party pics: mixture

I had a fantastic time at Forum 35’s MIXTURE, which was held last Friday at the Lyceum Dean downtown. This event is one of Forum 35’s cultural diversity initiatives and as the title suggests, it’s meant to celebrate Baton Rouge’s rich and diverse culture. All proceeds from this year’s event benefit the BR Walls Project.

Among the evening’s highlights was an avant-garde design competition. LSU fashion design students drew inspiration from the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and more as they transformed mundane cultural images into wearable works of pop art. Models donned the design students’ ensembles for a runway show as TJ Black painted live in the background. It was a complete sensory experience—I listened to music by a DJ and took in live painting and a runway show all while sipping a cocktail (or bevvy as my W closet friends would call it).

Check out photos from the event below to see what I mean…

P.S. – bear with me, I don’t have everyone’s name listed at this moment because I don’t have my handy dandy notepad on me. Will update the post soon with the names of each person photographed!

MIXTURE’s fabulous co-chairs: Jacqueline Stalls & Eric Dexter (love that they’re both rocking cobalt blue and jade–two of this season’s “it” colors). Did they coordinate that?

The Lyceum Dean used to be a bank back in the day and its vault is still completely intact. Some of the folks with the BR Walls Project brought in carpet, candles, chairs, lamps, and a sofa to transform the vault into a hang out spot for VIPs before the runway show. I was smitten with the whole endeavor.

See the old safety deposit boxes? Pretty sweet. 

Max Zoghbi & Kelsey Juleff

Casey Phillips & Kathryn Thorpe with BR Walls Project and The Force Agency

Models donning LSU fashion design students’ work

TJ Black paints live

Well I’m off to my sister’s bachelorette party in a few hours and I’ve got lots to do before then…like make cookies shaped like a certain male organ (hehe!).

I hope these photos inspire you to do something fun and worthwhile with your weekend. Cheers!

Quote of the day: 

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead.” –Anonymous

on the town: blend

Downtown’s newest wine bar hosted a soft opening last month, allowing guests to sample its extensive selection of wine and small plates. Check out these photos of the newly renovated Blend…

Angelle Bertrand, Kenissa McKay, Melissa Parmelee & Chris Brooks say cheers!

You know those people at tailgates and cocktail parties that avoid eating? The skinny betches with unbending willpower? If they do eat anything, it’s usually a singular carrot or piece of celery from the veggie tray, sans ranch dressing. Sound familiar at all? Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. If you are one of those people, can we please try to transfer your ninja eating skills telepathically?

The reason I bring this up is because there were people like that at this soft opening, and then there were people like me. I spent an embarrassing amount of time around these big, beautiful cheese trays that were out; and I quickly became very attached to the triple cream goats milk brie and mature white cheddar (I’m reading these straight off the menu for you guys). My other favorites of the evening were the butter-poached shrimp and miniature Croque Monsieurs—small sandwiches filled with Gruyere cheese, smoked ham and sauce Mornay. They’re basically fancy ham and cheese sandwiches, and I mean that in the best way possible (grilled cheeses are one of my all-time favorite comfort foods).

I’ve revisited Blend since the soft opening and I’m happy to say that it was just as enjoyable the second time around. I wanted to share these photos in case you are looking for A) A place to get after-work drinks, B) somewhere to bring a date or C) something new and different to do this weekend.

If you visit Blend, please let me know what you think. Cheers! Have a great weekend!

Quote of the day: 

“Live each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” –Henry David Thoreau

Happenings: Olympics Party

Can’t make it over the pond for the Olympic Games opening ceremony? Don’t fret! Baton Rougeans can have a relatively authentic viewing experience tonight at local English brewpub The Londoner. On tap for this special evening are drink specials that include $2 domestic drafts and $2 wells beginning at 8 p.m.

If hunger strikes during your ceremony viewing, I highly suggest the Shepherd’s Pie or Fish n’ Chips—two of my favorites. I spoke with London native and Londoner co-owner Luke, who said that tables are booking up fast, so call 225-292-9291 to reserve yours. Happy games, everyone!

Quote of the day:

“When I was young, I made it a rule never to take a strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.” –Winston Churchill