Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cajun Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas an' all t'ru de house, Dey don't a ting pass Not even a mouse. De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo', An' Mama pass de pepper t'ru de crack on de do'.

De Mama in de fireplace done roas' up de ham, Sit up de gumbo an' make de bake yam. Den out on de by-you dey got such a clatter, Make soun' like old Boudreau done fall off his ladder.

I run like a rabbit to got to de do', Trip over de dorg an' fall on de flo'. As I look out de do'in de light o' de moon, I t'ink, "Mahn, you crazy or got ol' too soon."

Cux dere on de by-you w'en I stretch ma'neck stiff, Dere's eight alligator a pullin' de skiff. An' a little fat drover wit' a long pole-ing stick, I know r'at away got to be ole St.Nick.

Mo' fas'er an' fas'er de' gator dey came He whistle an' holler an' call dem by name: "Ha, Gaston! Ha, Tiboy! Ha, Pierre an' Alcee'! Gee, Ninette! Gee, Suzette! Celeste an'Renee'!

To de top o' de porch to de top o' de wall, Make crawl, alligator, an' be sho' you don' fall." Like Tante Flo's cat t'ru de treetop he fly, W'en de big ole houn' dorg come a run hisse's by.

Like dat up de porch dem ole 'gator clim! Wit' de skiff full o' toy an' St. Nicklus behin'. Den on top de porch roof it soun' like de hail, W'en all dem big gator, done sot down dey tail.

Den down de chimney I yell wit' a bam, An' St.Nicklus fall an' sit on de yam. "Sacre!" he axclaim, "Ma pant got a hole I done sot ma'se'f on dem red hot coal."

He got on his foots an' jump like de cat Out to de flo' where he lan' wit' a SPLAT! He was dress in musk-rat from his head to his foot, An' his clothes is all dirty wit' ashes an' soot.
A sack full o' playt'ing he t'row on his back, He look like a burglar an' dass fo' a fack. His eyes how dey shine his dimple, how merry! Maybe he been drink de wine from de blackberry.

His cheek was like a rose his nose a cherry, On secon' t'ought maybe he lap up de sherry. Wit' snow-white chin whisker an' quiverin' belly, He shook w'en he laugh like de stromberry jelly!

But a wink in his eye an' a shook o' his head, Make my confi-dence dat I don't got to be scared. He don' do no talkin' gone strit to hi work, Put a playt'ing in sock an' den turn wit' a jerk.

He put bot' his han' dere on top o' his head, Cas' an eye on de chimney an' den he done said: "Wit' all o' dat fire an' dem burnin' hot flame, Me I ain' goin' back by de way dat I came."

So he run out de do' an, he clim' to de roof, He ain' no fool, him for to make one more goof. He jump in his skiff an' crack his big whip, De' gator move down, An don' make one slip.

An' I hear him shout loud as a splashin' he go, "Merry Christmas to all 'til I saw you some mo'!"

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Perfect Autumn Scent

love love love this woodsy, warm scent for chilly weather

Monday, September 26, 2011

Church Fans

I recently went to see The Help (which was amazing, hilarious and just all-around fantastic) - and one of the tiny nuances that caught my attention were the well-loved fans the women had with them at church. There was something so pretty about them, so I of course immediately set out upon an intense Google search, and discovered the 'history' behind the paper flabellum. The hand-held fans were a vital part of worship in the American South, in a time where modern air conditioning was not a luxury afforded by most churches. And although frequently depicting images of The Last Supper, or a replica of one of Warner Sallman's well-known biblical scenes on the front; the backs were considered prime real estate for funeral homes, insurance companies or even the local Buster Brown - pretty much anyone hoping to gain the attention of the wholesome homemaker 'fanning away the heat' at the Sunday Morning sermon.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Black Honey - Fall 2011

This fall, rules are made to be broken. Mixing and matching leathers makes for a surprisingly cool, totally-not-trying combo. Slip into a sequin mini-dress and your favorite pair of worn in boots, or pair your sexiest leather leggings with a slouchy sweater and pile on the bangles. Whatever look you go for, natural eyes, slightly-stained lips, and pale polish keeps everything from having too much edge, and just enough ease.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Missoni for Target this September!!

Shut up, shut up, shut up!!!! Missoni is launching a 400 piece line for Target, September 13th!

According to Vogue.com: "Come fall—September 13 through October 22, to be precise—the 400-plus fruits of their collaboration (the biggest to date, apparently) will hit Target stores nationwide, the latest in a long line of couplings for the retailer (Proenza Schouler and Rodarte among them). Everything from clothes (women’s, men’s, kids'), to bed sheets, to enough dinnerware to set the table for colazione, pranzo, and cena—all in plenty of Missoni’s swirls, zigzags, and near-hallucinogenic florals. “It’s been a fantastic experiencce, " says Angela Missoni,“one we are eager to share with families across the United States.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake

ohmugauh. amazing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Lovely Laalee Jewelry Collection

When I was in college, my favorite birthday presents always came from my adorable friend Christy. It was always a pair of drop-dead gorgeous, wear-em-everyday earrings. Her gift for the perfect gift has recently translated into a jewelry line, Laalee, available on Etsy.com. Laalee has something for everyone, featuring cut-glass stones and precious metals. Not to mention, the price points are spot on, making Laalee the perfect little gift for just about anyone. Shop Laalee anytime during the month of July and receive 10% off for her Christmas in July SALE!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oh.. I'm tumbling.

I recently got a Tumblr account... I'm not 100% sure it's much different from what I accomplish through this (my blog)... But it's trendy, so I'm game. It's more or less an avenue for me to share my new crack-habit with the world - Stumbleupon. I'm obsessed.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Better than an ice cream sundae...

The most adorable girl in the world (and one of my best friends) has started a blog!! Pretty pleasing... with sugar on top: a blog about fashion, decorating and everything sweet! This blog is better than your favorite ice cream sundae - sprinkled with just enough sass! xoxox Love you Elle!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Banana and Ice Diet

While on the hunt for a unique (albeit - last minute) hostess gift, I settled on a single orchid. I recruited the lovely girl at the florist counter to help me select the most perfect plant and she was sweet enough to offer me some orchid care tips.. which I thought were worth passing along: 3 ice cubes, once a week and a banana slice placed under the leaves, next to the stem. Considering bathing suit season is right around the corner, I might give the orchid diet a try...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just in time for Spring...

With recent temperatures in the 70s, I can't help daydreaming about sunny Spring days... I'm already a huge fan of Marc Jacobs Daisy, so this lighter version, Daisy Eau So Fresh, will be absolutely perfect for warmer weather!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Watercolor Diary

The girl's got talent...
Caitlin McGauley, a watercolor artist, is an remarkably talented young lady with quite the portfolio of work! Projects include names like Lucky, JCrew, Kate Spade, Fashion's Night Out, Hermes and Lonny Magazine - just to name a few.

I, personally, have always wished I had the time and talent to keep a watercolor a day diary... it would be such a pretty way to leave a little record behind..

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

50 Classics for Your Closet Checklist!!

Finally! Fashion staples made simple!

Well, according to Mr. Punxsutawney Phil spring is near! That means it's almost time for warmer weather and wardrobe updates! Keep your closet (and budget on track) with this all-inclusive clothing classics list from Matchstick Magazine. I've already added a copy to my planner for quick + easy shopping reference.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Summer Reading List

Now you can commemorate all of the dreadful Summer Reading we all had to do in school (albeit, I usually waited until the weekend before school started - who wastes a perfectly good summer doing assigned reading...) with a cool t-shirt! Out of Print Clothing lets you show off your inner teacher's pet by sporting one of these tees or put together the perfect gift for any literary junkie by pairing one of these knits with their respective novel.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ikea Wedding

Stylist, Lo Bijurulf, takes simple, Ikea housewares and transforms them into gorgeous escapes. From a deliciously Parisian-inspired wedding reception to a sake-soaked dinner for two, the worlds he creates are so beautiful and styled to absolute perfection. He has made me rethink my entire idea of a wedding on a budget.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bed Head

I don't know about you, but I am on a personal mission to achieve the perfectly-messy-I-just-woke-up-looking-this-way hair that doesn't involve 2 curling irons, 1 straightner, a volumizing spray and mousse, but alas, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Check out these natural beauties and their perfectly wavy, windswept locks...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Toast

After being snowed in at my apartment for 5 days, with the hope of temperatures in the 40's tomorrow, I'd like to make a toast to getting out of the house and spending time with friends!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Living in: Thelma & Louise

white straw cowboy hat (stolen if you're brazen enough!) - truck stop t-shirt - classic black aviators - wild turkey (preferably the itty-bitty bottles) - light grey cowboy boots - classic denim shirt, go ahead and rip the sleeves off and tie it up around your waist