Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My Birthday in New Orleans

 I'm 22! I had my 22nd birthday last week, on September 9th, and I spent in with Myles in New Orleans. Even though I live only an hour away, New Orleans still feels like a vacation and I love the European influences, especially in the French Quarter. Everywhere I turn something reminds me of a European city I've visited and I love the happy go lucky spirit mostly every one has, whether they're on vacation or a permanent resident. We stayed in the St. James hotel on Magazine St and we both really loved it. It was only 2 blocks away from my favorite brunch spot, The Ruby Slipper, and only about 6 blocks from Jackson Square and the French Quarter. The room was small but cozy and felt like a home away from home! I bought a Lush bath bomb downtown and took a bubble bath in the white marble bathtub and omg it was perfection. This post is very picture heavy as I just got a brand new camera, so I'll try not to be too wordy! 

My birthday started out with donuts and chocolate milk in bed at Myles' parents because we stayed there since they live right outside the city. It was the perfect treat to kick off my day! After that we drove into the city and checked into our hotel.

 We were absolutely HANGRY at this point, so thank heavens Ruby Slipper was only 5 minutes away. We used the NoWait app and literally had a table within seconds. I got french toast, which was okay, but I was drooling over Myles's eggs benedict. Our drinks stole the show though! He had a decked out bloody mary and I had a blackberry strawberry mimosa! As a person who hates orange juice, I was overjoyed to see that on their menu!
 I love how fresh and bright Ruby Slipper is.
 After breakfast, we headed straight to the French Quarter by way of the river. We just walked and talked and enjoyed the gorgeous but SO HOT weather we had.
 Jackson Square!
 If you haven't seen the instagram vid I posted on my bday, you have to check it out. I used Boomerang for the first time and the amount of judgy tourists was incredible. Take 2000...
 I found my dream townhouse right off the Square...

 I love those balconies!
 Of course everyone loves Cafe Du Monde. If you're going to venture that way for breakfast, go early! Tables disappear in minutes, but it is a really nice spot to start your day of exploring.

 This is my favorite picture of the weekend and I've already ordered a print of it. I love the vintage looking color and how bright the street car is.
 This place just reminded me of my sis Hannah. (:

 I am so sad that this is the best photo we have from dinner, but I don't regret putting the technology away and just having a good time! Myles' parents sweetly got us a gift card to Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Steakhouse where they just bring out delicious cuts of meat until you have to roll home, and it was a blast! They also gave me this cute molten chocolate cake for dessert, so I'd say it was a good time! We went to the casino for a while after dinner, but true to my nature, I was in a bubble bath by 11 o'clock!

All in all, my birthday was great and I'm so lucky to have such wonderful people who made me feel so loved and celebrated. Can't wait til next year!
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P.S. - I wrote a post all about my 19th bday in Nola too if you want to go back to vintage Sarah Smile.

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