I’ve been enjoying three days off thanks to Christmas, and spending time with my sister while she’s in town. From watching bad reality shows at mom’s house on Xmas day, to introducing our dogs, a Greyhound and a French Bulldog, to each other and watching them fight over toys, it’s been a fun holiday break.
Our to do list also included supping at Matt & Naddies, a quaint bistro “where Freret meets the river.” With no hype or pretense, it’s certainly an underrated spot where only locals or in the know tourists go. I’ve been to Matt & Naddies a handful of times, and it never disappoints. Any excuse for a stellar meal- awww hell we don’t need an excuse, just good company and a reservation.
Filters and layouts result in album cover worthy iPhone pictures of my cats & neighborhood graveyard.
Oversized hoop earrings: c/o Rue Belle Maui Paris
Grey sweater: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx
Celine sunglasses, silk headscarf, F21 skirt, NWT Lucky Brand leggings, and Big Buddha bow shoes via Buffalo Exchange
Local art & the shrimp bowl at Sarita’s on Freret Street.
It’s been a nonstop food fest these past few days. I don’t know if it’s sheer resistance to grocery shopping, but I’ve been tearing up some of my favorite eateries as a little treat to myself. Good food isn’t the exception in New Orleans, it’s the norm.
Red gel polish to get me through the holidays.
Sea dog, tomato sour cream fries, and duck sausage from Dat Dog
I’ve been ridiculously busy lately between launching Propaganda New Orleans, working a full time job and picking up freelance writing gigs. I’m not complaining, but free time is pretty much non existent at this point. I never knew working 80 hours a week was physically possible, so I’m very much looking forward to a week’s vacation to ring in 2013.
softshell crab banh mi at Origami on Freret Street
There’s been some changes here at Slow Southern Style headquarters. Fear not, this blog isn’t going away, but I have so many exciting projects going on that I can’t spread myself too thin. To reflect all of my projects, I’ve changed my Twitter and Instagram handles to @ChristyLorio. Super creative, right?
Here are a few links things I’ve been working on that y’all might be interested in.
The New Orleans Free People store is creating a retail winter wonderland this Saturday, December 15th to help get you in the holiday shopping spirit. From styling sessions, delectable treats, to a live performance by New Orleans own Elli Perry, this will be one shopping event you won’t want to miss.
Purchases over $150 are eligible for a raffle for one of two $25 Free People gift cards, and there are free giveaways with every purchase. RSVP on the Facebook event page here and tell them Slow Southern Style sent ya!
I’m a self professed denim snob. I can skimp when it comes to certain things, but a good pair of jeans is a must.
When OCJ Apparel offered to send me a pair of their jeans, I was admittedly hesitant about the fit and the quality. But after wearing them three days in a row, I’m putting these into my regular rotation.
OCJ stands for Original College Jeans- the company specializes in school spirit, with your university logo or mascot emblazoned on the back pocket. I opted for a plain pair, but go to their website to see the full line or click here to order the pair I’m wearing.
I ordered these one size down, but order yours two sizes down if you prefer an extra snug fit. Mine stretched out in the knees and waistband, but never gave me the dreaded saggy butt. Girls with curves fear not- these jeans have a lot of stretch to accommodate a voluptuous backside or a healthy amount of thighs.
T-shirt: Upson Downes via Buffalo Exchange
Slate skinny in deep indigo: c/o OCJ Apparel
Orange blossom necklace: Symmetry Jewelers, gift from husband
Are you an aspiring fashion designer looking for a platform to share your creations? Fashion Week New Orleans is looking for applicants for their Top Design Competition. 10 designers will compete and showcase their collections to a panel of judges in March.
2012 Top Design Competition winner Stephanie Young. Photo c/o Fashion Week New Orleans
2012 winner Stephanie Young received a prize package including a Brother sewing machine courtesy of AllBrands.com, a fashion spread in Amelie G Magazine, a professional photo shoot from John Charles Photograhy, a manufacturing package from NOLA Sewn, and her collection is carried by Vernon Clothing.
Interested designers can apply here but hurry! Applications are accepted only through December 15th.