Get ahead of the spring fashion curve with these stylish bracelets, made with multiple strands of waxed, polished cotton cords combined with gold, silver and gunmetal hardware. Each piece is handcrafted in Italy by designer Gillian Julius, who draws her influence from her native South Africa. Julius’ design captures spring’s chunky look but is so light weight you’ll want to wear it every day. The color palette is soft, muted and sophisticated, and any of the various color combos pairs perfectly with a T-shirt and jeans — and can even give a conservative suit a kick. It will definitely be your spring/summer go-to piece for a night out on the town. Available at kiki in River Ranch, 406-0904, prices start at $220. — Leslie Turk
Dessert first. That’s my new mantra, and the quintessential breakfast quaff, bourbon milk punch, fits the bill. Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro serves brunch on Sundays, which calls for a pick-me-up from the get go. Sure there’s the ubiquitous Mimosa and the hair of the dog Bloody Mary, but if you’re looking for a New Orleans experience a la Brennan’s, go for the milk punch. Jolie’s version starts with vanilla Bluebell ice cream. Liquefied, it becomes the base for the drink, which gets a healthy shot of Knob Creek bourbon, a brisk shake over ice, and then is served, martini style, dusted with nutmeg, in a frosted up-glass. The best part is that the bourbon milk punch is not reserved for Sundays only; it’s available any time, like Thursday night, for dessert, after a nibble of Oysters Jolie, while sitting at the bar. Yum, yum, yum. $5 on Sundays. Call Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro at 504-2382. — Mary Tutwiler
The Gods of Thunder love it when the next generation of young dudes worships at the stone totem of rock, and elects to crank up and grind down on the sacred chords handed down through the ages. Chugging, riffing, squealing, howling. All of that. Recorded at home and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Matt Jeansonne, the new Wildfires CD Qualms traffics in the anger of the ancients, the fury of the righteous, and the mysteries of the quixotic. Grizzly riffs spill into vocal quatrains that give way to speeding fits of heaviness. This ain’t smooth crooning music. Vocals scream, heave, and squawk amidst the brown chowder of roaring guitars, skull busting beats, and low end rumble. This is grist for the grind known as heavy rock & roll – howling static paired with mammoth chunk, scorching and howling into the poker face of post-9/11 America. Sometimes the only music that makes any sense is that of a distress signal. Pure angry noise, slugging its way into the heart of the unknown. To buy it, go to http://www.myspace.com/wildfires337. — Dege Legg
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,961 from the previous week's total of 2,237. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,190 claims.
Lafayette’s Ruffino’s on the River has taken its place among our many establishments worthy of note and, in this case, The James Beard Foundation.
If you didn’t know Alison, Sheriff Mike Neustrom’s 42-year-old daughter who died Wednesday after battling cancer for a year, you missed out on something really special.
Three bedroom cottage or two bedroom traditional
Martini contest underway
Asserting that the LPSB's taxpayer-funded report on the results of the superintendent investigation is a public record, TDA's executive editor takes the gloves off.
Red and black and funky all over
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Batter up for a pre-Mardi Gras deep fry fête at Jo Vidrine’s Freetown pad in this sixth episode of filmmaker Stephen Meaux's culinary series.
Tyson Dupuis accumulated three OWI arrests in less than 10 years, with his most recent resulting in the death of an 18-year-old Crowley woman in 2011, yet his punishment would only amount to a year in prison.
Hugh Freeze has firsthand knowledge of the Sun Belt Conference, having coached at Arkansas State in 2011 before moving on to Mississippi.
A federal grand jury has charged a 56-year-old Lafayette man with income tax fraud for allegedly failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.
Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide; escaped school shooter caught; body odor test resisted and more national and international news for Friday, September 12, 2014.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Hurry, rush to Jersey’s Daiquiris Sports Bar in Broussard for a cold one because at noon tomorrow its license is suspended for two months by the state!
The LPSB voted 6-3 to accept charges against Superintendent Pat Cooper and pave the way for his upcoming termination hearing.
The timing of U.S. District Judge Richard Haik's semi-retirement paves the way for a Dem, and perhaps the first African American, to serve the Western District.
Purple and gold and animal print all over
The feds say Donald Domingues reported $259,725 as income and paid $64,909 in taxes but he allegedly failed to mention a $351,000 sales commission, which would have bumped his income up to just over $610,000 and his tax liability to $186,000.
Four bedroom acadian or a three bedroom traditional
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Year-to-date sales are outpacing 2013 by 4.7 percent.
After months of clamoring for Superintendent Pat Cooper’s job, the LPSB will get its chance this afternoon to get the ball rolling with a special meeting at 2:30 p.m.
Voters trying to sift through the details of 14 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 4 ballot have a guide they can consult.
Delcambre now has a boat launch that can handle four boats at a time and a new pavilion for the seafood and farmer's market.
Drew Brees sees plenty to like about the way New Orleans' offense is shaping up, even if it's not yet reflected in the win column.
About a week after mistakenly using a Twitter hashtag for the Cincinnati Bengals to wish the New Orleans Saints good luck, the Cassidy camp refers to the EPA as the “Energy Protection Agency.”
Three bedroom contemporary or three bedroom traditional
Lawmakers launched their latest effort Wednesday to try to chip away at a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge repair and improvement work across Louisiana, seeking ideas to raise new transportation dollars in an anti-tax environment.
The congressman has rejected two other debates in which Landrieu had agreed to participate.