What I Ate + Did In NOLA

To describe my recent trip to New Orleans, I did a lot of eating and a lot of walking. 
Here's a list of restaurants I ate at and things I did while on my trip:


This was one of my favorite restaurants we ate at on our trip. Shrimp & grits is one of my two favorite meals and Emeril's version at NOLA was up there on the list of my all time favorite! (I think the most crucial piece of information about this restaurant is that they put bacon on pretty much everything)!

Red Dog Diner
This diner on Magazine street was one of the places we stopped for brunch during the week. One of my favorite things about New Orleans was that you can get breakfast food most anywhere at any time of day. I got the candied pecan waffle with bacon and hash browns and my parents both got eggs benedict. All our food was awesome and the d├ęcor in the restaurant was really cool.

Mr. B's Bistro
If you need a break from seafood and cajun food, this is the place to go in the French Quarter. The truffle butter filet mignon was awesome.

This was a little spot located inside our hotel, The Roosevelt. They had the best rocky road ice cream and made-to-order beignets with chocolate sauce!

Cafe Du Monde
I was afraid this beignet spot wouldn't live up to the hype but Cafe Du Monde had my favorite beignets! We went kind of early so there was no wait which was awesome! The beignets had a pound of powdered sugar on them (just how I like it) and the frozen cafe au lait was perfect to start off the day.

We stopped in this restaurant in Jackson Square to take a break from the heat and grab a snack. I just got french fries but my parents split a shrimp po' boy, which was the best one they said they had on the trip! The decor in the restaurant is really nice and the spot is perfect for listening to music and people watching.

Acme Oyster House
This place always had a long line outside and the concierge at our hotel recommended it to us so we had to try it out. The char grilled oysters were so so good but we weren't really impressed with our entrees. I would just stop in for appetizers and get the oysters, but skip dinner here.

Bourbon House
This restaurant on Bourbon Street is decorated so nice and a sort of oasis from the craziness of Bourbon Street. The barbecue shrimp and grits was so so good, but, sadly, our entrees weren't anything special.

Cafe Beignet
This was the first spot we went to grab a snack after arriving in NOLA. Some say the beignets here are better than at Cafe Du Monde, but I liked the ones at Cafe Du Monde better! The walls were a banana leaf print, though, if you're interested in taking a trendy Instagram picture :)

We stopped in here for appetizers to take a break from walking around and split a really good flatbread! This is another one of Emeril's restaurants and definitely a spot we would have gone back to for dinner if we had more time.


Jackson Square
Jackson Square was one of my favorite spots in the French Quarter. It's right on the water and is where the St. Louis Cathedral is located. The inside of the cathedral is beautiful and it's so fun to walk around and listen to all the musicians and people watch. There are also some great restaurants in this area!

Garden District Architecture Tour
My family and I ended up doing a tour of the Garden District on the Fourth of July, so we were the only ones on the tour which was nice. We went through a cemetery which was more interesting than I expected it to be, but it was nice having a tour guide tell us about the history that I wouldn't have known if we explored on our own. We went on to look at all kinds of historic houses and the homes of celebrities like Sandra Bullock and the Manning family.

Preservation Hall
This is one of the three spots in New Orleans you can listen to jazz music if you're under 21 years old. It was a really fun show and such a cool experience. The venue is very small and has limited seating (and no air conditioning) so it may be worth the extra money for a seat if you don't want to stand for the whole show.

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
A few friends recommended this spot to me before going on my trip and it didn't disappoint! The tour includes a brief history of Mardi Gras and then a look around the studios where they create and store the floats. The process they use to make the floats was so interesting and the artists at the warehouse even make props for Disney and the Chick-fil-a cows that go on billboards!

French Quarter Carriage Tour
It's easy to head to Bourbon Street and Jackson Square every time you hit the French Quarter, so taking a carriage ride not only provided some shade but brought us to some new parts of the French Quarter we probably wouldn't have ventured to.

National World War II Museum
This museum is so nice and has so much information. My family and I ended up spending over four hours here and we didn't get to see everything before the museum closed. It's definitely somewhere to to stop while in New Orleans (and the perfect place to escape the heat if you're visiting during the summer).

Have any of you been to New Orleans? What were your favorite things there?
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Ruffled Romper

I love the idea of a romper since you can throw it on and it's already a whole outfit and that it's a little less dressy than a dress. I was on the hunt for a good romper for the summer when I came across this one at Target from the J by J.O.A. collection. I somehow bought it for $25 at Target but it's not listed on the Target website in the J by J.O.A. section. I did some looking around and found the exact same one for $90 at Macy's but I would check your Target to see if they have it in stores because you can't beat that price for such a high quality looking piece! If you can't find the same one, they still have some super cute pieces from the collection that are way cheaper than regular J.O.A. pieces. 
Red, white, and blue is pretty much the color scheme of my life, so I paired it with my red and white Jack Rogers and blue and white gingham bucket bag. 

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Sunday Brunch on the Lake

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

For Father's Day today my family and I went out for brunch on the lake after church. It was so nice out (and we went before it was 90 degrees out) and I wore my favorite off the shoulder top with white jeans. I couldn't resist using the new tote bag I got for my birthday, it's the perfect size and I love how it's pretty neutral but still interesting with the monogram and subtle pattern. 
We've spent the rest of the day watching the U.S. Open and it has just been the perfect Sunday!

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Making Pars in Palm Leaves

Now that I'm home for the summer I've had more time to go out on the golf course with my family. I'm actually interning with The First Tee of Greater Charlotte this summer, so I'm having a very golf centered summer. I'm really enjoying it and in addition to two summer classes it's been keeping me pretty busy (in a good way)!
I popped into Vineyard Vines a week or so ago and was so impressed with all of the new golf apparel! Their golf skirts are the absolute perfect golf skirts in my opinion. They are a structured fit but still breathable and are a nice clean cut look. They also have huge pockets in both the front and back which is so handy because it was such a pain when I used to wear tennis skirts to golf and I wouldn't have anywhere to put my tees, ball marker, etc. 
I picked up some basics ( a classic one and a scalloped one) and just had to have this palm printed skirt. Banana leaves are so trendy right now and the color combo is perfect for the golf course! Since it's such a statement, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty neutral.

They had so much cute golf and tennis apparel when I went in the store recently. 
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