• Life,  Soul Candy

    Soul Candy 015: Obstacles

    “What you need, above all else, is a love for your subject, whatever it is. You’ve got to be so deeply in love with your subject that when curve balls are thrown, when hurdles are put in place, you’ve got the energy to overcome them.” Neil deGrasse Tyson   This week was a lesson in curve balls. I’ve gotten better at handling the bumps in the road but sometimes I get laid flat out. After this whole year feeling like an uphill climb and things recently starting to improve… I don’t think the universe is out to get me but it sure feels like it. Luckily, I’m in a better…

  • Featured Posts,  Style

    Athleisure: Are We Still Doing This?

    One of my good friends asked me the other day if dressing like you’re about to go to the gym but really you’re going to brunch is still a thing and I really didn’t have an answer. Dress has become so casual in the USA™ that wearing a simple pair of chinos and a jacket is considered very dressy in a lot of places; certainly so here in the deep south of Louisiana. I told her no one would probably look at her twice if she headed  out in leggings and a hoodie for bottomless mimosas, but that I didn’t much care for the look as a part of everyday…

  • Life,  Soul Candy

    Soul Candy 014 | You’re An Artist Claire!

    “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent van Gogh I’ve been heading towards this realization for a long time, but it was only this weekend it struck me that I can and will consider myself an artist. I’ve been hesitant to call myself that my whole creative life. The reasons why  are hard for me to articulate because as I roll them over on the page they just are so silly; so foolish. For a long time I felt that a person had to…

  • Beauty,  Style

    Instagram Ads Might Actually Have Worked On Me: Hanacure Face Masks and JW Pei Bags

    After months of being creeped out by Instagram’s targeted ads I finally found a way to turn the function off and over the last few weeks have been pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the non-targeted ads gracing my feed. I’ve done more ad clicking and intentional viewing than I’ve ever done. I’m not an ad clicker because deep inside I irrationally believe they’re all scams trying to find ways to part me from my money. I know they aren’t all scams of course; just squirrels trying to sore a nut or some such. I think they got me. Enter Hanacure Face Masks and JW Pei Luxury vegan handbags. I really am…

  • Design Studio,  Featured Posts,  Style

    Mini Pattern Grab

    It is not my fault that McCall’s came out with an actually bomb spring pattern collection this year. I’m taking pride in the fact that I waited as long as I did to get the three patterns that were most interesting to me. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact they’ve been sold out for weeks and I couldn’t take advantage of the pattern sales. I know I said I was cutting myself off after my last dive down the pattern rabbit hole, but Memorial Day weekend changed things and I knew it was my duty – nay – my necessity to buy them when I saw all…

  • Beauty,  Hair,  Hair Rehab

    Hair Rehab: I Love My Fro But She’s Shy

    This past month was a reminder I didn’t need as to why I always wear my hair in braids, twists, buns, stretched, straight or otherwise not in a fro. I’ve been in a kind of hairstyle rut while I cope with this South Louisiana heat that’s too hot for wigs and I’d also say too hot for long braids. A  few weeks ago I was wearing my fading flat ironed hair in a variety of french twists and buns. After a couple weeks of that I was over it and decided to moisturize my hair and figure out where to go from there. I missed my fro. I was happy…

  • Life,  Soul Candy

    Soul Candy 013 | Life Is To Be Lived

    “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around,” Katharine Hepburn Have you noticed there was only one new post this past week? Yeah, that’s not regular posting by any stretch of the definition I’ve given myself to live up to. These days I have a lot of demands on my energy because of my day job. I don’t have it in me to half ass things that have my name on it even if it’s something I don’t much care for. I just can’t just…

  • Beauty Reviews,  Hair,  Wig Reviews

    Wig Review: Isis Red Carpet RCP605

    I was trying to channel my inner “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” but was really feeling more like Fleetwood Coupe De Ville (god I love youtube, you can find anything). It took me a while to get used to this much hair. But when I did you couldn’t. tell. me. nothin. I like the volume that the Isis Red Carpet RCP605 has which kept growing as it got frizzy. Some will see the frizz as a bad thing so beware if you are frizz averse: this wig is not for you. I have a lot of patience and so managed to be careful to avoid a lot of would be…

  • Featured Posts,  Life,  Soul Candy

    Soul Candy 012 | Keep Going

    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill I think I am the grand emperor of starting over. I think I start over better than anyone and I really hate that I’m so well acquainted with the process. Still, it’s a good skill to have and despite my insecurity over it, has served me well. I’ve started over schools, careers, relationships, cookie recipes, this blog five times… I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process; like that I used to have crippling perfectionism, the root of many of my issues. Starting over, rebooting, whatever, works but it’s not always the…

  • Blog Business,  Life

    Check Out The New Digs: truly claire Has Been Redesigned

    It has been a long three months without you but the blog redesign is finally here! I wish I could say I spent that whole time working on content for the blog, drinking my water, and minding my edges; but alas, no. The break from daily posting gave me room to deal with some real challenges I had: asthma frustrations, a very expensive A/C repair, nursing Crispin who got injured in a cat fight, and collaborating with friends on another web venture that will soon be launched. It’s been a lot on me mentally and financially but I’m coming up on the light at the end of this tunnel and it…