Art Inspiration: 2/20/17

*** I love this type of Graphic Design/ Art. I love that artists can insert a modern record into an old painting or insert old paintings into modern photographs. ***

XX Corinne

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Recent New York Trip

Recently I went to New York for the first time for school as our senior trip. Honestly, I have always wanted to go to New York. I love the idea of fast moving paced people, fashion glamour, exposed brick studio apartments, soft lit art galleries, $1 slice pizza, Broadway, and ’20s architecture. You can find that here in New Orleans but the experience isn’t as intense. I was not disappointed. Our hotel was in the business district which was quite dreary- although the young men in nice suits livened things up. Times Square was a quick 15-20 minute walk from our hotel, which was right next to Grand Central Station. I did not bring my good camera because I was afraid I wouldn’t get through security at the airport easy enough. This was my first time on an airplane so I was very nervous, especially about my motion sickness. On our way there I threw up in my seat on the plane and in my seat on the car ride to the hotel- not my best moments. On our way home I took sleeping medicine so no hiccups there- except our chaperone kept trying to make conversation on the way home. We saw School of Rock on Broadway; great musical except for all the cursing coming from young children. MOMA was my favorite tourist experience, some of my favorite pieces of art are down below. I don’t have many pictures of Times Square- mostly because I was so overwhelmed with everything. Times Square is SO big. China Town and Little Italy offered a lot of raw street art. Dylan’s Candy Store and Serendipity definitely  satisfied my sweet tooth. When you get tired of $1 slice pizza there is always Juice Generation with fresh smoothies.

Do I see New York in my future? Maybe. 😉

XX Corinne

Dear Fat People Video Response

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An open letter to Nicole Arbour and her Youtube video ‘Dear Fat People’:

Dear Nicole Arbour,

You may never read this or anyone for that matter but I would like to tell you about myself. I am a 180 pound, 5’0 foot, gluten-free(not by choice), swim team coach, cheerleader, and healthy young woman. I wear my health and fitness Misfit watch with pride. I also just finished a smoothie that contained: Kale(whole), charred leaves, beet root, 2 bananas, an apple, and blueberries. I got my daily dose of vegetables and fruits which I eat everyday. My question is: Am I Fat To You?

I have been bullied most of my life for my weight. I was the child that never quite lost all their baby fat. I was bigger than the other girls. I developed breasts before everyone else. I grew faster than everyone and people took notice. As you previously read I am 5’0 foot so all my fat is condensed into a short body and not spread out like yours. I don’t have the, what you Nicole may call, “luxury” of a tall body. Obviously my insecurity is my weight. I have no clue Nicole Arbour what your insecurity is but I know you have some. I can see it. You say in your video “I’m the one with all the bags”. Yes Nicole, You Do Have Bag(gages)s. With just your physical appearance alone I can tell you are trying to hide something. I won’t call you out like you call every “fat” person out. I will simply put it this way: At your age you should know by now that we all deal with something in our lives that we try to manage. You should be old enough to know that it is not right to bully people. You can have heart problems, diabetes, and many other health conditions at any weight, even if you’re skinny. You can “affect your health” no matter how you look. You may have a disease right now that even you don’t know about. You say in the video, “eat right and exercise” then tell the story about the airport in which you say,” I didn’t have enough time to get my Starbucks”. I hope you know that drinking that cup of sugar does nothing for your body. If you want to tell people to be healthy then you say that I drink Starbucks you basically are saying the opposite of what to do.

I have something to say that is my own bomb truth: Hair dye and fake nails destroy your hair and nails! You are literally destroying your body(I said this sarcastically).

BTW, I just have to say that you aren’t a natural blond so you can’t make blond jokes by saying that a blond has to give you this “information”.

Let me leave you with a few quotes:

“Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind”

“Be Kind. Be kind. Be kind.”

XX Corinne

Louisiana Southern Stir Fry

1. First chop one white onion, you may use more or less than one onion-your preference.  2. Mince three cloves of garlic.

1. First chop one white onion, you may use more or less than one onion-your preference.
2. Mince three cloves of garlic.

3. Put one cup rice and two cups water in pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and let cook for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and put to the side of stove.

3. Put one cup rice and two cups water in pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and let cook for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and put to the side of stove.

4. Put two tablespoons of olive oil in skillet and turn on heat to medium.  5. I used most of the bag of frozen peas and carrots in the skillet with a dash of Tony's Chachere's.

4. Put two tablespoons of olive oil in skillet and turn on heat to medium.
5. I used most of the bag of frozen peas and carrots in the skillet with a dash of Tony’s Chachere’s.

6. Put onion and garlic into the skillet as well.  7. Stir the mixture sporadically. Continually stir until onion and veggies are soft. This took about 30-40 minutes.

6. Put onion and garlic into the skillet as well.
7. Stir the mixture sporadically. Continually stir until onion and veggies are soft. This took about 30-40 minutes.

8. Once the onion pieces and veggies are the way you want add in rice and stir.

8. Once the onion pieces and veggies are the way you want add in rice and stir.

9. Optional: Breaded Eggplant Cutlets. I fried on in a separate skillet. I like the brand Dominex to cook with.  After it was cooked I put the stir fry on top of the cutlet.

9. Optional: Breaded Eggplant Cutlets. I fried on in a separate skillet. I like the brand Dominex to cook with. After it was cooked I put the stir fry on top of the cutlet.

10. Used whatever your favorite sauce or dipping sauce on the side or on top. Sauce is essential to all my dishes. I love spicy sauces to add a little flavor. The sauce I used was called Wow Wee. If you live in the south or can find it, this is a great addition to your kitchen.

10. Used whatever your favorite sauce or dipping sauce on the side or on top. Sauce is essential to all my dishes. I love spicy sauces to add a little flavor. The sauce I used was called Wow Wee. If you live in the south or can find it, this is a great addition to your kitchen.

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Put It all together and enjoy!

You’re probably wondering why this recipe is suppose to be southern. It’s the seasonings I used. This isn’t a wide known recipe like gumbo or jambalaya- I just like rice, peas and carrots, and experimenting in the kitchen. 🙂 While I was making the mixture I forgot to put in two eggs, but I like it without the eggs. I hope you guys like this recipe and choose to make it and even put your own twist on it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 White Onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 frozen bag of peas and carrots
  • Tony Chachere’s seasonings
  • Wow Wee Dipping sauce
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Dominex Eggplant Culets, frozen (optional)

Happy cooking! XX Corinne

This Week

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Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday. For today’s blog post I decided to do tell y’all what I got up to this week.

First off, this coming week is Mardi Gras. All the schools in Louisiana get off for the week to go to parades and whatnots. For my family it just means we get a week off to spend at home. My sister when to a parade and caught a lot of beads, as you can see. To me this holiday is very boring. It is always rainy, cold, or humid. The things you catch off the floats are usually thrown away within 2 months. BUT, we do get a week off from school to catch up on sleep. Oh and don’t forget the shootings that happen in New Orleans during the parade magic. Fun stuff.

Second off, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I hope everyone got lots of candy! We went to a restaurant to eat lunch then came home to a few presents. I read a cute post on Twitter talking about how a day to show love is stupid because you should show your love everyday. I believe that is true, but it can’t hurt to get that special someone a present or candy.

Third off, being a junior in highschool sucks. There is so much pressure to do well on the ACT or SAT to get into a good college. So to make my score on the ACT go up I got a book with words to help boost my vocabulary, a book to help with writing essays, and a book to help with my AP Government class. Will these actually help me? Who knows. At least I can say I tried.

Fourth off, I got sushi on Friday. I love sushi so much and it made my day so much better to have it at lunch. Everyone was drooling over it. My favorite roll is the Bang Bang Shrimp Roll from Magumi’s. Recently I have heard people discussing how our “conception” of Chinese food isn’t the real deal. Honestly I don’t care. I will still eat American-Chinese food all the same because to me, it still tastes pretty awesome. What do you guys feel, good or not good? Yes, it is very bad for you body wise, but soul wise it is very good for you. 😉

Fifth off, I’m just going to try to do my best to write and take more photos. Trying to everything is hard. Just right now I am sitting in a health club writing this blog post on my laptop. Now this is multi- tasking. Kind of hypocritical if you really think about it because I am sitting down in a health club when I should be working out. BUT, this post would never get done if I didn’t do it now.

If I go to a parade(which I doubt) I will take photos for you guys who don’t live in Louisiana so you can see all the, umm, “magic” of crap being thrown at you. 🙂

Take care. XX Corinne

I Speak Drawing

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You can’t escape the earth. The earth was given to us by our ancestors, it is our duty to protect it.
I have been wrestling with this little drawing for months now. I really started to notice our world around us when I took the environmental class last year. Unfortunately my science teacher didn’t turn me into a rioting earth-fanatic but it did teach me to look around me. We all need to look around at what we do to our trees and earth.

This kind of art reminds me of Banksy art. He is an incognito artist who paints on building and other property to prove a controversial statement. Whether you like his art or not, you have to see his point behind them. I advise everyone to check out his art.
Art is a powerful way to show the truth and inspire.

Who is your favorite controversial artist?

P.S. I broke the one year mark on my blog a week ago! 🙂

XX Corinne

Life Of A Lifeguard

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Like everyone who has a job instead of a career, I sometimes absolutely hate my job. I would much rather be sketching or reading about fashion instead of either sitting in the heat or sitting in the rain. Every job comes with things we don’t like. Being a lifeguard means:
Fighting for the chair with other lifeguards.
Losing your temper.
Miss communication with the patrons as well as other staff.
Having nosy staff members try to find mistakes in your department.
Going home with a headache.
Getting underpaid.
The stress of the potential that someone may become in distress.
Being a lifeguard at a pool gets a bad rap because people think that all lifeguards don’t pay attention. Well, I’m here to say that that’s not true.
There are also good things about my job:
You do eventually get paid.
You meet new people.
You can help people.
You meet people who may become your new best friend who also works there.
You get into the real world and see what it is like.
Like I said, I would rather be making art or designing but I could not see myself do any other job right now to make money. Standing for 5 hours is not my ideal day but it is awesome to hear people say, “Man you got tan”.
What is a job you did in high school?
XX Corinne

Highlights In Your Hair

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It’s no wonder what the sun does to your body in summer:
Highlights appear in your hair
Your skin darkens or turns red
More brown spots appear
Some people that I know put lemon juice in their hair to get the same effect as they would if they sat out in the sun all day in summer. The lemons may turn your hair to straw though.
My parents are always the type of parents to say no to changing your body in anyway except by exercising which means I was never allowed to:
Dye my hair
Get a second piercing in my ear
Get colored extensions
Now while some people may not think that these are terrible things to get or do, my parent did. As the older I have gotten the more I see they were right. I see kids my age getting their hair dyed and have it come out awful. Extensions that are neon colored was cute when you were a preteen but at our age, you just look silly. I still want my second piercing but that will have to wait until I’m out of the house. 😉
I love and hate the summer.
☀️ I hate the sun because it only burns my nose which is a very sensitive place to burn.
I love summer because highlights always appear in my hair naturally. I don’t have to go to the salon and have the possibility that they don’t look right.
What is your favorite thing about summer?
XX Corinne

CFDA

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Rihanna bared all at the CFDA Awards- literally. Boy does the woman have guts! Is that dress even legal?
Rihanna has just shown the world that she is comfortable in her body and she does not care what anyone thinks. I would love to go to the CFDA awards and see in person all the creative dresses.
Fashion has evolved from barely showing anything to showing all. I wonder what people from the Renaissance age think about our clothes today. They would probably die again if they saw this dress.
I love the “ideas” behind this dress. The Roaring 20’s look, the glitz and glam, showing that you don’t care about others thoughts, etc. But that isn’t to say I would wear that dress. I’m really glad she wore underwear. These are the most covered up pictures I could find of the dress. Go on the internet and you will find pictures that will-err- shock you maybe. Not going to lie, she looked gorgeous. Everyone is saying that this is groundbreaking in fashion, and it is. I have never seen anyone wear a dress of that style and show everything.
The only problem is that this is where kids get their idea of what is okay to wear in society. Children now think that it is okay to dress like an adult who is always in the spot light. They think that it is okay to go around exposing yourself- especially to men. It’s good to feel confident at a young age but the children of this generation and the one to come know and show more than any other. That’s a problem because kids aren’t kids and it is because of a false society that says it is okay to dress like this.
(How this post became about kids and society, I don’t know.)
Back to the point, I love the concept of the dress which is confidence. Confidence in yourself and your body.
My question is, would you wear it?
XX Corinne

The Brown Bird Sandwich

What you need to make Brown Bird Sandwich: German Dark Wheat bread Cheese(your choice, I choose String Cheese) Cherry tomatoes  An egg Salt & Pepper(optional)

What you need to make Brown Bird Sandwich:
German Dark Wheat bread
Cheese(your choice, I choose String Cheese)
Cherry tomatoes
An egg
Salt & Pepper(optional)

Shred the cheese and cut the tomatoes next. I like to take the seeds and liquids out of the tomatoes so the eggs aren't to watery.

Shred the cheese and cut the tomatoes next. I like to take the seeds and liquids out of the tomatoes so the eggs aren’t to watery.

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Next you mix the cheese, tomatoes, and egg(s) together. I use a fork to mix them for easy clean-up later. You can put the spices of your preference in now.

I like to get my bread ready next just so it is fast and simple to put my eggs on the bread straight after.

I like to get my bread ready next just so it is fast and simple to put my eggs on the bread straight after.

Turn the burner on to medium so you do not burn the eggs.

Turn the burner on to medium so you do not burn the eggs.

Cook the mixture for about 3-4 minutes to make sure that they are cooked all the way.

Cook the mixture for about 3-4 minutes to make sure that they are cooked all the way.

Last put the egg(s) on the bread and enjoy!

Last put the egg(s) on the bread and enjoy!

I came up with this little sandwich yesterday when I need something to eat before work but didn’t want cereal and felt I needed to share it! I love experimenting in the kitchen and I think this is a winner!
I love this recipe when I do not have somewhere to be right after I get up in the morning! This is a good breakfast when you need something to fill you up but don’t want something greasy like McDonald’s. It is very simple to make and also healthy. The most time this probably takes to make is about 10 minutes. There is no oil or grease added and it is very cool to make. I named it Brown Bird Sandwich because of the brown bread used and the eggs.
I hope you try this recipe and tell me what you think!
XX Corinne