fat tuesday

Bon Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras Inspo On A Regular Tuesday

Fat Tuesday has always held a special place in my heart, from French class, to nights out, to beads, to crepes or jambalaya I’ve always celebrated this sinful holiday!  Here’s a little inspiration for the day

Word On What To Wear:  Purple, yellow and green!  The Mardi Gras official colors!  Since I’m working like the rest of us on a typical Tuesday I’ll be pairing my green Express Portofino blouse with some black pants and fun accessories, like my satin printed Nolita pumps (Prabal Gurng for Target, last seen here), yellow skinny belt (Express, old) and of course some purple beads with matching ring and bracelet (mark.)!  Finishing it off with a purple and gold makeup look and my headband fit for Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras Inspired Work Look

Mardi Gras Inspired Work Look

Got Beads!?

Got Beads!?  Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Power Plum

Green, Gold and Purple for Fat Tuesday

Green, Gold and Purple for Fat Tuesday

Gold and Purple Makeup with mark. On The Dot Bold Eye Color Pallet

Gold and Purple Makeup with mark. On The Dot Bold Eye Color Pallet

Yellow Belt adds the right Mardi Gras Touch

Yellow Belt adds the right Mardi Gras Touch

Mardi Gras Perfect Headband With Loose Curls

Mardi Gras Perfect Headband With Loose Curls

Fat Tuesday's Look

Fat Tuesday’s Look

 

Word On What To Do:  Make a New Orleans themed meal fit for a king!  May be a little hard to get down to Bourbon Street, but might as well eat like I’m there!  On the menu:  Jambalaya, Corn Bread, Green Salad and King Cake.  And maybe start the night with a hurricane?

image source:  http://www.coastalliving.com/food/kitchen-assistant/mardi-gras-recipes/print?print

For a good Jambalaya recipe I like this one, but it’s one of those dishes you can work with what you have!  Chicken and sausage, shrimp and sausage, pork and sausage, whatever you like!  Because this is “going up, on a Tuesday” go with a simple salad with dark greens for a bit more of southern taste and as for the king cake, pick this one up at a bakery/grocery store for a Tuesday night treat!

 

Bon Fat Tuesday!

Bon Fat Tuesday!

Bon Fat Tuesday!  You may not be heading out to Bourbon Street but there are a few things you can do to theme out your day.  And you know I love any reason to theme out my day and celebrate!  So here’s what I’m doing for Mardi Gras!

1.  Wear purple, yellow/gold and green!

Wearing Mardi Gras Colors by mark.

Mardi Gras Look with mark. 

To create this festive look I first used the mark. On The Dot Bold eye pallet ($16).  First I used shade 3 (yellow) all over the lid.  I then used shade 9 (purple) on the outer edge in a V shape and into the crease.  I patted on mark. i-mark in Empress ($7) in the center of my lid.  I lined under my eye first in that same yellow shade from the On The Dot Bold Eye Pallet then followed over it in the Empress shade for the outer half.  Finished off the look with mark. Get In Line Liquid Liner in Painted Black ($6.50) and 2 coats of mark. Scandalash Mascara in black.  Get the products used at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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Mardi Gras Look with mark.

Mardi Gras Look with mark.

2.  Make a festive dinner, something cajun and southern like a jambalaya or a dirty rice!

from Spicy Sweet and Neal

from Spicy Sweet and Neat

Here’s a great recipe for Louisiana-Style Smoked Sausage and Rice from my friend Sarah over at Spicy Sweet and Neat!  Making this tonight for sure!

3.  Watch a Juvenile video, like Nolia Clap or Back That * Up

Totally bead worthy.

4.  Enjoy some King Cake or Crepes.

Recipe and source

Recipe and source

I will always have a special place in my heart for crepes.  We would make them in french class where I was first introduced to these magical things!  I prefer them dessert style!

mmmm crepes, mmmm

mmmm crepes, mmmm

5.  Nightcap at a local watering hole with some Bourbon.

Bourbon Street!   Shout out to Mark!

Bourbon Street! Shout out to Mark!

…or maybe a non-alcoholic drink… out on a Tuesday night, you rebel you!  They give everyone beads anyway.  Shout out to Mark since this is from his time down in the dirty south!

Bon Fat Tuesday!

Bon Fat Tuesday!

I have a special place in my heart for Fat Tuesday.  High school french class wasn’t necessarily the most legit class but for four years Mlle made it something special.  We celebrated Fat Tuesday every year doing some ridiculous arts and craft project, like making paper marionettes (Shout out to Jasper who dances for nickles!).  We also got to eat some serious delish French food, including guest chef appearances by Mr. Mahoney across the hall.  So we celebrated in a French class kind of way.

I still celebrate.  Even though I’ve never made it to New Orleans or ever flashed for beads, I still take the time to theme out my day… and maybe hit up the bar and get some beads anyways…

As promised I themed out my manicure.  A Mardi Gras inspired manicure using the NEW shade Violet Haze from the mark. Nailed-It trend lacquers duo – violet femme shades.  I then stamped China Glaze Passion over it with the swirl design from konad plate m63.  All in all I think it makes for one Bon Fat Tuesday!  (and yes I know clean up around the cuticles is needed… they’re just so raw that I need it to happen naturally – by doing dishes haha )

Mardi Gras Inspired Nails

Mardi Gras Inspired Nails

Mardi Gras Inspired Nails Take 2

Mardi Gras Inspired Nails Take 2

I themed out the rest of me with a purple and yellow combo.   My dress, The Very Vintage Dress is available in my mark store in and out of last chance.  So if you want it and don’t see it in my eBoutique, hit me up!  <http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com&gt;

Mardi Gras Outfit

Mardi Gras Work Outfit

And just for the fun of it, here’s Violet Haze in all its glory.  I really LOVE this shade and think its the PERFECT weekend shade for spring!  It is part of the Nailed-It Trend Mini Nail Lacquer – Violet Femme.  You can see its counterpart here.

mark. Violet Haze Swatch

mark. Violet Haze Swatch

mark. Violet Haze mini Nailed-It

mark. Violet Haze mini Nailed-It

mark. Nailed-It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Violet Femme go on sale to the public Friday Feb. 24th at my eboutiqe:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com   If you want to get you’re manicured hands on them before then they are available for pre-sale.  Hit me up at aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail dot com or on facebook< https://www.facebook.com/mark.alicia >