a little bite of happy

As I have gotten older I have gained a true appreciation for sweets. Whether a bite of a freshly baked cupcake, a few macaroons or a piece of fancy chocolate, I truly enjoy a sweet treat every once in a while {ok, at least once a week}. Looking back over these picture from my trip to NYC, I can’t help but crave a Magnolia Bakery cupcake, a little bite of happiness.

Magnolia Bakery NYC


Magnolia Bakery NYC

Magnolia Bakery NYC

*all photos my own

black & white in NYC

On my trip to New York last week, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of black and white. From the windows at Bergdorf’s, to the floor tile at Magnolia Bakery, to the new arrival racks at H&M. Here are a few of my black and white NYC moments. Stayed tuned to shop the look later this week.

IMG_6540{Bergdorf windows}

IMG_7779{View from our hotel bar}

IMG_7731{floor at Magnolia Bakery}

IMG_6552{Bergdorf windows}

IMG_6592{Grand Central Station}

IMG_6557{Harry Winston}

IMG_6544{Bergdorf windows}

*All photographs my own, except the hotel rooftop {thanks Meg’s}

sip and see

Today I share with you my favorite places to sip and see {live music} in New Orleans. I could go on forever, and my list today is a bit lengthy,  so I will get right to it.


The Bulldog: Grab a pint or a pitcher, an extremely large list of beers on tap and a great patio

The Columns: The perfect place to sit on St. Charles Avenue and enjoy the scenery and a few cocktails of course

The Delachaise: Situated right on St. Charles Avenue as well, boasting an extensive wine list, as well as amazing food {think little french bistro}

Pat O’Briens: The only touristy bar on the list, but as a local, it’s always nice to go every once in a while, check out the piano bar, the line is worth the wait

Davenport Lounge at the Ritz: A great place to grab a fancy cocktail and listen to the jazz of Jeremy Davenport

The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel: The bf and I’s all time favorite bar for a fancy drink {try a Sidecar on the rocks, or a Ramos Gin Fizz}

DBA: A great place for live music on Frenchman Street

Tipitina’s: Live music hotspot, in Uptown New Orleans

The Goldmine: Late night dance spot, best DJ and flaming Dr. Peppers

Image credit: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine 

*Again, looking for more suggestions? Feel free to email me See my post {here} for brunch, lunch and dinner favorites!

brunch, lunch and dinner

Over the next few weeks New Orleans will be receiving much more attention then usual, as Superbowl XLVII comes to town and our Mardi Gras season continues to march on. I frequently get asked for my favorites around town and I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few. Over the next two weeks I have a few posts planned to share my picks throughout the Big Easy. Today, we focus on brunch, lunch and dinner!


Atchafalaya;  A local’s favorite jazz brunch and an amazing bloody mary bar
Stanley; Brunch with a view located right in the heart of New Orleans, overlooking Jackson Square
Baru;  A latin twist on local favorites
Parkway Bakery and Tavern; Best po’boys in the city
Galatoires: An old New Orleans tradition {note: men must wear a jacket}
Gluten Free:
Dick and Jenny’s; Hands down the best New Orleans favorites made Gluten Free 
*If I was in town for only a weekend these would be my top picks, however I could go on forever with my favorites. Want a few more suggestions? Feel free to email me
Image credit: one, two and three {my own}, four, five, six 

Texas wine

I recently had the chance to visit Texas wine country (which you may not know is the second most visited wine region in the USA). Fredericksburg, TX is not to far outside of Austin and well worth the drive. The bf and I had an absolute blast! The wine was great and the town was just precious. If you are in the region you have to stop in.

cheers!/a little outfit shot/barrel room tasting/and another shot looking down/flowers in cans/german beer, a nice break from the wine/a much-needed latte the day after

outfits organized

A few weeks back, when I was preparing for my sister’s wedding, I knew I had to be extremely organized and prepared to help with what ever needed to be done at the drop of a hat. With that being said I wanted to look cute myself and knew I wouldn’t have time to waste to put together outfits throughout the weekend {I needed 4 complete looks total}. We stayed at a hotel not to far from my house and I packed on hangers with a small Ziploc bag attached to each containing my accessories. I poked a small hole in the Ziploc to put on the hanger. Packing this way is an absolute must when you have multiple outfits and time is not on your side.

life lately….

Multiple cities, over a course of many days, mixing work with pleasure and blogging on the side, has truly made me realize that I have so much to be thankful for. Being away has made me grateful for the place I call home, even though my apartment is small and New Orleans can have a bad reputation, the place I call home is mine and is filled with things I love and daily reminders of how fortunate I am. Work is work, but has presented so many amazing opportunities, and has allowed me to fill my home and life with those objects and items I love. And for blogging, well I think it’s what keeps me sane, and is paving the way for me to explore places I may have never gone before.

Over this past weekend I was able to attend Texas Style Council in Austin, and was overwhelmed by the amount of self-driven bloggers and small business owners all with one mission, to find and follow your passion. I leave Austin filled with inspiration, from blog ideas to living life more passionately. So even though I may huff and puff about getting up for work, or experience frustrations with traveling I am truly grateful for the experiences which life has brought my way. Even more thankful for the support of family and friends and those I have met on the journey! So back to New Orleans I go, with many photos and lots of laundry to sort through.

*all photos taken by me

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