Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Orleans ~ Saturday/Sunday

Before I get to the second part of my New Orleans trip, I need to let you know that I will be doing complimentary vintage hairdo's THIS SATURDAY at the Miss L Fire Boutique in Hollywood!

Cupcakes, beautiful shoes, a glass of bubbly and vintage hair! Hope to see you there. The festivities start at 5pm.

Saturday was the big day! Because we were good girls and went to sleep early, the morning was met by our cheerful dispositions!

We dined on room service while I did the hair and makeup for the bridal party. The groom even sent over fresh Beignets from Café Du Monde, with a hand written note to his soon be Bride.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I (once again) waited last minute to start my bridesmaids dress. My girlfriend Chrystal, was a very thoughtful bride and allowed us to pick our own dresses out, as long as it stayed within her grey color scheme. Chrystal's wedding dress and capelete was by BHLDN.

I found the most AMAZING material at Joann's! This beautiful satin came complete with embroidered fleur de le's on it. This deal was made even more sweet because it was ON SALE for $6 a yard (originally 20$).

I used Butterick pattern 8080. This dress pattern would be PERFECT for the seamstress ready to go from novice to intermediate. I was able to cut, sew and finish, in less than 3 hours. My time was pushed a little further because I was missing the back lining piece AND the instructions. It was my first time "flying blind". I'm not sure I put the bodice wrap overs right, but it fit and no one knew!

I will confess that it was 1am when I finished it the day before I left. I was overlocking my seams, and caught the front left panel in the serger feed.

 For a second I thought I completely ruined my dress. Thankfully I was able to hand sew the cut part down.
To troubleshoot the missing back lining piece, I simply used the front lining pattern piece where it met the back lining, and cut the remaining fabric down where it met the zipper. It worked out really well!

 The reception was held at the BEAUTIFUL (and VERY haunted) Le Pavillon. The vast history of this 107 year old hotel, must be read Here.

I met this group of amazing sisters in 2001, when we were chosen to serve as Grand Bethel Girls for the State of California.
Life achievements, engagements, weddings and babies -- we've become so close over the last 12 years!

After the "after-reception" get together - Patty, Mark, Melissa and I stumbled unto Bourbon Street. The entire area was PACKED to the gills with football fans and tourist (there was a Saint's football game the next day). We were serendipitously invited into the coveted balcony area when wandering into a restaurant for a late night snack! Talk about a front row seat!

See the craziness here!

After a long night, we finished with a tour of Patty and Mark's GORGEOUS art deco hotel, The Roosevelt. This gem has just undergone a 145$ million dollar renovation. It is complete with shops and The Sazerac Bar - where we toasted a night cap. The hotel front doors close around 9/10pm and you cannot get in unless you have a room key. This is a must, must see.
Sunday was our last day in the Big Easy. I walked by Trashy Diva (which was sadly closed). 

I also took Patty and Mark to Jackson Square, which was the favorite part of my last trip to New Orleans. I highly recommend purchasing a horse drawn carriage through the French Quarter, which loads there (across the street from Café Du Monde). Not only will you get to see much of the Quarter, it's an invaluable history lesson!

 Well, Ladies and Gents -- that's my trip to New Orleans! Thank you for being so patient as I spaced the two posts out a little further than I had intended. I'm working on week three of a terrible cold. I'm feeling much better, but I did have a chest x-ray last week so my Dr. could rule out pneumonia! Thankfully I am ok, but I had a lot of fluid in my lungs around my heart, which is why I sounded like a heavy smoker! Everyone kept saying I sounded sexy, but I could barely breathe. I'm not sick but once a year, so usually I get knock on my tush pretty hard.  

Have you been to New Orleans? What do you love most about the city?


  1. Beautiful dress!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures of the wedding as well.

    1. Thank-you! Now that I look back, I'm pretty lucky that 1. It went together so smoothly and 2. I didn't nuke it with the serger!

  2. Great post! I'm hoping to swing by to see you at the Saturday event ;)

  3. Your dress photographs beautifully. Very lovely indeed! I would never have guessed it was a 3 hour dress!

    1. Thank you! It was so easy because the seams were all straight! Also, there was so sleeve as it wa a kimono style sleeve.

  4. So many beautiful sites including that dress! Too bad Trashy Diva was closed :( Hope you feel all better soon!

  5. NOLA is such a vintage wonderland! I feel fine now, just a bit of a lingering cough.

  6. "Complimentary vintage hairdos" is a phrase that the world needs to see more often. It just makes one's heart sing as they read it. That's so very sweet of you to do!

    ♥ Jessica