The Southern Expat Communique: New York observations of a displaced belle

Red letter days lead to exploration of word clouds

After a beautiful day in Little Rock, filled with friends, a milestone, puppy kisses, some amazing food, and remarkable conversation, I was too amped up to take a nap with my husband. As I sat down with Ken Burns’ account of Baseball, I set out to discover how to conjure a word cloud.

As luck would have it, Tagxedo (a very easy and fun to use website) populated the top of my search. I plugged in the ole Southern Expat website to populate the cloud with personalized phrases and words, and out popped the graphic below. How cool is that?! I’m simply charmed!

Tagxedo lets you opt out of using particular words, change the colours, pick your shape, and much more. I know this is going to be at least a minor obsession of mine. Speaking of, have y’all watched Legal Eagles in your adult life? Put that on your list too, friends.

To craft your own, go to!



New Orleans = uh-mazing wedding photos xoxo

Hey everyone,

So, it looks like Pitt and I have survived our first 2 weeks of marriage. YAY! We wanted to share our wedding photos with you. Check em out, cherish them, order them, love them.

Love us!

5 Reasons You Should Check Out My Wedding…Website

So, I admittedly have the best photographer in the world, Babs Evangelista. So, she makes everything look magical. So magical in fact, that we asked (and she happily accepted) that she reimagine our wedding website. Here are 5 leeeetle reasons you should check it out:

1. Aforementioned fantastic photographer with an incredible instinct for great photo shoot locations.

2. You’ll get great restaurant and entertainment tips about New Orleans.

3. I write really compelling bios about my bridesmaids.

4. What else are you really doing at midnight on a Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday, etc…)

5. My wedding has bagpipes AND a brass band (Hot 8!!!). What?!

I hope you like what we’ve put together! See you on 21 April!!


Second Line, line up!

Hey y’all,


This wedding deal is creeping up! To get you all prepared for the trip from the church to the reception, here’s an instructional video on how to Second Line. I like to think you’ll pick up on it quickly if you don’t know how to already.


Love you all! Can’t wait to see you in a week and 1/2!!


Study up, everyone!



non-traditional tradition makes me happy
22 July 11, 1:22 pm
Filed under: ACLU, Brooklyn, Episcopal, friends, gay, Only in New York, parades, speak up!

With the Marriage Equality Act set to take effect on Sunday, 24 July, granting all New York couples the right to marry, I’m absolutely ecstatic to call myself a New Yorker! This weekend, 823 gay couples will say “I will” or “I do” thanks to the New York legislature seeing the light a month ago. That’s right, the stars are aligning for my Liza Minnelli loving friends, and I’m tickled pink about it. It’s truly a victory for individual couples, marriage equality, and human rights. Here’s a story about how a few couples will celebrate this monumental victory. Here’s a link to what the ACLU is doing to advance LGBT rights. And here’s why I’m proud to be a Brooklyn Episcopalian.

To all of you tying the knot on Sunday, mazel tov!