Wednesday, August 31, 2011

100 Years of Style

I really love this commercial spot that I saw over on The dancing (Charleston, anyone?), amazing period clothing, and nearly seamless transitions through decades of fabulous fashion. Check it out below!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

I can't stop looking at pictures of the evil foe of Whitney Port from MTV's east-coast answer to The Hills; The City... She is seriously the most classically stylish dresser of our time, people! She has impeccable natural street style, her hair always looks perfect (baffling, I know) and she has the classic good looks of an old starlet. Meanwhile, she rocks a level of polish in casual-wear that we could all take notes on. I should probably hate her, but that is such a waste of time. Instead I've been mentally calculating how to pull off her look! Much more effective use of my energy. I will now only shop thinking "Would Olivia Palermo Wear This?" Of course in a budget conscious compromise...we all can't afford a Birkin in every color, now can we?

Photos from Pinterest

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stay Gold

I may be too busy to blog, too busy to hang out with friends, and too busy to function on a basic human level...Seriously, I have not even had time to put on makeup or actually do my hair in a non-ponytail in two weeks. I am dropping the Sais Quois from this blog title until I can get it together! I am plain-old, slightly-frazzled, and very-much-in-need-of-a-weekend Jenna. BUT, there's one thing that is making me feel better. And it's the fact that I own, and am currently wearing these shoes.

Shoes: Steve Madden Gold Judde Loafer.

Photos by Cameron Winchester

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baby Autumn Hipsters

Ugh. Zara. Your lookbooks kill me! Fall is obviously the best time of year for clothes, but especially for baby hipsters.

Images from the Fall 2011 Zara Campaign

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Follow Me Moon

Why it's amazing to have a stylish co-worker with a fabulous Etsy shop

#1: She's inspiring. 
i.e. Stylish people rub off on the rest of us...

#2: She makes me realize vintage shopping isn't always as fruitless as it feels sometimes.
i.e. If she found these gems, I realize I am just not thrifting hard enough.

#3: She has a discerning eye for hidden potential.
i.e. If she bought it or is selling it, I can guarantee it's going to be beautiful on some lucky shopper.

#4: When I love pieces from her shop, she brings them in for me to try on! Yes, sometimes this is the greatest perk of all. 
i.e. how I ended up with my fave vintage purse, sunglasses, and now these delightful loafers!! Lurve. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jessica Hische Takes On "The Classics"

We've all been drooling over the Penguin Clothbound Classics for a few years now. I will happily take one of each please! They obviously thought of bringing gorgeous vintage-looking books back in response to the e-Reader phenomenon just to let us all know that reading can be both an enjoyable and beautiful experience. But...what Penguin didn't have in their arsenal was one Jessica Hische, aka my #1 Design crush. Nice job, Barnes & Noble. Way to one-up the competition! And while I definitely like the fun and feminine colors of Penguins books better, the typography, hand-lettering, and graphic details on these Barnes & Noble Classics are sooo may-jah. What do you guys think? 

Images via Jessica Hische website

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Remember That Time I Wrote That Book?

Well, it's only been a year and three months, but I finally got around to having a photographer, Cameron Winchester, take some glamour shots of my CSCA award winning senior thesis, For Kids: Nutrition Education, for my portfolio! I'm super happy with how they turned out. Plus, you could never tell how legit my little ole' book is just from regular old page files. Check it out!

Images copyright Jenna Brucoli, sick photography by Cameron Winchester

Take Me Back To Manhattan...

Seriously, though! Take me back! I have been bitten by the New York City bug for sure. And it's just not going away! After a few weeks of being back in Ohio, and back to reality, I finally got around to looking at some of the photos I took while I was roaming around my favorite little island. There is so much to see, and so many little details you can find if you really stop to notice them. I also put a little bit of my design school training to work, spotting plenty of details from different artistic movements in everything I saw. How can one little place be so historical but so completely modern all at once? I like to think that I meet that description a little bit myself...Maybe, deep down, we belong together, this beautiful city and I.

120 Wall Street in all it's Art Deco glory
Gorgeous Art Nouveau details on Washington Heights Brownstones

Rain-covered Andy Warhol and his Bloomies bag in Union Square
Heaven on Earth...Fishs Eddy, Broadway and 19th Street in the Flatiron District

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'm Ready! Are you?

I am such a fair-weather fan of the seasons...I begged and begged for Summer to arrive sooner, rather than later, and now that it's only the beginning of August, I am dreaming of Fall. I want scarves and coats and sweaters and gloves. Outerwear, people! Layering! These things make clothes cuter, outfit pairings even more limitless, and me just generally happier. Here are some pretties I've been eyeing from Anthropologie the last few days...What about you guys? Are you craving a season change?

Eastward Dress Coat

Tangerine Flicker Dress
Brushed Lace Pullover

Gabled Cocoon Poncho

Monday, August 8, 2011

Caped Crusader

I want to wear a cape this Autumn. I had a feeling last year that they were going to have a big moment during the upcoming season, and from the looks of the Fall clothing trickling into retail locations, I was right! I love this plaid one by Kate Spade. What about you guys? Are you into the cape, or is it a little too "Elementary, my dear Watson!" for you?

Photos via Kate Spade

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Can't Wait for PanAm

With the very sorely felt lack of Mad Men this Summer and a report that it won't be back until 2012, I am very eager to fill that void...Enter the new ABC Network show Pan Am! Also set in the 1960s, focusing on the captains and stewardesses of the Jet Age rather than the Madison Avenue executives and secretaries, I think the show will be equally exciting, dramatic and sexy as Mad Men, but with a thrilling up-in-the-air quality. While obviously nothing could truly replace my weekly dose of Don, Pete, Roger and Joan, I have high hopes that this show will be great. The premier is September 25th! Anyone out there tuning in with me?'

Promotional Photos via ABC Network

Monday, August 1, 2011

Last Week in JSQ Entertainment...

Last week my eyes and ears were on sensory overload! I saw three spectacular shows that each completely blew my mind, and for very different reasons. There were sequins, platforms, wigs, tap shoes, eyeshadow, jazz hands, blood, dirt, and glitter. In fact, all three had glitter, glitter, glitter galore! That was definitely the common theme...

Images from here, here and here
First of all, if you are in New York City, you really have to check out Priscilla Queen of the Desert. I have honestly never had so much fun at a Broadway show in my entire life...from 3 sassy singing divas dangling from the ceiling with beehives that would make Marge Simpson jealous to a giant moving bus that (spoiler alert) ends up getting digi-painted hot pink in a crucial scene, this play was a million laughs, a few tears, all set to toe-tappin', hand-clappin' disco and Madonna musical numbers.

Then there's the Broadway classic Anything Goes starring the legendary Sutton Foster. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved seeing her in this role. After at least 3 attempts to see her in different shows over the years, I either couldn't get tickets, friends wanted to see something else instead, or saw an understudy instead. Finally it happened! I saw her, and the entire company was fabulous as well. They performed a tap number in the middle of song that was seriously five minutes long, and then went right back to singing like it wasn't even hard!

Finally, I made it back to Columbus just in time to see Ke$ha's Get Sleazy tour at the Ohio State Fair, and I know it sounds crazy but it was a really great show! It was just exactly as ridiculous as I wanted it to be. She got a little crazy in one number where she was drinking blood from a human heart she ripped from one of her male dancers, but she made up for it in spades with the multiple glitter cannons that shot out into the audience...even in the cheap seats (where we obviously were...) It was amazing!