Monday, July 23, 2018

New Orleans Travel Guide


Where to Stay: Chateau Le Moyne

We stayed at a Holiday Inn hotel a block from the ever popular Bourbon Street called Chateau Le Moyne. It was a great hotel with beautiful views. I loved our balcony and the room itself was very spacious, even with all of us girls! It was also such a safe location and they always had someone at the front desk, even in the early morning hours!



 Our Balcony


Our Pool


The turtles at the hotel!

Where to Eat: 


Before I get into all the delicious places we ate, the food in New Orleans is amazing and this by no means a comprehensive list of all of the amazing stops and restaurants. This is just where I have been and can recommend! But honestly, every single place looked amazingly delicious and I would go back just to try some more restaurants!!



Deanie's Seafood: A very casual and apparently a New Orleans staple. Our driver from the airport recommended it, so we stopped for lunch our first day. All I have to say is their drink list is amazing and if you leave without getting the crab meat nachos, you made a HUGE mistake. Their crab meat nachos were sooooo yummy and they were on homemade potato chips not tortilla chips!



Cafe Amelie: Our first night we ate at Cafe Amelie and the atmosphere spoke for itself. We ate outside in a beautiful and picturesque courtyard. It was later so it was lit by just string lights hanging from the trees. Very romantic but also very casual and chic. All of the food was delicious and their specialty drinks were amazing.




Sylvain: Our next night we ate at Sylvan's. It had a very dark and rustic atmosphere, so I couldn't get any good pictures to share! The food is all locally grown and sourced. I had a burger, which I never normally order out because I am not a huge burger fan, but this one was amazing. If I remember correctly, I ate the entire thing! Also, their specialty drinks are really fresh and delicious!

Pere Antoine: We actually ate here twice because it was so delicious and casual. A lot of places in New Orleans can be a little fancier, but this place was a beautiful atmosphere without being expensive. Their drinks are delicious and had an awesome New Orleans flair to them. They also give them to you in a to-go cup so you can take it with you after dinner! The beignet fries are delicious and so was their Creole Jambalya! Another fun thing is their entire menu is available all day, so you can get breakfast for dinner!




Galatoires: This was our fancy night out and it was probably my favorite place to eat! The restaurant is right on Bourbon street and absolutely gorgeous inside. The food was phenomenal and the service matched. They had the most delicious and fresh gumbo and the salmon was cooked perfectly. Our waitress was amazing and the entire staff was so friendly. Definitely a go-to spot!




SoBou Sunday Brunch: SoBou does a Sunday Brunch called Legs and Eggs. It is a three-course brunch with a Burlesque show that is performed all around the restaurant. We wanted to do brunch one day and this seemed like the perfect mix of New Orleans jazz and Brunch. It was so much fun and the food was delicious. They change their menu frequently to keep up with what is in season, but honestly everything was so good.




Central Grocery: This place is literally an Italian market, but they are known for this sandwich called a Muffuletta. Their website writes: The muffuletta sandwich is uniquely New Orleans from start to finish and nobody does it better than the originators, Central Grocery. Each sandwich is made on a 9″ round Sicilian sesame loaf that stays crusty despite all it’s messy fillings. It’s stuffed with ham, salami, Provolone and a signature briny marinated olive salad filled with Kalamata and green olives and other tasty pickled veggies. And oh my goodness, it was simply amazing. If you go to New Orleans and don't stop here, you need to go back right now. 




Sucre: This place calls itself a sweet boutique and that is exactly what it is! From macaroons and gelato downstairs to a beautiful casual dining spot with a balcony and champagne upstairs, you can't go wrong stopping here for bubbly and a sweet treat! I came home with macaroons because, well why not! 





Cafe Du Monde: Beignets. The best beignets in New Orleans and a must stop because when in NOLA!




French Truck Coffee: This place has the best coffee I have ever had! I am obsessed with their New Orleans blend and I went almost every single day.  I have been home for a week now and I am still talking about it! You can actually order coffee beans online and you know that I will be placing an order very soon!


What to Do:


Tours: 


We did three tours on our trip. Two of our tours were with Haunted History Tours and they did not disappoint. We did a haunted pub crawl, which was so fun and interesting. We also did a vampire tour which was my personal favorite! The stories told on both tours were spooky and intriguing while offering insight to New Orleans rich history.


Our other tour was a swamp tour with Cajun Encounters !! While I am definitely not an outdoorsy type girl and this tour was not my idea, it was so fun and really cool! I definitely recommend it, even though it can get very hot out in the swamp!



Nightlife:

For live jazz and a calmer night out, I would go to Frenchman Street. There are so many bars along the street which have live jazz bands and music playing, it definitely is a really awesome atmosphere and a must see at least once while you're there!


Bourbon Street - some of the bars on and around the infamous Bourbon Street are Razzos for live music, Pat O'Brien's for the classic hurricane, Cat's Meow for karaoke, and The Swamp for a more DJ feel. However, every single bar along Bourbon Street is so fun and just the street itself can get a little wild. It definitely lives up to its reputation!

One night we took an Uber to Bacchanal Wine and they call it NOLA's Backyard Party. You walk in to a room filled with wine, buy a bottle, grab a few glasses, and head outback for some live music and wine. You can order food and just relax with your friends and a glass of wine. Its actually perfect and so casual. The atmosphere definitely makes you feel at home.



Most of these pictures are from my iPhone and insta-story but be sure to check out all the websites I have linked!! 


Best Girls 💕

Let us know if you have any questions or have been to any of these places in the comments! We would love to know! 


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Short Set from Target



Funny story about this outfit: I went shopping with my mom at Target, she made try it on and I hated it in the store. I am such a sun dress person because I really do not love how shorts make my legs look or how I think shorts make my legs look. It is an insecurity I have had forever

Here is the irony: it was my favorite look from our trip. Like I have it in the washer as I write this post because I want to wear it tomorrow. 

So two pieces of advice from this story: 
1. Trust people when they say you look great, we are our worst critics and notice our flaws instantly. But others truly do not. 
2.Step out of your comfort zone every once in a while, you may really surprise yourself because I am actually shopping for another short set, that is how much I love this one! 

Also -- Target has some amazing clothes. 


What is an insecurity that you have and how did you overcome it? I would love to hear your stories!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Best LBD (which comes in a ton of colors)!








Happy Tuesday!! I have found the MOST amazing little black dress. This piece can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down to run errands around town! I am officially obsessed and the best part is it comes in a ton of other colors -- which I also own because this dress is that amazing! It is so flattering and hugs all the right places! It has definitely become a staple in my closet and should become a staple in yours too! 

What is every one's plans for the fourth?! Mary Kate and I are headed down the shore with some friends but then come back and have to pack to go to NOLA !! So excited! 

I've been to NOLA before, but only for two days so if anyone has any recs, I would love to hear them!! 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ASOS Top and Cut-Off Shorts






Happy Tuesday!!! Today marks ONE WEEK until summer vacation for this teacher! I cannot wait to wear whatever I want every day and just relax. I have a few trips planned this summer that I can't wait to share with you guys! 

Any who -- on to the good stuff. This top is one of my favorite purchases this season. It is so lightweight and it can be dressed up or dressed down! I'm pretty sure I wear it at least once a week. 

What is every one's plans for the summer?! Any fun vacations planned?? I would LOVE to know! 

Also -- if you haven't entered our giveaway on our insta be sure to check our insta-story to see how to enter!! You definitely don't want to miss it! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

South Carolina Recap + Instagram Round-Up

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I will be doing a recap of my trip to South Carolina while also linking all my outfits and pictures from Instagram -- along with some other fun pics!

First stop: the airport! We flew into Charlotte, North Carolina because it was a lot cheaper and not a far drive from Charleston - about 3 hours if you stop for Chick-fil-A 



I always try to keep my airport looks both comfy and cute! I have been using this Delsey Chatelet Luggage for about two years now and its the perfect carry-on bag. It literally holds everything, including my steamer and three pairs of shoes! Also, travel hack -- put all of the items you need to remove from your carry-on in your purse so you're not standing in line unzipping your suitcase/carry-on! I also try to put things in my purse that I can't fit into my carry-on bag because I am a huge over-packer whenever I travel. 




We got to our Airbnb (which I linked below) really late so day one was simply a travel day! Our first official day in Charleston we drove into Sullivan's Island. We stopped for lunch because, getting seven girls ready in the morning was not an easy task, at a place called Mex 1. Their guacamole was unreal. Our drinks were good too, they have house made tequila, just be careful because the spicy margs are definitely spicy! 

Next stop was the beach, I wore the cutest and most flattering one piece bathing suit and just relaxed all day with my girls. It was such a relaxing day, which helped to rejuvenate us from our day of travel because we had a fun night planned with dinner and dancing -- such girls weekend staples! LOL



I snapped this pic in the bathroom because it was too dark outside to take a real pic. We went to an Italian restaurant in downtown Charleston for dinner called Le Farfalle -- all the pasta is made on sight which makes it really fresh and delicious. My only complaint was no bread for the table (us girls love our bread!), the wait time for our food to come out after we ordered, and the portion sizes were a little small. It was just so delicious, I wanted more! 

After dinner we ubered to a bar called Mynt -- and oh my godddd. I haven't been to a bar like that since college! It was so fun to dance with my girls and the DJ played such good music. However, I needed to shower when we got back because I was so gross and sweaty! So be prepared, especially in the Charleston heat! 


Our last day in Charleston we went to Basic Kitchen for brunch! It was so delicious and such a unique menu with a lot of vegan options! I loved their sweet potato fries and nachos! I even added scrambled eggs to my nachos for a more breakfast vibe. So yum and would high recommend. 


 


After brunch we walked around downtown Charleston, shopped a bit, and explored Rainbow Row, the Pineapple Fountain, and just enjoyed the weather. We then drove back to Columbia, where my one friend lives and just hung out and watched Netflix until we left on Monday. It was a perfect weekend with some of my favorite girls. I can't wait to go back!! 

What is your favorite thing to do on a girls weekend?! I would love to hear!