Always going back to the swamp: Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve


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photo by Ryan Sparks
photo by Ryan Sparks

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I know, I know. Another damn post about the swamp. Every few months I try to get out to Jean Lafitte to snap some new photos and fantasize about fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a park ranger. I can’t stop taking pictures of where I grew up. I even dedicated an entire zine to it (ahem, click here to buy).

Lately I’ve been working seven days a week between two  jobs, which leaves me with little free time. So when I got an unexpected day off from work recently, I called up my good friend Ryan Sparks and we high-tailed it to the West Bank. Just don’t tell maw maw and paw paw I went on “that side of the river” without visiting them. I kind of feel bad that I didn’t swing by their house. Old Cat’lic guilt dies hard, y’all.

Springtime is the perfect time of year to make the trek to Lafitte. March through May hits that sweet spot; the temperature is delightful, plus you can spot gators sprawled out on the banks without getting eaten alive by mosquitos. I’m also that weirdo that gets really, really excited to see snakes. Copperheads are my favorite, but as a former card carrying member of the Gulf Coast Herpetological Society, I appreciate all things scaly. Insects are another story. I want nothing to do with anything that has more than four legs. Banana Spiders, however, do not phase me. Go figure. If you want a reptile free experience, go in the cooler fall and winter months.

A torrential downpour let up right as we ponied up to the Bayou Coquille trailhead, which allowed us to play around with our cameras without worrying about getting our gear soaked. Be warned: I wore my shit kickers and I still almost ate it on the slippery board walk, so make sure to wear sturdy shoes. I do love the swamp after a good rain though. The duckweed turns the color of pea soup and the air shrugs off the tension of humidity. The canals were especially chocked full of vegetation on this trip, which created an illusion of carpeted clearings throughout the swamp. I wonder how many tourists try to step out and land knee deep in mud. I wonder how many of them know better.

Festival season is here


Cha Wa Band

Cha Wa BandTank and the Bangas

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Festival season is finally here in Southern Louisiana. Springtime hits that sweet spot of (relatively) low humidity, pleasantly warm days and breezy, balmy nights. It’s downright criminal to not take advantage of the weather, especially since summer is going to slap us in the face with a wet wool blanket faster than we can order another round of frozen daiquiris.

I like festivals but sometimes large crowds, long lines at the food booths and dirty port-a-potties just aren’t my jam. I live on Freret Street, so the Freret Street Festival is the one fest that comes to me.  All I have to do is walk out my door and I’m there. When the crowds get to be too much I can just head back home and sit on my own front porch.



J’wan Boudreaux, vocalist for the Cha Wa Band and Spy Boy for the Golden Eagles, is accompanied by bassist Bill Richards.

Irving “Honey” Banister of the Cha Wa Band and Flag Boy of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians kept the crowds dancing at the Dat Dog Stage.

Tank of Tank and the Bangas entertained the crowds with her infectious energy at the Ochsner Baptist Stage.

Freret Street Festival took over its namesake thoroughfare between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street on April 4. Three stages hosted local bands and 150 vendors selling food as well as locally made arts and crafts lined the street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What I Wore: Mistakes Happen


No one is perfect.

 Shocking, right? Sometimes I get sick of scrolling through images of perfect fashion bloggers. I want to see a hair out of place, a  belt sitting slightly askew- just some sign to indicate they are in fact, human. I must be overcompensating for those modelesque types on the WWW ’cause I’ve got enough flaws to balance out all of them.

It was one of those rare days when my husband and I shared a morning together. He was doing a little work from home, I was getting ready to leave for the day. So I had him snap an outfit photo of me. And you know what? It sucked. Nothing made sense together, and since I didn’t bother scoping myself out in a full length mirror beforehand, I never would have known. The t-shirt didn’t match, the socks looked stupid, but I didn’t have time to change. 
So I adjusted, and dealt by pushing the socks down, threw on an old printed hiking bandanna and suddenly the outfit made a bit more sense. I shaved twenty minutes off my morning by not pulling together an entirely new look. Plus, I wanted to show off my sexy white knees. Stop lusting. 
And I’m actually freaking the hell out in this picture. I hide my emotions well, no? There was a spiky green caterpillar taunting me, rearing its ugly little head, writhing on a frond beside me. I’m deathly afraid of those suckers, and quickly ran inside after we took these half ass photos. Venomous snakes? Bring it and I’ll call it by its Latin name.  A mostly harmless caterpillar? I go running like the girl I am.

T-shirt: American Apparel

Bandana: Prana via REI
Belt: Armoire
Skirt: Fossil
Boots: Steve Madden via Buffalo Exchange

So what are you afraid of? I’ll add cockroaches to my list. 

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MiH at the BJB in NOLA

I hate to admit it, but I’m a denim snob. Back when the designer jeans trend peaked a few years ago, I became hooked.  I need denim that fits, washes well, doesn’t stretch out, and lasts several years. I’m also no Nicki Minaj lookalike in the junk department, so selecting a pair that dissimulates my inadequate derriere is a must. So when I received an invite to attend the MiH Jeans trunk show at the Blues Jean Bar, I was eager to see what this British line is all about.

Springtime denim from MiH 
MiH is really big into pastels, flared legs, and cropped styles for spring. Channeling the company’s 1969 roots, there’s a slight flower child feel to the kick flare hems and easy going spirit. As Southern women, we can appreciate easy going fashion, especially when humidity starts creeping up on us. Looking cute and being comfortable? That’s tricky. Fortunately, the light weight fabrics keep you on trend and feeling cool so you won’t have to worry about being a sweaty mess come summer. I snagged the London Boy Short, perfect since I’m in need of shorts and I love the subtly engineer stripe on these. You may need to go up a size or two as the cuts are rather slim.

Dominique and I with our picks c/o MiH Jeans
Belly up to the jean bar
Dorothy of Meet Dorothy Young and Kristi from Lucky Girl Finds
Lovely Stella & Dot jewelry- buy it here
Genevieve from Uptown PR and Dominique of Copy that Services
Apparently we got the blue/ pattern mixing memo
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Exclusive Photoshoot: Vintage Cars and Clothes from Revival Outpost

Revival Outpost recently asked if I wanted them to do a special photo shoot just for Slow Southern Style. How could I say no? Joining several other secondhand, vintage, and antique shops on Magazine Street, Revival Outpost specializes in vintage and retro clothing. They also do fantastic, professional photo shoots, pulling all of their clothing from their own store. Revival has also teamed up with Blue Dream Vintage, which now functions as a store within a store. Many thanks to Christina Flannery and Akasha Rabut for supplying us with the beautiful images. Check back in next Tuesday when we share the rest!

All images taken by Akasha Rabut
Clothing from Revival Outpost and Blue Dream Vintage

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What I Wore: Outside My Comfort Zone

worst.pose.ever. and no, we don’t use the abacus in the background.  i suck at math.
I’m currently devouring Amanda Brooks book I Love Your Style, which is a great read for anyone trying to define their personal style. Over the years I’ve come to realize that I always go back to the same silhouettes. Hey, why mess with a good thing? Normally I wouldn’t wear a cream top or a ditzy floral pattern. But the shape of these pieces are tried and true, so it didn’t feel like uncharted territory. 

I also wasn’t sure how I felt about resurrecting saddle oxfords considering I haven’t worn them since grade school. And trust me, that was a hell of a long time ago. The final verdict is I like ’em.  Pairing a masculine shoe with a feminine piece is always a good combo. Even though I dress pretty girly, I’m all tom boy.
Normally I feel like white washes me out, so I like to throw on some color for contrast. I wish I owned this scarf in about 4,672 colors because it certainly comes in handy.
Lots of subtle texture here
linen Violet del Mar scarf
Alabama Chanin tank top
Forever 21 skirt
Bass saddle oxfords
All via Buffalo Exchange
So how do you break out of your comfort zone without feeling uncomfortable?

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Guest Post: Orange You Glad It’s Almost Spring?

I’m out at sea this week, so while I’m cruisin’ around Mexico I’ve got several lovely ladies taking the blogging reins for me. Let them know how much you like their posts by leaving words of wisdom in the comments. See y’all when I get back and sadly no, my pasty white self won’t be bringing back a tan.

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Hello all you Slow Southern Style readers! I am Jasmine, from Sequin Crush, a fashion blog about my personal style and my fashion crushes of the moment. I am excited to be sharing this post about my inspiration from the runway to real life looks. One particular recurring trend from the Spring 2012 runways really caught my eye (or made my mouth water) and that is the juicy hues of ORANGE. From lighter, sherbet shades to deep blood orange, and from head to handbag, to toe, orange was everywhere. There are a few ways to recreate these runway looks. Go for a monochromatic look by layering different shades of orange or pair one statement orange piece with neutral shades. If you want to be really bold and make the orange pop even more, mix with the contrasting color of blue. I am not only looking forward to brightening up my wardrobe for spring but also enjoying a nice cold Orange Crush (pun intended) on a warm sunny Spring afternoon in NOLA! But until then, cheers to the short-lived southern winters.

Image Credits – (Clockwise from top) Jenny Packham via // Peter Som via // Rebecca Minkoff via // Proenza Schouler via // Charlotte Ronson via // Marc By Marc Jacobs via // BCBG Max Azria via
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Festival Season In Louisiana

Today’s post comes from guest blogger Jamielyn from Seams That Way.

As the full two months of “Spring”  have come and gone, the city is picking up steam with all things that consume our social calendars of events that force us to enjoy the outdoors. The days seem to grow longer,  the hot, sticky embrace of this humid city awaiting with arms wide open.  Yes, ladies and gents festival  season is in full swing! Personally, it is my ultimate favorite time of year.

What are my favorite things about festivals? The abundance of local food vendors showcasing,  brass bands gloriously blaring and the migration of big headlining acts.  It’s the kickstart that sets the tone for a fun summer. Of course I also love watching the sizzling hot fashions on parade as everyone tries to manage through the tightly packed crowds; libations and food in hand. It is a perfect formula for our love affair with the transitional season.   

With that being said, as we try our best to beat the heat there’s no denying that at this time of year  our inner haute hippie takes over. This look is quite practical , yet we are  still well concealed beneath our garments for all the crawfish bread we’ve managed to devour.

For this Spring 2011 Season, the ‘70s have dominated and it’s“THE” trend that everyone can get away with. The best part?  There’s two  aesthetics to this look we can play with: boho and glam. What more could a lady want?  Typically for Spring we expect lots of pastels and the standard floral prints along with  nautical stripes, but for 2011 this season is going in a wilder direction. Go bold or go home! The brighter the better.

You’ll expect to see visually intriguing pieces influenced by the hipster chic lifestyle with lots of texture. Crochet, macrame, eyelets, fringes, oh my! It’s also all about the bottoms. Aside from the chunky,  bumble stripes, midi skirts to the floor- grazing pleats, the hemlines are getting  fancy.
While distressed denim cut offs might be your go to choice,  opt for scalloped hems or a tribal print cotton skort-like bottom. You can even try colored denim shorts paired with a cropped tee for a comfy funday attire. Unsure about the midriff revealing top? Try a shark tooth trapeze top. You can’t really go wrong either way.

As some of us may be more  into a feminine state of mind, maxi dresses and skirts are here to stay. They’ve definitely come a long way from when we first started taking notice three spring seasons ago and now we can’t get enough.  From one-shouldered looks to the deep plunging v-neck lines, again, it’s all about the prints. Let your tribal instict come out with Native American inspired prints.  Throw some turquoise jewelry or feather  accessories into the mix and you get effortless chic at it’s finest.

 Whether you choose to get on board with the love child craze or go with the flow of the breezy silhouettes, comfort is key.

“While our inclination with the warm, sunny weather is to go with the open toe sandals, try a closed toe, chunky, rugged bootie. ” says Nicole Hershey, a sales associate of local high-end shoe boutique, Shoefty.
“People are always spilling stuff and you don’t ever know what you might step in”, she quickly adds.
“Also, no matter what, you should get inserts. They soak up the sweat and add support”, on  a wise footwear tip. Point well taken. Now slather on the sunscreen. Throw on your wide brimmed sun hat and drinks lots agua and let’s get to lots of fun in the sun! Happy Festing!!
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Simple Spring Solutions

Every damn year when the seasons change I promise myself I’ll be prepared and well stocked on good wardrobe basics, fun stand out pieces and have the accessories to match. Every damn year when the seasons change I complain that I’m not prepared and I scramble to fill in the gaps from the previous year. Whatever. I wore this outfit out a few days ago for an intense sewing session, a solitary trip out the house for a mani and fro yo, then some great late night fashion conversations on my back patio with a good friend of mine.

Spring and summer dressing are all about a sense of ease. After the admittedly not so long New Orleans winter I want to focus less on layering, more on stand alone pieces that I can just throw on and go. While the weather has been perfect these past few days humidity is on the horizon which means no fuss dressing. This simple dress is going to get a lot of action starting in summer.

I’m usually big on leather bags but this metallic silver canvas was too cute to pass up. It is certainly huge but it opens wide enough that I can find everything quickly.
I love the detail on the handle, it is actually a rich, ultra dark brown which is an unexpected yet pleasing alternative to basic, boring black.
Like how I have no eyebrows in this picture? I’m the poster child for not over plucking. Please kids, no matter what shape is in don’t conform to it or you’ll look like me. Actually I have more eyebrow than this picture indicates but regardless let the pros handle your face framers. 
My husband surprised me with this necklace from Symmetry Jewelry for my birthday a month ago. We were only supposed to be going to dinner and drinks with friends but he threw a little lagniappe my way. It matches my wedding ring, which was a nice touch.
Love this black pearl ring* from Mavens Jewelry. The swirls were inspired by a flamenco dancer’s skirt, which is evident in the design. And how about that shiny nail polish? I got my first experience with shellac and I’m already in love. I’m not very good at keeping up with my nails but this stuff stays put for 2-3 weeks. The coral color is perfect for spring.
Dress- Calvin Klein via Swap Boutique
Flats- Really old Cole Haan
Tote Bag: Gap via Buffalo Exchange
Necklace- Anatoli from Symmetry Jewelry
Shellac Manicure- Retreat Spa
I did receive this ring at a discount for featuring Maven on this site.
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Spring has Sprung

It feels like we’ve finally escaped winter’s harsh grasp and have moved forward with springtime in New Orleans. While I’m loving these warmer days and having dinner on the back patio I’ve been fighting with allergies and a head cold thanks to the temperature change.

 Trust me, I’m not complaining about the beautiful days ahead and I am looking forward to riding my bike everywhere once I start feeling better, which hopefully will be soon with the start of three New Orleans fashion weeks, one of which I am attending this Wednesday at the Contemporary Arts Center. Oh yea, and Mardi Gras, the biggest and best holiday of the year, is wedged in there as well. No rest for the wicked right?

I bought this long, flowy tank top a few weeks ago when it was still cold and I’ve been itching to wear it ever since. The day I purchased it I was wearing a coat and gloves and now I can safely go outside with bare arms. See why I’m feeling under the weather, even if it is perfect outside? 

I’ve been having a golden moment and while I’m not sick of silver I’ve been craving more gold tone accessories. I love this big ring that I just bought last week. Oh the scaly guy? Relax, He’s just a ceramic rattlesnake inherited from my dad, rest his soul.
My birthday was on Groundhog’s Day and while I’m not sure what the little mammal’s prediction was I’m enjoying this cream and burgundy infinity scarf that I received as a b-day gift from Armoire Boutique. I figured the colors were close enough to do the pattern on pattern thing.
I have a long neck and these earrings are still grazing my shoulders. They’re a little tacky but I kind of don’t care.

Check out those greasy bangs and beat up shoes. My shoes take a beating, it’s hard for me to keep them looking nice so I usually don’t even try. I know, sometimes I really fail at fashion blogging but I like to be honest y’all. So what are you wearing now that the weather has warmed up?
Tank Top: Jack by BB Dakota via Lola Boutique
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity via Buffalo Exchange
Scarf: Gift from Armoire Boutique
Earrings: Buffalo Exchange
Ring: Armoire Boutique
Shoes: J. Crew via Buffalo Exchange (swear they were perfect when I bought them)

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