Workcation: New Orleans Garden District



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My day exploring NoLa’s Garden District will be one I’ll lock away in my treasure box of memories.  Walking down gorgeous canopied tree lined streets, experiencing delicious Creole food, and literally stalking gorgeous old New Orleans mansions – all of it was a living daydream.

Garden District Tree Lined StreetsIn true Tennille style, I dressed for my backdrop: a feminine & classic bone white pleated vintage skirt worn with a modern cropped Reformation top…for a bit of sexy.  Most importantly ladies, wear comfortable shoes while exploring.  I paired this timeless outfit with Chanel sling backs – basically my new luxury running shoes; super comfy!

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Lunch at Commander’s Palace

The afternoon began with lunch at Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans landmark since the late 1800’s.  If you’re into super old school Southern Charm, then you’re in for a treat.  A beautiful Victorian mansion turned restaurant, Commander’s sits on a corner directly across from the Lafayette Cemetery. The entire facade is flanked by turquoise striped awning, which reminded me of a candy box.

Commanders PalaceIf you want to give this restaurant a try (and trust me, you do!), keep in mind that a reservation is needed even for lunch and they observe a dress code; I mean they did let me in with my bit of mid-drift so they’re not that strict.

The staff at Commander’s was phenomenal and very inviting.  Everything we ordered was a treat from beginning to end.  Starting with the seafood gumbo, the darkest, most rich roux I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating!!  My bestie had the crawfish bisque and enjoyed it down to the last drop. Keeping it light, we each had the fresh grapefruit salad, which is out of this world delicious.  For a city not known for light eating, this bright fresh salad was perfection (I plan on recreating as it was too good to wait until my next NoLa trip).

Lunch at Commanders PalaceFor the grand finale, we shared the strawberry shortcake. It was as beautiful as it was delicious, made with local strawberries and topped with fresh whipped cream. For once I am so glad I didn’t skip dessert.  By far and away the BEST I will probably ever have…I’m drooling just thinking about it!!

Outdoor Garden at Commander’s Palace

If you do make it to Commander’s, take a short walk through their kitchen past the outdoor patio to their quaint picturesque garden.  Wearing new Sienna Alexander London sunglasses we did a lovely romantic shoot to debut my new shades. Could not be more idyllic!

Sienna Alexander London SunglassesAfter lunch we strolled across the street to the Lafayette Cemetery. NoLa is well known for their above ground cemeteries.  In fact, many of them are visited by tourists I suppose for the harsh beauty and for the cool factor.  If you’re interested in learning a little history, the Lafayette Cemetery offers free guided tours (tips only). You can even step it up a notch and book a ghost tour of the Garden District and cemetery.

I was very curious about this other side of the city that I’ve only seen in movies.  Most of all, I am very happy I had the chance to be wooed by its charming and alluring beauty.  On your next visit to NoLa be sure to make a stop in the Garden District, even if it’s just for a quick walk around the neighborhood. You will not be disappointed!!

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