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downtown shopping: click boutique & gallery

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New fave.

I don’t know where I’ve been for the last six months, but I’ve been missing out on a treasure right here in downtown: Click Boutique & Gallery.  Creators Adam and Jason welcomed me in this morning, and I am hooked on their well curated, whimsically cool boutique.  Adam describes the Click aesthetic as 40s/50s-style, with an emphasis on dresses.  And though you’d never guess it by looking at these chic frocks, interspersed with hip slouchy tees and silk shorts, the price point is, according to Adam, usually under $100.  The vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories are insanely affordable and rich-looking, too.

Adam and Jason are committed to downtown; their apartment is right behind the Front Street boutique (literally: they share a wall), and if they can’t get there by foot, bike, or bus, they don’t go, Adam says.  They recently hosted a Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dress-up!) evening at the Saenger, and tonight they’re hosting a munny decorating party with Southern Fried Comics this evening.  And there’s a focal local section of their boutique featuring brightly-hued crocheted accessories and bohemian handmade jewelry.  Rock on, guys!

Here’s my loot from today’s visit:

A go-to summer frock that will gracefully transition into fall. I'm wearing it now with this stretchy belt from Anthropologie and gladiator sandals; in the fall, I'll add a cardigan, a darker belt, boots, and - if it ever gets cold enough - tights.

Love the ruffle detail at the waist.

Wear-with-everything perfection.


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June 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

of possible pinterest

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Yes, I’ve taken the Pinterest plunge, and it’s amazing.  Then again, I was destined to love this.  When my sister and I were kids, we used pretend we were interior decorators for an imaginary woman of seemingly limitless means, and we’d go through our mom’s home décor catalogs and magazines and cut out pictures of our design recommendations.  We’d create little mood boards by arranging and taping said pictures on the pages of a composition or sketch book.  Nowadays I don’t even pretend I’m decorating for someone else, and I can keep on fantasizing with all the Internet at my fingertips – and without the paper, scissors, and tape.

I’ve only just begun, but it’s too fun not to share.

la déco - my board for home decorating

office space - because my office seriously needs some design TLC

books - a few faves

wanderlust - indulging my obsession with travel

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June 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

perfect summer lunch: salad

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And better yet, one I didn’t have to prepare.

True story: I find many restaurant salads and salad bars disappointing, if not unappetizing.  I want to eat healthy and vegetarian when I’m out, and the salad bar or menu should be a haven of health happiness.  Alas.  Limp iceberg, soggy tomatoes, carb-heavy croutons, and artery-clogging dressings seem to be the standard fare.  I’ll just have French fries, please.  They’re vegan, right?

But fortunately, there’s The New Yokel Market, with the best salad bar around – fresh, healthy, vegan/vegetarian-friendly, delicious.   Real greens!  Real vegetables, and lots of them!  Beans, nuts, and seeds!  Daniel and I are regulars for lunch, and we usually pick up a few groceries while we’re at it.

Hello, gorgeous.

Also lovely.

P.S. My other favorite restaurant salad is at Caliente, where you build yours from a selection of delicious ingredients (and real, green lettuce).

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June 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

pantry-made pizza

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After a long day of research and reading for both of us, we were all too glad to rely on pantry staples to pull together our favorite junk, ahem, comfort food – pizza!

Easy peasy, even for a bread making novice like me. Plus, it's whole grain and easy to make vegan via flax eggs.


Daniel jazzed up the crust by brushing a mixture of minced garlic and olive oil around the edges.  We topped it off with shredded cheese and sliced olives.  (I exhausted my supply of fresh veggies making salsa yesterday.)

Nothing scratch about this - but gratifying nonetheless!

Now: Netflix instant queue.

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June 18, 2011 at 12:20 am

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family art

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Daniel has two aunts who are wonderfully talented artists – one on his mom’s side and one on his dad’s side – and these aunts are responsible for the most beautiful art in our condo.  Paula Pierce (Daniel’s dad’s sister), who teaches art at Jones County Junior College, came over today for lunch and an impromptu art session resulting in a chalkboard portrait, in addition to the lovely canvas painting she brought us.

The artist at work.

Daniel and me. Love!

Paula also gave us a lovely canvas painting.

The finishing touches, sans mod podge.

Finished and on the wall!

Daniel’s mom’s sister, Ruth Kimbrough, is an artist in Moss Point.  (You can read more about her and see samples of her work here.)  A couple of years ago, Daniel built a canvas, with help from his mom, and Ruth graciously painted this Dauphin Island scene for us.

I like to imagine it's a window and those ethereal dunes are just outside.

Ruth also painted this still life, which was a gift from Daniel’s mom.

Jealous much?  Three cheers for lovely aunts and lovely art!

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June 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

new orleans

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One of the best things about Hattiesburg is its relative proximity to New Orleans; at less than two hours away, it’s a frequent day trip destination for us.  While our visits almost always culminate in a spree at Whole Foods, we – or I, at least – like to squeeze in a bit of shopping in different parts of town.  (Our last trip took us to the Quarter and One Canal Place, where we found our new coffee table at Anthropologie.)  This time, I wanted to wish-shop at a few interior decorating stores on Magazine: Spruce, Modern Market, and Design Within Reach.  (The name of the latter is such a cruel irony for people in my tax bracket.  It’s more like Design Just Out of Reach.)  I had heard DWR was having a Herman Miller sale, and there’s a certain Eames chair on my wishlist.  As it turns out, though, 15% off is still Out of Reach.

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair in Palisander. Le sigh.

Modern Market is just behind DWR and is fairly new to the NOLA scene.  They also have modern designs, but at somewhat more affordable prices.  And Spruce, a self-described eco-studio in Uptown, has lovely furniture and décor items.  Well worth a visit – and there’s an eco-friendly, fashion-forward clothing boutique, Green Serene, next door.  While we were there, we had to run across the street and try Juan’s Flying Burrito, known for its vegetarian and vegan-friendly fare.  Fabulous!

Creole Taqueria. Enough said.

Today's special, and our mid-afternoon mini-meal.

SO good, with the delightful agony of habanero sauce.

And then, of course, it was off to Whole Foods Arabella Station to stock up on pantry items and remind ourselves that grocery shopping can be wonderful.

Yes, please.

small space solutions: the walk-through closet

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Yes, that’s right: walk-through. That’s how our landlord described the closet when he was showing us the condo, and if you’ve been here, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a little difficult to explain, so take a look at the floor plan I drew up (for furniture arranging purposes, as we awaited our move-in date) and you’ll see what I mean about the closet. (You’ll also note the paucity of closet/storage space in general.)

The closet, as well as the door to the bathroom, are on the stage level; you step down (some precariously steep stairs) into the bathroom.

According to the Craiglist ad for this condo, this space is “perfect for a single professional.” If a single professional can comfortably fit his or her wardrobe into just over 7.5 feet of closet space, s/he has my utmost respect. Getting two wardrobes in there is a real challenge, even though only one of us is a clothes horse. Because we didn’t want to subject our guests, on their unsuspecting way to the restroom, to the sight of our crammed clothes and shoes, we put up curtains (from the bedroom windows of our former apartment) across the space – à la my college dorm room. Admittedly, this closet wasn’t in horrible shape to begin with, or at least not compared to some closets I’ve been responsible for. But it wasn’t pretty, either.

Before. Bleh.

OK, I’ll admit it. I staged the before pic. I tried to resist, but my shoes (if you can believe it) were even more jumbled, and the brown cube containing my belts was overflowing with additional nonsense. And if it looks like there’s extra space on Daniel’s side, that’s because more than half of his shirts were in the laundry at the time. At any rate, my process for Operation Organization Jubilation was fairly simple. I’ve become pretty good in the last year or two about editing my wardrobe regularly, and I just took a bag to Goodwill last week. So the goal here was to put things in order, maximize space, and make the closet a little more aesthetically pleasing. No big deal. It just took forever.

The biggest investment was in new hangers. This felt, on the one hand, excessive and wasteful, and, on the other, like a necessary evil – and one that I’d been putting off. The other hand won in the end, and I got these slimline hangers. Not only do they do wonders for the aesthetics of hanging clothes, but they also really do maximize space. In an effort to contain the jumble, I got a shoe rack, a shelf organizer, and a double hang closet rod. One day and 10,000 hangers later, I have a much better looking closet. The change may not look dramatic, but it surely feels dramatic.


All in all, Operation Organization Jubilation was a success. And I discovered, among other things, that I need more pink in my life. Daniel has more pink shirts than I do.

Note: I hate hangers, especially the mismatched mess I had pre-makeover. My grandfather once said that if he ever fell off a cliff, his best hope for surviving the fall would be a handful of coat hangers to inevitably snag or tangle with something along the way. After the closet makeover I ended up with piles of old hangers, and as much as I wanted to throw them over a cliff, there’s no way I’m sending them straight to the landfill. I commit many consumerist sins, but even I can’t do that to Mother Earth. Instead, I’m going to trawl the local thrift stores for someone in need of 10,000 mismatched hangers.

UPDATE: The hangers found a new home at the Salvation Army Family Store.

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June 8, 2011 at 3:34 am