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NEW ORLEANS

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SO, those of you who really know me, like those who I talk to regularly, probably know that for the past TWO years or so, I have been obsessed with New Orleans. Why? No idea, I just saw it somewhere and became obsessed. The more I read about it and watched documentaries and saw pictures I became even more obsessed. So this year, we FINALLY went and I loved it. I am not a travel blogger or even a blogger at all, but I feel like if you ever want to go there, there’s some things you should know and those are things from my own experience that weren’t like anything that anyone else told me about.

First of all, everyone told me that we only needed to go for 3-4 days and that would be enough. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. I’ve been obsessed with the place okay? I did my research and talked close to probably 50 people who have been there or lived there. Let me tell you, 3-4 days is NOT. ENOUGH. Don’t listen to these people. If all you care about is going to get shit faced on Bourbon Street, then yeah..that’s probably enough. If you care anything at all about history and culture, you need a good week.

Now for the blog post. Our first day there, we got to our hotel (below and by the way I wouldn’t stay there again but I’ll get back to that in a sec.) then we went and ate at this cute little French market and spent the rest of the day/evening walking around the French Quarter.

This was our hotel, it was called Chateau Hotel and it was super freaking cute. But like I said earlier, I wouldn’t stay there again. Nothing bad happened, but the place was built in 1806 and they said they like to see everything as original as possible. With that being said, the room was very small and there were no counters or anything in the bathroom or shelves even in the showers for our stuff. There was a stand up shower, stand alone sink and a toilet, which is fine, but I need some counter space for my stuff. I literally had to put the toilet seat down to use as a counter top to get ready. ANYWAYS.

Every day we were up early, 7am on the days we didn’t have tours and 6am on the days we did. We walked EVERYWHERE (total 28 miles over the 4 days we were there so bring comfy shoes.) Go down Royal Street because those buildings were gorgeous. Obviously you HAVE to go down Bourbon street, just for fun. Oh and in New Orleans, you can drink and have an open container 24/7 and 365 days a year, so that’s fun! Walking down Royal Street, there’s a lot of good food and this really cool hotel called Hotel Monteleone (below.)

This place is cool and supposed to be haunted, but we walked around and didn’t feel anything weird. BUT, there is this really col carousel bar in the downstairs area, and it actually moves too. Just not fast enough to really notice, but it’s still fun and you should go! We then took an Uber over to Magazine Street in the Garden District. If I ever owed a house in New Orleans, this is where it would be. This neighborhood/area is GORGEOUS. Also where JayZ and Beyonce had a home back in 2015 and yesss I got my stalker on and found it. Other than a lot of walking around, we went on some tours which I highly recommend. The people here are so knowledgeable on where they came from/live. We went to the Oak Alley Plantation which was used in numerous movies, like Forrest Gump, one of Beyonce’s music videos, The Patriot and a bunch of others. This place was gorgeous. You have to go, I think for the two of us total it was $96 and about a 4 hour long tour, including hotel pickup, drive time, etc. and then we also did a swamp tour. There are a LOT of different swamp tours there but the one we did was on an airboat. A little more expensive (I think it was $170 for us total) BUT SO WORTH IT. The airboat is so much fun and we saw some big gators. The last tour we did was a haunted history/ghost tour at night and this was $47 total. This one was fun, but honestly I can just tell you what places to go to and you can see for yourself. You don’t actually get to go inside any of the places, so you can walk around them and get the same experience and look up the story while you’re there. Oh, BUT we did go to the house where the lady from American Horror Story season 3 tortured the slaves. That was real and we went to the house where it happened. Also pretty sure I got a ghost in a photo but I’ll let you be the judge. (below)

PICS OF OAK ALLEY PLANTATION & OUR SWAMP TOUR

Besides doing tours, as I said before we did a LOT of walking. There’s so much to see here and so much music and culture. You have to go down Frenchman Street, every place we went into had a live band/artist. Even just walking on the streets, there’s live music playing almost every 100 yards. FOOD. We ate at some really good places. We went to Acme Oyster House twice, you have to get the chargrilled oysters. Café Du Monde obviously. This place called BB King’s Bbq, they had good nachos. Umm..and I can’t remember the rest right now, but if you go you can ask me and I’ll help! As for the weather, we went during a really good time in early October. The weather was humid, but not enough to bother me, which was surprising. Everyone told us though that any other time of the year it’s terrible, so plan around that if you can! Oh and back also to what I was saying earlier, there was so many things that we didn’t get to do or see, because we ran out of time. There’s an amazing WWII Museum that we really wanted to go to, but didn’t get to :( BUT we did get to go to a cemetery which was so cool. You guys, their graves there are above ground because of the flooding that happens. We went, I took pics so don’t worry but also, we saw Marie LeVeau’s grave, who was the VooDoo Queen on New Orleans way back in the day (also a character on AHS season 3.)

I could go on and on about this place, but that would be a lot to read. So, my whole point is…you should go, because I have never been anywhere like it and it’s the most amazing place and if you need help planning anything or have questions, just send me a message.

Also, I have a lot more pics on my personal Instagram @chantteeee as posts and on my TRAVEL story Highlight!






GET WHAT YOU WANT!!!

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Okay you guys, this is a post that I have been wanting to share with you guys for a while, but haven’t figured out the right way to do it and guess what?? I still haven’t. So I am just going to start typing everything as it comes to me and we will see how it goes.

This is going to be a little story about me and my life, who I am and I guess sort of what got me where I am now. As I mentioned in our first blog post ever, I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. When I was…I think 13? My family moved us to Redding, California. Once we moved there, I feel like that’s sort of where things started to go wrong in a sense. I was a new kid who didn’t know a soul, in a new town at a new school and coming from OC, I kind of got bullied a lot. Kids made fun of me for dressing different, called me spoiled and a brat just because I was from Orange County. Which was funny because I have never been any of those. But whatever. I got over it.

Going into High School I straight up SUCKED at school. I was more focused on my social life, of course..(if you know me, you can see how that is true.) Anyways, I got horrible grades, except in drama, I nailed that. I just felt like everything they were trying to teach me was not anything I was interested in AT ALL. Therefore it was hard for me to focus on anything, which resulted in bad grades. I actually did SO bad, that I got told I might not graduate. JOKES ON THEM! At one point, my parents thought I was going to end up flipping burgers at McDonalds. (jokes also on them) Oh, and I did graduate by the way. I got my sh*t together and started to get really good grades. But it wasn’t because I wanted to go to college or anything. I just didn’t want to be the loser that didn’t graduate!!!

SO after I graduated, I got a job, stayed in Redding for a couple of years and moved back to OC and THIS is where my life began. Wait back up. I have to tell you how I got to OC (this is a good one.) Ready??

I HAD WORK! The day that I left, I had work!! I called my boss and said “sorry, I can’t make it in today…or ever.” I packed everything I could into my car at the time whichI think was a Toyota Camry, called my aunt and told her I was on my way! My aunt is VERY much about “tough loving” which most of my family is by the way. I never even had a cell phone until after high school because my parents said if I wanted one, I had to get it on my own and pay for it myself (eyeroll). Anyways, back to my aunt. So she said I could stay with her as long as I get a job and help pay bills, but I only had 2 weeks to get a job and if I didn’t I was out of there. This is where the story gets goooooood.

One day I was driving home from an interview and got in a huge car accident. I totaled my car! This was my first week back in OC and days before my 21st birthday. Oh and my aunt was out of town on a trip across America. I had no way to get to any other interviews, other than having friends take me. I had $500 to my name and for some reason a job was SO HARD TO GET. So here I am now, 20 years old, no job, limited money and no car. So much fun! Before I knew it, my two weeks was up and still no job. So out I was. No job, no car, limited money, no home.

Thankfully I kept in touch with a lot of my friends who I grew up with, they took me in. I got a job, I had to use their cars to get to work or had to hav them drop me off and pick me up. I worked and worked and worked and saved enough to get my own car. FINALLY and I bet my friends were glad too.

After continuously working my booty off, I got myself a car and right when I was able to go get the rest of my stuff from up north, I got a call at 4 am January 7th, 2014 saying that there was a fire on my street. It was our house. It burnt to a pile of ashes, literally. The fun never ends. I went up north, helped go through all of our belongings, luckily everyone was OKAY but I had lost everything I have ever had. I came back home to OC and went on with my life. I got a new job in Anaheim which was a huge new job for me, it was a great opportunity in marketing. I went out one night with some new co-workers, had WAY too much to drink (4 times over the legal limit to be exact) and a drug slipped into a drink of mine and ended up in the hospital. On and off for two months I was in there. Literally dying. Bleeding internally, I had a severe case of Gastritis, which basically means I had no stomach lining because of how much I drank and a drug in my system which was a lot for me, I am 5’3 and weighed 116 at the time. I got sick a lot after that and was always fainting which kept me from working, so I lost that job.

Our house, 2014.

Our house, 2014.

One of many hospital visits, 2015

One of many hospital visits, 2015

I got better, after a really long time. I had to spend 6-9 months on a baby food diet. This is also the reason why I don’t drink anymore and why my stomach is so sensitive. But this is a whole different story that you can talk to me about personally. ANYWAYS, back to the main story. I got a new job which eventually transferred me to San Diego (where my boyfriend lived/lives) I got fired from that one after a month because my boss disagreed with me, which was okay. I highly disliked him. My boyfriend had to take me in, because I was in a new place once again and no where to go and again limited money. After I think about…2 months without a job I FINALLY got one working for the yacht company you guys have heard me mention so many times.

I actually loved this job, it was the first real job I’ve held longer than a year and actually enjoyed. During this time, I decided to start Roses, just for fun, to make some side money and to have as a hobby. Because at this point in my life, I was scared to ever spend any money because of my past experiences. I always felt like something bad was going to happen. But Roses, took off. More than I ever imagined because it was just for fun for me. I stuck with the yacht company though, because I used the paycheck from them to fuel my business. I worked Tuesday-Saturday for them and came home every day and worked on my business. Even on weekends. It was non-stop. But I loved it and it was woking. Just about two months ago, the yacht company closed their San Diego office and I had two choices, go get a part time job…or make that the last job I’ll ever have and I bet you can guess which decision I made!

Today Roses N Rosé is held in over 40 stores and across almost 15 different states. It still isn’t the biggest brand in the world and that’s okay for me. I started this. All on my own, my idea, my work, my marketing, everything. My brand is me and for that, I am proud.

So..if you’re wondering why the title of this blog might seem like it doesn’t make much sense. I don’t really know either, but for me it made sense, so I am going to stick with it. But the point of my story is not to settle, not to give up and to keep going. Find what you like, what will make you happy, follow through with it and to always just go for it. What other people are doing with their life has never mattered to me. What you do and how you live, is up to you! As many times as there are where things seem discouraging or like you’re SOOOO over it, just remember that, that is a small part of a huge chapter which could form the rest of your life!



LIFE HACK: NO RAZOR BUMPS Guest Blog by Saje Cox

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Being in gym shorts, leggings, bikinis, or lingerie for photoshoots constantly- smooth legs are a must. I wish I could say I’m one of those girls with fine blonde hair that you can’t see, but that just isn’t my reality. My hair is coarse, black, and grows faster than South Alabama grass (which is really fast). Having to shave almost daily, I’ve perfected my shaving routine so that I NEVER get razor bumps.

  1. It all starts with a good razor. I swear by this subscription service that sends me a pack of 4 blades every month for only $9. I change the blades weekly so that I never shave with a dull blade.
  2. Prepping your skin is the most important step of my shave routine. I use this coffee scrub before I shave my legs, bikini area, or underarms. (Use the code SAJE20 and you’ll save 20% on your order.) 
  3. I don’t spend money on expensive shaving creams, I swear by this conditioner instead. Make sure you wash your blade off in between strokes because it will build up if not.
  4. After shaving your lady bits and what not, put deodorant (I use this one ) on your bikini area. It’ll prevent razor bumps, keep your skin smooth, and actually prevents my hair from growing back as quickly.
  5. Once you’ve done all of the above, put this heavenly butter all over. WARNING: Your dogs will want to lick it all off. 
  6. If you need to add a little extra color, use this bronzing elixir . (Skip the butter if you plan on applying the bronzer.) I use this on my legs and arms when I need a gorgeous glow. You can read here how I incorporate it into my makeup looks as well.

Bonus Hack: I’ve got thick thighs that rub together so bad they could probably start a fire. Chafing is the WORST so you know I’ve got you covered. Grab this and keep it in your purse. I put it on anytime my thighs aren’t covered and it keeps me from getting the oh-so-annoying heat rash. You’re welcome. 

Happy Shaving.

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5 ROSEWATER HACKS- Guest Blog by The Brunettes Diary

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Hey TBD & RNR Babes,

My name is Bri for those who don't know me & I'm the founder of the blog, The Brunettes Diary and the boutique, Simple & Feminine.

I'm started blogging almost 5 years ago because I'm a product junkie & I love helping women when it comes to beauty and fashion. Overtime, my ride or die list of beauty products grew & grew which lead me to opening my boutique, Simple & Feminine, where all of you babes can shop my favorite brands.

I've been using Roses N Rose's Rosewater Facial Mist for over a year now and I'm so in love! I even sell their products in my boutique, my customers are equally as obsessed.

Okay, enough about me; let's talk rosewater.

Don't ya love a good beauty hack? Today I'm sharing allll of the secret hacks when it comes to the holy grail beauty product; Rosewater.

Rosewater spray is filled with so many benefits. I love a beauty product that gets multiple things done at once, ya know?

 

WHAT IS ROSEWATER + WHY DO I NEED IT?

 

+ It's loaded with a shit ton of antioxidants which help balance your skin's pH balance

+Perfect for people with oily skin (like, me)

+Antibacterial properties help with scars and cuts

+Works as an amazing toner!

+Perfect for puffiness & tired eyes because of the inflammatory properties

+It's cooling properties help with sunburns

+Keeps skin refreshed and hydrated

Okay, so now you see why I'm obsessed. Rosewater has so many benefits that you can't beat!

Now, let's get to the good stuff!

 

HOW THE HECK DO I USE ROSEWATER? (BEAUTY HACKS)

 

+ Put in fridge to cool product + use when tired as a 'pick me up' (or when hungover)

+Use a natural makeup setting spray

+Spray a little bit on your makeup brush & use before applying highlighter, you're welcome

+Set your translucent powder by spraying on your beauty blender prior to application

+Spray on your pillow for the ultimate beauty sleep

+Give a little spritz on your brush & comb through hair

+Toss in your purse and use as a body spray

+Perfect for sunburns (my bf low key loves it for this reason)

+Apply directly after foundation for the perfect dewy glow

Rosewater is one of those beauty staples that needs to be in every woman's makeup bag, purse or fridge (lol)

Do yourself a favor and grab one from SIMPLE AND FEMININE and use code: ROSE to get 10% OFF! - your skin will thank you.

Happy chatting with you babes,

xx

Brianna

Founder of The Brunettes Diary + Simple & Feminine Boutique

@thebrunettesdiary @simpleandfeminine