21 July 2015

Hey, y'all! I'm moving!

Okay well, I'm not moving but my blog is.

My new URL is JessicaLynnSuchon.com . I just felt like it was a better fit for me right now and I needed a change of pace, so I'll see you over there!

I'll have content up in the next few days.

29 January 2015

Style Crush | Chanel Couture Beanies SS15

While I think designers are a little late to the game when it comes to featuring the beanie (What is this? 2013?), I can't help but fall completely in love with the softly ethereal approach that Karl Lagerfeld took to the shlumpy hats. The Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 collection takes the grunge-heavy beanie and reimagines it in pastel cashmere. Some hats are adorned with layers of tulle, others feature flower appliqu├ęs, metallic threads, pearlescent beading or lace.

I never thought I'd see a beanie that I would describe as "Garden Party Appropriate".

As someone who often thinks, "the only way my life could be any better is if I were a pixie or faerie," I wish I could actually pull of wearing one of these. I'm sure that watered-down knockoffs will appear at Forever 21s and H&Ms around the country within the next few months. If my theory proves to be correct, I will probably buy one in every color and I won't regret it, especially if they're at H&M, because I have a gift card.

(photo source: WWD)

28 January 2015

Currently Loving | Amy Judd's 'Avian'

I love art, but it's not very often that I feel completely captivated and enchanted on a first glance. Amy Judd is a London-based artist whose most recent collection draws inspiration between women and the birds found in mythology & folklore. Judd's composition and use of light are absolutely stunning. I'm in awe of her ability to paint such delicate subjects in such a strong manner. Feathers as armor is such a gorgeous concept that Judd somehow pulls off with strong shapes and soft brushstrokes.

The relationship between women and birds in mythology is something I explore pretty extensively in my writing, so these oil paintings are serving as a huge inspiration to me at the moment.

Amy Judd is represented by Hicks Gallery

25 January 2015

Sunday Journal #002

The past week has been pretty crazy. I'm back at school for the spring semester which means I have new classes, 40 new students to teach & I get to play catch up with all of my beautiful friends who I haven't seen in over a month.

Last Sunday, my friend Kirk came over to watch the playoffs. That's six whole hours of football. If you know anything about me, that is a LOT of football in one day, but it was super fun. To really immerse myself in the sports-watching experience, I wore men's clothes and Kirk and I scarfed down an entire large supreme pizza in under thirty minutes. It was pretty epic.

This semester is going to be rough. I already feel pretty bogged down, but in the best possible way. Between my poetry workshop and forms class, teaching two new classes, and all of the extra projects I'm involved with, I'm expecting to be busy all the time. That's okie, it just gives me an excuse to drink more coffee. I went out for drinks and dinner after workshop on Tuesday night. I ended up staying out longer than I really expected to, but it meant drinking coffee stout and playing catch up with friends, so how could I say no? On Thursday night, I went out to the Brews Brothers Taproom in Murphysboro and enjoyed even more beer, so all in all, this was a pretty successful week.

On Friday night, a few friends and I celebrated the beginning of my friend Meg's birthday weekend. Meg and I are practically the same human being and we both think that the miracle of our birth requires a minimum of three days to be properly celebrated. For dinner, we went to Thai-D in Marion. I ordered a huge bowl of spicy pineapple fried rice that never seemed to disappear, no matter how much of it I ate. The leftovers lasted me for two whole meals. After dinner, as part of our mission to see all of the Academy Award nominated films, we went to go see The Imitation Game, which was absolutely wonderful. I cried through the last half hour of the movie. The rest of the night was spent drinking and making distasteful jokes.

Over the weekend I got to spend some time with friends, catch up on TV shows, read, lesson plan, and edit some poems I worked on over break. Right now I'm curled up in bed, eating pizza and watching Empire Records. It feels like a pretty perfect way to end a good week.