Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! May your days be merry, shimmery, glamorous, fabulous,
luxurious, decadent, joyful, dreamy, lovely, marvelous, and bright! xo, Jolie Goodnight

Friday, December 30, 2011

Choosing the tunes for the record...

Yesterday was an exciting day indeed! We listened to and chose the tracks 
for my record, carefully selecting the best take of each lovely jazz tune. It
at times seemed like an impossible task, each song having its own magic
and splendor. How to choose one special moment over another? One by
one, in the olivine and pink light spilling through the stained glass windows,
we choose the best of the best. Next step, layering magic upon magic upon
magic. I can't wait for you to hear it! xo, Jolie  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A sparkling and shimmering day

After having a much needed day with friends yesterday, everything feels a bit
refreshed. "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," so to speak. What 
a blessing to spend the day day dreaming with the fabulous Mandy Lauderdale.
You won't believe what we've dreamed up! {Let's just say our fans will be 
joyous.} Still feeling the excitement of yesterday's endeavors, today it's a 
ladies luncheon, then taking the time to buy meaningful gifts for the ones I
love. Cheers to a sparkling and shimmering day! xo, Jolie

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

To Have Your Gracious Love

After taking time off to grieve and to reflect, life is returning to an even
more graceful place. Today was my first day back at work, and though
tedious, it was a joy to answer emails, to say "yes" to upcoming gigs,
to schedule the rest of my life to come. All of this was thankfully &
marvelously followed by an effortless photoshoot...a shoot of glamour,
golden glimpses of shimmering sequins, beaded feather headdresses,
and encouraging women. And after, cocktails and gourmet burgers with
my darling husband and sweet mother.

I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you for your kind emails
and for your relentless support after the passing of my father. It
means the world to me to have your gracious love.

xo, Jolie Goodnight

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Terribly sorry I've been missing for so long. Maisonette will return after I have
been able to sufficiently grieve the loss of my father, Joe Gracey, to cancer.  It's
been a long courageous road, and it's worth spending the remainder of this hard
journey with my family and friends.
xo, Jolie

{In the meantime you can visit some of my favorites}
This is Glamorous
Coco + Kelley
Mrs. Lilien

Monday, October 10, 2011

{relish the day away}

After a seemingly endlessly busy week of shows, emails, scheduling, appointments,
and meetings, we were sure to appreciate Sunday to its fullest. My husband and I
spent the day enjoying the damp leaves and humid air by walking around our new 
neighborhood. Accompanied by our two prancing, sniffing, inquisitive dachshunds, 
we pointed out the homes we love and the yards we admire, daydreaming about the 
home we one day hope to own. Wrapped in a blue cotton scarf holding the hand of
the man I love, with leaves crunching beneath my feet, viewing the first glipses of
fall, we relished the day away.      

Friday, October 7, 2011

{creativity, epiphanies, and positivity}

Life has taken a turn for the even better, becoming a more
gentle and gracious chapter. I've been up to fun things (more
details to be shared next week,) projects with other artists,
planning fresh starts with creative peers, envisioning the
flowers for a childhood friend's's all very dreamy,
surreal in a way. I feel very lucky in a way, to have found 
myself in a week of forgiveness, new beginnings, love & 
tenderness, creativity, epiphanies, and positivity. I hope
your weekend finds itself full of grace and happiness!
Tonight, I'm ready for lovely curls, a new pair of stockings,
and drinks with good friends.

xo, Jolie

Friday, September 30, 2011

{A Night of Glam & Glitter}


 This evening is about to be a glitter, lace, and leather filled
dance party. Tonight I'm wearing my tallest heels & rhinestones
on my face as I'm performing for a charity event to for Equality 
Texas. It's doing to be a gleaming, sparkling, outlandish night
of fun and fabulous and of course lots of champagne!

{You are cordially invited to put on your fancy pants 
and join us for Gagarazzi: A Lady Gaga themed burlesque and variety show,
benefiting Equality Texas. The Highball is pulling out all the stops to bring 
your bubble dreams to life and will leave you speechless on Friday, 
September 30, 2011. Austin has never gone Gaga like this before!}

{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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

{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. 


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{under the weather}

It comes as no surprise to me that I'm a bit sick this week, as I'm very much due for some R +R. Let's recount what I've been up to the past two weeks:

1. {The Java Bachelor Pad Burlesque Tour & Beach Party (many shows and parties}
2. {Baby jellyfish sting illness (residual from beach party)}
3. {The New Orleans Burlesque Festival (shows, parties, little sleep)}
4. {Moving into the new house}
5. Recording my new jazz record

I think it's safe to say that Mrs. Goodnight needs some much needed recovery time. Though I promise, details about the adventures listed will be posted soon! Just, allow me to get over this cold...

A fantastic blog post about R+R: {Mrs. Lilien)  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

{to miss New Orleans...}

I know I've been missing as of late! And I will be missing for yet another
weekend. So many fabulous things have been happening. Tonight I depart
for New Orleans for the New Orleans Burlesque Festival...who will be
crowned the queen of burlesque this year?  Have a fabulous weekend!

xo, Jolie

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{carefully crafted comfort}

The week to begin settling into our new home has finally arrived
and I couldn't be more excited. As I move our beloved things into
the place, I can't help but imagine how beautiful it will be. This 
morning will be spent, coffee in hand, outside with the sunrise,
imagining how I will carefully craft comfort for us, layer by layer.
I've been turning to my collection of images for inspiration and
I've come to the conclusion that "home" exists in the details &
luckily, so does style.  

Monday, August 29, 2011

{Coloring pictures of Paris}

What a lovely weekend! We had a family dinner of rosemary pork chops
covered in a rosé shallot & corn cream sauce, with bacon & blueberry
aspargus. It was the perfect dinner with which to bid adieu to summer. 
Of course, unfortunately, the temperature outside will still resemble that
of summer, despite the "September" name. I spent a day this weekend
with my niece, coloring pictures of Paris and playing princess. It was
a princess weekend...

And soon, I have really lovely & fun news to share... 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{Blending elegant Dior with savage & wild nuances}

I've been diligently working on my next costume, creating layer
after layer. I've been particularly daring this time, choosing 
colors, patterns, and textures that are not normally found in 
burlesque costumes. It's been a joy to dive into glittered leopard
suede, periwinkle blue soft lace, and plush gold satin. My kitchen
table has become a sort of collage of champagne & orange threads,
crystal rhinestones, leopard accents, vintage gloves, and an array
of snaps and buttons. This costume pays homage to exotica of the 50s,
blending elegant Dior with savage & wild nuances. I'm exploring
what it means to be both ferociously captivating and endearing. 
In essence, this costume needs to evoke a certain allure.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{my favorite closets}

In great anticipation of the grandiose closet into which I'm about to move, 
I can't stop myself from browsing through numerous photos of closets. Closet
organization could be a daunting task, but once given ample space, it becomes
a romantic task instead. How can I make my closet feel less like a cave-like
storage space, and more like a bedroom? My favorite spaces are adorned with
small vases of seasonal flowers, lamps are placed in perfect places to light up the
space, and shoes are treated like pieces of decor places on sturdy shelves. How 
lovely is the bra arrangement? With my bras arranged like this, it will be 
difficult to decide which to wear! 

What are your favorite closets like? Do you have lovely ways to
organize your closet?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

{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