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Oh Canada!

16 Apr

What can I say… I am a jet setter. Ha! Well, sort of…

I just got back in from a quick weekend getaway to Cooperstown, NY and Niagara Falls. What is in Cooperstown you ask? Well the baseball hall of fame of course! Needless to say Scott planned this part of the trip. But I am a sports loving type of gal so I really enjoyed going to see the where baseball was invented. I was a huge fan of the Houston Astros growing up – major Craig Biggio fan – so it was cool getting to see his shoes, hat and bat. I must admit I still have his autograph…

After Cooperstown we headed back to Syracuse for the night. On the way to grab dinner and a few drinks in downtown, we overheard a parking attendant say Daniel Tosh was playing two shows that very night down the street. My face lit up! We scored last-minute tickets and headed to the Landmark Theater. Great show – offensive, but a ton of laughs. Tosh basically stated towards the end of his set, “I am looking for those few people I haven’t offended yet, and offend you.” Abusive humor is what he does best!

Sunday we woke up early and headed straight for Canada. We walked over the Rainbow Bridge to Canada so I could get my stamp in my Passport – an absolute must. Niagara Falls was beautiful. Well the waterfall itself that is, the city of Niagara Falls was eh… We walked down one street it was seriously like pee wee’s playhouse meets a state fair. It was truly bizarre. But just a few feet away was the beautiful white misting of the horseshoe-shaped waterfalls. Really glad we took the time to check out this beautiful US/Canada landmark. Who knows if we would ever get this opportunity again.

The sock bun even made an appearance in Canada! And I even came up with a new way to wear the spring must-have denim shirt. Check it out… Simply wear the denim shirt unbuttoned over a maxi dress. Throw on a summer scarf and a pair of sunglasses and you are set. Hair is second day waves – use a little dry shampoo and smoothing cream to refresh the look of day old hair. I love when you realize you didn’t pack enough clothes but cleverly put what you have left together to create an entirely new outfit! Success!

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Back to the Big Easy…

11 Apr

Remember the BIG news I mentioned on Monday’s blog post? Well here it is… I am moving back to Louisiana! It is official! Time to make my way back to the land of warmer weather, crawfish boils, Abita beer, family and a slower walking pace.

This is a bittersweet moment in time as I have met some fantastic people, experienced incredible things and enjoyed seeing life in various cities over the past 4+ years. It is crazy to think my journey began just over four years ago in downtown Fort Worth, TX. I was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and literally scared to death to take the leap and move hundreds of miles away from my family – but it was the best thing I could have ever done. Fort Worth was a beautiful, cowboy-loving city and I would move back there in a heartbeat. Between the stockyards and the hospitality of the city, I fit right in with the “little-big city” way of life. I even purchased my first pair of cowboy boots.

A year came and went and I scored the best job I ever had… so it was time to move 45 minutes East to Dallas. First, I need to thank each and every person who helped me land the job and special thanks goes out to Lynne for taking a chance on this young girl with no experience in the marketing haircare world – this job has shaped and will continue to shape my entire future. I found an industry I am passionate about and it taught me I could actually enjoy a job. I never would have thought in a million years I would have landed in a Product Development role at a top salon brand – there was no major for this type of career at LSU. But I am sure glad I ended up there. I met some of my very best friends while living and working in Dallas for two years and can’t wait to see them all together again at the wedding! But unfortunately, life moves on…

Finally, Scott made it back to the states after two looooooooooooong years in Grenada. His final landing-place… New York. So I packed my things and headed north. It has been just over a year now and I can honestly say I have experienced almost everything New York has to offer. I do still have a list of things to cross off but good news is I have a month to draw a line through each one of them. New York has brought me new, fabulous friends and helped me reconnect with some old college friends. Who would have thought three friends of mine from college would have ended up in the some neighborhood at the same time all the way in New York? I have seen so many crazy things/people/stuff in general and have grown as a professional, person and as a fashionista (I mean who wouldn’t living in New York?). I have learned to appreciate art, unique food and the ease of life in the South. And I am pretty sure I doubled the size of my wardrobe and shoe collection…

Our official move back to NOLA date is May 14th – one way ticket has been purchased. Like I stated earlier, this is bittersweet but I couldn’t be more appreciative with all the experiences I have had and the people I have met along the way. I learned exactly who I am through all of these travels and would not take a second back from any one of them.

But don’t worry! I will still be 100% on top of beauty trends because my passion for beauty is not confined to my zip code. Plus the world seems to be obsessed with Louisiana these days… between Swamp People, Big Easy Justice, My Big Redneck Vacation and Bayou Billionaires, there seems to be quite the interest in the Dirty South. What about a Real Housewives of NOLA (RHONOLA)?? We could hold a crawfish in the preview…

My love goes with you New York!

To see all the fun things I have done in New York over the past year click here.

 

Happy Anniversary My Dear New York!

7 Mar

One year ago today, this little southern lady packed up her bags and 50+ pairs of shoes, and headed straight for the bright lights. A year has flown by in a blink of an eye. I have experienced so many wonderful (and not so wonderful) things in this past year, I just have to share.

First, one of my favorite parts about living in New York are the Broadway shows. I am actually disappointed in myself that I haven’t seen more by now, but I am making plans to see more! My favorite was the Book of Mormon, seriously everyone should see this show if given the opportunity. I must warn you, if you don’t have a sense of humor about religion and can’t handle profanity then do not go see this show. Remember it is by the creators of South Park. I’ve also seen (and recommend all of them) Wicked, Fantasticks, Mama Mia, Hairspray, Rain and Rent.I have yet to see a bad Broadway show. Next on the list to cross off, Avenue Q, Other Desert Cities, Lion King and Sleep No More.

Another part of living in this fabulous city is rubbing elbows with some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities. I shopped magazines with A-Rod, laughed at Book of Mormon with Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, watched a jaw-dropping fashion show with Kelly Osbourne, Joan Rivers and Kelly Bensimon, shopped for a wedding dress with Randy from “Say Yes to the Dress”, got hit on by Aaron Carter and (the one I am most giddy over) traveled from LA to NYC with Jon Hamm – aka sexy Donald Draper.

The most insane, draw-dropping, “I have made it!” moment was when I got to go backstage during New York Fashion Week AND THEN going to see the Badgley Mischka fashion show a few months later at NYFW. I swear I had to pinch myself multiple times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. The energy and vibes that surround Lincoln Center makes you feel like a star. From the photographers snapping photos of your outfits as you walk up the stairs to the fashionistas wearing their best/craziest outfits, it is hard to not get addicted.

Let’s not forget my romantic and life-changing trip to Cape Cod, MA. The quick weekend getaway was spent relaxing on the beach and eating delicious seafood. Scott planned the whole weekend, and little did I know he had planned the rest of our lives!

I spent a lot of time on Fashion Avenue this past year. Little known fact, I took and aced a shoe design course at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I LOVED taking the Sketching Accessories class and hopefully it will help me get one step closer to my dream of owning/designing my own shoes (who the heck knows if it will ever happen, but you only live once!). I shopped at Project Runway’s Mood Fabrics and designed two entire shoe lines. I was blessed enough to attend Badgley Mischka’s showroom to preview the new wedding dresses and play in their closest. Seriously, the most fabulous clothes I will never be able to afford but I will always dream about.

I’ve sun bathed in the Hamptons, bought a few Chanels on Canal Street and witnessed the leaves change in Central Park. I drank my way through the American Beer Festival, celebrated America’s independence at the Top of the Rock and walked the west side Highline. I’ve jammed out to Amos Lee, Citizen Cope and the Soul Rebels. I strolled the Christmas window displays on 5th Avenue, joined a bocci ball league and yelled “Hey!” with hundreds of Rangers fans. I enjoyed the high-kicks from the Rockettes, went back in time to Ellis Island and sang Merle Haggard at a Karaoke bar in China Town. I never forgot by visiting the 911 memorial and the little Chapel that stood, showed my pride by paying a personal visit to the Statue of Liberty and was asked “who are you wearing” on the infamous plane ride from NYC to LA (it was Zara). I went old school and rode a train from Grand Central, looked up at the towering Rockefeller Christmas Tree and cheered on the NYC marathoners. I shopped (multiple times) in SOHO, stood in line for a slice Grimaldi’s famous pizza and found a hidden phone booth that led to a speakeasy bar. I looked up at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, I rode and subsequently purchased a vintage bike from a farmers market and feasted on Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of broadway stars. I cheered on my Tigers at the famous LSU bar, Legends, I’ve seen Times Square from all angles and eaten crawfish the Boat Basin Cafe. I said “Yes to the Dress” at Kleinfelds, laughed to Gweneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green at SNL and rang in my 26th birthday in the new Giants Stadium with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington and good friends.

And this is just year one of living in NYC! I am so excited to see what other big city adventures are in store for me… starting with tonight, I am headed bowling. I’m sure it will be an adventure as always!

Thank you New York for the past year – I fall more in love with you each day.