|A black tie gala on Silver Oak Lane in Broussard’s Vintage Park Development marked the official opening of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Decorator ShowHouse (www.acadianasymphony.org) — with Sally Burdette serving as veteran hostess and thrice chairwoman of the incredibly successful community project and co-chair David Bennett moving non-stop to ensure that all was running smoothly. Speaking of running smoothly, have you seen the 2009 Benz CLS 550? After I got a good a good look at this piece of machinery, thanks to curbside champagne served for the event by Moss Motors under a crisp, clear moonlit night (no wonder attendance exceeded even the highest expectations), I know exactly what I want for Christmas. Once again, a la carte came through with incredible food, and everyone was in true Party Girl fashion, especially the debonair Johnny Abdalla, who raised nearly $9,000 as the official auctioneer of the event. McClain Homes’ Sylvia McClain’s dramatic black silk Teri Jon dress accented by a belt and full skirt with pockets (the same one I’d been eyeing through the window at Moseley & Hollard) got my attention, as did Tish Johnson’s iridescent gold/copper long skirt, top and jacket from Little Town — perfectly accessorized with her Vivian Alexander egg purse. But I have to admit that the highlight of the night was meeting New York-based designer Jeffery McCullough, who was recently voted a top “10 Under 40” designer (he’s 33, thank you!) by New York Spaces magazine, and Lafayette native Tim Allis, former senior editor at InStyle. Talk about big city coming to our little town.
Nobody loves to play dress-up more than Party Girl, so Halloween is one of my favorite personal party picks (plus it’s on Friday night this year, which is even more faBOOlous!) It starts with a trip to Old Vogue, of course, and PG has been known to spend an entire afternoon there because they always make sure I’m lookin’ good. This year, those clever folks at The Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium gave Party Girl’s Halloween plans an early BOOst with the launch of a new fund-raiser — A Night at the Museum — and what a SPOOK-tacular debut! Party Girl couldn’t resist the Dead Silent Auction (love my new set of silver goblets) and a visit with the Gypsy Fortune Teller, who predicted lots of parties in Party Girl’s future. The second-floor exhibit space was so elegant, filled with beautifully decorated cabaret tables for dining (Zea’s food was extraordinary) and the music of the jazz quintet In-Harmony. Gwen Jacobs looked great as a brunette (she found her cute little Halloween headpiece at Koi), and museum staffer Kevin Krantz was perfectly cast as the reporter, complete with trench coat and press card tucked into his fedora. I don’t know who won the costume contest, but my vote would have gone to museum foundation President David Andrus as Beetlejuice, who is so enthusiastic about the new event that he’s headed to a haunted house convention in Florida in a few weeks to get some new ideas. Can’t wait till next year.
Party On! — PG
Adison Norland’s Glenda Delahoussaye and daughter Heather, designers of upstairs bedroom No. 4
Jeffery McCullough, designer of the modern master bedroom, and writer/editor Tim Allis
Tracy Glenn and Bobbijo Vittorio
Regan Guillory, Holly Stelly, Avery Andrus and Aubrey Spisak
Sandra Barrera and Chuck McAdams
Gwen and David Jacob
David and Michelle Andrus
Mike Harson's coffers show the advantage of incumbency.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an ordinance for final adoption Tuesday that, if approved, would give the city the green light to take over a stretch of Verot School Road from the state Department of Transportation and Development.
The Louisiana Association of Educators filed a lawsuit challenging the $60 million in spending through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
He's been out of office for nearly a decade, but former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is back on the campaign trail, urging voters to support his one-time colleague, Democrat Mary Landrieu.
The unresolved fate of the ashes left behind after Ebola waste was destroyed in Texas highlights the problem U.S. hospitals and communities could face in disposing of their own waste.
Lafayette manufactured home or Scott two bedroom home
Cajun fan fierce
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
While much of the talk was about whether New Orleans could win a big game — or any game, for that matter — on the road, the conversation in the Saints' locker room was about something completely different.
State health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.
Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.
Compared to the rest of the country, Lafayette has it pretty good when it comes to the cost and speed of our Internet.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider on Tuesday a revised plan to the transform a block in Downtown Lafayette into a mixed-use residential-retail-commercial development that doesn’t include giving title to the property to the Lafayette Public Trust Finance Authority, an arrangement the council rejected earlier this month.
Trying to combat the national undertones of Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu is traveling the state this week on a sort of pork celebration tour, telling voters about the projects and aid she's delivered to Louisiana.
Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough? Maybe it wasn't from the Gulf.
The state treasurer won't sign financial documents needed for $200 million in borrowing or for a refinancing of existing debt until he believes they accurately explain the surplus disagreement.
Homecoming outfits with ease
Acadian style home in St. Martinville or traditional Breaux Bridge home
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Bill Cassidy voted for 97 percent of the bills signed by Barack Obama.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour.
A New Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old girl and scalding her 3-year-old brother.
A district judge decided Wednesday against sanctioning attorney/school board candidate Dawn Morris for her behind-the-scenes role in a lawsuit against Mark Cockerham.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration may have improperly destroyed records in the state employee health insurance program, in the middle of a heavily-criticized rewrite of benefit plans.
Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4.
Louisiana officials have sent a letter to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene un-inviting members of the group who have recently been to ebola-affected West African countries from attending the group’s annual conference in New Orleans next week.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South.
"It is obvious that Louisiana economic performance has not outperformed the South or the United States as a whole and, in fact, has substantially underperformed..."