It was Friday and while people were making plans about Valentine’s Day I was musing about what to wear to Apollo. I doubt I was alone. In the accurate words of a friend — “I’m sure whatever I would wear to Apollo would never be quite fabulous enough.” Everything pales in comparison to a ceiling-brushing feather ensemble that weighs more than my toddler.
Apollo didn’t disappoint this year. From the opening production — Captain America a la krewe captain Sherman Mire who proposed to partner on stage — to the final wave from new king Mitch Reed. It was a lot of glitter and a whole lotta fabulous. Sometimes there’s not a word that works like fabulous. Apollo is fabulous. (Even the press passes were cute.)
This IND Styler decided on a red dress and red lips. We spotted so many styslish gals (some born as girls and some … well, you get the picture) it’s hard to narrow them down. And, of course, a healthy dose of gents. Muffy LeBlanc and her posse of Hemline ladies killed it. LeBlanc was beautiful in black with her long blonde hair. One of our favorite models Brandon Barrett looked dapper (as usual) and we loved his splash of color thanks to a vivid green shirt. Queen Apollo XXVI Jason Guilbeau made the trek from NOLA and looked handsome in a classic tux. Nandi Linscombe and Pamela Lamb were tall beauties in black. Mandy Grayson was sugary sweet in a perfectly pink sparkling dress and glossy black hair. But, it was probably Valerie Sugarbaker that stood headand shoulders above the rest in stunning blue dress with legs that went on for days.
Check out our gallery on Facebook and theind.com for a full look at the splendor of Apollo.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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