These are some older photos taken because I was featured in a regular  "People of Houston" piece on 002 magazine, you can see the segment here.   What the magazine didn't know is that I was moving to NYC only days after the photo shoot!  I'm happy with the way the segment turned out, but embarrassed I didn't plug the name of my own damn blog!  HELLO.  I have a degree in marketing and use those skills every day, I even remembered to use the name of my trainer, but didn't think to link to my blog.  C'est la vie.  

Thanks to Anthony Rathbun for the excellent photography, I really miss having blog pics taken with real camera's by other people than me!  



A Christmas Story

As I sit at my parents house enjoying a Christmas dinner coma, watching A Christmas Story, still in my pj's from last night (even style bloggers have a day off) I'm inspired to blog about the holiday traditions I grew up with as a kid.  My family and I still replicate them every year, from silly rules my brother and I made up as kids about opening presents to our Christmas meal, it's good to know some things never change even as everything changes around us.

So here's a peak at my Christmas Story...

As long as I can remember, we decorated our tree with plastic candy garland, colorful lights, ornaments  we collected and made over the years, and on some lucky years tinsel.  It was a childhood holiday dream and I still love the eclecticism of a colorful tree.

These two Rudolph were waiting for me on the guest bedroom night stand, welcoming me home upon my 2am arrival home.  My Mom had purchased several  Rudolph reindeer from the dollar store and as soon as the decorations came down from the attic six year old VividVoltage would locate them and clank them around on the tile floor enjoying the sound they made and imagining a Rudolph Ranch.

If you've read my blog at least once, you probably know I LOVE MY BEAUX, how could any one not, look how adorable he is.  Our dogs get presents and also enjoy a little bit of our Christmas dinner in their dog bowl.  We like to spread the Christmas Cheer. 

ThirftstoreBrandwhore strikes a sexy strict school marm pose in her holiday present from me, a Christmas plaid, quilted dress complete with POMPOM's I found at a vintage mart in NY.  She knows I love my Westie, so she gave me this beauty:

She also crocheted this adorably macabre crochet potholder! 

Which in turn inspired me to get stitching, a rocking chair by the fire also provided some inspiration...

I feel all warm and cozy on this holiday with my family and friends, I hope you too are enjoying special traditions or making new customs to observe.  Oh, I've managed to wrap this up just in time for The Grinch that Stole Christmas, perfection.   




Happy Chanukah

I've decided to start letting my friends shave designs in the side of my head, it's fun (and saves money, win-win).  This was the first go round, after a few trial and error buzz by's on the back, this pattern started to emerge, it vaguely reminds me of the Star of David (perfect timing for the Chanukah festivities).  

All I was hoping for was to not storm out in tears or end up screaming at each other.  For someone who has never cut hair before, it turned out pretty rad and has garnered me many compliments, including a loon on the subway this morning who proceeded to ask me on a NYE date, I politely declined.  

Any ideas of what designs to do next?



I walked out of my apartment ready to take on the day feeling like Sandy, the good girl gone bad in my favorite childhood movie Grease, and it was a gorgeous day.  But as I am coming to realize in NY, it's all about layers.  Layers.   And then even a few more layers.  As Sandy and Danny sang, "I got chills, they're multiplying!" but fortunately I found an amazing deal on a cashmere sweater while out shopping, so I threw that on and became a French Sandy....

Chambray Button Down: Gap
French Stripe Cashmere Sweater: J. Crew
Spanex Leggings: Century 21
Crazy Faux Shearling Clogs: Jeffery Campbell, via Solestruck

And French Sandy was perfectly dressed for an indulgent Sunday evening dinner party of racelette, which is a deliciously unhealthy French dish you can read more about here,  




This is my very cartwheel in the city!!  For those of you that don't know me,
I have documented cartwheels across the nation and world.  It is my goal
to cartwheel on every continent, I have three left.
It was a day that required many cartwheels.

SantaCon is when 5k-6k fools (I'm including myself, here) dress up in their silliest holiday wear and stalk the cities bars for a good cause, food is donated to shelters and a portion of participating bars proceeds are donated to Toys for Tots.  That's great and all, but really, I just want a chance to dress up!

Happy Holiday's Y'all!



Pattern Play

Leopard print sweater: BCBG (easily 7 years old)
Stripe Tank: Madewell, sale rack 
Society style scarf: sample
Cords: Joe's Jeans
Oxfords: Madewell, similar style here
Leopard Socks: Forever 21, similar style here

Quick post before a busy weekend of thrift-ing, SantaCon-ing, and playing.



365 Days of WOW

Socks: Sockdreams
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, via solestruck
Belt: Vintage

You might think a title like "365 days of WOW" means I'd be talking about how this outfit just won't stop, which is true, but not my point today.  No, I'm talking about chronicling all the little wow things that happen every day in life.  

Effective today, I'm challenging myself to tweet at least once per day for my first year about all the everyday adventures I encounter as I settle into a new city, make new friends and explore a city of 8 million people.  365 days of wow isn't all sunshine and puppies, it'll be the good and bad, clean and dirty, unexpected and unbelievable that happens every day.  Why?  Because it's fun, it's a way to force myself to enjoy the experience of adjusting, and hopefully encourage others to see the daily adventure in their life.  

Follow me on twitter (@vividvoltage), check back to the blog daily (I installed a new gadget for non-twitter folk), and also on Instagram (you guessed it, @vivdvoltage).  (Mom, Instagram is an iphone photosharing app, but you'll be able to see the pictures via the Twitter feed on the right).