I have never been to New Orleans, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring New Orleans to me.

Café Du Monde is a famous site for anyone touring this Louisiana city, and they are most well known for their café au lait and Beignets — if you aren’t familiar, think of the lightest, airiest fried dough you’ve ever had.

Now, I know using the boxed mix is kind of cheating, but why mess with the best, right? And using the box makes the recipe very, very simple.


Café Du Monde Beignets (yields 2 dozen)

  • 2 cups beignet mix
  • 7 oz water (7/8 cups)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil — enough for 1-2 inches deep in pan

Mix together the beignet mix and water with a spoon until it comes together.

On a floured surface, roll the mix to 1/8″ thickness. The dough is sticky, so use flour liberally.

Cut the dough into 2-3″ squares. (The exact recommended width is 2 1/4″.)

Pour 1-2″ oil in a pan, and heat to 370 degrees F. Deep fry the dough, continuously basting with a spoon.

After about 8-10 seconds, the beignets should have risen to the surface and should be golden. Place onto paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil, then serve immediately.

And the best part — sprinkle with powdered sugar (or cinnamon sugar!).

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Brand Envy: Kotur

I am having some serious brand envy over Kotur. The brand is known for their minaudieres (small decorative accessory) and clutches, and I love every single one. With a variety of fabrics and and styles — glittery, sparkly, animal, beaded, feathered, metallic — what’s not to like? And they even have a make-your-own clutch! These make for the perfect statement to your simple outfit. Even a tiny little box can turn heads. Enjoy! xx

Head to Toe: Sweet and Striped


Bag: Kayu Anne Straw Clutch / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Yvette Pumps / Pim + Larkin Sriped Double Layer Mini Dress

When you go for all-over pattern, it’s best to keep the accessories simple and neutral. I love the rich blue in this Pim + Larkin dress and the mix or horizontal and vertical stripes. Pairing it with a pale pink shoe and clutch will create the perfect outfit. They don’t have the be the same exact shade of pink, but as long as they blend well together, don’t clash with the dress, and don’t clash with each other, you are golden. Finish everything off with a diamond stud or small drop earring, and you ready for any spring soiree!

Two Things: Beaches and Booties

First thing… when you’re packing your beach bag this summer, make sure you stock it with the essentials. There is nothign worse than listening to music on the beach when your power dies. And bring speakers is always so cumbersome. has created the perfect solution with their adorable and colorful tech accessories. Mobile Charger iPhone 4

don’t worry if you still have older devices

Second thing… I am always looking for a cute warmer-weather bootie — something perfect when my winter boots are too thick and heavy. I absolutely love these Jeffrey Campbell Wyatt Booties from Anthropologie, and they even come in two colors. (Do you think it’s OK if I order both?)

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