Monday, March 26, 2012

Beautiful Day for a Fest!

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In B.R. when the weather begins to turn amazingly delightful, it's time to go to Beerfest! I think what makes me love it so much it that it's on the LSU Rural Life Museum grounds, which is pretty much what it sounds like. Cows wandering around, old sheds and barns, antique equipment and pretty botanical gardens scattered about make for pretty dreamy setting for sipping some yummy brews. The homebrew stands are where it's at at. Imagine brews like Choco Taco, Holy Mole and Coconut Porter, I even tried a nacho flavored beer this year (that's right).  Seriously though, how can you go wrong.... warm sun, free potato chips, and a bottomless cup of exotic brews....It was a Saturday well spent.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Wearing Green Y'all

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St. Patty's Day is a pretty fun holiday in our neighborhood. It's kind of an extension of Mardi Gras. Lots of interesting characters roaming the streets, a big parade, and nearly every near by business is hosting a party of some sorts. We kept our partying to the backyard with some hotdogs and cocktails, but before that started I did walk down to the parade just in time to see Peyton ride by on a float with some friends (can you guys find in the pic below?) This holiday marks the unofficial start to spring and I couldn't be happier. I'm ready for some sunshine and lighter layers!!! This time last year I was in Austin for SXSW, and it was pretty magical. I'm super jealous of all of you that attended!! I'm already thinking of maybe booking a place for next year.........I don't think I can stand to miss it again.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Hi hi!! Just dropping in to share this amazing music video from Sucre that I just can't get over. Eisley fans will recognize Stacy Dupree King, Sucre is a collaboration between Stacy, her husband Darren King (from Mutemath), and the amazing Jeremy Larson. Sucre also has a gorgeous blog you should check out here. Need i say more....the styling of this video is one of the most breathtaking things I've seen in a while. Enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2012

In-between

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The winds of change are blowing around these parts. This fickle in-between weather has been calling for a combo of breezy tops with easy to shed layers lately. To me it seems like the perfect reason to indulge in my recent tuxedo blazer obsession. I'm a sucker for any article of clothing that classes up a pair of jeans and moto boots. I hope these boots can make the transition from cold to warm weather because I don't plan on taking these babies off any time soon. (I might be a little obsessed.)


Jacket - Rock and Republic for Kohl's, Top and scarf - Forever21, Jeans - Gap, Boots - Lucky Brand

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New in Curious Prints [etsy love]

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Irma Senta - The Tattood Lady. 11x17 Print

I'm 100% in love with these vintage circus photographs I've just added to my shop Curious Prints. Reproductions of these photos are available on cardstock or photo paper. I have many more fun vintage circus images I'll be adding over the next few weeks but I'm just so pumped about them I couldn't wait to share.
click on the captions for more info and/or to purchase

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Adjie the Lion Tamer. 11x14 Print

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Millie Betra - The Serpent Queen. 11x17 Print

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dip Dyed

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A trend that, maybe yes, has been getting a little overdone lately....but I love it nonetheless. I've always favored watercolors as a medium, I just love the watery soft effect they have. So I think it makes sense that I'm really drawn towards the dip dyed (or ombre, almost the same right?) effect that is working it's way into SO MANY products. Hair, obviously, clothing, home decor, jewelry and nails! I wear alot of neutrals so I'm really digging the more subdued dip dyed jobs. The awesome thing about it is that you can DIY this trend right into your home or closet. Pinterest especially is filled with dip dyed DIYs for almost anything. I think I might try to dye some old curtains in the near future.....
Photo sources (left to right, top to bottom)- Gown, Bracelets, Glassware, Asymmetrical Blouse, Sweatshirt, Hair, Flower cups, Shirt Dress

Friday, February 17, 2012

As of the Late

Finally rehanging some art to include new stuff

Yay Friday! The joy that Friday brings just never gets old. It's Mardi Gras celebration time around these parts which means I'll probably be laying low this weekend (what a Debbie Downer right?). Living in south Louisiana, it's kind of necessary to take a break from things like Mardi Gras every couple years. Alot of people would argue with me on that, but i'm taking a break anyway. I plan on making this delicious egg boat and working on some new products for my etsy shop. Let the good times roll!
Here are some happy little moments to help get us through the home stretch...

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Silly string at the fairgrounds

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Sharing good drinks with new friends

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Peyton painted this art for our room, i love it

A well deserved breakfast for being good and doing our taxes

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rouge means Red

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Notice anything....different? Yes, my hair is red! (and yes, i like to point out the obvious) Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit and make your talented hair stylist sister attempt to defy the law of science by turning your black hair candy apple red in one sitting. It may have taken us 3 tries but we got it and I'm really loving being a red head, I have to say. I wore this to a Sunday brunch while we were enjoying some unseasonably warm weather last week. Don't get jealous though, the temp has been back in the 30s and 40s and my cute sandals and short sleeves are back in the closet.  A side note, any good tips for making bright color like this last? It has been a little over 1 week and my color has faded a ton, more of a brassy red now but I still love it.

(Top - Urban Outfitters, Jeans - Asos, Belt and purse - thrifted, Shoes - very old from Target)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Beautiful Giveaway

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Hey! I'm offering a major Curious Prints giveaway over on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. One lucky reader will walk away with $100 gift card to spend on art for their home. I'm also offering a discount to everyone who visits the giveaway. Head over to A Beautiful Mess to get the discount code and enter to win :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hello Molly

Have you ever checked out the "Shop by Girl" feature at Free People? I'm dying over the entire new "Molly" collection. It has me so excited for spring clothes, enough with the coats and heavy sweaters already! This collection is full of classic retro looks and peter pan collars galore. I. LOVE. IT.

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Shop the Molly here

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Conquering the Chaos

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Do you ever get than claustrophobic feeling in your brain, like there are so many thoughts and tasks floating around that you can't make much sense of anything? I feel like I have been living in an extended state of having 20 things going on at once and a to-do list that never seems to end. Don't get me wrong, I bring it all upon myself and really love being so occupied. All of the projects I'm working on are things I'm passionate about and happy to be a part of. I just have a hard time organizing my thoughts in times like this. I keep reminding myself to take a breathe and make a list or two. Don't lists just seem to solve every problem? Once I see all of my tasks on paper I don't feel so bad (it's never really as bad as it seems in our heads). So cheers to putting that pen to paper and checking those babies off one by one!

ps. I made a facebook page for my etsy shop Curious Prints. Maybe you should uhhh.....check it out......and uhhhhhh.......like it or something :)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Curious-Prints/182442565194409


Pretty Kurt Vonnegut Quote print by Inkstop

Friday, February 3, 2012

A biker and a librarian walk into a bar...

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Tshirt - Urban Outfitters, Skirt - thrifted, Jacket - Solemio from Sosie, Tights - Target, Boots - Lucky Brand

I don't really ever have that many reasons to put on a skirt lately... so running errands on a Saturday turned into a skirt wearing event. When I put on this pencil skirt I felt a little bit like a librarian, so I went on a leather overload and suddenly found myself wondering if there were any biker librarians out there. Maybe I should start a biker librarian gang...even though I'm neither of those things. Any excuse to break out my leathaaaah!
Anyway, that's the end of my Friday rambling. Have a happy weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti

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I concocted this bicotti recipe after being less than thrilled with some Chocolate Cherry biscotti I had made. They were really good in milk but I didn't really like the way they tasted with coffee, cherry and coffee is just not the best combo...to me at least. Mexican chocolate and coffee on the other hand is just divine. I baked these back around the holidays and included them in the goodie baskets I made. Don't be afraid of that chili powder, it's so delicious with chocolate!!


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
3/4 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted almonds, chopped or sliced
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks

Heat oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
With an electric mixer, beat the butter, eggs, and vanilla on medium speed until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually mix in the flour mixture just until combined (do not overmix). Gently fold in the almonds and chocolate chunks.
Shape the dough into 2 12-by-3-inch logs. Place the logs on a large baking sheet and bake until just golden around the edges and firm to the touch, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
With a serrated knife, cut each loaf into ½-inch-thick slices. Place in a single layer on 2 baking sheets and bake until dry and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer the biscotti to a rack to cool completely.
Storage suggestion: Keep the biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pho-tastic weekend....

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Can I just start out by saying thank you to the construction workers who decided to start ripping up concrete in front of my house at 7:30 am on Saturday. If any of you see them please tell them I'm sincerely grateful. It's not like I look forward to sleeping in on the weekends every other day of the week, it's not what I live for or anything...not at all.
In spite of my whole world being shattered by the early morning noise, I managed to have a pretty jam packed weekend. We made a day trip to New Orleans on Saturday and went to the Tet celebration at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church (Tet is the lunar new year). I'm a newcomer to Vietnamese cuisine (I've only had pho but really like it), so I was really excited to try some new dishes that I had never seen before. I arrived with an open mind and a hungry belly. Although I was thoroughly overwhelmed by menus that had zero English on them, I soon sat down with an array of delicious Vietnamese dishes in front of me. I will admit, I bought one dish just because i liked the color....see if you can guess which one :)


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Bahn Mi booth


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Fertilized ducks eggs, I did not try this one but an adventurous friend did


Mystery Dessert, the only things I could identify were lychee and jello...? But is was pretty good


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There was some crazy gambling action going one


After getting completely stuffed we took a pretty sunset ferry across the river and headed to a beer gathering of sorts at a friend of a friend's house. This was more for the boys but it was fun to meet new lovely people and sip some fancy beers. We also got a ton of tips for our trip to Seattle and Portland, yay!!
Not to worry, I was able to sleep in a bit on Sunday, spend some time with my family and round out the weekend with what else but some etsy packaging (my Sunday ritual). Speaking of etsy.... (thanks for asking) my Curious Prints sale is still going on at Fab.com, it'll be up for another day or so.

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