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{Fall Obsession} Terrain Harvest Items

Gingham plates, ready for beouf bourguignon.  (The pumpkin has a blasé attitude, I think.) A plaid motor robe, perfect for an impromptu   picnic atop the crispy fall leaves.   A wax canvas tote, for his or her weekend away items (maybe to Vermont?) As much as I adore my usual format for Maisonette, my current Autumn obsessions have caused me to branch out a bit. I find it impossible to refrain from sharing with you all of my fall finds. My favorite part of Terrain's fall aesthetic, is its masculine qualities and feminine romantic tendencies. Don't worry, I haven't abandoned my overly glamorous style, I've simply always been in love with masculine details. Leather, large gold zippers, brass buttons. These pieces are all simultaneously chic and utilitarian.
View Terrain's Autumn Harvest Collection

{Overtly Autumn styling}

I am undoubtedly excited that fall fashion has been including some unexpected colors this season, however I have to admit that I will always crave the more overtly "autumn" styling as well. I can't help but love the rust colored pumps & moody polka dotted black on black pencil skirt paired with a slate blousy top.  I like the cheeky qualities of the tightly fitted Nordic sweater and the pumpkin and gingham combination. They are unabashedly fall: one being a cliche of prep autumn & winter wear, the other the typical color scheme of Halloween. Also important, is the billowy back to school look...a mustard "grandpa" cardigan accompanied by powder blue pleats. These garments are all classics for a  reason. They recall certain memories, that I think for most are pleasant:
{new school supplies, a plastic orange pumpkin, stormy nights, & harvest festivals) They are nostalgic in a way that isn't too kitsch and is therefore sublimely chic. 

{a brisk photoshoot & market day}

The morning was filled with rushing around the house, applying makeup and ironing vintage dresses for my early 1960s inspired photoshoot. Most of the day was brisk. The photo shoot was swift; a pop of the champagne into a coup, a snappy decision about hats, rapid frames of catching the moment, & c'est fini! Next a lively jaunt to the market to pick up some fresh red snapper, peaches, spinach & wine...a few delectable staples to replenish the weeks groceries. Later, errands and cleaning. It's been the opposite of a typical Sunday!

I had a quick jaunt through the market, quickly

{after the show...}

Last night I went to Paris...well, not exactly but our Parisienne themed show went marvelously! However I expended so much energy performing and having fun, that today I'm a bit under the weather. I want nothing more than to relax in the soft light of my living room windows, to indulge in some homemade  sweets, to read beneath a summer quilt, and to dine on sweet and special  china. However all of this is the exact opposite of what I need to accomplish today. I have lines to learn, items to purge for charity, items to sort...

{Easy to find pleasure}

Despite my aversion to summer heat, I'm finding it easy to find pleasure in  occasional dips in the pool, toes submerged in the trickle of a fountain. I like to find a brief stretch of time during which I can doze off while reading an adventurous book.  But my favorite hour, as the sun tucks slowly away casting a blue light over everything, is spent walking the pups, reflecting over the day's accomplishments, over work done marvelously. We walk languidly back home, to return to the kitchen to finish cooking the evening's meal. A meal out on the balcony, the smell of candles and water sprinklers on  warm pavement, the taste of a summer ale and fresh fish. It's pure bliss.
Thank you, Roseline of This is Glamorous, for reminding me to relish in the bits of summer before it slips through our fingers.
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sand, sky, water, happiness

I went to the beach last weekend. This photo sums up just how wonderful and amazing it felt to be there. It was healing. Have a lovely weekend! xo, Jolie

“One does a whole painting for one peach" -Picasso

"...a backyard great-grandmother's orchard peach, is as thickly furred as a  sweater, and so fluent and sweet that once you bite through the flannel, it  brings tears to your eyes.” -Melissa Fay Greene
{Peachy Links} A delightful Snack: Vanilla Bean Macarons with Peach Preserves A decadent desert: Peaches, White Wine, & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream A Peachy Keen Dress: Nectarine Dream Dress A Royal Cocktail: The King's Peach Cocktail
Bon weekend! xo, Jolie

{The Golden Hour}

There is a certain part of the day that is my favorite, most call it the 
golden hour, I like to call it the "pretty part of the day." During this
hour I drop everything. I take a break from costuming, rehearsing,
or cleaning to open up the balcony door and drink it all in. I love the
way the sun creates a soft golden hue, especially after the harsh light
of summer has felt oppressive all day. And I'm especially enamored
with the teal blue created in shadows, in the sky, over the water, and
between the hills. It's the perfect time to perch on the porch, put my
feet up on the table, pour a glass of gin with a squeeze of lime, and 
glace through a magazine.  

{The first day of spring is one thing}

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. " - Henry Van Dyke
Lately Spring has been rather indecisive, reluctant to find  a temperature and stick to it. But that's been my joy this  spring, to layer clothing, almost like one does in the fall, only with different textures and fabrics. I'm loving the  Spring 2011 collection from Tibi; the girlish dresses with updated hemlines, the boxy yet playful shoulders, the soft ruffles giving a sense of airiness. Each ensemble could easily be layered with a light silk scarf, a delicate cotton sweater, and an oversized canvas bag equipped with  pair of flats for the more casual spring cookout.

{Decadent Picnic Photo Shoot}

Spending the day gathering items for my "Decadent Picnic" shoot tomorrow with Angela Morales. The location is at the mid- century modern lakehouse belonging to my Godmother and it's absolutely stunning. The magazine we are shooting for loves a late 50's early 60's spirit so we are aiming for that gentle spring cocktail photo set. It's a lovely day today, blustering  cool winds blowing branches of blooming fruit trees, perfect for gathering pretty set pieces.  To Buy: Pink, gold, and blue balloons Two matching champagne bottles Strawberries A golden loaf of french bread Spring Flowers It's a great day for celebrating because last night I had a fantastic meeting with Mandy Lauderdale. Her voice is amazing and I am so thrilled that we have a special project in the works!

the sugared texture of sunny peeps

I have a new exciting project coming up soon, but for now, no work. It's time for play and family. I love the colors of this weekend; the matt crisp sides of  robin's egg blue dyed eggs, the sugared texture of sunny peeps, the soft fur of a peach spotted bunny, tangerine tulips sprouting out of a vintage vase,  rosy soft cotton gingham table clothes worn by the sun, mint green grass speckled with shiny bright goodies. Beginning the weekend by visiting my nefew's new  little baby chicks, then it's off to the market to buy spring vegetables and a  glazed ham for Easter brunch! 
Have a splendid Easter Weekend! xo, Jolie 


I have such cause for celebration this week! I feel very honored to have won the Friday Night Audience Choice Award at the Texas Burlesque Festival as well as the Best Tease Award! I am so very blessed to have the support of my audience and of the fabulous burlesque legends, Tiffany Carter, Shannon doah, and Annie Sprinkle. What are whirlwind of a weekend! To add to my absolute joy I just completely my interview for Pin Curl Magazine.
What a beautiful life! Thank you to everyone for believing in me! All of the performers of the festival were absolutely stunning and inspired me to take my acts to new heights. Oh, and that Perle Noire is a fabulous sight to see! 
xo, Jolie Ampère Goodnight

Premier Texas Burleque Festival Night

A quick cup of tea, a petite sandwich & and pink gown, and I'm off to attend thefirst night of the Texas Burlesque  Festival. Though I don't perform until tomorrow  night, I'm happily anticipating tonight's show. This is such a lovely & talent filled festival. And as you know...burlesque is really simply one of my favorite things. Have you reserved your  ticket yet for this fabulous weekend? 
Texas Burlesque Festival Tickets

"je suis prêt"

Rehearsals began this week for the Texas Burlesque Festival & I'm absolutely thrilled with our progress.  It's a true pleasure to be able to work with such talented and diligent ladies. After a  very hard week emotionally, "je suis prêt" to delve into my craft. It will be luxrious to not only to perform, but to watch all of the  talented ladies coming from all over the nation. 
On another note; I'm enjoying many gilded details lately; the  edges of a champagne bottle label, the golden frame of a work of art, the caramel light created by an amber lamp shade interior, champagne detailing on the side of a piano.

{Palatial windows, lavish chandeliers, splendid cocktails}

The hotel at which I am staying delights me in many ways and  these are three of them; {1} Palatial large windows all open to a view of the most baronial, magnificent, extravagant fountains.   {2} Lavish chandeliers sparkling throughout the day & night {3} Splendidly crafted cocktails (I enjoyed the Sage Advice made up of Tanqueray Gin, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Sage Simple Syrpu, Lemon Juice, & Sage Leaf Garnish.)
Needless to say we've been savoring the sound of water gently rushing, the creamy white bloom of magnolias, the scent of  honeysuckle in the nearby park. Husband and I have loved  ordering room service, crawling under feather duvets, & art  at the museums.

le bete noir & aggrandizement

Living in a hotel for a while has always been a quaint dream of mine, a dream I will be living for a bit as I take care of my Pops as he receives chemo treatments.  Some might think it in poor taste to romanticize life when in reality life for us is so hard. How can one possibly glamorize a life ridden with something so  horrific as 4th stage cancer? Yet I refuse the notion that we should wallow in  pain and self pity. Of course it's all very shocking. Of course it's all very  devastating. And of course we are all a little afraid. But what better to stave  away le "bete noir" & dolor than aggrandizement? I'm a firm believer in the idea of counting one's blessings and currently a lot of our blessings are aesthetic.
This hotel is magnificent. It's marvelous to come through the turn style and be greeted by a staff that knows my name. It's divine to awake to a view of  bright white water fountains, to a plate of fresh fruit and a cup of coffee that tastes like Eu…

lay out a blanket on the plush verdure

The grasses have turned a stunning shade of green and there  are capacious amounts of voluminous blushing pink roses in every neighborhood and on every boulevard. So naturally the only thing my husband and I could do was to lay out a blanket on the plush verdure and let our heads rest on feather pillows and take a nap. Later I did some light spring cleaning and happily selected more spring appropriate linens for the beds.
It's been glorious. I hope your weekend has been equally lush! xo, Jolie

California, here I return!

Jet setting in the morning, headed for the sunny shores of San Diego. Looking forward to catching up on the glossy pages of magazines, looking out to see sunshine on the clouds, sipping a cocktail. Once there, it's a true whirl wind and I will be wisked away from the airport to be in a photoshoot. Currently unpacking the winter scarves still in the suitcase from Chicago, and  replacing them with vintage tropical dresses and flowing garments fit for the beach. I can't wait to have my toes snug in the sand.
California, I've missed you so!

fluffy blankets, sweets, and mad men

Chicago was an absolute delight! Now that I'm home, I plan only to  lie in bed covered in fluffy blankets, eating sweets, and watching Mad Men. All day. I'm simply too exhausted to do anything else. 

cocktails at the Signature Lounge, Chicago!

Things are splendid in far it's been cocktails at the Signature Lounge,  magnificent cathedrals, glimpses of Chanel, stunning views of the city skyline from the 95th floor, and delightful speakeasies. It's been glorious to see Chicago through a champagne glass, the city a surreal palace of fashion and jazz. I'm always thrilled when the L train comes rushing overhead as it's a nostalgic icon of the city. Last night...burlesque, seeing friend from other cities. And tonight? More burlesque to come.

off to Chicago!

My bags are packed and ready to go to Chicago! My suitcases are filled with furs, wool coats, gloves, hats, feather fans, garters, cocktail dresses, and heels. I couldn't be more ready or more excited! 
Yet another burlesque show tonight for SXSW. It's all been a 
flurry of conversations, champagne, and costumes. Time for a petite nap, then off to the city for the show!
March 11th, 2011 8pm-1am
Emo's Austin
, 603 Red River, Austin,TX DOORS open at 7pm

Tickets available at the door
$15 in street clothes / $10 in western steampunk costume

thrilling things

Three absolutely thrilling things are happening this week;
1. My album is almost finished and it's beautiful 2. I'm performing four shows at SXSW 3.  I've been asked to write two articles for the next  issue of She! Magazine

finally the Dallas skyline

Soon, hitting the road, traveling to Dallas for the Viva Dallas burlesque Mardi Gras show! Spent the morning rehearsing, packing, enjoying a lovely cup of coffee, grabbing pillows, magazines, feather fans, and evening gowns. I love this moment, the moment right before I leave, once everything is packed and ready. I know what is coming...the windows rolled down, countryside, fresh air, stops for coffee, and finally the Dallas skyline.  Have a lovely weekend! xo, Jolie Ampere Goodnight

my burlesque life equation

March is thus far the busiest month of the year so it's essential to keep in mind how blessed I am to have such fabulous careers. In order to keep my creative careers continually moving in an effective direction, I rely on rather uncreative formulas to keep myself focused. writing 8 counts of songs + choreography + costuming + rehearsal + scheduling dates +  meetings + promotion + sewing + traveling + packing + organizing costumes + performing + recording in the studio = burlesque & singing
But what are the equivalents to the variables in the equation? Because from the  outside it all looks rather boring, but when I break it down, I'm able to truely recognize how lucky I am to be able to do what I do.
choreography < finding ways to express emotion through my body,  communicating in the most beautifully basic way.  costuming < working with the most luxurious fabrics and the most  opulent objects simply so they can be wrapped around my body. It's couture of my very own.  rehears…

Still covered in glitter

We had a fabulous show last night! The girls and I had a delightful time on & off stage. It's always so thrilling to have a fabulous show, an enthusiastic audience, and a decadent party backstage. 
I awoke this morning to find that I'm still covered in glitter. 
Time for a bridal shower brunch with old friends, a perfect event for such a  hazy day, reminiscent of old Dior editorials. Time to exchange glitter for brunch , stockings for conversation, a gown for a sweet day dress, and cocktails for  warm cups of coffee.

{Additionally} A big thank you to StijlMag for the fabulous article about Maisonette!

Sunday wrapped in grace

Sundays seem always to be wrapped in grace. Sunday mornings have softer edges and sweeter sounds. The elegance of Sunday comes from ease, as if the light clouds have steeped the air and made it more refined. Sunday morning's sounds are more delicate; church bells languidly ringing, magazine pages listlessly rustling, spoons tinkling against the side of coffee cups. This day will be more serene than the rest....the morning spent out on a terrace, watching the pollen gradually fall to the grass, the lemon trumpet vine in cadence with the wind.

c'est merveilleux

The past week has been extraordinary! I've begun a new project, causing me to go into the recording studio to record songs. C'est merveilleux to find myself in a new creative realm, challenging as it is, it's a fantastic challenge. Today I have a flurry of activity to do; picking up promotional posters from the printer, lunch with a dear friend, writing, then rehearsal with the girls.
It's been an extremely long work day for me and I'm exhausted. I've had a nice long bath, a wonderful time spent laughing with my husband, and a warm cup of milky hot chocolate. 
I'm ready for sleep! 
Don't both of these spaces look perfectly inviting, ready for  relaxation?