I’m back from New Orleans AKA Nola and it feels so good…especially in the month of Halloween my fav’ time of year! The city was all decked out in bewitching hues and decor. Halloween in New Orleans is awesome. I wanted to go on a Ghost or Cemetary tour but ran out of time this trip.
I worked and played. And as always want to take you there! Even if you’ve been or never been there. Here are a few highlights of my adventures.
Cafe du Monde was at the top of my gotta go back and eat a beignet and have that famous New Orleans coffee. So,after checking into the hotel I devoured a few and walked the streets too.
The smell of Pralines fills the streets and air with sweetness. You have to try one! This trip I discovered some new ones in Cafe au lait and Bananas Foster flavors. So delightful!
I haven’t been there for a few years and needed to reacquaint myself with the city. My have things grown and some things have stayed the same! If only those building and sidewalks could talk to us. What would they say? Lots I am sure.
The weather was super humid and hot for October… I did not glisten like most southern women say they do. I sweat as usual! No powder or makeup setting spray saved my face. However, the last few days the weather turned into fall like. SO….Heavenly!
Since I love food,beauty,fashion and I love to explore…here is list of the best to see!
Acme Oyster Bar has the freshest and delicious oysters. If you don’t mind waiting in lines this is a great place. Not fancy and pricey.
Monteleone Hotel my fav’ hotel in the city and is an elegant charming place.It is located in the French Quarter downtown.
Carousel Bar is inside the hotel above. It is an actual OLD carousel and it moves and so do you every 15 minutes. You gotta see this place and feel it to believe it.Drinks are delicious and appetizers too.Not your normal bar food.
Feeling lucky! In the mood to gamble? Visit Harrah’s Casino.
Irene’s is an Italian eatery with a New Orleans twist. Dinner was amazing and the pasta is made fresh daily.
Papier Plume if you are into all things stationery,REAL pens, journals and wax seals this is the place for you.
Trashy Diva is a clothing store that for the name alone you need to pop in.
Perfume there are two old world perfume shops rich in history and have signature fragrances too I will share more on this in my next blog.
Fifi Mahoney’s is where you’ll find makeup,glitter,wigs and more! They are the company behind some of the faces on floats for Mardi Gras.
New Orleans COOKING school I’ve taken a cooking class with a Cajun twist before. It never disappoints.If you’re a foodie like me…you’d love these classes.
Steamboat Natchez cruise is always a good idea!It is an old time steam boat that takes you around the Mississippi River.
The French Market is located in the Jackson Square area and is filled with shops and pop up vendors from all over the world. You can find art,fashion,old time lace umbrellas,artisan candles and soaps,voodoo dolls and so much more.
I love worshipping and visiting church and the the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France is a beauty you don’t want to miss.
Did you know New Orleans has Voodoo shops,Witchery shops and Vampire shops? Worth exploring.
Window Shopping is the BEST shopping. Since may last trip so many new places have opened.
Fun fact…the second day I was there. I was eating a snow ball ice in the French Market and while sitting on a bench I noticed a float and a police car blocking the street. I ate and kept there waiting to see what might be happening. After ten minutes I was curious what this was all about. So,I walked across the street and who did I bump into on the sidewalk but Katy Perry all dolled up in an adorable so New Orleans fun feather dress. Next, I see Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. The float I now noticed had the logo of American Idol on it. So, what was about to go down was a marching band,people in costumes and a float they shot for TV to welcome the tryouts for American idol at the convention center.
It was so fun. They were so fun! They threw Mardi Gras beads to all of us and we were part of the party. They invited us to follow the float down the streets of Nola but I chose not to. This was such an unexpected treat to my trip! I wish you could hear this video!
You never know who or what you will find in this city. My business went well and my belly was content. I continue to encourage you to explore beyond your front door.
Till my next adventure …have a beauty filled day.
Pictures to come. I have been up to my lips with work since I returned. Tonight I am a guest on a panel for Fashion Group International in NE Florida. So, I have to prep for that.