This IND Styler loves a fashionable dynamic duo. And last night at Palates and Pate there wasn’t a shortage. The fete for Acadiana Outreach Center at The Victorian started with delish eats in the aged home in Broussard (it was all about the Charley G’s turtle soup apparently) before the crowd headed to the sparkling tent.
Richard Young was on hand with promises that certain pieces of this set up were but a preview of his epic Christmas party bash we’ve just penned on our calendars. Speaking of all that glitters: Erica Courtney. The celeb fav jewelry designer (trunk show at kiki today, by the way) looked beautiful in a black dress. At least I think it was black. This IND Styler is still seeing spots after getting a good look at the 11 carat Mandarin garnet ring Erica was sporting. Her sister (and artist) Cezanne Nails was lovely as ever in a black and white dress with sparkling black flowers. On the arm of uber talent Carl Groh in a dapper suit, Cezanne and Carl were quite the artful combo. Kiki Frayard was the lady in red in a demure little dress and sexy heels while daughter Katie Culbert was boho chic.
In the way of fashionable platonic pairs, there are few that do the scene like Stephen Barker and gal pal Victoria Toups. Mr. Barker wore sparkling loafers and a bow tie of his own creation while Victoria was that combination of thoughtful dresser and effortless in lux pants, metallic top and sexy cool jacket. IND’s own Jenna Fontenot was a doll in a beret with her sexy smart girl red glasses (you know how I feel about hats) while her sis was sexy funky in leopard print.
Ryan Rogers of exboyfriendmaterial.com was as interesting in person as he is on the page (err, online) and a lucky fellow with beauties Amber Champion (amaze in lace trimmed black) and Lindsay Mallia (fabulous in leather) on each side. But it was perhaps Jimmy Mallia that outdid them all in a dashing suit and bow tie. Proof that looking the gent is anything but boring.
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OCT 22 This entertaining short (15 minutes) film on Munchies is all about Boudin. Thank goodness it's just a documentary-style piece filled with the voices and faces of south Louisiana, as opposed to outsiders waxing poetic about our regional specialties. But be warned, there is some pretty graphic pig butchery going on here, so if you're squeamish it may not be for you.
OCT 22 A state judge threw out the lawsuit of a former employee of the LSU Alumni Association, the Advocate reports here. The employee had claimed the former director of the group gave her a job so she'd have sex with him, and after she left agreed to continue to pay her -- so she'd have sex with him. Apparently you get no points for hutzpah.
OCT 22 Education blogger Mike Deshotels writes about the retraction of the Cowen report in this post. However you slice it, the Recovery School District is still failing, he says. (But Mike, doesn't that depend on what the intention was? If no one ever meant the RSD to fix public education, it's working perfectly, isn't it?)
OCT 22 A major Jindal donor was allowed to avoid the competitive bid process in the purchase of a state office building in Monroe, blogger Tom Aswell reports in this post on Louisiana Voice. The circumstances he lays out here are pretty stinky.
OCT 22 While Govs. Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry attempt to fan the flames of Fox Newsian hysteria into viable presidential hopes with talk of building walls to keep out the Ebola, LA Times columnist Mike Hiltzik gives them some national press they probably don't want: if you want to save lives, he says, try accepting Medicaid expansion. Wups!
OCT 22 It's hard to pick out the most interesting part of this post on Mother Jones about Texas lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick (His claim that migrant workers will bring leprosy to Texas? That Connie Chung's show should be called "Slanted Eye to Eye"?) But of course we must go with the comments about our very own Duck people, and how they are the spokesmen for God.
OCT 22 Advocate owner (and rich guy) John Georges must be doing a little happy dance today. As his paper reports here, the Times Picayune is further reducing its footprint in NOLA, by laying off 100 people and moving their printing operations to Mobile. (Yes, Alabama.) Does this mean the Advocate won?
OCT 22 Baton Rouge's downtown is now starting to show significant growth, this post on DIG Baton Rouge reports. With new construction, new restaurants and new housing units popping up, the downtown area is finally starting to look like a capital city, the story says.
OCT 21 Two St. John Parish employees were indicted in connection with the amoeba found in the parish water supply, WVUE reports in this post. They are accused of lying about testing the water for proper chlorine levels, the story says, claims that were contradicted by their government vehicles' GPS records.
OCT 21 The McClatchy DC blog posts this fascinating view of Louisiana's political landscape. It's a little heavy on the cliches, and also a little heavy on the quaint Cajun/Creole shtick, but it's still good reading -- if only for the outside view of our insides.
OCT 21 Here's an interesting story from the National Journal about New Orleans almost 10 years post-Katrina. There are demographic information and charts, as well as some commentary about the corresponding changes in the way the city looks and works.
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