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 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels takes the gloves off in this post as he writes about education "reform" in Louisiana. It's not reform because it is not improving education - not even a little, he says. He's also taking the mainstream media to task here; they're not doing their job in reporting on these issues, he says.
AUG 1 Death Valley, Deaf Valley, Tiger Stadium, whatever you call it, it's been named the "most intimidating" college football arena in the country. This post on the College Spun blog looked at the top 15 and named LSU number one. It references the 1988 Tommy Hodson play -- when the crowd's reaction registered as an earthquake on the university's seismograph.
AUG 1 Fortune Magazine takes a look at a study by researchers in Indiana and Hong Kong (well THAT'S an interesting pairing) who looked at corruption in American states. Of course, we're in the top five, coming in second behind Mississippi. Hey, we'll do better next year!
AUG 1 Columnist Jeremy Alford is writing about secrecy in this post on LaPolitics, in particular "the dark side" of the legislative process, also known as conference committee. The loosey-goosey (and generally not open) process is rich with possibilities for problems, as was proven with the so-called Edmonson amendment, Alford writes.
AUG 1 Blogger Tom Aswell reports here on the emails he received in response to a public records request to State Police in his continuing investigation of the so-called Edmonson Amendment. In particular he's reporting the "talking points" created by one top State Police official about the bill, as well as some snide comments about one of Aswell's reporters.
AUG 1 Louisiana voters don't seem to be overjoyed by any of their choices in the Senate race, Jim Brown writes in this week's blog post. The polls don't show robust support for any of the candidates, Brown says, and he's thinking back to the time he floated legislation that would have allowed people to vote for "None of the Above."
AUG 1 Blogger CB Forgotston is keeping up with the reaction to the Edmonson Amendment, but the real problem isn't going to be fixed with more laws, he says. A major problem is a lack of integrity among legislators, he opines; without it, no amount of legislation is going to solve this problem.
AUG 1 Since the Washington Post story start circulating this week - you know, the one where the writer says that Congressional Candidate Lenar Whitney is the most frightening hopeful he's ever met - the lady has become notorious, this post on the NOLA Defender blog tells us. You can even watch her documentary (?) entitled "Global Warming is a Hoax." Ahem. Can we run away now?
JUL 31 Blogger Rod Dreher is offering excerpts, as he often does, from a blog he's found interesting. This time, the subject of his interest is the ubiquitous Facebook, but it's a creepy view of the social media format, and how predators can use it.
JUL 31 Here's a fun post on the Movoto blog about Louisiana stereotypes. These 10 are accurate, the blog posits, and it's really not wrong. Most of them are pretty positive - as opposed to other stereotypes about us, which also aren't all wrong.
JUL 31 State Treasurer John Kennedy, who also sits on the board that oversees State Police retirement, continues his push to have the so-called Edmonson amendment investigated, blogger Tom Aswell reports here. The director of that retirement system says an investigation is coming, but he's waiting on lawyers to tell him what to do.
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