Odelma Vintage- Great finds in Baton Rouge

When I think of my favorite shopping excursions I always think of destination stores. Retail spaces that guarantee a certain feel, from the music and lighting to the decor, even down to how the staff is dressed. Few online retailers, much less small scale ones, give you a total package feel. Odelma Vintage based out of Baton Rouge certainly creates a whimsical, old timey experience that makes you want to buy a little part of that.

Lucy Dress Lucy dress

Mattie is a fashion merchandising student at Louisiana State University and started her business in 2010 as a way to keep herself occupied between semesters. She’s now turned her thrifting, estate sale rummaging habits into a shop where everyone can reap the rewards of her garage sale excursions.

Seashell Brooch Pin Seashell brooch

In a typical sweet southern girl manner Mattie got the name for her shop by combining the names of her grandmothers, Odell and Ethel Delma.

Cameo Clip Earrings cameo clip earrings

Keep up with Mattie’s great looking blog or follow her on Twitter for shop updates and sale announcements.

Green Purple Drop Necklace green purple drop necklace

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Eat This

One of my best gal pals Leslie Almeida runs a new but already really successful networking business called Eatventful. Having done some writing for her other project, NOLA Eats, I’m always happy to help her out collecting money, distributing wristbands, etc…

The events bring out a variety of people ranging from individuals seeking business contacts, students looking for employment opportunities and others simply just to make friends and enjoy themselves. It is the type of event that you want to put your best foot forward, or in my case a high heel.

I just purchased this dress at Buffalo Exchange and couldn’t wait to wear it. I’m so in love with the one shouldered look and I haven’t seen many ladies wearing it yet. This is good since I tire of trends quickly and I’ll get some extra mileage out of the three I already own.

Of course I brought this 3/4 sleeve boyfriend blazer with me but didn’t really need it. Where did that cool weather go? I’m so tired of it being in the ’70s here in New Orleans. What’s the rest of you southern girls doing? Are y’all wearing your summer clothes or sweating it out in sweaters?

Dress: Forever 21
Jacket: Elizabeth & James
Leggings: Banana Republic
Shoes: Gianni Bini
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T-shirt Tiiiiiime

For people that don’t follow fashion there is a preconceived notion that all fashion shows are stuffy insider type events that aren’t very fun to attend.

Dirty Coast, a New Orleans t-shirt company, is here to prove that fashion is fun with their T & A fashion show tonight, Friday November 12th at Eiffel Society.   Dirty Coast are the originators of the now ubiquitous phrases  “Be A New Orleanian Wherever You Are” and “New Orleans.  So Far Behind We’re Ahead.”   These locals pride themselves on creating shirts that only people who love New Orleans would understand and the tees are meant to start conversations. Pick up your own icebreaker  online  or in person at 5704 Magazine Street. 

Breakfast (2)
Image via DirtyCoast.com

They’ve partnered up with House of Lounge this year for a casual yet utterly glam affair.

The Official Dirty Coast Shirt (2)

Still not convinced? Check out pictures from last year’s show on their Flickr account. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this much fun, would you?

Dirty Coast presents the “Tee and A” Fashion Show featuring House of Lounge
Music by DJ Soul Sister 
Special Appearances: Shultzilla, Halo Saint, Beaver Fever and Lil Doogie 
Master of Ceremonies: M@ Peoples
Wigs and costume make-up by Fi Fi Mahony’s
Head Pieces by Savoy Truffles and KustomSweetTooth
Costumes and Styling by ELM Designs
Hair by Agnes Backman
Make up by Hayley Waldner 
Directed by Ellen Macomber

Purchase tickets here: http://www.dirtycoast.com/pages/fashion_show 

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Slow Southern News

  • All About Me is kick starting the holiday season right afterThanksgiving. On Friday, November 26th and Saturday the 27th stop in and receive a special savings gift, a discount from 10%-50% off. The special savings applies to any of their three locations.

  • Buffalo Exchange is starting their annual Coats for Cubs drive on November 13th. The program provides bedding for orphaned or rehabilitated animals. Drop off your fur to donate to the Humane Society of the United States now until April 22nd. More information can be obtained at the Buffalo Exchange website.

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The Bourgeoisie Life

Coco Bourgeoisie is a feminine, flirty, and funky line designed for the unique fashion forward woman. Inspiration is derived from our love of New Orleans and it’s artistic and French roots.”

Aida dress- White

Courtney Bourgeois Plauche’ was born and raised in South Louisiana, 30 miles outside of New Orleans. She received her B.S. in Fashion Design from LSU and interned with Texan designer Abi Ferrin. After designing for another brand and receiving several accolades such as the Viewer’s Choice Design for Rock N Wear 2007 and President of Hemline and LSU en Vogue Fashion Show she established her own line, Coco Bourgeois.
Effie top- Print
Even though Courtney started her brand in Dallas, Texas, she celebrates her love of New Orleans heritage and arts in her creations. Her goal is to bring an “elite bourgeoisie feeling to modern, fashion forward woman. 
If you are contemplating a purchase hurry up! Coco Bourgeoisie is running a fall special at her online shop. Receive 50% off your entire order when you use the code FALL50. 

Rumer dress- Black

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Slow Southern News

Magazine Street Retail Relief , now in its sixth year, takes place on Saturday, November 6th. Now in its sixth year the event encourages shoppers to support local retail establishments. Events will be taking place in the 5000-6000 block of Magazine St.

Francesca’s is offering buy one get one 1/2 off on all denim. The sales event starts on Thursday, November 4th and is in store merchandise only.
Image via Katy Beh.com

Susan Gordon’s handcrafted 22 karat gold and gemstone jewelry will be available at Katy Beh until Saturday, November 6th. Snap it up quick!

Cleaning out your closet? The New Orleans Buffalo Exchange is looking for a plethora of fall and winter items including: 

“Men’s jackets, sweaters, hoodies, casual and dressier shirts, long- and shortsleeve tees and shoes (athletic and dressy).

Women’s jackets, sweaters, blouses, dresses, pants, denim, long- and shortsleeve tees, hoodies and skirts.

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, so we have not stopped buying costumes.

And we are always looking for vintage, unique and one-of-a-kind items.”

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Halloween 2010

I love Halloween but I’m always glad when it is finally over. As much fun as I  have the slew of events, last minute costume tweaks, not to mention my work load increases substantially so November 1st is always a peaceful day. That said I had a great time this year!

If you haven’t experienced a New Orleans Halloween then you are really missing out. An entire week’s worth of celebrations and special events take place and this year was no exception. 

On Saturday night we went to Eiffel Society for their costume party. 

Hubby threw together this last minute genie costume with great results. I buy costumes for us year ’round and had purchased the jacket for him on a whim. A gold turban and an old Mardi Gras costume later and he was granting wishes in style. Bonus points for finding the floating carpet at the event!

I just threw together something I’ve already worn. A corset and ruffled bottoms are easy and fun to do.
Of course Sunday night we broke out our actual outfits, Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Frenchman St. and Decatur St. are the hot spots for people watching and this year was as good as ever.
The bulk of what we bought came from Buffalo Exchange. His skirt is actually a grey silk J. Crew and the white leather strips was another skirt that I cut up and made into this. My outfit is an old dancing costume with a gold lame bodysuit and leggings thrown underneath.

We had our pictures taken several times by complete strangers, which I always consider a mark of a good costume. We also had lights, purchased from REI. I sewed his around the perimeters of his cape and wrapped mine around my waist. 
So how was your Halloween?
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