Nola!

So what do you say when your husband calls and says “I know it’s kind of crazy, but I was thinking we should go to New Orleans for 4 days?” You say yes! Kudos to Chris for finding Parisian Courtyard Inn, a charming B & B in the Garden District, (great location, highly recommend), and for buying Lonely Planet’s guide book. (Or get the App.) So off we went into the madness and beauty of Lundi Gras and Fat Tuesday, then the quiet reflection (and recovery?) of Ash Wednesday, then home again on Thursday. The bad news? Not nearly enough time to explore this beautiful, historic, artistic,  atmospheric, and hedonistic city. The good news? We will be back!

Fueling up for our Fat Tuesday adventure in the French Quarter @ French Truck Coffee.

Trolls and their roadies!

Huge Ass Beer. Think that says it all.

How cute is this Mom/Dad bandito couple! Complete with bambino!!

These guys were so cute. Do you spy Chris aka Photo Bomber?

Not sure the Scouts of America would approve of these two. But we did! And they gave us bandanna beer cozies!!

Can I just say Rangers Town! ( I mean seriously y’all…)

I didn’t think unicorns could be scary but…

Mardi Gras Angels. Love them.

Tulane’s Mardi Gras Tree (on a very gray Ash Wednesday).

The Tree of Life, Nola’s most iconic tree that is over 600 years old! (Audubon Park)

Fried Oyster Po’ Boy, YUM! Now back to reality…and dieting.

So as you might have guessed this is not a fashion post, though I will share outfit details below. This is more about having the freedom to explore and experience life and actually doing it. This wasn’t a long-planned, mapped-out trip. We kind of let the days take us where they did. A benefit of that? We walked. And walked. Since the city basically shuts down for the Parades (see my Instagram), we made walking our daily workout. And walk we did. Day 1 (actually night) = 4.5 miles, Day 2 = 8.4 miles, Day 3 = 8 miles, Day 4 = 3.7 miles. What that means is that if going to the gym can’t factor into your plans, you can still get a workout in. (We also squeezed in a couple of short YouTube yoga sessions and some plank time!)

So before I get into fashion deets, let me share just a bit about this one-of-a-kind city. The first thing Chris and I felt was kind of like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz… we’re not in Kansas anymore. While I’d been to Nola as a child, I had sketchy memories…the Mississippi Ferry, an ancient cemetery, oppressive humidity and heat, the pool at our French Quarter Hotel. So this was really an all-new adventure for the two of us.

To quote Lonely Planet, “New Orleans has ever been a place for exiles and seekers: French aristocrats and frontiersfolk, rebel slaves, defeated slaveowners and mixed-race children of uncertain status; American explorers, Spanish merchants and Jewish refugees, prostitutes and nuns, musicians, artists., homosexuals, and recently, those seeking to rebuild and revitalize an almost-drowned city.”

While Mardi Gras is totally crazy, our experience was overwhelmingly positive. The Parades were so fabulous (see my Instagram!), the people beautiful and friendly, the food (fried and) delicious, the alcohol free-flowing (hello Sober Days!), the city totally in control and on clean-up detail before daybreak. All I can say is that if you haven’t been, you must go. And go again. We’re already looking into Jazz Fest.

Special thanks to Madi Bigott @bigeasystyle for some great insider tips. We crossed a few off but even more reasons to go back…

What we did:

St. Charles Streetcar, which runs 24 hours a day and with a Jazzy Pass you can ride it for exactly 24 hours for just $1.50.

Snug Harbor, where we took in the late set of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra!

Mr. B, total dive bar but amazing Bloody Marys complete with pickled okra. (My new addiction!)

Magazine Street, EVERYTHING! (But in particular: Joey K’s (fried Po’ Bo!!!), The Rum House (Margaritas and Nachos!)

Lafayette Cemetery, a Garden District must-see.

The Garden Districtcan you say ARCHITECTURE!

Audubon Park

What we missed:

Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Dressier restaurants like Galatoire’s and Commander’s Palace (next time!)

Bacchanal Wine (next time!)  

WW ll Museum (everyone says you have to go!)

Seriously, you could make Nola a yearly pilgrammage and lots of people do. Now we know why.

Aside from my first “throw” (aka beads!), I was wearing: Banana Republic “S’il Vous Plait” Sweater (sold out but similar here), Madewell Skinnies (sold out but these are super cute), Birkenstock mules (I honestly believe they have helped cure my Plantar Fasciitis) and Prada crossbody (consignment and has traveled the world with me) but check out this and this on the RealReal.

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Games

I’m pulling this post together over early Monday morning coffee. Hope you had a great weekend! As you can see Chris and I had a very wintery one. The Adirondacks are beautiful all year round but particularly so when blanketed in fresh snow. When we headed up to our cabin on Friday it had been snowing for days. Let’s just say I was not wearing these made-for-winter Uggs when we arrived and had to trek through about 10 inches of snow to get to our front door! 

Plaid on Plaid on Plaid

Confession…I have been thinking about going for this look (cause it’s seriously plaid on plaid on plaid is) but put it off for now very fuzzy reasons. I do have to admit that the newsboy cap was a last minute add due to a “bad hair day,” but this jacket, flannel shirt and OTK boots have been calling to me. “Wear me, wear me…” they whispered from my closet. And so, I did.

Hearty, Healthy, Heavenly Granola

If you know me, you know I’ve been a Smoothie for breakfast devotee for decades. My husband Chris on the other hand loves a varied menu of eggs, toast, cereal, fruit, juice, yogurt and…granola. We go through a lot of it. And since I don’t eat it, I often forget to stock up on it. That’s just what happened the other week. That misstep inspired me to take matters into my own hands. Literally. It helped that Cookie and Kate, one of my favorite online cooking sites, was featuring this Orange & Almond Granola recipe. It sounded delicious to me, but I knew Chris would not like the orange flavoring. And so my first batch of homemade granola was born! It was easy and fun to mix up. Best of all, it was a hit with the Hubs.

Ready, Teddy!

Teddy Coats are having a serious fashion moment this winter. And these super-soft and fluffy toppers are a trend that’s easy to cozy up to. Not only do they look good, they just feel so darn good, too. Best of all, the Teddy Coat is NOT a budget buster. (Hint: this one is under $65!) There are so many cute options to choose from, in a range of lengths and colors. For me, the classic cut of this Teddy Coat means that as of-the-moment as it is, it will stand the test of time. And I just love the pop of raspberry on the sleeves.

Varsity Team

If you checked out my last post you already know I’m shopping January’s irresistible store-and-site sales. As for finding deals and steals all I can say is “WINNING!” And by that I mean scoring great pieces I can wear now, into Spring, as well as next Fall and Winter. This look’s key players are this varsity jacket from Opening Ceremony, Madewell tuxedo stripe black jeans and Autumn Cashmere striped sweater. So even on a pretty gray day, I felt like a fashion champ.

Snow Cat

A part of me questioned my fashion maturity when I fell for this ferociously faux feline topper from Kate Spade, but I’m glad I threw caution to the wind and bought it. Because…I simply love wearing it. It makes me smile, not to mention lots of other people. And isn’t that lighthearted side of fashion something we should indulge in every once in awhile? You will be happy to know that because this hat is so lightweight it never leaves me with “hat hair.” Aaah…the practical side of fashion that I love too.

Faux Real

We shot this post a few weeks back, and I was so excited to feature this fantastic faux fur-trimmed parka (now on sale!). But then Bomb Cyclone blew in, along with arctic temps, and fun fashion flew off the radar. Fortunately “normal” winter weather has returned, and I can put this parka, along with a snappy beret and footwear other than snow boots, into heavy rotation.

Top 10 Instagram Looks of 2017

Thanks to BomboGenesis 2018, I spent most of yesterday working from home. Not in these cozy jammies but with this super cute pooch to keep me company. OK, and also to distract me with some ear scratching and tummy rubbing (his!). When Nature called (for Bowie!) we both had to bundle up to brave the blowing snow, deep drifts and below freezing temps. I didn’t think it was so bad. Not so sure about Bowie. While I’m currently juggling a couple of projects, I’m also working on getting Life’s a Spritz off to its best year yet. So in planning forward, I did a little looking back. At my most liked Instagram outfit posts. Believe it or  not, this look came in at #1! (Think my Bowie “accessory” helped!!)

Baby, it’s cold outside!

I can’t believe it’s already the last day of 2017, and that we’ll wake up to a New Year tomorrow. But before that happens one last post from our last day up in the Dacks, at least for a few weeks. And if you can’t tell  by my “frozen” smile, it was seriously cold up there! What you can see with this outfit: a pom-pom beanie, puffer and OTK boots. What’s not obvious? The Uniqlo HEATTECH turtleneck and socks that helped me brave the single digit weather. While not down-filled, this puffer jacket keeps you quite cozy. And it’s also reversible!