So I’m going to be honest, this trying to blog several times a week is a lot more challenging than I thought it would be.  I am just full of ideas, but between working all day and a small munchkin, finding the time to write everything out and take pictures of all my outfits is incredibly challenging. My hats are off to all you blogger mamas who manage to get everything done in the 24 hours we are allotted in each day!

Back in September Hurricane Irma was barreling toward the East Coast. My mother always panics when hurricanes come, even though she’s lived in Charleston for almost forty years. So, this news qued the hurried removal of pictures from the walls and draping the furniture and tarps. My mother and I were already planning on going to Atlanta for a haircut (I’ll explain that in a different post) so we decided to leave early and take the baby and two of our three dogs. One of my dogs doesn’t get along with my mom’s dog, so my dad was going to take the other dog and go a different direction. I was definitely not looking forward to driving in the car for six hours with two dogs and a baby and then wrestling that zoo in a hotel room and not looking like the Beverly Hillbillies.

Well then Irma decided to change her mind and go West, so Charleston was no longer a direct hit. My dad decided to stay in the house, so we left him with the two big dogs and my mom and I set off with my little dog and the baby. It was still a small zoo.

Our first night in Atlanta we spent in one hotel, and the next three nights we spent in another hotel. Sunday we got our hair cut and ate a yummy lunch and then headed back to the hotel. Monday we were completely hotel bound due to the high winds from the storm. Tuesday we headed over to Phipps Plaza for some shopping and lunch. It was a nice relaxing day, and then we headed home.

So what started out as an evacuation turned into a mini-vacation. We were incredibly thankful that all that happened was our backyard flooded, but no water in the house and no damage to the house. It could’ve been so much worse, and it was so much worse for so many people. Here are some of the highlights of the trip. 
My little furbaby travel companion

Munchkin greatly enjoyed the hotel experience

Absolutely in love with my new cut and color! Finally feeling more like the old Audra Claire.
Top: Chelsea28

Pumpkin spice is always in style!

 Some pictures from our hotel pool. It looked like New Orleans.

The Ted Baker dressing room warrants a selfie!
Jacket: Stein Mart
T-Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Loft
Purse: Michael Kors

Shopping break for lunch at Cheesecake Factory!

We had two wonderful meals at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Atlanta’s Dining Room

Top: Halogen
Jeans: Loft
Sandals: Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren


  1. The white outfit is just amazing. Though both dresses are good but you look totally different in both outfits.

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