Thursday, November 24, 2011

As They Grow Restless Longing For Some Solitary Company

Outfit Details

Tee - Target
DKNY Skinnies - Gift from the Mum
BCBG Ruffled Back Trench - BCBG
Jeffrey Campbell "Skate's" -


Song from title today:
Africa -- Toto
I don't know what I love more about it - the song, or the absolutely strange and incredibly politically incorrect video. Probably the song, I think.


Holiday season has begun here the America and I've been ushered into my winter break. (Finally.)
This has resulted in multiple overdoses on sugar and subsequent comas of general lethargy and inability to do much more than stare at my latest issue of W and Vogue. Both of which had a surprisingly great amount of actual photoshoots rather than their usual abundance of advertising, actually. 

I have (somehow) gotten myself out of my latest stupor to post these long-overdue photos from the fall. I love the update on the trench that has occurred this season, and I can't wait to share my new red Anthro find soon enough as well. And, Jeffrey, I still love my skates - don't you worry. Sometimes I like to put them on my feet and just stare at them. Which, I'll have you know, is to-ta-lly normal.


Because, as a typical woman, I like to brag about myself, and because this is (I believe) my blog, I have some exciting news. Which you may or may not find exciting, but is very exciting for me.
I recently entered a contest that offers the opportunity to become a published artist and possibly a monetary prize for yourself and your school.

Word isn't in yet about the monetary bit, but the publishing bit is - and my piece will be included.

This is the point at which I became excited.

The piece in question:

I ended up titling it "Seeking Answers" - because I think the piece invokes that kind of a mood. And also because I spend (an unhealthy) amount of time pondering things myself. As does my friend Sherlock Holmes.

If you remember my previous post, or if you happen to have an amazingly well-developed taste for excellent television programming, you might know of the BBC's not-so-recent-anymore adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

The actor who plays Sherlock, in this series of the same name, is one Benedict Cumberbatch - who you might also see in your last issue of Vogue, the upcoming movie War Horse, and the released-but-not-easily-found-in-my-small-town Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 

After scouring the internet, or "trollin'" as the kids these days say (or maybe they don't), I finally found a few reference pictures of him that I thought would suit my piece, and I set to work.

I love how non-traditionally gorgeous he his - the same way I love the new models I see popping up in Chanel ads and different photoshoots from (my heaping piles of) magazines. You have to stare at him for quite awhile to really appreciate him.

Anyway - the fact of the matter is that I will be published and it makes me very happy and it needed sharing. And now it has been shared. You also need to immediately go to the Netflix and watch some Sherlock. (Or if you happen to live somewhere were people appreciate fine cinema, maybe you could pop in to a showing of a movie with him in it, eh?)


Where ever it is you are, be it winter or not depending on your hemisphere, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, some kind of Solstice, or nothing at all, be it whatever, be it that you're in school or not (hopefully not) I hope you're having a wonderful week. Enjoy the rest of it.

And no matter what, eat some cookies - especially the home-made kind. Trust me.

Until next time~
Jenna B.

P.S. - I accidentally misspelled Christmas as Chirstmas, and my spell-check offered me the correction of "Christmas" as well as "Masochist". I don't know that they are at all related, but I found it quite amusing.

Finding Enjoyment in The Powerful and Terrible.

Outfit Details

Tee - Target
Ruffle Blouse/Jacket - gifted from the Mum
Simple Black Skirt - Target? Maybe...
Red Tights - American Apparel
Lace Tights - Target
Seychelles Cuckoo Booties - Nordstrom Rack


Some people have accused my tragedy of being too sad, as though one desired a merry tragedy. People clamor for enjoyment as though enjoyment consisted in being foolish. I find enjoyment in the powerful and terrible struggles of life; and the capability of experiencing something, of learning something, gives me pleasure.

- August Strindberg

Something to consider, if you feel so inclined. The quote really struck me as ringing true,  but maybe that's just me.


I use the Post-It feature on my laptop quite often, because I spend so much time on the computer doing all that needs doing and if I didn't I'd probably lose track of the things I have yet to get done. Today, on this rather glorious December day, I have the shortest list I've had in ages.

As a result, I finally had time to sort through my backlogged outfit pictures and make an actual post. It feels good.


In keeping with the recent trend, I have another excerpt from my novel below the cut. Feel free to hit "read more" and enjoy The One Where I Open my Mouth and Speak:

The Final Thousand

Outfit Details

Tee - Target
Hinge Tuxedo-style Jacket - Anthropologie
Pencil Skirt - Anthropologie
Tights - American Apparel
Leifsdottir Heels - Anthropologie


I can't seem to stay away from those heels. They call to me, and say "Please. Wear me in yet another outfit. It might be redundant and repetitive - but please."

Lady GaGa and I - we're on the same wavelength with these.

Wrapping up the final thousands to my novel for NaNoWriMo was so much fun, mostly due to the fabulous writing party I attended with some friends, including one Miss Shay of What The Mirror Saw.

Here's yet another excerpt of what I've been furiously typing up.

Below the cut, you can enjoy "The One Where You Can Learn How To Be Like Me (Or Avoid It)"

Gobble Gobble

Outfit Details
Tee - Target
Elizabeth and James Tennis-style Skirt - Neiman Marcus Last Call
Sweater Tights - Hue (at Nordstrom)
Leifsdottir Heels - Anthropologie


I have definitely eaten far too much this Thanksgiving. With my massive belly full of turkey, pumpkin pie and other such delights, I took to giving my blog a bit of a revamp and decided on a new excerpt to share with you.
If you so choose to read beyond the cut, the piece is titled "The One Where My Teeth Are Cleaned," and is an (entirely fictionalized) account of a trip to the dentist. Oh the horror, I know.

Monday, November 7, 2011

17,723 words later...

Outfit Details:
Striped Top - the Mumsy
Skinnies - Target
ASN Wanna-be Skate Shoes - Bargain bin at Famous Footwear or somewhere similar


The second of my backlogged collection of outfit photos. Super simple, monochrome and comfortable. It was a lazy day. 

All the pictures have me in the same general pose, so I cut it down to this lone wolf. Poor thing. It just serves as a reminder to me to add some variety.

Off the topic of clothing and phototaking, allow me to explain my absence and my lack of willingness to write much in this brief little post:

This month just so happens to be National Novel Writing Month and due to my desire to produce a 50,000 word tome by the end of it, I've found myself devoting a great deal of time to typing words and squinting at the computer screen.

In order to maintain my blogs integrity and to finally post the pictures I've been quite lax in uploading, I've decided to include a snippet from my novel in each post from now until the end of this month.

My novel consists of a series of vignettes about my life, which are exaggerated into absurdity to create what I consider humor. If you happen to enjoy satire and such, I suspect you'll enjoy the the excerpts and you would serve yourself well to click "read more". Obviously, this is a work of fiction. Or, at least most of it is.