Southern in Love
Bless your heart
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saturday was our last full day in New Orleans. The attorneys were done with their conference around noon, so we all met up for lunch at Chartres House where I ordered my first ever bloody Mary. Normally Brandon orders one and I just drink some of his.
After lunch we all split up and I made my sweet husband walk two miles to this strip of shops I had heard about. This is actually the only thing I wish we had done differently on our trip. We should have hopped in a cab and headed Uptown for shopping and walking around there.
As we were walking back, we semi-explored the WWII Museum and the Civil War Museums (meaning we browsed the open area/entrances because there wasn't enough time to actual go in).
We decided to head over to the Ritz for a pre-dinner drink just the two of us (Love this bar and their jalapeno margaritas!). We made a mini pit-stop on the way there at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. You can tell who the intellectual in our relationship is because this was Brandon's "geek out" moment. He noticed there were security guards inside, meaning the building was still open. They were extremely nice and let us come in and check out a few of the court rooms.
The architectural details were gorgeous!
After drinks, we headed to the big client dinner of the trip. I think there were 20 of us at dinner! We went to MoPho which is a brand new restaurant that is owned by two guys that used to work with the people that own Piedmont in Durham. Despite the menu being a little "different" for some of the small town school board members, I think everyone really enjoyed dinner. Our waiter, Dane, was fantastic and made for a great dining experience.
After that we headed to Bourbon Street for a "night out." We were all pretty exhausted after dinner, but we semi-rallied. We walked around Bourbon Street for a bit while popping into a bar here and there. We tried to go to Pat O'Briens, but the line was ridiculously long. We were able to see a show at Preservation Hall which was fantastic and I highly recommend going if you get a chance. We walked around a bit more and called it a night not too long after this waitress made us all take neon double test tube shots out of her mouth. I'm not sure which mortified me more - how we all took the shot or the amount of artificial flavoring used to make them so neon.
( I had to borrow this picture because they said no pictures and I'm a rule follower -
unlike this one girl that kept flashing in their eyes. So rude.)
Our flight left pretty early on Sunday morning, but Brandon and I woke up early enough to get a beignet and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde. They were so yummy and I wish I had another cup of coffee and a beignet right now!
Until next time, NOLA! (And there will most definitely be a next time.)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Our second day in New Orleans was the only full day of the conference. The forecast called for rain on and off all day, so we took full advantage of our large window of time and headed to the spa at the Ritz Carlton.
Spa Check-in and Shop - photo via
We had massages and a pedicure and every was absolutely wonderful. This was actually my first spa/massage experience and I'm pretty sure most other spas will pale in comparison to this one. The massage was incredible and I think this was the best pedicure I've ever had. They have definitely thought of every detail here - included adding some chocolate covered raisins to their nut mix.
After we were finally ready to leaved the spa, we headed to Herbsaint. I would say there's a three-way tie for my favorite meal in New Orleans, and Herbsaint is one of them. I ordered the grilled flatbread with fennel sausage, jalapenos, and provolone. Their dinner menu looks equally as amazing as their lunch menu and the next time we go to Nola, this is definitely on the repeat list.
I spent the rest of the day sitting by the pool and enjoying the sun that finally decided to come out.
That night we headed to the Saverac at the Roosevelt Hotel for drinks before dinner at Peche. The Sazerac ended up being too crowded for our party of 10, so we headed next door to the Fountain Lounge. This is where my funny Wrestlemania/Total Divas run-in happened. There was also a great pianist and singer in there and I would have enjoyed the atmosphere even without my fangirl experience.
Nikki "Bella" ended up coming into the lounge to have a drink with two guys, so of course I was semi-freaking out and had to explain to everyone in our group who she was. I got up a little nerve as we were leaving and went over to talk to her. She was so nice and now it makes watching the show even more fun! Then of course the rest of the weekend (and probably ever), I'll never live this down with everyone from our group.
Cheesin' super hard
After that, we walked down to Peche. I cannot say enough great things about it. The entire staff there was so accommodating despite us changing the number of people in our party numerous times. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone really loved their food. Peche is actually owned by Donald Link, who also owns Herbsaint. Most of us left with a copy of one of his cookbooks after that meal. He actually owns another restaurants in New Orleans - Cochon.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you get the chance to reflect on what today truly means and spend it with people that you love. I can't wait to get back to Raleigh and see the floral cross that Hayes Barton Baptist leaves outside all week.
Mark 16:6 "And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; His is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid him."
1 John 2:25 "And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life."
John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wishing y'all a Good Friday, today! Not having work today is definitely a nice perk, but it doesn't get any better than the true reason for the day off. I'm finally, slowly getting back into the swing of things. I can't believe this is my first "Friday Five" in a month!
I'm sure some of y'all have already seen via instagram, but I chopped my hair off! Seven inches gone and I'm loving it! I've been contemplating cutting my hair for a while now and on Sunday I really got the "bug" to do it. Luckily, my hair stylist genius (and Brandon's cousin!) had a cancellation on Tuesday. I was a little nervous at first because that is a loooot of hair to cut off, but I am completely obsessed it! It feels so fresh for spring and is way easier to do.
Now that it's short, ironically, I feel like I can do more with it. It was so long that it was becoming a mental ordeal just to dry every morning (and a lot of times I wouldn't even bother). I can't wait to experiment with something like this. OP can do no wrong.
Have y'all been following the Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia? I'm pretty much obsessed with all things Royal - especially now that the Cambridges are involved. I've been loving all of Kate's outfits so far and can't get over how sweet Prince George is!
The latest "The Real Society Socials" has been my favorite yet. Not only am I loving her top and their house, but I am now swooning over that tervis tumbler set. Brandon and I love drinking out of tervis tumblers and I would even cave and do a couple's monogram for these!
Our new favorite cocktail hour snack, creamy yogurt avocado dip. Super easy to make and pretty good for you too! You could definitely use veggies instead of the pretzels and pita chips, but I don't think it would be nearly as tasty.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hello lovely ladies! Sorry I've been super lax about posting lately. We got back from New Orleans a week and a half ago (can't believe it's already been that long!). We had the best, best time and ate some seriously yummy food. I wish we could have stayed at least one day longer to explore the city a little more, and it's definitely on my list to revisit one day. We were there for a work conference for Brandon. Without the conference, we definitely would have been able to see and do a lot more.
We were given some wonderful food recommendations from locals + a Raleigh chef and all of their recommendations were spot on.
We arrived in Nola on Thursday and checked into our hotel around lunch. We headed down to Acme Oyster House and somehow beat the crowds. We started off the trip with oyster shooters. Note: I wasn't actually aware that an oyster shooter contained alcohol. Naive much? Lunch was delicious and we ended up splitting lots of different style oysters and crawfish. I feel like this is a pretty staple place to eat in Nola.
After lunch we walked around for a little bit before the attorneys needed to head back to the hotel for the welcome session. These guys were really good!
The spouses headed to the bar for pre-dinner drinks while they were finishing up a reception. I had been dying to go to the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, so that was our first stop. The bar was full, but just as we were sitting down in the main sitting area, I spotted three open seats. I did my high heel run (which is way funnier than it is fast), and was able to secure the seats. This bar is sooo much fun and a must do.
My first drink had a strawberry in it, but third did not,
so I requested a strawberry and got an entire glass.
We headed to Galatoire's for dinner. They're one of the few places that didn't require reservations, and was an easy walk from the bar. We had to wait a bit for our table, so we had another drink at Galatoire 33 next door. 33 is a more causal version of the main restaurant. Dinner was good, but didn't compare to the rest of the meals we ate that weekend. I might also be a little shaded because I realized at dinner that one of the diamonds in my wedding band had fallen out. (Which then led to those prongs popping out a sapphire in my other band by the next day.).
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
We're headed to NOLA soon for Brandon's annual work conference and I'm in full on packing mode. I've been working on our packing lists for at least a month now and I finally have things narrowed down. Below are some of my favorite outfit inspirations for the trip.
via Luella & June
via Design Darling