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Lookbook: Rodéo Goes Glamping, Beach Edition

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The last photos of our glamping trip are on the blog today and we saved the best for last!  With summer coming to a close, these pictures are perfect for dreaming of the ocean and sand between your toes.  We have picked out a few of our favorite pictures to share with you here, but make sure to check out the lookbook to see the full shoot.

Now let's each grab a cocktail and meet at the beach!

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Keep Dreaming,

The Rodéo Girls

 

Credits

Photography: Julep Studio LLC

Styling: Leigh Ann Chatagnier and Carol Meche

Makeup: Olga Longoria

Hair: Annie Thompson

Models: Brittney, Haley, Kaitlin, Lauren, Marcy, and Shanna

 

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Dinner in Grand Isle

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Now that you have seen our amazing look book that we shot in Grand Isle, we wanted to give you a peek into the magic of this island town where it was shot and the yummy dinner that we ate, cooked by a man named Troy Morain, who has a passion for cooking and the island he loves so dearly.  

Grand Isle has truly become a central part of Troy's family and social life.  Troy said, "it's hard to speak of in modern terms without acknowledging the effects Katrina and the BP oil spill has had."

There is a line from Robert Penn Warrens ALL THE KINGS MEN that goes something like..."sometimes you gotta get good from evil cause there ain't nowhere else to get it from".

For Troy, this describes the modern day Grand Isle.  

He said, "After having been confronted with the possibility of total loss, the island has returned with a vitality never experienced before. The beaches have never been more beautiful and as will be seen this 4th of July, the island will be packed with island lovers basking in the sun and enjoying fireworks in between the many fishing and crabbing adventures."

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Here are Troy's top 10 Reasons why Grand Isle is his happy place:

10. Cocktails on the deck of Artie's Big Daddy's after a day of fishing the Tarpon Rodeo can't be beat;

9.  The 4 seasons of GI... Snapper, Shrimp, Crab and oyster;

8.  Sunday's Mardi Gras parade is a gas;

7.  Megan's snowballs;

6.  The Mayor's annual Christmas party;

5.  The smell of shrimp...they're beginning to boil;

4.  Saturday night at our camp the "Sue Happy" cooking for a crowd of family and friends(25 person minimum);

3.  Golf cart progressive dinners;

2.  GRAND ISLE INTERNATIONAL TARPON RODEO the oldest saltwater fishing rodeo in the USA; and

1.  No better sunset in the world than off the back deck of our camp!

After only visiting for just a night, we all fell in love with this island that Troy loves so dearly...the people, the houses, the fishermen, the history that it holds.  It truly is unique and there is no place like it anywhere.

As I mentioned earlier, Troy loves cooking.  So we took full advantage being that he offered to cook for twelve hungry ladies!  Troy is a good friend of Shanna's and made up a special dish just for us called "Shrimp Shanna" of course!  

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It was delicious and full of flavor with fresh shrimp caught locally.  To start we had a blueberry and kiwi cocktail, plenty of cheese trays along with a gorgeous caprese salad..it was almost to pretty to eat...almost. 

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Now for the recipe for the pasta...

Ingredients:

  • 2 Lbs. of Cleaned and Peeled Shrimp
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Andouille Sausage
  • 1, 28 oz. Can of San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Sliced Button Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Bell Pepper
  • 1 Pint of Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Dubon Baby Peas Drained
  • I Can of Cream of Mushroom with Roasted Garlic
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Reggiano
  • 1 Cup Pasta Water or Chicken Stock
  • 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Bos Rotini Pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh Basil
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Directions:

Boil rotini according to package directions. When done, drain and retain water for later. In a heavy bottomed skillet or Dutch oven sautee andouille till brown over medium high heat. Add onions, bell pepper, mushrooms and garlic and cook till tender. Then add San marzano tomatoes crushing them with you hands into the pot. Now add shrimp blending well into the vegetable mixture seasoning with a tablespoon of Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. After sautéing for about 7 minutes add the cream of mushroom soup. Add grape tomatoes and strained peas and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Bring to a simmer and add a cup of pasta water or chicken stock to retain moisture and create sauce. After stirring all completely incorporate the pint if heavy whipping cream and let simmer. Add grated parmesean cheese and fold in gently. When ready to serve add fresh basil and pasta and insure all is well coated with the sauce. If too dry add reserved pasta water for right consistency. Then season to taste with salt and pepper or favorite creole seasoning.  Goes great with a nice Pinot Noir and a chunk of crusty bread.

This dish was so tasty, it really encompassed the flavors of the island in one dish.  We all devoured every bite on our plates!

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We cannot thank Troy enough for showing us such amazing hospitality while we were there and sharing his recipe with us so that we could share it with you!  

And thank you to Julep Studio for capturing this night for us!

Keep Dreaming,

The Rodéo Girls

Tags: behind the scenes, cocktails, dinner, grand isle, inside scoop, look book, Recipes, shrimp

Behind the Scenes: Rodéo Goes Glamping

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So by now I am sure most of you are anxiously awaiting our Summer look book that we shot in Grand Isle a couple of weeks ago! Just a little bit longer guys, and I promise it will be worth the wait! We are so excited to share with you a photo shoot that we are really proud of and that we think you all will really love too!

Today we wanted to give you a little sneak peek before we release the final product. You'll get an insider's look at what went on behind the scenes of this photo shoot and our trip to Grand Isle!

It was such a blast and we created some beautiful imagery that we are literally bursting with excitement to share with you!  We shot some gorgeous photos, had a delicious meal together (cooked for us by one of Shanna's neighbors), and woke up at 5 AM the following morning to shoot the second half of our look book!  

As I am sure you can imagine, there was plenty of hairspray in the air...

And Shanna looking glamorous as always! 

We worked up quite an appetite and were so thankful that Mr. Troy was kind enough to cook for us!  He is a Baton Rouge native but vacations often in Grand Isle, and one of his favorite things to do is cook for others. Trust us, this food was just as good as it looks. We'll be bringing you the recipe and a little more about Troy on the blog soon!

We had to catch the perfect sunrise on the beach so we were up at 5 AM...and Carol and I built a tent on the beach.

Yep, you read that right...a tent, on the beach.  We were glamping after all!  

The wind was trying to tear it down the whole time, but we managed to make it stay and our photographers were able to capture some amazing shots!

And then we might have gotten on a shrimp boat....

 Both days were so much fun and we cannot thank Julep Studio enough for coming along with us to photograph the whole shoot! And a big thanks to all of our beautiful models! Y'all couldn't have looked more fabulous!

After seeing these behind the scene images, we hope that you are just as excited to see the look book as we are to show them to you!  

And don't worry you won't have to wait too much longer!  The look book will be revealed very soon! 

Who would have thought a shrimp boat and some gorgeous models would go so well together...we are in love!

Keep Dreaming,

The Rodéo Girls

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