Party Girl for January 2014
Each year Richard Young pulls out all the stops for a holiday party that’s more than your average fête of egg nog and ugly sweaters. When he swathed The Victorian in custom sequin fabric he didn’t disappoint. We knew it would be a shimmering affair when the invites arrived with one word glittering and bold — Sparkle. The host himself rocked a glittering black jacket with jeans and sparkling converse, and his date, Nicole ElDarragi, was a shimmering goddess in white. One of our fav vintage fashionistas, Eden Skye, rocked a vintage dress from Sky Blue. IND Style honoree Angela Cole wore a spectacular fascinator and killer sexy silver dress. Maven’s queen bee Christina Barbier rocked a shimmering headpiece as well with a sequin-decked dress from her shop. Nichole Forstall was the sexiest little elf we’ve ever seen in a green velvet fur-trimmed dress. Sexy was the word of the night. Guests arrived to find a stripper pole courtesy of Vertical Barre, and as the night progressed more than a few ladies (and gents) took their turn. A fire-wielding performer took to the stage while a DJ spun jams old and new.
1 - Eden Skye and Amanda Bedgood
2 - Daniel Barbier, Shane Menkiewicz and Christina Barbier
3 - Nicole ElDarragi and Richard Young
4 - Jana Duncan and Nichole Forstall
5 - Dan Hare, and Angela and Chad Cole
6 - Andre Guillory and Rick Rowan
7 - Jason Thibodeaux and Victoria Toups
8 - Coury and Sarah Moss
9 - Liz Hebert and Prissy Wilson
Silver Bell Soiree
Supporters of the Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic filled The Palmetto Club for cool drinks and a hot auction. Sharon Moss was a beauty in vibrant green while Elizabeth Abdalla was chic in black. Nichole Forstall was lovely in a deep green as well. And Elizabeth Rose was fabulous in a lace-trimmed dress.
1 - Elizabeth Rose
2 - Elizabeth Abdalla and Sharon Moss
3 - Raymond Martin, Heather LaFleur and Randy Haynie
4 - Francis and Connie Boustany, Nichole Forstall, Karen Hardy and Caroline Huval
5 - Bo and Jerry Ramsey, and Manny and Carla Gala
6 - Johnnie Gachassin, Julie Savoy, Barbara Olinde and Nick Gachassin
Breath of Life Gala
A glam evening and a great cause converged when the Allison Companies Breath of Life Gala rolled out the red carpet at River Oaks. Fine wines, delish eats and a killer auction raised money for cystic fibrosis research with Moss Motors offering up a seriously luxe ride on the auction block.
Photos by Samantha Lacombe
1 - Joe and Noelle Montgomery, and Bella Reed
2 - Steve Orlando and Shane Guidry
3 - Sharon Moss and Curtis Roy
4 - Jovette and Mike Mosing
5 - Steve and Lisa Orlando, and Bella Reed
6 - Mikie Guidry, Noshi Banno, Noelle Montgomery, Wade Vallery and Sarah Lognion
7 - Duchess Lavergne, Dallas Bodin and Brittany Gaschassin
8 - Christy Singleton, Sandi Stewart, Blair May, Sharon Piasecki, Rachel Dugas and Lauren McKnight
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.