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Go Nuts for Donuts

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The Sunday Scaries (noun)- the dreadful feeling that comes with realizing the weekend is almost over, usually followed by the Monday Blues. 

There's only one way to beat the Sunday Scaries. Treat yourself! Do you wanna stay in bed all day? Do it. Stay in your jammies and watch re-runs of your favorite TV shows. You've had a long weekend and you deserve it. Eat the donut. Calories don't count on Sundays. 

No one looks this happy eating a salad. 

On Sundays stick with our motto: if it feels good, do it. After all, tomorrow is Monday and it's back to kicking butt and taking names. 

Keep dreaming, 

xo The Rodéo Girls

Tags: donut, motto, Out and About, weekend, weekend style

Juicing with The Big Squeezy

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Last week, we decided we needed to see what this "juicing" craze is all about, so we headed to one of the coolest new businesses in Baton Rouge, The Big Squeezy. Kimberly and her team were so welcoming to us and really opened our eyes to the magic of Cold Pressed Juice.

The Big Squeezy opened its doors in December of 2013, and is located right near the Perkins Overpass. From the environment to the products, everything about this place feels invigorating and fresh. It's definitely a hip place to be. All of their products are prepared fresh on a daily basis right in their store. They support local, sustainable farms, and source only the highest quality ingredients for their products. We think they absolutely fit their description of being local, raw and delicious.

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So what exactly is cold pressed juice? Well we asked the experts at The Big Squeezy this one, as we didn't know the answer and this is what they had to say...

"All juice is not created equal. Cold Pressing is the most effective way to extract the maximum amount of vitamins, minerals, photo-nutrients and, most importantly, living enzymes from fruits and vegetables. Unlike other methods, Cold Pressing keeps the all important enzymes intact by introducing zero heat and very little oxygen into the product. Consumption of Cold Pressed Juice floods your body with the absolute best nature has to offer. This means you are getting a higher amount of nutrients, and delicious flavors that make both your body and mouth happy."

Cold Pressed Juice is nothing new. In fact it has been around for quite a while. It was developed by Norman Walker in the 1930s. He lived to be 99 years old and claimed that juicing is what granted him such a long life. He was the inventor of the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer, which is still sold today. The Big Squeezy even has one in their store!

You didn't think we'd visit without trying anything did you? We got to sample a Green Colada smoothie that was divine (highly recommend!) and learn how to make a Remedy Shot. A Remedy Shot is cayenne, ginger, and lemon. It is the perfect cure for hangovers, or so we're told. We'll let you college girls decide on that one. It packs quite the punch but is still refreshing! 

We also sampled the Detox Water and the Morning Glory (Iced Coffee.) Can we just say we could drink that coffee every. single. day. It was delicious. 

So if you haven't tried The Big Squeezy yet, give it a go! They offer cold pressed juices, juice cleanses, smoothies, and shots. They also have a juice club you can join! Things are definitely moving fast for them as they already have more ideas in the works, like a whole kids line and even food items. 

We were so intrigued by the juice cleanses that we decided to try it out for ourselves. We, along with Shanna and Annie, are going to try a one day juice cleanse. Check back Thursday and we will give you all the details of this little adventure. It's going to be an interesting one, since we love food so much. But we can make it one day right? 

Keep Dreaming,

The Rodéo Girls

A big thanks to Kimberly and the whole team at The Big Squeezy! You were such gracious hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. 

Tags: Baton Rouge, cold pressed juice, juicing, local ingredients, Out and About, the big squeezy

Beauty 101: Summer Updos with Lux Salon

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It is just a tad bit hot and humid outside and unfortunately there is no sign of relief in the near future. Good hair days can be hard to come by on hot summer days, so we went to Lux Salon here in Baton Rouge to get the low down on a couple of simple summer updos that will have you looking fabulous (and cooler) in under 10 minutes!  We were lucky enough to get Shae Juge, a stylist and expert on updos to show us her favorite easy looks! 

Whether you are going casual or need a more dressed up look, these updos will complete any look without the time or stress!

Updo One: The Quick Bun

  1. First start by teasing the base of your hair all over a section at a time.
  2. Once the hair is fully teased, smooth out hair into a high ponytail.
  3. Once you have your high ponytail, you will want to use a hook ponytail holder and hook the first hook in the back on the ponytail and then wrap the band around until tight and secure the second hook in the hair.
  4. Take the ponytail and tease again, the more you tease, the bigger the bun you will be able to achieve.
  5. After teasing, smooth the pony on top and take your hair and twist into a bun.
  6. Once the bun is formed, secure ends with bobby pins around all sides of the bun. 
  7. Pull a few flyaways out around the face for a soft look.

*Tips- Never open your bobby pins, just stick them straight in.  They will hold better this way!  If you want a messier bun look, simply don't smooth your ponytail out before making your bun!

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Updo Look Two: Low Braided Bun 

  1. Part the front section on your hair from front part to behind the ear.
  2. Smooth the rest of the hair (leaving the front section that you just separated out) into a low ponytail.
  3. At this point braid the ponytail into a regular simple braid and secure with a clear elastic band.
  4. Take the separated section at the front and tease at the base for volume.
  5. Smooth slightly and bring the front section of hair to the base of the ponytail and secure.
  6. Spray to hold in place.
  7. Pull the front section ever so slightly to loosen around the face.
  8. Twist the braided ponytail into a bun shape and pin the the base.

*Tip- You can slightly curl the front loosened section if you have layers that come free for a dressier version of the updo.  Spray hair liberally with hair spray to hold.

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The next time you are headed out the door and you know humidity is going to ruin your hair, just throw your hair up in one of these simple summer updos and avoid the crisis altogether!

A big thanks to Shae and all the folks at Lux Salon for showing us these great summer updos and for the hospitality! If you are in need of a cut, styling, or spa day, visit them at their salon on Highland Road. Once you visit you'll understand why we love it so much! From their luxurious and cozy waiting room to the genuine and knowledgeable staff, everything is just perfect!

Keep Dreaming,

The Rodéo Girls

Tags: beauty, braided bun, bun, Lux Salon, Out and About, summer beauty, summer hair style, summer updos, top knot

Baking Cupcakes with Social Bites

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Last week, Katie, owner of our Ruston store, had the privilege of heading over to one of our favorite cupcake shops to learn a little more about baking! Heather, the owner of Social Bites in Ruston, was kind enough to teach her the basics of baking while letting her indulge in a few sweet treats so that we could share it with you. As you can probably imagine, they had a blast in the kitchen together...

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Social Bites is the most adorable little shop in downtown Ruston. Our Rodéo team visits them almost everyday. (Yes, it's a problem. We know.) The good (or bad) news is that they are about to be our neighbor! Heather is moving her shop to West Park Avenue in August. She will be relocating and expanding so that she can offer a space inside that you can rent out for parties and showers. We couldn't be more excited to have her on our street, but we have a feeling this could be dangerous! 

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Heather is a native of Ruston, Louisiana and has had Social Bites for seven years. She loves everything about baking and has become accustomed to an apron being her uniform! Her sweet "weakness" is Carrot cake.

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Although baking was a lot of fun, it is not as easy as it looks. Loading massive pans into a really hot oven is no easy job. And with baking, there is little room for mistakes or errors. However, the reward can be so sweet. 

Thanks again to Heather of Social Bites for welcoming us into your kitchen. You are the sweetest! If you live in Ruston, make sure to swing by her shop and indulge in a cupcake and an old fashioned coke! 

Keep Dreaming,

The Rodéo Girls

Tags: baking, collaboration, cupcakes, Dessert, get to know, interview, Out and About, ruston, social bites