Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
There were so many purses that I liked and it was pretty difficult to choose my favorite, but I finally did, a large Michael Kors Jamesport satchel in black. It's beautiful and I'm pretty obsessed with the bag.
The best part? Since it was an outlet, the bag was already $40 off. On top of that they were having a sale for an additional 40% off. AND my amazing mom informed me that malls have coupon books so we picked one up and got another 20% off. So I got $40 + 60% off! After all was said and done I snatched a bag that retails for nearly $400 at a mere $170, which isn't much in the scheme of things.
My mom also got a bag!
The moral of the story, use coupons and ask if the coupons can be combined with other discounts!
Happy Wednesday, friends! We're halfway to the weekend!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Don’t assume you’re staying at the Ritz unless you actually are. One of the biggest draws of the French Quarter is the architecture, and staying in a historic boutique hotel sounded like a dream. If you don’t mind shacking up in one of the “traditional” rooms with original creaky hardwood floors, an air conditioning unit that won’t turn off, and a view of the parking lot then this was your dream come true! However, it wasn’t all bad. The front desk staff was lovely and more than willing to help us find our footing around the city. The lobby bar was enjoyable, as were the patrons returning from their night on the town. The bartender was a true, stoic gem and taught me an important lesson about ordering whiskey in the South: Don’t. Would I stay here again? Absolutely,but only in a different room!
|The magnificent courtyard outside our room.|
|Soaking our aching feet in the saltwater pool.|
Take tours, but not too many. Leeann loves herself a tour, a haunted tour at that. And I was game for anything. The night tour is a MUST (James Franco agrees!). It was great to walk around in a large group and learn about the area on our first night in town. It was also refreshing to learn that the smell that we smelled is also noticeable by all residents, as verified by our delightful tour guide. The Garden District tour was equally, if not more enjoyable. A local celebrity, our guide was very in the know of the Garden District and its living (including famous) and nonliving residents. If I had to choose one to skip, it would be the St. Louis Cemetery tour. This was our THIRD time hearing the history of NOLA and the tour guide was not very engaging. The cemetery is off the beaten path (one more block and you’ve reached Treme!), however it really isn’t that far and if you are in a group or you take a taxi, it is safe to go without a tour. Just do your research beforehand so you don’t miss any significant burial sites. And most importantly, don’t choose your footwear based on style over comfort. We limped the entire trip. But damn, our shoes were cute.
|Lafayette Cemetery No. 1|
|My shorts are *probably* why people thought we were a couple...|
|The swamp, complete with a sneaky alligator.|
Imbibe local beverages, just not on Bourbon Street.Bourbon Street. This is a tough one, because it is supposed to be the definitive heart of NOLA. If this is where the heart of NOLA lies, that makes the city a disenchanted, broken down mistress far beyond her glory days. This was not the NOLA we wanted. Oddly enough we only ended up there by accident. If you really want to experience the alcoholic beverages that NOLA has to offer, take a cocktail tour. Just as Leeann has a deep love for ghost tours, I have a deep love for alcohol (possibly the worst comparison ever). The city has an incredibly, yet not surprisingly rich history of alcohol and cocktail innovation. And my goodness, we could not have gotten a more classic, adorable southern lady as our tour guide. My favorite drink from the entire trip was Pimm’s Cup, although I’m still not sure what’s in it and our favorite bar (which wasn’t part of the tour) was Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. NOLA also has some great local brews that you shouldn’t be afraid to try.
|Trying an Old Fashioned for the first, and last time. It stings.|
Speaking of the locals…MOST of them are so nice! I’ve never experienced such friendly and talkative cab drivers. One waiter kept calling us, “baby girl” and “booboo” and I mean you can’t help but relish in that. But in a city whose motto is, “Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll!)” it’s not entirely fair to expect world class service from everyone.They work hard, and obviously play hard. Also, drunken older men do not equal southern gentlemen (not unless that means talk as loudly as possible and pass out in lounge chairs by the pool). And most importantly, please stop asking about Hurricane Katrina (I’m looking at YOU, elderly Canadian tourists...).
|I'm still this man's biggest fan. TWO Jesus tattoos and an inside-out shirt?|
Let's be best friends.
|Local arts & crafts. I die.|
|The definition of carefree.|
Many thanks to my dear friend Leeann for researching and organizing all of our outings. For putting up with my excessive souvenir shopping. And for tolerating my incessant impressions and naming of random tourists (Shout-outs to Jeff, Elaine, and my favorite…BARRY! Jesus Barry, calm it down). New York, 2013!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The New Orleans' Original Cocktail Walking Tour provided by Gray Line Tours is a must! It combines two of my favorite things - drinking and history. Be warned though: this is a pricey tour. We paid $29 then had to purchase all of our drinks on the tour which ranged from $8 to $15.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I am really digging the trend and so are celebs. Check out Reese Witherspoon rockin' it!
And speaking of Reese, I have a giveaway! To celebrate the release of "This Means War" onto DVD next Tuesday, one lucky person will get a copy of movie! Winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, May 22. Sorry only open to U.S. and Canadian residents.
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Who wouldn't want to win a This Means War DVD? The movie features these two hotties!
FDR & TUCK
Has commitment issues
Can wear a suit really well
Plenty of ex-girlfriends
Live in really nice apartments
Has a child and an ex-wife
Has T-rex hands
Travel a lot
Hasn’t been on the dating scene in awhile
Can protect you
Likes to plan
Doesn’t know much about art
Has manly hands
Photos courtesy of: Pacific Coast News, Bauer Griffin, Flynet Picture, and Think Jam