I headed to Festival last week in hopes of perusing the booths of African masks and handmade jewelry, where I’ve often found the best selection of eclectic earrings and cool bracelets. But, alas the lot was empty and I learned the market would arrive the next day. So, we made our way to the vibrant music by Brass Bed and along the way I did spot a most fantastic spot of jewelry (all was not lost!) over at Creations by Fire.
The fused glass pieces in particular have the essence of the fire that shaped them under the hands of artist Danielle Moss. With a sort of ethereal brilliance they are just the kind of pieces to wear to FIL every year, and to keep for years to come for everyday wear. Between the great prices and truly diverse selection, I’m still contemplating which pieces should find a home in this IND Styler’s home.
A sweet white piece was at the top of my list — just the pop for an all black ensemble or paired with something uber springy like watermelon or mint. Danielle’s favorite is a beauty as well — a soft turquoise I’d love to see paired with a few layered necklaces of the boho variety.
And then there are the new watch gears she recently rolled out. With a vintage vibe that borders on industrial they’re the sort of statement that can actually be worn every day or layered with a few vintage lockets for a look that’s retro and totally now.
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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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