Outdoor Drinking: Carefree Black Girl Style

The moment when you’re sitting on the steps of your apartment or on patio furniture with your sunglasses on and the condensation from your glass drips on your bare thigh because you’re free in your sundress…that’s the moment where happiness lives. Outdoor drinking is truly one of my favorite hobbies and it’s one of the few things I can do very well.

One of my favorite things to drink outside is a fresh and fruity sangria. And guess who happens to be an expert at making the best sangria?

This gal here.


Me. Day drinking outside. See? I told you I do this well.

I first made my “Carefree Summer Sangria” (I actually just came up with that name, I’m so clever) for my parents’ 60th birthday party and it was a HIT! I’ve changed my recipe, but the feeling of drinking a glass of my citrus and peach sangria remains the same. So, for all those who’d like to take a chance at making it for your summer party, here’s the recipe!

My sangria!

My sangria!

Carefree Summer Sangria

– one large bottle of Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio

– two oranges

– one lime

– two cans of sliced peaches (juice included)

– one bottle of white grape juice

– 1/2 can of Sanpellegrino Sparkling orange drink

– A splash (or if you’re down for having a little fun, MORE) of rum or brandy

– sugar
Add in order:

1. wine, peaches (with juice) and white grape juice

2. oranges and limes

3. sugar (to taste)
4. rum or brandy
5. Sanpellegrino prior to serving
STIR and SERVE and TWERK. And listen to the official Carefree Black Girl Playlist for the summer here while sipping and takin’ over for the 99 and the 2000.



P.S. This week was exceptionally exciting for me because

1. I’m going to NYC this weekend for a PRSA conference!

2. I was featured on the fabulous A Little Happy lifestyle blog in the first “New Orleans Ladies” series! The amazing Dominique Ellis captured all my fabulousness in this one photo that I cannot stop looking at! Click here to check out my post!



OK, cheers for realz,

Angie Bae Bae


Gracious Grub

Today was one of those “I look/feel too good to go home” kinds of days. I was frolicking around Uptown in my new favorite Tiffany Blue dress from Forever 21 and looked like a sight to behold. My braids were doing something fabulous. My blush sparkled in the sunshine. The color I got on my nails brings me all the joy in the world. My car didn’t make that strange squeaking noise. Frankly, I was feeling good and I haven’t felt like that in a while. And it doesn’t help that a fellow black queen, My First Lady, had some beautiful things to say about Queen Maya Angelou and it just made me feel all beautiful and powerful inside.


Trillmobile selfies are the best selfies.

And as I’m driving, with Chrisette Michele playing, my stomach grumbled for something strong and something savory, and I remember seeing a photo of an almond croissant from this new bakery with a really pretty serif G as its logo. (You know I live for good, clean branding.) So, I asked Siri for directions to “Gracious Bakery” and he (I changed it to the man voice so I can feel like I run the world by giving the man orders. don’t ask) led to the perfect place.

I walked in and immediately ordered a coffee and the almond croissant. The lovely girl behind the counter sadly told me they were sold out and before I had a fit, I found the savory brioche and said “give me one of those doohinkeys.” Yes, I really say that and you people wonder why I’m still single. I took my brunch (if I call it brunch, it will make me think this is a brunch situation just without the mimosa) and found a table outside and bit into that damn brioche and got.my.life. And the coffee, a New Orleans cold-drip iced coffee, was perfectly strong and sweet in all the right places.

Oh, that sounds bad.


Something strong and something savory.

But that coffee was perfect. I also got a chocolate croissant to go and bit into before I got home. I was immediately sent back to my first day in Paris when I bought the same pastry and fell hard in love.

So, if you’re looking for a quiet Mid-City place with fancy French pastries and according to one of my twitter friends, a really addictive meatloaf sandwich, head over to Gracious Bakery on S. Jeff Davis (right across the street from Fox 8-WVUE and Xavier University).

Bon appétit!


Game Night at The Burg

I’m sorry.

This is how I feel about not having the time to write a blog post.

This is how I feel about not having the time to write a blog post.

It’s been months since my last post and frankly, I’m sorry. Between the job, writing, not getting into grad school, paying student loans, cutting my hair off, getting braids AND trying to stay fly in the meantime, I just didn’t have the time or energy to dedicate to this precious little blog I started a year ago.

So, here’s the good news, this post is fun. It’s all about our first Game Night at The Burg. It all came about when we wanted to play Taboo and then next thing we knew, we had pizza and sliders and peach mint tea and spinach dip and Starbursts.

It was a great night of fun and dancing, as we never got to Taboo because we were so consumed with Rock Band and Hip Hop Dance Moves. The best part of the whole night (which I found remarkable): we didn’t consume one drop of liquor.

Check out the pics of the fun we had and stay tuned for more posts…when I feel like it 🙂



Angie Bae Bae


My Peach Mint Tea!


So folks know what they’re getting into!


Shandy’s Spinach Dip!


Alex plays MJ Experience like she’s auditioning for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.


And Whitney, practicing her best pelvic thrust to the tunes of the late Michael Jackson.


Alex and the sliders she begged Shandy to cook.


What’s a party without chips and salsa, papi?!


The guitarist of the Whitty Huton Wuld Toor.


The House Band for the “Ladies of Burg” reality show.