Filed under: Musings
I was catching up on one of my favorite blogs, The Hostess with the Mostess blog, written by Jennifer Sbranti, the HipHostess. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief there, and she finds some great things to share with all her readers. [If you get the chance, check her out.]
As I was reading, one of her posts reminded me that Christmas is on its way. As a personal concierge, Christmas looks to be one of the busiest holidays. With all the shopping, the lines, the returning, the lines, the rush for new gift ideas, and did I mention the lines? It’s hard for a busy woman [or man] to keep up with the holiday hustle and bustle. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be getting a slew of calls soon, and I’ll be a part of the Christmas shopping crowd. Thank goodness I didn’t get the call to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, though I’m sure it would have been rather entertaining to watch the crowds.
Speaking of entertaining, I think it’s time to get on the ball in terms of preparing for the annual Christmas shindig. Since I always through a party the week before Christmas for all my close friends, I really have to start thinking about what I’m going to do to top last year’s feast. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I love entertaining – from cooking the meal to serving the dessert to mixing the drinks. Of course, you’ll rarely see me sitting at one of these events, but seeing that I’m almost five months pregnant, I’ll be doing a lot more than usual.
So, what are you going to do for Christmas this year? Tell me all about your plans for shopping ,feasting, and merry-making in the comments section.
Filed under: Developments
In yet another effort to share my creativity and ideas with the world, I’ve taken on another endeavor – a book. Though, I’ll admit right now: this one is going to take me a while.
The book is going to be a collection of ideas and photos for throwing spectacular events [I design and coordinate events with DJC]. The pages will be divided into themes that I’ve either used or would love to use for all kinds of events – weddings, after-parties, brunches, and intimate get-togethers [I’m the bachelorette party queen]. I’m really looking forward to working with my crew and some other artists and photographers to get this show on the road. Then after that, it’s all a matter of getting it published.
If you happen to know any publishers off hand – or better yet, happen to work for a publishing company – be sure to send me an email. And feel free to leave your comments, ideas, and suggestions on what I should work on for the book.
Wish me luck!
Filed under: Musings
I was flipping through the latest issue of Gloss [a Houston Chronicle publication] over the weekend when I can across a section called ‘WishList.’
As I perused the pages following, I took in all the glamorous products and accessories featured in this month’s issue. After reading every caption in the section, and making little notes on which websites I’d like to visit later on, I decided to make my own wish list. Once I got home, I hopped on the internet, and compiled a list of things that would suit my fancy.
I love this Nicole Miller strapless tuxedo dress. It’s sexy, with just a hint of understated authority. Fits my personality, if I do say so myself.
This Addison End Table from Z Gallerie would look great in my great room. [I love Z Gallerie – I’m there every chance I get, whether I’m shopping for clients or myself.]
Since I started developing the “bump” [I’m now a little over four months pregnant, so this ought to make more since], I’ve found Nine Maternity to be a godsend. I couldn’t stand the thought of wearing oversized bags as an excuse for maternity clothes, and this store has some great selections. One the brand they carry, Japanese Weekend, has a great line of maternity clothing that is to die for. I especially like this skirt.
Another brand Nine Maternity carries is Michael Stars. Although he doesn’t make maternity clothing exclusively, I do love his “maternitees.” He has a way of draping the tops perfectly, and the line is based on a trimester-based pregnancy calendar. Whether you’ve got a bomb in the oven [as I lovingly call my unborn child], or not, go check out Michael Stars and all of the retailers that I’ve mentioned here and tell me what you think.
P.S. The Thanksgiving Dinner turned out to be a blast. Everyone said that the food was great [I think they’re just trying to make me feel good], and everyone had a good time. We ended up watching movies and drinking "Lovemakers" – a blend of grape, pineapple, and orange juice with vodka. It’s an old mix that I remembered from my days in college.
Filed under: Great Finds
Thanksgiving Day is coming up in a week, and I don’t know whether to be excited [I do love food and parties] or dismayed.
Everything Thanksgiving, it’s always the same thing: dry turkey and stuffing [my mom’s is the best, I must admit], football, and someone’s crazy story about the time his foot got stuck in an alligator’s mouth [a lot of my family’s from Louisiana]. So, seeing that I’d rather miss out on the party rather than suffer through the same old agenda for Thanksgiving evening, I’d decided to have my own little shindig. A lot of my friends won’t be seeing their families this holiday, so I’d figured I’d spread the love. And, as no two households are alike, I thought it would be okay to share some of the things that I’m going to [hopefully] dazzle my guests with. [I’ll update you Monday on the outcome of the evening.]
I’m going to stick with the traditional turkey and stuffing, but I’ve decided against the full bird – seeing that I don’t have enough time to cook the whole thing. Instead, I found a recipe for stuffed turkey breast on FoodNetwork.com [an online go-to for me when it comes to cooking and trying new things. For sides, I’m giving my guest a choice between greens beans with new potatoes, fried corn, my aunt’s famous broccoli and cheese casserole, and scalloped sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I’m also going to offer up some homemade biscuits, cornbread, peach cobbler, apple pie, and cheesecake – although I’m sure I’ll be hogging the cheesecake. I think I may even try my hand at creating a signature cocktail. Whatever it is, vodka will be a key ingredient.
As for decorations, the one thing that I can say about traditional Thanksgiving décor is that it always seems to involve the color orange [my signature color]. So, I won’t be straying too far from the norm in that respect. I found these cocktail napkins at Crate and Barrel that will most than likely serve as the basis of my design. From there, I’m sure there will be a plethora of orange and autumn symbols to go around.
Filed under: Developments
I am an extremely creative being, and while I’m not working with clients, you can probably find me doing one of three things: sleeping [have to get my beauty rest somehow], reading up on the latest in the Big City [my nickname for the Houston metropolis], or drawing. I love to draw – I’ve been doing it for as long as anyone can remember. And I love drawing all kinds of things – portraits, cartoons and comics, even room clothing designs. Yet, one of the things that I love creating the most is print designs.
This love of mine has brought Signature Paperie into existence.
Signature Paperie is where I’ll be flexing my creative muscle for the good of all mankind – in the form of custom print designs. I’ll be working with a number of vendors and fellow artists, as well as doing loads of research [the basis of all that I do], in order to present my talents to the world in such a tangible way. This new company of mine will offer personalized stationery and logos, as well as calling cards, note cards, envelopes and greeting cards. I’ll be creating dozens of designs for you all to choose from, and customizing them to your specifications. We’ll even be offering Stationery Packages, with calling cards [which can be used as business cards], letterheads, and envelopes and more, as well as return address printing for your new products.
Signature Paperie will be an online store in its beginning, but if things go well, I may just house the shop in an enclosed area in my office, to give customers a creative environment in which to envision their projects and wishes. [And just in case you were wondering, I don’t have an office as of yet. I don’t have the immediate need for it.] The website, along with the products for the shop, is being drafted and outlines as we speak [or read, rather], and we will open its proverbial doors for business on Tuesday, 1 April 2008.
I’m really excited about Signature Paperie, and I can’t wait for the Grand Opening. If you see me in a local bookstore these days, I’ll probably be working on new ideas for the product lines. Feel free to stop by and share your ideas and suggestions. You may just see them on the website. As for right now, you can visit the website at signature.daynajones.org to sign up for our waiting list. You’ll be one of the first to know when the shop is officially open. And who knows – there may just be a free gift for the first customers… Sign up today and get your Signature Paperie creations as soon as you can.
Filed under: General
Welcome to Fabulous in the City! My name is Dayna Jones, and I’ll be your hostess throughout this blogging experience.
Fabulous in the City, or ‘FabCity’ for short, is where I’ll be sharing tips, ideas, and new information as I find it. Also, this is where you can find news for The Dayna Jones Company [DJC], a personal concierge firm in Houston, Texas. FabCity is a great way to keep current on the developments at DJC, as well as find new things to help you create the lifestyle that you’ve always wanted.
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