Whenever I head south to visit my family, I almost always make a trip to New Orleans for a day. There's something about the historical French-inspired architecture, bright hues, and general southern charm that I never tire of. Although the city is always crowded, it is so unlike the cities I grew up in and around in that no one is in a rush to be anywhere--as we snapped photos, both cars and pedestrians would stop to let us snap and snap again.
Infamous Bourbon Street isn't my scene, though fun to explore if it's your first time and/or you want to imbibe. I could easily spend hours wandering down the relatively quiet surrounding streets, lined with beautiful homes you're not sure anyone actually resides in, daydreaming of sitting out on one of the intricately designed terraces with flourishing flower boxes, sipping on sweet tea and watching the wanderers.
This rose Ann Taylor blouse with ruffle details was one of those instantaneous, no-brainer buys. I'm imagining ways to style it, layered under knits and dresses, once we're back in our cold New England climate. It was sold out for a bit, but appears to be restocked in all sizes in this shade and in navy blue, and discounted at 60% off! These embellished flats were another one of those buys--$25 and perfect for the holiday season.
~10:30am Our first stop was Pulp & Grind for a light breakfast of quiche, brioche, and other baked goods. I tried the Nice Greens cold-pressed juice (spinach, kale, apple, lemon) which was tart, and balanced it with a foam art hot chocolate. The service was so-so, but the Instagram interior made up for it.
12pm We strolled through the Garden District, considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the southern United States. I'll never tire of pink houses, or historic properties (cases in point: Rosecliff, The Breakers, Green Animals Topiary Garden, The Elms). We listened in on the tours throughout Lafayette Cemetery and contemplated dining at Commander's Palace across the street. We were still full from breakfast, so didn't end up trying it, but it seemed to be the place to dine. If you're looking for a substantial meal, we also recommend Cochon Butcher in the lower Garden District.
1:30pm We wandered through the French Quarter, where I snapped the photos in this post. We admired the work of artists and street performers through Jackson Square, then stopped at Cafe Du Monde by the water for afternoon beignets and cafe au lait.
We headed home at around 3:30pm, stopping by a Raising Cane's for a basket of fries on the way.