Great Day Houston Rodeo Fashionista!

In case you (somehow) missed it: I was one of five lovely models on Friday morning’s “Great Day Houston” showing off some fun Rodeo-inspired “western wear” options from amazing Houston-based stores Emerson Rose, Jubilee, and Erica DelGardo Jewelry Designs!

Indeed it was!

Indeed it was!

I woke up insanely early and met up with my fellow models at Jubilee to get ready! (They were even kind enough to provide donuts and kolaches!) So, at least I didn’t have to get up and immediately look great, there was time to get adequately gussied up. Then we carpooled to the Channel 11 studio, and headed into the Green Room!

Just chillin' in the Green Room for a moment.

Just chillin’ in the Green Room for a moment.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our catwalks.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our super hot catwalk strides.

The set was done up to look like a snazzy hoedown, and we (the models) basically lined up on one side so as to emerge front and center on cue!

See?! That's my "sexy cowgirl" walk!

See?! That’s my “sexy cowgirl” walk!

My look was described as "date night" or "romantic rodeo" because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

My look was described as “Cowboy Sweetheart” or “romantic rodeo” because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

Also I had some GORGEOUS jewelry to show off!

Also I had some GORGEOUS Erica DelGardo silver and turquoise jewelry to show off!

Plus that super cool purse!

Plus that super cool purse!

As you can probably tell, I had some fun with this.

Here's a shot from backstage! It really shows off the "behind the scenes" aspect!

Here’s a shot from backstage! It really shows off the “behind the scenes” aspect!

I had so much fun modeling these lovely clothes, and promoting some local shops! Everyone was amazingly kind, helpful, supportive, and my fellow models were/are all fabulous!

Don't we all look so great?! Deborah was also rockin' the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Don’t we all look so great?! Deborah Duncan was also rockin’ the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Check out the clip to see all these fab looks in action! I’m model #4, but each of these ladies looks is adorable, and seriously perfect for the Rodeo! (Pro Tip: DO NOT go into the Petting Zoo wearing fringe. You think it’s just the goats you’ve got to worry about, but they all want a yummy piece of that.) If you are looking for some Rodeo Houston inspiration, accessories, boots, or any beautiful items, hit up 19th Street ASAP because the fun officially starts tomorrow!

Are you going to the Rodeo this year? Do you know what you’re gonna wear?? Do you have a favorite/collection of a specific “Western wear” item(s)?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yay for everyone’s favorite Fall themed Faux-Christmas! My feelings about all holidays not Halloween aside, Thanksgiving is a nice (albeit brief) reminder for us to appreciate what we already have, eat ENORMOUS piles of delicious food, and spend time with people we love!

That being said, here are some hysterical vintage photos that will definitely put a smile on your face, even if your relatives are making you crazy, your football team is losing, or you’re just sad because your stomach can’t fit anymore mashed potatoes.

So sneaky, Marilyn! (Image credit: Copyright Bettmann)

So sneaky, Marilyn! (Image credit: Copyright Bettmann)

Now they're posing together! Amazing. (Image credit: Copyright Bettmann)

Now they’re posing together! Amazing. (Image credit: Copyright Bettmann)

1954, Film starlet Adelle August charms a turkey, with clearly homicidal intentions - Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1954, Film starlet Adelle August charms a turkey, with clearly homicidal intentions – Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

No idea. It's so nonsensically marvelous. Vera-Ellen looks amazing in her French maid/hunter ballet outfit! (Image via retrophile.com)

No idea. It’s so nonsensically marvelous. Vera-Ellen looks amazing in her French maid/hunter ballet outfit! (Image via retrophile.com)

Last, but certainly not least, just for the ladies:

Yep. This is what we get. Dudes, STEP UP YOUR GAME!

Yep. This is what we get! Dudes, STEP UP your Sexy Thanksgiving Game!

Ok, that’s not the best, but have this instead:

Mmmm, Enrique!

Anyway, Sexy Thanksgiving, everyone!!! Also, if you’re in Houston, come visit me at the Houston Pop Shop this weekend for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday! There will be tons of vendors, food, drinks and FUN!

Let’s All Appreciate Quilting!

Several weeks ago (right before the madness of Halloween), I attended Houston’s International Quilt Festival. It is an event I have been familiar with my whole life, partially because of my mother (she owns a “quilt cabinet”), and partially because we are just a nice, Southern family and so we have about a million quilts, give or take. When I moved to Denton (briefly, for my MLS), I discovered that I already owned at least half a dozen quilts, and even more if you count knitted afghans! Although we were never in short supply at my house, or my grandmothers’ houses, I always thought quilts were meant to be gradually acquired over a lifetime, but since I am starting out with half a dozen, I figured by the time I was old EVERYTHING would be covered in quilts. (I imagined a sort of quilt-camouflage home, filled with cats and creepy pillows.)

I couldn't fit all my other things into an RV, but apparently my vision is too horrible to exist on the internet (or the old women who live in such environs don't have cameras).

I couldn’t fit all my other things into an RV, but apparently my vision is too horrible to exist on the Internet, or the old women who live in such environs don’t own cameras.

Horror-dreams of bad taste aside, quilts are actually incredible. Seriously, even the awful, tacky, weird ones are amazing pieces of art/effort/construction/time/dedication. I mean, not the mass-produced, machine-made ones, just specifically the quilts actually created by living people. A grand collection of such quilts are on display annually at QuiltFest, on the side of the GRB that isn’t overwhelmed with ALL THE THINGS to purchase (and electric wheelchairs).

"Septem Peccata Mortalia (Seven Deadly Sins)" by Christine Alexiou is winner of the $7,500 World of Beauty Award at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

“Septem Peccata Mortalia (Seven Deadly Sins)” by Christine Alexiou is winner of the $7,500 World of Beauty Award at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

"Photographer Darling" by Noriko Nozawa is winner of the $5,000 Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

“Photographer Darling” by Noriko Nozawa is winner of the $5,000 Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

"A Letter Bit of Baaltimore" by Janet Stone is winner of the $7,500 Founders Award at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

“A Letter Bit of Baaltimore” by Janet Stone is winner of the $7,500 Founders Award at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

The whole event can become incredibly overwhelming, given the sheer volume of possible purchases (I bought so many amazing things!), but if you’re looking to be overwhelmed by art, creativity and worksladyship, the actual quilts are definitely worth a gander. They come from all over the world, include so many different details, perspectives and techniques, and are basically glorious pieces of textile/fabric art.

"Chihuly's Gondola" by Melissa Sobotka is winner of the Handi Quilter Best of Show Award, the $10,000 top prize at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

“Chihuly’s Gondola” by Melissa Sobotka is winner of the Handi Quilter Best of Show Award, the $10,000 top prize at the 2013 International Quilt Festival Houston

Melissa Sobotka looks so proud!

Melissa Sobotka looks so proud!

According to this article, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is opening a quilt exhibit (December 20th-April 27th) in order to showcase 18th-20th century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection. “Workt by Hand” will offer a glimpse of “classic” quilting patterns/styles, while simultaneously emphasizing the amazing women who have, for centuries, honed this skill into a true art form.

Mary A. Stinson (American), Crazy Quilt, circa 1880, Silk, 81 ¼ x 81 ⅝ in. (206.4 x 207.3 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.87, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Mary A. Stinson (American), Crazy Quilt, circa 1880, Silk, 81 ¼ x 81 ⅝ in. (206.4 x 207.3 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.87, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Mary A. Stinson (American), Crazy Quilt, circa 1880, Silk, 81 ¼ x 81 ⅝ in. (206.4 x 207.3 cm) Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.87, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Mary A. Stinson (American), Crazy Quilt, circa 1880, Silk, 81 ¼ x 81 ⅝ in. (206.4 x 207.3 cm) Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1995.87, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Elizabeth Welsh (American), Medallion Quilt, circa 1830, Cotton, 110 ½ x 109 in. (280.7 x 267.8 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, 78.36, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Elizabeth Welsh (American), Medallion Quilt, circa 1830, Cotton, 110 ½ x 109 in. (280.7 x 267.8 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, 78.36, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Pictorial Quilt circa 1840, Cotton, cotton thread, 67 ¾ x 85 ½ in. (172.1 x 217.2  cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Franklin Chace, 44.173.1, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Pictorial Quilt circa 1840, Cotton, cotton thread, 67 ¾ x 85 ½ in. (172.1 x 217.2
cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Franklin Chace, 44.173.1, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Star of Bethlehem Quilt, circa 1830, Cotton, 95 x 95 ½ in. (241.3 x 242.6 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alice Bauer Frankenberg, 59.151.7, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Star of Bethlehem Quilt, circa 1830, Cotton, 95 x 95 ½ in. (241.3 x 242.6 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alice Bauer Frankenberg, 59.151.7, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Victoria Royall Broadhead (American), Tumbling Blocks Quilt, circa 1865–70, Silk, velvet, wool, 64 x 68 in. (162.6 x 72.7 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Richard Draper, 53.59.1, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Victoria Royall Broadhead (American), Tumbling Blocks Quilt, circa 1865–70, Silk, velvet, wool, 64 x 68 in. (162.6 x 72.7 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Richard Draper, 53.59.1, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Whole-Cloth Quilt, circa 1830s, Cotton toile, 70 x 85 in. (177.8 x 215.9 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Margaret S. Bedell, 28.111, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

Whole-Cloth Quilt, circa 1830s, Cotton toile, 70 x 85 in. (177.8 x 215.9 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Margaret S. Bedell, 28.111, Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012

I was fortunate enough, on my second visit to Washington, D.C., to spend some time in the NMWA, and had an absolutely delightful experience! I love museums (most of them anyway), but had never really contemplated how much of that art has been created by/through the “male gaze,” and to view an entire museum collection consisting of artwork created by my female counterparts felt incredible, and comforting. The art spans time periods, artistic styles, mediums, and cultures, plus the architecture and presentation are fabulous! If you have the opportunity, you should absolutely pay them a visit!

More about quilts to come soon, so look forward to it!

Have you made a quilt? What pattern/style did you use? Have you been to the Quilt Festival? Any specific memories/quilts/purchases??

Random Fun Wednesday!

Since I’m merely a human being, and (thankfully) not a Superlady who is obligated to do all the things at all the times, I’m offering a muddled collection of random things I am thinking about/interested in today for your viewing pleasure.

First off, Houston has re-elected our gay, liberal Mayor (yay!), but also voted down the last ditch effort to preserve a piece of our city’s history: The Astrodome. Since our track record for preservation is pretty terrible, it isn’t so much shocking, as it is deeply disappointing to those who want to hold on to the unique icons that separate our Southern city from all others. What we’re left with are: Space Center Houston, the Zoo, and the Menil. Not to disparage any of these fine institutions, but most places have zoos, various museums and the occasional locally-tied government agency info-tainment space.

Learning about space exploration is super cool! Then what?

Learning about space exploration is super cool!

As the fourth-largest city in the United States, I would hope that Houston could offer some truly amazing places, sights, tourist attractions and community spaces. Instead of capitalizing on this possibility, developers have torn down AstroWorld, imploded the historic Foley’s building, and will now rip down what was once known as the “8th Wonder of the World.” Regardless of whether or not it ever was, or could be again, I would rather live in a place inhabited by people who want to preserve, reuse and re-purpose significant architectural marvels, instead of spending millions of dollars tearing them down only to replace them with hyper-expensive monoliths, parking lots, or ultimately, nothing special.

That looks pretty unique and amazing! Now it's an empty field.

That looks pretty unique and amazing! Now it’s an empty field.

Next up, something really special! After forty years, Vogue’s first transgender model is getting the celebration she deserves! April Ashley, a gorgeous, lauded model in the early 1960s, who was “outed,” and her career cut short; however the Museum of Liverpool (according to BUST), is featuring her work, life and struggles in an exhibit called April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady” this year!

Photograph by Ken Walker. Courtesy of April Ashley

Completely gorgeous!

Since even androgynous models are still causing regular stirs today, this is an amazing step forward. Recognition of a person’s work, efforts, and beauty should never be diminished because of their personal decisions about their own physical identities.

RuPaul is not a transsexual, but is completely FABULOUS!

Speaking of androgyny! David Bowie! Let’s pay a brief homage to one of the most amazing glam rockers out there!

Best thing EVER IN THE WORLD.

Best thing EVER IN THE WORLD.

Glam-patch!

Glam-patch!

Thrust that hip, you striped, naughty alien man!

Thrust that hip, you striped, naughty alien man!

Love this SUIT!

Love this SUIT!

So, we will almost certainly re-visit Sir Bowie’s legendary fashion escapades, but my friend sent me the above link and I was momentarily overtaken by the bright colors and totally outlandish shapes.  In the meantime, I hope this offers some entertainment, and maybe some learnin’ for your Wednesday!

What do you think about the Astrodome’s impending destruction? Do you miss AstroWorld? Any particularly good memories made at either venue? Anyone near Liverpool to go see the April Ashley exhibit??

Miller Outdoor Theatre & The Fanciest of Picnics

To Houstonians, Miller Outdoor Theatre is a favorite landmark spot known for amazing free entertainment, good times and the occasional roll down the hill. (Mine have been unintentional rolls/falls for the past twenty years or so, but I’m one of those “beautiful but clumsy” types.) They have featured musicals, concerts, operas, multicultural festivals (Accordion Fest, anyone?), and all manner of fun events for 30 years, all completely free of charge! Unless, of course, you’re one of those people who opt to sit in the covered seating area (in metal chairs that I refer to as torture devices), instead of on the hill. There’s a side for blankets AND a side for chairs, people! Pick one!

MillerTheater

It’s pretty great, and I have totally climbed to the top! (Crazy teenagers.)

In more recent years, they’ve updated the bathrooms (so many stalls!) and added a sort of “snack shack” that sells stadium-type foods. Since I’m a creature of habit, though, I always choose to bring along either my hippie blanket (always in the trunk of my car and specifically utilized for picnic-mergencies), or folding chairs, and a picnic! When I was a kid it tended to be either homemade, or in true Southern style, fried chicken. Obvs, I had very little say in the matter, being a child, but these days I get to pick anything my hedonistic heart desires!

Obvs, that means wine and cheese forever!

Obvs, that means wine and cheese forever!

This particular visit was specifically chosen as a means to garner a particularly fancy picnic. I heard about this place (in Rice Village, for those in the know) called the Plate & Bottle on Miller’s website. They claimed to provide a picnic “basket” for couples (it ended up being a super nice box complete with a carrying handle!), and if you were a person of substance attending an event at Miller, not only would they donate part of the cost to said non-profit entertainment venue, they would allow you to pick up this miracle at the theater OR pick it up (and perhaps participate in a free wine tasting) at their shop!

5411 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX 77005

5411 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX 77005

We totes picked it up at their completely adorable shop in the Village and participated in a free wine tasting, had some complimentary bites, and a brief conversation with some fellow young people! Included in this $35 box-o-magic is: a bottle of wine, fancy cheese (provided by the Houston Dairy Maids), dried fruits, baby carrots, water bottles, delicious chocolates AND outdoor-propriate plates and flatware! GENIUS!!! These are all the things I could ever want or need!!!

Needless to say, upon learning about this universe-altering delight, I zeroed in on an appropriately awesome event that would allow me to legitimize this purchase ASAP. Thankfully, Miller was hosting Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” LIVE on a Saturday evening two weeks hence!

So, this amazing performance was undertaken by Classic Albums Live, who have presented several classic albums live at Miller in years past. I have not been fortunate enough to catch those performances, however, this night was GLORIOUS! There is really nothing else like hearing already great music performed live by incredible musicians with a huge group of people (who aren’t also elbowing you, rubbing their sweaty t-shirts on you and/or obnoxiously belting out lyrics off key) who are equally excited to be there. And there are some kick ass songs on this album, y’all. (I’m not generally a fan of the childrens, but if you want to see some goofy, totally inhibition-free moves, they’re the ones really bringing the boogie out there.) Much dancing, singing, swaying and generally cooky good times were had by all!

Boyfriend and I both enjoyed the wine.

Boyfriend and I both enjoyed the wine.

All this is to say: if you’re in Houston, get a picnic from Plate & Bottle and get thee to Miller Outdoor Theatre immediately! If you are not so fortunate to have this particular ability, I hope you will take advantage of whatever other outdoor venues you have, and by all means, take a bottle of wine and someone fun to sit beside. Also, Queen is amazing, and we all miss you, Freddie.

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They were/are so great!

What’s your favorite Miller memory? If you’re not in Houston, do you have a favorite outdoor venue? Do they have free performances?? Blanket or folding chair? What’s your favorite Queen song and/or album? (You can give me your top 5 if you just cannot decide.)