The holidays are officially here, and it’s about that time to start shopping for your loved ones. Since today is Small Business Saturday, I put together a gift guide for y’all featuring my favorite items from some of my favorite locals!
1. The Clara Earrings by Loren Hope ($68) + The Petite Zebra Trinket Dish by Jonathan Adler ($24) both from Hattie Sparks. They have a great selection of cute home goods perfect for gifts, and the perfect holiday clothing and jewels for yourself as well!
Enjoy 15% off your in-store and online purchases today with code: SHOPSMALL
2. Dry Bar Bleu Gift Card – Located at 701 Metairie Road Suite 112 2A. Buy one for a friend or family member, and join them before a holiday party to get one of their signature styles, enjoy some bubbly, and snack from the candy bar….Yes, they have a candy bar too!
3. Boot Leather Valet Tray by Dustbowl Dry Goods from Homestead ($60) – Handmade in Tulsa Oklahoma, these trays are a perfect gift for your man, father, brother, or even for your own bedside or side table! This recently opened gem is a mom & pop general store filled with high quality goods for your life and home.
*Juley Le of Upperlyne will be there on Saturday helping shoppers pick out Christmas gifts and they will be serving punch and giving away handmade salted caramel with every purchase. Instagram your purchase and tag @homesteadnola with #homesteadnola to be entered to win a $50 gift card to the shop!!
4. Genuine Leather Snakeskin Tassel Keychains from Candy Apple ($40) – You can find the most stylish clothing and accessories at this boutique for all under $150!
*Stop by at 701 Metairie Road, Suite 1B105 on Saturday for 20% off the entire store (excluding rabbit fur items)! Tuesday they will be having a Very Merry Candy Apple Christmas Gift Party from 6-8 with gifts under $50 and 10% off your purchase! (*Keychains will not be available until then)
5. Crescent City Henley by The Elizabeth Chronicles ($35) – Visit this blogging duo’s chic tee shop and take advantage of their holiday promo where if you spend $60 you receive a free tote bag! The entire site is 30% off as well!
6. Merry and Bright Card Set from Lionheart Prints ($18) – Don’t forget to send out those holiday cards! Lionheart Prints has the cutest selection of hand drawn, one a kind designs.
Breaking news!!! An H&M just opened in New Orleans! Ha just kidding, that’s old news. But they did have a VIP grand opening party on Friday night, that I was so pleased to attend! My camera was stashed away for the majority of the night as I attempted to browse the racks searching for my size in hopes that it was still available in the most coveted items, mingle with other bloggers & friends that attended, and try to keep track of my own group, all while trying not to spill my glass of bubbly. It was madness y’all! So here are just a few pics I snapped after 2 rounds in the fitting room, and a few trips to the champagne bar…
Success! We literally closed down the store!
Those are some happy happy girls!
So now that we are getting a few cold days here, its time to rock those layers! My 2 fave layering pieces are a flannel (or just plaid) shirt and a fur vest. I also wanted to show how you can transform last years holiday cocktail dresses into a fabulously boho casual look. I got this DVF dress last year for a friends wedding and just love the color, deep neckline, and flowy silhouette. So of course I wanted to wear it again dammit! Don’t just shove your cocktail dresses to the back of your closet, just try styling them in a different way! Layered with just the fur vest keeps this outfit on the dressier side, but throw on a flannel underneath or tied around your waste and you have a completely different look.
Photos By Ciera
Outfit: DVF Fleurette Dress via Saks (Similar) // Free People Fur Vest (Similar) // F21 Plaid Top // Boots: Carlos via Buffalo Exchange // Purse: Vintage Donna Karen // F21 Bracelet // Wrap Watch + Fox Ring via Francesca’s (Similar/Similar)
My style in general is pretty hard to sum up. You can find me in anything from a flowy boho-chic ensemble, to an edgy leather number, to a comfy jeans and t shirt look.
My Louisiana style is all about making it work with the crazy weather that New Orleans hands us! Fall is upon us, and the cutest and most comfy styles of sweaters, favorite denim trends, and the most gorgeous pairs of boots and booties surround us in the stores and all throughout the fashion world. In the south, we are not as lucky to get to wear these items for more than 2 months out of the year! So while those up north are already piling on the layers, I incorporate a little fall into my look by wearing a short sleeve sweater dress (size XL top worn as a dress) with a bare leg, and mid calf boot.
Photos by Ciera Design
Outfit: Sweater & clutch via Anthropologie c/o The Shops at Canal Place // Boots: Old via Buffalo Exchange // Bracelets borrowed from the sis // Rings: vintage via my grandma
What is your Louisiana style?
Join me the night after Halloween at the Wax & Seals Gala in the historic Wax Museum and let’s see! I’ll be judging the Louisiana Style contest, so come dressed to impress. Two lucky attendees will receive $150 to use at The Shops At Canal Place! Mark your calendar for Nov. 1st and enjoy the open bar, dancing, food and silent auction. The first 100 guests will receive Trick or Treat goody bags and sip champagne as they roam the halls of the wax museum! Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Louisiana. Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/16eWuoQ
If you didn’t know already, my favorite past time is dressing up and I will use any excuse to dress in costume or a theme of any sort. With that being said, of course Halloween is my favorite holiday! Here are a few of my favorite items to add a little wicked glam into your everyday wardrobe during the days (or weeks) leading up to Halloween!
Bat Tights // Skeleton Hand // ASOS Bat Clutch (Oh no, it sold out!) Similar // Bat Necklace // Similar Wing Tip Sunglasses // Skeleton Leggings // Muscle Tee // Animal Ears Headband
Also, to get your home ready for Halloween, check out my Glam Gourds from last year that were recently featured in Ladies Home Journal (and on page 30 if you pick up a copy of the October print issue)!!
So, I saved the best for last… but I may be a bit partial! HUNT COLLECTIVE‘s premiere collection Ella & Willie Nelson (S/S 14) was everything that I expected from Lana – unique, feminine, playful, creative, wearable, and just plain beautiful! I’ll take one of each! The original artwork and custom prints made the collection personal but very relatable as well, because who doesn’t love an animal silhouette or flower print? The prettiest shades of soft purple velvet was such a luxurious touch and paired so well with the flowing silks. How amaze is that ruffle collar jumpsuit, and that jacket, shorts, crop top combo, or the paneled velvet leggings?! I could go on…. Anyway, I cannot wait to see more from this creative designer family trio!
And now for the part where I show you what I wore!
Filled with bright colors, quirky prints, oversized metallic tulle bows, and a super awesome confetti finale, Dreamcar‘s show had me smiling the whole time!! This show made me want to be a Dreamcar girl in a Dreamcar world!
Matthew Arthur‘s show was all about cropped mesh, an array of prints, subtle touches of metallic, and pulling the color palette of the collection together with a unique detail of blue brows. How cute would those one shoulder overalls be on me with a crop top underneath? Yes, I would wear all of his clothes, even the items made for the men!
I was highly anticipating Noël Martin‘s show after getting to know a little more about her and her designs in a previous post. And now I can say, she sure does not disappoint! The overall (pun not originally intended) dark mood of the show was perfectly offset by the lightness of the color palette and flirty silhouettes. And can we just talk about the leather and fur pieces? Amazing!
What I wore/awful lighting
The Revival Outpost ladies
Sarah of Think Twice Style
Outfit Photos by Ciera Design
Top: The Man Repeller x PJK // Skirt: Jenny Hann via Mirabella (Similar) (Similar) // Baseball Cap // Boots: Thrifted Nine West (Similar) (Similar) // Choker: Vintage (Similar)
Last Wednesday NOLA Fashion Week took a night off from shows to host a night of Martinis, Manicures, and Shopping in the W Hotel’s courtyard. My sister Ciera met me at work and we had a nice stroll to the loveliest courtyard set-up, to sip a martini and view the local boutiques selections right as sun set.
I have been wanting to try the baseball cap trend, but wasn’t sure where I would actually wear it. It seems weird to wear it out at night, so I thought since the weather had been kind of crazy, it was still light out, and the event was outside, it would be the perfect time to try it out!
I would love to know what y’all think of this trend, and when is it appropriate to wear them?
I wore this perfectly purple and pleated outfit for the Hazel and Florange show that was this past Sunday. Just like the Hazel & Flo brand, I wanted my look to be fun and feminine with a vintage touch. The shows started at the magical time of day a few hours before sunset, and was held in the most amazingly rustic, roofless, building, which is home to the future Union Street Hotel. Since this was a daytime show, I wanted to be colorful and easygoing (and yes, I will repeat this outfit for LSU game day)!
Outfit photos by Ciera Design
Top: H&M via Funky Monkey (Similar) (Similar) // Skirt: Forever 21 (Similar) // Belt: Vintage c/o my mom // Shoes: Steve Madden (Similar) (Similar) // Earring: Old Navy (Similar) // Purse: Thrifted (Similar)
The first day of shows started off on Sunday with New Orleans Fashion Week’s co-founder, Andi Eaton’s line Hazel & Florange. The rustic, outdoor venue was the perfect backdrop for this vintage loving designer’s sophomore collection. The collection featured fun and feminine silhouettes, and prints including polka dots, playsuits, scalloped hems, and flowing florals. The plunging neckline of the “Love Club” one-piece, and bold, graphic black and white crop tops added just enough of a modern, edgy vibe to this Southern inspired brand.
Congrats to another great collection Andi, and a start to another successful Fashion Week!
Check out how I styled the Hazel & Florange“Bubbles Bébé“ crop top from Eaton’s premiere collection!