Part 2: NOLA and the Unexpected Expense

As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent the better half of last week in New Orleans! I was there for work, helping man our company booth at a big orthopedic trade show. This was my first official work trip, and it was awesome to say the least. I worked hard in the daytime and played hard in the evening:

IMG_6731THE Bourbon Street ^^ I’ve heard many stories about this legendary location, and they did not let me down. Yes, those are boys throwing beads off the balcony at passerbyers, and no, it was not Mardi Gras. I wish I could say this was the worst thing that I saw, but what happens in NOLA…

IMG_6717Let’s rewind for a sec. Above is a selfie I managed to take in what felt like one of two 5 minute breaks I took in two days. I’m sporting my new suit (details below).

IMG_6730Got to dine at House of Blues with some amazing visuals. My phone does an injustice to the lighting and murals of artists that have come through/from New Orleans.

IMG_6729IMG_6752Peeked into some old antique shops.

IMG_6751Got a hurricane at Pat O’Briens…apparently this is a tourist-must. Too sweet for my liking, but it succeeded in knocking me on my rear the rest of the night.

I swear the funniest thing that happened on this trip (aside from the staggering amount of drunks doing stupid things–myself not excluded) was when I saw some guy throw beads off the balcony at my head. I did this weird duck/cover-maneuver-thing and the beads landed around my neck. I was so proud of my unintentional awesomeness I decided to sport the beads the rest of the night!

IMG_6756Okay, somebody’s got to help me out here. I saw this corgi-looking piece of art (and variations) around the city, and I have no idea who the artist is or if it’s even supposed to be a corgi. I like to pretend it is, because they. are. my. obsession. And I’m getting a corgi come May πŸ™‚

IMG_6757I’m so glad we got to see a live jazz show on our last evening there. I would feel my trip was incomplete if I had not.

IMG_6771My cat was happy to see me when I came home πŸ™‚

Now onto the (not-so-awesome) suit details, haha. Obviously when I started this no-new-clothes-for-a-year journey, I was not planning on having to buy a new suit. Unfortunately, this suit, along w/ a few new pairs of shoes, set me back over $350…sighhh. I don’t really feel bad about buying it, well, because I HAD to for work. It’s not like it’s an indulgent piece I’m going to be sporting on the weekends. Here are some closer-up shots:

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It’s a Tahari-brand navy pinstripe suit. I tried on what felt like every brand and color Macy’s had to offer in my size, and this one looked the best with my light complexion and blonde hair. I bought the jacket with the pants and the skirt, to give me a little variation if I had to (and I did) wear it back-to-back days. The pink cowl-neck top is Calvin Klein and complimented the blue well.

The shoes are probably where I cheated a little bit. Because I had a brand new suit, and it was my first impression-making work trip, I felt like I needed new shoes to match. Also, I don’t have any super comfy dressy shoes (I was standing for 10+ hours each day in a convention center that was–not even joking–a mile long). Now, did I need 3 new pairs? Probably not.

20140322-211437.jpgI got all three pairs at DSW. Both pairs of heels are ridiculously comfy, but I ended up not even wearing the nude pumps w/ the bows. The blue loafers are (hangs head in shame) not really what I wanted to emphasize in that pic, but they wouldn’t fit in a square slot, haha. By the end of the first day, I did not even care how ugly the loafers were, because they felt miraculous on my feet.

I also had to get my hair trimmed…which I’m not happy about. I get so stressed out about getting my hair cut–some people can get really excited holding a pair of scissors…whatever. I guess it’s the healthy thing to do for your hair.

So that was my trip to N’awlins (grimace) in a nutshell. I am looking forward to doing a blog makeover tomorrow! πŸ™‚

XO

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