THE WEEK IN REVIEW: You Can Take the Girl Out of New Orleans, but... / by Love You Back Productions

This week marks my first week in New York City! Yay!!!

Since I arrived, I've been studying for my real estate exam like a mad woman. I've woken up as early as 5:30am to start my coursework and finished as late as 9pm at night.  

But it hasn't been all work and no play. My first weekend in New York, there was a "Mermaid Parade" -- I didn't get to go to the actual parade because again--studies!--but I was invited to an official after party. It was a costume party with a Mermaid/Atlantis theme. The whole thing made me feel as if I'd never even left New Orleans. 

I had just 2 hours to get costume-y, and I used all of my DIY costuming knowledge from living in New Orleans to my advantage. I found a phenomenal dress at a local thrift store, just 10 minutes before they closed. Then I raced over to Rite-Aid to pick up supplies: safety pins, shoelace, gift ribbon and a loofa. Yes, you read right--a loofa. I used it as a hair bow. My friends were in total awe. I told them I learned everything I know from watching New Orleanians make stunningly beautiful costumes out of total trash.

I was invited to the party by Fritz--my partner's best friend who was working at the venue. His only job was to make chaos and entertain. This was our first time meeting, and boy did he make a first impression. He has a limitless energy and devotion to play like no other. 

Me and Fritz in our House of Yes Mermaid party costumes. Fritz really knows how to put it on for the camera...hehe.

Me and Fritz in our House of Yes Mermaid party costumes. Fritz really knows how to put it on for the camera...hehe.

A professional photographer had a photo booth set up. ***Art directed by Fritz

A professional photographer had a photo booth set up. ***Art directed by Fritz

More photos from Fritz' computer. I'll have to wait to get access to the original photos, but for now I've got these screenshots Fritz sent me. 

More photos from Fritz' computer. I'll have to wait to get access to the original photos, but for now I've got these screenshots Fritz sent me. 

...and there was even a surprise guest appearance at the end of the night from my two best friends: Phoebe and Jane! They were also in full Mermaid regalia.

Phoebe looking like a mermaid princess.

Phoebe looking like a mermaid princess.

I'll be in the depths studying for my real estate exam for the next week. The test is next Thursday, so I'll be cramming till the last second. Hey Julia--what you up to? Look forward to hearing about it in next week's blog post.

-Weenta