It has been two months since I came back from New Orleans, and, having done a huge shop there, I’ve been itching to write about the goodies I picked up. I’ve been so busy though, what with family birthdays, a trip to Ireland and starting a new full-time job! So now, without further ado, let me share my lovely haul with you…
Mika Rose Skirt
Standing to attention! Retro postcard from National World War II Museum store
First up is this ditsy little skirt by Mika Rose, from the National World War II Museum store in New Orleans. The great thing about this cute number is that it is so easy to wear and has tons of retro appeal with its mini floral print. I paired it with this coral top by Darling, from Cambridge boutique Lilac Rose.
Sterling silver bellflower pendant and earring set
I couldn’t leave NOLA without satisfying my passion for sterling silver jewellery. This bellflower necklace and earring set from Sterling Silvia, was designed by Silvia herself and is bang on trend with the current vogue for botanicals. I was so tempted to buy the bellflower ring too, but it was all getting a bit matchy-matchy. I love this set and have worn it almost every day!
Sterling silver water meter ring
One of Sterling Silvia’s bestsellers is the ubiquitous water meter ring, which I featured in my last blog post. Every time I wear this, I just can’t take my eyes off its detailed art deco design.
Gold seashell necklace
She sells seashells on the seashore… Golden sands and blue skies is what this beautiful seashell necklace embodies. It made a great present for my sister, who loves gold jewellery. Made of gold-plated brass on a delicate chain, I found this treasure at Zele, an indoor artisans market on Magazine Street, which also sells other lovely things such as…
Turquoise pottery bowl
…this handmade pottery bowl in deep turquoise, a good gift choice for my mum. It’s so soothing to look at, especially when its filled with still water and pink rose floating candles.
Sea urchin trinket box
This aqua sea urchin-shaped trinket box from Magazine Street boutique Peony, complete with a gold coral-shaped handle, was an impulse buy. It’d be great in the bathroom for holding cotton wool balls, although right now I’m using it to store all my spare clothes buttons!
Ruby Slipper tee shirt
I collect tee shirts like badges, and I couldn’t resist this retro tee from New Orleans eaterie Ruby Slipper Café. It is dark grey and printed with a glitzy red stiletto, that’s so tantalizingly hot right now that the Wicked Witch of the West is dying to get her hands on it! Plus, it has got an egg frying on it.
Peaches Records tee shirt
On the subject of retro tees, I plumped for this juicy number from NOLA record store Peaches Records. What a peach – so nicely snug and soft!
Emerson Lake and Palmer record
Of course I didn’t just go into a record store to buy a tee shirt, I had to get a record too! I got my prog rock fix with an American 1971 pressing of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s self-titled first album. Despite the prices being so cheap, the record was in such good nick. Plus the Peaches Record store is so damn cool, based on the facts that: a) the staff are so welcoming and friendly; b) they give you a free root beer whilst you browse the store; and c) I got a free Peaches Record sticker after buying my goodies.
Yes Fragile Record
I got not one but two records on my NOLA trip, this second one from Frenchmen street music store, Louisiana Music Factory . Because I’m currently obsessed with prog rock giants Yes, I got their Fragile album (US 1972 pressing) for a very good price, and in such great condition too.
So there you have it, my NOLA shopping haul!