Sadly, most things just weren't in my price range for this trip - but I enjoyed perusing this store and hope to return very soon!
One of my favorite shops on Magazine Street is Perch, a homegoods store that does a great job of mixing modern and vintage pieces to make very stylish interiors. I didn't buy anything this time, but in the past, I purchased fleur de lis dinnerware and Alexa Pulitzer stationery. I just love the owner's aesthetic as well as her personal home - which has been published in multiple venues.
Bryan Batt's store, Hazelnut, is another one of my fave stores to visit in New Orleans. It's filled with fantastic decorative items for the home, including glassware, serveware, decor and so much more. I think I made about twelve circles around the store just taking it all in! Bryan (who played Salvatore on Mad Men) was in the shop and I couldn't resist introducing myself and telling him just how much I love his two books, Big Easy Style and She Ain't Fat, She's My Mother. He was completely gracious and offered to have his friend Debra Shriver sign her new book that I purchased in his store and send it to me. I also purchased Hazelnut's signature New Orleans toile drink coasters to go with my dinner napkins. I just love them!
The toile depicts New Orleans landmarks, such as St. Louis Cathedral, street cars and Audobon Park. Although I don't live in New Orleans, I consider it my 'adopted city'.
Next we headed to Scriptura, which I read about at The Uptown Acorn. Scriptura is a fantastic stationery store, filled with high quality invitations, notepads and wrapping paper perfect for paper
Yummy shrimp at La Petite Grocery. Ron's recommendation was perfection!
After our yummy lunch, we shopped at Passages Antiques, where I fell in love with the bombe chest in the top right photo. Unfortunately, it wasn't large enough for our space. This shop was filled to the brim with lots of lovely antiques.
Since I was on a mission to find a chandelier, I insisted that we stop at Julie Neill Designs. Every single piece in Julie's store is a work of art and I left wishing that just one could be mine.
Tired from our long day of shopping, DH and I decided to drive around the Garden District to oggle all of the lovely historic mansions. One day, I will purchase a historic home of my very own there!
Later that evening, we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants - Galatoire's. The Crabmeat Maison was delicious as was the Pompano. While the food is special at Galatoire's, the atmosphere makes a meal at this restaurant an unforgettable experience. The mood is joyous and the waiters are professionals who want to ensure you have the best meal of your life.
If you visit New Orleans during the Christmas season, you absolutely MUST visit The Roosevelt Hotel. The branches wrapped in lights make the lobby completely magical. Relaxing in the Sazerac Bar, we sipped on a brandy milk punch and what else? A Sazerac.
We had our nightcap at Arnaud's French 75 Bar, which might just be our favorite bar in New Orleans. It's very old school, with a beautiful carved wood bar, cozy seating and perfect cocktails. I ordered a French 75 and DH had an Old Fashioned. It was the perfect end to our day.