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from the shelf // a guest post

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**I’m a total slacker you guys, this is actually Sierra’s June from the shelf post and I failed at bringing it to you on time. Is it just me or did June fly right by? I digress, in this edition of from the shelf, Sierra discusses Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. :

In season 2, episode 6 of the award-winning AMC drama “Mad Men,” the creative team of Sterling Cooper asks 1960s women: Are you a Marilyn or a Jackie? Little did they know that the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” would soon have them answering “neither.”

Instead, many women wanted to be Audreys—or more specifically, Hollys. Miss Holly Golightly was a free-spirited, self-sufficient “wild thing” at a time in American history when gender roles clearly deterred women from that type of independent behavior.

Sam Wasson’s “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.” goes behind the scenes to explain how “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” not only altered the course of a talented actress’ career, but how it helped change American’s views on women’s place in society.


anni + ross

The beautiful and talented Anni is no stranger to this space as she is the mastermind behind this series. I love collaborating with her as she is damn good at what she does and is such a doll. Anni and her sweetheart got married this past weekend and the mister and I got to witness one of the sweetest weddings I’ve ever been to. They got married here, which is one of the coolest spaces in Chicago. I brought my trusty camera along and although I’m a complete amateur and could never capture the kind of photographs she does, it was kinda neat to have her be in front of the camera for a change.

**Speaking of weddings, Anni is an excellent photographer and if you are getting married and are looking for a photographer, make sure to check out her site, her body of work speaks for itself.

beth hoeckel

beth hoeckel / shop

I wanted to share some of Beth Hoeckel’s rad artwork as it’s really been inspiring me lately. I love her unique, shambolic and a bit off-kilter style, it’s what I try to strive for in my art but can’t really quite grasp. I’ve always been a “color within the lines” gal and I was recently told by an artist (painting is his thang) that with painting and art in general, perfect doesn’t equal good. Precision and perfection are sometimes our worst enemies when it comes to creating. Would you agree?

meloni mitchell

meloni mitchell / blog

Uber-cool Meloni Mitchell makes uber-cool art including these awesome tees, I’m waiting patiently for the moment that she launches some sort of online shop so I can snag some of these babies.

thief and bandit

thief and bandit / shop

Thief and Bandit is no stranger to anyone at this point, Amie has been wowing us with her rad collections for awhile now. I recently ordered this top and have not been able to take it off for days now, seriously. Check out the rest of her shop here.


Do you guys remember the lovely Lo who provided an awesome guest post while I was on vacation? Well, I have wonderful news, she is now an official regular guest contributor over in these parts! Huzzah! As an added bonus, I will be a guest contributor on her blog, so after reading this post, go on over to Lo’s blog to see what I’ve shared.

Hello, Everyone! So excited to be back as a guest contributor here at Tenacious Dee. I  am constantly inspired by all things design and art related and am eager to share some of my favorite things coming out of this world with you all here on Dee’s thought organizer.

This week I would like to share with you the work of Bethan Laura Wood. Wood creates pieces of art that depict rock and geographic formations. Her work reflects the nexus of art as an object of function/fashion. Her “Rock” series is carried out through furniture, accessories, and scarves. Rocks (if you haven’t noticed from the name of my blog) are a constant source of inspiration for me.

Thanks for sharing her lovely work Lo! xo

from the shelf // a guest post

tina / girl / words / new york

Today, my lovely pal Sierra talks about a book written by one of my absolute favorite women, Tina Fey:

One of the best compliments I have ever received was when my boyfriend mentioned that Liz Lemon and I have some similar mannerisms, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that Tina Fey is one of my heroes. From an awkward Pennsylvanian prepubescent to a presumably more awkward theater tech-studying college student to the first female head writer for SNL, Tina has almost single-handedly paved the way for women in comedy (especially the dorky, food-obsessed ones).

Now, Tina can add New York Times bestselling author to her list of accomplishments (I use the word “now” loosely, seeing as how this book has been out for more than a year). “Bossypants” is an incredibly quick read—just make sure that you read it in a place where you can laugh freely throughout and cry once it’s over. If you read it in an airport terminal (like I did), know that people are going to give you disgruntled looks when your laughter distracts them from their iPads.

Tina will regale you with tales of her childhood (“My proudest moment as a child was the time I beat my uncle Pierre at Scrabble with the seven-letter word FARTING.”), tales of her adulthood (“Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” ) and all the important life lessons she learned in between (“When choosing sexual partners, remember: Talent is not sexually transmittable.”).

Still unsure whether or not you should spend an afternoon reading this book? If this sentence doesn’t convince you, nothing will:

“I was wearing my best GAP turtleneck and my dates were two adult lesbians, so yeah, I was pretty cool.”


How much are you loving Sierra’s posts? Remember to visit Sierra’s blog to read more of her clever writing and check out her awesome outfit posts.

beatrice valenzuela

beatrice valenzuela

Have you guys seen the beautiful handmade shoes Beatrice Valenzuela makes? Yowza! They are so lovely and they look oh so comfortable! I want every single pair!

from the shelf // a guest post

girl / vinyl only print / flannel / boots / records

On our second from the shelf collaboration, Sierra shares with us her latest literary adventure, High Fidelity:

You aren’t supposed to like Rob. He’s judgmental, selfish, lazy, and has an odd obsession with top-five lists. When his live-in girlfriend of three years leaves him for another man, all he feels is relief and a sense of well-being. The employees at his record store don’t respect him and his parents aren’t concerned with his happiness because the majority of his disappointments in life are a direct result of his complete lack of motivation.
No, you aren’t supposed to like Rob, but you can’t help it. You can identify with his struggles of finding the balance between happiness and success, his difficulties saying what he really thinks, and his patronizing family.
You can’t help but like Rob because as flawed an individual as he is, he is fully aware of his shortcomings and is doing his best to become a better person.
“One day, maybe not in the next few weeks, but certainly in the conceivable future, somebody will be able to refer to me without using the word ‘arse’ somewhere in the sentence.” – pg. 94
Of course, that’s going to take quite a bit of effort on his part.


Thanks Sierra for sharing your lovely words with us! If you want to check out more of Sierra’s writing, make sure to check out her blog.


anja verdugo / shop / blog

Loving these pieces from the ann-ya collection by Anja Verdugo. Is there anything Anja can’t do?! Love, love, love everything she does!