Finals are over (for most us, at least), it’s 85+ degrees outside and I found the perfect white dress.
It’s officially summer 2011. Now, as I live in Louisiana, I may complain about it. But, I love summer for two reasons:
1. So much freedom! This means sleeping until at least 8 am, going into work at 10 and eating crawfish alfresco at Fat Harry’s. Summer in New Orleans may be hot, but as we say in New Orleans, Laissez les bons temps rouler. There’s White Linen Night (Aug. 6), this fun event is filled with gallery openings, music, food and a large street party in the Warehouse District. Yes, everyone wears white linen since it’s a light fabric and the event takes place in August. I’ll be wearing my new dress.
2. Most days, it’s not insanely hot and it’s gorgeous outside. If you don’t have a car or are feeling leisurely, take a stroll through uptown and catch a ride on the streetcar. Speaking as someone who walks, takes the bus or the streetcar everywhere, it can be quite pleasant and great exercise. The streetcar is only a $1.25 and New Orleans is a great walking city if you know where to go. My favorite spots are Canal Street (the movies at Canal Place are a bit expensive, but the experience is worth it) and St. Charles (it’s beautiful at about 3 p.m.) has dining, shopping, and reading (the public library on the Avenue has a great selection and it’s a great way to spend a rainy or particularly hot Sunday). Also, bring an umbrella if visiting New Orleans, as it tends to rain a lot during the summer. Suggested fabric for clothing is linen and light cotton, it’s breathable and significantly inexpensive).