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Monthly Archives: August 2012

an afternoon at audubon park

While we were in New Orleans this last time, I got to wander with the Mr. in beautiful Audubon Park for a while.  It was a perfect afternoon, spent in the light reflecting off of the lake and under the gentle shade of the old wise trees.  As another hurricane confronts this resilient city, my thoughts are with them.

XXI blouse, Madewell skirt, Sam Edelman sandals

BCBG cosmetic bag, Banana Republic bracelet, Madewell rings

{travel diary} New Orleans. Chapter 2


Braving the heat, the Mr. and I strolled along the French market, with its colorful vendors and diverse food offerings.

Crawfish has my votes forever, gators, on the other hand…

We met an art & crafts collective that specialized in Steampunk creations.   Not only do they make them but they also wear them, the beautiful and powerful pieces, with pride.

I couldn’t leave without getting a little treasure.

Street performers are ever present here, and they really commit, to the nines.

In the long, hot afternoon, enjoy some Southern indulgences in the courtyard of the famous Cafe Amelie.

The sidewalks of NOLA always surprise you with much character, from the decorative buildings to the quaint store signage.

With its famous cemeteries visited by greats like Bob Dylan, New Orleans also has a very intriguing history of embracing Voodoo.

We met the Voodoo queen herself, in her temple along with her spells and potions.

for the rest of my NOLA experiences, go here:
{travel diary} New Orleans. Chapter 1
Le Pavillon Hotel – a review
NOLA nights
let the good times roll
Lili Vintage Boutique – a review

le pavillon hôtel – french quarter opulence

Old world opulence in the vicinity of the French Quarter: this is how I can describe Hotel Pavillon.

Opening the taxi door to confront the NOLA humidity, the classic columns and decorative doorman uniforms of the hotel transport me faster than a time machine.  The service is also reminiscent of that rare time period when gentlemen stand up every time ladies leave the table.

It’s an ideal location, walking distance to the quaint St. Charles streetcar and far enough from the chaos Bourbon Street.  Precious vintage details greet you in every corner, and while it’s historic, this Southern belle barely shows any wrinkles, it’s extremely well-maintained.

As for New Orleans comfort, visit the peanut butter and jam buffet every night at 10 pm.  “Throw some meat on those bones,” as recommended to me by the wisdom of true Southern gentlemen.

nola nights

In the heart of the night
In the cool southern rain
There’s a full moon in sight
Shinin’ down on the Pontchartrain
And the river she rises
Just like she used to do
She’s so full of surprises
She reminds me of you

My NOLA night outfit has a vintage hat from the 40′s, a Cache dress, J Crew bracelet, and vintage heels.

let the good times roll…

where the air is thick and sweet,
and trickles at the speed of honey

where the food is as delicious
as the less criminal forms of sin

where the vines of rose and jasmine
wrap the hanging gardens in the Quarter with abandonment

when everyone here has a story
a story they’ll share with any stranger who asks

where something dark and wet leaps on you
and the only way to get if off is to eat it off

where things ain’t burned,
they’re blackened!

{Charlotte Taylor dress, Charles David kitten mules, H&M belt, Anthropologie tote, J Crew bracelets, Juicy Couture watch}