Friday, January 28, 2011

 I love when Friday arrives! Though I find it awfully difficult to feel
motivated to do any of the things on my to do list on Fridays. Maybe
it's from having no school on Fridays in college. Or maybe it's because
I normally have a show or a wedding to do on Fridays. I'm just not used
to doing anything but fin things on Fridays. Either way I 
simply adore Fridays because:

Friday Meeting + My burlesque gals = Cocktails! 

xo, Jolie

Thursday, January 27, 2011

a stately home office

I've been doing extensive research on what I would 
like my office to look like as my husband and I have
decided to turn the second bedroom into a home 
office. An office is a delicate space, requiring a lot
of thinking as it must house many different kinds of
things. This makes home offices to me seem quite
cluttered. Printers, paperwork, bills, post-its, pens,
computers, books, stationary, stamps, files, and
magazines. All of this is enough to make an office 
quickly go from elegant to chaotic. On top of the
standard office objects, this room needs to neatly
organize my burlesque, sewing, and craft materials.
Additionally, my husband is a musician and a 
student so enter the guitars and binders. 

I've begun to write a list of the areas needed
and how to address them stylishly. I find it
almost impossible to happily work in an even
vaguely cluttered work space. I want the final
space to be:


Essentially for me that means things need to be 
hidden. I think the success of the rooms I've
posted above is that they have details one would
ordinarily find in a bedroom or living room;
marvelously draped curtains, gilded trays,
serene candles, fluffed pillows, framed pictures,
and  of course fresh flowers! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

nice lighting

Off to lunch & to look at pretty things. It's necessary. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

that certain perfect spot

Despite how motivated I can be, some days it's impossible to leave
the warm comforting cocoon created by creamy sheets and a 
deliciously heavy down comforter. There is something charming 
about that certain perfect spot. Do you know the one? The one
where you are pleasently warm but the bottom sheet is a bit
chilled from the absence of body heat. It's the one where the
abundance of pillows has fallen into the perfect nook for your
head to rest. It's the one where the weight of the feathers and 
crispness of the quilt makes your body feel small in comparison.
It's the place where the blankets are pulled slightly above your 
head so you can see the morning light seep in through the threads
of the quilted lines. It's the spot where you know that if you leave
it, it will be almost impossible to find again. As a child I knew
I could always find this special spot in my parents' bed, 
making it my favorite napping place. 

Today my bed has the perfect spot and with all the beautiful
romance my life has handed me comes some hardship as well.
And when things get hard, I find it perfectly acceptable to pull
up the sheets and luxuriate in my perfect spot. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

{Top 10 Road Trip Essentials}

My Top 10 Road Trip Essentials: 
                      WAYFARER RAY BANS + 
              A COTTON SCARF + 
                         MY COMFY TOP SIDERS + 
                                     HIGH-WAISTED BATHING SUIT + 
                    ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST + 
                              STAMPS (FOR POSTCARDS) + 
         A GREAT BOOK + 

What are your road trip essentials? Please comment, I'd love to hear about them!

Burlesque road trip! On the way to Dallas with my Jigglewatt gals to perform
in the Burlesque Showcase.  

                                                Saturday, January 22 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

                                       The House Of Blues
                                         2200 N. Lamar Street
                      Dallas, TX

Have a fabulous and glitzy weekend! xo, Jolie

Friday, January 21, 2011

a sit and sip kind of place

Just doing a little light cleaning before I head to Dallas for the
Dallas Burlesque Festival! Then later it's off to a "sit and sip
kind of place" for cocktails with friends. 
xo, Jolie

Meanwhile, enjoy some of my favorite blog posts from other
bloggers this week:

  {Inspired Design: Life in the Glam Lane}
{Flourish Design + Style: Best Beige}
{Delight by Design: Home Crush}

Oh! And don't forget to pop over and see the latest
post on Gardenia!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

my life (and my home is a melange of vases)

Having two different careers, burlesque and floral arranging,
can be somewhat scattered. Both jobs require attention daily
and so I find that it's essential that I refocus a bit. Burlesque,
flowers, and home keeping have begun to blend which in a way
is a marvelous thing. My life and my home is a melange of vases,
glitter, feather fans, roses, ironing boards, fresh vegetables, coffee
cups, and inspirational scraps of paper. In the past week I my home
has been host to a photoshoot for She! magazine. My floor is a
work space for rhinestoning and costuming. My desk has my Husband's
essays for school, calendars, candles, and song inspiration notes. 
Needless to say, it's all very beautiful, and I'm thankful for that.
However, this atmosphere is bound to become chaotic as projects
build and grow. Additionally, burlesque requires me to travel
frequently and each time I come home things are more and more

So today is about regrouping and refocusing. 

To Do:
Gardenia & Maisonette
1. Post flower photos on Gardenia
2. Create interview for Erica and Cameron
3. Create Valentine's Day Inspiration board 
4. Redesign business cards

1. Groceries
2. Clean fridge 
3. Clean desk surface
4. Do quick clean

1. Add videos to Jolie Goodnight website
2. Post about Dallas Burlesque Festival
3. Follow up on writing opportunity (twitter?) 
4. Redesign business cards
5. Choose Mardi Gras 2nd song
6. Find music for Mardi Gras show

joyeux anniversaire!

At first I figured a painting by Paul Cézanne would be appropriate to celebrate what
would be his 172nd birthday, but as many of us well know, artists often have fabulous
style. Of course most of Monsieur Cézanne's style can be attributed to his blasé
attitude toward the camera, toward the paint buried within the weave of the fabric
of his pants. Yet one should note the drape of his jacket, a jacket worn inside none-
the-less, completing his entire ensemble.   And the decor lover in me can't help but
want to see the rest of the white bureau to the right of the frame. I'm additionally
intrigued by what might be the contents of the shelf up high as well. Even the odd
materials splayed across the floor have a certain elegance to them. They are careless
but they tell a story, and that is effortless decadence and style.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I would write about how beautiful this room is, but it doesn't
need it and I lack the energy. 

xo,  Jolie

Monday, January 17, 2011

a grandiose porte

What a perfectly big door! It seems like an exit through this door
would  be an excellent start to the day. The movement of such a 
wide birth would have a sense of accomplishment and would
give you a sense of really going somewhere. You can't possibly 
walk through such a grandiose porte without feeling somewhat
grandiose yourself. It's a nine-light door made more fantastic
by width, as such an exuberant amount of light is let in. 
It's an entryway of preparedness and regality (wellies, canes,
a grandfather clock, etc.) And I imagine, that gilded door
knob has a satisfying *click.*

Sunday, January 16, 2011

W for Wellies

It's been perpetually raining here which for me is marvelous. I've always
loved the satisfaction of tromping through puddles and the unique sound of
shaking the rain off an umbrella. Nothing in the world creates the atmosphere
that rain creates. The rain is refreshing, laxidazical, sparkling on wintery oak
branches. Even the dreariness of it is often poetic and one can easily find 
comfort in a cozy fire and a beautiful piece of literature. 

When I told my two year old niece that I loved her wellingtons, she looked
down at her polka dotted wellies and said whimsically, "No, they're rain boots."
And as much as I love the word, "wellington," I have to concurr with little
Ruby Grace. Wellingtons may be regal, but rain boots are magical. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

glancing off gold details

The decor of these rooms, notably the first room, is the perfect
example of transitional decor. It feels to me to be inbetween winter
and spring. That is currently how I'm feeling: happy to be snuggled
up in cozy blankets and cable knit tights, however I feel a little 
yearning for spring to arrive. Mixing wintery whites with blush
toned peach and pinks could not be more appealing to me than
it already is.  Something about the soft light of a cloudy day coming
in through the windows, glancing off of gold details and 
elegant frames is absolutely comforting. In a way, it takes the 
edge off of life. I've added these colors to my own home, 
making the task of writing my article for She! Magazine that
much more pleasant.

Monday, January 10, 2011

a reasonable thing to do

Hibernating seemed like the reasonable thing to do today, but 
there was simply too much to do. After being out of town all week-
end, I've got a lot of catching up to do! I've applied for a very exciting
crafting's hoping! 

01.10. 2011 To Do List
(1) Apply for craft job
(2) Design New Header for burlesque website 
(3) Research and buy materials for Awards Ceremony Article photo shoot

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Sunset Strip!

I'm preparing my tiny vehicle for a mini road trip to Dallas and Ft. Worth for
a couple of shows. I've packed blueberries, pearls, feather fans, and Very 
Hollywood perfume by Michael Kors. All of the essentials! 

Location:Lakewood Theater, Dallas, TX
Time:8:00PM Friday, January 7th
Location: The Basement Bar  Ft. Worth, Texas
Time: 9pm January 8th

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's a work day. Enough said. Love this ensemble!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Windy City

I just applied for the Windy City Burlesque Festival. Oh my! I do hope I
am accepted! Not only would it be fabulous to perform in the festival, but
my best friend lives there currently and the festival is during her birthday!
I began the day very calm, collected, and organized, but since I sent my 
application I've become a bit frazzled and silly. Is it crazy that I am already
thinking of the outfits I'd like to pack to take with me?  I'd love to pack this
ensemble! I love the odd pairing of the stripes with the tan with the straw
hat. It's surprisingly fabulous. Can I take it as a good sign that it's a little 
blustery today in Austin, Texas?  

Have you ever been to Chicago? To where do you reccomend I be a tourist
in that great city? 

Monday, January 3, 2011

bacon and blueberries

The New Year seems to be off to a fabulous start! The morning began with bacon
& blueberries with local honey and hot tea. (If you know me, you know bacon & 
blueberries make me absurdly happy.) Today's plan: to pencil in dates, goals, 
and aspirations on the calendar : to cook a winter salmon dinner : to have 
a meeting with my burlesque gals (which generally means champagne &
lots of fun amidst talking shop.) 
This dinner table is the inspiration for my own this week. I'm in love with the
blend of creams, whites, and beige in contrast to the intensly wooded texture 
of the dining room table. Especially charming are the teetering candelabras,
balancing precariously. They are both romantic and quaint. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year My Darlings!
It's been a lovely two days out in the country with my family.
Snuggled in woolen dresses with black tights, by the bon fire
with cups of coffee and glasses of champagne, surrounded by
loved ones and pups. There is nothing in the world like a big
bowl of fresh black eyed peas cooked with bacon on a bright,
crisp, cold Texas wintery day. It's the perfect way to start the
new year (don't forget to eat your peas for good luck!)

ps. my sweet husband bought me sparklers and a dress!