New Orleans.

After a week down in Louisiana, I’m beginning to think New Orleans might be the most picturesque city in America. There’s so much character in the atmosphere from the architecture to the street bands. Check out my must-do’s below!

Eat& Drink.

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Seaworthy. You may be able to take the girl out of New England, but you can’t take New England out of the girl… which is how we found ourselves at Seaworthy. A luxurious seafood based restaurant with a great oyster selection. *heart eyes emoji*

Josephine Estelle. I’d call this menu modern Italian? Maybe? Anyway, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed yet upscale.

Sylvain. This small French Quarter spot has a perfect courtyard and a unique menu. You must get the fried eggplant and burrata to start!

Stay.

International House. A boutique hotel with an elaborate, NYC feel.

ACE Hotel. Located slightly outside of the bustle of the French Quarter, ACE is completely sleek. Plus, it has a rooftop bar and some of the best restaurants I tried. (AKA Seaworthy and Josephine Estelle as noted.)

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Catahoula Hotel. This quaint boutique hotel comes complete with a great coffee bar and cocktail selection, an intimate rooftop bar and photo-worthy industrial décor. Highly recommended!

Play.

Frenchmen Street. If you’re looking for nightlife and music without exactly the same vibe as Bourbon Street, Frenchmen is the place to go!

Shopping. For the men out there, NOLA is filled with streetwear and sneaker spots. Friend, a men’s store featuring indie designers, was one of the stand-outs, which has Freda, a similar spot for the ladies, right next door. There’s many more shops I could name, but part of the fun was stumbling upon them unexpectedly, so I want you to do the same!

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In addition, some more popular attractions include the Lafayette Cemetery and The Carousel Bar, which I also highly recommend making time for.

Stay tuned: I’m talking about more of my NOLA spots on the Paridaez blog… coming soon!

What to Wear: Hot & Humid.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I spent the last week in Orlando. If you are unfamiliar, even as autumn rolls around, Orlando stays a scorching 90° with high humidity… aka – it’s hot and wet. (Gross.)

So: what does one wear in this type of heat? I’ll admit, it’s difficult to be comfortable, fashion-forward and stay as cool as possible but here are my best suggestions:

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Oversized cotton dresses work wonders. They don’t cling and give you some breathing room. Mine (above) is from Forever 21.

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Use a backpack… especially if you’re going to be out for a long period of time. MochiThings has awesome leather ones that look chic and also hold a bunch. Win/win.

Bring your sneakers.

Choose fabrics fit for sweat. I brought my Paridaez Sparrow tank. It’s made of lyrca and polyester but has a brushed finish that makes it feel more like cotton. I highly recommend all pieces from the brand for anything in which you want to feel comfortable and dry whether it be walking around Florida or attending your next yoga class.

Phew! Now bring on the cool weather!

NYC. Girls’ Weekend Edition.

Apologies to those New Yorkers who may find this post completely tired BUT… For those of you who don’t live in NYC and may be planning a trip, here’s some of my suggestions for your girls’ weekend* out.

(P.S: S/O to my best friend for celebrating her 25th year and putting together an awesome trip which made last weekend and this post possible.)

 

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Eat & Drink:

When it comes to a big group, tapas style makes a meal more social, not to mention you get to try more on the menu (#foodiewins). We decided on Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown and Vandal, both complete with DJs and a clear “nightlife atmosphere”, perfect to preface a night out.

Post dinner we went to Catch – a rooftop space known for their cocktails. If you’re looking for a club vibe minus the strobe lights and sticky floors, I highly suggest it.

Play:

In this heat, we felt it necessary to day drink poolside (obviously). If you’re a fan of Le Bain at The Standard, check out Mr. Purple next. Be warned: it’s a smaller space that fills up fast, but if you happen to stake out lounge chairs, you are in for one epic party. Queue the sunshine and bottles of rosé!

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Here’s to weekend getaways – Cheers!