|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
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
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.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
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.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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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.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
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.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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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.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.