The Oleander art gallery, located in the heart of the French Quarter hosts local artists. The showcase features various New Orleans artists, most notably Andy Warhol inspired screen printing handmade by Man of Creation. The bold and bright images of Famous New Orleans trumpet player Louis Armstrong, Coffee cans and beignet boxes of the iconic Cafe Du Monde, and contemporary Tom Ford fragrance bottles line the gallery walls.
About 3 months ago I decided I wanted to add some blonde to my hair color, my hairdresser and I decided to lighten my overall color just a few shades, and then she went in with heavy highlights in a range of blondes from caramel to ash. So I have been using some new products and over these past few months have fallen in love with the Matrix Biolage line of products.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event held by New Orleans based luxury sun-glass and optical brand Krewe, in collaboration with St Charles Avenue . A portion of the nights proceeds went towards the Krewe Foundation; a charity by the company that donates glasses and eye exams to New Orleans students in need.
Sun up to Sun down
I’m obsessed with Krewe’s shades and their boutique. I genuinely had a blast trying on different looks; the staff at Krewe were so fun and helpful. Upon entering the store we were offered a few drink options, I chose rosé and was delightfully informed that the Magazine Street location always has sparkling rosé on tap…yes, amazing!
I tried on almost every pair of frames in the store, but my favorite shades of the evening were the Octavia style pictured below. I usually gravitate to more timeless looks with my sunglasses, especially if they are expensive, so I can get more than one season of wear out of them; but I love the contemporary twist on old Hollywood these frames lend, they are fabulous.
“NO TWO FRAMES ARE THE SAME…
And we like it that way. We use a small-batch, handcrafted process for our eyewear, for a difference you can see and feel.”
See you at the sample sale!
This May my husband and I tied the knot in a small New Orleans lakefront ceremony with close friends and family. I am still in awe of the beauty and love that surrounded us during our special day. Below are details from my bridal look.
The Wedding Shoe
I know, it's the most cliche wedding shoe....but I'm kind of obsessed, they are THE wedding shoes. Ever since our favorite shoe fanatic Carrie Bradshaw married Big in them I've wanted to get my hands on these blissful icons.
The Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps are the epitome of romantic glamour and they made me feel like a princess on my big day. The beautiful brooch glimmered under the lights, adding just the right amount of sparkle without overwhelming.
Dress, Veil, Bouquet
Dress: I purchased my Tadashi Shoji wedding dress from BHLDN.com This website has so many great designs not just in bridal dresses but veils, belts, bridesmaids dresses, shoes and more. It can be a little scary purchasing your wedding dress online but you can really save. I suggest going to bridal shops and trying on different gowns to find the silhouette you prefer, then go online and look for sale dresses. (I found my dress for only $300....)
Veil: This was my favorite part of my ensemble. I opted for a blusher because I wanted the traditional moment of walking down the isle with the veil covering my face; my husband also wanted to be able to lift my veil for our first kiss. My Sara Gabriel veil consisted of two separate custom made pieces, a blusher on top and a cathedral length below. Not only did the combination give me the overall look I wanted, it added versatility; I easily removed the separate veils to achieve different looks while taking pictures.
Bouquet: To balance the simplicity of the dress was I went big with the flowers. A cascading bouquet may be old school, but it fell right in line with the timeless look I was going for and pulled together my overall look.
We ended the night with a traditional New Orleans second line. A Second line is a brass band parade that originated as a processional during jazz funerals. The band would follow the hearse leading into the cemetery playing upbeat jazz music, allowing attendees to celebrate life rather then mourn their lost loved one. On any given day in New Orleans you can see a second line rolling down the streets of the French Quarter in celebration. Having a second line at a wedding is a symbol of the bride and groom embarking on a new life.
Thanks for reading! Cheers!
Photography: Marquez Fotos