James and I are getting ready to drive to New Orleans tomorrow, where two of our friends are tying the knot! They're getting married on Friday in the French Quarter, so a lot of our friends decided to stay the extra night and see what kind of trouble we can get into together. A lot of my friends turned 30 this month, like me, so we're going to celebrate all of our birthdays this weekend in the Big Easy -- a nice creole dinner, a few cocktails, and maybe some jazz music -- who knows? It all sounds like a really good time to me. So many of my friends like all over the country now, so I can't wait to see everyone all in one place!
Since the hotels in the French Quarter were out of this world expensive, James and I are trying out VRBO for the first time. We found a really cute shotgun house in the Uptown neighborhood for a song, so cross your fingers that it works out for us. Has anyone else used VRBO in the states? How did you like it? I'm looking forward to staying in a house and living it up in New Orleans like a local. I'll be sure to let you guys know how it goes!
Oh, also, I wanted to share the map I made for our friends wedding this weekend. We put the map on the front of a welcome pamphlet, and inside guests can find all the things Amy and Josh recommend doing/seeing/eating/drinking in New Orleans during their stay. (Also, if you're curious, you can also take a peek at a little Instagram video I made of the process here.) Amy and Josh are getting married in a big, beautiful cathedral downtown, and we'll all be waving hankies and dancing behind a jazz band through the streets in a second line parade to the reception at LaTrobe's. I've never "second-lined," and I am really excited about it!
I'll be taking a short break from this space this week, but you can always keep in touch via Instagram and through my tweets while I'm gone. And if you guys are New Orleans experts, please let me know where your favorite haunts are in the city -- both in Uptown and the French Quarter. I'm especially looking forward to checking out the vintage shops on Magazine Street, so I'd love to hear what you guys have to recommend!
Have a great rest of the week, y'all, and laissez les bons temps rouler! -- natty
Top photos by Irene Suchocki; NOLA map and pamphlet by me