Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your Vegas is showing...

Yep that's right - Las Vegas has come up with a new slogan (that I find to be 100% hilarious). While I don't think "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" will ever get old, I do think that "Your Vegas is showing" is funny on so many levels! Anything that makes me *blush* & giggle is good in my book! But - what do you think? My manfriend says it just isn't funny. I say he's wrong. So what say you?

Anywho - Why am I going on about Sin City? Because I am Vegas bound!

No, I am not running off into the desert to be married by a pack of Flying Elvi.

A few weeks ago I got word that Model Citizen has been chosen to attend the POOL Trade Show this summer!!! It's kind of like a BIG deal & I am totally "lizzing" with excitement! I never really get to go out of town for work and I've never been to Vegas before - so excitement actually doesn't cover how I'm feeling.

So what is POOL? Well it is "a community of art and design driven brands creating industry connections for creative visionaries" so who is crazy flattered? It is me!

Well, I've got a lot of work ahead of me in order to be ready by August so I better get to it, but I wanted to share my good news with you, because I like you! Thanks for listening ;)

Bonnie Rue

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Crush Alert!

Allow me to introduce Hilah Johnson - the lead singer of one of Austin's most bad ass local bands, The Hot As Shits & the host of Hilah Cooking! Bust out your bar wear, slip into your favorite apron and get ready to learn and laugh your ass off! She's Hilah-rious!
...I know. So very cheesy.. I couldn't help myself.

Here is a little teaser video where Hilah will teach you how to make one of my favorite adult beverages of all time ~ The Michelada!

Bonnie Rue

p.s. This is not becoming a food blog. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a spork in my eye.

Monday, April 19, 2010

And the winner of the Vegan Cookbook Givaway is...

First off I'd like to thank Snubbr.com for supplying these awesome books! If you haven't checked out Snubbr yet - you totally should. They take the guess work out of shopping! All you do is hit up their site and ask them a question like "What are the best vegan cookbooks?" and voila! They will tell you what the experts recommend.

Wow - I'm super excited to see so many people interested in delicious & healthy vegan cooking! Maybe I'll post some of my personal favorite recipes in the future for ya!

Okay so for total fairness the winner of this bad ass giveaway was selected by Random.org

So without further ado - the winner of the Snubbr.com Vegan Cookbook giveaway is:
#9 aka (b)

Congrats! Please email me at bonnie (at) modelcitizenclothing.com to claim your prize.
If I were you I would get on the horn and invite all my favorite people over for a dinner party to share the love. Share the Love!

Oh and I want to give a special shout out to Jacqueline (#15) for being so nice as to offer to give her book (if she'd won) to the Peterson Family. High 5 for being a Model Citizen! What a doll!

Bonnie Rue

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Vegan Cookbook Giveaway from Snubbr.com!

Whether you are vegan-curious or a vegan-veteran this giveaway is for you!
The lovely folks at Snubbr.com want to offer you, my rad readers, a chance to win a vegan cookbook! Which one you ask? Well that is entirely up to you! That's right YOU get to pick one of these 5 totally AMAZING books for your kitchen collection! If you are thinking "shucks - I already own all of these cookbooks!" then a.) you are a bad ass & b.) you could still enter to win because I dare you to come up with a better gift idea than a book that will get your friends and family eating ALL of their veggies. I triple dog dare you!

Learning about Veganism is a must & these books are a fantastic place to start! It's not only healthier for you - it's better for the whole wide world! Seriously.

All you've got to do is peruse this tasty selection, pick a book & leave a comment! The winner will chosen randomly on Tuesday April 20th!

So lets see the goods shall we?

This bad ass book written by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is just that - bad ass! Don't believe me? Well let's see what Joan Jett has to say about it.. "Vegan With A Vengeance is on my kitchen shelf. This fun and creative book is delicious for people like me, who don't eat pets!"

See? Told ya! Don't make me have to get Joan Jett on your ass again!

*Isa is now a columnist for BUST!

Not to be all "Isa! Isa! Isa!" but this lady makes one hell of a cookbook & this time Terry Hope Romero aka The Vegan Latina's got her back! For beginners & seasoned chef's alike Veganomicon was written with the goal of preparing us all for the vegan revolution! Viva!

Do you hear that? It's the sound of your sweet tooth squealing with Joy - The Joy of Vegan Baking that is! Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has done it! A lovely book filled with traditional treats & desserts - Veganized!

Jannequin Bennett's Complete Vegan Kitchen is fantastic for beginner vegans! From easy peasy throw and go recipes to fancy dinner party menus - this book will not let you down. Cross my heart...

Colleen is back and as awesome as ever! I have no idea where she finds the time. She is not only an award winning author but also the founder of Compassionate Cooks, a columnist for VegNews Magazine AND a contributor to NPR. This book has been on my WANT/NEED list for a while... if someone wins this will they make dinner for me?

Oh decisions, decisions... So what's it going to be kids? Make a wish in the comments & it may just come true for you! Again - the winner will be announced next Wednesday!

Bonnie Rue

p.s. For even more vegan goodness you simply MUST check out my friend The Urban Housewife! She will take you across the globe one delicious vegan bite at a time!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

SXSW 2010 Recap

I know - SXSW has come and gone, but I've been planning on writing about some of my favorites from the week and it's my party so I'll post if I want to... no matter how late or dated it is. Better late than never - that's what I always say!

It was the longest week. My feet hurt in all new ways. I ate like crap. I slept like the dead - but only for a few hours a night. My ears are still ringing. In other words - it was a blast & I can't wait to do it again next year!

We started off early on Tuesday night - hitting up a house party to see a friends band, Black Cock! Fronted by Whitney Lee - one of Austin's greatest photographers, her manpanion Chico Jones (owner & head engineer @ OHM Studio) & her brother Jordan Lee (who you may know from Sublime Stitching) is also in the band. They were AWESOME! Punky, noisy, poppy, creepy, beep beep-y, - I loved it. Makes you wanna throw a tantrum - in the best way possible.

My manfriends band - Lions - played like five times & I made it out to see three of the shows. They played a few new songs that the crowd & myself really liked - which is always exciting! It's nice to see them playing a lot in town - since last year Austin was out on the road so much. Missing people is for the birds. The BIRDS!

Lions @ Trophys SXSW 2010

ANYTIME Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers come with 500 miles of Austin TX - I WILL BE THERE! Luckily once a year I can just walk around the corner and see one of my all time favorite bands. Shilpa Ray is beautiful little beast and in my mind she can do no wrong. I swayed in the sunlight at Shangri La and felt as if all was right in the world as she & her band blew us all away.

JAVELIN! This was a fantastic show - I only wish it had been later in the day.. or at night even. They played the Pitchfork Party at Emo's. I woke at 11am and immediately got dressed and walked over to Emo's to catch them at Noon. I still felt like a vampire by the time I arrived at the club and there was a line around the block. Luckily - I know guy ;)
Once inside the band was already going at it. The best way to describe it is like electric dance candy for the years! Keyboards! Drums! Electric drums too! I will say that while all the grooves are good - the minute you get to comfortable with one they are on to the next. Keeps you guessing! They were signed by David Byrne's record label Luaka Bop last year & their latest record No Mas will be released tomorrow! Check it out!

It felt like a whole lifetime later (when in fact it was just later that same day) I saw The Coathangers I was at the very front of the stage dancing and taking photos. Their drummer Stephanie Luke was so sick. Like literally - she had lost her voice and had a killer cold but holy hell - that did not stop her from giving 187%! She even got up and sang a few - I wanted to hug her and shower her in cough drops. Poor lady. These girls are bad asses and they were a highlight of SXSW experience! Their new record Scramble comes out April 7th!

Another total super high point this year actually took place at my house! Heard of Sissy Bounce? Well Vockah Redu & Cru performed on my front porch and I now know for certain that I simply can not dance. These guys had moves that make my hamstrings ache just thinking about them!

The performance was a part of Aubrey Edwards & Alison Fensterstock's show at the BiRDHOUSE titled Where They At - an exhibition that portrays the founders, architects, and players in New Orleans hip-hop and the uniquely regional rap known as bounce music, a phenomenon that evolved from the communities based in the city’s housing projects. I've rarely been so impressed.

And this is what a SXSW love note looks like:

A 6 pack of local beer & sweet nothings scribbled on the back of an old flier from our lovely friends from the west - Matawan Creek - who spent the week sleeping on our hardwood floors & entertaining the masses... oh and being harassed by my neighbors. Sorry about the graffiti on your car kids ;)

The End