La Petit Trianon

The Baroque period is hands down my favorite era of art. The dramatic scenes, the vibrant rich colors, and the intense light that plays against the shadows all give way to an emotional scene that the viewer can’t help but become attached. Baroque is the aesthetical response to the medieval and post medieval gothic. In medieval gothic, which I do appreciate as well, it was all “too much” about solidarity, the submission of the man to the creator, and this emotional bleakness. These men failed by angering their creator and as a consequence, suffering was needed to reach salvation. Then the “cool sister,” aka “Baroque,” was born and she was greatly needed. She released these constrictions and wanted to finally live life. She cared about the welfare of the man and most importantly, she wanted freedom, frivolity, and joy to be emphasized. For me, I see Marie Antoinette as Baroque’s most recognized symbol and the most easily copied. In Vogue Italia,“Petit Trianon,” shows the playful yet libidinous version of Ms. Antoinette. And what a fitting name! In Italian “petit trianon” means either little bird or in this case, little naughty. I designed my own version of what I imagined her lingerie collection would look like. The boned, circle skirt paired with an embroidered corset suggests a since of sensuality. She’s innocent and beautiful but her desires are at her will. This is not a form of pornography but rather a release of the sexual constrictions, which Baroque entails. Below I demonstrate ways that you can achieve this look, whether you are trying to find something to spice up the bedroom or used as a costume. Enjoy!

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Marie’s Closet

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La Petit Trianon

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Victorian “How-To”

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The Teal Tease

Aztec Print

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  “ Art is not a mirror of it’s society, but reflects ideas and aspiration that embody the nature and structure of ancient thought more expressively than do other material remains.” ~Esther Pasztory

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How Boats Are Made: Photo Manipulation

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I’m on this kick of photo manipulation and I just can’t stop. I’ve hit a rough patch with two of my oil paintings and I can’t seem to find what I need  to improve it. So, I stopped, stepped back, and decided to work on my creativity in another area, until I find what I need. I find this to be one of the best methods. Before, I would work and work on the painting and then it would be so saturated with paint, that it would look like dirt. Above is a picture I took from an amazing photographer, which you can find here, and then I found both the boats on separate sites. The bath time collage was taken from Polyvore, which I melded into an effect that I am pleased with, for now. Hope you enjoyed this. Below is the original photo.

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The Beast You’ve Made Me



Most of you know, by now, that I have a passion for painting.  However, the task of setting up and the time used to clean up, leaves me with virtually nothing to actually paint. This is where I love Polyvore. No messy clean up and with the touch of a button you can use your imagination to create whatever you see fit. Above is something I quickly did on it. I started out with wanting to do a “Little Red Riding Hood” theme, but after selecting my different backgrounds, I realized that I wanted to do  goth this time.  And, Below, you will see the effect that the Nashville filter on Instagram has on it. I’m still deciding if I like the filter or not but I’m pleased with my 30 minutes of work. What do you guys think and do use Polyvore for more than just fashion? Enjoy!


Spring Essentials…All White and Done Right.


Dressed completely in black can look classy and sophisticated, but when it comes to spring, the white-on-white, monochromatic look can be just as chic. Whether you’re going to work or Sunday brunch, its an easy, no-hassle way to look polished. The key to this style is adding accessories or even a pair of heels with a little pop of color. Below, I made a couple of looks that can be worn in the office, a night out, daytime or lounging with your girls. All of this was made on Polyvore, which you can follow me here. I also added a photo of myself in a similar look that was taken this past weekend. Enjoy!

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