As Julie Andrews would say, ‘let’s start at the beginning. A very good place to start.” When it comes to dressing with panache we often look for the statement pieces. But, there’s a tried and true formula for killer style that starts with a more subtle approach — the basic, solid easy dress. It’s the foundation you lay for an outfit that can quickly transform again and again and it’s one of the easiest ways to mark your very unique stamp on style.
These simple shapes and solid hues are the sort of backdrop that can be worn year after year with the change of a shoe, a new necklace and trending hair do. Over at Brother’s we spotted a bold red dress that goes seamlessly from day to night with a cute little detail on the back that makes a top knot a great option. We love it paired with gold, but know it would look great with black if you’re looking for a Raging’ Cajuns kind of look and with any bold color if it’s color blocking you’re after.
Vivid blue was hot last year and shows no signs of waning. A universally flattering color, this blue dress from Vanessa V. has the subtlest of high-low hemlines and our favorite — pockets. We’re picturing it with anything from a long amulet and dangling earrings to a short little chunky statement necklace with a bright color like turquoise. And it’s the sort of piece that can work easily with stacked heel booties before switching to a sleek pump.
This IND Styler’s favorite color of the moment (save for black because you know I always choose black if given the option) is found in this little V-neck number from Hemline. With a nod to the military trend, this army green dress is another study in versatility we would rock with combat boots and layered necklaces or nude sexy heels and demure bracelets.
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NOV 21 Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa again, the Des Moines Register reports here. The paper outlines what's going on with Bobby's non-campaign for president, and there's a lot of stuff here -- too bad none of it sounds like somebody running Louisiana. Hey, wasn't that the job he wanted?
NOV 21 The end of the term has come for the grand jury investigating a lucrative Medicaid contract and a former state health official's ties to the company that won it, the Advocate reports here, but that doesn't mean the investigation into this stinkiness is over. There are still some things to look into, the lead prosecutor says.
NOV 21 With the passage of two amendments to Louisiana's much-amended constitution (it has been amended almost 200 times now) higher education has an even bigger target on its collective back, columnist Jim Beam opines in this post. Higher ed used to share the spotlight with health care, but that has changed, he says.
NOV 21 Here's a weird one: The Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association has endorsed Bill Cassidy for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, Mary Landrieu said she wouldn't consider support of medical marijuana but Cassidy said he would, WWL reports here.
NOV 21 Solange Knowles, possibly best-known for assaulting her brother-in-law in an elevator while wearing an ugly dress after the Met Ball, got married in the Marigny Opera House this past weekend, the New York Times reports here. Knowles, who has a house in the Faubourg Marigny district and owns a boutique in the Quarter, married Alan Ferguson.
NOV 21 This post on the Fuel Fix blog outlines a $1.4 billion move announced this week by the Apache Corp. that includes the sale of assets in south Louisiana. The company's interests in more than 90,000 acres in south Louisiana are some of the assets being sold, the post reports.
NOV 21 One (possible) positive from Hurricane Katrina is a comprehensive zoning ordinance for New Orleans. Nine years later, we're getting closer to that being finalized, but the current version has some problems. Here's the latest in a series of posts on The Lens in which residents give their views of the draft; this one is more amusing than most.
NOV 21 The new NOLA smoking ordinance is going to harsh your (nicotine) buzz, man. This post on Gambit outlines the high (or low, as the case may be) points: it includes electronic cigarettes and hookahs in its bans; eliminates smoking within 25 feet of any building's public entrance and in any public space - or near any public space - operated by the city.
NOV 20 Politico reports here that Bobby Jindal won't be kept out of the presidential race by anyone else's candidacy. (If he's running, which he's not, 'cause he's not done prayin' on it) So he's not interested in who is running, or what the polls say, or how much money he's got? K.
NOV 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.
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