Monthly Archives: September 2010

Free tickets!

Want to win tickets to I HEART SOUTHERN STYLE on October 7th?

Come out for an evening of art, fashion, music and fun as Christy Lorio from Slow Southern Style and Scott Simon of I Heart NOLA host an event celebrating New Orleans culture. Performances by Megaphone NOLA, DJ Eugene Oubliette of Action Action Reaction and an acoustic set from The Breton Sound. Sponsored in part by Skip n’ Whistle and Cordina’s Mar-go-ritas. Vendors will be on hand selling locally made fashions in addition to an open bar and door prizes. $10 at the door, or $5 in advance through!

Two tickets are yours for the taking. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post why you want to go and retweet or send a Facebook message to your friends. I’ll pick one winner at random to win the tickets. The contest  will run until October 1st and the winner will be announced on October 2nd.

I will be announcing the vendors soon and a local brewery will be in attendance as well so stay tuned for more information!

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What I Wore

I don’t know about y’all but every year at this time I start having daily wardrobe crises. I’m sick of wearing my summer clothes and it is too warm to break out a long sleeved shirt, much less a sweater. Here in New Orleans the weather can change at a moments notice so while I may have those sweaters stored away the tank tops are always hanging in the closet, no matter what the supposed season is.

Y’all might remember this dress from when I wore it to the Anthropologie grand opening. Even though it is a bit wintery I’m so done with my summer clothes so I decided to wear it to work but wanted to dress it down. Luckily even though this dress is high on detail it is basic enough to play with accessories and give it a new look. I just swapped out platform heels for my vintage engineer boots and wore my trusty turquoise jewelry in place of the statement necklace I wore the first time around.

Check out my overgrown *ahem* lush backyard! We like to use the word lush to describe our jungle like gardens here in the south. Even if I broke out the machete (and yes I know how to use one) this would be out of control again in weeks.
Another piece from my vast collection. What can I say, I’m a collector of Native American jewelry.
Boots: vintage 
Jewelry: vintage 
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Collegiate looks on a student budget

Today’s post comes from a new friend and film school student Joseph Miner. I met Joseph at the Jolie & Elizabeth trunk show at Fair Folks & a goat via a mutual friend. He manages to have great style on a collegiate budget so I asked him to share his secrets with Slow Southern Style readers, male and female alike.

For us college students out there, classes are now in full swing.  Our planners are filling up with projects, tests, jobs and trying to squeeze in some sort of social activity as well.  With all of this in mind, who has the time or the money to dedicate to expanding our fall wardrobes?  Believe it or not, you do.  YES, YOU!  Let’s just be honest here; if you have the time to brush your teeth and run a comb through your hair before class, then you have the time to opt out of the dorm shorts and college tee in exchange for something a little bit more grown up.

It is surprisingly easy to look like you didn’t just roll out of bed and come to class, even if you did.  First impressions are huge.  Even when on campus, you never know if you might run into a  future employer, friend, business associate or significant other.  Who wants to say to someone “why don’t you add me on Facebook?” when you know you look like shit?  Not exactly a great selling point! I’ll tell you from experience, if people remember anything about you, they will remember the way you looked way before they can conjure up your name.  You can’t go wrong with just throwing on a pair of skinny jeans,some loafers, and a decent sweater.  Be creative.  Be you.  Just don’t go bumming it!  If you do happen to feel a little more on the creative side, try something like the following images from local designer Alicia Zenobia.

Also, if you invest in a nice pea coat for when it really cools down, just throw it on over whatever and wrap a scarf around your neck and you are good to go. 

 Coat from Express

We don’t have to go breaking the bank (or rather bursting the seams on our credit card limit) to look nice either.  I can’t tell you how many times I have found an article of clothing in good or even great condition for 75% or more off of the original price from a resale or consignment shop.  And if you live in New Orleans then you are in luck as we have some pretty great options.  I’m leaving you with a list of local shops that you should most definitely check out before going straight to Urban Outfitters or American Apparel.

Goodwill (City-wide, but I prefer the location listed below)
123 Robert E Lee Blvd
New Orleans,LA 70124
Phone: (504) 286-1858

Buffalo Exchange (Don’t be afraid to be a frequent flyer either, because they get “new” stuff in every day, unlike many retail stores)

3312 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4704 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA
(504) 883-3895

Alicia Zenobia:

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Slow Southern News

Maria of Ya Betta Supa Don’t was nice enough to offer 15% off to anyone who mentions “Slow Southern Style”. Just visit her Etsy shop and pick out what you like!

Aucoin Hart Jewelers is holding a jewelry raffle to benefit Sean Payton’s Pay It Forward Foundation. The prize is an 18 karat gold fleur de lis pendant adorned with over 300 black, gold, and white diamonds. Raffle tickets are $20, or 6 for $100 a bargain considering the jewelry is valued at over $10,000. The winner will be announced in store on Saturday, Sept. 25th at 3:00pm.

Eatventful, a networking party with a focus on food, will be held at Ralph’s on the Park Thursday, Sept. 23rd at 6pm. The $5 admission gets you a gift bag, drink specials, and access to a special menu.  Pssst! I also heard the door girls(and guy) at the last event were hot. ;P

Take a step back in time at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Stormin’ of the Sazerac on Friday, Sept. 24th at noon. The event commemorates the 61st anniversary of women being allowed in the Sazerac bar. 1940s attire is encouraged and there will be a costume contest, hat modeling, and ladies only luncheon.

The Where Y’hat party takes place the same day and features a fashion show with raffles, giveaways, and a hat contest. The event takes places from 5pm-8pm in Dutch Alley near the French Market. Call (504)522-2621 ext. 205 for more details.

ReRooted, a traveling art and music event, will be going on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 7-10pm. Admission is $5 and includes an art and jewelry trunk show. The festivities take place at Blackstar, 3211 Gen. Mayer Ave. and more information can be obtained by e-mailing

Fair Folks and a Goat will be hosting a Miss Malaprop trunk show Friday, Oct. 1st from 5-9pm. You can RSVP here.

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What I Wore

Yesterday I met with my friend and event partner for coffee to go over some details of  I HEART SOUTHERN STYLE. In After cleaning up dog vomit (the glamorous life of a fashion writer) and baby talking Nadia* I managed to throw on a semi presentable outfit to leave the house in. I also went to the Freret St. Friday Night Fight. What a spectacle! 

*Okay full confession: I talk to my animals. A lot. When they start talking back is when I’ll get scared.

My go to look lately has been a tank top and skirt. I love a skirt with pockets. If it has  pockets than it has to be in my wardrobe.
I also love this leather belt with brass hardware. Bonus points that I can wear it higher on my waist or lower on my hips.
One of my vintage Native American pieces. I have so much of this type of jewelry it’s almost become my signature.
Just statin’ the facts. A local designer made this but I purchased it online when I lived in Arizona so I could profess my home state love wherever I went.
Tank top: H&M
Skirt: Gap
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Melissa
Ring: Vintage

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Money Bags

There are certain things that I am very particular about and one of them is my wallet. That said I currently hate the wallet I’m sporting now. It’s too bulky, not very adult  and while a hot pink and black Betsey Johnson sounds fun it isn’t what I really crave. Years ago I purchased a Dior wallet and once it finally bit the dust I haven’t found a suitable replacement. 

While I still haven’t satisfied my quest for the perfect money holder I found a few that would be more to my liking.

This Fossil wallet from Macy’s is budget friendly and packs a stylish punch with grommets and studs.

Fossil Wallet, Winslet Studded Zip Pouch
This fun, hand embroidered leather wallet is sure to brighten up your day. It’s available from SewZinski on Etsy.

Leather Wallet Floral Hand Embroidered pink orange yellow

Keep a functional piece of artwork in your bag by carrying the zodiac by Isabella Fiore, available at Kiki.

This Comme de Garcons leather wallet from Saks is playful without being obnoxious.

And here are a few more good ones, all available on Amazon. So what does your wallet look like?

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I Heart Southern Style

I’m really pleased to officially announce I HEART SOUTHERN STYLE. I believe the flyer says it all but  for further clarification this is going to be an awesome event! It is being hosted by yours truly and Scott Simon of I heart NOLA. In addition to the comedy act, DJ and band there will be local designers on hand to showcase their wares. I hope that all Slow Southern Style readers will be able to attend as I’d love to meet each and every one of you! Y’all can RSVP here and even buy tickets in advance here.
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Slow Southern News

For all my lovely southern gals I created Southern Fashion Bloggers, a place where y’all can interact with other bloggers below the Mason-Dixon line. It is still brand new but will hopefully serve as a meaningful place to interact. Anyone can join, including businesses that are looking to collaborate with bloggers to promote their shops and products.

Fashion designer and Louisiana native Jodi Arnold will be putting on a fashion show Thursday, September 30th at the Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting  Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design. The exhibition will run September 22, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Elise Sonnier of Dirty Rice Designs is holding jewelry making classes at the Episcopal School of Acadiana in  Broussard, LA. Each two hour class will include using wire and beads to create a variety of styles. For more information, including the class schedule, visit her Facebook event page.

The Al Copeland Foundation presents the “Hi-Speed Fashion Show”,  a fundraiser for cancer research. The event takes place Friday, September 17th at 6:30pm at Generations Hall.  Tickets start at $25 and include a runway show, food and drinks plus a silent auction. Appearances by Saints players and local personalities round out the festivities.

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Lucky Me

As anyone who follows Slow Southern Style knows I am a big sucker for big jewelry. So when I crossed paths with this Lucky brand necklace there was no way, shape or form that it wasn’t coming home with me. The pendants are held together by braided white leather and bound with chunky silver and brass hardware. Make no mistake, this is quite a statement piece!

The thing that I love about Lucky’s jewelry is the thought put into each piece. The back of the necklace is almost as intricate as the front.
And here it is in action. I bought a late summer chambray shirt and have been wearing the heck out of it. A casual button down just feels right for this piece and slightly all-American.

Here’s my sister and I in Hammond. And no matter what fashion magazines say I can’t do the denim on denim look so I opted for black skinny pants instead.
I’ve also decided to stop calling these outfit posts “Show & Tell” and just label them “What I Wore” instead. It just seems more appropriate to me.
Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch (yea, funny isn’t it?)
Pants: Levi’s
Necklace: Lucky Brand
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