Friday, June 28, 2013

NOLA: CAFE DU MONDE





a new orleans staple and an absolute must when visiting #NOLA... cafe du monde
on our way out of town, we had to make one last infamous stop, we couldn't leave town without the most amazing beignets! with the powdered sugar piled this high and sceptic at first, i almost licked the plate it was that good! hot, fresh and simply divine, this was a definite highlight of our trip! it lived up to its hype for sure.  and while i'm pretty sure i don't need to visit NOLA again, i could be convinced to pass through for a stop at this joint on road trip anytime!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

NOLA: LOOKING UP







greetings again sweet readers! 
as i mentioned earlier in the week, i spent less than 24 hours in NOLA a few weeks ago and took  lots and lots of pictures to capture the memories. 
while the street level of many of the streets there are dirty, smelly and left without a breeze, looking up was so beautiful and full of charm!
we walked what felt like the full 20 hours we were in the city! everything on the balconies was in full bloom... it was hard to narrow it down to just a few pictures for the blog, but above are some of my favorites from 'looking up' while roaming the (hot and crazy) streets of NOLA!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY WEARS || NAUTICAL


1 splendid color splash bustier bra and shorts // 2 adia kibur knot necklace // 
3 juicy couture nantucket braided & rhinestone cuff // 4 cole haan jen&oli mary jane sandal // 

WEDNESDAY WEARS || RED WHITE AND BLUE



1 san diego hat company straw hat // 2 old navy chambray tab-sleeve
3 old navy crochet espadrille flats // 4 mar y sol caracas basket tote
5 j crew chino shorts //  6 gap rope belt // 7 bauble bar ruby rainbow collar
8 zara wrap dress // 9 steve madden magestee espadrille

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NOLA: HOTEL PROVICIAL









before meeting up with the rest of the lane family, my aunt, uncle and i added a little road trip to the front end of the trip as we headed to the gulf breeze. we spent less than 24 hours in the infamous city new orleans and soaked in all the sights, smells, and yummy foods that the city has to hold.  
we stayed at this oh-so-charming hotel (hotel provincial)  in the french quarter, where i snapped the pictures above. 
upon our arrival, we headed straight into the hotel 'ice house bar' and sipped on ice cold and delicious cocktails. my aunt got a made-to-order bloody mary, and i got a pimm's cup just the way i like em.. without cucumbers! 
it was a great hotel to stay at for the night we were there... tucked back off the street, quiet, cozy and within walking distance for what we had planned to see during our stay! 


*all photos taken my the lane*

Monday, June 24, 2013

MEXICO FOR TWO







 

late in may, sp and i packed up and took a 'real' vacation together. just the two of us. no cell phones. no laptops and most importantly NO WORK! 7 days of pure relaxation!
our plan was to not have a plan and just enjoy some down time. and we managed to do just that. the only thing we 'planned' and made an effort to do was get up early and watch the sunrise over the ocean together (see the pictures above) and every morning was more beautiful than the next!! the other thing we 'planned' was to not leave the resortwe had everything we needed and then some at this place... it was an incredible get-away - one that we will never forget!


*all photos taken my the lane*

Thursday, June 20, 2013

CADILLAC RANCH

a few weeks ago after leaving route 66 behind us (read about our trip here here and here) and heading back to dallas, we of course had to stop at the mecca of road side attractions, better known as the historic cadillac ranch
as you read in the story above this site has been visited since 1974 which means almost 40 years of layer upon layer of graffiti paint where tourists and locals have left their mark. 
while we were there, a gentleman in a black hoodie who we thought was just there to leave his name or that of a loved one, was covering an entire car with a fresh coat of paint for a 'new canvas' for future visitors. 
its a 'must see' on your next roadtrip through west texas. it will not take too much out of your travel time -unless of course you bring a bright color of spray paint to leave your mark- we were back in the car in 15 minutes to finish our homeward journey.


"Several myths have been perpetuated about the origin of the Cadillac Ranch, however, the truth is, the Cadillac Ranch was a planned artistic endeavor.
The Texas millionaire Stanley Marsh, 3 is eccentric. In 1973, Marsh invited a San Francisco artists’ collective called the Ant Farm to help him in the creation of a unique work of art for his sprawling ranch just west of Amarillo.
The group set about acquiring ten used Cadillacs, ranging in model years from 1948 to 1963. Built along the tattered remains of historic Route 66, the cars were meant to represent the "Golden Age” of American automobiles. Most of the cars were purchased from junk yards, and averaged about $200. The cars were then buried nose-down, facing west along the old highway. Those that could run, were driven into the half-burial holes, the rest were hoisted in. In 1974 the project was completed and in no time at all, visitors began to come from all over the world, leaving their mark on the ever-thickening graffiti covered cars." <source>


*all photos taken my the lane*

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY WEARS || COLORFUL CORAL

1 san diego hat company straw hat // 2 madewell canvas zip tote
3 free/man beach towel // 4 MinkPink One Shoulder Tassel Beach Kaftan 
5 zimmerman vase bikini // 6 zara leather sandals

Friday, June 14, 2013

BANANA BREAD


confession: fresh baked, homemade banana, zucchini, carrot or anything along those lines kinda bread is a weakness of mine. thankfully sp loves him some homemade bread as well. i made it with some bananas that were on their last day a few weeks ago and the loaf was devoured in a few minutes by all parties involved. so before i left the ranch sp requested i make this deliciousness again.. but with a little extra to be enjoyed for a few days.
so with my new mini loaf pans (that i found at a antique mall for $2 each) i happily baked and nourished the cowboys on the ranch!
here is the recipe i found.. it was so simple, easy and quick- my kinda baking:


BANANA BREAD
makes 1 full-sized loaf or 2 small loaves
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
2-3 (or more if you like) very ripe bananas
2/3 cups sugar
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon bakin powder 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional.. but it make it so much better if you add it!!)

for full details and directions go here - you will want to make this over the weekend!


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*all photos taken my the lane*

Thursday, June 13, 2013

BY THE WATER



this past sunday we had some good friends over for sunday supper followed by some good ol' sunset fishing on the water. 
i took my camera with me on our little outing and snapped a few evening and sunset pictures i wanted to share with you. the first pond we stopped on the cattle came right up next to us and enjoyed the calm waters... their reflections in the pond is my favorite!

the next pond we ventured to, the mustangs came by to say hello and enjoy the amazing sunset with us!
there were too many pictures to post them all... when theres a sunset and i have a camera in hand its hard for me to put the camera down. my fishing was under par for the evening, but the memories, company and scenery was above and beyond to make up for it!!


*all photos taken my the lane*