Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{Let Your Light Shine!} a wonderful list


New Year's Eve, I love it! Such a glamorous and joyful occasion filled with the pop of a champagne cork, the perpetual clinking of glasses, the dull roar of cheer in a room full of friends dressed in their wintery best. Tonight I'll be celebrating in a show {you can purchase tickets here} -- a show of live jazz, burlesque, song & dance. What better way to ring in the new?

But before I do so, I'd like to take a moment to count my many blessings {you, my fans are the first counted in this list -- thank you for your love and support!}

Accomplished & Adored in 2013:
{1} I released my debut album "Say Goodnight Gracey" with the help of friends, fans, & family -- album that you can listen to and purchase here if you like: "Say Goodnight Gracey" on itunes

{2} Since February I produced many "Jolie Goodnight" shows, cultivating a new audience, new band members, and a new love for the courage to go chase my dreams.

{3} I performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, not as a burlesque dancer, but as a singer -- an unexpected and delightful way for me to debut there.

{4} With the help of those who believe in me, I had the absolute pleasure of performing at the Paramount Stateside -- twice. What a dream!

{5} I had a wonderful, successful, fun tour with the Jigglewatts Burlesque Revue -- a whirlwind of great shows, new friends, old friends, beautiful scenery, bonding with Ruby Joule, and happiness.

Along the way-- I rekindled old friendships + healed from the brokenness of great grief & loss + indulged in my marriage that continually grows stronger +   read the autobiography of Katharine Hepburn + sang a couple of tunes with the incredible musicians from the Lincoln Center Jazz Band + rounded out my sharp corners + learned from all the amazing people willing and happy to teach me...

Happy New Year's Eve Darlings! I can't wait to see you in the New Year!
xo, Jolie

Monday, December 30, 2013

{Wintery &Glittery New Year's Inspiration}

With what joy will you ring in the new year? Have you made sure
your resolution is a happy one? Be kind to yourself this year -- make
a resolution that brings a smile to your face!

Cheer & Glitter xo, Jolie

Friday, December 20, 2013

Burlesque Holiday Ball {closing night}

Oh! I'm always so sentimental on closing night of a fabulous show, especially when it is a fabulous Christmas show. I feel so absolutely blessed to have been able to be a part a a wonderful cast, a jolly show, and bandleader for my darling band. 

Don't miss closing night of our live band burlesque show!
The Gibson Lounge at Maggie Mae's
"Holiday Burlesque Ball"
Show 10:00pm

Monday, December 9, 2013

{The Most Wonderful} time of the year!


Happy Monday darlings! Do your best to make it the most wonderful
time of the year! Why not? xo, Jolie

Monday, November 11, 2013


Bonjour Blogger world! I am so happy to announce that my CD Release Party will be November 22nd at 7:00pm at the fabulous Gibson Lounge on 6th street in Austin, Texas!

I'd love to see all of your faces there!

What a dream come true! XO, Jolie

Monday, October 7, 2013

{A precious few}

"When the autumn weather
Turns leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
September, November

And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you" - September Song

I hope your Monday is chilly and cheerful! xo, Jolie


Monday, September 30, 2013

{on my radar}

I can guarantee you that I'll be looking for these in stores, and once I find them, I'll
be wearing them non-stop.

Happy Monday! xo, Jolie

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

{Get Busy!}

Spent the weekend with Victor Trevino Jr. and his darling wife Chloe -- a quick
trip, out on the road with tunes, family, food, and too much fun -- carnivals,
homemade meals, (too much wine perhaps?) And once home, happy to arrive 
to find friends that feel like family celebrating the coming autumn season. What
a supreme pleasure to be merry with seasonal ale, cool weather, pumpkin bread
with pecan butter, and the chilly breeze that's finally arrived!...

...But it's Monday, so get busy!

Happy Week! xo, Jolie

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

{Autumnal Plaids & Work Days}

                            It's endless tasks around here, days spent working late, long nights and 
                            early mornings, but finding they are at least tempered with surprise calls
                            from friends and encouraging texts. So many lists with so many things on
                            them, an avalanche of envelopes, emails, and errands. What to do for balance?
                            Listen to Billie Holiday, have one too many cups of tea,  & {stay cool, calm,
                            and chicly collected.} 

                            And don't forget, sneak Autumnal plaids into your wardrobe! xo, Jolie

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

{Gal Pals}

Sometimes you just need to talk to your gal pal for a long time (in lieu of paying
attention to your to do list.)

Thanks Mandy!

{Ladies & Gents, that's Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell}

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

{a trip to Denver}

Home sweet home after having a wonderful trip to the lovely city of Denver, nestled in the beautiful blue-grey of the mountains, finding time between shows for gruyere sandwiches, candlelit girly sleepovers (accompanied by plenty of wine of course) and some last minute rhinestoning.

Feeling so blessed to have had a successful show at the famous clocktower, to have enjoyed moments spent with the audience, to have really felt the joyful nuances of being an entertainer - though I'll admit I found myself unable to find the edge of the stage & so was (understandably) splitting time between bliss and avoiding a great fall. Afterwards, I visited with old friends & new -- happy to watch the second show and "cheers" with Texas performers and Pierre. (And admittedly very happy to have such sweet compliments about my act given to me by performers I admire.)

...the next day - workshop with Jett Adore, a splendid afternoon of self-discovery, lessons, and the kind of depth only a performer could love. Learned the secrets of story telling through intention (something I had been able to apply easily as an actor and not so easily as a burlesque performer.) And of course, after Goldie and I running through the rain, happy to arrive beneath a lit marquee, honored to be interviewed by a local magazine - a night spent in a beautiful theatre, {beautifully painted walls, gilded features, elegant lighting, and a ceiling one dreams of} watching the kind of performances that make me proud to be a part of this world of "burlesque."

Our drive home was magnificent, the three of us completely mesmerized by pine tress and mist, mountains, then fields and hill country over (lots of) coffee and conversations.

xo, Jolie

PS Came home to dark chocolate bacon & a book light, my husband really does know me well!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Screen Sirens Starring Jolie Goodnight

Screen Sirens - Songs from Hollywood Classics
Join Jolie Goodnight for an evening of jazz celebrating the stunning women of the silver screen. Voluptuous Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Rosemary Clooney, Jane Russell, and Ann Miller not only visually swept audiences off their feet but seduced them with melody as well. One night only, June 26th, Jolie Goodnight takes us through the past 50 years of classic acts and songs teeming with vibrant grandeur and elevated emotions.

The beautiful velveted Spiderhouse Ballroom is the perfect cabaret atmosphere for Jolie Goodnight and her live band to dazzle audiences with scintillating playful tunes and vaudevillian humor.  It's a show filled with glitter, glitz, heart and soul and an entrancing voice dripping of nostalgia.

Tickets: http://screensirens.brownpapertickets.com/
June 26th 7:00pm
$5 General $10 VIP
at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
Austin, Texas

Thursday, May 23, 2013

{Dolce & Gabbana - *reason (one) I may like Summer after all/Summer Stripes & Playful Patterns}

{All images via style.com}
If you've ever read my blog the moment summer starts to creep into spring here in Austin,
you'll be quite familiar with my sentiment toward summer (it's not a nice one.) Each year
just to get through the blasting hot summer, it's necessary for me to make a list of things
I do like about summer. Dolce & Gabbana's Spring RTW collection is now offically at
the top of that list. 


Monday, May 6, 2013

{It's a Busy Day but...}

I have a busy day (or week rather) ahead of me, but this editorial with Amber Heard seriously makes me want to play hooky to my to do list and lie in the sunshine instead....

But I can't stop for a second! I have to say last week was absolutely splendid -- the last few wonderful hours in Chicago -- with friends, a jukebox, and a midnight walk amongst spring daffodils; then a quick flight back to Austin, meetings, a moment on the radio, and a magnificent jazz show!

Later this week it's my birthday, so no time for sunshine until it's time to celebrate! I hope your Monday is off to a lovely start! xo, Jolie

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

{Just a friendly reminder...}

"Spring Fling" A Jazz Spectacular Starring Jolie Goodnight
May 4th at the Spider House Ballroom
Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm

For Tickets: http://buff.ly/13JDLPi

Thursday, April 11, 2013

{Ballerinas & the prettiest of rooms}

Recovering today from the lingering flu, but no time for that -- time to prepare for upcoming performances [costumes to be embellished, acts to be rehearsed] late night parties with out of town friends, a few hours of sleep here (a few there), burlesque brunches...Without further ado, I simply have to get back to things! xo, Jolie

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

{Gotten the Best of Me}

Patiently waiting for the morning I wake up well again [the flu has gotten the best of me!] and I'm of course eagerly awaiting feeling like a person again. But until then it's warm, comforting cups of chamomile and green tea, daily lavender filled steaming bubble baths, feather duvet and soft pillowed naps with the doxies...if I didn't feel so terrible that would all sound absolutely splendid. 

If you are going to be sick, be sick with style I suppose. What are your favorite flu remedies? xo, Jolie


Friday, March 22, 2013

{Spring is in the Dior Details}

...some great inspiration for my upcoming voyage to  Viva Las Vegas!