LA SPCA's Adoptables
(InthekNOwla) -- NEW ORLEANS | New Orleans is known for its exceptionally vibrant and lively culture. On any given night, one can experience signature cuisine or hear famous jazz tunes at one of the local bars. There are arrays of things to do.
Celebrating the arts of New Orleans, a new program has joined in on the fun. Debuting in March 2011, Bottles and Brushes with Degas at the Degas House, located on Esplanade Avenue, has made its mark offering patrons a unique “painting and pouring experience.”
(InthekNOwla) -- NEW ORLEANS | Fashion is style. It is also art, but who usually looks past the cut of a shirt or what is printed on it…not many. For some, however, fashion is more than looks. It is way of life: a way to express oneself not only physically, but also mentally.
Over the past few years, New Orleans has seen a recent increase in young businessmen and women, ranging from high school students to college students, who have started their own clothing lines. Though some create their pieces based on the art of fashion alone, there are others who take it a step further.
(InthekNOwla) -- So I've been doing this transitioning thing for a while now and I'm starting to feel more and more comfortable with my natural hair. At first, I would only wear it in one or two styles and never really play with it. Nowadays, I enjoy trying new styles...cuz unlike relaxed hair, u can't really go wrong with styling natural hair. I mean, it's natural! Now I don't mean that EVERYTHING looks good, but when in all else fails, just take a flower, head band, pins, etc and call it a day. While on this journey, I have done TONS of research: what to use, what not to use, how to use, when to use, where to buy, and so on. So for this blog, I wanna share some no-nos for natural hair. Now, I don't claim to be any kind of expert on natural hair, just a transitioner who wants to be as informed as possible about her hair. So here goes:
1.) Find a shampoo that is sulfate-free. Now, this is easier said than done as many of the shampoos you find in stores, like Walmart and Target, contain sulfates.The problem with sulfates is that they dry out natural hair and we all know how important it is for natural hair to be moisturized. In turn, the hair becomes more prone to breakage.
Instead, try these brands: Miss Jessie's Creme de la Curl Cleansing Creme, Organix Energizing Passionfruit Guava Shampoo, Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, and our very own Local Entrepreneur Spotlight, The Love of People's So Fresh-N-So Clean Shampoo.
2.) Don't ever comb out wet hair unless it's soaked in conditioner. Even though natural hair may feel very coarse, it's very fragile. Combing hair without conditioner again causes breakage which obviously hinders growth.
(InthekNOwla) -- | NEW ORLEANS | We are already looking for our seersucker for next year's Sippin' in Seersucker event benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Now, anyone living here has worn seersucker (men and women included) at some point in their lives and is considered to be the quintessential summer fashion. Seersucker comes in whatever you need: dresses, skirts, suits, ties, and even sunglasses!
At Sippin' in Seersucker, we were treated to some delicious hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants, Jazmine Cafe, Crescent City Brewhouse, and ZEA Rotisserie & Grill. And it wouldn't be a summer party without some refreshing mint juleps. Aside from the food and drink (the prerequisites of any New Orleans party of course), there was a seersucker contest, some great raffle prizes, and all around great company all of whom were strutting their stuff in all colors of seersucker.
Now, imagine the scene: men, women, and children in their summer best eating, drinking, talking, and shopping in Canal Place. Now, put Big Freddia, Katey Red, and Ms. Tee on a stage in Canal Place in front of Saks Fifth Avenue, BCBG MAXAZRIA, and Mignon Faget.
Interesting combination, huh? But lemme tell you, they brought the house DOWN!!! Seersucker or no seersucker...Canal Place was bumping!!! Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Ms. Tee are New Orleans Bounce superstars and truthfully, bounce fanatics and the majority of the people at Sippin' in Seersucker probably don't run in the same social circles. But there were none of those feelings; they had EVERYBODY dancing and running to get pictures and autographs when they had finished. What a way to bridge a seemingly unbridgeable gap!
So we definitely have to step up our game for next year's Sippin' in Seersucker...we trying to win that costume contest, ya heard me!
(InthekNOwla) -- NEW ORLEANS | What better way to cap off the weekend than a bike ride through the streets of New Orleans... Final destination this time, Katie's for brunch. Recently, Katie's reemerged from the Katrina-era and reminded me once again that it has been worth the wait.
New items to the menu include brick oven pizzas with unique toppings that are reminiscent of other New Orleans favorites: The Atchafalaya (roasted garlic, sautéed bell pepper, shrimp, oyster, crab cake, crawfish with a Tabasco marinara) or The Boudreaux (cochon de lait, roasted garlic, fresh spinach, red onion and scallion). Another one dear to the NOLA-native heart is The Terranova, named after a local grocery store on Esplanade Avenue known for its house made sausage.
Back to brunch... Tangents are unavoidable when on topic of food. Sundays at Katie's are now known as bottomless- not what you're thinking. For an extra charge of $11.00, patrons can opt for an unlimited, bottomless glass of mimosa, bloody mary, or sangria. Don't worry; these mid-morning cocktails do not come with a heavy-handed pour. Your belly will be full before bicycle operational impairment occurs.