New Orleanians Paint the Town Red

Red Dress Run There's never a shortage of fun things to do in New Orleans... even in the height of our hot and humid summer!

This weekend, the French Quarter played host to an annual event called the Red Dress Run.  Man, woman and child all donned their fanciest red frocks to run for charity.  Inevitably, the revelry spills onto the streets (and into the bars).  Organizers expected 15,000 people at this year's event (although most of those folks are just watching, not running) and I heard rumors that as many as 25,000 took part!

Here are a few pictures and videos for your enjoyment.  They're sure to give you a whole new perspective on the Chris De Burgh classic, "Lady in Red!"

WGNO: Sights and Sounds From 2014 Red Dress Run




Your Best Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Anthropologie Pamona Heels 79

If you haven't thought about mom yet, you'd better get on it.  Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11th!  There are plenty of boring old standbys like beautiful flowers and massages.  Trust me, any mom will love either one of those!  However, if you're feeling a bit more creative this year, here are some more interesting options for mom. XOXO,


Terrain Kitchen Herbs Seed Collection 24

Kitchen herb seed collection from Terrain. $24

Martha Stewart DIY Heart Sandwich Cookies Cost of Ingredients

DIY heart sandwich cookies from Martha Stewart

Pottery Barn Chancllor Tray 49

Chancellor rectangular tray from Pottery Barn $49

Porter Lyons Everyday Double Bracelet 75Everyday double bracelet from Porter Lyons $75

Lands End Medium Tote 25

Medium canvas tote from Lands' End $25

HSN Coffee Press 40Colin Cowie Selects Bodum French press from HSN $40

Fleurty Girl Filigree Cluth 30

Fleurty filigree clutch from Fleurty Girl $30

Plain Vanilla Mom DIY Butterfly Footprint Cost of Supplies

DIY butterfly letter print from Plain Vanilla Mom

Heifer International Donation Empower Women

Donate to Heifer International to empower women and it will be matched!Goorin Bros Naomi Straw Floppy 58Naomi straw hat  from Goorin Brothers $58

Restoration Hardware Venetian Glass Frame 39-59

Venetian glass frames from Restoration Hardware $33-$49

Williams-Sonoma Soda Stream Penguin Soda Maker 180

Penguin Soda Stream sparkling water maker from Williams-Sonoma $180

Mrs Meyers Glass Hand Soap Bottle 10Glass hand soap bottle from Mrs. Meyers $10

Sucre Mother's Day Macaron Collection + Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage 83

Macarons and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne gift set from Sucre $83

Anthropologie Pamona Heels 79

Pamona high heels from Anthropologie $79

Etsy Pety's Bourbon Cupcake in Jar 8

Peyton's bourbon cupcakes in a jar from Etsy $8

Better Homes and Gardens DIY Magnets for Mom Cost of Supplies

DIY magnets from Better Homes and Gardens




Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour

Courtesy, Sara Essex Bradley The Preservation Resource Center is holding its annual Holiday Home Tour this weekend, December 14th and 15th!  It's a fabulous way to get a glimpse at how "the other half" lives and tour some stunning mansions in New Orleans' historic Garden District.  Last year, the PRC featured a newly renovated neighbor of mine.  I couldn't haven been more proud!

Pictures aren't allowed on the tour, but the PRC was kind enough to offer some promotional photos by photographer Sara Essex Bradley, so I could give YOU a sneak peek!  Let's just say... you might actually start to drool.

Fashion Friday: High-Low Style at Carnivale du Vin

You might call Emeril Lagasse the culinary king of New Orleans.  The internationally acclaimed chef owns three restaurants in the Crescent City and countless more nationwide.  His passion is as evident in his cooking as it is in his dedication to philanthropy.  Emeril created the Lagasse Foundation nearly a decade ago to support culinary programs in area schools and rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  The impact has been far-reaching, benefiting thousands of children and adults in our city.

Every year, the Lagasse Foundation holds back-to-back fundraisers, Boudin and Beer and Carnivale du Vin, which combined raise roughly $2 million annually.  As a local news personality, I was asked to cover the red carpet for Carnivale du Vin and lucky enough to be invited to enjoy the 5 course wine-paired dinner prepared by a team of celebrity chefs including Tyler Florence, Mario Batali, Marc Forgione and Sammy Hagar.

Unfortunately, I only had one day to prepare!  I'd picked up the Krina Zabete sleeveless maxi dress at Target for $49.99 the week before, not knowing where I would wear it.  I'm a huge proponent of mixing high-end and low-end finds, so I decided to give it a go for Carnivale du Vin.  I paired the Target dress with Badgley Mischka pumps and donned designer jewels I already owned.  It was a risky move, but I think it worked.  Do you?

A Royal Education

Apparently Prince Charles wasn't pleased when he came to New Orleans post-Katrina.  Instead of blowing powdered sugar off beignets and sipping on sazeracs, the Prince of Wales spent his time touring dilapidated homes in the Crescent City (he could stand to learn a thing or two about vacationing from ol' Prince Harry).  Charles decided our construction was sub par and unless we shaped up, our historic charm would soon be a thing of the past.  So the knight or in this case, prince in shining armor rode in on horseback to save the day!

He started a summer workshop through his Prince's Foundation, an organization that promotes sustainability in communities around the world.  The Foundation teamed up with the Preservation Resource Center here in the Big Easy to teach traditional trades and techniques from masters like P.R.C. mill manager J.R. Portman (check out his blog, it's snazzy).

During the intensive three week program, students learn everything from geometry to plaster to woodworking.  They were exceptionally excited about their assignment to sketch up a naked lady.  Once they graduate, Prince Charles hopes they'll utilize the skills they've learned.  From movie set designers to attorneys, it's a diverse group with one thing in common: a passion for preserving the architecture and design that defines the city of New Orleans.

For your help Prince Charles, we send three cheers and a sazerac from our side of the pond.