So I was cruising the party pics of New York Social Diary and what do I see but my former boss from Harper's Bazaar, Nicole Fritton, pictured on the left. In the center is Anamaria Wilson, also from Bazaar, who, in my opinion, had the best office style.

So Nicole is actually the big, big boss--the market/fashion director. Pretty awesome that I shared an office space with her for 4 months.
She looks amazing, so I just had to post.



After moving and vacay-ing and a brief sickness in the space of 2 weeks, I felt pretty damn well entitled to a 12 hours-night's sleep and not getting up until noon today. And then I got all 60s gumshoe glam in my new (secondhand) leopard swing coat and headed to the Family Dollar (twice, actually) for some iced tea, lightbulbs (CFLs), and organizational tools (desperately needed).

Then I took an hour or so break from unpacking my house (stilllll not done) (art still on floor) (#whoops) to sit in the sun and read some of my book--currently Ishmael, one of those books that changes your life. It's OK, but as an aging philosophy phenom, the ideas aren't so mind-blowing. But if you are young and fresh, I very much recommend it.
Anyway, I was having a (philosophical) moment in the park, as I am prone to do these days, when a tiny 8 year old (and I'm guesstimating here) excused herself to ask me if I'd like a flower. How sweet! And then she handed me this lovely single pink coral tulip. And all was right in the world and nothing was wrong.

In this very congested, non-gardeny area of Brooklyn where I now reside, I can only imagine where she plucked it from.

1. Secondhand F21 Leopard Swing Coat, $6.25, Employee Discount @ Work
2. F21 Denim Legging-ish Jeans, $12.50, Forever 21
3. Turquoise Huarache Flats, $29.50, American Eagle



and headed for the sunnier skies of my hometown, Baton Rouge. After months of frigid winter temps, running around footloose and fancy free felt oh so right.

First up, a crawfish boil that extended long into the night:

The spiciest artichokes ever.

So you dump a batch of boiled crawfish and veggies onto the newspaper and then eat the heck out of them. Nothing better than good friends and good food.

Hiking in Tunica, MS:

It's either TOMS or no shoes at all in these parts. Yep--I hiked all day, barefoot.

The first of several waterfalls. Unfortunately, I sort of stopped taking pictures at this point and focused on how amazing the scenery was.

My friend Paul took this one.

My favorite part of the trip was a 2 hour bike ride just before my flight back to NYC. I could have ridden all day! I mean, I really really wanted to.

Wisteria everywhere, smells amaaaaazing.

The Mighty Mississippi

Getting misted at the golf course.

I can't believe this is someone's front yard.

Cypress "knees"

Wild wisteria taking over even wilder azalea bushes.

Quaint tree-lined lanes.

Maybe I'm biased, but the fabulousness of New York doesn't have anything on this. Four days were not enough to take in all this loveliness.

I'll get back to fashion soon enough.