Here are some of my favorite items from my new sponsor SammyDress.com! I've picked cozy and colorful clothing for the holidays and I hope you like them, too! I love how comfy all of their clothing looks and it is very affordable, too! I was surprised at what great deals they offer for quality pieces! It's great partnering with you, Sammy Dress! XO
1. Solid Color Stunning Style Worsted Long Sleeves Bow Tie Coat, 2. Ladylike Style Long Sleeves Scoop Neck Pocket Embellished Solid Color Sweater Dress
3. Sweety and Charming Round Neckline White Stereo Flower Decorated Waisted Frills Pink Long Sleeves Ployester+Woolen Yarn Dress 4. Slim Fit Strapless Color Block Crossing Sleeveless Bandage Dress 5. Rabbit Pattern Cotton Color Matching Sweater 6. Fashion Gradient Neon Color Long Sleeves Scoop Neck Long Sweater
I do like the "What's in my bag?" posts, but I think it's more interesting when it's a traveling train case because you can actually see what I use on a day-to-day basis. These are the items I took to St. Louis over Thanksgiving.
Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Airspun Powder, Orange lip pencil (I use it as eyeliner), Clinique Black Liquid eyeliner, a Merle Norman blush brush, Garnier Nutrisse Anti-Dark Circle Rolling Ball, Earrings, Hair Bands, ELF gold glitter eyeliner, Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume Roll On, Maybeline Green Concealer, Mary Kate and Ashley Purple Glitter Eyeshadow (haha... I know. I've had this since high school and only recently started using it!), Joel and Clementine set of earrings from Sleepy Mountain, Cover Girl Eyebrow Pencil, Cetaphil Gel Cleanser, 1947 Champaign High School gold ring, Tresemme hair conditioner, ELF Mascara, eyeshadow brush (I forget where from), Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Flame, Tom's Deodorant in apricot.
If you'd like to see me speak more about my make-up routine, you can watch Episode 2 of the Paulie Antiques Show: Favorite Make-up 2013 here!
Good morning to you! How was your Thanksgiving? (if you celebrated one). Mine was celebrated in St. Louis this year with my Mom's Sister's family. On the way back from STL we stopped by Trader Joe's and picked up some cranberry goat cheese. I am definitely a sucker for fancy cheese. OMG.
There really isn't a lot to do when making this recipe. You just need to gather your favorite spices, an avocado, toast some bread and cut up some cheese.. which can be any kind you like!
I used cumin, cilantro, cinnamon, and powdered ginger on top of my avocado and cheese and it was delicious. Have a wonderful day! XO
Although this short film parodies Kate Winslet as the "BEST ACTRESS OF ALL TIME," I think it is quite debatable that she, in fact, is. If you have been reading my blog for some time, you will know that Kate Winslet is absolutely hands down my favorite actress in the world and a small portion of my body (my left arm, specifically) is dedicated in ink to the role she played in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I thoroughly enjoy the works of Matthew Frost and this video with Kate is just the hammer hitting the nail on the head. What a unique and self aware presence Kate always holds.... she is truly a goddess in all aspects and humble to boot. In an insecure moment after a mediocre interview, she wonders who the best actress of all time really is- so she googles it. She eventually is surprised to find a photo of herself. I love you, Kate Winslet!
I am happy to share the Fall Paulie Antiques shop update of vintage hats with you! Thank you for being here!
After living in New York City for about 2 1/2 months... I started to realize that it wasn't worth it to me. This is not to say that I thought the people I love in that city are not worth staying for- because that is not the case at all. I just honestly thought about how far away I was from my family and how I could not afford to even come home for Christmas this year to see them if I kept living there. I really had a great time at my internship with Lori Goldstein and working in the iLuminate Costume Shop. My living situation started to get stressful- and I didn't have the money to move to another place due to lack of security deposit money. Every person I spoke to on Craigslist wanted a big security deposit or either a year's lease. I decided to come back to my hometown, Taylorville, Illinois, to rest and keep applying to more concrete jobs and opportunities. I am lucky enough to have my parents take me back for a short time while I am trying to get the best opportunity I possibly can. I also really didn't dig the stressed out vibe in NYC- and how dirty it is. I am truly a midwest girl at heart....and I love wide open spaces. This is definitely an adjustment period. I am hoping to visit California in the next year and possibly land a job there... but I might start out in Chicago, first. Who knows where my next adventure will unfold :) Thanks for being here and thank you for being YOU. I like to stay pretty honest to you guys on this blog of mine. I want to tell you everything. I don't even record my thoughts in a paper diary anymore- so, this might be the result- brutal honesty... but in a good way. XO
*all photos taken by me in Taylorville, IL with my canon 50 mm lens mounted on my Lumix GF3.
This year's Halloween was extra special because I spent it at the Village Parade on the streets of the West Village in New York City. I took the A train down to the W4 stop and as soon as I got off it was madness. Everyone was walking around in their own unique costume laughing with their friends and trying to find the perfect spot to watch the parade. It ended up being very packed on both sides of the street, but my new friends and I managed to get a pretty great spot up front.... just close enough to see a few Miley Cyrus costumes.... those were my absolute favorite- and I couldn't stop giggling about them! The streets were so packed full of people and my friend and I went to a local bar to drink some strawberry sangria and watch the crowd. There were burlesque and sex shops everywhere in the area, so we partook in those, too. The West Village will definitely always hold a special place in my heart. It's such a unique place. I love it!
And as for my costume- EVERYONE kept yelling, "Katy Perry!" at me on the streets! I ended up giving in and when random people I didn't know asked me what I was- I'd say Katy Perry. Although this new blue wig I just bought is actually sold by Katy Perry's company- I'm not Katy Perry... I'm just me :) But I definitely love Katy Perry...... a lot! Have you seen her movie?? I still haven't, but I'm dying to! XO!
My new friend Tacey!
Tacey and her friend Michelle on the streets of the West Village.....
It wouldn't be Halloween without snakes, now would it? I hope your Halloween was as great as you hoped it would be!!!! XO!! Happy Hallow's Eve!
Here is another episode of The Paulie Antiques Show! I am honored by the response this has been getting, and I really hope that it can only grow from here. I appreciate your input and responses so much! Please don't forget to "thumbs up" my video and subscribe! Please let me know what you think! XO
So, I have been wanting to make a vlog for what feels like a very long time now.... and I'll be making them regularly from now on! I will let this vlog speak for itself! If you like this idea, please thumbs up and subscribe! XO
Tyree Robinson and Miss Grace Eddy on the streets of Bushwick, NY this afternoon.
Bushwick street art.
Grace & Tyree en route to Grace's studio..
The most artistic couple I know....
Grace at work in her studio.
More images from inside Miss Grace Eddy's studio.
I really had a great day visiting my old boss from iLuminate, Miss Grace Eddy. She is one of the kindest and most light-hearted New Yorkers I have met and I feel like we have already connected on another level to the point where I will always love her and be there for her no matter what she needs! We also visited her boyfriend Ty Robinson's studio before that and he let me play his wonderful piano. I haven't practiced on an 88 key piano in what feels like forever. Grace let me paint some avocados on her studio wall after that, and we scouted out locations for a shoot I am planning to style for her and Ty. If you watch Boardwalk Empire- you might recognize Ty. I don't honestly watch the show, but I have seen some clips with Ty and he is a fabulous actor. He plays Samuel Crawford on Boardwalk Empire. I love you, Grace and Ty! Thank you for such an awesome day and showing me around. XO!
After many weeks, the Paulie Antiques Fall Lookbook 2013 is here! The photos are still being edited, but you can enjoy this in the mean time! Thank you so much to Christine Hopkins for acting as my assistant stylist! Also, thank you so much to Pepaloves and Sandra Murphy Recollection NYC for providing their fabulous clothing for me to style!
Photographer: Eric Michael Pearson
Stylist: Polly Bland
Assistant Stylist: Christine Hopkins
Model: Katie Pierce
Music: Psychic Twin by Erin Fein
I think it is a really wonderful thing that all people who are involved (including the music) are living and working in New York City! Be back with the photos sometime soon! XO
This is my friend Charles. I stayed the night with him in his retro apartment while I was visiting Champaign, IL a few days ago. He gave me his Grandmother's sweatpants to sleep in, let me use his extra toothbrush, and let me splay glitter all over his bedroom and he didn't even care! He's the best and one of my best friends! We first met when I began to sit in on February Dance 2013 rehearsals because I was the costume designer. I made a post about February Dance here! We also started taking an improv dance class together- and loved to be partners for almost every class!
Charles and Luis wearing my costume designs for February Dance 2013 at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
He also modeled a bow tie for Paulie Antiques! What a great model he was!
Anyway- thanks for letting me stay in your apartment with you, Charles! It's friends like you that make me LOVE LIFE!!!!!