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Project in the works: Uptown Kids at Classen Curve

Sometimes it’s fun to see a project that’s in the works. I am super excited about being part of the Uptown Kids retail project. My sister-in-law Carolyn and her husband are opening an upscale kids’ boutique in the Classen Curve. It’s an exciting location, too — the Curve has been in development for awhile, and some of the hottest restaurants in the metro are located there with lots of other retail and restaurants opening soon. Carolyn is working with architect Rand Elliott and his Elliott + Associations architecture firm (also the same architects for the Classen Curve development overall). Collaborating with E+A has been nothing but absolutely inspiring. Their devotion to detail and perfection is legendary, and I wish I could show you what the store is going to look like, but you’ll just have to wait ’til the grand opening this summer!

Let me just say this – Oklahoma has never seen anything like this. And if the E+A portfolio of projects is any indication, it is nothing short of fabulosity.

The FUEL restaurant they did for the Chesapeake Energy corporation looks so cool; I totally want to sneak in.

Oh, and POPS? Yup. Them, too.

So, in the meantime – a few shots from the past couple of weeks.

Oh, here’s one of RePUBlic. After a meeting the other day, we had lunch there. Delish.
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One of the signage towers where the UptownKids name will go. We don’t get to do too much exciting on this one.
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An outdoor patio area near the store location.
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Hanging the coming soon banner! Whoo!
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And for me, I am so happy to be doing a retail project. OF COURSE I love shopping so it’s only natural that I would love to do an upscale shopping project. It’s a graphic designer’s dream come true. Everything from the bags to the business cards is going to be fun. We’re also tossing around the idea of some fun t-shirts. I’ve got a few ideas stewing on more subway-based tees and ephemera.

I can’t wait to see how it progresses once they start the build out!

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Scoping out the Britton Street Mall

Last week I was perusing Craigslist, as I tend to do, and found a handful of listings from the Britton Street Mall, a large antique shop not far from us. I’ve driven by it hundreds of times, probably, but hadn’t yet ventured in. I finally found the time, and thought there was some good stuff. Definitely some great values, that’s for sure, especially if you’ve got an upholsterer (is that a real word?) at your beck and call.

How ’bout a giant upholstered ottoman? It just needs fresh fabric to make it work.
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This midcentury buffet was gorgeous. It was next to an equally gorgeous midcentury dining room set. I can’t remember the price on this one, but it wasn’t ridiculous.
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I love love LOVE this little red desk. It was repainted from the original beige (actually, I HAD this desk when I was a kid!) and really well-done. Sometimes when things get repainted, they don’t look too hot. Not so on this one. I really wish I had somewhere to put this little beauty, because I loved it. $195.
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A pretty wood dining room set. It would be lovely painted in dove grey, non?
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This big mirror? $25.
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WOW. A seagrass chair? Yes, please! At $290, it’s not dirt cheap, but it’s got great potential. You can’t tell from this photo, but it even had nailhead trim. Just switch out the fabric on that cushion (maybe a heavy linen).
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If only Jude were smaller! This vintage child’s rocker would be perfect in any nursery. Somewhere around $35, I think.
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A Drexel campaign sidetable. This was a STEAL at $45.
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There was also an X-bench that needed reupholstery, and I didn’t get a photo of that.

Well, so, there you go. I’ll definitely be heading back. If you’re in the OKC area, you should check it out! OKCers, anywhere you like to go to find some great steals?

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A Great Insight into OKC Shoppers

This will probably only be of interest to you Oklahomans, but did you hear the news that Tulsa is getting an Anthropologie? This isn’t making many people in Oklahoma City too happy. Seems like we get passed over too many times in favor of Tulsa. Saks Fifth Avenue is there, as well as Restoration Hardware, and now Anthropologie. BUMMER.

So what’s the problem? This article in the Daily Oklahoman on Sunday answered these questions and more very effectively interestingly. The bottom line according to those interviewed in this article? That we need to spend more of our money here in the state to lure prospective retailers. But this seems to be a catch 22 – why would I want to spend my money on the stuff here if I know I could get what I really wanted elsewhere? Is it not enough to think that there are enough people in Oklahoma who travel out of state to shop? One interviewee says, “Shame on you” for this practice. Um, I beg to differ – shame on you retailers for missing out on an excellent opportunity.

If Oklahoman shoppers are willing to travel over 3 hours to shop, just think about what we’d actually be spending if we had the opportunity here locally.

Anyway. Hop on over, read the article, and let me know what your thoughts are. I’m interested to hear what other OKC shoppers have to say and think on the matter.

edited to add a few more thoughts Monday, April 12, 2009.

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For the OKC-ers in the group

Are you female? Are you in OKC? Do you love to shop? Do you love cheese and chocolate and all things yummy? Then you should probably check out this Ladies’ Night Out that I got an email about this week — Here’s the 411.

Ladies’ Night Out Featuring Kokopelli
The Melting Pot, 4 E. Sheridan Ave., Bricktown

Monday, Nov 16, 2009

Reservations available all evening beginning at 5.

Ladies can shop the fun and contemporary fashions of Kokopelli, featuring chunky jewelry, eclectic and classical apparel, purses and accessories. Door prizes will be available.

Enjoy four-course fondue for $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (405) 235-1000 or visitwww.meltingpot.com for reservations.

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I adore the Melting Pot. I haven’t been in ages, but the food is so delicious. The hardest part is choosing whether or not you’re going to have the cheese fondue, or hold out for the chocolate at the end. Or, just throw all caution to the wind and have both!

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Blast from the Past

A few weeks ago, Erin Gates over at Elements of Style had the best blog post ever about her college dorm room. I thought that was totally awesome; it made me nostalgic for my college days and I had to dig around to find some photos on my mom’s computer from when I was in college.

I only lived in the dorms for my freshman year of college, at Pepperdine University. I was excited beyond anything to have that experience. The only bad surprise was that there was no air conditioning. Apparently I should’ve read between the lines when the college literature suggested that “small personal fans are very popular amongst the students living in oncampus housing.” Hmmm. People in Oklahoma don’t not have air conditioning. It’s a death sentence. So to move to California where this was an option was a little … shocking, to say the least.

I only had a roommate for the first semester. Wait, no, not even that long. She moved out on me at Thanksgiving, and then I was roommate-less the rest of the year (to my complete and utter joy). So I bunked the beds and always had the top bunk made up with my extra set of sheets. I hung all kinds of ephemera on the walls – maps of the Getty Center museum, magazine clippings about places I’d visited in LA, that sort of thing. Of course, old photos from home.Mvc-008xd

The first week in California, I went to Target and bought goofy plastic crates and these hanging lamps that were just sooo awful, but at least they were some kind of ambient light other than the awful fluorescent ceiling fixture that gave absolutely no light. Heck, even at 18 I needed lamps! Ha!

Um, do you see the stuffed animal on my bed in the background behind me. Nice.

These pictures below are from when I was packing up to move back at the end of the school year. I packed my car pretty tightly and shipped the rest back.MVC-014XcMVC-010Xc

MVC-011XIf I had it to do all over again, I’d probably not do anything too different, to be honest.  It was a nice enough dorm for what it was, and we girls all had fun, despite the occasional catfight over loud music or wayward boyfriends showing up in the showers (!).

When I moved back to Oklahoma to attend OU, I got an apartment and I didn’t move out until I graduated. I lived on my own in a one-bedroom on the bottom floor of the apartment building, on the edge of town, not too far from campus. There was a little patio where I would regularly deposit bags of trash until I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to take it out to the trash dump. Isn’t that college for you??  The kitchen was tiny, but I felt like it was my own little dollhouse and I was just the queen of the castle.  My parents and siblings helped me move in, and I started collecting various pieces of Target furniture, as well as the requisite IKEA stuff too.  IMG_1340That coffee table in the photo (above) was the first piece of “real” (ha!) furniture that I purchased for myself. It was from West Elm and it’s still in our living room today. I bought it with prize money from a poster contest that I won for the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

I’ll have to dig up other photos somewhere – I know I’ve got them around somewhere.

There you have it – a nice little trip down memory lane. What was your dorm or apartment like?

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The Great State Fair

Early September means that the great state fair of Oklahoma has come to town, bringing with it copious amounts of fried food, carnies, and the glut of humanity. Wow. Doesn’t that sound so positive? But at the same time, despite the fact that I was not taken to the fair more than 2x in my childhood, I do have a sense of nostalgia for it. I really enjoy some of the fun, old-fashioned elements of it all, like the 4H stuff, and the animals, and the cake contests. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that! Now if only I could figure out where to sign up to be a taste tester for the cake and bread contests. THAT is the place to be!

Come, join me for a photographic tour of the state fair of Oklahoma 2009…

Oh, Internet! I took this photo (above) just for you. We bought several of these gorgeous, tasteful lamps (only $38 apiece! A steal!) to display lovingly in our home. Aren’t they delightful? Now if I can only fight Simon for the JoBros one. ::sigh::  We must find a special, hallowed place here at the house for it, so it will never be broken and we can then pass on this delightful, klassy piece of culture down to our offspring. (disclaimer: If you can’t tell that my tongue is firmly in cheek, then maybe it’s time that you and I part ways. I thought we knew each other a little bit better…)

Now THOSE are some pumpkins!

Simon wanted me to document the 4H Fashion project.

Yay for ribbons!

Did you know that there is a bug collecting division at the State Fair? I had no idea! Seriously, where do you sign up to do this kind of thing? And I am LOVING that 9th place winner  Kaylee Young put her bugs into a really cool vintage cigar box. Gorgeous!

Simon, inspecting the baked goods. Where do we sign up to judge, pls?

On the other hand, I have a hard time understanding how it is that you win a prize for things like license plates. Or  key rings. I mean, really?  What ribbons could I be winning simply because I just am not aware of the potential for state fair greatness?

When I saw these, I knew that I too could be a winner. See that hobnail glass above? yeah, I’ve got one! It was my favorite glass at my mom’s as a kid, so she passed it down to me. I also have a set of those teacups. LOVe them.

We adore anything cake-related. I mean, who doesn’t? Congrats to the winner of this amazing cake!

Now for the food.

But first, a trip to AGtropolis. To see the chickens! This year, there were no chicks hatching from eggs, which disappointed us. That’s always neat to see.

Jude got to pet a bunny. It looked a little frightened, but maybe that’s because it had bright pink eyes and those are just a little bit frightening on their own.

Now we’re off to see the real big chickens. Jude loves to say “chicken” when we go eat at Chick-Fil-A. He associates chicken with tasty morsels of nuggety goodness. So you can imagine his confusion (er, dismay?) when this little guy pecked his way towards us and I proudly said, “Chicken!!!”

Wait, where?! Where’s the chicken nuggets?

Is it hiding in his magnificent headdress? Hmm. This is confusing.

Checking out the goats and sheep.

Here’s my sweet hubs, buying me a delicious (if overpriced) fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Inside the beautiful horse barn.

Ok, I wish I had a better picture of this, because this photo does not do justice to the sheer magnitude of how big this horse was. He was enormous! Easily 8 feet tall or higher. A beautiful animal!

All over the fairgrounds are the Tootsie Wootsie feet massagers. For 25 cents, you too can relax.

please, no photos, while I am relaxing, rejuvenating, and reviving.

He cracked up when Simon picked him up and let him feel his feet.

Sign of the times: The sign says that they had deep fried bacon cheddar mashed potatoes on a stick.

Hmm, I need to see this!

Guys roasting corn on the cob. YUM!

Time for the pony ride! I didn’t think he would stay on it, but I was shocked and amazed. He lit up like Christmas morning and you would’ve thought that he had died and gone to heaven.

Look at that face of amazement!

WOW!

Sitting up a little taller, a little prouder.

Hey, I think I’ve got this thing!

What a good horsey!

Now… what can I go ride next?!

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Cooking at Jamie’s

Oh you guys. YOU GUYS! I am dying of sheer deliciousness right this very second. I am sitting here, in the dark, in my living room, in my pajamas, and I am as happy as a clam, with a totally full tummy. Simon and I just got back from our anniversary treat, a cooking class over at Jamie’s in Casady Square. Now, I know that the majority of you will probably never grace our fair city of Oklahoma City, but for the few of you who are here, you must go.

Jamie’s has been over in Casady Square for seven years and sells some of the most gorgeous tableware items you will see anywhere. In fact, in the picture below, notice the blue coral under the glass bell jar on the right? Those are actually napkin rings from Jamie’s. Amy gave them to me for Christmas, and I just love the look of them, all clustered together. I eyed some of the other coral colors there tonight. There were these seahorse napkin rings that were amazing and would look so nice on my table…Anyway. Moving on – Amy had mentioned to me once that Jamie’s offers cooking classes, so when I was looking into what to do for our anni, I thought, hmm, perfect. After all, Simon is a total foodie and a missed-his-true-calling-Chef, so what else would be more fun? They offer two different kinds of classes – a demonstration type with a major chef from the area (Kurt Fleischfresser from The Coach House, for those in the know) and then the regular classes taught by transplanted San Franciscan Jill Nevard that are totally hands-on. I knew that would be a better fit for us.

We showed up at 6pm and there was a gorgeous table set. I apologize for having no photos; I was ill prepared. Your imagination will have to suffice.  It’s complete eye candy to walk in the store. Jamie has all the really gorgeous tableware lines like Juliska, Wedgwood, that sort of thing. She also has a varied display of food products, as well as freshly prepared casseroles, takeaway items, cupcakes, specialty cheese, etc. I wish I had thought to write down the names of the cheeses we sampled tonight; they were delish.

The class was pretty small; only about 10 of us, I think? Jamie was there, and she is the nicest lady ever. Both she and Jill (a culinary school grad) are knowledgable and completely approachable. It was just a fun feeling of hanging out and trying new things. No stupid questions, you know? We divvied up into teams and began preparing a variety of dishes –

  • Mini beef empanadas (A-MAZING. Cherries!)
  • Baked rigatoni with peperonata, fennel, and sausage (colorful and yum)
  • Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin (Simon’s job – he did great! Very moist, juicy)
  • Basil chicken curry (my new fave – I’m going to try this one!)
  • Cheddar cheese quick bread (I made this – super easy)
  • Roasted kale (a first – never tried this before but crispy and delicious)
  • Homemade vanilla ice cream w/ caramel sauce (fun to make the caramel)
  • Lemon buttermilk pudding cakes with chantilly and berries  (my other responsibility – involved, but worth it!)

Overall, such a success. If you’re looking for something fun to do in town, this was it. It was $50/person and lasted just over 3 hours. We got to eat eat eat, and still we were able to bring home the leftovers. But more than anything, we were trying things that were a little unusual, but still totally doable and approachable. It was entertaining, educational, and delicious. A good mix of technique and savvy little tips. I know I am totally gushing, but I so want to do this again! There’s a holiday entertaining party on October 13th — I may have to sign up for that one.

Ok. So there’s my rave. I’ve got to go digest now – I am seriously stuffed to the gills! Thanks to the girls at Jamie’s for a fantastic night!

9313 North Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK – 73120
Casady Square at Britton Road and Penn

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