Where do the singles mingle on Friday afternoons? Normally I stop by
Lounge after a long day at the office, and on a recent Friday the party
was already in progress. On Feb. 22, my gal pal Katie Ferguson turned
28. I recall one of my conversations with Katie that every birthday will
be an annual gathering for her friends and family (I already have my
calendar marked for 2009), so, same place, same time, right Katie?
Getting a head start on the evening, Party Girl ordered her favorite:
dirty martini. At least 25 of Katie’s friends and family were happily
greeting all who entered Lounge and of course singing to the birthday
girl every chance they had. I stopped counting the number of times I
heard “Happy Birthday” around 7 p.m., when I had to excuse myself for my
Friday night date. I don’t know what time Katie’s party ended, but I do
know birthdays are the best excuse to get all of the attention!
The next Friday, more than 70 works by local, regional, and national artists went on view Feb. 29 at Frame Shop & Gallery 912 in the Oil Center. The art — incorporating pressed-tin ceiling tiles salvaged from the old Heymann’s Department Store in downtown Lafayette — is being sold to benefit the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. A few of the artists participating in this exhibit include Ramsey Ayers, Lisa Ayres, Scott Bailey, Steven Breaux, Joellen Breakfield, Sidney Creaghan, Thomas Emmerson, Donald LeBlanc, Bhi C. Wooley, Kristy Caldwell, Troy Broussard and Christopher LaBauve. The opening reception was a huge success — almost $5,000 was raised for CMA that night. And exhibit coordinator Deborah Norsworthy has since told me that more tiles have been sold since the opening night. “This beautiful, diverse, imaginative exhibit shows what a treasure Acadiana has in its artistic community, not only in talent, individual vision, and the high level of the work, but in the community spirit of the artists,” says Norsworthy. “I am very moved by these people’s supportiveness and generosity, especially that of Gallery 912 director Roger Laurent, who donated his space, his time, and his materials. He treated this project as if it were his own.” The Tile Exhibit display continues through March 29 and will soon be shown at the Big Easel in River Ranch before journeying over to Jefferson Street Market in May.
Speaking of journeys, when the beautiful Alicia Burleigh told Party Girl that she and Allison Herrera were heading to New York for one of their fashion market trips, I was envious. After all, Alicia and I have something in common — we both have great taste in clothes. But I haven’t been lucky enough to meet Lauren Conrad. Alicia met the reality TV show star turned fashion designer on a previous New York buying trip for her store, Alicia’s clothier in the Oil Center. Conrad first appeared on the MTV reality-based series Laguna Beach; when she and her friends graduated high school the series ended and MTV followed Lauren to Los Angeles where she attends fashion school and works at Teen Vogue. She also has a very successful new television series called The Hills. Alicia and Allison are fans of this good girl in Hollywood, and got a special invitation to Conrad’s first runway show in Los Angeles on March 11 during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. “She is very sweet and is such a positive role model for my young daughters. We are all excited by her success!” says Allison. Alicia and Allison loved Lauren’s new line of California chic dresses and tops and placed one of the first orders. Since Alicia’s in the Oil Center is an exclusive retailer of the Lauren Conrad line, looks like Party Girl won’t have to travel far to get one of Conrad’s designs.
Party On! — PG
Amy Guidry and Deborah Norsworthy
Bonnie Camos, Kelly Guidry, Gabe Mills and Rosie Turpie
Amy Guidry and Kathy Mere
Alicia Burleigh, Lauren Conrad and Allison Herrara
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Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
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Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
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After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
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Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.