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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:


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Some VERY special “specials”! And a little awkwardness thrown in..cause it is me.

This morning when the weather was in the 50s I started to actually grasp the fact that fall was coming – perhaps in the distance but I see it!  Do you?

I know, it seems impossible that it would ever rear it’s autumnal head and descend on our fair state.  But, whether you are happy about it or not (I AM!) the weather is changing and we are going to have to refresh our closets.  Change things around a bit in our houses and move summer to the back and winter to the front.  The holidays are coming up and new year celebrations are just around the corner, too.  We are going to start getting invited to holiday parties, fighting the crowds at stores and receiving and giving presents.  We will be traveling to see peeps we haven’t seen in a while and having to pack.  And, oh, and pictures!  All of the pictures!

But – do those sweaters from years past still work for you in your wardrobe?  And how will you drag all of those things out of storage and store summer things making sure that they stay safe through the winter?  What will you wear to holiday soirees, new year’s eve celebrations and holiday pictures with the fam?  And, what about shopping for these things for yourself?  For your family?  For your friends?  When will you do that?  Let me help!!  It’s my job!

Ok..Here goes..Get ready…Put your fast shoes on, and hang onto you hat….I am rolling out my first “Secret Recess Holiday Special”!

For November, December and January every one of my services is going to be 20% off!  And, here is the kicker – if you refer someone, I will give you another 10% off for everyone you refer.

So, say you (a new or existing client) book my most popular service “The Meeting of the Minds” for a date in November. I will give you the 20% off.  Then, you love it so much (which you will) you tell two friends and they book me as well (for 20% off).  You will get 10% off of your next service with me for each of them.  So, if you book me again in December at my hourly rate,  to say…hmm …style you for a big event (like New Years!) you will get that service at 50% off!  If you book me later, say like in February – I will still honor the 10% for each referral.  And, think about this, a few of your friends book me – and you get my services for free!  Also, I will totally travel to do this!  Don’t you dare feel limited geographically!

*I have to have met with you at least once to get extra referral percentages off.  Sorry!  If I didn’t require that – it would just be totally weird.

I can style your whole family for the family holiday pic!  I can help you get dressed for a big night out! I can go through your husband/son/daughters closet and see what she/he needs for Christmas or Hanukkah that is different and new!  I can help you organize, so you start your year off right!  Do you have a friend that is having a case of the frumps?  A few of you could go in together to pay and have me mix things up for her/him a bit on a personal shopping trip.  The possibilities are endless – and I am always interested in talking with you about your ideas.  Let me know what you need!  Never worked with a stylist, this is a great chance to try my services for cheap!

I get it, the holidays are tough on people.  Let me help you make it easier!

My email address is: and you can find me on Facebook under Secret Recess.

Let’s not do this (below).  Are the boy and the pop wearing Santa hats with ears? And, do you think they mean to be tilting their heads every so slightly this-a-way ——> and then that-a-way <——?

Or this…  You know you are just one feathery, red pleather/spandex mini dress, and awkwardly posed chair from having this little beauty from living in your photo book.  Wait, is that a garter on Ms Claus?

It is even too cold in Texas to wear this in December.  And, boy – they are a spindly

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In The Woods. Literally.

Sometimes you just gotta go take a walk in the woods.

From the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, Texas.

Do you spy the doggies in the weeds?


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