Note: This is a monster post. I could have easily split it up, but I didn’t feel like it. I just wanted Funroe to be in one massive post. You have been warned!! Plus, it goes pretty far back too….
OK Whew! Quite a bit has happened since my last post. I had my 23rd birthday (er…haha), and I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Both events were fun. They were not life changing or anything, but significant. I know it will take a lot to top my 21st birthday (I was in Paris, went to my first fashion show, partied wildly with Australians, went on the Eiffel tower, got my first Louis Vuitton, and had dinner on a Seine- cant beat that!), and NOLA was absolutely amazing, but not enough to make me want to move there forever.
One my birthday we hopped over to Jackson for some shopping and lunch at this Greek place called Keifers. Its pretty cute and has tons of Santorini crap all over the walls. I got a lovely diamond on a delicate gold wire which I adore. It had like a Harry Winston esque case that was a joy to open. My brother got me this adorable vintage wooden purse printed with a map of some European river. I had seen it that day walking around Antique Alley, and he had remembered!
At night, we went to Cotton, a nice local restaurant that has pretty good southern cuisine. I had a baked fish with crab belinis. My mom had this amazing chicken thing. It was just a nice quiet family celebration which I have not had since high school. Frankly, I enjoyed myself because this was essentially what I wanted. I was not in the mood for another birthday in Paris (also home to the worst birthday ever- my 22nd [loonnng story short I was there on a whirlwind high from the year before. However, a rather… nasty incident left me all alone until an acquaintance came to the rescue.])
OK so, the next day my brother and I went to this RV and Boat show because there is literally nothing else to do in my town. It was interesting…somehow it turned into a gun show and there were stickers about Obama and Fascism and the like. I was scared I would be found out and coerced into becoming an NRA right-wing extremist! Luckily, no such thin happened. I did happen to find a coin sell-er with a 5 euro bill. I “bought” it off him for $4, not the best deal but can complain. The most interesting thing though was seeing how the other half live. When I say the other half I mean…. trailer and camper people. Some had fireplaces and hard wood flooring. Who knew such finery existed in these spaces? Moving on.
Monroe Mardi Gras was a couple of weekends before the real thing. I actually had a lot of fun drinking daiquiris and walking up and down Louisville and West Monroe during the parade….hahahaha
The following week I went to the REAL Mardi Gras with my BFF from HS and her friend from Med School. We stayed at her bf’s place near St. Charles which was a nice location to walk from. The entire weekend was full of Mardi Gras madness: drinking, parades, beads, drinking, beads, sleep, beads, drinking etc. I got soooo many beads!! My favorites were these huge pink and silver pair from Endymion. Bacchus has some great grape beads too. The whole weekend was exactly what I needed after two months of “partying” in Funroe. Of course, we got beignets on the way out. I then stayed in Shreveport for several days before heading home with my friend who was going to a bridal shower that weekend.
I am afraid my NOLA pictures are to be left for wanting. Normally, I find at least a few OK shots out of the million that I take. That did not seem to happen this trip unfortunately!
My last weekend before leaving I was able to go to Landry Vineyards for the start of the concert series. It was so fun, and they were playing Zydeco music, and I to try all their wines, plus I rolled down their hill! I must say, Redneck Muscadine just seems to have that effect on me! Check them out
Plus, here are some various pictures. I assume if I had an Instaram account that this is what I would post on there. But, alas, I do not.
I was overwhelmed just from all the stuff that I cannot imagine even planing my own wedding when the time comes. There is so much to choose and consider! I am glad I do not have to worry about things like that even if I do like stalking pictures on Pinterest. Anyway, I think this enough pictures and Funroe for now. Paris updates later!