Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tales of The Traveling Totes Goes to the Park

Hi All,

This post is late. 
It should have been put up yesterday, but that didn't happen and for that I apologize. 

The moral of this story is, grad school takes over your life whether you want it to or not.

Ominous notions aside, I did get to travel with my wonderful Mackenzie-Childs tote, Christabel, recently.

Specifically, I went to a park in Louisiana.

Lakeview, the neighborhood of New Orleans by the lakefront, is a place where some people's front yards line a beautiful park that looks like this:

I would live there. 

This is one of my favorite areas of the city, not only because it's beautiful, but because it's just so safe and quiet. 

Why was I in New Orleans, you ask? I visited four independent bookstores, and am in talks for Punished to be sold on their shelves. 

 How cute is Maple Street Books?

The pictures above and below are of a relatively new spot, St. Roch's Market. Apparently my great-grandfather, who this pen name honors, Samuel Stone, had a part in designing the open-air building.

Christabel and I are smiling, but we're really debating whether to buy an oversized cupcake.

St. Joe's Bar, where they sell the best mojitos in the city

I love the chandelier at St. Joe's

Of course, I had to have a couple of pictures from Café du Monde. For once, I didn't get their hot chocolate (it was August) but I did eat my body weight in beignets! 

The very next weekend, I brought Christabel to Nashville, where I was headed for my friend's 21st birthday. Thanks to her family in the city, and someone who gave me some great recommendations for where to go, the trip was a success! 

At the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. 

At the art museum, there was a exhibition on Italian fashion throughout the past century. So fascinating!

It took a while to find this mural.

I just liked the name of the coffee shop...

Christabel photobombed a Snapchat!

My cute photographer and I, on the roof of Tootsie's

That's all of my tote's traveling for now. Next time, my post will be punctual!

Happy travels!

Sammie Stone

Visit my other Tote friends:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Taylor @ Pandora's BoxRita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Samantha with Christabel @ Samantha Stone
and our non-blogger friends:
 Colleen with Miss MacKenzie Joy
Tami with Miss MC la Mer


  1. Samantha, I'm glad to see that you and Christabel were able to have some fun even with your busy schedule! My daughter is in grad school and working full time too so I know exactly how hard it is for you to find time for activities! I love the photobombing and of course I always say yes to oversized cupcakes and to mojitos!! :) So glad you took us on these adventures! Linda

    1. Oh, then you definitely understand! It's unique to have a job and be a grad student-- easier on the wallet, but tough on finding spare time! I'm so happy you like the pictures! :) I couldn't help but share about the food... I'm still trying to find a place in Tuscaloosa that sells mojitos! Ha! :)

  2. I know that park! Thanks for taking us along. You and Christabel have been on the road. Good luck with sales for your book.

    1. That's so neat, Sarah! I love that area so much, a huge chunk of my first book is set there. It's just so unique, and a lot of people wouldn't know New Orleans has that! And thank you! :)

  3. I am late, too…..Cute post…loved your comment about the beignets! The Nashville pic is GREAT! Very cool about being in your grandfathers bldg - - and now I know where your pen name came from!!! Looks like you have been busy with school, travels, and promoting your book - Happy you were able to document it all and share it with us! Christabel certainly gets around!

  4. I bet you'll look back on your travels with Christabel and smile. Life gets busy but glad you squeezed in some fun times.

    A fellow mojito lover here! I have yet to travel to New Orleans but it's on my list.

    Thanks for taking us along on your travels.

  5. Sammie, I can't believe you put that tote on the STREET in New Orleans! I'm having a come apart just looking at that photo. :/

    Disinfect it!!! YIKES!!!

    Your Mother

  6. Hi...I am sure I left a comment when I originally red your post...I guess I never hit "publish". I was showing this post to a friend and noticed this....anyway, I enjoyed this post! My fav pic is the one of you in front of the Nashville sign! So happy you are sticking with us and sharing your journeys!