New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation

Our last day in New Orleans we took a mini road-trip to Oak Alley Plantation. The weather was perfect so most of our time was spent wandering around the property enjoying the huge oak trees.  During our tour we learned that nobody knows who planted the trees, and they are thought to be around 300 years old! It was crazy to realize that these trees are older than America. 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation

After our tour of the house we ate lunch at the restaurant just off the property, and afterwards went on a self-guided tour of the rest of the property. If you have a car when visiting New Orleans I would definitely recommend Oak Alley, if not for the history just to see the trees. We spent our last evening back on Magazine St. eating at the Israeli restaurant  Shaya. It was amazing. I hope you enjoyed following along our quick trip!

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation

New Orleans: The Garden District

After having spent our first two days mainly exploring the French Quarter, by day three we were excited to experience a different part of the city. That morning we took a guided tour of the Garden District — I highly recommend Two Chicks Walking Tours! The homes and history of the neighborhood were both fascinating, I especially loved all the details in the architecture.

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District

After our tour we stopped for lunch at District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. My glazed donut was delicious, and I had a great salad and green juice as well! The rest of our afternoon was spent exploring the stores along Magazine Street. We later realized that we had spent most of our time walking the wrong direction, the main shopping was a few blocks in the opposite direction, but having spent all morning walking we didn't spend too much time shopping anyway. One of our favorite finds was Century Girl Vintage. 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District

One of the most interesting parts of our tour was visiting a historic cemetery. This particular cemetery mostly was utilized by the working class. Our guide even showed us where he will be buried someday, his family has lived in New Orleans for generations. He also spent some time "debunking" some of the ghost tour stories we had heard the night before, but I got the impression actual history was sometimes just as unbelievable. 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: The Garden District

That evening we spent a few hours relaxing back at our Airbnb before heading to The Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter for dinner. If you find yourself in New Orleans don't miss the Garden District. Just walking around could have entertained me all day, and there are so many shops it would be hard to pop into them all. Be on the lookout for one last recap from our trip later this week! (We spent our last day at Oak Alley Plantation outside the city.)


New Orleans: French Quarter

Happy Friday, friends! Last week I went on a quick spring break trip to New Orleans with my family. I have never been to Louisiana before so I was especially excited to check off visiting a new state. Just 17 to go! Our first evening and first full day were both spent exploring the French Quarter. We stayed in a lovely Airbnb outside of the main hustle and bustle, and loved having a real home to come back to each night. I haven't had the opportunity to spend very much time in the South, and I really enjoyed experiencing the food and culture! 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter

Our first meal was at the Napoleon House. I tried my first Po' Boy there (which was delicious) and also really loved my Satsuma Pimm's Cup. Since it was St. Patrick's day we were able to see all the craziness on Bourbon Street before heading to Preservation Hall for a jazz performance. It was amazing. I definitely recommend getting tickets in advance so that you can have a seat, rather than standing in the back — it was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. (I even got a saxophone charm to add to my charm bracelet.) After that we headed back to the house to get some sleep. 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter

The next morning we got up and headed to get beignets. We originally planned on going to Cafe Du Monde, but the line was so long we headed to New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee instead (which in my opinion was just as delicious!). After that we walked all around Jackson Square, did some shopping, and then ate at the Oceana Grill for lunch. After a little more sight-seeing we then headed back to the house to rest before going on a ghost tour. Although a bit silly, I had a lot of fun listening to the stories. We loved exploring the French Quarter, it was the prefect introduction to New Orleans! 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter

Hallmark CLS Speaker: Gemma O'Brien

Today I received my invitation to Hallmark's Creative Leadership Symposium and I was especially excited to see that Gemma O'Brien (@mrseaves101 on Instagram) will be speaking! I have followed Gemma for a long time and her work is stunning. The whole lineup has not been announced yet, but based off of the few names we did learn I know it will be an amazing day. 

The theme for this year's event is "Explore What Else?" and I think each of the speakers will address this in their talk — I can't wait to report back after the actual event! For now, enjoy some of Gemma's beautiful work:



STL Adventures

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a few photos from the last few weekends Dale and I spent in St. Louis. As the warm weather continues we have spent lots of time in Forest Park, we spent an afternoon at the St. Louis Art Museum, and we have popped by one of my favorite stores, Flowers & Weeds, a few times. I was especially excited to find a plant for my new llama planter. Enjoy! 

Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
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Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 Teachers

There are just a few days left of the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 and I have loved watching all the videos that have gone live so far. I'm grateful I can go back and watch these at anytime — thought I have kept up with viewing the lessons I haven't yet had time to complete all the exercises myself. Below you will find links to each of the teachers' websites and Instagram accounts (click on their name for Instagram / photo for their website). I have been very inspired by the variety of styles and vast knowledge these ladies have shared, enjoy browsing through their work! 

Photography and Styling with
 Alissa Mazzenga and Aimee Mendez


Layouts and Lettering Styles with Molly Knabel

Poppy and Mint Design

Poppy and Mint Design


Invitation Design with
Karla Lim


Classic Copperplate with
Younghae Chung

Everything But Paper with
Lauren Saylor


Breaking the Rules with
Katherine Ross


Brush Calligraphy with
Sharisse DeLeon


Watercolor Illustration with
Jenna Rainey