mercury glass

So excited to have Sadie guest posting today from Splendid Spaces.

Mercury glass looks so beautiful and can seamlessly blend with any type of decor. I will be using mercury glass vases for centerpieces at an upcoming bridesmaids’ luncheon I am planning. They will be filled with simple white flowers, allowing the mercury glass to really stand out.

{Mercury Glass Inspiration}

{Mercury Glass Inspiration}

First, I purchased inexpensive glass from Goodwill. The Mason jar and milk bottle were a grand total of $3.12.

Plain Glass

I used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, which I found at Hobby Lobby. I used my 40 percent off coupon, so it was about $7.50 after using the discount.

Krylon Glass

I sprayed the inside and outside of both vases to achieve an all-around mirrored look. It ran a little bit and pooled inside the glass, so I swirled the pooled spray paint around the inside of the glass to fully cover every inch.

Inside Mason Jar

Outside Mason Jar

After filling a spray bottle with a half water and half vinegar combination, I sprayed this solution on the vases.

I found it was important to spray the water and vinegar solution when the Looking Glass spray paint is almost dry in order to create the weathered, uneven look of mercury glass.

Milk Bottle Beaded

The solution will bead up; let it sit on there for about two minutes before patting the bubbles down lightly.

Then, voila! You have your very own mercury glass vases. This is such an easy and inexpensive project to do, and the final product looks amazing!

Final Finished Products

Check out Splendid Spaces for more inspiration!

parade pants

This evening we begin our first parades of the big Mardi Gras weekend down here in New Orleans. Purple, green and gold apparel will be in full rotation from now through Fat Tuesday.

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Purple; one, two, threeGreen: one, two, three Gold: one, two, three 

{note, we do not get this dressy, but we do proudly sport the bold colors}

a little happy

Any chance to give a little happy I take full advantage of. Valentine’s is one of those days, just something small and thoughtful does the trick. And it doesn’t have to be flowers {I prefer macaroons and champagne, but any of these gifts would do too}!

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heart pillow, arrow card, macaroon limoge, sunglasses, heart earrings, heart scarf, candle 

sip and see

Today I share with you my favorite places to sip and see {live music} in New Orleans. I could go on forever, and my list today is a bit lengthy,  so I will get right to it.

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The Bulldog: Grab a pint or a pitcher, an extremely large list of beers on tap and a great patio

The Columns: The perfect place to sit on St. Charles Avenue and enjoy the scenery and a few cocktails of course

The Delachaise: Situated right on St. Charles Avenue as well, boasting an extensive wine list, as well as amazing food {think little french bistro}

Pat O’Briens: The only touristy bar on the list, but as a local, it’s always nice to go every once in a while, check out the piano bar, the line is worth the wait

Davenport Lounge at the Ritz: A great place to grab a fancy cocktail and listen to the jazz of Jeremy Davenport

The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel: The bf and I’s all time favorite bar for a fancy drink {try a Sidecar on the rocks, or a Ramos Gin Fizz}

DBA: A great place for live music on Frenchman Street

Tipitina’s: Live music hotspot, in Uptown New Orleans

The Goldmine: Late night dance spot, best DJ and flaming Dr. Peppers

Image credit: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine 

*Again, looking for more suggestions? Feel free to email me luckygirlfinds@gmail.com. See my post {here} for brunch, lunch and dinner favorites!

the lunch bag clutch

lunch bag clutch

I’ve seen these lunch bag style clutches all over, one small problem, majority of the ones I’ve come across are over $200! I finally found one, for a much more affordable price, $36 to be exact.

lunch bag clutch

their way: Marie Turnor, $220

the save way: Zara, $36

feeling cold, thinking warm

My first job {and my favorite}, was at a high-end resort wear boutique. I started when I was 16 and continued to work there on college breaks. January was always my favorite month, when shipment after shipment of beautiful spring and summer pieces would arrive. While majority of the country is absolutely freezing this time of year, it was always fun to get lost in the new arrivals.

Working there I learned that January and February are the best months to shop for swimwear, sizes are fully stocked and the motivation that comes from buying a new swimsuit is wonderful! I have never been one to reach for the one piece, but I absolutely love these new arrivals from J.Crew.

J.Crew One Pieces

floral halter, bright blue, stripes, pink and green

brunch, lunch and dinner

Over the next few weeks New Orleans will be receiving much more attention then usual, as Superbowl XLVII comes to town and our Mardi Gras season continues to march on. I frequently get asked for my favorites around town and I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few. Over the next two weeks I have a few posts planned to share my picks throughout the Big Easy. Today, we focus on brunch, lunch and dinner!

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Brunch: 
Atchafalaya;  A local’s favorite jazz brunch and an amazing bloody mary bar
Stanley; Brunch with a view located right in the heart of New Orleans, overlooking Jackson Square
 
Lunch:
Baru;  A latin twist on local favorites
Parkway Bakery and Tavern; Best po’boys in the city
 
Dinner:
Galatoires: An old New Orleans tradition {note: men must wear a jacket}
 
Gluten Free:
Dick and Jenny’s; Hands down the best New Orleans favorites made Gluten Free 
 
*If I was in town for only a weekend these would be my top picks, however I could go on forever with my favorites. Want a few more suggestions? Feel free to email me luckygirlfinds@gmail.com
 
Image credit: one, two and three {my own}, four, five, six 

just a little accent

I finally found a dresser {briefly shown here} and started making changes around my bedroom to accommodate the style and size. The new piece is a total different shape then my last one and I now have the space for an additional accent piece in my room. I recently found several I love from Target, and majority happen to be on sale too {all under $65}!

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one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight


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