Another Trip to N.O.L.A.

Another Trip to N.O.L.A.

As pretty much everyone who reads this blog knows, I am originally from New Orleans, LA. I’ve lived there for the best time of my life (as a young child), and also the awkward stages of my life (7th and 8th grade). Most of my family is down there, so it’s common to visit them for holidays and special occasions. This time we went to celebrate my cousin Megan’s engagement at her party, and we really had a blast (from the past).

I’m going to begin this post from start to finish the way it happened to me, trying not to leave out any details. First, it all started with the long drive. Puppa certainly had a fun ride all of the way there.

Having our puppy join us was really fun this visit to New Orleans. It was good for her to get out of the house and good for us for her to be around. She behaved really well in the car. She didn’t bark at the other cars, slobber, or anything like that. She isn’t really polite when she wants to look out the window though. My brother and I kind of had to hold her so she wouldn’t climb all over our twin while they were sleeping. My brother captured this adorable picture of her after we stopped at a rest stop for her to run around some.

I documented most of my trip on Instagram stories. If you follow me already, you’ve probably seen most of these pictures. If you don’t, my username is @Emmakaty_.

The city is just absolutely stunning. I always have this weird feeling of being home, while also being a complete stranger whenever we visit New Orleans. It’s brings me nostalgia, but I also get so excited to see new things.

The first day we arrived was Thursday. It was really chill, and we mainly spent time winding down from our drive there as well as catching up with our family. And then the next day, my mom and I helped sent up for the party. The party took place on the roof of the Four Winds luxury apartment building, where I took the insane video above.

“Megan and Jeffery, November 11, 2017”

“Pop the champagne, she’s changing her last name!”

Aren’t these just the cutest souvenir cups you’ve ever seen?! I got this little sneak peek of some of the adorable party favors we’d get to take home. The party was a Great Gatsby theme, so everything was luxurious, beautiful, and had little sparkles of gold.

After we sent up for a little while, we left the building, walked right down the street, and had some sushi. We went to this place called Viet Orleans Bistro. I had their Crunchy roll and Spicy Crawfish roll. It was so good, I actually got seconds. It was definitely a fun experience.

After dinner, Megan led us to the Nopsi Hotel right across the street where she dreams of having her reception for her wedding in the future. Y’all know I’m always on the lookout for a perfect photo opp for y’all. Down below is my outfit of the day.

Top: H&M

Jeans: Forever 21

Boots: JCPenny

Then, we went back to the ballroom and top floor to finish up some details before going home for the evening. My aunt’s boss was so kind and generous, he let us borrow one of his condos for the weekend we were there. It was quite the luxury to have the opportunity to stay right in the middle of downtown New Orleans. I felt like a big city girl, if only for a few nights.

The next day we were up and at it again. It was Party Day after all.

Breakfast of travelers. I don’t know how I feel about the yogurt, but I definitely loved these bagels. And having a view of the city first thing in the morning was nothing short of amazing. I ate my breakfast and watched the cars mozy through the streets below. I felt like I was in some sort of movie or music video.

Before the party, my dad, brother, and I did a little walking around the city so I decided it was the perfect time to wear these jeans. I mean, on a scale of 1-10, 1 being normal and 10 being weird, in New Orleans these jeans roughly score about a 3. That didn’t stop my dad from giving me a hard time calling me “Half and Half” every time he saw me. I can’t say I totally hated it. That is probably one of my favorite things of visiting the city. I get to wear my crazy fashion sense without too j=many judgemental looks. It’s a nice break in the chain of small town East Texas life.

We walked around the block, grabbed some chicken, and when we got back, we honestly took a nap. This outfit was ideal for an early evening nap. But soon, around 4:30 or 5:00, it was time to get ready for the party!

I absolutely LOVED this theme! My mom and I found the cutest dresses online, and my whole family really went all out. We looked like we stepped right out of a 20’s gangster film.

 My dress was from Amazon. My Mary Janes are from JCPenny. The pearls, stockings, and cigarette holder were from Spirit. The headpiece and shawl was ordered off Amazon as well. My mom and I looked straight out of the movie, and my dad and brother looked as if they were headed to a speakeasy. We ate and talked the night away, reuniting with family and bonding with each other. Unfortunately, the night had to eventually come to an end. It was one we will never forget.

The next day, we decided to do a little shopping, but of course not without coffee first. We went to the World Market, which I always love stopping in, and Fleurty Girl, where I got the cutest little piece of home to keep with me.

Now, I always have a little reminder of where I grew up and a great souvenir from this trip. It was sad to leave again, but we finished up the weekend with a little Stranger Things marathon (review on the way???) and a horrible night’s rest before we were back on the road again.

Thanks everybody for your patience on this post. As you can see, there were a lot of things in include and nothing that I wanted to leave out. I will write more explaining my absence in the next few days, but for now it is time to rest. Congratulations again Megan and Jeff. You two are some amazing people. I love y’all always.

See you soon,

Day Trip to Tyler

My boyfriend and I have been trying to save up for our trip to Austin, so lately we haven’t been going out as much. But yesterday, we decided it was time to have some fun and go try out some new stuff.

I went over his place kind of early, but we ended up leaving around 12:00. He said he wanted to get sushi (an obsession I instilled in him) and I thought it’d be super fun to take him to get hibachi. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and I knew he would just love it. We picked out a restaurant and started our journey.

The ride there isn’t complete without a treat of some kind. We decided to stop by Efurd’s and get some homemade icecream. Great decision.

Don’t worry friends. It was just as yummy as it looks. Dakota’s favorite flavor is strawberry, and it was a great flavor choice. He actually helped me finish the whole thing. The first activity of the day was a success.

Then, we made it to our destination: Kawa’s. We walked in and was shook by how beautiful it was on the inside. Definitely glad we made that decision as well. We ordered the Louisiana roll (crawfish, cucumber, and avocado topped with spicy mayo). It was so good, I couldn’t even snap a picture before it was all gone.

And then the chef came out to prepare us our entree. It was Dakota’s first time, and I was excited to see his reaction to our chef’s jokes and tricks, and of course the legendary onion tornado. It was not a disappointment, and Dakota loved every second of it. Success #2.

We left Kawa’s with a full stomach and a box of leftover food (even though we shared one plate), and headed off to our next adventure. Barnes & Nobles. I love book stores, and I needed to pick up the next book on our book club reading list: Everything Everything. I also wanted to wander around a little, shelf shopping, just for fun. I got my book, and we were off again.

My boyfriend really wanted to go to the pet store. He wanted to hold a snake. So we went to Pet Land first, but they didn’t have snakes. They had an abundance of adorable puppies, bunnies, birds, and fish of all types. But no snakes. So we went to PetSmart. There we found some tiny corn snakes that he really liked. He didn’t get to hold them, but it was great we went there because we got to look around for some stuff for our new hamster Pebbles. We got Pebbles about a week or so ago. She was awaiting us at PetCo, where apparently everything is hella expensive. At PetSmart we found her a house upgrade (it came with a hamster wheel, food bowl, platform and climbing tube, AND was four times the size of her old cage) for $8.00. How insane is that?! We also got her some little yogurt treats, since she’s a good little hamster.

After that we were kind of worn out by running around all day. It was about 5:00 at that time, and we decided we should probably head home before the tiredness and heat get to us. But there was still one more destination I wanted to go: Andy’s Frozen Custard. My friends said it’s a go-to place every time they’re in Tyler, so I had to drop by. I’m so thankful I did.

Such a cute hole-in-the-wall place. I’m so glad we stopped by. I got a small Custom Concrete with caramel and cheesecake. It was upwards of $5 but it was one of those things where you’re like “I deserve this.”

Look how good that looks. Don’t you want some? Well too bad it was half way gone 5 seconds after we got into the car. It’s long gone. I am an icecream foodie, and this place was a win. Every activity was a won yesterday. It’s like we could do no wrong.

We got in the car to go back home, and my boyfriend was going on about how awesome the hibachi was. And how ridiculous  $5 for a cup of ice cream was. I told I had so much fun. And we smiled together.

I didn’t take any pictures of my outfit because I didn’t dress up. I didn’t wear makeup. I didn’t even want to wear a bra. It just goes to show you that even a fashion blogger can be sluggish and still have the time of her life.

Thank you for reading. I love sharing my stories with you all. It means the world to me. I know my posts have been very off schedule, but I’m still trying to have quality content for you all.

Peace,

Emma Katy

Summer F-It List (Revisited) 

A little while ago I wrote about a few things I wanted to do this summer. Now that summer has actually begun, I want to keep track of what things I actually do, and slowly had some more new adventures along away. 

I’ve developed a disease which I call “wishful thinking”. The Wishful Thinking disease (WT for short), is when you constantly imagine a future, in order to escape from the present. First it was “when I graduate”, then it was “when college starts”, which evolved to “when the semester ends” and so on and so forth. There may be an actual scientific word for this mental state, but I’m calling it WT. 

I don’t know if many of you have experienced this. I’m sure we all have at some point. “When I get married”, “when I move out”, “when I get a better job”, all these things are great goals to have, but they can take away the beautiful experience you’re having now. 

My boyfriend pointed out to me that I am never content with where I am. He’s right. So this Summer F-it list is to keep me grounded here. To only focus on having a great time, instead of thinking a great time lies in the future. 

The first adventure on my Summer F-it list has been conpleted. I TOOK MY BOYFRIEND TO SIX FLAGS. 

I didn’t realize until I got home from the trip that the only pictures I took were on my Snapchat, and I’d forgotten to download them before the disappeared forever. How awful!!! This makes me incredibly sad, but the memory lives on. I want to share it with you, so I will be as descriptive as possible. 

So last Saturday night we left at around…..I’m not sure maybe 5ish, and we headed to Arlington, which was about a 2 hour drive. We arrived at our hotel, in dismay that the roads around us were under construction. But we got a nice room on the second floor, right above the pool. It was very nice and inexpensive. 

We went “grocery shopping” at Dollar General not far from our hotel. There was actually a Starbucks right next door to our hotel room and I didn’t get one coffee!!! Yat to kicking a caffeine addiction for a few days! *virtual high five*. 

We decided to rest up for our big Six Flags day. We woke up early that Sunday (being like 9:30 or so) and headed out to our super fun destination. We stopped by a gas station on the way there and I decided it would be great idea to have like 2 Oatmeal Creme Pies and half of my boyfriend’s gas station Taquito for breakfast. 

So we get to the park, and I’m like scared out of my mind, but I’m preparing my brain because this is what my boyfriend wanted to do, so I am definitely going to ride all these rides. 

We get there right at opening. Some rides are going and others are still waiting to be turned on. We ride the Runaway Mine Train. And then we ride the Batman, (which freaked me out!!!), and finally at Mr. Freeze I learned how to use my flash pass. The Batman was probably my favorite, or at least most memorable. Before I get into this next part, let me give y’all a little background information. I get motion sickness. Yeah I know, I know, I hear you. “Emma, then WHY ride roller coasters??!!” BECAUSE I LOVE MY BOYFRIEND. And I also get extremely sick when I get hot and considering its June in Texas, yeah pretty hot. So guess what? I start getting sick. Sick like I need to lay down. And the more my boyfriend tries to help, the more we walk, the more I feel like I’m about to die. We find a bench for me to sit on and a Six Flags employee comes up to me and asks if I need to go to First Aid. And I say “no, I’m okay” and immediately throw up after the words leave my lips. 

It’s disgusting. It’s embarrassing. It’s visibly obvious what I had for breakfast (gas station Taquito remember?). In the midst of all the heaving, I hear the employee say “we have an 18 over here”. The humiliation. 

They come to get me and drive me back to their little first aid section, give me water and Poweraid, along with some motion sickness medicine. It’s pretty great. I stay there for maybe 20 minutes before we all figure the best course of action is for me to stick to the”moderately thrilling” rides the park has to offer. Worst. Six Flags. Partner. Ever. 

We leave first aid to head towards the Yosemite Sam ride. The lazy river with the robot Looney Tunes characters. It was awesome. 

My boyfriend had to ride the Texas Giant and Titan by himself. No way was I going to risk it. I was actually considering the Titan, but my fear talked me out if it. We rode the Roaring Rapids twice (thanks Flash Pass), the Aquaman, Runaway Mountain, Justice League 4D, and I think a few others. At around 5 or so it began to storm, and we decided to leave before it got too bad. 

We ate the biggest turkey leg ever while we were there, and I even became a junior deputy to the sheriff after a theif tried to rob the train. That was really fun. 

Even though I threw up and we had to leave early, it was an incredible experience. Honestly, I probably would’ve never went if it wasn’t for my boyfriend. I didn’t realize that Six Flags Over Texas had so much to offer. I really wanna ride the Batman again. 

Check 1 off my F-it list for this summer. Up next we are headed to Austin to explore some coffee shops (kill 2 birds with one stone), art museums, and other adventures within the beautiful city. (I promise to take actual pictures this time). 

Thank y’all for reading. Have fun this summer, and live while you can!! Be safe out there too. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy