It was vacation time again this year!
New Orleans has been a place that's been on my wishlist for vacation destinations since I was in middle school and obsessed with Anne Rice books. The draw was only increased after I found out that not only Anne Rice lived there but also Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. The more things I heard about New Orleans the more I wanted to go. For instance, their voodoo past, their ghost stories, their food, their love for Halloween, it's proximity to the swamp, Trashy Diva (of course), and Louisiana's Halloween haunted house in Baton Rouge, the 13th Gate, which continuously makes the top 5, several times number 1, on several lists of top Halloween haunted houses in the country. After years and years of pining to go, Tim and I finally made our way out there for a week long vacation.
We arrived on Tuesday night just in time to check into our B&B in the Garden District and meet up with a friend for dinner and then drinks on Frenchmen St. It was a wonderful way to get a taste of things to come.
On Wednesday, our first official full day there, Tim and I took the St. Charles Streetcar down to the French Quarter, made a mandatory stop at Cafe Du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait, and wandered around the French Quarter. We went to the French Market on Decatur St., had poboys at Killer Poboys in the Erin Rose bar, walked up and down Chartres St and Royal St where we stopped in at Trashy Diva on Royal to meet up with friends, then off to Magazine St in the lower Garden District area for a large meetup with lots of friends at the Trashy Diva shop there. Afterwards we zoomed back to the French Quarter for a nightly vampire tour where we ended our night after having a traditional cajun dinner at the well deserved local favorite, Coop's Place. What an incredible first day it was!
Day 1 (Wednesday):
|Riding the streetcar in my Trashy Diva Streetcar dress|
|Outfit of the Day: Trashy Diva Streetcar dress in black and white plaid- Front View|
|Beautiful gas lamps everywhere|
|Park kitties hanging out at night in Jackson Square|
Day 2 (Thursday):
On Thursday, our second day, we rented a car and drove up to Slidell where we met up with some more friends for a boat tour through the Honey Island swamp. The weather was perfect and the swamp gorgeous. We saw wild boar, an alligator, and turtles. Afterwards we all went to a nearby restaurant, the Southside Cafe.... it was my first and only restaurant where I remembered to order sweet tea. The muffalettas and fried seafood baskets were huge and delicious! We had just enough time that day to get back home, relax for a bit, then head out to meet up with some more friends for dinner at Le Crepe Nanou. We then ended our night by going out to the nearby Halloween haunted house, House of Shock. Highlights at this haunted house was the full service bar (which is pretty common at all NOLA locations though this is something we never see at our local haunted houses), the 3-D section, the room of mirrors, and the floor show while waiting in line.
|Shrimper's homes along the waterways|
|House along the waterway officially build to code|
|Baby alligator at the ticketing office for the swamp tour|
|Half a shrimp muffaletta at the South Side Cafe, Slidell, LA|
|Entrance into the House of Shock, Jefferson, LA|
Outfit of the Day
(pictured above) For Wednesday I wore my Trashy Diva Streetcar dress in black and white plaid. I could not resist the opportunity to get to wear the Streetcar dress on the streetcar!
On Thursday, for our day in the swamps, I opted to wear my Sourpuss Hey Kitten dress. After all, this dress features an all over print of smiling vintage Halloween cat faces and Halloween was, at this point, just around the corner! I paired this with my Rosita Bonita Pyewacket cat earrings, the image for which matched to a T! I also paired this with my comfortable walking shoes, Sketcher Go Walks.
|Sourpuss Hey Kitten dress- Front View|
|Trashy Diva 40's dress in Mini Fleur- Front View|