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Fish and shrimp tacos from Sarita’s.

A little gift from Baton Rouge based Mimosa by ME

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.
Homemade toddies
Sea dog, tomato sour cream fries, and duck sausage from Dat Dog
Vegan Pho from Pho Viet. This is the small bowl.
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Fa la la la la at Free People

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!
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What I Wore: Saturday Brunch on Magazine Street

Summertime humidity, too damn hot, I’m miserable, only wear natural fabrics,  blah blah blah. All I do from now until October is bitch about the heat and bad hair days. So anything that forces me to get out of the air conditioned house is a welcome excuse, especially if food and good company are involved. My friend Dorothy and I were invited to the grand opening of Delta Angel, a new restaurant inside the St. Vincent Guest House. The restaurant is quirky with  healthier options and plenty of vegetarian fare, which is a rarity in New Orleans.  Check them out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Meet Dorothy Young

Meet Dorothy’s bracelets
Delta Angel Restaurant
Ahi tuna salad 
Ring c/o Bygone Beads
See that? That’s my serious face.
earrings- Armoire, belt -Funky Monkey
chambray polka dot dress- Liz Claiborne via Buffalo Exchange

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Goorin Brothers Grand Opening on Magazine Street

Regardless of what the trend du jour is, Southerners have always possessed an appreciation for traditional fashions. And while there’s a collective gasp every time rumors of an H&M or other big national chain makes headlines in New Orleans, it’s always the shops that slip right in to the retail landscape that get shoppers really excited.

The new Goorin Bros. location is already nestled in- with dark wood floors, handsome shelving, and a chandelier that’s straight out of a St. Charles mansion.  The hat company has roots in San Francisco going back to 1895, but fits right in to their Lower Garden District address. Joining Vernon, Branch Out, Friend, Aiden Gill, Truck Stop, and Vegas this stretch of Magazine Street is quickly developing into “menswear row”. Given the turn out for their grand opening, I’d speculate you’ll start seeing more stylish toppers gracing the noggins of New Orleans residents and visitors for some time to come.

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Elizabeth’s fantastic hat- made by her for Goorin Bros.
Justin of Invade NOLA, photo c/o Charle’ Washington

Elizabeth, Charle’, and Elijah

Me & Meg

Meet Dorothy Young

Armoire shop girls and sisters- Lindsay & Morgan
The Dapper Dandies

Elijah Bradshaw- photo c/o Charle’ Washington

Ben Azevedo- quite possibly one of my favorite people on Earth

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Friend – Menswear on Magazine Street

Text and images by Meghan Wright
A great menswear store is hard to come by, not impossible, just not as common as womenswear boutiques. Friend opened up on Magazine St. back in February and they are going strong. 
 The style is casual and modern, with brands like Shades of Grey, Saturdays Surf NYC,  Reyn Spooner, and Vanishing Elephant. They also have shoes from Rivieras, sunglasses by Super, and a great selection of men’s fragrances from Eau d’Italie. 
The look of the store is very clean and classic. The plants, antler keychains, and vintage decor set amidst the light blue walls and wooden shelves give the shop a rustic edge. Support a local business, and do yourself a favor by checking it out.
2115 Magazine Street
Open every except Tuesday from 11am – 6pm
 (504) 218-4214
Also, check them out on Facebook
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Friday Lunch at Martinique Bistro

voted top al fresco dining for a reason
My sister came home for a weekend visit, so we did what we do best- act like ladies who lunch. I have a hard time getting the lady part right, but there’s nothing I enjoy better than al fresco dining in the spring time. Martinique Bistro always proves to be the perfect spot. If you like Caribbean inspired French food, then you’ll love this place, tucked away on Magazine Street in between Nashville Avenue and State Street. It’s consistently voted as best courtyard and most romantic dining, and once you step inside it’s easy to see why.  The courtyard is lush, and the bubbling fountain softens the noise from the street. I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a  Friday afternoon.

pine nut crusted goat cheese w/ mixed baby lettuce, basil, mint, sun-dried tomato-shallot vinaigrette 
incredible and reasonably priced wines
fish special- monk fish with micro greens, roasted potatoes, and a green remoulade

What I Wore: Dress from Hattie Sparks, Melissa wedges via Buffalo Exchange

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Sponsored: Vernon Trunk Show

Text and photos by Brooke Larsen

The people who make up the New Orleans fashion industry have to be some of the nicest on Earth. I’ve seen examples of this many times before, and it was clear to me once more at Vernon Clothing’s Happy Hour on Thursday night. As I entered the store I was unsure what to expect because I had never been to such an event before. Vernon’s Happy Hour showcases the work of local designers while also serving drinks and hours d’ouvres. Food and fashion under one roof? Yes, please! I was excited but still a little apprehensive. Surely this event was way too cool for me! However, any insecurities I had were soon dashed when I stepped inside.  

The first thing I noticed is how lovely the store itself is. I had never entered Vernon before, but as soon as I did I wanted to learn everything I could about the Magazine Street boutique. This is my kinda store, y’all. There are early James Bond movie posters hanging on the walls, a display of ties and bowties (just because I’m a lady doesn’t mean I don’t adore men’s fashion), and vintage cameras and typewriters as décor. I quickly met Laura Keith, Manager and Creative Director at Vernon, who was glad to dish about the store. She was very friendly, chatting with me like an old friend, and told me that the store’s name comes from the name of founder and owner Chris Galliano’s late grandfather. A photo of Vernon himself hangs in the back of the store presiding over it from beyond. Vernon is a store all about promoting all kinds of fashion -especially if it comes from the South – while making the buyer feel at home while shopping. Vernon carries both local and national designers, and Laura herself is in the process of designing Vernon’s own line of clothing. When she told me that the store has only been open for less than a year I was shocked. It’s hard to believe they’ve already accomplished so much!

The Happy Hour that I attended was Vernon’s first to feature designers whose work they do not carry (at least not yet). Stay by Mar is a jewelry line designed by Marianne Rodriguez right here in New Orleans. When I saw her work I was quite impressed and (as a girly girl) giddy. Not only is her jewelry gorgeous, but it’s practical as well. I’m not usually fond of bracelets because they can be difficult to close, but her’s had magnet closures! Sold! I didn’t think it was possible for me to be more obsessed after that, but then I met Mar herself and she described the design process to me. Mar designs the beads, they are handmade in Kenya, shipped here, and she assembles the jewelry herself. She described it as being a “group effort.” Mar was also selling some clutches, which she told me were made by hand by women who have AIDS in Kenya. I was impressed by her global approach and that she was employing women in need.

Velvet pants. Floral pants. Pant suits! These are a few of the things that made me excited as I glanced through the Iacono collection on display at Vernon. I wanted it all. Iacono is designed by Lisa Iacono and manufactured on the Westbank (making a case for it to be “Bestbank” perhaps!?). I quickly found out Lisa’s story – a designer who worked in New York for years, she only moved to New Orleans last May and began her own line shortly after. Realizing that it wasn’t easy to manufacture clothing here in the city, she partnered with Tam Huynh, who had worked in manufacturing and management for years in New Orleans, and created NOLA Sewn.  At first NOLA Sewn was located in a garage and created Lisa’s line of clothing; now they have around 20 clients and their own space and offices. “All this after only a year?!” I exclaimed. Lisa herself was very humble and seemed quite thrilled and shocked herself that she’s had so much success already. Is there a single fashion designer who hasn’t had their dreams realized in New Orleans? I have yet to meet someone who isn’t a success story.

Vernon’s Happy Hour takes place weekly and they always provide drinks, food, and shoe shining courtesy of Patina Parlor, Not only was my experience aesthetically satisfying, but I got to meet incredibly creative people who are trying to make a difference by helping out those around them. It was certainly a rewarding experience. I will definitely be at Vernon’s next Happy Hour, this time with some money in my wallet. Join me!

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Exclusive Photoshoot: Blue Dream Vintage Part 2

If you didn’t catch the first part of this photo shoot last week you can see it here. 

 Inside of Revival Outpost there’s a store within a store. Blue Dream Vintage complements the rest of the inventory but stands alone thanks to owner Akasha Rabut’s keen eye for mint condition, one of a kind vintage clothing, accessories, and household items. 

“Blue Dream is heavily curated by myself and my boyfriend Sam, who is also my business partner. Sam and I are obsessed with collecting old objects and clothing which is why we opened Blue Dream.  Everything in the shop is personalized and has a story. All of our fixtures are hand made by Sam from old cypress and other trees native to New Orleans, we even hand painted our floors! All of our items are hand picked by the two of us and have been gathered from around the country. We staunchly believe in recycling the old and supporting artisans and independent designers. In addition to vintage clothing and goods we also carry cold press soap, beeswax candles, household items, plants and terrariums.”

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Exclusive Photoshoot: Vintage Cars and Clothes from Revival Outpost

Revival Outpost recently asked if I wanted them to do a special photo shoot just for Slow Southern Style. How could I say no? Joining several other secondhand, vintage, and antique shops on Magazine Street, Revival Outpost specializes in vintage and retro clothing. They also do fantastic, professional photo shoots, pulling all of their clothing from their own store. Revival has also teamed up with Blue Dream Vintage, which now functions as a store within a store. Many thanks to Christina Flannery and Akasha Rabut for supplying us with the beautiful images. Check back in next Tuesday when we share the rest!

All images taken by Akasha Rabut
Clothing from Revival Outpost and Blue Dream Vintage

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Never Too Retro: A Girl Is a Gun

New Orleans is no stranger to boutiques featuring vintage-inspired clothing, and the most recent shop to join those ranks is A Girl Is a Gun.

The store has an cool, modern vibe with Pop Art inspired accents. The clothing has a very sixties feel- think Mad Men meets Pulp Magazines. Owner Patricia Steere stocks separates from Collectif, gorgeous dresses from rockabilly staple lines such as Bettie Page and Stop Staring, jewelry from Tarina Tarantino and Eldorado Club, and even custom shop tees for around $30.

 Check them out on Facebook, and on their website!

A Girl Is a Gun
Open seven days 11AM-7PM
6010 Magazine Street
(504) 891-GIRL

-Meghan Wright
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