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.

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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 luckygirlfinds@gmail.com. See my post {here} for brunch, lunch and dinner favorites!

the lunch bag clutch

lunch bag clutch

I’ve seen these lunch bag style clutches all over, one small problem, majority of the ones I’ve come across are over $200! I finally found one, for a much more affordable price, $36 to be exact.

lunch bag clutch

their way: Marie Turnor, $220

the save way: Zara, $36

feeling cold, thinking warm

My first job {and my favorite}, was at a high-end resort wear boutique. I started when I was 16 and continued to work there on college breaks. January was always my favorite month, when shipment after shipment of beautiful spring and summer pieces would arrive. While majority of the country is absolutely freezing this time of year, it was always fun to get lost in the new arrivals.

Working there I learned that January and February are the best months to shop for swimwear, sizes are fully stocked and the motivation that comes from buying a new swimsuit is wonderful! I have never been one to reach for the one piece, but I absolutely love these new arrivals from J.Crew.

J.Crew One Pieces

floral halter, bright blue, stripes, pink and green

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!

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Brunch: 
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
 
Lunch:
Baru;  A latin twist on local favorites
Parkway Bakery and Tavern; Best po’boys in the city
 
Dinner:
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 luckygirlfinds@gmail.com
 
Image credit: one, two and three {my own}, four, five, six 

just a little accent

I finally found a dresser {briefly shown here} and started making changes around my bedroom to accommodate the style and size. The new piece is a total different shape then my last one and I now have the space for an additional accent piece in my room. I recently found several I love from Target, and majority happen to be on sale too {all under $65}!

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three days

I feel a little guilty not taking advantage of a three-day weekend and heading out-of-town, but I am very excited to stay around New Orleans and do a few things  that a normal two-day weekend just doesn’t allow for. The city is such an amazing place right now, with the Super Bowl buzz and the sights and sounds of carnival season, I can’t wait to get out and take advantage.

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{shopping for fresh flowers}

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{playing tourist}

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{put the finishing touches on this new piece}

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{a few fancy drinks}

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{a little spray painting, now that the rain is gone}

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{cleaning and organizing}

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{french quarter balcony sitting}

*all photos my own

dark and dreary

The weather in New Orleans the last two weeks has been absolute dreary. From cold and raining, to warm and foggy, and now freezing with the chance of sleet. Needless to say I am counting down the days till we will see the sun again {they say Friday}. When the weather is like this I can’t help but reach for the darker items in my closet. Here are a few all black combinations I love, just add an umbrella and they would fit right in down here. 2013-01-15_23-03-04.44

image source: one/two/three/four/five/six

oh Nate!

Nate Berkus has been a favorite of mine ever since his days of room makeovers on Oprah. In November’s Architectural Digest,  Nate’s own apartment was featured with several before and after photos of his renovations. I love his style and find lots of inspiration in his spaces. {Want to own some of Nate’s pieces? Check out his affordable line for Target!}

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus*All images from Architectural Digest

 


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