It's pumpkin season again! From carving to baking, pumpkins are a great way to enjoy the start of the holidays. Personally, I look forward to devouring some of my dear momma's pumpkin pie and thus when I spotted a delish looking pumpkin pie bar recipe (see here), I was tempted to try the revamped version of the classic dessert. One small note about this baking project, for those with a simpler taste rather than a sweeter pallet, such as mine, I would recommend holding off on the chocolate chips and the coconut. In my opinion, less is more for this creative concoction.
My time in New Orleans was quiet a blur and I was left longing for more days to explore all aspects of the wonderfully eclectic city. I was lucky enough though that since I was unable to go to Cafe Du Monde, Cafe Du Monde, famous beignets and all, came to me (at the track nevertheless!!!). Another delightful dessert destination, I stumbled upon, was Sucre. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I walked into the room full of gourmet macaroons. I toted back a few packs for the family and they loved them so much I might have to order some more, via the web, for the Holidays. As for my antiquing, that was left for much wanting. Thus this only means one thing, I must go back. À bientôt NOLA!
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Places to Thrift:
1. The Original Jefferson Flea Market - 2134 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062
Places for Sweets:
1. Sucre - 3025 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
2. Cafe Du Monde - 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans 70116
Pup and all, the boy and I trotted around The French Quarter on the final days of our trip. No stranger to the chaos of a new city, Mr. Oliver was quiet impressive on his a little over a month long trip across the states. Constantly greeting anyone that could potential get sucked in by his charms, the pup turned a whole two years old while on the road. I cannot believe how time flies! I remember just last year, little party hat and all (see here). According to his dad, he is a real man now, having "marked" his territory from here to
Timbuktu, I mean the edge of Florida. Men. Need I say more?
Dress: Vintage via Black and Brown
Cross-Body: Vintage Coach via Women's Exchange Inc.
Pumps: Cathy Jean (last seen here) Hat: Thrifted via Goodwill
The Florida coast was quiet the beauty. Embracing the humidity and heat, I pieced my time out between taking a quick dip in the pool or ocean and exploring some great thrift shops over a cupcake or two. A gem, I discovered the Women's Exchage in Sarasota, Fl, bringing home a classic Coach purse, a statement chambray button-up (stay tuned for outfit posts on both!), and a pair of beautiful white-ironstone pieces. A treasure trove, this must-shop thrift store is one I will be back to visit! As for the to-die-for cupcakes, make sure to stop by the Sarasota Cupcake Company and try the Cake Batter Cupcake and... well who am I kidding, try them all... I did!
Places to Thrift:
1. Women's Exchange Inc. - 539 South Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
2. SPARCC Treasure Chests - 1426 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236
3. Mustard Seed Thrift Shop - 1442 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236
Places for Sweets:
1. Sarasota Cupcake Company - 428 Corey Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33706
2. Meaney's Mini Donuts - Red Barn Flea Market, Booth 938, Bradenton, FL 34208
One of my favorite things about travel is, without a doubt, my alone time. Exploring unknown roads, meeting new people, all that one stumbles upon during trekking new land, and in a way, having some time for some own self-exploration. Hence, when my visit to Florida kicked off a month of being surrounded by mostly men, I found myself surprisingly drawn to my exercise routine of short but sweet solo runs, for my me time. Wishful thinking, I had packed my sneakers and sports bras, so when I felt the need for a breather I was more than ready, running to the sandy white beach, chasing wild peacocks for a picture perfect moment and escaping for a jog under a full moon on a hot night.
Top: H&M, Jeans: Target (similar here)
Clutch: Vintage via Black and Brown
A month ago I embarked on my last leg of my race tour with the boys, heading out to the eastern shores with eyes wide open. My first stop was Florida and looking forward to the lush foliage, with days full of sunshine, I took inspiration in citrus hues for some "end of summer" fashion fun. This is the first in a series of posts of my travel recap! Stay Tuned!