Mannequin Monday- Gae-tanas on Maple Street

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?

Gae-tanas on Maple Street understands your weather woes and stocks an attractive selection of breezy cotton and linen options to help prepare y’all for the sweltering summer months ahead. With brands like Cut Loose and Flax for the ultimate in lightweight, everyday pieces to flouncy blouses and dresses from Free People, and great quality basic tees from Michael Stars there is certainly enough to fill the gaps of your wardrobe here.
See that basket of flip flops? Don’t pretend like you don’t live in them. Reef, Sam Edelman, Merrell, Dansko, and Jeffrey Campbell are some of the well loved labels that Gae-tanas carries. Comfort shoes are king here and Gae-tanas carries some of the cutest styles in town.
7732 Maple Street
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Mannequin Monday- Vintage fun at Miss Claudia’s

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.

Obviously fashion is more accessible than ever and you don’t have to turn to musty 1970’s pleather jackets to stand out anymore, not that I had a jacket from Goodwill that was so stinky my mom made me keep it in the garage. Who me? Never. 

Fortunately there are better options out there now than when I was in school. Miss Claudia’s on Magazine Street is a shop that specializes in vintage and costumes, with a sizable stock of 1950s cotton day dresses to 1970 duds that I promise you are better than the double knit polyester pointy collar men’s shirts what I wore in high school. Ouch did I just admit that?
The shop stocks sweet, feminine frocks that are perfect for prom and they have a good assortment of finishing touches such as gloves, cummerbunds and ties for the guys, cuff links, and even ruffled tuxedo shirts. So if your prom is coming up, or you are just looking to add a little historical elegance to your closet I urge you to learn from my mistakes and stick to shops like this that offer up a handpicked selection of items vs. trying to traipse through the thrift store by yourself.
Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes
4204 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-6310
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Mannequin Monday- Abeille NOLA sneak peek!

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.

Glam geometric print ruffle tube top-$56 paired w/Genetic Denim Shane in white-$143
Sweetpea pantsuit in black-$124 
Bobi knit t-shirt-$30 paired with Aryn K ruffle shorts-$63

Glam Multi color dress- $66,  C Luce Off white and black faux wrap dress-$68

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Mannequin Monday- How New Orleans does St. Patrick’s Day

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 
(504) 304-5072

Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Mannequin Monday- Whatever Lola Wants, You Can Get

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.

Lola is situated right next to Camillia Grill and Coldstone Creamery, a deadly combination of deliciousness. Just remember to try on clothes before filling your belly with a burger an ice cream, okay?
Lola carries a lot of jewelry an plenty of good gift items, such as scarves, candles, jewelry, and a few other knick knacks. Current Eliot jeans, Jack by BB Dakota, Miss Me, Karlie, Hardtail, and Tulle among others.

  • 622 S. Carrollton Ave
  • New Orleans, LA 70118
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Mannequin Monday- Mardi Gras in the French Quarter

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.

While I was out strolling through the quarter a few weeks ago I happened upon this great couple and I was tempted to ask if the costumes were for sale. The detail that goes in to float costumes is incredible and it always amazes me to think about the amount of hours that go into sewing these creations.

Collectible Antiques
1232 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 566-0399
Open daily 12:00pm-6:00 pm 

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Mannequin Monday- Frou Frou at Fifi Mahony’s

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.

So ‘fess up ladies! I know I’m not the only one with a Fifi’s fetish. What do y’all have sitting in your closets that is ready to get dusted off for Mardi Gras?
934 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Mannequin Monday- ah ha! I Found New Orleans’ best windows

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.

I love that long dresses are coming back this summer and I really love the ease of this new style. It’s  more like a long tank top in shape vs. the maxi dresses of two summers ago.
I could easily see myself wearing this, or some version of it every day in the spring.
This outfit would look killer with a pair of delicate lace tights in a similar shade as the abstract flowers. Are they flowers? I can’t really tell.
3129 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115-2304
(504) 269-2442
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm

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Mannequin Monday- French Quarter Made Affordable

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.

Langford Market
907 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Photos courtesy of Langford Market

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