Sunday, December 19, 2010

On the REAL:

~ For about the past week or so I have been having extreme troubles getting out of bed. I am not quite sure what it is: Depression? Coldness? Work ahead of me? Lazy time of year? I don't know what it is but it's pretty annoying. It's not tiredness b.c most days I sleep til I wake up.
~Heading to Nashville in a few days and I can't wait. Looking forward to a break. Although not looking forward to it being SO cold. Road Trip w brother BJ will be good for me. Seeing old friends up there will be Wonderful too. Plus low key Family time is going to be the Gift of Christmas to ME.
~My NIECE was born this week: AMELIE Rose Roquemore/8.3 pounds/20 1/2"/w a head FULL of dark hair. SO precious. I am obsessed w holding her. I want to be with her always. I must admit that I was pouting a little when I couldn't hold her. Glad she is close by (by close I mean one hour away). Going to have to invest in companies that make gas out of algae. I have full confidence that my Brother and his wife Lee Anne are going to make the best Parents. So proud.
~Started a Tumblr: Follow it here. It's so flippin easy. I don't know why I didn't start this years ago. Love the layout I found and the ease of posting.
~Watched Swing Kids. What a powerful/awesome movie.
~Had an incredible photoshoot this week. Friend Doug photoing, sick location (abandoned Pittsburg Paints shop), Model Paulina w the hotness & Intern - the fabulous Ashley making things go smoothly. THIS I remind myself is what I do this for.....and the giving of course :)
~Met the greatest girl this week. Paulina. Fast Friends and lots of good things to come. Find her fabulous blog here.
~Always hooked on Hype Machine. Find some new Music & Mashups.
~Been reading through Exodus. Tremendous exploits by none other than Jehovah. Dang. These stories are so powerful.
~Rainy weekend. Love it. Not too cold.
~Not quite sure what to make of Christmas this year. Different but good. Reminding myself of the Gift of Christ to me. Without Him I'd be Nothing.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Just in case you missed it.

BRINK mag Cover November 2010.

First cover of my life. Hopefully not my last.

BRINK mag Cover November 2010.

First cover of my life. Hopefully not the last.

I Aspire to This....

I think I got this off the Coach website.....I could be wrong.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


What a Marvelous time. FALL was like therapy for me. Plus Family time. Also a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most Wonderful Mother of all! I love you, MOM.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Faithfulness of God

Lest I forget whom I serve. My God/Creator/Lover is truly out of this world.

This year has been one of the toughest of my life. (As if you haven't been able to pick up on that.) Money has grown scarce and faith razor thin. This year has pushed me in ways that I never expected. I got what I wanted from God, to full-time run my own business. Only to find that it swallowed me whole and spit me out tumbled and confused. Oh the irony.

I fasted a Daniel fast back in March. A very hard time for me, bc as you may know I am in LOVE with food. At the end of the fast NOTHING changed. Nothing happened. Things got HARDER and I was confused. But I held on to the fact that in Daniel, he said it took him three week to receive the answer that he prayed for. In those three weeks there was spiritual warfare. A battle in the heavenly places. I tried to imagine that, as I clenched my jaw and barreled through life. Head down, but heart open.... believing in a better day.

As of late, it seems as though the clouds have parted a bit and blessings are mine. A week ago Sunday I got a call at 12:30p to be on a 3:15p flight to LA. I worked at an event that was a total train wreck from my perspective. But the people running the event were happy. There is a supposed check in the mail that will be almost twice what I was getting paid at GMS. There is a possibility that I can work with them on an on-going basis. I have requested once or twice a month. If this happens it will be a huge answer to prayer. The burden of feeling at every moment of the day that I can't pay my bills is crushing, not only to my wallet, but to my ego.

I had a moment a few weeks ago in church, where I heard God say...."I have better for you....coming. Hang in there." And I'm glad I did. There is nothing like getting more that what you expected.

Not only did I work this event, but I had a friend Lori G. on my first flight to Denver, my flight was oversold to LA so I got a voucher for $400 and immediately after that got a call from my dearest friend Halie Clark that she was in the DENVER airport in the same terminal. It felt like Christmas Day.

Since then I have been working on the Status Community Market, which is coming together really so smoothly. I am so excited to see what my church community will produce.

This past weekend was the Euphoria Fashion Show. This is what I am made for. I loved every minute of it. The fittings, the styling, backstage, hair and make up & the last minute panic. It went really well. Jana was by my side and it was an experience for us both. I had 18 guys debut our Gentleman's Collection. They all looked amazing. I have met some amazing people and have felt like a really positive influence on them. Just excited to see what God is going to do with me in these situations.

And today it's back to reality. It's life. And I am never in doubt that I NEED Christ every step of the way.

Random: For Me.

Well look who I found today. A rare photo of a lovely lady.

~ IT's raining and I'm supposed to be swimming laps. But let's just say I don't feel like it. It just feels like a day for a blog.
~It labor Day and I was "Laboring" today. Which seem like such a farce to me. Because I often feel real work is manual labor and it's so far from what I do. I am forever grateful for that. I am also forever grateful to those who actually "Labor" on my behalf. I am happy for the person who rises at 5 am to milk the cows to bring me my 1% Organic Milk. I am grateful to to person who works at the plant to make me my recycled paper/toilet paper. I am thankful for the person who works at a hot mechanics shop and fixes my car when I need it. I am aware and humbled to the hundreds of real workers that founded this Great Nation. That must have taken everything they had in them and more.
~I do appreciate hard work and working with my hands, but I am glad that my job doesn't require me to do this 8 hours a day, day in and day out.
~I've been going through my itunes all day and deleting stuff I don't like/don't listen too. It is amazing how much music I have that I don't listen to/have forgotten. But at this moment the sounds of the rain and the wet cars driving by is seducing me.
~My parents are staying with me for a bit. And it's hilarious. They just take over whatever area they are in. It's just a whirlwind of stuff. It feels a little claustrophobic, but I can handle it. Also I am sleeping on the couch. Which makes me remember just how wonderful my bed is.
~IT's my friend Sean Even Day's Birthday today. 21 as it were. But it's like he's been 21 since he was 16. ha. In some ways.
~More than ever my friends are having kids. I held a sweet London Rose in my arms last night and just about melted. She was made by my friends Kirk and Brandi Michelle. She will return to work tomorrow and he will be a stay at home dad. This intrigues me so. I am looking forward to being a mom, but I don't know that I can handle it for 24 hours a day.
~Jana's Home and it just feels so right.
~I just added myself as following my own blog!? Ummm DUH?


Bikes, Boomboxes on Bikes and RAP. On repeat.

Humdrum Town

That is what this place feels like with so much rain this Summer..

Thursday, August 5, 2010


You have not because you ask not. So I asked and I got LOTS of things I love for my Birthday:

~An extravagant Dinner at the Ravenous Pig (Got the steak)*
~Donation to Charity Water.*
~Donation to LESPWA*
~Hour and a half massage by Sonny Vong*
~Hour massage at Massage Envy from Jenn Jana*
~Cut & Color by Kimberly Ton*
~A ridiculous amount at Renew Salon and Spa by Sarah Kuele*
~Loads of Ice Cream (My party was wonderful and now my freezer is packed with it!)*
~A wireless printer
~Money for Thrifting from Lisa Milton, Mandy and Meghan*
~CS4 from John and Lee Anne. I am still so excited about this!
~The MOST beautiful Outer Space book you have ever seen COSMOS from Jana*
~Upcoming meal at Ravenous Pig with Summer!*
~30 Mangos from of which graced my smoothie this morning
~Lots of Shopping Appointments (not quite 30 though)*
~Some of my favorite candies: Heath bars, Swedish Fish, Andes Mints.
~Shopping spree at Big Wheel: Charmula, pita crisps, crustini, mango compete, Blueberry topping, and lots more. Big Thanks to Tony Adams.*
~Ginger Snaps and cool whip, a fancy ice cream bowl and precious help from Devin!!
~A home cooked Dinner & time with Jaclyn.*
~Cupcake date w Kobin (almost) Van Lenten!*
~Supposedly getting Rosetta Stone in French from Mr. Sean Dey! Ne peut pas attendre cela.
~7 Vintage Plaques of Vogue covers, which I am completely in LOVE with from Jenn Domeck.
~A lovely picture holder from Danielle and Sam Teran.
~The Biggest bottle of Kalula that you've ever seen.
~A Lovely Bday invite graphic Brian Kenney!!
~Vintage item from Miss Whitney Brammer.
~And one of my MOST favorite gifts: a decadent meal by Jamie/Vance Kite. So mouthwatering. Just what I wanted.*
~A dinner Party with Family and just few friends. It was just perfect. Followed by MORE friends and Dancing w amazing DJing by Brian Jr.*

Things I would still like to receive:

*Things I received from my 30 for 30 list

For all of these things and more I am truly blessed.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Art History Comes Alive.

oohhhh man. this bring back so many memories of being in Art History class. This is bring some happiness to you day. I hope at least. Watch full screen:

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.

Also Thanks to Kimberly Luce! She found this.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010


Chicago had an incredible Conservatory. I was in heaven and could have stayed there all day...but I had to eat :( They had a WHOLE room of just orchids. So many varieties that I had no idea existed. I deeply experience the Trinity through nature. And specific details and minute design that the Creator took the "time" to create for our pleasure. It's just mind numbing sometimes. This was a wonderful and slightly spiritual moment for me. It almost was like being in the Garden of Eden. Everything so pure and healthy and Beautiful. I look forward to that after this life is done. I am sure it will be far greater/majestic than I can conceive.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tattooed on my Brain please.

...God has nothing worth having that is easily gained, for there are not cheap goods on the heavenly market. The cost of our redemption was everything God had to give, and anything worth having is expensive...


Wednesday, June 30, 2010


In no particular order:


PLEASE please have a watch:

The After Party

Although sans Tess, the after party was an equal highlight of the evening. After a few complete misses, Stephanie Young found the Absolutely PERFECT spot for six swanky ladies to have some fancy desserts and coffee.

The Name of the restaurant escapes me, but the memories do not. Four desserts were ordered and six mouths were happy. Included in the sugar indulgence was: hot homemade donuts with a coffee mix poured over, an incredible chocolate cake, peach cobbler w ice cream and my personal favorite lemon creme brulee.

After lingering with good company we headed to Millennium Park across the street to visit The Bean, but were notified in a very undiplomatic way that the park was closed. Spirits still high we returned home in the early hours of the morning, (or what felt like it.)

Camille never ceases to amaze me.

Tess' Last Moments as a Konc.

Quite a lovely party for Quite a Lovely Girl. Tessa Bella was to become Mrs. Richardson. This had to be celebrated. Best Bachelorette Party of all time. No one got drunk, no one was wearing a sash or tiara, no yelling and hollering. Just a classy evening of French Cooking, eating together, and Celebrating my Sweet Friend Tess.

Stellar space in the Warehouse District of Chicago.
Bride to Be.
Drink it up.
Jeanette & Camille

Cooking Leak Soup (which I didn't even get to taste.)
Grilling Veggies.
Blushing all around (for Tess anyway.)

Monday, June 28, 2010

well HELLO

Sometimes I Wish we could trade American men for Italian men. They speak a beautiful language, made incredibly good food and KNOW how to dress...except they can leave their infidelity in Italy.