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New Orleans, Louisiana.

I’ve had the chance to visit New Orleans twice now and it remains one of the most unique places I’ve ever been.  A captivating melting pot of old world charm (iron gates and hidden gardens), rich mixed culture (eat just one meal there and you’ll understand) and wild excess (bourbon street and beyond). The French Quarter is easily walkable, and I suggest that you do it with a drink in hand (good for fitting in and bearing crowds).  From po’boys to beignets, Nola begs to be over consumed (avoid tourist traps and go to Jacques Imos – get the alligator cheesecake and a local Abita beer).  Once you’ve had your fill of the Quarter, head Uptown to the beautiful Garden District and shopping-centric Magazine Street (indulgence of a different kind).  And when you finally decide to call it a night, get some peace and quiet at one of the many charming Inns (we stayed at Ashton’s B&B and enjoyed seriously delicious breakfast, perfect for soaking up the previous nights damage).  If you haven’t already, visit New Orleans – just make sure you’re not on a diet that week.

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Do a little research, make an informed decision, and go vote today.  

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Do a little research, make an informed decision, and go vote today.  

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I’ve been spending some time thinking about how I want to develop this little blog and what I’d like to really focus on.  When I think about the features that I favor on other blogs, one that I kept coming back to was a “look for less” type series.  Which brings us to Cheap Monday (a phrase for having spent all your money over the weekend, made popular by the Swedish brand of the same name – more so fitting because I oddly get my paychecks every Tuesday, leaving me pinching pennies on Mondays).  So each week I’ll pick one home goods item (nest), one fashion item (dressed), and one fun miscellaneous item (the rest), each of which ring in at under $50.  Cheap never looked so good.

(1. Martha Stewart for Home Depot mirror – high impact for an entryway)
(2. LC Laura Conrad dress – holiday cocktails, brunch, meeting the parents, I could go on)
(3. Leif Salad Serving set – seriously the most fun hostess gift)

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I’ve been spending some time thinking about how I want to develop this little blog and what I’d like to really focus on.  When I think about the features that I favor on other blogs, one that I kept coming back to was a “look for less” type series.  Which brings us to Cheap Monday (a phrase for having spent all your money over the weekend, made popular by the Swedish brand of the same name – more so fitting because I oddly get my paychecks every Tuesday, leaving me pinching pennies on Mondays).  So each week I’ll pick one home goods item (nest), one fashion item (dressed), and one fun miscellaneous item (the rest), each of which ring in at under $50.  Cheap never looked so good.

(1. Martha Stewart for Home Depot mirror – high impact for an entryway)
(2. LC Laura Conrad dress – holiday cocktails, brunch, meeting the parents, I could go on)
(3. Leif Salad Serving set – seriously the most fun hostess gift)

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