Hello from New Orleans!

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So we packed up a jumped on a plane for New Orleans a couple weeks ago! I have never in my life been here and to see it all for the first time is nothing short of spectacular. 

[ 7 am flights are probably the least glamorous thing... ever]
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We are here for 6 weeks so we rented a little house in one of the older neighbourhoods, just a couple blocks off the Mississippi River. This way we fully settle in and have some sort of routine during our stay as well as getting a full New Orleans experience. 
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All our neighbours have a front porch as well and it has been amazing to see how neighbourly and friendly EVERYONE is here. I honestly keep saying to Sean "it feels like we went back in time 40 or 50 years!". The little girls on the block all love to go catch bugs, everyone has welcomed us with open arms and we even had invitations to come over for dinner after only a day here. The reality is that I know nearly every person on our. whole. block. on a first name basis which is not common back home. It has a lot to do with how close houses are here, but I think that it is also that southern hospitality that people here are raised with.
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I could spend days just admiring the houses here. Our own house, although small, has incredibly tall ceilings (it goes up another foot or so from the picture rail in this shot of Wren squished between the pocket doors LOL). Every room has a fireplace and every door has a transom window over it, and I cannot get enough!
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Some of our neighbours are so creative in their gardening and house paint colours that I have to document it all for future reference! I would love to bring back a little of this flavour somehow in a future project at home.
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Wren in particular has just taken to New Orleans. She has a love of plants and animals and between the gorgeous blooms everywhere and the countless friendly dogs and cats that call our street home she is just in heaven.
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This beachy blue house down the street has stolen my heart!
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But really, every house is special and makes me fall in love.
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We live across the Mississippi from the French Quarter so on the days we want to go into the city we catch a 5 minute ferry ride then take trolley cars where we need to go.

The faded out chairs on the ferry deck just make my heart sing!
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And of course Wren thinks it's amazing!
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You really could get lost just taking in how beautiful everything is down in the French Quarter! From the creole cottages to the townhouses to the taller buildings, everything is dripping in beauty. 
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I have been so busy and excited to get out and explore that I actually haven't even whipped out my Canon at all, just shooting with my iPhone, but I definitely need to make a point of snapping some more of our little neighbourhood and I can't wait to share the rest of our stay in my next post!

Happiest of Fridays guys!

Instagram Inspiration

I will admit I am an Instagram junkie. Not so much in posting every little thing that I am eatting/doing/seeing but I use it more as my little shot of happy by seeing the beauty that others are finding in their lives. I also love following friends and family, but I use it primarily as an inspiration tool.
The most wonderful part about it is that you can find some insanely talented, wonderful people and while they take breath taking or super cute pictures I love that we are seeing someones life in snapshots. Not magazine worthy, perfect moments. But these little moments and shots are often just as beautiful or even more so than those found in any lifestyle magazine. And that is perhaps my favorite thing about Instagram, it is almost like a persons individual lifestyle magazine because you will see everything from their home decor style to their personal fashion statements and more. It can definitely lead you to look for more beauty in your life.
Maybe I will make this a regular series, maybe not, but here are my current favorite feeds to follow.
Do you have one or two must-follow feeds?