New Orleans Salon By Sucre

I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple of days in the French Quarter with Nikki of My Style Diaries and we made sure to make time for Sucre’s newest addition, Salon by Sucre. We had the honor of getting the entire balcony that overlooks the New Orleans French Quarter all to ourselves. Normally, every balcony table is full of both locals and tourists, but we didn’t want to ruin anyone’s experience with our obnoxious camera and poses so we stopped in on a Tuesday when the upstairs was closed. The owner of Sucre still made sure to give us the full Salon by Sucre experience by showering us with all of their best teas and treats.



Get more info & view the tea menu here–> Salon by Sucre


Just To Be Sweet:
Assorted Sucré Signature Macarons Assorted Sucré Signature Chocolates and Bon Bons Mini Vanilla Eclairs Petit English Trifle Battenburg Cakewhat-to-do-in-new-orleans


Assorted Finger Sandwiches:
English Cucumber, Watercress, Sweet Cream Butter Poached Chicken Breast, Horseradish Cream English Cheddar, Branston Pickle House Cured Salmon, Lemon Caper Crème Fresh



Baked Fresh For You:
English Currant Scones, Clotted Cream, House Preserves Kouign Amann Classic Madeleine


Photos by: Kristina Britt Photography

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Hi everyone and Happy Sunday! I wish I was sitting on Salon by Sucre’s balcony right now enjoying the sun and jazzy street sounds of New Orleans. Instead, I’m laying on the couch like I’ve been doing all day since it’s so gloomy outside. I can’t complain too much though because we did get a slight cool front over night so it finally feels like fall and my couch doesn’t feel too bad either. I’m sure you can relate!

Anyway, I highly recommend stopping in Salon by Sucre on Conti St. when strolling through the French Quarter. Their finger sandwiches and baked sweets were delicious along with the refreshing afternoon tea. I loved the Marigold Flowering tea. If you don’t have time for tea, at least makes sure to stop for macarons and gelato on the first floor. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

See more of my favorite Sucre treats from the Magazine St. location below:

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Check out the video below or click here–>Sucre New Orleans

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Photos by: Kaela Rodehorst Photography

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Hi everyone, is your mouth watering yet at all of this Sucre goodness? I thought so! I’m sure most of you local New Orleanians are familiar with Sucre’s king cakes, macaroons and gourmet, handmade desserts.  What you might not be so familiar with is the King Cake’s Irish twin, the Paddy Cake!  The delicious rich chocolate, salted caramel cream, folded into layers of buttery brioche, and topped with a glistening Irish whiskey glaze is baked at Sucre seasonally in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. I must tell you that when I tasted it for the first time, it merely melted in my mouth and then had me running around the house singing “Paddy Cake, Paddy Cake” from the sugar high. Thank goodness that I didn’t keep all of those Paddy Cakes for myself because I probably would have eaten every last heavenly bite!  I highly recommend that you try one! We all know that I have a serious sweet tooth so you can trust me when it comes to dessert reviews. Oh and by the way, it’s best served warm! If you want to take it to whole a new level of amazingness, add a scoop of gelato! Let me know what you think after that!

Stay tuned for more delectable desserts from Sucre on Haute Off The Rack. These treats will have you trying to reach through computer screen!

Make sure to check out the video below or click here–>Sucre New Orleans | Be sure to watch in HD for the best quality version of the film | Film by: Brooke Boyd | Sucre Locations | @sucreneworleans

This post was brought to you by Sucre New Orleans. All opinions are my own.


How to Throw a Great Gatsby Themed Party

Hey everyone, as promised, today I’m sharing all of the decoration details from Blake’s 30th birthday party. This was our first year planning a themed birthday party and we thought it would be fun to choose a 1920s theme to help him say so long to his 20s and hello to 30! We ended up going with the Great Gatsby theme because “a little party never killed nobody,” right?

Blake is actually a New Year’s Day baby and we always celebrate on New Year’s Eve, but I also like to throw him a separate birthday gathering  as well just to make him feel extra special. However, I did combine the birthday invitation with a New Year’s card since we sent out the invitation during the holidays. You can read all about our unique birthday party invitations here—>New Years Holiday Card Idea

How to throw a Great Gatsby Themed Party:

Party Planning Details:

To plan the perfect party, I created a spread sheet in google docs and shared it with Meribo, my two assistants and my best friend so everyone would be on the same page. I put together an extremely detailed list with descriptions of how each table and area should look and we met at the location the day before the event for walk through. I even made a detailed schedule for all five of us so that everything would be finished in time for the party and I found that it helped the whole decor process run very smoothly.

The best part about hosting the party at a restaurant is not having to worry about catering. They took care of everything and did a pizza bar and served delicious pastas and hors d’oeuvres.

Decor Details:

Happy Birthday Balloons with Champagne & Glass Balloon | Gold Sequin Table Runners | Silver Ostrich feathers | Gold Confetti Balloons | White Ostrich Feathers | Gold Foil Curtains | Gold, Black & White Balloons | Pearlescent Gold Balloons | Plastic Champagne Glasses for champagne tower | We rented all of the black table cloths through Meribo and we also rented a helium tank from Wesco to blow up all of the balloons.

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Jenn’s Outfit: Dress similar to mine—>  Gold Sequin Dress | Gold Sequin Dress 2 Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal | 1920s Gatsby Flapper Feather Headband 20s Accessories Crystal Beaded Wedding Headpiece | Similar Faux Fur Stole (similar faux fur stole) | Gatsby Pearl Necklace | Fake Cigarette Holder | Loren Hope bracelets  | Hair by Courtney Graham and Makeup by Meggan

Blake’s Outfit: Vintage Suit | Hat | Men’s Boots | White Dress Shirt

See more on our outfits here—> Great Gatsby Party Costumes


For the photo photo booth table sign, I bought a small gold framed chalkboard from Hobby Lobby and wrote on it in gold paint pen. | Great Gatsby Custom Photo Booth Backdrop “Welcome to the speakeasy” sign | Outdoor Party Sign“A party without cake is just a meeting” sign | Dollfaces & Old Sports bathroom signs | A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody Sign (To make the sign, I ordered the PDF from Etsy and then had it printed onto foam board at a local print shop. Then I found a large 16 x 20 golf frame from Hobby Lobby and placed the foam board inside of it and then set it into a wooden easel covered with a gold sequin table cloth. I did same thing with the cake sign except I had to spray paint the frame gold to keep with the theme. I also framed a black and white photo of me and Blake in our costumes for a cool vintage look. I even bought mini gold frames for black and white wallet sized photos of Blake as a baby for the centerpieces.

Cake Table:

 “A party without cake is just a meeting” sign | Cake by Sucre in New Orleans | Gold dipped feathers for cake | Decorative Cookies by The Little Oven | Gold Sequin Table Runner


For the centerpieces, we spray painted 20 liqueur bottles metallic gold and stuffed a small piece of floral styrofoam in the opening to the hold the ostrich feathers up. I found a variety of different ostrich feathers at Hobby Lobby and on Amazon and Etsy. To complete the center pieces, we filled Coupe Cocktail Glasses with gold beads and strings of pearls and placed them next the gold liqueur bottles along with mercury glasses candle holders.   We also added gold framed black and white photos of Blake as a baby for a few of the main centerpieces.

Champagne Tower Table:

 “Welcome to the speakeasy” sign | For the champagne tower, we ordered  plastic champagne glasses from Amazon and hot glued them down to a foam board covered in gold glitter for a fun display. Don’t worry, we made sure to provide our guests with plenty of real champagne glasses filled with bubbles!

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Photo Booth Table:

For the photo photo booth table sign, I bought a small gold framed chalkboard from Hobby Lobby and wrote on it in gold paint pen. | Vintage Handheld Feather Flapper Fans | Flapper Headbands | Photo Booth Props Kit  | Instax Camera

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1. Champagne Glasses | 2. Gold Black White Balloons  | 3. Gold Backdrop | 4. Pearl Necklace | 5. Feather Fan | 6. Gold High Heels | 7. Pearl Headband | 8. Sam Edelman heels | 9. 20s Great Gatsby Headband | 10. BABEYOND Women’s Flapper Dress | 11. 1920s Flapper Inspired Dress | 12. L’VOW Gatsby Cocktail | 13. Radtengle 1920s Flapper Dress

Location: Meribo in downtown Covington

Cake by Sucre in New Orleans | Gold dipped feathers for cake

Decorative Cookies by The Little Oven

Thanks so much to Haley, Marnee and Cami for helping me make this party possible!

28 Fun Facts About Me!

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Birthday to me! In honor of turning 28 today, I thought it would be fun to share 28 fun facts about myself. I’ll also be sharing more details about these facts on my Instagram stories this weekend. But first, I have to thank Sucre in New Orleans for making me the most beautiful macaron cake I’ve ever seen. And would you believe if I said that it tasted even better than it looked? Because it did!

Find my silk nightgown here—> Flora Nikrooz Alessia Chemise in Buff

Home Decor Details: White Duvet c/o Serena & Lily | Upholstered Headboard | Gold Birthday Balloons | Gold Arch Wall Mirror

28 Fun Facts About Me:

  1. I’m Filipino and Italian. My mom is full Italian and my dad is full Filipino.

2) My husband, Blake and I have been together since high school so we’re currently going on 13 years! Crazy, right?

3) I interned in Disney World when I was junior in college. I wanted to be a princess (Jasmine or Pocahontas), but I was “too short” so I ended up taking out at the trash at Peco’s Bill in Magic Kingdom for four months of my life instead. Let’s just say I don’t consider Disney World to be the most magical place on earth anymore. LOL

4) I’m always hungry and never turn down Chick-fil-a.

5) My personal blog interview was published in the coffee table book this past month. See here—>Stories From The Influencer Next Door

6) I casually host dance parties and perform impromptu musicals for my husband all the time even when doesn’t ask me to, which by the way….he never asks me to! LOL

7) When I was little I wanted to be an actor and singer. I actually still dream about it.

8) I auditioned for the tv show Glee when I was in college. Obviously, they didn’t cast me, but we all know they’re clearly missing out. 😉

9) I have zero concept of time all thanks to my mother who made me late for everything growing up, but I’m working on it. I always set my clocks 10 minutes ahead to try and help.

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Home Decor Details: White Duvet c/o Serena & Lily | Upholstered Headboard |

10) I hate scary movies and can’t even watch the previews. When Blake and I go to the movies, I wait outside of the theatre until the previews over and then he calls me in. That’s how big of a baby I am!

11) When I started my blog, I barely knew how to use a computer! Now I run my own website.

12) I went to LSU for 5 years, but never graduated because my blog started bringing more opportunities than school did. However, I can always go back one day! Maybe.

13) I never let Blake and I go to bed mad at each other.

14) I love hot coffee in the morning, which I put in the microwave at least five times before finishing it.

15) Some of my favorite shows include: Friends, The Office, Modern Family and This Is Us

16) While I love brunch, it also stresses me out because I hate skipping lunch. LOL I love all meals though and the thought of skipping one gives me anxiety.

17) I’m a notorious overpacker, yet I never even get around to wearing even half of the things I packed.

18) I am the most positive person you will ever meet. My glass is always half full!

 I thought I knew 28 fun facts about myself, but now I’m running out of things to say so I’m going to let Blake take over. This should be interesting…

8 more things you don’t know about me (written by Blake):

19) Jenn is a terrible driver. Do not get in the car with her or ask her for directions unless you’re looking for the nearest Chick-fil-a.

20) She used to only watch the Disney channel until I recently converted her to Netflix this past year.

21) Jenn doesn’t know how to cook, but she always knows how to make me laugh. She has the best sense of humor and always knows how to laugh at herself.

22) We almost didn’t get to go on our first date because she was in trouble for leaving the garage door open.

23) Her meal was only $4 on our first date. Clearly that was a trick. Let’s just say it’s never been under $4 since!

24) She has made me multiple scrapbooks over the years “that I read everyday because I love them!” 😉

25) She’ll always make you feel like the smartest person in the room…;)

26) Every morning when I bring her coffee in bed, she says “bring me my robes!” like she’s the queen of the house or something. LOL! She also requests a pair of socks her feet are always cold.

27) She dances around the house way more than y’all witness on Instagram stories.

28) She is literally the most annoying person I know, but I can’t imagine anyone else more annoying that I would rather spend the rest of my life with! Happy Birthday Jenn! I love you!