Buying a graduation gift can be one tough task, depending on the grad in your life. Are they heading to college far far away? Sticking close to home? Are they a college grad headed for their first real job? Is this your dearest friend or your great niece you haven’t seen since she had those braces? Whoever they might be and whoever you might be to them, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s start with the gals. For a gift that’s a great price range and certainly usable whether it’s college graduation or high school, we found this cool Little Black Dress Jewelry Organizer at Tenzie & Co. Perfect for the compact space of dorm rooms or that first little apartment afforded with that first job (and entry level paycheck). And here’s where you get creative — fill it up. Try the $5 earring rack at Vanessa V. and put a cool pair of colorful statement earrings in each pouch.
If you’re looking for jewelry they can keep forever, we’ve got two options. Over at kiki we are in love with the DoDo collection. These charms are usually gold, but this black swallow of sparkling gems is part of a smaller rainbow collection we just love. DoDo charms are a collectible kind of thing that can be worn on bracelets or necklaces and each charm has a clever little meaning. This swallow — “come back to me.” How perfect a reminder for your beloved grad that the door will always be open no matter how far they travel.
Maven Menswear also has some lifelong gifts by way of the Spexton collection handcrafted here in the USA. The stainless steel and titanium rings come in an amazing assortment of subtle designs that would work for him and her in a way far more chic than a classic class ring.
For the music lover (and a more affordable price point) we found this wooden speaker at Red Arrow Workshop compatible with just about anything you could think of and with a lithium battery. Music on the go. Perfect for those impromptu parties … err … study sessions. Study sessions.
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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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