7.30.2013

Fancy Dinner on the Fourth

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The building that now holds Muriel's restaurant was originally built on this prime property bordering Jackson Square in 1754 as a majestic mansion. After a horrendous fire burned most of New Orleans in 1788, the city began a decade of rebuilding. A man named Antoine Jourdan bought the property and restored the mansion to it's original grandeur. He loved his beloved home, but during a poker game in 1814, he wagered the mansion and crushingly lost the most important thing in his life. Before vacating the premises, he committed suicide upstairs, in the slave quarters. So, it's no surprise that they say Antoine's ghost still roams around the restaurant to this day. Muriel's reserves a special table just for him, and at dinner each night they light the candles and set out bread and wine for Antoine.

After dinner, our waitress told us that we were welcome to see Antoine's table, then head upstairs to the Seance Lounge, where the slave quarters were once located. Eeeek. We took her up on her offer. From the hand shaped lights in the brick stairwell, to the eerie red lighting and period furniture in the lounge, we were sufficiently spooked. Thankfully, we didn't see any ghosts, but we did have a lovely dinner and a fun time exploring the history of that beautiful building.

p.s. if you look closely, you will see that Hudson has a piece of paper in his hand when he is upstairs. During all the talk of Antoine during dinner, Hudson decided that he would color "the ghost" a special picture, just in case we happened to run into him. Little sweetie.

Summer Sandal Style


I can't believe it is already the end of July. As I get older, the time flies by faster and faster. Before we know it, the crisp air will roll in. We'll be saying goodbye to the swimming pool, and hello to school...but until then, I plan to send this Summer out in style! 

Here in Alabama, our "summer-time" weather has been known to last well into October. And between trips to the ocean, splash pad, and playground, we have happily retired our closed-toe shoes in favor of fun flip-flops and sandals.

Now, most people think that flip-flops and sandals are just casual accessories that are worn simply because they are comfortable, practical shoes for scorching hot days. But, just because these styles are often associated with Summer simplicity, it doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice style when wearing them. 

As you probably already know, I love choosing clothing for Hudson, and I always like to emphasize accessories! The right shoes can really pull together an outfit. During our quest to have a stylish Summer, I've been on the lookout for fashionable sandals and flip flops for him. 

When I was introduced to www.Reef.com, I just couldn't get enough. Their boys sandals are stylish, affordable, and comfortable. They are perfect for the little ones, because they have a handy back heel strap that keeps the sandals perfectly in place on tiny feet! 

One of my favorite Reef styles, for children, is the Ahi Sandal. They come in a large variety of fashionable prints, and they are very durable. I mean, how cute are these?

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The Rasta Gulls Ahi Sandal is perfectly on point with what's stylish right now. With the fun sea gull print in red, green, and yellow, your little guy would most definitely be the coolest kid at the playground.

There's nothing scary about the Green Monsters Ahi Sandal. With an understated grey and black color palette, accented with a perfect pop of neon green, these cute sandals will please both the parents and the child!

The cute blue and grey Surfers are Friends Ahi Sandal would definitely be the perfect accessory for any little boy...and how cute would these be on a beach vacation?

If those aren't your cup of tea, Reef has their classic sandal available for little guys, too! You just can't go wrong with a soft suede and leather sandal...cool, comfortable and eternally stylish. And it's important to note, the smaller sizes come equipped with the functional heel strap to keep the sandals in place! 

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And to my Mama friends with little girls, Reef has some super cute sandals for them, too! Here are some of my favorites. 

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Here's to some really cute kid's sandals, and staying stylish all summer long!!


7.29.2013

Beignets and White Alligators

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We started our Independence Day at the Cafe Beignet, for a breakfast of, well, what else? Beignets! Eating those powdered sugar confections was the perfect way to fuel up for a fun day at the Audobon Zoo! We decided to forego the thirty minute drive, and started off on the St. Charles Streetcar, which took us on a lovely ride through the Garden District of New Orleans. Then we walked a while and caught a city bus, that dropped us off directly in front of the zoo. We had a wonderful time seeing the animals, especially Louisiana's famously mysterious white alligator! This amazing reptile was only just discovered in 1987 in the Louisiana swamp, and there is no previous known discovery of white alligators in recorded history. But, Eastern mythology holds the white beasts to be symbols of extraordinary good luck.

Clover Grill

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Clover Grill

When we asked the locals where to find the best burger in New Orleans, we heard over and over again: Clover Grill. After a late night stroll, through the eerie lamplight, we arrived at the tiny diner. We had heard that they cook your food under a hubcap, and that was indeed true. The food was hot and good, the music was loud, and the atmosphere was pretty darn cool. Hudson passed up the famous burger, in favor of biscuits and gravy. We really liked this quirky little French Quarter grill.