Four Fall Favorites For Friday

For as long as I can remember I was only ever interested in wearing silver jewelry. Gold seemed too garish but lately I’ve been craving some change so I’m slowly attempting to stock up on gold. I’ve never been the type to just buy jewelry to match a particular outfit, that’s boring.  Jewelry should say something about your personality, otherwise it’s just noise. While I’m on the hunt for the perfect pieces  I found these baubles that I’d add to my accessories arsenal in a heartbeat.

Muted gold cut out cuff bracelet from Lucky
Cute Kate Spade bow adds a touch of gilded girliness

Black & gold earrings perfect for Saints season

Double disco means double the fun from Fossil with these drop earrings

What types of jewelry are you searching for to add to your collection?

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Ruby: The Jewel of Hammond

For those of y’all on the North shore that complain about lack of places to shop you obviously haven’t been to Ruby.

Laura-Lea Reid opened Ruby on November 4th, 2003 as “the downtown original” in Hammond, Louisiana.
Ruby’s specialty is women’s denim including brands like Citizens of Humanity, Joes, and James. Other brands include Alternative Apparel, Dish, Ben Sherman, and Niven Morgan.

This is also the only place in Louisiana to purchase Billy Reid. In case you’ve been hiding out in summer humidity  hibernation Billy Reid, Laura’s brother, won GQ’s best new menswear designer in America and also has a new line of workwear for Levi’s .

Laura Lea is in the shop almost every day and you’ll  find her pouring mimosas for old friends and new customers alike. Shopping at Ruby feels less like  just buying clothes, more like hanging out with good friends that happen to stock the cutest clothes in town. Bonus points that you can have your jeans hemmed through their seamstress service, and the turnaround time is often just a couple of hours!

Every week Ruby releases a new custom designed game day tee and coming November 1st a collector’s edition wood box set will be available for sale! A limited number of four new Saints designs will be presented in a custom made wood box with handwritten tags.

 Keep up with Ruby on Facebook and Twitter for special deals and new items. Laura Lea often runs great deals on her jeans, including $50 off if you bring in an old pair!

111 E. Thomas Rd.
Hammond, LA 70401

Mon-Fri. 11am-6pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Opens at 10:00am on Saints game days
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Mannequin Mondays

Mannequin Monday is thanks to a little North shore field trip that I took to Hammond, LA. With black and gold fever in full force Ruby and Shop Imagine have Saints’ merchandise ready and waiting for their customers.

100 N. Cate St.
(985) 345-0548
Hours: 10-6 Mon.-Sat.

111 E. Thomas St. 
Hours: 11-6 Mon.-Sat.
I’ll also have a full report on both these shops up soon so if  you want to learn more about them don’t fret!
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Get ready for fall

In the retail world fall is happening as we speak. That said trying on sweaters in New Orleans in August is just about the last thing I want to do.Fortunately y’all can strategically spend your summer clothing budget so the pieces you buy now will carry you into cooler months. In the winter I wear a tank top all the time since New Orleans weather is so unpredictable. If I go to work in a sweater I’m stripping it off mid-day or I’m miserably overheated.

 Any purchases from now until October need to be colors that won’t scream summer. This means exercise restraint at the sales rack! Retailers are slashing prices on summer styles but don’t get bamboozled into buying a trend that will be dated next year. This means  tanks need to be layer worthy and blouses have to do a quick change with a cardigan thrown on top. Also stick with dresses that can be layered with tights and a long sleeve tee underneath or a sweater on top.

This sweet top from J. Crew  will be really easy to wear now and in the fall. Just throw a cardigan over, add skinny jeans (still my fav) and you’ve got an instant fall look.

Dashiki prints were all over the late summer/early fall magazines and it is easy to see why. These playful prints blur the line between seasons. This Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, available at Saks, can be worn now with sandals, then make it winter worthy with a pair of thick tights.

T-shirts are good year ’round and Saints tees are almost always worn out of season. Get ready for game day with Skip N’ Whistle’s “Do not cross” tee.

If you work in a freezing cold office the “All the Thrill” jacket from Hemline will work now and well after hurricane season is over.

So what fall fashions are y’all looking forward to?

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Time for Therapy

With all this talk of the oil spill it’s enough to drive even the happiest person mad. Fortunately we all have one thing to look forward to and that’s football season. Even if you’re not a fan it’s hard not to get excited about the Saints after their incredible Superbowl win.

With games comes the ritual of game day outfits and when Jean Therapy sent me their new game day scarf to test drive I was more than happy to oblige! I love scarves, especially in summer.

I know what y’all are thinking “It’s too hot to wear a scarf! Is she crazy?” But this swath of fabric is a linen and cotton blend so it is really, really lightweight. When the humidity is this high I run for a tank and shorts and a lightweight scarf is a nice addition to any simple summer outfit. Just throw on some jewelry and you’re good to go.
We all know that football starts in the “fall” meaning we’ve got to survive the heat of September and part of October so you know you’ll get plenty of use out of this lightweight accessory. Until the pigskin gets thrown around sit inside with a good book and a big glass of lemonade.

Pick up your “Game Day” black and gold fleur de lis scarf at any Jean Therapy location in mid-July.

And for more summer survival tips y’all might like these posts:

Guest post: Look cool even when it’s hot

Summer Survival

Biking in New Orleans: Don’t sweat it

Rain on my parade

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Black & Gold fever

As anyone with a pulse is aware the Saints are 11-0. Even though I don’t follow football I can’t help but feel proud of the hometown team when they are doing this damn good. I’m old enough to remember when people wore bags on their heads to games and they were called “The “Aints”.  Fortunately the turbulent times have changed as we now have Who Dat Nation and “Jesus loves the Saints” tees sprawled across every woman, man, and child’s chest in the form of a t-shirt. Join the love and grab an original t-shirt at any of these New Orleans stores:

Skip & Whistle
Buffalo Exchange (carries Ichabod’s)
Dirty Coast

If you’d rather whisper “Who Dat” instead of yelling there are a few really great handmade items for sale.

Give your updo some oomph with this black & gold flower hair pin from Flambeaux designs

1in Round Hand Stamped Saints Necklace with swarovski crystals--Who Dat with Fleur de Lis 
I love the simplicity of this crystal and aluminum necklace from metal4mommies.

Black and Gold Saints Mardi Bra

Really show your, er pride in this beaded bra from Miss Karina

When the Saints Go Marching In - Antique Whiskey Tag, Fleur De Lis New Orleans Saints Earrings

How ’bout them Saints? How ’bout these cool antique whiskey tags from NOOBOO?

Who Dat necklace by Heather Elizabeth Designs

Also Shoefty is celebrating sweet, sweet victory by offering 15% off everything December 1st.

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