To make up for being gone so long: bonus pictures!
New Orleans was magical, like always! I didn't take as many photos as I should have, and only got two acceptable outfit shots, but I still had a lovely birthday. I don't usually eat fried food very often but we ate a ridiculous amount of it last week, and you can tell my body wasn't used to it because I got puffier and puffier as the week wore on (hence the lack of photos). Last year I was in love with a mime, this year it was a living statue guy-- he had on a long wig and makeup and kind of bent over and hung out of a gold portrait frame. It looked like he would be so sore at the end of the day. Of course I was too nervous to photograph him, so now he exists only in my mind. And probably still in the French Quarter.
As witnessed above I managed to acquire a fuchsia sequined top hat, which is obviously necessary for life. I also did tons of shopping; I bought two dresses at a little boutique from the nicest salesgirls in the world. Honestly, I know it's their job to be flattering and friendly but they didn't feel fake at all, which is rare in boutiques! I got a little structured gray dress with a cream belt that I'm wearing above (better photos of it later this week) and a springy, zip-up flowered thing.
This is the best bakery on the planet, I'm convinced of it. We ate almond croissants for breakfast (again with the puffiness) and they had chocolate domes--I'm kicking myself right now for not photographing them, but I ate mine too fast! It was the most amazing chocolate mousse dipped in ganache. I'm hyperventilating just thinking about them.