July 14, 2015

Hip Candy is Trying Out a New Look!


Bear with us as we make a few cosmetic changes to Hip Candy! We just felt like moving some furniture around and maybe applying a new coat of paint. Stay tuned as we try to make the site better!

June 19, 2015

Sew Inspired: My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress..

sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
Have you ever spotted an item of clothing and thought, "that's cute" but you knew that if you went on a search spree to purchase this same cute item of clothing that you'd no doubt come up empty? Or say you do score and you find that cute dress or pair of shorts only to see that it cost something crazy like $350 plus shipping? Look y'all, that price point can make a sucker out of somebody else, because your girl is not the one. This is precisely one of the reasons why knowing how to sew is WHAT'S UP. Scenario: See something you like, get a couple yards of fabric, then put your sewing skills to work and make it yourself

sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
That's where I found myself with this black and white t-shirt dress. I spotted cutie pie DJ Hannah Bronfman on Instagram wearing a similar dress and I knew immediately that I needed this dress in my life and closet. And I completely skipped over searching for the dress online or even trying to find out how much it cost and who made it. Instead, I mentally scanned my fabric stash, and I remembered I had 3 or 4 yards of black knit along with maybe about a yard of white t-shirt fabric, and long story short, I had everything I needed to make this dress happen! To make my pattern, I used a raglan t-shirt that I've had since President Obama won his first term, I laid it flat over some pattern paper and traced with my tracing wheel the front and back bodice and the sleeve. I added the seam allowance and lengthened the hem, cut and sew and this is my result! We decided to go to the park earlier this week and take a few pics (to show you the fit). This was my first time wearing the dress out anywhere, and as soon as I got out of the car, we were walking past 3 women who were working out, and one of them said "her dress is cute" OMGeee, y'all!!! THAT. Right. There. MY DAY = MADE. Pleased? I am indeed :)
My sneakers: 9 West
sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress
sewing black and white raglan mini dress diystyle
My Sporty DIY Raglan T-Shirt Mini Dress

June 5, 2015

My Sewing Style: My DIY Mixed Print Dress...

DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress
Here's is my completed Ankara inspired, mixed print dress that I told you guys about months ago. Whenever I sew, it usually takes me a minute lol, but hey, results are results amiright? Moving on... This dress really wanted to be difficult from start to finish, but I'm pleased, pleased, triple pleased with how it came out. I Frankenstein'd two different patterns to make this dress happen, New Look 6483 view A (for the bodice/top) and McCall's M5578 for the skirt. I was inspired by Stella Jean's beautiful mixed print pieces. She makes wearing clashing prints look so effortless. For the waistband, I just measured my waist then cut a straight 3 inch rectangle pattern to use the size of my waist circumference (2 inches - actual waistband, 1/2 inch on top and bottom for seam allowance). And for the skirt, since I'm not the biggest fan of doing gathers (like the McCall's pattern) I just changed the gathers to inverted pleats. The difficulty (for me) was making the bodice backless. Honestly speaking it took some trial and error, fitting and refitting, sewing and re-sewing test mock-ups before I got it to work and fit like I wanted it to. Plus I lined this entire dress. I used two old skirts (an old cotton GAP skirt for the in-seam pockets, the waistband and skirt lining and this skirt for the bodice lining) and the actual dress is this $1 a yard, clearance bin cotton fabric I found at Walmart a few years ago (see my silhouette sketch of this dress HERE). Aaaannnd, a little hair update, this hair is my 5th DIY crochet braid install! At the time of this posting, I'm 15 months into my 2nd big chop and 5 of those months, I've had crochet braids. That's like 1/3 of the time! They're so easy to do and my hair can grow back and be protected underneath, and I don't have to worry about doing it, which if I'm being honest is the biggest plus. Now back to the reason for this blog post, my DIY mixed print dress! Scroll down for a few more pics and shout out to the Mr. for these fab street style shots just outside Armstrong Park in New Orleans.
DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress
DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress
DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress
DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress
DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress
DIY Sewing Dress Fashion Ankara Inspired
My Ankara Inspired DIY Mixed Print Dress

May 25, 2015

Great Culinary Escape: 2015 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience...

2015 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
The 2015 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) was a great time of food, wine, tasting and learning once again this year. Even rainy weather couldn't halt the festivities. We had the opportunity to attend the Thursday evening Royal Street Stroll and the fabulous (and sold out!) Grand Tasting on Saturday. NOWFE, in it's 23rd year this year, has always yielded proceeds from the events to local non-profits benefitting the arts, food banks, culinary schools and more (see the NOWFE beneficiaries HERE) which makes NOWFE the perfect culinary getaway for those who also want to give back to the unique culture of New Orleans.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Royal Street Stroll 2015
Pics from the 2015 NOWFE Royal Street Stroll

This year NOWFE featured hundreds of local restaurants and thousands of wineries from around the world to taste, as well as seminars, cooking demos and wine dinners. The Thursday night Royal Street Stroll in the French Quarter had to contend with a bit of weather this year, but the rain barely held up attendance to this wonderful event. People just showed up to taste and imbibe with umbrellas and ponchos in tow, because really, since when has a little rain stopped a party in New Orleans?! There are two Grand Tastings, one on Friday and the other on Saturday, we attended the sold out Saturday event and tasted everything from rabbit & shrimp fricassee (Trenasse), to a classic bowl of red beans & rice (New Orleans Mission & Mission Chefs), to gouda stuffed olives (Rouses), to crabmeat au vin (Galatoire's), all paired with everything from sparkling white wines, robust reds, gin cocktails, vodka lemonades and refreshing sweet teas. The Grand Tasting is always a huge culinary delight and it never disappoints. Check out a few pics below from our time at the Thursday evening Royal Street Stroll and The (Saturday) Grand Tasting at NOWFE 2015. We're already looking forward to NOWFE 2016! Cheers.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Glasses
NOWFE 2015 Grand Tasting on Saturday. The Saturday Grand Tasting sold out quickly, so don't miss out like we did! Get there early next year to grab your commemorative NOWFE Riedel wine glass.
NOWFE 2015 NOLA Mission Chefs Table
NOWFE 2015 Saturday Grand Tasting Sold Out Crowd
NOWFE 2015 Grand Tasting Saturday
NOWFE 2015 Galatoire's
NOWFE 2015 Galatoire's Table
NOWFE 2015 Guest Enjoying Saturday Grand Tasting
NOWFE 2015 Happy Guest Enjoying The Sold Out Grand Tasting on Saturday
NOWFE 2015 Terlato Wines
NOWFE 2015 Terlato Wines
NOWFE 2015 Clarksburg Wine Company
NOWFE 2015 Clarksburg Wine Company Table
NOWFE 2015 Trenasse
NOWFE 2015 Trenasse Table
NOWFE 2015 Rouse's
NOWFE 2015 Rouse's Table

May 12, 2015

SEWING: My Fleece Dress using Your Fleece Fabric...

Sewing My Striped Fleece Dress
My DIY Striped Fleece Dress using Your Fleece Fabric
How do y'all like my striped fleece dress using Your Fleece fabric? This is the actual fabric that I used. I made the dress for the Your Fleece Fashion Contest that someone else won (congrats to the winner!but I'm still really, really pleased with how my dress came out! It's a simple, but fun fit and flare silhouette and I enjoyed the process of bringing this dress to life. I used an old raglan tee that was just hanging out in my t-shirt drawer to create the dress bodice pattern by laying the t-shirt flat on top of brown paper and tracing it with a tracing wheel. Then I just straightened my lines and added the seam allowance. The skirt is a classic swing skirt pattern and I just matched the bodice and skirt waistline widths exactly, pinned it together then sewed it all up. Raglan patterns are really easy because you kinda just sew together the entire front, then sew together the entire back then just connect the front and back of the dress at the side seams from the sleeves to the hem. And that's my quick, words only how to sew a dress tutorial, lol. The fleece feels warm and cozy on and it would be perfect to wear on a brisk, chilly day! 

Sewing my striped fleece dress
Sewing my striped fleece dress
Sewing my striped fleece dress



April 22, 2015

WATCH: Californians Try Yum Louisiana Food For the First Time...

Louisiana food. Delicious Louisiana cuisine is one of the beautiful things that God has blessed this planet with. So naturally for us natives, it's really fun to watch people who've never had the awesome pleasure. Watch these Californians try popular and yummy Louisiana foods for the first time and see for yourself why Louisiana natives have a hard time finding a satisfactory meal when we travel (OMG! where's the seasoning!!) and why we eat so, SO good here.

April 17, 2015

PHOTOS: The 2015 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans...

The 2015 French Quarter Festival has come and gone and even though the weather wasn't the most glorious for the festival weekend this year (boo rainy weather, booooo...) rain or shine the show still went on! See a few pics from French Quarter Festival 2015 below and if you missed out this year, French Quarter Fest 2016 is scheduled for April 7-10! So mark your calendars now!

French Quarter Festival New Orleans 2015
2015 French Quarter Festival Crowds
2015 French Quarter Festival Crowds
2015 French Quarter Festival The Revealers
2015 French Quarter Festival The Revealers
2015 French Quarter Festival Big River Stage Revelers Fan
2015 French Quarter Festival Big River Stage Revelers Fan
2015 French Quarter Festival The Iguanas Abita Beer Stage
2015 French Quarter Festival The Iguanas Abita Beer Stage
2015 French Quarter Festival The Lena Prima Band
2015 French Quarter Festival The Lena Prima Band Tropical Isle Stage
2015 French Quarter Festival The Lena Prima Band
2015 French Quarter Festival The Lena Prima Band Tropical Isle Stage
2015 French Quarter Festival St. Peter Street Scene
2015 French Quarter Festival St. Peter Street Scene

The French Quarter Festival began in 1984, and since it's humble beginnings, the festival has grown to become the largest free music festival in the country. There were twenty-three music stages throughout the area showcasing the best in New Orleans music and representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, cabaret, opera, Cajun, Zydeco, world music, international, as well as a musical stage for children. There were also over 115 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Decatur Street, and the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint, many of whom have been with the Festival throughout its entire 32-year history.

April 8, 2015

Want It Wednesday: Shop Spring Festival Fashion...

Spring has sprung in 2015 which means it's festival season all over the country! Music festivals, food festivals, art festivals, you name it, they're in full swing right now. We love food and music festivals here in New Orleans so I put together a short first list of festival fashion ideas that may be of interest to you on your quest to look cute, be photo ready (and prepared!) when you get out this Spring to enjoy festival season...

flowy white blouse denim shorts festival fashion
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A white, wide-brimmed Panama Hat. This hat is the perfect topper for almost any festival outfit, not to mention that it'll keep the sun out of your eyes and your face protected while looking cool. See this look styled HERE.


Cut off denim shorts are a festival fashion staple.

A breezy boho blouse will keep things comfy and stylish.

A cool pair of Gladiator Sandals.
The perfect pair of festival "sunnies"

Fringe is red hot right now, so why not carry a fringe bag with all of your festival essentials?

Bring along a colorful blanket for spreading out in the grass. Unless the rules say you can't.


Sunblock! Always protect your skin.


April 7, 2015

New Orleans Food: 25 Definitive New Orleans Restaurants...

Y'all know we like to get our eat on in New Orleans since moving here in 2013, and we've made our way around the city's culinary scene a bit, but really, we still haven't scratched the surface. Which is why I was so excited to get this book! 25 Definitive New Orleans Restaurants (& A Dozen Damned Good Places to Drink) written by Steven Wells Hicks. From the back of the book: "How can food-loving visitors to New Orleans find 'real deal' cuisine in a city that offers them the choice of several thousand restaurants?" Well you get some answers broken down into categories like "The Classics, Chefs Special, The Originators, Neighborhood Favorites and Local Color" The book is available at Amazon or just click HERE.

April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter He Is Risen
Rejoice! Be glad! For God has risen and will come in time! Happy Easter!

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