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New Orleans Mardi Gras 2013

Posted in Fashion, Food, Life, Music, photography, Sightseeing with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by Me & Marisa

Andrew and I adventured into the wonderful world of Mardi Gras at none other than the heart of debauchery itself, New Orleans Bourbon Street.

Both of us are fond of the Big Easy, visiting it often sans-beads and boobies.  But the city was all good-girl-gone-bad for the week of Mardi Gras– and we kinda liked it. 🙂


I flew into Dallas from Washington, D.C. and met up with Andrew and the two of us ventured off with our NoLa-virgin friends in tow!


The calm before the storm…






Beignets all day every day!




on beads…


on beads!


So MUCH food!




And of course old-timey photos!




Lasting Impressions?

  • I saw a grown man urinate his pants in the middle of the street.
  • I stood next to two minors openly passing a joint back and forth– police within arms reach.
  • According to the Christian radicals I am absolutely going to hell for 8/10 items on their list of sins (one of which was being AT Mardi Gras).
  • I was hit in the head with a water bottle for complimenting a man about his drunken teamwork.
  • I saw many pierced nipples and that wasn’t really my thing.
  • And I was front row to a gentleman “helicoptering” his man parts for beads.

I love New Orleans.

And, you’re welcome Nola for the small chunk of change I contriubuted to the $300 million economic city surge.

…but more importantly, who’s in for MG2014?





Posted in Europe, Food, Life, photography, Street Style with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by Me & Marisa

Okay so for real this time, I’m going to actually START blogging more regularly again… at least once a week (fingers crossed!). Truth be told, I think I got a little burnt out on it before and I needed to take a nice, long break before before I started to view blogging as fun again versus a chore lol.

Anyways, needless to say a LOT of changes have happened in my life since I was last blogging regularly. A BIG one that has been taking up the majority of my “free” time (and clothing budget for that matter lol) since June has been my new house!  I promise I’ll be doing a photoshoot of the house very, very soon so that you all can see. But needless to say, my little duplex furniture definitely did not fill the house so I’ve been on quite the decorating/furniture spree lol.

Another reason I haven’t been blogging is that I had not been able to find my SLR for a good two months lol. But this past week I found it sitting in a basket on the top shelf of my closet, so I’m back in business there!

But the house and such is another blog for another time. Until then, I’m using  a few more of my European vacation pictures to populate this post.

I give you… Igoumenitsa, Greece! Enjoy!

-Andrew J

Approaching Igoumenitsa on our Minoan Cruise!

I’m told I still haven’t really “seen” Greece until I have been to the Greek Isle’s, but the mainland is still plenty beautiful!

Igoumenitsa was definitely NOT a super touristy town. But there was something about that that I really liked. The town-folk looked at us like we were the first American’s there in quite a while lol, but it was cool.

We walked around the town before having dinner and went to a store to pick up a few snacks, groceries, and some things to drink for the room – it was SO cool to go shopping in a foreign town that was so obviously not geared to tourists lol. Sort of gave us a feeling for what it would be like to really live there.

View from the top of our hotel!

Some REALLY amazing Greek beef and vegetables. Plus we had some amazing tzatziki that was out of this world!

I obviously hated it 😉

Even the flowers in Greece were super different from any I had ever seen before. I don’t even know how many pictures I took of all of the different plants and flowers lol. I was a little obsessed…

I have seen a lot of sunsets in my life in some really beautiful places. I have to say, Greece perhaps takes the cake. The sun was just different there, especially when it hit the Mediterranean!

We only stayed two days in Greece, and the next day was kind of rainy and we stayed in doors most of the day to recharge and just took in the sleepy Greek town. I think it was a different experience from most people I have heard who have gone to Greece… But I sort of like it that way :). I felt like what we experienced was a little hidden treasure that is untouched and unknown by most American’s. I would definitely go back and cannot wait to!

Next European post – CROATIA! Hands down my new favorite place in the world!


Posted in Dallas, Fashion, Food, Life, photography, Shopping, Sightseeing, Weekend Recap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by Me & Marisa

At last! At last! Marisa and I reunited at LAST! It was nearly three years in the making – but it finally happened and while it was absolutely amazing to be reunited again – it was WAY too short (all and all it was only about 24 hours!) :(.

In true Me & Marisa fashion though, it was a weekend filled with awesome food, shopping and of course… picking up right where we left off with one of my favorite people in the world!

Enjoy the photos – hopefully they give some idea of just how much fun we had together!

P.S. Many, many trips have been planned as a result of this one, so it will certainly not be another 2 1/2 years before we are together again!

-Andrew J.

Marisa styling it up at the airport – as soon as I saw her turn the corner at baggage claim, I had the BIGGEST uncontrollable smile on my face I’ve had in ages!  She looks so east coast though, we need to get this girl back to the SOUTH!

We were both STARVING when I picked her up, so of course the very first order of business – Campisi’s on Mockingbird for some comida.

Right after lunch it was time to kick the shopping into high gear! Marisa is involved in a new vintage store that is launching in Virginia so we hit up Curiosities Antique & Vintage to see if we could find anything fun. We sort of struck out on any purchases, but we had fun checking out everything the store had to offer.

Mildly freaky…

Feeling a little bummed out that we spent our first hour and a half without purchasing anything other than food, we hit up the one place we knew we could find something… NORTHPARK!  Even then, shopping was sort of a struggle for us, things just weren’t popping out as “gotta have’s”. Never the less, I got a great shirt for dinner that night and Marisa purchased a beautiful dress (photos of that a little further down in the post).

After shopping for a couple hours – we figured it was time to check into the W Dallas where we would be calling home for the next 24 hours.  The W was awesome! Great room – though it was weird that the bathroom was completely open aside from a curtain that separated the “bathroom” space of the room from the rest of the room – and I would definitely go back and stay there again!

Our first “Reunited” picture!

I really want that rolling chair for my new office!

What’s that? A model included in with the room?! Oh – it’s Marisa. Guess she just looks very at home there 🙂

Check out the awesome curtain behind me… yep, that’s the room divider!

We booked a reservation for Tom Colicchio‘s restaurant CRAFT thinking it would be pretty close to our hotel – but come to find out, it was actually IN our hotel. So add on the fact that the only places we went after dinner were Ghost Bar (BIG mistake) and the W Bar in the hotel lobby/lounge – from 6:30 pm until noon the next morning, we never once left the W lol.

Awesome light bars in CRAFT

Warning: The portions at CRAFT are absolutely humongous but incredibly delicious – bring your appetite people, I highly recommend the restaurant though! Tom definitely knows what he is doing.

Enjoying a bevvie before dinner.

We clean up okay 🙂  – and yes, that’s Marisa’s new dress. Verrry pretty, picture doesn’t even do it justice.

I really really loved the Lobby Bar Chandeliers at the W!

Ready to turn in for the night – back to the room!

I know I said I wouldn’t post it – but it’s really just too friggin cute of you not to post, if you want I can take it down ;). Marisa got hungry in the middle of the night and tackled some of the leftovers from dinner and lunch before lights out.

The next morning we both realized we … had not consumed enough water the night before… and I woke up to random pieces of Campisi’s pizza crust and a muffin CRAFT gave us for the next morning like so…

The morning after.

After we got up and around – we checked out of the W and headed to Knox-Henderson for some brunch at Tolouse. Fantastic brunch by the way (also highly recommend)!

Bloody Marry’s, Bagels, Beignets (with cappuccino sauce), and Belgian waffles (we were on a B kick apparently) made for the perfect Brunch!

After brunch – to postpone our inevitable departure, we kicked it over to Restoration Hardware and picked out my new dream furniture for my house.

Alas though – all good things must come to an end (yes, like this epic blog post). I dropped Marisa north of Dallas at her friends house and began my trek back to Norman. A very sad day, but SO glad it happened! Already cannot wait to see her again!

See you soon my friend – love you and miss you!


Posted in Charity, Dallas, Food, Life, Weekend Recap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by Me & Marisa

This weekend was pretty packed to put it mildly!

Friday night, I got to don my tuxedo once again and go out to a fantastic annual charity event for Heartline: Festival of Hope. It was a gorgeous event, and honestly the food was absolutely delicious!  There was a silent auction, and I bid on a couple of items… however, unless I’ve missed their calls, I didn’t win lol. Which I’m really bummed about because there was a painting there I was pretty much in love with.

Saturday – bright and early, I got up to go to breakfast with a couple friends at a little local “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant – Ozzie’s – here in Norman… at 7 AM!!!  Because after that I had to hit the road and head to the first ever final for the Texas Tennis Open!

There were two finals – doubles and singles. The doubles involved: Alberta Brianti and Sorana Cirstea (Italy and Romania respectively) against Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier (from France… of course). It was a VERY entertaining match and lasted for quite a bit… but I have to say, the 106 degree weather without sunscreen made it a little less than pleasurable ha.

Sorana Cristea is really beautiful! Texas Tennis Open

After the doubles, I went in a mad dash in search of food before the singles final between Sabine Lisicki (about 20th in the world from Germany) and Aravane Rezai (from France… naturally). Ironically, both Frenchies lost lol. Sabine was absolutely AMAZING and totally blew her away. Rezai just ended up giving up towards the end.

The evening I was pretty much exhausted so called it an early night and woke up bright and early the next morning to go meet by better half (and new Dallas resident) Dominique for brunch at Breadwinners. I had banana bread french toast — my life is now complete.

All in all, a very good weekend! Hope yours was equally amazing!

It’s going to be a whirlwind next 6 weeks and I won’t be home ANY of the weekends – so I’ll try to do posts more regularly to keep you up to date!

Have a great night.


Oh and I ended the weekend with painting my bathroom a color (not done justice here) I now affectionately have dubbed “Expectant Baby Boy Blue”

Snowpocalypse 2011

Posted in Food, Life, Oklahoma with tags , , , , , , , on February 5, 2011 by Me & Marisa

Snow, snow, snow- like so many people in the country over the past week- we have been eating, breathing, and hating SNOW!  Here in Oklahoma, we are enjoying our first day above freezing (and without SNOW in a solid week). I know that may not sound like much to those of you up north, but for down here in the South– well let’s just say, we shut down everything if there is any amount of frozen precipitation.

Over the course of this massive blizzard, I have gotten stuck three times; twice I managed to get myself out, but last night was really bad- first off, it was snowing big puffy flakes when I left the house (dumb). Secondly, it was dark when I left the house (really, really dumb). Thirdly I decided to take a back road to Walmart to “avoid traffic” (so dumb it isn’t even worth mentioning). About 45 seconds out of my driveway, I got stuck in snow tall enough to put my Challenger at a complete stand still– 1 jeep, 1 really big truck, and 30 minutes later I was free and hightailing it back to my house repeating all the way home “Stupid, stupid, stupid!”

I didn’t take a lot of pics, but here are just a few from this stint of the winter not-so-wonderland. Hope you’ve been keeping warm!

-Andrew J

First things first, this is a graph of Southerners Enjoyment of Snow Over Time.  We are on day 5…

My dog’s first big snow!A little Hideaway Pizza food porn was worth braving the snow for!


Posted in Food, Life, Random on January 20, 2011 by Me & Marisa

So I’m writing this post… FOR Marisa… No, I’m not dedicating it to her- I just feel she has been a busy little bee for far too long and people who are new to the blog are probably wondering just who Marisa even is.

This post shall remedy that 🙂

The following photos were taken from Miss Marisa without her consent and she was given only an incredibly vague warning that this post was even going to be taking place.

I feel this surprise-blog is only fitting punishment for leaving us for so long without word or news of her life ;).

Enough of my ranting- on to the pictures!
-marisa (via Andrew J.)

There she is! I know, I know, you’ve probably almost forgotten what her pretty face looks like!

Her morning commute- waiting for the train. Looks so— — — warm.
Marisa in her Media and Ad Design class with unnamed friend where she no doubt has been spending much of her time away. I’m starting to feel like a tour guide in a museum… “And on our left!”
TAT!  It’s been so long I can’t even remember if this is a new one or not. Sad face. If you can’t read it, it says “Reverie”
Moving on we have our next work by Marisa- “Skewed Boy In Plaid”. Very artistic. Very moody.
And this is where the remainder of Marisa’s life has been spent (without doubt)- taking care of her horses, doing shows, etc.
Horse Barracks– taken on her mobile though I’m not sure what app allows this cool panoramic view.

And what would a Marisa post be without some of her legendary “Food-Porn”. This is a Lavender and Pear martini that- not kidding- made me salivate a little when I saw it. This picture actually is what inspired the “forced post”.

POST 300

Posted in Fashion, Food, Life, Oklahoma, photography, Random, Weekend Recap with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2011 by Me & Marisa

So this is it- Post 300! And what better idea for a post than an impromptu photoshoot with two of the best people I know- Dominique and Tyler. As I said, it happened all very spur of the moment- but Dominique, Tyler and I all got together over the weekend to play a little Wii, grab some dinner and end the night just hanging out together (okay maybe there was a game of Apples to Apples thrown in there as well).  When everyone was in one place, I couldn’t help but think we all looked great and thus a photoshoot was born :). Hope your weekend went well!
P.S. How about this! Two posts in less than a week haha. If you want to know where my time has been going it’s here-  I swear that site is never finished!
-Andrew J

Dominique and I didn’t even plan for our legs to go that way.
Great new Betsey Johnson pearl tie necklace that I think was probably one of Dom’s favorite Christmas presents… well that and DJ Hero 2.
She was channeling this whole french theme, fully equipped with eiffel tower earrings.
You lookin at me? You lookin at me!?  … dunno why I felt like saying that.
TO MY CREDIT! This photo was NOT my idea! Dom said she was in love with my ring and wanted to kiss it.
Norman did a great job that evening with the sunset.
A little food-porn to send us off.
Ah yes, and the lovely Marion stopped by at the end of the night to make it complete.

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