Happy Thursday, friends! It has been such a wild last two weeks and I’m so excited to finally tell you about it. Two weeks ago, I received an email from Dana Tyson at Sunny 99.1, one of Houston’s most popular radio stations. At first, I didn’t even realize who I was corresponding with until it finally clicked: radio host Dana Tyson wanted me on her brand new podcast. I said yes immediately, and within a few short days, I was nervously waiting in the iHeart Media lobby. Our conversation was the kickoff to Sunny 99.1’s Houston Women with Dana Tyson podcast, and I am so humbled by the opportunity. Dana has set out on a mission to feature Houston women who are trailblazers in their careers, and it was such an honor to be the first guest on.
Growing up, I’ve always been a lover of all things vintage. When living in Miami, my favorite hobby was to visit thrift stores on the weekend and do my best to sort through relics for gold. I pore over clothing patterns at JoAnn fabrics, marvel at the fashions in shows like Mad Men and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and find myself constantly diving into the past for inspiration. You could say my taste in furniture is in the same vein. There is nothing I love more than a mid-century modern couch.
My current living situation has posed a bit of a challenge with my personal style, but times are changing! I’ve been pinning mid-century modern home decor for years, and am finally ready to put my obsession with aesthetics to good use as we look for a couch of our own. Styling a home can quickly add up, so I decided to pass along a few unique gems I’ve found while online shopping to help you score the perfect mid-century modern sofas under $1,000 from some of the best home decor brands online.
Who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their life? From graduations to anniversaries, there are certain moments in life that will stick with you forever. I’ve always been one who loves to associate fond memories with a token to carry with me for years to come. My family has always passed down jewelry and given us special gifts for major occasions. There is something magical about a piece of fine jewelry that can carry your memories and evoke emotions from the day you received it. I’m thrilled to announce that I’m partnering with Deutsch Houston, the city’s outpost for all things sparkle, to celebrate their 90 years in business.
Imagine this: seven-year-old Jillian with a pencil in one ear spying on the neighbors, siblings, and parents with a magnifying glass in one hand and a notebook in another. I didn’t want to be a detective, I wanted to be a reporter. I veered off the path multiple times, landing on ideas like sea lion trainer, teacher, performer, speech pathologist, and eventually a publicist. After all the many turns, writing was always polar force tugging relentlessly at the needle of my compass. I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for forever, but I didn’t truly learn how to make my art my job until my twenties.
You’re never fully dressed without a smile. I would sing that song at the top of my lungs when I was a kid, scuffing up my family’s floors with my tap shoes while reenacting the film “Annie.” I suppose not much has changed in the last two decades. Yes, I still sing to showtunes like no one’s listening. Most importantly, I still believe that our smile is our best accessory. Our smiles give us joy, confidence, and the willingness to be ourselves, which is why I’m so excited to introduce you to ARC.