CLOTHING PREP FOR MUSIC VIDEO, MARFA, TX

Prepping for a music video is so fun. Loren Maring, my stylist, among many other things, and I looked for clothes online for days. She ordered a BUNCH of stuff and some things were given to us (Shout out: Au Darling, Lane Boots, Lilli Dokken, Emma Gundlach). Then the wait begins. I think I checked our front porch for boxes about 20 times a day… then the boxes, full of clothes, shoes and accessories finally arrived. I made myself wait to open them until Loren got there so we could take these sweet pictures for you people ;)

Our Favorite Shops/Online Stores are:

The Outnet (for really nice discounted designer pieces)

Asos+ Nasty Gal (for really cool fun pieces)

UAL (a designer liquidation store here in Nashville)

Zara (for quality staples)

Au Darling, (amazing currated selection of clothes and most fit my brand perfectly…heart eyes!!!)

Lane Boots (I basically wore them with everything while shooting the video and while in Marfa just buzzing around town)

Custom, it’s always nice to have something made (like the bomber I wear in the music video). It gives us the edge of having a piece that no one else has. We had Emma Gundlach do the illustration and had this bomber made (see below). Loren cast the vision and art directed the piece. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined.

When the boxes arrive we try on every single item… we keep only what looks amazing and then start playing… and playing…and playing, until we both say OH MY GOSH THIS IS AWESOME and that becomes one of the outfits we keep for the video.

Meanwhile, the rest of the production team was hiring a local guy to play my fake boyfriend, finding me a sweet Ford to drive around Marfa, TX,  location scouting, buying shoot licenses for the town of Marfa and getting all the details together for the shoot.

It was amazing, we got there and every single look fit the location it was paired with perfectly… I think somebody bigger than us was masterfully orchestrating the whole thing and I couldn’t be more thankful. I can’t wait for y’all to see it!

 

XO,

JP

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Cowboy's Pie

I am a big fan of Shepherds Pie, y'all, but in my family we're cowboys, so what do we have on hand? Beef. I wanted to make a modified version of the classic Shepherds Pie with all of the flavors, but a little healthier take on it and with beef. I love this recipe and I make it ALL of the time. I have a lot of fun piping the sweet potatoes on the top and it's really easy to impress people with this one. My friends ask me to make it again and again. So, I do and I have and I will! Let me know what you think!

 

JENNA PAULETTE'S COWBOY'S PIE

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbs. Butter or Olive Oil
1 Lb Ground Beef (preferably grass fed)
1/2 Large Vidalia or sweet onion
3-4 Garlic Cloves
2 Large Carrots Grated
1/2-3/4 bag Frozen Peas (check oz!!)
1.5 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
3-5 Dashes Worsteshire Sauce
1/2 c. Red Wine (whatever you have sitting around the kitchen or a cheap cooking wine!)
1 c. Chicken Stock
2 Tbs. Flour (All-Purpose whole wheat or regular)
1 Tsp. Fresh Sage
1 Tsp. Fresh Rosemary
1/2 Tsp. Pepper (or to taste)
Garlic Salt to taste

Sweet Potato Topping:
3 Medium/Large sweet potatoes
2 Large egg yolks
1/4 c. Parmesan
1/4 c. Maple syrup
Garlic salt to taste
 

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INSTRUCTIONS:
 

First, boil the sweet potatoes (they should be fork tender when they are done). Let them cool a little and then peel them under cool running water. 
 

Next, chop the onions + garlic and grate your carrots.

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Sweat onions in butter or olive oil in a large cast iron or oven safe skillet. Mince garlic while onions are sweating (until translucent), add garlic and cook until soft
 

Next up, add and brown the meat.
 

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Grate carrots while the meat is browning. Add carrots and allow to them soften (they will almost melt into the mixture).
 

Chop fresh sage and Rosemary
 

Add tomato paste, worsteshire, wine and seasonings (garlic salt, pepper, sage and rosemary).
 

Reduce.


Once it looks as if the liquid has almost disappeared add your flour.
 

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Add chicken stock and peas, cover for 3-5 minutes until peas are soft. Peel your sweet potatoes while the peas are cooking. Keep an eye on em though—stir every so often.
 

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Place sweet potatoes in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer and large bowl. (you could also use a blender on the mix setting if necessary). Add yolks (make sure your potatoes are cool enough so the yolk doesn’t scramble), maple syrup,  parmesan and garlic salt. (add more if it’s not to your liking!)
 

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Mix on medium speed until there are little to no lumps in the mixture.


Place mixture in a piping bag and cut off tip so that the hole is medium sized. Take Meat mixture off heat and pipe sweet potatoes onto the top of the meat mixture in a circular motion working from the outside in (or get creative!)
 

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Jenna Paulette_Cowboy Pie
Jenna Paulette_Cowboy Pie


Top with more parmesan if desired!
 

Then cook at 400 degrees for 18 minutes - use the broiler at the end to make sure the parmesan gets nice and golden brown!!
 

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Jenna Paulette_Cowboy Pie

And then serve with some red wine and enjoy!!

Let me know what y'all think!

XO,
JP

#IStepUp

I am thousands of feet up in the air (literally, as I write this, flying somewhere over Arizona, and also figuratively after the Step Up Inspiration Awards!). I can’t even tell you how amazing this past week was and just how I felt. Kind of like the coolest girl in the world. I arrived in LA on Wednesday night (flew there on a private jet - my first private plane ride EVER! this trip was full of so many fun firsts!) and was taken to the most amazing spots in town by my label owner and his wife (such GOOD people!) and their long time friend, that his kids (and now I) call “Shark.” His last name kinda sounds like Shark… so his name just became what it sounded like! He is the man. 


For dinner, my publicist joined us and we all went to a restaurant called The Nice Guy, an Italian spot you have to be on a rolodex to get into... All I have to say is, get on that rolodex! It was a dark, moody, small place that screamed “celeb hot spot.” The food was amazing and was all served family style. They kept it coming — everything from the best vodka sauce pasta I’ve ever had to lobster pizza (sounds weird…but it was delicious), and DOUGHNUTS for dessert. DELICIOUS! After dinner, we went to an old Hollywood cocktail lounge called Delilah’s. The 20’s architecture meets 50’s glam ambiance was perfect. A girl sang from a list of Top 100 pop songs, but with a jazzy feel. It was something else. The drinks were good and the company was great. What more could you want?! After Delilah's we went to a much more “clubby” place called The Peppermint Club, where rap/dance music boomed and the paparazzi awaited their next celebrity sighting. It was very cool, but we didn’t stay long. After our night ended, my publicist and I headed to the Beverly Hills Hilton, where we stayed for the rest of the week. That leads me to the real reason we were in LA to begin with...
 

We were there to meet the women who run Step Up Women’s Network, an organization that brings awareness to the importance of mentorship with young women and girls in under-resourced schools. Step Up helps to show these girls the limitless possibilities that live inside each of them and gives them the tools to attain those possibilities. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. I met the core team behind Step Up on Thursday afternoon. We went for coffee and spent a good hour-and-a-half to two hours getting to know each other. The fact that they spent that much time with me is something that I didn't expect, but they listened and told me about their stories and their goals and how it all lead them to Step Up. I may or may not be obsessed with these amazing women now. It's amazing how each of their backgrounds has given them the tools needed to be rapidly expanding Step Up's efforts.  Jenni Luke, the CEO, is as genius as she is nice, with a lawyers tenacity and a mind that is geared towards expansion (and not just for Step Up, but for the girls it helps and the people they team up with). She said her mind was going a million miles a minute thinking of all the possibilities for me. And I just felt honored to be there with her. Alissa Zito, their VP of Communications, took care of me the whole time and helped make me feel like I was at home amongst strangers. Everyone was so. nice. 

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The following day, I attended the 14th annual Step Up Inspiration Awards presented by Coach Foundation, where I announced on the red carpet my partnership with Step Up for the release of my first single “Coolest Girl in the World”  this summer. To me, this song is about how great songs on the radio make girls feel about themselves. That we are something amazing to somebody. Songs like that are what make me feel like the “Coolest Girl in the World.” For our partnership, we plan on asking women and girls of all ages, demographics, and influence to tell us what makes them feel like “the coolest girl in the world.” Step Up will be reaching out to the girls that are in their program and that have graduated from the program to be a part of the video, as well as women that are in support of Step Up. I got to meet a few of these women at the awards show - they are women who have a huge influence and some have already expressed interest in being a part of the launch video for my single. I can’t tell you how excited I am about that! Also, I couldn’t believe how wonderfully nice, genuine and encouraging each of the women I met were. I felt pretty special to be in the company of so many talented and genuinely sweet souls. 
 

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Jenna Paulette Step Up red carpet
Jenna Paulette Step Up red carpet
Jenna Paulette Step Up red carpet


Speaking of special, let me tell you how it feels to be on a red carpet with 30+ paparazzi cameras and reporters yelling my name to get a picture of me looking at their camera… “Jenna over here, Jenna chin down, Jenna look up, smile for us Jenna, Jenna Jenna, Jenna…”  haha! It. Was. CRAZY. My legs were shaking and I am sure everyone could see my nerves, but it was my first time on a red carpet and in front of the paparazzi, and they actually wanted to know my name and take my picture. It was a surreal moment! I was shocked and blinded by the flashes, giddily nervous, and having the time of my life all at the same time. If that wasn’t enough, I then interviewed (for the first time ever! I told you - so many fun firsts!) with Entertainment Tonight (with Alison Deyette - my first on camera interview ever! She said yes to interviewing me, not knowing my name or who I was and agreed anyway... and then girl talked by the pool w/ me over a Frose (frozen rose) - forever thankful for her!), Us Weekly, and then live with Daily Mail and Six:02 (OB-SESSED. Love all of their goods!!). I then proceeded to sit at the SAME TABLE during the awards luncheon with a bunch of women I have seen and admired in movies and on TV my entire life… AND THEN I got to sit by the pool with them and girl talk for the next few hours after the most inspiring lunch watching girls who, at one point didn’t believe in themselves, stand on stage and deliver amazing speeches and talk about all of the things that they believe they can accomplish - all because of Step Up. It was magical.
 

I felt like the coolest girl in the world amongst all of the other coolest girls in the world all day and week long. Just as the women involved with Step Up mentor younger girls and try to pave the way for younger generations to fulfill their potential - I feel like this one week in LA and the couple of days amongst everyone involved with Step Up helped ME to walk away as a more confident woman myself - fully ready to step out, step up, and give back this summer and the rest of this year (and forever, actually!). The love and energy and positivity that each woman on the Step Up red carpet and in that awards ceremony room radiated was inspiring and life changing.
 

I cannot thank Step Up Enough for partnering with me and cannot wait to see what we can accomplish together in both the short and long term, working with one another to invest in the next generation of women. It’s going to be unreal.

XO,
JP

Backyards + Guitars Tour: A Recap!

Hey, y'all!

I have just had a minute to sit down and tell you a little about what I have been doing the last month. Some of you have seen me posting on Instagram (@jennapaulette) about Backyards + Guitars and you are most likely wondering what in the heck that was... welllll it was our way of getting me prepped and ready to play bigger shows this fall. Just getting me in front of as many people and as consistently as possible. It was a blast. The first weekend we were in Kansas City, Kansas and Stilwell, Kansas. 

 

Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour

 

The next two weeks were spent in Texas, from San Antonio to McKinney to Austin to Fredricksburg to Cherokee and then finally to Escondido. It was magic. We also managed to squeeze in some YouTube video shoots that we shot in Dripping Springs, TX. We'll be sharing those with you soon!

Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour
Jenna Paulette: Backyards + Guitars Tour

 

We'll be doing a few more in July before heading out full band! I. CAN'T. WAIT. Stay tuned to my Instagram account for all upcoming show dates and details!

XO,
JP

$3 Purses + a Cheeseburger & a Shiner Bock = Best Texas Weekend!

Hey, y'all!

I have been waiting to show y'all this fun little video from Round Top, Texas since we went. I seriously love that little town and this video just makes me laugh. It feels like we were just there! If you have yet to go to Texas Antiques Week, come with us next year! Seriously, it's the best time. Watch the video & you'll see! ;)

Round Top, Texas - Part II

Round Tooopppp! Guys, seriously Round Top, Texas is just the best little Texas town. Pair it with Texas Antiques Week and it is the best time with your girlfriends ever.

If you didn't catch my first post on Round Top, go check it out here for a good ole introduction on this tiny Texas town.

I'm already counting down until the Fall when I can go again, hopefully when I'm in between cities during our tour. Or maybe the tour will just have to stop in Round Top! How fun would that be?!

Alright y'all, here's my recipe for the perfect day at Round Top:

  1. Texas spring weather (which is the best - cloudy but no rain, with a slight wind and the sun peeking in and out - kissing the wild bluebonnets along the road)

  2. Good friends and cute dogs and Texans everywhere!!! Okay, and a few really nice people from all over America.

  3. Not being in a rush. Sloowwwnesss is key!

  4. Stopping to look at whatever tickles your fancy.

  5. Striking a few good deals.

  6. A midday Shiner Bock with a burger.

  7. A homemade Ding Dong Cake the size of Texas.

  8. Did I mention good friends?

 

Oh mannnnn, I found my dream dog in the form of a puppy named Cody and I wanted to take her home with me. Blue Heelers are my favorite!!!

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Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette


Seriously, already BFF's.
 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette


Found where they were stashing the teacups - a few spoke to me, so of course, I had to take them home. They are like stray dogs to me, haha! They tug on my heart strings and I need to find a home for them!

If y'all ever see a good vintage teacup, grab it for me!
 

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Also found the records and they had some good stuff!
 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette


Dolly, Elvis, Neil, The Carpenters... the gangs all here!!! And look at that packaging on The Carpenters Album… HEART EYES!
 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette


Out of tune pianos - but hey, it's a musical instrument - I'll play around, or pose (which is more like it), with it!

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette



Purse for THREE dollars?! Yes, pleeeasssee!

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette



Buy aaanything with the word "T-E-X-A-S" on it!

 

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Drink a Shiner.

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette



Eat a realllllly good burger from Reba’s (goooo there people! charcoal grilled, melty cheese, a bar with all the lettuce, tomato, and pickles you could want... A-MAZING!). Definitely a must-eat at place in Round, Top AND they always have live music!

 

Gotta have dessert. Get the best and most tasty Ding Dong ever from Cottage Gathering's. It's like a homemade Ding Dong CAKE!

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette



Needless to say, it was awesome.

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette



"Dead People's Stuff" - hahah can you believe that name?! Hi-lar-i-ous. 

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette
Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette



More teacups! Seriously y'all, I love them.

 

Round Top Texas - Jenna Paulette

Couldn't nooooot take a picture in that Junk Gypsy pink Cadillac of Miranda's… brilliant! And why didn’t anyone tell me I had hair out of place breezing across my forehead? What are friends for anyway?!

Speaking of friends, Round Top is one of those places and experiences that is just meant to be shared and experienced with your friends. It is the best girls weekend and eevverrry group of girlfriends should make it a point to go together!

 

Round Top, you are so stinking fun!!! Can’t wait to do it all again next year!

XO,
JP

WHOLE WHEAT QUICK BISCUITS WITH WILD GAME AND SWEET + SAVORY GRAVY

Hey y'all! Before you write this recipe off, stick with me! It's a delicious take on the Southern staple of "biscuits and sausage," and I promise, using wild game meat in this recipe is SO. GOOD!

But first, let’s talk about the buck my dad shot at the ranch last year... A 10 pointer. Beautiful! The buck will be going on their living room wall and it provided lots of amazing meat for our fam, and boy am I thankful.

I didn't grow up hunting or eating deer, but within the last couple of years my family has started hunting the deer at our ranch in Texas, and let me tell you, the deer meat is so good! My two favorite things made from deer are cheddar jalapeno sausage (serve it with baked beans and a good coleslaw... YUM!!!) and surprisingly, breakfast sausage! I think deer breakfast sausage is wayyyy underrated. It doesn’t taste as “gamey” as other parts of the deer do to me, and when you pair it with these biscuits, it’s soooo yummy.

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

See, doesn't this breakfast look delicious?! Make this seriously gooood breakfast yourself with my recipe below!

 

WHOLE WHEAT QUICK BISCUITS WITH WILD GAME AND SWEET + SAVORY GRAVY

 

INGREDIENTS:

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

Quick Biscuits:

  • 4 tsp Baking powder

  • 1-2 tsp Trader Joe’s (or good quality) Garlic Salt

  • 2 cups Whole-wheat flour

Dairy

  • 4 tbsp Butter, unsalted (cold)

  • 1 cup Milk

Gravy:

  • 1 Pound Wild Game Breakfast Sausage (I like mine spicy!)

  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 3 Tablespoons Whole-wheat All Purpose Flour

  • 2 Cups Whole Milk

  • 2 tsp Garlic Salt  Trader Joe’s (or good quality)

  • Fresh Ground Pepper to taste (I like a lot in mine!)

* you can substitute pork breakfast sausage for the wild game breakfast if you don’t have any on hand!
 

Here we go! Turn your oven on to 450 degrees. Then, in a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well with whisk or a fork.
 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Cut the ½ stick butter into little pea sized pieces and then mix the pieces into the flour mixture.

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits
Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Using a fork, try to mash the butter pieces as you mix it together with the flour until it resembles pea-sized pieces of butter covered with flour.

Then pour in the milk and mix together with a spatula. Once combined, knead the dough with your hands 8 to 10 times. Sprinkle surface area with flour, turn dough out and roll out until it is a somewhat even ¾-1 inch thickness. I rolled mine a little thin this batch!

Turn it out onto a counter or cutting board.

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits
Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits
Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Use a biscuit cutter or just turn a mason jar upside down and cut out biscuit rounds. You could also use shaped cookie cutters (like a heart or a star) if you have kids helping you!

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits
Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Then put them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes (or until lightly browned) while making your gravy!

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits
Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Once they are in the oven start browning your deer sausage!

To brown, place sausage in skillet, turn the heat up to medium/medium high, break up the meat with a spatula until it is no longer pink and has a bit of a browned look to it.

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Make sure you break it up real good… and break for coffee! ;)

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Once the meat looks nice and browned, add two Tablespoons of Maple Syrup and cook it down.

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Once the syrup has caramelized just a little bit, add 3 Tbs. All Purpose Whole-Wheat flour, reduce the heat. Incorporate flour. Check biscuits, take out if golden brown.

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Biscuits

 

Add two cups whole milk.

Stir until gravy reaches desired thickness (if too thick add milk a little at a time), adding garlic and salt pepper to taste! Turn off the heat when the desired thickness is reached.

Taste and add anything you think it needs (more salt? more pepper? maybe a little more maple?!).

 

Jenna Paulette's Whole Wheat Quick Bisquits Recipe

 

Once all of the meat is done, it's time to take the biscuits out of the oven.

 

 

They should be golden brown and good to go! It's time to serve and enjoy now!

 

 

Be geeennerrrroouusss with that gravy!

 

   

 

 

 

Dig in!!!

I am seriously craving this right now and have to avoid giving into it for a WHOLE MONTH because I am getting ready to shoot a music video and have to be in tip-top shape! Danggg ittttt. Haha! This will most likely be the first thing I eat after the shoot. I already cannot wait! Let me know what you think of this recipe!

XO,
JP

 

Round Top, Texas - Part I

Round Top, Texas… I am in love with your small town charm, your miles and miles of antiques (and to me that means endless opportunities to turn something old into a new staple to ground a modern decorated room!). You were the perfect weekend getaway for me and my friends.

I found new inspiration and song ideas, a new purse (for $3!!!), an awesome costume piece that will most likely end up as part of a look for a music video or red carpet event, a few gifts, and a bunch of tea cups and saucers. I collect tea cups and saucers, but they have to speak to me or I can’t buy them… you’ll see what I mean…. and I drink my coffee out of one every morning. I don’t know why but they make me feel so cozy, loved and grounded.

 

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Me, mesmerized by all of the stuffffff.

 

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My Justin Roper Boots - an antiques weekend necessity! 😍

 

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Outfit details, details, details... Free People black cut-offs and my trusty Marc Jacobs staple bag that I got on-sale on-sale at Neiman’s Last Call. Score!

 

 

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Looking at some cool, sleek stools for my acoustic shows. We didn't end up getting any at Round Top, so the search is still on!


 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

Find a horse, pet a horse, ask if you can ride the horse, they say no, so you go find some Sangria.

 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

Found the Sangria!


 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

And it's good.

 

   

 

 

REALLLLY good.

 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

Cheers.

 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

 

 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

What to eat?! Jalapeno sausage with mango chutney, peppers and onions, cowboy caviar and potato salad... Praise!!!


 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary
Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

Which cowhide should I buy for my office?

Leave your favorite in the comments!!!

 

Round Top Antiques Week Photo Diary

Wish I could buy one of these orientals, but I'm gonna need a DEALLLL.

 

Round Top Texas Antiques Week

Aren't they beautiful?!

Alright y'all, that's it for this round of Round Top (get it?!). But there is lottttsssss moorreee! It's impossible to do it all, let alone in one day. Part II will be coming soon and I'll show you all of my finds from the weekend!

Until then,
JP

My Athleisure Look

Athleisure - the art of combining style and athletic wear.

You may ask, that’s a thing?! I guess Kendall and Kylie made it a real thing… but hey, I’m thankful! It gives me permission to wear leggings in public and still look like I tried.

Jenna Paulette Athleisure Style


There is an art to it though, and I don’t have it down all the time, but as I mentioned in my Roller Rink post, I found a sweet bomber at Goodwill and it gave my “Athleisure” look a much-needed update that’s perfect for these fickle early Spring days.
 

Jenna Paulette Athleisure Style


Start with the most basic (or not so basic if you like color more than me! haha) black leggings, cute strappy sports bra (Fabletics and Gap have ones I love) and pair it with a cute tank or a white tee.

In comes the bomber. Throw it on or over your shoulders with a clutch tucked under your arm and some Raybans.

Jenna Paulette Athleisure Style


Keep your makeup simple. I like some cover up mixed with lotion under the eyes so the skin looks moist but finished, some mascara, BROWS, and a sheer coral lipgloss (my favorite is Revlon “Kiss Me Coral."

Jenna Paulette Athleisure Style
Jenna Paulette Athleisure Style


Put your hair up in a bun or rock yesterday’s curls and just rollllllll with it. Crank up your favorite playlist. Here’s one I have been jamming to lately.

Get all of your errands done while still looking somewhat cool... or if you’re me and you know the people you are writing a song with really well… you wear it to a write or to a meeting!
 

Jenna Paulette Athleisure Style


Show me how you would style this look, tag me on insta!

XO,
JP

Inspiration, Inspiration

Hey Y’all!

So, as you may have already assumed, there is a lot that goes into writing a song, and unfortunately you can’t just write a song only when you’re feeling inspired (although inspiration does sometimes come out of nowhere!). If you are going to call “Songwriting” an occupation then you have to treat it like a job, not just a hobby. You have to actively look for inspirations. I wanted to share with you all about what the songwriting process looks like for myself and all about what I do to create inspiration for my songwriting.
 

Jenna Paulette Songwriting Inspiration


Usually I start by setting aside some time to put myself in a place of inspiration. That can range from looking through magazines and Pinterest, reading, watching some rom-coms — really just anything where I get to react to people, whether that's through print or film or 'real life' situations. I like to get inspired by beautiful visuals and just take myself out of my own limited reality and world and just reflect. I don’t get to do that enough right now, but it is so important to my creative process.
 

Jenna Paulette Songwriting Inspiration

 

One of the things I started doing early on when I was first learning to songwrite was turning to magazines for inspiration. I have always loved looking at the editorials. They usually contain creative plays on words, and those creative plays on words are what a lot of country songs are made of.

One of my songwriting mentors, who has 30 number one singles at country radio, told me that I needed to say something that has been said a million times in a new way. Put a spin on it somehow, anyhow. Take my song 'Shooting Stars,' for instance (listen here!). I had been looking at an editorial in a magazine (probably InStyle or Glamour, my go-tos and favorites) and the certain look in the editorial spread was called “Shooting Star." I was in the head-space of thinking of ways I could change the meaning of that familiar term.

So, I wrote out the different ways the term could be taken and came up with “Shooting Stars,” not just stars shooting across the sky, but me literally shooting at the stars because my wishes didn’t come true — standing on the hood of my car with a shotgun. Sounds pretty country doesn’t it? Because that idea was developed before I wrote the song with my buddy Jordan Reynolds (“Gettin’ in the Way” Keith Urban, “Three,” Lauren Alaina) we wrote it over Skype in a little more than 30 minutes. Usually, that’s what preparation does for a writer/artist. Knowing the direction you want to take a song idea makes all the difference in the world. We are recutting “Shooting Stars” in the studio as we speak with my producers for an upcoming EP to be released this summer. Cannot wait for y'all to hear it!
 

Jenna Paulette Songwriting Inspiration


I also get similar inspiration from the makeup isle at Target or Ulta or wherever you can spend lots of time reading names of eyes shadows or nail polishes. They use a similar play on words to articles in magazines and the colors always provoke something in me, which speaking of, I really need to find time to go do this ASAP because I am being reminded about how much it would do for me artistically and why am I not standing in the Revlon section as I type this? Sometimes we need these reminders of what inspires and rejuvenates us, you know?
 

Jenna Paulette Songwriting Inspiration

 

Another thing my mentor told me to do is to take something I love about another song, a single word, melodic phrase or something and figure out why I like it and then change that to make it my own while still being inspired by the same idea. Sounds complicated, but it clicked with me. That lead me to studying all of my favorite songwriters like Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, Shane McaNally, and Ashley Gorley. Now, I can pretty much hear a song on the radio and guess who wrote on it because of the writing style. It’s a fun game for me, and no, I am not always right, haha. But that concept taught me to take what I loved about a song and to turn it into something that’s my own and it made me a better writer.
 

Jenna Paulette Songwriting Session

 

Usually when people write for country music it happens in a room with 2-3 (sometimes 4) people. If it’s at my place I try and make the atmosphere as cozy as possible. To me that means coffee, a candle burning (my favorite right now is Voluspa “Macaron"). People can sit on the floor or on the sofa, shoes on, shoes off, I don’t care, whatever helps us write the best song. I pitch a few ideas that I have developed and we write a song. Simple as that. ;)

 

Jenna Paulette Songwriting Session

 

I’ll follow up sometime soon with an inside peek into the writing room, until then go buy that macaroon candle and write some things you think might inspire me in the comments below!


 

XO,
JP

 

 

 

Twirlin' Around the Rink

The other month we were looking for the most random thing we could do for my birthday (which was February 7th!) party, a place we could dress up somewhere that plays loud, awesome music. Loren (whom you will hear a lot about - I have known her for years, we were roommates in college, we are best friends, she works for me, she is brilliant in every way… She also stars in my Instagram story and snap chats a LOT.) She suggested the roller rink, and it was love at first mention. We had a B-L-A-S-T.

We decided go full on 70s for this wonderful night. And where do you find costumes for not too much money?! Goodwill. You will hear me talk about Goodwill a lot, too. What can I say? Loren & Goodwill... They're important fixtures in my life!
 

How To Shop Goodwill

So we (my cute friends and myself) took ourselves on a thrifting day in East Nashville. We found more than just costumes, of course. After grabbing things for each other off of the racks, we would try stuff on and talk about all the things we could do with it… Lillian, the adorable red head and stylish friend of mine, ALWAYS finds something expensive looking...heart eyes!!!

And as much as I was looking for something for the party I was also on the hunt for something to add to my “Athleisure look” in the form of a Bomber… I’ll style the crap out of that and post some pics of it later, until then… here is what was in my dressing room. Are you sensing a theme?! I need more color in my closet!

Athleisure Bomber Jacket

 

I bought the belt ($2!!!) and styled it with a metallic silver vintage one shoulder I already owned and some high-waisted jeans for the party. My mom told me to channel my inner “Traci” (that’s her name) from a picture of her I love from the late 70's. So, of course, I did. She was/is hot! 

Anyway, the night of the party began with roller skating at Brentwood Skate Center, which hasn’t changed since the day it opened. It’s got that throwback feel. We skated for two hours to everything from Journey to One Direction (“Steal My Girl,” requested by yours truly - go listen to it STAT!).

Naturally, I brought my cowgirl hat out for the night.

Jenna Paulette Cowgirl Hat Style
Jenna Paulette Roller Rink Birthday Party
Jenna Paulette Roller Rink Birthday Party

Tim (my hottie husband!) is pretty much good at anything he tries, so he owned that rink. I think I caught him doing the equivalent of a triple salchow while serenading me during “Steal My Girl” LOL. ;)

Jenna Paulette Roller Rink Birthday Party

And around 9:00PM we went to a friends house, ordered pizza (my favorite food!) and talked, and laughed, and ate cake until 3AM. It was perfect. Like one of the best birthday parties ever. I feel so blessed to have the friends I do. I was having so much fun I forgot to take any pictures the rest of the night, so you’ll just have to imagine it.

Aren’t the best moments the ones we forget to document because we are so wrapped up in them? 

xo
JP

 

It's Salsa Time

Of course, being from Texas, I LOVE Mexican food! It's something my family ate 3-4 times a week when we were growing up.

My “Nan” (grandma) always makes Salsa for the breakfast tacos that we have at her house on Christmas day. The breakfast tacos are simple and AMAZING. (Maybe I should write about those next?!). Nan sends an email to everyone every year before we head to her house in Austin telling us we are responsible for bringing our own Costco sized glass jar to transport our salsa home with us... and if you don't, "you snooze you lose!"  Haha! Since we're all about to become fast friends through this blog, I thought it was only appropriate to share this tradition and recipe with you. Here it is, “Nan’s Garlicky Salsa:"

NAN'S GARLICKY SALSA

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 16 oz. Can of Diced tomatoes (drained)

1 Can crushed tomatoes 

1 Can Rotel drained (I like mine extra hot)

1 Large Onion roughly chopped (I like Vidalia’s)

2 Jalapeños roughly chopped

6 Cloves of fresh garlic (or 3 if you don’t want it too garlicky)

1 Lightly chopped bunch of cilantro

Juice of 2 Limes

1-2 Tsp. Cumin

Salt and Pepper to taste

First, put the canned and drained diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, Rotel and green chilies in your food processor (or ninja, blender, etc.). Pulse the mixture 3-5 times (until it looks like it fits your desired salsa texture. I like mine in between chunky and smooth), then scrape the food processor with a spatula to get all the goodness out and set aside in a large bowl, preferably glass.

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

Add to your food processor:

1 Large Onion roughly chopped (I like Vidalia’s)

2 Jalapeños roughly chopped (I usually seed one and leave one with seeds, but you can seed both if you don't like spicy salsa!)

6 Cloves of fresh garlic (or 3 if you don’t want it too garlicky)

1 Lightly chopped bunch of cilantro

1 4-7 oz. Can of Green Chillies 

Juice of 2 Limes

Process the above ingredients until they look like the picture below.

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

Add the garlic, onion, etc. combination that you just had in your food processor to your tomato mixture (again get all that goodness out with a spatula!) Then stir in your salt, pepper, and cumin.

Finally, taste to make sure it's salty enough.

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

That’s it! So simple.

It only gets better if you store it in a glass container and let it sit in your fridge overnight. Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips… And since it makes such a HUGE batch, put it in Ball jars and share it with friends! 

Jenna Paulette's Garlicky Salsa Recipe

Enjoy y'all!

-JP

Photography Credit: Jacob Blount
Food Styling Credit: Callie Blount, Luv Cooks
Prop Styling: Loren Maring

JENNA PAULETTE'S PROTEIN WAFFLES

This blog post and recipe originally appeared on Song Suffragettes blog.

These are magic, and I am not just saying that because they're what I was making when I was inspired to write one of my fave songs… I am saying that because they are a high protein food that actually tastes like what they are calling it… WAFFLES. And they are so easy…I think I have made them 12 times in the last few weeks and I was actually making the pancake version of them when I wrote “My Bronco,” which is one of those songs for me that just seemed to come with lyrics and melody all at once out of nowhere. I wrote down the lyrics in between pancake flips…maybe that’s why I love them so much? Maybe my fellow songwriters will make these and write a hit? The possibilities are endless, but these waffles are magic, I'm tellin' you. Make 'em this weekend and come back & let me know what magic ensued!

 

JENNA PAULETTE’s MAPLE PECAN PROTEIN WAFFLES:

Protein Waffles Recipe


INGREDIENTS:
1/2 Banana
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Cottage Cheese
2-3 T. Milk (Whole or your favorite non-dairy choice)
1/2 Cup Oats
1/2 t. Maple Flavoring
1/2 t. Cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
Chopped Roasted Pecans (for sprinkling on batter)
Non-Stick Cooking Spray

VARIATIONS:
Substitute Maple for Vanilla flavoring and the pecans for blueberries. You can also add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the recipe, if you desire, with a dash of milk if it thickens the batter too much.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES NEEDED:
Waffle iron/maker
Ninja or Blender

 

These are oh so dang simple…

Jenna Paulette


Step One: Make yourself some coffee and put it in a cute cup (always drink your coffee from a cute mug) + plug in your waffle maker.

 

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe

Step Two: Measure out your ingredients and put them all in a Ninja or Blender.

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe

Step Three: Blend for 10-20 seconds, until it resembles waffle batter. If it is too thick add a tablespoon of milk. If it is too thin, add a tablespoon of oats. (Your batter will vary based on the size of your banana.)

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles

Step Four: Check your waffle maker to make sure it is hot, then spray it lightly with non-stick cooking spray. 

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe

Step Five: Pour waffle batter in the center of the iron, then sprinkle with pecans.

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe
Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe

Step Six: After the waffle maker indicates the waffles are done (mine has a green light that switches to red), pick up the waffles with a knife or tongs and place them on a plate to serve with butter or coconut oil and maple syrup.

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe

And just like that, you have healthy, hot, tasty, protein-filled WAFFLES…Mmmmmmm.

Hope these inspire you and maybe even a few good songs!

Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe
Jenna Paulette's Protein Waffles Recipe

XO,
JP

Food Styling and Photography: Loren Maring

A DIARY OF THE NEW WEST

Hey y'all! I am so excited to debut 'A Diary of The New West.' My hope is that you'll come around from time to time and feel like we're catching up over a cup of coffee in my living room. Watch the video below for more information, and see y'all around here soon!