Facing a fear.

I'm not talking about fire, death, the dark, or the paranormal.  I'm talking about wearing something delicate.  This pearl embellished jacket has been hanging in my closet for, um, JUST THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY, and each time I open the door to go in, I'm greeted by this beaded beauty, just begging to be worn.  So, I faced my fear of wearing something delicate and damaging it, and wore it... FINALLY!

jacket: Forever 21 // dress: TJ Maxx // shoes: Target

I'm proud to announce that I wore it all day with only one pearl casualty, but considering I was standing still in my dining room talking to Chris when the beaded decided to jump, I'm saying that wasn't my fault, instead it mustn't have been sewn on well.

With this new found confidence, I feel like I can take on the world... of beaded clothes.

See it in a room.

I can't remember if I posted about it on my blog or not, but (I have no doubt those who follow me on instagram or facebook got sick of hearing about it) I had an art opening/reception (whichever makes it sound most legit) at my friend's shop back in October; because my paintings would be hanging for the entire month, I had to get in serious painter mode and finish a few more so my wall didn't look so bare.  Here are a few of the newest paintings, in rooms...

All more-photo-worthy-than-my-rooms rooms via Pinterest.  Paintings from the top: Self Portrait // New York // Doris // Goodbye // Golden Years // Red Lion

Gossip Girl Wannabe

You can't help but feel good when you're sparkly, and thanks to my recent Gossip Girl binge, my sparkle love has been magnified times infinity.  Now time for the conjunction; no matter how much I may love sparkle, I can't help but feel a little self-conscious wearing a gold lamé skirt and a sequin collared blouse in a town where their personal style is often as conservative as their politics.  But hey, while I don't aspire to become a social butterfly, sometimes it's okay to stand out a little if it makes you feel good!

sweater: TJ Maxx // blouse: Forever 21 // skirt: I can't remember // booties: Target

And speaking of Gossip Girl, did you ever watch it?  I never saw it before it ended, but thank heaven for Netflix (and a lot of bandwidth)!

P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a BONJOUR Y'ALL tote bag! It ends Wednesday night!

A Blogging Resolution Giveaway!

Hi, friends!  I've been thinking about my blog a lot lately - how I've neglected it, and how I've kind of missed it - and I've resolved to do better.  So my first attempt at doing such is a giveaway (because I love free shit, and I think you do, too) of one of the most popular items from my shop!  It's a 'BONJOUR Y'ALL' screen printed canvas tote, and you choose the ink color!

So if you're wondering where 'bonjour y'all' came from, it's from my pop.  When I was about 11 and started taking French, he used to greet me with a hearty, and very southern sounding, "BONJOUR Y'ALL!"  He told me that's what they said in the south of France (he also used to tell me he went to school with MacGuyver [when I was really young and was in love with MacGuyver], that we were related to Peter Jennings [because we had the same last name], etc., and for a while I believed everything).  My dad's kind of weird.

Okay, so here's how you enter to win!

Leave me a comment with one awesome resolution, your ink color preference should you win the tote bag (black, metallic gold, neon lime green, neon pink, or neon orange), and an email address so I can contact you to let you know you've won!  This giveaway is open to everyone in every country!

See it in a room.

I always feel like I've been painting a ton of new things, but then when I sit down and look at what I've actually done, it's not quite so much!  I have so many ideas brewing for new paintings, and I know they'll be put on canvas in time.  Actually, they kind of need to be started soon because I'm going to be the featured artist at my friend Jeff's First Friday event (the first Friday of each month he has an art show at his shop), so if you're in the Lynchburg, VA area on October 4th, come visit me!  Until then, here are a few new paintings I've finished...

From the top: All the Cool Kids, Grandpa Cardigan, Das Ist Nicht OK, Unwanted original

Lately I've been feeling like I should probably sell of some originals, but it must be the hoarder in me that reminds myself of how sad I get when I do sell an original; it's kind of like packing your kid up and sending them to live with someone else, knowing you'll never see them again.  Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic, but it's totally like sending off your favorite pair of shoes that go with EVERYTHING, and knowing you'll ever own a pair like them again.  Anyway, I did list two originals in my shop.  There may be more, and there may not...