New Orleans – Wednesday!

So, i’m going to try to relive Mothers Day weekend in NOLA. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this city, people say various things – how scary it is, crime and panhandlers – and some people live and die by this city. My mom had been – several times, all pre Katrina, and told me it would be best not to plan (or over plan – as I tend to do). So, I made a few restaurant reservations to ensure we wouldn’t have to wait here or there and that was it. When it comes down to it – it sounds like we didn’t do anything, because we largely walked around (which, we love to do – and there is no lack of things to mouth breathe at in NOLA). A week after our trip I still long to be back in that city. It was such a wonderful trip and I’m so happy that I have a mother like mine who I can be friends with now that I’m an adult (tho make no mistake about it, she’s a mom first, and will not hesitate to break out my full name if I do something wrong). We took enough photos for me to feel like putting them all in one place would seem like NOLA overload. So I’m going to post each day over the next few days.

We left Wednesday morning, I woke up at 4 with a fit of sneezes, our flight left around 8ish – which made getting up at 4 not such a bad idea considering ATL traffic. I wrote a blog about my airport outfit, so I’ll skip that – I will say that my mom upgraded us to first class, and uh, I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to go back! That was definitely the right way to start the trip!

We landed, got a cab, got to our hotel – changed and went right out. Image

We walked a lot by the Mississippi river front, and snapped some photos.

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I changed into my favorite dress for the summer – the Anthro dress I’ve blogged about several times so far, and put my hair in a giant bun. We mostly walked around the French Quarter and stopped at a little cafe for a (not so great) cup of gumbo.

ImageOne thing New Orleans didn’t have a shortage of – was fried food…whats up with that NOLA? I think it was largely this restaurant had nothing but big grease balls and we just didn’t feel like we could up and walk out (interesting story about that LATER).

After lunch we walked around a little more – found some junk stores we had heard some things about, and while they were interesting…not as huge as we’d previously heard. This is the day I found and bought the cat dress I wore on my last day of work at my previous job.

We stopped in of course at Cafe Du Monde and had beignets and a cafe au let.  Now…let me say. I don’t know if it was the hype or what, but these beignets were not as all that as people say they are. Not that they were bad, just again – deep fried, and mostly it was like a funnel cake that you can get at any GA state fair. The cafe au let was great, just it was super hot out, so eh. You know.

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 Clearly some of these photos are instagrams.

We went to Galatoire’s for dinner – and had some pretty yum cosmos, our appetizer was great, and our food was okay. My mom and I like to read reviews about how either GREAT or HORRIBLE places were, and all in all Galatoire’s wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I’d make it back to NOLA just to have – though, seriously the cosmo’s were so good.

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Isn’t my mom so cute!?

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 Galatorie’s is right on Bourbon Street – buuuut after a few drinks, and being awake since 4am (plus walking every day about 25,000 steps according to my fitbit) we were pretty ready for sleep. All in all the first day made me very excited for the next few!

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Cat Lady Chic

So, a few weeks I jokingly sent an email to my mom (who is a new member of the cat lady club) with a link to this dress, telling her I was buying it for her.

Well, when she and I were in New Orleans this past weekend we happened upon a store with the cutest prints inside – they had several dresses I’ve seen on Mod Cloth in fact. So, it started innocently enough. Low and behold, they had that dress. They only had a small, but I figured why not – I’ll try it on. And guess what:

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IT FIT PERFECTLY.

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 The cut of the dress is puurrfection (see what I did). The silhouette and low back seriously had me…the print in person was just so fun I couldn’t resist. I mean, I own a dress with big orange ants all over it. It was a must.

It’s also super fun to twirl in – but I don’t know how you people take twirling pictures…this was as good as it got:

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 Yeah, that’s a big girly smile. Today was my last day of working as a sales assistant. I’ve worked in this office for 4 years and refuse to comment good or bad – I’ll just say I’m excited to look forward.

I finished the outfit off with a huge bun, cat necklace, bow belt from another dress and my spiked shoes. All in all this outfit was a favorite.

The Big Easy

Today I’m off to New Orleans to celebrate Mothers Day with – my mom! And instead of writing a touching note in her card – which I just remembered to pack – I decided to take pictures and blog about my outfit! (Hi mom!) 

I like to keep it easy in an airport – but also still cute, you’ll never see me wandering around the airport in fuzzy slippers and pj’s. It happens, I don’t doubt I’ll see several people doing it this morning. I don’t care if it is an 8 o’clock flight – I was up at 4:45! Half hour earlier than my alarm clock, but those georgia allergies know just when to kick in and cause a fit of sneezes. 

So, because it’s supposed to be 82 today in NOLA, but I’m always cold in airports I went with this polka dot midi skirt from Forever21, striped shirt – also Forever21, and a black cardi. Target – like 7 years ago. But you know, you can find them anywhere. You can’t see my feet, but I wouldn’t go to NOLA without my saltwater sandals. 

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Do you see those photo editing skills?! Even at 5:30am I’m a master in the arts.

I’ll try to find the skirt and shirt to link back to later, they’re pretty old by Forever21 standards – but hey, see what I did there? An entire outfit from Forever21 and it doesn’t look like it cost $14 total. 

Hopefully I’ll be able to blog a little from NOLA, otherwise I’m sure I’ll have some bits when I get back!

Wishlist Wednesday

I love this dress from Anthropologie. I do love most vibrant colors for spring and summer, but I love the neutrality of this dress. I could see it being worn in the summer and the fall with tights. The blue pops are adorable.

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This necklace makes me homesick for Maine, It always felt more like home, and I haven’t been in years.

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Mod Cloth had a red version of this skirt last year, and I grabbed it when it went on sale. This mint pencil version is so adorable.

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I think I need these  leggings for my workouts. Too cute.

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Motivational Monday

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I think this is something we all have a hard time remembering. We don’t have to be like anybody else – and the decisions we make can’t be based on what we think others will think of us. I think it’s okay to have our own opinions, or way of doing things. When I was starting this blog, I found myself approaching it the same way I approached planning the wedding, I started to concentrate on what I didn’t want this blog to be. Which you may think to yourself ‘isn’t that a negative approach?’, I don’t think so. I did the same thing with my wedding. Because when you’re finally getting to plan your wedding – not just dreaming about it – you think everything is great. The dress, the flowers, photographs. You really have to keep a critical eye and find the things you don’t like, so you can narrow what you do. I’d love to experience more of a sense of community – but found some other ATL bloggers were more catty, and classified themselves as, well – bitchy. They said it proudly, so this is not my being catty. Personally I don’t want to criticize, I think everybody should do things the way they want to. If you’ve got to take a selfie to show an outfit – fine. If you instagrammed it because you don’t know photoshop well enough – great! We all have to start somewhere, and we all have to be different – else blogs would be boring.

Wishlist Wednesday

I know I just posted about swimwear last week but this one is killing me – do you see the booty?!

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I can’t. So adorable.

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I think I should find room on our new counters for this cute little scalloped jar.

I love the prints in againstthewoodgrain’s etsy shop, but this one in particular:

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Cat lady for life.

In keeping with house stuff this shower curtain (tho way too expensive) would make one of our spare bathrooms SO happy.

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Finally – and on the too expensive train I love these Kate Spade for Ked’s sneakers.

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I love them. But in all honesty my frugal mind would never be able to pay that much for Ked’s. (Though somehow I can justify Converse sneakers? I don’t know. It’s a mental thing)