Tattoo Tuesdays

This Tuesday I have the privilege of showcasing the work of two talented artists who also happen to be incredibly nice guys. Donn Davis, owner of Tattooagogo, and Theophile Bourgeois are this week’s contributors.
My husband and I both have trusted Donn to do large custom pieces for us. Six years later our artwork looks fresh and still gets a ton of compliments. We both have plans to get more work from him in the near future.
“This is on a tattooer from NOLA who moved away and on one of his visits back home had me tattoo this crawfish on him. we have since done another Lousiana themed tattoo on him and he plans on finishing up his leg with some really cool ideas we have talked about. This was healed and over two years old when we took the picture.”
T.J. and I used to work on the same block and even though he’s changed shops and is at Tattooagogo now I still see him on occasion. He’s no stranger to Louisiana ink and has done many NOLA inspired pieces himself.
4421 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 

If you have a great Louisiana themed tattoo that you want to show off send me your story and a picture to nolagurl{at}gmail{dot}com. Make sure you include the artist’s name and/or shop so I can credit them.

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Show & Tell

Time for another round of Show & Tell Saturday!

My self imposed uniform this summer is supposed to be tank top, skirt, and sandals yet I continue buying dress after dress. Dresses are too easy and retailers aren’t providing many skirt options this summer.

Yesterday I purchased this cotton floral Calvin Klein dress from Swap Boutique, an upscale consignment shop on Maple St. Although the dress is lacking pockets that won’t stop me from wearing it on a weekly basis. It also stops below the knee which means I’ll be able to wear this while riding my bike and not risk flashing everyone in the 70115 zip code.

I also found a great pendant at Buffalo Exchange. Amethyst is my birthstone so I couldn’t really pass this piece up. The “stick” is some sort of rock I suppose but I’m not sure what it is. It’s a little hippie dippy but could balance out a button down nicely.

If you have a great find and want to show it off, be it from the mall, boutique, or even a gift e-mail me at nolagurl{at}gmail{dot}com  to get in on the show & tell goodness.
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Not a ship in sight

Ahhhh the boat shoe. Stumble into any college bar in the South and you’re bound to see at least a few guys (and more frequently girls) sporting this preppy staple. When I lived a block behind a popular college hangout in the Garden District I started a game called “boat shoe count”. I’d see no less than 12 khaki clad guys bustin’ out the Sperry’s.

 Lately magazines have been showing the shoes as new “trends” but here below the Mason-Dixon line we’re so far behind we’re ahead. Just because you’ve been wearing the same brand or style of shoe since, well since your mom picked them out for you doesn’t mean you are limited in your options. Designers are offering up new twists on this old classic.

When buying classics always invest in the best quality you can afford. These blue J Shoes from Shoefty are made of supple leather that will only look better with age.

The bright color way on these Jack Purcells,available at Urban Outfitters, are sure to make these conservative slip ons a little more fun.

Jack Purcell Orange Boat Shoe
Looking for something sleeker? The To Boot New York nubuck versions, available at Saks, are a less clunky option that will pair well with shorts.

Of course women have a far broader range of options when it comes to footwear.

No boat shoe conversation would be complete without a Sperry Topsider mention. The Sperry Freeports, available at Zappos, are more ballet flat, less boat shoe.

These Sperry’s are the classic shape but updated with metallic gold so they pack in some fun yet maintain their roots.

Women's Authentic Original Metallic Boat Shoe
 Not sold on them yet? Payless has viable options that won’t break the bank.

Womens American EagleAhoy Boat Moc

FYI: This post comes by special request from a certain Northshore frat boy I know. ;P

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Tattoo Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday so that means one thing- more tattoos! This week’s piece comes to us courtesy of Robby Breland. Robby’s Louisiana themed tattoo will eventually be a full sleeve. He credits Caleb Baker at Effums in Baton Rouge for his work.

Robby getting sketched out. Note the Louisiana tattoo on his back as well. 

The finished product, a skull with a fleur de lis and Mardi Gras beads.

If you have a “Louisiana pride” piece you want to show off just e-mail me at nolagurl{at}gmail{dot}com. Please provide clear pictures and the artist and/or shop. A description or background story is always a nice touch.

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a sucker for seersucker

Seersucker is the south’s favorite summer fabric due to its classic and practical nature. The puckered effect of the fabric provides a moisture wicking feature and the ability to store the iron away on the muggiest of days. Translated from hindi it means “milk and sugar”, an appropriate term for this sweet stripe.

 Local design team Sarah Dewey and Jolie Bensen of Jolie and Elizabeth is paying homage to their New Orleans roots with a brand new clothing like for Summer 2010. The line features seersucker dresses manufactured below the Mason Dixon Line that are as sweet as can be. Pieces are available via their website or at the Chartres, Magazine St, and Metairie Hemline boutiques.

For more seersucker and ways to wear it check out my article on the same subject.
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Slow Southern News

– Bella Bella in Baton Rouge is doing a buy one, get one 50% off sale on all Pierre Dumas shoes for the month of May.

 NO Fleas Market, a resale shop benefitting animal welfare, is currently looking for donations of clothing in good condition. They will be located at 4934 Tchopitoulas St. 

Isabella’s Gallery will host a Mother’s Day trunk show May 7th and 8th  from 10am-6pm.

-LSU student organization Hemline will present its fourth annual “Evolve” fashion show.  The group is dedicated to increasing fashion creativity and awareness among students and the Baton Rouge community. The show will be held May 20th at 7pm in the Lyceum Ballroom and will showcase student work. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.


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Tattoo Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for the second installment of Tattoo Tuesdays. Thanks to Amalie for this sweet story about her husband’s nautical NOLA ink.

My husband is a sailor and has even had the opportunity to be part of the crew for a tallship.  Since he sailed on a tallship he has earned a lot of sailor tattoos. Whenever he gets one tattooed on his body he always puts a Jewish twist to it. His most recent tattoo was done by Walt Clark of NOLA Tattoo.  It’s a compass rose intertwined with a Star of David pointing to a Fleur-de-Lis. Sailors would tattoo the compass rose on them so that they would always find their way home.

My husband chose a Fleur-de-Lis to be his Navigator’s North for two reasons. Firstly, he wanted something that was not the usual N for North. He and Walt looked at a lot of old sea charts and found that many used a Fleur-de-Lis. Of course, this was because a lot of the maps were made by Frenchmen so north was the way home. But the second and most important reason is that our first-born son was born in New Orleans last year. As you know, New Orleans has adopted the Fleur-de-Lis as the symbol of the city and its people. So my husband’s Navigator’s North is not only authentic, it also points to the place where our son was born, the place we now call home.

If you’d like to share your tattoo you may send it to nolagurl{at}gmail{dot}com. Please provide the artist and/or shop’s name as well as a brief description of your ink.

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Show & Tell

The traffic to get to Lakeside Mall is horrendous but sometimes the effort is worth it. I made the trek to Jefferson Parish yesterday and found some cute things that are sure to enter my wardrobe heavy rotation.

This Fossil brand skirt will be perfect when it is scorching hot. It’s a little bit hippie for my tastes but I like it.

I’m a big fan of Kensie. Their dresses are pretty well made and the price is affordable. I scooped up this cotton dress that will be just as appropriate at a party as it will be at work. Love the colors and the pattern on this one.
In other news: I’ve been biking to work everyday for the past 1.5 months hence why my calves look gigantic. Somehow I also dropped like 2 pants sizes and a dress size in my sleep. Hey I’m not complaining.

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