New Orleans is magical!

I spent my birthday weekend  in Nola. I needed a fun, but quick getaway and at only a 6 hour drive away New Orleans seemed perfect. And it was.
I spent 4 days and 3 night in that magical town. Exploring the neighborhoods, eating so much amazing food, visiting museums, meeting new people, listening to live jazz and blues, shopping, drinking, and just relaxing and enjoying a new city.
I won’t bore you with every single detail of my trip, but I will give you my top 3!

Drinks at the Carousel bar!

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Carousel bar is a located in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone. The bar includes a piano bar in the back with comfy booths and a faux-starlit sky on the ceiling, but the main draw for me was the actual carousel bar where the bar gets its name from.  Yep! This bar has a working vintage carousel with a bar in the center. I was told that it was hard to get a seat at the actual carousel, but I was lucky and got one of those coveted 25 seats! The carousel doesn’t move very fast, only making one full rotation every 15 minutes. I got two of their signature cocktails-a Pimm’s cup and a Vieux Carre. I enjoyed the drinks and the atmosphere of the place. i can see why it was frequented by literary greats Faulkner, Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams.

Mardi Gras Indian parade

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The Mardi Gras Indians are a group of black carnival revelers in New Orleans. They perform during Mardi Gras and on Super Sunday/Saint Joseph’s Day. I had no idea who the Mardi Gras Indians were or what Saint Joseph’s Day was, but my Uber drivers, bartenders, store owners all mentioned it as something worth seeing, so I went!
It wasn’t very organized like a proper parade. It felt more like a gathering or a block party, which I enjoyed! Waves of people hanging out, eating, and drinking crowded the street. Every 10 minutes or so, a group(tribe) of Mardi Gras Indians would walk down the street in amazing giant feathered costumes playing drums. The crowd would part to let them do their thing dancing along with them and after that was done, the crowd would go back to hanging out until the next group arrived.

Le Pig Mac

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I had the most amazing sandwich from Cochon Butcher. Le Pig Mac-2 all Pork Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickle, Onion on Sesame Bun
I mean…do I need to say anything about this sandwich?!
Just looking at that pic makes me want to drive back! I love New Orleans and can’t wait to go back again.

On my wishlist 

  

*From left to right, top to bottom*

Hedgehog brooch from Funlola’s Workshop Warning: Everything in the shop is extremely adorable! Handmade with polymer clay and lots of love, this little hedgehog brooch is beyond perfect.  I love peeking into the making of Funlola’s creations through her Instagram account. The time she takes on each item is reflected in her art. 

Headphones and Warpaint, an original painting by JesLesemannHughes Art

I love everything about this painting by Jes. 

Grappas and Tapas Dress

Love the style and bright bold colors of this dress. I’ve been debating back and forth about getting it for my birthday. 

Redonda Beach Romp Sandal
It’s starting to warm up around here. Flat strappy sandals are a staple in my wardrobe and these gold ones are so cute! 

February

  
February was filled with lots of brunches, dinner dates with friends, mirror/outfit selfies because I’m becoming more comfortable with my body, cupcakes,  voting, new comics, new friends, knitting a scarf even though it’s warming up, workouts, Dr. Seuss week with my preschool class, and finding  the perfect purse (the rainbow one in the middle!) while thrifting! 

70s Dream Dress

Oh, you know. Just hanging out in a(nother) dress I originally purchased for the shop, that ended up in my own closet. Actually, this dress has barely been in my closet. I love it so much that I’ve been wearing it any chance that I can get. 70s flowy, lightweight, bohemian, floral dresses are my jam. And this one ticks all of those boxes and makes me feel super cute!

 

 

(Dress-Thrifted, boots-Modcloth Steadfast Style Boots in Brown)

Sew good! 

Merry Christmas!This holiday was a quiet one for me. And I couldn’t have been more happy. My mom and I made Christmas dinner and just stayed home. No visitors and we didn’t have any obligations to go anywhere. It was a nice and welcome change from the normal hustling and bustling around in an attempt to see everyone and their cousin and their kids and…you get the picture. 
I received some really cool gifts, but my most favorite is my new sewing machine! 

  

  
I’ve been wanting a sewing machine  for awhile and was so ecstatic when I opened it! I bought some fabric and immediately dove into learning all about my machine and stitches. My go-to guide for all things has been Tilly and the Buttons. Her blog has a beginner’s sewing section that has been so great at teaching me the basics. 

I’ve already completed my first project. The Brigitte scarf, one of Tilly’s beginner patterns. 

   
  
It was pretty simple and turned out super cute! 
I ordered her book, Love at First Stitch, and can’t wait to get it and create some more. 
Are you a seamstress? Have any recommended beginner patterns? Or books/ blogs that can help a beginner? Let me know!! 

Hello

*peeps in*
Hello? Anyone out there?
It’s been a year since I regularly blogged around here. A year end roundup is the perfect way to catch Heart, Soph up on my going-ons.

2015 has been a great year for me. I washed my hands of  toxic “friends” , made new friends,  traveled-(L.A. And London), got a new(used) car, started working at a great school, Hearts and Hearts Vintage participated in two pop up shops, and I *finally* learned to swim!

 

 

You were alright, 2015! Here’s to an even better 2016!

London, 2015

Every year I take a solo trip to celebrate my birthday. Last year I went to Barcelona and this year I flew to London. I spent a week there and it was definitely not enough time to experience the city, but I did as much as I could. I went to some museums, toured some palaces, went on one of those double decker bus tours (very informative!), ate fish and chips (AND NANDOS!), cream tea at The Dorchester, and managed to fit in a game of Magic the Gathering at a Friday Night Magic. And of course a very enchanting visit to  the Harry Potter Studios Tour!

I’m usually more wordy on a travel post, but it’s been 5 months and my memory is a bit rusty. So, here are some photos.