Oh hey 2014, you crept up on me with the quickness, didn’t you? I didn’t announce it to the world, but Slow Southern Style turned five years old this past year. I know I’ve been neglecting my baby (see below for the reasons why) so here are some of the highlights of 2013:
I officially re-enrolled at The University of New Orleans (as a senior!) after a ten year hiatus. If you’re interested in the full story click on over to Propaganda, where I share my experience of entering the academic world as a non-traditional student.
I got the courage to quit my job of eight years. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was an important one. While I occasionally miss talking about clothes all day, it was time for me to evaluate my long term goals and make them happen.
After three beautiful years with Nadia, our beloved greyhound, we gave her one last throat rub. We also unexpectedly lost Proteus, one of our cats we had for eight years. 2013 was rough, to say the least. However, the pitter patter of little paws was not absent for long. We welcomed Izzy (Greyhound), Beignet (Rat Terrier/Catahoula mix) and our two kittens Piper and Lorenzo (formerly Loretta: oops!) as our newest roommates. We still miss Nadia and Proteus, but the newest additions help ease the pain.
I took on the role of Managing Editor of Propaganda New Orleans, which shifted my focus from writing about fashion to editing and writing on a much wider variety of subjects. Food, art, history and travel were just some of the topics I wrote about. Here’s the list, if you’re so inclined.
My brother, sister and I had a sibling reunion after not being in the same room together for two years. My siblings are the world to me. I’m hoping to take a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to visit my brother later this year.
Things I’m looking forward to in 2014:
The biggest, and most important, is my ten year wedding anniversary in August. Yea, we’re getting old. We’re renewing our vows in the same spot we got married: below the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Mardi Gras. Duh. It’s the holiday that trumps all other holidays.
After years of pining for a fancy camera, I bought myself an SLR. I’m looking forward to signing up for classes so I can figure out how to work the damn thing and stop uploading mediocre photos here. Maybe.
Lundi Gras is like the Christmas Eve of Mardi Gras. In case you aren’t familiar, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, the culmination of the carnival season where revelry in the streets is de rigueur until Lent begins at midnight.
While I didn’t hit up that many parades this year, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be celebrating tomorrow. Not in New Orleans? Follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you want to keep up with my costumed escapades while you’re sitting at your desk. Or, peruse the Mardi Gras archives, and check back after Ash Wednesday for more Fat Tuesday coverage. You can also read my piece about Southern Costume Company on NOLA Woman, and be sure to watch the latest Propaganda New Orleans episode below, where we head to Domenica to watch pastry chef Lisa White make her nearly infamous king cake, and Avenue Pub owner Polly Watts helps us pair whiskey with the sweet stuff.
Happy Mardi Gras, see y’all in the French Quarter tomorrow!
While everyone else worked themselves into a shopping tizzy, I’ve been internet bashing Black Friday all weekend long. It’s not that I don’t like to shop, but I just can’t hype myself up into a consumer frenzy just to save a few bucks. Make no mistake, I’m all about saving money but fighting an angry mob ain’t my thing. And when the only message being thrown out there is BUY BUY BUY, it just ruins the holiday spirit.
My gifting philosophies don’t end at Christmas- my husband and I don’t go all out anymore for the Hallmark card holidays. A bouquet of flowers feels less obligatory, more special, on a random day of the week.
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I don’t have kids, but I imagine that starting a new project is akin to giving birth. You have no idea what it’s actually going to look like once it’s here, and once you expose it to the world you hope other people think it’s as cute as you do.
This past Saturday I spent the bulk of my day at the New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo promoting my new baby, Propaganda. Along with my good friend and founder Leslie Almeida and creative director Donovan Fannon, the response was overwhelmingly positive. So what’s Propaganda all about? We are creating media by the people, for the people in the form of bi-weekly video podcasts, and a website that will develop into a full fledged digital magazine. If you’d like any more info, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the links below.