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Friday, August 16, 2013

Barnes & Noble Babe

So excited! I won a beautiful Anne Klein Cross-Body Bag from Linger Rose LLC in a Giveaway hosted by Lyddie of Chic On The Cheap blog. Thanks Ladies! I Love It! It's going to be perfect for Fall :)

I took it with me on my recent trip to Barnes & Noble (Metairie). Just call me a Barnes & Noble BABE! I love that place! I could literally spend all day there and never get bored. What's not to love!?! They have a cafe, huge music selection, and a plethora of books and magazines.

Here's a little tour of the one I frequent. Does your Barnes & Noble look the same? I bet most do!

May I take your order? This is the Barnes & Noble Cafe in Metairie (outskirts of New Orleans). They serve muffins, cookies, cake, sandwiches and a variety of Starbucks drinks. I know it looks like a milkshake in the picture below, but I actually ordered a strawberry-banana smoothie. I forgot the name of the sandwich, but it was really good. The bread was awesome.

Below are some accessories I wore: Mary Jo Matsumoto's 4 Free nail lacquer (this shade is no longer available, but she has many other beautiful shades to choose from), a Gypsy Hamsa charm brown leather bracelet I purchased on Etsy (It's a sign of protection against evil. Read the Wikipedia entry. Very interesting. I just learned about this). I also purchased these beautiful handmade Autumnal Earrings from Etsy.

Don't leave without a treat! Aren't these cookies humongous? HaHaHa They're so good! Moist too! Definitely get one if you go. Love the Godiva Chocolate Candy Bars! Get the strawberry/raspberry one! You will THANK me! :)

Ohhh yeah! Books!!!! My bad! HaHaHa Fiction, Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Biographies, Kids Section, Business, Cookbooks, Mystery, Romance! You name it and they have it! Do you know this was the first time I didn't buy ONE book while I was there? HaHaHa I was exhausted from taking pictures, drinking smoothies and eating a sandwich. HaHaHa

I love coffee table books.There's just something about them. Here are a few that caught my eye. Jazz Age Fashion: Dressed To Kill, Marilyn In Fashion, Vogue The Covers Pin-Up

There's an entire section just for music and movies. I love the diversity & selection that can be found here. You can always find something unique & different.

Below is a mural that features some people, things and organizations from New Orleans: Louis Armstrong, The New Orleans Streetcar, Bourbon Street, The Rex and Comus Organization, Mardi Gras and more.

There's also a really cool section in the bookstore that has calenders, books and other cool things about Louisiana.

Do you have a local section? Support local authors! Also support local bookstores in your area. I'll try to feature some soon.

That's it my friends! Hope you enjoyed my tour! Have a great weekend!


Irene said...

I do love me a good bookshop and this one looks simple AMAZING!!! And those cookies are just pure candy to my eye!
In Maastricht there was a very beautiful bookshop inside a former church and I love to go there just to take a look, even if they didn't have a broad range of books. In Aachen, a nearby city in Germany there was an absolutely great bookstore with five stores full of great books and magazines. A friend and I once spent three hours there just browsing books and gift cards :)
Now in Basel I'm spoilt for choice as there are a couple of big bookshops, one with four or five stores as well, a many other smaller ones.
That's been a great post to start my weekend, thanks for sharing, Kim!
Have A fabulous weekend you too!
xoxo Irene

Mica T said...

Such a cute little bag, what a great prize! Congrats Kim! :)

Sounds like a lovely day having lunch and browsing a book store! I always end up buying a book when I go in for a browse too, haha. There's always something to read!

Away From Blue

Cee said...

I always love a good book store. We don't have Barnes & Noble in Canada so visiting it is always a highlight of my cross border trips. But I have yet to visit one that served cookies, and I'm practically drooling over your photos of those peanut butter cup cookies. Yum, yum, yum!

Shulamit E said...

I so miss Barnes and Nobles. They pretty much closed most of them in Houston down and there aren't any here in S. Korea. Love the Hamsa bracelets too..

Make sure to check out the giveaway on my blog: http://www.lattesandlipstick.com/2013/08/fridas-little-soap-shop-and-giveaway.html

The Dainty Dolls House said...

So super!! I love bookstores, libraries..any place like this where I can sit and enjoy myself. My library has a spot where you can get a drink and things too. Bookstores always smell great too, hahaha!! You look wonderful doll :)) Am so pleased you won...it's a great addition :)) I hope you have a super weekend :)) xx

Annie Sand said...

This looks like a fabulous place, a place where I could spend hours. I've always dreamed about opening a bookstore with a little café in it.

Love the handbag too. I wish you a sweet day!

Nails My Dreams said...

Books and cookies in one place? Count me in! lol. I can spend a year inside that place.

Tina Bradley said...

Gorgeous handbag and fab accessories, Kim! I, too, ADORE Barnes & Noble. Mark does too! We often head over and browse after dinner out (bookstore browsing is a date night perennial fave for us). xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Emmylou said...

Love love love your bag and earrings, Kim:) And yeah...I can see why you love Barnes and Noble. Our equivalent here is Chapters/Indigo, and I can spend a whole day in there as well. If only they will let me....:P

Sam said...

Congrats on your lovely win, its such a beautiful bag! The earrings are so pretty too. We don't have B&N here but we have a much lesser equivalent with a combined Seattle Coffee Shop. Best place to hang out, coffee + books = heaven!

Lilli said...

Morning Kim! First of all congrats on the winning! How beautiful the crossbody bag is! Love the chain and the shade, very nice! Now I'm complaining, why here there isnt a Barnes & Noble! Is a huge shame, it is heaven for me: cafè cookies sandwiches books, everything I love most! Enjoy it also for me dear!:) Btw, your leather bracelets are very nice! Kisses, have a fab weekend! xo

Mrs. Pedersen said...

I adore Barnes & Noble. My husband took me there on our first 'official' date. So it holds an extra special place in my heart. ;)

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Congratulations on winning such a beautiful bag, Kim! What a gorgeous colour! Loved the tour very much - thank you for sharing the photos. x

Anne said...

Delighted you won the bag Kim...it is gorgeous:) Have a lovely weekend!

birdie to be said...

Ooo how exciting! And all of these treats look so amazing!

Nicky mywishstyle said...

Hi Kim, a lot of congrat for the bag. It is special!
lovely place, eat and read.. great idea!

TheTinyHeart said...

Enjoy your beautiful new bag! I love sitting in Barnes and Nobles too with a coffee and browsing the books. :) Have a great weekend!

The Tiny Heart
JCrew Giveaway!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Kim, that such a cute bag! Congratulations you lucky girl! And B&N is a nice place to take it for a spin and you looked so cute doing it. Sadly we seem to be losing alot of our bookstores in NYC but we are quite fortunate to live within walking distance to a B&N and hubby and I sometimes go in there and just spend the afternoon hanging out.

Have a marvelous weekend Kim!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

Hi kim, congrats honey, I love your bag! The place is so lovely <3

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

B&N is such a great place to hangout!! love the handbag you won!

Love and Ace said...

That bag is GORGEOUS - luck you! I love going to Barnes and Nobles, could spend hours there looking through books and of course getting my Starbucks fix. xx Kat

Love and Ace

Thrifted Shift said...

Bags, food, and books- my kind of post! :)

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

You're so lucky, my local B & N closed years ago & I still miss it!

always, koru kate

Laura Go said...

Ahhhh cute purse! I love the color and it's the perfect size! I used to B&N as soon as I got out of school back in high school. Now, not so much anymore.

Cheryl van den Berg said...

That nail color is so pretty and so is the bag you won. I can't believe how long it's been since I've spent hours in a B&N. Too long!

Oh to Be a Muse
Shop Layered Muse


Hey there Kim doll. I had to come back to let you kow how fab that handbag is ... love it!Enjoy your weeken and thanks for your comment. xx/M

Sara Gerard said...

Adorable purse! What a fun trip! There is a Barnes & Noble two miles from my house that I have to go in a few times a year. I always want to buy books, even though I have piles of them at home!

Grace said...

Your accessories are gorg! And congratulations on winning, that's awesome. I never have good luck with that kind of stuff.

p.s. barnes and noble is the best place on earth

Happy Friday!
A Southern Drawl

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

THAT BAG!!! What a fabulous win! It's beautiful, and now after reading this post I am craving some Starbucks and cookies :)

Erica said...

congratulations kim :) that looks lovely on you :)

Coco said...

What a lovely place. Having a nice meal and smelling he fragrance of the printed paper, I love that! Your jewels are very delicate and cute, I like especially the bracelet. Nice nailpolish too! I love it when you take me to visit local amenities!
Big hugs
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Coco said...

P.s. I forgot to mention how splendid the bag is. Yo're going to use it a lot in Autumn!
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Brittney said...

I just visited B&N yesterday! I love sitting in the cafe with a drink, reading all the magazines for free :P Congrats on winning the bag, it's a color that will match plenty of autumn outfits.



Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

Looks like you had such a fun time at the book store (I love getting coffee when I'm there too!) Thanks so much for including my polish, I still love those colors :)

xo Mary Jo

Alicia Mackin said...

Ah lucky you! That is a great bag, LOVE the color! Have I told about the book I am currently reading? "The Liar, The Bitch and The Wardrobe" hee hee with a title like that is has to be good! A total snarky insider 's fun read.

Ali of

Dressing Ken

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Love love the nail color. I'm obsessed with tan and neutrals these days.

Annie L said...

That bag is fab, lucky you! Chic accessories and love the nude nails.
I could spend all day B&N also, coffee and books? Yes, please.
xo Annie
New England Romance

jo said...

Hey Kim, Congratulations on winning the bag! It's so cute and cross body bags are my favorites lately. I love visiting book stores too. We have Chapters which is similar to B&N but no fancy sandwiches, only a Starbucks. Haha. Enjoy your weekend, girl!

xo Jo


LyddieGal said...

An afternoon in the bookstore is always kind of fun. I love looking over the displays and seeing what catches my eye. Of course I love a nice cup of starbucks coffee and a baked good too!

Glad you got your bag, it's lovely!

Chic on the Cheap

Sam said...

Thanks for your kind words, always appreciated!

Rosy said...

OMG! That bag is adorable! You're a lucky girl! Love all those photos ... books and good food is a great combination ... Happy and sweet weekend!

Pamela RG said...

Congratulations Kim on your win. It's a gorgeous bag! I also enjoy visiting Barnes and Noble when I'm in the USA. So many books and magazines selections. Have a wonderful weekend Kim. Pamela

Mary M. said...

Wow, you were so lucky , thanks for sharing so many great pictures of Barnes&Noble, I always wish I visited America so I could visit one, I think it would be my kind of heaven.

Have an amazing week,
Mary x

flysongbird said...

wow!congrats kim..even i entered her giveaway..that's a really lovely bag..you look so fresh and dewy..love all the accessories and the sandwich looks so yummy!

Find Me A Muse said...

I love getting lost in book stores. It feels like the time just drifts away but it is so relaxing. And what better way to wrap up than a tasty treat! I couldn't take my eyes off your smoothie. That looks so good! Congrat's too on winning the gorgeous little bag. What a beautiful hue.

- Mandi

Anonymous said...

You lucky duck, it is such a beautiful bag! :-)

Corinne said...

Congrats on winning the bag =) I could spend hours in a book shop!

Corinne x

The Simply Kelly said...

so lucky !!!! lovely bag....those pic are lovely too...

LoveT. said...

Adorable! Love the Bag <3 :)


Jessica said...

love your bag and u look cute as always,.

p.s and omg!!!!! howd you see my check??? from ebates? im nervous? where did you see it at?

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Adore your bag and jewelry. Congrats on the win :) I love Barnes and Noble too. Your Barnes and Noble is way larger than the one I go too and ours isn't decorated nearly as pretty. I feel like I need to visit Barnes and Noble now haha, even if it's only for one of those cookies. Hope you're having a great weekend.


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Linda B said...

B&N is one of my all time favorite places to stop in and just relax! Haha, the soothing sense of books calms my bookworm nerves ;)
Congrats on winning that chic bag!

The Dragonfruit Diaries

Angel Feliciano said...

I love spending a day at the bookstore as well. In the philippines we don't have B&N but we have something like it called powerbooks where we have starbucks, a plethora of books, magazines, music to browse around and listen to as well :)

I love winning online contest and giveaways! they are such a treat! just recently I won a free box of ash hairdye as well which is perfect because I recently dyed my hair to the same shade so now I have a something to use when I retouch it next time <3


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CoastWithMe said...

What a cute bag! Congrats on the win darln! It's so sad that all the bookstores near me have closed!

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Sonia De Macedo said...

Congrats on the win! We don't have on in Australia but we did have a Borders which I think is similar - but they went bust so we don't really have anything like that anymore, which is kinda sad. I used to love meeting up friends for coffee amongst books


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I love relaxing in a bookstore. This Barnes & Noble looks great. I'd have to be careful not to get cookie crumbs over all the books!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

miss b said...

Congratulations on winning the lovely bag which is a great colour for autumn too. I love bookshops which also have a good café but I've not heard of this one before. I would be happy to have a browse, buy a couple of books and then enjoy a coffee and those cookies! I was so disappointed when our local boookstore closed down.
Have a good week, Kim.

Rainbow Gatherer said...

you lucky girl! the bag is beautiful , I adored the colour, just for summertime! the place you've shared is very cozy, I dream about going to that place on a rainy day to have a cup of coffee and read some books.

Vanessa said...

Woo hoo well done you on winning that giveaway - you deserve a beautiful handbag Kim! :-)

Vanessa x

Emma Henderson said...

Lovely post Kim, would love to read that Marilyn book! Congrats on your win too, your bag is lovely and you have accessorised it perfectly xo

oomph. said...

congrats on the win, kim. that's a great bag! i love book stores, period! sadly, we only have one big one left on this island and it's not close to me! i love to look at all the murder mysteries and the clearance rack!


Diva In Me said...

Congrats on winning such a gorgeous bag! =)
I didn't get a chance to visit Barnes & Nobles when I visit America the last time. I should make a point to visit if I go there again.

Emdem said...

Yay! Found it! Haha, I suppose this is that bookstore post?... I have never been to Barnes & Noble before, but how I'd love to! I love big BIG bookstores! Haha, esp. ones with cafe!!! Oh books books books! Makes me feel so happy! :D --Btw, that bag is really pretty, great win, and actually, that nail lacquer colour is really good on you. :)


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