Julia & Noel’s Wedding

This past weekend was filled with reunions. Whoop! And it’s nice to see that friendships haven’t died. I mean, yeah I’ve been gone for almost one year. But it’s nice that I’m able to talk to them like I use to. Like nothing’s changed. I know I say that a lot but I’m just so thankful for it all.

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I was lucky enough to stay at an old friend’s place. Thanks Jane, Chris, Long & Vy!

I bought them a cake to say thank you. That fruit was delectable.

I even got to see Liliana, Marisol, Andy, Jakob, and Nayeli. We went to Kona and had a fun time just talking and making new memories.

I even got to spend one on one time with Liliana. I miss those. They always make me so happy. I can always tell her SO much. It’s crazy.

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Sunday was Julia and Noel’s Wedding. Look how precious they are. The love is in their eyes.

I’ve known them since they started college. And they’ve both grown SO SO SO much. They learn from each other and no matter how far apart they are their love stays strong. They never give up when times get rough. They are the definition of love.

High school sweethearts win for this round. Wish them all the best!

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They had little snacks for cocktail hour. Yum!

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And an open bar … say what?! The little shot glass in the back was our souvenir. Love love love! This would be a Cinnamon Whiskey & Coke. So good!

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Tender Wild Greens Salad with Apples and Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls

Roasted Garlic Petite Tender Beef Filet

Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breast

Smashed Herbed Potatoes

French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

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 Red Velvet

I drove home right after the wedding. I had a lot of fun. Dancing, photo booths, seeing the two love birds finally celebrating their tying of the knot. Congratulations you two!

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Since I came home super late … early Monday morning that is … I took the day off. Got manicures with Samantha and had a lunch date. We went to Ikea, got her a dining table with chairs, helped build one then went to happy hour with Mallory.

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We call ourselves The Powerpuff girls. Mallory is blonde … therefore Bubbles. Samantha is a redhead … therefore Blossom. And I have black hair … therefore Buttercup.

I’ve never seen the show but I found it funny that we were like that.

Love them. I get to see them again tomorrow night! Holla!

San Antonio Wedding Trip

I’ve been at San Antonio since yesterday afternoon. And it’s so nice to catch up with people I haven’t seen in so long!

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I even watched Hansel & Gretel. Watch it. Love it. I did.

The wedding’s tomorrow! Can’t wait to see everyone!

Ahhh!

I don’t want to dress up though. Hopefully it doesn’t rain or else it’s even worse.

Sorry for a short update. I’m too busy hanging out with my peeps.

I’ll talk to you soon and hope that you all are having a great weekend!

Shopping, Wine, & Movies

Sissy is such a bad influence. She sent me another link to a shopping site. Eeps. Money is just draining out of me. I want to buy EVERYTHING!

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Speaking of buying things, I bought these cute booties for the wedding that’s this Sunday at DSW. You like? I figure i can wear them out AND to the office. Win-Win. I want them in grey now. Or any color they have. Bows, Bows, Bows. Love, Love, Love.

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Mallory, Lauren, Samantha, and I bought a Groupon for Wine Tasting at The Cellar Door in Katy.

Sorry for my huge face … I was really close to the camera. Or maybe this is a wake up call to loose weight!

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We tasted 13 wines. Red and White. I only had a few I liked. If you know me, I’m a beer person. But now I know which wines I like. So I guess I learned something.

If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you that I thought some wines smelled like fish … or moldy squid. How? I don’t know.

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Later that night, Samantha and I went and ate Rudy’s then watched Silver Lining Playbook and Pitch Perfect. It was a pretty chill night.

Sunday, I even got to see Tammy, Jenny, their friends Mary and Jennifer (her boyfriend too) at lunch. It’s been a long, eventful weekend.

Can’t wait for this weekend. Friends and weddings. Exciting!!

P.S. I got on it and did my workout today! Holla!

Best Get On That

I would oh so happily write all about my wine tasting experience.

But sadly I have to write my GPA report that’s due tomorrow at noon.

Eeep. Gotta best get on that.

Another thing I need to get on is the whole losing lbs thing.

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I know people usually start right when January started … but I didn’t.

Therefore, I start tomorrow.

Until next time … Stay Positive & Think Good Thoughts.

I Dreamed That Love Would Never Die …

If I ever am lonely enough and really want a man, I know where to go … New Orleans.

I got hit on numerous times to the point I had to tell my coworker to NEVER leave my side!

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Thursday night I went over to Samantha’s area of the world and we watched Les Miserables.

I thought the girl in the pictures was Honey Boo Boo … that someone photoshopped her face in their. Whoops. Sorry amazing singing girl.

This movie made me wish I was in theater and a singer. And it made me miss orchestra too. Bleugh!

I was so excited to see this movie I forgot my phone at the restaurant. Scariest moment ever. I couldn’t enjoy the movie as a whole since in the back of my mind all I could think about was the movie.

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Oh, and he was a pretty cutie. Eddie Redmayne. When he sings though, his vibrato throughout his body is pretty ridiculous. His whole neck up just shakes.

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Last night, I went to Midnight Rodeo with Mallory, Samantha, John K., and Robert. Two others were suppose to come too but … nope.

We had fun regardless. Lots of laughs, singing, and dancing. It’s always fun with them!

Later today I get to go to my first wine tasting and then sushi after. Can’t wait.

Happy Saturday y’all!

New Orleans Eateries

How do I get 100+ unread blogs each day?! I can’t keep up! Eeps.

Since I mostly ate in New Orleans, I’m just going to do pictures of the places with food/descriptions. Enjoy. 🙂

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-2123
www.cochonrestaurant.com

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Fried Boudin [with picked peppers] | $8

I believe it has a Dijon mustard kind of dip. Mmm … it had a weird taste at first but after a few more bites it was actually quite good.

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Oyster & Meat Pie | $8

I’m not too sure what the dip is but it was spicy. And I really did love this. It was filled with many bite-fulls of oysters!

I didn’t know that both of these dishes were fried, else I would of got something else but OHHHH shiet! So good. I wish I actually got to go there again before I left.

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Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544
www.cafedumonde.com

I didn’t get beignets! I know! It’s a crime!

But I didn’t want sweets since I was so full from Cochon … so I only got a Large Iced Coffee | $5. It was too water downed and tasted like poop. What happened?! I guess they were just busy but meh …

Eat the beignets … they’re much more worth it.

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Mother’s Restaurant
401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-9656
www.mothersrestaurant.net

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Jerry’s Jambalaya [with cabbage & french fries]

I forgot how much it costs but mmm … they served TOO much jambalaya but it was pretty dang tasty. I really loved the cabbage and wished I had more of that. As for the fries … you all know I love potatoes and these were perfectly done!

It was pretty good … just don’t come here for breakfast. Definitely overpriced for that kinda food.

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Pho NOLA
3320 Transcontiental Dr.
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 941-7690
www.pho-nola.com

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I’m not sure what I ordered … but that it’s obviously Pho. And that it obviously does not taste as good as Houston. Obviously. But if you’re in the mood for Pho in New Orleans, this would do.

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Lüke Restaurant
333 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 378-2840
www.lukeneworleans.com

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Canard Roti [Chappapeela Farms’ duck breast, confit leg, satsuma glaze, squash tian] | $28

If you had to get ONE thing in New Orleans … get this. I about died eating this. It was that delicious. It wasn’t dry like most ducks I’ve eaten at restaurants. My coworkers were actually jealous at how wonderful it came out.

Best –ish ever!

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Southern Breakfast [2 sunny side up eggs, 2 sausages, grits, & biscuit with orange juice]

How do they eat such heavy breakfasts?! The sausages were super oily. No me gusta. The eggs were done up just right and though the biscuit looks burnt, it was actually quite the right amount of cripsness/softness factor.

I’ve never had grits before … or I’ve had but didn’t like it. Gave it another try and it wasn’t bad at all.

Breakfast at Lüke’s isn’t as great as dinner. That’s all I have to say about that.

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Singha Thai Cafe
413 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-2205

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Pad Thai

Um … it was actually, surprisingly good. They give you so much shrimp and chicken unlike many other places I’ve been too. This plate would be enough to feed 2 people … possibly 3.

Go here if you crave Thai food in New Orleans!

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American Sector
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1940
www.american-sector.com

This is located in the World War II museum … we got to watch the movie that’s in 4-d. It’s VERY educational. I want you all to go!

The chef is the same one from Lüke Restaurant … if y’all were wondering.

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Abita Purple Haze

I was a little skeptical to not get Guinness … my go to beer every time I have no idea what to get.

I was not disappointed.

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Meat Pies & Shrimp Pies

I’m not going to lie. I forgot which tin is what but they’re pretty much the same. The only thing is the inside. I liked the meat pies more. It was juicy and spicy! The shrimp pies on the other hand … it was just weird. But nonetheless good.

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Shrimp & Crab Dip [local spinach and grilled ciabatta]

Mmm … I’ve had better. The bread wasn’t good to me at all. It was too hard to eat.

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Mini Cheeseburgers [bacon-onion marmalade]

Oh man … they cut up that meat real nicely. It was kinda like sloppy joes … but without the slops. Must try!

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Grilled Black Drum [farra and Covey Rise vegetables] | $16.50

Mmm … this was a “heart healthy” meal. And it sure was. One of my coworkers got the same exact meal as me … but she said hers was dry and cold … lucky for me, mine was the exact opposite. It was too dang good.

Only thing that confused me was that I had flowers and stuff in there … which I don’t think belonged.

They seemed pretty messy here. Hopefully it’s because they are still new. Else, they need some work.

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My first King Cake. It’s a must since it’s so close to Mardi Gras time. And I got the baby! Yay!! It’s like a Cinnamon Roll … but with Mardi Gras sprinkles. I really do think sprinkles make everything taste better!

That’s it! I’m full just looking at it all.

Hope you all have a great Friday!!

PV.Body Changes

First things first.

When I read on Alex’s post said that she has handwriting known as the Shabo font … I commented and told her I would like to see it. You know … a picture would do.

But oh she’s a sweetheart. Upon arriving home last night, I got this:

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Seriously, the Shabo font should be a font you use on the computer. It’s so pretty and definitely neat. She even threw in a vegenaise coupon. I don’t use mayo much but I will certainly try this! And the sticker. I love love love it.

Thanks, Alex! I love it all! Mail is my favorite thing ever!

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And now to some serious matter.

I know today’s post was suppose to be about my trip and all but … as y’all know, I love PV.Body. Until they decided to change their ways.

I got an email a few days ago and haven’t had the time since I was on my business trip.

They started out the company as a place for us to get amazing workout clothes from places like Lululemon. Or so they say. Then got us to promote it because we seriously think it’s such a genius idea. It really is.

But once they got a big enough subscribing number, they dropped the ball that they are going to start up their own line, Ellie, and give those pieces out instead. AND raised the price. Some people didn’t even notice because it automatically charges their cards each month.

When I initially read the email, I thought they were just going to INCORPORATE some pieces of Ellie. Not just have us ONLY receive Ellie.

This is the gist of the email I received:

Ellie is the newest brand in high-end, fashionable women’s athletic wear.  We will have more of what you love – fun, bold, and trendy fitness fashions with a variety of designs. With a new collection every month, Ellie will consistently deliver the latest styles that are exclusively for our members! You can expect to see top quality materials, durable stitching, and of course, the perfect fit!  The best part is that you will get to choose which two pieces you want each month!

Starting February 1st, the pv.body site will redirect viewers to Ellie.com and current pv.body subscriptions will begin receiving theEllie clothing line in their packages.

What the hay!

I’m not saying Ellie won’t be amazing … but I can’t say it will either if I’ve never seen it or tried it out.

The only thing good about it is that we get to pick our two pieces. And the blog and their PV.Body 30 Day Challenge is pretty awesome.

But then again, that’s not why we signed up. We signed up to get brand name workout gear.

And on top of that, in Sarah’s post, Hope from PV.Body stated that it will have fabric like Lululemon. From what I know, that fabric is copyrighted. And Lululemon has NEVER heard of PV.Body. So them using Lululemon’s name to get customers and reselling their things is illegal.

It’s such a disappointment. They could of had something amazing if they just stuck with what they were selling. If they waited to launch Ellie, it would be a different story. But to change everything in less than a month of getting so many people to sign up just feels like a scam.

Hopefully they fix all of their problems pronto because they are losing so many customers and getting many bad reviews.

Just Checkin’ In

Hi Hi Bloggeroonies!

I only have limited WIFI here so that’s the reason why I haven’t updated. But you will get a full update soon. Not much has happened so all you’ll probably hear about is food. But they’re all delicious and free! Most of it anyway. YAY!

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Oh … and the whole not fitting in thing. I fit in with the older folk. The young folk around my age. Not so much. They’re all paired up since they’ve worked together longer soooo no room for me. Oh well, right?

Hope y’all are having a wonderful beginning of the week!

When I’m Gone

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I’m off to New Orleans! Hopefully this doesn’t happen to me!

I will try to check in and read and comment y’all’s posts as much as I can.

Glad to hear y’all liked the prank video on my other post.

This isn’t anything like it but I’d like to leave you with a voice of an angel from one of my favorite movies.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Much Love,
Melissa