Spring/Summer 2012 OPI’s Holland Collection: Red Lights Ahead…Where?

This beautiful Holland Collection by OPI has been too much for a belle. LOVE. Them. ALL! Looking at all the colors I can tell you that I’ve spent some money on nail polish. It’s one of my habits that I have to support, so, I guess it’s ok! I’ve been wearing this color for over a week because its too hot!

This is the 4th color I’ve tried (I need to post the 3rd color) in this fab collection and I must say it is gorgeous.

It reddish orange, fun and who doesn’t love its name? I did my usual simple nail art. I used a glitter orange color on top of one nail, and my fun colors on the other. How often do you change your nail color? I normally change mine once a week unless I really can’t part from the color. Also, what color are you rockin’ today?

It Went Down at the Salsa Showdown

Did y’all enjoy your extended weekend? We had such a good time on Saturday that we are still trying to cool off! Birmingham’s 2nd annual Salsa Showdown took place and a belle had a ball. Local restaurants competed to see who took the crown for the best chips and salsa, guacamole, specialty dip and queso. All the fun benefitted Sidewalk‘s educational programs.

You already know that the sis and I love Mexican food, so we were in chip and salsa heaven! Tamika and I were fortunate to be judges and put our taste buds to work. Tamika was a salsa judge and I was a guacamole, queso and specialty dip judge.

Let’s just say our palette got a workout; one specialty dip–a tomatillo based dip had my mouth on fire. Tamika said a few sauces gave her tastebuds a run for their money too.

Yep, we had to judge all this food.

Getting my judge on.

Little Donkey's queso with chorizo

After eating, we had to work off the calories by banging on piñatas! We actually won a few Rojo gift certificates (thanks to our sweet big sis). The older sis won Sidewalk passes. There was a hot pepper eating contest and it lasted well over 40 minutes.

Check out our nephew getting a snake painted on his arm while he waits for his hat being made!

Me hitting the piñata!
If your piñata had chips in it you could pick a gift. Our older sis had 3 chips & shared with us!

Here are the winners of the 2nd annual Salsa Showdown in Birmingham:

Jury Choice:

Salsa –  Chili’s Grill & Bar
QuesoLa Paz Restaurant & Catering 
GuacamoleTaco Mama
Specialty Dip Little Donkey
Audience Choice:
Salsa – El Barrio
Queso Little Donkey
Guacamole – Taco Mama
Specialty Dip Category OneEl Barrio
Specialty Dip Category Two – Lime Fresh Mexican Grill – The Summit
Bill Hancock won the Hot Pepper Eating Contest for the 2nd year in a row. Congrats to all!

Top 5 Places to Eat at in Savannah

Y’all know by now that a belle loved visiting Savannah. We have been talking about it for weeks to family and friends, so, you know we couldn’t leave out the food! Last week we highlighted the top five places to visit while in Savannah. Now, we’ll tell you where you should get your grub on at. Trust us, your tummy will thank us later.

Tamika and I tried everything from fine dining to casual dining. The best part, other than the great food, was that all of the places we visited were local. These are in no particular order because they all are so darn good–seriously!

1. The Crab Shack

“Where the elite eat in their bare feet” is the slogan for this super cool outdoors restaurant. As its name implies, The Crab Shack on Tybee Island, GA serves up some of the most tasty seafood. It seats about 600, and I must say it’s rather nice eating under the spanish moss and oak trees. Let’s just say a belle got her hands messy while dining on sausage, boiled shrimp, mussels, crab legs and more.

Crab stew…YUM!

I even got a lesson on how to eat crab legs. Neat! The smashed taters were so good. They almost took the cake for the best mashed potatoes I’ve had in my life! You’ll hear about the greatest ones later. Tamika had a pulled chicken sandwich with a sweet spicy sauce, smashed taters and corn.

Upon leaving, The Crab Shack presented us with super cute gift bags that were filled with all sorts of goodies–many of which can be purchased at their cool gift shop. Friends, we’ll show the goodies later!

Live gators at The Crab Shack
You can visit the talking parrots at The Crab Shack

2. The Olde Pink House

This place is haunted! When you visit Savannah you will learn that almost every place there is haunted. Servers entertained us with the history of this house, telling us about all the ghosts that lie hidden in the restaurant. There’s even a YouTube video where you see a ghost.

BLT salad w/fried green tomatoes. This was on Food Network.
Best shrimp and grits I’ve had…EVER

My appetizer was shrimp and cheese grits, which were oh so tasty I could have fainted! I dined on pecan chicken alongside the BEST mashed potatoes I had in my little whole life! They had bacon in them, y’all. It was mmm, mmmmm good. Tamika had a pork shank big enough to feed an army. Her BLT salad with fried green tomatoes, sweet bacon and a black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing looked wonderful. The sis enjoyed it greatly.

The Olde Pink House prides itself on attention to detail, ensuring each guest is happy, and making certain their food meets the utmost standards. I’m trying the renowned flounder next time we go back. And ya know the service was on point! The service was just as stellar as the food.

Pink Lady for a pink belle
Praline dessert with ice cream and fresh berries

After our meal, we received a tour of the restaurant; The Olde Pink Restaurant is absolutely beautiful! Each room is unique and the decor is wonderful. Fortunately, a ghost didn’t get us in the bathroom, but while in the elevator the lights suddenly started to flicker.

Remnants from days long gone. They were found during renovations.

3. Leopold’s Ice Cream

On any given day (or night) the lines outside of Leopold’s can stretch down the corner. Famously known for their ice cream, which was featured on Food Network and The View, Leopold’s has been open since 1919 and is a local favorite. I ordered a double scoop– butter pecan ice cream and chocolate chewies and cream. Can we say yummiest to the highest power?!

4. Clary’s Cafe

Tamika and I had breakfast at this local spot. Open since 1903, Clary’s set the scene for the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. On our Savannah trolley tour, we found that Berendt came up with the story after hearing the locals gossip of a murder. Too bad we didn’t hear any gossip, which would have made for a good novel by yours truly.

Breakfast fit for a Queen

The prices are very reasonable and average around $7-$9. I had an omelet, which was so good and big enough to share with the sis. My meal also came with a biscuit and grits. Tamika had waffles, which she shared with me and thoroughly enjoyed. Next time, we’ll just order one meal and split it since the serving sizes are large! We walked the calories off in Forsyth Park!

5. The Pirates’ House

 Built in 1753, The Pirates’ House served as an inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Georgia. In a couple of the dining rooms, there are framed pages from a early and very rare edition of Treasure Island.

If you want some good ole southern eating, with a little bit of whimsical charm (there are underground tunnels), then do visit The Pirates’ House. They have a full southern buffet and you can also order from a traditional menu. We enjoyed the food so much–especially the fried chicken and the black eyed peas! A belle felt right at home.

They also have a gift shop and Tamika and I picked up some pirate rings. Who goes to The Pirates’ House and doesn’t get a pirate ring?! We both did!

Check out my pirate ring!!

When visiting Savannah, make sure you eat at these establishments. Tell ’em a belle sent you! Check back next week for our last post of Savannah in pics! Friends, do you have any Savannah spots you think we should try?

Thank you again to everyone that made this trip possible. Not only do we appreciate how sweet everyone was, but the hospitality was unmatched. Period.

Disclosure: We visited Savannah as part of a press trip. Our opinions are a belle’s own. 

Fab Thrifty Finds: A Challenge with Fox 6 WBRC News

$1.50 well spent

Who said thrifting can’t be fun? When a belle got the call to appear on Fox 6 WBRC news again and talk to viewers about thrifting, we shaked and shimmied. Even the dog was doing a happy dance! If you’ve been reading ArtBLT for some time, you know I’m frugal–and I’ve made Tamika get with the program. I coupon, I deal hunt, I thrift, and my sister joins in on the fun! She’s ALMOST as good as spotting a deal as me. Keyword is almost, y’all. Check out our vid!


Tamika and I had a ball as we explained to viewers how to shop at thrift stores and get more bang for their buck. Fox 6 News challenged us to spend $15 on a complete outfit from the thrift store. We visited the Salvation Army on Hwy 150 in Hoover and went to town! On Wednesday’s, items are 25%, so y’all know Tamika and I had no problem getting our shop on for cheap.

Here is what we found:

Khaki blazer $5.99 less 75%=$1.50 (Jimmy Hale)

Pink pants $6.99 less 25%=$5.24

Blue necklace $0.49 less 25%=$0.37

The sis paid: $7.11 total for her cute finds! 

Purse: Coach

Shoes: Rampage

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Since colored pants are in for the season, both Tamika and I went thrifting with that in mind. It’s important to have a game strategy while thrifting so you won’t spend endless hours on the racks. Fortunately, we managed to find what we were looking for, which is a good thing because I am a hard fit.

Black sequined shirt $4.99 less 25%= $3.74

Pink pants $6.99 less 25%= $5.24

Shoes: Aldo

With taxes, I came out at $9.78. Talk about a great deal!

Looks like a belle met the challenge and got an outfit under $15. Whoever said thrifting didn’t look this good? You can find cute threads no matter if you are a size 2 or 22. The thrift store is a treasure hunt. Do you thrift? Check back soon for some great thrifting tips!

Steel City Popsicles & a Doggone Good Weekend

Us posing with our cutie nephew in front of Steel City Pops!

Hey, friends! We hope y’all had a fab weekend because your fave belles sure did! Friday started with a fun day at the pool with our older sister and nephew. It was the perfect day and we really had a cool time in the water which is needed in this unforgiving Alabama heat.

On Saturday, we took the pooch to Do Dah Day (a 30+ year old dog fest), checked out a new natural/organic popsicle shop and we were on Fox 6 News yesterday talking about thrifting and fashion! Whew. That was a mouth full! 🙂

For you local readers you have to check out Steel City Pops. It’s a new local business that we think is unique and yummy. The owner is sweet as pie, so, you know that we’ll be back again. Let me tell you, they have so many flavors to choose from.

This weekend we tried: Lemon-Lime, Strawberry, Watermelon, and Lemon. I have one word…can you guess what it is? Divine!!! The lemon pop is so creamy you can taste the freshness, and that’s my kind of treat. You can even see the lemon zest in it.

DJ LOVED his pop… he had their Lemon-Lime!

Can you believe that this dog tried to lick my pop?!

Here are a few photos from Do Dah Day. We had a ball and so did our 4-legged baby!!


We have THE cutest/sweetest pooch on the planet!!