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Happy New Year!

To sequin or not sequin.  That is my question this here New Years.

I used to laugh with my old boss that I was like a crow – attracted to all things shiny.  I love a little bit (or, really – let’s face it a lot) of sequins.  Blue ones, green ones, black ones, silver ones..  All of it.  I grew up in the 80s.  What do you want from me??

It is cliche to wear sequins during the holidays?  Hell yes.  But who cares.  Dress like a disco ball and have fun.

Have a safe and fantastic new year!  See y’all on the flip side, yo’!

XOXOX

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The best day, in the best city…New Orleans.

I spent 3 1/2 glorious days in my new favorite city – New Orleans.  This is a post about just one of them.

I went to NOLA once before years and years ago.  It was the millennium and everyone was too afraid of the pending Y2K apocalypse to do anything super exciting (like, LEAVE THE HOUSE).  Let’s put it this way, I remember seeing the Ponchartrain and the inside of a house party.  And, really – if we were all going to die in a Y2k explosion, why the hell weren’t we partying like crazy and having fun and being the last people to see Jackson Square?  Lame.

This trip was anything but lame.  And, yes – it has everything to do with my sweet boyfriend (“darlin’ man” – you remember from other posts) proposing to me within hours of arriving.  Everything was tinged a bit sweeter with that development, I will say.  That city is just vibrating and brimming with excitement and possibilities.  Getting engaged, starting a whole new life with someone you love like crazy is possibly the most exciting thing I have ever experienced – so appropriate that it happened there.  It was awesome.  (I am totally resisting the urge to put about 100 exclamation points right HERE)

Thanksgiving day (the day after the proposal) we got up at the crack of dawn (literally) and went down to have breakfast at Cafe du Monde.

We made all the phone calls to our family and close friends to tell them the happy news.  We walked around a still waking, French Quarter.  Picked up the spiciest Bloody Mary I have ever tried to drink at a hotel,  and just walked down the street with it.  Just like that!  Walked down the street with a Bloody Mary!  I love NO.  Note: do not tell the NOLA bartenders that you would like it mild.  They make it hotter.  DOH!

We went back to the hotel – The Frenchman.  Changed clothes and walked over to Brennan’s for our non-traditional Thanksgiving Day lunch.

I loved that guy above.

Later that afternoon we took a nap, changed and went to watch the Longhorns actually win a game.  Then..THEN… THE BOUNCE.

New Orleans Bounce

That was about the most fun I have ever had in my entire life.  All these people get together and dance their asses off… Literally.  The dudes are incredible.  The women are absolutely amazing.  They are so athletic, it is crazy.  There were impersonators.  I got dragged out to the dance floor TWICE to shake, shake, shake by one of the leader guys..

And, no – I can’t do that shake-y shake-y thing AT ALL (too white).  It is pathetic how little coordination I have.  Why God, why couldn’t I be graced with just a little of that..  THAT??

Big Freedia – Y’all Get Back Now

When we left, we got po’ boys and humongous beers at a gas station for our walk back to The Frenchman.

God, I love that place and I love those people.

I think that was probably the best day of my life.

So, see –  “Darlin” it doesn’t take much.  Just lots of booty shakin’, a new sparkly ring, and the finest food to make me happy!

You can see more pictures of our trip in the slideshow below:

XOXO

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Photoshoot with Sarah Stacey from Sarah Stacey Design and Sandy Carson

Something that I used to do more of when I lived in Los Angeles, and definitely want to do more of here in Austin, is style photoshoots.

I got the awesome opportunity to work with my friend and wine drinking partner,  Sarah Stacey and a fantastic photographer named Sandy Carson a few weeks back.  We got the images back and I am pretty pleased with the way the clothing looks.  We had a great time pulling and doing the fitting the day before.  One word – mimosas!

Gotta say that it TOTALLY helps that Sarah is completely photogenic, easy to work with, adventurous and has a great eye (she’s an interior designer afterall).  And Sandy is a totally freaking amazing photographer.  So fun and relaxed and had such great ideas.  Check out his website here.  You can get to Sarah’s interior design blog here.  And you can access the website for her interior design business – Sarah Stacey Design here.

Thanks for lookin’!

XOXO

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