Its snowing sales!!!!!

Grrrr…its crazy cold here in Boston this week. Cold enough to frost my fingers and use it as an ice stirrer for my cocktails…….phewww!!!! From all the cold snow news, the hot news is ZARA’s is on sale :D……Happy Dance 😀 . It being one of the clothing stores I absolutely love for their unique and out of box styles, and since they are a bit heavily priced for my ethics, their sale is an absolute welcome to me.  And so packed up in my woollies and warmers, i braved the winters and made it to the Zara’s store on Newbury st, Boston. I could have shopped online, but for some reason I fancy the idea of trying on my clothes before buying them. I know its a little old school in this day and age of online shopping, but I find the idea of personally shopping in the stores more appealing and saves the trouble of returns allowing you to buy stuff that fit well and look good on you. Anyone else feels the same?

I scored a couple of good buys from the store yesterday and even strutted around wearing an ensemble for the love of dressing up and some pretty pictures in snow laden Boston. Who else loves wearing all their new buys the very next day as soon as you buy them? I plead guilty :D…. All who know me personally, would agree i seldom repeat my clothes. I try not to buy very expensive apparels, unless off course, i see something that makes my heart flutter until i buy it, confessions of a shopaholic, but those are rare times :). Seen below is a look i put together from the Zara’s sale and couple of more items i might have purchased :D. And yes pardon the location, on this snowy and cold day, i could only dare dance around in my mere sheer leggings and dress outside my apartment :P…Talk about harsh winters hampering things 😦

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Click here to shop this dress, also available in another color.

On a side note, had picked this really pretty colored Michael Kor’s sling bag during the thanksgiving sales, i got this bag and another one in red each for under $60….and that’s a good price for an MK …yay :D:D

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All in all have put together all the items from the Zara’s sale that i thought were worth the bucks. Click the images below to shop the styles.

Suede effect dressdrapped neck cardigan

suede jacketZara 3zarajumpsuit

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A Christmas Ride to NOLA!!!!

Hello and welcome to my first blog post!!! Please do head to the ‘ABOUT’ page to know the who and all about this blog.

So what was everyone up to during this festive and pompous season? We took the privilege of some time off from work and flew ourselves to New Orleans for Christmas and boy did we make a good choice. The history and architecture of this place had us mesmerized. The place was certainly prepped up for all the festivities, with every house around the french quarter playing its own individual role to make up for the festive season. And me the happy bunny was all excited to dress up, which i always love doing and pose around the pretty streets, well who loves posing and being clicked …me me :D..Happy Dance!!

A few glimpses below of the must see places in New Orleans and a guide to the restaurants/bars following it that may help.

We stayed at the Sheraton hotels on canal street, advisable to find a hotel on this street if you want to stay closer to all the attractions. The view from our high rise hotel room was the best part about waking up in the mornings :).

Canal street has these street train cars running across the city and that make for a good oxymoron where in, these period street cars run amidst the high rises. Some what similar to the San Francisco trolleys.

Our first and foremost stop was but off course the most talked about street in the french quarter BOURBON street. All lit up with the multiple bars and restaurants. So if you are someone who enjoys drinking and dancing all night, this is your street and stays alive almost all night, well at least past my bed time. (pheww…age does catch up). There are numerous Daiquiri and slush bars serving all the cocktails in fancy mugs and glasses as per the occasion. Buy yourself a drink and waddle along the streets gazing at the lights and the fun scenes with drink in hand, oh yes alcohol is allowed on the streets in the french Quarter :).

In the french quarter, the ROYAL street with its,one of a kind boutiques and shops are a novelty and a must visit. The houses with the typical NOLA style galleries and structures are picturesque. Each of their streets has such unique structures, galleries and colored doors( guilty of posing at every door i found fascinating :P)

Since we were there for Christmas they have a special promenade all decked up called the Miracle on Fulton Street. The place was all jazzed up with lights and Christmas cheer 🙂 .

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The next must see spot is the JACKSON square, super artsy with the perfect New Orleans settings. The St Louis Cathedral is a magnificent sight to the eyes, with the all white structure. The Jazz music players on the street, the painters around selling their unique pieces of art and the taro card readers around, make for a picture from the medieval period. The park opposite the basilica is pretty as well. The fountain in the park with the cathedral as the backdrop is the best place to get a great shot (PS: Ask me all the places to get good pictures and show case your ensemble, guilty of taking multiple pictures and driving the husband crazy until you get the right back drop and off course a picture that makes you look uhh lala:):)). The park is actually the best place to take a breather and soak in the sun with the saxophone/trumpet sounds in the vicinity …DIVINE!!! 

Around jackson square there are multiple cafes famous for their beignets, Cafe De Monde( Be ready for a long wait line to be seated if you want to eat here), Cafe Beignet. The beignets are delicious, the french version of funnel cake.

And if your a Jazz music lover the FRENCHMEN Street will be your happy place. A lot of jazz clubs around to satiate your inner jazz lover. The place also, does have pop up markets with rare pieces of art and trinkets. Sadly since we visited the place on 25th most of the places were closed on the street, but we had visited this street during our Mardi Gras visit to NOLA earlier this year, so be assured, you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Last but not the least the Garden district inclusive of the St Charles Avenue, Audubon park, Magazine street and the Lafayette cemetery are also places worth a visit. St Charles Avenue comprises of all the wealthy mansions and the Christmas season added a special look with each of the houses putting out their best decor for the season.

All in all, the Creole/Cajun seafood (I’m a sucker for seafood and can have all the shrimps and Oysters :D:D), the music in the air and in general, the ambiance made for a pleasant Christmas visit.

Followed below is a guide to all the restaurants to hog in (that’s the most important part of our trips …..food :P, to satiate our food babies :D)

Breakfast:

Ruby Slippers, they have three branches in the french quarter, do try their Brandy infused milk cocktail..amazing and I was craving for it the whole of 25th when they were closed for Christmas :(:(. Their bloody mary’s are good as well with the vodka infused bacon. Stanleys at Jackson square

Lunch/Dinner:

Best Oysters at ACME, FELIX(try getting a seat on their 2nd floor balcony seating, gives an amazing view to Bourbon street) in the french quarter. MOTHERS restaurant for a good cup of seafood gumbo. Commanders palace in the garden district. Oceana grill for their po boys. Daisy dukes is a 24hr place that can quench the post party hunger pangs.
And Yelp as such is super helpful. The above are few of the places we tried and liked

Below are details on the outfits worn in the pictures 🙂 :

Green stripped top(Shein), Green Velvet bag(Aldo’s), Leopard print coat(A New day-Target), Red pumps(DSW), Red earrings(H&M) with leopard print coat, grey loafers(Nine West), Brown/Black leather Jacket(Guess)

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