Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emmys (or: better late than never)

Quick! Sparkly and beautiful things!

 I know I'm days late, but perhaps you want to re-visit some wonderful Emmys outfits? Yes? Yay! My favorites of the night were (in no particular order, except that the last is my favorite):

Gwen Stefani in Versace:

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli:

January Jones in Prabal Gurung:

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Haute Couture:

Keke Palmer in Rubin Singer:

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier:

Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli:

and my favorite favorite, Lena Headey in Rubin Singer:

Good work, stylists. And now, back to ECGs for this nursing student.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I had a glorious, glorious 5.5 day break from school, so naturally Joseph and I and a couple of our besties, Sarah and Jack, hiked it on over to NOLA! (and by hiked I mean drove my Jetta, nbd)

We made this trip all about the food, and that was definitely the perfect decision. I'm avoiding studying right now, so let's revisit some highlights!

Day 1: we left at 5 a.m., checked into our hotel at about 2, and headed to Deanie's Seafood for lunch:


I like him.

Then we (duh) went to Pat O'Briens for le famous hurricanes, where I made the men pose all stupid-like:

We went back (shamelessly) every day. Some more:




That night we went to Irene's for dinner where none of us overate or were at all tipsy:

Day 2 we took a trolley across town to eat tasty, tasty oysters at Cooter Brown's:

We saw a billion houses and coveted 99% of them:

And this looked like a commercial to me, so I took a picture of it.


Then we went on a historic ghost/vampire tour, which sounds cheesy but was totally awesome! Our guide was super adorable and really honed in on the historical parts of things rather than just trying to make the stories extra scary or ridiculous.

Here's me and Yosef ready for scary stories:


and here's some scary places:

This place had a crazy story. I don't remember the details, but a few years ago a family was staying there and was sad that they didn't notice anything particularly freaky while they were there. A couple of weeks later when they developed their film from their trip, however, there was a picture of the kids sleeping taken from way above the children, like at ceiling height. WTF THAT'S SO SCARY. I literally just looked behind me while typing this because I'm a wimp. Maybe it's a better story to hear in person.

no story behind this one, I just thought it was funny. Also, who would rent that??

I wish I had taken more pictures; there were some gorgeous places with horrible stories. Ah well, next time, mis amores.

Our hotel was wonderful and brought us wine and cheese at 5 p.m., so we had our own little happy hour back at the room before dinner (note for the moms: we did not drive while we were there):

caution: hot men boozing

caution: wine may cause selfies and photobombs

Turns out one of the stops on the tour was Muriel's, where we had dinner reservations that night! It was delicious. We also got to go up to their seance room, which was currently inhabited by very, very obnoxious drunk people but was still really disarmingly creepy. Not creepy? $35 prix fixe.

Day 3! 

We had coffee at our new "usual" spot- Merchant, right by our hotel. Staffed by hot non-pretentious gay women and serving delicious espresso and crepes.

Then I saw this sign that I love more than I can say:

Then these antiques that I gushed over (surprisingly good prices! Must come back when I get one of those...gosh what are they called? of those...ah yes, jobs).

Then I saw another house to want:

More hurricanes, and then Joseph almost bought me this dress:

It was GORGEOUS, but hard to justify since I just recently bought a lovely fancy dress for a couple of events this fall, so I said no. Who am I??

Later, one billion oysters at Acme:

Joseph's "I just ate a ton of horseradish by itself" face

And even later we had dinner at Atchafalaya. We'd been there last year and had to go back. So, so, so good. There was scallops and duck confit and shrimp and grits and cobbler and delicious rosé and all other manner of things.

Joseph has trouble with normal faces sometimes.

photo courtesy of husband

Sunday we crawled out of bed, wandered around the French Quarter for a bit, took pictures with a parrot,

and then rediscovered my Jetta and drove on back to Austin. 

And, ladies and gentlemen, that concludes this edition of "a glimpse into the life of Natalie, Joseph, Sarah, and Jack". I hope you've enjoyed your stay.