Catahoula Zine


Catahoula Zine

Catahoula Zine

I’m excited to announce a project I’ve been working on called Catahoula; the first issue of this quarterly zine features words and photography by yours truly. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a zine for several years, so I am ecstatic this project has finally come to fruition.

The first issue features “Allons,” a story I wrote this past summer about what it was like to grow up with a swamp for a backyard. I grew up in a typical Westbank subdivision, but my experience was slightly different than my neighbor’s thanks to the proximity of my parent’s house to the levee. Living next to the swamp was fun, but it wasn’t easy. Snakes, armadillos, wasps, and a slew of other animals constantly invaded our home and yard, and the threat of hurricanes was ever present. Growing up in this environment really shaped the person that I am today: someone who yearns for the outdoors and tries not to place too much value on material things since you never know when a storm might take them away. I haven’t lived on “the other side of the river” for 15 years, but I try to make it to Barataria Preserve, the location the essay centers around, at least twice a year. All but one of the photographs (the squirrel photo was shot at Audubon Park) were taken there.

Order a print or digital copy of Catahoula through MagCloud by clicking here. Print copies are $8.00 and digital is $2.00. I’m also giving away two digital copies of Catahoula to two lucky readers. Leave your email in the comments section for a chance to enter. I will pick two winners at random. Winners will be contacted early next week.

Culture Shock Giveaway

I’ve partnered with Culture Shock  to help spread the word about this new local, globally minded business.

Owner Christine Alexis decided to open her online store this past January, with the goal to “culture shock”. In addition to exposing customers to new cultures, a portion of sales goes to programs that focus on social justice.

In order to win, you must like their page on Facebook and comment below, stating which piece is your favorite on their website. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 27th.

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Winner of the NOLA Eats King Cake Tasting Tickets

By a purely random stroke of luck, the winner of two NOLA Eats king cake tasting tickets is Christina McKay! If you didn’t win, you can still receive $3 off your ticket price by using coupon code SSS. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Like the short video I made? I jumped on the Vine bandwagon- follow me at @ChristyLorio. If you haven’t heard about this new iPhone app, it’s like Instagram but with 6 second videos.

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Giveaway: NOLA Eats King Cake Tasting Party

My NO Prop wifey Leslie Almeida is at it again. Celebrating 5 years of sugary bliss, her annual king cake party is the largest public tasting in the New Orleans area. In fact, I’m just now coming down from last year’s sugar high. With over 20 king cakes, including a home baked category, you might want to start your Lenten fast a little early to prepare for the doughy gluttony that will ensue. My personal favorites from last year ranged from Haydel Bakery’s classic cake, Domenica’s “so good it’s not even fair” concoction of bananas, mascarpone, and salted caramel, and Cake Cafe’s goat cheese stuffed variety. In addition to all of the cake cake cake cake cake,  there will be live entertainment and raffle prizes, all wrapped up in the beautifully renovated Little Gem Saloon.

Slow Southern Style is giving away two free tickets to one lucky random winner. Contest runs through January 31st, winner announced on February 1st.

 All you have to do to enter is:
1. Comment below what’s your favorite place to buy king cake and
2. Like Propaganda New Orleans on Facebook.

 Can’t wait to find out if you’ve won? Buy tickets online here and receive $3 off with discount code SSS.

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Giveaway With Shabby Apple

I’m very pleased to be working with Shabby Apple again, an online boutique of women’s dresses. One lucky reader will win the La Noche Negra dress. With a shirt dress style bodice and full skirt, this military influenced frock combines a proper dash of masculine details while keeping a decidedly feminine silhouette. 

To enter simply like Shabby Apple on Facebook and go to their website and comment here on your favorite dress on the site. Be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment. The contest ends on February 23rd so make sure you enter today!

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The first 2012 giveaway- Closet Overhaul from Slow Southern Styling

New year, new you, resolutions, blah blah blah. We all know the drill. You are going to write down a list of approximately 3,492 things that you are so pumped  to do in 2012 and by the time January 31st rolls around you’ll have completely lost motivation.

Well, I want to help you out. I’m giving away one free Closet Overhaul session from my wardrobe consultation service, Slow Southern Styling. All you have to do to enter is send me an e-mail at stating why you’d like a styling session. Did you lose or gain weight, and now nothing fits? Are you bored with everything you own? Does the word shopping induce fear? Want to change up your look for a new job? We can work on YOU together.

Maximize what you’ve got

What the heck is the Closet Overhaul? I help breathe life into your existing clothes and fill in the gaps to create a fully integrated wardrobe to make getting dressed a cinch, no matter what the occasion. We carefully weed out what doesn’t work, create outfits based on what you’ve got then I make recommendations on what to buy that complements what you already own. How’s that sound?

To learn more about the services go to my Slow Southern Styling site where you can check out some testimonials, browse my portfolio and read my FAQ to see if this is the right thing for you. It goes without saying that the winner must reside in the Greater New Orleans area. You’ve got nothing to lose, except for that pile of clothes sitting on the floor collecting dust.

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Giveaway: Holiday worthy dress with Shabby Apple

It’s always exciting picking out dresses for special occasions, and the holiday season is certainly a time when there are plenty of reasons to wear a special frock. Finding multiple outfits for a plethora of end of the year celebrations can be a daunting task, so Shabby Apple is helping to keep you in the holiday spirit by giving away the Moon River dress to one lucky reader.

 Inspired by the Jazz Age, this stretch sateen dress is party ready, with a nostalgic flair and feminine touches such as a ruffled waist and a wide boat neck. Demure enough for Christmas Eve with the grandparents yet chic enough for a New Year’s Eve fete the Moon River dress is the perfect vintage inspired holiday dress. In order to win simply leave a comment here stating where you’d wear this dress, and your name and e-mail address. Comments without an e-mail address will not be eligible for the contest.

As an added bonus from now until January 16th enjoy 10% off your purchase with the code “slowsouthernstyle10off” and be sure to check out Shabby Apple’s Facebook page for even more discounts and deals.
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$100 Giveaway from Langford Market

Do you need a little help sprucing up your Fall wardrobe? The New Orleans Langford Market is giving one lucky Slow Southern Style reader a $100 gift certificate and a pumpkin spice candle to help get you in the mood for cooler weather.

If you’ve never been to Langford Market this will be your perfect chance to check out this affordable French Quarter boutique. Located at 907 Decatur Street they have lots of budget friendly options including everything from classic wrap dresses to trendy animal print blouses.

necklace LF, tunic Buffalo Exchange, leggings Life Yoga + Boutique, platform shoes Buffalo Exchange
See additional photos of the store on the Slow Southern Style Facebook page.
All you have to do to enter is follow Langford Market and Slow Southern Style on either Facebook or Twitter and comment here stating how you’ve chosen to keep up with us. The contest ends on October 24th so don’t delay!  A winner will be announced on the 28th so if you are in town for Halloween you can stop in and check out Langford Market while you are here.

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Giveaway: Silver ring from PoshLocket

PoshLocket, a new online jewelry store that caters to women that “wants a little something for everyday wear”contacted me about doing a giveaway. They sell a variety of styles on their site at very affordable prices. I was offered to select my own piece so I chose the Mia stacked ring and I’ve already worn it several times since I received it late last week. It’s a simple everyday ring that looks good on its own or with a slew of sparkles.

You can win your own silver version of this ring in a size 7 as a way of saying thanks for reading Slow Southern Style! All you have to do to enter is follow Slow Southern Style and PoshLocket on Facebook then comment on this post that you did. I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday so hurry up and enter!

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Giveaway from Rahya Jewelry Designs

I’m not sure why I love jewelry so much since my mom and grandma don’t even wear their wedding rings much less any other objects of adornment. I guess I’m compensating for the three of us since I’m always seeking out new interesting pieces. Rahya is a New Orleans jewelry designer with two lines, one in sterling silver and Olive by Rahya which is all laser cut acrylic. Her pieces are intricate and come in fun colors such as apple red, neon green, and cobalt blue. While the silver pieces are modestly priced (rings from $60-$150) the Olive line is a steal with nothing over $30!

One lucky Slow Southern Style reader will win this pair of small vine earrings in red. In order to win this giveaway all you have to do is check out then come back here and tell me what your favorite piece of jewelry is.  The contest ends on August 15th so get those entries in and good luck!

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