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February Favorites!

Feb 10, 2014 by in Fashion Comments Off on February Favorites!

For the Dudes:

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We love the Subriot Henley because it’s so simple and the perfect basic for this chilly weather.

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The second pick it the Commodore shoe from Sanuk. Another great basic with the updated sole shape!

For the Dudettes:

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The pillowcase dresses from Supermaggie are so comfortable and this one with the badass snake would be perfect paired with your favorite vintage leather jacket!

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The Circle of Life dolman is the perfect weight for the fickle Nola weather. It’s perfect for layering and great for yoga!

 

And We’re BACK!

Feb 8, 2014 by in News Comments Off on And We’re BACK!

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We are so happy to have our brand new website up and running after many months of absence. After we discovered bugs in the old site, we knew we needed something new and fresh!
So welcome to the new BranchOutShop.com!
We are adding new products everyday and working to keep this baby stocked, but as always if you saw something in our brick and motor store that you don’t see here, please contact us. You can call 504.371.5913 or email us at info@branchoutshop.com.
Branch Out Blog has some really great new features in the works so please stop by and check them out and keep your eyes peeled for special offers too!

Once again, welcome to the new site and we can’t wait to see you around the web!

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September Picks!

Sep 10, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on September Picks!

For the Ladies:

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In August it was the Sweetheart dress in the wild print, but we thought the denim was perfect for back to school! Great shape and comfortable denim, what more could you ask for?

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This Good Paper greeting card says it all! We are truly bananas for our customers and we couldn’t be here without you. Thank you!

For the Gentlemen:

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The Tribe V neck from Topo Ranch is just a cool shirt. Plain and simple. Pair it with our new shipment of bright red jeans from Neo Blue and you are one bold dude!

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Okay, we can’t help ourselves! We love our new shipment of Topo tees! The Pixel V neck is 100% cotton and so cool, figuratively

and literally!

We love our customers and thank you for your support! Enjoy our September picks!

Crescent City Farmers Market Recipe

Aug 19, 2013 by in News Comments Off on Crescent City Farmers Market Recipe

Grilled Vegetable Poboys


With the weather cooling, now is a great time to fire up the grill. These Grilled Vegetable Po-boys make both a great addition to your tailgating menu and a quick, easy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

Grilled vegetable marinade

  • 1 cup olive oil/vegetable oil mix
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Roasted garlic spread

  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper

Vegetables

  • 1/2 pound Japanese eggplant, half peeled so eggplant looks “striped”, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 pound red onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup grilled vegetable marinade
  • 4 6-inch po’ boy loaves, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 cup roasted garlic spread
  • tomato slices
  • lettuce, julienned
  • 6 ounces fontina cheese, sliced

Directions

To prepare Grilled Vegetable Marinade: Combine all ingredients—oil, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper—in blender container. Purée.

To prepare Roasted Garlic Spread: Combine all ingredients—garlic, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper—in blender container. Purée.

To prepare Vegetables: Combine eggplant, onion, zucchini, and marinade; mix well. Set aside to marinate for 20 minutes. Grill vegetables over hot coals until tender, turning frequently. Do not char. Peel the pepper and slice.

To serve, spread both halves of po’ boy loaves with roasted garlic spread. Place tomato and lettuce on bottom halves, then top with grilled vegetables and fontina cheese. Top with loaf tops. Slice each po’ boy in half and serve.

Serves 4

Recipe compliments of Chef Mitch Engleman, The Redfish Grill  Originally posted here.

August Favorites!

Aug 5, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on August Favorites!

For the Dudes:

The Hot Dog Might Wallet is perfect for any Summer lovin’ guy! The realistic hot dog graphic will make anyone happy and hungry!

The Delridge Belt by Alchemy Goods is the perfect light weight yet durable belt to hold your shorts up this Summer. Available in two colors, silver and army green.

 

For the Dudettes!

The NOLA luggage tags, made from recycled Louisiana maps are perfect for any late Summer roads trips!

The Modal Printed leggings in the Blue Geo print are a perfect addition to your transitional wardrobe that we know you are working on to move into early Fall. Light weight and oh so comfy!

Continue to stay cool friends! Summer is coming to a close so be sure to check out our sale rack in-store today!

It’s Easy to Go Green This Summer and Save Some Green Too!

Jul 16, 2013 by in News Comments Off on It’s Easy to Go Green This Summer and Save Some Green Too!

Consider these sizzling summer savers:

1. Support your local farmers and economy by shopping at farmers’ markets and picking your own fruits and veggies.
To get started, go to usda.gov and search “farmers markets,” or use the handy tool in the Local Info box at the left of The Daily Green. Find a pick-your-own farm near you here.

Local produce is fresh and healthy, and it leaves a smaller carbon footprint since it’s transported less. Plus, prices are low (and often negotiable), and it’s more family fun than a trip to the money-sucking Cineplex.

2. Put your butt in gear rather than your car.
Forty percent of the driving we do is within two miles of where we live.  Make a pact this summer to walk or bicycle whenever the trip is two miles or less.  Your bank account — and Mother Nature — will thank you for it.

3. Rediscover your public library.
Libraries are not only FREE, but they’re COOL.  Use the library’s air conditioning rather than your own; read and attend summer programs at your local branch.  And remember, many libraries loan movies too.

4. Reduce your water consumption and water bill — make a rain barrel.
What a great summertime project. Learn how here!

5. Set your AC at 75 (or even 78) degrees.
I really start to sweat when I see how fast the wheel is going around on the electric meter when the AC is turned on. You can reduce your summer cooling costs by about 4% for every degree warmer you set the thermostat, according to Lee Schipper of UC Berkeley.

Originally posted here.

So get moving and save some green during these last few Summer months by going Green!

July Picks!

Jul 1, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on July Picks!

For the Ladies:

The Meeg Star tank top is perfect for you 4th of July celebration! Throw this super soft tank over cut offs or your favorite American flag bikini!

Top off your fun in the sun look with these amazing bamboo arm and recycled plastic sunglasses! Available in three cool colors the Uptown sunglasses are perfect for guys or gals!

 

For the Gentlemen:

Celebrate the Fourth in style with this rad baseball style tee from Alternative Apparel. It’s super soft and light weight perfect for the beach or a backyard bbq.

The Go All Out Mighty wallet is so much fun. The outside looks like an old school boom box and cassette tape. The perfect Summer accessory!

So there you have it folks, our July picks!

In Season Recipe from the Crescent City Farmer’s Market

Jun 14, 2013 by in News Comments Off on In Season Recipe from the Crescent City Farmer’s Market

Spicy Squash Pancakes


Use one type or a combination of zucchini, pattypan and yellow squash. Adjust how hot you want the cakes by adjusting the amount of hot pepper and seeds you use. Prepare small pancakes for an appetizer or side dish, or make larger ones and serve with crusty bread and Salsa Fresca (recipe below) for a full meal.
3 eggs
4 cups grated summer squash
1 cup fresh corn kernels, cut from 2 ears
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 large jalapeno pepper, minced
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoons olive oil
Black pepper to taste
Oil for sautéing
In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Grate squash and squeeze out water. Mix in squash, corn, green onions, jalapeno, the cheeses, flour, bread crumbs, olive oil and ground pepper. Heat two tablespoons oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. For small cakes, spoon one tablespoon squash mixture per cake into the hot oil and flatten to uniform thickness. For large cakes, use two tablespoons of squash mixture per cake. Do not over crowd the skillet. Leave about an inch between cakes.
Salsa Fresca
(Serves 6)
3 large slicing tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 cup green onions, minced
3 T lime juice
3 T fresh chopped cilantro
1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced
1 T olive oil
Salt to taste
Prepare all ingredients. Mix and serve. If you plan to store the sauce in the refrigerator, place it in a jar and pour a tablespoon of oil over the top. Makes about 4 cups.
Serves 6
From the Wisconsin State Fair / Fondy Cooking Demonstration. Originally posted here.

Favorites for June!

Jun 1, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on Favorites for June!

For the dudes:

The Sweet Camero t-shirt is perfect for those rock n roll summer nights! Pair with skinny jeans or your favorite shorts!

Men’s cufflinks from Yes and Yes Designs would be the perfect birthday present for any guy with a summer bday. The cufflinks are laser cut from the cover of old books! How cool is that?

 

For the Dudettes:

This 100% cotton dress from Mata Traders is perfect for summer dates, picnics and drinks on the patio!

Be festival ready in this breezy number from India Ella. Made from recycled Indian saris these unique dresses are just beautiful!

 

Branch Out and Etsy!

May 17, 2013 by in News Comments Off on Branch Out and Etsy!

Browse some of our stellar vintage collection on Etsy.com! We have awesome vintage belts, earrings, necklaces, charm necklaces, rings and bracelets! Vintage clothing coming soon!!

May Picks!

May 4, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on May Picks!

For the Ladies:

The Sweetheart dress by Nooworks is a shape we’ve had before by them but the prints are too amazig to pass up! This bright neon floral is perfect for a summer date! The shape is so flirty and feminine and it’s a great weight of fabric. Can’t you tell we love it!

The Meegs tank top by Alternative Apparel is your go to summer staple. The fabric is lighter than air and it comes in three awesome prints! Pair with just about anything!

For the Gentlemen:

Get in on the tank top action for summer! The double ringer tank for Alternative Apparel is you go to for summer. The old school color combos and soft fabric will keep you cool, in every sense of the word!

The Shipwrecked shoe in brindle is like a sandal and a boat shoe combined! The comfort of a sandal and the style of a boat shoe. You can’t miss with this hit by Sanuk!

So stay cool this summer kids and by clothing with a conscience!

Earth Day is April 22!

Apr 20, 2013 by in News Comments Off on Earth Day is April 22!

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate earth day with these simple ideas.

Plant trees. As the date also roughly coincides with U.S. Arbor Day, over time Earth Day has taken on the role of tree-planting. Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cleans pollution, secures soil in place to prevent erosion, and provides homes for a lot of biodiversity

Make nature crafts at school or home. Get together with your family and build a birdhouse or make a bird feeder to encourage the local bird population, which plays an important role in every ecosystem. For an extra-special Earth Day craft, use objects that would’ve otherwise been thrown away to create beautiful works of art.

Learn more about the environment. Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Borrow some library books and read up on an issue such as pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change. Or, learn about a region you’ve never considered before, like the Arctic, the deserts, or the rain forests. Think about the issues that concern you the most and if you haven’t done so already, join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.

Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long. Buy as little as possible and avoid items that come in lots of packaging. Support local growers and producers of food and products – these don’t have to travel as far and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Take your drink container with you, and don’t use any disposable plates or cutlery. Recycle all the things you do use for the day or find other uses for things that you no longer use. Carry a cloth bag for carrying things in and recycle your plastic bags.

Hold a garage sale, donate, or reuse household items. Many of us take up a lot of natural resources with stuff we don’t really need, want or use. Ironically, there’s a still lot of people who don’t have basic necessities. Plus, a lot of your unwanted clutter can be used by local charities to resell for much-needed cash.

Clean up litter. Rid litter from our roadways. Many groups use the weekend of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated since the last clean-up day. Many companies donate gloves and bags for clean-up groups and villages organize bag pick ups. Once the group has collected the trash and placed the recycled bags along the road, get the village public works department to pick the bags up. It’s a wonderful community project. Great for scout troops, rotary clubs and the like.

Hold educational sessions about the environment. Teachers, professionals, students, anyone who cares about the environment and is willing to teach others, can all provide environmental lessons for others. Most schools already celebrate Earth Day in the classrooms with activities but there are many other ways you can teach about the environment. For example, give a speech at your local library on how to compost with worms; take a group of children down to the recycling center to show them how things are recycled; recite nature poems in the park; offer to teach your office colleagues how to make environmentally-friendly choices at work during one lunch hour. Everyone has environmental knowledge they can share with others.

Buy or make Earth-friendly cleaning products. Try making up a simple vinegar-and-water counter cleaner, or swapping out your bleach cleaner for a less-toxic orange-based one. Just try it. You don’t necessarily have to give up your heavy-duty cleaners–just try using them when you really need to disinfect, rather than simply clean.

Engage others in conversations about your environmental concerns. Don’t be preachy, just appropriately present some facts and then explain your feelings about them. Encourage them to respond and if they have no opinions or they seem to not know much, help them learn some more by imparting your environmental knowledge in a friendly and helpful manner.

Cook a special Earth Day meal. Plan a menu that uses locally produced foods, is healthy and has minimal impact on the environment. Favour vegetable and bean products, as these use less resources to grow than mass-farmed meat. If you still would like meat, look for locally produced, organic meat. Try and have organic food completely. Decorate the table with recycled decorations made by you and your friends.

Consider buying a carbon offset to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions you create on the other 364 days of the year. Carbon offsets fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as wind farms, that displaces energy from fossil fuels.

Ride your bike. Use your bicycle or other forms of human powered transportation to commute to work or school and to run errands.

Remember: Every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. And put it into practice – every day! Originally posted here.

April Favorites!

Apr 2, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on April Favorites!

For the Dudes!

We are just loving these bamboo arm sunglasses in the best Summer fun frames! The frames are made from recycled plastic and the arms are sustainable bamboo! By Blue Gem Sunglasses

The Feeder Polo is also perfect for the Spring! It’s the softest blend of recycled poly and organic cotton. And just check out the awesome color! Looks like an ocean!

For the Gals!

Just get a load of this adorable peplum dress! Nooworks really nailed it here with the artist designed wave print, the killer color and the sweet shape!

The Pagoda Pockets dress from Mata Traders is really perfect for a picnic in the park, a shopping stroll or an evening date. Hand screen printed and 100% cotton!

If you can’t guess we have Spring fever! Come by and check out all the goodies we have to enjoy the weather!

St. Patty’s Day Bead Recycling a Success!

Mar 18, 2013 by in News Comments Off on St. Patty’s Day Bead Recycling a Success!

St. Patty’s Day Bead Recycling a Success!

Branch Out and the Green Light District teamed up with the ARC of Greater New Orleans again this St. Patrick’s Day to help them collect beads and other throws for their recycling program. The ARC dropped off colorful bins and we had them set up for the parade this past Saturday.

Parade goers could donate their throws after the parade in the bins. So thank you to the ARC and to everyone who donated beads to make this St. Patty’s Day Recycling another success!

 

March Picks!

Mar 4, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on March Picks!

For the Ladies:

 

The Peplum skirt is right on trend with the flirty peplum detail but the hang made print from Africa makes this skirt truly some thing special. Great with a simple tank or a dresses up blouse!

We also love the Star Skater dress which is perfect for the up coming warm weather. But just pair this baby with a cute cardigan and it’s perfect for a chilly but sunny March day!

 

For the Gentlemen:

 

This comfortable lightweight pull over has a nick name- the nautical pull over! The terry like fabric and navy and white stripes just says sailboats and lakes to us. Get in the Spring Summer spirit with this top!

This casual cardigan is perfect for this transition weather. It looks great with jeans and some colored shorts which are hot this season!

Spring is upon and in-store we have some great sales so stop by and check us out!

February Favorites!

Feb 4, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on February Favorites!

For the Men:

The unisex New Orlenas Street Car t-shirt is perfect for a local or as a gift for a visitor. The tee features the street car map with all the local stops labeled. Available for women too!

 

The  men’s Sworty shoe is a great all purpose casual shoe. We carry it in both red and navy for men and navy for women as it’s a unisex shoe!

For the Women:

The Darling Dress is the perfect dress for Valentine’s Day! The flattering cut and color works on anyone and would be so cute dressed up with some hot pink pumps and pouty red lip!

We also just love the Morgan sunglass for the ladies. The glamourous slightly over sized shape is perfect for any stylish gal and they come in tortise or black!

Hope you all have a great February!  

Make your own King Cake!

Jan 21, 2013 by in News Comments Off on Make your own King Cake!

Make your own King Cake this year and skip all the disposable packaging and preservatives that come with store bought. Plus you can involve the kids and impress your friends!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups bread flour*
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Creamy Glaze*
  • Purple-, green-, and gold-tinted sparkling sugar sprinkles

Preparation

  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Set aside, and cool mixture to 100° to 110°.
  2. Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until smooth. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4 to 4 1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until dough is doubled in bulk.
  6. Punch down dough, and divide in half. Roll each portion into a 22- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup softened butter evenly on each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter on each rectangle.
  7. Roll up each dough rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side. Place one dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends of roll together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with second dough roll.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 20 to 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  9. Bake at 375° for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Slightly cool cakes on pans on wire racks (about 10 minutes). Drizzle Creamy Glaze evenly over warm cakes; sprinkle with colored sugars, alternating colors and forming bands. Let cool completely.
  10. Cream Cheese-Filled King Cake: Prepare each 22- x 12-inch dough rectangle as directed. Omit 1/3 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Increase 1/2 cup sugar to 3/4 cup sugar. Beat 3/4 cup sugar; 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened; 1 large egg; and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on each dough rectangle, leaving 1-inch borders. Proceed with recipe as directed.
  11. *6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour may be substituted.
Note:

This recipe uses bread flour, which makes for a light, airy cake. You still get tasty results with all-purpose flour–the cake will just be more dense.

Recipe Originally posted here.

*Creamy Glaze

Ingredients

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk

Preparation

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Stir in 2 tablespoons milk, adding additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until spreading consistency.

January Picks!

Jan 7, 2013 by in Fashion Comments Off on January Picks!

For the Ladies:

Show some hometown pride with this cleaver t-shirt. Designed by local artist, Chris Freeman this is the perfect tee to watch a game at the Dome in! Also available for men!

We are also loving the Laksta sweater this season. The sexy off the shoulder detail can be adjusted to your liking so it hangs off ever so slightly or gives you a complete cold shoulder. The pop of hot pink is a great touch too!

For the Gentlemen:

 

We can’t stop laughing at this silly t-shirt! Made from 100% organic cotton and pre-shrunk, your friends will be sure to get a chuckle out of this tee too.

Another great tee from local artist, Chris Freeman. This t-shirt takes a popular song lyric and gives it a Louisiana twist with the local air boat.

Hop you saw something you liked in our January picks and remember to stop by and see us in this new year!