I’ll be out at Jazz Fest today, tomorrow and Sunday. It’s going to be a wet and muddy one today, and strangely cool for this time of year. Hoping that tomorrow looks more like these photos that Zander took last year. Have a great weekend and see ya back here Tuesday with a new business advice post from Mariah!
I’ve missed sharing some of my local favorites ever since my Boston Photo Tour was retired – so I’m starting a new column called Out & About! Sometimes I take New Orleans for granted, so I want to embrace it and share my favorite spots with you! I’m starting out with one of my neighborhood favorites, Satsuma Cafe. They specialize in breakfast and lunch and are so good at what they do. They have the BEST juice, awesome sandwiches, pastries and coffee! I would get juice from there everyday if I could! It is such a cute little spot with a few outdoor tables. I go to the Maple Street location, but they also have one on Dauphine Street. It’s in walking distance from my house, which is great for a nice day. You know, I think I am going to head there right now!
Biannually, NOLA Fashion Council hosts NOLA Fashion Week to provide Southern born or based designers a platform to gain exposure. This year, I attended the kickoff party featuring the very talented designer, Matthew Arthur! My sister and I were two lucky ducks and got a room at the beautiful Hotel Modern to hang out in before the party got started!
Blouse – Loft 3H (purchased at NOLA Fashion Week’s Retail Shopping Day) // Skirt – Urban Outfitters (similar) // Ring c/o Dixi // Bracelets – vintage // Shoes c/o Blowfish // Location c/o The Hotel Modern and NOLAFC. You can see Jasmine’s outfit here!
Hop & Jaunt is a couple of designers who started their creative agency while traveling and is now based out of New Orleans. John of Hop & Jaunt started an illustrated guide to New Orleans that I can’t get enough of! His illustration style is amazing and he captures the feeling of the city perfectly. Here are a few of my favorites and you can check out more on Hop & Jaunt’s Facebook page!
Huge news today friends! Zander and I have decided it’s time to move back to New Orleans! I’ve had an amazing year and a half living in Boston. I’ve made some amazing friends and explored more of the North East than I ever imagined I would! But our hearts are in New Orleans.
Everyone in New Orleans has a special connection and shows it through eye contact when passing on the street. I miss that. I miss the warm, friendly and happy people. I miss hard rains, hidden courtyards, wonderful food, Oak trees, great music, the unique gumbo of people, southern hospitality and dive bars.
“If there was ever a town to have a reason to be full of sorrow and pain it is New Orleans. And although the damages of Katrina, poverty and crime are all around, it does not stop people from living to the fullest. Every day is a new day and more reason to celebrate.” -The Hungry Nomad
It’s hard to explain, but New Orleans just has something special. It is not fast or efficient. It’s slow, sweaty and lazy, but it’s home. Every inch of this city has something beautiful in it’s own special way. I’ll miss the North East tremendously, but I’m ready to be back in the city that stole my heart!
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Well, it took me a little longer than expected to recover from my trip home to New Orleans, but I’m back with a little recap of the trip!
My BFFs wedding, second lines, pool side, best friends, daiquiris, relaxing by the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, the best weather I have ever felt for a New Orleans April, Jazz Fest, snowballs, po-boys, Rebirth Brass Band, family time, crawfish boils, casino… oh yea, and I broke my toe, so I was doing most of this while limping around! I was not going to let a fractured pinky toe get in my way of having fun in New Orleans! When I write it all out I can see why I am still so exhausted!
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I’m back in New Orleans for 13 days! My best friend is getting married and then I’ll be attending the first weekend of Jazz Fest (my favorite thing in the whole world, see why here and here). Sooo, that said, I have actually scheduled some posts (yay for planning ahead). If you don’t hear too much from me in the comments, it’s because I’m partying it up in NOLA, and I’ll respond when I return to Boston!