Artisian Paradise: Strippaggio’s VIP Party

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Happy, HAPPY Friday, sweet friends!! This has been a fun week, but I am elated to see it gone. *yawns*  If you are following a belle on Instagram then you already got a peek at this fab goodness I’m about to share.

The other evening I spent some time at Strippaggioa beautiful quaint shop filled with a wide variety of infused olive oils, vinegars, gourmet sea salts, plenty of wooden gadgets for your kitchen, plus much more.

This shop is filled with all types of goodies that would make any of you belles squeal. There’s so much to see, taste, & feel. Wanna know the best part? Strippaggio‘s walls are filled with lovely art that can be purchased as well.

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If you throw down in the kitchen like the sis & I, then you already know that a well stocked kitchen with the best tools is a must. If you are looking for unique food finds, then this is a must-shop spot. I slurped & sipped on so many infused oils & vinegars. I tried everything from Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar  (perfect on salads & desserts)!!

Have a quick gander at some of the items I tried & absolutely adored. If you’ve had this experience, do tell us about it.

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They have everything from Pink Himalayan sea salt to a pungent smokey one (sorry can’t remember the name).

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This 18 Year Balsamic Vinegar was one of my faves at Strippaggio. The!!! What I like most about this dark liquid goodness? Well, it’s sweet, tart, & a little tangy–like me of course! 🙂

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These strawberries were bathing in their 18 Year Balsamic Vinegar. TOO divine, y’all! This was my first time tying something like this & I enjoyed it immensely.

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I love, love, LOVE the fact that their bottles are made from glass & can be reused. That’s always a plus in my book!! Yours, honey?

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Everyone seemed to be having a blast. I talked to several peeps & we oddly liked a lot of the same items that night. Pure foodie fun, y’all!!!

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A shot on my way back to my car…. What a beautiful night, right?! I had a ball.

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Each guest received a cute little gift bag filled with two mini bottles of EVOO. I haven’t tried them yet, but I did open my Basil EVOO below.

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I added a couple of teapoons to my BBQ wings & corn that I rescued from my freezer the other night. Strippaggio‘s Basil EVOO is soooooo lovely. It smells so good & made my meal THAT much tastier. Basil is one of my FAVE herbs. There’s just something about its sweetness & aroma.

For those of you wondering… the bottle of evoo was around $25 w/tax & would easily make a great gift for anyone who loves healthy foods. Don’t you think?

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Follow Strippaggio today to stay in the know! When the sis gets back home in a few months we’ll be making our way there together. After telling her about them she CANNOT wait.

Have a safe weekend… Until next time!!!

Blue Man Group Brings the Fun!


A belle has been having a ball in Houston y’all! I’ll be here for a few months so I’m trying to see everything so I can report back to you lovelies. Yesterday, I saw Blue Man Group at the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), which is located in Houston’s Theater District. The venue is centrally located in Downtown Houston. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I’d heard a LOT of good things about the show. Let me tell ya…I had an excellent time!

For starters, SPA is a gorgeous facility! It is one of the largest venues I’ve been too; I was literally amazed at its grandeur. After I got over my initial surprise, I settled in to enjoy the show and partake in Houston’s art scene.

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The show began with the audience singing and doing a little yelling. Don’t you just love attending unpretentious events? I sure do!

Blue Man Group has gained a following all over the world for their musically based performance. I traveled to a world where music was intertwined with imagination…and even a little bit of texting. Expect to laugh, dance and move at a Blue Man Group show. I had an unexpected experience that left me in fits of laughter and awe. If you are looking for a great event to attend and let your hair down, this is IT! It’s perfect for the entire family. I even did a shimmy or two!

Hurry and see Blue Man Group before it departs Houston on June 9th! You can buy your tickets here!

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Disclosure: We received tickets to see this event. As always… a belle’s opinion are her own!

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Fab Frugal Finds: Dress up your Tee & Watch Your Feet


Linen Scarf: Macy’s

Tee: Old Navy

Shoes: Payless

Jeans/Bangles: Avenue

Necklace/Earrings: Brighton/ Purty

Damier Azur Canvas Bag: Louis Vuitton

Y’all already know that a belle LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to shop, right?! Sure you do. Saving money is always on my mind because the sis & I love to travel & splurge on bags & other fab items.

With the weather getting warmer by the second, I am consistently hunting for pieces that I can wear in multiple seasons. This green shirt gives me life, honey. This is my first mint green shirt & I think it’s one of my new fave colors!

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These black canvas Payless heels are too cute, but not that comfy. I normally wear these when I don’t have to walk too far. I have a lot of everyday wedge heels, but these ain’t them! LOL 🙂

My floral scarf is one that I rock in the fall/winter/spring. I found it on sale at Macy’s & couldn’t part with it. I adore flowers & it’s filled with lovely pink flowers and greenery. Check out my cute, but simple look (with prices below) while Shermika & I roamed the beautiful streets of Decatur recently. Doesn’t a belle look fierce? Loves it.


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These earrings are tooooo cute. We met this merchant a few months ago here & love her items. They are unique & reasonably priced. Gotta love that!

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Linen Scarf: $18

Tee: $7 (BOGO 1/2 off)

Shoes: $14

Jeans/Bangles: Old/$5

Necklace/Earrings: Old/ $5

Damier Azur Canvas Bag: Priceless!!!