Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Buffalo plaid vest and NOLA Recap

Well, I broke down and bought another vest. This was actually the very last purchase I made before I started the challenge. But, I don't regret it, and it was definitely worth it. JCrew Factory has their own version here, which I could have scored for a bit less money, however, I think this larger check version will be more versatile. Naturally, I had to first and foremost pair it with stripes.

Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Necklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (option, option) | Vest: JCrew (Factory version here) | Sweater: Target (option, optionoption) | Jeans: American Eagle (option, option) | Boots: c/o Naturalizer (option) | Ring: Banana Republic | Polish: Essie "Belugaria"

The trip this weekend flew by, as it usually does when it's for pleasure and not business. We were able to do a two hour bus tour of the city, which was a great CliffsNotes summary of New Orleans and its history, its people, and the devastation from Katrina. 

I will admit that the husband and I aren't big partiers, so while we did walk down Bourbon Street, that's literally all we did - walk it for the sake of being able to say we walked down Bourbon Street. It was quite funny though because a little makeshift float randomly cruised down the street, so we stopped to take in the entertainment. In that 3 minutes that we were standing still, we got 3 beaded necklaces, 2 "slap" bracelets, and a rose. It was like a mini-makeover because then when we walked into the hotel, we looked the part of inebriated tourists. I even stumbled a bit for good measure. :-)

Clockwise from top left: Red beans and rice from Cajun Mike's, Beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde, Bloody Mary from 801 Royal, Pulled Pork, sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese from Voodoo BBQ, Grilled oysters in a garlic cream sauce from Oceana, Oyster benedict (served on fried green tomatoes) from Superior Seafood, Gumbo from 801 Royal, Crabcake from Superior Seafood

This is everything I ate this weekend, and sadly, I forgot to take a picture of my fried shrimp basket!! And we had to stop at Cafe du Monde one more time on the way to the airport, too. Everything was amazingly delicious though - so worth every fat cell and calorie. For reals.

Top and bottom left: NOLA Motorsports Park | Bottom middle and right: National WWII Museum

So, the real reason for the trip was the husband's birthday. It was back in November, but I had bought him a driving experience to take this Lamborghini Huracan 9 laps around a 1.8 mile track. He had a blast, and his top speed was about 150mph. A bit too fast for my old lady driving taste, but I'm glad he enjoyed it! He's also a geek about anything history related, so we spent a few hours at the National WWII Museum before heading to the airport Sunday afternoon. Such an amazing complex, and we didn't even get to see the whole thing because we ran out of time!

I feel lucky that we can take trips like this thanks to all the miles he adds up from all his work trips. It was my first time there, and it's always so much fun visiting someplace new, with absolutely no agenda, just planning it as we go!


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  1. What a great weekend! Love the vest and what a COOL birthday gift for your husband to get a chance to drive that gorgeous car! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  2. What a fun weekend and that car!! Love NOLA, such a great place!! Loving the stripes and plaid too!
    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  3. sounds like a great time and look at all this yummy food. I have to visit NOLA. You look adorable as always.


  4. Love that plaid vest and it looks like you had an amazing time on your trip! I've actually never been to New Orleans (which is still surprising to me). It's definitely on my must visit list. xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

  5. What a great recap! New Orleans is on my list of US cities I still want to visit (and it's a pretty short list!). I think I mostly want beignets! haha! I love that Target sweater and those light wash skinnies are great! Just the right amount of distressing.
    Gina- On the Daily Express

  6. I do adore the vest, so I say it was a good addition!! Looks like you guys had fun in NOLA!! Fun to just get away by itself, but I have a feeling I would love all the history of that town in particular!! Plus great food to be had!!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  7. How fun!! I was very excited to read this post because we have been debating a NOLA trip! I don't think it's going to happen this year because there are so many other places on our list but it is always good to learn more about what you can do somewhere!

  8. Looks like you both had an amazing time! And that food <3 <3 oh my gosh!! lol! It looks so good!

  9. Your trip sounds like a blast! I am so jealous of all that incredible food!

  10. I'm glad you had fun on your trip! I love the stripes and plaid combo! That blue bag makes it complete! I love the pop of color!

  11. Wow, looks like such a fun trip!! My husband would love the driving experience too :)



  12. Loving the vest on you! I wish I could pull one of those off but I imagine I'd look funny.

    And your trip sounds amazing! My husband would have loved the test drive. He's obsessed with fast cars too ;)

  13. I love your vest and how you styled it!

    - Deniz

  14. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans, such great pics!! This outfit is adorable and I love the buffalo plaid vest.

  15. Oh girl you just had to buy that vest, its great! I'm not much of a partier either, so a stroll around town sounds great to me! New Orleans is one place I haven't visited that is still on my list.

    Hope you have a great day!

    pumps and push-ups

  16. I love this vest with the stripes, so cute!

  17. I love it! What a great trip and how fun that your husband got to do that!!

    Come link up at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday!

  18. What a great trip you had. I really love the vest against the stripe. Your husband look like he had a blast :)

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  19. I've been dying to go to New Orleans. I've never been but it just looks like such a fun place!

    Midwest Darling

  20. how funny, I would walk down bourbon st for the same reason, unless there are beignets there too?

    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  21. NOLA is the best! im glad you had a fun time :) love the plaid/stripe combo! xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a RapidLash giveaway on cornflake dreams

  22. What a fabulous trip! I love your outfit, too! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!!


  23. I can't blame you for the vest - it looks great and I'm sure it will get a ton of wear this winter!
    Chic on the Cheap

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