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17 Jun

Check out my newest project, House of Marbury – a fashion and style blog for women lawyers.  Can’t wait to see you over there!

 

Keep Austin Weird – Part II

26 Apr

On Saturday night, we had a girls’ dinner at Trace restaurant in the W Hotel.  Beforehand, I checked out the bar at the W.  Austin girls definitely got the memo.  Pastel colored jeans and other bright colors are super in for spring. 

(And just before that, we were fewer than 10 yards from Willie Nelson as he was presented with the unveiling of a statue in his honor!  All around me, little babies were wearing these hilarious bandanas with tiny yarn braids coming out of them.  I was dying.  No pictures because my phone was dead.  It only came back to life thanks to the “whatever” desk at the W hotel, where apparently they will do whatever for you, including charge your phone.)

Dry Shampoo Bonus Post – Hair Straightening Edition

14 Jan

I just discovered a huge bonus to using Lorin’s homemade dry shampoo: when you use a flatiron on your hair (I imagine it would be the same with a blow dryer or curling iron or any other heat), it smells like chocolate cake.  Yum.

I just imagined the mousse on the side, I think.

Happy Saturday!

Dry Shampoo

9 Jan

So, a few months ago, I bought this horrible aerosol (sorry!) dry shampoo spray.  I swear, it was this thick, white spray that made my hair gray and dirtier than it was before.  And the spray smelled bad, too.  Gross.

Not knowing any of this, my dear friend Lorin had us over for brunch around the holidays and, as a gift, she gave me homemade dry shampoo.  I’m obsessed!  This is nothing like the crazy aerosol situation.  This is a light powder that absorbs oil and smells good.  The recipe is fairly simple and inexpensive.  Makes such a cute gift, too.  Love!

  • 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used eucalyptus)
To use, sprinkle into the roots of your hair, rub it in, and you’re done.
This recipe is great for brunettes, but blondes could swap out cocoa powder for additional corn starch so their roots stay light!
Lorin used a salt shaker to dispense the shampoo – I think this works great but she was concerned that the oils made the mixture a little moist, thus making it clump up a bit and hard to get out of the shaker.  If you can think of a better way, leave it in the comments below!
(By the way, this is a super low comment blog.  I read recently that the best way to get comments on your blog is to ask for them.  In the final weeks of the blog, I’ll have to implement this.  Please send us your thoughts on this amazing, homemade dry shampoo!)

The Holidays Aren’t Over Yet

31 Dec

Every year around the holidays, Arianne makes these spiced pecans.  Super easy recipe.  And we eat them non-stop.  Love!

Spiced Pecans:

1 egg white slightly beaten
1 tbsp of water
3 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a medium sized bowl, mix together egg white and water. Stir in pecans until all pieces are well moistened. Mix together sugar, salt and spices. Sprinkle over pecans. Mix very well.
Spread on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. Stir once or twice. Cool completely. Serve or store in air tight container.

Business On The Top, Party On The Bottom

29 Dec

As a kid, I told my dad I thought the El Camino looked like a mullet.  I’ll never forget how much he laughed.  And I was right, right?

Grilled Cheese Four Ways – Part III

9 Dec

Abe’s grilled cheese aside, Briana’s was unquestionably among my favorite grilled cheeses of the day.  This is Abe and Bri before the competition got intense.

For her grilled cheese, Briana selected a number of unexpected ingredients that, when combined and melted, were heavenly.  Literally.  (See below.)  The boursin spread and sharp cheddar were a brilliant combination – creamy and melted perfectly, too.  The tapanade added a rich olive oil and zest flavor.  And some crunch (pine nuts, maybe).  Delicious.

Briana’s Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

Sourdough bread,

Butter,

Sea salt,

Cheddar and sage boursin cheese (this comes as a spread),

Aged sharp cheddar (Briana used a white cheddar), and

Sundried tomato tapanade.

Directions:

See prior grilled cheese sandwiches.  Do the same.  Do not be alarmed by the divine intervention that may or may not appear as you grill your sandwiches to a perfect golden brown.Love!

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