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

Why I’m the luckiest girl in the world…

There has been lots of change in my life in the last month to say the least. I have moved to Le Petite Roche, gotten hitched, seen an amazing country on my honeymoon (what up Belize!!), and started a new job. I had a birthday somewhere in there too, but I barely remember it. My head is nearly spinning but not literally.

In case you don’t know about the Clinton Foundation, my new employer, and all of the amazing things the foundation accomplishes each year, you should check it out! Please come visit the Clinton Presidential Center when you are in Little Rock, too. I can’t believe I get to work here every day! As you all know, I’m not a Cardinals fan, but WJC is. Our temporary exhibit on the Cardinals is great, and I’m looking forward to what we have coming up in the summer and fall!

In short, I’m delighted with my new life. P and I are loving our new (to us) Hillcrest home, getting to celebrate friends’ birthdays, cheering for the Travs, and randomly bumping into good people we know at the grocery and everywhere else. Now, just to find a car for me! Any recommendations? See y’all soon!




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!



Engaged with 3 and 1/2 months to go!
2 January 12, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Lent, NOLA, wedding

Happy New Year, everyone!!

In case you haven’t heard it from me, my fiance, Twitter, Facebook, or a save the date, I’m engaged! We are excited to share that our nuptials will take place in New Orleans in April. We are trying to avoid everyone looking like a big ole humidified mess while keeping our date after Carnival/Lent/Easter but before Jazz Fest. Should be good times for all! 3 and 1/2 months and counting!

If you want to learn more, check out our wedding site on Nearlyweds! Just so you know, Pittman came up with the cutest website name I’ve ever run across. How lucky am I?!

I hope your New Year is off to a great start! See you in 2012!


St. Pat’s in NYC? I’m with Eamon!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  I hope all of you in NYC are outside enjoying this glorious day. I am not. Work calls, I answer.

On a day like this, I normally would find a reason to dodge work and skip across the park to see the miles of kilted men playing their bagpipes and such. SIDE NOTE: Although, I will say that NYC should head down to New Orleans and take a lesson on how to throw a real parade. No floats in your parades (except for the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving), really?! REALLY?

Instead, today, I’ve decided to boycott the 250th year of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York. I’m tired of the anti-gay position of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the City’s enforcing it, and frankly, the position doesn’t square up with what I know of the Irish. Here’s a snip-it from Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore who has the right idea. Thanks, Eamon! I’ve seen Irishmen sillier than a soup sandwich marching in parades on the Emerald Island. Get up to speed, NYC!

Here is a link to an article with ideas on how to change the course of this parade rather than just pouting about the status quo. Believe me, I’ll be penning some letters in pink ink this eve.

And, just so you know, I understand the Free Assembly clause of the First Amendment. I went to law school. I’ve heard of the Supreme Court, and I’ve read National Socialist Party of America v. Skokie. I understand decisions of private groups and their speech is oft-times protected even if offensive. Blah, blah, blah. But, c’mon NYC, what is gayer than a friggin’ parade?