Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Ways to Spinster like a Boss on New Years Eve

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Well, spinsters, another year has come and gone, and we've found ourselves without a date for New Year's Eve once again. But you know what? Who cares? That just means we can do whatever we want instead of having to compromise on our plans.

In case you don't yet know what you're doing tonight, I have a few suggestions. So, let's get started.

1. Girls' Night Out:
          Just because you don't have a date doesn't mean you can't get all dressed up and party it up for New Year's Eve if you so desire. You and your single lady friends can go wherever you want, do whatever you want, and go home as early or late as you'd like. For bonus points, take your own car. Then you're really in charge. Or...you can just call an Uber whenever you're ready to leave.

2. Slumber party:
          Do it up old school with Gushers, pizza, and soda, or have a more grown-up version with cheese, fancy desserts, and some sparkling grape juice. Do makeovers while you watch the ball drop, and make use of that new selfie stick you got for Christmas.

3. Treat yo'self:
          Not up for a party? Have a blow out and take yourself to a nice dinner before retiring to your own sanctuary for an early night.

4. Stay in:
          I have done this many a time for New Year's Eve. Avoiding traffic, drunk people, and all the other noise can be the best way to ring in the New Year. Take a shower and hang around in your bathrobe while you wait for a pizza and watch some Netflix or the countdown. You'll wake up in 2016 well rested and ready for action!

5. Photoshop:
          Too lazy to go out but still want everyone to think you had fun? No problem. Just spend your evening photoshopping yourself into other people's party photos so you can post them on Facebook and Instagram later. No one has to know. Here, check out this time I went to a party with all the models.



Now that I'm looking at this photo, I think I should have chosen a party with Danny DeVito instead...You live and you learn.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I'll see you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Spinster Screening: The Big Short

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After hearing an interview with Adam McKay on Fresh Air about his new movie, The Big Short, my interest was piqued. As someone who entered the job market just after the 2008 crash, this subject has particular significance for me. So, when I heard McKay's most recent film would explain what actually happened while using the talents of both Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, I was all in.

The Big Short tells the story of the people who predicted the burst of the housing bubble and invested accordingly. While I'm still not sure I absolutely understand every nuance of what happened, I feel more educated after having seen this movie than I was before.

Narrated by Ryan Gosling's character, McKay's film somehow manages to explain a somewhat complex financial situation while holding the audience's attention and even peppering in some humor. McKay also creatively shows the passage of time and the overarching feeling of said times by inserting clips and images from pop culture at strategic moments throughout the story. Additionally, he uses celebrities like Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie to describe some of the more confusing ideas that lead to the crash.

Another thing that is great about this movie is Steve Carell's terrible hair. I had seen an interview with Ryan Gosling about his perm for the movie, but nothing prepared me for what was lurking on Carell's scalp. It looks like there was a little round brush and blow dryer involved. Plus, who doesn't love Steve Carell?

I really enjoyed this movie, but I think I'll need to see it again to get all the info. If you're at all interested in what happened in 2008, I do recommend this movie and the interview linked above from Fresh Air.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Audible Spinstering: Troublemaker

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Now that I'm back in town and have found my apartment unburgled, I can say that I spent a lot of time on the road to and from New Jersey this holiday season. On the way there, I listened to Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, but I am sorry to say I cannot recommend it. It was basically a jazzed-up middle school text book. Not really my favorite. On the way back, though, I listened to something much more entertaining: Leah Remini's Troublemaker.

Now, you've probably seen a little about this book in the news, but just in case you haven't, it's about Remini's recent break with Scientology, and she does not hold back.

Remini's mother introduced her daughters to the church of Scientology when they were children, so all told she was part of the faith for some thirty years. Because of this, the depth of information she shares about the actual course work, auditing, and manual labor required in Scientology was much more expansive than I would originally have thought.

While this book is largely about Remini's exit from her long-held faith, there are also tidbits about her personal life and career that add a little spice. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say she's quite a fireball. Re: if you're offended by strong language, I don't necessarily suggest this book for you.

I will say this, though: listening to this book on tape as read by the author added something I would not have gotten by reading the book on my own. Leah Remini's accent and inflections are worth a listen. Her accent and chutzpah are charming.

I don't want to ruin anything else for you with regards to the book, but I think you may be surprised with the way in which Remini talks about her former faith. The book isn't a total scientology-bash, and I think you'll find it quite interesting, funny, and informative.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

See You Soon!



Well, spinsters. After a busy season of drawing and painting, I'm taking yet another break. Don't worry, I'm still a spinster. I still love my dog, my bathrobe, and my sweatpants, but as we all know, the holidays are a very busy time of year. This year, in particular, I'll be doing a lot of traveling. So, until all that is finished, I'll be taking a little more time off.

If you want to follow my adventures, you can check out my true obsession: Instagram (@Jonezee85).

I'll be back before the New Year, so have a happy Sunday and some happy Holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2015

#FAFATL: Patches!

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I haven't done Free Art Friday in quite some time, so I thought since the Holidays are upon us, I might help someone get a little festive. Today I'm going to drop these two patches somewhere in Atlanta. Ok, ok. I know only one of them is Festive, but I don't know...you might be getting turnt for Christmas, too. Who am I to say?

So, if you're living in the Atlanta area, follow the #FAFATL hashtag on Instagram. And, if you want to find these particular free art drops, you can follow my Instagram: @Jonezee85.

Happy Friday and happy hunting!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Spinstergram: My Last Order of the Season



So, since I went dark for quite a few days, I thought I should share one of the things I was working on. Between My last post and this one, I've shipped three paintings, two drawings, and I hand delivered the one pictured here. The other ones are top secret, and I can't wait to hear how they go over on Christmas morning!

Above you'll see the only work in process photo I took, and below..Tada! It's finished!


So...there are only a few more days until I take yet another break for Christmas, but I thought I'd just share a little bit of what I've been working on before I leave again. 

BUT WAIT! Tomorrow I'll be back because I'm working on a little something for the first #FAFATL in a long time. So, check back tomorrow to see what I'm going to drop around Atlanta.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spinstergram: Taking a Break for a Few Days

Hello Spinsters! I had planned to do another gift guide today and the next day and so on, but I have a few more portrait orders for Christmas than I had realized. That is, I got a few last minute orders that are top secret and can't be shared online. SO. Here is a photo of Miranda watching me work to keep you company until I finish my orders and return to you, dear spinsters.

I hope your Tuesday is magnificent.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys



Most of the gift guides thus far have been female-focused. Of course they have. This is a spinster blog. How many men do you think I have to buy for? Well, the answer to that is exactly four. They're all relatives. As such, I don't exercise this muscle very often. Still, I think I found some pretty cool options. So, let's check them out!

1. Slim Fair Isle Tie: $65, Tommy Hilfiger 
          I'm sure lots of guys are sick of getting ties, but this one is a little different. It's special for the winter season, it's knitted, and it's skinny. So...it's kind of special.

2. Video Drone: $62.44, Amazon
          Between this and the tie, I think this is the coolest gift at this price point. It looks like the video goes straight to the controller's iPhone, so imagine all the hijinks this could supply.

3. Devito Tee: $35, The Club of Odd Volumes
          If there's a workout fiend on your list, I think a new and fun tee shirt is always an option. The more tees available, the less often they have to do laundry. Plus, the tees from The Club of Odd Volumes are lots of fun. I had a tough time choosing between this one, the one with Drake on it, and the one with Biggie. I recommend this website.

4. Grand Wagoner Needlepoint Card Wallet: $55, Tucker Blair
          Tucker Blair has a bunch of cool needlepoint items that are highly giftable. While I think $55 is a little steep for a card wallet, I've made a needlepoint pillow before, and with the amount of hours it takes to make such a thing, I'm surprised it isn't priced at $550

5. Red Wing Boots: $280, J.Crew
          A gift for your boo. So you're not spending $280 on everyone you know, but if you've got a larger budget for a guy, why not some manly boots?

6. Bear Bottle Opener: $19, West Elm
          A mounted bottle opener is something cool for a bachelor's kitchen. Of course I'm a nondrinker, so unless I bought soda exclusively in the glass bottle, this might not get used much. But look how cute it is. Who cares if it gets used a lot?

7. Compass Keychain: $4.50, American Eagle
         A carabiner is a handy thing for any keyring. I have one for when I get my car serviced so I'm not leaving them with my house keys in addition to my car keys. This one's just got a little extra pizzaz with the commas on one end. And, it's only $4.50, so it's perfect to tie in to a ribbon to finish off a gift or just to stuff in a stocking!

8. Cedar and Laurel Bar Soap: $6 (on special), West Elm
          This soap. You guys. It smells so good. Finding a soap that's not super girly can sometimes be a difficulty. But alas! West Elm has this soap that smells of Laurel and Cedar. That's definitely not super ladylike. Yet, it smells so nice. I gave my mom some for her birthday, and she called me the other day to say that not only does this soap smell good when you use it, but it also makes the bathroom smell delightful when she's not using it. That, my friends, is a win-win.

9. Buffalo Scarf: $69.50, Pendleton
          Scarves are, of course, a holiday gifting staple. That doesn't mean they have to always be the same plaid or fair isle designs. Try something that's both cozy and manly with this buffalo scarf from Pendleton. I like it.

Ok, now get to shopping! There are less than twenty days until Christmas. That may seem like a lot, but it's not. Happy shopping!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dance Break: "No Boyfren"



Instead of a gift guide this morning, you get the pleasure of looking at this ridiculous photo of Miranda and me. Since I've been working from home, I've moved my operation into the guest room where my drafting table resides. Most of the time Miranda is happy to gnaw on a toy or sleep on the bed in that room, but sometimes she gets a little needy. The picture you see here is one such time. Nothing would do but standing on my lap while I worked at my computer. So, I had no choicee but to rest my chin on her back and keep working. It seemed so hilarious that I took a photo with Photo Booth on my computer. So, here it is.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering what the title of this post means. Well, unless you follow The Spinsterhood Diaries on Facebook. But in case you don't...

Remember Bon Qui Qui? Well, the other day I discovered that that girl, whose name is actually Anjelah Johnson, is actually a standup comedian. I don't know how I missed that, but I did. So, through a little YouTube searching, I discovered the below video, which is her new song. It seemed pretty appropriate for The Spinsterhood Diaries, so I needed to share. 

So, check it out:




Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gift Guide: For Your Shining Star

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While I was making today's gift guide, I couldn't help singing The Manhattans' "Shining Star. So, I'm officially going to have to embed that song at the bottom of this post. You're welcome.

I think today's gift guide is fairly straightforward. It's for that person who is a shining star or needs a little star power in their life. I think we've got  a pretty cute collection here, so let's link it up!

1. Star Sunglasses: $40.60, Nasty Gal
          These sunglasses are the whole reason I made this gift guide. For the right person, these are prefect. In fact, were I still a college student, these would be perfect for me. Now, somehow, I feel a little less outrageous. BUT I still think these are amazing.

2. Phased Out Bangle Set: $38, BaubleBar
          These bangles are a great way to get onboard with the star trend without going too crazy. They can go casual or dressy, and they're just fun.

3. Moon and Stars Necklace: $27, Revolve
          I love this neclnace. Anthropologie is selling this same necklace right now for double the price. So, I'm proud I found this one on Revolve Clothing. You're welcome.

4. Star Hair Cuffs: $16.00, Free People
          I watched an interview with Liv Tyler the other day where she called her father a wizard and mentioned that he had charms and things in his hair. If you want to look like a much cleaner, cuter Steven Tyler, I think these are the ticket.

5. Embellished Star Clutch: $47.47, Asos
          This is an oversized zipper pouch, but this design also comes in a cape version that is quite snazzy. Both are perfect for New Year's Eve.

6. Meri Meri Chunky Star Garland: $12, Urban Outfitters
          While this item's name suggests that it's just for the holiday season, I think this could pulled out for party decoration year round.

7. Long Nights French Comb: $18, Free People
          I'm not 100% sure how I'd go about wearing such a large comb, but it is really pretty. I'm sure the right giftee could figure it out.

8. Star Marquee Sign: $25, Target
           Perfect for that superstar who's trying to decorate her bookshelf.

9. Wilton Edible Glitter: $7.25, Walmart
          I love the idea of edible glitter. This is a perfect gift for that superstar baker in your life.

Now, as promised, The Manhattan's "Shining Star." Enjoy the song and enjoy your Saturday!



Friday, December 4, 2015

Gift Guide: For the Girly Girl

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Yesterday's gift guide was decidedly more masculine than the rest so far, so of course now I must swing hard back in the other direction. Today's gift guide? For the girly girl! 

If you're a lady, you've undoubtedly got at least one friend who's into all the ribbons, bows, sugar, spice, and everything nice. I left the actual edible sugar and spice out of this guide, but I do think we've got some things she'll like. 

So, let's get to linking!

1. Piped Trim Pajama Shirt: $14.50 J.Crew Factory
          Your girlies friend probably likes to look put together even when she's heading to bed. So how about this adorable pajama top to go with the cute pants below.

2 Piped Trim Pajama Pant: $14.50, J.Crew Factory
          My niece has several pairs of matched woven pajama sets, and they are so cute I could scream. Why can't cuteness like that extend to adulthood? Well, it can.

3. Rosy Twilight Nail Polish: $8, Beyond the Nail on Etsy
          How could I possibly make a girly gift guide without some pink glitter nail polish? I couldn't. That's why I've included this pink glitter. It's even got some stars in it!

4. Peach Pie Fairy Crystal Soap: $7, Willow and Honey on Etsy 
          Honestly, I'm not sure what peach pie soap would smell like, but this stuff is just so pretty. It's got a little pearliness in there as well as some metallic. If you need a closer look, you can click on the image above or the link in this bullet point!

5. False Eyelashes: $1.49, Drugstore.com
          A trip to any drugstore beauty department will show you a host of excellent eyelash options. The best part? They're really affordable. This is a great gift to give around Christmas time because your girly friend will be able to put them to use for New Year's Eve.

6. Beauty School Dropout Illustrated Cotton Scarf: $43.57, Kirbee Lawler on Etsy
          I love the name of this scarf almost as much as I love the illustration. Not only are there cute things like hair brushes and makeup on this scarf, but inexplicably, there's also a few little bunnies. Very cute.
 
7. Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray: $92 for 1.7 Fl Oz, Chanel
          So, this one is pretty pricey, but if you're not ready to spring for this big of an item, there's always the rollerball route. That's much more affordable and also it's more portable.

8. Lingerie Watercolor: $30, The Spinster Store on Etsy
         Ok, again, this is a self promotion. But how cute would this be in your girly-girl's bedroom or bathroom? It's already framed, even.

9. Bradshaw Tutu Skirt: $58, Nasty Gal
          So this is named after your favorite character from Sex and the City. Actually, I have no idea who your favorite one was. I didn't like Sex and the City. But still, it was a cute outfit. AND, it would look great with a bunch of different kinds of tops. You know your girly BFF will know what to do with this gem.

10. Solemates High Heeler: $13.49, Amazon
          A must for the girly girl who's going to have to go to a lot of weddings this year. No more heels sinking into the grass. And they're pretty discreet, too!

Happy Friday, and Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gift Guide: Watch Out!



Thus far, the gift guides have been mostly for people of the female persuasion. However, spinsterhood doesn't mean a woman's life is totally devoid of men. Some of us have fathers, grandfathers, brothers, nephews, or brothers-in-law.

I won't go so far as to say that all of today's options are for men. IN fact, there are a couple I'm sure aren't for me. However, the majority could be given to some of the men on your list.

Now, I know you're thinking that watches except the Apple watch are pretty much obsolete. But, just because they aren't necessary anymore doesn't mean they can't be cool fashion statements or accessories, does it? I didn't think so.

So, let's link to some of these awesome timepieces.

1. Terra Watch: $145, Amazon
          Is there a geologist on your list? I think this is a good one for them. It's like a topographical map.

2. Nooka Unisex Digital Display Watch: $79, Amazon
          This is a cool, quirky watch that tells time in a different and creative way. Get it for someone who needs a conversation starter at parties. It also looks pretty slick.

3. Timex Original Tartan Watch: $60, Timex
          For the prepster on your list. And you know what they say, Timexes take a licking and keep on ticking.

4. LED Light stainless steel wristwatch: $8.99, Amazon
          Another watch that tells time creatively. Unlike #2 on this list, it's got a little bit of color as well. Plus, it's got that shiny woven band, too. Fancy! It's also only $8.99, so why not get it and stuff that stocking.

5. "Whatever, I'm Late Anyway," Watch: $9.99, Amazon
          For your friend who is always late. This is a nice useful-yet-passive-aggressive gift. I'm betting they won't get the message, though.

6. Paper Watch: $14.99, Amazon
          I think this watch is actually Tyvek and not paper, but I can't be sure. The idea is that you gift it to someone who will customize it and make it their own. It's great with sharpies, but you could also add a little sparkle with some E6000 and some rhinestones. I'm just sayin'.

7. Projects Crossover Watch: $140, Amazon
          I think this is really aesthetically pleasing. Black, gold, minimal. This is a great example of watch-as-accessory. It's more like...a useful bracelet.

8. Adidas 'Aberdeen' Sports Watch: $85, Nordstrom
          This watch comes in the rainbow version pictured here, but there's also a black and white version. I like how it manages to be chic and athletic all at once. I'd wear this one.

9. Russian Military Time Zones Watch: $21.64, Amazon
          This watch is pretty cool. I have no idea if it's actually a Russian military watch or not, but it's great for someone who travels a lot or is often in contact with people in other time zones. Plus, it's under $25, so it's definitely in your budget!

10. Salvador Dali Watch: $44, Galis on Etsy
          For the art history buff on your list. If you google "Salvador Dali" watch, there are actually a lot of results, so if you don't like this particular style or band, there are plenty more to choose from. Whichever one you choose, it's a cool idea and a quirky gift for that surrealism fan in your art.

Happy Thursday! I hope this list was a great time. Get it? See what I did there? You're welcome.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Gift Guide: College Girl (2015)



After two semi-silly gift guides in a row, I figured it was time to do something a little more useful. While making this year's college girl gift guide, I realized I may just be getting a little old. That being said, I think I found some cute stuff. But take these as a light suggestion. I'm ten years older than half of regular age college students. When did that even happen?

Now, let's stop lamenting the irreversible march of time and link to some cute gift ideas.

1. Wool Toggle Southwestern Coat: $168, Gap
          This coat is so cute. I see it with some skinny jeans and low heeled ankle boots, but I'll leave the styling to a younger lady. All I know is this coat is very giftable.

2. Leather Passport Case: $13.50, J.Crew Factory
          This case comes in three colors as well as a floral print. It's the perfect way to fancy-up the already fancy experience of studying abroad. Bonus: This fits nicely in a stocking.

3. Mixed Pack of Stud Earrings: $30, Cameoko at The Beehive Atlanta
          I own a card of these earrings, and I really like them. It's fun to have mismatched studs, and I think the quirky-cool elements right up a college girl's alley.

4. Sunny Mood Changing Nail Polish: $9.99, Perpetual Kid
          A lot of college is about skipping homework to make popcorn and sit on the floor watching movies with your friends while you paint your nails. This nail polish takes self manicures to the next level because it's like wearing ten (or twenty if you paint your toenails) moorings all at once. Cool, right?

5. The Snuggle Zone Blanket: $69.99, ModCloth
          A great blanket is a must for college students. It's great for tailgating, picnicking, and keeping warm during a sporting event or pajama-clad movie night. Any blanket will do, but this one is pretty darn cute.

6. Post-It Flag Highlighters (3 pack): $8.95, Staples
          This is a great gift for your super-organized book worm. Imagine if these had existed when I was in the depths of the USC library trying to write a research paper. My, how times have changed.

7. Emoji Magnets: $8.97, American Eagle
          Well, kids these days. They like the emojis. Ok, I like emojis, too. These are an interesting addition to a college refrigerator with great potential for passive-aggressive messaging.

8. AquaFlops Shower Shoes: $16.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
          If your student lives in a dorm, shower shoes are a must. These have holes in the bottom so they can drain themselves. How clever!

9. Killin It Notebook: $13.95, Urban Outfitters
          I like this notebook mostly because I love the Cher Lloyd song of the same name. Click the link to get it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Happy wednesday and happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Guide: Unicorns!



Yesterday we talked about one of everyone's favorite things, pizza. I hope you bought all of the pizza things. Today, we're talking about another one of your favorite things: Unicorns. I think it's time you added a little magic to your Christmas gift list. So, I'm here to help.

So let's go! Let's ride that unicorn all the way over the Christmas shopping rainbow...even if that's not a thing.

1. Unicorn Sleep Tee $38, Nordstrom
          If you're a spinster like I am, you have the leeway to wear the weirdest pajamas you can possibly find. They don't even have to be cute. No one has to know. So, I present to you this unicorn sleep shirt. It's not actually that weird, but it's not necessarily sexy either. And you know what? Who cares?

2. Fleur Unicorn Doll: $59, Pottery Barn Kids
          This is adorable. I'm an adult, and I have a Bla Bla Kids cat doll in my guest room, and I love it. So, whether you're shopping for a little unicorn fan or a big one, this could be a really cute gift.

3. Unicorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: $12.99, Retro Planet
          I love kitschy salt and pepper shakers. These will add a little magic and mysticism to any table or TV tray.

4. Unicorn Jewelry Dish: $17.83, Asos
          The alicorn (the correct name for a unicorn's horn) is a perfect place for rings. The rest of the dish? All your unicorn earrings, of course.

5. Unicorn Wristlet: $27.30, Dollskill
          Now, this is the perfect thing to take to a new year's eve party. It's glittery, it's magical, and it'll fit your cell phone. Perfect!

6. Felt Unicorn Patch: $5, The Spinster Store on Etsy
          Shameless self promotion here. Yes, this is from my very own Etsy store. The unicorn patches have been the first to go at both of the shows I've done this holiday season, so I made another one in case you need one for your backpack, jean jacket, or to stuff in someone's holiday stocking.

7. Unicorn Necklace: $15.95, Hello Charms on Etsy
          This is a dainty unicorn necklace in case you want to be a little more subtle with your unicorn obsession. I like it. It's delicate, quirky, and fun.

8. Unicorn Infinite Scarf: $16.99, Dailyaccessoriez on Etsy
          I'm afraid that the scarf is going to be the sort of thing I continue wearing after it's no longer an acceptable accessory. It will indicate my age, and I'm not sure that bothers me. I like scarves, and one with unicorns is a pretty good idea.

9.  Unicorn Dish: $30, Forage Studios
          I love Forage Studios. They're sort of off kilter and weird in the best way. They even have some things with luchadors on them, and I think that's pretty excellent.

10. Unicorn Phone Case: $28, Nasty Gal
          This is a nice iPhone case. It's got a little transparency, a little glitter, and it's transparent. Something tells me Miley would approve. But...I can't be sure. I don't know her.

Now, I hope you've enjoyed this unicorn roundup, and I hope your holiday shopping is magical. Happy Tuesday! December has begun!