Category Archives: oilspill

Up and comer

Working with the public definitely has its high moments and those times when I want to crawl into the fetal position under the desk. Fortunately the good moments exceed the bad and it’s always interesting to meet new people, become engrossed in a conversation, and see where the outcome leads.

 I met Nicole Album at my place of work when we started chatting about the New Orleans fashion scene. We kept in touch via e-mail, one thing led to another and a collaboration for a post was born! Nicole is a New Orleans native and a fashion designer and is moving to San Francisco to pursue her MFA in illustration. Even though she is leaving the Big Easy behind Nicole promises to bring a piece of New Orleans with her. She is currently working on a grant proposal with the recent oil spill as her subject matter. Nicole shared with me her inspiration boards and the illustrations that she created from them.

 Growing up in New Orleans, the Gulf South holds a special place in my soul. It is very important for me to show illustrations and designs that represent a cause I am passionate about. The future of my design philosophy lies in the expectation of artistic endeavors that are inspired for philanthropic purposes. 

  My first design line was inspired by the iron-work of New Orleans, aptly named, Tchoupitoulas, and was conceived in an effort to help bring awareness to our beautiful city, in a time post-hurricane Katrina. The line I am currently working on is inspired by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. It incorporates other elements, such as Neoprene surf-wear and Botticelli-inspired women. 

  And, as I begin my first semester in a Graduate program for illustration, I hope to master my artistic craft and continue to bring awareness to our majestic city. I feel so lucky to have been brought up in a place filled to the ‘to-go-cup’ brim of culture. I hope one day my efforts to give back will be a part in keeping this city alive.

If you are interested in seeing more of Nicole’s work she has lots of photos and illustrations at Coroflot.
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Slow Southern News

Perlis is donating $6 from every Support The Coast t-shirt to the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. $5 from every Save the Coast t-shirt will go to


Feet First is extending their “Insane” sale. Use the code “Insane50” online and receive 50% off already marked sale items. The sale applies to online and in store merchandise.

Ruby in Hammond is having their “End of summer denim days” with $50-$75 jeans. And since owner Laura Lea is a newly wed cake and champagne will be served everyday this week from 4-6pm
Shop Imagine in Hammond is celebrating back to school time with a denim sale. Buy one pair of jeans and get the second pair half off.

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A Charmed Life

The south is all about traditions, whether you are happily partaking in old ones, creating new ones or breaking them altogether. Personally I find it amusing when I don pearls since I have visible tattoos, three of which are southern icons. No matter how you choose to showcase your pride it’s always good to treat our icons with reverence and a big dash of fun. At least that’s what I told myself when I got my Sailor Jerry shrimp tattoo. What can I say I’m serious about not taking myself too seriously!

Ahem. Back to the post.

Dixie Patches is an online store that specializes in traditional southern style. Whether it be a seersucker hanky for your dog, shotgun cufflinks, or a magonlia pendant necklace this Florida based company is heavy on tradition and fun.

Gator Head  Sliced Okra Oyster on a Cracker Peel-n-eat Shrimp

These cute silver charms are reminiscent of the things we love. Gators, okra, mint juleps, and magnolias. When you purchase the peel & eat shrimp or the oyster cracker charms your purchase will benefit the America’s Wetland Foundation. They also donate a percentage of the hurricane palm to the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Finishing touches for women include grosgrain bows, t-shirts, and jewelry.

I think this sums up a southern belle nicely:

She is sweet, yet strong
She sips her wine, yet gulps her beer
She’s polite, yet saucy
She’s refined, yet wild
She wears bows… fishing
She’s a Southern Belle

Bow Ties - Seersucker  Hats Magnolia Cufflinks
For the southern gentlemen in your life they offer seersucker bow ties, camo fishing hats, and magnolia cuff links.
Get your southern swag at Dixie Patches and sign up for their mailing list and receive some lagniappe! Now that’s true southern hospitality.
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Slow Southern News

  • LF is having a sidewalk sale this weekend from Friday, July 9th to Sunday, July 11th. Items include $8 t-shirts, $16 dresses, $12 jeans and much more.
  • The New Orleans Buffalo Exchange is sponsoring a canned and non-perishable food drivenow through July 31st. Donations will go to  Second Harvest Food Bank and will benefit  Gulf Coast families who have been directly affected by the recent oil spill. Donate three nonperishable food items and receive a $5 off coupon for your next $20+ purchase.
  • Miss Malaprop will be hosting a shopping party to help welcome Skin Studio’s new space across from Whole Foods on Saturday, July 10th from 1-3pm. 
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Slow Southern News

Ruby in Hammond is having a buy one summer tee or hoodie, get one free. In addition they are having their Denim Buy Back event through this Wednesday. Bring in a pair of old jeans and receive $50 off a new pair priced over $100.

Thursday, June 11th from 5:30pm-9:30pm St Charles Vision is having its annual SALT trunk show at Loa Bar in the International House. Purchase frames at the event and receive 20% off. For more details and to rsvp e-mail

Saks Fifth Avenue is having a champagne luncheon featuring Chanel’s Fall 2010 ready to wear accessory and shoe collection on Thursday, June 17th. The luncheon will begin at 11:00am and informal modeling will take place from 11:00-3:00. For more information call (504)524-2200 ext. 5242.

During June 10% of all Anne Sportun jewelry purchased at Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry will be donated to Voice of the Wetlands.

Also in June Kalencom, a New Orleans based bag manufacturer, will donate 10% of this month’s proceeds to the Audubon Nature Institute. Funds will go towards rehabilitating sea turtle populations affected by the Deep sea Horizon disaster. The Hadaki line can be purchased at Rapp’s Luggage & Gifts.

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Click for a cause

My last post highlighted independent designers that are putting forth their profits to assist in the oil spill clean up. After balling my eyes out looking at animals covered in oil I knew that I needed to do more. My love for my home state runs deep and I can’t sit aside and let other people take care of this mess.

I don’t sell products so I can’t donate proceeds from merchandise. What I can do is simpler than that.

For the entire month of June every time someone visits Slow Southern Style I will personally donate $0.05 to the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. As of this posting there have been 87 views this month, which amounts to $4.35.

I am also challenging readers to donate $0.01 for every page view. My combined goal is $300.  Together we can help.

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Our southern world in crisis

If you haven’t heard about the BP oil spill disaster you’re probably living under a rock, or a tar ball to be more accurate.

Having literally grew up with a swamp for a backyard I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t mention the atrocities that are happening as we speak. If you can’t lend your time to helping clean up our coastlines you can make a difference by donating funds.

I’ve culled through Etsy and found several jewelry and t-shirt designers that are donating part or all of their proceeds to various cleanup efforts. What better way to make a statement, support independent artists and contribute to a good cause?

Earth is Crying - Glass Tile Pendant - Proceeds will go to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund Earth is Crying glass tile

Epic Fail Oil Spill Shirt Epic Fail Oil Spill shirt

SAVE THE GULF SEA LIFE AFTER THE OIL SPILL Enchanted Sea Turtle Necklace Enchanted sea turtle necklace

ALL PROCEEDS go to NWF to HELP CLEANUP the BP OIL SPILL - Critter POP Happy Little WHALE Necklace in Silver Happy little whale necklace

oil spill donations. seafoam starfish necklace Seafoam starfish necklace

Message to BP - t-shirt for ladies, black size M Message to BP tee

If you’d like to see even more pieces that you can feel good about purchasing check out this piece that I wrote for

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