It’s been 10 days since I’ve sat in front of a computer. I’ve been on vacation and decided to stay “unplugged” for the most part. Although I remained “social” on Twitter and Facebook through my iPhone, I didn’t turn on a PC during that time to do any work. I actually went out of town rather than taking my normal “staycation” and “let the good times roll.”
A co-worker, Jill Moon, and I, hit the Big Easy for four days to attend the Rotary International convention. Our journey started on May 22 in the early morning hours. We drove through the night and arrived in New Orleans around noon. The first day we had just enough time to get settled into the condo where we stayed, change and head off to the convention center.
Vacations/travel can present all kinds of fashion dilemmas. One, you never know what to pack and two, what if you forget something. If you’re flying you pack lighter to save on the costs of possibly checking a bag. Since we drove we were able to take whatever we wanted. I stuck to my rule of only bringing one suitcase and a smaller bag with all my essentials (hairdryer, flatiron, makeup, etc.) Jill brought way more than me.
I packed a total of six outfits (You just never know what a girl will need.) I packed things that didn’t ironed and since I checked the weather before leaving I was prepared for the southern “scorch.” The temperatures were in the mid-90′s and it was humid as “all get out” too. The first day I wore capris, the second a maxi dress, the third an maxi skirt and the fourth, shorts. I took pics of three of my outfits – for some reason one of the days I forgot to take one of my look.
No. 1 – I’ve had the capris and top for awhile. The Arizona flip-flops were purchased this year for $.75 at a yard sale. (I wore them twice)
No. 2 – I purchased the maxi-dress at Fashion Bug a few years ago on clearance. It was $9.99 when I got it. I wore my zebra flip-flops.
No. 3 – I paired this vintage top with white shorts and wore the braided sandals that I picked up in NOLA for $16. (They were much more comfortable than the other shoes I had pack too.)
The only “style” problem I had while visiting the Crescent City was my shoes. It really wouldn’t have mattered what I packed my feet would have hurt because we did so much walking. During the four days we spent in town we walked from our residence on Bourbon Street to the streetcar along the riverfront to catch a ride to the convention center. Everywhere we went we walked. For the most part I stuck with flip-flops and flats. I was comfortable to start the day, but by the end – ouch. Another great trick when you’re wearing skirts and walking a lot make sure to put deodorant or baby powder on your thighs to prevent chaffing. Since I didn’t have baby powder, only my baby powder scented Secret, I used it instead. It worked perfect too.
Jill and I stayed for the most part in the French Quarter. One our condo was located directly across from Lafitte Blacksmith Shop ( it is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States) at Bourbon and St. Philip streets. Two, most of what we wanted to do was situated around where we stayed – that is after we got back from the convention center. We did however make a trip into the Garden District to visit a thrift shop. Yes, I thrifted something and will share that with you later this week. We also went checked out a few clubs in Treme. The cool part was I actually got to sit next to NOLA legend Coco Robicheaux at one stop. How cool is that?
I thought I would share a few extra photos. The first is Jill and I in front of Cafe du Monde. It’s a must when you visit New Orleans. The second is of us in the “House of Friendship” at the convention center, which is where we got to meet Rotarians from around the world.
Here are some artistic shots I took around the city.
Some other great spots we visited were Pat O’Brien’s, which is famous for their hurricanes; Tropical Isle, hand grenades; and Louisiana Bistro, a unique and fantastic restaurant ran by a former Illinoisan. This trip wasn’t my first to NOLA. I visited with my son months before Hurricane Katrina struck. I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did back then. I know I’ll go back again. Jill and I met some great people while we were there.
So when you go on a vacation what’s your biggest fashion dilemma? Do you check the weather before you go so you know exactly what to pack, or do you chance it and hope that you brought the right thing to wear? Do you go for style over comfort, or do look for something that’s a little bit of both?