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Luxetips Travel Guides: Luxetips Guide to New Orleans, LA

Luxetips Travel Guides: Luxetips Guide to New Orleans, LA

Hello Divas!

Remember we can do all things by leaning on Christ for our strength.

New Orleans, LA is a city I have a long history with and one I truly love.  See my father is from New Orleans and I grew up there during half of my childhood.  Although I don’t live there now, I simply love love love visiting this city full of rich history, culture and artistic expression.

History

New Orleans was founded as a french colony on May 7, 1718.  It is a port city located on the banks of the Mississippi river and the Gulf of Mexico.  As part of the Treaty of Paris, New Orleans was ceded to the Spanish Empire in 1763.  As a result, New Orleans is a city with a strong French, Spanish, Native American and African influence.  It is the birthplace of Jazz, creole food (a mixture of French, Spanish and African food) and amazing art!

The weather can be very hot and humid in the Summer months and cool, rainy and breezy in the Winter Months.  January is New Orleans’ coldest months with an average temp of 44 degrees.  Not bad.  There are so many attractions and things to do in New Orleans.  Check out my top 5 things to do in this fun and historical city for little or no cost!

1. Streetcars.  Streetcars or Trolleys are a great way to get around New Orleans and really explore the historic sites.  The Canal Street Streetcar will take you all the way from the center of Canal Street down to the famous historic cemeteries.

Because the city is built on a swamp, the deceased have to be buried above ground in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. Divas they are something to see!  My favorite Streetcar is the St. Charles Streetcar.  This trolley will take you on a scenic ride through uptown New Orleans including the Garden District.  While riding you will see beautiful mansions, the city’s universities and there is a stop to the beautiful Audubon Park and Zoo.

 

Luxetip:  For only $3, you can purchase a Jazzy Pass that will give you unlimited rides in a single day. Fab!

2. Audubon Park.  One of my favorite parks on this earth is Audubon Park.  This park is over 100 years old and is simply stunning.  People from all over the world flock to this park to visit the park’s centuries old oak trees.  In addition, part of the park provides a bank for the Mississippi river and visitors have tons of space to have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view.  In addition, the park has a gorgeous lagoon that houses Bird Island.  Bird Island is host to hundreds of birds nesting on the island every year.  It is quite a site to see!

Luxetip:  Audubon Park has activities for the entire family.  There are tennis courts, a jogging trail, 3 outdoor playgrounds, and horse stables offering lessons to kids from 4 years old and adults.

3. Cafe Du Monde.  New Orleans has some of the best food in the world. One of my favorite delicacies from this city is beignets.  Beignets are square pieces of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three. I have to say Beignets are my absolute favorite pastry in the world.  They are even better served with cafe au lait.

Luxetip:  An order of 3 beignets are only $2 and some change.  Add a cafe au lait for only $2 more.  So affordable, good and filling. Love!

4. Frenchmen Street.

If you love live music and jazz like me, then Frenchmen Street is a must when visiting New Orleans.  Frenchmen Street is a New Orleans live music and entertainment district in the Marigny neighborhood at the edge of the French Quarter. The street’s music venues feature the best live music New Orleans has to offer.  You can enter many of the clubs and bars to check out live music or simply walk down the street and enjoy a live band playing in the street.

Luxetip:  Celebrities frequent Frenchmen Street to sit in on jam sessions.  Artists in all genres visit this famed street all the time.  So for the cost of admission or a drink, you may sit in on a free concert with your favorite artist. So luxe!

5. The Algiers Ferry.  This Ferry brings back so many fond memories for me.  This Ferry was one of my family’s mode of transportation when traveling from the West Bank to the City of New Orleans.  The Algiers Ferry has been in operation since 1827, at the foot of Canal Street – right next to the Aquarium of the Americas.  The Algiers Ferry is an awesome way to view the beauty of New Orleans via a boat ride.

Luxetip:  The ride is for pedestrians and bikers only and costs $2. Those traveling by car may park in the in one of the nearby lots for a fee. Luxe and affordable.

I hope you found this Luxetips Mini-Travel Guide helpful! If you have any city you are traveling to and you are looking for fab things to do and see for little or no cost, be sure to send us an email at latoicha@luxetipsmag.com.

Toodles!

 

 

Luxetips Events! Jeffrey Fashion Cares 25th Annual Patron Party at Atlas

Luxetips Events! Jeffrey Fashion Cares 25th Annual Patron Party at Atlas

Hello Divas!

No matter what the circumstances, always be thankful!

Recently I had the privilege of attending the Jeffrey Fashion Cares 25th Annual Patron Party at Atlas Restaurant located in the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta.

The Jeffrey Fashion Cares Patron Party hosted over one hundred Jeffrey Fashion Cares Host Committee members and Patrons.

The party was filled with beautiful people, delicious libations and tasty bites.  The event was hosted by Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams.

It was a fashionable and beautiful night!

               

Remember the the 25th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares will be held at Phipps Plaza on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. and includes a reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring founder Jeffrey Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Gucci, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.  One of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country, this year’s event will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) and the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com.

Toodles!

 

 

Luxetips Travel Guides:  Luxetips Guide to Hollywood Beach, FL

Luxetips Travel Guides: Luxetips Guide to Hollywood Beach, FL

Hello Divas!

Live a life with no regrets!

We are starting something new on Luxetips!  Introducing Luxetips Mini-Travel Guides.  These guides will highlight 5 must do and little known gems for little or no cost in each city we travel.

Our hope is that these guides will assist you with your travels in the United States and abroad.

The first city we will highlight is Hollywood Beach, FL.  It is considered the Diamond of the Gold Coast.  This beach town is 20 minutes from South Beach and 40 minutes from Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL.

History

Hollywood, FL was founded by John Young in 1920.  Mr. Young had a dream that Hollywood, FL would be a replica of Hollywood, CA in the South.  However, after several hurricanes that destroyed the area, Mr. Young’s plans of a mini-Hollywood, CA were thwarted.  Hollywood, FL then became a beach town featuring gorgeous resorts and residential properties.

I absolutely adored Hollywood, FL.  The weather is perfect and it is always sunny with the predictable South Florida afternoon downpour.  If you are ever in South Florida and want to check out this beautiful city, here are my top 5 things to do in Hollywood, FL:

1. The Beach.  Hollywood Beach, FL boasts miles of golden sand juxtaposed against the blue green ocean and the dazzling sun.  Gorgeous.

Luxetip:  Be sure to get to the beach between 10am-12noon or from 4pm-7pm.  In the Summer, during the hours of 12 noon-4pm, the Sun can become unbearable, but during the recommended times, it is perfect.

2. Diplomat Resort and Spa. Hollywood Beach, FL has some stunning hotels and resorts located directly on the beach.  Fab!

These resorts are perfect for conventions, meetings, weddings or simply a luxe getaway.  The Diplomat Hotel and Resort is one of my favorite hotels in the area.  It just went through a major renovation and I am loving the upgrades.  These upgrades include: beautiful art decor art in each room, hardwood floors, modern furnishings and super comfy beds.

This property also boasts its on private beach, three pools including an infinity pool and private cabanas for rent.  There are several restaurants on the property and a pool bar.  Love it!

Luxetip:  Rates start at $199.00 per night.  However if you book between now and October 15, you can receive their Vacation Like a VIP Package.  This package includes:  complimentary room upgrade, complimentary valet parking, a $100 resort credit and a $25 American Express Card. Wowza!

3. Hollywood Beach Theatre.  The Hollywood Beach Theatre is located on the Boardwalk in Hollywood, FL and features live free music on Wednesday through Sunday from 7pm-10pm.  My first night in Hollywood, FL included me taking a quick water taxi ride down to the theatre to listen to an absolute incredible band.  It was a night to remember.  Just picture the sight and sound of the ocean in the background, a beautiful ocean breeze and great music.  Love.

Luxetip:  The Hollywood Beach Theatre is right next to Margaritaville Resort.  Grab a fab margarita from the bar and enjoy the music!

4. Water Taxi.  A super fab way to get around Hollywood, FL is to take a water taxi.  For only $16, you get unlimited rides for a day on this fab boat!

The water taxi travels up and down the inter coastal waterway and drops passengers off at hotels, bars, restaurants and other attractions.  You will also get a fab view of yachts and mansions along the way.  It is such a lovely way to travel.  The entire ride is 1.5 hours.  I love, love, the water taxi.  It was relaxing and a perfect mode of transportation on a beautiful day.

Luxetip: Be sure to stop at one of the best affordable and cool restaurants in town, Le Tub.

  

The water taxi will drop you off right in front of this gem.  It boasts America’s best hamburger and pina cola and since I am a pina colada snob, it did not disappoint.  It is made with fresh coconut milk, fresh pineapple juice, rum and toasted shaved coconut to top it off! Insane!

Yum!  The restaurant is decorated with old bathtubs and toilets and is a favorite of celebs.

5. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL. If you are into art like me, then a visit to the Hollywood, FL Art and Culture Center is a trip you have to take!

This center provides art education, art exhibits and performance art year round.  When I visited the center, there were two fab art exhibits on display.

Also their is a student art gallery featuring art from local students.  Plus there is a component of the center that provides a great history on Hollywood, FL.

Luxetip:  Ticket prices are only $7 for adults and $4 for kids.

I hope you found this Luxetips Mini-Travel Guide helpful!  If you have any city you are traveling to and you are looking for fab things to do and see for little or no cost, be sure to send us an email at latoicha@luxetipsmag.com.

Toodles!

 

Luxetips Events! Veuve Clicquot 10th Annual NY Polo Classic Viewing Party at Atlas

Luxetips Events! Veuve Clicquot 10th Annual NY Polo Classic Viewing Party at Atlas

Hello Divas!

Always be kind.  You never know what a person is going through.

If you didn’t know, every year Vueve Clicquot sponsors a very special viewing party for the Annual Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic.  The event is in it’s 10th year and of course it was super fab! There was great food, beautiful people in fashionable attire and of course delicious Veuve Cliquot chapagne.  This year the event took place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Atlas Restaurant in the prestigious St. Regis Hotel Atlanta.  Check it out!

“On Saturday, June 3, 2017, over a hundred champagne lovers descended upon Atlas, the acclaimed restaurant located at the St. Regis Atlanta, for a special viewing party for the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Partygoers mixed and mingled in the newly renovated Tavern at Atlas and on its expansive patio while enjoying lawn games such as life-size Jenga and corn hole, while noshing on bites created by Executive Chef Chris Grossman and Pastry Chef Christian Castillo and sipping on Veuve Clicquot champagne specials. Atlas also live streamed the event that was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, included Jordan Fisher, of the acclaimed Hamilton cast, singing the national anthem, a live performance by Alicia Keys, and more.”

 
So luxe!
Toodles!
Luxetips Beauty! New Shu Uemura Ambush Collection: Luxe and Bold!

Luxetips Beauty! New Shu Uemura Ambush Collection: Luxe and Bold!

Hello Divas!

You only have one life to live. Live it wisely.

Shu Uemura is the gold standard in Japanese Beauty and is especially known for their award winning make-up brushes and outstanding cleansing oils.

However, they are also known for their gorgeous make-up.

Recently, Shu Uemura released their new collection, The Ambush Collection, which is a collaboration between Shu Uemura and AMBUSH a Tokyo-based jewelry brand launched by jewelry designer Yoon and DJ Verbal. The innovative POP ART inspired designs captured a distinct Tokyo aesthetic.  The result of this collar is bold colors and fabulous art inspired packaging. So fab and luxe!

One of my favorite products in this collection are the eye foil liquid eyeshadows.  These innovative eyeshadows come with a special applicator for a smooth finish.  Because the color is so intense, you only need to use a little bit of the product to achieve amazing color. The result is shimmering intense color that lasts all day long.

The collection also comes with matte and sheer lipsticks.  I especially love the Ambush Love, a red matte lipstick.  The color is intense and the lip texture is smooth but still with a matte finish.

The star is of this collection is the ultimate8 sublime beauty cleansing oil.  This oil is AHMAZING!  I must admit, I have never tried a cleansing oil as I have very oily skin and was concerned it would be too much for my skin.  However, this oil is perfect for my skin.  It easily removes all traces of make-up and effectively cleanses your skin and adds moisture.  I wake-up every morning with the smoothest skin possible.  My skin is not oily and I look refreshed.

I adore the Ambush Collection. There is something for everyone and if you want to make a bold statement, this collection is for you.

Prices in the collection range from $20 to $91 for the ultimate oil.

Toodles!

 

Luxetips Style! Crafting An Unforgettable Wedding!

Luxetips Style! Crafting An Unforgettable Wedding!

Every bride wants an unforgettable wedding. She will go to great lengths to choose the right dress, the most beautiful flowers, the perfect bridesmaid’s dresses and the right venue. She may go all out and arrange a destination wedding in beautiful Hawaii. But at the end of it all, unless she takes steps to make her ceremony non-traditional and unforgettable, she simply has a traditional wedding in a beautiful location.

We will share with you some tips that will help you turn your elegant and chic wedding into an experience no one will ever forget. We will help you go from great to mind-blowing.

Essentials

Health and focus

Well before you begin preparing for the wedding, you need to take some simple steps to help you be at your best. Make sure you get plenty of rest, fresh water, and nutritious foods. Build your immune system with supplements from Corpina. Consider some all natural supplements to assist you with focus and mental sharpness.

The wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses

You need a professional to assist you in finding the right dress. Not only should it be the dress of your dreams, but it should be designed to be worn comfortably if you opt for a destination wedding (like Hawaii). These same considerations must go into the selection of the bridesmaid dresses. Industry leader Azazie, offers a sample dress that can be shipped to you for your consideration. This is a great program in such a busy industry,

The WOW factors

Have you ever noticed how the bride walking down an aisle looks flawless on television? That is because they have special lighting. Perhaps the room is a bit dimmed and there are twinkling lights draped from the ceiling, and maybe the bride is bathed in a warm and flattering light. If you want an unforgettable wedding, invest in good lighting.

It is the unforgettable moments that make a wedding a wondrous experience.

  • Have a blanket of rose petals cascade down on the bride and groom as they share their first kiss.
  • Have guests hold up lit sparklers to the couple to run past or under at the end of the day.
  • Provide group transportation
    • Limo bus
    • Hummers
    • Segways
    • Group bicycles
  • Hire a professional DJ/Entertainer
  • Provide a Hawaiian Luau buffet instead of traditional wedding foods
  • Decorate the tables with local fruit
  • Use the flowers of the wedding to create a flower wall.

Open Bar?

Weddings should have an open bar, but in keeping with our other plans, hire a local professional with a good handle on local cocktails for the region. You can even have them set up a little workstation to let the guest create their own drinks with chunks of fruit, ice, sugars, salt and decorations. Let the professional control the alcohol, but the guests will have a great time otherwise.

Group fun

Let your guests join in on the after wedding fun with a great group tour. Discover Hawaii Tours are a great way to turn your wedding into a mini-vacation for everyone. There are many unique tours available. Helicopter tours, live volcano tours, swimming with the dolphins, or star gazing in the most beautiful place in the world, where the stars look like diamonds in a velvet sky. There are tours that focus on the history of the islands and the history of the nation. There are private beaches and miles of crystal clear oceans.  

These ideas are not in addition to your normal wedding plans. They are in the place of your normal wedding plans, It is not a matter of adding to the budget, but more a matter of how to rearrange the budget. Once you have selected the activities you want to include in your wedding, start prioritizing. You can have a perfect and unforgettable wedding if you allow yourself to think outside the box. Don’t be shy. Reach for the sky. This is your wedding and it is designed to last forever.

Luxetips Events! Candler Park Festival: Good Music, Food and

Luxetips Events! Candler Park Festival: Good Music, Food and

Hello Divas!

Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!

This past weekend was so much fun!  I attended one of my favorite music festivals, The Candler Park Music and Food Festival.  The Candler Park Music and Food Festival is a two-day festival located in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta, GA.

(Plenty of ATMs!)

The one thing I love about this festival is the live music, great food and art vendors.

When I arrived at the festival, the crowd was large and lively.  Candler Park is big enough for festival goers to lay blankets and chairs for picnics and there were tables also.

One of my favorite aspects of this year’s event was the free water station sponsored by Fontis.  Festival goers could fill up their own containers with as much water as they wanted throughout the day.

Another fab addition to the festival was the Bai sponsored charging station.  This station included chairs, fans and chargers for cell phones.  Love it!

More importantly, there were plenty of food and drink options for the thousands of people attending the festival.  There were libations provided by Terrapin Beer and Atlanta’s own Old Fourth Ward Distillery.  In addition, some of Atlanta’s best food trucks provided good eats for the crowd.  One of my favorite festival food vendors were in attendance and I had the pleasure of having a jalapeño veggie corn dog.  It is simply divine. Yum!

But I must admit my favorite part of the festival was the live music.  I was fortunate enough to catch The Marcus King Band do a full set.  This band’s sound is a mix of Funk, R&B and Soul. The band’s energy and music was a clear favorite with the festival crowd.  They are a must see!

        

If you missed the festival this year, be sure to check it out next year.  It takes place the first weekend in June!

Toodles!

Luxetips Style! Squash Blossom Boutique Celebrates The Decatur Arts festival With 25% Off!

Luxetips Style! Squash Blossom Boutique Celebrates The Decatur Arts festival With 25% Off!

Hello Divas!

Never settle for less than you deserve.  We teach people how to treat us.  Demand respect!

One of my absolute fav fashion boutique, Squash Blossom Boutique, is kicking of the Decatur Arts Festival in a big way.

The festival kicks of tonight and Squash Blossom will be open from 5pm-10pm.  Customers can enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and also meet and browse the art of Colin Nisbet.

In addition, all dresses and shoes are 25% off all Memorial Day Weekend!  Fab!  I love Squash Blossom’s collection of dresses.  They are so unique!

Squash Blossom Boutique is located in Downtown Decatur on the Square at:

113 East Court Square Decatur, GA 30030
404.373.1864

Their Memorial Day weekend hours are as follows:

 

Friday11am – 10pm
Saturday10am – 8pm
Sunday11am – 6pm
Monday: Closed for Memorial Day

Toodles!

 

Luxetips Events! Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Happening August 26-27

Luxetips Events! Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Happening August 26-27

Hello Divas!

Good energy and a strong spiritual foundation reaps goodness and peace coming back to you.

If you live in Atlanta and looking for a cool festival to attend, then the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is the perfect outdoor event!

The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is in its 15th year and takes place on August 26-27.  The festival serves as an annual fundraiser for The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC).  The GPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park, one of Atlanta’s oldest parks.

The festival is open and free to the public and will include live music, artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run and a dedicated VIP area.  Also there will be some good eats and libations offered at the festival as well. There will be some amazing food trucks, Monday Night Brewing craft beer, Bold Rock Cider, and Frida Khalo Tequila and Status Vodka cocktails and more. Fab!

The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is one of my absolute favorite festivals in Atlanta.  The live music is killer! Plus the park is huge so it does not get overly crowded.  There is plenty of room to dance, drink and be merry!

        

Additional details about the 2017 festival including the full performer lineup will be announced in the coming months.  For the most up to date information, visit www.summershadefestival.org. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GPSummerShade and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SummerShadeFestival.

I hope to see you there!

Toodles!

 

Luxetips! Southern Luxe Dining At Parish The Brasserie Inman Park

Luxetips! Southern Luxe Dining At Parish The Brasserie Inman Park

Hello Divas!

Always be true to yourself.

This weekend, I had the immense pleasure to dine at Parish The Brasserie Inman Park in Atlanta, GA.

This eclectic restaurant is located in the heart of Inman Park in the restored historical terminal building built in 1920.  The restaurant has a earthy open and airy feel with exposed brick, natural light and a rustic decor. Gorgeous!

 

The dinner menu at The Brasserie Parish is simply divine.  The menu features creative craft cocktails, delicious wines, unique and fresh appetizers and one of a kind dinner entrees.

We started our dinner experience with The Brasserie Parish’s four signature cocktails.  They are:

The Highland Mule made with St. George Green Chile Vodka, Ginger Agave Syrup and Lime;

The Everything Gold made with Rye Whiskey, Fernet, Honey and Lemon;

The Lady Grey made with London Dry Gin, Earl Grey Tea Syrup, O4W Lawn Dart, Grapefruit, Thyme Whiskey, Fernet, Honey and Lemon and

The Bad and Boozy made with Mezcal, Campari, Blood Orange, Agave and Orange Bitters.

Our favorites were The Highland Mule, which was a divine twist on a traditional Moscow Mule with a hint of spice and The Bad and Boozy which is similar to an Old Fashion but without the bourbon.  The cocktails were strong while also tantalizing to the taste buds. Fab!

We chose to try several appetizers so we can get a good sampling of the appetizer offerings.  As a note, The Brasserie at Parish uses fresh and farm local ingredients for all of their dishes.  As a result, every  is super fresh, rich and true to flavor.  It is orgasmic.

We tried the Crispy Cauliflower which includes fried cauliflower with cucumber yogurt, parsley and feta cheese;

Prime Sirlon Beef Tartare (which my husband adored) with charred onion mayo, bacon, lavish cracker; and

Burrata Cheese which includes pesto, olive salad, tomato toast and serrano ham.

CHARRED ONION MAYO, BACON, LAVASH CRACKERand the Burrata Cheesewas super fresh and a burst of organic true flavor

The Burrata Cheese was definitely one of the best cheeses I have ever tasted.  It was unbelievably good on the tomato toast.  The Crispy Cauliflower was soooo good.  The combination of yogurt, parsley and feta made this dish a star!

For our entrees we choose two of restaurant’s best dishes:  The Fried Chicken served with Mac and Cheese and The Lobster and Grits (Mother’s Day weekend only) served with shellfish brandy gravy, crushed tomatoes and local grits.

The Fried Chicken is fried to perfection with none of the grease you get with other fried chicken.  It was tender, juicy and crispy.  However, I must admit our favorite dish was The Lobster and Grits.  The lobster was cooked to perfection and the grits were creamy and flavorful.  The gravy added just the right amount of flavor to an already perfect dish.

We topped our meal off with the restaurant’s signature Vanilla Creme Brûlée served with Hummingbird Cookies and the Mint Chocolate Chip which was a mountain of chocolate mousse, mint chocolate chip ice cream topped off with a raspberry macaroon. Swoon!

Divas The Brasserie Parish is a MUST TRY.  The food is insanely fresh, delicious and creative.  Love, love, love.  The Brasserie Parish is open the following days and times:

for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm Wed-Fri;

for dinner from 5:30-10pm Wed-Thur; 5:30-11pm, Fri & Sat

for Brunch from 10am-4pm Sat & Sun.

You can also make reservations by visiting http://www.parishatl.com/p/reservations.html

Toodles!

 

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