- Shop 2728 is having a fashion show October 24th at Republic. Model casting calls are being held tomorrow, October 1st at Le Phare.
- The Gem & Jewelry Show is this weekend, October 2nd-4th at the Alario Center in Westwego. Free admission and parking for all guests.
- The Green Project is offering a "reverse" tie dye class on October 3rd. Bring your old, dark colored clothing and get ready for a funky new wardrobe!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This post is dedicated to the unique style that only the French Quarter can call its own.
Rock&Republic has a reputation for rocker chic vibe and they never disappoint.
My favorite brand of jeans of all time is Citizens of Humanity. If you want to look hot you have to feel hot and Citizens have a great cut that flatters every time. The black skinny Invaders with zipper detailing are about as bad ass as it gets.
I love the toughness of this McQ by Alexander McQueen topper.
This little Betsey Johnson clutch injects punchy color and a dash of girlie into any outfit.
Going out downtown requires appropriate footwear as the streets of the Vieux Carre can be hazardous (pot holes! cracked sidewalks! what sidewalk?), especially when one has indulged in a few too many. These Loeffler Randall heels are substantial enough to keep you upright.
Make sure you are staying out waaay past your bedtime with this pink and gold watch from La Mer.
All merchandise available from www.revolveclothing.com
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
- Meet designer Tory Burch this Thursday at the New Orleans Saks Fifth Avenue and see her fall 2009 collection.
- Tomato is offering 50-75% off their sale items!
- The ladies at Who What Wear present some new pieces from Ralph Lauren Blue Label. Those little horse emblazoned polos are insanely popular in the south. Why not try something familiar yet updated?
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- New Orleans is finally getting a chance to view The September Issue on September 25th. I'm planning on catching a showing and dressing appropriately for it.
- Stop by the New Orleans Buffalo Exchange and enjoy 75% off sale items now through the end of the month.
- LF is having a big 60% off sale but you have to shop at the store. Log off and get some deeply discounted gems before they disappear.
- Local gallery owner and Oprah employ local New Orleanians to make fair trade bracelets
- Are nutria fur coats in our future?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I'm kind of loving these Sanita hot pink clogs available at Feet First. They would be cute with jeans or cords when comfort is a necessity.
I'm in love with this feather and rhinestone headband available from LF. This is a great piece to wear with just jeans and a tee or the topper on a fanciful look.
If Owls are your thing Fossil has a sweet little coin purse available at Dillard's. I like the teal and dusty rose combination with the silver studs they used for the eyes.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
A lot of hiking brands have been offering more casual pieces that are designed for an active lifestyle. The cut is crucial for comfort, the length important unless you don't mind flashing unsuspecting pedestrians. For everyone's sake keep the cut loose and the length around the knee.
Isis Lily skirt from REI
If want something dressier branch out with different fabrics.
DKNY printed full skirt from Dillard's
I'm a big fan of how functional and sturdy Lucky Handbags are. The Abbey Road from Zappos marries form and function with a cross body strap and top handles, perfect for when you need something dressier than a messenger bag .
This B. Makowsky, available from Nordstrom's is also a great option when you need your hands free.
Unless you want to tote a second pair of shoes I'd suggest wearing something cute yet sporty.
Lacoste Sollie Flats at Zappos
Diesel Water Lily also at Zappos
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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- Karen Elson opened a vintage store in Nashville, TN. This might be a good reason to travel to Tennessee! I haven't been since I was a kid.
- New Orleans Fashion Week is having a casting call for models on September 19th at the W Hotel. The website says 5 to 8 but doesn't indicate if that is a.m. or p.m
- The SPCA is looking for models to work a fashion show benefit in February.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
In my slightly biased opinion Buffalo Exchange is the best in terms of selection, price, and style. The company was founded in 1974 and is still run by the original owners. This much loved chain has a location in the Garden District with men's and women's selections. There is a large range of price points and brands, from Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Nine West, Coach, Gucci, and Tory Burch to name a few.
Swap Boutique is the newest consignment shop in New Orleans, located Uptown. This certainly has an upscale boutique feel immediately when you walk in. While they specialize in high end labels there are many mid to lower priced pieces to be found as well. They stock a good selection of sunglasses, bags, jewelry, as well as clothing. On my last trip I found Chanel sunnies, J. Crew blouses, and formal wear.
If your style is more vintage than Funky Monkey is the store for you. This is Magazine St. mainstay is a given for costumes as they stock them year round, in addition to a great selection of vintage/retro jewelry, t-shirts, and more. I often find finishing touches for costumes here.
More terrific pieces I've procured thanks to secondhand shopping. All items were purchased at Buffalo Exchange. I apologize for the shoddy pictures and promise better photos in the future.
Lucky Brand handbag
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In order to help you better integrate your new seasonal purchases with your existing wardrobe, we offer our clients a complimentary closet consultation. One of our sales associates will visit your home and provide suggestions on creatively mixing and matching your wardrobe.
In addition to the personal closet cleaner they also offer complimentary delivery, home/office appointments, shoe repair, tailoring, gift wrap, and a concierge service.
They are also involved with The Forum, an online magazine that provides style advice and offers tips on how to tell a quality shoe, designer profiles, and fashion editorials. While the content is similar to GQ or Details magazines it features the individual shops that are involved with the publication. I highly encourage y'all to check it out. Even if you can't afford to dress in Brioni, Zegna, and Hugo Boss doesn't mean you can't steal some stylings from the best.
Read the Times Picayune article for more details, including the restaurant itself.
I slung hash for a number of years, getting sucked in by the good money and good hours while I was in college. During that period I had the displeasure of wearing ill fitting men's button downs at every restaurant I worked at. I never understood how a restaurant could be so particular about the food, wine, glassware, and silverware yet be so passive about what the waiters are wearing. If you are dining at an elegant restaurant, dressed to the nines wouldn't you prefer your server in something that at least fits, and is elegant or perhaps fun? Kudos to Domencia for injecting a little style into their uniforms.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I'd like to introduce y'all to Aimee Boudreaux MacIver, a native New Orleanian, high school teacher, and owner of Beloved Light Vintage. Her store combines both her love of vintage and her hometown pride. Each piece is lovingly handpicked as an extension of her personal wardrobe and appropriately named after southern icons. Please read on to find out what makes her Etsy shop so special.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I consider myself something of an old soul. I'm drawn to anything with a story--objects, books, cities, and especially people, which is one reason I love teaching high school so much. I'm sort of a contradiction in that I have both a deep sense of home and a passionate lust for travel. I also love learning, reading, writing, creating, and thinking. And nothing beats watching the New Orleans Saints win a game.
2. How did you get in the business of selling vintage clothing?
I think I'm like a lot of vintage sellers who really are just vintage collectors who ran out of space for their treasures! Essentially, the more I collected, the more intrigued I became with all the possibility of vintage shopping. Sharing that thrill of discovery was the natural next step. And now I truly enjoy rescuing great vintage finds from obscurity so that someone else can fall in love with them.
Also, in my own collecting, I found that a lot of vintage shops can be overpriced, which just ruins the fun of the whole experience. The last thing I'd want is for vintage collecting to get overly commercialized and then end up homogenized like everything else. Instead, I wanted to create a venue that would allow other people to enjoy the same things I do about vintage shopping, but with more streamlined and efficient access--an online Etsy shop makes an ideal forum for that.
3. Is there a set style or item that you hunt for, or do you know it when you see it?
Selling vintage, for me, is kind of like match-making. I never try to sell anything I wouldn't buy for my own closet or home. (In fact, I often decide to keep items from my own inventory or give them as unique gifts!) I just stay alert for some special detail--a fabric, a print, a color, a shape, some purely fun,kitschy element--that simply deserves to be appreciated.
I do keep a general awareness of current trends, but most of the time I'm drawn to things with a sort of classic eclecticism--retro-mod, maybe a little quirky, always stylish and well-designed.
Yet what most attracts me to vintage is that each piece has been loved by somebody, somewhere, and giving that piece a new home is a way of perpetuating the love story. It's also a way to indulge a bit of fantasy, because vintage items give you freedom to imagine--for instance, maybe this dress was worn on the first date of a 50-years-long marriage, or maybe this handbag was used to carry the keys to a first home. With vintage, there's a tactile connection to real, unique people whose individual dreams and lives have already been fulfilled, and that's so much more appealing than just grabbing something mass-produced at the mall.
"Maison Dupuy" 1970s secretary dress- $24
4. What are some of the more popular items that you sell in your shop?
Our most popular items are the things you won't find anywhere else--a piece that is unique, yet somehow has a comfortable familiarity that you recognize when you see it. Handbags, jewelry and scarves are a perfect starting entry into vintage shopping. Vintage accessories are so beautifully well-made while also being totally original and affordable. And--as I long ago realized--accessories always fit, so they're very easy to buy online. We also sell a lot of vintage dresses, which are also easy to fit online. I've found that truly retro housewares are also very popular. Why buy expensive mass-produced reproductions when you can get the real thing with free shipping?
"Mystic Tea house"
Pyrex teacup trio- $9
5. I noticed each of your pieces have distinctive New Orleans names, such as Nottoway [Plantation] and Duplex. How do you come up with the names of the items?
I love New Orleans in that borderline-obsessive way that only other people raised here can understand. I've never known another city that has a soul of such wonderful contradiction like New Orleans does--lazy yet always simmering with life; deeply mysterious yet warm and hospitable; with a flair for theatrical drama yet always resilient and steadfast. You don't live in New Orleans; New Orleans lives in you. In that sense, New Orleans captures the mystique of history and romance that I love about vintage things. Naming my items after local streets, sights,and sounds is an attempt to honor that soul.
6. Where do you see your business going in the future?
Beloved Light Vintage will always be about sharing the experience more than anything else. Customer hospitality is paramount, and I believe shoppers appreciate that commitment. From pretty wrapping to fast shipping, we want our customers to feel like they're receiving a gift package, not just a generic order. As long as we strive to maintain our basic philosophy--that vintage shopping should be fun and satisfying, not overpriced or overly serious--I'm sure we'll continue to grow.
"St. Tammany" mod daisy scarf- $12
7.What is your definition of Southern style?
I think the magnolia is a perfect icon of Southern style. Soft, lush, and traditional fused with bold, confident, and a bit gothic--a certain elegance paired with a vivacious joie de vivre. I just love how Southern style spikes that sense of old-school graciousness and propriety with a defiant edge. A Southern woman will wear a black-and-gold beaded cocktail dress...to a football game. A Southern woman will wear lipstick, but never be too prissy to crack a beer and peel a crawfish. Southern women know their femininity and beauty are assets, not a liability like women in so many other places believe. I think of my grandmothers and great-aunts, who would fully embraced beauty and style, but wouldn't dream of sacrificing their beignets just to fit into a tight dress. What fun is being stylish if you can't have a life?
I'd like to give Aimee a big "Thank you" for being my first interview subject and wish her the best of luck running her business. She is currently offering 20% off all boots and shoes throughout the month of September and as always, free shipping. Also make sure to check out her "thrift scores" and "summer farewell" sections for end of summer markdowns.
All images courtesy of Beloved Light Vintage
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Alabama Chanin is the epitome of southern style. Founded by Natalie "Alabama" Chanin, the creator of Project Alabama.
"Project" had a following several years ago and received mention in fashion magazines such as Vogue. The Alabama Chanin line focuses on handcrafted, artisanal style, employing craftspeople in the community. However this 'aint your maw maw's doilies and bonnet clad geese sweaters. These highly skilled craftspeople produce beautifully stitched clothing and accessories.
"We craft limited-edition products for the individual and the home. Our products are made-by-hand using a combination of new, organic and recycled materials. Each piece is constructed with care by talented artisans who live and work in communities in and around Florence, Alabama."
A fine example of their work are the not so basic fitted t-shirts.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Proceed when you are ready.
We have to make the madness stop! Ladies and gents show the rest of the country that not all of us dress like this. Send your outfit snapshots to email@example.com so we can fight the good fight.
All images via http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/