Today’s guest post comes from a dear friend of mine, Justin Benton. I met Justin right after moving to Arizona. Even though we’ve both moved on, myself back home and Justin to New York (damn Yankee) he has remained like a brother to me. Justin also has a fantastic sense of style and offered to share something all southern gentleman should know about, hats.
Monthly Archives: October 2010
Ruby in Hammond is celebrating their 7th birthday from November 4th-6th. All shoppers will enjoy cake, champagne, and birthday gifts. Roll the lucky dice for a chance to win 70% off one item. There will also be a $7.00 birthday rack and everything in store will be 7% off. For more info visit Ruby’s Facebook event page.
Gae-tana on Maple St. will be selling a limited edition Not Your Daugther’s Jeans to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For each pair of pink stitched jeans sold they will donate $20 to the cause.
Nutri-palooza, the furry fashion event that promotes using nutria fur, an invasive species, instead of letting the pelts go to waste will be making its debut in New York City. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be hosting a night of music, fashion, and film to celebrate. Everything takes place on November 12that 8:00pm and more information can be obtained by contacting Cree McCree or Sue Strachan or call 504.539.9616 for tickets. Admission is $10 for member, $15 for nonmembers.
Choctaw Silver Works is more than just an online shop that sells handcrafted jewelry. It is also a marker of pride and tradition for the Choctaw people. Having made sterling silver jewelry since 1790 R.J. is continuing his ancestors traditions not only in the form of adornment but he also creates gourd rattles and other ceremonial items.
For those unaware please give a brief description of the Choctaw Indians and the tradition of Native American jewelry.
When did you become involved in jewelry design?
What influences your work the most?
Where else can people buy your work, besides Etsy?
Define southern style.
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Yet another obsession of mine that I picked up in Arizona is vintage western wear and cowboy boots are obviously on that list. Even though I don’t wear mine often I still lust over a good pair. I’m also a big nerd and have two books on the subject. (Buying hint: Look for boots with a hand finished sole. You’ll see pegs that lie flush in the arch, a sure sign of a good boot.)
One of the things I picked up during my time spent in the southwest was a love of Native American jewelry. I’m obsessed to the point that I’ve studied various tribe’s signature styles and can identify a good chunk of stone vs. an inferior one or (worse yet) a plastic piece.
This necklace I happened upon secondhand in New Orleans however it is difficult to find turquoise, at least the good stuff, this side of Texas. It originally hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I also have to point out that Rachael of Ordinarily Urbane has the same skirt as I do. 🙂 Check out her excellent blog to see how she styled hers.
October is an amazing time of year in the Crescent City. The weather is perfect and there is lots to do. This year alone, Voodoo Music Fest, a Saints game, and Halloween all take place on the same day. This means lots of people will be in town, both locals and tourists alike, and everyone will be shopping for the same thing: costumes. I know that Halloween is more than a week away but hear me out:
Whether you are hitting up Frenchman St. or trick or treating with the kids, a costume is a necessity. This is one of the few times of year you can get away with dressing crazy and not getting stared at (wait…this IS New Orleans), so why not take advantage?
Personally, my year revolves around two holidays–Halloween and Mardi Gras–and as any good New Orleanian knows, having a closet of costumes at the ready is a sign of a true local. Just in town visiting? Don’t sweat it, there are plenty of options for you. Just don’t go the easy route by getting a “costume in a bag.” There are several stores in town that cater to creative types as well as people who need help, and lots of it.
Buffalo Exchange– Used and new costumes.
Miss Claudia’s– Used and new costumes, specializing in vintage.
Uptown Costume– THE costume shop in town. Gets packed the closer it gets to Halloween so don’t wait!
Fifi Mahony’s– The best wig shop in the city. Shop now for the best selection.
Funky Monkey– Used and new costumes, carries wigs year ’round and has a sizable men’s section.
Ragin’ Daisy– Funky and fun vintage picks, perfect for any occasion or Halloween.
Bloomin’Deals– Thrift store with a decent selection of formal wear, perfect for craftier types that can create something out of nothing.
Le Garage– French Quarter staple with a steady supply of vintage, often has a surplus of old Mardi Gras costumes and military gear.
Branch Out is running a special “buy three get one free” on all sale items.
Masseys Outfitters is offering 20% off a new pair of sunglasses (coupon code KHUMBU) now until Sunday October 24th. Oakley sunglasses are excluded from this offer.
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KEY TO THE CURE
As an average sized woman living in New Orleans I find boutique shopping either exhilarating or maddening. Depending on the owner small shops often cater to a particular style or body type leaving some people empty handed. Erin Hebert, owner of Armoire, decided to open her Magazine Street shop this past August and cater to a variety of shapes and sizes. Her stock has a wide range, from size 0 to size 20, and everything in the store has an affordable price tag of $100 and under with most pieces hovering around $30-$70.
A simple silhouette and bold necklace pairing is always a chic choice.
I spy my latest obsession on the left, one shouldered dresses!