Heather Bode Photography

Not long ago I met someone on Craigslist. The job market in the Milton and Pensacola area is sparse, causing me to resort to any means necessary in terms of job searching. I came across a photographer “seeking a ‘model’ for some creative shoot” he or she was hoping to do.

Being Craigslist, I was well aware that this could easily be code for: “I’m a skeezy ‘photographer’ seeking nude model that I will likely abduct, cut into bits, burn and bury.” So naturally, I sent an inquiry. (Just kidding, Mom!)

But really, I did send an email, only because the post was created very carefully, it had a great tone, correct grammar usage, and everything was spelled properly- Hard to come by in the world of Craigslist.

I got a quick reply laying out the info and what they were looking for. We set a date to get coffee at the local Starbucks. Mid-day, busy place, should be safe.

To wrap things up, she was sweet, her name is Heather, she is a wonderful photographer interested in fashion and creative shooting and just needed someone to work with! Voila! How convenient, a blogger in need of quality photos, also seeking someone to work with.

We made plans and had our first photo shoot just about a week ago.

Check out Heather’s website here and her blog here.

Wearing: drop-crotch, wrap pant from Asos |Asymmetrical tank by TopShop (old) |DVF scarf from Scout Boutique on Palafox | Rebecca Minkoff sandals245A2212 245A2866 HeatherBode1 245A2702

street smART

Locating street art is always a priority with each new destination. Tastefully done street art typically means you’ve found a potentially “hip” area packed with all sorts of local hubs waiting to be discovered. Over the years I’ve made an effort to track down some cool looking walls and photograph my favorite pieces.

The following six were taken by me in 2012 in East London near Brick Lane.IMG_2258 IMG_2259IMG_2146 IMG_2153 IMG_2156 IMG_2158

Cork, Ireland, 2012
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Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, 2014

Banksy art, London 2015IMG_3233East London, 2015

IMG_3222 IMG_3224Vienna, Austria 2015IMG_3456 IMG_3694Berlin Wall, Germany 2015IMG_3811 IMG_3812 IMG_3818 IMG_3819 IMG_3820 IMG_3845 IMG_3842 IMG_3843

 

Say YES to NO-la

New Orleans, Louisiana is a picturesque city teeming with all sorts of crazy, drunk characters. We spent a long Memorial Weekend there enjoying the architecture, crawfish, people and music. From the Garden District to the streets of the French Quarter, our time in NOLA absolutely did not disappoint.

Although our trip was slightly more on the tame and relaxing side, I see this being a fantastic place for a girls weekend or guy’s trip. There were many a bachelorette and stag party drunkenly roaming the streets.

EATS

Crawfish this time of year is a must. I pity anyone who visits and does not partake in the delightful consumption of these mudbugs. I recommend ordering a couple pounds and sucking the brains. #worthitIMG_0364

 

Who has two thumbs and used to watch Emeril Lagasse with her grandparents? THIS GIRL. The celebrity chef’s flagship restaurant, located in the warehouse district makes for a perfect Saturday night dinner.

SLEEPS

Hotel Monteleone, full of history, hauntings and culture, is one of the last family owned-and-operated hotels in NOLA. Smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter, this places goes above and beyond to make a tourist’s stay comfortable and eventful.

I suggest taking advantage of the rooftop pool and bar.

The hotel’s Carousel Bar is also a must visit. While you drink, the bar rotates slowly, creating a trippy ‘I need another drink’ feeling. So go ahead, indulge, have another before venturing out onto nearby Bourbon Street. IMG_0333

SEES

For those of you interested in History, might I suggest stopping by the National WWII Museum? With a strong interest in history and specifically WWII, this stop was a no brainer for our party.

The museum is recognized as the national WWII museum due to New Orleans being the home of Higgins Industries. Higgins Industries is credited in the creation of the Higgins Boat, an amphibious boat crucial to the success of many operations during WWII, including D-Day in Normandy.IMG_0362IMG_0354

In the mood for a psychic reading? Feeling the need to get back at the girl who used to jump you in the lunch line? Check out Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo. They’ve got something for that. Trinkets, spell kits and voodoo dolls can all be purchased here. The museum is quite fascinating. Small, dingy and slightly eerie, the museum gives insight to history of voodoo, including a bio on the voodoo Queen herself. Along with a history lesson, they provide a wealth of knowledge on the current practice of voodoo, which I was surprised to find, is typically used for its positive and helpful powers. Needless to say, we purchased a doll of our own.

Below are more photos of the Garden District and French Quarter. Truly an exquisite city full of activities and a little something for every type of tourist.


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