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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. 🙂

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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!

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The calm before the storm…

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Beignets all day every day!

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Beads….

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on beads…

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on beads!

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So MUCH food!

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And of course old-timey photos!

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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?

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ME & MARISA DO DALLAS 2012 STYLE

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!

VENICE | PHOTOS LONG OVERDUE

Posted in Architecture, Europe, Life, photography, Sightseeing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by Me & Marisa

There is no place in the world that is quite like Venice – in my opinion it is one of the crowning jewels of Europe and while it has had a lot of “changes” and “upgrades” I still feel that the city as a whole has stayed true to its heritage and upon setting foot in the city, you are immediately transported to a place you feel you’ve only ever seen in a dream… or a movie at best.

Unfortunately I was only in Venice for a few hours – we got in from Prague at 5 in the morning, slept until 9 and then headed out to meet up with some friends before catching a cruise to Greece leaving at 2:00 pm.

I tried to make up in quality what I lacked in time – so enjoy the pictures!

-Andrew J

I was SO sure this was the Basilica … nope… sure wasn’t.

And I thought this was the Rialto … wrong again.

It’s really not fair how beautiful Venice is. Like – at all.

And I’m 99% sure the light is prettier there as well.

What’s a trip to Venice without spotting a gondola?

It was pretty cool to sail out of Venice on the cruise because I got some fantastic elevated shots from the water I would not have been able to get otherwise.

Does it make me a little OCD that all I’m noticing is that my camera lens is a little dirty here?

There’s Tyler!

Oh just another beautiful structure on a beautiful island in Venice.  Reminds me of The Tourist!

No idea what was happening here, but it was PACKED!

One of my favorite shots of the day.

The houses out on the islands were absolutely humongous!

Okay – that does it – going back now!

CHICAGO

Posted in Chicago, Life, photography, Shopping, Sightseeing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2011 by Me & Marisa

Recently I embarked on a little trip to Chicago as the final leg of a big Bank of America speaking tour my mom has been doing this summer. She flew me in for a long weekend, and after a little bit of business – we enjoyed playing tourist for the remainder of the trip!

Including walking away from Michigan Avenue with 4 bags of clothes… but that’s another post for another time…

Here is the first part of the photos, the second involve a LOT of art from the Chicago Museum of Art.  Hope your week is going well!

-Andrew J

Arriving at Chicago O’Hare and already riding in style with mamma having a private car ready to pick us up!


For the first two nights we stayed at the Marriott Oakbrook – a very pretty hotel with gorgeous grounds!


Yeah, she’s kinda a big deal 🙂
Our second home – Cobbler Square! A really great apartment complex in Old Town Chicago SUCH a convenient location. I highly recommend it!

To me this picture epitomizes Old Town Chicago – you have your mix of the old with the brand new. Pretty cool I have to admit!


I felt almost a duty to have my picture taken at The Chicago Bean considering almost everyone I know has one here.

Chicago Public Library – Tiffany Ceiling


IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Posted in Life, Oklahoma, Random, Sightseeing, Weekend Recap with tags , , , , on December 15, 2010 by Me & Marisa

Over the weekend, myself and a posse of three headed south of Norman about an hour to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take in the famous (at least in the region) light display there. It was a long drive, but once there it was TOTALLY worth it! Everywhere you looked- you were completely immersed in Christmas lights. I kept saying “This is where lights who are good go when they die.” The pictures really do not do it justice, but take my word for it- if you are in the area around Christmas– you should definitely go!  Hope your week is going well!

P.S. I was late for my friends pick-up time so I had to rush home (they beat me there), let the dog out, and get in their car… in the meantime I forgot my camera… so this is all on iPhone.

-Andrew J

This tree had to be at least 3 1/2-4 stories tall. It was quite grande! Well just look at the people under to get some perspective.
Yes I was looking quite fashionable in my blanket which happened to be in the back of Tori’s car… because in my rush I, of course, forgot a jacket… yeah.

FASHION’S NIGHT OUT (Part 2) | EVEN MORE DELAYED

Posted in Fashion, Fashion Week, Life, New York, photography, Shoes, Sightseeing, Street Style, Trends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by Me & Marisa

So I’ve decided Fashion’s Night Out may as well have been renamed “Fashion’s Amazing Window-Displays” because no punches were pulled when it came to awesome displays of style in the window and store displays around the city. Here are the last pics of that night- definitely one to remember!
-Andrew J

Friends in Fashion, I don’t remember their names though… I think his was Nick… Because I was like “Oh Nick, this is Nicholas.” haha. She had a really cool Russian name though I think.
Suzy Menkes– fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune
Victoria Beckham anyone?
Loved this lady! I asked for a picture and she just instinctively posed like this! She was definitely in her “element”.
The guy on the left (Luke) was really nice and soft spoken. We were talking when the guy on the right (Fais) came up and was like “Do you want our picture? We’re models you know.”… he was annoying and ruined an otherwise good picture of a stylish guy- model or no.
Loving this Thom Browne spacesuit Bergdorf display.
Of course, Rodarte.
Check out this girl’s two-tone tights- AWESOME!
There was a big display of these dolls at Barney’s… never figured out what they were… I said Mary -Kate and Ashley designed them haha.
Gucci baby!
Ended the night at Diesel. This guy was hilarious, Nicholas and I were just kinda walking around the store when he was like “Hey you, get over here and let’s get a picture.” hence the weird expression on my face haha. Note to self: Work out… a lot.

 

FASHION’S NIGHT OUT | MUCH DELAYED

Posted in Fashion, Fashion Week, New York, Shoes, Sightseeing, Street Style, Trends with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by Me & Marisa

Hello hello hello! This is MUCH delayed and about a week and 1/2 over my own personal deadline, but take pity on me… I’m a new daddy 🙂 (again). I just adopted a rescue dog that someone had dumped on my parents road. I’ll put up pictures soon but her name is Ellie and she is everything I’ve ever wanted in a dog. Such a sweet girl and makes me very happy :).

Anywho, on the to the fashion stuff. As promised, here are some of the much over-due photos from Fashion’s Night Out during my Fall Fashion Week trip to NYC. Enjoy! And hope you’re week is going well!

-Andrew J

Standing in line for our first event of the evening; Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel

Turning the corner and seeing the sign for the Ace was a most beautiful sight haha.
Once inside the Ace Hotel, the event was set up like a bazaar or a marketplace… only with fabulous swag instead of vegetables and trinkets.

Nicolas and I thought there was more upstairs, so we accidentally hopped on an elevator with some people (you had to have a key haha) and when asked “What floor?” by the others I – ever so nonchalantly – said “Same as you actually.” I’m sure they knew, but who cares ha.
In two words- love it :)… especially followed by “no smoking”
A letter to the Ace Hotel guests in the elevator.
My future address… Trump Park East
On our way to Bergdorf Goodman’s Fashion Night Out party… all of the cameras are because Sarah Jessica Parker was just getting out of her limo.
Unspeakably gorgeous. These were the Bergdorf Goodman window displays for the night. Zero photoshopping on this.

I felt like such a Vogue photographer with these window displays.
Some by-gone diva was singing in one of the windows for those waiting in line.

And at long last, we turned the final corner and…
… we’re in… (to be continued)

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