This isn't Gina Babineaux's first rodeo. The Artesia veteran knows a thing or two about sales. And so, when she began a new endeavor we had to get the inside scoop. Gina, you see, is selling things in a way we've never seen around these parts (or anywhere else for that matter). "Right now, the company features sales on Facebook as "fixed-priced" auctions or "flash sales" with a new e-commerce website and trend blog right around the corner," Gina says. She started Loft 115 with her mother Lana Lagneaux just last week with the premise of brining celeb-inspired accessories to the mainstream. High end/low price. Okay, we're listening.
"The name is inspired by the idea of "that trendy gal living in a big-city loft on a small town budget." Upcoming collections will feature popular styles of hammered cross jewelry, Saint Benedict medal necklaces and earrings and fabulous animal pieces that are super on-trend. Item are a steal at prices ranging from $4 to $36 each," Gina says. A steal indeed. We spotted a precious fox ring for just $4 and the crazy popular bubble necklace brought to the world by J. Crew — but, the loft 115 version is but $18. But, don't expect to stroll into the store and buy these pieces or even find them right this minute. "Facebook auctions occur every Monday and Wednesday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST," Gina explains. Each session includes 8 to 12 pieces for sale. To buy, comment "sold. Loft 115 emails the buyer and you pay via PayPal. The number of pieces is limited and they stay on the page until sold out. And the big bonus? Everything ships on a Monday and for free. (Free!) So, why not just open an accessories shop or include this in the existing Artesia? "I've wanted to get back into e-commerce for a while now. More and more people are definitely shopping online and accessories were a great way for us to ease back into that market because you don't have all of the size and fit concerns you have with selling clothing online" says Babineaux. "Facebook in itself has been gaining momentum as an online sales tool and was a great opportunity for us to start small and instantly get in the face of new customers. Once our website launches it will feature our full inventory and our Facebook site will still continue to offer great discounted items." While it's been less than two weeks, Gina says people are on board with the selling on Facebook. "Items are already selling out." Go to www.facebook.com/loft115 to check out the latest fashion forward finds.
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JUL 27 The news gets worse in the case of the 11th hour bill that added a bunch of money to the retirement income of State Police Commander Mike Edmonson. Blogger CB Forgotston says here that the annual increase was not $30K, it was more like $55K. Also, it was Jindal buddy Neil Riser who tacked the action onto another bill - something he didn't feel compelled to tell us until now. But here's the best part - Edmonson turned down the money on Friday.
JUL 28 Finally, someone has pointed out that the far-right people who scream at immigrant children are not acting as Jesus would. Blogger Robert Mann runs a comparison of the actions of these alleged "Christians" against what the Bible says about their Savior -- and they come up lacking. Big time.
JUL 27 Here's the first of four pieces from Minnesota Public Radio about the horrible legacy of Gilbert Gauthe, the pedophile who also was a priest and used his position to obtain victims. The story gets into the most shameful aspect of that time - the protection Gauthe received from the leaders of the church. This four-piece story promises to be more comprehensive than anything we've seen, because it is looking back from so far. Some of the information here has only been released recently.
JUL 28 This story in the Picayune is a hopeful, happy one for a change. It's about a young woman who faced family problems that led to her dropping out of school. But now, just a few years later, she's completed two programs aimed at troubled kids and has landed a job in the kitchen of a John Besh restaurant.
JUL 27 Columnist James Gill has something for the Baton Rouge Metro Council -- and they could probably use it. He's giving them a piece of his mind in this post, taking them to task for being too (dumb, homophobic, gutless?) hesitant to pass the so-called tolerance ordinance, which basically says you can't discriminate against gay people in that fair city.
JUL 27 When you're telling people they have lost their jobs, you have to be careful about how you do it. When more layoffs were announced last week to the employees of the Office of Group Benefits, apparently that wasn't handled well, blogger Tom Aswell argues in this post. He's also got some info on who gets to stay - and how much they make. (Spoiler alert: It's a lot.)
JUL 28 After three years of revisions, the proposed new zoning ordinance for the city of New Orleans is ready for public review, this post on NOLA Defender reports. The plan is available starting today on the city's website and in several locations in the city, NoDef reports.
JUL 27 Here's an interesting infographic from LaPolitics on getting negative in political campaigning. There are several people who might want to take note - but chances are, they can't help themselves.
JUL 25 If you're not aware, there's a conflict among pro-choicers and pro-lifers going down in New Orleans. Anti-abortionists are protesting in the city this week, but those who support access to abortion have also been active in the city as a result. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow takes a look at what's going on in this clip, posted on Gambit.
JUL 25 Education Superintendent John White probably shouldn't sign a long lease on anything in Louisiana, Blogger Lamar Parmentel writes, because our reformer in chief is now in a situation "from which no amount of his own bs jargon or political hatchet work can extricate him." Lamar thinks that White is going to have to quit, and probably sooner rather than later.
JUL 25 This post on the Wall Street Journal examines the case of a Metairie physician who is making millions by filing whistle-blower lawsuits. His suits accuse corporations of defrauding federal agencies like Medicare, and when he wins he gets whistle-blower rewards - in the tens of millions of dollars. (You can view the story using your Facebook account, but if you don't want to do that, here's an abbreviated version in the Advocate.)
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