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NOLA wrap up

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I just returned from a fantastic trip to New Orleans…the weather was hot…the food was hotter…and the music was hottest! I would like to share some of my guilty pleasures from this wonderfully decadent city…

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NOLA CHILL

Relaxation is just a way of life down in the Big Easy, and I find the Garden District to be one of the most tranquil parts of the city. To get there from the French Quarter, head north on Royal Street and cross over Canal Street – Royal becomes St Charles Ave. – and hop on the historic St. Charles Street Car. The most picturesque houses are located between Jackson and Washington Avenues. When finished your leisurely stroll, be sure to visit one of NOLA’s Cities of the Dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1, whose entrance is right on Washington Ave. One of the city’s oldest cemeteries, it is also featured in several movies, including Interview With a Vampire and Double Jeopardy. To finish a relaxing afternoon, stroll down Magazine Street for some of New Orleans’ best shopping.

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NOLA SPLURGE

These gorgeous earrings from ReStrung Jewelry are made from recycled guitar strings! They were an amazing and unique find at the French Market in the French Quarter. Owner Naomi Celestin creates these beauties from strings donated by local musicians and also donates a portion of her sales to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation. Here is ReStrung’s website for more info or to purchase:

ReStrung Jewelry

If you are interested in local handicrafts, a great place to shop is Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op, on 912 N. Peters Street, just south of the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter. Another fun place to peruse the work of local artisans is the Frenchmen Art Market, on 619 Frenchmen Street – right next to The Spotted Cat – in the Marigny just south of the French Quarter. It is a wonderful outdoor grassroots evening market and is open Thursday through Saturday from 7 PM to 1 AM and on Sunday from 6 PM to midnight.

Dutch Alley
Frenchmen Art Market

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NOLA YUM

If you leave New Orleans hungry, shame on you! This city truly has some of the best food. My favorite breakfast spot is The Ruby Slipper Cafe on 200 Magazine Street in the CBD. Their Bananas Foster Pain Perdu is life changing! For dinner, I like Oceana on 739 Conti Street (between Royal and Bourbon) for their Crabcakes and Ralph & Kacoo’s on 519 Toulouse Street (between Decatur and Chartres) for their blackened shrimp.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
Oceana
Ralph & Kacoo’s

If you happen to be walking by 334 Decatur Street and are completely overcome by the delicious wafting aroma of freshly made caramel, it is pointless to resist. Stop in Southern Candymakers and allow yourself to indulge in the best pralines and turtles the city has to offer!

Southern Candymakers

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NOLA JAM

The best place to listen to original music in New Orleans is Frenchmen Street in the very bohemian Marigny section of the city. To get there from the French Quarter, head south on Decatur and you will run right into Frenchmen after you pass Esplanade Ave. This three block stretch of music clubs has a refreshingly mellow vibe and lacks any of the tackiness of Bourbon Street. I really liked both TheSpotted Cat and DBA. The Spotted Cat, on 623 Frenchmen Street, is an intimate music club that features funky jazz and roots music every night. I enjoyed a fun performance by the newly formed Dr. Sick & the Late Greats and some spontaneous swing dancing by some very talented locals. Shows start nightly at 6 PM and 10 PM. DBA, on 618 Frenchmen Street, is a larger club with a huge beer selection and large stage area, perfect for jamming to the fabulous Treme Brass Band.

The Spotted Cat
DBA

The best place to take home some local music is The Louisiana Music Factory on 210 Decatur St. They have an extensive collection of local jazz, blues, zydeco, and any other genre you can imagine. The staff is both knowledgable and friendly.

Louisiana Music Factory

I hope you have enjoyed my New Orleans wrap up. Please feel free to share a comment on anything you particularly love in the Crescent City. Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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rumor has it…

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I am very excited about the buzz on the Internet today. Apparently, it was leaked that Pearl Jam is supposed to release a new single on July 16th (the same day as their show at Wrigley Field in Chicago) called Mind Your Manners!!!

Here are the links with more details of the story:

Loud Wire
Music Feeds Australia
Audio Ink Radio

Since I am seriously jonesing for some new PJ music, I really hope this rumor proves to be true. And, I also hope, the new album (which has been reported to be in the mixing stage) will be released soon after to coincide with a highly anticipated fall tour…

Peace, Love & Pearl Jam,
Erin

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I am thrilled to announce Dawn as the winner of my Jimi Hendrix Bracelet giveaway! Please enjoy her amazing post:

What an amazing giveaway and I Love Love Love this bracelet, Jimi was an incredible and inspiring individual whose life and music touched the souls of so many. I am deeply in love with music and Jimi was one of the first musicians I fell for, his wondrous word dreams and incendiary guitar inspired me to look deeper at myself and allow myself to feel. Whenever I am feeling stumped creatively I can put on Band of Gypsies or Axis and the creative juices can’t help but go into overdrive~

Thanks to all who entered and stay tuned for more great contests to keep you accessorized in cool for the hot summer months!

I am heading down to New Orleans for a few days for some great music, food, and drink…

Shanti,
Erin

KISS THE SKY

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With so much going on this holiday weekend, I decided to extend the deadline to enter to win this fabulous free boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

TO ENTER

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)

2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!

3. This contest is only available to US residents. (Unfortunately, USPS hiked up international shipping rates this year.)

I will choose a winner on Friday, May 31st (Right before I leave for New Orleans!) The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

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PURPLE HAZE

I also just listed this super cool purple Jimi bracelet on my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu. It lists for $32.00 with free shipping for US customers. The full listing can be viewed here:

Purple Haze Bracelet

Thanks for stopping and have a happy & safe holiday!

Shanti,
Erin

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KISS THE SKY

I am pleased to present my very first contest and I am offering this very boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet as the free prize! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

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TO ENTER

Entry to the contest is quite simple:

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)
2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!
3. This contest is only available to US residents, as I will also be picking up the tab for shipping.

I will choose a winner based on the comments on Sunday, May 26th. The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love, and Jimi,
Erin

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This weekend literally started out with a roar…I attended a killer Soundgarden show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on Friday night. I started the evening off at the Irish Pub on St. James Place for dinner and a few beers. Then I spent the next two hours fondly listening to musical memories of my misspent youth. The band’s sound was tight for this reunion tour and Chris Cornell’s voice is still completely amazing. (And he is still completely hot!) They played perennial favorites such as Outshined, Rusty Cage, and Room a Thousand Years Wide from Badmotorfinger and Spoonman, Fell on Black Days, and Black Hole Sun from Superunknown. They also rocked on songs from their new album, King Animal, including By Crooked Steps, Taree, and Been Away Too Long. All in all, a solid set by a longtime favorite band!

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The remainder if my weekend was pretty low key. I put together a wholesale order for a wonderful eco-friendly boutique in Larchmont, NY, REcologie. I crafted a collection of Betty Bracelets and Beach Bum Necklaces in soft summery shades: distressed honey leather and seafoam green, aqua blue, and petal pink recycled glass beads.

I also got in some amazing new buttons to use as toggles for my bracelets. I got some anchor buttons for a summery nautical look…some adorable cherry buttons for children’s bracelets I am making for a summer craft show…and a few Jimi Hendrix buttons that I will be debuting next week! Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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I am participating in my very first blog hop – and I hope it is as much fun for my readers as it is for me! The theme of this blog is Mother’s Day and my offering is a sweet mother & daughter Betty Bracelet set, Aloha Hearts.

This duo is crafted with hand-woven distressed honey brown leather and gorgeous petal pink Indonesian recycled glass beads – look at how they capture the sunlight in the photo below! It is completed with a lovely hibiscus button toggle to give it a little Aloha!

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Mom’s bracelet is super chunky with 12-14mm beads, 3/4 inch toggle, and 7 3/4 inch length to accommodate the big beads.

Daughter’s bracelet has more delicate 8mm beads, 1/2 inch toggle, and 6 3/4 inch length. This is good length for girls 6 to 10 years old.

Beautiful bohemian accents for Mom and her Little Surfer Girl!

The bracelets are sold only as a set for $42.00 and are available at my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu:

Aloha Hearts Bracelet Set

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For more great Mother’s Day gift ideas, please “hop” on over to these blogs:

Jewelry by Jaime
RoofTop Creations
Heavy Metal Glam
ScrapSecrets

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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I visited New Orleans for the first time for JazzFest in 2010 and it was an amazing experience! The festival itself is an awesome onslaught of the senses. Thousands of spectators, over a hundred food vendors, and a dozen music stages – blues, gospel, zydeco, rock, and, of course, jazz! It is definitely an experience any music aficionado should partake in at least once.

Beyond the festival, the city was pulsating with its famous incredible energy. Jazz bands on Royal Street, street artists in Jackson Square, steamboat and horse & carriage rides…with every step, a new level of vibrancy. As much as I enjoyed the crowds and the energy of one of the busiest times to be in New Orleans, I also wanted to return to the city at a quieter time to experience it at a slower pace.

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I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to New Orleans in five weeks to do just that. (I was able to book a deal on Expedia that was too good to resist!) On my last visit, I made sure I took in all of the quintessential experiences: munching on beignets at Cafe du Monde…visiting Marie Louveau’s resting place at St Louis Cemetery No. 1…riding the streetcar out to the Garden District to view the stately mansions. This trip, I have a much less ambitious itinerary. I plan to eat plenty of Cajun and Creole cuisine. I plan to listen to some fantastic music on Frenchmen Street. And I plan to purchase some great local tunes from Louisiana Music Factory. Beyond that, I am going to leave the rest of my visit to the Big Easy up to serendipity…

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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I am very pleased to be donating these two Betty Bracelets to the Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue. The Rescue is an all volunteer non-profit organization organization which helps to place rescued Weimaraners in loving homes in NJ, PA, and DE.

I have dubbed the bracelets “The Gray Ghosts,” as this is a very common nickname for the Weimaraner breed. The bracelet on the left was crafted with larger light gray and smaller sky blue recycled glass beads accented by a dragonfly toggle. The bracelet on the right has a charcoal gray and bright pink color combo with a tropical hibiscus toggle. They will be featured prizes for the silent auction at the Rescue’s 7th Annual Fundraiser and Volunteer Picnic, which will be held next Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 in Lumberton, NJ. More info is available here:

Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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IT’S FESTIVAL TIME!

With Coachella wrapping up this weekend, music festival season has officially begun! NOLA’s JazzFest & Voodoo Experience, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, and Austin’s Psych Festival…just to name a few…

This collection will help you make sure your wardrobe is as ready as you are for the great vibes. This amazing brown off the shoulder top is from Free People, the bright blue scarf from Athleta, and the ultra comfy flip flops from Olu Kai. The awesome tote bag, Jamaican Cannabis, was made from a recycled burlap sack by my friend Alison. It is available from her Etsy shop, Back Alley Chic here:

Jamaican Cannabis Tote Bag

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My Betty Bracelets are sun, surf, and sand friendly – allowing them to easily transition from the beach to the festival grounds, making them perfect boho accents for your free spirited attire. Plus, they are great for layering. Pictured above is Montauk, with vibrant teal recycled glass barrel beads, distressed honey brown leather, and a sassy sunflower toggle:

Montauk

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This delicate beauty, Hatteras, is made from rich root beer brown multi-faceted recycled glass beads, honey brown distressed leather, and and lovely heart-shaped artisan copper toggle with a patina finish. Both of these Bettie’s will have you swaying to the music in no time!

Hatteras

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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