, then it's off to a breast cancer benefit at Opal Divine's. Tonight, it's not me performing, I simply get to luxuriate in a burlesque show put on by some really talented gals. I am excited to wear my white swing dress with orange polka dots belted with a vintage navy piece, camel colored heels, white double stranded pearls, and my Grandmother's leaf broach. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

oh the glamour of it all!

            The woman in me who is obsessed with the collision of fashion and burlesque 
            simply had to post this image of Dita Von Teese.  Loving the pearls strung from the 
           drawer, the feathers emerging from the soft pink box, the elegance cut of the rose 
                   covered dress, the velvet pillow. And of course...the largess of the bottle of cointreau on the vanity!

Have a glamorous weekend lovelies!  

Thursday, October 21, 2010

it piles up now and then

Gardenia is my focus today, scouring the internet for good ad placements, web hosts, creating a fall budget. It's a day for doing typical free lance florist business work. Simply putting myself and my arrangement talents out there! Emails, tea, blogging, petite snacks, etc.

Stop on by and visit Gardenia's Blog

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Tuesday darlings

It's an errand running day. Time to buy essential fall/winter wardrobe items, gather Halloween burlesque show necessities, office supplies, book shows, answer phone calls...Looking forward to the moment of pulling the apple roasted pork loin out of the oven tonight. It's a good old fashioned Tuesday!

Monday, October 18, 2010

small town pumpkin patch

This evening it's dinner with my god parents, brother, sister-in-law, husband, mother-in-law, nieces and nephews. Then we are off to select perfect pumpkins from the Buda pumpkin patch. It's a beautiful pumpkin patch, with varieties of pumpkins piled together in the church yard. Being that Buda is a small Texas town that's famous for its weenie dogs, you can bet that there will be lots of Halloweenies amongst the pumpkins!

Friday, October 15, 2010

on the veranda

                                 It's a bit obnoxious that this picture would make me miss my
                          best friend who moved to Chicago this year. One reason being because
                          it is dramatic, the other being because their dresses match. Her response:
                          "I miss when we wore floor length dresses on the veranda too!"
                           So in honor of matching dresses, similar hair styles, best friends, and verandas
                           I am going to get plants today for my veranda so that time spent on it
                           will be time pleasantly spent.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

fresh air

            A cold front rolled in this morning, bringing with it a soft wind and sunny skies. As I am
            still mostly puttering around the house waiting to get well, it is so pleasant to throw
            open all the windows and let fresh air in. While in limbo, I look forward to dawning
            a big comfy sweater, drinking tea from my Grandmother's brown and white china,
           curling up with my miniature dachshund, and delving into the fantastic piece of
           literature I am currently reading.  

I found this image at Sasha Ezquerra's blog, a really lovely blog.
              P.S. I highly recommend reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In addition to being a burlesque performer and jazz singer I am a florist as well. The guest book table arrangement was inspired by Dutch paintings and the elegant transition that happens between summer and fall. Deep purple grapes, gray dusty miller, coral hypericum berries, and ambrosia roses add the elegance of fall while peach stock and white sweetheart roses give a last nod to spring.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Damsel in Distress

I know it's been a week since I lasted posted however I got a concussion last Sunday when out in the country and have been recovering ever since. As a result I have some pretty wretched vertigo and it's caused me to be red ridden. Now, I am finally able to sit in chairs and walk around the house some. I will admit though that I am aching to get out of the house, to go play in the October weather. I think I've got a bit of a damsel-in-distress syndrome.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Burlesque in Dallas

I leave early morning for Dallas tomorrow for my burlesque show at the Lakewood Theatre. How magical would it be to have lights like those installed into my suitcase? Packing will be a challenge as I have to bring two costumes, stage makeup, stockings, heels, all the appropriate burlesque essentials, gloves, dresses, and fun accessories. 

     Jolie Goodnight performs with Viva Dallas
            Viva Dallas Burlesque Presents: The SciFi Fantasty Show
Lakewood Theatre 8:00pm Friday, October 1
       Dallas, Texas

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Burlesque! Burlesque! Burlesque!

I have yet another fantastic show with the fabulous Jigglewatts this evening at 501 Studios.  
It's once again time to pack up my burlesque suitcase with stockings, corsets, heels, and pasties.
I will sip a little wine, dawn my periwinkle and chocolate plaid Betsey Johnson dress, slip on my leopard heels, and fill my vintage seashell beaded clutch. 
I love this life.

Jigglewatts Rockabilly Burlesque Show
501 Studios Austin, Texas
Show at 9:00pm

Monday, September 27, 2010

A week of traveling, costuming, performing, cooking, and enjoying.

Fall officially blew in through my windows this morning and so accordingly I  scurried around my house cleaning every inch of it. I did what I did as a child, I set an alarm in hopes that I will have finished cleaning by the time it sounds. It worked. I then headed straight for Central Market to buy
some crisp apples, beautiful vegetables, Belgian ale, and a delicious pork shoulder to braise for dinner. It was important for me to all of these things as this week entails a lot of work.

1. Practice my routine for my burlesque performance on Tuesday.
2. Alter my costume for my show in Dallas at the Lakewood Theatre on Friday.
3. Make contact with the magazine editor so that I am able to take the position as crafts writer.
4. Perform in Dallas on Friday.
5. Schedule the next three weeks so I can fit in PR work.
6. Pay quarterly taxes.
7. Put dinner on the table so my husband is taken care of despite my busy schedule. 

Some of this is fabulous, some is comforting but above all I have to remember to keep the joy in all that I do. Without joy, I am wasting all of these dreamy opportunities.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Glamour Time

I have a show tonight with the fabulous Jigglewatts so it is time to put curlers in my hair,
get a manicure and pedicure, pick out a wonderful vintage dress, and get glamorous!
I am ready for shimmery eye shadows, body glitter, and deep red lipstick. 

The Jigglewatts with Guest Star Jolie Goodnight
Saturday 25th @ Red 7   10:00pm


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Costume inspiration

I am in love with these abundant layers of tulle. The "sugar bee" act is inspired by this dress as well as a Gucci mannequin in Nordstrom's. The mustard golds, buttery yellows, and deep blacks accented by lines and dots will look stunning in stage lighting. Saturday and Tuesday's shows are rockabilly themed so the skirt will be cropped and playful. However for the Animal Benefit on October 15th, I want to bring more elegance to the piece. Hence this gorgeous, long dress and petticoat.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Love the gold touches, the fur at the foot of the bed, the wispy curtains... After a very long couple of days doing wedding flowers, I am allowing myself to relax and indulge. Vanilla ice cream, a hot cup of English tea (made by an English visitor,) remnants of hydrangeas and freesia, and a French quilt. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010


cup of coffee, strawberries and yogurt, favorite blogs, flower dress, jeep cherokee, aesthetic fruits, fresh flowers, beautiful lake, organize tools, dinner party...

{image found at}

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A busy week

This week has already been extraordinarily busy and will become increasingly so. Thanks to Cassandra at Coco + Kelly, I am reminded that I should approach all of it with a glamorous frame of mind. After all what I am doing this week is undeniably fabulous. The lakehouse will provide a beautiful view while I create arrangements, so I really couldn't ask for more.
                  To do:
                       1. Do burlesque/modeling interview for Five b Pin Ups
                       2. Pick up the fruits, vegetables, and flowers from the wholesaler
                       3. Take all supplies and flowers out the lakehouse for set up
                       4. Create all arrangements for the Meazell wedding
                       5. Meet with photographer at wedding location for set up and flower photo session

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Relaxing after a long day of performance promo, graphic design,
floral locations, and printing. Fluffy pillows, champagne, pink
asters by the bedside, and of course luxurious bedding.

Accomplished today:
1. Finished graphic design of promo envelope
2. Joined the pinup lifestyle network
3. Designated floral design areas at the Lakehouse
4. Printed 150 shipping labels 

Friday, September 10, 2010


The Louis Vuitton fall collection speaks to every glamorous bone in my body. 
It's the burlesque dancer's ideal image of backstage. The gold damask chairs, framed stage mirrors,
boxes of shoes emerging from tissue paper. It's the moment after the performance,
the doning of an exquisite dress, silky gloves, and devine purse

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Plush textures, pears, and rain

It's the end of summer, the beginning of fall. Time to add transitional touches of chocolates, masculine features, plush heavy textures, and seasonal delicious delights. It's time I bid adieu to summer as my little Texas town is already gray covered and rain slick.  I must admit...fall is my favorite season! 

Accomplished already this week:
1. Put the flower order in for the Meazell Wedding
2. Made the poster for the Kimmie Rhodes Christmas Tour
3. Cleaned and prepared my home for my Mother-in-Law's stay
4. Organized and inventoried all burlesque costumes
5. Decided on songs for the Dallas Lakewood Theatre Burlesque show in October
6. Made homemade coffee cake muffins (I can't seem to stop eating the left over streusel. My burlesque body's demise will be streusel...)