DIY | Brooch Statement Necklace

DIY Brooch Statement Necklace

I bought this brooch several years ago at a friend’s jewelry party.  I love it because it can be used to bling up so many things:  the lapel of a jacket, a purse, a hat, a scarf, or a shawl to name a few.  The jewelry consultant at the party presented it using a long string of beads which she wrapped around her neck to create a choker and used the brooch as a clasp.  That’s what sold me and several others at the party. Anyway, as I was browsing Pinterest, I happened upon this brooch statement necklace idea.  It is inspired by a J. Crew Floral Lattice Necklace.  You can …

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Makeup Look | Revolver (Smokey Eye)

Smokey Eye - Vice 3 - Revolver

I’m so excited to publish my first makeup post!  Makeup has always been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl.  My beautiful cousins Sarah and Laura Jane from Louisiana were my makeup idols, and I would watch them apply their makeup in awe.  Sometimes they would give me a makeover and I would feel all pretty and grown up.  If I could do anything in the world regardless of pay, I would certainly pursue a career as a makeup artist.  Before you proceed in reading this post, please remember that I am not a professional, this is just for fun!  Also, remember I have 40-year-old skin …

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Recipe | Deviled Easter Eggs

Deviled Easter Eggs

I am feeling nostalgic this week.  I am missing being the mother of a little girl.  Not that I don’t enjoy being the mother of a young adult, but let’s face it, they are more fun when they are little.  Like most parents do during a holiday season, I used to bake cookies with her for Christmas, carve pumpkins with her for Halloween, and dye eggs with her for Easter.  I sent her a text message the other day letting her know I was missing those fun times, and she replied back that I should have another baby lol.  HA!  No thanks!  I did however, decide to dye eggs in …

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Recipe | Muffuletta

Muffuletta

Muffuletta is a large, round sandwich that was created over 100 years ago at the Central Grocery in New Orleans.  A party sized sandwich, it is a round Italian loaf of bread, filled with layers of Italian cold cuts, and the differentiating ingredient:  a briny olive salad.  I could seriously eat this olive salad by itself by the spoonful.  I didn’t grow up eating this sandwich but I’ve made it my mission to learn how to make it to feel more connected to my roots. You can use a store bought round Italian loaf, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can make one yourself like I did.  An authentic …

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Nails | Mint Chip Nails for St. Patrick’s Day

Mint Chip Nails for St Patricks Day

I love the color green, especially any green with a cool (blue) undertone.  Teal, peacock, aqua, sea foam, and mint are among my favorites and I love to decorate my surroundings with these calming colors.  As much as I love green, however, I don’t like to wear it much.  Further, I wouldn’t really consider painting my nails green either if it weren’t that St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow and I thought this might be somewhat festive for the holiday.  I picked up a beautiful delicate mint green nail color from Sally Hansen.  It was under $3 so considering I won’t wear this color much, I thought it was a decent …

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Recipe | Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

One of the greatest things about living in the Chicago area is that Chicago style deep dish pizza joints are easily accessible.  Growing up, Lou Malnatis Pizza was a huge treat for my entire family and we still love it to this day.  The other joints are okay:  Gino’s East, Pizzeria Uno, and Giordano’s; but my family agrees that Lou Malnati’s is the best of the best.  I feel sorry for my family members who have moved away and no longer get to enjoy it.  It’s just not the same anywhere else.  Other places can say they serve Chicago style but, trust me, it’s not the same.  I have good news, …

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DIY | Flower Crown (Lana Del Rey Inspired)

DIY Flower Crown Lana Del Rey

I really wanted to make a flower crown to use as a prop for a photo shoot my daughter and I were planning.  I don’t know what made me think of it.  I don’t listen much to Lana Del Rey (although maybe I should…after listening to some tracks I think I like her!), but perhaps I’ve noticed her and her nostalgic style in the media and “flower crown” came into my head. …or maybe I was remembering the flower crown my parents bought for me when I was a tween from a street vendor in New Orleans during a visit (lol)… At any rate, my creative juices were flowing and …

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DIY | Masquerade Mask

Masquerade Mask (2)

Even though I was born in New Orleans and practically all of my family lives there, I am embarrassed to say that I have never been to Mardi Gras.  While I have definitely visited the Crescent City many times, I’ve just never quite made it down there around the Fat Tuesday festivities.  Perhaps it is because I am a native, or that my roots run deep there, but I feel deeply connected to the area.  I must have been channeling my loved ones last week because I became inspired to make a masquerade mask to observe the holiday in my own way.  I have always found masquerade masks quite enchanting.  They …

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DIY | Homemade Lollipops for Valentines Day

DIY Heart Lollipops

Valentines Day is not a gift giving holiday for me and mine, but I think it’s important to somehow make sure your loved ones feel special on this day.  I think making something homemade is a great way to do this because it shows that in addition to being thoughtful, you also put in some of your time to create something just for them!  For instance, these homemade lollipops were fun to make and so cute!  They are certain to bring a smile on the face of those you love. First, I went to Michael’s and picked up a few supplies.  I purchased some lollipop molds, lollipop sticks, and  lollipop bags. …

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Recipe | Bacon Wrapped Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

We had a very low key Superbowl gathering this year due to one of the largest winter storms Chicago has ever seen.  To be quite honest, our winter has been so mild compared to last year, I don’t think any of us really minded it all that much.  Fortunately I had picked up all of the ingredients for my Superbowl contribution at the grocery store prior to the bad weather. My step dad, Bill, makes these for holiday gatherings and my boyfriend, who has a very finicky palate, actually liked them!  So I figured they were a safe bet.  We so enjoy these rich, savory, delicious bites that make the …

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