|It was a rainy day in April, and all I could see as I drove into driveway of the Ducharme residence was a sea of white. The home of Jeff and Andy Ducharme was filled with 11 St. Thomas More Sweet 16s all wearing chic white dresses ready for their Sweet 16 dance. There were no carriages and white horses for these girls; the party bus awaited. As I watched these debutantes running through the rain to catch their ride to the Cajundome Convention Center, I thought back on my own past. The event, hosted by STM parents, was a fun way to educate their children on just how to have fun. Here’s Party Girl’s advice to these girls approaching adult life — choose your events well, and you’ll always have fun!
From Sweet 16 to 20/20, Party Girl recently learned a little bit more about fashion from Daniel Swarovski. Eyeglasses are only acceptable to Party Girl if Daniel Swarovski adds his touches to them. The latest styles, shapes and colors are always present at Bohn & Joseph Eye Center’s Optical Boutique. Recently the boutique hosted its annual spring style show on April 24, featuring an array of elegant crystal eyewear, with brands like Cazal, Caviar and Judith Leiber. The innovative designs and quality materials make for both fashionable and functional frames.
And just for the record — it’s really not fair to be talented, gracious and so damn good looking all at the same time. But that’s exactly the hand that’s been dealt to Lafayette native Shaesby Scott. The jewelry designer extraordinaire (sorry, ladies, he’s taken) who now lives in Austin was feted with a reception at kiki as part of a recent trunk show at the upscale River Ranch boutique. Delicious food from Pamplona was served to a packed house of familiar faces there to celebrate Shaesby’s phenomenal success — and, of course, adorn themselves or their significant others with his exquisite creations. Among the quests were Jerry Young, Marshall and Sandy Mugnier, Dr. Lee Leonard and Vicki Moody, Dr. Bob and Marilyn Tarpy, Frank and Tracy Neuner, Brady Como, Claudia and Eric Campbell, and Judy Dunn, along with the always dapper kiki sales associate Alfredo Gray. Fashion-forward kiki manager Kate Frayard’s simple black dress popped with a brightly colored scarf by Hermès (the Paris-based luxury goods house that purchased Lafayette’s Roggwiller Tannery late last year) complemented by a gold “forged marquis” necklace from Shaesby’s Isola line. Cammy Lowe, who works at kiki in Baton Rouge, made heads turn for a glimpse of her “large tear-drop hoopla” earrings from the designer’s Classics collection. The night’s combination of food, fun, fashion and spirits was a perfect way to honor Shaesby’s artistic accomplishments.
Party On! — PG
Meredith Stokes and Jennifer Ducharme
Jerry and Jeni Guidry
Laura Pears tries on Sunglasses by Caviar
Karina Annesley, William Annesley, Alfredo Gray, Cammy Lowe, and Kate Frayard
Dr. Lee Leonard, Marilyn Tarpy, Vicki Moody and Dr. Bob Tarpy
Cammy Lowe, Kiki Frayard, Kate Frayard and Alfredo Gray
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“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.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.