Weekend in New Orleans: Part 3

    This really will be my last post about New Orleans.  I just happened to take lots and lots of pictures. 
    Our last day of our mini-vacation and my number one wish was that we would have beignets at Cafe du Monde.  

    My wish was granted, but we were a bit surprised when we were greeted by this rather long line. 

    However, there was plenty to see across the street to keep our minds occupied.
    And we made it! 

    The beignets and coffee were heavenly, and well worth the wait. 
    It was ridiculously bright out that day.  Luckily there was an Urban Outfitters right on Decauter Street.  I treated myself to a new hat and sunglasses.   It was my birthday weekend, after all.
    Upon more exploring of the French Quarter, I stumbled upon these amazing plantation shutters. I am now obsessed with the idea of having teal plantation shutters on my home one day.  Thank you New Orleans. 
    It is fitting that this was the last picture I snapped during our weekend getaway.   We could have stayed on that street corner all day listening to this talented women belt out those tunes. 
    Hope you all enjoyed following our trip!  

    Weekend in New Orleans: Part 2 & Zara Sale Alert

    Seriously.  Can I just go back again this weekend? Please?  
    Its freezing cold down here in Houston. For Real. Freezing.  I am pretty sure half of the city is shut down.    I thought Memphians went a little crazy when it snows or ices…but I have obviously never lived in Texas.  Lets just say that the news this morning was highly entertaining.  
    Anyways off subject.   Here is the another post about our lovely trip to the Big Easy. 
    After a good rest post brunch, we ventured out into a fun and festive night in the French Quarter. 

    The evening included dinner at Desire Oyster Bar on Bourbon Street.   Which is where I discovered that Oyster’s Desire (not pictured) was basically the best thing I had ever eaten in the world.  Mallory, who has become a native in her year in Nola, ordered them.  She kindly shared, and my world was changed.  I promise to get a picture next time!  In a nut shell, I’d describe them as oysters covered in cheese and garlic. Hello, SOLD 
    Meanwhile, here are a dozen yummy oysters we feasted on. 
    After our oyster tasting, we explored the French Quarter. 
    Of course that meant running in and out of places that offered *free* praline samples. 

    It was getting late, and knowing that we had a big night ahead of us, it was time for a coffee break.  Community Coffee is everywhere down there!  (Once back in Houston, we decided we’d try brewing it ourselves back home.  It tastes that good.  Sorry Dunkin Donuts coffee….we’re taking a little break for now.)
    We probably spent an hour in this art gallery.   

    Then we stumbled upon an open air art gallery down on Frenchman Street.  

     Which featured some very unique things…..
    Frenchman Street is known for it’s local music.  I could have danced to these guys all night long.

    And quite frankly (so I’ve learned)  a trip to New Orleans is not complete without a stop at the Carousel Bar in Hotel Monteleone. 

    Cheers to a wonderful Saturday in New Orleans! 
    Also …. before I forget, if you live close to a Zara … do not walk but RUN! They are having a MAJOR sale right now.  I purchased the black poncho sweater that I’m wearing for only $15! 
    If you don’t live near one…not to worry.  Thank goodness Zara has recently decided to offer online purchases and their sale is online as well.   Find some fabulous steals for under $20 here.
    Like this Low Back Angora Sweater: $19.99 

    Weekend in New Orleans: Part 1

    Patrick and I just got home from a wonderful weekend in New Orleans celebrating my 25th birthday with our good friends, Mallory & Andrew.   They were exceptional hosts to their fun city!   

    We had a delicious dinner on Friday night at Cochran.  Starting the night late after a long drive, our dinner reservations weren’t until 10pm. The restaurant was packed well into midnight.  We sampled several small plates of unique cajun food, including fried alligator. Which kind of tasted like a tangier bang bang shrimp.  Absolutely delicious. 

    After dinner we headed out to the number one tourist destination in the French Quarter: Pat O’Briens.  The long line to the piano bar was definitely worth the wait.  We scored a little table front and center and sipped on hurricanes while listening to the dueling pianos do their thing.
     Saturday we had brunch at The Ruby Slipper Cafe.  I highly recommend this place if you are visiting NOLA in the near future! This was further outside of the French Quarter and was mostly filled with locals.  Yet another place with a very long wait, but that usually means you know the food is going to be oh-so-good.  
    The four of us sipped on mimosas and bloody’s while waiting on our table.

    Once inside the quaint little restaurant, I had the best shrimp and grits, hands down, that I have quite possibly ever had.  I was a bit weary of BBQ sauce that early in the AM but it was perfect. 

    Patrick ordered the Eggs Benedict, however these were a little non-traditional, loaded with beef hash and horseradish.  
    And do you see that little (big) pancake in the corner of the picture? That was the side item.   I will definitely be brunching here again one day.

    After brunch we headed down to the French Quarter.  That, and more New Orleans goodness to come soon. 

    Save vs. Splurge: Bedding

    West Elm is have a 20% off all bedding sale this week!  I just snagged this set below for our master bedroom.   
    For the past year though, I’ve been obsessing over this Anthropologie Rivulets Quilt (below), but the $328 price tag was a daunting one.  The West Elm duvet was only $98 with the sale.  Plus its machine washable … which is great when you have a spoiled golden retriever who thinks she rules the roost!  
    ALSO: All of West Elm’s clearance is an additionally 15% off this week! 
    Check out these precious dog prints. Originally $44, now on sale for $17.  
    Just use the promo code: LONGWKND

    Red Cowboy Boots

    Apparently in order to fit in in this town you’ve got to own a pair of cowboy boots.  Being from Tennessee, I already had that covered.  Over the holidays my mom found these awesome vintage red boots at an antique store in Memphis. Luckily for me, they were about a half size too small for her so they were passed along down to me. Thanks, Mom! 
    Definitely planning on wearing these to the rodeo this March! Tennessee friends…come visit! Have ya’ll seen the rodeo line up? Its amazing.
    Not only did I want this blog to be about the goings on in my new life in Houston, but I also wanted to use it to dabble in my love for fashion with “what I wore” outfit photos.  These may have felt incredibly awkward to take! But oh well…here goes nothing Blogosphere: 

    Fayette Vegan Leather Jacket / Anthropologie / here 
    Lace Folio Blouse / Anthropologie / here
    Hudson Skinny Jeans / Hudson / here
    Vintage Red Boots / similar here

    Golden Globes: Best Dressed List

    The award show hasn’t actually even started yet.  But I wanted to go ahead and share who (in my opinion) is looking the best tonight on the red carpet.   If only us normal people could have the opportunity to get this dressed up and go somewhere.  That would be lovely. 

    Michelle Dockery (aka Lady Mary)
    Caitlin Fitzgerald

    Emma Watson
     Emilia Clarke
     Julianna Margulies
    Taylor Swift