Monday, May 22, 2017

Ruston Downtown Art Crawl

If you live in southern Arkansas, don't be offended by what I'm about to say. As always on this blog, it's my expat point of view. I've traveled a lot, seen different places. 

It's hard to put into words, but this area is not the place to be if you enjoy arts, design and variety. It starts with the food, and pretty much affects every area from there to "scene". I keep bringing up the German saying "Was der Bauer nicht kennt, frisst er nicht" - which translates to something like "The Redneck don't know it. The Redneck don't eat it."

It's fun and great if you are into (duck) hunting, camouflaged clothes, fried food, 4-wheelers and maybe fishing. But besides that, there's nothing much to do.

Mural in Ruston LA
...they even have a wonderful Mural. 

For a while I felt pretty lost and isolated round here. But that was only until the day I stopped in Ruston, Louisiana, for the first time. Maybe it's because it's a college town (Louisiana Tech. Go Bulldogs!) - but from day one I felt more home there than I've ever felt in the Arkansas town I live now. You see STYLE, different people from different nations, art, music, restaurants that don't throw everything in the fryer... So over the last years, Ruston became my place to be if I don't want to drive for hours when I'm in need of a time out and creative input.

I follow a whole bunch of businesses round there on Facebook to stay in the loop, so I was very exited to read about the "Ruston Downtown Art Crawl" not too long ago.

"A community event organized by the art related businesses of downtown Ruston. Stroll through beautiful downtown and enjoy new work by local artisans and craftsmen.

Participating locations include:
Gallery 203 and Studio 203
Fine Line Supply Co.
Cotton Top Print Shop
Trenton Interiors
Main Street Exchange Occasional Shop"

So May 12th I packed up one of my friends, and we drove the 45 minutes to check it out. We've had a wonderful time strolling around Ruston, inhaling art - and a beer and Margarita at the Ponchatoulas to end the day stuffed and happy. If you have the chance to visit Ruston one day, don't even think twice and pack your bags already! This quote sums up this town. Small, but full of surprises.

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." —Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare)

Warning: Picture overload is about to follow. Enjoy!

Suzanna Stone Bailey // Gallery 203 and Studio 203





Friday, May 19, 2017

Giveaway Time! // My Birthday - Your Gift (Card)

Starbucks Giveaway

TGIF! A busy week is finally over - well - I'll have to work a little bit tomorrow since we will be having olympian swimmer Cammile Adams hosting a swim clinic at our club and I'll be capturing it. But this will be more fun and exciting than stressful.

Giveaway. And how I came up with it. I've had a friend from Little Rock visiting for 2 days. This morning we went to a local coffee shop, talking about life in common, but especially about how much we just LOOOOOVE coffee. That made me think... Since my birthday is coming up (June 17th. Wishlist will be posted soon.), I decided to host a giveaway, which will actually end...drumroll...on my birthday! Basically it will be my birthday, but you are the one getting a gift. Gift card to be more precise!

Starbucks Giveaway

Entering is easy as usual. Just use the rafflecopter below. Good luck!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Deep Ellum // Murals, Art & Entertainment

Most of you guys know I work for a gym full time. 2 weeks ago I was sent to Dallas to capture the "Les Mills Super Q" event, together with some of our instructors. The event was Saturday and the crew stayed with me until Sunday. I've had a social media conference lined up downtown Dallas Tuesday, so I just stayed there and took one day PTO plus the Wingate by Wyndham in Arlington gave me shelter in form of a BEAUTIFUL room Sunday night.

Deep Ellum Mural

Ever since I moved to this small town, I yearn creativity, variety and big city life. I am definitely not made for living in a small town. So Monday I slept in, and headed to "Deep Ellum" right after breakfast. It was the perfect day to stroll around. It was sunny, warm, and the colors of the murals were poppin! If you've never heard of "Deep Ellum" and the history of this neighborhood, I'd really suggest you check out this website HERE.

        

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gallery Hopping // Shop The Look

Last Friday I went to Ruston, LA, for the "art Crawl" - basically gallery hopping all over downtown. It was so much fun and very inspiring. I will share a little more "about" and some of the artworks on here later this week, so stay tuned.

Here's what I wore, and you can even shop the look:




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Ruston Downtown Art Crawl

If you live in southern Arkansas, don't be offended by what I'm about to say. As always on this blog, it's my expat point of view. I've traveled a lot, seen different places. 

It's hard to put into words, but this area is not the place to be if you enjoy arts, design and variety. It starts with the food, and pretty much affects every area from there to "scene". I keep bringing up the German saying "Was der Bauer nicht kennt, frisst er nicht" - which translates to something like "The Redneck don't know it. The Redneck don't eat it."

It's fun and great if you are into (duck) hunting, camouflaged clothes, fried food, 4-wheelers and maybe fishing. But besides that, there's nothing much to do.

Mural in Ruston LA
...they even have a wonderful Mural. 

For a while I felt pretty lost and isolated round here. But that was only until the day I stopped in Ruston, Louisiana, for the first time. Maybe it's because it's a college town (Louisiana Tech. Go Bulldogs!) - but from day one I felt more home there than I've ever felt in the Arkansas town I live now. You see STYLE, different people from different nations, art, music, restaurants that don't throw everything in the fryer... So over the last years, Ruston became my place to be if I don't want to drive for hours when I'm in need of a time out and creative input.

I follow a whole bunch of businesses round there on Facebook to stay in the loop, so I was very exited to read about the "Ruston Downtown Art Crawl" not too long ago.

"A community event organized by the art related businesses of downtown Ruston. Stroll through beautiful downtown and enjoy new work by local artisans and craftsmen.

Participating locations include:
Gallery 203 and Studio 203
Fine Line Supply Co.
Cotton Top Print Shop
Trenton Interiors
Main Street Exchange Occasional Shop"

So May 12th I packed up one of my friends, and we drove the 45 minutes to check it out. We've had a wonderful time strolling around Ruston, inhaling art - and a beer and Margarita at the Ponchatoulas to end the day stuffed and happy. If you have the chance to visit Ruston one day, don't even think twice and pack your bags already! This quote sums up this town. Small, but full of surprises.

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." —Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare)

Warning: Picture overload is about to follow. Enjoy!

Suzanna Stone Bailey // Gallery 203 and Studio 203





Giveaway Time! // My Birthday - Your Gift (Card)

Starbucks Giveaway

TGIF! A busy week is finally over - well - I'll have to work a little bit tomorrow since we will be having olympian swimmer Cammile Adams hosting a swim clinic at our club and I'll be capturing it. But this will be more fun and exciting than stressful.

Giveaway. And how I came up with it. I've had a friend from Little Rock visiting for 2 days. This morning we went to a local coffee shop, talking about life in common, but especially about how much we just LOOOOOVE coffee. That made me think... Since my birthday is coming up (June 17th. Wishlist will be posted soon.), I decided to host a giveaway, which will actually end...drumroll...on my birthday! Basically it will be my birthday, but you are the one getting a gift. Gift card to be more precise!

Starbucks Giveaway

Entering is easy as usual. Just use the rafflecopter below. Good luck!!

Deep Ellum // Murals, Art & Entertainment

Most of you guys know I work for a gym full time. 2 weeks ago I was sent to Dallas to capture the "Les Mills Super Q" event, together with some of our instructors. The event was Saturday and the crew stayed with me until Sunday. I've had a social media conference lined up downtown Dallas Tuesday, so I just stayed there and took one day PTO plus the Wingate by Wyndham in Arlington gave me shelter in form of a BEAUTIFUL room Sunday night.

Deep Ellum Mural

Ever since I moved to this small town, I yearn creativity, variety and big city life. I am definitely not made for living in a small town. So Monday I slept in, and headed to "Deep Ellum" right after breakfast. It was the perfect day to stroll around. It was sunny, warm, and the colors of the murals were poppin! If you've never heard of "Deep Ellum" and the history of this neighborhood, I'd really suggest you check out this website HERE.

        

Gallery Hopping // Shop The Look

Last Friday I went to Ruston, LA, for the "art Crawl" - basically gallery hopping all over downtown. It was so much fun and very inspiring. I will share a little more "about" and some of the artworks on here later this week, so stay tuned.

Here's what I wore, and you can even shop the look:




(Some of these links contain affiliate links, so that means if you click and buy something, I get a cut. It helps keep the site going! Full Disclosure)

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