A Year in Review {2015}

2015 in Review

To say 2015 was a whirlwind, would have to be an understatement. The ups {traveling and turning 30} and downs {my dads accident and the passing of my grandmother} made this year like no other I’ve experienced. On top of it all, I did make some pretty amazing memories this year. In no particular order, these are a few of my favorites from 2015!

Eataly: I traveled to Chicago a few times this year for work and thoroughly enjoyed every minute! There is nothing more freeing than traveling solo. Eataly was top of my list for dinner on all of my trips! {see post}

Oak Alley Plantation: Such a fun day date; still can’t believe it was my first time visiting!  {see post}

St. Thomas: My boyfriend and I took our second annual December trip to St. Thomas and stayed a little longer this time, such a great getaway from it all. {last years post}

San Francisco: A last-minute trip to San Fran over Labor Day was the perfect getaway. My boyfriend had never been and we were full-on adventure mode!

Willa Jean: A favorite 2015 addition to the New Orleans food scene – the cutest bakery!

Mexico City: My bf spent the first half of the year in Mexico City and brought back these amazing hand embroidered fabrics!

Memorable Meal: If someone asked what was my favorite food I ate this year it would have to be Thanh Long in San Francisco – the most unassuming restaurant with the best crab I’ve every had!

Soho House: I stayed at the Soho House in Chicago on a business trip and have to say this hotel has to be one of favorites in the US!

Best Solo Adventure: Chicago again – on one of my visits I got to extend a day into the weekend and had a tourist solo day in the city. I visited the Art Institute of Chicago and throughly enjoyed the amazing collection and wandering aimlessly throughout the Museum.

Lundi Lunch: Lundi Gras is the day before Fat Tuesday and my friends and I have created a tradition {coming up on our fourth annual} to lunch at Commander’s Palace before taking in the evening parades. The most festive time of the year in New Orleans.

Family Snap: My mom snapped this picture on our first trip to Florida post my dads accident, it was so nice to be together as a family and to have my dad back on his feet.

Auntie: Having a niece has been oh so fun and Christmas was like no other. Already looking forward to next year!

Favorite Selfie: Who doesn’t love a good selfie?! This was one of my favorites of the year.

Turning 30: Holy cow, how am I 30?! I had the perfect 30th with my family and close friends. {see post}

Last Minute

Still need gifts but no time to shop around? Amazon Prime has you covered! Here are a few of my favorites that will deliver in time for Christmas! How cute are the macaroon cheese knives? And coffee table books – you can never have too many! Shopping with Amazon Prime

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Totes

During the work week I have to carry a large bag. I love to have everything I need and then some. My calendar, to-do list, notebook, small make-up bag, chargers…. you get the idea. I also never know when I may need to run out with laptop in tow – it’s so much easier to throw in an oversized handbag. Zara has been a go-to for affordable, yet stylish handbags and right now the tote selection is amazing! Time to get a new bag for the new year!

Zara Totes

Social Shopping

No black Friday or cyber Monday for me this year! This year, I’m turning to my favorite social channel and shopping my instagram feed. Instagram has introduced me to so many fabulous artist and makers that I can’t wait to support this holiday season! See below for my favorites.

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@homemalonenola  

@suiteonestudio

@laurelmburas

@thegrovestreetpress

@hayley_km

@loomednola

@markettestudio

@gaiaforwomen 

@lionheartprints

 

cozy knits

It’s finally chilly in New Orleans and sweaters are out in full force! I love a good cozy knit on a cold winter day – I’m sharing my favorites below!
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fun finds {to give and to get}

With the holiday season almost in full swing, it’s hard not to spend time browsing fun gifts for friends and family alike! These are a few of my favorite recent finds – how cute is the champagne platter, and the french press – functional and beautiful! Unknown

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Le Specs

Sunglasses are an accessory item I can never have enough of. I used to purchase one nice pair every year or so and now I stick to lower priced brands and scoop up multiple pairs throughout the year. I recently discovered Le Specs and love all of the unique styles, and the price point.. all the sunglasses are under $80!
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A Touch of Leopard

I’ve always loved an unexpected touch of leopard print. My house is decorated in bright tones but I wanted to bring in a few richer fabrics for the fall and winter and decided to give leopard a try. I ordered these darling pillows off Etsy and can’t wait to style them. Not sure if they will land on the couch or mixed in on my bed, but looking forward to adding them to my little abode! 0001-84591000

 

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Shelved and Stacked

It’s no surprise that I love a perfectly styled bookcase.  I use books all throughout my house to create height, balance and to fill my shelves with inspirational titles. I just scooped up two new books recently {thanks Amazon} and have a few more on my wish list. Looking for a gift? A beautiful coffee table books is always a good idea! Shop my favorites below.

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