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French Cocktails

  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

{Top 10 Road Trip Essentials}

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

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.

a grandiose porte

T 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.*

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. 

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.

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!  Viva Dallas Burlesque Presents Dirty Sexy Funny: A Burlesque Comedy Location: Lakewood Theater, Dallas, TX Time: 8:00PM Friday, January 7th   Broads & Panties Presents: The Sunset Strip! Location: The Basement Bar  Ft. Worth, Texas Time: 9pm January 8th
It's a work day. Enough said. Love this ensemble!

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? 

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. 
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!
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