Karen Walker Sunglasses / Express Collar / H&M Blouse / J.Crew Belt and Bag / F21 Pants / Vince Camuto Shoes (c/o – love this lake blue color too) / Nail Polish by O.P.I: Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees
Greetings from The Big Easy! I arrived yesterday and spent the day working from my lovely friend Lauren’s spacious and airy apartment in the French Quarter, eating cheese and crackers and strawberries. She also happens to have this devine balcony, which was just one more added plus to the whole situation. The light and weather is incredible here and I can’t wait to share the rest of my outfits with you over the next handful of days. If you are on instagram, you can check out my outfit sneak peeks by following me at My Style Pill or click here for the web version. Alright, I’m off to explore and shop a bit but but stay tuned… There’s more fun to come. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!) xo
Palm Beach Meets New Orleans
H&M Sunglasses and Blazer / Necklace (bought at NOLAFW) / Lilla P Ruffle V-Neck Dress (c/o) (Giveaway dress shown here) / Thrifted Belt /Coach Watch and Shoes (c/0) /Lauren by Ralph Lauren Bag
As I’m sure you can tell by these photos, I am trying to wear more color. And with color blocking being huge right now, I guess I’m right on trend. Keiko, being from Florida, said I looked like I belonged in Palm Beach, then followed it up by saying I should take it as a compliment. Having never been to Palm Beach, let alone Florida, I will take her word for it. Either way, I’m enjoying brighter hues, so expect to see a lot more of them on the blog over the next couple weeks.
Saturday was spent eating the most delicious lunch at Sylvain in the French Quarter, where we were treated like kings and queens. I loved having “A” there with me and I think Bobby welcomed having another male around. We drank champagne and ate glorious things like various cheeses, beets, homemade pickles, fried zucchini, fried chicken and pulled pork. Bobby and “A” both got the Nola signature drink, the Sazerac, which is rye whiskey in an absinthe-rinsed glass. Yowsa.
Afterwards, we all hopped in a cab and headed back over to the Garden District where we (the girls) picked out personalized stationary at Wedding Belles Stationer. I chose a cheery yellow card with my name in gray imprinted along the bottom, and a soft gray envelope to match. I can’t wait to receive them and send out some old fashioned mail to loved ones.
Before heading back to change for dinner, we stopped for some gelato (I told you we ate our way through the city!) and iced coffee at Sucre (their macaroons are also amazing) then ogled at all the beautiful old, pastel-colored mansions that lined the nearby streets. It was such a lovely, sun-soaked day.
I will be posting the last of the photos later today, so make sure to check back soon!
These Shoes Were Made For Walking…
F21 Hat, Anorak / Lulu’s Maxi Dress (c/o) / Lauren by Ralph Lauren Belt and Bag (c/o) / Nine West “Violanda” Espadrilles (c/o)
This was the day that we decided to walk all the way from the French Quarter to the Garden District. (For those of you live in, or know Nola well, you will understand how far this walk was.) Our goal? To see The Lafayette Cemetery. About two hours later, we arrived at said destination. The amazing thing? All three of us walked almost the whole time in these shoes. (Lindsey and I are both wearing Nine West and Keiko is rocking a sky-high Jessica Simpson platform.) Actually, now that I remember, Lindsey didn’t bring flats, so she actually walked the entire time in her platforms without her feet falling off. I think that’s saying a lot about a shoe.
It was a wonderful day. We saw a bunch of different neighborhoods that ordinarily we would not have seen if it wasn’t for our meandering “jaunt” to the other side of the city. We actually had a great time and took tons of photos. Later that evening, we got gussied up to attend Sophomore’s fashion show, then went for drinks at the Ritz, and finally onto an amazing dinner at Lilette. The cherry on my sundae? “A” flew in for the weekend, and was waiting for me when I got back to the hotel. :) All in all, it was a fantastic evening.
UO earrings / H&M Top and Shorts /Lauren by Ralph Lauren Belt, Shoes (c/o), Coach Watch (c/o)
This is Juley, an awesome Nola blogger, who writes the cool site, Swank Heights. I snapped this photo of her at the Sophomore show because I was so taken with her yellow dress and owl pin! Isn’t she so chic?
Had enough of Nola talk yet? No? Good, because there’s more to come tomorrow! :) xoxo
F21 Blouse and Skirt, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes (c/0), Thrifted Belt, Coach Watch
That’s a wrap.
Lindsey, me, Keiko and Bobby, before the panel.
Before the panel began, the four of us and the team at Sparkle Beetle (they are truly amazing) went to this yummy place called Capdeville and munched on fried red rice and beans and ham and cheese fritters. Yum. I don’t generally eat a lot of fried things, but I threw caution to the wind while down in Nola and tried everything. So. Good.
The panel, which took place at the Martine Chaisson Gallery during NOLAFW, was called “Creating a Compelling Voice.” It was absolutely invigorating for me. I’ve never spoken on one before and found myself extremely comfortable speaking to a large group. I think it helps that the questions were organic and natural and the I knew the topics at hand inside and out, but still. I loved every minute of it. The audience was fantastic and the room was filled with this amazing energy.
What I loved, was that we were all there to support and help each other by having this really great, open conversation about a mutual love: blogging. I was able to speak to some of the girls afterwards and they were all lovely and personable. I wish I would have taken more photos of the audience. Everyone was so well dressed and put together! So, thank you to everyone who came out, it was truly an amazing experience for me.
After dinner (I swear all I did was eat my way through this trip) we headed to Ste. Marie for a celebratory cheers and post catch-up session. The food, once again, was outstanding, but the company was even better.
The week recap isn’t over yet, so make sure you keep checking back this week. Lots of fun stuff lined up!
***To read more about behind the scenes at NOLAFW and the wonderful people involved, click here!***
Polka Dots and Powdered Sugar
RayBan Sunglasses / H&M Blouse, Shorts / Nine West “Violanda” Espadrilles (c/o) / Lauren by Ralph Lauren Tote (c/o) / Coach Watch (c/o)
The first day in Nola was spent wandering around the French Quarter with Lindsey, Keiko and Bobby. We ate beignets and drank cafe au laits at Cafe Du Monde, took tons of photos and visited the Mississippi.
Before we knew it, it was time to head over to the gallery where the panel was being held. We were greeted by the amazing team at Sparkle Beetle Communications and sipped on champagne while going over the evening’s agenda.
I can’t wait to share more about the event and will be posting abou my experience (along with more photos) later tonight!