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Latest Find: Snowman Motif

As many people know, my favorite humorous holiday character is the snowman, so I often add snowman-related Christmas things to my collection. I often purchase things from the website That is where I found a sweatshirt, an apron, a pillowcase and a shower curtain all with the same motif.


Latest Find: Holiday Pillows

Holiday pillows are an easy way of making your home a little more festive. I had been thinking about purchasing a couple of Christmas pillows from a website recently, but one day, I stumbled across a holiday pillow sale in Walmart. They were two for $5.50 – a good price – so I bought two packs.

My new ride

Last year on my birthday, the black Jeep Cherokee Sport that I had for about 12 years died on the side of the highway. It had been nice not having a car payment for a while, but I needed a car, and I’ve always been a fan of Jeeps. Here’s my new ride – a 2014 white Jeep Patriot, and I love it. Here’s to another 12 plus years. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

My jewelry box

I collect vintage and costume jewelry, and I recently ran across these two statement necklaces that I thought would be great additions. They both cost about $7 each, and I liked their vintage-style look. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Waker’s Drive-In

So, this is probably my favorite restaurant in Jackson. I love the look and feel of it, and the food is fabulous. If you’re ever there, don’t leave without trying a fried green tomato BLT, or grab a plate lunch with lots of yummy vegetables. Here’s the menu if you’d like to check out what they have to offer. I recently snapped this picture.

Another repainting project

This is another decor element that I found in a thrift store and thought that it might look better if the colors were tweaked. I painted over the outdated floral background and erased the picture of a window and flowers. I also bought wooden letters at a craft store, painted them black and glued them to the plaque to create a more simple, clean look. This was the end result. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

A bird brain idea

On a recent antique shopping excursion, I spotted this unique ceramic bird, that must have flown into the store straight from the 1960s or ’70s. I didn’t really like the orange color, but knew that I would be able to transform it into something that looked a little more modern. This was the finished result. It reminded me a lot of the owls below that I spotted at Anthropologie, except my bird only cost a few dollars. I’m sure the store’s were $50 plus. You can modernize any ceramic that you find in a thrift store. Some people find birds or owls and paint them all white or a solid color. Keep your eyes open, and you may spot something that you can give new life with a color change. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Chairing up a door

OK. I have to admit it. Some people take the repurposing trend a little too far. To them, I sometimes want to say the following: Everything shouldn’t be a Pinterest project. Some things are just trash. But it’s also kind of fun to see what people creatively come up with when they recycle something kicked to the curb. Here’s my attempt at repurposing the back of an old chair that I found. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I liked the center design, so I decided to turn it into a decorative door sign with my house number. Love it or hate it? I, myself, am a little undecided. 🙂 Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

The 15 coolest backpacks for grade-schoolers to grad students

It’s almost time to head back to school, and aside from notebooks and pencils, one of the essential must-haves for all students is a cool backpack. We’ve searched the Internet, and here are 15 of the coolest backpacks for everyone from grade-schoolers to grad students. Even if you’ve already bought yours, you can see if it made the list. 1. The X-ray Backpack. Don’t put any secret items in this backpack. Other students can see right through it, and you too. Great for the practical joker, future med student or neo-goth kid, the X-ray backpack sells for $60. 2. Owl Backpack – The owl motif has returned from the 1960s and ’70s, and is now found almost everywhere. Because of its popularity, your little one might like this patchwork pal to carry with them to school. Peppercorn Kids sells it for $29.99. 3. Bubble Backpack – Several backpacks that are popular right now are textured with 3-D designs, like this pink Bubble backpack from Lord and Taylor for $60. Others have spikes like dinosaurs and …

‘The Bling Ring’ review: If you’re ‘Pretty Wild,’ karma often comes with cuffs

There were two reasons I wanted to see “The Bling Ring” this weekend. 1. It stars Mississippi native Israel Broussard as one of the teen thieves who broke into Hollywood homes and stole designer clothing and jewelry from famous celebrities. I got a chance to interview Broussard by phone last week, who is a very polite and mature young man. I’m sure he has a good film career ahead of him because landing your first major role in a Sofia Coppola movie “ain’t” too shabby. 2. I had previously watched the E! reality television series “Pretty Wild,” starring Alexis Neiers and her two teenage “sisters,” which I think – as reality shows go – may be one of the most absurd and entertaining ones I’ve ever seen because of how oblivious these girls and their parents seem about everything taking place in their lives. I’m not sure how this happened since their mother tried to home school them using metaphysical consciousness principles with a curriculum based on the “The Secret” or laws of attraction. But …

More of the story: Jackson native Kit Williamson talks about his ‘Mad Men’ role

The season finale of “Mad Men” is tonight, so you can imagine how surprised I was to learn last week that one of the actors on the show is from Jackson. Yep, I did a little Googling and ran across Kit Williamson, a former St. Andrew’s student who landed a role on “Mad Men” this season as one of the advertising agency employees. (That’s him on the right.) Kit was nice enough to grant a phone interview last week, and our story ran in Saturday’s paper, but it was heavily cut for space. So here is the original story with many more juicy details about Williamson’s role on “Mad Men,” his Mississippi ties and his other projects. The show’s season finale is tonight, and because the show’s creator is so secretive, there’s no way of knowing whether or not Williamson will make an appearance on tonight’s show, but you now know who he is, just in case you see him.   A “Mad Man” from Jackson Followers of the AMC show “Mad Men,” a 1960s …

More of the story: Cheers or jeers for the beard that’s reappeared?

For 22 years, Mississippi State University baseball players were required to have clean shaven, squeaky clean, whisker-free faces. But after Trevor Fitts, a sophomore MSU pitcher, gave a 10-minute presentation to coach John Cohen this year, explaining reasons why Cohen should lift the ban on face fuzz, things got a little hairy. Fitts argued that having a beard would help store body heat, save time wasted shaving that could be spent practicing or preparing for games, boost confidence and intimidate the opposing team. Cohen was convinced, and now beards have reappeared — not only at MSU but across the nation. Look around, and you’ll see Abe Lincolns everywhere. Celebrites like David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Prince William, Jon Hamm and Superman Henry Cavill have jumped on the beard bandwagon. And websites like <; will tell you how to grow one. Tupelo resident and MSU grad Kevin Tate, 41, has a theory about why beards are back, and he thinks the MSU players may “help carve new paths for others in the …

Is cat fashion a passing trend, or will it have nine lives?

Every once and a while, a trend comes along that you may not be able to sink your claws into. Maybe it’s a style inspired by an Asian motif or the popular Internet meme Grumpy Cat, but like it or not, feline fashion is currently the cat’s meow. Yes, being a cat lady, for some reason, is cool these days. Check out Pinterest, and you’ll find many examples of this trend that isn’t for scaredy cats who are afraid to be a little quirky. In addition to finding a cat in a hat, you may find a cat on a dress, tights, sweaters and even a puss in boots. It’s a Meow Mix of clothing that some will find cute and others will find crazy. But for feline fashion addicts, or practicing catholics (I mean cat-holics), there’s plenty on the market, even if you’re not a fat cat with a thick wallet. However, if you think there’s a chance that looking at these clothes will make you catatonic, you may want to turn the page. …

Movie review: Why Southern women may appreciate "The Great Gatsby"

I understand what it feels like to hear that a movie you love is going to be remade. It sometimes evokes strong emotion, you can’t imagine improvement, and it’s a reminder that a chunk of time has evaporated, at least one generation has passed, and your memories are somehow threatened. I get it. I would imagine that some feel that way about the remake of “The Great Gatsby,” but I am not one of them. Having seen both films for the first time recently, the 2013 film is an improvement with an explosion of modern artistry that blends the classic 1920s words penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald with contemporary technology almost 100 years later. I enjoyed the new film much more than the original. Here’s a quick synopsis: Daisy Buchanan was the beautiful belle of the ball in Louisville, Ky., who could have had any man she wanted. Suitors were tripping over themselves to gain her affection and hand in marriage, and one was Jay Gatsby, a man of modest means with whom she fell …

Mississippians can’t cut those apron ties: New video and more of the story

As one of only two women employed full-time for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Brookhaven deputy Krysten Butler carries a gun and badge, and with versatility, works an array of cases, from narcotics investigations to child abuse and sexual assault crimes. It’s a job that only someone tough could do – someone who must stay in control in any situation. “I can hold my own,” Butler said. “I’m not a girly-girl. I never have been.” But when this hardcore mother of five – who can also stand her ground with three teenagers, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old – gets home from work, she’s still fierce, (in both the fashion and bravery sense of the word), when standing in the kitchen wearing a vintage-style, multi-colored, ruffled apron. “My mom brought me the apron because she said that I made a horrible mess of my clothes when I cooked,” Butler said. “After I put it on, I fell in love with it – not with the actual apron itself, even though it’s pretty cute, but the way …

New video: How to get that Great Gatsby style

When I started researching style from the 1920s because of this weekend’s release of “The Great Gatsby,” I ran across a few fashion terms I’d never heard of before like “hobble skirt,” “Eton crop” and “deerstalker.” Check out the video above to see what a “hobble skirt” is if you’re not familiar with it. An Eton crop is apparently a slicked down hairstyle worn by ladies at the time that helped show off their cloche hats. And a deerstalker is a hat worn by hunters. Think Sherlock Holmes-style, even though the character originated before the 1920s. This week, we ran a story about Gatsby style that you can read here. In it, you’ll learn how you, in 2013, can create the 1920s flapper look. Here are a few suggestions from Stephanie Jo Abby, a third-year MFA costume design candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi who just won the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Award for Design Excellence in Costumes. Suggestions to get the “Gatsby” look: • A vintage store can be …

More of the story: Mississippians believe in faith, family and “Duck Dynasty”

It’s obvious when checking my Facebook  feed, that there are many Mississippians who relate to and love the reality show “Duck Dynasty.” I have watched a few episodes myself, but didn’t quite understand why this show was liked by so many people I know until I interviewed several of them recently and learned that it appeals to their most cherished values – having a strong work ethic, having a strong family and having a strong faith. All of those values are apparently wrapped up in the reality show about a family who struck it rich by selling duck calls. Here’s another interview with Justin Byrd, a youth worker at a Corinth church, that didn’t make it into today’s story because of deadlines. Byrd, a Corinth native who attended Alcorn Central High School and Northeast Mississippi Community College, who is now attending Grantham University while serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard, said he became a fan of “Duck Dynasty” when the series premiered. “I am a die hard duck hunter, and have been for about …

Would you let your baby rock a mustache?

Log on to Pinterest, and you’ll find picture after picture of adorable babies with their noggins covered in some of the cutest crocheted hats you’ve ever laid eyes on. I spotted lions, skunks, mermaids, snowmen, puppy dogs, baby fishermen and even Rapunzel wigs while researching one of our latest Style stories. Photographers love the hats for props, and parents love them because it turns their itty bitty precious baby into something even more adorable – an itty bitty precious bunny rabbit or kitty cat. It reminds me of something I blogged about in 2006. A company called Baby Toupee was making hats with hair in them for babies to comically wear. You could get them fashioned after celebrities like like Bob Marley, Donald Trump and Lil’ Kim. I’ve also recently noticed that some company is making mustache pacifiers, so you’re baby can rock a stashe while he’s soothing his gums. Here’s our latest Style story about baby trends. Check out the gallery of photos. Hope you enjoy: Photographer Jennifer Sparrow doesn’t have to leave the …

Designer Hilton Hollis brings his spring fashion line to Jackson this week

Natchez Native Hilton Hollis is a New York City designer who is currently promoting his spring fashion line. He will hold a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, at Maison Weiss at 4500 I-55 North 109 in Jackson. We recently caught up with him to ask his predictions about what trends and fashion will be hot this spring. Q. What is your business and where is it located? A. We produce a high-end clothing line called Hilton Hollis, as well as a diffusion brand called HHollis. Hilton Hollis is refined and sophisticated with business, dressy, evening and casual elements. Prices range from $295-$2,495 at retail. HHollis is casual and sporty, with an emphasis on a relaxed lifestyle. Prices range from $155-$395 at retail. Both lines offer great fabrics, a unique color sense and a fit that is perfect for the woman with curves. I don’t dress models, I dress ‘real’ women. We are located in the heart of Manhattan’s Garment District. Q. Spring is coming up. …

Kardashian khaos kaptivates Mississippians

The city of Ridgeland and Northpark mall were well prepared for “reality” television star Kim Kardashian’s appearance tonight. An ambulance, a fire truck and at least two police cars were parked outside the entrances to Belk, where Kardashian was inside signing autographs for those who purchased her $95 bottle of perfume, True Reflection.  Because we had posted a couple of stories on The Clarion-Ledger website about her upcoming appearance, and they were followed by a slew of negative comments from readers, I wondered just how popular she would be in Jackson, and how many people would show up at the mall to see her. Despite the negativity, I suspected there would be quite a few, since she is – like it or not – one of the biggest celebrities of the day. Kim Tweeted a few comments about her Mississippi visit before making her grand entrance at Northpark, and posted the picture above before the Belk event held from 6-8 p.m. It’s how I was able to recognize her from a distance. Her Twitter comment: …

In the bag: Ole Miss grad’s handbags sought-after totes

University of Mississippi art graduate Katie Kalsi, 34, is making a name for herself as a handbag designer. The Memphis native launched a line of 23 hobo-style handbags in 2003 with hand-painted, interchangeable straps. Since then, Kalsi said the bags have gotten attention from Taylor Swift and Priscilla Presley, and Belk began carrying them. We caught up with Kalsi to ask her about her life and design work. Q. Tell me about your childhood. What are some of your earliest memories of growing up in Memphis? A. I have always been creative and spent a lot of my childhood drawing, painting, sewing and crafting. My mother and father always encouraged and praised my ideas and creativity. My best memories are at my parents’ home in Shelby County. When you think of Memphis, you may not think of immediately lakes, barns and greenery, but I saw all of that right outside my window. I loved being outside. I was always able to find something to do and something that inspired my creativity. Q. Tell me some …

Pinterest Project # 4: Painting is For the Birds

I’ve been a big fan of the late Texas designer, Enid Collins’, quirky 1960s box purses for many years. I own a few of them, and I’ve even made a few of my own inspired by some of her designs. As I hobby, I like to search for antique furniture pieces and revive them. I recently found a boring wooden cabinet, and it reminded me, in some way, of this Enid Collins purse called “For the Birds.” So I decided to create the same design on my cabinet. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save