My Mission Statement:
I put my heart into everything I create and write. I want to help you make reality of the project that YOU are envisioning.
To execute the concept that’s been on the tip of your tongue but you aren’t quite sure how to bring into fruition. To bring that breath of life to your business that it’s long been craving.
I do this through the use of my genuine passion for people, exceptional strategizing skills in the face of pressure and deadlines, as well as my naturally creative instincts.
2018 Synopsis for Autobiography Client
By: Juliet Hillbrand
As a woman born with little opportunity, into an abusive family that didn’t teach her how to love, set against obstacles that many would tremble to overcome – Maria Navarro is a survivor.
Maria’s spellbinding story is one of pain, but also one of profound and exquisite healing.
Born in the Philippines with the early childhood loss of her beloved father, as well as the subsequent start of her family’s abuse, Maria is thrown into a life that is not at all her own. Knowing that freedom is on the other side of a personal hell, she brilliantly maps out a plan for her escape. She is fully aware that no one is going to fight for her freedom; so Maria chooses to fight for herself.
Through many trials, she resolves to navigate new worlds in completely foreign countries and far-away continents. In search of her rightful home, she will travel far and wide across a world that has rarely shown her gentleness, compassion, or love.
Maria’s autobiography is dedicated to those hurt by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. She wants to share her truths with the message that you are strong enough to save yourself and create a life that is beautifully worth living.
Maria Navarro has kept her story dormant, sleeping inside her heart for the last two decades. Up until now, she has not been ready to share her truth with the world.
This is her story.
I was Mrs. Navarro's Book Editor for her debut novel, working with her for 6 months on her 289 page autobiography, synopsis seen here, as well as her about the author. You can see Maria Navarro's Autobiography on shelves in 2019. More info coming soon.
Article Published by Lovettpublishing.com (2017)
A Gentleman in the Modern World
By: Juliet Hillbrand
Gentleman. Such a simple word for a term that has spanned centuries and transformed itself more times than Optimus Prime and Johnny Depp combined. A word that conveniently gets attached to every common bloke who can select (M) under sex on a survey, and a word that is hilariously overused in our daily expressions.
We unintentionally make the word commonplace by overusing it in ways that lack intention and purpose. For example: Every night when your TV host says, (as if we’re all just the crème de la crop), ‘Ladies and Gentleman!!’ Or when we casually say things like, “Sir, you are a scholar and a gentlemen,” or bestowing the stimulating label upon every man with an ordinary pair between his legs.
Let’s be honest. Not every man is a gentleman. Not even close.
To be a man is a birth-right, something that any guy with testosterone and facial hair can proclaim himself to be, (and even some females, for that matter), tehe. However, being a gentleman is a designation that has to be earned. A right deemed worthy of those who carry their heads high but their noses low. They let the world undeniably know, “I am cut from a different cloth and no, they don’t make the fabric anymore.’
So, What is The Appeal of a Gentleman?
A gentleman is honorable, kind, suave, confident, and charming to everyone he meets, not just the women he’s trying to woo. He is refined without having the need to boast it to an audience. And a huge characteristic of his signature elegance is that he can make a big statement without hogging all of the oxygen in the room, as weaker men tend to resort to.
But how do you earn this sexy status? Becoming a gentleman and owning that appeal is about more than merely opening a door as a damsel walks through its threshold. It’s more than offering to pay on the first date, or offering your seat, and it’s certainly more than being wealthy.
These are all nice and pleasant, sure. But they don’t add up to didly if you don’t have the attitude to walk that talk. A gentleman’s attitude is not egotistical, but confident as hell. His major appeal is that very magnetism. He is confidant without being arrogant or snooty. An arrogant guy always pushes his insecurities on everyone by needing validation, while a gentleman validates himself from within.
What most women would argue about the major appeal of the infamous ‘gentleman,’ is that they are a dime a dozen. A true gentleman is often hard to find, like an endangered species, or a 4 leaf clover in a field of assholes.
Gentlemen prove that chivalry is not dead in a culture that often accepts rudeness as a norm, regardless of gender. I personally feel that the appeal of a gentleman is that he doesn’t allow the hustle and bustle of the world to change the way he treats those around him. He is confident, kind, and has an air around him that tells you he treats everyone the same – women, bosses, colleagues, waiters, customer service reps. He doesn’t view the world as a point-blank-zero-sum crapshoot. He respects everyone and that kindness reverberates back to him in a gratifying way.
Another core element of being a gentleman is knowing that it’s not merely a phase or temporary mood you can find yourself in. You can’t just be like, “Oh! Today I think I’ll be a Gent!’ and turn it off when you don’t feel like it anymore. Gentlemanhood is the everyday act of proving, to the people around you and to yourself, that chivalry is not dead. It’s not about any one individual gesture, or any action taken in the name of achieving a specific outcome, but instead – A way of life.
A gentleman will do things for ladies like open doors, pull out chairs, and carry heavy books, yes. But not because he thinks the woman is helpless or unable. It’s because he wants her to know that she is a prize to him, something he values and wants to take care of, to respect. If a woman comes into his life with some emotional baggage, he won’t make her carry it all by herself. In fact, he’ll probably help her unpack it.
The Gentleman Evolution:
Now, it wasn’t always this way. It didn’t used to be all about respectfulness, or being a sharp-dresser and smooth talker. It was more like this:
A bunch of snooty, pompous guys standing around in a circle smoking cigars, talking about all the fat land they own and how cool it is to be super rich while they call each other gentlemen back and forth.
Being a gentleman a hundred years ago was an outrageously different thing than being a gentleman in today’s world. The original definition of a gentleman is from 1200 to mid-12c, meaning, “a well-born man, man of good family or birth.” However, today - being a gentleman is less about your titles, and more about the actions you take to back them up.
This shapeshifting of semantics has led to one thing: Less gentleman! But in my humble opinion, nowadays they are much kinder gentleman, despite there being less of them. Quality over quantity, right?
The gentlemen of modern society aren’t in it because of their family-status, reputation, or because they feel obligated to be anything. They are courteous and respectful because they treat others as they wish to be treated.
The modern gentleman is beautifully summarized by David Gandy, a fashion model who wrote a few years ago on what his work had taught him, “being a gentleman isn’t about what you do or what you wear, it’s about how you behave and who you are.. A gentleman holds the door, saves a seat, and takes off his coat to a lady on a cold evening. These are old-fashioned actions, but a gentleman still holds to them, even though the world has changed.” (2013)
I believe the most important thing to take away from this concept, is that a gentleman - despite being wonderfully intentional - is not always perfect.
His imperfectness is what makes him interesting. Women don’t need robotic Mr. Rights who never fail. Neither do we need some unattainable fantasy that isn’t beautifully human. We all make mistakes and mess up. The difference is how a man chooses to take ownership and react to his situation, responsibly owning up to what he can control.
Advice for all of my male readers:
Find your best qualities and work on them. Find your worst qualities and work on them. This matters because it sets the bar for all men to work towards every day and becoming a better version of yourself. Rather than seeing that as some ambiguous destination or becoming something other than ‘you’ - see it as a journey to become the best you that could exist. To better your self-awareness, and grow constantly within your masculinity.
As a farewell thought, consider this: A gentleman is not just a way to address other men; it’s a statement about who you are and who you want to be.
Now go! – Be chivalrous devils.
Article Published by Lovettpublishing.com (2017)
Curator, Clare Elliott, Presents Salvador
Dalí to Houston
Interviewed and Written By: Juliet Hillbrand
“When I saw the words, I knew I had an intriguing juxtaposition of my own. A kind of Surrealism mystery of my design,” said Clare Elliott, assistant curator of Houston’s, The Menil Collection.
Elliott is describing the process by which she determined a title for the Surrealism collection she curated last year. With a deep appreciation of Dalí’s approach, Elliott has been preparing for this night since the grand opening of this exhibition. The sleekly-modern halls of the museum begin to fill up as an audience empties into the East Lawn for the cinematic, outdoor screening.
February 12, 2016, the Menil-hosted event titled, “Two Films by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel,” brings together aspects for art admirers and classical cinema enthusiasts alike.
Almost 90 years after its original release date in 1929, Un Chien Andalou, translated as, ‘an Andalusian dog,’ written by Dalí, and directed by Buñuel, still retains enough magnetism to attract a crowd. The second film shown during the event is the French film, L’âge d’or, translated as, ‘the golden age.’ This film, released in 1930, was written by the duo as a critique of the Catholic Church. Consequently, it was banned by the French government until 1979.
An attendee of the double movie screening, Randy Blank, 48, said, “I don’t know much about Dalí, but the movie certainly shows qualities of his insanity. It was different than anything I’d seen before.”
The free movie screening is in promotion of the collection, “The Secret of the Hanging Egg: Salvador Dalí at the Menil,” showing from November 5, 2015 through June 19, 2016. The collected works center around the famous Salvador Dalí piece, Eggs on the Plate without the Plate (Œufs sur le Plat sans le Plat), 1932. Elliott has added complimentary objects from his influential circle, including works by Ernst, Magritte, Man Ray, and Breton.
In researching for the lively collection, Elliott began sorting through Dalí’s literature. “He was very much a writer as well as a painter. I read, ‘the secret of the hanging egg,’ in one of his notes. When I saw that next to my painting, I knew I had found my collection’s name,” Elliott said.
Dalí’s movie is infamous for a certain shock value it possesses, according to a former Art History student attending the event, Maegan Brown, 25. “I sometimes can’t help but laugh during those scenes, actually having studied a bit about Dalí,” Brown said. She recalls that the artist had ways of simulating drug experiences, sometimes by, “standing on his head until almost unconscious, and then he would attempt to paint his semi-lucid dreams.”
The history of Surrealism, Elliot said, “was birthed out of Paris in the 1920’s. They were interested in the full range of the human imagination, dream analysis in particular. It was almost like a higher form of reality for them, streamed out of the unconscious, the imagination, not of the physical.”
The Dalí piece itself, is on loan presently from the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, and greets viewers on a wall it solely occupies, centered around three galleries reinstalled for this special exhibition.
The Menil Collection is the legacy of the late philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, who opened the museum in 1987. A large majority of the artwork is of the Surrealism nature (the personal favorite of the Menil’s). The admission-free museum also organizes special exhibitions and programs throughout the year, publishes scholarly books, and conducts research into the conservation of art.
With the success of the Salvador Dalí exhibit in bloom, Elliott is excited about the future of The Menil Collection. Upcoming shows include a Henri Cartier-Bresson photography show, opening March 2016, as well as upcoming work she is planning, “with a guest curator for a Picasso exhibition.”
“Putting together an exhibition is like putting together a puzzle,” Elliott said, “you have to make discoveries and then learn about them deeply, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. No single technique applies, but that’s the beauty and intricacy of art.”
For more information on this exhibit or The Menil Collection in general, visit https://www.menil.org/
Written for Internship with BKBT as Assistant to
Creative Director & Head-Copywriter
Leah Kirsch: Fashion Mogul, Feminist Powerhouse, and Inspiration to Millennial Women
Interviewed and Written By: Juliet Hillbrand
Published August 03, 2016 For BKBT Concept Fashions
When most people end a long-term romance, they start up on knitting, or just blow this month’s rent on a bulldozer of cookie dough ice cream..
But Leah Kirsch decided upon a completely alternative use for directing her mind and energy.
The 24 year old, New York resident created the rapidly expanding street-wear brand, Millioneiress, (notice the intentional ‘one’ left in the middle to symbolize the femme brand as, ‘one in a million.’
The liberal and equality-seeking entrepreneur preaches about her gained and natural wisdoms regarding what it takes to be a woman in this world, saying, “When you are confident in who you are, you become magnetic. You will become a leader to those around you and in your own life.”
Check out her thoughts on the fashion movement, no longer accepting a manufactured breed of expression, and just loving who you are, unapologetically.
1.) So your company began with your college romance ending, tell me about why you were drawn to starting a business versus sulking over a breakup or taking up stamping and collecting cats?
Honestly, collecting cats sounds like a lot of dirty work. Don’t get me wrong, starting a business is mostly dirty work but a different kind. And stamping doesn’t go hand-in-hand with my Type A, hyper personality.
Anyway! After my breakup in college, I had a lot of free time. I was over the city partying scene and Facebook was a bore – no customization and coding there for me, haha. I had a passion for graphic design but also clothes, so I found a way to put them together: streetwear. I did a lot of research prior – I must have read thousands of forums and blogs – and I enjoyed every second. Things started to come together beautifully, and it all made me really happy. Simultaneously, I was inspiring and empowering other girls to be unapologetically themselves and independent. After that, things took their course.
2.) Tell me about the ways in which you balance your creativity with the business side of things?
As the Instagram meme says, [I] “throw sass around like confetti.” The creative side of the brand come from things I say regularly, so that makes it easy. I also was blessed with a best friend and roommate, Jocelyn Dawson – I ask her opinion on everything (I’m surprised she still responds). She actually designed our last collection that we launched at our pop-up shop, FEM.
Regarding the business side of things, this comes very naturally to me. Both of my parents are engineers so I am very organized, detailed oriented, and I love numbers. These traits paired with some sass and an artistic, supportive best friend creates a nice balance and forms a solid foundation for a business.
3.) You like to use models of all diversities, and don’t lean towards the standard of over-photoshopping/retouches. How has the response been to this?
The response is absolutely incredible. People crave this; we need it. I worked in luxury brands all through college and realized that the majority of ads are extremely unrealistic and unattainable. It makes girls feel like they have to be and look a certain way. It’s psychologically (and sometimes even physically) damaging. By having girls of all ethnicities in my photos and editing very, very little, it communicates that there is not a specific type of body or look that is beautiful.
4.) How has your brand or your ambitions changed since the company’s inception? Is it better than you initially imagined?
Waaaaay better! I didn’t think the brand would be so impactful. I receive emails, texts, and Facebook messages from people saying thank you for inspiring and empowering them to be confident and unapologetically themselves. This is my dream, to help girls really understand they are enough exactly the they way they are.
Everything I post and make is an extension of me, so being able to really go with my intuition 100% of the time is one of the most fulfilling feelings. I didn’t think I would be doing that to the extent I do. As Millioneiress continues to grow, my ambitions also do. I work way harder than I did in the beginning, and have no doubt that anything I want to happen can happen if I set my mind to it.
5.) Do you have any parting advice for those just starting out with dreams of owning their own business or aspiring designers?
Don’t ever feel weird or strange doing anything that is true to you. There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t agree (that probably means you’re doing something right). Try every idea you have. It’s an amazing feeling knowing you tried and succeeded or tried and failed. When you fail, you realize it’s not scary or as bad as you imagined – it’s actually wildly helpful. Learn everything you can from anyone you meet, and always treat everyone with equal respect.
August 18, 2016
I fall in love routinely.
Not in the romantic sense.. Most of the time we don’t even need to speak a word to one another.
I fall for the people.
The ones I pass on the streets. The ones I commute with and exist besides.The subtle smiles that cross my sights. The person who sits next to me on a bus. The people being the truest versions of themselves in that specific moment. The sincerity of their actions when they think no ones watching. When we exist truly. These are the forgotten moments of honesty. The ones I tend to care for more than the flash and flair of hyped extravaganza. But rather, the strength we as humans can exhibit in the moments that we least expect.
Quietly witnessing someone deeply enthralled by their newspapers, or to catch a stranger laughing at their phones in sheer exuberance.. Noticing someone over-eager to check their watch. It can be an absolutely enchanting experience to see two people greet one another with familiar sincerity. I watch the way body language alters from person to person and the air around each foreign creature. I survey their beams, their quirks.. Sometimes even something as simple as the way they take their coffee. A day spent satisfyingly may be an afternoon on a bench, with a book, pausing periodically to take in all that surrounds me. I analyze and perceive my crossing strangers’ mannerisms, their eyes, the way they hold their shoulders.. Maybe appreciating them in a way that they don't quite know how to do their selves.
Perhaps this is a side effect to knowing our own selves too well.. We become blind.
And what a funny thing that sometimes the eyes of a stranger can view a radiant newness in a completely objective way.
Although I go off on loops, my thoughts remain the same.
Strangers can be mirrors. Showing us a part of ourselves we perhaps allowed to go dormant, or simply just unnoticed for too long.
I consider what they may do occupationally, what they may indulge in outside of that, contemplating the lives that we all lead. What they may look like without makeup, how they feel about their circumstance, how they deliberated their hair and styling that morning. By reaching into myself to ponder the surrounding condition, I can easily pass the days with the characters I create. Some are a bit more creative than perhaps reality could consent, others seem to be uncanny with accuracy through calculated deductions.
Basking in the detail of people is a joy I crave as sometimes it may go unseen. Investigating my passer-byers, and seeking our similarities. More interestingly, seeking out our differences, and depicting all that I can wistfully measure of beautiful human nature.
(Continued on 'Creative Writings' Section)
MLS Style Research Piece (2016):