On my mind | NY Fashion Week Starts Today…

Happy Thursday to you all! I am in the process (a five week process) of finishing the entire Sex and the City series and one of favorite things about that show is the fashion. Some of it is TERRIBLE, especially that Samantha, but all in all, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the outfits. Today is the first day of the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC (Feb 10-17).

Mark my words…one day, I will attend a runway show at one of these fashion weeks. It is on my ever-growing bucket list and I will do it.

For those who know me, you are probably thinking and making a funny face at the computer screen thinking…wait, what? YOU like fashion?! I’m probably one of the most tame dressed-folks I know, but that’s only because my silly insecurities keep me from dressing the way my heart feels and I get overwhelmed with shopping…can’t think straight and put outfits together in my head…in the store…in the moment. But don’t be confused, my heart looks like the inside of Anthropologie. Maybe one day I’ll get the balls to wear what I really “feel” like wearing…oh yeah, and maybe have the money to buy some of those things as well:)

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the Spring 2011 looks coming down the runway this week:

{Anna Sui}                                                                           {Christian Siriano– FAVE!}

{Academy of Art University– how cute?!}                                             {Charlotte Ronson}

{Monique Lhuillier}                                                       {Vivienne Tam}


Get Organized Giveaway!

This is my first-ever GIVEAWAY! I am so excited to offer one lucky winner a LOVELY brand spankin’ new 2011 Moleskine Daily Planner. I am a crazy “to-do” lister and a daily planner is a MUST have for crazies like me. Here is a little bit of info about this organizing amazing-ness from the Moleskine Web site:

Formatted to show each day on its own page, this popular planner is the essential piece of the new multimedia puzzle. In the inside pocket there is an insert with 24-page archive and 225 adhesive labels to mark important dates and deadlines.

About Moleskine: Moleskine (mol-a-skeen’-a) journals are truly legendary, possessing a minimalism, style and quality that literally has centuries of experience. To the initiated, there is no substitute. Moleskine journals – and rest assured, they’re not made from the skin of a mole – are the legendary notebooks used by artists and intellectuals who defined 20th century culture, including such luminaries as Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Matisse.

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Giveaway Ends Thursday, February 3 at 5pm.
Be sure to check back next Thursday to see if you’re the winner!

Good Luck!!

Resolve, 2011

Okay, so I know…I haven’t posted since OCTOBER!! That’s like the kiss of death in the blogging world, but the worst part is that I have no good excuse. I’ve been in a nasty creative/blogging/design funk the last couple of months. Not sure why…I think with all the amazingly creative blogs and artists out there, I got a little intimidated and a little down in the “design-dumps”…a little design identity crisis, if you will. Does that make sense?

The holidays were GREAT…busy, but great visiting with my family, with Jay’s family and some of our greatest friends. Jay gave me one of the best gifts ever, he organized my office space! Not just moving stuff here to there, he went to one of favorite antique malls, Sleepy Poet, and picked up some super old (and awesome) shelves, drawers and more. Here is a photo of the greatness:

Not only did he help me get organized, he helped the gears start turning again (hey-yo!)…and he helped spark some creativity:) It all got me thinking. As 2011 rolled in, I thought about my resolutions for the new year. As for this blog, I’ve decided to focus in a little on a couple of my passions. I “love” a lot of things and could write a ton about them BUT having too many ideas of fun stuff causes me to freeze up and not write anything. SO…I am introducing 2 new sections:

Every “Make It Monday” we will tackle all things crafty and creative. I am a sucker for D.I.Y. stuff, party details, etc…and even more of a fanatic for stationery and invitations of the homemade kind.

Foodie Fridays is actually a challenge of sorts. When I got married 4 years ago, I knew how to make a mean breakfast burrito and that’s about it, so I decided I would teach myself how to cook by making a new recipe every night…and I did this (minus most weekends) for 5-6 months straight!! I’m not causing a frenzy in the kitchen with the same frequency as I was before BUT I am still committed to expanding my cooking skills and my recipe collection and I am challenging you to do the same. Every Friday I will post a new, yummy recipe to try. If you are game.. join my fun food adventure and channel your inner “Top Chef” and make the weekly recipe along with me. Be sure to come back and comment, let me know how the recipe went…did you like it? was it cost-effective? what challenges did you face? etc…Sounds like fun, huh??

The last of my “new” sections will be a monthly feature:

Each month I will choose a cause, a ministry, a need and feature it here on the blog. If you feel inclined, pass it along and do what you think is right for the “least of these”. If you have a need, a ministry, etc., please email me here: jessica{at}uglyspotstudio.com.

Here’s to a new year, full of smiles, of travels, new adventures, new insights, fun crafts, delicious recipes and an overall good time…to 2011! Cheers:)