Carnevale 2013

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had a blast this Saturday, attending Boise’s annual
Carnevale festival for the very first time!
The costumes were amazing, the entertainment was otherworldly, and the people were fabulous! My FAVORITE part: I had the honor of walking in a fashion show for Nena Earl, a very talented & creative designer!!! Her theme was “music,” and my costume was made almost entirely out of sheet music paper. So amazing! (And hard to sit down in, ha ha ha!) I felt like a ballerina, and had the time of my life. Can you tell…? 😉

Thank you Nena Earl for the fun modeling opportunity! And special thanks to Amanda Woods for the wild hair, and Cynthia Woolsey for the fabulous makeup!!!

See you next year, at Carnevale!!!



c1tawneeWardrobe: Nena Earl // Hair: Amanda Woods // MUA: Cynthia Woolsey // Photo courtesy Tawnee Watkins (pictured far right, with CD-themed dress)

c2tawneec3tawneec10Aeriel dance performer Katie Ponozzoc7jeffModel: Bailey Heesch // Photograph by Jeffrey Samuelsc5jeffModel: Tawnee Watkins // Photograph by Jeffrey Samuelsc4fjeffModel: Tanya (Me!) // Photograph by Jeffrey Samuelsc13

With the designer, Nena Earl – Whose talent is so HOT, she glows!!!c9c11amanda

c12Winner of the Costume Contest! With gorgeous award statues by Amber Conger/ Refinerii

IMAG0026-2My sweet Trevor! Thanks for hanging out with me all evening, babe!! ^__^ XO!

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Great Gastby Style, Part 2!

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// Styling: StyleSpyGirl // Hair & MUA: Melissa Shay Thomas at Deco Hair & Makeup

Nena12Dress: Vintage Oscar de la Renta from Abandoned Fashion// Necklace: Unigon Specialties // Shoes: Tahari from DSW

I set out to do a blog about fashion from the Roaring 20’s, inspired by my recent viewing of this Spring’s “The Great Gatsby” film. I wanted to talk about how the 20’s were a time of women breaking free from their corsets, and embracing modern freedoms. I intended to discuss how that era brought new opportunities for women, like voting as equal citizens, and – gasp! – driving motor vehicles!

But then I fell in love with a necklace. I know, so girly of me, right? But it wasn’t just the necklace, pictured here in these photos by the amazingly-talented Nena Earl. It was the women behind the necklace, and her journey, that I wanted to share with you today…

Do you know a woman with “Awesome Sauce,” that something special that brews deep within her, and makes her stand out in this world? Sure, Oprah has it, Martha Stewart has it, Lauren Conrad has it, Gwenyth Paltrow, … Successful women who inspire us, and make us wonder, “What could I do in this life, if I had awesome sauce like her?”

I went to a women’s business class last week and listened to speaker Kim Flynn, who insisted that every woman has Awesome Sauce. Seriously! I have Awesome Sauce, YOU have Awesome Sauce… I looked around at the other women in that room, some of them my friends, and thought “It’s true! All these ladies are full of Awesome!” Sitting next to me was my friend Denise Vesecka, the founder of Unigon Specialties, who made the necklace in these photos…

I think Denise’s work is amazing, and this particular piece captivated me. Perhaps it’s more Cleopatra than Great Gatsby, but it’s beautiful and unique, a true work of art! And through it, I can see Denise’s Awesome Sauce. Some days, she’s not sure she has the Sauce, working hard to sell her handmade pieces at fairs and expos. But I see it. I see it when she custom designs something for someone she cares about (Like my favorite “Style” necklace!). I see it, when she creates things that move beyond jewelry, and become works of art that transcend an outfit or fashion trend.

Denise has Awesome Sauce, and i think this necklace is one of her most Saucy creations yet. I am watching for the day that Hollywood comes knocking on Denise’s door, and we start to see her designs in blockbuster summer movies!

Denise helps me believe in my own Awesome Sauce. Do you believe in yours? What does your Awesome Sauce look like? What would you do or change about your life, if you could truly live into that Sauce inside you?

Find it. Live it! YOU have Awesome Sauce.



Photography by Nena Earl

If you love this Gatsby-esque look, check out my Gatsby On A Budget fashion set on Polyvore!






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