Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Beer Round Up

a little bit nutritious but mostly delicious

Well, now that Memorial Day has come and gone and the pools are officially open, I think it's safe to say that summer has started even if it's not quite June 21st yet.  If you weren't able to get your hands on one of those Bleuth frozen bananas in New York, here are a few of my favorite fruity beers that are perfect to cool off with on a hot summer night. Plus, unlike those bananas,you can find most of them in your local beer store!

21st Amendment Brewery's Hell or High Watermelon

Pyramid Breweries' Apricot Ale

Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Ruby Redbird

RJ Rocker's Son of a Peach

image via Beers and Ears

Abita's Purple Haze

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 1, 2, 3's of Hosting: DIY Bar Set

raising the bar for raising your glass

A couple weeks ago, one of my friends left a few bottles of iced coffee in my fridge.  I was wondering what I could do with the empty glasses after I drank them, when I saw the image below on Pintrest and was instantly smitten.  I've been dying to get a bar going here at home, and I thought this was the perfect place to start. 

image via Style Me Pretty

Here's what you'll need: 
2-4 Starbucks frappuccino bottles (like these)
1 glass carafe
1 X-acto knife
1 roll of painter's tape
1 sharpie
1 jar of Martha Stewart gold liquid guilding
3 bottles of Martha Stewart satin paint

After a quick trip to AC Moore, I had everything I needed.  (I think it only cost me $20, give or take).  After a little elbow grease, I managed to peel off the labels from the bottles and scrub off the stickiness.  Soap and warm water worked just fine.  

First, pour the liquid guilding into a bowl you don't mind losing or painting.  Then, just go to work on the bottles! The guilding is really thin, so you'll need to apply a couple coats, and they won't necessarily be completely even because it drips.  Luckily, as Style Me Pretty notes, this creates a really nice, artisanal look-after all, it is handmade! Set these aside to dry while you work on the carafe.

Using the Sharpie, draw three lines to gauge approximately where you want your peaks to start on the chevron.  Don't worry, it wipes off really easily and won't be noticeable at the end.

Next, tape the outline of your first stripe with the painter's tape and use the X-acto knife to trim the edges of the tape into points.  Apply the paint with your brush, and either allow it to air dry or whip out your hair dryer for speedier results.  I think I used about three coats of paint on each stripe.

When your first stripe is done, peel off the tape and repeat the process for stripes two and three.  One thing to make sure of is that you use the satin paint.  As you can see in the picture, I started out with both satin and high gloss, but the high gloss peeled off with the tape, and I had to go back for more satin.

Do the same thing with the liquid guilding; and once again, keep an eye out for dripping.  Mine seeped under the tape a little bit; but, if you loosen it with a Mr. Clean magic eraser, you can easily scrape any smudges off with the X-acto knife.  

If you're patient with the drying, the whole project can be completed in an afternoon.  So far, I haven't needed to apply a seal to the bottles because the paint and the guilding both stick pretty well. However, I would recommend keeping these out of the dish washer and just washing them by hand.  Let me know if you give these a try, I'd love to see them!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us

Best News of the Week goes to the Cannes Film Festival!  The festival started on Wednesday, the 15th, and goes through the 26th. Founded in 1946, Cannes is always a star-studded event that debuts blockbusters, art films, and everything in between. Check out this year's trailers here, and I always use the great style round ups over at Jezebel to keep up with the gowns.  I can't wait to see who wins the coveted palm d'or next weekend, and keep your eyes peeled for some wide releases this summer!

In other news...

Martha Stewart made an Arrested Development viewing party menu

The Rain Room opened at MoMA and looks like an amazing exhibit

Her Royal Highness, Beyonce, is having another baby

John Slattery (aka Roger on Mad Men) is directing a movie with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christina Hendricks

Angelina Jolie spoke out about her double mastectomy 

Pitchfork completely tore the Great Gatsby soundtrack to shreds

Flavorwire commemorated Tina Fey's 43rd birthday with a roundup of her best quotes

Mindy Kaling gave some great life advice

Kanye West debuted his new song as an art installation on buildings across the world

This unbearably cute french bulldog likes to fall asleep in the sink

NPR traced all the running jokes in Arrested Development for you...and interviewed Daft Punk

Kings of Leon are back with new music

and Richmond, VA is getting money to fund public art!

Worst News of the Week goes to the prevalence of racial intolerance at home and around the world.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us

Best news of thew week goes to this Open Letter to Bikini Season.  I can't really say it better than this mom did herself, so please take the 2 minutes to read this profound note about a mother's realization about her own influence on her daughter.

In other news...

Here is an adorable ode to moms and their babies in their natural habitats

Downtown Greenville is becoming more food truck friendly

Baking is on the rise in England

Hyperbole and a Half is back with a great musing on depression

Someone came up with this great ad for shorts

Third Man Records is releasing the Gatsby soundtrack on solid gold

A few interesting thoughts on Reddit and Kickstarter were published for your consideration

Here's a breakdown of the French diet

Jezebel kindly explains the difference between a sex tape and a porno

Scotland may not be a heavy hitter in the culinary world, but they made pizza that's good for you

Kings of Leon are back with new music

This Mother's Day tweet was a little too real if you've ever lived in Manhattan


Here's what some of your favorite historical figures might have looked like today.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Easy Mother's Day Gift!

after all, a picture is worth a thousand words

If you can't seem to get quite the right sentiment down on your card, why not give your mom some photos?  Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I was thinking about what to give my mom when I realized that she probably hasn't seen any of my Instagrams!  My mom doesn't have a smartphone, so she sort of misses out on any pictures that I take unless she sees them here or I send them to her.  And, call me a traditionalist, but I still love to make things for my mom for Mother's Day, even if it's just a simple collage.

I was over at my friend Sarah's house and couldn't help but notice her adorable Instagram prints and arrangements,which inspired my Mother's Day gift idea.  I'll probably just arrange mine in a cute frame for Teesie, but Sarah had some crafty DIY ideas to share.

Instagram Idea #1

Print out your Instagrams. 
Cut foam board to size.
Apply with Mod Podge and display!

Instagram Idea #2

Print Instagrams.
Hang twine.
Arrange with mini close pins.

Sarah used the free Walgreens app, Printicular, to print her pictures.  It's easy, cheap and fast- plus, the quality is great!  Much better than waiting for those specialty sites to print and ship your pictures.

Here's how it works. After you download it, it's as simple as 1, 2, 3.  First, select where you'd like to print your pictures from.

Then select the images you want.  Each picture is only $0.39 for the 4x4 size and is usually ready the same day.  Do you have any good DIY's for Mother's Day?  I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Shaky Knees

shaky knees baby please!

We went to Atlanta over the weekend to ring in my 22nd birthday at Shaky Knees; and to sum it all up in just a few words, it was the best birthday ever!  The rain couldn't stop the fun, and it only made for a more memorable weekend.  Fans and artists alike were out in the mud, just getting down and dirty and having a good time together.  Here are some highlights from the weekend-I can't wait to go back next year!

This was the festival's first year, and it was organized by Tim Sweetwood, a longtime promoter in the Atlanta area.  The guy has incredible taste- not only did he curate an excellent weekend with an awesome overall theme, but he perfectly balanced country and folk with rock and pop.  You actually felt bad about leaving one band to go see another.  Plus, festival goers were hooked up with an insane discount at the W downtown.  Our room was incredibly nice, and the steamy shower was a welcome relief after a day out in the cold and rain.

They had this cute little mini bar in the room with everything from a disposable camera and snacks to a hangover kit!

It was already raining when we got to the Masquerade Saturday morning, so we pulled out our raincoats and made the best of it.

We quickly realized that ponchos on top of the the raincoats was the best way to go if you wanted to stay dry and warm!

This was the bar and food truck area before anyone got there. And speaking of food trucks, the nomz were amazing!  Pictured above was this delicious place called Roti, where I got the Therman Merman, a taco with kimchi, braised beef and mac n cheese that I topped off with Sriracha.  There was also a truck with Belgian street fries, and our favorite, Nectar.  Nectar had the most delicious grilled chicken chipotle paninis- hopefully, I can figure out the recipe and post it later! 

A few hours later this was a total mud pit with people slipping and sliding all over the place as they made their way to booze and food.  (You can still sort of see it in the picture below from Sunday after they covered it with straw.)  

The sun came out for a few hours Sunday, long enough to give me a sunburn, before the rain came back colder than ever.

One good thing about the rain thought was that the festival wasn't super crowded right away.  I think people were trying to wait it out, to no avail, so we were able to get really close to a few of the acts.  First up was Robert Ellis, a singer-song writer from Nashville, who did a great job adapting his set from a steel guitar for the weather.

Vintage Trouble was up next, and nothing could dampen these guys' spirits.  Not only did lead singer Ty Taylor have killer dance moves, but he actually changed into some rain boots mid-set and came out and danced with the crowd twice.

And if you needed to warm up, your best bet was one of these bad boys, which held a full bottle of wine.

The Joy Formidable gave an awesome set, complete with a gong, that had everyone jumping and dancing. Originally from North Wales,this trio has a few hits you definitely need to put on your summer sound track.  Plus, lead singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan is a bad-ass frontman and was one of the few ladies playing at the festival.

J Roddy Walston and the Business were probably my favorite act of the festival.  An all-around good time, it just seemed right being a little drunk, jumping around in the mud rocking out with these guys.  Plus, J Roddy can play a piano like nobody's business (excuse the pun).

By Sunday, it had warmed up enough to try some of the goodies from King of Pops.  We got the sea salt chocolate popsicles, which were other worldly- another recipe I'm hoping to replicate soon!

Murder by Death was just as effortlessly cool and dark as ever.  Turns out they are friends with Tim Sweetwater and go way back, so here's hoping they play Atlanta again soon!

And last but not least, Dr. Dog killed it with a fun set that had every body dancing.  Even the boys from Delta Spirit came out and played with them.  Check out the full line-up below and here's Justin's Spotify playlist if you're looking for some new music:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us

Best News of the Week goes to Barbara Kruger for calling out the asinine world of streetwear.  Supreme has made their name off of exclusivity and incorporating the work of other artists.  Their red box logo and white lettering is a direct appropriation of the work of Barbara Kruger, for which she has never been compensated or credited.  However, now James Jebbia, founder of Supreme, is suing his former friend/associate Leah McSweeney, founder of Married to the Mob, for $10 million.  The suit erupted after McSweeney tried to trademark her Supreme Bitch design, which has been worn and carried by Rhianna, Urban Outfitters, and Karmaloop since its debut in 2004.  One of the main controversies surrounding the case is that Jebbia initially carried the design in his store, Union, when it was first available.  McSweeney says she is entitle to use the design to parody the misogyny of the men's streetwear culture.  Complex magazine reached out to Kruger for her two cents on the matter and she responded with the following image:

Preach is sister. More on the story here.

In other news....

The poster for Lars Von Trier's latest movie, Nymphomanic, was released

Diplo + Skrillex = Jack U

A  group of Australian border collies are officially the cutest world record holders

Plan B is now over the counter

The Dream released a contender for Song of the Year

Someone posted these awesome story boards from The Lion King

Google considers T.V. to be dead

This dog with prosthetic paws will melt your little heart

This guy is is The Guy

Buzzfeed has correctly identified the signs of a Coke problem

You can now school yourself in Beyonce Art History

The world is a beautiful place

Getting your groceries delivered isn't bougie, it's good for the earth


Warby Parker is setting up shop in my hometown of Richmond, VA.

Worst News of the Week goes to the second Occupation of France- this time by fast food chains.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Homemade Mozzadillas

festival food

image via Real Simple

Last year, Justin and I worked the 9:30 Club promotional table at Floyd Fest in Floyd, VA.  (If you're in the area, you should go this year- Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, the Lumineers, and Old Crow Medicine Show are headlining, plus Golgol Bordello, Trampled By Turtles and more will be there!)  I can't remember which food tent I found these at, but I got hooked on the mozzadillas with pesto aioli and ate them for the rest of the weekend.  I wrote down the ingredients, but I just now finally got around to making them.  Luckily, they were just as good as I remembered and are perfect for summer.  If you love pesto too, here's the recipe:

2 + tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
garlic salt
4 strips of chicken tenderloin
1 small tomato, chopped
1/3 bag of fresh spinach, chopped
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
tortillas (number will vary depending on size)

Pesto Aioli
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup of mayo
1 1/2 tbsp of pesto

Season your chicken with the salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Cook to your liking, slice into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.

Chop your garlic and saute in one tablespoon of olive oil for a minute or so. In a small bowl, combine garlic, mayo, and pest to form aioli.

Cover one tortilla with aioli, as if you were buttering bread.  Place a layer of chicken on top followed by a layer of spinach, then tomato, and then cheese.  Coat your other tortilla with aioli and cap off the ingredients.

Cook with the left over olive oil in the skillet until  golden brown or cheese has melted, and enjoy! (I made these in both the skillet and on the Foreman, and they were equally as good both times)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DIY: Ombré Hair

2010 all over again

Over the weekend, I finally took the plunge and dyed my hair for the first time.  Getting a little inspiration from the lovely ladies above, I decided to just do it myself instead of going to a salon- I figured I had dyed enough hair in my day, so how hard could doing my own be?  As luck would have it, not hard at all!  As someone who has been known to cry over bad haircuts, I really couldn't be happier with the results :)


I started off with the L'Oreal Paris Féria Wild Ombré for dark brown hair.  Inside the kit, there was dye, a little hair brush applicator, conditioner and gloves.  I picked an area a little bit above my shoulders and below my chin as my starting point.  (Pro-tip 1: It's good to be flexible about where you want the fade to start because it will inevitably creep up higher than you anticipated.)  I figured my hair is pretty dark, after brushing in the dye, I left it in for the maximum 45 minutes.  Then, I washed it out and applied the conditioner, which didn't really do much to detangle my hair.  (Pro-tip 2: The color on the box is very accurate, so don't be surprised if your hair is coppery or orange.) The next day, I got the Clairol Nice 'n Easy blonde dye to even out the brassy tones.  I think I only used about half the bottle and applied the dye slightly above where the ombré started.  I only left that on for 30 minutes.  Unfortunately, this dye smelled awful; but the good news is  that it came with enough great smelling conditioner to use once a week for month or so. When I washed it out and dried my hair, it was just the shade of light brown that I was going for and made the transition between the two colors much more subtle.  I love the way it turned out- I finally feel ready for the warm weather!