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Good Morning readers! The GiGi New York 2015 Datebook Sale is still going strong! Make sure to take advantage of the amazing 50% OFF deal! I got the white embossed leather planner personalized with initials: MRS as a gift for a bride-to-be! Speaking of gifts, the Magenta, Bright Pink, Blush and Salmon planners would make great Valentine’s Day presents too!
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Outfit: Pink Trench Coat (wearing sz XS)| Dolce Vita Harlene Ankle Boots | J Brand Photo Ready Ankle Cropped Jeans | Navy Parker Satchel c/o GiGi New York | Krewe Du Optic Julia Sunglasses (Local New Orleans Designer)
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’m excited to announce that Part II of my New Orleans Girl About Town feature is now live on the Glitter Guide. Check it out at www.theglitterguide.com to get the scoop on my favorite local restaurants and my ideal Saturday night in New Orleans. In case you missed the first feature, you can check it out here–> Part I of My Stay at The Le Meridien New Orleans
I wore this chic trench coat with dark grey jeans and a pair of ankle boots to check-in to the hotel. My favorite part of the trench coat is the color. I’m really into all shades of pink right now especially blush or pastel pink. Also, there is no better time to wear pink than around Valentine’s Day! It’s a nice light weight so you can wear it well into the spring. I can’t wait to wear it with all white!
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Hi everyone and Happy Casual Friday! I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend. Just make sure to bundle up because it’s going to be a cold one here in Louisiana! Speaking of the weather, thanks again to everyone to braved the cold and rainy weather last night to make it out our spring styling event at Kendra Scott in Baton Rouge. Krystal from A Pinch of Lovely and I loved meeting with you all! In case you missed out, you can shop my favorite pieces from the new collection on the widget below!
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Hi everyone, in case you missed Day 1, Day 2 , Day 3 and Day 4 of our FQ Stylecation, I will fill you in! I teamed up with Krystal of A Pinch of Lovely and Juley of Upperlyne & Co to give you five whole days of New Orleans fashion, food and fun just in time for Mardi Gras! We’ll tell you all of the snazziest places to drink, dine and wine (oh and sleep) in New Orleans.
French Quarter Stylecation: (noun) /stīl/ + \vā-ˈkā-shən, və-\ = a style guide on what to wear to all of the snazziest places to eat, drink, party and sleep in New Orleans!
I hope you enjoyed our cooking class from Day 4 at the New Orleans School of Cooking! You’ll have to let me know if you attempt the recipe for New Orleans Style Grits and Grillades!
On Day 5 of our French Quarter Stylecation we strolled through Royal Street and eventually made our way to the Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting show room. The front of the venue gives off a stunning glow from all of the gas lights that line the exposed brick walls. I can only imagine how beautiful the venue looks decorated for a wedding or rehearsal dinner! I’m not even engaged yet, but I still keep that idea in the back of my mind. Anyway, in the back of the showroom you can watch the coppersmiths hand-create their famous gas lamps and even learn the history behind Bevolo, which as been around since 1945.
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See full outfit post here–> Sequins for the Tall & the Petite
Before dinner, we glammed ourselves up a bit with the help of hairstylist, Courtney Johnson and headed to Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse on Iberville Street.
We started off the night with some of Dickie Brennan’s specialty cocktails in one of their six private dining rooms. They hid us in a private dining room to avoid us scaring off customers while standing on our chairs to take pictures of the delectable dishes! Speaking of delectable dishes, our Barbecue Shrimp & Grits and Fried P&J Oyster appetizers blew me away! I mean, I’ve eaten fried oysters many of times, but something about that McIlhenny Chipotle Tabasco cream sauce just does me in!
My fresh and crisp wedge salad did not disappoint!
Anytime Krystal and I dine at Steakhouses, we never order the steak! We actually usually either order the same dish or split our meal. However, Dickie Brennan’s appetizing selection of nightly specials and sides encouraged us try a few new plates. Krystal ordered the osso buco special and sautéed mushrooms and I chose the steamed Maine Lobster and grilled asparagus. I may or may not have eaten the entire Lobster!
Chef Sara delivered our main courses herself along with the help our amazing waiter, Roy. She even brought us our own paper chef hats to wear. I’m sure you can tell how we felt about that from the expressions on our faces below!
After dinner we enjoyed triple chocolate cake for dessert in the main dining room with Roy so that we could experience both atmospheres of the restaurant.
In case you’re wondering who those random men are in the photo below, they’re exactly that– random men in town for a conference in New Orleans who insisted on joining our dessert photo session. They were were cracking me up with all of their silly pose ideas!
You didn’t think we were going home after dinner on our last night in New Orleans, right? I didn’t think so! Even though we were stuffed from dinner, we knew we couldn’t leave the French Quarter without visiting Pat O’s also known as the Piano Bar for some sweet Hurricanes and a little late night fun on the courtyard.
Photos by: Kaela Rodehorst Photography | Hair by: Courtney Johnson
Today concludes the end of our French Quarter Stylecation. We hope you enjoyed and pay New Orleans a visit very soon to create your own adventures! Visit A Pinch of Lovely for her review and outfit details.
This post was brought to you by the French Quarter Business Association. All opinions are my own. Huge thank you to Ashley Sievert Beauty and Courtney Johnson for fabulous hair and makeup and Morgan and Brett Carr for putting together an amazing behind the scenes video of our FQ Stylecation. One more special thank you to Brittany Mulla of the French Quarter Business Association for putting together such an amazing time for us in the Big Easy! Believe me when I say that it was one experience that I will never forget!