Nov 20, 2015

Joie de Vivre Means Joy of Living

About a year ago, Hubby & I planned to take a trip to New Orleans again and take a day trip to Baton Rouge to attend a game in Tiger Stadium for the first time as alumni. Although we didn't realize it at the time, we planned the trip for the perfect time. While babe is focusing on finishing up his last few classes of graduate school and us both being busy with work, we deserve some time to relax and release. We were able to do exactly that! There is just something about New Orleans that makes you let your hair down and really enjoy yourself! I remember moving to New Orleans in August 2004 and I fell in love with the city right away. 

We once again stayed at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans because its probably our favorite hotel in the city! While it is located on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, the hotel is still set up in such a way that allows you to escape what is going on just outside of its doors. We always request a room on a higher floor, courtyard facing - as it creates a barrier for the noise! I honestly had the best sleep I've had in about a month during our trip! No one can complain when they get some great sleep while on vacation. Not to mention, the hotel has a bar, two restaurants, a jazz club, heated pool and coffee shop all on the grounds! 

Overall, it was an awesome trip - besides the loss to Arkansas! I wouldn't even know where to begin if I speak any further on the I will move forward. We spent a day tailgating at LSU and attending the game. 

The other days were spent enjoying the city, which mainly revolved around enjoying great music and incredible eats! We fell in love with District Donuts! Have you ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich on a donut? Yeah, me either until this trip! Ended up going there a total of three times during the 4 days that we were there. 

Oct 31, 2015

2 Months on Rewind: Denver, Birthdays & Family Time

Don't call it a comeback but it is quite bizarre to think the last time I blogged was before I went to Austin,  Maryland, Chicago (two times) and Denver. We spent Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas visiting our friends - both couples are getting married in 2016! Hubby and I then surprised my sister a few short weeks later and visited Maryland for her 25th birthday celebration! There was no way I was missing that milestone birthday! As for Chicago, I have been there twice for work in a two month span! Two of my favorite people in the world (father-in-law and sister-in-law) were here just about a month ago and we went to the Cowboys game -- even though we lost, it was still a great time. And just two weeks ago, I was in Denver for work and managed to spend some quality time with a great friend of mine, known on the internet as Lipstick & Stockings. Flor and I have been friends for years so it was nice to be able to spend time with her in one of the most beautiful states in the US -- Colorado! 

Late summer and early fall is my most favorite time of year. I can honestly say for the past two months, I allowed myself to get completely lost in creating memories with the people that I love and care for. All that to say, it felt awesome to live freely, without care of expectations. 

There is no way to include a photo recap of all the 'awesomeness' that has taken place since September and let alone since I turned 29 a couple weeks ago! So we will call this the highlight reel!  The highlight reel still has 70+ photos! If you follow me on Instagram, there are a lot more photos there - even though I still managed to miss quite a bit of what happened just living in the moment. 

Anyways, enjoy this post and hopefully at some point I can return to regularly scheduled programming! I also need to move forward with my blog redesign so that I can be inspired more than ever to blog frequently! Its been on my 'to-do list' for an embarrassing length of time. The main cause of the delay is deciding which design of the few I have narrowed down to will fit the content I hope to include on my blog going forward. Fashion, health, lifestyle and beauty! And a little bit of Erika in between!