There are few events that inspire this book worm, reading lovin’ momma like the Women’s Leadership Council. And when you pair that with a sea of lovely ladies dressed totally “springtime chic” (per the invite from United Way), you get a luncheon that’s got beauty and brains. (A lot like those gals over at United Way of Acadiana.)
The ladies at the Tuesday luncheon represented a great cross section of trends from Angela Cole (the chair that’s clearly doing something right with 300-plus peeps rolling out for the affair) in a color block dress of purple and red with super sassy heels covered in spikes to Charon Harris in the season’s must have black and white (bonus: it’s also a tribal print, which is another biggie).
The first gal I spotted on the style radar was Shannon Lynd (I have a true affection for red heads) with her vibrant hair and even more vibrant dress paired with perfect wedges
The table of Sharon Moss was festive from Jackie Lyles’ pretty pink to Sharon herself in a vibrant dress and perfectly contrasted fresh green statement necklace.
There are few mother-daughter duos that nail the classic look like Debbie Foreman and Emily Babineaux — the luncheon was no exception to their effortless style that borders on southern with a sense of refinement. Debbie did linen right with white pants and her signature statement lips while Emily was lovely in a white dress with green statement necklace that had us green with envy. And if you weren’t already jealous … this gal is pretty pregnant (had to get out the magnifying glass to spot the baby bump in her middle whittling dress).
United Way’s Stephanie Mire was on duty today and definitely on point in a pale blue dress that fit the lovely blue invites and signage at the event. Always a classic, Stephanie paired her Jackie-O vibe dress with demure neutral heels (just the way to elongate the legs, ladies — and that never goes out of style).
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
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OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
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