Carnival season is in full swing here in New Orleans and king cakes are for sale everywhere! When I was living in Boston I really missed Mardi Gras and king cakes, so one year Zander and I decided to try baking one. I meant to post a recipe and photos to the blog but never got around to it even though I took pictures of the process. So I’m resurrecting the photos for y’all today! It came out pretty messy and lopsided, but it tasted great and made me miss home a little less!
For our February meet up, we wanted to network with creatives AND feature them so that’s exactly what we did at L’Entrepôt on Saturday night during the Julia Street Art Walk! Guests got to view work from amazing local talent while sipping on delicious Passionfruit Sangrias from Carmo Cafe! Thanks to all of the artists and to everyone who came out to support them! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the event and you can see the full recap over on The Made In Mind Social blog!
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Homestead is a new mom and pop-style shop in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. It’s filled with superior quality goods for home and life and I’m totally in love! They have gorgeous products like marble cheese boards, wool scarves, memo books and gardening tools with wooden handles. Homestead was created by urban farmer Robert Hohne, of Truck and Barter Farms, and vintage rental company owner Julia Hohne of Mrs. Vintage. I also snapped some photos of the Mrs. Vintage showroom!
The holidays are quickly approaching and Jasmine and I have a special Made In Mind December meetup planned! We are teaming up with A Little Happy for one big holiday party! What’s a better way to share some holiday cheer than with some amazing wine and creative minds? Our cozy cabin party will be held at Pearl Wine Co. on Thursday December 12th from 6-9 PM.
Pearl Wine Co. offers the largest wine selection in the City of New Orleans with over 600 different labels. ”It is my hope that Pearl Wine Co. will be a place the community can call home. I want to create an environment where people feel comfortable, relaxed and intrigued by wine” says the owner, Leora Pearl Madden.
Thanks to The Revival Outpost for having us at their amazing store and to Kaylynn Marie Photography for capturing our evening! And once again we had amazing chalkboards thanks to Smallchalk! We’d also like to thank Gold House Paper + Press for providing our guests with some lovely gifts to take home with them! They have some amazing Fall and holiday merchandise in the shop right now! Our logo magnets and stickers were provided by Graffiti Graphics. Be sure to follow The Made In Mind Social on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out on upcoming events! Interested in sponsoring an event or our blog? Find details here.
It’s football time! The Saints first game was yesterday and while I love repping my team, I get bored with wearing the same ole t-shirts that everyone else has. So when my sister said she bought us shirts from TJ Maxx to make our own Saint’s gear I was super excited!
Making a top like this of your own is pretty simple! Use any shirt in a style you like in your favorite teams color. A top with athletic detailing, like this mesh sweatshirt is perfect! Then, find a good sporty looking font like Player, Return Pass, High School USA or Freshman to create the design you want. I picked a big number 9 for Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback! Print your design on adhesive paper, trim with an Exacto knife, stick it to your shirt and paint with fabric paint in a contrasting color.
Once the paint has dried, remove the adhesive template and you have yourself a fashionable jersey! That is my dad below getting in on the pealing action! Head over to Sequin Crush for more detailed instructions and how Jasmine styled her shirt.
It is still very hot here in NOLA so I wore the tank tied up to the side with jean shorts, but I can’t wait to wear it with leggings once the weather starts to cool down (if it ever happens).
Jasmine and I would like to invite you to help us celebrate the launch of our new venture, The Made In Mind Social! Join us for some fun at Loa on July 27th from 6-9 P.M. There will be small bites and a specialty drink for your enjoyment. Come ready to make new friends and bring your business cards for networking. Get tatted up with Tattly before smiling for the photo booth with Photos by Brei! Make sure you arrive on time because we will have 30 awesome swag bags for our first 30 guests!
I’m totally obsessed with one of the newest restaurants on my street. Mellow Mushroom is a franchise but the owners, Elizabeth and Austin Kent and James Son, did such a good job of making it fit right in on Oak Street! They totally transformed a two-story house that was built in the early 1900s and were able to preserve the original façade and a handful of interior decor.
The franchise really promotes local ownership and operation, said Son, a New Orleans native. Each location is completely different and really focuses on the local community.”
Although the chain has certain requirements regarding consistency and standards for the menu, franchisees are still able to source their produce and products locally. When renovating the building they used local contractors, architects and artists, including Graffiti Graphics, aka my super talented parents, for their awesome sign!
We really wanted to emphasize where we were and use as many locals aspects as possible, said Son. For me it’s really important that we be a part of this community.”
Mellow and Oak Street each portray a funky vibe that fits right in with the culture and residents of this area,” states Elizabeth.
Once I was done obsessing over the decor, it was time to eat and man is their pizza good! I especially like the Red Skin Potato Pie. It sounds a little weird, but it’s SO good! I have already been way too many times since they opened in March!
I’ll be out at Jazz Fest today, tomorrow and Sunday. It’s going to be a wet and muddy one today, and strangely cool for this time of year. Hoping that tomorrow looks more like these photos that Zander took last year. Have a great weekend and see ya back here Tuesday with a new business advice post from Mariah!