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Wise Words: A Spark of Madness, Robin Williams

“You’re only given one little spark of madness.  You mustn’t lose it.”

– Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Yesterday I learned the sad news that Robin Williams had passed away.  He made me laugh so hard that I’d actually cry.  He was a true icon, a talent, and a man who will be remembered by so many for touching our lives in different ways.

This particular quote speaks to me more than any of the others.  Embrace your bit of madness.  Take it and run with it.  Hold on to it and the things that make yourself “you.”  Stay strong, be creative, let loose, be funny, and most of all don’t be afraid.  The funniest man in the world suffered from depression.  If you’re depressed, get help and if it doesn’t work the first time, continue to get help.  Everyone is fighting their own set of battles unbeknownst to others .  If you’re contemplating suicide, reach out to someone.  It’s not the only answer and you’re not alone.  Help is always on the way, you just need to seek it out.  Robin Williams, you will be missed.



source: Huffington Post

Wise Brunette Unplugged

It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  No, it’s  a wifi signal!  Thank goodness!  We’ve been without internet and television at the new house for 2 months (cue gasp).  It was kind of refreshing — to a point.  Unfortunately it has limited my blogging, shop updating, and general upkeep with the rest of society.  actually had to ask someone about the weather forecast.  So today, I’m typing this from a cute little cafe with free wifi a.k.a my parents’ kitchen.  We still have not committed to cable or internet at the house yet, as we are finally finishing up some renovations and slowly moving in.  Life without internet as a blogger and an online store owner has been challenging.  Can I get a what, what for 3G?  But as I sit here online, I think something needs to be said about the connectivity of our lives.  

Turn off your T.V., put down your phone, and shutdown your internet every now and then.  Ignore the addictions of Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.  Climb down from your online soapbox for awhile and try to remember the dark ages days without the internet.  Who cares what everyone else is doing?  Live in the moment without being plugged in.

Do you want to know what my beau and I have been doing a lot more of recently?  We’ve been listening to the radio, knocking out projects at the house, and actually having real conversation with one another sans laptops.  Yes, we will eventually get internet (and probably cable) at our house.  We aren’t cave men and I do have a business to run.  But when we do plug back in, I think I’ll make it a routine for us to put down the devices at least once a week and tune into each other.  Just some wise thoughts from my own online soapbox…


Grammy 2014 Fashion & More

I missed the Red Carpet showcase of the Grammy’s as I was ripping up carpet in the basement of my house.  More on that later.  Anyway, I arrived in time for the musical festivities.  As far as the performances and the show, I’d say it was a success and I was dancing in my chair with my feet propped up.  A few notes on the whole…

  1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won an award for their independently made album, achieving recognition without a record label.  It just goes to show – keep pushing toward your goals and you will get there.
  2. Pink is incredibly talented, athletic, and graceful.  I’m impressed.
  3. Taylor Swift’s style is impeccably and classic, but she is never afraid to have fun.  Dance through the show, girl!
  4. I’m glad that Robing Thicke decided to blur his lines with Chicago this time.
  5. Chicago, you’re still awesome and always will be.
  6. Good Lorde, you’re only 17!  So talented!
  7. The Beatles reunion.  Enough said.
  8. Kacey Musgraves, the light up boots were fun, but I wish you could’ve changed your dress before your award.  Cute for a performance.
  9. Sara Bareilles and Carol King collaboration — Be brave, be beautiful, be you.  Wise Words, ladies!
  10. The power of music and love unite for beautiful moments.  When people come together, brilliant things can happen.

And now for Grammy fashion….

Ariana Grande dressed in Dolce and Gabbanna floral reminds me of 1950s vintage gowns.  The flared skirt and the bodice are true style markers of the 50s silhouette.


Ariana Grande in Dolce & Gabbana via Glamour

Katy Perry was completely on point with Grammy fashion.  I can’t express how in love I am with this gown by Valentino.  It was whimsical so incredibly whimsical.


Katy Perry in Valentino via Glamour

Taylor Swift makes my fashion list just about every award show.  She always wears stunning, sophisticated gowns.  She has one of the highest tastes when it comes to fashion.  A sheer top makes a statement, but the way that it is cut perfectly across the bustline, as to not show too much, makes it elegant.  This slimming silhouette will be in style for ages to come.


Taylor Swift in Gucci via Glamour


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