sweater weather, for now

It finally got cold y’all, for now at least. It’s time to bust out the sweaters and layer, layer layer. Down here in New Orleans, you never know what the weather will be like. At this time of year, I opt to wear a tank top, blouse, sweater, or any similar combo. It can be nippy in the morning and downright humid in the afternoon, so adding and subtracting clothes throughout the day is a necessity.
 I’m not sure why I’m fond of elbow length sweaters- they’re kind of an oxymoron but in this unpredictable climate they just make sense. After all, what better way to complement your thin tee shirt than a pair of elbow length wool knit gloves? Bundle up y’all.

Sweater- Lia Molly
V-neck tee- Everlane
Skirt- Everybody’s Buying Vintage
Calvin Klein belt- Buffalo Exchange 
Earrings- Elle Dee NOLA
Velvet rhinestone flats- Swap Boutique

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Cavortress at Voodoo Music Fest

Halloween in New Orleans is huge. In addition to the costumed people watching happening on Frenchman Street, Voodoo Music Fest brings hoards of festival goers to the city, coming to celebrate all weekend long. With this many events going on, having a stash of costumes at the ready is practically a requirement to being allowed into the Big Easy.

 Charleston based swimsuit line Cavortress (read my Oxford American piece on the brand) will be at Voodoo this year, with plenty of costume accessories to keep you looking festive if you came unprepared for the party. Custom tutus, devil horns, animal ear and tail sets, and Swarovski magic wants are just some of designer Julie Wheat’s pieces that she’ll be hawking in addition to vintage ensembles. Go check out her booth at Voodoo and make sure you tell her Slow Southern Style sent ya!

And a (slightly naughty) video.

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NOLA Fashion Week: Style Sightings

Image c/o Lizzie Ford-Madrid Photography
From runway shows, catching up with old friends, chatting with designers, photographers, PR people, and all other sorts of creative types, NOLA fashion week is quickly turning into a twice yearly community gathering for the fashion set. Meghan Wright and I are bringing you coverage of several runway shows in the upcoming weeks, but for now here are some favorite faces we ran into.  Also check out my girl Leslie Almeida’s recap on her site.

with Charle’
Blouse, skirt, and Saint Claude necklace via Hattie Sparks
(for detail shots go to our Facebook album)
Amanda deLeon tunic
Banana Republic leggings
nelson+little necklace
Nine West booties via Buffalo Exchange

Andrea Loest + Amanda deLeon in their own designs

Leslie Almeida + Lindsey Strong
NOLA Fashion Week Creative Director Andi Eaton + jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher

Charle’ Washington + Dorothy Young

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Gulfport Getaway

Crawfish nachos from the Ole Biloxi Fillin’ Station

Sometimes you just have to get away, even if it means getting a hotel room for one night. So away we went to Gulfport and Biloxi for a random Wednesday night a few weeks ago to enjoy a little Gulf Coast breeze, a spacious room at the Island View Casino Resort, and big winnings. We got ballsy during our Gulfport getaway and decided to upgrade from the penny slots to the quarter machines and won back our spending money and enough to pay off the entire trip plus some. Not too shabby for some amateur gamblers, no?

Coastal Cruising
Big winna
Desperately in need of a haircut here
Monogram necklace: Abeille NOLA
V neck tee: Everlane
Tropical print skirt: Ruby
Dansko sandals: Ebay
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Look Fabulous for Fall: Make-Up Trends for the Season

Guest Blogger: Chriss Knight, NOLA Soci@lite, LLC

Good-bye humidity and frizzy hair…hello fall! It’s my favorite time of year because I love the cooler weather and rich colors that come with the season. I had the honor of rocking the runway as a make-up model for Estee Lauder, one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world, at a recent fall trend show at Macy’s. Not only was it an awesome experience to represent such a well-respected cosmetic company, but modeling for the show gave me a chance to learn about top make-up trends for fall from make-up expert, Estee Lauder Business Manager, Kelli Morgan. Of course, I couldn’t keep these great tips all to myself…so I am sharing them with Slow Southern Style, enjoy! 
What look must we rock for fall?
Kelli: Rich bold colors are must haves for fall, including a sultry retro look for eyes in shimmery shades of green, brown & midnight blue. For lips, think Marilyn Monroe: a classic red lip, dark & romantic. Nails are a must have edition with dark rich shades, like Estee Lauder’s purple velvet, blue blood & viper to name a few.

What colors should we add to our make-up pallet?
Kelli: deep purple, dark greens, gold & copper.

How can we transform our look from day to night?
Kelli: Daytime colors like taupe, beige and soft browns can easily be transformed into an evening look by simply adding a corresponding darker shade to the lid or crease, and don’t forget your red lips (“Forbidden Apple”, pictured below)

What is your favorite make-up tip?  
Kelli: Ending your completed look with a hint of shimmer to cheeks, it instantly brightens your look and gives you a healthy glow, day or night.

So when it comes to fall, think rich and sophisticated. Now that you are armed with these great make-up tips, I hope you’re inspired to embrace the change of season with a fresh new look to compliment your fall wardrobe!
Chriss is owner of NOLA Soci@lite, LCC. She organizes and promotes local events, and serves as emcee for various fundraisers and galas around town. Chriss is also the face behind the Twitter and Facebook pages of several New Orleans businesses.
Facebook: NOLASocialite, Twitter: @ChrissKnight, Web: www.NOLASocialite.com
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NOLA Fashion Week

NOLA Fashion Week is back for their fourth season and with an array of seminars, fashion shows, and parties it’s going to be a jam packed week of things to do. Along with Meghan Wright I will be covering some of the shows and events, spanning October 13-20. Get the full NOLA Fashion Week schedule here, or check out our own special selection of events below.

Sunday October 14th
Construct Jewelry 4:00pm
Amanda deLeon 5:00pm
(read Amanda’s Oxford American write up here)
Cellar Door 916 Lafayette St.

Monday October 15th
Millinery with Sigourney Morrison 4:30pm
Goorin Bros. 2123 Magazine St. 
Tuesday October 16th
Libellule 7:00pm
Isavel Varela 8:00pm
The Saratoga 212 Loyola Ave.
Wednesday October 17th
Mesdress 7:00pm
Loretta Jane 8:00pm
The Saratoga 
Thursday October 18th
Iacono 6:30pm
Kallen Forster 7:30 pm
Jolie & Elizabeth 8:30 pm
(Read their Oxford American profile here)
The dope. Game 9:30 pm
The Saratoga
Friday October 19th
Brennan Manuel 7:30 pm
Andrea Loest 9:30 pm 
The Saratoga
Saturday October 20th
Tallulah 5:00pm
Union Lofts Rooftop
334 Carondelet 

Sunday October 21st
Garden Games: A trunk show with Tallulah Designs
Hattie Sparks 714 Adams St.
Izavel Varela look

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What I Wore: A Yankee Wedding

This past year I’ve been doing quite a bit of writing for New Orleans Bride Magazine*, so it was fitting to attend a wedding while I’m knee deep in interviews with different businesses around town.

I’ve never been to Rome, NY and with a weather forecast of highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s I packed a mish mosh of summer and winter weight fabrics. Not wanting to overdress for an intimate rural ceremony, I revisited a favorite dress I wore for a feature in Times-Picayune’s Wish. I was a bit thinner the last go ’round- a not so firm reminder (see what I did there) I need to hit up the gym.

Rue Belle sent over these beautiful gold earrings and I’ve been wearing them nonstop. I love lightweight over sized danglers- there’s nothing worse than having achy earlobes at the end of the day.
gold fill and turquoise earrings c/o Rue Belle
dress via Armoire
cashmere Minnie Rose sweater
DVF scarf
DKNY pumps via Buffalo Exchange

*If you’d like to dig into some writing fit for a bride here are a few pieces I wrote for the magazine.

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