Monthly Archives: November 2011

What I Wore: My Forest Retreat

Our new Thanksgiving tradition is to spend some quality time out in the woods and go on a much needed digital detox. This year we went on our third visit to Forest Retreat, which I’ve written about many of times both here and other online publications.  During my time in the woods the only tweets I keep up with are from the birds, blogs are replaced with reading  my favorite print magazines cover to cover in one sitting  (National Geographic, Garden & Gun), and schlepping around town turns into leisurely strolls along leaf covered trails. There will be plenty more pictures but I’m trying to savor this vacation mentality for a few more days and lighten my work load just a little bit longer.

No matter how you unwind I’d suggest unplugging as well, even if it’s just for one day, even if you can’t get out of town. I’m always delighted by how much clarity and focus I gain when I come back from my jaunts to the woods thanks to tuning out the noise of the internet, if only for a little while.

They don’t call them high water pants for nothin’

An unfortunate DIY rhinestone mani, documented for eternity

Even creek water can’t disguise my horrible home pedicure

polka dot chambray shirtLand’s End Canvas
plaid square scarf- 3 year old Buffalo Exchange
skinny  jeans- DL 1961 from Blues Jean Bar
leather *ahem* fancy Tevas– Buffalo Exchange

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Guest Post: Myrna from My Beat Boutique

Hello there NOLA style lovers! I’m Myrna from My Beat Boutique, a blog where I share my personal style  and thrift my way through the wonderful state of Mississippi. While Christy is off spending time in my neck of the woods- Mississippi , I am gonna share with you my first attempt at wearing yellow. I love this color however somehow I have not been able to find the right shade of yellow , until now. Yellow usually doesn’t go well with my complexion but I found this great maxi skirt at the wonderfully inexpensive Forever 21. Yellow is always such a tricky color to pair anything with and when I decided to pair it with black I was a little nervous that I would end up looking like a bee so I paired it with this great necklace($2)  and ring (.75) I found at my local Goodwill . I love shopping at Goodwill I always find wonderful treasures there very inexpensive. If you follow me then you already know my love for booties, I bought these Steve Madden booties a couple of weeks ago and they have been a repeat offender the past 2 weeks. What can I say I love booties.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving !
XX- Myrna
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Top: Banana Republic | Skirt : Forever 21 | Booties : Steve Madden | Ring/Necklace : Local Goodwill
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Black Friday is not a holiday

Surprise y’all, I’m off on another adventure of the outdoorsy kind. So it goes without saying that I won’t be in queue waiting for the Black Friday sales– sheer shopping pandemonium has never been my thing. In fact I’m probably walking barefoot through a creek right now, eating string cheese and talking to my dog.  If you’re out buying Xmas presents I highly encourage you to shop local, and it doesn’t get more local than art markets. So mark your calendars for a more relaxed, and dare I say fun shopping excursion this holiday season. Handmade objects are much personal than a mass produced scarf you got on sale anyway.

10th Annual King Pin Art Bizarre – Holiday Art Market 
Saturday, November 26, 2011 
12:00pm – 6:00pm 
Kingpin Bar 
1307 Lyons St. 

More information can be found on the Holiday Art Market Facebook page

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Big Top Art Gallery – 1638 Clio St
Many more details forthcoming at:
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My new Thanksgiving tradition- The Great Outdoors

When I lived in Arizona my husband and I grew accustomed to taking adventurous trips to explore our Southwest surroundings. Since we didn’t have very many friends and family out west we took advantage of our time off of work around the holidays to  travel and the tradition has stuck with us even though we’ve been back in New Orleans for three years. While most people will be with their friends and families tomorrow we will enjoying a cabin in the woods with nothing but the stars, a good book, and our retired racing greyhound to keep us entertained. Even if you aren’t the outdoorsy type and consider a scraped up knee an injury versus a badge of honor for a good rock climbing session I think it is important to get outside. Just spend time in your local park and indulge in some greenery at the very least. It’s good for the soul.

I consider this my spiritual home- Grand Canyon, Arizona

Off trail hiking is always an adventure

Feeding the goats at Splendor Farms in Bush, LA
Strolling along a creek in Mississippi at my favorite hidden spot
The original words with friends

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On the edge at Fringe Fest

How many festivals are there in Louisiana? We’ve got a festival for just about everything because well, we love to have a good time, simple as that. Besides the big ones like Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest we also have Mirliton Fest, Satchmo Fest, Hell Yes Fest, and the list goes on.  In New Orleans alone I think the exact number of fests is 2,546,767.

This past weekend we not only had Po-Boy Festival on Oak Street but Fringe Fest as well in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. While I love nothing more than stuffing my face full of fried shrimp I couldn’t make it down to Oak Street on Sunday due to work so I opted to head downtown to catch a few theatrical performances instead. All of the fun, none of the calories. Despite being it’s fourth year running this was my first time at Fringe Fest and honestly I’m not sure what took me so long to catch on. Fringe Fest is all about bringing out the most fearless, thought provoking, and sometimes downright weird performances to the Crescent City within a five day span via multiple venues. We have so many talented creative types in our city and I love seeing people coming out to celebrate the arts, the more underground the better.
marigny opera house
weather worn old church, now a performance space
incredible space, the altar area is now a stage
quirky take on tennessee william’s original play
inside the allways lounge

I wish I could have captured some images from the actual performances I attended but taking pictures during a show is generally frowned upon. Did you get a chance to catch Fringe Fest this year? What did you think about it?

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What I Wore: Get out of your comfort zone

Let’s face it, every single day you have to get dressed, unless you work from home and can get away with wearing pajamas 24/7. Gets tiring after a while right? It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and bored with everything you own unless you break out of your comfort zone every now and then. You don’t have to start dressing completely different but  trying a new style or simply shopping in a store you normally wouldn’t go to can bring a fresh perspective to your look.

 I’m not a big mall shopper but on a recent shopping trip with my sister I found myself in the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge looking for professional work clothes for her but I couldn’t pass up this blue paisley blouse and purple polka dot scarf myself, especially since I nabbed them on sale for under $10 each!

Stop staring at my man hands
Do you ever break out of your comfort zone? How do you do it? Sound off in the comments section!

Scarf & blouse, Limited
Jeans, Kasil via Buffalo Exchange
Belt & Earrings, Armoire
Ring, c/o Posh Locket
Shoes, J. Crew via Buffalo Exchange
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Closet Overhaul: How to maximize what you already own

At this time of year it is easy to get in a style rut. It’s hot outside, no wait cold, no wait hot again so buying lots of season appropriate clothing is down right confusing and frustrating. I recently worked with a styling client that already owned great clothes but was having trouble putting everything together. Fortunately for the two of us it was really easy to create great looks without spending a dime, which is important when you are on a budget or just not ready to sink a lot of money into your wardrobe.

Lauren didn’t have much in the way of winter clothes but she likes neutrals and saturated color so we worked with what she already had. I made a few suggestions for shoe options (nude pumps) and jacket options (blazers) to make these outfits complete but in the meantime we styled around what she already owned.
Having bought these sailor inspired pants on a whim Lauren didn’t know what to wear with them. She specifically wanted help making these work for her so we went the nautical route and added a pink striped scarf to break up the navy.
Lauren also gravitates toward two extreme opposites; she’s got plenty of neutral and a whole lot of saturated color in her closet. Our goal was to make a few casual yet professional outfits that she could wear either to the office or meeting clients.

If you are interested in breathing a little life into your wardrobe don’t hesitate to call me! I specialize in helping women not only work with what they already own but also add new pieces to their existing closets without breaking the bank. Treat yourself before the holidays by giving Slow Southern Styling a try!

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Revive Your Closet at Revival Outpost

If you are looking for a new place to buy cool, old clothes Revival Outpost on Magazine Street should be your next stop. Located inside a charming old house, you instantly feel welcome in this spacious boutique. There’s lots of vintage pieces, from funky 70s flair to retro 90s with a lot of quirky, locally owned indie labels mixed in as well. Love & Penguins (10% of proceeds benefit Autism), Rearrange Us, Le Fox Rouge, Matilda B, I’m Your Present,and Eklektik Ekhos are just a few of the handmade goodies they carry.

Starting December 1st Revival Outpost is teaming up with Blue Dream Vintage to offer shoppers even more more vintage and men’s items as well. 

Can’t wait that long? On Saturday, November 19th the two will be hosting a trunk show/sweater themed event with some fun DIY projects. There will be free wine and a few new jewelry lines will be featured that evening. The crafting starts at 7:00pm and runs until 10:00pm. For more information and to RSVP head over to their Facebook event page.

Revival Outpost
3512 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Mon – Wed:11:00 am-6:00 pmThu – Sat:11:00 am-7:00 pmSun:12:00 pm-5:00 pm

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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post.

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What I Wore: One Perfect Saturday

Last weekend I was walking around in a tank top, this week I’m scraping the back of the closet for my sweaters. Go figure. These pictures were from what I wore just a few days ago, funny how the weather can change so dramatically in New Orleans in the course of a few hours, much less a full week. On this particular Saturday I had a Slow Southern Styling wardrobe consultation, hit up the Freret Market ( post coming soon) and finished clearing out the last remaining mannequins from the art show I curated at Du Mois Gallery. I can talk at length about how great Freret Street is (and if you don’t believe me read my articles in New Orleans Magazine and Invade NOLA) but I’ll let everyone figure it out on their own.

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I love when fashion and fun collide. Trashy Diva is celebrating their 15th anniversary and they are pulling out all the stops with a fantastic party on November 9th with bands, booze and burlesque.  Festivities include performances by legendary bands Rasputina and Rock City Morgue, as well as burlesque performers Trixie Minx, Roxie Le Rouge and Mina Méchante. Doors open at 8 PM; tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. Stumble into One Eyed Jacks wearing your finest vintage inspired looks, located at 615 Toulouse Street in the French Quarter. 

Trashy Diva started out as a vintage clothing store in 1996 and has since expanded to a full fledged clothing line and a family of boutiques around New Orleans. Owner and designer Candice Gwinn focuses on retro patterns in modern fabrics ensuring an old fashioned look in easy to care for fabrics that appeals to women of all sizes  and lifestyles. Her dresses have been seen in magazines like Lucky and Elle and have been seen on numerous celebrities and television shows. It’s no wonder this beloved brand is a favorite of not only locals but celebrities such as Kelly Osborne and Taylor Swift!

Trashy Diva Boutique – 829 Chartres Street
Trashy Diva Lingerie Boutique – 831 Chartres Street
Trashy Diva Shoe Boutique – 839 Chartres Street

Trashy Diva Boutique – 2048 Magazine Street
Truck Stop Clothing – 2209 Magazine Street

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