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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 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


Posted in Fashion, Food, photography, Sightseeing, Street Style with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Me & Marisa

Hollywood; Where everybody’s got a dream. What’s your dream?”  That line definitely ran through my head (and often out of my mouth) about a thousand times while sightseeing in the heart of Hollywood.

Since it was Tyler’s first time in L.A., I decided that on my crash course sightseeing tour of all things touristy, we had to do; Hollywood and Highland, The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and of course Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Keep in mind… this is all still in our first day of arriving in L.A. after our non-stop drive… we did a lot with practically zero sleep haha. Ah, the benefits of being young.

P.S. On a side note; since arriving home from L.A. I have given in to the guilty MTV pleasure of The Hills. I heard it was going off-air and since I have only ever watched 15 minutes of one episode, when I actually lived in Los Angeles (before deciding it was too stupid and I was actually losing brain cells as I watched), I watched the marathon that MTV has been showing of the past few seasons… and I enjoyed it… I know, I know. It’s shameful. I never in my life knew that a show with awkward staring, tons of background music and 12 minutes of dialogue (at best… and yes I timed an episode) could be quite so entertaining. Goodbye Hills, you will be missed I’m sure… Now back to The City 🙂

Enjoy the pictures from Hollywood!

-Andrew J

The famous Kodak Theater where the Oscars are held.
If I’m not mistaken, this is where Ryan Secrest does his radio show from.
Hollywood and Highland Center… if you look closely you can even see the Hollywood Sign in the background.
This was one of those “Right place at the right time” photos… not sure which I like better, so I put them both up. But I’m thinking I like the second one more. What do you think?
The tourist mass that is Hollywood and Highland
I’m guessing where Jimmy Kimmel is filmed… and for all of you “Mason infiltrating Hollywood” theorists… click on the pic and check out the writing on Jimmy’s building.
I KNEW better than to slouch next to Mr. 6’3… gaw I look like a gnome.
A little Hollywood Street Style for you.
Gloria Swanson and Cary Grant‘s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
One of my favorite Hollywood landmarks; The Roosevelt Hotel.
I’m… not sure what this guy was trying to accomplish… but if it was a model contract, someone needs to tell him he is about 6 inches and 3 years too late… yeah.
More style.
LADY GAGA going to Starbucks with her posse!!! Okay so not really, but it really looked like her.
Mmmmmmm California Pizza Kitchen pizza. I got the mushroom and bell pepper one below.
Not normally a fan of the man satchel… but this guy is kinda rocking it. He must be European…
I’m very proud of this picture. I think it looks like a postcard!
“Take Shore to Hope and stop on Astaire.” anyone who gets that reference is my new best friend haha. But can’t resist the original entertainer Fred Astaire!
Only in Hollywood would you find a 60 ft Chihuahua on the side of a building.
Pink’s legendary hotdogs. You can barely tell (because I took this while driving) but the line was wrapped around three times! It was intense.
When we arrived at the Marina del Ray it was cloudy again, though the marine layer burned off a little later, it was a nice break from the heat to go exploring.
Two of my favorite houses in the Marina and they probably couldn’t be more different.
So pretty… will pick up here tomorrow.


Posted in Life, Oklahoma, photography, Sightseeing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by Me & Marisa

Hey all! I know, I know I keep apologizing for being such a bad blogger and not blogging much, but I’m reaaaaly going to try and fix that. It will help a lot that I have a TON of pictures to blog about now that I just got back from a week long trip to LA yesterday. Today I’m moving a little slow, I’m still on Pacific time (and for some reason was wide awake at 6 am…) but I’m rebounding.

So gonna post the pics as they happened; day 1- the drive to LA! Yes, it’s a lot of scenery, but enjoy it anyhow ha. Hope you have had a great week!
-Andrew J


Posted in Architecture, Art, Life, Oklahoma, photography, Sightseeing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Me & Marisa

First off, I’m doing this post while watching the Isner v Mahut Wimbledon match and can I just say… EPIC!  On to the post.
Sunday my Mom was driving to my house from Shawnee when she stumbled on a place she hasn’t been since she was a little girl. She called me and told me to be ready to walk out the door by the time she drove up. I knew from the sound of her voice it was going to be good. So, off we went to do a little local Oklahoma sightseeing! The location was a famous architectural landmark called The Bavinger House and needless to say, it was amazing! It was designed by Bruce Goff and built by two artists, a painter and a sculptor. The house is truly what an artist’s imagination come to life looks like and if you ever get the chance to visit, it will be the best $10 you’ve ever spent! Also, I love that it is maintained by the family. The grandson sells tickets and the son gives the tours. They still live on the property, though not in the house. Enjoy the pics!
-Andrew J

The house is supported by these cables and is built around a single pole in the center of the house.The grandson
Oh! Also, the grounds surrounding are filled with bamboo which was started from 4 different kinds in 1982 and it just really took off. I felt like I was in Asia it was so dense!
This is where I said they kept bad children haha. It was a door into a rock.
We dubbed this bridge the Bridge to Terabithia. And come to find out is part of what keeps the house standing.These statues in the bamboo forest are called The Carolers

The house is impossible to describe! But when you first enter… the living room is floating above the ground and the majority of the rooms in the house are suspendedin the air. It was incredible!
All constructed from rock mined on the site.
This is a view I want from my house.
The glass rock is placed throughout the house and when the sun comes through, they act like lamps.
Yup, that’s a pond in the middle of the house.
The circular structures are closets
Good place to take pictures. And the dining room table rotates like a Lazy Susan
There is the post the house is built around
She was the sculptor, and he the painter. Both of their work is everywhere in the house.

Gorgeous front door

This was their son/our tour guide.
Ending on possibly my best picture of my mother ever. No editing. It was just perfect. So Zen

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