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3 Podcasts I'm listening to, and you should be too…

3 Podcasts I'm listening to, and you should be too…
  1. “Super Soul Conversations”:  This is just a no brainer, I mean, everyone loves Oprah and if you are a podcast listener, then you’re most likely already subscribed. Oprah interview authors, actors, politicians, religious leaders, and everything in between. 

  2. “Elevation with Steven Furtick”: I’ve been watching elevation worship service and Pastor Furtick’s sermons for a while now. Because I enjoy watching his sermons so much, the podcast was a natural subscription for me.

  3. “How I Built This” with Guy Raz: Innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists and the ideas they built.

What to get him for Valentine's Day | Gift Guide for him | Gifts he'll actually love

What to get him for Valentine's Day | Gift Guide for him | Gifts he'll actually love

Valentine’s day always sneaks up on me. By the end of January I m completely over shopping and usually broke from Christmas and the New Years sales. The last think on my mind is spending money. Then, February comes into the horizon, and every year I’m unprepared, running out February 13th last minute trying to find a card and something clever for my significant other. But not this year, this year , this year I ‘m prepared and weather your purchasing for your husband, boyfriend, or best friends I’ve got you covered, plus a little extra

Oleander on Royal | Pop art exhibition

Oleander on Royal |  Pop art exhibition

The Oleander art gallery, located in the heart of the French Quarter hosts local artists. The showcase features various New Orleans artists, most notably Andy Warhol inspired screen printing handmade by Man of Creation. The bold and bright images of Famous New Orleans trumpet player Louis Armstrong, Coffee cans and beignet boxes of the iconic Cafe Du Monde, and contemporary Tom Ford fragrance bottles line the gallery walls.

Brunette to Blonde | Hair Care

Brunette to Blonde | Hair Care

About 3 months ago I decided I wanted to add some blonde to my hair color, my hairdresser and I decided to lighten my overall color just a few shades, and then she went in with heavy highlights in a range of blondes from caramel to ash. So I have been using some new products and over these past few months have fallen in love with the Matrix Biolage line of products.

Sunglasses | Krewe with a Cause

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event held by New Orleans based luxury sun-glass and optical brand Krewe, in collaboration with St Charles Avenue . A portion of the nights proceeds went towards the Krewe Foundation; a charity by the company that donates glasses and eye exams to New Orleans students in need.

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Sun up to Sun down

I’m obsessed with Krewe’s shades and their boutique. I genuinely had a blast trying on different looks; the staff at Krewe were so fun and helpful. Upon entering the store we were offered a few drink options, I chose rosé and was delightfully informed that the Magazine Street location always has sparkling rosé on tap…yes, amazing!

I tried on almost every pair of frames in the store, but my favorite shades of the evening were the Octavia style pictured below. I usually gravitate to more timeless looks with my sunglasses, especially if they are expensive, so I can get more than one season of wear out of them; but I love the contemporary twist on old Hollywood these frames lend, they are fabulous.

Krewe Octavia Plume to Champagne

Style: Octavia

Color: Plume to Champagne 24K

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Krewe Octavia MAGNOLIA ROSE GOLD

Style: Octavia

Color: Magnolia Rose Gold

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“NO TWO FRAMES ARE THE SAME…

And we like it that way. We use a small-batch, handcrafted process for our eyewear, for a difference you can see and feel.”

-Krewe

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Sample Sale

Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, Krewe is having their annual Sample Sale, select frames will be 60-80% off; from 7am- 5pm at the Magazine Street location.

To RSVP - Click Here

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Outfit Details:

Top and Pants by: Sandro

Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar pair here)

Bag: Louis Vuitton


See you at the sample sale!

-XO

Haul | MAC, FentyBeauty, Clinique, Shiseido and more

When I go to Sephora I can never leave with just one thing; regardless of what I intended on buying I always end up leaving with more.   Now, I'm not big into makeup but I do like to try new products and play with simple looks. Recently I ran out of eyeliner and my trip to refill snowballed into a multi store haul. a few products I have already been able to try but most of them I've yet to dig into. There are links next to the items I located online.  

 


Make-up For Travel 

The Fenty Match Stix and Hourglass Foundation Stick are perfect for travel, I don't have to worry about the contour cracking if I drop it and there is zero chance of the foundation leaking and getting all over my makeup bag. 

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Fenty Match Stix Trio

I have been wanting to try FentyBeauty for a while now, I finally got a round to purchasing the contour sticks in the "Medium Deep" set:

Contour - Truffle , Concealer - Caramel, Highlight - Rum

Match Stix Swatches
Hourglass Foundation Stick

Hourglass Foundation

I prefer a full coverage foundation for night time and special occasions, this is buildable medium to full. I am still looking for a good primer to use under this, it went on well with a kabuki brush which was a surprise because of the thick consistency and I'm so excited about the convenient packaging for travel.

Shade -Warm Honey

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Clinique and Shiseido

Clinique and Shiseido
Clinique Eye Serum

Clinique

All About Eyes Serum

For under eye I'm excited to try this product to minimize their appearance without have to use extra concealer.

Clinique Liquid Eyeliner

Clinique

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

My struggle with liquid liner is so real! I love the look but I can never get both eyes the same. I usually stick with a cream and keep it moving, but I want to practice my cat eye so I grabbed this one.

Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer

Shiseido

Pureness Matifying Moisturizer

I have heard great things about this brand so when I found this and read "oil-free" I had to try! I am slightly disappointed it doesn't contain SPF, but this has been keeping my extreme oiliness under control and hasn't caused any breakouts.


MAC and Anastasia Beverly Hills 

MAC Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia  Liquid Lipstick - Ashton  

Typically with lip color I opt for lipstick, but I do like to play with texture and soften color by applying gloss. I picked up these lipglasses by MAC in pink and nude.   I think Lust by MAC will match perfect over the Ashton liquid lipstick by Anastasia

MAC Prolongwear Pressed Powder

MAC

Pro Longwear pressed powder. I picked this up to keep in my purse for touch ups throughout the day to remain as matte as possible!

Shade - Medium tan


Brush Set 

Left to right:

Powder - sweeping and circular motions for all over powder and blending

Concealer - stipple for spots and blemishes

Kabuki - Blend and layer for blush and powder

Angled - Sculpt, lift and shape power, blush, and contour 

Fan - Highlight and powder, sweep excess away 

 

Trubeauty pro essentials 5 pc brush collection

Can't wait to try all of these goodies! - XO 

COOLinary Month | Bar Frances

New Orleans COOLinary month is almost over but there are still a couple days left to try some last minute restaurants. Usually I go to places I know I will to enjoy so I can get my favs at a discount, but this time around I decided to try a new restaurant so my husband and I headed to Bar Frances, a new Uptown modern bistro located on Freret Street. 


Happy Hour 

Happy Hour Menu

 

First we ordered drinks and fries to take advantage of the happy hour that is available from 4-7 EVERYDAY! 

 The Happy Hour Menu consists of wine and beer, food, and select cockatils. 

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Contratto Spritz

I had the Contratto Spritz, made with, Contratto aperitivo, sparkling wine, and soda. A spritz one of my favorite summer drinks, this one was very light and not to sweet, I really enjoyed it.  

My husband also enjoyed his cocktail, the New York Sour, a whiskey sour spiked with red wine.  This was my first time trying a New York sour and I liked it as well, the red wine took some of the "bite" away from the whiskey and the drink was surprisingly refreshing.  

The hand cut french fries with aioil were delicious,  aioli is a mayonnaise based dipping sauce that I am a big fan of, and the Bar Frances version did not disappoint.  

Hand Cut French Fries with Aiol

The appetizers 

Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter

This consisted of some grilled baguettes, smoked beef tallow, and arugula topped with radish.  I was hesitant to try this because I didn't want to eat heavy food before my entree, but this dish was a prefect pairing and wasn't an overwhelming amount of food. 

Mussels

Prince Edward Island Mussels

The mussels were made with a pistachio pesto, malt vinegar, and topped with dill chips.  Now my love for mussels runs very deep. If I go to a restaurant and they have mussels on the menu I'm ordering them, and most likely eating all of them. These were worth a return trip alone! The pistachi pesto is sweet and savory and has just the right amount of garlic for a great flavor.  


Main Course

I ordered the  Steak-N-Frites, a 8 ounce hangar steak, with Argentinian chimichurri, fries, and more aioli dipping sauce. I enjoyed the steak and the fries, not as good as the mussells but still a decent entre. 

Steak and Fries

My husband had the Seared Tuna, eggplant caponata, with preserved lemons, and basil. I'm not a big tuna fan, I prefer lighter, flakier fish, but I did like this dish as well. 

Seared Gulf Fish

We were way too full for desserts but it was included in the COOLinary meal, so we got the Lemon-N-Thyme Pot de Crème to go and enjoyed it later at home.

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Overall my experience at Bar Frances was good, I will for sure be back soon during happy hour to enjoy the fries, spritz cocktail, and mussels!  

Where are you eating for COOLinary? Comment below....

                        -Cheers!

Location

 Uptown
4525 Freret Street
Suite 107 New Orleans, LA 70115

Contact

Phone:
(504) 371-5043

Website

www.barfrances.com

Hours

Dinner
Monday – Thursday
5:00pm – 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday
5:00pm – 10:30pm

Sunday
5:00pm – 8:30pm

Cuisine

 American

Bar Frances COOLinary Menu:

First Course
choice of

Bread-N-Butter
smoked beef tallow, arugula, radish, grilled baguette

Prince Edward Island Mussels
pistachio pesto, malt vinegar, dill chips

Shaved Squash Salad
leeks, fresh horseradish, grilled corn citronette

Second Course
choice of

Steak-N-Frites
8 ounce hangar steak, Argentinian chimichurri, fries, aioli

Braised Lamb Shoulder
rigatoni, roasted garlic, rosemary, poached egg, lamb jus

Seared Gulf Fish
eggplant caponata, preserved lemons, basil

Third Course

Lemon-N-Thyme Pot de Crème

$36

Price does not include a beverage, tax or gratuit

In Review | Auction House Market

Auction House Market , located in the Warehouse District is a smaller version of the more well known St. Roch Market with locations in Miami and New Orleans. Auction House has a young hip aesthetic that fits right in with the neighborhood. My friend Leah and I had a blast when we visited Friday night and we will definitely be regulars. 


 

 

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The Mayhaw 

Entering through the front door, the beautiful square shaped bar is located in the middle of the food hall.  

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We just missed happy hour which is Monday through Friday 4-7, consisting of $7 specials on wine, beer, and select specialty cocktails.  Even though we weren't able to have happy hour, I did try the frozen specialty drink "The Kentucky Peach Pit", if you enjoy bourbon I suggest you try it, it won't disappoint. 


Menu

Elysian Seafood 

This is the first restaurant we tried, I had the crab claws and Leah had the crab cake, both were amazing; but the crab cake was the winner, the corn cream on top was the perfect combination of sweet and savory goodness.

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crab cake

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Aloha Lei 

We were both very excited for our next stop because Leah and I both love sushi.  

First we tried the Haole roll, a crawfish based sushi roll that was set ablaze to cook the whitefish that composed the outer layer. So cool and so good!     

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Haole roll

Next we had a Spam roll, part of the special menu for "Hawaii Day".  On August 18th Aloha Lei is celebrating the anniversary of Hawaii becoming a state.  The spam rolls are amazing and you can choose from a variety, we topped ours with mango and pineapple, delicious. 

Spam Menu
Spam Roll

After our rolls we headed to the back room used for private parties and special events.  It was beautifully decorated in anticipation for Hawaii day.

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Last I made my way to the most instagramable bathroom I've ever seen! Make sure you snap some selfies in the ladies room girls!  


Leah and I had an absolute blast at Auction House Market, everyone who works there is so friendly. Because there are so many different  places to eat, I was not able to review all the restaurants,  but I will return soon to try all the other great places in the food hall. And big thanks to Leah for coming with me! Have you been to Auction House Market or St Roch Market? Comment below,  Cheers!

- C

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Auction House Market:

 801 MAGAZINE STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130 • 504-372-4321

Hawaii Day August 18th 11am-2pm
SUN - THU 7AM - 10PM • FRI - SAT 7AM - 11PM

Newlyweds | Our Wedding

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This May my husband and I tied the knot in a small New Orleans lakefront ceremony with close friends and family.  I am still in awe of the beauty and love that surrounded us during our special day.  Below are details from my bridal look.


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The Wedding Shoe

I know, it's the most cliche wedding shoe....but I'm kind of obsessed, they are THE wedding shoes. Ever since our favorite shoe fanatic Carrie Bradshaw married Big in them I've wanted to get my hands on these blissful icons.

  The Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps are the epitome of romantic glamour and they made me feel like a princess on my big day.  The beautiful brooch glimmered under the lights, adding just the right amount of sparkle without overwhelming.   


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Dress, Veil, Bouquet

Dress: I purchased my Tadashi Shoji wedding dress from BHLDN.com This website has so many great designs not just in bridal dresses but veils, belts, bridesmaids dresses, shoes and more. It can be a little scary purchasing your wedding dress online but you can really save. I suggest going to bridal shops and trying on different gowns to find the silhouette you prefer, then go online and look for sale dresses. (I found my dress for only $300....) 

Veil: This was my favorite part of my ensemble. I opted for a blusher because I wanted the traditional moment of walking down the isle with the veil covering my face; my husband also wanted to be able to lift my veil for our first kiss. My Sara Gabriel veil consisted of two separate custom made pieces, a blusher on top and a cathedral length below.  Not only did the combination give me the overall look I wanted, it added versatility; I easily removed the separate veils to achieve different looks while taking pictures. 

Bouquet:  To balance the simplicity of the dress was I went big with the flowers.  A cascading bouquet may be old school, but it fell right in line with the timeless look I was going for and pulled together my overall look. 


 

 

 

The Celebration

We ended the night with a traditional New Orleans second line. A Second line is a brass band parade that originated as a processional during jazz funerals. The band would follow the hearse leading into the cemetery playing upbeat jazz music, allowing attendees to celebrate life rather then mourn their lost loved one.  On any given day in New Orleans you can see a second line rolling down the streets of the French Quarter in celebration.  Having a second line at a wedding is a symbol of the bride and groom embarking on a new life.

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: Marquez Fotos