There’s been alotta talk about guns and the like these days. And while bullets are certainly nothing new on the jewelry scene at large (see rappers who’ve been rocking them for years), they are finding their way into everyday non-gangsta rapper gals with designs that are sometimes funky and sometimes nearly delicate. Does art imitate life in this case? All that talk of violence and what we shall do about it given rise to a new trend in accessories? We’re not sure about all that. But, I am sure many of the pieces I’ve spotted are right on target (sorry, can’t pass up a good pun) no matter who you think needs a background check
The first bullet that caught this IND Styler’s eye was over at Shoe La La where my admiration of a necklace toting a tiny gem at the end of a gold cylinder gave me pause. The bullet necklace eventually found its way onto one of our models for April’s fashion shoot and I’ve been admiring it every since. Something that marries edgy and delicate is no easy feat (and, bonus, it’s made by Shoe La La’s ever stylish manager so it’s super local). They also carry earrings made from bullets.
For a bolder look in the bullet department we found a large one on a chain at Vanessa V. The wicked skull face of the bullet and the larger size of the necklace equal a statement piece without doubt. Pair it with some delicate silver necklaces for a funky look to wear with this spring’s rocker chic looks.
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DEC 6 Here we are, at the top of another bad list: this time, Louisiana has the (dubious) honor of beating out all other states when it comes to gutting higher ed funding, this Picayune story reports. The American Association of Colleges and Universities says our cuts (nearly 18 percent this year alone) are the highest in the nation. Three-fourths of the states increased funding last year, with the top spender increasing funding by 28 percent. This is a great legacy for our governor, right?
DEC 6 Blogger Lamar White Jr. takes a look at the creepy effort over in Baton Rouge, wherein the southern, lily-white area of the city wants to secede from the union, er, create its own "city" and take all the really fat sales tax cows with it. Turns out the group campaigning for the move is a for-profit corporation, and Lamar says that means its effort won't pass legal muster.
DEC 6 Blogger Tom Aswell tells us about some fishiness he found in the state worker's comp office. There's some confusion about when one guy started working there, and there's also some involvement by a GOP lege from Hammond. It's all just another example of the Jindal administration's actions that "defy explanation," Aswell says.
DEC 6 Edwin Edwards may think it's possible he will be governor again, but columnist James Gill isn't so sure. Edwards would have to get a presidential pardon to run for governor -- unless he wants to wait until he's 99, Gill says. But even Edwards' many supporters should probably hope he doesn't get that, because there's no real chance he can win, Gill says.
DEC 6 Here's an interesting post on DIG Magazine for football history buffs. It's about the Pelican Bowl, the Bayou Classic and the history of black college football. It's a trip down memory lane and the story of a "mythical black college national crown." What killed it? Trying to compete with the Bayou Classic.
DEC 6 Nelson Mandela became famous while sitting in prison, where he was a symbol of apartheid. But his enduring legacy was his ability to forgive, to reach out a hand of peace to heal his country of division and oppression, and the Picayune talks about this aspect of his personality. The story also reminds us of the more light-hearted moments Louisiana shared with the former President of South Africa.
DEC 6 We've all been passed by a nut on the highway and assumed the driver was on drugs. Maybe that's not hyperbole: here's a story from the Picayune about a guy riding around with a meth lab in his back seat. One wonders if his insurance policy included coverage for random explosions.
DEC 6 Here's a new blog in the NOLA Defender; it's called Shift Change, and it's all about cocktails. This installment by Rhiannon Enlil focuses on the sazerac, the enigmatic cocktail made with absinthe. But Enlil also introduces herself, a long-time NOLA bartender who has "a lot of booze" in her house.
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