Archive | September, 2010

How to Rock: Military Style

30 Sep

If you have looked in any magazine lately you will know that military styled apparel and accessories are really hot right now.  This style is something that I really like, not b/c of the overbearing authority of the military (I mean really who is not gonna let the gays in?? That’s another post) but becuase it incorporates some of my favorite things, neutrals and earthy colors like browns, tans, greens etc and it allows for really unexpected combos like super “hard” structured jackets paired with dresses or dresses paired with comabat boots and so on.  I hope you like the two looks that I have put together but some of your best best for great military peices will be Forever 21, Wet Seal,Urban Outfitters etc.

Dress – Wet Seal Military Tube Dress- $25
Shoes – Wet Seal Chain Heel Bootie– $35
Earrings – ASOS Military Style Vintage Stud Earrings – $10
Bracelet – Fossil Button Cluster Bracelet – $75
Gloves – Burberry Leather Military Gloves – $325
Bag – YSL Le 6 Bag in Industrial Rubber in Camel – $1295
Makeup – Mac Eyeshadow x 4 in Burmese Beauty – $36

A lot of the items listed above are really military so if you are not quite sure of the trend mix one military item like the dress with bronze shoes you already own and some simple bangles.  Or make this dress more casual with a cute denim or canvas fitted jacket and boots.  Also you may notice that some of the these items are not budget friendly and fit into the “To Die for” category…I couldn’t resist on the gloves and bag! Also these peices would look great with other items in your wardrobe making the simplist white T suddenly tough and hard by adding these stud earrings and a bronze smoky eye with the Mac shadows.  The sky is the limit and these are all great peices that could easily be worked into your current wardrobe and last until a later season when “military” is not the “in” thing anymore.

Jacket – Wet Seal Faux Leather Military Jacket – $24.99
Tank Top – Scoop Front Tank by Top Shop in Peach – $12
Jeans – LEVI’S 524 Too Superlow Womens Skinny Jeans – $40
Shoes – No longer available
Earrings – Fossil Button Coil Earrings – $24
Nail Polish – OPI nail polish in Tickle My France-Y – $3-$9

I love this casual look.  I decided to pair peach tones in the tank and nail polish to add a bit more feminity to the look.  The jacket is a steal for the rich look and cool appeal that comes along with it.  Even if your not into the military look this jacket paired with a white V neck T and boots would be stunning on any day.  You could also pair this jacket with more standard accessories like plain leather boots and gold jewelry to tone down the military style in the look.

Hope you venture out to work one of this season’s greatest trends into your wardrobe

-Drama mama out

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South Beach Diet Days 2 & 3 Still making it

29 Sep

So I am still making it on South Beach Phase 1. Not gonna lie its getting kind of tough. I want something sweet 😦

Yesterday I had
Scrambled Egg with Turkey Bacon
Leftover Mexican Soup
Almonds
Grilled Chicken and Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic

Today I had
Egg and Turkey Bacon
Jason’s Deli Salad with lots of artichokes and cucumbers
Almonds
Pork with white beans and sausage
Sugar Free Popscicle

I am going to bed now so I am not tempted to eat sweets.

Any suggestions on breakfast ideas without eggs?

New Orleans…Best Shopping, Dining and Entertainment on a Budget!

29 Sep

My husband I took our “vacation” this year in New Orleans which is about 150 miles away.  We did this for many different reasons, main ones, money and babies.  Once you have kids its just so hard to leave for longer than a weekend and we knew that going on a trip that didn’t require a flight wold help us out in the budget department.  I wanted to write up some of hte best places that we visited, dined at and shopped at for your reference and entertainment.

Shopping:

  • Magazine St – If you have never been on Magazine its a quirky collection of cool retail shops, restaurants and boutiques.  We stopped in at
    • Blink which had lots of cute trendy fashions.  They also had a great selection of shoes where I bought two pairs.  Great prices and a great different selection.
    • Little Laughter – This was a kids boutique which had lots of things from clothing like smocked dresses to a full line of Stephen Joseph products.  They also had really cute Louisiana or New Orleans style kids merchandise like books, Saints gear and more.
  • The French Quarter – If you have never heard of the French Quarter is a collection of market type merchandise like T-shirts, knock off sunglasses, hats, kick knacks and some farmers market vegetables.  This is a very good area for cheap buys on souvenir type items.  Its a must if its your first time to New Orleans, other than that its a great place to walk around and haggle for some cool items.
  • Shops around Jackson Square – Around Jackson square there are lots of independent artists and lots of shops containing all sorts of items from wind chimes to dolls to apparel.  Definitely a great place to walk around, you are sure to find a few treasures in this area.

Tours/Sightseeing:

  • Haunted History Tour – We decided to do this tour b/c it was something that we had never done before. All in all it was very informative and interesting BUT our tour guide was not the best and It think that having a tour guide that is really into it makes a difference. This is by no means a haunted house and will not “scare” you, it is more a history tour than anything else.  Pretty fun and very interesting and at $20/person $17/person if you are a student or have a coupon its a pretty good deal for a 2 hour guided tour to the most haunted places in the French Quarter.  This company has all sorts of tours like Vampire and Cemetery Tours and you can book right online and you can find a $3 off/person coupon here.
  • DDay Museum – If you haven’t heard of the D-Day or National WWII Museum its amazing.  It is a very traditional museum with loads of information, photos, memorabilia, artifacts etc from WWII and D-Day.  They have also added a complete interactive 50 minute movie hosted by Tom Hanks which is very impressive.  The museum can take some time to go through, I would block about 4 hours of your day to go through it and fully experience it.  The museum and movie experience is normally about $23/person but I came across a coupon for 2 free tickets into the museum and all we had to pay for was the movie which was $8/person! The coupon is gone but you can check out the DDay Museum site and there are normally specials or forms you can fill out to get special deals.

Food:

  • The Delachaise – This is a bar that we came across after searching for somewhere to eat at 12 am.  They have a crazy amount of beers on draft and AMAZING bar food.  The best bar food I have ever had.  We ordered the Flank Steak Bruschetta which is grilled marinated flank steak, peruvian garlic sauce & shaved aged manchego on ciabatta crostini and the Boz  Sandwich which is St Andre, tuscan ham & arugula on ciabatta to share.  They were only $12 each and were to die for.  Definitely a great place to check out for drinks or late night eats.
  • Crescent City Brewhouse – Located on Decatur a few block over from Broubon this resturant has a really cool style matched with great microbrews and amazing food.  We had a coupon, that you can get here for Buy 1 get 1 free entrees so we had an appetizer of the Seafood Cheesecake which was a savory cheesecake made with shrimp, crab, crawfish and a blend of goat cheese and provolone cheese served with a Red Stallion pepper sauce and crispy croutons.  Forrest had the Southern Crispy Duck (Slow roasted and flash fried, a half duck partially deboned. Served with homemade andouille cornbread dressing and southern greens, glazed with a pepper jelly au jus) and I had the Red Fish St. Louis (Fresh red fish pan seared, topped with crispy fried crawfish and smothered with a spicy barbeque sauce of butter, black pepper and worcestershire served with a side of au gratin potatoes.) We finished off the meal with a White Chocolate Banana Creme Brulee which was a seasonal special.  The entire meal came to $100 without our coupon which was a great deal for amazing service, great beer and a succulent meal.
  • Atikki is a super cool Mediterranean Hookah bar and restaurant.  It has a really cool atmosphere with reasonably prices drinks (Abita on draft for about $4) and amazing belly dancers.  They also have a variety of flavored hookahs to try out which make your experience all the more authentic.  We only ate the Hummus b/c we were full but it was absolutely wonderful and spicy at at about $4.95 it was crazy cheap.
  • American Sector is the restaurant inside the DDay Museum.  It is a John Besh restaurant and does American Classic’s with a twist.  it is a great restaurant with the waitresses wearing “Lucille Ball” inspired dresses.  The presentation of the food is amazing and makes the experience all the more enjoyable.  I had the heirloom tomato soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwich which was so cutely presented in a tin can allowing you to pour it out on your own into a tiny white glass bowl with a chive oil covered bottom.  Forrest had the Sicilian sandwich which was their take on the muffaletta but instead of olive salad there was a pickled artichoke salad.  We finished off lunch with a chocolate shake and for all around $28!

Drinks/Entertainment:

  • Atikki – as stated above, super cool Mediterranean hookah bar and restaurant, great atmosphere and belly dancers!
  • Crescent City Brewhouse – as stated above this is a great location for dinner but also has a bar with great beer brewed in house.  They also have sampler options if you want to try all of their beers without falling out of your chair.  Forrest and I tried all of their beers and all were great with the Red Stallion being my favorite.  A large glass, probably a 24 oz glass comes in at $7.50 which is a great price for the quality.
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar – we came across this place on our Haunted Ghost Tour, this bar was said to be built in between 1722 and 1732 and is the oldest standing structure in the US.  It has a great atmosphere with lots of history and stories to go along with it.  They have a signature drink called a “Voodoo Daquiri” which is like frozen grape alcoholic Kool-aid…delicious!
  • Jackson Square – There are always street performers, acrobats and palm readers in this area which are great for “free” entertainment.
  • Bourbon Street – There are literally 100s of bars, clubs and more on Bourbon St.  You can find anything you are looking for here whether its a great Karaoke bar, Jazz Club or Drag Queen Spot you are sure to find a great spot to kick back and relax.
  • The Delachaise – Mentioned above, great beers on draft and great food.

Lodging: We stayed at the Henry Howard House Inn on Prytania.  Such an amazing place with real history.  The rooms are really big, the furnishing and art are really authentic and the staff is super helpful and knowledgeable about the city.  Not only is the Inn right off of St. Charles in walking distance from restaurants and the Street car it is a quick and cheap cab ride to most places in the city most of the time around $7 to $10.  Beautiful place, great staff and true New Orleans living.

We had a great time in New Orleans and would definitely suggest all of the places, shops restaurants mentioned above.  Hope you enjoy.

South Beach Diet – Day 1

27 Sep

So after a crazy wonderfully glutoneous weekend in New Orleans with my hubby we have started South Beach Diet.  I have been

No need to buy the book I checked mine out at my local library!

an avid Weight Watcher for years but had an epiphany last week and realized that I needed a plan that I was not familiar with so that I could be strict on myself and South Beach was my choice.  It’s kind of like Atkins with no carbs at first but it also focuses on low fat items so that you don’t die of a heart attack.

Here is my menu for the day.

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs and 2 slices turkey bacon
Mid Morning Snack – Light String Cheese
Lunch – Salad with Grilled Chicken Bell Pepper, almonds, cheese and cucumber
Afternoon Snack – Almonds
Dinner – Mexican Chicken Soup (recipe coming soon)
Desert – Sugar Free Popsicle

I think I had a great day so far but we will see if I can stick to and keep it going.  I have another 13 days of phase1 , the strictest phase and I hope I make it and don’t bite someone’s head off due to lack of carbs.

If you know any good South Beach recipes or low carb tricks leave them in the comments. I found some amazing recipes on kalynskitchen.blogspot.com Check it out.

Wish me luck 🙂

-Drama mama out

Chic Dresses for Baby/Toddler

23 Sep

I am always on the lookout for really different, unique items for baby and I found a new love. Classy Sassy Girls on Etsy.com. The main item showcased on this designer’s account is a rufflely girls dress but there are slight variations of the dress that are really stunning and would be great for photos or that special event.

My Favorites

Chiffon Rosette Dress – This dress is a one shoulder silhouette that is rarely seen in kids fashion and is totally unexpected.  This dress has sweet girly appeal while still being something chic and cool that mom would wear.  Its custom fit and can be made into a crazy amount of colors – $120.00

Ivory Chiffon Ruffle Dress – This dress reminds me of the flapper era in the 20s.  Its got a simple satin tank top with a chiffon ruffle bottom.  This dress as well is custom made to your measurements and can be made in almost any color.  This would be a great alternative to a cheesy off the rack flower girl dress and the bride would be guaranteed to love it – $120.00

Black and White Polka Dot Pettiskirt – While this is very cliche cute little girl it has a cool edge.  It’s made of a silk white and black polka dot fabric with a black chiffon like fabric underneath.  It could be paired with a dressier top and really made into an outfit for an event and would be great for photos.   – $70.00

Their models have really cute hair accessories and I looked all over the etsy site for the designer or a link to a person selling these bows/hair accessories but can’t find them 😦

Hope you like these items as much as I do

-Drama mama out

“Catfish” So Confused by the Trailer

22 Sep

I was told by a friend to watch the trailer for “Catfish” after doing so I am absolutely flabbergasted.  It starts out like a documentary about a guy who has a relationship with a girl on facebook. His film maker friends are filming the whole thing, making fun of him, ragging on his comments to her on facebook etc.

Then the trailer takes a turn for the weird.  They decide to drive to her farm in like Minnesota or Michigan or something like that and pull into her driveway and something crazy begins to happen but the thing is the trailer doesn’t tell you anything.  I am so confused.  I have no idea what the movie is about but I am guessing its something crazy from the music and intense editing of the trailer.

This film showed at Sundance and allegidley got rave reviews.  I hope it comes to Lafayette so that I can check it out and cure my curiousity from the trailer.

Check it out

Florence and The Machine : New Favorite Things: Music

22 Sep

The first time I heard Florence and the Machine‘s music was on the “Twilight Saga : Eclipse” soundtrack when it came out this summer. The song “Heavy in your Arms” immediately had me hook and I was immediately captivated by her beautifully unique voice and listened to the song over and over.

I then saw a video for “Dog Days are Over” and was completely paralyzed in front of the TV.  This video epitomizes what good music videos are, amazing music with great wardrobe, hair, makeup, choreography and very visually dynamic and appealing.

The next step in my possession was seeing her perform on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the only words that I can force out are “WOW” Not only did she really sing but her hair, wardrobe, choreography and state presence were stunning and absolutely bewitching.  I liked the performance even more after hearing that So You Think You Can Dance‘s Travis Wall did the choreogrphy.  If you haven’t seen any of his work, check him out, even if you don’t normally like contemporary dance because he is a true artist in what he does.

Heavy In Your Arms Official Music Video

2010 VMA Performance “Dog Days are Over”

Florence and the Machine are also going to be at Voodoo Festival in New Orleans Halloween Weekend.  It is going to be amazing.

-Drama mama out