the best souvenirs.

as I mentioned last week, [J] was away on business, for 7 days. he came home for 48 hours. and off he went again ..

he travels frequently for work. it can be sudden, or planned in advance. he could be gone for a week, or a day. it’s really hard to keep up with. but you’d think after two years of living together & his schedule staying consistently inconsistent, I’d be well-adjusted. 


I’d much prefer to travel with him; gallivanting around, while he’s working. unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

for allllll the times it’s not, he brings me back ..

the best souvenirs.

next to traveling myself, I love souvenirs. they’re thoughtful. even if it’s a knickknack you’re going to toss in a drawer, never to be seen again – they say “I was thinking of you while I was away”. it’s the thought that counts people.

what makes the best souvenir: an item that you can bring home and your loved one can experience, as if they were in the city themselves.

a few of my favorites.




they’re all things heavily associated with their city, at least in my mind. what’s more new orleans than hurricanes & cafe du monde? oh, beads. but what the heck would I do with those? decorate our kitchen?

a piece of the city comes home with you. for the person you wished had been there.

[J] the bar is set really high now. but whatever you do, don’t try to sneak the empire state building in your suitcase. TSA is unlikely to let you through. I’d happily settle for the TODAY show cast.

enjoy your tuesday.


only in louisiana.

[J] & I flew to NOLA on Friday morning for my gorgeous friend, Rachelle’s wedding. {see engagement pictures here}. Neither of us had ever been, so we wanted to get a little sight-seeing in before the two-hour drive to the wedding location.

we walked down bourbon street. and stopped for lunch at the famous Pat O’Briens. where we got hurricanes. obviously!

plus I had GRITS for the first time in my life, shrimp & grits to be exact. at first I was more than confused where the grits were …oh they’re the potato pancake things on top. thanks for clarifying [J] :)

we then wandered toward another new orleans staple: cafe du monde. [famous for their coffee & beignets]. we split 3 beignets & an iced cafe au lait. absolutely delicious. ask the sidewalk, we shared A LOT of our powder sugar with it. THEN:


If it’s raining in NOLA, do not wear flip flops. we had such a long walk back down bourbon street and I was slip sliding everywhere. [please note: I did not fall once. but approx. 7 “almosts”].

grateful to be back at the car. ready to drive to the wedding location. looking like HOT MESSES. [this is what happens when you walk through a downpour ..w/o an umbrella].

finally at the hotel and cleaned up ..I was REUNITED with my beautiful friends [we haven’t all been together since oct. ’10].

the wedding was at 6PM on saturday. so 3 of us girls + [J] had the day for mischief. #ONLYINLOUISIANA: drive thru daiquiri stands. [not a joke].

the menu: 40+ frozen alcoholic concoctions. I got a strawberry margarita [32 oz/the size of my head]. all we could say was: “how is this legal?“. we arrived safely back at the hotel before indulging. [minus a sip or two ..I had to test it out!].

it took me two hours to drink it. plus about two more hours to recover. then one hour to get ready for the wedding. I must say: we clean up well. [even after drinking too much, whoops].

the wedding was gorgeous. the reception was a blast. and more importantly…

I loved every single second of being with my friends again!

after the wedding, [J] & I slept ONE HOUR. drove two hours back to the new orleans airport. boarded the plane at 5:30AM. and arrived safely back in chicago at 8AM on mother’s day. we were a tad a lot exhausted, but it was worth it. [thank you for having us rachelle & bryce. your wedding was beautiful]. til we see each other again .. <3

happy monday all, let the week begin :)