around the house

I have to admit things around here have been absolutely crazy. From weddings, to the Super Bowl, and a week full of  Mardi Gras parades, not to mention an intense work load at the office. I’m looking forward to a weekend of no plans. My house is slowly getting back in order, here are a few current snapshots.

{and itty bitty vase with a bright bloom}{an itty bitty vase with a bright bloom}

IMG_6260{the newest J.Crew catalog}

IMG_6282{a little leftover Mardi Gras}

IMG_6295{the perfect thank you notes}

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.


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}!


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.


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 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

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