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part two
by ootragirl

PAPRIKA is a color in style that you only need a dash and your streetstyle comes alive…which absolutely energizes you!!

PAPRIKA color is so rich so potent ..a scarf ..a belt ..a top ..a purse will warm your heart up… promise… as a stylist I love enriching your look with it!!

A PAPRIKA color lipstick..made everything alright for me yesterday..
as you all know I’ve been isolated in the woods for three weeks.. working on my art and ootra …
yesterday my hair pulled up in a high bun I put my jimmy choo flash sunglasses on and went for my red lipstick !! instastyle!!! I knew I would never see anyone on my 2 mile walk around the woods… only sounds and creatures…

the PAPRIKA lip made me felt better immediately… though secretly in my head… you never know where the paparazzi might be lurking :)
active imagination for sure!!! smiling me…. I love living in my head…

As I walked around the woods I thought of my dad and how he would make chicken paprikash for us…
before I fell in love with the dish I fell in love with that tin!! the artist in me…

The art the design of that tin … it looks from faraway long ago.. a vintage appearance.. I love the confidence in the size.. despite not needing a lot …
it is a potent spicy paprika!! It is a necessary spice in your pantry..

an accessory that can never run out.. required.. like a pearl necklace.. when you NEED it you NEED it.. no switching out for anything else…

if you don’t have …you need!! go and buy today!! if I have styled you before you KNOW don’t argue.. just GO!!

The recipe:
things you’ll need
chicken your choice
I use boneless breasts
my dad used all pieces with bones
Hungarian PAPRIKA
sour cream

you may use a large skillet or pot
place butter in to melt
add chopped onion
and raw chicken
sear all….
add a few tablespoons of PAPRIKA till all is covered and colored..I go craxy and pour it in judging by the color… if there’s enough.. just remember it’s HOT..
add water til approx 1 to 11/2 inches above the chicken ..
cover let simmer..

grab a medium size bowl
add 3/4 stick of butter softened about 2 cups flour and 2 eggs… stir until stiff consistency..
open the pot… stick your tablespoon in to heat it up…
then spoon little balls of the dough mixture into the paprikash.. cover and simmer for an hour…

If you’re over the top you’ll bake some bread …
otherwise … serve it up and savor the color .. the smell.. the dish…

thanks dad!!!


CUMIN is secret like candlelight yet strong like a lion.. artwork by ootragirl lauren…(lion head in pastels the full body in oils)

our CUMIN easy breezy recipe:
rice from ootragirl courtenay…

for two people
1/2 cup rice
1 cup water
tab of butter
and a dash or two of cumin
bring all to a boil
cover and simmer for 15 min
let stand off the heat for 10 (or until the rest of you dinner is ready)
fluff with a fork and enjoy!

enjoy and get ready for our next SPICE… PAPRIKA …

CUMIN inspired…. either a dash or a splash the color of CUMIN truly brings a pop… it is ever present … an effortless potency… the color is one of our ootra faves to spice up your streetstyle!! no need for a crazy pose… it quietly inserts itself in it’s own confident way…xoxo

what is an OOTRA bag?

many of you have no idea that OOTRA began with a line of bags ..designed by me….ootragirl:)

when i began the company..it was based on a line of bags that could switch personalities throughout your day..

the magical part of my design of the bags all the straps come off and can be switched back and forth..

the straps range from plain black to over the top crazy with embellishments…the purpose they actually become an accessory to your #styleoftheday…

the chosen materials are unusual…they come from Italy ..France NYC..LA …

the ootra’way i only designed a few bags ..per material..

I never wanted to see everyone with the same ootra bag..

the interiors …a surprise ..the zippers unexpected pop of color.
there are wools…tweeds…velvets..stains and leathers..

the silhouettes designed…a tote..a messenger…a back pack and a clutch…

the clutches have a strip to add personality for a cafe lunch or an evening at the symphony….without ever having to change your purse..

the hardware all designed by me .. in a matte silver tone.. inspired by handcuffs and imprinted with our ootra logo swirl…

did you know? that swirl? is my hand gesture since I talk so much with my hands..??

the hardware took 14 mths to design
the bags are cut and created in a factory in LA.. the straps and strips all handsewn in chicago..

the backpack hand cut 29 pieces to sew… my favorite!! but not the factories..
it sits in your lower back and is my fave!!

OOTRA bags..fit everyone..and allow you to truly utilize your bag as a whim ..a dash of personality ..a smile for your day…they are soft and easy to hold…they have the space and the pockets one requires to get through the day…

i would like to introduce you to my personal design of OOTRA bags for all of you!!