Christina’s Guide to New Orleans

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Yesterday we heard all about the life of our Southern muse, Christina Graci…and today we get insider knowledge about all her favorite New Orleans hot spots! A city so full of culture, life, music, color, food and amazing shopping, it’s no wonder it’s one of the fastest growing cities in America. So here’s the scoop!

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Above & Below~ Christina is wearing a vintage dress from an estate sale, shoes by Roger Vivier, vintage tassel earrings, a vintage ocelot leopard belt, and HopeConfidence, and Stability Charms by Pandora Jewelry.

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New Orleans Museum of Art

“Museums are my favorite places to go alone or with my brother, Chad.  I am fascinated with history and culture so I truly find visiting the museum enlightening and so peaceful.  The architecture of NOMA is beautiful too.  It is located in City Park and has great exhibits.  What more could you ask for?!”

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Bouligny Tavern

“I love this lounge.  It is located on Magazine Street close to our office so I am frequently there with my girlfriends enjoying a glass of wine and ordering their Gouda Beignets!  The interiors are very mid-century modern with dim lighting and banquette seating.  It’s the perfect bar lounge.”

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La Petite Grocery

“I’ve been frequenting this restaurant quite often lately!  I just love how the space actually began as a tiny local grocery store years ago.  It still has some of the original interiors which you can see in the photographs hanging in the space.  It’s a very relaxing restaurant with excellent food.”

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Above~ Christina is wearing a black blouse from Theory, skirt by Proenza Schouler, shoes and purse by Tory Burch, earrings from Anthropologie, and the ConfidenceStabilityHopeLove, and Health Charms from Pandora Jewelry.

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The Polo Lounge at the Windsor Court Hotel

“It’s great for drinks before or after dinner…or anytime really!  I often have tea here as well.  On the weekends there is live music.”

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Marti’s Restaurant

“This restaurant is a new local favorite of mine.  The interiors are fabulous!  You really feel as though you are taken back in time there.”

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Kevin Gillentine Gallery

“Absolutely my favorite gallery and frame shop in the city.  We get everything framed here and the artwork is beautiful.”

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Promenade Fabrics

“This local fabric shop sells the most beautiful apparel fabrics.  They have ribbons galore and the owners are wonderful.”

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Em’s Clothing

“Em’s Clothing shop has the best variety of on-trend clothing.  If you need something she has it!”

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Keife and Co.

“This is a local wine shop right down the road from me.  They have a fabulous selection of wine and fun wine tastings every Thursday evening.  Everything from here is good!”

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“For shopping, The Uptowner Antiques is great as well as The Shops at 2011. Both are on Magazine Street.

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Jackson Square in the French Quarter

“My weekend work-out routine always includes a walk to the Square from my warehouse district apartment.  It’s just incredibly beautiful and a wonderful view of our city.”

Of course, I can’t go to Jackson Square without indulging in one of my New Orleans favorite guilty pleasures

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What are your New Orleans spots?

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