It’s Lundi Gras Y’all

Lundi Gras is like the Christmas Eve of Mardi Gras. In case you aren’t familiar, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, the culmination of the carnival season where revelry in the streets is de rigueur until Lent begins at midnight.

While I didn’t hit up that many parades this year, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be celebrating tomorrow. Not in New Orleans? Follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you want to keep up with my costumed escapades while you’re sitting at your desk. Or, peruse the Mardi Gras archives, and check back after Ash Wednesday for more Fat Tuesday coverage. You can also read my piece about Southern Costume Company on NOLA Woman, and be sure to watch the latest Propaganda New Orleans episode below, where we head to Domenica to watch pastry chef Lisa White make her nearly infamous king cake, and Avenue Pub owner Polly Watts helps us pair whiskey with the sweet stuff.

 Happy Mardi Gras, see y’all in the French Quarter tomorrow!

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What I’m Working On

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.

  • Shop Local Style on Uptown Messenger- click here
  • I’ve also started doing some freelance work with The Gambit, a local weekly paper. Gift guide is here, my profile on local business Perfect Fit Shoes is here.
  • And be sure to watch our first full length episode, featuring our favorite Magazine Street shopping destinations as well as new salon Bouffant Beauty & Barber.

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Oxford American presents: Sewn In The South

Oxford American, which touts itself as “The Southern Magazine of Good Writing”, is revamping their website with fresh content and “all-star” columnists. There’s everything from fashion, film, food, art, music and literature.  I’m pleased and extremely honored to be a part of their new digital endeavors with my bi-weekly column, Sewn in the South. From well established brands to skilled individuals just starting out, my focus is on discovering talent below the Mason-Dixon line.

My first feature is a brand that’s well on its way to being classified as an iconic New Orleans label. Jolie & Elizabeth have managed to make seersucker cool again, with their line of dresses, skirts, and pants. Whether they’re sticking to a traditional look or incorporating the latest trends, these ladies really understand what their customers want.

Read the Jolie & Elizabeth profile here, and don’t forget to check out the other columns as well.

original sketch c/o Jolie & Elizabeth

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Slow Southern Style Contributor’s Meetup

Given the overwhelmingly positive response to our call for writers and photographers, we’re throwing a meetup to help generate ideas for the upcoming months. If you are a first time contributor or a friend of the site, we are expanding and want to include you! Whether it’s coming up with your own original content or taking a stab at our editorial calendar, anyone who’s interested can attend.
What: Slow Southern Style Contributor’s Meetup
Why: A general meet & greet and brainstorming session
When: Sunday, April 22nd 4:00pm
Where: RSVP for location details

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What I’ve Been Doing

Sshhh!!! Hear that? The sound of crickets? Yea, I thought so. Sorry ’bout that. I’m sure a few of y’all have noticed that is has been a little quiet here at Slow Southern Style. I’ve been working on some neat projects that have been time consuming yet utterly fun. Excuses, excuses I know but I’m finally pleased to tell y’all what I have been working on.

If you picked up a copy of April’s New Orleans Magazine you may have noticed the three part piece on “Rediscovering the French Quarter”. I was thrilled when Morgan Packard, Managing Editor, asked me to pen a piece on French Quarter shopping for the magazine. If you haven’t had a chance to read it please do!

In addition to my weekly posts for Go NOLA I’ve been proactively picking up freelance writing jobs for local and nonlocal publications both in print and online. Slow Southern Style even got another mention in the Times Picayune and in the Gambit’s Cue! I’ve been doing all of this in addition to my regular full time job which hasn’t left me with much free time. I love writing but everyone needs a break from time to time, no matter how much you like doing something.

Speaking of love (awww) I also have one day off a week with my husband now. We haven’t had a regular day off together in about a year so I’m planning to use this time wisely and take advantage of it. This means we might actually get a chance to paint the living room and plant some flowers in the yard.

But don’t fret! I’ve got some interesting articles lined up here, including interviews and profiles of some great southern fashion designers and new shops that have opened up here in New Orleans. Thanks to everyone for your support thus far and sit tight, there is even more to come!

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