Sometimes there’s just too much fashion for one blog post. Such is the case after last week’s IND Style Awards. Today, we talk crowd favorites. While the fashion on the runway was killer, it’s the everyday fashionistas who put their own spin on what it means to be an IND Styler that tend to truly impress.
It really was all about the leather. This IND Styler wore a leather trimmed vest, Alicia Mouton of Brother’s rocked a fall floral with a leather trim that was quite subtle, Prissy Wilson was smashing (did we say smashing?) in leather pants and a fantastic little jacket with leather details. IND’s own Laura Ketteringham was rocker chic in her leather pants and soft gray top. And last year’s breakout IND Style winner Crystall Coroy was part ladylike and part edgy in a sweetheart neckline leather top and flirty skirt. Proof that there’s definitely a way to demurely balance the leather trend.
In fact it was all about balance at IND Style. Robin Hebert struck that balance in a unique design that was soft pastel (huge fall trend) and sweet lace with a back that was sexy low. Last year’s IND Style winner, Mad Men loving Mallory Juneau, was also rocking the pastel lace in a chic little dress in blush. Then there were the metallics. Randi Landry was killer in a matte sequin dress of black and gold she snagged over at Herringstone’s. But, it was Nicole David that perhaps outdid them all. Sporting a belly bump with a due date in October, she was a stunner in a golden dress from Shoe La La (that’s right, no maternity dress for this gal) with the full Marilyn Monroe treatment. The owner of Mon Reve and beauty maven had retro red lips with polished hair that was modern cool with a vintage vibe.
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AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
JUN 29 This bizarre story from the Advocate on the shooting of a Baton Rouge television personality reads like the script of a soap opera - but not a good one. The allegations against him include sexual abuse of children, including the alleged shooter, and a sham immigration marriage involving his own daughter. The other side? He was a chaplin for the Sheriff's Office in Baton Rouge and preached in a local church.
AUG 29 Here's a story from CBS News about a killer amoeba found in the water system of St. John the Baptist Parish. The story made all three networks (CBS, ABC, NBC) as well as Fox "News," although they have not yet found out how it is Obama's fault. Seriously, the good news is that so far officials know of no one sickened by the water.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 Blogger Bob Mann comments here upon Governor Bobby Jindal's federal lawsuit about Common Core. Mann calls it a "thinly veiled campaign document" and that might be the nicest thing he says in this post. Most troubling for Jindal and his aspirations, Mann has unearthed what Bobby said just a few years ago when he first decided to shove Common Core down our throats.
AUG 29 Blogger Tom Aswell has several developments here related to the so-called Edmonson amendment. The most entertaining one is possibly Tom's acknowledgement that a State Police official is (allegedly) calling the bloggers covering the story some colorful names. Listen up, cowboy: You really think two veterans like Tom Aswell and CB Forgotston care if you call them idiots?
AUG 29 Gotta love those journalists who write something with the enthusiasm that implies they're the first one to figure something out. Mostly, they're not. This is one of those times; the post on Slate Magazine says that Bobby Jindal's Common Core lawsuit is a political stunt. Well - Duh.
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
AUG 28 As the controversy surrounding the Office of Group Benefits intensifies, blogger Tom Aswell gives us some background on the current problems. The OGB, which handles health insurance for current and retired state employees, is deep in the red since it was privatized by Jindal, and Aswell gives us the skinny: this great plan was designed by ALEC. The company handling it? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - a longtime member of ALEC.
AUG 28 Blogger CB Forgotston has a concept for a new reality show: the wives of the "Dork Dynasty." That's the name that some troopers have given to State Police Commander Mike Edmonson and his inner circle. The ladies CB has picked for his cast are not just housewives, however, and the connections here are pretty interesting.
AUG 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney is writing about the strife in Ferguson in this post, and articulating what many people down south are saying. There's a fairy tale about how there's tons of racism in the South, but it's all hunky dory up North. (Really? Look again.)
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