This time of year the big fashion magazines shrink. They go from thick tomes barely able to cram into the mailbox to flimsy little things. But, the truth is that we don't need any less style this time of year. Style never takes a vacation. And so, we're bringing you as much in style IND Style as ever and you'll be glad to know our favorite local local boutiques are quite full at the moment. (Trust me, I've made the rounds as of late.) And in even better news. It's sale time. The most wonderful time of the year. So, while the national landscape is looking slight, we're full to the brim on fashion.
There is scarcely a local shop without percentage off signs somewhere in the store. Over at Shoe La La they have a hefty amount of shoes to wear now and later from open toed bright heels to Uggs. We're loving the oxfords with a bit of green (it's all about the green, you know). Perfect with boyfriend jeans or trousers.
Kiki has some fabulous clothing 50 percent off while Hemline has a diverse offering of pieces with slashed prices. We picked a pair of colored denim as a great example of the kind of on trend pieces they have on the sale rack.
Brother's has everything from cocktail to denim on their sale racks, including these booties in a perfect shade of suede that will work through some warmer temps with flirty skirts.
And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that Vanessa V. has some of her Nikki Poulos and Viereck on her 50 percent off rack. We also eyed some amazing pieces over at Knotting Hill where a dose of fashion forward skirts and tops can be found at 75 percent off. So, happy happy weekend. And happy shopping on the cheap/chic.
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DEC 8 - Maybe that wasn't such a good idea, after all. This post on the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's site says we're looking at oil prices that are tanking because there's so much oil coming out of the Gulf. Some are even predicting a glut. What's likely to be the result? Lower gas prices, higher refinery profits, and more pressure on the feds to loosen export restrictions.
DEC 8 Here's the latest from blogger Robert Mann, and it's on one of his favorite topics: Bobby Jindal. He's taking a look at Jindal's record and his current maneuvering, which of course is a ploy to position him for a run for the White House. "America Next," Jindal's current big idea, is just as vague about what it is proposing as Jindal usually is, Mann says. And it won't protect him from his "unimaginative record," as Mann describes it.
DEC 8 - Don't know what that is? Then run on over to LaPolitics and read this post by Jeremy Alford, which serves as a history lesson about the famed tonic and it's purveyor, Dudley LeBlanc. It's really a fascinating story and Alford's description of Dudley as an "icon of Louisiana politics and culture" is not an exaggeration.
DEC 8 In this editorial, the Picayune again urges Gov. Jindal to take the Medicaid money. But the piece's exhortation that Jindal "be sensible" is a little misplaced, isn't it? Because Jindal's not being stupid -- well, maybe he is -- but he's following orders from people he believes can get him into the White House. This editorial is engaging in the argument that Jindal is publicly making, without acknowledging what his true motivations are. Somebody send these guys a clue.
DEC 8 Columnist Mark Ballard is writing about the impact of Vance McAllister's defeat of Neil Riser in this post. He starts out talking about how McAllister's more reasonable approach was more attractive to voters than was Riser's hard-line (tea-party-ish) rants. Dan Claitor, a state lege from BR who is expected to run for Congress soon, expressed it best when he said voters aren't looking for candidates who are "throwing temper tantrums when they can't get their way."
DEC 8 It's always gratifying when a Louisiana son makes international headlines. And our son, David "former KKK grand poobah" Duke is back in the news, making us all proud. This (UK) Telegraph story, unearthed by the Dead Pelican, tells us that Duke has been expelled from Italy but is trying to return. The Italians say he is trying to "establish a pan-European, extremist neo-Nazi group in northern Italy." Huh. You don't say.
DEC 9 This is a kind of puzzling post from columnist Jim Beam, in which he discusses a recent appearance by former Gov. Edwin Edwards in Lake Charles. He said he's surprised by EWE's "grasp of current events." Did Jim never meet Slick Eddie? He's no dummy, and for Beam to assume he is -- well, given he covered the man for 50 years, that's the surprise.
DEC 9 A "suspicious package" shut down part of Zachary Sunday, WAFB tells us in this post. The package, which eventually was "rendered safe" (bomb squad lingo for blown up) was found in a storage unit that someone quit paying on. Other cop gear was found in the unit, so it is possible the thing was a training tool, police say. But they leave out the best part: who bought it? Barry, Jarrod or Darrell?
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