New Orleans (Part 2)

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NK4A9015In 2005 hurricane Katrine hit New Orleans. Close to 80% of the city was flooded due to the affects of the storm and the failings of the levees. In 2008 I took a very short trip to New Orleans and saw a bit of the damage in the lower 9th Ward. Its been nearly 10 years since the storm and there are still so many homes in disrepair. My friend Kate works with Americore to help the rebuilding in St. Bernard Parish and I tagged along with her one of the days I was there.

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New Orleans (part 1)

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Wow, you guys, New Orleans. The food, the music, the buildings, the people. All of it. I love all of it. I even loved the heat and humidity, which my friend Kate thought was insane. Everything about this city is unique and fun and crazy. The day after I arrived Kate and I hopped a street car into the French Quarter to do a little shopping. We ate lunch at Royal House; fried catfish and jambalaya. We also both tried Sno-Balls for the first time, which is like a southern version of italian ice (aka water ice, if you’re from philly, like me). And I loved it so much that it became a necessary stop any time we saw a stand. And of course we had to stop at Cafe du Monde for some beignets! It was insanely crowded so we ordered ours to go and sat by the window, watching them make the donuts. They were messy but so, so good.

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Wearing This//Going Here

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I’m spending this week in southern, hot, sunny New Orleans with my best friend Kate. She picked me up from the airport last Friday (after a harrowing flight through the storm, yikes) and we tried to think back to the last time we saw each other and we realized it had been LAST YEAR at my wedding! Thats the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other, which is a pretty big deal since we’ve been friends now for about 20 (!!!) years.

I’ve been to New Orleans once before, back in 2008, as part of a project to help with the hurricane relief. So I didn’t really get to see much of this amazing city. This time around we’re doing it all. Eating fried catfish, going to festivals, touring the graveyards, and visiting our friend John Goodman’s house (duh!).

I’m a huge fan of the weather here right now. Its hot and sticky and PERFECT for a weeklong vacation from your own dark, cold, cloudy steel city. Kate and I have been scouring the stores and streets (literally stopping people on the street) to find the perfect jumpsuit, but alas, we have found nothing so far. But I’m still dreaming of walking the city streets in a sleek black jumpsuit and straw hat.

Wearing// 1. Black Jumpsuit 2. Arena Cuff 3. Leif Straw Hat 4. Jcrew Downing Tote 5. Swedish Hasbeens Suzanne Sandal
Destination// New Orleans, La. Photo by me.
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Joshua Tree, Ca

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Earlier this month my husband and I took a quick trip to the left coast for some sun, sun, sun. And to see these wonderful and weird trees that only grow in this one small part of the world; Joshua Tree. We booked a small homestead cabin close to the National Park through Airbnb and planned to stay a few nights. And you know, sometimes things just don’t go the way you plan it and so you have to come up with a plan B, and sometimes plan B is just totally awesome and you don’t even care that plan A failed. And you also think to yourself, “I’m glad I married a guy who can come up with a plan B like it ain’t no thang”… Continue reading

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