NOLA Style Chronicles: The Garden District

New Orleans, Audubon Park, What I Wore, Travel, Style

I spent nearly two weeks in the wonderful, fascinating city of New Orleans. The food was delicious, the history fascinating and the friendliest people.  We spent an entire day exploring the breathtakingly beautiful Garden District neighborhood, though I will let you know that you could spend a few days in this pristine little area.

The historic southern style homes, with giant wrap porches and pristine lawns are things that southern dreams are made of. We strolled along Magazine street checking out a few of the cutest stores and ate at a The Rum House, a very charismatic caribbean taqueria with a taco list a mile long and they were heavenly. We also managed to enjoy in a drink on the magnificent porch at the Columns Hotel. We then ventured to Audubon Park, where rows and rows of live oak trees met us with beautiful arches and idyllic backdrops.

I can’t wait to go back! Tell me, what are your favorite places to visit in New Orleans?

PS:  My gorgeous waves, side braid and beautiful makeup courtesy of the ever-talented Stephanie Nelson Makeup

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Apple Picking, Day Tripping & Adventuring

Hudson River Valley, Fall Foilage, Apple Picking, Upstate NY, Applewood Orchards, Donut FactoryFor some the mere mention of a pumpkin spice latte is enough of a seasonal change for them to feel like it’s fall. For me, as a native Texan who rarely experienced seasons let alone fall, I embrace everything about the season. {Sans pumpkin spice lattes. A rare statement to hear I know.} I live for the days when the air is a little crisper, the leaves change, I can break out the tartan plaid pieces, hunt for the perfect boots, go apple picking, do a little pumpkin carving and breezy bike rides through Central Park. I recently had the chance to get some of my favorite fall activities in while my mom visited from Dallas and it was an epic little day trip complete with beautiful fall foliage as we drove up the Palisades Parkway along the Hudson River. The drive is one of my favorite scenic routes in the country that I’ve taken, it’s just breathtaking! A little suggestion … do the drive mid week when the roads are less crowded!

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We stopped into Applewood Orchards in Warwick, NY, it’s an easy, delightful day trip from Manhattan. We hiked around picking apples for a little while, meaning for nearly 2 hours and 20 lbs of apples! Then followed up all of that exhausting work with a few fall treats … apple cider doughnuts and spiked hot apple cider! Hudson River Valley, Fall Foilage, Apple Picking, Upstate NY, Mother Daugther day trip

{PS. How cute is my adorable mom?}

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The entrance to Applewood Orchards is just the cutest!
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Note: Tree climbing may or may not be allowed but it is definitely the best way to score the most amazing picks! 

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I couldn’t resist playing in the leaves, especially when they are every shade of red and orange under the sun.

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Back in the New York Groove

Sleepy Hollow, Black and White, Fall, Mom, NY RoadtripThis being my first weekend in NYC in three weeks, I can guarantee you that there will be an ample amount of sleeping in, coffee at my favorite neighborhood spot, spending time with my girlfriends, hitting up the greenmarket, late afternoon brunch, watching college football and genuinely enjoying being home in NYC. Sounds pretty awesome right? Aside from the normal weekend things, there is so much going on in NYC this weekend, I don’t know how I’m going to choose what to do!

Here’s to a wonderful fall weekend!

For the NYC Crew: 

  • The annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade is this weekend! Get ready for cuteness overload in the EV.
  • Check out Bergdorfs Fifth Floor Active weekend, completely with DIY stations and braid bars.
  • I love the hidden gems of NYC and GoG rounded up 10 of the best.
  • Today is the last day of the Marissa Webb sample sale at 60-62 East 11th Street.
  • Book a manicure asap at PAINTBOX. I’m hooked.
  • Check out the Manhattan Vintage Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion
  • Come Monday, I highly recommend  you fend off the inevitable Monday blues with dinner and a cocktail at the newest speakeasy addition in the West Village, La Barbona, located under the West Village staple, De Santos.  I checked out their pre-opening on Tuesday where I was met with fresh tortillas, tacos and fantastic ‘ritas.

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Casual NOLA Style

Casual, Street Style, Travel, New Orleans, NOLA,  Plaid, Ripped Jeans, Braids, Converse

Essentials are the staples of a well rounded wardrobe, especially a vacation one! I always make sure to pack pieces that can be worn in a few different ways. Ripped black jeans go with everything from sneakers and tees to heels and a blazer.  And a plaid shirt? Well that is the ideal travel companion, can be used in lieu of a jacket in warmer places where they insist on blasting the AC! My Jack Purcell’s literally go everywhere with me. A white tee can easily be dressed up or down and this Bobi LA tee is hands down my absolute favorite white tee.  I know I’ve probably said that before but this tee is long, meaning I can sit down and don’t have to fiddle with my shirt and more importantly it’s flattering … just saying! These pieces though paired together make the perfect ensemble to stroll around the city, checking out the sights of a new place and still managing to keep you looking pulled together. What do you pack for trips?

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Small Space Decorating: A Hauntingly Grand Soiree

It’s officially my favorite time of year and not just because it’s my birthday month, seriously, my ‘Festive’ Pinterest board proves it. Ever since I was little Halloween has been been my second favorite holiday.  I used to throw an annual Halloween party and miss those days of having a large apartment with a patio to host in, so instead of just scrapping having a Halloween bash, I’m pulling together a small scale version just right for a tiny NYC abode. The trick to creating a fun space without making it look cluttered? Select a few key pieces that bring Halloween or any holiday to life without it taking over your small space.

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Some useful tips to keep in mind: 

  • Choose a one or two statement making pieces, for me it’s two silver skulls that sit on either side of my TV.
  • Go with a color scheme, meaning you don’t need to incorporate every seasonal color in your apartment.
  • Pick pieces that are multipurpose, which can be used as decor or hosting duties (see #6) or pour beverages into the glass bottles (see #7)
  • Consider how to maximize your space, go vertical! You don’t have the horizontal space and you know it.

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  1. Skull plates 
  2. Black onyx old fashioned glasses
  3. Skull cakelet pan 
  4. Gold crystal skull
  5. Onyx stemware 
  6. Skeleton serving set
  7. Witches Brew and Toxic Tonic glass bottles