About The Webmistress
Alayna-Renee is a professional freelance artist, writer, and performer currently living in Atlanta, GA. Involved in the world of blogging since 1999, she’s had a love of the Internet since getting plugged in during her college years, and has been a firm believer in using technology to make connections, share ideas, and bring creativity to life for over a decade. During that time, she’s met hundreds of interesting and memorable people, some of whom have changed the course of her life tremendously, and has enjoyed living life as a virtual emotional exhibitionist.
Alayna holds a degree in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance, with a minor in Creative Writing. She began acting and singing professionally at an early age, an experience that helped her develop a love of music, the arts, self-expression, and travel. Although currently calling Atlanta home, she’s also lived in New York City, London, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, and even aboard a cruise ship. Having traveled to over 30 countries and 25 states, Alayna loves seeing new places, meeting new people, and having amazing adventures she hopes to remember when she’s 90.
Nowadays, Alayna works full-time as a professional freelance writer and shares her space with an affectionate 80-pound Lab/Beagle mix named Trixie. Far from the 19-year-old club-hopping New York City party girl she was when this project first started, Alayna has been in a committed relationship with a great guy for nearly 2.5 years, and prefers interesting conversation over a nice bottle of wine to dancing the night away. In her free time, she enjoys all things artistic and cultural, visiting new restaurants, swanky martini bars, reality TV, live music, politics and philosophy, reading, shopping, playing bar trivia, and organizing a large social group in the Atlanta area. She is still slightly addicted to chocolate, glitter, starting projects that aren’t ever quite finished, and Facebook.
About Jaded Elegance
Jaded Elegance was founded in 2000, and was an extension of Alayna’s personal website, *~ Lady Guenevere’s Enchanted Kingdom ~*. The original purpose was to showcase the author’s creative writing and design endeavours, but rapidly became consumed by a personal blog, called Uninhibited: A Chic Web Geek. It quickly became an interesting and compelling project, and just as blogging replaced cheesy homepages as a form of personal expression, Jaded Elegance became not only a personal site, but a company dedicating to providing a full range of creative services.
In 2006, in the midst of a time of personal struggles and negative feedback from all sides about the wisdom of a life lived online, Jaded Elegance was officially taken offline. Sadly, the original JadedElegance.com domain was snatched up, and is now home to another artistic endeavour totally unaffiliated with this one. Unwilling to abandon blogging as a form of self-expression, even in the face of a newer era of communication brought about by Twitter and Facebook, Alayna continued blogging on a friends-only LiveJournal page that’s still in existence.
Author’s Note: Although a few years overdue, it seemed time to bring this decade-long personal creation back to life, and to let the virtual world back in. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.