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The Shopkeeper Cats of New Orleans, and I’m Back in the Bay Area!

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A big hand-waving hello from sunny Novato, California!

Haaay! I’m back at home in the Bay after my birthday trip to New Orleans, and our regularly scheduled beauty bloggery will resume on Monday.

As you can probably imagine, my tabby employer was overjoyed to have his assistant back. He was so overjoyed, in fact, that he barely lifted a paw in protest when I said that I planned to showcase a couple more of the cat friends I made in NOLA.

As it turns out, working as a shopkeeper cat is one of the most lucrative feline gigs available in the city.

This particular white, orange and gray beauty models for a local art gallery…

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New Orleans Adventures, Day Two

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Day two in New Orleans (that was yesterday) started with — yup, you guessed it! — beignets and a cafe au lait. I fueled up at a cute little place called Cafe Beignet in the French Quarter. 


The beignets at the shop were denser and not as sugary as the ones at Cafe du Monde (mmm, so good!), but I’m not one to say no to fried dough…so of course I ate ’em anyway. 

After breakfast, El Hub and I trekked out to the Garden District again to look at more fancy-schmancy houses.  

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Super Cool Find: The Finery Jewelry and Home Objects in New Orleans

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One of my favorite things to do on vacation is shop for trinkets and baubles. 

(I am probably not alone in this.)

That way, back at home, whenever I see or wear said bauble (or sometimes they’re doohickeys), I’m reminded of my time on the trip. 

Today I picked up a couple of cute pieces of jewelry from a chic shop called The Finery. It’s located in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, just off Magazine Street, which is a popular shopping area with cafes and lots of antique and clothing stores.  

Incidentally, it’s about two blocks from author Anne Rice’s former New Orleans home…


Back to The Finery, they carry jewelry by indie designers, both local and from other parts of the country. The style is sort of modern minimalist, and their pieces are pretty affordable, too. 

I grabbed two things from a local designer named Neko — the Small Arc earrings ($24) and the Arc necklace ($32).

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A Cat Lady in NOLA

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You’ve officially leveled up from “crazy cat lady” to “craziest cat lady” when your souvenirs from New Orleans all involve cats. :)

Grabbed these goodies yesterday from the cutest store in the French Quarter called Gem de France. 


Half of the store was dedicated to teh kittehs! (El Hub practically had to drag me out.)


I plan to affix this small metal sign next to my front door when I get home because 1) Tabs is always on guard, 24/7, and 2) the world (and my neighbors) need to know!

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New Orleans Adventures, Day One

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 Whoop-whoop! I can now officially cross “eat beignets on my birthday” off my bucket list. 

Today’s NOLA fun started at Cafe du Monde this morning with an order of beignets and a frozen cafe au lait.



Oh, and in case you were unaware, hot fried dough covered with powdered sugar is magical!
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