Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{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
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!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

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 

Thursday, April 21, 2011


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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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? 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"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.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

{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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

write fabulous article...poolside

Today I'm styling the photo shoot for my article for She! Magazine.
Luckily, the article is about throwing a chic backyard BBQ party &
I happen to love backyards, BBQ, and parties! Firstly, going to get the
finishing touches items (spring flowers and cocktails makings) then it's
off to a stunning backyard in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Houston.

On the To Do List:

1. Purchase : flowers, vodka, basil, local beer, 
ice, sea shells, raffia, ribbon, 
galvanized trays.

2. Make cocktails, set up shoot & 
photograph in a garden by the pool

3. Edit photos in this stunning hotel 

4. Write fabulous article poolside

I love this life! xo, Jolie

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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 Europe, to sun beams reflecting off the crystals of a chandelier. I
would be a fool to dismiss all of this in the name of proper sadness. Yes, I
prefer to always have a Showgirl attitude. Of course Showgirls cry, but we
try to at least do it with style.

xo, Jolie

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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

Friday, April 1, 2011

I'm so thrilled that the Lonestar Round Up has finally arrived! It's nothing but
a weekend filled with dashing cars, dapper gents, and delicious rockabilly music.
I look forward to this every year! Time for 1950s style photoshoots, victory rolls,
and red lipstick.