Book from @octaviabooks, flowers from the #valenceguerillagarden, sterling julep cup from thrift store. Excited to improve my flower arranging game.

Book from @octaviabooks, flowers from the #valenceguerillagarden, sterling julep cup from thrift store. Excited to improve my flower arranging game.

The secret of the Essence Festival is that it gathers half a million people every year to celebrate the vibrant art and achievement of black women — and the men who love black women — on a scale that is woefully absent in other aspects of mainstream culture.
New Saturday tradition, a month in. Beers are better when you have been working outside since 6am, right?  (at NOLA Brewing Tap Room)

New Saturday tradition, a month in. Beers are better when you have been working outside since 6am, right? (at NOLA Brewing Tap Room)

An amazing line-up of growers, fishers, butchers, community leaders, and chef Alex Harrell for tonight’s all local Slow Food dinner. Incredible food and really fun, engaging company!  (at Carmo)

An amazing line-up of growers, fishers, butchers, community leaders, and chef Alex Harrell for tonight’s all local Slow Food dinner. Incredible food and really fun, engaging company! (at Carmo)

nprmusic:

Old Crow Medicine Show plays loud, fast and loose, while remaining in complete control of every ramshackle moment.
Stream Remedy from NPR Music’s First Listen. 


Just what this stressful Monday called for.

nprmusic:

Old Crow Medicine Show plays loud, fast and loose, while remaining in complete control of every ramshackle moment.

Stream Remedy from NPR Music’s First Listen

Just what this stressful Monday called for.

thelarderer:

As a kid I was naked quite often. Regardless of the time of year.
However, being naked was more likely to happen during the Summer months.
These Summer weekend days of my youth were spent outside all day often till dinner.

My parents realized that this decree of staying out of the house till dinner came with some drawbacks with one of the most notable being that a neighbor might call, “Your daughter appears to have forgotten her clothing again. Don’t you think she’s a little old for that?”
I did this until I was 10.
It was the beginning of the end, these phone calls.

At the time there was a 50/50 chance that the clothes came off as soon as I rounded the corner but at some point during the day the clothes were coming off.

I knew I was on to something grand, I was smarter. There was no need to suffer humidity induced chaffing or ill fitting sweaty clothes, just go naked. It was that simple.
I’d grab my bike + parade all around the neighborhood, barefoot with only underwear.
Those were the Summer glory days.

So it is this time of year when the heat + humidity are especially oppressive that I imagine, that everyone is imagining themselves, naked.
Giant folds of flesh walking down the streets + quietly tending to our Summer vegetable gardens, naked.
It’s also this time of year that Summer vegetable gardens produce fruit at a the rate of sound + while the thought of canning tomato sauce is not exactly an appealing one however a fairly simple pie with a crust similar to that of cracker, thickly sliced tomatoes, bacon + a fair amount of feta cheese sounds like a good bit of temptation, that is too hard to resist.

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This will be rotation this summer. I love a good tomato tart!

Warn weather obsession: homemade sodas. This one used homemade ginger shrub, fresh soda water and simple syrup. Ok, ok, @pspo made this one.

Warn weather obsession: homemade sodas. This one used homemade ginger shrub, fresh soda water and simple syrup. Ok, ok, @pspo made this one.

Vanilla and lemon scented madeleines this morning. Trying to bake more these days, and this seemed like a good start.

Vanilla and lemon scented madeleines this morning. Trying to bake more these days, and this seemed like a good start.

Look how beautifully it matches my Nyx purse! For those not living in New Orleans, trying to explain how awesome this is is futile. #onlyinnola #mardigras2014

Look how beautifully it matches my Nyx purse! For those not living in New Orleans, trying to explain how awesome this is is futile. #onlyinnola #mardigras2014

Boom! As it turns out, having a charming hottie boyfriend gets you all the good stuff at the ladies parades! Muses shoe acquired after 3 years of trying.

Boom! As it turns out, having a charming hottie boyfriend gets you all the good stuff at the ladies parades! Muses shoe acquired after 3 years of trying.