pumpkin party


last week a few of us got together for a yummy fall meal
and some pumpkin decorating & carving
for mine i used some great martha stewart paint colors:
black beetle, cloud, yellow gold, and gold & silver liquid gilding
a few furniture tacks
plus a little sponge painting 
unique pumpkins that will last until well after halloween.
check them out, plus a few more snaps from the evening
pile of pumpkins

the coolest stuff ever

prep pumpkins with gesso for a smooth painting surface

ghost pumpkins!

base coats done

bourbon-pumpkin milkshakes

cheers to fall!


paleo pumpkin muffins

martha stewart satin finish paint in "cloud" + furniture tacks

jenn's creepy mask pumpkin...looked so awesome!

mel's "treat"

the finished product!

oh hi

martha stewart glossy finish paint in "black beetle" + metallic finish paint in "yellow gold"

a Who Dat pumpkin

what do you prefer...decorating or carving?


pure awesomeness

ryan adams + emmylou harris + a live performance of "oh my sweet carolina"...

just incredible.

lone star


although i love new orleans
and feel grateful to live in a city i enjoy so much
texas is my home
and holds my heart.
there really is no place like it.

looking forward to a weekend back in the lone star state with the Mr. and some great friends


flip or click?


anyone who knows me well has witnessed my complete addiction to magazines
i used to get so excited on the first day of each month
because that meant loading up on a fresh stack of glossy mags in the checkout line.
the best part was hunkering down for hours and getting lost in page upon page of gorgeous photos
oh, and reading the articles...of course.
if you could have told me there was anything better
than flipping through the september issue of 'vogue'
or diving in to a great 'vanity fair' article while surrounded by piles and piles of fluffy pillows
(with a box fan on high, pointed directly at your face, and maybe a glass of wine...)
...then i might've handed over my stack and sworn off the things altogether.

with all that said, you might be surprised to learn that while i have not completely abandoned
the printed variety, internet magazines have taken the top spot as diversion of choice lately.
with incredible photographs, layouts, and content, these publications are an equal,
and far less costly subsitute.

if you don't believe me,
take a look at three of my current favorites.
the best part is, they can still be read the old-fashioned way:
in bed, with a box fan and a glass of wine.


Lonny is like that awesome friend of yours who can wear stripes, hot pink, and leopard print
all at the same time, and still look amazing. This interiors/lifestyle magazine is full of all things beautiful and eclectic and is basically what the inside of my brain looks like on any given day.
To say I'm enamored would be an understatement.


Matchbook is a little like Lonny's tomboy younger sister, who still appreciates a good pair of flats and a nice shade of red lipstick. Think Kate Spade-meets-LL Bean-meets-J.Crew.
Or just see for yourself.


Last, but certainly not least, Julep. This publication is dedicated to the modern Southern lifestyle
and covers everything from regional craft beers to New Orleans Fashion Week. The photography is stunning, and the articles substantial and informative.
(Sidenote--my friend Christy, of Slow Southern Style is a contributor in the Summer & Fall 2011 issues so everyone should immediately stop what you're doing and go read her articles.)
If you want a big dose of Southern goodness, Julep does not disappoint.

when it comes to magazines...are you an old fashioned page-flipper,
or do you prefer to click your way through your monthly mags?


adventure is the best way to learn


i don't want to say too much
because the ball is rolling at a very, very slow pace
but there is a project brewing in my heart and in my mind
and is on the not too terribly far away horizon
as scary as it might be,
i need to follow my passion, leave my comfort zone, and work like there is no tomorrow
but it will happen
i've been finding the best motivations on pinterest every day
and tucking them back into my memory for when i'll need them most


"fall" is here


this time of year in far-off, distant places like 
colorado, montana, vermont, and maine
the leaves are turning, fireplaces are stacked high with freshly cut logs
and a welcome chill is in the air.

but here in louisiana, the temperature is hovering around 85
and we're still drinking iced coffees instead of hot.
that doesn't mean we can't get excited about "fall"
which for us is kind of a pretend season, since it stays warm up until thanksgiving
and then..all of a sudden...it's 20 degrees and you're digging in the back of your closet 
for your patagonia fleece and woolen scarf.

the cold in louisiana, new orleans specifically, is unlike any other i have ever felt.
it gets into your bones and doesn't leave until the thermometer climbs back to 60.
so, however far-off it may seem, you must be prepared for this "season" sandwiched between summer and spring, or it will sneak up and shock you with a chill that will make you wish you had thrown a cardigan over that t-shirt and jeans.

 my own personal preparation for the pseudo-season involved tackling the ever-looming task of cleaning out the closet and making room for some new cooler-weather pieces 
and fall-inspired choices.
throw in a bunch of autumn-hued blooms, good books, and a woodsy-scented candle
and i might be tricked into stoking up a fire in our fireplace once the temp drops to 70. 

some of my picks:

a fall tabletop arrangement

perfect for serving up hearty, delicious paleo and diabetes-friendly meals

an autumn-inspired bouquet i pulled together last night

perfect for finding inspiration in a new space
(melissa and i got our copies signed by the fab b. batt himself)

picked up a few colors today to fancy up some old furniture of mr. c's

jonathan adler 'big sur' candle...the most divine scent ever

seven for all mankind 'second skin skinny' jeans...perfect under chunky sweaters and long knits

gold monogram necklace from Bauble Bar...i ordered one with my new initials
first monogram with "hcm" i will own, and i want it close to my heart

 cozy and incredibly soft plaid shirt from F21 (that i'm wearing as i write)
i have a feeling i won't be taking this off until march

leather-tipped bell skirt from j.crew
perfect work attire for now and later, just add opaque black tights 

i finally caved in and bought another pair of j.crew 'pixie' pants
this time in a fab dark heathered gray
they are just perfection with tunics and oversized layering pieces 

j.crew again
are you surprised?
i'm loving army-olive green these days 

 chunky, long, drapey, slouchy, substantial
the perfect sweater from urban outfitters

 staub 4-quart wide cocotte 
i have used this beauty twice since purchasing yesterday
to crank out some seriously tasty, but still healthy (and paleo friendly) meals
that make my house smell like a thanksgiving feast 
and also make me look like a gourmet genius
(thank you williams-sonoma registry)

what are some of your favorite pieces for fall?