If you know anything about this IND Styler, you know I love a good hat. And so, it is no surprise that the Mad Hatters luncheon is an occasion I hate to miss. The Symphony’s signature event Monday at the Hilton brought out a bevy of demure ladies in even more demure hats (think royal wedding with a little less of the wacky and a little more of the refined) and a host of models on the runway rocking the latest in spring style.
Our first fashionista spotted for the day was the ever-colorful Sharon Moss. She didn’t disappoint in her spring ensemble. With a turquoise peplum and contrasting melon-hued hat, she was just what this spring is all about — pairing bright colors and ladylike style. We were loving her pal Janie Bayard’s turban take on the hat (stay tuned for how to rock a turban in an upcoming IND Style blog) and the ever vivacious Larayn Guidroz wore Pantone’s color of the year emerald green top for just a pop of color in her dark ensemble.
Laura Ketteringham of IND and Donna Byrne of AT&T were every bit the ladies who lunch in demure dresses and hats while Judy Dunn took things in a wild direction with her eclectic blend of prints (so hot for spring) and tangerine topper. ASO's queen bee Jenny Krueger was pretty as ever in a lovely little feathered fascinator and dress with a bit of springy melon shade near the hem.
Our favorite hat of the day went to Rhonda Bond who wore a lovely pink suit and a hat that was perfection. Covered in pink flowers with the most discreet little pink velvet bow, her vintage find was just how to make something old something quite new.
On the runway there were dazzling girls in Lemon Drop’s hi-low dresses (it’s all about hi-low, ladies). We loved the fresh shades of spring from La Marquise’s model (especially stylista Nandi Lindscombe in a vivid asymmetrical pink number). But, what caught our eye were the more subdued shades from Renaissance Market’s new line. Mauggie Pastor and Simone Foreman flowed down the runway in muted hues. And while spring is all about color, I can’t resist a flowy all black ensemble anymore than I can a good hat.
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AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
JUN 29 This bizarre story from the Advocate on the shooting of a Baton Rouge television personality reads like the script of a soap opera - but not a good one. The allegations against him include sexual abuse of children, including the alleged shooter, and a sham immigration marriage involving his own daughter. The other side? He was a chaplin for the Sheriff's Office in Baton Rouge and preached in a local church.
AUG 29 Here's a story from CBS News about a killer amoeba found in the water system of St. John the Baptist Parish. The story made all three networks (CBS, ABC, NBC) as well as Fox "News," although they have not yet found out how it is Obama's fault. Seriously, the good news is that so far officials know of no one sickened by the water.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 Blogger Bob Mann comments here upon Governor Bobby Jindal's federal lawsuit about Common Core. Mann calls it a "thinly veiled campaign document" and that might be the nicest thing he says in this post. Most troubling for Jindal and his aspirations, Mann has unearthed what Bobby said just a few years ago when he first decided to shove Common Core down our throats.
AUG 29 Blogger Tom Aswell has several developments here related to the so-called Edmonson amendment. The most entertaining one is possibly Tom's acknowledgement that a State Police official is (allegedly) calling the bloggers covering the story some colorful names. Listen up, cowboy: You really think two veterans like Tom Aswell and CB Forgotston care if you call them idiots?
AUG 29 Gotta love those journalists who write something with the enthusiasm that implies they're the first one to figure something out. Mostly, they're not. This is one of those times; the post on Slate Magazine says that Bobby Jindal's Common Core lawsuit is a political stunt. Well - Duh.
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
AUG 28 As the controversy surrounding the Office of Group Benefits intensifies, blogger Tom Aswell gives us some background on the current problems. The OGB, which handles health insurance for current and retired state employees, is deep in the red since it was privatized by Jindal, and Aswell gives us the skinny: this great plan was designed by ALEC. The company handling it? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - a longtime member of ALEC.
AUG 28 Blogger CB Forgotston has a concept for a new reality show: the wives of the "Dork Dynasty." That's the name that some troopers have given to State Police Commander Mike Edmonson and his inner circle. The ladies CB has picked for his cast are not just housewives, however, and the connections here are pretty interesting.
AUG 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney is writing about the strife in Ferguson in this post, and articulating what many people down south are saying. There's a fairy tale about how there's tons of racism in the South, but it's all hunky dory up North. (Really? Look again.)
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