Summer is nearly upon us and festival season is in full swing which only means one thing- you need to get dressed for New Orleans humidity. So how are you getting ready? Are you prepared?
I remember my first thrift store trips fondly. The year was…okay so it was the ’90s and we’ll leave it at that. Anyway I first discovered thrift stores and vintage shops when I was in high school when my main fashion objective was to look as bizarre as possible. Did I say bizarre? I meant quirky. Eventually in college I discovered Paisley Babylon when it was still on Decatur Street and a friend and I would dash down Elysian Fields between classes at UNO to ogle the wares while grabbing at bite to eat at Angeli.
Nowadays instead of teenagers penning zines we’ve got 14 year old bloggers starring in Rodarte for Target ads (now I’m really dating myself) which is infinitely cooler and more sophisticated than the dorky Nirvana tees, broomstick skirts, and combat boots that I sported during those teenage angst fueled years.
This week’s Mannequin Monday is a total tease. That’s right I’m showing all of you Slow Southern Style readers here in New Orleans merchandise that isn’t even for sale yet. No fair right? Well no worries because Abeille on Oak Street is slated to open this spring.
Wonder where the cute bee logo comes from? L’Abeille was a French language newspaper in Louisiana that ran from 1827-1925. Even thought the paper is no longer in publication it has still served as influence on this Oak Street boutique sharing the same name. With brands such as Va Va by Joy Han, Genetic Denim, Sold Design Lab denim, Mavi, David Kahn, there is sure to be something for every queen bee at 8438 Oak Street. Are parking concerns on your mind? Pffft! There’s a free parking lot behind the building which makes coming here even easier.
Even if you aren’t Irish, or just have a great uncle three times removed that did a semester abroad in Ireland back in the 70’s doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate St. Patty’s Day in New Orleans. Not only are there big parades that roll throughout the city the weekend before but the parties on the actual day is as big a deal as the patron saint himself.
In order to help spur the festivities many New Orleans retail stores deck out their mannequins in green getups to lure in customers looking for a little luck o’ the Irish. My personal favorite this week is Style Lab For Men on Magazine Street. Sporting a good haul of beads, this guy really represents the typical parade goer.
And what did the crowd look like this year? Check it out for yourself. Somewhere in the middle of those telephone poles lies Magazine Street, I swear.
Traditionally the St. Patty’s float riders throw cabbage and other food items. What did you catch this year? And more importantly when are you coming over to cook for me?
Style Lab For Men
3326 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
I love finding new boutiques so I was pleased to go to Lola’s grand opening a month ago on Carrollton Avenue in the Riverbend area.
Mardi Gras is a mere two weeks away and the Big Easy is positively electric with excitement. I’m so behind on our costumes that I’m starting to get nervous but I always pull through with the finishing touches, even if that means burning the midnight oil on Lundi Gras.
If y’all know one thing about me and one thing only it is this: I love Mardi Gras. Just yesterday at the Southern Fashion Blogger’s first event (more on that soon) I was talking to Mallory of Miss Malaprop about how I don’t own very much “real” makeup but I’ve got enough glitter and metallic eyeshadow to last me several Carnival seasons. Of course the makeup plays second fiddle to the wigs, and I have no shortage of those either.
Fifi Mahony’s is the wig shop in New Orleans that everyone knows and loves. I’ve been shopping there for years and it is always a fun, glamorous experience. Their window displays always reel me in, like I really needed an excuse to go in anyway. Once inside the frivolity never ends as each corner you turn something even more glamorous, sequined, and feathered lunges out at you. From rhinestone cocktail rings the size of my head to false eyelashes longer than I am tall (which isn’t saying much) Fifi Mahony’s is one glitzy dream of a store and everything just begs to be brought home.
I never really know what I’m going to feature on Mannequin Monday. I could be some great pictures that a boutique sent or displays that struck a chord with me while walking down the street. One night not too long ago after dinner at Rum House and dessert at La Divina Gelateria with my husband I passed by the windows at ah-ha here in New Orleans. Ah-ha consistently has some of the best window displays in the Garden District and it is easy to see that their best form of advertising is their mannequins. Large, well lit windows, a clean, bright white space and great clothes are all you really need to lure your customers in.
When I consider French Quarter shopping I usually think about trips to Canal Place, funky vintage shops, antique stores, or quirky little boutiques. Affordable and trendy aren’t two words that always come to mind when shopping downtown but Langford Market has some great items at an even better price.
Located on Decatur Street Langford Market is located just a short walking distance to plenty of other stores which makes for a great day out.
I love how put together their mannequins look! If only I could dress like this in real life I’d be set.
907 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Photos courtesy of Langford Market