New Orleans | February 2019

Several months ago we were told that our good friend growing up was going to get married in New Orleans. We knew immediately that we would be going to that wedding. Who doesn’t love an excuse to go to NOLA? Once they sent out the save the dates and recommended hotels to us we booked The Hotel Monteleone, a luxurious old hotel located in the French Quarter. My parents then told me that my grandparents, Nonnie & Chief, actually stayed at that exact hotel on their honeymoon. That made me even more excited for the trip!

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We ended up riding with my parents down there on Friday morning. Once we arrived at the hotel, we freshened up and grabbed a seat at the famous Carousel Bar! We “rode” around at least six or seven times before heading out to dinner. We made reservations at The Court of Two Sisters located in the heart of  The French Quarter on Royal Street. We enjoyed a nice meal on their brick patio with my parents and the Stitt’s! After dinner, Evan and I met up with a couple of friends at Maison Soule, a small bar located off Bourbon Street. It was so cozy and cute with a small jazz band playing in the corner.

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Top: Amazon Prime  | Earrings: Amazon Prime | Cuffs:  Amazon Prime , The Styled Collection , The Styled Collection

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Saturday morning, we were on the hunt for beignets and coffee! A friend of mine suggested a place close to the hotel, Cafe Beignet, which was perfect since we did not want to make the walk to Cafe Du Monde just to wait in the long line! The coffee and beignets did not disappoint and the place had a great courtyard for us to enjoy the nice weather.

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Tee: NordstromRack | Cardigan: Goodnight Macaroon (use code: LOVESPRING for 30% off) | Hat: Amazon Prime | Sunglasses: Amazon Prime | Earrings: Kendra Scott (on sale)  | Bracelet: Tory Burch

From there, I met up with Chelsea to get blowouts at a local place about a block away called, Spa Atlantis. We had a great experience and the place was nice and clean with a modern style.

The ceremony was held at the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral in historic Jackson Square. It was a beautiful ceremony complete with a second line parade (my most favorite part of the entire trip)! I have been to New Orleans several times before and seen these super fun wedding parades, so I was super excited to be a part of one! Each guest was given a white “flag” to wave around as we paraded the streets with a live band to the reception.

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The reception was held right on the river at a beautiful venue called Marche. It had two great rooms as well as a terrace balcony over looking Jackson Square and the Mississippi River! They had the most amazing food you could ever ask for such as charbroiled oysters, gumbo, shrimp, brisket, pasta, crawfish étouffée and MORE!

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Dress: Nordstrom | Shoes: NordstromRack | Earrings: Amazon Prime | Cuffs: Amazon Prime , The Styled Collection , The Styled Collection | Pashmina: Amazon Prime

This wedding was definitely one for the books! We enjoyed every second in the Big Easy and wish we could have stayed longer! Congrats to our friends, Elaine and Jones!

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Tee: Amazon Prime | Cardigan: Goodnight Macaroon ( use code: LOVESPRING for 30% off)| Leggings: Amazon Prime | Shoes: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: Amazon Prime | Handbag: StockX

The bell hop made a great recommendation for the photo above! I love the way it turned out! If you have been to New Orleans before, tell me about your experience! I would love to hear from you!

xoxo

Valentine’s Day | Tradition

Do you have a tradition for Valentine’s Day? Evan and I started a tradition our first year of marriage and I love it. His favorite meal of all time is his grandmother’s spaghetti and meatballs. I was finally given the recipe after we were married! (not kidding!) For the past three years, I have made his grandmother’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs for us on Valentine’s. We use our fine china and crystal and sit in the dining room together. It’s fun and makes it a little more intimate than just sitting at the kitchen table or island with our everyday dishes! Sometimes we still make plans to go out to dinner too because we do love trying new restaurants and we use any opportunity to do so! This year we are going to New Orleans the day after Valentine’s Day for a wedding, so we did not make plans to go out to dinner.

We celebrated on Sunday this year because it is time-consuming to make and makes lots of leftovers! We did not want to leave all that food uneaten while we head down to New Orleans! I do not decorate for Valentine’s Day, but I did use red napkins for the occasion! Check out our Valentine’s “date”!

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Charger Plate: Amazon | Dinner Plate: Bloomingdales | Salad Plate: Bloomingdales | Napkin: Amazon | Napkin Ring: Bed Bath & Beyond (similar) | Flatware: Macy’s | Crystal: Amazon

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Top: Nordstromrack | Watch: Watch Station | Bracelet: The Real Real

We didn’t end up getting a picture of the two of us unfortunately. We enjoyed a formal sit down meal together with wine, Caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs, and garlic bread! It was yummy if I do say so myself! The only thing missing was tiramisu! I hope we continue to carry on this tradition in the years to come.

xoxo

Valentine Looks | 2019

Hello! I have rounded up some of my most recent favorite tops that I think would be great for your upcoming Valentine’s plans!  The best part is that they are all under $30! Check them out!

 

Cabernet Sheer Sleeve

 

Top: Loft (ON SALE) | Pants: Macy’s (similar and on sale) | Clutch: Nordstrom |  Bracelet: Loft (ON SALE)

 

Pleated Sleeve Tie Back

 

Top: Loft (ON SALE) | Pants: Celebrity Pink | Clutch: Nordstrom |  Bracelet: Loft (ON SALE)

 

All Black Everything

 

Top: Neiman Marcus (simliar) | Pants:  Macy’s (similar and on sale) | Bracelet: Loft (ON SALE) | Handbag: Louis Vuitton

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

Top: Amazon Prime |Jeans: Celebrity Pink | Bracelet: Loft (ON SALE)

These tops would be great for whatever you have planned on Valentine’s- date night, girls night, or a night in!  Stay tuned for next week’s post, Our Valentine Tradition! <3

xoxo

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