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Happy Valentines from your Galentines

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“Maybe if I use my eggs to prop up my bacon-hearts it will look more like it did on Pinterest,” I thought to myself.

Just wanted to wish all of you a very happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope each one of you gets to spend it with someone you love, whether that be your significant other, your family, your room-mates, your dog, Bob Costas… the list goes on.

Because the truth of the matter is that there are a whole lot of awesome people out there worth loving (yay!), and even though this day is kind of silly/trite/commercialized, it can remind us of this life affirming fact.

We Cabana-ites were lucky enough to share a V-Day breakfast this morning, with pink pancakes and bacon-hearts, which turned out nothing like the ones on that lie-of-a-website Pinterest, but I mean it was bacon so whatever.

Later today we will be making the road-trip to Houston where we will spend time with two of our most consuming loves: the Jone’s Family and Torchy’s.

And to top it off on this cavity-inducing post, here is a pic of my Granddad with a Valentine’s card from his wife of 51-years, the infamous Grammy! They make me “Happy Happy Happy.”

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2-4-1 in MidTown

Let me preface this post with a fact: We live in the best part of Baton Rouge by far.

That little quadrangle between Perkins, Government, Acadian… and Perkins again (?) is just overflowing with unique things to do, and I’m super happy that this blog is forcing us to explore our neighborhood a little more.

In the past two weeks Kyra and I have enjoyed a disgusting amount of school work, but also two of our bucket list adventures! Both were located in the MidTown area, and both experiences were great successes.

Here’s a little tidbit about each of our adventures:

Jay’s Way

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Jay would have been proud of us.

Wooh BB-Q!

This past Saturday, Kyra, two of our teammates, and I got in with the locals at Jay’s BB-Q on Government Street. Having lived in Baton Rouge my whole life, I grew up eating turkey sandwiches and mozzarella sticks before ballet class (I was such a healthy child) at my family’s favorite hole in the wall barbecue place. But in the 3 years I have been at LSU, and the 2 that I have lived in MidTown, I had yet to share this little secret with my friends. Saturday I finally got that chance, and Jay did not disappoint.

On the menu for our table were giant poyboys with perfectly-thin sliced turkey, curly-qs, the last helping of mac-and-cheese, BEANS, and that perfect barbecue sauce– Jay’s way, on the side.

It was simple, quick, and plain ole’ good.

“It” Girls

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This night is going to be hard to top

Last Friday Kyra and I attended the most artsy and couple-y event we have probably gone to and it was just GREAT. September 27th marked the final installment of the Baton Rouge Gallery’s summer program Movie’s and Music on the Lawn. From May- September The Gallery aired silent films on an outdoor screen and set the films to a score preformed live by a local band. With our blankets packed, Kyra and I ventured to the lawn located in City Park off of Perkins Road, not knowing what to expect from the event…

Well that’s not 100 percent true. We were expecting to watch/be forced to watch that horrifying clown movie “It” and probably leave halfway through just so we could say we checked it off out bucket list. Thankfully we quickly found out that the “It” being shown was the 1927 romantic comedy starring Clara Bow and her hilarious friend Monty. I would like to say that I was embarrassed after I realized I was being a total doofus in front all of those hipsters who had to listen to me rant about clowns, but I wasn’t. I was too relieved.

After our initial fears were settled, we had  the best time watching the movie under the perfect pre-fall weather we were lucky to encounter that night. The free popcorn and gelato cart were obviously a plus as well.

Also, mad props to anyone who brought his or her significant other to this event. It was all so sweet and romantic. You would have earned major points in my book.

One thing that I took away from the movie was that the “It Girl,” Betty/ Clara Bow did not meet many of the standards we hold for It Girls of today. A few weeks before seeing the movie, I had actually read this article in Elle about It Girls. I learned that this movie actually popularized the phrase and it was quite the coincidence to see it shown a few weeks later… especially after all that clown mix up. Anyway, in the film Betty/Bow was deemed an “It Girl,” she possessed “it” or as the film described, “that quality possessed by some which draws all others with its magnetic force.”

Everyone wants to be an “it girl,” to some extent. But what we saw in this movie was that Betty/Bow didn’t really have “it” all together. She was kind of a maniac actually… But what I’m getting at here is that even though she was an “it girl,” she wasn’t the idealized, constantly cool, and elegant lady. She was a normal, working, funny, strange girl who was a good friend to her roommate and liked to climb on anchors in the middle of the ocean… “It” just got me thinking about “It.” There really isn’t a clear definition what it means to “draw others” or to be “it.” I think everyone has a little bit of “it” in them in someway. And everyone is an “it girl” to someone.

Me and my “It Girl” have been having the best time with this bucket list. We’ll keep exploring and reporting, you keep reading 🙂

P.S. Monty

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And the countdown begins

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Deadmau5 2011. I’m in there. Somewhere.

Ok so this post will pretty much belie my last post about my cyclical, non-exciting lifestyle,

BUT  MY LOLLA TICKETS JUST CAME IN THE MAIL. 

Today marks one week until I arrive in Chicago for the much anticipated Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park. 

It also marks one week until I can finally see my BFF Kyra for the first time in a month. Wooh!

 This will be my second time attending the music festival, as I went in 2011 to see the likes of Coldplay (funny story), Deadmau5 during a torrential downpour, Ellie Goulding before she was ELLIE GOULDING, the Arctic Monkeys, and many many more. 

This year the lineup is equally, if not more, impressive.

I’m most excited to see Alt-J again, Lana, Local Native, The National, Tegan and Sara, Icona Pop (duh), Phoenix, THE KILLERS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, AND MUMFORD AND SONS *sobs*

*still sobbing*

Ok I’m back.

In addition to all of this music I’m super stoked to spend time in my favorite city in America, Chicago*, with my favorite hipster family, the Jones. 

I will also be visiting Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism while in the windy city and thus will most likely spend a considerable amount of time freaking out about my future; that is until I am pleasantly distracted by the rock stars or that glutonous dinner at The Purple Pig that I am so looking forward to. 

Still on the to do list: Figure out what on Earth I’m going to wearrrrrrah! 

 

*Chicago, IL is tied with New Orleans, LA as my favorite city in America. 

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Music Monday: The Paper Kites

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Welcome to the first installment of Music Monday! 

Now that I have a bit more free time post-internship, I will likely spend way too much time perusing Spotify. In return I will be sharing with some of my finds with you all. 

This week’s honoree is the chill Australian band The Paper Kites

They remind me of Local Natives with slightly less vocal harmonizing and a more upbeat tone as compared to Natives’ most recent album, Hummingbird.

The Aussie have released 2 EPs so far, and are scheduled to premiere its first full length album by the end of the year. 

Favorite songs from the band include

1. Bloom– super sweet and romantic, makes me wish a man-boy would sing it to me

2. Willow Tree March– chill and melancholy, makes me want to sway

3. Featherstone– more upbeat, great song for summer drives

CHECK EM OUT

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J&K Wedding

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Last night I had the pleasure of celebrating the marriage of the most perfect couple I know down in the Big Easy.

The bride, who is one of my biggest role models, was absolutely stunning and the wonderfully handsome-future doctor-groom was as happy as he could be.

Though it wasn’t an extended stay ( me and my “date” had to get back to Baton Rouge for an early morning swim meet) I always love being in New Orleans, eating some great food and simply enjoying the overflow of Louisiana culture.

The wedding took place last week in Estonia , the bride’s home country. And let me tell ya’ the photos are just beautiful.

Last night’s celebration was just that, a celebration, for the less beautiful American population who could not travel for the actual wedding. It was held at the pavilion at the Omni Hotel was the perfect setting for the intimate gathering that allowed me to catch up with several old friends and witness my first real-life wedding crasher. All in all it was another great evening in the Nola with even better friends.

I’m so happy to have been able to celebrate this couple. Congrats J&K!

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