TRAVEL || NEW ORLEANS FOODIES

Let’s eat! New Orleans, Louisiana, is known for their authentic Cajun seafood cuisine. From touristy must haves to local favorites, here are a few places you have to try out when you visit!

CAFE DU MONDE || This is for sure the most visited restaurant in the city. The line is alwayyyysss a block long due to it’s coveted beignets, but these sugary fried fritters are worth the wait! This staple cafe is easy to find as it is located by the popular French Quarter.

FRENCH MARKET || The French Market has a lot going on. Venders are set up everywhere for lots of souvenir shopping. Definitely go around lunch time so you can get some seafood straight out of the coast! Food vendors line the edge so take a walk to explore your options and pick what you’re craving. They have tables set up for you to sit at and the market is covered, so you are set to chow down even if it’s pouring down!

BAYOU BEER GARDEN || When the weather is nice and you want to sit outside, the Bayou Beer Garden is a nice, chill spot to go. We went to watch football games and eat lunch. You really need to order the Famous BBG Disco Fries while you are there! I’m talking french fries, gooey melted cheddar cheese, and savory roast beef debris gravy. Oh and you’ll want to bring a friend to split them with!

THE TCHOUP YARD || This was probably my favorite place from our last trip to Nola because it’s vibe is definitely in my comfort zone. They have a restaurant with glass garage door walls that they can raise if weather permits. A large gravel area is set up outside with umbrellaed tables, TVs everywhere to watch sports, and corn hole boards- not to mention it’s dog friendly!! When you go, you HAVE to get the totchos with Mexican chorizo. It is basically tater tot loaded nachos! *insert heart eyed emoji* They are so good that I’ve tried to replicate them at home. It tasted good but just wasn’t the same. I need to go back!

GRIS GRIS: Date night at Gris Gris, please and thank you! This two story restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and won’t break the bank. When you walk in, you see the beautiful open kitchen with pots and pans hanging above. I’m really glad we got to see the plates being prepared because that’s how we picked what we ordered. Everything looked so good and tasted even better!

Happy eating!

FASHION || BACK TO THE BASICS

Friends,

I am here to tell you about an awesome clothing company called basic. I recently met the owner, who is so sweet and passionate. All of the designers she carries produce ethically made clothes, and some of the designers are even from Alabama. I love supporting local talent and fellow girl bosses!

“Neutral clothing for colorful personalities” is my favorite way to describe basic’s vibe! Every item of clothing is a perfect staple piece for your wardrobe. I’ll show you a few of my favorites that you can shop online or in store!

I was immediately drawn to this top because of the color. Turns out, the designer grew up down the street from a blue painted house. She loved it so much, she matched the paint color to create this top. What a cool, personal touch to add to a design!

The wide legged trousers have such a classic look. Not to mention, they are high waisted AND have pockets! Please and thank you.

| blue top is in store only, so I attached two other color options |
top in olive
| top in white | trousers

 

Everyone needs this flowy tank. It goes with everything and is great for layering pieces. You’ll be seeing this tank pop up a lot on my feed!

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ENTERTAINMENT || THIS AIN’T NO BULL

The Birmingham Bulls are BACK! I grew up a Bulls fan back in the 90’s and have missed having this winter sport around. This year, they have brought back the beloved hockey team and are playing at the Pelham Civic Center.

Whether you live in B’ham or are visiting, going to a game should be at the top of your do-to list! Most of the games have a different theme, and the charismatic fans really get into it. The sport of hockey is very entertaining with sticks flying through the air and fights breaking out on the ice. Chanting is highly encouraged. It’s a family affair that everyone will enjoy! #GoBulls

Side note: If you get hungry, I would suggest the nachos!

TRAVEL || ROADTRIP TO ARKANSAS

My husband and I took a road trip through Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri over a long weekend. With the tight schedule, we didn’t get to explore Arkansas much- but we did visit Jonesboro on our way!

JONESBORO has a cute little downtown area with several restaurants.

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SKINNY J’S was our first food stop. Don’t let the name fool you- The food does not make you skinny, but man does it taste good! I got the Pimento Cheese Burger (topped with fried jalapeños and pickles and bacon) with grits on the side. Scott got The Juicy J (a pepperjack grilled cheese and burger patty topped with chicken, mushrooms, peppers, onions, queso, and tomatoes) with a side of sweet potato fries dipped in syrup.
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If you know me, you know I love taking photos by murals. This town was full of them! These two murals are right off the main street in downtown Jonesboro.

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On our way back through Arkansas, we stopped at DEMO’S SMOKEHOUSE. They had some of the best BBQ I’ve ever tasted! When we told them it was our first time visiting, they were nice enough to give us a free sample of ribs. They said we had to try them, and they were right! I would highly recommend eating here for all the barbecue lovers out there.

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waco shirt | adidas shoes | denim jacket | 65 south hat

FASHION || BLUSH CRUSH

I’ve never liked the color pink so it pains me to say… I have a BLUSH CRUSH & just in time for Valentines!

I’m crazy about knits with this cold weather- and velvets too. All about that comfort! A blush top or cardigan on Valentines will not disappoint. You can also add some fun accessories like heart shaped sunnies or blush sneaks! Hope these blushing beauties inspire your Valentines/Galentines outfit! xoxo

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top sweater | second sweater

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sunnies | dress | sneaks

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middle sweater

 

FOODIE || LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT

 

Birmingham now has a Local Taco in Mountain Brook! This is a great casual date spot. It has a good atmosphere with wooden walls and Edison bulb lighting. Not to mention, they have $3 tacos. I said, THREE DOLLAR TACOS! Everything we had was great, but my favorite was the Nashville Hot Chicken Taco. I can’t wait to go back!

Pictured tacos: Nashville Hot Chicken, Avacado, Southern Fried, Alabama White.

LIFESTYLE || LET IT ALL HANG OUT

I love seeing all of the cool ways ladies hang their jewelry! When you are living in a small space and don’t have tons of room for storage, making your jewelry into a fun piece of wall art just makes sense.

I chose to hang mine on faux antlers, and I’m loving it! My husband actually found this piece for me a while back, but I’ve found a very similar one HERE from Hobby Lobby.

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Here are a few more inspirational photos for your future necklace display. Happy hanging!

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FOODIE || SOMETHING TO MAC ON

Someone recently suggested going to Ashley Mac’s for lunch. I had never been there, but I am definitely going back! Everything was delicious, but the best thing was.. they have a wall of food ready for you to take home and heat up! Worked late? Dinner is served! Have people coming over? Just pick it up and stick it in the oven!

Pictured is their Apple Havarti Sandwich with Greek Pasta Salad and Broccoli Slaw on the side.

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They have several locations around the Birmingham area. Click HERE to find the one closest to you!

LIFESTYLE || HOW’S IT HANGIN’?

This new wall decor makes me smile every time I look at it! Hanging pictures in a tiled grouping is so clean and refreshing.

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Trick to hanging evenly spaced wall decor:

I don’t have a laser leveler so hanging pictures evenly is a pain. My Nashville roomie, Emily, taught me a little interior design trick that works like a charm!

First, lay out the photos on the ground the way you want them to look on the wall. Then turn them face down.

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Next, get one long strip of scotch tape that extends over the hangers.

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You’ll then use a pen to mark a little dot on the tape where the nail will need to go to hang the photo.
Peal the tape off the frames and stick it to the wall! Be sure to use a leveler to make sure the tape isn’t slanted.

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Once the nails are in the wall, peal off the tape & hang your evenly spaced memories!

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frames | accent table