Allow yourself to daydream for a minute and picture this scene - it's slightly windy, around 79 degrees, cumulus clouds fill the sky, brass bands are blowing, people are smiling, children are dancing, colorful clothes decorate the streets, fried fish and shrimp aromas float in the air and a thick, joyous spirit hovers around the atmosphere and covers you like a blanket. Ladies and Gents, welcome to the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, LA.
The French Quarter Festival (FQF) always gives me the art I fiend for, and this year was no different. I got to witness an array of fashion, taste my favorite foods, and observe different vibes. Check out the FQF through my curious eyes and camera lens.
Mardi Gras Indian.
That's right sweetie, stay camera ready!
The dashiki was in full effect at the fest. I saw this look a few times on both men and women.
The hat crew.
This dish is called "Crawfish Louise." It consists of crawfish (my fav!), green onions, breadcrumbs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese. Delicious!
Chicken and sausage jambalaya.
Plum Street snoball with a shot of rum!
Rompers are popular this summer. They go with festivals like red beans go with rice (yes, I'm currently hungry, hence the food analogy).
Shorts are always a festival staple. They keep you cool and cute at the same time.
I wore a tee created by Chokolat Creme (available here), some BDG cut-off shorts (Urban Outfitters) and Steve Madden combat boots. I try to be as comfortable as possible when I'm at these festivals. An uncomfortable outfit literally ruins an event for me. I'm an advocate for functional fashion!
The FQF 2016 did not disappoint me at all. There is no other festival that has a similar vibe.
Until next time - Laissez les bons temps rouler!!! (French for let the good times roll.)
What's your favorite festival to attend?
- Samjah Iman