Category Archives: Inspiration of the Day

Inspiration of the Day…Cold Beauty

Happy Tuesday ev’body! I’m writing to you from the beautiful mountains of Park City, Utah where I’m volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival. I’ve got a day of working and one film under my belt – Another Earth which was BEYOND amazing. I’ll be writing a review about it on Jade Pheenix in a few days so be on the lookout for that.

Anyway, this is my first time seeing snow capped mountains in such a majestic way. I feel I will never tire of the ones I see in CA daily, but these top the cake because they are just so awe-inspiring. So much so in fact, that I wanted to share some photos from my inspiration folder that I’ve been collecting of mountains and really pretty wintry scenery…check these out…

(Akos Major)

(Matthias Heiderich)

(Kim Holtermand)

(Daniel Espirito Santo)

Gorgeous huh??? Images like this help me appreciate snowy climates more.

By the way…those last two images are by…Me! Yep! You can see the rest of that set here 😀

Inspiration of the Day…Decor Frenzy

Things are slowly but surely coming together with my new place. When I have days off from work, I’ve been painting, staining, thrifting, and sewing this place into my own little slice of home heaven. I’m always down for a nice DIY project because I can never seem to find exactly what I want in stores. In this post, I wanted to share some images that I’ve come across that I may try in my own space. They include some wall art and some neat ideas for furniture. (Click the image for more info)

DIY Projects

This is a neat idea involving flower frogs. I may try this using unique soap dishes. I always see so many that I like, but I don’t have a use for them in their intended purpose, so I may just display them in this nifty way.

I love this sunburst mirror made using sticks from Ikea and a thrifted mirror.

Inspiration Images

Images via Isabella & Max Rooms, Apartment Therapy, & Bright Bazaar

As you can see, my tastes are all over the place. I know I have a small space, but I’d like to incorporate an art deco feel in the foyer, an opulent, regal feel in my “bedroom area”, and a bright, eclectic feel in my “living room” and kitchen area. I think I can accomplish all this if I just divide the room using fabrics and such. Stay tuned to see my progress!

[Inspiration of the Day]…Tron (+ A Mini Update!)

Hey everybody! I’m now writing to you not from my work cubicle (as I have been for the past year), but from my new place & space in Los Angeles, CA. My move went relatively smoothly and I’m slowly getting used to driving everywhere, seeing mountains, and having to pay 5 extra cents for a bottle of soda, haha!

I hope your new year has started off well! Mine is starting off quite productively and while last week’s post were all scheduled, I’m now back to writing “live” ones like before. I’m still working out a routine here where I allow time for blogging, so things may be a bit sporadic for a spell. It’s a bit different having time all to myself to spend “doing me” rather than “working for the man”!

Anyway, I’m going to try and bring back my “Inspiration of the Day” feature that I had way back when I started Sparkleshock. Basically I just posted about the ideas, art, colors, seasons, etc that have help my mindspace as of late. I really enjoyed doing those posts and since I’m surrounded by creative energy here in LA, I’d like to get back to them. Today’s feature is all about Tron. I realize I’m sort of late in seeing the film, but with things so hectic, I hadn’t gotten a chance to see the movie until now. In short, it was


The costumes were breathtaking. Michael Wilkinson designed them and they are STUNNING. This is the same guy who did the costumes for Watchmen (of which I also loved), so I expected nothing short of great. I loved the entire feel of the film. The color use was spectacular. How they decided to use warm colors for the antagonists (CLU & his henchman) was quite clever. Cool colors were used for the protagonists which was also neat because anytime they were on the screen, a sense of calm cut the tension that the action scenes created.

After seeing this film, I think I want to be something Tron like for Halloween this year. I’d only have to figure out how to get the light up elements…

The soundtrack was also amazing. Daft Punk KILLED it (as they always do)….but they were the PERFECT choice to score this film because they’re so otherwordly themselves…

My favorite tracks off the OST are Solar Sailer & End of Line…

Seriously, this soundtrack has been on repeat all weekend.

Here’s some more Tron or Tron inspired stuff that has got me in a designgasm…





LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I heard Daft Punk held a rave on set one night because shooting couldn’t occur…I would have LOVED to costume this!!

Trio…MJ Favorites

Seeing as today is the 1 year anniversary of Michael’s death, I wanted to dedicate a Trio post of my top 3 favorite MJ related subjects…This list could go on and on, but that would make this post even longer than it’s already about to be. All I’ve listed above is by no means an exhaustive list…but I could only list 3 because, well, that’s what Trio posts are all about!


Human Nature – I first heard this song during a scene in the ’92 TV film The Jacksons – An American Dream. From the moment I heard the dreamy melody, I was hooked…but I had no idea what the name of the song was or which album it was on. It wasn’t until 2001 when I bought my first copy of Thriller when I was pleasantly surprised by track #7. I love everything about the song – the production, the lyrics, the emotion in MJ’s voice…simply perfection. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the songs that sample Human Nature, some of which include “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” by Nas and “Right Here” by SWV. You must also check out John Mayer’s acoustic version (which was played at his memorial) – it is stunning.

We Are Here to Change the World – This was from Captain EO…one of the 1st 3D films I ever saw way back in the day at Epcot. I rediscovered it when I bought The Ultimate Collection…I love how cheesy 80’s goodness this song is! By the way, Captain EO is back at Disneyland in case you happened to miss seeing it back in the 80’s and early 90’s – it’s certainly a treat!

Rock With You – This song gets me nostalgic everytime I hear it. Obviously, I wasn’t around in the 70’s. but there’s something about the timeless melody and lyrics makes me feel like I could have been in love to this song back in the day. Again, the production on this song is magic as well and that sparkly suit MJ is rocking in the video is so awesome 🙂

Music Videos

Scream –

Things I love:

The colors, concept, and choreography

The fact that Janet’s in it AND they’re performing together

Those latex leggings they’re rocking

Smooth Criminal

Things I Love:

The choreography (Especially “The Lean”)

The 1920’s concept – excellent costuming!

The fact that the scene in this video is in the Moonwalker video game

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Things I Love:

Michael is so cute in this video

The marbles that whizz around in the background

Live Performances

Dangerous – This was performed during the Dangerous World Tour and during various music award shows in the mid 90’s. The dancing in this number is fire and the costuming is on point. I love the fedora’s and red gloves. This was my favorite number to costume during Legacy.

Motown 25 Performance – I wish I could have been alive to see this live. Why? Because this is when MJ performed the Moonwalk for the first time ever. Plus this is when the iconic sparkly black jacket was worn…which (FYI!) was actually his mother’s.

Michael Jackson 30th Anniversay Special – I love this because this was basically the last time the brothers performed together. It was on Sept 10, 2001.


The man always had a sense of style like no other…and even though they were opulent, I loved how he dressed…here are some of my favorite looks…

Some other random favorites?

My top 3 favorite albums are Off the Wall, Dangerous, and Triumph.

My favorite part of the song Tabloid Junkie is when MJ beatboxes at the beginning of the track…so cool that he can do that!

My favorite tour to watch is The Dangerous World Tour.

I do apologize about the length of this post, but you must understand that I have been a Michael Jackson fan since I was 6 years old. Literally. I made my Dad play the Dangerous cassette (yes, cassette) anytime we went anywhere in his car. I never bought into the “Wacko Jacko” mess and I get infuriated at the people whom feel that he committed inappropriate acts with children. To me, he’s simply the greatest entertainer of modern times. But more than that, I honestly feel like he was a good human being with a beautiful spirit. I realize he was human and I’m sure he was a jerk at times and made tons of wrong decisions, but at the end of the day, his music and legacy are some of the things I consider influences on my life. As strange as this may sound, I miss him and I hate that his life had so much darkness. But at least he’s in a better place and his legacy truly will go down in history…Rest In Peace King of Pop – you’re still, and always will be loved.

[“Light Out”]…Why I Love Santigold & VV Brown

I tend to play music based upon things like the weather and my mood and since the weather has been amazing here in Mpls, I’ve had my iPod on my “Kitsch” playlist which consits of artists like The Ting Tings, M.I.A., Passion Pit, Jamiroquai, Marina & the Diamonds…and two of my current faves – Santigold & VV Brown.

If you don’t know by now, my taste in music is pretty eclectic, so I love discovering artists that are unique and talented – and VV and Santigold definitely are. I’m so digging both their styles of  music, VV Brown because she’s got a great blend of retro pop and Santigold because her indie punk sound is super infectious. Plus, I love the fact that these are two Black women that are making music in genre’s “not expected” of them. They both seem really creative and unique and I like that becuase they’re way more easy to relate to (for me anyway) than someone like Rihanna.

VV Brown

VV Brown is from the UK and has been a rising star as of late due to her song writing skills and catchy tunes. You’ve probably heard one of her songs on Desperate Housewives or CSI:NY. She sort of reminds me of Janelle Monae (whom I also love).


Santigold is from right here in The States and I discovered her after hearing her song “Lights Out” in a Budweiser commercial. I instantly was hooked and I’ve had her 2008 self-titled album in heavy rotation ever since. She fromted a rock band (Stiffed) in the mid 00’s whose music I also enjoy.

I wanted to share these two artists with you guys so that you could discover them (if you haven’t already) or just agree with me about how are awesome they are (if you have discovered them), LOL. Serously though, if you can appreciate all types of music, check them out!

Here’s to Lena Horne…

The first musical I’d ever seen was 1978’s The Wiz…I fell in love with theater at that moment and I know it was in part to Lena Horne’s gorgeous portrayal of “The Good Witch of the South”. My parents have always called me their princess and when I saw Lena on screen she looked just like the princess I’d always wanted to be.

Later on, I discovered my insatiable love for Jazz…I found my way through all the greats until I settled on Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong,  John Coltrane and…Lena Horne as my all time favorites. Not a day goes by when she doesn’t come on at least once in my “Coffehouse” playlist.

So here’s to a woman…an African-American woman who was beautiful and immensly talented. She made strides in music and film and became another eternal symbol of poise and beauty for African-American women (hopefully all women) everywhere. You will be missed Ms. Horne.

Button Up…

I love embellishing with buttons…

Le sigh…!

Dreamy Photography by Cassia Beck

These dreamy photos by Cassia Beck are really soothing. I love the vintage quality of them and of course, the subject matter (sewing and girlie things)… 

I love the lighting of these images…so pretty!

Channeling Those 80’s Kids…

I’m totally loving the crazy amazing styling and fashion in this 80’s photo shoot I came across (for the New York Times)…

Hot and Fierce!

A Golden Afternoon…

I saw Alice In Wonderland this weekend and I have to say it was another one of those visual odyssey’s that seems to be a big part of cinema today. I’m not going to write a review about the movie, but I will say that it’s totally Tim Burton and that I totally loved it. The costumes were beyond gorgeous…and I’m not in the least bit surprised since Colleen Atwood was the costumer. Johnny Depp was hilarious as The Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter was a great and humorous Red Queen. Plus, the worlds that were created were amazing –  especially in 3D. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should really check it out!

Anyway, I wanted to share with you my favorite scene from the 1951 Disney classic because I always loved the idea of talking flowers.

…I would love it if a golden afternoon included butterbread butterflies and gossiping flowers!