It's no secret that I love style. It's a 24/7 kind of gig that goes far beyond the parameters of a job description. There's no 'off' button for it. And there are few genres of style I don't love. But, there are certain pieces and items that speak to me in a way that only another fashion lover can understand. That make me think without doubt "that's so me." You know what I'm talking about here.
There a quite a few out there right now, but I hand picked a few that are my absolute favorite local finds.
We'll start with that scarf from kiki. Perhaps it's the writer in me, but there's something I just die over between the handwritten words and the content of the John Lennon Imagine scarf. There are few things I love more than when art meets art.
Over at Hemline, a cobalt top with a longer hem in the back may not be the kind of piece that falls into a "statement" category. But, it's certainly the shape I could wear every day. And it's my favorite color of the moment. While I know it's all about mint, mint, mint, I'm loving loving loving this deep true blue. Bonus: it's the perfect topper to leggings and boots. For now I'd throw a snug blazer over it and when temps get warmer it's perfect solo with a springy necklace, which brings me to the bevy of pieces arriving at Vanessa V.
The different hues of pink and a dash of minty turquoise will take any basics from traditional to trend. I'm crushing most seriously on the gold chunky necklace. How perfect with an all black ensemble? And wonderful for spring when all those floral prints arrive.
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OCT 21 Here's an interesting story from the National Journal about New Orleans almost 10 years post-Katrina. There are demographic information and charts, as well as some commentary about the corresponding changes in the way the city looks and works.
OCT 21 Gambit offers its endorsements for the upcoming election in this post, including an endorsement of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The best way to protect Louisiana's clout is to re-elect the senior senator, the paper opines. Sending a Republican in her place won't accomplish anything, the paper adds.
OCT 21 The McClatchy DC blog posts this fascinating view of Louisiana's political landscape. It's a little heavy on the cliches, and also a little heavy on the quaint Cajun/Creole shtick, but it's still good reading -- if only for the outside view of our insides.
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OCT 21 The first Senate debate featuring all three candidates was a big ho-hum, columnist Jim Beam writes in this post. Nobody said anything new or interesting, and nobody emerged the clear winner, he says.
OCT 21 Bobby Jindal can't seem to leave Daniel Malloy alone, this post on NOLA Defender says. On a recent trip to stump for another GOP'er (Ever wonder: does any of his stumping really help these guys? Or is he just trying to get his name in other newspapers?) Jindal again ran afoul of Connecticut's Governor, who has no problem calling Bobby on his claims, the post tells us.
OCT 21 Jeremy Alford writes about David Vitter's playbook in this post, and frankly, there are some things we don't want to know. We've all heard about what's in that book, haven't we? That kind of stuff is not our idea of a good -- oh, wait. Jeremy's writing about Vitter's political playbook. Never mind.
OCT 20 Remember those great posts from blogger Jason Brad Berry that featured emails and letters related to the BP claims process? Well, apparently Patrick Juneau (who was featured, but not in a positive way, in those documents) ordered a background check on Berry because of it, this story in Louisiana Record says. Huh?
OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it, author Omar El Akkad clarifies it neatly: it's "a battle between prosperity and the planet's well-being." Are jobs and money worth the trade we're making? As Jonathan Foret says in the story, Mother Nature may come and answer that question for us.
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