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Let me show you my NOLA

Neauxla Chic is one of New Orleans top lifestyle bloggers putting the spotlight on the very people that make New Orleans the #1 travel destination in the world, those people are the locals, native New Orleanians.

My goal is to “Show you my NOLA” by means of showcasing the men, women, children of New Orleans. I’ll take you into the lives of the single working NOLA tourism worker, eat, shop, party and do business with New Orleans entrepreneur. I will go beyond the party hot spot of Bourbon St and show you the real city, the heart and soul of New Orleans and it’s people, allowing them to share their stories of trying to keep the the lights on while tourist turn up on Bourbon St..

My hopes in sharing is to get the tourist, the very people who love New Orleans for all that it stands for to come into the communities and patronize local businesses, the small business owner who are located outside of the tourist trap.

You can not love the city without the locals, so why not show them how much you love our culture and buy from the locals. These monies, your very dollars would add an incomparable amount of wealth and resources to the lives of the New Orleanians, our communities and businesses.

You will have fun following Neauxla Chic as she shows you all New Orleans has to offer and yes, you will see and hear about Bourbon St, the French Quarter’s and other touristy things, but through the eyes of a local.

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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