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Travel Thursday – Big Inspiration in the Big Easy

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Travel Thursday is where I like to show off various places around the world that inspire my (and my team’s!) designs.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been to New Orleans. A REALLY long time. In fact, I haven’t been back there since I became a designer. But I’m still so in love with the city’s vibrant culture and I have plans to go back soon to gather some inspiration.

I’ve already shown you a lot of Mardi Gras pics in yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday post. However, New Orleans is so much more than just Mardi Gras and honestly, it deserved some more screen time. So Travel Thursday seemed like a perfect place to explore some other aspects of what makes the Big Easy an exciting place!

Travel Thursday – Food Inspiration!

travel thursday inspiration - crawfish


Let me let you in on a secret. I have never actually tried crawfish. And I’m dying to attend a crawfish boil (invites anyone?) ASAP. But how can you look at this photograph and NOT be inspired? The rich color, the texture on the pinchers…I immediately start picturing a savory buttery sauce and all of a sudden three of my five senses are engaged, which inspires. Even if two of the three senses are just imagined (taste and touch).

travel thursday inspiration - beignets


Oh Beignets. How I love thee, let me count the ways. Especially beignets from Cafe Du Monde. Powdery with just a hint of crisp in the fried dough, it is really…well, magical. Pair it with hot chocolate and you’ve immediately just transported me back to the French Quarter.

Travel Thursday – Music Inspiration!

travel thursday inspiration - new orleans street musician

Look at this violin player! The intensity in his eyes, how he’s caught in motion in the photograph, the movement in his hair…I look at this and remember all the passion that is evident in the musicians there. How can one not be inspired by passion?

travel thursday inspiration - street musician in new orleans


THIS guy! How can you not smile?

Travel Thursday – “The Extras” Inspiration!

travel thursday inspiration - colors of new orleans

The colors…

travel thursday inspiration - voodoo new orleans


The Voodoo shops…

travel thursday inspiration - mardi gras new orleans

And yes, the parades of Mardi Gras.

Everywhere you turn in NOLA there is something waiting to inspire your creativity. Colors, textures, people, music, tastes, smells, it’s all there for the taking (in). So how will you let it inspire you today?

Leave a note in the comments and let me know your favorite part of New Orleans’ culture! Travel Thursday inspiration is meant to be shared!

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