duck & dressing.

January 7, 2014

a few weeks ago, our friends over at duck commander invited us to a little shindig they were hosting. all in honor of korie & rebecca’s newest and hottest downtown boutique, duck & dressing. (yep…pretty dang brilliant play on words…because, of course, while we are eating turkey and dressing at holiday feasts, those who reside in louisiana eat duck and dressing). anywho…i digress.

mama gypsy didn’t go on this roadtrip, she decided to stay home and keep the home fires burning…but never fear…we didn’t leave the round top city limits without plenty of mom-advice. 1. drive safe. 2. take pics. 3. have fun. 4. be careful. 5. take pics. 6. text me when you get there. 7. watch out for idiots on the road. 8. take pics!!! and the entire roadtrip to monroe i received approximately 586 text messages from mom…”have fun. take pics.” and “y’all there yet? don’t forget to take pics!!” and…well, you get the point….

i’m sure you know where i’m going with this….

that’s right.

i. didn’t. take. pics. well i took maybe like 4. and i was afraid to come home and break the news to mom.

and because i didn’t take pics…i’m going to steal pics off of their facebook page (ain’t no shame in my game)…and this blog is my attempt to describe the night…and to make mama happy.

this was a party to celebrate the grand opening, of their totally edgy, totally awesome, couture downtown store. featuring duck commander wines, food by cotton‘s cory bahr, and special music guests.

first things first. the store. it’s awesome.


it’s in an old renovated downtown building (we have a weakness for old downtown buildings in our family….if you ever went to any of our restaurants in henderson, pittsburg, or overton, then you know what i’m talking about)…complete with the old, original brick on the inside and open rafter ceilings.

ahhh….it’s perfect. and it’s chock full o’ edgy, hip, and uber cool goods. from clothing to boots to jewelry…sunglasses, home decor (i’m lovingggg my pillows i scooped up), and scarves. it’s fashion on the edge. it’s studs and leather. and fringe. and gold and silver. they decorated the store with their texas antiques week finds…from chandeliers to display pieces.

this one is actually from the night of the party….i actually took this one…(no facebook thievery involved here)

next topic of discussion: the wine. yep…the wine was awesome. and can now be found at your local wal-mart (assuming you don’t live in a dry county. in which case, i apologize. been there. done that.)

anddddddd the food….by the one and only, cory bahr…let me just take a minute here. cory is seriously the coolest, cutest dude EVER. yes, he won FOOD network’s ChoPPED and yes, his restaurant, COTTON, is sooooo super awesome. but he is soooooo niceeeeee. and funny. and sweet. and he cooks amazing, mouth-watering super southern, super gourmet food…think duck wraps (i die.), honeycrisp apple salad (honey hush.), and  shrimp deviled farm eggs (i’ll take one of each). it was here, at restaurant cotton, where t smitty and i sampled our first (and probably only) ever glass of pappy van winkle whiskey. and that’s all i have to say about that.

next…the music guest…well, imagine a tent, a rug for a stage, a couch for the stage backdrop. no band. just a guitar. and a speaker. and a guy. and not just any guy. we’re talking HOOOOOOTIEEEEEEEE. that’s right, darius rucker. he came. he sang. he rocked the house. he sang ALL of the great HOOTIE originals (let her cry, only want to be with you, hold my hand), as well as david allen coe’s you never even call me by my name (danced many a dance to this song at the late and great TExAS HaLL of FAME), andddd of course darius, willie, and john luke sang wagon wheel to round off the set.


andddd a few more pics…, rebecca, and leauxla…

andddd us with t smitty…

and just to end the perfect night with a bang….the limo got stuck in korie and willie’s back yard…

which us girls decided to let the boys deal with…

it was a heckuva night in monroe, louisiana…and the moral of the story…

visit monroe. shop at duck & dressing. eat at cotton. and don’t drive limos in backyards.


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  • Reply Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse January 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Adding it to my road trip list!!

  • Reply Shelby Cayce January 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I went to Duck & Dressing’s opening day and LOVED it! Everything was so cute! I love my camo jacket I bought from the boutique, it’s become one of my favorite accessories. Definitely worth the trip there, which luckily for me wasn’t too far. I got to meet Korie, Rebecca, Jessica and Willie while in Monroe! Duck and Dressing is definitely a go-to place for fashionistas and Duck Commander fans like me 🙂 Make sure to stop by the DC Warehouse and Willie’s Duck Diner while you’re there 😉 I hope I get to make the trip down to Junk Gypsy HQ soon! 😉

  • Reply Melissamelissa Newbould January 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Love the story-you’re such a fabulous writer!!! & that place looks awesome!!!! XO so happy you’re so happy

  • Reply Michelle January 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    WAYYYY Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kim @ This Belle Rocks January 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Sounds like an amazing night indeed! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Reply Steph January 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Duck and Dressing looks fabulous!!!

  • Reply Laura January 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Oh, what a night!

  • Reply Cathy Guess January 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

    What a Fun Night!!!! I will for sure put that on my shopping Bucket List, after I pay ya’ll a visit at your new store!!! It will for sure be this Spring during Antique Week!!!! I am such a “Duck” fan and never miss their show….Thanks for sharing such a fun “Duckylicious” time!

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