New Orleans Gothic Style and Travel Guide

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Before I took my first trip to New Orleans, I binged-watched American Horror Story: Coven on Netflix. So I set out to find an outfit that would make me feel like one of the witches from the show as I walked the streets of NOLA. I’m pretty sure I nailed it with this Aqua Velvet-Striped Cropped TopAqua Velvet-Striped SkirtTahari – Jodi (Black Stretch Suede/Fabric) Women’s Zip BootsBLANKNYC Metallic Faux Leather Moto Jacket and Rebecca Minkoff Always On Side Zip Regan Nylon Tote. This Rebecca Minkoff Tote is my favorite everyday bag right now. It fits everything I need and expands to carry even more.

I love a good southern gothic horror story and New Orleans is full of them along with drinks, beautiful buildings and amazing live music. I must say that I only scratched the surface during the short time I was there. But, I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back.

Here are my top travel recommendations so far:

  • Pat O’Brien’s Bar: This may be the best piano bar in the world! I could have spent days here requesting songs and hearing some incredibly talented people belt them out on the piano – no rehearsal needed. Pat O’Brien’s is also known as the home of the hurricane cocktail and they have some of the best. I don’t even drink hard liquor and I had two.
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar: Lafitte’s is a super chill bar on Bourbon Street. They have minimal electricity so it’s almost like going back in time. However, they do have TVs if you want to have a drink and watch a game.
  • Frenchman Street: Bourbon Street was fun, but when you’re over 30 it can get old fast. It’s a lot of people who seem to be either drinking or seeing alcohol for the first time. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated place to get wasted in NOLA, I highly recommend Frenchman Street. The live music is amazing and you don’t have to deal with passed out college kids or tourists in Mardi Gras beads when it isn’t Mardi Gras.
  • Hotel Monteleone: You need to stop by the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar. It’s a bar that looks exactly like a carousel and the seats move around the bar like a merry-go-round. This gives a whole new meaning to “Let’s have another round.”
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum: This museum isn’t a must-see, but it’s a nice to see. I’m super into the supernatural so of course I went to see it. For $5 you can get a 20 minute self-guided tour and look through voodoo artifacts, learn more about its history and get to know the famous Marie Laveau.
  • The Catahoula Hotel: This tiny boutique hotel is absolutely beautiful aka Instagramable. I recommend stopping by and having a drink. I did a southern fashion shoot there.

To do list for next time:

  • Voodoo Tour: I’m dying to know more about voodoo and how it shaped the history of the city. Many bar tours and walking tours are centered around the subject and I must go on one.
  • Garden District: During my trip I didn’t get a chance to visit the Garden District and see the plantation homes. I also really want to do a fancy southern dinner somewhere where there’s a strict dress code.
  • Swamp Tour: There are a ton of tours in NOLA where they will take you out to the swamps to look at the wildlife and feed the alligators. I hear you should book these tours in advance because they are often sold out the day of. I also need to go on a graveyard tour.
  • Preservation Hall: This historic jazz landmark is right next to Pat O’Brien’s Bar. Next time I’m in NOLA I need to see a jazz show there. They also tour so I could see them in New York, but it wouldn’t be as authentic.

Photos by: Hannah Pickle

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My Favorite Distressed Sweater

Distressed Mixed-Stitch Sweater

Distressed sweaters and cold shoulder tops make winter wardrobes a lot hotter. So it’s no wonder they are so hot right now. This Banjara Distressed Mixed-Stitch Sweater from Bloomingdale’s is one of my favorite pieces I bought this season! It’s comfortable, boho chic and stylish which is just about everything I want in my clothes.

In New Orleans, I wore it with my Express Womens Mid Rise Dark Wash Stretch Jean Leggings and ALDO Marecchia Boots.

Photos by: Hannah Pickle

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Southern Style at the Catahoula Hotel in New Orleans!

Bloomingdales Aqua Crushed Velvet Faux Wrap Dress

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been on some major velvet and Bloomingdale’s binges lately. I stocked up on velvet for my recent trip to New Orleans and this southern staple paid off royally during my trip to the Catahoula Hotel in the French Quarter. This small boutique hotel is adorable. So it’s no wonder Vogue named it one of the 9 Most Instagrammable New Hotels Around the World. Even if you’re not staying there, it’s still worth it to stop by for a drink and a quick Instagram session next time you’re in New Orleans.

This velvet number is the Aqua Crushed Velvet Faux Wrap Dress and it’s on sale at Bloomingdale’s for $19.50. It’s super classic and great for those cold winter months. I paired it with my Earthies by Earth Apollo Velvet Block Heel Booties for some serious head-to-toe velvet! I can’t wait to go back to NOLA. It’s such an amazing city filled with culture, voodoo and the best music and drinks on earth.

Photos by: Hannah Pickle

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Flour Shop Birthday Lifestyle

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There’s a place in Soho where unicorns come alive and every day is your birthday! The Flour Shop is my new happy place (aside from my yoga class of course). This bright bakery has me eating cake for the first time in a while. After all, who can resist an explosion cake filled with candy? If you’re ever having a bad day, this is the place to go.

For this particular rainbow cake pop binge, I dressed to match the rainbow in a Milly Red Side Flutter Dress.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq

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The Best of 2017

2017 was an interesting year to say the least. While there’s a lot I’d like to leave behind, it was a surprisingly beautiful year too. When I look back on the long weekend I spent in L.A., the day I found my wedding dress, Halloween in Salem and my first official video, I realize that I am truly #blessed in so many ways. Here are a few more of my favorite moments and outfits from the past year.

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I knew that this would be the photo of 2017 the moment I snapped it in front of the All Year Round boutique in Soho. Their sign always makes me laugh and this one was priceless. It features the Milly Red Side Flutter Dress. This is one of my favorite Rent the Runway finds.

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In January 2017, I finally made it to the Paul Smith Pink Wall in West Hollywood when I went to visit Kristi from Currently Crushing!

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While in L.A., I discovered true Gucci Glam when I shot this look.

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I wandered around L.A. and found that my heart is in New York, but my soul is in L.A.


My fiance and I started a new tradition – spending President’s Day weekend in Washington D.C.  

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I found the perfect Gingham Picnic Dress at J.Crew and took it to Central Park.


I went paddleboarding in Maine and visited the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York. I’ve been to Maine a ton of times, but these were two firsts.

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I made it the summer of sunnies and stripes in these Velvet Eyewear Sunglasses!


I went on an NYC staycation with The Staycationers. In case you can’t tell from the photo, it was a lot of fun.

I’m so looking forward to getting married and embracing even more abundance in 2018! Happy New Year Socialites! Remember that the best is always yet to come…

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